The Racing Pigeon - 5th April 2024

THE RACING PIGEON 5 APRIL 2024

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the third season on the trot, winning the Federation Points Trophy, with 114 points. Terry & Sue Leonard of the Ashridge club won the Individual Points Trophy, with 73 points and won 1st Federation several times in the 2020 season. Terry & Sue Leonard’s positions in the Three Borders Federation in the 2020 racing season were: (Old Birds) 12th, 16th & 18th Federation Honiton (925 birds), 22nd Federation Newton Abbot (846 birds), 19th Federation Yelverton (708 birds). (Young Birds) 3rd, 4th, 6th, 14th & 18th Federation Wincanton (1,051 birds), 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 21st & 23rd Federation Wincanton (750 birds), 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th & 23rd Federation Blandford, 10th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th Federation Wincanton, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 18th, 24th & 25th Federation Honiton (608 birds), 4th, 6th, 11th, 12th,13th, 15th, 16th & 17th Federation Newton Abbot (314 birds). Fabulous results! After a wonderful season in 2020 when Terry & Sue Leonard were Three Borders Federation Individual Points Trophy winners, they came on and had an even better year in 2021. The competition in the Three Borders Federation had been very ‘hot’ that year and Terry and Sue won the Federation Individual Points Trophy for the second time, plus a long list of premier positions including: 1st

young bird race and the Leonard partner- ship recorded their fourth Federation winner of the 2021 racing season and at that stage of the season were leading for the Federation Individual Points Trophy. Terry and Sue’s Yeovil Federation winner was a game Darkness Frank Bristow/Eric Ceulemans blue pied hen, now named ‘Parkview Princess’ and she was raced on the ‘door system’. Terry retired five premier racers to the stock loft in the 2020 season and the Yeovil Federation winner was bred in the first round off these birds. Both her parents are Frank & George Bristow pigeons, with her dam winning 1st Three Borders Federation from Honiton and her sire winning several firsts in the club, plus 2nd Three Borders Federation Truro (233 miles). Terry and Sue had a wonderful 2021 season racing in the Three Borders Federation and won: (Old Birds) 7th & 8th Federation Blandford (864 birds), 23rd Federation Wincanton (927 birds), 12th & 14th Federation Honiton (885 birds), 4th, 8th, 9th & 15th Federation (832 birds), 1st, 2nd, 13th & 20th Federation Okehampton (735 birds), 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 14th & 25th Federation Honiton (682 birds), 2nd & 4th Federation Bodmin (698), 1st & 11th Federation Kingsdown (485 birds), 1st, 15th & 23rd Federation Yeovil (397 birds), 17th Federation Honiton (362 birds), 5th, 7th & 13th Federation

9th, 10th, 19th & 22nd Federation Blandford, 14th, 23rd, 24th & 25th Federation Blandford (2), 14th, 24th & 25th Federation Yeovil, 3rd & 11th Federation Kingsdown, 15th & 17th Federation Yelverton, 5th, 11th & 22nd Federation Exeter. The 2016 racing season saw the Leonard loft have some outstanding success, with the highlights being: 1st Club Honiton, 2nd Club, 20th Federation, 26th SMT Combine Falaise (1,591 birds), 1st Club Blandford, 1st Club, 10th Federation Yeovil (769 birds), 1st Club, 3rd Federation Yeovil (878 birds), 4th, 5th & 6th Club, 19th, 21st & 22nd Federation Exeter (651 birds). Terry Leonard started up in pigeons at the age of twenty in 1978 and previous to that, was good friends at school with, Dave and Mick, the pigeon racing White Brothers of Epsom. After they had all left school Dave White moved into the house opposite Terry and after a few visits to Dave’s pigeon loft he caught the pigeon racing ‘bug’. Terry’s father had local pigeon racer Mick Heasman working with him and he presented some late bred youngsters to the young Terry too start him off in the sport. His first club was the Epsom Downs FC and his first loft was a 10ft x 6ft two section structure lashed up out of a load of wooden pallets that he had purchased for £10. They also straighten out the nails from the pallets and used then again. Terry and his dad built the loft, but he says, they were not carpenters and the shed reflected the fact! He also obtained birds from local Epsom fanciers including Dave & Micky White, Johnny Reynolds and Andy Norman, which started to win races from the outset. His early mistake was over feeding, but some of Terry’s early successes racing in the Epsom club were: 1st & 2nd Club Blandford, 2nd Club Vire and 1st Club Bergerac. The fanciers who first impressed him with their performance was Bobby & Ken Besant of New Malden, who at that time were winning the Federation out of turn and in later years the late Ewell ‘ace’, Doug Walker. Doug was the first fancier to race on the widowhood system in the

