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


Roy Roberts. Barking, Essex
I have purchased pigeons from M & D. Evans every year for the last 10 years. I have won endless prizes in Club, Federation & Amal races, I have compared their bloodlines against other pigeons I have purchased from other racing lofts and studs and believe me the pigeons from Mark and Dick are in a league above the rest. One cock "Pigalle" S86338 winner of many prizes including 1st Amal 4,000 + birds, 2nd Amal 5,000 + birds and 3rd Amal 3,000 + birds.
With their bloodlines I have won from every race point from 113 miles to 505 miles and with a very small race team of only 14 widowhood cocks.
Having been in the sport for over 38 years I consider Myrtle Lofts pigeons to be awesome and I have formed a friendship with Mark and Dick and have found them to be extremely genuine and honest fanciers. The results of the two cocks alone (nest mates) named "Little Isaac" and "Little Jacob" have won to date for me 63 positions between them this shows the true value, consistency and honesty of the pigeons I have purchased from Myrtle Lofts.

Mark Granger. Bentley, South Yorkshire
Two years ago we decided to start as a partnership in pigeon racing and we knew it was essential to purchase the best stock possible if we wanted to achieve top prizes at the highest level. We started by visiting several top performance lofts around the U.K. but after studying both breeding and performances of many winning families we decided their were no better loft than M & D. Evans of Myrtle Lofts, Whitley Bridge. The performances their birds have achieved for them selves and other fanciers around the U.K. are outstanding winning right through to National level. We started by purchasing only a small team of young birds direct from some of their top names and right from the first race these bloodlines have put us straight into the winning enclosure, winning 1st, 4th, 7th & 10th South Yorkshire Federation 1,674 birds. We have since then purchased more of these fantastic bloodlines to improve our breeding and racing lofts, resulting in outstanding success in Club, Federation and National racing. 1st Club, 1st Fed 1,674 birds Leicester. 1st Club, 1st Fed 1,202 birds Basingstoke. 1st Club,th N.E Section 1,490 birds 4th Open M.N.F.C. Tours 4,076 birds. 3rd N.E Section 2,939 birds 10th Open M.N.F.C. La Ferte Bernard 7,194 birds. Also entering a nest pair into the 5th & 37th Europa Classic One Loft R 1st Fed 707 birds Newbury, 1st Club, 1st Fed 685 birds Buckingham, 1st Club, 2nd Fed 1,077 birds Buckingham. 1st Club, 2nd Fed. 1st Club, 3rd Fed 768 birds Leicester. 1st Club, 4th Fed 1,474 birds Leicester. 1st Club, 10th Fed 1,670 birds Newbury. 1st Club, Newbury no fed details. 2nd Club, 2nd Fed 685 birds Buckingham. 2nd Club, 6th Fed 843 birds Buckingham. 2nd Club, 13th Fed 1,670 birds Newbury. 2nd Club, 14th Fed 1,474 birds Leicester. 3rd Club, 4th Fed 1,301 birds Portsmouth. 3rd Club, 5th Fed 664 birds Newbury. 3rd Club, 8th Fed 1077 birds Buckingham. 3rd Club, 11th Fed 768 birds Leicester. 4th Club, 4th Fed 685 birds Buckingham. 4th Club, 10th Fed 707 birds Newbury. 4th Club, 20th Fed 1,474 birds Leicester.5th Club, 12th Fed 1,164 birds Leicester. At National Level many top prizes in the first 100 and in our first full season winning 4ace the first pigeon winning 5th dropped with the winner when 5 dropped together for the £25,000 first prize and beaten on trapping.

Kevin Wright, Knottingley, West Yorkshire
I first introduced the Gaby Vandenabeele family to my loft in 1996 with only four birds purchased from the outstanding racing and breeding lofts of M & D. Evans, Myrtle Lofts, Whitley Bridge. After breeding from these two pairs they proved to me the true potential of this outstanding family, breeding winner after winner in their first year at stock. The last seven years I have continued to add more of the M & D. Evans Vandenabeeles to my lofts which contains the winning blood from all their best lines including direct sons and daughters from "Jester", "Carrie", "Benetton", "Belle", "Blauwen Lagune", "Crystal", "Nationaal Fideel", "Chloe" ete. plus the new Vandenabeele blood bred by Mark & Dick from stock they obtained from their very good friend Koen Minderhoud. These stock birds have bred for me outright 1st Prize winners in Club, Federation, & Amal races 4,000 + birds competing. This family have won for me from 70 miles right through to 500 miles, they have the ability to win on fast days or slow days what ever the weather. I have compared this family against other pigeons that I have introduced from other top racing lofts but believe me the pigeons from M & D. Evans are in a league above the rest.

Bill Heslop. Saltburn,Cleveland
Dear Mark & Dick, I would like to thank you very much for letting me have the best of your Karel Hermans. I have been involved with pigeons over 40 years and your birds are the best I have raced. When I was first at your loft many years ago I took to you both straight away, you are both truly and honest people and both gentlemen in our sport. please find the results your birds have done for me.
5 years racing from 1996 to Year 2000 Racing in one Saturday Club Brotton H.S. Positions won 4 times "Bird of the Year" 42 x 1st Prizes, 43 x 2nd Prizes, 38 x 3rd Prizes, 40 x 4th Prizes. Inland Ave 5 years running, Old Bird Ave 5 years running, Combine Ave 5 years running, Young Bird Ave 4 times in 5 years, 200 Miles Ave 5 years running. Federation Inland Ave 2 years running, Fed Comine Old Bird Ave 2 years running. Plus Combine Fed Ave & R/U Combine Fed Ave. Federation from 98 to 2000 11 clubs 176 members sending up to 3,500 birds 5 x 1st 12 x 2nd 3 x 3rd 5 x 4th Section Results 98 to 2000 20 clubs, 327 members sending up to 6,000 birds 5 x 1st 10 x 2nd 5 x 3rd 4 x 4th. As you can see 2001 was a great season for me, racing your Hermans pure and Hermans crossed they get better. I can recommend your birds to anyone you are both a credit to our sport. You have let me have your best, not many men do that. Race Results Year 2001. Brotton H.S. 14 x 1st 13 x 2nd 7 x 3rd winning Old Bird Ave, Young Bird Ave, 200 Miles Ave, R/U Channel Ave, Combine Ave 7 years running. East Cleveland Federation. 10 Clubs, R/U Old Bird Ave, Old Bird Combine Ave 3 years running, Overall Ave Combined 2 years running, winner of 1st Sprint Champion, 1st Mid Distance Champion. East Cleveland & North Yorks Section. 19 clubs, R/U Old Bird Ave, 1st Old Bird Points All Races, 1st U.N.C. Race Aves, 1st Overall Combine Ave 2 years running. In the Great Up North Combine Races 2001. With birdage from 10,000 to 20,000 birds. Thanks again Bill.

P. B. & W. Hyatt, Tewkesbury
Dear Mark & Dick,
The last time we wrote to you was at the end of 2003 where we explained to you that 13 pairs out of the 18 pairs that we had purchased from Myrtle Lofts had bred prize winners in their first one and a half seasons. We was delighted that we had achieved such a great start with your M & D. Evans bloodlines winning 18 x 1st Prizes in 2002 and 19 x 1st Prizes in 2003. After that our winning team became stronger and stronger the more we bred around your bloodlines. From 2004 to 2009 we only raced in one club and only taking one prize per race we won another 66 x 1st Prizes at Club level and 21 x 1st Federations with average birdage between 2,500 to 3,000 birds per race. Plus another 160 more Federation prizes in the first twenty. 98% of our winning results were achieved with your pigeons.
I would also like to mention your bloodlines have won from 68 miles through to 400 miles. We have also bred many more winning pigeon from your bloodlines for other fanciers including 1st Open Central Southern Classic Winner for Mr & Mrs G. Lloyd from Hereford. These are super bloodlines and the best we have ever owned. To say we were pleased would be an understatement. When you said to us in 2001, these would be Golden Pigeons, we must say we thought it was a bit of Yorkshire Bull! Sh*t! But we must say we were wrong. We are very proud to own your pigeons. Best regards Paul, Brian & Wendy Hyatt.

Alan Darker, Scunthorpe
I purchased Pigeons from M & D. Evans, Vandenabeeles and Hermans and can say you will not get two fairer or more honest fanciers, their pigeons started winning for me right from the start. First year flying in the Scunthorpe and District Federation I was the top prize winner plus winning the Scunthorpe Coronation Gold Ring from Portsmouth winning £500 with a blue Herman hen the only one I sent. A blue Vandenabeele hen bred in May 2000 - GB00Z59057 direct daughter from Joe Jones, out of six races she won three second federations and two twenty third federations as a young bird and she came and top the federation as a yearling. I have had outstanding success with both family�s of pigeons and on many occasions I have had teams of several pigeons dropping together for example Bottesford breeder / buyer 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th. Scunthorpe & District Federation Basingstoke 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th 1,246 birds. Buckingham 1st, 2nd, 3rd Fed 1,567 birds. Again in the Lincolnshire Two Bird Championship Club 1st & 2nd Leicester, 1st & 2nd Newbury. Immingham Solway Two Bird Specialist Club 1st & 2nd Basingstoke again 1st & 2nd Basingstoke. To cut a story short I have been involved in pigeon racing all my life from 1948 when I raced with my father H. Darker & Son and there is no doubt the birds from Myrtle Lofts are the best I have ever owned.

Andrew Lawley, Ellesmere
1st Open MNFC National Carentan 2010
5,103 birds entered by 597 members
I restarted pigeon flying in 2000 and I raced young birds only. In eight weeks racing in two different clubs I have won the following 12x1st, 7x2nd, 8x3rd, 2x4th these positions were achieved with over 80% of Mark & Dick Evans Vandenabeeles. In the results that I have sent to Myrtle Lofts their bloodlines have won including topping the Federation and on different occasions there has been over 3000+ birds competing in the federation races. This year 2001 I am very pleased with the performances of my yearling Vandenabeeles following on from there excellent young bird results last season (12 first e.t.c.) Flying in one club only this season I have so far won 5x1st, 4x2nd, & 4x3rd. with several races to go. I can only say that the pigeons I purchased from Myrtle Lofts are excellent bloodlines from two first-class and very genuine pigeon fanciers.
In a recent telephone conversation (13th July 2010) Andrew explained to Mark Evans from Myrtle Lofts that the M & D. Evans bloodlines are still breeding and racing as well today as they did back ten years ago. They have won many top prizes including his 1st Open National winner from 5,103 birds. Andrew quoted "Purchasing the M & D. Evans bloodlines was the best investment he has ever made in pigeon racing"

Richard Winn, Boroughbridge
I first purchased pigeons from Mark & Dick several years ago and in this time the birds I have received I can only describe as first-class. Their birds both Vandenabeeles and Hermans have won for me in Club, Federation and in the Great Yorkshire Amal. I have been top prize winners on several occasion for example last three years performances. 1999 I won 17 x 1st, 11 x 2nd, 14 x 3rd. Year 2000 I won 16 x 1st, 13 x 2nd, 13 x 3rd. Year 2001 I moved House so I was racing with re-settled old birds, I won 16 x 1st, 11 x 2nd, 7 x 3rd. The birds which have achieved these outstanding performances have been over 95% Mark & Dick�s bloodlines. In the time I have raced these birds I must admit I have purchased pigeons from other racing and breeding studs on the lookout for special pigeons to add to my team, but believe me the bloodlines from Myrtle Lofts have made these new strains look daft. I will go to say Mark & Dick�s pigeons are without doubt in a league above the rest.

Steve Marsh, Dinnington
I first purchased 7 Karel Herman pigeons for stock from the loft of Mark & Dick Evans in September of 1996 in their first year breeding, they all bred 1st Prize winners or prize card winners. One of them breeding my 2nd Open Midlands National winner old bird race from Thorness, winning me £1,330 plus a new colour T.V. Another two of the original seven bred me my outstanding 1999 hen GB99C98629 that won as a young bird 165th Open National in her first race in the M.N.F.C. from Seaton, then two weeks later was sent back to Picauville winning 29th Open National 5,004 birds also winning as a young bird 2nd Open Midlands National Picauville G.R. winning me £1,622 and a new T3 clock beaten by Mark & Dick Evans them-selves with 1st Open National winner "Band of Gold" so you can see all the first pigeon bought from M & D. Evans have been value for money winning at the highest level of competition. I have been back to Myrtle Lofts on several occasions purchasing more of the Herman family plus six of the Gaby Vandenabeele pigeons and again I can say I have been more than satisfied with the performances they have achieved both pure and crossed. I myself race week in week out, in Whitwell F.C. 36 members flying in the Derbyshire Federation 400 members where I have been highest or second highest prize winner on many occasion and to list all my performances would require far to much print. I will say that Mark and Dick�s birds have played a very large part in achieving my top performances and I would advise any fancier to buy pigeons from them as they house the best pigeons that money can buy.

Dave Blenkhorn. Howden, East Yorkshire
Anyone who knows racing pigeons will be well acquainted with the phenomenal racing successes Mark & Dick Evans have had with their Herman and Vandenabeele pigeons. When I decided I wanted to compete with the best I knew I had to buy some better birds. Research told me there were several good fanciers who I could possibly buy birds off. But looking behind the headlines, one name kept cropping up for not only winning races, but for also breeding champion pigeons for others. For however good you think Mark & Dick are at racing pigeons, their ability as stockmen far outshines any of their racing successes.
If you want a short cut to the top, look no further.
In 2003 was my first full season racing Mark & Dick�s pigeons. With only 6 Vandenabeele widowhood cocks, this small team made me the highest old bird points winner in the Vale of York Federation.

Ray & Eddie Horton. Amble, Northumberland
My brother and I have had a long and successful association with racing pigeons, flying successfully at Club, Fed and the Up North Combine level. However to stay at the top becomes harder each year requiring hard work and total dedication to your birds. We believe having the right birds to work with is paramount to any lasting success and are constantly on the lookout for birds that will enhance our team. Our search for those extra special birds have seen us visit and purchase from many of this country�s household names, some of whom made and still make outrageous claims for their birds. Sadly over the years these imports have failed to measure up to our own team where it matters, racing performance! However in 2001 we contacted Mark and Dick Evans having followed their outstanding success in the M.N.F.C. for some time, with the view to seeing their Vandenabeele�s. I�ve got to say we took to Mark and Dick immediately they are two of the most genuine and modest men you are ever likely to meet. There was no hard sell at these lofts, hardly surprising really because the birds sell themselves. We have never handled so many outstanding stock birds at one loft, we were handed bird after bird all of one type and oozing class. Despite Dick�s advice not to order anything straightaway, we couldn�t leave without putting in an order for latebreds. By the time we had driven up the motorway we were back on the phone increasing the order of latebreds plus some old enough to race for 2002.
So the 2002 young bird season came and we at last had the chance to try the M & D. Evans stock against our own. It proved to be the icing on the cake of an already successful season winning 7 out of the 9 young bird races with Mark and Dick�s Vandenabeele�s responsible for the following top performances 1st Club Thirsk 657 bds, 1st Fed 2,093 birds ( 100% M & D Evans ) 1st Club Selby 639 birds, 5th Fed 2,013 birds ( 100% M & D Evans ) 1st Club Melton Mowbray 396 birds 3rd Fed 1,449 birds ( 50% M & D Evans ) 2nd Club Huntingdon 333 birds, 2nd Fed 1,172 birds ( 50% M & D Evans ) 1st Club Epping 303 birds, 4th Fed 1,078 birds, 7th Section 4,611 birds ( 100% M & D Evans ) 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th Club Maidstone 114 birds, 7th & 10th Fed 564 birds all M & D Evans bloodlines. There were many other positions won by Mark and Dick�s birds making them without doubt the best birds we have ever introduced to our lofts, and the first to surpass our own birds performances. One particular cock now named "Thank H�Evans" had an outstanding YB season winning the Best YB Trophy in Amble HS 2002 with the following performances 1st Club Thirsk 657 birds, 1st Fed 2,093 bird. 1st Club Selby 639 birds, 5th Fed 2,013 birds. 4th Club Mansfield 348 birds, 11th Fed 1,448 birds. 6th Club Huntingdon 333 birds, 15th Fed 1,172 birds. 7th Club Epping 303 birds.
Letter received the following season in 2003 from Ray & Eddie Horton, I hope this letter finds you well, I�m sure the performances of your own birds must be giving you great deal of satisfaction. However I am a bit concerned about the number of cars you are winning, will we have to park in the next village the next time we come down or have you got planning permission for a multi-storey car park? I�ve finally got round to putting down on paper the results I promised, your birds have helped us to win the Club and Federation Inland Averages with three races to spare this season. If you compare the results enclosed in this letter with the other results I sent at the end of the 2002 Y.B. season you will see that "Thank H Evans" cock and 3020, 3059 and 3058 in particular are developing into more than useful birds. Your bird�s results have on analysis outstripped our own yearlings performances. The races which have dropped to around 1400�s velocities then your birds are getting out in front. To date we have won 9 x 1st Clubs and 5 x 1st Federations and we are waiting to here about yesterday�s race when we were 1st or 2nd Federation.

Mrs C. Lycett & Son, Rugeley
The first time that I met Mark and Dick Evans was the morning after their sensational 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 14th Open in the MNFC Picauville race in 1998 against over 4000 birds. It was a truly remarkable performance on a very fair racing day. No advantages were on offer to the partnership on that day � other than having superb pigeons, well-motivated, in optimum health and in magnificent form!
As the Press Officer for that organisation at the time in question it was a privilege to see the birds that had put up this sensational performance. It soon dawned upon me that there was an outstanding array of pigeons at the lofts, and more importantly they were being cared for by two thoroughly down to earth and honest pigeon men in Dick and his son Mark.
My father and I were so impressed with what we saw that we readily came to the conclusion that we needed to introduce these pigeons. That was five years ago and it was a decision that we have never regretted for a moment. The Gaby Vandenabeeles and more recently the Koen Minderhoud birds are the only introductions that have ever truly came in and made an immediate impression against our own pigeons that had been successful in topping the Federation against almost 10,000 birds.
Initially some 1999 youngsters were introduced that were put straight to Stock. These form the hard-core foundation of our present day Vandenabeele family. Since then more pigeons have been successfully introduced. Direct children of "Jester", "Carrie", "Golden Boy", "Blauwen Nationaal", "Benetton", "Saffron", "Shadow", "Nationaal Girl" plus brothers and sisters to the infamous "Rolls Royce" have all proved great assets to us. More recently the Koen Minderhoud birds are proving equally as valuable with pigeons from these winning 1st Federation against over 5000 birds for us on more than one occasion in 2003. That shows us that they must be real quality to get to the very front against such a large number of competing pigeons.
The birds that are housed by Mark and Dick are of absolutely sublime quality. I�ve never heard of anyone who has seen them that hasn�t been impressed with them. Mind you, when you consider the fact that only the absolute cream are entertained by the Evans�s then you can perhaps see why. Second best is neither sought nor entertained. Reputations are worth nothing � if the birds don�t produce then they have no future at Myrtle Lofts. It is this pursuit of excellence that has led them to being phenomenally successful both in their own right and in breeding winners for other people too. National winners of M & D Evans bloodlines are being reported with almost frightening regularity.
Mark and Dick Evans are rightly operating at the very highest level of the Sport in the UK. The effort that has gone into making them the force that they are must be frightening and the birds are a compliment to them. If you�re looking for a family of birds that can win and win against any kind of competition then these are an outlet that you need to investigate. Victories at Open level in the NFC and MNFC have already fallen to their birds as well as major honors in the massive NIPA and UNC to name but two other organisations.
Get these birds right and they�ll turn it on almost irrespective of the mileage and speed involved � they really are that versatile. Add this to the fact that you�ll not meet two more honest and genuine men than Mark and Dick and you have a formidable cocktail waiting to explode! I�m proud to be able to call them my friends. My advice to you is simply to try them � we have and we haven�t had a moment�s disappointment with them.

