Top racing pigeons were on offer at Charles Carlson Jnr’s auction at the end of April. It’s not often that…
Due to business commitments, champion pigeon fancier Charles Carlson Jnr auctioned off his fine collection of highly competitive ‘racing machines’, towards the end of April. Charles is a third-generation pigeon racing enthusiast with an enviable collection of Spritzys and Clausings. He also invested considerable sums to obtain the cream from Bert de Ceuninck on the side to use as cross material. This has paid off in race after race.
Some of Charles’s performance highlights:
After moving to the Eland Pigeon Racing Club, Charles continued to score top positions at club and federation level.
Charles’s pigeon families include:
Charles owned the famous click pair that bred top scorers for Arnold Morey and Fareed Kathrada/Walter Dinwoodie in the TRPF. The male is the De Ceuninck Grizzle cock and the female a Walter Dinwoodie hen (now dead).
Charles first inbreeds the base families separately and then cross-breeds them for hybrid vigour for racing purposes. The successful cross-breeds are bred back to the base pigeons of the line they emerged from. “Don’t waste time and money with mediocre pigeons,” he says. “Good pigeons make pigeon racing easy and make you look clever.”
He recommends that a novice make friends with a trusted champion fancier and undergo an ‘apprenticeship’.
“It doesn’t take long to learn the basics, but the finer points of race training take time and come with experience,” he explains. “Spend time with your pigeons. A novice can learn a great deal by observation. Look after your pigeons and they’ll look after you in the race results.”
Visit www.exclusivepigeons.co.za for more information.
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