The Paul Bryant Story

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Paul Bryant began his life with pigeons as a 12 year old getting his first pair from Terry Vinton from the old Southern Cross Edithvale Club. It was to be the beginning of a love affair that has spanned over 30 years and continues to grow stronger every day.


By Andrew Demidowski

Paul Bryant began his life with pigeons as a 12 year old getting his first pair from Terry Vinton from the old Southern Cross Edithvale Club. It was to be the beginning of a love affair that has spanned over 30 years and continues to grow stronger every day.

Paul soon joined the Junior Club at Southern Cross and raced as Bryant & Son, until the Juniors folded and they moved into the senior ranks. It was here that Paul spent time with the late Bill Rutherford who would give him pigeons to race and breed from. Paul would gain his first Fed place in 1981 with a Col Bower BBH taking 22nd in the VHA race from Hay. Paul’s recollection of that race is still vivid today as he recalled riding his bike up to the Club toss in the rain that week and club mate Keith Bainbridge saying how impressed he was that a young man made the effort to toss on such a day. The Fed place gave Paul much pleasure and it would drive him onto many more club and federation places with the old Southern Cross Edithvale Club and many battles with Keith Bainbridge, Harley Tranter, Bruno Bonassin and Bob Williams to name just a few.

He won his first Fed in the VHA from Hillston in 1987 whilst still at home with Mum & Dad. This hen was bred down from the Wettering Delbars which Paul had received from his mentor the late Jack Harrison. Many hours were spent with old Jack talking and listening to the many stories that Jack would tell and learning about feeding and training. This would go onto set Paul up for future success in pigeon racing.

After moving to his first house in Dingley in 1991, then to another property in the same suburb, it was here that Paul was placed 7th & 9th Fed from Collarenbri in an all day fly. Paul was then racing with the Oakleigh Club where he competed with the great Wally Wojak, Bruce Walker & Rashard Effendi. The competition was very tough and Paul was determined to mix it with the best and gained his share of Club wins and Fed places.

After 4 years in Dingley Paul was on the move again building a nice home in Aspendale Gardens closer to the beach and racing to this tough position very successfully. It was here that Paul asked John Van Beers build him a fantastic loft. 

Paul said “John Van Beers certainly knows a thing or two about pigeon racing and I reckon he designs and builds the best lofts in the country”

 

                       Paul standing in front of his race loft                                                     

The race loft currently in Somerville houses between 120 to 150 birds during the racing season.

In February 2006 Paul moved to the semi rural property on 2 and a half acres at Somerville. It was here that Paul was to really begin to thrive with this open space and it allowed his pigeon kingdom to develop. He joined the Frankston Club within the Greater Melbourne Pigeon Federation and is now the Club President. 

 

 

The stock loft was given to Paul by his good friend Peter Dwyer and was built by John Van Beers (it has 20 single pens)

Paul holding his best race hen 'Paramount Princess'

Paul would find more success with many Federation positions at the new idyllic property finishing in the top 20 in the Fed consistently. It was in 2009 on the tough North East line that Paul would really fire taking 16 Fed places and winning the West Wyalong Produce Fed with his triple Fed Hen 15998 named “Paramount Princess” by a staggering  85MPM. This great hen had won 25th Fed Hay as a youngster then won 6th Finley, then the Produce Fed as a 2 year old. This Janssen Hen is a Marilyn/Red Fox a line Paul has been developing for quite some time. Her Sire is from the top producing Braveheart Cock that he obtained from Steve Gazzola and mated to the Blue Bar Janssen Hen.

 Here is a copy of “Paramount Princess” pedigree:

Paul decided to take the 2011 season off from racing to spend some time with his Partner Cindy and their young son Marcus. Marcus has become infatuated with the pigeons and cannot wait to get up in the morning to help Dad with the cleaning and feeding then again return after child care to watch the birds fly, clap his hands at them and catch a fantail or two. He is truly a pigeon boy!! They were blessed with the arrival of a little girl named Catherine in February 2012, so one would imagine a pigeon girl to make a pigeon pair!!!