Stewart & Les Knowles, Widnes
Dear Mark,
Just an update to let you know about the pigeons I have purchased from you and you father back in 1998. If you remember you recommended that I try your new Vandenabeele pigeons that you had only owned for a short period of time. Your confidence in these bloodlines was so reassuring I decided to take you up on the offer and ordered 15 youngsters, sons and daughters from many of your main breeding pairs. What can I say! What an investment we made! Because looking back all 15 pigeons have bred 1st prize winners. Something I thought impossible from any stock purchased from any loft. What a strike rate. I must say some of these fifteen M & D. Evans pigeons bred much better than others but again these fifteen pigeons purchased from you are responsible for a dynasty of winners in Federation, Amal, Combine, Classic & National races. Thank you to both you and your father for a fantastic team of pigeons that�s given myself and many other fanciers a great deal of pleasure over the last ten years and I�m sure will continue to do the same for many years to come as they are breeding generation after generation of winning lines. Kind regards Stewart Knowles.

Les Jones. Hitchin, Herts
I have purchased three lots of six young birds from Myrtle lofts the past three seasons 2001, 2002 & 2003 and have been more than satisfied. I race 16 widowhood cocks and a total of 30 young birds maximum. All young birds have to fly the full federation programme. I have been highest prize winner in my club Baldock R.P.C. the past four years and the birds from M & D. Evans have helped me achieve this. Their birds have won 1st prizes in Club & Federation races and in 2002 I was 2nd Section H, 36th Open N.F.C Guernsey 7,190 birds and 40th Open London & South East Classic 2,145 birds also from Guernsey. Both these young birds must have been at a disadvantage due to my work shift pattern, all the youngsters are raced naturally, no darkness system here.

Steve Brundell, Beverley
I spent a large amount of money on trying to build a family of pigeons to take myself to the top to which I had little success with the birds I had bought. Until I was advised to visit the lofts of Mark & Dick of Whitley Bridge. My first opinion of the birds they housed at Myrtle Lofts were outstanding which explained why there where so many different fanciers winning with them from around the U.K. Mark & Dick advised me on the birds I would require to start a family of their Herman and Vandenabeele bloodlines, which cost a fraction of the money I had already spent on pigeons in the past. In my first full year racing Mark & Dick�s pigeons I was highest prize winner in Beverley & District winning 18 x 1st prizes plus The King of Beverley Trophy, Combine Points, All Old Bird Aves, Best Performance Old Bird, Longest Old Bird, Young Bird Aves, All Channel Aves the list goes on, a total of 26 Trophies in all. This proved to me it wasn�t my management at fault in the other families of pigeons I had bought, it was the pigeons purchased prior were not good enough to beat the competition in my area. It also proved to me the advise, I had been given telling me some of the best pigeon in the U.K. were housed at Myrtle Lofts was the most honest truth I have ever received. Credit to both Mark & Dick they have spent a live time building an outstanding family of top class pigeons which not only has taken them to the top but they have also shared their bloodlines to put fanciers like myself in the same position.

Ronnie Johnston - Irish Rover, Northern Ireland
It is a well known the reputation of Mark & Dick have for searching Europe for top quality pigeons and I am not surprised that major open winners are been reported to them on a regular basis. As a scribe for Racing Pigeon I have already visited a number of lofts which are winning out of turn with Mark & Dick Evans pigeons. I first introduced the Gaby Vandenabeele pigeons from them in 2002 and only racing four hens from the six I had purchased, so I can not claim I have had many years experience with them, but the four pigeons could not have been more encouraging. Let me list some of the performances to date Blue hen "25" prize winner including, 1st Club, 11th Open E.D.C. 2,962 birds winning young bird trophy 208 miles. Blue hen "26" prize winner at club level. Blue w/f hen "18" prize winner including 18th Open E.D.C. 4,380 birds. & 9th Open E.D.C. 4,333 birds. Blue hen "63" 15th Open E.D.C. 6,152 birds & 33rd Open Young Bird Derby 245 miles. I have raced many strains over the years but have never had a more impressive start than with these Gaby Vandenabeele�s, I am looking forwards to next season.

The Late Louis Nickson.
Buckley, Flintshire
In 2001 I decided to introduce some new stock and after much thought decided to contact M & D. Evans with a view to purchasing from their Gaby Vandenabeele family. After my telephone conversation with Mark the only birds he had available were some September late-breds, I then made the decision on purchasing four pairs for breeding. In the first year racing 2002 the youngsters from them only went to three races with them winning at Club and Federation level. In 2003 these same pigeons racing as yearlings won numerous club prizes and were never out of the Federation results in every race they were entered with birdage up to 2,800 plus, winning from 76 miles right through to 416 miles

Gordon Bros & Sons. Portaferry,
Northern Ireland
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 14th 16th
Open EDC 4,710 birds 2007.

My brother and I have kept pigeons for about 40 years with a varied amount of success. A few years ago my brother�s two sons joined the partnership. At this time we kept a lot of distance pigeons, but wanting to be competitive in every race we introduced Vandenabeele�s through Victor Reid. Victor was one of the first fanciers to purchase Vandenabeele�s from M & D. Evans. Right from the start these birds started winning Club, Federation and National positions from 70 miles to 300 miles. Because of this we then decided to purchase pigeon direct from Mark & Dick at Myrtle Lofts and our performances got even better & better as our breeding team became much stronger. Below is just a small example of our results. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 16 Open EDC 4,709 birds. 1, 2, 5 Open 7,257 birds. 4, 5, 6 Sect 2,216 birds. 4, 5, 6 Open 3,830 birds. 1, 7, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 Sect 2,262 birds 1, 8, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 Open 3,953 birds. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 Sect 3,042 1, 2, 3 Open 5,269 birds. 11, 14, 16, 17, 74 & 119 Open NIPA Rosscarberry National 9,142 birds. 1, 8, 10, 18, 25, 31 Open EDC 7,000 birds. 5, 6, 12, 29, 34, 39 Open NIPA 8,219 birds. 1, 2, 6, 28, 32 Open EDC 4,165 birds. 1, 2, 7, 12, 13, 33, 36 Open EDC 8,048 birds. 18, 20, 37, 40 Open EDC 4,479 birds. 3, 5, 8, 10, 14, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, 29, 32 Open EDC 3,150 birds. 1, 2 Open EDC 4,987 birds. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 14, 16 Open EDC 4,710 birds. 1, 2, 4, 5, 14, 23, 26, 39, 40 Open EDC 7,257 birds. 2, 3, 17, 18, 19, 31, 35 Open EDC 7,586 birds. 5, 6, 9, 14, 30, 32, 37 Open EDC 6,931 birds. 9, 10, 16, 28, 32 Open EDC 2,176 birds. 15 17th 38th Open EDC 1,256 birds. We have also produced many other winners for different fanciers around the UK including the 1st Open NFC National 5,977 birds for L & G Sullivan, P. Potter & T. Reeves from Brighton

Alan Scarborough. Laindon, Essex
Dear Mark and Dick, the young birds I brought from you in 2003 flew very well for me. The cock birds were raced very lightly only going to inland races, however in the races they did compete in, they arrived first to my loft every time. The hens were sent to the whole programme, flying extremely well, with two hens having really good results.
Blue Hen GB03Z87757 2nd Section, 59th Open London South East Classic Club, Guernsey 2,036 birds. 6th East Section 2,467 birds, 9th Open National N.F.C. Falaise 6,203 birds. Blue W/F Hen GB03Z87759 1st Club Portsmouth 236 birds, 1st Club Isle of Wight 404 birds, 11th Open Falaise BICC, 115th East Section 2,467 birds, 126th Open National N.F.C. Falaise 6,203 birds. I will keep you informed of my progress.

Alan & Dave Collins. Bristol
When my brother and I visited the lofts of M & D. Evans we were made very welcome. We shared a great evening with Mark and Dick. The following day we were shown around the lofts, but more importantly we were shown the birds. They told us everything we needed to know about the Gaby Vandenabeeles and Koen Minderhoud strains. Before leaving for home my brother and I had already decided that these birds were going to be our new family of pigeons. After a lengthy chat on the phone with Mark, I chose which birds we would like to purchase.
Having now bred from these birds in 2003 the youngsters started performing straight away. The first race from Portland saw us take 1st, 2nd, 3rd Club, 1st WESRC 6,937 birds. Due to very hot weather and clashing we decided not to send for the next four weeks, but before the season closed it was decided to put the birds on for one last race. The race being from Portland where again we were 1st, 2nd, 3rd Club, 6th WESRC 4,257 birds.
My brother and I think that this was the best decision we ever made regarding racing pigeons and we would like to thank Mark and Dick for all of their help over the last year.

Crowe & Worrall. Widnes
1st North West Grand National 2008
Brian Crowe and John Worrall have sent Mark and Dick a list of information and top performances won in Club, Federation and the North West Combine which have been achieved with their M & D. Evans Vandenabeele bloodlines. It is not possible to print all their performances and information as it would require several pages of print. To cut the story short Brian and John been Top Prize winners for many years in Hough Green F.C. Mark and Dick�s birds have played a large part in helping them to achieve this. Also winning many outstanding performances at Federation, Combine & National level, including 1st Open North West Grand National Winner, 4 x 1st Open N.W. Combine Winners, 1st, 2nd, 3rd N.W. Combine, plus many other performances including 2nd N.W. Combine 9,083 birds, 4th N.W. Combine 4,051 birds, 6th N.W. Combine 7,481 birds, 11th N.W. Combine 9,083 birds, 12th N.W. Combine 7,849 birds, 13th N.W. Combine, 21st N.W. Combine 2,207 birds (497 miles) 23rd N.W. Combine 9,083 birds, 58th N.W. Combine 9,083 birds, 75th N.W. Combine 10,683 birds. The list goes on and on. Brian Crowe own words at the bottom of the information sent was "We think without doubt these are the best birds we have purchased in the last 15 years".

Vaughan Bros & Son. Telford, Shropshire
1st Open MNFC Nat. Falaise 7,791 Birds 2007
3rd Open MNFC Nat Alencon 4,854 Birds 2007

We have flown successfully for many years, but to stay successful we are always looking for something a little bit special to add to our team.
Having seen the result of Mark & Dick with their Gaby Vandenabeele�s in the M.N.F.C. when they were 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 14th Open National Picauville. We decided to contact them, which proved to be a wise decision. Their family of Gaby�s had everything you look for in a pigeon, in fact they oozed with quality. When we put the Gaby Vandenabeele�s on the road against our own birds they began to score straight away and we do believe they have strengthened our team considerably and hope they help to keep us at the top for many years to come. Finally it is a pleasure to meet two genuine and likeable men who don�t mass produce to make a few bucks, but care about the pigeon fancier, and know how passionate we are about our sport.

Jack Walker, Steve Jeavons & Al Booth.
Hednesford. Staffs
Dear Mark & Dick, Now the racing season is over for 2003, I wanted to put pen to paper and thank you for the fantastic draft of pigeons you sold to us. As you known we purchased a good team of late breds from you last year with a view to pairing them up and racing the young birds from them, we also purchased some young birds to race, so we had a good team of Vandenabeele�s to try against our own team. Well the winning these young birds have won for us: 1st Ashby Gold Wing Classic (£2500), Vanrobaeys Gold Ring (£1,960), and in club racing 9 x 1st prizes, 8 x 2nd Prizes 10 x 3rd Prizes. In young bird racing your Vandenabeele�s have won us over £5,000.00 We cant wait for the 2004 season because the race team is 99% yearlings all your birds.
Once again thank you for a fantastic team of pigeons, I must also say from the very first time we met you we new that your honesty and integrity was second to none and that has been even more so as the time as gone on.

Atkinson & Perkins. Billingham, Teesside
1st Open UNC National Folkestone 17,366 birds 2010
Our partnership racers in Teesside Federation competing in the mighty Up North Combine of which our fed is the biggest. Our loft has been one of the premier prize winners for numerous years now.
Since the millennium we have either been top or second top inland prize winners racing 24 old birds in the Teesside Federation. Having raced pigeons for thirty years knowing how strong the competition is at club and fed level. We are constantly trying to purchase top class birds to compliment our own. With this in mind we decided to contact M & D. Evans at Myrtle Lofts. After visiting the lofts, meeting Mark and Dickie, we ordered from their stock lofts the Gaby Vandenabeele and Koen Minderhoud birds. We picked them up in 2002.
Oue first impressions of the youngsters was that they were not the best looking pigeons in the world! However, Mark and Dickie told us what to expect when the birds start racing. They were not wrong. The very first race they took the first four positions in the club and were seventh and eighteenth Teesside Fed (4,000 birds). Since then we have never looked back with these birds. Once old bird racing started, 2003, we were amazed at how well these birds adapted to our widowhood system. The results were astounding, especially seven of the eight yearling cocks raced this year, goes to prove
1st Fed Melton Mowbray 3,850 birds, 1st Fed Huntington 3,165 birds, 3rd Fed Mansfield 4,446 birds, 3rd Fed Huntington 4,218 birds, 3rd Fed Melton Mowbray 3,059 birds, 6th Fed Mansfield 4,446 birds, 7th Fed Selby 3,955 birds, 7th Fed Ashford Nat 3,357 birds, 7th Fed Mansfield 4,446 birds, 8th Fed Epping 4,077 birds, 14th Fed Ashford Nat 3,357 birds, 16th Fed Mansfield 5,810 birds, 18th Fed Selby 3,955 birds, 18th Fed Epping 2,984 birds, 18th Fed Huntington 4,218 birds, 19th Fed Epping 2,984 birds.
These are without doubt the finest birds we have ever raced.
Thanks Mark and Dickie for your integrity and sincerity in the sport � Top Lads!

Trevor & Ged Maltby. Redcar, Cleveland
I purchased Karel Hermans and Gaby Vandenabeele pigeons from M & D. Evans of Myrtle lofts. With them I have won from every race point from 59 miles to 316 miles Club Averages and Federation Averages with birdage between 300 and 400 birds at club level and 2,000 to 3,000 birds at federation. Small example what their birds have achieved for me 1st Club, 11th Fed Peterborough, 1st Club, 10th Fed Epping, 1st Club, 8th Fed Melton Mowbray, 2nd Club, 6th Fed Epping, 1st Club, 5th Fed Lilers, 2nd Club, 6th Fed Mansfield, 1st Club, 4th Fed Huntington, 2nd Club, 14th Fed Huntington, 1st Club, 8th Fed Folkestone, 3rd & 4th Open Folkestone, 1st Club, 9th Fed Melton Mowbray, 1st Club, 11th Fed Melton Mowbray, 1st Club, 5th Fed Huntington, 1st Club, 4th Fed Epping, 1st Club, 16th Fed Maidstone, 1st Club, 5th Fed Folkestone, 1st Club, 2nd Fed Selby, 1st Club, 10th Fed Mansfield, 1st Club, 9th Fed Epping, 1st Club, 1st Fed Ashford, 1st Club, 2nd Fed Ashford, 1st Club, 6th Fed Epping, 26th & 27th U.N.C. Ashford 30,000 birds. I would advice any fancier to buy pigeons from them as they house the best.
The following sentence was from the British Homing World 30th May 2003. "Every pigeon Trevor has had from Mark and Dick has bred birds to score". This shows the true quality of their birds at Myrtle Lofts. Trevor Maltby.

J & J. Topley. Dromore, Northern Ireland
After more than a decade of below average results, my father and I decided that it was time to buy pigeons of a higher class. We wanted to compete with the best fanciers in Ireland, from our weekly club, right through to National level.
In the winter of 2001 we ordered six pairs of Vandenabeele young birds from M & D. Evans of Myrtle Lofts. We received these young birds in June 2002 and we were very well pleased with them, we couldn�t wait for the breeding season of 2003 to come around. Out of the twelve pigeons we ended up having 9 cocks and 3 hens, so we had to cross 6 of them into our own birds. This ment we had only 3 pairs of 100% M & D. Evans Vandenabeele�s at stock.
We race in Ashfield H.P.S. and duplicate into Donacloney H.P.S. we sent 25 young birds to our first race in July 2003 (Tullamore 100 miles) a Blue Cheq W/F hen 100% Vandenabeele was clocked to win both clubs, since then things just got better. At the end of the 2003 young bird season the Myrtle Lofts Vandenabeele�s are responsible for 5 x 1st Prizes, 4 x 2nd Prizes, 6 x 3rd Prizes, 2 x 4th Prizes. That�s 17 times in the first four in one young bird season, we think that this is a very promising start. Not only did we buy pigeons from Mark and Dick, we also asked for their advice on Darkness, feeding, Training, Racing etc. everything that Mark and Dick told us made absolute sense. This was 100% good advice and we blended it in with our own methods. After this we noticed a massive improvement in the condition of our birds. Our old family of pigeons even started to perform better!
My father and I both agree that Mark and Dick Evans are two of the most intelligent pigeon fanciers we�ve ever had a conversation with, and we also think they have world class racing pigeons. We would like to wish them all the best and look forwards to their friendship in the future.

