1st M.N.F.C. Nat 5,103 birds
1st M.N.F.C. Nat 7,791 birds
1st U.N.C. Nat 17,366 birds
1st N.F.C. Nat 10,148 birds
1st B.I.C.C. Nat 3,461 birds
1st M.N.F.C Nat 4,154 birds
1st M.N.F.C. Nat 4,753 birds
1st U.N.C. Nat 14,701 birds
1st N.I.P.A. 12,229 birds
1st N.I.P.A. 5,243 birds
1st N.F.C. Nat 7,000 birds
1st N.F.C. Nat 5,977 birds
1st N.F.C. Nat 8,535 birds
1st U.N.C. Nat 10,143 birds
1st M.N.F.C. Nat 12,921 birds
1st N.I.P.A. 24,000 birds
1st N.I.P.A. 16,200 birds
1st M.N.F.C. Nat 4,756 birds
1st M.N.F.C. Nat 4,716 birds
1st F.C.I. Int: Nat 6,940 birds
1st M.N.F.C. Nat 4,080 birds
1st U.N.C. Nat 10,601 birds
1st M.N.F.C. Nat 8,406 birds
1st U.N.C. Nat 7,312 birds
1st B.I.C.C. Nat 6,590 birds
1st U.N.C. Nat 5,434 birds
1st S.N.F.C. Nat 4,472 birds
1st B.I.C.C. Nat 4,315 birds
1st S.N.F.C. Nat 4,767 birds

Over 21 Years at the top

Joe Sibson

The father and son partnership of Mark and Dick Evans from Whitley Bridge, North Yorkshire is one of the most successful and consistent breeding and racing loft in all of Great Britain. It holds records in several different organisations, and has won hundreds of first prizes at Club and Federation level with up to and over 5,000 birds competing. In the last six years the results achieved in Classic and National races have been fantastic, acclaimed as among the best achieved in British pigeon racing. Mark at thirty-nine years old has his own haulage transport business, but Dick at seventy-three years old is now retired, giving him the time to dedicate to his sport.
"Blue National"
1st National N. E. Sect,
M.N.F.C. 1st Open Nat Picauville 4,154 birds
After years of research, enthusiasm and hard work Mark and Dick have achieved their ambition of breeding a family of pigeons that will win from 70 miles through to 500 miles, coupled with the ability to perform in all weather conditions, whether it be a hard or easy day. Example of this came in 1997 Mark and Dick joined the Northern Classic in which their very first race with the club they entered 9 birds winning 1st & 2nd Sect, 1st & 2nd Open, also winning 19th, 20th & 27th Open, both first and second positions were claimed by hens. The winner from their Karel Herman family the other of Gaby Vandenabeele breeding.
Also a result I must mention is the Conisborough Open. This race is open to members in all four counties of Yorkshire and attracts some of Yorkshires best. Mark and Dick have won this race on many occasions but breaking all records this year winning 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Open.
"Love Bird" winner of 1st
Section, 1st Open Northern
Classic Fougeres 1999.
2nd Section, 2nd Open Northern Classic Picauville 1997 beaten by loft mate both birds dropped together. Also winner of many other prizes in Club & Federation.
In 1998 Mark and Dick joined the Midlands National Flying Club in the first race with the club they entered 30 birds to Thorness 203 miles winning 29th, 30th, 33rd, 71st, 94th, 117th, 126th, 138th & 150th Open when 672 Members sent 5,617 birds.
The second race this year was certainly the race to show this partnership in style, the race they had set out their stall for entering only 15 birds to Picauville approx. 300 miles. The birds were held over for 2 days then on their fifth day in the basket they were liberated in to a strong north, west wind and up to gale forces in the channel. Mark and Dick were winners of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, & 14th Open Midlands National when 998 members sent 4,154 birds, please note this loft wants over one hundred miles over fly on the front lofts and on a strong N.W. wind. This is why this result was described by top fanciers and scribes from all over England to be the best U.K performance of 1998.
In 1999 results. Mark and Dick have only sent in about half of their club races has they have lost all interest in winning at this level, they have selected certain races for experience and to tie in with their own private training programme. When they have sent in club races they have continued on many occasions to win that red card and I myself have witnessed fed sheets where they have had seven positions in the top ten of the strong South Yorkshire Fed (13 clubs) and on more than one occasion have sent birds through their club as trainers only, and have clocked them with a higher velocity than the federation winner.
