Pigeons are in training for the final of the 6th annual SA Prestige Invitational Pigeon Race (SAPIR), says Thomas Smit.
The final of the 2016 SAPIR will be held on 25 September from Colesburg (a distance of about 570km). Prime bred young racing pigeons are entered, homed and trained to compete against each other from the same loft.
Whether a business executive who doesn’t have time to compete from a home loft or a specialist breeder, you can test the quality of your pigeon stock at the SAPIR loft east of Johannesburg, where all the work is done for you.
With an entry fee of R10 000/ team, it’s a fraction of the cost of running a home loft – and then there’s the chance to win some cash…
Starting with the first road training flight on 1 July, from Vereeniging (45km), the few losses and quick returns as the distances increased to 340km attest to the high quality of the pigeons and their training, overseen by Daniel Chilengue.
The basic rules of the SAPIR One-Day Loft concept are as follows:
SAPIR Loft will auction off all the birds just prior to the main race. The winning bidders will become the owners of the teams they bought, with 30% of the price going to the original entrant.
Buyers can also enter the birds not chosen for the race into the Auction Challenge. For this reason all non-nominated pigeons remain in training prior to the final race (they also serve as team reserves).
In summary, due to the limited number of competing pigeons, the real test for breeders is to correctly assess the ability of their choice of pigeons. In addition, bidders at the auction get an opportunity to buy into the best gene pool in South Africa, which may otherwise not have been for sale.
For more information, contact 011 907 0130/8 or 082 804 9968.
Thomas Smit is a racing pigeon selector, and a freelance journalist and writer.
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