Steve Foster. Farington
In the year 2000 after Mark�s generous invitation to visit their world famous establishment, my Father & myself made the journey to Myrtle Lofts in November. It is fair to say that I was knocked sideways by the quality housed. Although at no time were the partners attempting to sell pigeons to me, indeed I believe they were already booked up! I arrived back home & after discussion with my Father decided to order stock from the very best breeders only, these included "Shadow", "Benson", "Benetton", "Nationaal Fideel", "Belle", "Golden Boy" and naturally the Crown Jewel Pair "Jester" & "Carrie", surely the finest Classic Winning producing pair ever! I had to wait for these over a 2 year period, these were supplemented by birds from "Solitaire", "Band of Gold", "Victor Reid", "Hannah", and a Sister to "Joint Venture", etc.
Not surprisingly these are now starting producing some outstanding winners for myself and my friends who have them from me. On several occasions I have topped the Federation by as much as 40 plus yard a minute with as many as 20 pigeons arriving together there are always many of the Vandenabeele�s among my 1st arrivals and it is very noticeable that the harder the day the better they appear to like it, which is exactly what Dick promised me.
In 2002 I bred 4 youngsters from my son of "Golden Boy" when paired to a sister to "Rolls Royce" all 4 were equal Federation winners as youngsters only beaten by faster trapping loft mates.
I must point out the fact that I have no commercial axe to grind in writing this recommendation for Mark & Dick, I wrote it for the simple fact that I was treated in a respectful & thoroughly honest way by two true Gentlemen of the Sport.

Dave & John Hawkins. Dunsville, S. Yorkshire
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th Open
Northern Classic Picauville
1st & 2nd MNFC Open National GR 3,193 birds.
Highest Prize Winners North East Provincial
2005, 2007, 2009 (approx. 100 members)
We have known about the outstanding partnership of M & D. Evans for some years, achieving top performances at all levels of pigeon racing. But in the season of 2001 we had the pleasure of racing against both Mark & Dick for the first time at Club and Federation level. Their performances were truly amazing on many occasions taking all the prizes in both Club and Federation. This is when we decided we would approach Mark & Dick about purchasing some of their top winning bloodlines and what a great decision this was. Below is just a small example of the performances achieved with pigeons bred from them. 2, 3, 4, 15, 21, 25, 32, 36, 40, 57, 77, 80, 87, 106, 107 North East Sect 1,705 birds, 2, 3, 4, 15, 21, 25, 32, 36, 40, 58, 81, 84, 91, 119, 121 Open MNFC 5,577 birds. 20, 21, 34, 35, 75, 82, 111 North East Sect 1,847 birds, 22, 24, 42, 43, 95, 105, 143, Open MNFC 4,753 birds 1, 9, 11, 26, 44, 81, 104, 116, 128, North East Sect 2,331 birds, 7, 18, 20, 39, 66, 121, 151, 173, 189, Open MNFC 7,131 birds. 1, 6, 7, 35, North East Sect, 4, 10, 12, 48, Open MNFC 1,234 birds. 1, 3, 4, 8, 12, 15, 18, 73, 78, North East Sect 1,901 birds, 1, 3, 4, 8, 12, 15, 18, 73, 78 East, North East, South East, Sect 3,129 birds. 38, 52, 53, 70, 92, 113, 128, Open MNFC 6,540 birds. 4, 18, 42, 43, North East Sect 1,900 birds, 4, 25, 68, 69, Open MNFC 4,716 birds. 1st & 2nd MNFC Open National G.R. 3,193 birds. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, North Sect 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, Open Northern Classic (NEW U.K. RECORD) 6, 18, 24, 33, 35, Open NEP. 1,613 birds. 1, 2, 3, 30, 31, 33, 34, 38, 50, Open NEP. 1,794 birds. 2, 4, 11, 21, 23, 25, 26, 27, 29, 32, Open NEP. 1,576 birds 4, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 21, 25, 27, 37, 38, Open NEP. 1,396 birds. 1, 7, 8, 18, 26, 32, 39, 44, 49, 50, Open NEP. 438 birds 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 25, 28, 42, 45, 47, 61, 74, Open NEP. 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 20, 23, 26 Open NEP. 979 birds 1, 2 ,6, 14, 15, 21, 24, 25, 28 Open NEP. 582 birds 1, 4, 17, 19, 24 Open NEP. 942 birds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 22, 23 Open NEP. 869 birds. 4, 5, 9, 11, 16, 18, 19, 20 Open NEP. 452 birds 2, 13, 15, 19, 21, 24 Open 1,037 birds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24 Open NEP. 1,048 birds 2, 3, 4, 20, 22, 23, 24, 29 Open NEP. 1,413 birds. The birds bred from our M & D. Evans Stock are responsible for over 90% of our results. Without doubt these are the best bloodlines we have ever owned.

Gordon Swift & Son John, Barnsley
"We purchased pigeons from M & D Evans a few seasons ago and right from the start they put us in the winner�s enclosure. We�ve not only been consistent winners in the two clubs we fly in but we have also topped the strong Barnsley Federation on numerous occasions. There is no doubt the birds from Myrtle Lofts make winning come easy. They are the best we have owned. After a lifetime in the sport, we believe M & D Evans have some of the best pigeons in the country today."

Mr & Mrs Forrest & Son. Ratho, Scotland
Since purchasing pigeons from M & D. Evans in 2003 flying young birds only. Flying in two different clubs they have won 13 x 1st, 11 x 2nd, 5 x 3rd, 2 x 4th, 1st & 2nd Open Central Scotland 3 bird club, also 7 x 1st Federation taking the first five positions in the Federation with over 3,500 birds.
Topping the Scottish Central Federation 6 weeks in a row, 1st Federation Otterburn One 2,812 birds, 1st Federation Otterburn Two 3,508 birds. 1st Federation Bishop Auckland 3,251 birds. 1st Federation Bishop Auckland Two 2,324 birds. 1st Federation Ripon 1,638 birds. 1st Federation Normanton. Plus many more Fed positions in the top twenty, also 9th & 11th Open Scottish Central Combine. These pigeons have won from 900ypm to 1400ypm hard or easy days, these birds win from any distance. Having met Mark and Dick I find them genuine people and they certainly know how to breed and race top quality pigeons. I can honestly say they are the best pigeons I have ever owned.

John Halstead. Nr Gillingham, Dorset.
1st Open B.B.C. National from Bordeaux 2008
Just to let you known that the Vandenabeele�s that Nigel Langstaff and myself purchased from you in 1999 are producing some superb offsprings for us. As you known we had winners straight away from the birds we had from you. "Hannah" a daughter of the cock I named "Syrus" out of your "Maverick" & "Mercedes" won for me 1st Stafford Gold Ring Weymouth on 28.08.00 winning £1,240.00 and then 12 days later won 1st Club, 1st Staffs Moorlands Federation from Poole 1,202 birds. Her sister was 6th in the Shirlands Silver Ring the week before. In 2001 our best young bird named "Leoney" again scooped almost £1,000.00 in cash winnings, she is from a son of "Pearce" & "Jade Leanne" and a daughter of "Gentiel" & "Nationaal Girl". "Leoney" had a string of good performances including 4th Federation, 2 bird Open from Poole. 13th Federation Gold Ring. 5th Federation 2 bird Classic. 13th Section, 289th Open N.F.C. National Guernsey 6,382 birds. 2nd Section N.F.C. Gold Ring and finally 8th Section, 53rd Open M.N.F.C. National Guernsey 5,661 birds.
Due to the fact that I was relocating from Staffordshire to Dorset in May 2002 Nigel had all the Vandenabeele stock birds at his loft near Swindon were he certainly bred some good birds. His star of the 2002 young bird season was a blue cock called "Van Nistelrooy" which won 1st Section, 30th Open N.F.C. National Guernsey 7,190 birds, this was bred from our son of "Jester" & "Carrie" paired to a daughter of "Hannah" when she was paired to J53 a brother to "Rolls Royce". Nigel Langstaff with a yearling Vandenabeele widowhood cock also won 1st Section in the CSCFC from Sennen Cove and a young bird to win Section F Gold Ring in the N.F.C. Nigel also sent three birds to Barber & Hilson, Bury in Lancshire, they all flew well but one in particular stood out this was a son of J54 brother to "Rolls Royce" when paired to a daughter of "Pearce" & "Jade Leanne" this cock 100% M & D. Evans Vandenabeele was 1st North West Grand National from Ventnor.
In June 2002 I collected 15 Vandenabeele youngsters from Nigel and put them in my new erected widowhood loft at my new location in Dorset, these youngsters were trained and about half of them were raced in August from Guernsey, the idea was to have a few yearlings to race in 2003.
Despite the inexperience and the small number of my team of just 6 widowhood cocks they were entered in my first old bird race on 4th May 2003 it was a open race with the Crewkerne Club and I was delighted to be able to announce winning 1st Open from 362 birds winning my first race to my new loft location. This was a son of F57 from "Benetton" & "Saffron" paired to the sister to Barber & Hilson�s National winner. The brother to this cock was 14th Section, 148th Open N.F.C. National Saintes 4,526 birds, another yearling cock "894" out of "Syrus" (Maverick x Mercedes) and "Leoney" (Pearce x Jade Leanne, Gentiel x Nationaal Girl) won 91st Open C.S.C.F.C. Messac 3,284 birds, 7th Section, 320th Open N.F.C. National Nantes 8,664 birds, 19th Section, 268th Open N.F.C. National Saintes 4,526 birds. My young birds in 2003 have also flown reasonably well in the Central Southern Classic from Guernsey entering 8 birds timing 4 in 48 seconds winning 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Section Gold Ring, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th Section 109 members sent 791 birds, 60th, 62nd, 65th, 68th Open Classic 422 members sent 3,228 birds. A blue hen which won 3rd Gold Ring, 8th Section was also 17th Section 57 members sent 425 birds, 106th Open 311 members sent 2,082 birds, 5th Section Gold Ring B.B.C. Lamballe and 198th Open C.S.C.F.C. Fougeres 1,223 birds.

McArdle & Archbold. Netherton, Merseyside
We have been searching for better pigeons continuously over a number of years in an attempt to improve on the stock we already had (which I hasten to add has been without much success despite substantial outlay).
There are a few important points that we have learnt over the years that need careful consideration when bringing in new stock. 1. Are they capable of performing consistently at the highest level? 2. Have they continued to breed consistently good birds for generations? 3. Will they perform to our management system? 4. Can the honesty and integrity of the vendors be relied upon? 5. Are they affordable to the working man? Rarely can all five points be satisfied at one location, however after studying M&D Evans results over a number of years and several personal recommendations from friends we decided to visit Myrtle Lofts (Sept. 2001) and see for ourselves. We were so impressed with both Mark, Dick and their stock that we purchased several pairs that day and returned a week later for several more, and again 12 months later for some selected pairs. It is very difficult to make recommendations to others it�s really down to personal preference, but what we will say is that rarely will you meet in the pigeon sport more genuine men than Mark & Dick. If the pigeons we have had from them are anything to go by their reputation as sound stockmen is well founded, comparable we believe with the very best in Europe, one would only have to view their National/Classic results over a number of seasons for further confirmation. We will leave you to make up your own mind, but to help you come to that decision we will provide you with a selection of our results gained over the last 18 months with M&D Evans Gaby Vandenabeele�s family.
NWHU 02 B 1179 - 5th Open Bamfords Gold Ring Spectacular 2002 winning £1000 G.dtr Maclaren x Nationaal Fideelke - Jas x Jade Leanne. GB 02 Z 60572 - 18th Fed, Hereford 2,934 birds 1st Fed., Chepstow, 2,901 birds, 21st Fed, Chepstow, 2,559 birds, 12th Fed, West Bay, 2,492 birds G. Son Benson x Royal Blue - Logan x Crystal. NWHU 02 B 1181 - 1st Club 19th Fed Chepstow 2,559 birds, 1st Club 27th Fed Frome 2,599 birds, 3rd Club 15th Fed Chepstow 2,910 birds beaten by 2 loftmates. G.Son Victor Reid x Nationaal Fideelke. GB 02 Z 60583 - 2nd Club 15th Amal. Wincanton 4,132 birds, 2nd Club 29th Fed Frome 2,599 birds beaten by loftmate. G.Son Jester x Carrie - Red Eye x Shadow/Devon.GB 02 L 11195 - 1st Fed, West Bay 2,150 birds, 16th Fed, Falaise, 997 birds. G.Son Benson x Royal Blue, Logan x Crystal. GB 03 B 78027 - 1st Bamfords Gold Ring Spectacular winning £3,000 and a T3 Clock, 1,111 birds 7thAmal, Wincanton 3,651 birds, 14th Wincanton Fed. 2,341 birds. G.Dtr Rolls Royce x Queen of Diamonds. GB 03 P 13323 - 2nd Fed, Hereford 3,955 birds, 7th Fed, Hereford 3,950 birds. G.Son Rolls Royce x Queen of Diamonds. GB 03 L 14716 - 2nd Club 11th Fed. Hereford, 3,950 birds. G.Dtr Bennetton x Devon, Nationaal Fideel x Belle. GB 03 B 78025 - 2nd Bamfords Gold Ring Spectacular winning £1,500, 8th Amal Wincanton 3,651 birds. G.Dtr Rolls Royce x Kimberley. GB 03 B 78031 - 1st Club 7th Amal. Portsmouth, 26th Open Bamfords Gold Ring Spectacular 1,111 birds. G.Dtr Golden Boy x Amber Louise. GB 03 B 78028 - 1st Club Wincanton, 5th Amal. 3,651 birds plus a T3 clock. G.Son Golden Son x Band of Gold. GB 03 X 91495 - 6th Amal. Wincanton 3,651 birds, 10th Fed Chepstow 2,875 birds. G.dtr Shadow x Koen Minderhoud - Bennetton x Devon.
Charlie�s brother Jimmy was 4th Combine over 10,000 pigeons with an M & D Vandenabeele and a friend of ours on the Wirral topped the Federation with a Koen Minderhoud that we bred for him to try. We have finished the season with 5 x 1st Federations and 4 x 2nd Federations with up to 4,000 birds competing. Considering we are in a poor position for the Amal (Furthest West & North) we are highly delighted. Probably our best performance was 6 in the first 11 of the Liverpool Amal from 3,961 birds, all M&D Vandenabeele�s. Just like to say to Mark & Dick we can�t thank you enough for the pigeons you have let us have because we are sure we have only scratched the surface of the potential of these pigeons, so much so that we are already looking forwards to racing a stronger team of cocks next season in 2004.

Mr Frank Ilreavy, Coleraine, Northern Ireland
Frank purchased 4 young birds in the year 2000 for stock, all four have bred first prize winners including 1st Section A, 9th Open N.I.P.A. 1,174 members sent 17,893 birds. Sire: Blue w/f GB00X73284 from Joshua x Nationaal Fideelke. Dam : Blue GB00X73197 from Maclaren x Mercedes.

Colin Gibson, Lurgan, Northern Ireland
1st Section, 1st Open N.I.P.A. Kilkenny 2003

Mr Victor Reid, Banbridge, Northern Irland
In Victor�s first year racing the M & D. Evans bloodlines in the N.I.P.A. he successfully won with the jester, Carrie & Sissi bloodlines 1st & 4th Section, 20th & 36th Open 31,619 birds.

Mr Norman McHenry, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
Winning many prizes at club and Federation level, also winning in the N.I.P.A Mallow 5 Bird Championship 1st Section, 2nd Open 604 members sent 2,454 birds 2003. Sire : Blue Cheq GB01S86380 from Red Eye x GB99F16548 daughter of Shadow & Devon.

Mr McApeer, Northern Ireland
Reporting success with the M & D. Evans, Jester & Carrie crossed Sissi bloodlines. 1st Section, 45th Open 24,250 birds. 4th Section, 4th Open 11,448 birds. 18th Section, 105th Open 25,500 birds.

Mr Jim Nelson, Banbridge, Northern Ireland
First year racing the M & D. Evans bloodlines Jim reported 1st prize winners, plus several performance pigeons in Section & Open N.I.P.A. including 1st Section G, 6th Open 21,417 birds.

Pat McGarrity, Dunmurry, Northern Ireland
Just a short letter to let you know of the performances of the birds I got from yourselves. Blue Ch cock GB97H42475 16th May 98 1st Club,4th Section D. approx. 4000+ birds, 8th Open 1,519 members sent 24,368 birds. Dist, 172 miles vel 1238 head wind. 23rd May 98 2nd Club, 30th Section, 120th Open 1,222 members sent 7,949 birds, old bird Derby 240 miles vel 1111 head wind. Blue Chequer hen 2nd Club beaten by loft mate, 2nd Section, 38th Open 7,852 birds vel 1284. 1st Club 172 miles will make good Section and Open prize, yet unknown. Dark Ch hen 2 club prizes as a yearling, Blue cheq cock 1st Club Y.B. another Blue Ch cock 3 club prizes as a Y.B. another Blue Ch cock 2 club prizes as a Y.B. all above Vandenabeele birds are bred from GB96V46003 x GB96V40679 a very promising pair of birds. Blue Herman hen GB96X95306 2nd Club beaten by loft mate 2nd Section, 11th Open 667members sent 11,367 birds. She has bred winners crossed with my Busschaerts, I have also won with the Hermans cross this year again. Congratulations on your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9th 7 14th Open National.

Nigel Cowood, Redford, Notts
In 1999 I purchased 4 pairs of Gaby Vandenabeele�s from the U.K. masters, Mark & Dick Evans, from their very best stock pairs. Direct sons and daughters of Golden Boy, Blauwen Nationaal, Jester & Carrie, Nationaal Fideel. Breeding only one round from these four pairs produced winners at Club & Federation level in the year 2000.

Tom Reeson, Derby
The Gaby Vandenabeele�s I purchased from M & D. Evans have continued to churn out the winners. The Chequer cock direct from Shadow has bred five separate first prize winners, one son winning from Exeter 180 miles by 13 clear minutes.

Mark Beavis, Kingsteignton, Devon
I have had success from the word go with Gaby Vandenabeele pigeons, I purchased from M & D. Evans in Club, Federation, Combine, Section and Open. My best cock from the Logan and Ebony crossed with Benetton and Mercedes bloodlines.

Robert Lindsley. Bishop Auckland
Dear Mark & Dick, After purchasing young birds from your Gaby Vandenabeele / Koen Minderhoud bloodlines in 2001 we have had outstanding success from the very first year racing. Including 1st prize winners in Club & Federation races plus achieving top prizes in the very strong West Durham Amalgamation. M & D. Evans has without doubt some very top class stock birds. Dear Mark & Dick, Thanks again for the youngsters you sent me in 2003. You might be interested in know that GB03Z87786 topped the Federation for us out of 142 miles by 30ypm.

K. G. Harrison, Gwersyllt, Nr Wrexham
Please find enclosed two federation sheets from the first two weeks racing your birds you bred. We were 1st Federation 2,514 birds and 9th Federation 2,872 birds consecutive weeks. When we top the fed we had three of your Hermans in the top eight. If I can fly them anyone can, thanks for all your help.

Paul & John Kirk, Rossington, Doncaster
We have purchased pigeons from M & D. Evans of Whitley Bridge and we have had a lot of pleasure and success with them. We have bred winners both in Club and Federation level.

