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News and Updates
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!

Oct-07-2019
BIRDS BASKETED FOR 220 MILE RACE

The birds have been basketed for tomorrows 220 Mile Race from Salem, Il.  The weather is calling for a North wind of 4 mph at the release and the temperature will be 51 degrees.  The birds will face a NNW wind along the course between 6-8 mph.  This could be as high as 10 mph closer to the loft.  Tomorrow's race will have $34,000 in prizes. 

Payouts will be by clocking order
1st Place - $5000
2nd - 30th - $1000 each



The GPS will again be on the trailer.  The login information is listed below . 
As always "PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE THE PASSWORD"


Username: hoosierclassicrace@aol.com
Password: Pigeons123

https://www.brickhousesecurity.com/gps-login/

 

 

HOOSIER  HIGH  ROLLER
Bronze - $25
Silver - $50
Gold - $100
Platinum - $200

The Hoosier High Roller will be available starting tomorrow thru Sunday Oct 13th during basketing.  You can call the office to nominate your bird at
219-733-0011
All nominations need to be made by 10/13



We are also wondering if anyone is coming to the race and staying at a different hotel other then Blue Chip?  If so please send us an email with which hotel.  We are gathering information to determine if in the future we should consider getting a block of rooms at other hotels as well as Blue Chip.

Oct-03-2019
OCTOBER 3RD UPDATE

Congratulations to King Brand Syndicate winning 1st place on the 180 Mile Race.  For those who were watching we decided to move the release point to the South Side of Effingham.  It has been a few years since we raced this course and upon arrival we noticed several  new cell towers.  Birds were released at 7:10 am from a farm field in Heartville, IL.  Birds made great speeds, however we have seen this every race this year and that is birds return from North East and North West.  Comparing this years races to previous years on the South course birds did not struggle like this.  We did have a couple of slower races and the 220 was very fast with birds blowing over.  By no means am I blaming the race course but it is one of the many factors that I am rethinking.  Once question that is asked often is are the birds sick?  The answer is NO!  We test for many different illnesses and results came back negative.  We always treat for canker and respiratory in between races.  We use 2 different veterinarians and a lab in Texas.  I would never send sick pigeons to a race. 
As of this morning the birds are looking good.   We kept them in yesterday and they are in today as well due to some morning rain.  The weather should clear up this afternoon and they will be getting a warm bath.  At this point the birds need more rest then they do training.  We will update tomorrow as to the next race.  We are watching the weather at the release point all the way back to the loft. 

Thanks,

Jim

Sep-30-2019
BIRDS BASKETED FOR THE 180 MILE RACE
The birds have been basketed for the 180 Mile Race tomorrow from Effingham, Illinois.  We are aiming to release the birds at 7:00 am.  With all this rain we have had the last 3 days the birds have been kept in and the floor heat has been on for them.  They all look great and we wish everyone the best of luck tomorrow. 
 
There are prizes on tomorrows race in clocking order
1st Place   $1000
2nd - 10th   $500

GPS will be on the trailer tomorrow, the Login Information is listed below.
Again PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE THE PASSWORD

Username: hoosierclassicrace@aol.com
Password: Pigeons123
 
Sep-29-2019
180 MILE RACE

We have had a very wet weekend here with over 5 inches of rain since Friday.  Tomorrow looks to be the best day to have the 180 mile race.  We will be basketing the birds this afternoon for the race tomorrow.  

We are aiming to have the birds let up at 7:00 am tomorrow.  

Thanks,

Jim

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