Epsom club and notched up countless winners in the early 1980’s. Terry race well with his ‘Heinz 57’ birds for several seasons and got more serious when Andy Norman bred him some pedigree Pol Bostyn stock birds. Andy put him in contact with Cliff Dobson of Idle Bradford and he had some of the first direct Bostyn pigeons in the UK, and Terry won well with them. Terry now races in partnership with his wife, Sue, to their loft in Carshalton and when he was interested in sprint racing he was very successful racing the Paul Arnold/Staf Van Reets pigeons. One of his best sprinters was the Staf Van Reet mealy cock, ‘Taunton Boy’ and he was bred from stock obtained from Paul Arnold and Vic Emberson. This brilliant cock won 1st Federation Taunton, 1st Federation Portland, 1st Federation Taunton and was 2nd Federation Taunton, being beaten by his nest mate when they dropped on the loft together. Brilliant pigeons! The current loft is an ‘L’ shaped Kidby style structure and is very well ventilated with chimneys in the roof. Terry races his cocks on the Widowhood system and these are housed in two sections with a glass frontage. These sections are very spacious and he tells me he never keeps more than eight cocks in each parting. He has 30 young birds to race each season and these live in a nice 6ft x 6ft section. Terry tells me he stole his wife’s 8ft x 6ft garden shed to house his 12 pairs of stock birds and now her new replacement shed has also been taken over for extra young bird accom- modation. What sort of man is he! Deep litter is used in the young bird compart- ments and Terry tells me, since he started using the litter he has not had young bird sickness. He thinks the main factors behind good health in the pigeons are a well ventilated and bone dry loft. He races the Widowhood system and says he has tried various feeding systems, breaking down, not breaking down, but now feeds a light mixture at the beginning of the week and a high carbohydrate strong mixture for the last couple of days before the race. He

Federation Okehampton (735 birds), 1st Federation Kingsdown (485 birds), 1st Federation Yeovil (397 birds), 1st Federation Yeovil (615 birds). The Three Borders Federation were at Okehampton at the end of May for the fifth old bird race and members sent 735 birds, for what turned out to be a good steady race. A partnership who had been ‘knocking at the door’ all season was Terry Leonard and his wife, Sue, of the Ashridge club. They chalked up 1st, 2nd, 13th & 20th Federation from this 172 mile race, with the first two birds on the ETS being two yearling Widowhood hens of the Eric Ceulemans bloodlines and bred from Frank & George Bristow stock birds. The Federation winner was a beautiful mealy hen now named, ‘Tony’s Girl’, after the partner’s eldest son, Tony. The Federation were at Yeovil for the fourth

Wincanton (366 birds). (Young Birds) 10th, 11th & 12th Federation Blandford (622 birds), 1st, 4th, 5th & 11th, Federation Yeovil (615 birds), 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th & 18th Federation Blandford (509 birds), 10th, 11th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th & 21st Federation Wincanton (502 birds). I first met Terry Leonard a few years ago when he came to my home in Claygate to have several of his Federation winners photographed and ever since he has continued to do well in the Federation and Combine results. Flying in the strong Ashridge club, members of the Three Borders Federation he had put some good performances in recent seasons. Terry won the Federation from Honiton in 2019, recording 1st, 3rd & 5th Federation and has previously won that season:

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