News and Updates

All of the import birds have now been entered into the system.  Benzing will be doing a final import the first of next week from Wincompanion to the Benzing One Loft System.  This will be our last import of the season.  Young birds continue to go out daily as long as the weather allows.  They are grouping up and venturing out of sight at times.  I think I am up to 3 heart attacks a day watching them leave the area.  We will show another inventory once Benzing has finalized the import. 

We have had several calls regarding the final race weekend.  We have almost completed an Itinerary and will get that sent out hopefully by next week.  If you would like to book your room at the Blue Chip Hotel & Casino you can do so by calling
888-879-7711 and use booking code SHC1113.
Room Rates are as follows
10/10 - $89.00
10/11 - $139.00
10/12 - $169.00
10/13 - $89.00
10/14 - $89.00


Birds were kept in yesterday due to rain and strong winds.  We did get another 2 groups settled this week.  The birds are starting to fly better each time they are out.  Health is very good at this time with the occasional youngster being removed.  The loft looks like a pillow factory with all the feathers blowing around.  They are molting very heavy at this time.  Not everything is perfect as we still have hawk attacks and after a week of perfect trapping we once again have about 35 youngsters that stayed out over night.  This is the 3rd time this year a small group has gotten spooked for one reason or another.   We will be keeping the birds in tomorrow and let them relax. 


Remember we are accepting birds until May 31st which is next Friday.  Don't be left out of the Biggest Race in North America with the Biggest 1st Place Prize in the world!  
Next Friday is also the last day to send replacements for the 2019 Season.  If you are not sure if you are missing anything please feel free to call the office or email and we can try to look it up for you.  

We have had several inquires regarding the final race weekend as to an itinerary.  We know this is an important aspect for fanciers regarding travel plans and we will hopefully have this finalized within the next few weeks.  We can tell that there is a room block available at Blue Chip Hotel and Casino in Michigan City for Thursday October 10th - Monday October 14th.  You of course do not have to stay all of those nights however those are the nights that we arranged for discounted room rates.  The booking code for the hotel is SHC1113 if you would like to reserve rooms.
Sunday October 13th will be basketing for the final race, followed by the Hoosier Classic Banquet on Sunday evening.  Race day will be Monday October 14th where food and drinks will be served.  We are working on organizing something for Saturday for fanciers that will be in town. 

Hopefully we can have everything finalized the first week of June.  

Have a good rest of the week,



$500,000 1st Place
$1,267,000 Total Prizes

There is just 2 more weeks to get your entries in to be part of the Biggest One Loft Race in North America with the Biggest 1st Place Prize in the World.  So far there are over 4500 pigeons entered with a great chance of hitting 5000.  Be part of racing history!  Come join the fun and excitement this year at the Hoosier Classic International One Loft Race.

Remember to get your entries and replacements in by 5/31/19.  We will show another inventory tomorrow.  The birds were out yesterday and something spooked them.  We still seen birds on the loft this morning so an inventory will be done tomorrow.


$500,000 1st Place
$1,267,000 in Overall Prizes

Things are moving fast at the Hoosier Classic.  There is never enough time in the day it seems.  The import birds should all arrive at the end of May.  Because of this we will accept entries until the end of the month, however there will be no replacement accepted after June 1st.  This week has been quite busy with birds arriving and getting 2 large groups vaccinated.   We will show another inventory Monday and hopefully have the next group trapping.  Get your entries in and be part of the Biggest Payout in North America!

We have had people asking about the final race weekend for hotel information.  We have a room block at Blue Chip Hotel & Casino in Michigan City Indiana.  Blue Chip is located approximately 20 minutes north of the Hoosier Classic Loft.  You can reserve your room by calling Blue Chip at
1-888-879-7711 and using booking code SHC1113.


Over 4000 Birds Entered
$1,272,000 in Prizes Guaranteed

An inventory was posted on both Wincompanion and Bezning One Loft on 5/9/2019.  This inventory will show the first 10 weeks of entires.  We will show our next inventory Monday.  For those breeders who have birds missing, you have until May 30th to send replacements.  We will notify everyone again on Monday.

Our weather here has been terrible.  Like most of the country we have seen rain almost daily and cold nights as well.  We have seen some signs of young bird sickness and the weather doesn't help with so much rain.  We are treating this week for respiratory and canker.

There is still time to get your entries shipped in.  There are many great races to enter as we fly several of them, however you will not find one in North America that guarantees its prizes or a bigger 1st place prize anywhere in the world like the Hoosier Classic Race. 

