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News and Updates
Feb-12-2020
NOW ACCEPTING BIRDS

We are happy to finally say that the new loft is now ready for the 2020 season.  We have posted a video of the loft on our YouTube page with a walk through of the new loft along with the new security system installed.  

We start accepting birds on Wednesday February 12th.  We have had several calls over the weekend from fanciers who were shipping birds out yesterday.  Please remember we recommend vaccinating your youngsters at least 2 weeks before shipping them to any one loft race.  We have detailed our intake process below regarding what will happen to your birds once they arrive at the Hoosier Classic

  1. All Birds are vaccinated for PMV using the KM-PMV vaccine
  2. All birds are treated for external parasites using "Spot On" by Klaus
  3. Birds are placed in quarantine for 7 days and given 2 days of Vita Pro Combo
  4. While in quarantine birds are treated for Canker using "Tricho-Green" by Dr. Peeters
  5. One week after the birds arrive at the Hoosier Loft they are vaccinated for paratyphoid using the KM-1 Vaccine
  6. After 1 week in quarantine they will be moved to the main loft.  Once in the main loft they will not mix with any other groups of birds until after they have been settled. 


All products used during the intake process are available through Vita King Products.  
We have provided tips below for fanciers to help ensure that their birds arrive in a healthy and stable condition.  Preparation on the breeders part sets your birds up for success during a One Loft Race.  


Don't Miss your chance to compete against the best birds in the world.  
We are currently over 3300 perches reserved.  The 2020 Season will be a very exciting one with $1,265,000 Million in Prizes.  No Race in North America Guarantees this much in prizes.
If you need help signing up feel free to call the office at 219-733-0011 or sending us an email

 

Link to the latest YouTube Video    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CaqO-nPbdE 

 

 

Dec-13-2019
DECEMBER 8TH UPDATE
We are about 7-10 days from being able to work inside the new loft.  The cold weather is starting to set in so working out of the wind will be a pleasure.  We are making progress but there is no time for any days off.  A video has been uploaded showing where we are with the construction.  We will be ready for your Champions February 12th, 2020.

Now is the time to Reserve your Perches.
Thank You everyone who has reserved perches so far.  We are already over 1800 reserved.  Remember when considering races to think about the Hoosier Classic Million Dollar Race with ALL
$1,265,000 in Prizes Guaranteed

- $250,000 1st Place Prize
- $100,000 in Ace Pigeon Prizes
- All Prizes Guaranteed
- 4 Race Series
150 -180 -220- 350 Miles
- 2020 Perch Fees  5 Birds/$1000
- $500 per bird activation due after 125 Mile activation race
- 8400 sq ft of loft space
- Live Pro Vigil Security Monitoring 24hrs a day
- Weekly Updates
- Monthly Veterinarian Analysis 
- GPS Tracking on all races
- 32 Benzing Antennas to ensure no missed pigeons
- Live Clocking on All trainings and races
on Wincompanion & Benzing
- Guaranteed Minimum of 25 tosses before activation race
Top Quality Feed - Vita King Products - Jovati Grit
 
Now Winning Just Got Easier!

The breeders listed below are part of the 
Hoosier Classic Breeders Connection 
If you contact any of these breeders they will send birds to the 2020 Hoosier Classic Race for you.  You will be considered the "Buyer" and responsible for "Perch Fees" & "Activation Fees" 
Any winnings will be split between the "Breeder" & "Buyer"


Call the breeder of your choice and arrange for your next champions to be shipped to the
Hoosier Classic in 2020!!

Frank McLaughlin - 781-820-8327
Jim Gabler - 815-441-5179
Tim Lucas (Champ Camp) - 765-480-7072
Big Andy - 352-345-6613
Nanez Family Loft - 715-566-3040
Mark Karges/Silvio Mattacchione - 905-985-3555
Mark Mourton - 208-484-4752
Bill "The Book" Richardson - 520-250-5477
Dec-13-2019
DECEBMER 1ST UPDATE
$1,265,000 GUARANTEED

Hoosier Classic is the ONLY race ito GUARANTEE ALL PRIZE PAYOUTS in North America

We guarantee your prizes so now is the time to guarantee your perches for 2020 by signing up at HCRACE.com

We are at almost 1400 reserved perches for 2020 and its only December 1st! 
"Competition Breeds Champions"
Come fly against the Best Birds in the world and let your birds earn their true value
with $1,265,000 in Guaranteed Prizes