J. Madgin & Son, Rugeley
The 2000 young bird season was our first attempt at racing pigeons that we�d purchased from M & D. Evans. It�s fair to say, that the offspring of the original 3 pigeons that we bought have exceeded our expectations by far. All of the youngsters raced the programme fully without us losing any of them. They showed maturity and intelligence beyond their tender age. Performance-wise we were delighted with them too. At club level they won many prizes, with one in particular hen winning 3x2nd 1x3rd. Our timer in the Midland National, Picauville race that finished 7th Open National 6,465 birds is also 100% Myrtle Lofts Vandenabeele. We also won 1st Open Stafford Gold Ring from Guernsey by over 30 minutes winning £1,700 plus. We�re so pleased with them that we�ve been back and invested further. We wouldn�t do that unless we were more than happy with both the birds that are housed and the character of Mark and Dick Evans.
Mark another good season in 2007 so I thought I would give you a quick update about your bloodlines. They have excelled really well for us and others. As you know Rugeley is such a hot bed in terms of pigeon racing for starters and on no fewer than 9 occasions we had birds placed in the top 15 of the South West Section in the MNFC and this was just in the last 7 available races. From the start in 2001 we�ve obtained outstanding results over 60 x 1st prizes at Club and Federation plus many 2nd 3rd and so on with big birdage Ave 4,500 5,000 birds, plus results in Combine and the MCC the list just goes on. The original birds we purchased from you are now ageing seven, eight and nine year olds and have done us very proud and no doubt we shall be back pretty soon

Paul Morrissey, Essex
Having purchased 5 Gaby Vandenabeeles from Myrtle Lofts in 1999 and bred from only three of them in the year 2000. I soon realised their potential they were my most consistent young birds, scoring for me both north and south road. So pleased I am with the birds and having total confidence in Mark & Dicks stockman ship I have ordered a further 34 Gaby Vandenabeeles to build a family of National winning birds.

Jim Darby, Hemsworth, West Yorkshire
I have had youngsters off M & D. Evans every year since 1995. The youngsters I have had over the years have helped me to reach the top, I race in a club with 29 members and was the second highest prize winner in 1999 season and the highest prize winner this year 2000. I have ordered some more young birds for 2001 I can recommend these two fanciers and anyone buying pigeons can be assured of a square deal.

David Gore, Bridgend, Mid Glam
I purchased two young birds for stock in 1998 from M & D. Evans. I first crossed the cock bird with one of my own hens then put the original pair together, breeding in total six young birds in 1999 of which four raced the full programme. From the four three scored, one which didn�t score Wales 99.B.05000 then scored as a yearling winning Ramsgate 2nd Club, 3rd A. V. Federation 1,203 birds, 11th Combine 12,990 birds. Falaise 238 miles, 3rd Club. Messac 269 miles 1st Club, 16th A.V. Federation 775 birds. Nantes 311 miles 3rd Club, 9th A. V. Federation 563 birds, 28th R. V. F. 2,574 birds. Plus his brothers and sisters also scored again in 2000.

Cyril Howes, Kent
After finding out M & D. Evans were fully booked up for young birds, we placed an order for Gaby Vandenabeele and Karel Herman young birds, these was to be late bred�s for future stock. After many months of waiting, I made the long journey to pick them up. I found Mark & Dick Evans two very genuine fanciers, totally dedicated, very honest and straight forwards. In my view they both deserve all their successes for what they have given to the sport. We raced a couple of pairs from their bloodlines this season and straight away they scored in the local club and the Mid Kent Federation, they also scored in the London and South East Classic Club. Others we gave a couple of races and then put them to one side for next year 2001 "our losses" from M & D. Evans stock was nil. They have top class birds with years of winning in their origin.

G. Darley. Thorne, South Yorkshire
Mark & Dick are two very honest fanciers, I have not met more dedicated fanciers. Anyone who can clock ten and twelve pigeons consistently on the same minute have certainly got some pigeons which are very special. Who would know better than myself. Secretary Thorne Coronation H.S. & Snaith & Dist H.S.

Chris Thomas, Kidderminster
Dear Mark & Dick, I would like to order six more Karel Herman young birds. If possible I would like the lines of the "Certs" and "Money Spinner" although I do appreciate due to the age you may wish to keep their youngsters for your own stock purposes. I have a direct son of "Certs" which to date has won 1st, 4th, 2 x 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th Federation from 80 to 255 miles.

Les Barrow, Blackpool
This is the first year I myself have raced Mark & Dick�s birds after purchasing 6 youngsters for the 2003 season, one was lost of the loft but the other five have all won prizes, this is not surprising after you study the quality of the stock and I do believe the best is yet to come.

Mr. L.G. Gunn
"Dear Mr. Evans, Thank you very much for your letter in respect to my enquiry concerning the "Dawn Run" bloodlines. I can only say since purchasing a direct daughter how pleased we are with youngsters we breed from her. No matter what sire we use. Kind regards,"

Bob Kyle
"I have purchased pigeons from M & D Evans for the last 4 years. They have won from the word go in club, fed and combine. You are guaranteed a square deal from Myrtle Lofts and by dealing with Mark and Dick Evans you are purchasing from very honest people, and are getting pigeons which are value for money."

M.S. Patel-Bolton
"As a novice I purchased 6 young birds early this year. I culled one of them after two weeks because it was continuously squeaking and refused to attempt to fly when the other 5 were flying around. I then had to cull 2 more through being badly injured in wires. I raced the remaining 3 and 2 them won me cards.

M. Moore & Son
"I have known Mark & Dick Evans for a few years and have nothing but praise for the pigeons we have had from them. Mark & Dick are genuine fanciers and value for money."

Mr & Mrs Bracewell & son
"M & D�s Hermans have won for us both North Road and South Road. They have topped the fed on numerous occasions, anyone purchasing from Myrtle Lofts will not regret it."

D. Richardson
"As a fancier of nearly 40 years, M & D Evans� pigeons are among the best I have handled and raced. They are like there owners, genuine in every way. They won for me north and south. I have confidence in recommending them."

W. Dungworth & Son
"Over the years we purchased from M & D Evans� with great satisfaction. Our small team of young birds showed potential to the full by taking four 1st, two 1sts Feds, and Y.B Averages."

Mr. Terry Allen, Denaby
Blue Hen purchased from Myrtle Lofts as a young bird and well known as the "Whitley Hen" dam of over 60 first prize winners, for her owner.

Brain Wainman, West Midlands
"I have known Mark & Dick Evans for a good many years. They have always purchased the best stock birds available regardless of cost. You assured of a fair deal at Myrtle Lofts"

G. Hill
> "I started the sport by purchasing from M & D Evans in my first full season I was second prize winner. The following year only racing nine cocks they took O.B averages topped the fed and took 8 positions in GY Amal"

"Do you remember the Pied Cock we reported as a Stray, 15172, which you gave to us. He is know our no. 1 stock cock"

Phil & John Bickerton, Riccall, N. Yorkshire
"We have purchased pigeons for the last 4 seasons from the lofts of M & D Evans of Whitley Bridge and have had a lot of success and pleasure from them consistently. We have had them score from many different distances both North and South road flying. We would definitely recommend these pigeons to anyone.

Richard Haigh
"Probably the best selection of Sprint stock birds in the country are housed by these fanciers type, shape, feather with quite exceptional eye sign. I regarded it a great honour to be aloud to hold all the main birds. It�s no wonder they not only produce the goods for their owners but for the many fanciers that have been lucky enough to race birds from the Myrtle Lofts. From the few I flew from the Mark & Dick Evans, all bred winners up to 3oo miles. They made some of the best prices in my clearance sale. If situations change and I have time to race again the names Mark & Dick Evans will be near the top of my list for foundation birds."

Mr. Griffiths
"Your bloodlines have helped me win 1st Wrexham & Dist. Fed, also 3rd Wrexham & Dist. Fed, 3,900 birds."

Mr. Connor
"The last four youngest you sent me have all taken prize cards."

Frank Sheader
who purchased Karel Hermans from Myrtle Lofts consistently for several years clearly states in Homing World 21st Dec. 1990 that M & D Evans. Hermans are fastest birds he has ever had. Franks tried our birds and compared them against many top Belgium strains, Frank Sheader races in a very strong Scarborough F.C. This is the biggest club in the fed and in 3 years racing won 31 first club races and 152 positions in first 8-9 First Feds and 50 positions in the first 10 with Hermans.

Brain Tomlinson
"I purchased pigeons from M & D Evans and can honestly say you can not get more fair and honest fanciers. Ex my good pied cock won 1st Club, 3rd Fed, 1st Club, 2nd Fed, 1st Club, 1st Fed, 3rd Open Race."

George Harrison, Garforth, Leeds
I purchased pigeons from M & D Evans, they immediately started winning for me, and they have certainly played a big part in making top prize winner on several occasions to date.
Thanks to D.G. for the mention I got in the British Homing World on the 26th June but credit where credit is due, the winning pigeons are actually from the M & D Evans Lofts at Whitley Bridge.
Caption from letter to Editor of British Homing World (July 17th 1992).

Joseph Sibson. Leeds. West Yorkshire
Dear Mr. Evans,A few seasons ago you donated a young bird BL.CH Karel Herman to Melbourne F.C to help to raise club funds. I bought your young bird for £40. She got injured in training. I Persevered and got her in good health again. In her first Y.B race, 168 miles she won. In her second Y.B race from Fareham she was second as a yearling she won and gained 6 cards out of 8 races. This same hen won the open race for me with 465 birds sent. She also scored 7 times this year out of 8 races. She also bred an excellent Y.B to win for me.
The pigeon you bred is a very fast sprint bird in fact she�s the best hen I own. I have refused large sums of money for her. Thanks Mr. Evans for a really outstanding racer and breeder.

Colin Dorman. Middlesbrough
Colin holding "Blue Gem" winner of 2 x 1st Nationals

"Dear Mark & Dick as you know this is my third season flying your Hermans. In my first year 1 was runner up with Y.B averages going on to my best year yet, taking O.B. averages, Channel averages and runner up to in Y.B averages in the Cleveland Combine. We have had outstanding positions in club and combine up to 400 miles to date we have collected 21 trophies thanks to all your help."

Mark Dyson. Leeds, West Yorkshire
Dear Mark & Dick, Just to let you know that the two Herman Hens I got from you have been outstanding performers, both as young birds and yearlings. 98535 has two firsts club,1 fourth club and also topped the fed. Her sister 98536 has been second twice in club and fourth in fed. She has won over £200 pool money to date, and at least 5 more races to go before the end of the season. I am extremely proud and pleased with these two Herman Hens as I believe I race in the hardest club in the federation in Leeds. I can only say these are excellent pigeons from two excellent pigeon fanciers.

Peter MaCabe. Woodchurch
In 2002 we were combine overall point�s trophy winner�s old birds and young birds. The Gaby Vandenabeele�s have produced the goods; not only for ourselves but also for others. For example, fellow club member Kenny Warrilow won the first young bird race (we were third) with a hen of the Jester & Carrie lines, also we bred 1st club, well up in the fed for John Hynes Saughall Massie H.S. again Jester & Carrie line.
Thanks for all your efforts on our behalf.

Brain and Chris Brelsford from Darnall, Sheffield
Reported 1st Club, 1st Federation Saintes (approx 530 miles) with a yearling bred from a Gaby Vandenabeele pair purchased from Myrtle Lofts.

Ray Woozley. Briton Ferry, South Wales
Reported winning 1st West Section South Road National from Littlehampton. The press report in the British Homing World on 19th September 2003 described the Gaby Vandenabeele hen which was bred direct by Myrtle Lofts as an excellent pigeon to achieve this performance and proves a good national result can be won even when you are out in the far west.

B. Groves & H. Snow. Birmingham
A few words about M. Granger and G. Warman from whom I purchased 6 Gaby Vandenabeele youngsters which descend from direct stock of M & D. Evans of Myrtle Lofts. These birds have excelled all my expectations, especially one young blue hen ring number GB2003B60185 who out of 5 races has taken 3 x first prizes. 16.08.03. 1st Club, 21st Bromsgrove Federation Wincanton. 23.08.03. 1st Club, 1st Bromsgrove Federation Exeter. 13.09.03. 3rd Club, 15th Bromsgrove Federation. 20.09.03. 1st Club, 3rd Bromsgrove Federation, 7th Midland Counties Combine Picauville 3,710 birds.

Mel & Sue King. Blandford Forum, Dorset
1st NFC National Nantes 10,148 birds 2002
1st BBC National Bordeaux 2005
1st BICC National Falaise 3,461 birds 2007
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Open
Central Southern Classic Truro 2007
In 1999 Mel & Sue King purchased 2 pair of Gaby Vandenabeele�s and an extra pair was given by Mark & Dick on loan to add to their breeding loft. These three pairs have produced pigeons to win at all levels of competition. I will not list all Mel and Sue�s Club and Federation performances which on occasion they have taken the first four prizes in both Club and Federation. I will list small example from their Classic and National achievements which include 1st Section, 1st Open National Nantes in the N.F.C. 10,148 birds. 1st Section, 9th Open National Herstal N.F.C. 1st Section, 1st Open G.R. British Barcelona Club, Lamballe. 3rd Section, 24th Open British Barcelona Club, Nantes. 1st Section, 21st Open British Barcelona Club, Lamballe. 3rd Section, 11th Open National Saintes N.F.C. 1st Sect 1st Open BICC National Falaise 3,461 Birds 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Open Central Southern Classic Truro. 1st & 3rd Open BBC National Bordeaux plus many more top prizes.
In a letter to Mark and Dick, Mel and Sue quotes "these birds certainly come to the front especially on hard days with the wind on their nose. We would recommend the Vandenabeele�s to anyone who wants winners when the going gets tough and you need look no further than Myrtle Lofts for quality Gaby Vandenabeele�s.

Sue Clewlow (S & G. Clewlow) South Yorkshire
1st Open MNFC National Car Winner With a 100% M & D. Evans Vandenabeele. Bred by Sue from stock purchased from our good friends P. B. & W. Hyatt, Tewkesbury.
This is 6 x New Cars now been won with pigeons containing
M & D. Evans bloodlines.

Gerry O�Keefe & Son. Ballybrack. Southern Ireland
1st & 2nd Pilmore Beach 2007
401 members sending 8,670 birds.
Both pigeons are 100% M & D. Evans Vandenabeele. Bred by Gerry from stock he obtained from his very good friends Jack Walker. Cannock. Staffs

Gary Daykin. Nottingham
1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th Open MNFC National 12,921 birds 2002
1st, 2nd, 4th, 10th Open MNFC Yearling National 2003.
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Open MNFC Clale 4,753 birds 2004.
1st Open BICC National Falaise 2,554 birds 2006.
Gary�s best National performances to date have been achieved when he was racing in partnership with Mark & Dick under the name of G. S. Daykin, Son & Evans. A small example of the results achieved under this partnership, they include 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 16, 17, 24, 25, 30, 31, 39, 41, 43, 50, 56, 64, 70, 87 National North East Section 154 members sent 1,829 birds. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 17, 18, 27, 28, 36, 37, 47, 49, 51, 60, 71, 81, 90, M.N.F.C. Open National Chale 451 members sent 4,753 birds. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 13, 19, 30, 42, 60, 114 National North East Section Tours 215 members sent 1,538 birds. 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 19, 22, 28, 36, 56, 86, 118, 267 M.N.F.C. Open National Tours 777 members sent 5,239 birds. 1, 2, 5, 7, National North East Section 1, 2, 5, 7, Open National 1,541 members sent 12,921 Birds. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 17, 21, 32, 39, 48 National N. E. Sect Picauville 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 25, 29, 44, 54, 69 Open National Picauville 1,235 members sent 9,880 Birds. Plus many others.

Gary Robson. Sunderland
1st Open U.N.C. National Maidstone 14,701 birds.
100% M & D. Evans Vandenabeele. Bred by Ian & Liz Purver. Skinningrove
from stock purchased from Myrtle Lofts.

Davy Mawhinney. Northern Ireland
1st Open N.I.P.A. Thurles 2006.
12,229 birds
Davy has achieved many top performances racing with the M & D. Evans bloodlines that he obtained from his very good friend Jack Walker in the winter of 2004. Davy quotes" The youngsters from them raced better than I could have imagined, as in their first season they won for me 8 x 1st, 2 x 2nd, 2 x 3rd, 1 x 4th in my own club, Dollingstown HPS plus many Open & Section positions in the mighty NIPA with up to 25,000 birds competing. When you consider that I raced only 11 young birds in 2005 they did extremely well". The following season Davy won 1st Open N.I.P.A. 12,229 birds. The winner is a grand son from Myrtle Lofts "Jumping Jack Flash" x "Foxy Lady"

Clive Yates. Tamworth
The 2007 Midlands National Champion
Clive Yates. Tamworth
1st Open M.N.F.C. Yearling National Alancon
Clive first purchase stock from Myrtle Lofts in 2003 where he obtained 16 youngsters for stock. 15 out of these 16 pigeons bred winners within first three years. One hen alone he called the "Golden Hen" (daughter from Maclaren x Saffron) bred Clive 7 x 1st prize winners out of 8 youngsters.

