News and Updates

  Howdy Partners.   

    I watched an old western for half an hour or so. John Wayne was the star. I thought something with a lot of sand and cactuses in it would make me feel warmer. It helped, so did Captain Morgan. I am so sick and tired of wet feet and cold hands. Even the pigeons are huddled up in corners cause there just isn't any sun to spur them on. All look great, eating more than the average cow.

   There have been a couple of questions regarding prizes at the first race. They are 5 Benzing clocks. When they arrive, I'll tell you the model numbers.

   This week, Thursday, 19th, the first pickup will be in Hamilton, early afternoon. If you are coming, phone and we'll set the exact time. At 5 PM, I will be at the Burger King, Dixie and Britannia. I'll be there for awhile. I have lots of birds arriving on West Jet. Call if you are coming please.

   As of today, and if all birds are shipped as planned, we will have a first prize at the 340 mile race of $ 34,750.00. I am excited, you must be to.

Thanks, Rick


Hi everyone. The birds in the loft are doing very well. Not a single bird feels nor looks off. All eat well and are very active. Plenty of fresh air helps. They are using the aviaries at present and later this week, after settling, some will start to go out.

I will be at the airport on Thursday, April 12 and I will also go to Hamilton late afternoon if you are ready to be picked up. Please call and we'll arrange a time. This week, Tuesday and next week I will be at the US border in Gananoque and I can meet anyone from the East side of the province,  Thanks, Rick


  I am late. I have gotten in to the habit of sitting down after dinner to watch the news and then falling asleep. Not a lot happens after that. Can't prmise, but I'll try to be a bit more productive.

  I have airport pickups on Thursday evening so I will meet you at my favourite Burger King  on Dixie if needed. I will be in Woodstock Sunday morning and will gladly take your birds back with me.

   Entries are adding up with a First Prize of 31,000 being reached today for the main event, the 340 mile race. { when I complete the entries phoned in] . Lots more are expected.

Thanks, and hope to see you soon. Rick


       Welcome to the beginning of a new season. Sign ups are going well. As of this date, our first prize for the 340 mile race is $28,500.00. Rather nice knowing what your flying for ahead of time isn't it. If the number of emails I have received plus all the calls with questions is any indication, the entries will shoot up soon.

       The first pickup in Toronto at the airport is this week, Thursday evening, March 29, 2018. I know of some shipments that are arriving already plus a couple of pickups. Please let me know if you are coming. I will also pickup in Woodstock and Hamilton when the call comes in. I will have at least 3 pickups for eastern Ontario, please let me know when you are ready. 

        Thanks and hope to see you soon. Rick


    The time is fast aproaching for the new season.  Entries are rolling in and the goal of $50,000.00 first prize will soon be realized. At present, first prize, with 594 birds registered, will be $24,750.00. 

    The Empire Marathon will be held from Smoothrock Falls. That's 405 miles to the SS Empire. I have decided to add a couple of special prizes for the race. There will a 2 bird average and a 3 bird average with each having a prize of $1,000.00. Those with special birds, should be rewarded.

    If you can, sign up soon. The anticipation is killing me.



    Sometimes you get it wrong. The number of people that wish to fly their birds in longer races is greater than what I thought. So, by popular demand, we will be holding The Empire Marathon 400 on the weeked of Septemer 15, 2018. It will be a stand alone race. It will not count towards the Empire Ace Bird. Entry fee will be $ 128.25 per bird and this includes $ 100 prize money, HST and shipping costs. Prizes based on 250 entries will be   1st   $ 5000,    2nd  $ 4000,    3rd  $ 3000,    4th  $ 2000,   5th to 10th  $ 1000 each,  11th to 14th  $ 750 each and the balance of the money in $ 500 prizes untill all funds are used. We look forward to your participation. 



    Having time off is a good thing, sometimes. It can rejuvinate the drive to be productive and creative, or it can lull you into sleep mode and when that happens, that's it, you don't want to ever do anything again. I managed to do both. I am awake but I've managed to fiddle and fart away the time doing other things.