 
 
2020 Prize Payouts

150 Mile Race   
1st - 5th  $1000

180 Mile Race
1st  $5000
2nd - 10th  $1000

225 Mile Race
1st  $5000
2nd - 15th  $1000


350 Mile Final Race
1st  $250,000
2nd  $100,000
3rd  $75,000
4th  $50,000
5th  $40,000
6th  $30,000
7th  $20,000
8th  $15,000
9th  $12,000
10th  $10,000
11th - 15th  $8,000
16th - 20th  $7,000
21st - 30th  $6,000
31st - 40th  $5,000
41st -50th  $4,000
51st - 75th  $3,000
76th - 100th  $2,000
100th - 150th  $1,500
151st - 250th  $1,000


Ace Pigeon Prizes
1st  $40,000 or New 2020 Ford F-150 Truck
2nd  $15,000
3rd  $10,000
4th  $8,000
5th  $7,000
6th  $6,000
7th  $5,000
8th  $4,000
9th  $3,000
10th  $2,000

Sign Up Today or call the office and we can reserve your perches for you
219-733-0011


 
Nov-28-2019
NOVEMBER UPDATE (11/18/2019)
New Loft

The new loft is coming along.  It feels as if we have been building a loft for 3 years now.  Thank you to everyone that has shared ideas and pictures of lofts.  We are also grateful to have so many pigeon fancier friends who work in the trades.  They have been very helpful moving the process along through actual work or steering us in the right direction
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2020 Season 

Thank you to everyone who has reserved perches for 2020 so far.  We already have over 800 perches reserved and it's only November.  We understand the most important part of a one loft race are the breeders involved.  Please take time to consider the Hoosier Classic for 2020.  Our intake is earlier this year starting on Feb 12th and ending on May 1st.  This cut off time is very important so we have more time to train earlier and more often.

2020 will be very exciting as we have commitments from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Europe, Kuwait, Canada, Mexico and of course the USA.


Guaranteed Prize Payout
$1,265,000
1st Place Prize of $250,000
$100,000 Ace Pigeon Prizes
250 Paid Prizes on the Final Race


We have had several calls and email regarding the prizes.  Please note that YES the 1st place prize has been reduced however that money will not be removed from the race.  We are instead paying out more in Ace Pigeons and More Prize Positions on the final.  

New for 2020

5 birds for $1000 perch fee
$300 Single Bird Perch
$500 Activation Fee after the 125 Mile Trainer
Minimum 25 Training Tosses Before Activation
New loft 28ft x 304ft - 8400 sq ft of space
Live Video Stream of All Races
Live GPS tracking of All Races
Weekly Updates
Video Updates
Pro Vigil Live Monitoring 24 hrs a day
BIGGEST GUARANTEED PAYOUT 
IN NORTH AMERICA
Final Race weekend October 9th - 11th, 2020
Top 100 Pigeons and Top 10 Ace Pigeons Auctioned
Breeder receives 50% of Auction (No Hidden Fees)

 
Oct-24-2019

UPDATE FROM 10/16/2019

 

Unfortunately under a load of stress I have made a wrong decision as to how to handle the prize money.  In the last 48 hrs our world has come crashing down.  All I had on my mind were the birds lost in the fire.  There is a clause in our rules that states under catastropic events all entry money will refunded.  I should not have acted so fast.  If the heat of the moment I thought of only the birds going to the final race.

We will refund all "activation" money for birds activated after the 100 mile race.  We will also honor the winnings of race 3 & 4.  There will be NO average speed payout because the final race was cancelled.  

Now I have to take the gloves off!!  I have ALWAYS taken the high road and never spoke bad of anyone in the race.  I have watched my family cry for the last time.  Leaving the banquet Sunday evening we were surrounded by individials who thought it was the right time to come after us.  Last night we read that Eastern Pearl Loft (Yan Zheng) and Chen Loft (Dave Chen) believe WE set the loft on fire.  SHAME ON BOTH OF YOU!  What do we gain by this?  Why would I let my family go through this? Get Your Facts Straight!

Again, checks will be mailed out early next week.  There are several fanciers who had birds show up later and not paid for.  We will go breeder by breeder when figuring refunds.  Please keep in mind there were over 800 breeders in the race and this will take up to 2 weeks to figure.  All High Roller payments will begin to be refunded today.

