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Mother is breeder of the super Nat. acebird ‘Cruise Missile’
Until February, 2015, there was only one child of Black National in North America (a daughter here at Kastle Loft). Now there will be two. Kastle Black’s half-brother will be heading to America to breed for Donald Campbell (Pressing On Loft) and Kastle Loft. On his dam’s side, Lady Cruise has contributed an ancestry full of superior long-distance, tough winners at the highest level in Europe. We will continue to breed, test and select for the best M&D Evans Vandenabeele’s in the tough headwind races.
FATHER IS ‘BLACK NATIONAL’, SUPER PERFORMER WITH HEAD WINDS VANDENABEELE BASE
1. West section MNFC Carentan 494 km – 1,243 birds
1. Open Nat. Carentan – 8,406 birds
1. Fed. Frome – 600 birds
1. Fed. Wincanton – 480 birds
2. Amal. Wincanton – 1,910 birds
2. Fed. Hereford – 639 birds
3. Fed. Cepstow – 534 birds
4. Amal. Hereford – 2,403 birds
4. Fed. Monmouth – 592 birds
4. Fed. Hereford – 586 birds
6. Amal. Frome – 2,765 birds
3 different 1. prize winners in his first year in the breeding loft 2014
Bred from ‘The 78 Cock’
1. North West combine Portland
2. North West combine Lessay
Winner of 2x 1. Fed.
Winner of 2x 2. Fed.
Winner of 1x 3. Fed.
Winner 1. prize Two bird club
MOTHER IS ‘LADY CRUISE’, SUPER BREEDING HEN FROM ‘VALE DIAMOND’ X ‘LADY SUPREME’
Mother to ‘Cruise Missile’
1. Open MNFC Nat. acebird middle distance 2012
1. North Section MNFC Nat. acebird middle distance 2012
2. North Section MNFC Nat. acebird middle distance 2011
Winner of the Bolsover Cruise Nomination
1. Queens Diamond Jubilee Region – 5,421 birds
1. Section Zone / 7. Nat. Fourgeres – 5,425 birds
1. Section Zone MNFC Yearling elite race Vire / 15. Open National 2 Bird Entry
3. Section Zone / 9. Nat. Vire – 4,379 birds
2. Section Zone / 10. Nat. Tours – 3,981 birds
1. R.P.R.A. Award South Yorkshire & Derbyshire Region
2. R.P.R.A. Award Middle Distance All England 26,929 members
2. Section Zone MNFC yearling Classic Tours
3. Section Zone / 72. Nat. Tours – 4,509 birds
11. Section Zone / 381. Nat. Carentan 5,603 birds
22. SectionZone / 118. Nat.Vire- 4,756 birds
27. Section Zone / 213. Nat.Vire- 3,974 birds
53. Section Zone / 194. Nat.Fourgeres- 6,861 birds
40. Section Zone / 467. Nat.Carentan- 6,523 birds
– Prizes won in the North East Provincial at sprint level (under 200 miles/321 km)
3. Open NEP 986 birds … 5. Open NEP 632 birds … 5. Open NEP 632 birds …
7. Open NEP 743 birds … 9. Open NEP 1,148 birds … 10. Open NEP 933 birds …
12. Open NEP 780 birds … 15. Open NEP 964 birds … 20. Open NEP 393 birds …
20. Open NEP 584 birds … 23. Open NEP 903 birds … 38. Open NEP 820 birds
Winning in total 46 prizes in his racing career
Bred from ‘Vale Diamond’
– Top g.son ‘Euro Diamond’ Brockamp
Best European Long Distance bird ever, with 1., 3., 4., 5., 9. prize Nat.