    As much as I don't want to start typing on a full time basis, I will. Both Linda and I are deaf and commincation in our house is almost nill. A wave and a pat will do. Our dog is also deaf all we do is point to the door or at his dish. A wave and pat does him to. Typing will teach me how to talk again.

    I have a new hip. Thank you modern science. Living with constant pain for three years and then waking up after the operation with none, wonderfull. Someone said character was built thru suffering, my wife said all it built was an ornery cuss. I promise to smile more.

    Plans are under way for a new trailer and the renovations to the loft. I am looking forward to both projects. I've spent hours, while I sat on my butt, analizing my handling of the birds last year and I believe that this year will be a whole lot better. Just a few little things that I missed and a couple of others that I need to to spend more time on. Speaking to others who have more experience than me, has helped. Some of the things they do, I won't. Others I will. 

    There seems to be some confusion as to what the prizes are for the first of three races for the Empire triple Crown. For a while, I had brain freeze and I couldnot think of what to call the clocking systems. It is Benzing Live. There will be a complete system for each of the first five birds clocked. 

    I know you have been waiting, so I will now publish the list of people who have free perch fees for 2018. Each free perch fee will be $ 100.00 reduction off the total entry fee. Example, 3 free perch fees, $ 300.00 off. Any other questions, give me a call. There are several reasons for the free perch fees, the reasons I'll write as I go along.

Free Perch Fees, 2018     


In no prticular order, accident replacements:

WWD Syndicate     2

West Coast Syndicate    2

Tom Spring      1

Sunshine Loft     3

Mountain Pacific Syndicate    2

Louis Silvestre  1

Jules Hou    1

Friends of Fatima      1

Eldorado Loft     1

Battlefield 1         1

Battlefield 2         1

Battlefield 3       2

7FL Loft         2

Y2K Loft     1

Wonderbred Loft     3

John Allen    2

Bet to Win      3

Mario Ray      2

Arquette/Dipierdominico       1

Big Andy         2

Bill and Joe      2

Calgarry Boys    1

D & D Lofts       1

Dorothy Hewson     2

El Dorado Lofts Canada    1

Gabes Loft    1

Hurry Home Loft    1

Joe Demedeiros      1

Silio Ropa     3

Ben & Silvio  3

PhilippiansSilvio   1

Joe Splinter    1

Kwan Loft       1

Len Briggs      1

Manitoulin Estates Loft     1

M Dolecki    2

Mohamed      1

Richard Callahan    1

Shah Khan 2    1

Jim Towes    1

Claud Rothgeisser    5

Nanez Loft  3

Frank Meder    1

Bernie Bedard    1

North Star   1

V & V loft     1

Vila du Sud     2

Wilk2    1

Kangchuan Fan    5

Mc Laughlin Lofts   1


Because I forgot to ship their birds to the 400:

Bulldog Loft    1

Van Heerden Kruger Loft    2


Won as a prize:

Toronto Trifecta    5


Happy New year to all. I wish you the best of luck in 2018.














      Urgent family and business situations forces me to direct my time away from mail outs till the first of next week. I wouldn't have thought that filling out certicates, calculating what was owed, etc. would take this much time and energy. More than half have been mailed, the rest will follow shortly. Sorry for the delay. Rick


   Hope all all are well. I have almost completed the package and will be ready to start mailing it to everyone on Monday. Check your mail box often. All the birds except for a twenty or so that have arrived lately, have been returned to their owners. I will wait another month and then will return these. So far, two hundred and sixty three birds have been returned. They just keep on coming. 

  Four have returned without either bands. Linda thinks that some one does that simply so that we can't race the bird again, sort of a Peta kind of move. Maybe she's right. 



   We have started the process of returning the race birds. Quebec and most of Eastern Ontario now have their's. The local birds have been delivered. On Wednesday, we will do Hamilton, Tornto, Guelph and Windsor. I will contact you today, tonight and tomorrow to make arrangements. 

   Each day, more birds come back, not only from the 380, but also from the 300 mile race.  We are also working on the payouts, pools, etc and hope to have all completed by the end of the month.

Thanks, Rick

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