We will host a race in 2020.  There will be no old bird races as we will use this loft for the young bird series.  All old birds will start to ship back in two weeks.  Any perch fees pre paid for old birds will be refunded as well.  Give us a couple of weeks and we will update with terms of next years race.  We will rebuild the million dollar loft and race, but to have it ready by March 1st would be really pushing it.  We want to believe we are resilient, but it is difficult to be when you are made to feel that you are involved in wrong doing.

Thank you to everyone for your support and I apologize for making the wrong decision so fast.  Again all I had on my mind was the birds lost in the fire.  This will be made right in the next few weeks.

Jim

Oct-15-2019

Unfortunately under a load of stress I have made a wrong decision as to how to handle the prize money.  In the last 48 hrs our world has come crashing down.  All I had on my mind were the birds lost in the fire.  There is a clause in our rules that states under catastropic events all entry money will refunded.  I should not have acted so fast.  If the heat of the moment I thought of only the birds going to the final race.

We will refund all entry money for birds activated after the 100 mile race.  We will also honor the winnings of race 3 & 4.  There will be NO average speed payout because the final race was cancelled.  

Now I have to take the gloves off!!  I have ALWAYS taken the high road and never spoke bad of anyone in the race.  I have watched my family cry for the last time.  Leaving the banquet Sunday evening we were surrounded by individials who thought it was the right time to come after us.  Last night we read that Eastern Pearl Loft (Yan Zheng) and Chen Loft (Dave Chen) believe WE set the loft on fire.  SHAME ON BOTH OF YOU!  What do we gain by this?  Why would I let my family go through this? Get Your Facts Straight!

Again, checks will be mailed out early next week.  There are several fanciers who had birds show up later and not paid for.  We will go breeder by breeder when figuring refunds.  Please keep in mind there were over 800 breeders in the race and this will take up to 2 weeks to figure.  All High Roller payments will begin to be refunded today.

We will host a race in 2020.  There will be no old bird races as we will use this loft for the young bird series.  All old birds will start to ship back in two weeks.  Any perch fees pre paid for old birds will be refunded as well.  Give us a couple of weeks and we will update with terms of next years race.  We will rebuild the million dollar loft and race, but to have it ready by March 1st would be really pushing it.  We want to believe we are resilient, but it is difficult to be when you are made to feel that you are involved in wrong doing.

Thank you to everyone for your support and I apologize for making the wrong decision so fast.  Again all I had on my mind was the birds lost in the fire.  This will be made right in the next few weeks.

Jim

Oct-15-2019

Thank you to everyone that has called, emailed, and stopped by yesterday and today to offer their prayers and support.  Complete strangers who do not fly the Hoosier Classic have called to offer support.  Emails have come from around the world.  We are truly blessed to be involved in such a great sport with so many great people.

We have been asked by some if the fire has been reported.  Please understand that when you have a fire the such as this it has to be investigated.  We are waiting on a professional inspection of "Cause and Origin" to determine the cause.  Once we know the cause we will share this information with everyone.  There has been much speculation as to how this may have happened.  We will not jump to conclusions until a professional finding is released. 

As far as dispersing of prize money we guaranteed a payout of $1,272,000.  Of that total $5500 was paid out on the 180 mile race and $3400 was paid out on the 220 mile race.  This leaves $1,233,000 in prize money.
The fairest way to handle this is to divide the $1,233,000 by the number of birds that were going to the final race.  The last loft fly showed 1922 pigeons.  This would pay approximately $641.51 per bird.  Again these 1922 pigeons flew all of the previous races and would have been shipped to the final.  We understand there are some people who may be upset with this decision.  I know we will never make everyone happy, but again feel these birds making it this far deserve to split the winnings.  It will take a few days to get all the information organized with the help of Wincompanion and we will start to get checks out later this week and early next week.  

My family and I have hosted the Hoosier Classic for 7 years now.  Some expect us to cut and run.  However our plan is to start building a new loft in a couple of weeks. For those that choose to enter the season for 2020 we offer a 5 bird team for $1000.  We understand some may be angry or disappointed in what happened this season as so are we.  However we love this great sport and the many friends we have made over the years.  For those who fly the yearling/old bird series we will update later this week once we have a better handle on if there is enough previous entries to hold the race.

I can not stress enough as to how sorry we are to everyone who lost pigeons in this tragedy.  Never in a lifetime would I have ever thought this would of happened.  