The first big race of the 1999 season became another outstanding performance for the father and son partnership, winning 1st & 2nd Section, 1st & 2nd Open Northern Classic this time from Fougeres on the 22nd May at a distance of 368 miles. After entering only five hens, two were clocked within 7 seconds flying 8 hours 2 minutes, on 1343.7 & 1343.4 to win 1st & 2nd Open. The first in the clock was a 2 year old named "Love Bird".
"Money Mad" winner of many prizes including 1st South
Yorkshire Fed,
1st South Yorkshire Amal
4,395 birds.
2nd Sect, 2nd Open Midlands National.
This hen is highly rated with plenty of club and fed cards to date, and was clocked to win 2nd Open Northern Classic in 1997 when Myrtle Lofts won 1st & 2nd Open in their first ever race with the club from Picauville (300 Miles). She is a direct daughter off their top Gaby Vandenabeele pair "Jester" & "Carrie". This breeding pair is responsible for a stack of winners including 2 x 1st Open Midlands National winners and breeding winners from 70 miles to 566 miles.
The 2nd Open Northern Classic winner, "Lady Boss", is a hen also from their Gaby Vandenabeele family, and this is her first real taste of success at this level, but not surprisingly as she is sister to first prize winners in club and fed races. Her full brother was the sire to 1st Sect, 4th Open Irish Derby on the same day as the Classic, against approximately 8,000 birds. The 1st & 2nd Open positions won Mark and Dick £1,250 and a new T3 clock-the fourth new clock won in three seasons.
Mark and Dick continued to win at this level of competition by winning Whitley Bridge Championship Club 1st Falaise 333 miles yearlings only. Another top club boasting over 100 members with some of Yorkshires best. The winner of this a blue chequer Vandenabeele cock named "Solitaire" he was nursed specially for this race having private training up to Didcot 143 miles then having one club race the week before where he won 1st prize.
Myrtle Lofts in 1972.were
Mark & Dick only raced young
birds and in their first season
racing they were winners of
9 x 1st prizes.
Soon after Mark and Dick struck again this time winning 1st South Yorkshire Fed, 1st South Yorkshire Amal La Ferte Bernard 387 miles consisting of ten federations sending 4,395 birds. The South Yorkshire Fed alone has some of the best flying members in the Yorkshire area, 3 members alone in the last few years are winners of 1st Open Midlands National races this showing the competition the partnership are up against week after week.
The winner of this a blue chequer Herman cock named "Money Mad" direct son of their outstanding racer and stock hen "Money Spinner" this hen after winning many top prizes, was retired to stock where she was not disappointing. She is responsible for winning blood lines in many top lofts around the country today. The first youngster ever raced off her won for Mark and Dick 2 x 1st feds, 3rd & 4th fed as a young bird. Another example is their good blue chequer cock "Money Box" winner of many outstanding performances in three races as a yearling beating 6,079 birds, also beating 6,182 birds and again beating 9,077 birds, winning up to 400 miles.
Continuing with their 1999 performances another very good result was in the Midlands National from La Ferte Bernard with a Vandenabeele cock named "Rolls Royce" this cock,s third National race winning 2nd Open National (beaten by loftmate) 4,154 birds, 33rd Open National 5,617 birds and 50th Open National 7,017 birds, again please note all three races were into N.W or N.E winds wanting over one hundred miles over fly on front lofts. Then not surprisingly to me Mark and Dick again finished the 1999 season off in style winning 1st Section, 1st Open Midlands National Picauville (Gold Ring) with an entry of 6 birds, also winning 3rd, 6th & 10th Sect 312 members send 2,395 birds and 17th, 31st & 38th Open Midlands National Picauville 690 members sent 5,004 birds.
1st Sect, 1st Open winner a blue hen now been christened "Band of Gold", sire another outstanding stock cock housed at Myrtle Lofts "Benetton" bred by Gaby
The Myrtle Lofts in 2003.
Vandenabeele direct son of ace racer and breeder "Wittenbuik, a winner of 12 x 1st and 3 x 1st Provincials and a gold mine at stock This cock being a direct son of the potent "Kleinen" he has become one of the legendary breeders of this family. "Benetton" is quickly following in his illustrious sire and grandsire,s footsteps. Prior to producing the M.N.F.C. Gold Ring winner, he was a producer of club and fed winners with different hens, and also a 2nd Open Northern Classic winner from Picauville 1998 when paired to a Herman hen. The 2nd Sect, 2nd Open National Gold Ring winner was claimed by the loft of Steve Marsh of Dinnington, nr Sheffield, this is the second time Steve has won 2nd Open National. Both with Karel Herman pigeons bred from stock purchased from Mark and Dick. This result again records another fantastic performance of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th & 10th Section, 1st, 2nd, 17th, 29th, 31st, & 38th, Open Midlands National all on one day with birds bred from stock at Myrtle Lofts.
