Pigeon breeding and racing remains a popular pursuit, with some fanciers aiming for the ultimate goal of turning their hobby into a career. Sabrina Dean visited brothers Daniel and Justin King of Kingslea Lofts in Bloemfontein to find out more about the demands, and thrills, of the sport.
With his passion and skill, Gysie Britz raised the bar in South African pigeon racing. Thomas Smit spoke to the champion fancier about his success.
It’s not unusual for Gauteng pigeon fanciers to experience a fast-paced start in the first six races of the season. With the races being from south to north, the prevailing south-westerly winds all but blow the birds home. This year has been no different.
Golden Prince, currently the most expensive pigeon in the world, is owned by two South African fanciers.
To be successful at pigeon racing, you need to be fast, very fast, says Thomas Smit.
With careful management and good quality birds, any fancier with the right attitude can become a contender, says Thomas Smit.
Pigeon fanciers Albert Lingenfelder and André Mills have again made their mark, this time in the inaugural Western Cape Classic.
With a ‘dream team’ at the helm and R10 million in prizes, the inaugural Victoria Falls World Challenge Pigeon Race is set to be a classic. Wildlife conservation will benefit too, says Thomas Smit.
A comprehensive training programme ensured that the pigeons were fit for the demands of the final race, says Thomas Smit.
Shane Gerber has been racing pigeons for 20 years and is passionate about Tom Locks. Thomas Smit spoke to him.
Eye theory, or 'eye-sign' theory is one of the most divisive issues amongst the racing pigeon fraternity. Some top fanciers maintain however, that the secret to selecting top racing pigeons lies in the eyes.
The theory of ‘eye-sign’ is a subject of much controversy in the pigeon racing fraternity.