During my trip to Florida for the AU convention and GHC Auction, I spent a day at the partner loft of John Marles and Mark Evans of Myrtle Lofts. I asked them to help me pick out a hen to add to my breeding loft. Any and every hen on that property would have been an excellent addition. I asked to look at birds with Shadow in their blood in order to further compliment what I already have in my loft.
After looking at and handling a couple of beautiful hens, John took a moment to retrieve a hen from a different loft. He handed me a medium sized blue bar who was so strong I struggled with her for a few moments. She is a beautiful bird who I trust will make equally beautiful (and fast!) birds. When Don Campbell looked over and saw her and anxiously asked who she is out of, I laughingly told him that information was “need to know”. That’s also what I plan to tell my wife when she asks me what I paid for her.
I have plans to mate her with a cock who is a triple grandson of Shadow and also my Eisenhower cock (also a grandson to Shadow). The Lord and Lady of the Rings are nest mates who were fabulous racers and breeders and are down from Shadow via Solitaire. Pre-Olympic is a top performance pigeon and quickly turning into a world-class breeder for Mark Evans and his children commanded a steep price at the GHC auction, the top one pricing out at $9,100. A double-grand child of Pre-Olympic sold for $8,000 (Pre-Olympic x Davina / Pre-Olympic x Lady of the Rings). As you can see, I feel very fortunate to have a very similarly bred pigeon in “Need to Know”.
See the photos below of “Sylvan Danica Need to Know” 13 GHC 6067, a grand daughter of (Pre-Olympic x Lady of the Rings) / (Lord of the Rings x Davina)