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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

Jan-24-2019
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

We are watching the weather as I'm sure many of you are. The only decent day we had to train locally was last Sunday. We had rainy days and high winds most days since our 150 mile race. Last Friday night into Saturday we had 20 to 30 mph winds with gusts and sleet and snow. The temperature got down to 20 degrees. Sunday was sunny and the temperatures warmed up some. Because of the ice on the trailer and equipment it took a while to get the birds loaded. We wanted them to have a little time to drink also. By the time we got them to Antlers Oklahoma and watered them again it was mid morning before we could release them. This should have been a very easy toss for the birds but for some reason it wasn't. The only thing I can reason is the Lunar Eclipse affected "something." I will avoid this situation in the future. The birds are full of life, eating well, loft flying well, and look fantstic. This was definitely not a health issue.

We will race the 225 mile race very soon. I am committed to your birds having every chance of performing well. There is a sizable amount of money at stake.

I am finishing the payout list now and will post it soon.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Jan-18-2019
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

The weather has been terrible. This morning we had fog and then strong winds. Tomorrow we will have diving temperatures and 20-30 mph winds. We do plan to toss the birds on Sunday from 100 miles. This is a training toss only to keep the birds in condition in preparation for our 225 mile race.

We flag the birds most days and they are flying for over an hour to 2 and 1/2 hours. 

We will post the training toss results on Sunday evening.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Jan-16-2019
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

We are continuing to loft fly the birds. We had hoped to toss from 55 miles today. In spite of a favorable forecast, we had low thick clouds and a lot of haze. We will toss the birds on the first possible day.

Bobby (479) 719-3995

Jan-14-2019
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Our 150 mile race has been closed and the points have been assigned. I contacted Terry to inform him the point totals haven't updated to reflect both races. Hopefully he will resolve this quickly.

Unfortunately it appears many of our missing birds were pushed farther south than I had feared by the strong side winds and probably ended up in the Little Rock Arkansas area. Unfortunately we had quite a bit of rain on Friday and Saturday. This only made things worse. This is too bad as I believe we lost some good pigeons that just made 1 mistake at the wrong time.

We are flagging the birds each day possible and watching the weather for a decent day to fly our 225 mile race. Right now the weather is showing rain or strong tail winds. I don't prefer either.

Our next race will pay prize money. I will post the payouts in a few days.

Good luck to all,

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Jan-09-2019
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Today's race was all about the winds. We had strong left side winds today all along the race course. We race from the southwest to the northeast. The first birds all came in high above the trees from the south. It seems they chose to stay high and fight the winds but got pushed and had to turn and come north to reach the loft. In my opinion these first birds did as good as any pigeons can do with these conditions and I am very impressed. They arrived 15 minutes earlier than I expected and came in like fighter jets. The bigger group that arrived about 14 minutes later arrived low on the line of flight. I believe these birds tactic was to stay down low and go over the trees and then back down low again to avoid the winds. They didn't veer off course but it took them a little longer with this approach. Our late birds all came from the east. They missed the loft and had to turn around. They came in fast and trapped and went straight to the food without drinking. They obviously went down for water. I expect most of our missing birds to return tomorrow from the east. Fort Smith Arkansas is 10 miles to the east and has a large feed mill there with hundreds of pigeons. The Arkansas River lies between our loft and Fort Smith.

We will clock the birds returning tomorrow but it won't be live clocking. We will randomly post the results.

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