Leo van Rijn be champion again!!!

The weather was again so bad, that the races Saturday all over Holland, were cancelled. So we go out the basket’s today, Sunday 6 August. We had today, the last race 2017 with the old pigeons, a race from La souterraine , for me 671 km, with a soft North western head wind, who turned in Belgium to west, and here on the last 100 km turn on to Wes south west.
This western wind made again that we here on the west coast, in the total provincial South Holland, have no any change You understand. But looking here, to provincial south Holland, section west, we have an acceptable some more honest, and good race. I have send only 9 pigeons, and won the 1e and 2e in the club and the 2e -6-30-35-63 in the combine against 424 pigeons .
This 2e price, made that I am again 1e Champion General (all over General; Vitesse- Mid fond- Day race fond ) 2017, and also 1e Champion Day races 2017, etc etc, of course in club but also in the area and the combine.
This 1e prices most weeks, 1e price winners 2017 on the middle distance and special the day races, have been as I wright You al weeks, most of them, a big % the old Benjamin line. As You know, sins 2014 with great success in cross, with the 3 Wonder Dirk breeders of me, and the 4 breeders of the super winner multiplayer Bliksem 781 .
It started with winning by me of the National ACE Young pigeon all Holland 2014, Marja, and this combination with Benjamin gives my loft a winners boost from 2014 all Years. Now a Yearling won last day race from Chateauroux on 603 KM, and NL16-1835694 (from this blood line combination) won the 1e now on La Souterraine on 671km, super I guess for such a Young hen on such a tough and long day race. SUPERB HEN this 694, Who I will call now La Souterraine 694
With the Youngsters this morning it was a more disturbed race, the weather early this morning, was not simple it seems for them, because there were too much minutes between the arrivals.
I have them good in the club and as one of the best in the combine, but missed the first arrivals group, and start with 4-8-9-13-14-15-16-17-18-20-21-22 25- etc on 286p
A lot of lofts were slaughtered by the losses all weeks, so much losses that fanciers lost around 60%.
Good friends/Champs, who raced also well for30-40 Years have not enough left for fill the boxes 2018…., I hope I go on like this, because I have left still 65 of My 84 Young 2017 pigeons, who I started with in May in My loft. So if I be able, to keep this the last 2-3 weeks, I have enough choice for the 24 Yearlings hen and cocks I hope to select.
Winner Dutch Golden Classic

The winner of the Dutch Golden Classic contains a lot of Leo van Rijn birds. This bird is winner of 2.000 Euros. See the pedigree for more information. 

In the club I lost the 1e because My Youngsters waste some time, and have now
2-3-5-6-10-11-12-14-16-17-18-19-20-23-25 etc against 355 pigeons and in the combine as You can read here 5-6-13-14-36-38-42-45 etc total 33 in the price in our system 1 to 4 from 65 of me in concourse against 3995 pigeons.
It seems the Youngsters start to be ready to doing well next races, after this few trainings and now 2 races.
I also send You a scan, after this mail, with of the General results position of the lofts here in the area, were I read that I am this 2017 so far again 1e in the day races and also 1e in the total General
This is the report of this week, I have to be happy with this I suppose.
Two times 2nd in combine!

