Last Friday, My dear brother in low passed away a little un expected, on an age of 72 much to Young after suffering with hiss health several years.
With the pigeons it was also not nice. It was a rain weekend over all Holland and Belgium, the pigeons wait and wait with their fanciers, and on Saturday they drive back with the youngsters from Belgium to 45 km on Roosendaal in our country, but even there it was not possible to put them out. They then decide to drive back Saturday evening to Belgium, because there was expected that there will be a short periode without rain and maybe some sun, but…that better periode was in the night and early morning, so on Sunday again wait and wait, and again they drive back to 45 km in Thoolen, were they put the out around 15hour Sunday.
I had the 1e and this 3 minutes in front in My club, and 3e price in the combine with across again from Benjamin hen with Bliksem cock , but it will not count for points because it was only 45 km
Old pigeons I have send 21 in perfect condition, and the same, wait after wait, they drive back from 360 km to 217 km and put them out Saturday 15 hour. It seems to optimistic, because the arrivals were very bad. My worst race this Year, with place 7 of the only 160 pigeons in the club and around place 50 in the combine. This also will not count in points in the combine because the rules say too much km back.
Next to his on this rain weekend, My dear brother in low passed away a little un expected, on an age of 72 much to Young after suffering with hiss health several years.
So, a bad weekend here.
We look forwards to next weekend and hope that will be better.
Kind regards,
Your Friend from Holland
Leo van Rijn
Joe Murphy is verry succesfull with the van Rijn offsprings!

Hi Adrian hope you are well Just to let you know that my son Kevin and I have been doing well with the offspring from a hen I bought of you a few years back. I bought 4 but kept this one as she bred a hen who won 4 x SNFC prizes inland for us her name was 'Lucky' as she was caught with a hawk when a baby and my grandson named her. Anyway 2 half sisters of Lucky bred from your hen GB10T 37024 I named her Jenny after your dear late wife. Her sire is done from Benjamin 793 and her dam was a g g daughter of Legend. The 2 hens have won in this years Scottish nationals for us and I have cut out extracts from my Joe Murphy Column to let you see.
Scottish national who were racing from Buckingham with 495 members sending 4169 birds -Then 20 minutes later at 15-22 as Kevin was in the loft attending to the Leicester birds Margaret said loudly there is a blue hen on the way into the loft. This turned out to be his first 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, so was very pleased with his bird’s efforts on the day. Kevin ended up winning 2nd Angus federation 37th section C 112th open with his first bird she is a half-sister to ‘Lucky’ (same dam) who won 4 times for us in SNFC inland racing. Her mother is named ‘Jenny’ and was bred by fellow scribe Adrian Duggins from his Leo Van Rijn bloodlines and I named her after Adrian’s late wife. The sire of the blue hen was a direct Leo Van Rijn cock I purchased from Holland with the help of Adrian. Kevin’s 2nd pigeon is a full sister to his first bird and she won 70th section C 202nd open and this is her 2nd national certificate as she won 63rd open from Ypres last year.
The Scottish national sent a great entry of 6065 birds to the Buckingham inland national with a few extra hundred birds that were convoyed by the national but only competed for federation prizes and the total could be about 7000 birds. Kevin won 4th Angus federation 9th section C 26th open with his first bird she is a half-sister to ‘Lucky’ (same dam) who won 4 times for us in SNFC inland racing. Her mother is named ‘Jenny’ and was bred by fellow scribe Adrian Duggins from his Leo Van Rijn bloodlines and I named her after Adrian’s late wife. She was our 2nd bird from Buckingham a couple of weeks ago and won 70th section C 201st open from 4169 birds she had previously won 25th section C 63rd open from Ypres last year so now has 3 national certificates to her name. Her sire was a direct Leo Van Rijn cock I purchased from Holland with the help of Adrian.
Hope you find the above interesting and if you have another hen as good as Jenny in your loft at a reasonable price then please let us know
Yours in sport
Joe Murphy
Middle-Distance Pontoise a great success!

Today 17 June 2017 we had a race from Pointoise , distance 357 KM, with a NNW wind, and a quiet closed cloudy sky. Our pigeons  have go out as only province in Holland at 7 a clock, and it have be better that they have wait also 1 hour more,  like the rest of Holland, because the cloudy sky go a little open when our pigeons were at home already.
The race however was done in a 20-22 minutes, not bad but also not real good with the arrivals all around on the lofts, but al pigeons returned well.
Today I have again the 1e price of 167 pigeons in My village ,  and this was place 6 in the combine on 2771 pigeons and 15 place provincial west site on 7001 pigeons, and 16 of My 27 pigeons in the price on system 1 to 4. The winner is My 2 years cock from My Blue Power with the Abeele hen of Bliksem 781.
The circumstances are with the weather last weeks on a row not easy, so I have to be happy that I am lucky with weekly 1e price and top in the area.
On our Provincial race from Bourges,  557 km ,  I have send 10 pigeons and not more because there was again unstable weather expected, with rain now, and a strong bad western site wind, who made we will have no any change here on the west site of the province South Holland.
When I basked the pigeons I found that My best nominated 4, all have thought the 1 flight in the last 48 hours, what is bad luck. My experience is that they will win no price as long as the new feather of the 1e flight,  stay closed, is not coming open. So I only could  pray that in the basked in the next 30 Hours the 1e flight of them will open.
That was at 3 of them not the case , and so again yes, that nominated top pigeons, just mist there price.
However, the other pigeons were doing well, and the results on Bourges were 7 of My 10 pigeons in the price with local in the club price 2-4-5-6-13-15-16 on 73 p was in the combine on 1137 pigeons 26 -44-47-67 -193-207-215.
provincial west it was only place 65 were I started and all mas pigeons now on the east site as expected, next time better wind we pray.    

Leo van Rijn wins 1 and 2 at Peronne

Here on the short race from Peronne , I won again the 1e and 2e price in club what was a little too late in the combine with 22 and 23 on 2725 pigeons. Too late because I get 1 cock from high in the sky taking a little too much time when the second arrived and no 1 go to nr 2 and made some fun together in the sky, and that cost me a small minute together and a lot of this 22 places before me in the combine,  because they arrived with high speed because of a southern tail wind, the lost time cost me a lot better places.

On race 2 from 554 km we expect a quick race but it was a little dead sky, there was a circle round the sun (a hallo),  and  a lot of swallows and seagulls circling around, what was the sign that it was not a quick race but a disturbed race. I won price 22 in the combine on 1559 pigeons what was  2 -6-10 -15 in club ad 5 of 8 in the price list.

Again today I better have nothing to complain with My small race team but be happy with the results.   

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