   

                       Cindy and his newest addition to the family Catherine

Paul is quick to point out that a lot of his success is attributed to his great mate Frank Verco who is also in the Frankston Club. Paul says that Frank is a top trainer of racing pigeons and calls him “The Bart Cummings” of pigeon racing. Frank has a strict training regime that really gets the best out of their birds.

After the success of 2010 Paul bred a fantastic team of race birds in 2012. He was fired up for success and was hoping for even greater rewards in the money races and the long distance events. However his dreams all came crashing down in mid June when he decided to take a short cut home after dropping his car off for a service and jumped his front fence but got his back foot caught and subsequently broke his leg. An operation followed where a 10cm stainless steel pin was sown into his leg to let the bone graft.

Paul Byant and his great mate Frank Verco

A 3 month rehabilitation regime meant that Paul could not train his team. He only had one toss before the accident and had to rely on his great friends Frank Verco and Steve & Alistair Lester to basket and toss the pigeons for him. His broken leg meant that he could not go near his lofts for a few months meaning that he could not condition then properly. Paul tried really hard to compete with his fellow fliers and had to wait for the “Barb Watson Classic” from Morgan 400 miles coming 6th with a daughter of his Produce winner 15998 Paramount Princess.

Success equals demand so Paul has decided to sell pigeons from his stock birds at his newly created boutique stud “Paramount Lofts”. A new Website is currently being created which will facilitate the sale of young stock and race teams.

Paul has developed some top families and the bloodlines include:

The Janssens (Red Fox, Marilyn and Honeysuckle)
                                                            
 Mealy Cock Suth 07 1856    A magnificent Pure Red Fox Janssen purchased from Geoff Johnson from Ballarat. He obtained him from Ian & Dolly Freeman from NSW. This Cock is now breeding at Paramount Lofts Stud.

His Lordship… The Great “Paramount Producer” who has now sired 10 Fed Places including 1st Federation Produce GMPF by nearly 100MPM. He is a Grandson of the great Braveheart. Pictured with Grenville’s top producing 38461 Marilyn Honeysuckle Hen the Dam of many Fed places

Paramount Producer and Sole Sister are now responsible for the following:

BBC Melb 07  69  2nd Fed Birchip  Vel  1797
BBH Melb 08 15998   25th Fed Hay  Vel 1388
BBH Melb 08 17812  20th Fed  Mt Hope Vel 1800
BBH Melb 08 15998   6th Fed Finley  Vel 1111 
BBC Hors Cup 09 5600  8th Fed Narrandera 1368
BBH Melb 08 15998  1st Fed West Wyalong Produce  Vel 1992  
BBC Melb 09 11852  5th Open Breeders Plate Collecting Prize money of $2,255 Velocity 1175  mpm
BBH Horsham Cup 09 5601 11th Open Horsham Cup from Little Topar 770ks Vel: 996 mpm, 206 birds
BBH Aust 10-19604, 8th Adelaide Club Lyndhurst  Vel 1622mpm
BBH Melb 10- 1203 , 6th Adelaide $10,000

The Red Fox Janssens

  

SA 08 27230 another pure red fox Janssen off the Keith Saggers Geronimo lines


 Trevor Barker (7 October 1956 – 25 April 1996) was an Australian rules footballer with the St Kilda Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL).[1]


Recruited from Cheltenham Football Club in 1975, Barker was also a handy cricketer, winning an Under-16 premiership with his father Jack as coach.[2]


He made his debut wearing number 25 against Hawthorn in Round 2 on 12 April 1975.[3] He changed to the number 1 jumper in 1977, and was selected to represent Victoria at interstate level. He would go on to represent Victoria seven times. In an era where the Saints battled, Barker had a distinguished career and was considered the Saints best player throughout the 1980s, in a decade where the team had very little success. In fact his 230 games did not include any finals appearances, a league record.


