The annual NIPA Ladies Night was held at the weekend at the Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick.
The event started with Mr Alan Darragh, NIPA Chairman, welcoming everyone and then proceeding to introduce the guests: Mr Neil Frazer - Frazer Animal Feeds, Banbridge, NIPA main sponsor; Mr Sammy Thompson and Mr Sammy Briggs, RPRA Councillors, RPRA Irish Region Secretaries Mr & Mrs Robert Reid and Secretary of The Irish National Flying Club Mr Trevor Topping and family.
After the meal, it was then time for the awards. The NIPA Secretary Mr Fred Russell and assistant Mr Gregory McAvoy assisted at the presentation. Without doubt the major award winner on the night was the master himself Ronnie Williamson, winning most of the major average awards, flying to the lofts in Newry. Ronnie is only getting established to the lofts at Newry and seems to be settling well as this season’s results prove. Mr Sammy Thompson won the Presidents Cup for 2015.
On finishing I would like to congratulate all the season’s award winners. Over the next few weeks I will include a few pics from the event.
FORMULA ONE LOFTS
Once again in 2015 they have had a very good racing season winning many races and more importantly breeding many winners and breeders of winners for others.
Pigeons bred by the loft have won 1st National (BICC), 1st Amal 4,300 birds, 1st Combine from 512 miles, 4x1st and 2x2nd Gold ring races, 2nd Futurity, 1st and 2nd Hotspot in NCC 1 loft race, Ace bird in the fed, 3 x Ace birds in clubs all in 2015. Also many winners reported from birds bred from the bloodlines including 1st Amal, 2nd Amal, 4th Amal up to 4,000+ birds. NFC merit award winner, and many club and fed winners again all in 2015. With Ace fanciers right through to novices winning with the birds. Formula 1 lofts are returning to Northern Ireland and will have on offer a good selection of Frans Zwols, Louis Thijs/Leo Heremans and Rutz & Son pigeons all bred from the main stock birds. Date: Wednesday 25th November at 8pm. Birds on view at 7pm.
Please note date. Venue: Chimney Corner Football Club, Randalstown Road, Antrim. On offer a very select draft of quality pigeons included will be proven breeders, ex racers along with children from the main stock birds plus a few bred directly by the long distance maestros Mark Gilbert and Mark Bulled. Included in sale: “Zwol 64” - Direct F Zwols - Pure Class - Sire of Club, Fed & Open Winners - Closely related to “Three Musketeers” - “Zwol 60” - Direct F Zwols - Dam & G/dam of Winners & P/Winners - “Gilbert 16” - Bred by Mark Gilbert - Class - G/Son of 2 x 1st Reg Barcelona - “Gilbert 67”- Bred by Mark Gilbert - Another Star Lot - Double G/Dtr “Southfield Darkie” (Double National Winner) - “Gilbert 307” - Bred by Mark Gilbert - G/Son of “Super Bordeau” (1st International Bordeaux) & “Southfield Supreme” (1st Dax International) - “Bulled 36” - Bred by Mark Bulled - G/Son “Day Return” (LNRC Hall Of Fame Winner & Sire Of Loft) and closely related to “Die Hard” (3rd, 3rd & 45th LNRD Thurso) - “Bulled 82” - Bred By Mark Bulled - Direct Son “Cecils Pride” (1st LNRC Lerwick 582 miles) x Dtr “Die Hard 1” - “Bulled 83” - Full Sister To “Bulled 82” - “Bulled 91” - Bred by Mark Bulled - Direct Son “Die Hard 1” (LNRC Hall Of Fame Winner) x Dtr LNRC Hall Of Fame Award Winner - Plus many more “Bred In The Purple”.
The bloodlines win in the very best of competition with many winners reported at all levels including multiple winners at National, NIPA, Classic, Combine, Gold ring and Futurity races, one loft races and hundreds of club, fed, section and open winners.
The above sale will be online for all to pre-bid who cannot attend, with the final bid online, the opening bid in the live sale room. The online sale will close at 12 midday on the day of the sale in question. To view a sale list of the bids on offer log onto www.pigeoncraic.com.
To view all the Lots on offer please log onto www.pigeoncraic.com/auctions.
After another fantastic season and racing to a new loft location, only established in the past couple of seasons, Ronnie Williamson, Newry, has confirmed he will offer to the fancy one of the finest draft of channel winning bloodlines ever offered in NI, mostly 2013 virgin stock.
This will be a star studded event that only the master Ronnie can offer. Winner of 61 x 1st NIPA Opens & 5 x 1st Nationals, the past season has been another cracker. Having just getting established in Newry, Ron, this past season, has won the Section G Fancier Of The Year Title plus most of the NIPA Average Cups - unbelievable flying.
The team of birds on offer will be mainly 2013 late breds that were set aside for the stock loft but now the opportunity beckons for you the fancy to own any of the star studded lots on offer. These are present day winning bloodlines - direct children of INFC Kings Cup Winners, Friendship National Winners, Triple Crown Winners, NIPA St Malo O/B National Winners etc. plus the very best of the late Maurice Wilkinson bloodlines on offer. Date & Venue: TBC - Early Dec.
MARSHALL, SON & SMITH - TOP UNC ACES
First time in NI - A fantastic draft on offer direct from their top breeding pairs. Date: Thursday 19th November at 8pm. Birds on view at 7pm. Venue: Chimney Corner Football Club, Randalstown Road, Antrim. All birds are online for all to pre-bid who cannot attend, with the final bid online, the opening bid in the live sale room. To view a sale list of the birds on offer log on to www.pigeoncraic.com/auctions.
MARTIN GRAHAM - BALLYMENA
Martin has on offer a small select draft from his top winning lines. Please note: this is an online only sale - last bid will be the winning bid. There will be a 20 minute sniping feature in operation for this sale. The birds are now online. Finishes 10pm on 18 November. Go take a look: www.pigeoncraic.com/auctions
ANDY JOHNSTON - BALLYLESSON - ENTIRE CLEARANCE SALE
Top clearance sale - due to family commitments. Andy has a top team of Leo Van Rijns obtained from his good friend, the late Bob McMeekin, plus recent introductions from Mr and Mrs Brian McNeilly. Andy also has many more top birds including two direct sons of Champions “Max” (Double MNFC Winner) x “Phate” (MNFC Winner). A top two part sale of top winning bloodlines - Winners and breeders of winners on offer including “Woodburn Producer 99” (Sire 10 x 1sts) - Direct Son of “The Producer”. More info next week.
JIM SINTON - MUCKAMORE - ENTIRE CLEARANCE SALE
Entire clearance sale on behalf of Jim Sinton, Muckamore, on Friday 27th November at 8pm. Venue: Chimney Corner Football Club. On offer the very best of McKinstry Bros, Dromara - bloodlines plus a few loft accessories. Further information call 07701000652.