Again in the year 2000 Mark and Dick with an entry of 5 birds entered in the Alliance Millennium Specialists Club National from La Ferte Bernard . Their birds put up an outstanding performance winning 1st 2nd 6th and 10th Open Northern Classic 1st and 2nd Open Midlands National 1st 2nd 5th and 13th North East Section and 26th 33rd 84th Open all England Alliance Millennium National. Please note the first 37 pigeons in the Open were flying between 191 to 261 miles except Mark and Dick who were flying 387 miles. The birds were liberated into a light variable turning into a north, west wind on route. This is why many top fanciers and scribes consider them to have put up the best performance of the day.
Their first pigeon on this occasion a Gaby Vandenabeele widowhood cock called "Solitaire". This cock is no stranger to success at this level he is winner of many prizes. As a yearling the previous year he was winner of bird of the year in the Whitley Bridge Champion Club. The second pigeon clocked was a Karel Herman widowhood cock called "Money Mad" also a winner the previous year. 1st South Yorkshire Fed. 1st South Yorkshire Amal 4,395 birds. Anyone studying National and Classic results will realize Mark and Dick in the last few years have continued to achieve top performances when all the odds are stacked against them and this one was no different. This is another top performance to add to their winning list of achievements.
In 2001 the Midlands National was from Guernsey approx. 300 miles. The birds were held over for two days until Monday 10th September then liberated into a light north, west wind becoming very strong north, north west on route this being a big disadvantage, as their loft is situated in the north east section. Mark and Dick with their entry of 26 birds achieved an outstanding performance winning 1st, 5th, 7th, 10th, 15th, 21st, 31st, 38th & 39th North East Section 269 members sent 2,069 birds and 2nd, 8th, 10th, 13th, 23rd, 35th, 49th, 63rd & 65th Open National 771 members sent 5,661 birds at a distance of 296 miles (477 km). Their first pigeon home to win 2nd Open now christened "Joint Venture" had the hard task not only racing into a head wind but also flying 75 miles more and nearly two hours extra on the wing than the 1st Open National winner claimed in the south east section. "Joint Venture" a young darkness hen was bred from the very best Gaby Vandenabeele blood lines 50% M & D. Evans x 50% Koen Minderhoud. The sire bred by Koen Minderhoud from the best of his loft the "Gaby 103" this cock was a champion racer for Koen before going to stock winning 7 x 1st prizes including 1st 11,193 birds, 1st 8,307 birds, 1st 2,599 birds winning in total 37 prizes. 22 of them were won with birdage between 1,020 and 11,435 birds.
M.N.F.C. Presentation when M & D. Evans took 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9th & 14th Open National 4,154 birds. From left to right Dick Evans, Margaret Evans. Ron Lacey (R.P.R.A. official and guest of honor) and Mark Evans
The dam to "Joint Venture" was bred by M & D. Evans she was the last direct daughter from their 1985 direct Gaby Vandenabeele "Blauwen Nationaal" sire, grandsire and great grandsire to over one hundred first prize winners. "Blauwen Nationaal" was a full brother to "Rambo" 1st Belgium National from Bourges (437 km.) Recording the highest velocity in the liberation from a total of 63,176 birds. "Blauwen Nationaal" was paired to a direct daughter from "Ronker" 1st National Limoges (592 km.) 8,883 birds when "Ronker" was paired to "Rosa" dam of 1st National Ciechanow (750 km.) 9,863 birds. After studying the 1st National winners in the pedigree of "Joint Venture" it is not surprising this young hen has achieved her 2nd Open National performance.
When the full National result from Guernsey was published in the British Homing World it became very clear to anyone studying this result that Mark and Dick Evans with their mixed team of Vandenabeeles and Hermans have without doubt put up the best performance by far, not just with one bird but with a complete team. This performance they have achieved was certainly admired by everyone I had spoken to around the U.K. I myself had a long conversation with several Yorkshire fanciers about this result and many of the performances Mark and Dick have achieved over the last few years. The father and son partnership have an overwhelming family of birds and the management to successfully win when by rights should not even qualify for the first one hundred places.
