OH OC press report

Old Hens & Old Cocks races flown in conjunction with the Young Bird races

I feel I should clarify the situation and reasoning behind these OH & OC races which are being flown with the young bird races. The last time the OH race was about ten years ago and due to the lack of support, there was less than 200 birds entered, and the Club was paying out open and section prizes together with trophies for the open and section winners the Club was losing a lot of money, it was just not viable to carry on with the OH race.

I and other committee members in 2019 were asked if the Club would consider holding the OH race again in 2020 and after due consideration  decided to give it a go and not knowing how the members would support the race it was decided we would make it open prize money only paying out four prizes of 40%, 30% ,20% & 10% and open pools only. If however the races are well supported the committee will look at having the OH races again in 2021 and possibly paying out open and section prize money.

Along came the COVID-19 crisis and the lockdown and when we were able to start training and racing our pigeons it was feltmembers would want as many races as possible, the committee took the decision to include an OC race with the young bird races. This being an afterthought there were no race sheets included in the handbook and I would ask members who are thinking of sending to the races to photocopy the OH race sheets or alternatively they could use the surplus ‘Nort-sur-Edre & Bordeaux’ race sheets. Please take note the price of birdage for Chale is £3 per bird with open pools only marking on Friday 21st August and Carentan is £3.75 per bird, open pools only marking on Thursday 10thSeptember.

Tony Whitehurst-President