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News and Updates
Oct-16-2021
OCTOBER 16TH VIDEO UPDATE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-CglTmahQ4

Oct-15-2021
10/15 UPDATE
The weather did not give us much of a break today in the skies however the rain did stop long enough to let the birds out to loft fly.  With the help of a cooper hawk the birds flew for roughly an hour and a half.  Currently there are 1190 birds that have clocked back into the loft today after loft flying.  

Over the past several days we have had several phone calls, text messages and emails with breeders asking for their birds NOT to be handled by anyone except Hoosier Classic Staff during basketing.  As many people that request that no one handle their birds, there are just as many wanting to handle their own birds.  At this time we have decided that the basketing will be done solely by Hoosier Classic Staff.  Basketing will be open for viewing to all race participants and birds will only be handled by Hoosier Classic Staff.  We know this is disappointing for those that wanted to handle their birds, however we feel this is the best way to avoid any issues. 


Basketing will begin at 1:00 pm at the Hoosier Classic Loft.  
A light lunch will be served followed by the banquet.
Please note that the BBQ and Ganus Family Auction will be on Saturday located at the Ganus Family Hunt Lodge in LaPorte, Indiana, which is located between the Hoosier Classic Loft and Blue Chip Hotel & Casino.  Gates open at 3:00 pm and viewing of birds begins at 6:00 pm
0499 South Holmesville Rd
Laporte, IN  46350
Monday at the Hoosier Classic Loft is the auction by
Jim Gabler - Americas Dream Loft.
Viewing of the birds will begin at 9:00 am
Auction begins at 10:30 am
PARKING WILL BE TO THE WEST OF THE LOFT
PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE LAWN BEHIND THE HOUSE
Oct-09-2021
225 MILE RELEASE
Birds up from 225 miles at 7:30 they took off great. At release wind was south east 5-6 mph. Prizes for today's race are by clocking order, as follows:

1st - $5000
2nd - 15th  - $1000 each

Best of Luck Everyone
Oct-08-2021
RACE 3 UPDATE
We are currently ending a week long of rain and very poor skies here at the Hoosier Race.  Twice this week the birds were loaded to go training and the weather just did not cooperate.  The birds have been allowed to loft fly daily this week and have done quite well.  

With that being said, tomorrow (Saturday) looks to be a clear day with winds out of the South at around 5-10 mph. Starting Sunday through Wednesday the weather looks to be spotty with days of rain and winds out of the South/Southwest from 10-20 mph and gusts up to 30 mph.   Tomorrow (Saturday) shows to be the safest day for the birds.

We will be basketing birds today, for the 225 mile race tomorrow.  We have been monitoring the birds closely and they are acting and looking good.  We feel this is the best day to get the 225 mile race in.  

VIDEO IS FROM WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 6TH.
THIS VIEW OF THE WEATHER IS WHAT WE HAVE DEALT WITH ALL WEEK 

As of this update (10/8 - 12:00 pm) it is currently raining again.

Oct-05-2021
TRAINING UPDATE
Birds were loaded this morning for training however our skies are not clearing up and we have an intermittent misty rain.   

Video posted below of the weather and trailer
Oct-04-2021
WEEKEND EVENTS
We are currently 2 weeks away from the final race for the 2021 Hoosier Classic. There are several different things going on throughout the weekend starting Saturday thru Monday (Race Day). 

We found out last week that Blue Chip Hotel & Casino will not allow us to have "Welcome Bags" delivered to hotel guests due to Covid.   Due to the various times that fanciers are arriving based on the guest list provided by the hotel, the best solution we have found for receiving your welcome bag is to pick it up Saturday at the Ganus BBQ & Auction.  We have had fanciers contact us regarding different hotels they will be staying at.  We will have enough bags for those staying between the hotels we are aware of.  If you are not planning on attending the BBQ or Auction you can pick the bag up from the loft on Sunday during basketing. 
If you booked a room a Blue Chip and did not use the booking code or are staying at a different hotel please contact us and let us know to ensure we have enough bags for everyone.

We have below provided the itinerary for the weekend and will post on the website and Facebook to provide information for all those attending. 
 

Please note that the Ganus Family Auction will be on Saturday.  There is NO LOFT VISIT to the Ganus Loft this year.  On Monday there will also be an auction hosted by Jim Gabler, starting at 9:00 am at the Hoosier Loft.  For information regarding the ADL Auction please contact Jim Gabler. 
Oct-04-2021
OCTOBER 3RD UPDATE

The birds are looking and acting good right now.  We do have the late returning birds on a higher fat mix of feed for a few days.  We have had rain off and on yesterday and pretty much rain all day today.  If possible we will get a trainer in either tomorrow or Tuesday depending on the weather.  We should see a break in the rain after today.  As of now, if we had to pick a day for the 225 race it would be Friday.  This day shows to be a SW wind at 5-10.  The days before and after the wind is much stronger.   Hawks continue to chase the birds daily making things unbearable for them and for us.  

Tomorrow we will begin sending out information about the events for race weekend as well as times & locations.  

As always please feel free to call or email.  Hope everyone enjoyed their Sunday.

Sep-29-2021
180 MILE RACE

We are searching for answers as to what happened today on the 180 Mile Race.  We will not throw excuses out there if they are not answers.  The birds continued to come right on line today with very few coming from the North.  Temperatures were warmer today then they have been in the past 2 weeks and birds had a Southeast wind.  We do not feel the wind was strong enough today to be a factor.  Needless to say we are disappointed with the returns as we are sure many are.  We of course expect to see many more return today.  We will continue to monitor birds coming home and update again tomorrow.  

Sep-29-2021
180 MILE RACE
Birds were released this morning from Effingham, Illinois for the 180 mile race.  Birds were let up at 7:05 am into clear skies.  Winds throughout the course are expected to be East to Southeast from 3 - 5 mph.  

First Prize today is $5000, with 2nd - 10th place winning $1000 each.  Prizes will be paid by clocking order.  

 
Best of Luck to Everyone!
Sep-24-2021
BIRDS RELEASED FOR 150 MILE RACE
Birds Released from Arcola, Illinois this morning for the 150 mile race.  They were released at 7:00 am, with temperatures around 47 degrees and SW wind of about 4-5 mph.  
All birds were released together with one group headed North and another headed Northeast.  Approximately 3/4 miles away both groups merged and headed Northeast.
Jim personally drove the birds this morning and says  "The birds never circled.  It was a great release"

Wind at the loft is currently SW around 5 mph.  

Best of Luck To Everyone! 
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