One of the fanciers in the conversation expressed his views by saying if Yorkshire was the front lofts in the Midlands National, how would we feel if a loft requiring 70 miles over fly, for example Middlesborough and racing into a north west wind was to perform an equal performance to M & D. Evans.
Two Champions Together
Top race horse jockey and three times Derby winner Walter Swinburn presenting Top National winner Dick Evans with another 1st Section Trophy
We would have to without doubt sit back and think they were certainly a bit special. Here are some of their best Federation results for the year 2001. Buckingham 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 18th Federation (1,590 birds). Buckingham two 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 18th, 20th Federation (1,592 birds). Buckingham three 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th Federation (1,440 birds) Southsea 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 15th Federation (1,795 birds). Melton Mowbury 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th Federation ( 1,635 birds ). Kettering 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 16th Federation (1,289birds) Buckingham 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 18th, 19th Federation (1,124 birds). Mark and Dick,s race loft is located in the far west of both clubs and their Federation, nearest loft being seven miles to the east of them. Their birds this year have won 1st Federations in south east, north east, south west and north, west winds; this shows the true quality of the pigeons they own.
After visiting and reporting on Mark and Dick, it has become very clear why they continue to achieve outstanding performances year after year. Both Mark and Dick have excellent knowledge of the racing pigeon and the racing game, they have an unbeatable team of stock birds second to none made up around two families.
Kevin Wright with Dick & Mark hold 1st, 2nd & 3rd Open National Winners all dropped together and clocked in 10 seconds.
The main strain of birds raced over the years are the Karel Hermans which were obtained direct from Karel in Belgium prior to his death in 1975. This family have won at all levels of competition, not only for Mark and Dick, but also fancier,s world-wide. They receive letters and phone calls of fed winners week in and week out.
On 22nd May 1999, the same day as the Northern Classic was flown, Mark and Dick had some outstanding reports from fanciers who had purchased pigeons from them. In fact, three different Feds were topped and a third Fed, all by different fanciers. These reports gave Mark and Dick great pleasure. Another outstanding performance on the same day came from their good friend Roy Roberts, who took 2nd & 5thin the South West Essex Amal ( 5,103 birds competing ), with two 2 year old Herman cocks, which have scored consistently from being youngsters. Over the years, Roy has had outstanding performances with Hermans purchased from M & D Evans. Roy only has approximately 15 w/h cocks, but he is certainly a force to be reckoned with.
These performances reported on the 22nd May don,t beat the previous records held by Myrtle Lofts, one Saturday alone, five different fanciers from different areas won 1st Feds with Hermans purchased from Myrtle Lofts. Mark and Dick,s young bird team in 2002, contained youngsters eight generations from the original direct stock and are still continuing to win at all levels of competition. This proves what excellent stock men Mark and Dick have proved to be.
The World Famous Gaby Vandenabeele
In our first five years racing the Gaby Vandenabeele pigeons, our opinion of these birds, they are without doubt some of the best pigeons we have purchased for many years, they are the only family of birds which have come up to the standards of our old Karel Herman bloodlines. The Vandenabeele pigeons we have raced alongside our own Karel Herman pigeons have helped us to achieve many of our top National result and also they have achieve National records which at this present time have not been broken. The Vandenabeele pigeons have now been in our lofts for over ten years most of the directs where bred by Gaby between 1985 & 1995 which we once stated these were the "Golden Years" But we must say we do believe Gaby has been able to maintain the standards of his breeders by purchasing new stock, plus introducing many of his old lines back in from other fanciers and his results in 2002 and 2003 have proved our last statement. There is no one who studies different families of pigeons and race results better than us, and we have spent thousands of pounds travelling the world seeking for better birds and in almost all the top lofts we have visited the winning lines go back to the same old name Gaby Vandenabeele. These bloodlines have achieved more top National success than any other family world-wide, there is no doubt in our minds Gaby Vandenabeele has over the years produced the best family of pigeons in the world.
Mark & Dick Evans.
