Youngster from Springbok wins Medpet Junior Race at Carnival Lofts, August 2014
(Article courtesy of Carnival Lofts; English below...)
Jong duiweboer van Springbok wen Medpet Junior race by Carnival Lofts...
GJ Du Toit ( 13 jaar oud ) van Springbok wen Trompsburg 421 km,
Medpet Junior wedvlug wat plaasgevind het op 3/8/2014 te Carnival
Lofts. Wenduif was ZA 51517 “ Ronaldinho” - Blue bar.
GJ Du Toit, `n skolier, is ook tans lid van die Namaqua Spesialiste
Klub (NSK ) in Springbok.
Well there we have it! Well done to GJ du
Toit a youngster of only 13years old who loves his pigeons won our
Carnival Lofts Medpet Junior Race from Trompsburg (421km) on
Sunday. 2nd in the Medpet Junior race was a local lad Justin
Lambie who also turned 13 just a week before, and for some who do not
follow the OERF results Justin won the Federation on Saturday from
These two young fanciers along with the other 15 juniors that entered
the race here at Carnival Lofts carry our hopes into the future that
the pigeon sport will go on for a very long time to come! We
would like to thank MEDPET (www.medpet.co.za) for again being there
when we asked for some help and some sponsors for the juniors,Team Medpet has always been keen to help out and we here at Allflight Salute you for always coming to the party.
The first hot spot was flown from Trompsburg on Sunday and it turned
out to be the first real test for the team of pigeons with the August
winds blowing from the North East and the early summer sun heating up
the Free State province it was to be a very tough race, and indeed it
turned out to be a tough one with a winning velocity of 1146mpm. This
was the first time the winning kit of pigeons was in the air for longer
than 4hours and it could be seen on the pigeons that they worked hard
when they arrived back at the lofts. It took the 4 pigeons that dropped
together more than 6 hours to do the distance of 421km, it was soon
clear to us that many pigeons would battle home as the wind picked up
and the arriving pigeons were never more than a few together. But this
is pigeon racing, the day before many organizations had a similar fate
in the area as the sudden rise in temperatures and strong winds was not
kind to our little feathered friends.
I have to say that I was surprized as to how many pigeons did not make
it on the day as I though the two training flights from Glen (292km)
should have been good enough training for a flight of 421km, the one
thing that I again realized on Sunday was that no matter how strong the
wind blows when the temperatures rises this has an impact on the
Let us get to the winners on the day:
Trompsburg Hot Spot 1:
1st Andre & Frik Reynders -Benzing Express G2 clock as well as R5000
2nd Central Provincial Loft – R4000
3rd JB Lofts – R3500
4th Glenda’s Loft – R2500
5th Three Musketeers – R2000
6th Super 15 DNVL
7th Kosie Botha
8th Harry Meyer
9th Bela Vista Trust
Position 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 each get one free entry into the Winter 2015 race.
Well done to all the winners on the day. Remember our 2nd Hot Spot will
be on Sunday 17 August from Gariep (490km) weather permitting. This
will also be the final race for the Pinda competition. All junior and
Pinda race entries may be entered into the final race by paying an
entrance fee of R1200 per pigeon before 19 August 2014. Final race will
be from Richmond area (650km) on Sunday 31 August 2014.
The lofts will open for new entries for the Winter 2015 season on 15
September 2014 and we will take entries till end of March 2015, rules
and entry fees etc. to follow soon.
We already have quite a few entries here at the loft and in quarantine
for the Summer 2015 race, please note that we close the intake for the
summer race at the end of this month so if you have babies ready please
let us know so that we can arrange to pick them up in Johannesburg
should you not be able to make it to the lofts.
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