He was an inspirational footballer known for his spectacular marking and contribution to the club, particularly in the 1980s when the club had severe financial difficulties.[4][5][6] Barker was captain of the St Kilda Football Club from 1983 to 1986.[7] St Kilda's best and fairest award, instituted in 1914, is named the Trevor Barker Award as a mark of respect to his contribution to the St Kilda Football Club.[8] Barker won St Kilda's best and fairest award in 1976 and 1981, was named in the club's Team of the Century.[9] He was also inducted to the St Kilda Football Club Hall Of Fame in 2003. The Trevor Barker Beach Oval, home of the Sandringham Football Club, was also named in his honour.[10]


After retiring, Barker worked briefly in the media before returning to football, this time as coach of Victorian Football Association club Sandringham. He led the club to two premierships (in 1992 and 1994), and was then appointed Reserves coach at St Kilda in 1995.


Trevor Barker died of cancer aged 39, on 25 April 1996.[11]
“Last Daughter” was bred from the original Red Fox Janssens gifted to Paul by the famous St. Kilda AFL footballer Trevor Barker. Trevor was one of the most famous AFL footballers St Kilda ever produced. He got involved in pigeon racing after Paul found out he kept fancy pigeons. For those who don’t know Paul is a mad St Kilda supporter and met Trevor through his association with the club. They had allot in common and became firm friends for the 5 years prior to his death in 1996 at age 39. Prior to his passing Trevor donated $3,000 to the now defunct Southern Cross Edithvale Club which has now amalgamated with Springvale. The Red Foxes bred Trevor some Fed places and also for David Hampton. He only raced from 1992 to 1995. He didn’t worry too much about winning and was just happy to be a part of the club as he always had his football commitments.

The original Red Fox pair gifted to Paul became the best present a pigeon fancier could get. Although Paul would have much preferred having his great mate Trevor still here, this Janssen pair became a goldmine for Paul. Paul estimates that this pair has been responsible for over 50 Federation positions for either himself or for other fliers. Paul has always crossed them with Grenville’s Marilyn and Honeysuckle Janssens and has created a family that has won just about everything for him. The sons and daughter from Keiths original pair has produced: 9th Fed Condolobin Vel 1105 5th Fed Coonamble Vel 771 2nd Fed Tintinarra 1610 13th Fed Trangie Vel 714 2nd Fed Coombah Vel 1786 11th Fed Rochester Vel 1897 19th Fed Hillston Vel 1791 25th Bourke 766  mpm. A red Fox gifted to Russell Campbell also bred a 1st Fed position from a difficult position in Moorabbin.
This list of course goes on as Paul has gifted birds to other fliers from this family which have also achieved success. When I asked Paul about the success of the Red Foxes Paul said” Andrew I have been breeding and racing pigeons for over 30 years and believe me many birds have passed through my lofts. When I flew from Dingley & Aspendale Gardens I was not in a great position and could not keep many stock birds, but for whatever reason these Red Fox Janssens produced the goods. They just kept on getting Federation positions for me week after week. This is the reason they are still in my stock loft they are just great birds”

When I asked Paul about the new Red Fox Janssen introductions from the “Pink Ladies” lines and Pradella in Western Australia. Paul replied “As you can see from the pedigree Andrew my original Red Foxes are getting old. My key hen is 2002 vintage and may not be able to breed for that much longer. What I needed to do was find birds from the same family that could blend in with the original Barker Reds. I scoured the country to find two key cock birds from different sources to blend in with the Barker Reds. I reckon I have done this with the Freeman and Pradella birds. The Freeman birds are really hard to get and have produced great results in Sydney as well so I reckon I am on the right track.

I will continue crossing these birds out with the other family of Janssens and with the Houbens so we will see the results over the next few years. If these birds keep on producing winners for me as I expect I will be calling this new blend of Red Foxes the “Pink Panthers” as like in the movie that can strike at any time”

Busschaert’s obtained from the Late Keith Saggers are Parkside Superman and Red Rum.

The Busschaerts have been a brilliant family for Paul over the years and so he has maintained them to this day. The success has mainly from the Parkside Superman and Palmers from the late Keith Saggers and the Red Rum lines from Des Sippets and Keith Saggers. These birds have won Paul many top VHA Fed places and tend to “win out of turn” on days which are windy, raining or inclement. Because of these attributes he has a “soft spot” for them.