Also housed are the outstanding middle-distance family the Vandenabeeles, Mark and Dick purchased 54 bred direct by Gaby Vandenabeele, bred between 1985 – 1995 all bred from Gabys best stock. These include sons and daughters and brothers and sisters from the following pigeons Kleinen, Wittenbuik, Schone Fideel, Rambo, Turbo, Play Boy, Pijl, Zoon Nationaal, De Klaren, Crayonne, Ronker, Brive, Amocachi, the list goes on. As soon as this new family were introduced from the beginning Mark and Dick knew they had the task to select the best. Believe me as outstanding as Gaby Vandenabeele is as a top stock man breeding outstanding pigeons worldwide, it would be totally impossible for him to breed Myrtle Lofts 54 champion breeders.
In 1998 not surprisingly 12 pigeons were destroyed as they did not make the standard for Mark and Dick,s stock lofts, but they were pleased to say the remaining 42 are responsible for breeding outright 1st prize winners in Club, Fed., Amal., Classic and National races beating up to and over 30,000 birds.
Mark and Dick,s next stage was to re-assess the remaining 42 because they believe their breeding standards are higher than most. All their stock birds must be capable of breeding pigeons with the ability to win Classic and National races. From the year 2001 onwards their stock lofts contain only 22 from the start of the 54 direct Vandenabeele,s. This lengthy elimination process as left them 22 Vandenabeele,s which are the cream of this family. In my mind Myrtle lofts will carry on winning at this level as each year they are continuing adding fresh Vandenabeele stock to their team, a prime example the year 2000, two 1st National and a Classic winner plus many more performance pigeons have been added to the breeding lofts. Plus two of their top racing birds were sent to stock in Belgium in the year 2000 to be paired to two Vandenabeele birds again this is to try and increase the quality to both racing and breeding teams.
The bloodlines of the Koen Minderhoud family came to Myrtle Lofts in the year 2000 when Mark and Dick were looking worldwide seeking to purchase some more top Vandenabeele pigeons to cross into their own family. Mark and Dick,s opinion is the best of the direct Vandenabeeles were bred between 1985 and 1995, so Mark made inquires at 28 different lofts around Europe who he knew had required pigeons direct from Gaby between that period. After studying results and information received by post or by fax Mark and Dick made plans to visit 16 lofts in Belgium, Germany and Holland. This venture cost over £3,500 in travelling and lodging expenses, an amount Mark and Dick were prepared to pay to ensure they obtained the best.
On Mark and Dicks travels they admit they met some top class fanciers and handled many outstanding performance pigeons, but from them all Koen Minderhoud from the Netherlands had without doubt the best Vandenabeele stock
Koen Minderhoud & Mark Evans outside Koen,s loft.
Mark and Dick had seen in all the 16 loft visits. Dick quoted Koen Minderhoud to him is as honest and as genuine as they come and is pleased Mark and himself can work together with Koen to ensure they keep the very best of the Vandenabeele lines.
I myself have studied the stock at Mark and Dick,s loft and also the stock at Koen Minderhoud,s and I can honestly say these two lofts between them, without doubt own the best Gaby Vandenabeele birds in the world and by working together can only improve perfection.
Mark and Dick,s family have always made me welcome on the many visits to their home in North Yorkshire and they speak very openly about their passion for pigeon racing and discuss in deep detail their long term plans for the future. Mark and Dick both work together extremely hard at all aspects of the sport and neither one will make any decision without consulting the other, but Mark is in main control of the breeding lofts. It is his ambition to continue breeding the many champions that Myrtle Lofts have already produced for themselves and other fanciers world-wide.