Mr & Mrs I & E Purver. Skinningrove
I have been racing pigeons for the last 25 years in the Up North Combine who send over 30,000 plus birds to some National races where the competition is extremely strong.
Over the years we have bought a lot of different breeds of birds from top studs and fanciers which have won some good positions but were very hit and miss and not consistent. In 1992 I met Mark and Dick Evans and Dicks wife Margaret at their home Myrtle Lofts and from the moment I met them I was so at ease where I was made very welcome and I felt as if I had known them all my life and still get the same feeling 16 years later. In the 25years of keeping and racing pigeons I have met and made many friends from all over the world but I must say the Evans family are right at the very top for been honest and genuine people. We got the first Vandenabeele bloodlines from Mark and Dick in 1999 and they have won many positions and top prizes from the word go right up to this year 2007 and without a shadow of a doubt these M & D. Evans bloodlines are the best birds we have ever owned and raced and hope to carry on winning with them for a few more years to come. We will list the following top U.N.C. positions which have been won with their bloodlines 3rd UNC 24,199 Birds, 3rd UNC/NEHU/DC 34,303 Birds, 7th UNC 17,763 Birds, 8th UNC 20,721 Birds, 9th UNC 24,199 Birds, 9th UNC/NEHU/DC 34.303 Birds, 11th UNC 17,763 Birds, 18th UNC 29,784 Birds, 25th UNC 17,763 Birds, 26th UNC 14,753 Birds, 44th UNC 17,234 Birds, 46th UNC 21,388 Birds, 54th UNC 14,753 Birds, 68th UNC 15,188 Birds, 69th UNC 17,234 Birds, 90th UNC 24,185 Birds, 93rd UNC 24,692 Birds, 120th UNC 15,188 Birds, 130th UNC 23,138 Birds, 154th UNC 26,854 Birds. Also bred 1st UNC 14,701 Birds (COSMIC GIRL) Now owned by Myrtle Lofts. 2 x 1st, 2 x 2nd, 2 x 3rd North of England championship club (3 bird limit). Runners up North of England Championship Club Averages. 1st Yearling Derby Trophy winner, winners of the Ian McDonald Memorial Trophy for the best two bird performance 3rd & 9th Folkstone Old Bird National 24,199 birds 2007 Only sending 14 birds. We would like to end by just saying a big thank you to Mark and Dick for letting us have the quality of birds from them and for their friendship, we are proud to call them our friends

Koutsoudis Bros. Port Elizabeth, South Africa
My Brother and I have been racing pigeons for the past 18 years. We considered our pigeons to be of the highest quality around and possibly won from every race point.
One day Greg Large (who is like a Brother to us) came rushing to the loft as if he won a Jackpot. He told us that he got birds from you, at the time we did not even know who you were. We told him not to waste his money and he should rather come help himself to some birds out of our loft. All I can say is, thank GOD he did not listen to us.
When Greg moved to Ireland, he asked us to take care of his Birds and left all his Myrtle-loft pigeons with us. We bred 18 young birds out of them in the first year and flew the young bird series. We entered 4 teams of 25 pigeons and divided the 18 VB into the 4 teams.
18 birds arrived together from the first race and to our surprise they were the 18 VB. This pattern continued for the remainder of the 5 races and as a result all 4 our teams ended in the top 5 of the Federation (1500 birds) and Union (2800 birds). We decided to fly one cock further into the old bird series and he won 1st union out of 4000 birds.
In 2007 we decided to have 50% VB and this time 32 birds arrived together from the first race, however we had a bad trap and ended in the lower part of the result. Our fellow fanciers thought we were speaking BS except for the one who stays 3 houses away , he phoned and asked me not to train my birds as he is waiting for race birds, imagine his shock when I told him those are my race birds. After the bad trap, the only way for us to retain our title was to make sure we clock our competitors totally of the sheet. The following week we got a call from a fancier up the line (30 km) closer to race point, He just saw a pack of about 26 birds go over. Then a friend of mine about 6 km away phoned and gave us the same report. I told him they are all mine he thought I was joking, I was serious. I kept him on the line and a few minutes later the pack appeared (26) all for us. Once again this pattern continued for the remainder of the 5 races. We managed to retain our title not because we are good fanciers, but because we have good, sorry superior pigeons. We have made a decision to keep 20% of our old stuff and 80% MD (VB). We will keep you updated.
Thanks to Greg Large (pictured above) for intrusting us with Gold and thanks to Mark & Dick Evans for maintaining such a great group of pigeons and most of all for their honesty in passing on top class pigeons. Kind Regards Chris Koutsoudis

G & M. Clayton. South Wales
1st Open South Welsh Road National
Oudenaarde 2006
Plus many other prizes won at Club, Federation, Combine & National level including 1st club Maidstone, 10th Sect Fed 2,204 birds, 25th Open Fed 5,731 birds, 40th Combine 17,187 birds. 30th Open Welsh South East National 5,736 birds. 1st club Ramsgate, 59th Sect, 109th Open Welsh South East National 2,275 birds. 1st club Oudenaarde, 1st Sect 1st Open Welsh South East National 3,882 birds. 2nd Sect Fed 1,081 birds, 2nd Fed 3,264 birds. 2nd Sect, 2nd Open Welsh Combine 8,522 birds. 1st club Epsom 127 miles 211 birds, 1st Sect Fed 1,892 birds, 6th Open Fed 4,741 birds. 1st club Maidstone 163 miles 144 birds, 1st Sect Fed 1,497 birds, 8th Open Fed 3,655 birds, 6th Sect 12th Open Welsh South East National 4,677 birds, 9th Sect 13th Open Welsh Combine 10,499 birds.

George Macaloney & Son. Coatbridge
(M & D. Evans bloodlines have won in 2007)
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Open 6,815 birds.
1st Open 8,056 birds
2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th Open 7,994 birds
1st, 2nd, 4th, 11th Open 7,491 birds
Having monitored Mark and Dick Evans racing and breeding performances for a few years, we then decided to contact them in 2004 with a view to purchasing Gaby Vandenabeele�s for stock. We then arranged a visit to their breeding lofts to see at first hand if these were indeed the type of birds we required to supplement our already successful race team that had kept us to the fore in the mighty Lanarkshire Fed in previous seasons. But more importantly we had to meet Mark and Dickie to judge if they were the type of people we could trust when making such an investment, not just in money terms but in time, effort and risk that we were willing to take by introducing a new family of birds to an already successful loft.
As for their stock birds, our first impressions were that they were not as appealing to the eye as our own family of Camphius Janseens and Van Loons, but in the hand we were very impressed with their physic (fantastic frames, intelligent heads and sheer power) a real workman like stamp about them. As for Dickie and Mark we very quickly realised we were dealing with two stockmen of the highest quality and that we could trust 100% as at no time did they ever try to sell us a single bird nor did they evade any questions we had for them and came across as very open and straight forward people to deal with. So much so that we have in fact formed a strong friendship with them over the last 3 years. We were so impressed with Dickie, Mark and their birds that we then not only ordered a few for stock as was our previous intension but ordered a full round of 54 young birds direct from their top breeding lofts that houses the likes of Shadow, Jester, Carrie, Rolls Royce, Maclaren, Benetton, T.C., National Fideel & Belle, etc. etc. Then came the kick in the teeth � we were then informed we would have to wait 2-1/2 years for our order, as they would not be ready until June/July 2006. (On reflection we could understand the waiting time, as real quality does not grow on trees and is always worth waiting for. This also reinforced our faith in Dickie and Mark, as they quite easily could have supplied us with a full round from their experiment loft without us being any the wiser. But they promised us one of the best rounds of young birds they have ever produced for a single loft and were true to their word).
By the time the summer of 2006 came around word had got out to our fellow members that we had ordered a complete round of Vandenabeele�s from M & D Evans. We received comments like, why are you looking for anything more than you have just now? As we had just finished federation champions in 2004, 2005, and 2006 for the 11th time. But as stated previously we are always looking to supplement our race team and never take any future seasons for granted in terms of guaranteed success. In July/August 2006 our birds were ready, duly collected and housed in our new stock loft at Stirling and very impressed we were with the quality of the young birds supplied.
In January 2007 the first round of breeding had its problems, as I was dealing with 60 new stock birds still carrying nest flights and young cocks fighting for their pecking order within the new loft. As its hard enough to force late breds together, our pairing strategy was to throw the young hens on the floor and let them all pair up as they liked. In the first round we only hatched about 50% of the eggs due to various reasons, none more so than fighting in resulting in eggs being broken and nests being abandoned. By the second round we had our young bird race team of approximately 100 birds in place at our racing loft at Coatbridge. The team consisted of 60% of our own proven and tested birds of the Camphius, Van Loons, Busschearts and Kannibaal blood lines and the remaining 40% of M & D Evans Vandenabeele�s. To find out as much as possible about our new family, we decided to sell a few to local fanciers in 3 adjoing federations to our own, enabling us to accelerate the evaluation of these new birds racing into our own area.
By the time our racing started our young bird team was down to a level of 76 birds due to losses in training and birds killed or injured on wires, with the Vandenabeele�s still representing approximately 40% of the team. Training settled down and the birds started looking better and better with the main observation focusing on their physic, (fantastically powerful bodies). The first race was from Kelso a distance of 64 miles and into a very strong head wind. With our entry of 40 ( 17 Vandenabeele�s) we waited with great anticipation but with a hint of uncertainty as to how our new family would perform. 6 birds arrived from the south east with 4 trapping with seconds to the stall traps but the other 2 waisted approx 2 minutes. Result � 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Open Fed 6815 birds with the M & D Evans birds taking 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th the remaining 2 birds being grandchildren of our own Camphius "Dream Pair". The winning velocity was 1116 ypm and these 6 birds were ahead of the next section member by 129 ypm and ahead of the whole Fed by 51 ypm. To say we were over the moon was an understatement. (An unbelievable start with this new family).
In the second race with our entry of 40 we again had 6 young birds arrive together from the same direction and in exactly the same wind as the previous week. Result � 1st 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th Open Fed 8056 birds with a velocity of 1163 ypm The first Open being M & D Evans and the five others being from our own various families.
In the third race with our entry of 40 and in exactly the same wind and weather conditions of the previous 2 weeks we had 15 birds arrive from the same direction. We timed in 8 birds resulting in the following � 1st 2nd 3rd 5th 7th 9th 10th 14th Open Fed 7994 birds with a winning velocity of 1239 ypm. With the M & D Evans birds taking 2nd 3rd 5th 7th and 10th Open. In the fourth race with our entry of 40 in similar wind and weather conditions as previous weeks we had 4 birds arrive together but had to wait another 8 minutes before 3 more arrived. We finished 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th Open Fed and still took 5th 9th and 12th Fed 8 minutes later from an entry of 7491 birds with a velocity of 1026 ypm beating the next member in the Fed by 57 ypm. M & D Evans birds responsible for 1st 2nd 4th and 12th Open.
In the fifth and final race we had the chance to set a Federation record by taking 1st Fed in every young bird race, a feat never been achieved in the history of the Lanarkshire Federation. With our entry of 36 we again had 4 birds come together and all trapped well but we had to wait another 7 minutes before 5 more arrived and they took an absolute age to finally enter the loft. Result � 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Open Fed 4644birds. With a velocity of 1034 ypm beating the next Fed member by 12 ypm. These birds were also duplicated into the Fed Open race to take the following positions: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 12th 18th 21st 22nd 24th and 34th Open 1725 birds this time M & D Evans birds took 2nd 18th 21st and 34th Open (setting and securing a Federation Record that can only ever be equalled).
From our first 4 birds timed in over the five races, we timed the M & D Evans birds 12 times out of the possible 20 positions which represents 60% of our early birds and in fact the M & D Evans birds have been actual 1st Fed or joint 1st Fed winners in all five races. As a matter of interest the few birds we let go to the surrounding fanciers took high Federations positions for others in the Lanarkshire Fed, the Midland Fed and North West Fed. One partnership in the North West Fed namely Conway & Richardson raced only 4 Vandenabeele�s with outstanding success as these 4 birds on there own secured for him the young bird average in the club and possible runner up in the Federation average. Their highlight came in the final race from approx 2 hundred miles in a north west wind where they won 1st 3rd and 5th Open Fed with 3 of the 4 Vandenabeele�s and 8th 10th and 17th combine with the same 3 birds (unbelievable).
If these M & D Evans birds can come into a very successful and established loft such as ours and have an immediate impact just imagine the effect they could have in lofts up and down the country, which does not have the same quality as our existing families to race against.
I can honestly say I never imagined that any family was capable of having such an impact in only 5 races, but the M & D Evans Vandenabeele�s have proved me wrong. Thanks again Mark & Dickie for keeping your promise to give us birds capable of competing with anything we already house.

Martin Weaver. Camerton, East Yorkshire
1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 16th Yorkshire Middle Route Combine
4,833 birds � this year 2009
4 out of the 5 winning pigeons contain M & D. Evans bloodlines which proves Martin�s performances with our birds continue to be very rewarding after he wrote the testimonial below for Myrtle Lofts in 2006.
I first met Mark and Dick Evans in 2002, but had to wait for a further year to collect my first batch of youngsters, as these fabulous M & D. Evans pigeons were fully booked up. These youngsters were all put to stock and all bred first prize winners from the start.
In the next two years I bought more M & D. Evans bloodlines, which were put in my stock loft.
It was so refreshing to meet two fanciers you can put your trust in, and who can supply top quality pigeons. This year 2006 was my best season so far, flying in the strong Yorkshire Middle Route Combine. I won the Bird of the Year Award for the first time in my club with a Yearling Hen taking 1st. Federation. 4,249 birds, 4th. Federation. 3,114 birds and 31st. Federation. 2,455 birds. Without doubt these are the best pigeons I have ever owned, and I must thank both Mark & Dick for breeding me such quality pigeons and all the help and advice they have given me.

Martin &Watts. Basildon, Essex
1st Essex & Kent Combine 2,814 birds.
Scotch Corner 2007.
Dear Dick & Mark
We want to tell you of our complete satisfaction with the M&D Vandenabeeles that we have been purchasing from Myrtle Lofts. Since starting as a partnership in 2004 we have been buying the best birds on offer at auction clearance sales. No matter what strain of bird we bought we never seemed to get much better than three or four wins in a season. In 2004 we bought a young hen of Jester- Carrie lines. The best move that we made. An M&D Vandenabeele came up for sale locally which was swiftly bought. That was the start of our success. In 2005 we won 1st Combine and 6 places of the first 10 in the Amalgamation. With just 6 club wins. In 2006 our club wins increased to 7 with a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Combine.. This made us more determined to introduce more of the Vandenabeeles. We seemed to be getting better and better and in 2007 our club wins increased to 11 x 1st places with 1st Combine and 1st Amal with the same pigeon on consecutive weeks. 2008 saw us take 12 x 1st places at club level and 2nd Combine, beaten by a decimal. 2009 gave us our best year yet with 15 x 1st places at club level and 4th Combine. Also in 2009 we took on separate occasions the first 14 and first 7 positions in the fed. Our highlight of the year was taking the first seven positions in the club from Arbroath and the first three positions from Thurso , the Thurso win also topped the Essex Central Fed and South of the Thames Fed also winning 4th Combine. Over this time we have also won approx 25 x 1st Federation places as well. Our best home bred bird was bred from two of your birds Blue Cock GB06F46103 � 1st Amal Newark 1,644 birds, 1st Combine Scotch Corner the following week 2,814 birds, 17th Fed Wetherby 1,155 birds, 12th Fed Ripon 1058 birds, 36th Amal Wetherby 2,733 birds, 17th Amal Ripon 3,210 birds, 5th Amal Newark 1,745 birds, 10th Amal Wetherby 2,279 birds, 8th Fed Newark 1,833 birds, 9th Fed Ripon 1,552 birds, 1st Fed Scotch Corner 1,372 birds, 10th Fed 1,070 birds, 5th Fed Newark 1178 birds. There are too many club positions to mention. Sire Peirce- Saffron lines. Dam bloodlines of Jester-Carrie.
On behalf of Martin & Watts may I say a big thank your for the success that your M & D. Evans birds have helped us to gain.

Ron Woodward & Michael O�Hare. Middlewich
1st & 2nd Section, 1st & 2nd Open M.C.C.
Gold Ring Lessay 2007.
Both bred from stock purchased from Myrtle lofts.

Joe Ferreire. Richmond Hill, North America,
Thanks to a very good friend of mine, John Marles (Sylvan lofts), we were able to purchase some of your birds. The first year I started flying them I saw my race results move upwards immediately by winning champion bird in the largest combine in Canada 3rd average speed and 6th overall loft points. I have been flying since 1982 a small team flyer. The first year I bred from only two pairs of Myrtle loft birds, winning 5/8 races. The same results with the birds crossed and pure from Myrtle lofts and performing outstanding results. I feel that Myrtle lofts have some of the best birds in the world if not the best. A special thanks to John Marles for obtaining these birds.

Mike Valente. Guilford, North America
Dear Mark,
I'm currently flying with the Borden Racing Pigeon Club which consists of 20 paid members which I also belong to the Up North Combine, which has 180 paid members with bounders of 80km by 120km. I have never experienced as many birds on a drop as I have this year with the Evans birds. In previous years, I would loose a lot of pigeons from the long distance races. However, with the Evans birds, the returns are phenomenal even in the last leg of races. I'm currently winning 5 club races and 1st and 2nd U.N.C. North Bay Race. Thanks to the Evans family that was introduced by John Marles (Sylvan Loft). I was overwhelmed with excitement, race after race knowing that I'm now beating top fliers in our strong combine. The Evans birds showed that they can be raced week after week without any rest, and still remain extremely competitive. I noticed that the M & D Evans bloodlines showed no weakness in their health and hardly any losses no matter how hard the race was. Thank you very much, John for setting me up with these world class pigeons. I was telling my wife Lucy, that before I pass away, the only thing I ever wanted was to obtain world class pigeons and be very competitive. Through my good friends John Marles and Joe Ferreira's guidance, I was able to become a well respected pigeon flier regarding my results. I'm very happy with these new M & D. Evans Pigeons, and many thanks goes to John Marles that made my dream come true and made it happen for me.

Jeff Wilburn. Chatham, North America
Mark, I just wanted to email you to tell you how happy I am with the birds I received from you. Since introducing your birds to my loft, I have observed quite a dramatic improvement in my race results; in particular more consistency between old and youngbird series. The superior quality of the Vandenabeele's you sent to Canada is apparent the first time one of your is handled; amazing soft and supple feathers. I have seen a far higher percentage of top racers than what I have found with any other pigeons I have purchased in Canada or the United States. Your pigeons truly have made a very positive impact in my racing and breeding results. I am breeding winners generations away from the originally purchased stock. I would like to thank you for supplying such high quality pigeons and look forward to flying them in the future with even more success.

Ed Zabinski. Pennsylvania, USA
Dear Mark Evans, Over a number of years I have spent thousands of dollars on high pedigreed birds that would be competitive for me in a tough combine. It was finally in 2006 that my luck changed completely for the better. I was made aware of the M & D Evans Gaby birds through an article written by John Marles of Canada. It was then that I knew I had to try them. I acquired four pairs of young birds. I bred them and flew their offspring. For the first time in my pigeon career I not only was competitive, garnering numerous diplomas, but one of my M & D Evans Gaby birds captured third place as the Outstanding Young Bird of the Lehigh Mountain Combine. I am looking forward to the 2008 race season with great anticipation.

Jimmy & Sue Dickens
1st, 2nd, 3rd Open
North West Grand National 2005.
All three birds are 100% M & D. Evans Vandenabeele�s 1st & 3rd National bred by Myrtle Lofts. 2nd National bred by Jimmy & Sue from a pair of M & D. Evans pigeons on loan from their very good friend Joe Bennett pictured here with Sue & Jimmy

Kerry Mellonby & Ricky Wheelhouse
( Mellonby & Wheelhouse ) Bridlington.
2nd & 4th Open MNFC National 7,131 birds.
Kerry has report endless winner to Mark & Dick over the last seven year bred down from pigeons purchased direct from Myrtle Lofts. These performances include 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 11th 404 birds, 1st, 3rd, 4th. 7th, 14th Yorkshire Middle Route Federation Newark 3,071 birds. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th 378 birds, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 9th, 10th, 12th Yorkshire Middle Route Federation Huntingdon 2,654 birds. 1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th, 226 birds, 1st, 2nd, 8th, 10th Yorkshire Middle Route Federation Clermont 1,671 birds. 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 10th, 11th 200 birds. 1st 435 birds, 1st Yorkshire Middle Route Federation Wanstead 2,665 birds. 1st 472 birdsa, 1st Yorkshire Middle Route Federation Newark 2,953 birds., plus many more. In a letter to Mark Kerry talks about a pair of super breeding hens he calls the "Golden Twins" one of them is dam to 17 x 1st Prizes and the other is dam to 7 x 1st prizes all with different cocks the two hens are identical that�s why they are called the Golden Twins". Kerry�s M & D. Evans bloodlines have won pure and crossed with Vandenabeele lines from their good friend Clive Lister. These bloodlines have achieved top honors for Kerry & Ricky at all levels right through to National racing.