Houben’s obtained from Des Sippets, John Shore and Neil Machar

  
         VHA 05 16961 “The Gazzola Cock”

Paul said “ As you can see this Houben cock is bred by Steve Gazzola from the most prolific Houben pair in the country. It is amazing that this line of Houbens can still produce winners. I was really surprised that this cock could produce a high 600 mile federation bird from Bookaloo. It just shows you the quality of the birds and that they are not necessarily just sprinters. It shows you that good birds can win just about anything. I intend to mate the Houben with the Janssens and Vandenabeeles in the near future.”

Van Loon’s from the Keith Saggers Silver Shadows have just been introduced, and also some Scrumpy Van Loon’s.

                                                       
A pure silver shadow bred by Keith Saggers Aust 04 14445    

Photo of BCPC Aust 04 1445 that Paul has breeding at Paramount Lofts Stud.                                                            

They have the very best of the Keith Saggers Silver Shadows. They were purchased from Bruce Oakley from QLD. Bruce has had enormous success with this family and the following results to back it up:

1st All Age National Club 300 miles (2006) 3rd St Lawrence 330 miles (2006) 1st Mackay 400 miles 5.30 pm on the day only 2 birds on the day, 29th Parkes 1 loft race 350 miles only 34 birds back in race time 1st Moonie 210 miles (2008) 3rd Collarenbri 375 miles (2008) 19th Qld 10000 350 miles all day fly (2009) These birds crossed well with the Goodgers and Bruce was able to get some great results crossed which included 1st Qld 10,000 350 miles 3 race series 30th – 150 miles,13th Qld 10000 350 miles only 28 back on the second day 3rd Collarebri 375 miles where two nest mates landed together 2nd Talwood 280 miles 2008 rain all day 1st Charleville 400 miles mid 30’s easterly

When I asked Paul why he has introduced these birds to his stock loft Paul said “My good mate Russell Campbell was great friends with Bruce. Now most people don’t know that Bruce is married to the late Keith Saggers sister. Through this connection Bruce was able to get the very best birds from Keith which included his very best Silver Shadows. These birds are getting results all over the country and can fly in the sprint races and also go great in the distance races especially when crossed. The South Australian fliers especially liked to cross them with their own old long distance families to speed them up. Now Bruce crossed these silver shadows with the Bill Walford Goodgers (Ace Red Hen family) and they really produced the goods especially in the one loft races. When I heard Bruce was getting out of pigeons and I was fortunate to get onto Bruce through Russell and acquire these really good birds. I haven’t had them for that long yet but I am positive they will get the results with the right cross. They seem to cross really well with both the Janssens and Goodgers so we will see what results they get in the future.”

Vandenabeele’s from Keith Saggers.

 


Young Blue Cheq Cock whose bloodlines go back to the Wittenbuik and White Toes

PEDIGREE OF: Pencil Cock VHA-09-34442 

 BRED BY: S.Gazzola gifted to Paramount Lofts 

When I asked Paul about what he thought about the Vandenabeeles Paul replied “I like these birds allot. I have not had that many in my race team yet but the ones I have had have done really well. They don’t get lost around the loft and fly really well. They are smart birds, handle beautifully and have won some big races both in Australia and around the world so I expect them to perform for me in the future. I intend to cross them with both the Houbens and Red Fox Janssens for racing and will be sourcing more of these birds from around the country to see what performs for both me and other fanciers. Keith Saggers identified these birds as the best birds at the Lu Ping sale so if they are good enough for Keith they are good enough for me”

I asked Paul about Steve Gazzola birds “Not many people know this but Steve knew Keith really well so when he heard that Keith was getting out of pigeons he dropped in to Keith and negotiated to buy his very best birds. The birds he purchased were a mixture of the Smeulders Janssens, Vandenabeeles and Houbens. Believe me he bought his very best and anyone that gets birds from Steve has been really happy with them. As you can see my best Honey Suckle Janssen. Houben and Vandenabeele were all purchased from Steve so I am extremely indebted to Steve for allowing me to get these birds”

Also introduced lately have been the Goodgers from Pete Virgona and Jeff Watson SA.

