News and Updates
Feb-15-2019
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Everyone likes the Bonus Race idea! I made about 6 phone calls and we have close to 30 birds in already. No one has said no yet! The number of birds in the $100 prize pool is growing also.

I'm trying to get in touch with each person individually but call, text, or email me if you want to participate. Tell me which birds are going for $10 each and if any of them are in the $100 prize pool.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

bobbydpollock@yahoo.com

Feb-15-2019
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Here is another idea for our Bonus Race. Anyone who wants to participate can pay $10 per bird for expenses. Those birds will race for the sake of racing and testing their birds. Those wishing to participate and also compete for prizes can pay an additional $100 per bird for their nominated birds. 

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

bobbydpollock@yahoo.com

Feb-14-2019
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Good news! We are getting a positive response to our Bonus Race. One person already paid their race fee.   

I started the conversation with some suggestions. The conversation has now advanced. A consensus is to have the race be farther than 325 miles. Consider this: Our days are still short. Pigeons normally fly about 43 mph on a calm day. If we have any conditions that will slow down the birds, we are in danger of not having any day birds. Remember, some of these birds are only 9 months old. I suggest we aim for 375 miles but adjust the distance depending on the conditions. I would rather discuss time on the wing more than the actual distance. Example: if our 325 mile race had had 8 mph head winds yesterday, the arrival of the 1st birds would have most likely been around 4:45. That's cutting it pretty close. If the weather is really nice we would probably release at 7:45. If we want 9 hours on the wing that puts the birds with light headwinds here at 4:45 at best. If they go down for water, even later.

We are getting a good number of birds in today. These birds will be rested and restored and ready to fly the next race if their breeders so desire. All the birds look fantastic. 

If you want to participate in the bonus race you aren't obligated to send all your birds. You can just send 1 bird if you want.

My comments are meant to continue the conversation. I'm asking for your feed back.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

bobbydpollock@yahoo.com

Feb-14-2019
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Congratulations to all the winners!

We have close to 75% of the birds home tonight. The birds returned until very late so we should get more birds in the morning.

We had this one day to race so we had to go with it even though we knew it was going to be fast with tail winds. It was calm at the release but by 100 miles into the race the winds were really strong from that point on. Because of the south winds we took them to Huntsville Texas so they would have wind behind them. If we had taken them to Waco they would have had strong winds from the right side and I believe they would have missed the loft by a lot. All our birds returned from the north, even the 1st ones, due to the tail winds.

How many would be interested in a Bonus Race? My idea is to fly a 300 mile race in about 10 days. The cost would be $110 per bird. $100 for the race fee and $10 for expenses. If we had 50 birds that would give us $5000. 1st - $1500, 2nd - $1200, 3rd - $1000, 4th - $800, 5th - $500. Paid by trapping order. 

I'm asking for input. Your birds are in excellent condition and it would be great to see them tested again.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

bobbydpollock@yahoo.com

Feb-12-2019
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

The payout for the 325 mile final race is as follows:

1st - $2500             6th - $800            11th - $500            16th - $300

2nd - $2000            7th - $800            12th - $500

3rd - $1500             8th - $800            13th - $500

4th - $1200             9th - $800            14th - $500

5th - $1000             10th - $800          15th - $500

We plan to fly the 325 mile race on Wednesday. Due to the constantly changing weather we had no choice but to to wait until the last minute to make a decision on when that would be as the weather forecast seems to change constantly. We would like to fly on Saturday but the forecast is stiff headwinds and if it becomes even stronger than todays prediction we would have to postpone again. 

We do want people to come and participate. If you are able to be here please let us know.

Good luck to all,

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Feb-05-2019
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

We trained the birds from 55 miles yesterday. As usual the weather forecast was wrong. We were supposed to have light tail winds but once again we had really strong left side winds. This was good for training but caused the birds to come back in groups instead of one large group. 

Ander Yen's bird that was 1st was actually a bird that has been missing for a while. He didn't go on this toss so disregard his result. This bird is in excellent condition so he found a good place to be while he was gone.

Hollywood Lou's bird NPA 1601 returned this morning so he is here.

We are watching the weather to fly our last race. We had fog this morning and there was fog in Texas. 

Jan-30-2019
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

The payouts and points are now posted for our 225 mile race. Congratulations to all the winners.

Jan-29-2019
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Our birds returned until late this afternoon. Because of this I am hopeful more will return tomorrow. They were tired but in good shape. The few we saw returning came from the south or the southeast. This seems to reinforce the idea that our birds encountered the mountains. We plan to change our line of flight for our next race series but we will discuss this later.     

We plan to rest the birds a few days and then loft fly. After that we will do a couple of short tosses to make sure all is well. If you already know which bird or birds you wish to activate for the optional "B" Race let me know. If you want to wait until after the short tosses that is fine too. 

Our last race will be 325 miles. The mountains will not be an issue on this last race. The birds will all be rested, restored, and prepared to perform well, to the best of my ability. It will not surprise me to see some of the later birds from the 225 come home 1st on the 325 mile race.

Good luck to all,

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Jan-28-2019
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Once again our birds returned from the southeast instead of the line of flight which is the southwest. There were stronger left side winds in the middle of the race course today. This probably pushed the birds off the line of flight and to the south. These were the same exact conditions as our 150 mile race. If the birds get pushed too far south they run into the Winding Stair Mountin Range and will have to fly a lot of miles to the east before they can come around them. These mountains are very high and our pigeons rarely fly high enough to get over them. At this point they would have to fly back to the northwest to make it home. It's possible this is what happened to all but the first birds. 

We will post the birds returning in the morning around noon CST.

Jan-26-2019
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Our 225 mile race is tomorrow. We plan to release the birds at Hutchins Texas at 8:30.

We have $27,900. The 1st Highpoint bird of our 4 races will receive $2000. The 2nd Highpoint Bird of our 4 races will receive $1000. After deducting this amount we have $24,900 to pay out in prizes. We will award approximately 40% of the remaining prize money on the 225 mile race and the remaining approximately 60% on the 325 mile race. 

Immediately after this race send $200 per bird for all birds you want to activate for the optional "B" Race. 

The payout for the 225 mile race is as follows:

1st - $2000                6th - $500                  11th - $300

2nd - $1500               7th - $500                  12th - $300

3rd - $1000                8th - $500                  13th - $300

4th - $750                  9th - $500                  14th - $300

5th - $650                  10th - $500                15th - $300

 

Good luck to all,

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

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