Kipling Partners. Heybridge
The partnership was formed in 2001 although both Colin Vince and Duncan Goodchild had been in pigeons for over 30 years each. During that period of time they had flown North road and had between them achieved many top positions in Club, Fed and Combine. The conscious decision to turn south was made at the end of the 2001 season. Half the young bird team of 2002 was flown North and the other half South. This proved to be far too much work so it was decided that the best way forward was to go totally South. We knew that we had birds to hold their own down to the coast, but the challenge of the channel was going to be a different proposition. We probably had birds that in time and have with some nurturing would achieve what we were looking for. But we were not prepared to wait and needed birds that were both proven to win at the highest level across the channel and could handle the time in the basket. The result of Mark and Dickie in 1998 from Picauville and others that followed stuck in our minds, not only that but many other people were winning well with these birds. A little study of the M & D. Evans bloodlines gave us some more information about the quality of these birds, time in the basket and getting out to 10/12 hours consistently in the top end of the results. So at their sale in November 2002 we purchased 3 birds, a son of Jester and Carrie now known as "Mourinho", a Fed-winning granddaughter of Jester and Carrie and a daughter of Rolls Royce. These birds have not disappointed and all three have bred us winners and all with several different partners, an added bonus is how many generations they keep winning for. They have won from the coast and across the channel but seem to be best suited when the conditions are at their most hostile; they seem to thrive in cold and very windy conditions in either head or tail winds. What�s more they seem to be getting better as they get some age about them and can handle plenty of hard work. They have also won for other people in different parts of the country. Some of the better results we have achieved with these birds to date apart from the many winners inland are 4th Combine Falaise 1,100 birds, 5th Combine Alencon 1,013 birds, 8th Open BICC Falaise 2,526 birds, 12th Combine Alencon 1,412 birds, 25th Combine La Ferte Bernard 1,200 birds, 47th, 49th & 57th Open BICC Alencon 1,824 birds etc. The best decision we made was to attend that sale; they are most honest all round birds that we have ever owned.

Tom & Niel Chalmers. Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Dear Mark & Dick, Let me advise you of more good news. Blue Cock ZA/OP2007 23137 bred out of your GB2006T13096 son of Shadow & Super Girl 413 when mated to a daughter of the "Jonge Wittenbuik" NL06-1763745 was 1st Ficksburg to Port Elizabeth a distance of 613 kilometres or 383 miles velocity 1546 meters per minute Two other pure bred Vandenabeele pigeons also won for us from Eijerkamp. The blue Pencil ZA/OP2007 23071 (100% M & D. Evans) won 1st Prize in the Ladies Special Race R4000 here in South Africa and was bred from a son from Golden Gaby when paired onto Carrie crossed to a daughter of Den Bandiet when paired to Carrie 2000. The Myrtle Lofts and the Eijerkamp Vandenabeele`s promise a lot for the future. We were lucky to get a daughter of "Bliksem" from Gaby and she clicks with a number of cocks currently she is mated to my favourite GB2006T13039 (100% M & D. Evans) lot 2 from your joint auction sale with Gaby Vandenabeele in 2006 sale To say these pigeons only came to South Africa in late 2007 and that they had to spend 4 weeks in quarantine this is highly Commended. Not only breeding winners but taking many other positions as well
Graeme Warman. Stocksbridge Lofts. Doncaster
Also 2nd Ace Ace Sprint Pigeon & 19th Ace Pigeon over the six races including the 300 mile final.
Since purchasing the M & D. Evans bloodlines back in 2001 I have never looked back as they started producing the good from the very first year. These lines have won myself and for other fanciers all over the UK. I have received winning reports at Club, Federation, National & One Loft Race Competitions. After trying their bloodlines against other families I have come to the conclusion that M & D Evans own by far some of the best pigeons in the country today. At Myrtle Lofts Mark & Dick require all their stock pairs to breed winners on a regular basis; also they must breed to different mates. They have built up a family of pigeons, which over the last few years allows them to be very selective in what birds they allow to remain residents in their breeding lofts. I have noticed Mark & Dick will not retire pigeons to stock with just one outstanding performance, single results are almost meaningless. They don�t take anything seriously until they see it for a third time. Mark & Dick have done all the hard work as stockmen to make it much easier for me to produce winner�s year in and year out of pigeons I purchase from them. These are genuine hard working pigeons and are sold from hard working and genuine fanciers. Thanks Mark & Dick for selling me some World Class Bloodlines.

Joe Costello. Dagenham. Essex
I purchased a large selection of Gaby Vandenabeele pigeons from Myrtle Lofts in 2004 including sons and daughters from most of their champions including Jester, Carrie, Shadow, Ninety Cock, Westkapelle, Band of Gold, Saffron, Going for Gold, Rolls Royce, Belle etc etc These pigeons was a credit to their stockmanship and the strict selection policy that they employ at Myrtle Lofts and having been in the sport for 25 years achieving good success I can honestly say they are easily the best family of pigeons I have ever owned. In 2005 I bred a team of late breds for Tony Calverly of Dagenham and the youngsters he bred from them in 2006 won from the word go for him. Jim Coutts & son won and scored with all the three pigeons I bred him in 2006. I know from first hand experience having traveled to Belgium with Mark in 2005 to attend the Freddy Vandenbrande clearance sale where he purchased the No. 1 pigeon in the sale the famous National Winning cock "Edou" for a vast sum that Mark & Dick�s quest to add only the best bloodlines to their already super family of Vandenabeele based pigeons is relentless. I strongly recommend to all fanciers that if they are looking to introduce super national winning top quality pigeons then in my opinion Myrtle Lofts is the only place to look.

Nigel Templar Bristol
1st Open B.B.C. National Carlisle 2006.
With a 100% M & D. Evans bloodlines called "Dark Star" bred by Nigel from stock purchased from his good friend Steve Foster. Farington, Lancashire. "Dark Star" has also won to date 6th Section, 6th Open Central Southern Classic 2,397 birds. 2nd Section, 12th Open S. W. Lerwick Club 1,851 Birds. 5th Section, 14th Open 2.055 birds S. W. Lerwick Club. 5th Open West of England South Road Combine 1,804 birds all won 2006.

Ashley & Ron Tubey. Dagenham, Essex
1st & 4th London North Road Combine 3,154 birds.
We first started by purchased just two pairs of M & D. Evans youngsters from the Myrtle Lofts auction sale in 2004. These two pairs was put to stock which bred us winners straight away at Club, Federation and at Combine level including our 1st & 4th London North Road Combine winners from 3,154 birds (2nd London North Road Combine in this same race was won by Stuart Ager also won with M & D. Evans bloodlines). Due to the success of these two pairs we had no hesitation in purchasing more of their M & D. Evans bloodlines and again with more success which as continued right through to this present time. This year 2010 we won 2nd London North Road Combine which was beaten for 1st Open by two very good friends of ours Ling Brother and again with another pigeon containing the M & D. Evans bloodlines. To cut a story short our M & D. Evans pigeons have bred over 25 x 1st Federation winners for ourselves and over fanciers and because of this we would have no hesitation in recommending Myrtle Lofts to anyone.

Alan & Gary Young. Surry
1st Section, 1st Open
London & South East Classic 2007

Mick Brighton. Howden. East Yorkshire
Always on the look out to improve, I was studying all the top lofts in Belgium, Holland and the U.K. and it became obvious to me the introductions that I was looking for, lived a fifteen minute car ride from my own back door at Myrtle Lofts. By this time health problems had forced me to take early retirement and money was not growing on the trees in my garden. So with some trepidation I made contact with Mark & Dick, I need not to have worried, they treat everyone the same, irrespective of if you are a millionaire, or like me an ex factory worker. Their help in the selection of the initial three pair of birds was to have a massive impact on my own loft. Not only breeding a 1st Midlands National North East Section winner but also breeding both parents to 2nd Midlands National North East Section winner for John & Horace Woods of Barnsley. These results were only achieved with every good bloodlines and every good management. If you are wondering where I fit in, flying both family�s in 2004 I won 10 x 1st and approx. 90 minor prizes. In 2005 I was highest prize winner in Goole LMS Club, one of the biggest clubs in the country with 47 members. In 2006 prior to going into hospital in early August I was 2nd highest prize winner.
Two rounds of youngsters were bred early in 2006, one round going to my good friends John & Horace and the other round for myself. In February an unsuccessful operation which meant major surgery was required forcing me to sell all my own young birds this year as I sadly knew I couldn�t put the work into them. But as soon as the young bird season got under way each week fanciers would ring to inform me of the prizes the youngster were winning which included John Woods winning 1st & 2nd North East Section MNFC 1,216 birds and also winning 1st & 2nd prizes in the MNFC Gold Ring winning £1,350.00 (Both M & D. Evans bloodlines) also received another call from Bob & Barbara Moore of Brotton to inform me they had won 1st Club, 4th Federation, 5th Section, 69th UNC Maidstone National 16,490 birds. Each year Mark & Dick have selected me a few more to add to my breeding lofts and I have complete confidence in these selections. I would like to say on behalf of the winning fanciers and myself, who have benefited from my M & D. Evans stock birds. Thank you every, every much Mark & Dick.

R & M Duffield. Eastwood, Notts
The four youngsters you meet me with at Junction 27 of the M1 which were GB2004T25242, GB2004T25230, GB2004T25253, GB2004T25264. All these four have bred 1st Prize winners, plus good Federation prizes. Grandchildren from these four have won for two of our friends.

Shaun Wareing. Langold, Notts
I purchased pigeons from M & D. Evans in 2001 and they immediately started winning for me and friends that had them of me. They win from 70 miles right through to 528 miles and they just keep winning. For me M & D. Evans have the best Vandenabeele based bloodlines in all England. Thank you Mark & Dick for all your help.

O�Bryan and Jones. Port Talbot. South Wales
We first introduced the Vanenabeele�s in into our lofts in 2002 from the M & D Evans Partnership. We allowed the partnership pick the birds for us, they picked a direct son out of Rolls Royce and Queen of Diamonds, also a direct son of Benetton and Jade Leanne, a direct daughter out of Shadow and a daughter from Super Gaby also a direct daughter from Golden Boy and Hannah. These four are responsible for a long string of winners from 70 miles to 400 miles. They started winning races for us from the very first nest we bred off them. We have also gifted pigeons to our good friends Mal Dunn and Son and these pigeons have also won for them. We are so pleased with the birds that we have since purchased another twenty pigeons direct from M & D Evans Partnership. We have always found Mark and Dick to be very honest and generous people and have helped us in any way they could and would have no hesitation in recommending them to anybody. In our opinion you cannot purchase better Vandenabeele pigeons.

Warren Shetrone. California. USA
1st National AU Race Stockton Calif 2006
Hello Mark, On November 10th the National AU Race from Stockton Calif to Los Angeles was held in conjunction with the Annual AU Convention. This was a 320 miles race with 1100 birds shipped out of 2500 entries. The winning overall pigeon was bred by me from a son of Benneton when paired to Lady Eisen (daughter of Shadow & Saffron) My father (age 91) actually entered the bird as he lives in Los Angeles. The band number of this bird is AU 06 Ross 81 Blue W/F Hen. We won $14,000.00 in capital prize for which of course we are very happy. I delayed letting anyone know about the origin of this pigeon because the first 25 birds are auctioned of to the highest bidder after the race. I purchased this hen back for a modest price and she along with all my birds are residing in Hawaii. So congratulations on another National Winner. If you would like a copy of the race report and prize distribution sheet let me know. By the way The handler of our bird put 9 birds in the top 25 positions winning $30,000.00

Carey Tilson. Las Vegas. USA
Equal 1st Vegas Connection Race 2005
Hello Mark, GB2004Z63179 - What a fantastic Hen this has turned out to be! I purchased her at auction in the 2004 Vegas Classic. She flew fantastic in the Las Vegas Classic in the 200 and 300 mile races winning 3rd and a 30th place. As a breeder I think she may prove even better. In 2005 I only raced the one loft and futurities. Paired to a son of Hollywood she bred 13th and 26th Champion Birds at the Mercedes Classic also 8th Champion Loft in the Mercedes. Flying with only 2 birds I scored 8th Champion Loft from 250 lofts. The 7 lofts that beat me all scored at least 3 and most 4 birds each race.
She also bred equal 1st, beaten through the trap taking 2nd Vegas Connection Race 2005. As well as 2nd Champion bird in the 2005 Lou McElroy Race from 4000 birds. I got this hen late and bred only 6 birds. 4 birds topped the sheets so you can see I am very keen on this hen.

Henry Gonsalves. Bristol
I thought I should give you a little feed back on the bloodlines I have purchased from you and your partner Bill Heslop. This year in their full breeding season, they have bred me youngsters to win six out of eight young bird races and also topping the Bristol South Road Federation twice. I have had them arriving in bunches to take up to the first five positions from 169 miles in a North West wind. The best lines have been from a daughter of Jester 320 when paired to a daughter of Shadow & Saffron these have bred 4 individual first prize winners in Club & Federation. Plus her sister also bred me three cocks to win 4 x 1st between them. The best cock was from Robin Hood (brother to Eisenhower) when paired to a daughter of Golden Boy & Amber Louise, two sons alone won 5 x 1st between them. I hope this information will be of value to your update. Yours in sport Henry Consalves.

Len & Kath Clarke. Kirby
1st Section, 1st Open Midlands National G.R. Lulworth 2006

Brian & Sue Stone. Belper, Derbyshire
1st Section, 1st Open North Midlands Classic Falaise 2006

Mark Callan
1st Section, 1st Open North West Grand National Southsea 2006
Bred from M & D. Evans lines purchased from Cath & Mike Lycett. Rugeley

John Gladwin. Southend on Sea, Essex
We first met Mark & Dickie Evans at the Europa Classic One Lofts Auction in 2003 were we purchased a pair of there birds after we had brought these we got talking to Mark & Dickie who invited us to go and visit them. We went to have a look around and handle some of the birds. Well to give you an idea how impressed we were we went not planning on buying any and come away having ordered 24. Since then we have brought many more both direct from M&D Evans and from other sources of there bloodlines. And all I can say is the pigeons are absolutely top class the first pair we brought bred an open winner in the first nest and in turn he bred a winner in his first nest. As have many of the birds we have brought from M&D Evans. We have had pigeons like the Super 59 she is just a yearling but has won the following in National and Classic races. 9th Section 20th Open L&SECC 20th Section 20th Open BICC 5th Section 64th Open L&SECC 82nd Section 88th Open NFC 23rd Section 75th Open L&SECC plus club positions. In 5 races she has been entered in National and Classic racing her worst position is 88th Open. We also have 202 again only a yearling but a super pigeon she has won in Club/Open racing 2 x 1sts 1 x 2nd beat by loft mate 6th beat by 2 loft mates 7th beat by 3 loft mates and in the open she has won 2 x 3rd once beat by loft mate 7th, 17th & 19th she has also been 8th combine and 8th Amalgamation also 32nd Section 32nd Open BICC Tours 289 mile. Her nest mate also won us £500 in the very hard final race in the Europa One Loft Race in 2006. And another half sister has been 1st 2nd & 3rd Club 2 x 3rd Open & 13th Open also 15th Combine and 50th Open BICC still only 2 years old. Also we have another very good hen which has won the following 4th Section 19th Open Guernsey London & South East Classic also 3rd Section 27th Open Guernsey London & South East Classic and 15th Section 28th Open London & South East Classic Exeter. The list of good birds goes on and on and all of the above are 100% M & D bloodlines.
As I have got to know Mark & Dickie all I can say is these are top class people with top class pigeons and are like there pigeons they are 100% genuine. They have given me great advice and tips on buying birds etc. and having visited recently all I can say is that the New Superstars look even better then the last generation which is testament to Mark & Dickie skills as stock men. I would advise anyone who wants the best; these are the birds you want. We have also won the following 11 x 1sts 10 x 2nd and 125 other positions in Section & Open in the very strong Leigh-on-Sea Club 46 members in 2006. In 2007 we have won 10 x 1st 16 x 2nds and 101 other positions in the Section and Open of the Leigh-on-Sea Club. We have also had over 40 top 100 positions in National and Classic racing in the last 2 years. John Gladwin (Formula 1 lofts)

Stuart Ager. Tilbury, Essex
Dear Mark & Dick, The birds that I purchased from yourselves are without doubt in a class of their own and they are way above anything else I have ever purchased and tried in all the 18 years that I have been racing pigeons. Your bloodlines have won far more than we ever expected and the real beauty is that they started winning from the ever first time we tried them. In the first year we raced your bloodlines your pigeons was approx 50% of our race team but because of the massive impact they have had towards our own results over the last three seasons our team now is about 90% M & D. Evans blood. Here are some of the results achieved over the last three years. In 2005 racing young birds we won Best Young Bird Flyer and Young Bird Average in Tilbury HS, Best Young Bird Flyer and Young Bird Averages in the West Essex Federation. 1st, 2nd, 3rd Club, 4th, 6th, 7th Federation 1,128 birds. 1st, 3rd, 6th, 8th Club, 1st, 3rd, 6th, 11th Federation 1,388 birds. 1st, 7th Club, 3rd & 16th Federation 1,389 birds. 4th & 5th Club, 5th & 6th Federation 1,353 birds. 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Club, 11th, 21st, 23rd Federation 1,232 birds. 5th, 6th, 7th Club, 10th, 12th, 15th Federation. 1,143 birds. 1st Club, 2nd Federation 978 birds. 1st & 3rd Club, 1st & 3rd Federation 932 birds. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, Club, 2nd, 9th, 13th, 20th Federation 1,029 birds, 2nd, 13th, 20th, 40th, 60th London North Road Combine 3,154 birds (beaten by Ashley Tubey with a 100% M & D. Evans bird) 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Club, 13th, 10th, 21st, 22nd Federation 906 birds. In 2006 things got even better winning far to many positions to list them all but by the end of 2006 we had won in total 21 x 1st Clubs, 7 x 1st Federations. 14 x 2nd Clubs, 7 x 2nd Federations, 17 x 3rd Clubs, 5 x 3rd Federations. 9 x 4th Clubs, 4 x 4th Federations. 10 x 5th Clubs, 4 x 5th Federations. 9 x 6th club, 5 x 6th Federations. Plus many more good high positions in Amalgamation & Combine racing with your bloodlines. Last year 2007 we won 13 x 1st, 14 x 2nd, 14 x 3rd, 10 x 4th, 10 x 5th, 11 x 6th plus 12 x 1st Two Bird & 8 x 2nd Two Bird winning Old Bird Averages, Young Bird Averages, Best Flyer Award, Princess Diana Cup, Billy Ashwell Trophy, Arbroath Cup, 1st Yearling Arbroath. So as you can see your M & D. Evans bloodlines have played a major roll in the results achieved in our own loft and I would have no hesitation in recommending your pigeons to anyone who is looking to introduce new stock. Genuine winning bloodlines sold by two genuine fanciers. I would like to say thank you for selling me top pigeons and giving me good advice throughout the last three years. All the best for the future Stuart Ager.