Paul said “I have not had as much success as I have wanted in the really long distance events so I have identified two families of Goodgers that I believe will improve my race team. These two families are the Wilcannia cock lines from Peter Virgona as these birds have won some big races for Peter and he has one of the best boutique long distance Pigeon Studs in the country. The other line is the Grange/Billings line which from my research comes off the Ace Red hen family. I am really fortunate to have a few of these birds in my stock loft.They are smart, small and beautifully feathered birds which are wonderful to handle and I have big expectations for this family. The Goodger family is now many decades old but still appear to be competitive so we will wait and see. What I need to do now is give these birds every opportunity to fly the distance races they are bred for and find the right crosses that make them competitive. These crosses will be the Silver Shadows, Van Wanroys and maybe the Vandenabeeles. We will just see what clicks. I don’t believe any of my stock birds are bad birds the problem that most fanciers have and that includes me is that we do not give our stock birds the opportunity to perform because we only breed a few birds of each pair”

So I asked Paul how he selects his stock birds “I have been breeding race birds for over 30 years and constantly look for better birds. A big mistake many fliers make is that they replace their existing families to find out that their old birds were better. That is why I think it is important to retain the key stock birds from the old family and introduce new birds that may improve the quality of the birds. As an example the original 88’ imports introduced by all the pigeon studs really improved the quality of the Australian birds. Later on the Lu Ping birds were probably the best birds bought into the country and these birds also improved the quality of many flyers stock lofts almost overnight. There is probably no top flier in the Country that does not have at least a few of these birds to stay competitive. So what I am basically saying is you must first look for birds that win and win big races. The pedigree is not everything but it is a really good starting point. The next thing is I like to handle the birds and like them in my hand. They must be balanced and have a wing which is suited to their racing distance. As an example I like longer wings with gaps on the primaries for the distance birds.

Basically you need to identify birds that you think might be better than your own and try them in your stock loft. They don’t necessarily have to be the most expensive birds you can buy but need to improve your own birds in some way. If all you needed to do is buy the most expensive birds then only the millionaires would win and as we know that is not necessarily the case. This success in this sport comes from good birds, good pigeon management and proper education and training”

The following article was written by John Hoffman

“Ace Red Hen” SA 81 494 which was Lot 65 in Allen Goodger’s auction sale.

The “Ace Red Hen”, a producer of producers, was a daughter of Goodger’s Lot 60,SA 78 1593, also an outstanding breeding hen. When mated to BCC SA 81 428, Lot53, she produced both John Pryor’s and Grant Paterson’s number one stock cocks.Goodger’s 2nd SAHPA Booroorban was bred from Lot 59 x Lot 52 and Lot 53 was from Lot 51 x Lot 52, bloodlines that keep on producing top birds

A daughter of the “Ace Red Hen”, Mealy SA 91 23798, bred 1st SAHPA Morundah,2nd SAHPA Emmdale, 4th SAHPA Booroorban, 7th SAHPA Booroorban , 13th SAHPAMt. Gambier & 27th SAHPA Mt. Gambier for Jim Marafiote. To produce this Mealy hen, the “Ace Red Hen” was mated back to her son.

Another son RCC SA 83 7633 produced the sire of Charlie Forbes’s 1989 Nockatunga National winner which won Charlie a trip to Europe. “7633” was one ofthe first two sons bred from the “Ace Red Hen”. A great grandson of “The Ace Red Hen” bred Rod & Judy Billings 1st SAHPA Alice Springs in 2009. Greg Hamilton’s famous marathon hen “Grange”, bred by David Cunningham of Port Pirie, won 19th,4th & 3rd SAHPA Alice Springs in successive years, 2007, 2008 & 2009. Her sire contains a lot of the “Ace Red Hen’s” blood in her. A daughter of “Grange” has also won 5th & 3rd SAHPA Alice Springs in 2009 & 2010.

The sire of the “Ace Red Hen”, RCC SA 78 1533, lot 59 in Goodger’s sale and his bloodlines were described as “All Blanden”. He was the sire of 2nd SAHPA Booroorban, 2nd SAHPA Numdroo and 3rd SAHPA Young.

        

 Van Wanroy’s purchased from Ollie Taylor.

These birds are bred from the original 88’ imports. Paul hopes that these birds will provide a perfect cross to the old Australian long distance families.