Dick spending time with the widowhood cocks before he retired from racing in 2002
His technique in breeding is down to perfection. Mark requires all their stock birds to be able to breed winners to several different mates and at least breed one winner in every nest. He will only breed from the very best bloodlines and performance pigeons. He will out breed, then as not to lose the best of the family he will then go back to inbreeding and line breeding. Mark admits there is a fine line in inbreeding and out breeding to ensure you are still breeding the same quality of champions twenty years down the line. Dick is in main control of the racing lofts, and it is his job to put to test Mark,s work, which he does thoroughly. It has always been Dick,s theory that it is far better to have ten or twelve yearlings which have been well educated than thirty with no education. He doesn,t believe in putting young cocks away for later that have only had three or four races. All young birds have to fly the full race program and provided the forecast looks O.K. all young birds are sent over the channel with the Midlands National or the Northern Classic. For example in the year 2000 at the end of the season Mark and Dick had 45 youngsters left, each and everyone was entered in the Midlands National from Picauville. The birds were liberated on a clear fresh morning which looked ideal for racing, except for the last twenty to thirty miles where there was a fog bank. Unfortunately it never cleared all day which virtually made it impossible for the back markers to get among the prize winners. Never the less at 5.30pm on the day of liberation from Picauville approx. 300 miles Mark and Dick had 38 young birds in the loft from an entry of 45 and by the hours of darkness they had the safe return of 42 and another one next morning. Mark and Dick were more than satisfied under the conditions. In 2001 owing to the foot and mouth the young bird National was held from Guernsey again approx. 300 miles but a slightly harder race point as the birds immediately encounter 100 miles of sea across the English channel. The forecast was anything but favorable and it was obvious, a holdover was predicted. So Mark and Dick decided to play safe and kept the 28 young cocks at home and entered all the young hens. Going back in this article you will see the outstanding result the partnership achieved. As a matter of interest Mark and Dick started the year 2001 young bird season with 73 young birds this is a larger team than normal for the two of them, but they had some new stock from Koen Minderhoud which had to be tried and tested. At the end of the season they finished up with 59 of the young birds left and 48 different young birds had won prize cards. This can only be described as an outstanding achievement for both partners. With the performances the partnership have achieved for a period of over 30 years, both of them can only be described as true professionals. In the racing loft credit where credit is due, you could have the best pigeons in the world but without good management you will not win anything. I have asked Mark and Dick about their methods of training and feeding. The widowhood cocks are mated at Christmas, a couple of weeks after the stock birds. The racers are road trained between 35 and 50 miles three times a week, and are given plenty of food for the hard work expected of them. Dick,s reply was at no time are any birds rationed, either the widowhood team of 32 cocks or the young bird team they all get as much food as they want. Dick,s programme in feeding, health, fitness, and training and on top of all that motivation with young birds and old birds is second to none. To me Dick can only be described as a absolute genius. Both Mark and Dick show the true aspects in what it takes to produce and educate their birds, by both of them working together sharing their ambition, sheer hard work and dedication, their wise knowledge of the racing pigeon and the racing game. This has made Myrtle Lofts on many occasions winners of that red card, week-in and week-out, and has consistently done so for the last 30 years in Club, Fed, Amal, Classic and National racing.
Going back to 1996 I asked Mark and Dick how they would describe their outstanding success in a couple of sentences, they quoted "in the 1970s we bought the best, in the 1980s and 1990s we continued to buy and breed the best, and towards the year 2000 we are convinced the best is yet to come." A statement they have proved to be correct.
Two New Champion Vandenabeele,s
Dick holding "Hillcroft Fantasy" No 1
Breeding Hen at Dave & Emma Armstrongs
Entire Clearance Sale in 2003. Mark holding
"T.C." No 1 Breeding Cock at Tony Carters
Entire Clearance Sale in 2003.
They have purchased the best and the results have proved it. To me what the results show is a continuity of top class birds coming through year after year, not one or two producing pairs but many, many ace breeders. This means that the average quality is higher than most, giving them a greater chance of success in both racing and breeding.
They have only a small race team, but where they have a big advantage is the youngsters they breed are top class and Mark and Dick as I stated earlier have excellent knowledge to educate them to the highest level and as old birds they work to find every birds individual needs to make them 100% fit on the race day. This is why this father and son partnership are winning National and Classic races with just a hand full of birds.
Mark and Dick are very open about their breeding and racing methods. They both agree to win in today,s competition in pigeon racing you must start with the basic rules. Only breed off top class stock, feed only the best corns available, don,t expect youngsters to go racing without a very good education and a lot of hard work continuing to educate your birds all their racing lives.
Mark and Dick both admit there are no secrets to success; a lot comes down to common sense. Mark receives weekly pigeon magazines from Germany, Holland and Belgium so he can keep a close eye on who and what pigeons are constantly ahead in National racing. They then travel the world and purchase the best pigeons money can buy. They do feed Versele-Laga which to them there are no better or clearer corns available. All the birds are fed on Versele-laga (Best all Round) up to six weeks before racing starts which then the race birds are fed on Mark and Dick,s own mix made up from corns and seeds bought separately again from Versele-Laga. On top of this they do believe by using several medications and tonics from Rohnfried in Germany they can keep their birds 100% fit and healthy all year round.
Mark and Dick,s performances are already some of the best achieved in the history of British pigeon racing, but I myself after studying their plans for the next few years, working and breeding alongside some of the best fanciers in the world. I am convinced the best is yet to come.