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.
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
Scotland
Stop Press:
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.
Joe
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
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
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.    

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