W. Gates & Son. Boldon Colliery, Tyne & Wear
In 1997 we purchased two M & D. Evans pigeons (Vandenabeele based) direct from yourselves and a further four more the following year. All these pigeons are still in our stock loft and have bred Club, Federation, Section winners. Plus good UNC Results. NEHU01MT0602 won 7th UNC National 16,795 birds. NEHU02MT1061 she won from Claremont and was 102nd National UNC 11,585 birds 11 hours 19 minutes on the wing. Then three weeks later she won from Le Ferte Bernard and was 2nd UNC 5,427 birds. 13 hours 31 minutes on the wing. Her performances this year from the channel is exceptional.

Tony Stephens. Parkstone, Dorset
1st Section, 1st Open Central Southern Classic Vains 4,403 birds
Won with M & D. Evans bloodlines obtained through Mel & Sue King. Blandford Forum, Dorset

John Gregory & Sons. Northern Ireland
1st Section D. NIPA Roscrea 2007. & 1st Section D. NIPA Clonmel 2007.
The results below are from bred from our son of Shadow. The birdage in the Section is normally between 2,000 - 4,000. I have not listed club prizes or minor section prizes. I am very proud of the performances these birds have put up for us, they are good, honest birds who we know we can rely on. The son of Shadow seems to be ending his breeding career now having only filled 2 eggs this season, fortunately we have a good few off him plus the daughter of Jester and Carrie. My dads friend also gifted us two nest pigeons which were purchased from yourselves bred from Maclaren and national Fideelke. This is a good base to start. Direct children from the son of Shadow 2nd Sect, 49th Open 8,388 birds, 10th Sect, 117th open Y/B National 6,011 birds. 11th Sect, 40th Open 7,131 birds. 40th Sect, 130th Open 10,235 birds. 2nd Sect, 14th Open 4,151 birds. 10th Sect, 70th Open 25,350 birds. 16th Sect, 67th Open 29,378 birds. 22nd Sect, 54th Open 29,378 birds. 18th Sect, 126th Open O/B National 9,559 birds. 26th Sect, 132nd Open 14,575 birds. 6th Sect, 154th Open 26,120 birds. 10th Sect, 42nd Open Y/B National 4,763 birds. 10th Sect, 80th Open 28,463 birds. 17th Sect, 97th Open 25,641 birds. 11th Sect, 123rd Open 2,642 birds. 7th Sect, 19th Open 19,598 birds. 3rd Sect, 28th Open O/B National 9,559 birds. 5th Sect, 29th Open 25,641 birds. 2nd Sect, 7th Open O/B National 8,737 birds. 23rd Sect, 115th Open 2,884 birds. 11th Sect, 76th Open 25,350 birds. His grandchildren have won 16th Sect, 68th Open 21,907 birds. 5th Sect, 51st Open 22,575 birds. 5th Sect, 24th Open 25,456 birds. 28th Sect, 135th Open 4,151 birds. 35th Sect, 162nd Open 22,489 birds. 20th Sect, 106th Open 14,890 birds. 21st Sect, 90th Open 10,235 birds. 20th Sect, 45th Open 10,713 birds. 20th Sect, 163rd Y/B National 3,824 birds. 41st Sect, 126th Open 25,456 birds. 8th Sect, 55th Open 14,890 birds. 25th Sect, 97th Open 10,235 birds. 8th Sect, 43rd Open Y/B National 3,824 birds. 6th Sect, 54th Open 25,350 birds 1st Sect, 162nd Open 28,063 birds. 1st Sect, 22nd Open 28,928 birds. Great Grand Children have won 25th Sect, 64th Open 10,713 birds. 20th Sect, 100th Open 4,151 birds. 1st Sect, 11th Open Y/B National 3,824 birds.

By John Marles
Scammell & Peploe. Garndiffaith, South Wales
1st Open National Bergerac 502 miles 2005.
1st National Ace Pigeon � Gold Cup Winner 2004.
1st National Ace Pigeon � Gold Cup Winner 2005.
From our first dealings with Mark & Dick we knew we were dealing with honest and genuine pigeon men. The pigeons they house at Myrtle Lofts are top class, they have won for us at Club, Federation, Combine and National level with birdage up to 10,000 plus birds. One pigeon for us "Golden Princess" won the Welsh South Road National Gold Cup two years in succession and amongst her many prizes she won 1st Open National Bergerac, 3rd Open National Saintes, 6th Open National Nantes plus many other prizes at Federation and National level.

Tony Calverley. Dagenham. Essex
I can�t say anything more to what�s already been said about the M&D Evans Vandenabeele�s but what I can say is that I purchased several late bred youngsters in 2005 from my good friend Joe Costello and these grandchildren from Joe�s direct M & D. Evans stock have won for me from the word go.

David Read. Horncliffe. Berwick upon Tweed
I first became involved with the M & D Evans bloodlines through Stewart Knowles of Widnes. I purchased a direct son off Jester & Carrie from Stewart to pair to my Scottish National winner "Swintonhill Lady".In three seasons they were responsible for over thirty individual first prize winners at Club, Fed, Amal & Combine. I was so impressed with them that I decided to contact Mark & Dick at Myrtle Lofts and after a long conversation with Dick arranged a visit. On my visit I was so impressed with the pigeons and their hospitality I decided to purchase four more M & D. Evans pigeons. Two from "T C" when paired to "Hillcroft Fantasy" also two "Shadow when paired to Princess". These last four pigeons also bred winners in their first season breeding in 2005, plus the added bonus that their grandchildren are breeding winners for me and others. After purchasing these first four pigeons I have returned each year to purchase one or two pigeons on Mark & Dick's advice up to 2007 when I decided to purchased sixteen direct pigeons from them which include three direct from the Champion racing & breeding cock "Golden Gaby". Which I am looking forward to trying one or two of these youngsters in the One Loft racing in 2008. I find Mark & Dick have been very trustworthy and honest with me and Dick has also been very helpful with advice on racing. In 2007 I won 20 x 1sts, 14 x 2nds, 9 x 3rds, winning all averages in the Club and only clocking two pigeons per race. I also won 4 x 1st Federations, 2 x 2nd Federations and 24 Federation cards in the first ten places. Plus I won 3 x 1st Championship Club, 2 x 2nd Championship Club and Federation Channel Average.

Mr & Mrs Jenkins & Son. South Wales
1st & 2nd Open Welsh South Road National Eastbourne 2007.
Won with a brother and sister from their direct M & D. Evans stock

Steve Sellars. Bridlington
Over the last six years since I required pigeons from Mark & Dick Evans of Myrtle Lofts these Vandenabeele�s have bred me eleven first, plus many over cards as well at club, Federation and National racing. These M & D Evans bloodlines I have here at stock are responsible for breeding 35 x 1st prize winners for myself and Mellonby and Wheelhouse and the two hens they call the "Golden Twins" have bred them 24 first plus many other cards as well, These M & D Evans pigeons just keep on producing the goods, never looked back since fetching these pigeons in. The best lines in my own loft are the son off "Solitaire" x "Band of Gold" who is the sire to 2nd & 4th Open National 7,131 birds for Mellonby and Wheelhouse also other good line for me are "Maclaren" x "Princess" and the pigeon I purchased from your auction sale as a young bird in 2002 called the "Golden Bull" ("Jester" x "Saffron") he has bred 27 x 1st prize winners to date. What a buy he was.

Gregory Large. Dublin, Southern Ireland
After some careful study, I picked out the Vandenabeele strain as one that could sprint and also fly for 14 hours. I spent 2 weeks in Belgium and after many loft visits could not find the right ones, after much disappointment I was guided to Myrtle lofts, and I found them, the performance based, and extremely strictly selected gems, of the M&D strain.
10 made their way to South Africa, and I remember saying to Mark, "I will be happy if 3 breed winners", Mark responded and said he aims higher than that, I thought he maybe had one too many.
My situation changed and I had to head back to Europe, I left my M&D Pigeons in the capable hands of the Koutsoudis Brothers, close friends, top fanciers and top pigeons. They had a lot to prove against one of the strongest stock lofts in the region. Having a very strong Houben Janssen based family; the brothers said that the pigeons better keep up with their established family of birds. In the first young bird race, the 18 M&D young landed in a pack, taking the first 10 positions, and 6 in the top 10 in the Combine, against around 3,000 pigeons. Second race the same story, but the third race a very hard 5 hour affair for 130 miles, 4 broke 2 minutes clear of the combine. It carried on right through the series, and in the end the total best 50 pigeons in the combine on points, 16 of the 18 M&D pigeons were listed in the top 50 pigeons in the Union over the 5 race series. The third Old bird race, the Union was won by an M&D pigeon. That took me back to Marks, statement of aiming higher than three of the ten breeding winners. Eight of the ten M&D stock bred winners in their very first nest. Something I thought not possible from any stock. The best lofts in the world would be happy with three out of ten performing, to obtain an eight out of ten strike rate, is something very special. These Breeding results show a prepotency of the highest level in the M&D Strain. This strike rate was obtained from none of the established breeders, Jester, Carrie or Shadow, but from the younger generation that Mark had selected to stock off the established breeders. That is stockmanship at the highest level.

D & J Armstrong & Son. Northern Ireland
1st & 2nd Open NIPA Navan - Area Lib 2,895 birds 2007.
2nd, 5th, 9th, 12th, 13th, 22nd Open NIPA Navan
Area Lib 6,002 birds 2007.
All winning pigeons are 100% M & D. Evans bloodlines which were bred between
D & J. Hawkins. Dunsville, South Yorkshire & M & D. Evans. Myrtle Lofts.

George McWhirter. Glenarm, Northern Ireland
1st & 2nd Open NIPA Mullingar 5,243 birds 2007.
Both pigeons are 100% M & D. Evans bloodlines and are bred from stock purchased from Myrtle Lofts. George has achieved many more good results with the M & D. Evans bloodlines both pure and crossed.

McGimpsey Brothers. Northern Ireland
NIPA Section F. Fanciers of the Year 2007.
1st Open N.I.P.A. Yearling National 2008.
We first became good friends with Mike Lycett in 2005, having watched Mrs C Lycett & Son�s results with a small team of pigeons as we knew they had to be top quality. Mike was very helpful and explained the bloodlines being M & D. Evans Vandenabeeles. As we race a team of 15 widowhood cocks in our sprint to middle-distance team we introduced the bloodlines of Shadow, Benetton, Saffron, Super Girl 310, Trade Secret, Maclaren, Queen of Diamonds. These bloodlines made an impact straight away. In 2007 one of our best widowhood cocks was Hillview Steel this yearling won 1st club, 2nd Sect, 11th Open NIPA Yearling National Barleycove 278 miles 1,268 birds into a North East wind 1200 vel. he also won 5th Tullamore vel 1468. 4th Pilmore Beach, 20th Sect vel 1545. 3rd Club, 16th Sect, 80th Open NIPA Mallow 5 bird Championship 2,272 birds vel 1275. This cock�s full brother Hillview Iron also won 2nd Club, 2nd Sect 2,188 birds Roscrea vel 1271. Also these M & D. Evans bloodlines have been responsible for us breeding 8th Open Corcreeney Breeder/Buyer 2006, 100% M & D. bloodlines 16th Open Corcreeney Breeder/Buyer 2007. 50% M & D. Bloodlines for Greenaway & Lenonard, Hillsboro & Maze Club. We have been very well pleased with these new bloodlines and we have purchased some more direct from Myrtle Lofts and also from Mike Lycetts entire clearance sale. We would like to put on record our thanks to Mark & Dick Evans for producing a super family of pigeons and say these two fanciers bloodlines have helped us become NIPA Sect F. Fanciers of the Year 2007.

Stan Stevens. Bootle. Liverpool
At the end of 2003 I purchased four late breds for the sum of £300 from Myrtle Lofts, not a fortune by any standards but by god did I strike GOLD. These four birds 3 cocks, 1 hen are the foundation of my loft today. The hen and one of the cocks, I now call "The Evans Pair" have bred many top prize winners in both club & Liverpool Amal. Two fanciers I let have youngsters have also won. The other two cocks paired to imported hens have also bred many winners, The one cock from the Logan, Benetton lines paired to a hen from Piet Verbree have bred many winners in Club & Liverpool Amal, so as you can see paired both pure and crossed they breed winners. Good bloodlines will always perform. Please note before buying these M & D. Evans bloodlines from Myrtle Lofts I was finding it hard to compete, living in the most westerly position in the club and a bad position in the Liverpool Amal. But since starting racing M & D. Evans blood in 2004 they have taken me to the top. I know you can�t put to print all my positions so here are some won in 2007 in the Liverpool Amal. 3rd, 6th, 8th, 12th, 13th, 17th, 18th, 37th Cheltenham 3,183 birds. 5th, 9th Hereford 2,651 birds. 2nd, 6th, 10th Frome 3,114 birds. 3rd, 30th, 37th, 48th Portsmouth 2,779 birds. 10th N.W. Combine 11,591 birds. 2nd, 23rd, 49th Portsmouth 2,659 birds. 18th N.W. Combine 10,385 birds. 4th, 45th Lessay 869 birds. 15th, 27th Lessay 979 birds. 10th, 20th Fougers N.W. Combine 2,628 birds. Also winning Old Bird Inland Averges in Liverpool Amal by a clear 10 y.p.m. and to my knowledge as never been done by any other loft racing in this area in Liverpool Amal. One think I would like to say, though only spending £300 with Mark & Dick on my visit to Myrtle Lofts I was treated the same as anyone spending thousands of pounds, the hospitality was second to none (thanks)

John Marles.
Scarborough, Ont. Canada & Brooksville Florida, USA
It's been four years since introducing the M & D Evans birds to my loft and their impact has been amazing. This family of birds quickly dominated my club and then the Toronto area. Within a very short time the same results were seen in a Combine of 125 members.
In 2007, of the 125 members of the Up North Combine, the Evans birds were flown by 3 or 4 flyers. We accumulated 1st, 2nd, and 7th Champion Lofts. We also had 8 of the top 13 Champion birds. I race 70 miles further than the short end.
Mark and Dick had told me that in racing their birds we would experience large drops at a time. In our 1st Combine race in young birds this year, the same four flyers had unbelievable drops. I had 14 on the drop and the only one to beat me was my friend, Pat Kleyn who had 8 Evans birds on the drop and took first place in the Combine. Both Joe Ferreira and Mike Valente racing the Evans bloodlines had similar drops and dominated their respective clubs.
In 2007, Joe Ferreira, received many awards from the Canadian Racing Pigeon Union. This included short distance and middle distance Champion Loft. He also won Long Distance Young Bird Loft bred from direct Evans bloodlines.
There is a very strong feeling in the Combine now that in order to be competitive you must have some Evans bloodlines. What a paradigm shift in such a short time line!
Outside of our combine, reports of the Evans bloodlines� winnings reach across Canada and the United States. We have had many reports from fanciers who in the past have spent thousands of dollars without any success. Yet, in just one season with the Evans bloodlines Ed Zabinski writes, "Over a number of years I have spent thousands of dollars on high pedigreed birds that would be competitive for me in a tough combine. It was finally in 2006 that my luck changed completely for the better. I was made aware of the M & D Evans Gaby birds through an article written by John Marles of Canada. It was then that I knew I had to try them. I acquired four pairs of young birds. I bred them and flew their offspring. For the first time in my pigeon career I not only was competitive, garnering numerous diplomas, but one of my M & D Evans Gaby birds captured third place as the Outstanding Young Bird of the Lehigh Mountain Combine. I am looking forward to the 2008 race schedule." In 2005, I sent 6 birds to Rick Van Veldhuisen, in Spring Hill, Florida . These 6 were 12 times his 1st birds in Young Birds. Now, most of his stock birds are M & D Evans bloodlines.
Other impressive wins in the States for Evans bloodlines include 1st AU National Race in California, 1st Flamingo Race in Florida, 3rd Empire Race, the largest one loft race in Canada and top honors at the Mid-west Convention. These are just a few of the examples of how the Evans bloodlines have done in North America.
In a very short time the Evans bloodlines have made a remarkable impact on the North American racing scene. The quality and superiority of these birds is unquestionable. When you consider that the above results have happened in the last few years it begs the question, "WHAT OUTSTANDING RESULTS WILL THESE BLOODLINES AMASS IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS?"

Jim Coutts. Kintore, Scotland
Hi Mark. Just a note to tell you that my M&D Gaby's have started the 2008 season well, The second race I was 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9 all with Gaby Vandenabeele bloodlines the third race I won with a blue cock bred out of a grandson of "Shadow" when paired to a great granddaughter of "The Boss" of Gordon Bros was also 5th 6th and 9th in this race. Both these weeks my first 7 of 8 birds are all Gaby's. I will keep you informed of more wins this season I am sure as they are starting to look and handle the part.

Ali & Linda McLeod. Billingham, Teesside
> I have raced pigeons for 38 years with no breaks; your pigeons the M & D Evans Vandenabeele are the best pigeons I have ever owned, breaking all records for the last 4 years in Teesside Federation. I have had "Bird of the Year" in Club and Federation 4 years running all of them your pigeons, your pigeons over the last few years have won for me at least 15 first prizes on a average of 2,000 pigeons plus, I believe through your help I have some of the best Vandenabeele to ever of left your loft and I would like to thank you and your father for your advice, sportsmanship and most of all honesty you have given me. I believe you not only have some of the best Vandenabeele based pigeons in the country but the world. You deserve all the praise you get; you are two of the most down to earth genuine fanciers I have had the pleasure of dealing with. You have my full permission to use any of my results at anytime you feel fit, Thanks again. Yours in the sport Ali & Linda Mcleod.

