Sorry for the delay and some absent reports recently, I simply do not have the time for everything.
However the last NPO Eeendag (One Day Long Distance) Program race for the season turned out to be a very pleasing result indeed winning 1st, 3rd and 5th Union de Baronie against 542 birds and 2nd,8th,and 11th NPO against 2467 birds. Also winning 1st place in ‘De Grootmeester’ Loft performance from Issoudun.
This has concluded a very good season for us with the old bird program races and now its on to the young bird competitions. We have yet to decide about racing the young bird program due to the amount of sickness and viral infections knocking about and it is very likely we will only race the Natour Any Age program of races that start a little later and finishes later in September. This we have also done this last few years and it is far better racing avoiding the worst of the losses and still being able to retain our promising young birds to become yearlings in our team next season.
Issoudun was a fantastic race for us with our first arrival pipped for 1st NPO by 1 meter per minute! He is a yearling cock bred from our good breeding Jan Hooymans cock ‘Dario’ paired with ‘Esther’ a beautiful daughter of ‘War Drum’ with ‘Mata Hari’.
We have decided to retain the majority of our direct ‘War Drum’ offspring as he is now 11 years old, and this year he has simply been all over the pedigrees of some major race winners in the UK. Ireland and The Netherlands. Mostly with different hens. We need to secure our position before it is too late.