There are only 39 days until the Hoosier Classic opens to accepting birds for the 2019 season. With March 1st being on a Friday we will start accepting birds February 26th. We currently have over 2900 perches reserved. Around the loft... It has been very cold here the last 2 days which makes for a frustrating morning when cleaning the lofts. The new floor heat being installed in the loft will be beneficial to the early arrivals in March. All of our vaccines arrived this week as well as a new shipment of Jovati mineral grit and Canker Max, all of which will be used for the 2019 season. Canker Max is a new product we used last year from Vita King for the treatment of Canker. Every bird that arrives gets a Canker Max pill before entering the loft. We will be posting 6 birds on IPigeon this week. These 6 birds are from Europe and flew the 2018 series. Owners opted not to fly the old bird series so the birds will be auctioned off. All 6 birds have been vaccinated for PMV & Paratyphoid and their pedigrees will be posted as well. We are starting to hear from agents from other countries regarding the 2019 season. They are all in full swing promoting the race on an international level. One question that has come up this year is what can be done to shorten the quarantine time. Quarantine is always a concern when flying International races. Unfortunately these are the regulations put into place by those countries. When we ship to races in South Africa our pigeons have to go through quarantine the same as everyone else's. We have been in contact with all of the quarantine stations to ensure an easy and healthy transition for the pigeons. Quarantine dates have been moved to begin in March to help ensure the arrival of pigeons to the Hoosier Classic much earlier this year. Remember for those that wish to compete but can not send or may fall short in your breeding there is now a list of Breeders that are willing to send youngsters to the race for you. Please check the "Breeders Connection" page on our website. The list of breeders are some of the top breeders in North America with some of the best birds in the world.
2019 is Fast Approaching and that means we are getting closer to the start of the Hoosier Classic 2019 Season. We currently have almost 2100 birds signed up for what is sure to be the most competitive One Loft Race of 2019. With over $1,000,000.00 in guaranteed prizes for 2019 you don't want to miss out! The competition already looks to be outstanding with dozens of the top breeders from around the country signed up and several top breeders from around the world set to compete in North America's Largest One Loft Race!!Entry fees for 2019 are as follows:
Final Race is set for October 14th (weather permitting). Hotel accommodations will be available through Blue Chip Hotel & Casino again to come and enjoy a fun filled weekend with pigeon fanciers from not only around the country but from around the world. Our 2018 Season showed to be a great success and a lot of fun with many events throughout the weekend. Photos and article written by Brandon Brashears regarding the race were available in the Dec 15th issue of the Racing Pigeon Digest. The January 1st issue also features photos from the Final Race of 2018 along with the new rules for 2019. We have received many calls about Syndicates being put together to enter the 2019 Season. It is definitely a way to compete for the upcoming year and I'm sure will prove to be a lot of fun for breeders. If you plan to compete for 2019 make sure you Sign Up on the website. Remember also, if you do not have birds to send there are options available to enter. Three breeders here in the US have agreed to provide youngsters for the 2019 season to anyone wishing to fly. Please contact them in regards to sending youngsters and what the terms are. Remember...the 2018 1st Bird in the Clock was a bird bred by Frank McLaughlin and raced under Tigre Loft.