Paul said “I was absolutely wrapped to get hold of these birds because I was after a good cross to the old South Australian long distance families as well as the Janssens. From my research of this strain it appears to be the backbone of the European distance strain today. Nigel Jarvis has imported both the Van Wanroys and the Euro Distance birds from the UK and the Van Wanroy pedigrees are prominent in the best performing Euro birds so to a certain extent my theory about the potency of these birds are vindicated.

Also the late John Pryor chose this strain as the best cross to his own birds and achieved a 2nd Alice Springs with this cross. So we will see how these birds go"

Article from the PIPA Pigeon Paradise website:

I wonder did the late Jef van Wanroy before his death ever envisage the impact that the strain which he founded would ultimately make upon the long distant scene. For amongst the national and international winners throughout the world today the blood of the van Wanroy's mingle in quite a lot of their veins. Not alone the winners but the runner ups and other positions. At a personal level within a period of fifteen years Jef van Wanroy won "182" very good prizes out of about 242 nationals in Holland. Some of the latter included 1st and 7th St. Vincent; 3rd and 4th Pau; 2nd and 9th Dax; 1st, 4th, 21st, 24th Marseille and of course 1st and 3rd Barcelona. There were also many minor prizes and this was from a loft of no more than sixty pigeons.

Jef van Wanroy was involved with pigeons during his teen years but after leaving for a period he returned with a serious intent in 1946 at the age of 42. And to the village of Broekhuizenvorst he brought the best that he could purchase. From a local butcher name Steegs he bought pure Bricouxs and from his friend Dusarduyn he obtained some of the latter's best. He also bought birds from Fabry Sr. (of Liege) which included the latter's 'Hansenne stock'. In fact the traditional bronze of the van Wanroy's famous blacks derives from Fabry's famous 'Bronze'. Also another important addition to his stock was the famous '11' or the Hornstra hen which has definitely left its mark. Interestingly like other great strains their survival depended upon the the work of other fanciers who fell in love with the strain for after the death of van Wanroy which shocked the worlds racing pigeon fraternity there were a number of the latter which included Jan Hendrix, Anton Van Haaren and the father and son combination of Jo and Ben Hendrix. The latter combination won the international Barcelona classic with a van Wanroy strain bird. As for Jan Hendrix he was van Wanroy's fellow villager and friend and after the latter's death his sister in law offered Hendrix the whole colony of pigeons but due to limited space he refused. However he had earlier had obtained some of the van Wanroy strain and it has left its mark especially 'Westerhuis' and the 'Famous 90'. One of the most famous was the 'Kleine Donkere' who won the title of the best bird in Holland. This great specimen was sent to Barcelona (about 800 miles) 48 hours after flying from Orleans 350 miles and won 70th position in the national. Now owned by the Ponderosa Stud. Van Haaren purchased the best of the van Wanroy's including the famous '11' and this was a stroke of some magnitude for the new owner bred the best from them which included finishing fifteen times within the top twenty of national races. Van Haaren also crossed his van Wanroy's with Aarden and Van der Wegen bloodlines and this contributed to the belief that the van Wanroy's were purely of Aarden origins. When the latter fancier sold out the Jo and Ben Hendrix lofts obtained his stock and racers in 1974. Also Jo Hendrix was a very close friend of van Wanroy and knew his pigeons inside and out so to speak. Back in 1970 the father and son bought some outstanding representatives of the strain as squeakers, one of which was to be the grand dam of '271' which won the Barcelona International in 1980. There are many of the opinion that Ben Hendrix was the worthy successor of van Wanroy and the custodian of one of the best modern strains of the last and present century. The latter fancier has successfully crossed the van Wanroy's with the Janssen's and the Gommaar Verbruggen families and the offspring are excellent for races between three hundred and five hundred miles. That is one day races but of course the van Wanroy's are for the marathon races.

Dangerfield’s from Mountjoy & Dakin and Tim Deslandes SA.