Chris Kelly. Northumberland
Hello Mark, after our telephone conversation about the top pair of pigeons that you bred me. I have enclosed the breeding details and the performances bred down from them. The pair I have left are class and will turn out to be a credit to the M & D. Evans Vandenabeele name �� They are the Blue Cock GB2003 son of "Golden Boy" x "Hannah" paired to GB2003 daughter of "Nationaal Fideel" x "Belle". This pair are Sire and Dam to a 2005 late bred who won in 2007. 1st Club, 1st Federation, 1st Section, 2nd UNC Maidstone 16,000 birds 269 miles. Another 2004 son off this pair is sire to 1st Tyne to Tweed Section 4,995 birds, 7th Section 4,392 birds, 7th Section 5,000 birds, 11th Section 3,422 birds, 47th Section 9,099 birds etc �.. A daughter from this pair is the dam to our best racer who�s won 3rd Club158 miles, 4th Club 237 miles, 3rd Club, 21st Section 4,236 birds, 5th Club, 21st Section 4,444 birds, 2nd Club, 40th Section 2,842 birds, 147th UNC 16,626 birds, 2nd Club, 20th Section 7,551 birds, 5th Club, 28th Section, 139th UNC 16,000 birds and on this day we were 2nd � 12th � 139th UNC and all were children or grandchildren of the pair I�m on about. Another daughter from this pair is dam to 1st Club, 1st Federation, 2nd Section 8,793 birds and another daughter is dam of 3rd Club, 4th Section, 12th UNC 16,000 birds�.also dam of 1st Club by 6 minutes, 1st Federation by 4 minutes, 1st Tyne to Tweed Section by 11 yards a minute against 4,612 birds�..but I am told (provisional) up to now I have the fastest velocity of all the three sections released together approx. 20,000 plus pigeons. THANK YOU MARK & DICK FOR SOME CLASS PIGEONS�..watch this space�Yours Chris Kelly.

Tom and Niel Chalmers. Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Dear Mark, Another winner to report from our loft. On Saturday 22nd June, 2008, Blue Cock ring number ZAOP .2007. 23153 bred late December 2007, WON Colesburg to Port Elizabeth 364 kilometres velocity 1374.8520. This cock was bred direct out of your pigeons that we bought at your auction in 2006 The sire is GB2006Z62655 direct son from "Shadow" when paired to "Saffron" and the dam is GB2006Z62638 a direct daughter from "Steve McQueen (son of Jester & Carrie) when paired to "Carrie Black" (daughter of Shadow & Carrie) Thank you. Kind regards Tom and Niel

Robert McCarrell. Scotland
After studying the race results of M & D. Evans for 2 years I decided to purchase some of these fabulous Vandenabeele pigeons from Myrtle Lofts this was in 2002. Shortly after this my appointment as Club and Federation secretary left me with no time to train or race these pigeons. I decided to use my loft as a feeder loft to a selection of top pigeon fanciers in the Ayrshire district who between them were flying both the north route and south route. It was no surprise to me to learn from these fanciers the success they were having with these M & D. Evans bloodlines. In 2007 and 2008 they won twelve first prizes. This year 2010 a fancier won 1st. Federation from Fraserburgh from birds received from me and two weeks later won 1st Federation Thurso from a brother to the winner in Fraserburgh. Another fancier in the same Fraserburgh race won 4th. & 9th Federation from birds bred by myself. One fancier sent 9 birds to Thurso and 6 pigeons returned all with M & D. Evans blood in them. I cannot thank Mark & Dick enough for the quality birds that have come from their fabulous breeding loft of Vandenabeele pigeons. I would have no hesitation on recommending these two gentlemen to anyone. Without their help and advice I would not have the quality of birds that I have to-day.

Derrick Humphries. Georgia. USA
Dear Mark & Dick, Just to let you know that in our club I was the Middle Distance Champion loft and also in the Peachtree Combine Middle Distance Average Speed. These birds were yearlings so I never sent too far and stopped racing after the middle distance races. They were coming home to the perch. I was working in Florida from January till the end of June. (These are the months that they race in Georgia). They had a small amount of training. I would set out the feed for the week in little baggies and a good friend of mine and a club member Bob Traverse would feed, water and loft fly them for me. He took great care of them, maybe too good because on Saturday these birds would beat his. Here are my results as I only raced in eight races. The first loft in the combine is 38 miles less than mine so I really should not get anywhere near the top of the Combine. 4/20 200 5th, 7th, 8th, 12th , 16th, 21st, 22nd, 25th Club. 4/26 300 1st, 4th Club 2nd, 5th Combine. 4 26 ob 475 mile 5th Club. 5/4 200 2nd, 9th, 11th Club 2nd Combine. 5/10 200 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 11th Club 2nd, 11th Combine. 5/17 200 1st, 2nd , 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th Club 5/24 200 1st, 2nd Club 11th, 12th Combine. 5/31 200 3rd, 4th Club 3rd & 4th Combine. Thanks for the great birds, mates. Derrick Humphries. Georgia. USA.

Colin Crowe, Ratho Station, Edinburgh
I first introduced the M & D. Evans Vandenabeeles early 2004 and have made further introductions over the years based on their recommendations, these birds containing the very best bloodlines from their outstanding family of pigeons. I had every confidence it would just be a matter of time before top prizes would follow, knowing the history and the performances their family were achieving throughout the UK.
Season 2004 saw the first for me to enter the race basket and from that season onwards I have never looked back, winning consistently numerous prizes at Club, Federation, Open & Combine level. Here are just some of the performances this fantastic family have achieved over recent years � 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th Club; 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Federation 1,934 birds. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 8th, 9th, Club, 1st, 2nd, 7th Federation 827 birds. 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th Club, 1st, 7th, 9th, 13th, 14th Federation 750 birds. 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th Club, 1st, 3rd Federation 940 birds. 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Club, 1st, 8th, 9th, 10th 12th Federation 1,550 birds. 1st Club, 1st Federation 1,268 birds. 1st Club, 1st Federation 1,167 birds. 1st Club, 2nd Fed 1,484 birds. 1st Club, 2nd Federation 1,178 birds. 1st, 2nd, 3rd Club, 2nd, 4th, 5th Federation 1,584 birds. 1st, 2nd, 3rd Club; 3rd, 4th, 5th Federation 1,378 birds. These results were achieved sending on average 18 old birds and 30 young birds per week. Over the years I have tried many different strains of birds, but none have been so successful than the M & D. Evans Vandenabeeles from Myrtle Lofts, they are by far the finest pigeons I�ve ever had the pleasure to race��truly remarkable!!!! I would have no hesitation in recommending fanciers to purchase birds from Mark & Dick Evans, quality pigeons from two genuine and honest men. I would like to finish by thanking Mark & Dick for giving me the opportunity to own such quality birds and for their advice over the years.

Vern & Karen Dean.
Minnesota. USA
Our partner in the USA John Marles received the following testimonial from Vern and Karen Dean of Minnesota. When Vern first approached John he mentioned that he had been racing for about seven years and was unable to get into the top 10% in his club. John told him that he felt the M & D Evans birds would definitely improve his standing in the club. In fact, this happened quickly and Vern and Karen Dean were winning club races and more importantly they had a new found respect within their own club. Next,they entered Futurities and found themselves at the top of the results. Here are their own words.
"We have been flying birds for seven years. The first five years we flew three or four different families without any success. After much hard work and money spent, we were ready to quit flying. I read an article by John Marles (Sylvan Lofts) In the R.P.D. about the birds from Mark Evans (Myrtle Lofts). I called John. His advice was "Don't quit! Try these birds!" Through his encouragement, we decided to try his birds.
We primarily fly in futurities. In two years, we have done well with the M & D. Evans birds in the Minnesota State futurity (2nd in 2008 and 1st in 2009). The birds have done well in club races and for flyers who handled them and we had a money winner in the 2008 AU Convention Race. We are very excited about the 2009." Vern and Karen Dean.

Frank Howard. East Flanders. Belgium
In 2001 I purchased a house in East Flanders and with this in mind I spoke to Mark & Dick Evans to ask them to breed me some young ones from the very best. They did me proud. I have had a total of twenty six pigeons from M & D. Evans from their very best but even some of those did not throw good ones but those that did have been a credit to Mark & Dick. I did not get permission to erect a loft in Belgium until 2004 so old bird racing only started in 2005 but this year in a main National Marking Bureau I was top prize winner and won the Brabent Union Award for the best performance out of Bourges National. At Vierzon the week before, I had three in the first fifty in the National at Bourges and three in the first sixty in the National. I had eight in the first one hundred National this year as well as other prizes.

George Slaven. Scotland
I have purchased and bred an excellent selection of M & D. Evans Vandenabeeles over the last few years. I first of all purchased birds from Mark and Dick�s original 1995 Gaby Vandenabeele imports such as Maclaren, Winston, Jas, Benson, Misty and National Fideel to name but a few and most recently from their new generation of super breeders such as Golden Gaby, Carrie Black, Jester 662, Ebony Queen, Golden Amber, Westkapelle, De Bandiet, Bouncer the list goes on.
These birds have put me in the winner�s enclosure from the start, winning 32 x 1st prizes in Club and Federation races with 112 prizes in the top 4 positions since young bird racing in 2005. Many more top performances have been reported to me from lofts all over the U.K. and Ireland with M & D. Evans Vandenabeele birds bred at my loft. I always look forward to my annual visit to Myrtle Lofts where I am made very welcome and enjoy Mark and Dick�s hospitality; I would recommend these two genuine and honest fanciers to anyone. In my opinion you can buy no better Vandenabeele pigeons.

Ken Wise - Isleworth, Middlesex
I have known Mark and Dickie Evans since the early 90�s when I first purchased the Karel Herman pigeons from them. I won many first prizes in Club, Fed and Combine, winning many of the averages in each. I have won the Federation from 85 miles to winning the Combine 458 miles. Breeding a friend of mine the only bird on the day from Bergerac 460 miles. I had an outstanding success with this strain, flying natural.
Turning my attention to Classic and National racing, Dickie Evans advised me on their Gaby Vandenbeeles bloodlines and in 2004 I purchased two pair of late breds from them. The following year I bred prize winners. Due to the high demand for M & D Evans pigeons I could only purchase 6 pair of late breds in 2006 and left these to mature and breed a team of youngsters in 2008. These youngsters helped me win the young bird average in Club and Federation. I also brought Gaby Vandenbeeles from Ray Horton of Morperth and Dave Hawkins from Doncaster both which were bred down from M & D Evans bloodlines. These combined together won me the following in 2009... 5th, 10th, 11th, 14th, 29th, 61st, 92nd Open National from Tours. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 25th, 27th, 29th, 41st, 42nd, 50th, 54th, 59th, 61st, 62nd Section. 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 12th, 13th, 20th, 22nd, 31st, 32nd, 37th, 38th, 40th, 42nd, 58th, 59th, 69th, 74th, 84th, 87th, 88th Open London & South East Classic Guernsey 2,100 birds. (1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, 11th Open Gold Ring). 7th, 17th, 43rd, 62nd, 89th, 94th Open N.F.C. National from Fougeres - 677 members sent 5,440 birds.
I would like to say it is a pleasure to know Mark & Dickie and would like to add a big thank you to Dickie for all his help and advice he gave me when I first started widowhood and over the years. These are true gentlemen of the sport, who have never failed to supply me with top quality stock. I recommend the M & D. Evans bloodlines to anyone and I rate these to be among the best pigeons I have ever owned.

Bob & Georgina Short
Ferring. West Sussex
Dear Mark & Dick,
We were looking for birds that could sprint and fly 14 hours on the wing. After studying many top winning lofts the Vandenabeele bloodlines from your loft came to the front and for that reason we contacted you to breed us stock birds that would breed winners. Ten pairs were purchased from your top breeders and nine out of these ten pairs in the first young bird season have produced many prize winners in both club and Federation. We have won every young bird race setting a new record in our own club. First race of the season from Lyndhurst was a great start which continued throughout the year we won 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Club, 1, 5, 7, 19, 20, 22, 23 24, 25 Federation. Blandford 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Club, 2, 3, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13 Federation. Blandford again winning 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 Club, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 Federation. Kingsdown 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 Club. Exeter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Club, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20 Federation. Yelverton 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Club 2, 5, 12 Federation. Kingsdown 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Club, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 17 Federation. Yelverton 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17 Club, 1, 6, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22 Federation. Lyndhurst 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19 Club, 2, 3, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 Federation. Winning young Bird Averages in both Club & Federation plus many other Trophies. We have been racing pigeons for 50 years now and we have never had pigeons with the speed and vitality that these birds possess.
We would like to thank you both, Mark & Dick for selling us genuine winning bloodlines. We would recommend your M & D. Evans bloodlines to anybody who wishes to improve their performances with pigeons from two genuine honest pigeon men. You need to look no further than Myrtle Lofts for quality winning Vandenabeele based pigeons.

Ivan Endo. Hawaii
Hello Mark & Dick.
What can I say! Impact Pigeons! As you can see, my loft is very small due to space limits. Quality pigeons are a must to compete here in Hawaii flying three channels over the Pacific Ocean with winds blowing every which way and sometimes rain too. Quality pigeons are a must to win here. Your M & D. Evans bloodlines held up to the challenge and were responsible for 4 of the 7 Concourse (Combine) wins that I had in the 2008 season. That just blew me away. After reading all the testimonials, I can honestly say, "They are for real."

Jimmy & Ken Wearn (Wearn Bros) Ramsdean.
1st Open N.F.C. National Messac.
Approx. 7,000 birds

L & G Sullivan, P. Potter & T. Reeves. Brighton
1st Open NFC National Angers 5,977 birds.

Meg Murray. B'ham on Crouch
1st Open London & South East Classic Guernsey 2,100 birds.

Brian Shipley York
In 2004 I made the decision to visit Myrtle Lofts. After studying their Vandenabeele family�s outstanding performances from previous years, I decided that these were the pigeons I had to have. Upon my visit I informed Mark & Dickie that I would like to purchase birds from their top breeders. Then came the shock I would have to wait three years to get my hands on any of their birds. Such was the demand for M&D Evans blood lines. It was then that I probably made the biggest and best decision of my life. I placed all my faith in Mark and Dickie�s honesty, intelligence and expert knowledge of their birds and I asked them to select for me 24 young birds from their top winning blood lines. A decision I have never regretted. 2008 young bird season, I started with 44 young birds. These performed very well throughout the season and in one race took the first six positions in the club, and finished the season with 32 young birds. 2009 saw both old birds and young birds performing very well, taking my fair share of the prizes, and we were never out of the first four positions in the young bird season. Started with 48 young birds and finished with 36, ending the season the second highest prize winner in the club. This year 2010 so far old bird season only I have won 6 x firsts, 4 x seconds, 5 x thirds, 2 x fourths, 2 x second Feds and one race 1st & 2nd Club, 1st & 2nd Ebor Fed 2nd & 3rd West Section. 3rd & 4th Yorkshire Middle Route Combine 4.171 birds.
So as you see the best really are worth waiting for!! And it doesn�t stop there. Mark & Dickie�s after sales service is second to none, nothing is too much trouble for these two gentlemen. They are always willing to give advice and guidance to the fanciers who have purchased there pigeons, to try and get then to the top, I myself would personally like to take this opportunity to thank both Mark & Dickie for all the help and advice they have given me over the last three years. Thanks a lot Gents and because of this I have absolutely no hesitation what so ever in recommending Myrtle Lofts to anybody.

Joe Raeburn
1st Open B.B.C. National from Lamballe.

Dave & Vincent Brookes
1st Open M.C.C. Classic from Saintes.

Joe & Gillian Booth from Milwich
1st Open Classic M.C.C. from Lessay over 2,700 birds.

Ling Brothers from Barking. Essex
1st, 2nd, 3rd Essex & Kent Combine from Scotch Corner.

Roy Mulligan from Doncaster
1st Open Northern Classic Picauville.

Mr & Mrs G. Lloyd from Hereford
1st Open Central Southern Classic Old Hens from Lessay

Ian Crammond & Nigel Langstaff
1st Open London & South East Classic from Bergerac
182 members sent 1,112 birds.

Brian & Sue Stone from Belper, Derbyshire
1st Open North Midlands Continental.
118 members sent 1,060 birds.

Jason Ross. Hampshire
1st Open BICC National from Alencon
456 members sent 4,550 birds.

Steve Harris. Hampshire
1st Open Central Southern Classic from Messac
305 members sent 2,269 birds.

Mr & Mrs Baker of Highbridge
1st Open Central Southern Classic from Lessay
350 members sent 3,026 bird

John & Pam Gladwin of Southend-on-Sea
1st Open B.I.C.C. National from Tours 
405 members sending 3,693 birds.

J & D. Braniff. Northern Ireland
Ulster Federation Fanciers of the Year 2010
Hi Mark, 
Sorry for the time it has taken me to send the results , I hope you an all your familys well, All these 2010 results contain approx 90% your M & D. Evans bloodlines . The six wins were with all your bloodlines.
Kind regards David Braniff

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th 2,839 birds. 
1st, 2nd, 16th, 17th, 18th 3,352 birds.
1st, 3rd, 17th, 19th 3.000 birds. 
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 13th 3,200 birds. 
8th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 15th 3,162 birds.
3rd 1,836 birds 
2nd Old Bird Derby 400 birds. 
Skibb Old Bird National 34 Sect/53 Open, 89 Sect/119 Open, 112 Sect/152 Open, 216 Sect/269 Open  3,754 birds.
Kings Cup 42 Sect/49 Open, 138 Sect/170 Open, 139 Sect/171 Open  2,512 birds. 
5th, 7th 3,592 birds.
6th, 8th, 11th 4,192 birds.
2nd, 3rd, 20th 3,412 birds. 
12th, 17th, 36th Five Bird Derby. 
1st 31st Talbenny Derby 800 birds.
11th, 19th Mallow G/R.  
5th, 8th, 10th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th 1,894 birds.
10th, 24th, 26th, 28th, 29th, 31st, 35th, 38th, 39th, 40th, 41st Skibb Derby 1,000 birds.
3rd, 4th, 6th, 12th, 17th 2,084 birds. 
1st, 3rd, 12th, 16th, 18th 2,375 birds.
Skibb National  78 Sect/177 Open, 128 Sect/232 Open, 156 Sect/260 Open 4,000 birds. 
3rd Old Hens National 291 birds.
1st, 3rd, 5th, 11th Section when 79 sent 343 birds.
10th, 22nd, 24th, 77th Open Fermoy Five Bird Classic 537 sent 2,366 birds. 
we only raced in three races with the nipa winner 2 x 1st Clubs & 2nd Club in the other. 

John Scatchard. West Cowick. East Yorkshire
1st Open M.N.F.C. National Treble Chance 2010
(100% M & D. Evans Bloodlines. Also 1st North West Section, 3rd Open National for O'Hare & Woodward was 50% M & D. Evans bloodlines)

Hi Mark,

Please find the pictures of CU 06 SYLVAN 574 granddaughter of "Jester" x "Carrie" and CU 06 SYLVAN 527 granddaughter of "Rolls Royce". Both these two hen were purchased from your partner John Marles from your partnership loft in America. 574 and 527 have already produced top racers in Taiwan. They are excellent pigeons from your M & D. Evans bloodline.

 Best regards,

 Steven Hsiao. Taiwan