Please take time to enjoy your family, hug your children and tell them you love them.  My sons are my hero's after witnessing them trying to run into a fire this past Sunday morning.

Oct-13-2019
HOOSIER FIRE

Many have read on Facebook and an email from iPigeon that the Hoosier Loft has burned down overnight.  It is in fact true and we as a family are completely devastated.  We are heartbroken at this time and are trying to process the events from overnight. 

Our family has spent hundreds of hours working in this loft and it has become our life.  We are thankful that are children are safe, but we are devastated at the loss of something that we lived to do on a daily basis.  We are at a loss for words at this time.

We have asked Mike & Debbie Ganus to continue to host the auction and to host the banquet as well.  We know that everyone participating is at as much of a loss as we are and we would like for everyone that is in town to please attend the banquet, enjoy your evening and the company of others that love this sport as much as we do. 

We are resilient, we are workers, we love this sport and we love what we do. 

Thank you everyone for your prayers and we are asking that everyone give us a few days to process and deal with the fire department and inspectors

Jim & Kelly Ward

Oct-11-2019
RACE WEEKEND UPDATE
Well it is Final Race Weekend here at the Hoosier!  There are several events planned throughout the weekend to keep everyone entertained.  A itinerary has been posted below with all information and address for each location. 

Birds are staying in today because it has been raining all morning.  Coopers have been relentless as well.
Weather permitting birds will be released Monday morning October 14th at 7:30 am.  We will be racing from Matthews, Missouri.  The current forecast is calling for sunny skies with a west wind of 3 mph.  Along the course winds as of now look to be WSW.  At the loft it is calling for sunny skies and west winds between 5-10 mph.


Don't Miss Out On The 
Hoosier High Roller

Bronze          $25
Silver             $50
  Gold               $100
  Platinum        $200

Pays Out in each category
40%
30%
20%
10%


Call the office to nominate your bird 219-733-0011
All nominations need to be done by Sunday 4:00 pm

 
 
 
 
Hoosier Classic 2020 Auction 
iPigeon & Live at the Hoosier Banquet


Hoosier Classic will be auctioning off "10" - FULLY PAID 4 BIRD KITS for 2020!

Each 4 bird team is being offered on iPigeon and ending Live Sunday Night at the Hoosier Classic Banquet at 9:00 pm  Eastern/8:00 Pm Central time. 
Each kit consists of 4 birds from 4 different breeders and all fees are are fully paid for 2020 including Activation!  Buyer pays nothing after auction.
 
Any winnings from these kits are split between the "Buyer" and "Breeder" of the bird.
Should any bird place in the Top 100 of the Final and be auctioned the "Buyer" & "Breeder" split the auction proceeds as well. 


Kit 1 Breeders
Ganus Family Loft (1st Average Speed 2018)
Dominic Rappucci (Pleasant Task Farms"
Lou Coletta
Oscar De Vries (O & L Loft/Dutch Touch OLR)


Kit 2 Breeders
Tom Schilling (2nd Average Speed 2019)
Bobby Gonzalez 
Van Den Bossche Brothers
Marty Clancy 


Kit 3 Breeders
Frank McLaughlin (1st in Clock 2018)
Zapopan Palomar Ayon Loft
Aztec Loft
America's Dream Loft 


Kit 4 Breeders
Shi Loft (2 Birds 1st drop 2018)
Da Dong (Chen)
Baldwin/Tilson
Liqing Ni Loft


Kit 5 Breeders
Bill Ensign (2 Birds 1st drop 2018)
ADO Family Loft
Ken Easley
APC Loft


Kit 6 Breeders
Sanso Loft (3rd Average Speed 2018)
Big Andy
Paul Daniels
Elton Dinga


Kit 7 Breeders
Greek Connection
A-Lo Loft
Joe Nemelka
Champ Camp


Kit 8 Breeders
Andy Skwiat
Robert Roti-Roti
Andy Waclaw
John Timmerman (Hi-Cal Connection)


Kit 9 Breeders
Irish Syndicate
Sandstrom Brothers
Alex Bieche
C L Gage


Kit 10 Breeders
Nanez Family Loft
Marengo Creek Farms
David Clausing
Ceyx Torado
Oct-07-2019
BIRDS RELEASED FOR 220 MILE RACE

The birds were released for the 220 Mile Race from Salem, IL  at 7:15 am this morning into partly cloudy skies with a temperature of 52 degrees and a NNW wind of 2 mph.  

Best of Luck to Everyone!

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