Here it is still rubbish with the weather. Yesterday we raced from Morlincourt/Noyon and they find a moment at 10.45 to put the pigeons out, total provincial South Holland Young and old in 1 time around 31.700 pigeons. The sky opened some spots some moments, and we get hope on a good race, but after a while clouds / sky closed totally, and some spats of drizzle rain started. It should be the start of a difficult returns, with late in the evening 95% at home on the lofts.
I have not bad luck, that I have with both Young and Old pigeons the 2e in the combine.
With the old pigeons place 2-6-7-25-33-50-61-62-73 in the combine = provincial west section place 22-28-29 -102-136-etc on 1593p on this last race, what with a west south western wind was difficult to do better for me at the West coast /Westland
With the Youngsters also place 2 in the combine and My second on place 24 (lost 3 minutes) on 3488 Young pigeons, go on with 24-40-44-57- etc made much worse as normally, only 19 of the 64 in the price list, missing only 4 in the evening what was very good .
So still again, not a pigeons weather weekend as we hope and like, but we have to deal with it. I hope I have keep My No 1 Champion position still in the Combine and section south Holland west after this 2 rain weekends with a high week of fortune level.
Dear Adrian & Leo
Hope you are well and I see from your articles in the BHW that you are still winning with your pigeons. I would like to give you an update on some success my son Kevin and I have had with you and Leo Van Rijn pigeons.
The best hen we have from your hen ‘Jenny’ GB10T 37024 bred by yourself from direct Leo Van Rijn bloodlines was ‘Lucky’. As a baby on her first flight out of the loft she was attacked by a hawk and hit a kitchen window. The owner of the house came out and saw the hawk on the pigeon on the ground, the hawk flew away and he picked the young pigeon and on checking the leg noticed a phone number and phoned Kevin. His son accompanied him to collect the pigeon not far from their house and on the return home Kevin’s son Matthew said ‘Dad this pigeon was lucky it was not killed by the hawk’ and Kevin said ‘You are right and you have just named the pigeon ‘Lucky’. She went on to win 7 x 1st prizes in the club and excelled in the Scottish National Flying Club from inland racing. From Maidstone a distance of 392 miles she won 6th section C 31st open from an entry of 4855 birds. From Buckingham a distance of 322 miles she won 14th section C 78th open from an entry of 2941 birds. Then from Maidstone a distance of 392 miles she won 49th section C 223rd open against an entry of 4484 birds. From the Billericay national a distance of 364 miles she won 1st club 1st federation 18th section C 70th open from a convoy of 3395 birds. Unfortunately ‘Lucky’ time ran out when she was going for her Meritorious Inland Bronze Award for winning 5 times in the Scottish National inland races.
However 2 half-sisters of Lucky from the same dam ‘Jenny’ have won the following in the 2017 season with the Scottish National Flying Club. From the national’s first race from Buckingham with 495 members sending 4169 birds. We also had a race from Leicester on the same day and Kevin took the 1st 2nd & 3rd place and as he was attending to these Leicester birds my wife Margaret said loudly; ‘There is a blue hen on the way into the trap. This turned out to be his 1st national pigeon from Buckingham and 10 minutes later her sister drop onto the loft and 6 minutes later he timed a yearling hen; and he finished up with 17 home from his entry of 20 birds at the national race, so was very pleased with the teams efforts on the day. Kevin ended up winning 1st club 2nd Angus federation 37th section C 112th open with his first bird she is a half-sister to ‘Lucky’ (same dam) mentioned above. Her sire was direct from Leo Van Rijn when I purchased 6 straight from Holland with the help of Adrian. Kevin’s 2nd pigeon ‘Lynne’ is a full sister to the club winner and she won 70th section C 201st open and this is her 2nd national certificate as she won 25th section C 63rd open from Ypres in 2016 flying 455 miles.
The Scottish national sent a great entry of 6065 birds to the Buckingham inland national with a few extra hundred birds convoyed by the national but who only competed for federation prizes and the total liberation could be in excess of 7000 birds. In this race Kevin won 2nd club 4th Angus federation 9th section C 26th open with ‘Lynne’ this was the hen who was our 2nd bird from Buckingham a couple of weeks ago so now has 3 Scottish national certificates to her name. Hopefully she will be in good condition to go to the Ypres race on the 8th July as she will be on her first pair of eggs of the season. I will let you know how she progresses on the day.
May I once again THANK YOU and LEO for the top quality pigeon you have supplied us over the years they have been a ‘Credit’ to you both as they are top quality bred pigeons who breed ‘Winner’s’.
Yours in sport
Joe & Kevin Murphy
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The convoy of 2320 birds sent by 409 members to Ypres by the SNFC were liberated at 06:40am on Saturday 8th July into blue skies with a light west/south-west wind at the race point. The birds cleared the site well within minutes and the temperature at liberation was 19 degrees. Kevin timed in ‘Lynne’ at 20-12 hours flying 455 miles and should make both the section and open national result, thus winning her 3rd national prize in 3 national races in 2017.
Once I obtain the open result I will update you on this wonderful hen positions.

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