$500,000 1st Place
$1,272,000 Guaranteed Overall

Don't Miss Out!!
Only A Few Weeks Left To Send

Just a quick reminder to get your birds in as there are only a few weeks left.  This past week we have seen temperatures in the 70's we have also had snow cover all the lofts on Saturday.  We did fly the birds again yesterday. We have had an issue with a coper hawk the last two times out of the loft.  We are keeping the birds in today because of rain and hoping we can through the coopers training off.  We usually stop seeing the hawks by mid May. 
Kelly & Maureen will be calling fanciers who are missing birds over the next couple of days to get replacements in.  If you have any questions regarding the Million Dollar Race or the Yearling Race please feel free to call the office at 219-733-0011.  Someone is in the office from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm cst.  I am not always available as most of the days I am in the lofts so its quicker to talk to one of the ladies in the office.

Please remember when shipping birds to include the payment if the birds have not been pre paid for. 
Also please ship birds only Monday - Wednesday so they do not get delayed over a weekend. 

For those that are planning to attend the final race in October there is a room block available at Blue Chip Hotel & Casino for the weekend at discounted rates.  To make a reservation you must call the
Hotel at 219-879-7711 and use Booking Code SHC1113.
We are still working out some of the events for the weekend and will give those details asap.  The banquet will be held on Sunday October 13th and the final race will be Monday October 14th. 

Just a reminder we have only 4 weeks left to accept birds.  We are currently just under 3000 entries here at the loft.  Our team is confident we will see over 4000 entries for the 2019 Season.  We would like to Thank all of the fanciers who have entrusted their champions to fly the Hoosier Classic.

Dr. Zollars called today with results of the young birds & yearlings.  Both are negative for worms and cocci.  The heated floors are a huge help against the battle of coccidia.  Once we receive written results we will post these in the next update. 

We posted an inventory yesterday and today.  This inventory only will show groups 1-6. We see some fanciers that seem to be having some issues with the bands reading correctly.  We are working on these issues.  There always seems to be a few glitches in the beginning and we will work to get these fixed.  If you are missing a bird please remember to ship replacements by June 1st.  Birds will continue to go out daily as long as the weather is good. 

We will be here tomorrow to accept birds from local fanciers however we will not be accepting birds on Sunday 4/21/2019.  We will be very busy with the birds and hope to have time to spend with our family.


We have over 2500 birds here as of today.  With this many birds here already it shows how great and exciting this season is going to be.  We receive birds almost daily between the post office shipping them and fanciers bringing them personally.  With about 6 weeks left of accepting birds we expect to see over 4000 entries. 
Groups 1,2,3 & 4 have been out of the loft several times already.  Our weather has not been very good the past few weeks.  We have had a lot of days with strong winds and several days that seem more like winter then spring.  We actually saw snow today!  Hopefully we see some changes in the next week.  Weeks 5 & 6 will be receiving their booster shots this week for PMV and learning the traps.  We hope to see these two groups out in the next 8-10 days. 

We did upload some videos last week of the groups outside of the loft.  You can find these videos on our YouTube Channel.

We would like to remind everyone to please only ship birds on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.  We all know the post office can sometimes have delays in shipping and we don't want to see the birds get stuck in a Post Office and have to be in the boxes any longer then necessary.  It is best to send youngsters that are between 40-45 days old and to have vaccinated them if possible.  Giving the youngsters a vaccine around 24 days old will help provide them with the best immunity when entering a One Loft Race.  Also, please include information in the box when shipping.  Several times we have boxes arrive with no information and the name on the box does not match anything in our system.  Please also include payments when shipping. 

Feel free to call or drop and email when shipping birds to let us know they are on the way. 

Have a great week!


Things seem to be moving fast here at the Hoosier Classic.  We are averaging around 300 birds arriving weekly.  We can easily see over 4000 entires this year.  We did get week 4 birds out today and of course a red tail felt the need to buzz around the property more then once.  Birds will be kept in the next 2 days as they are calling for rain and strong winds.  Weather is always the biggest challenge when we are settling birds this time of year.

As a reminder when it comes to shipping birds to the Hoosier Classic please make sure you are putting your payments in the boxes if they are not pre paid for. Payments must accompany birds when they arrive. If you are sending replacements please note that in the box.  If you know what bird you are replacing that information would be very helpful as well. 

Remember the only way to get to the winners circle come October is to enter by May 15th.  We have proven ourselves by guaranteeing the Biggest Payout in North America.  Now let your birds prove what they can do!  Come fly against the Best In The World!! 
Let Us Put Your Champions In The Winners Circle!

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