 

 “Danger boy” APFA 11 13206

The Dangerfields had appealed to Paul for quite some time. Paul had read all about Roy Dangerfield and his long distance exploits and loved that the old Grizzle line that had been producing winners year after year. They are a tough South Australian bloodline that has stood the test of time. He was lucky enough to secure a nice family of them from Bill Mountjoy, and his mate Earl Dakin who had them for years and had much success. To further solidify this family Paul got in touch with Tim Deslandes from South Australia  who has a strong line of Dangerfields and managed to swap birds to create a better family to race from. Paul will continue to build on this family and has sent a few youngsters to different fliers with positive results. The proof of this family is that it has already achieved a 28th Fed in the tough VHA 600 miles from Bookaloo which was a tough 2 day race with only 61 birds getting back after the second day.

     

Roy Dangerfield written by Barry Ward

A former Port Adelaide ruckman, Roy Dangerfield was a leading flyer in the SAHPA and had completed 66 years of racing when ill health forced him to have a complete dispersal sale in 1994. Retirement definitely came when he was at his peak, despite being aged in his 80’s and football injuries preventing him from doing any work with his pigeons. With no tossing from the start of the racing seasons, he finished 1st in the SAHPA aggregate points in 1990, the following year he was 5th, and the season prior to his health issues he was 2nd.

Roy was a master in preparing performed yearlings to go on and become triple association pigeons in their 2YO season. Roy recommenced racing with a small team containing his original bloodlines a few years after his sale and won 1st Assoc Farina 550km with a cock that was also placed 7th and 9th Assoc. Clearly a master fancier.

The principal hen in his latter years was his “Mt Willoughby Hen”, 2nd SAHPA Mt Willoughby 876km, and a granddaughter of the “Elliot Hen” of Alan Goodger. It could be argued the “Mt Willoughby Hen” was one of the most influential pigeons to have graced a stock loft in Australia.

In the 1992 season she was responsible for every Association placing for Roy and all 10 club wins in the Hampstead Club.

Roy is also accredited with racing South Australia’s greatest pigeon. This incredible grizzle hen was SAHPA Bird of the Year in 1990, winning 5th Assoc, 3rd Assoc, and 4th Assoc Gilgandra 1000km.

Little wonder he is a prominent member of the hall of fame.

Richard Rowe Long Distance Bloodlines

Wow, these pigeon really pack a punch. Richard was a top flyer for many years in the GMPF winning all the big races. He developed this great family over the years being put together with the old distance lines from Doug Ince, John Yates and Colin Walker and blending them with the original Janssen’s and Van Loon’s to create winner after winner. This family is still potent today and I have personally had plenty of success with them either straight or crossed. They are a beautiful type of pigeon mainly medium sized Dark Chequers with lovely feathering and big hearts. Paul will be mating them in with my new long distance lines of the Goodger and the Van Wanroy’s.

Here are some of Pauls Federation places:

DCH Melb 06 5257  20th Fed Morgan 2  Vel 1034 off DC Melb 03 2825 R Rowe  Ince& DC Melb 05 5652 R Rowe-Ince
DCH Melb 06 5257  16th Fed Carrieton  Vel 1211 off  DC Melb 03 2825 R Rowe (Ince)  & DC Melb 05 5652 Rowe Ince
DCH Melb 06 5217  15th Fed Mildura Vel 1128 off  DC Melb 03 2825 R Rowe (Ince)  & DC Melb 05 5652 R Rowe (Ince)
BCC Melb 09 14183 22nd Fed Railton TAS off BB Eureka Cup 04 8475 Marilyn Janssen & DC Melb 06 5217 R Rowe 15th Fed Mildura
BCH Melb 09 14119   8th Fed  Narromine 1 off  DC Melb 05 2813 R Rowe off lot 3 & 4 & Slate QPF 08  4609 Janssen from D Leaders.
BBH Melb 09 14115  15th Fed Narromine 2 off  DC Melb 05 5626 R Rowe  (Lot 69) & Grizzle Melb 05 7448 Van Loon Double Fed Hen
DCH Melb 09 14174  18th Fed Coonamble off  DC Melb 05 2813 R Rowe off lot 3 & 4 & Slate QPF 08  4609 Janssen from D Leaders.
DCH Melb 09 14125  16th Fed Collarenebri off BB Eureka Cup 04 8475