Gold Medal Winner Category E Marathon Olympiad 2007 Oostende
1. Olympiad bird Category E Marathon 2007 Oostende
Nations Cup Winner Germany 2006
1. Nat. / 2. Int. Carcassonne – 10,323 birds 2006
3. Nat. / 5. Int. Perpignan – 14,900 birds 2006
4. Nat. / 5. Int. Bergerac – 3,180 birds 2005
5. Nat. / 12. Int. Perpignan – 17,654 birds 2005
9. Nat. / 21. Int. Marseille – 13,930 birds 2005
23. Nat. / 567. Int. Perpignan – 17,570 birds 2004
58. Nat. / 281. Int. Marseille – 19,627 birds 2004
Bred from ‘Lady Supreme’
– Daughter to ‘Southfield Supreme’ Mark Gilbert
1. Int. Dax – 17,416 birds
4. section Tours – 2,001 birds
6. section La Ferte Bernard – 2,561 birds
21. Open National BICC Falaise – 2,690 birds
Below you will find photos and descriptions of our M&D Evans pairings for 2015. I will only be raising one extra round from each of them to make available for sale. The rest are being raced here at Kastle Loft and around the country in futurity and One Loft Races. This is a racing loft, not a breeding station, so we do not have much to sell. Because of that, I highly recommend that you place a deposit on any bird that you may want. It is the only way to guarantee getting what you wish.
The prices below will be honored until October of 2015. A $100 deposit will hold a baby for you. With a deposit, I can also put you on a waiting list in case someone backs out. The deposit is 100% refundable if you change your mind and I can find another buyer. If I am not happy with the quality of the birds, I will also refund your money or we can apply it to another available bird. I fully expect that the 2015 hatches will be mature for the 2016 breeding season. Total balance will need to be paid before I ship any birds. All birds must be paid for by the end of 2015 or I will resell the bird. I do not have space to house birds into the next breeding season.
The Florida Pair
New pairing for 2015. I call them my Florida Pair, as both of them have raced in the GHC and/or FSI.
Cock: AU 11 FSI 1166 “Makin’ It” – He is an AU Registered Champion having raced in the GHC for John Marles against very tough competition. He is line bred to the Perfect Cock, the product of an uncle x niece mating. A very high percentage of his siblings are equally good or better racers, as are his cousins, etc. Perhaps even more important, his siblings are breeding equally successful racers at high percentages. This tells me that this line is potent for racing and breeding, so my odds of reproducing the same are in my favor. To boot, he is a physically perfect specimen.
Hen: AU 12 GHC 1947 “Lucy in the Sky“- She is also a successful racer having also competed in very tough competition in the GHC and FSI for John Weeks. Four siblings in the same year scored and a sister was 14th Champion YB GHC club. She has proven herself to be statistically my best hen as a breeder so far. She has bred multiple outright club and combine winners and money winners for me and for others and multiple ACE birds while being mated to two different cocks. She shares the same blood as the cock mentioned above (1166).
They both have performance. Their siblings and successive generations have high performances. They are both line bred, although the hen a little more lightly than the cock. The hen is a proven breeder. They both are nearly identical in physical qualities. I have a hard time telling the two apart.
My expectations are, based on both performance and fairly tight genetics, is that they will breed clones of themselves. Check back with me in November and we shall find out! Children from this pair are $500. (SOLD OUT: Randy Parker -h, Jay Holder -c)
The Kastle Black Pair
This pair should produce some great racers, especially in the headwinds. Check out the results of First Drop Don, who was raced by Don Campbell of the IHC club in Cleveland. This bird was on the first drop of every race he was in, including a fifth race at 175 miles when Don had a clock malfunction and lost the race.
Also extremely noteworthy is the hen, Kastle Black, who is the ONLY daughter of Black National in North America. (A son of Black National will be joining Kastle Loft later this year – co-owned by Kastle Loft and Pressing On Loft – see below. These are the ONLY children of Black National in North America!). Black National was a fantastic and accomplished racer in headwinds for Les Morris in the UK before being bought by Mark Evans. Black National is already breeding winners. Children from this pair are $800. (SOLD OUT: Rosario Loft, Rino Truglio -c)
The Wicked Pair
Of course let’s not forget this pair. They were easily the best producers of 2014, including “First Drop Don” you see above. Just check out those results from their babies above. Wicked Strong is a grandson of Shadow and has Shadow in his pedigree 3 times. The Need to Know hen is a stunning grand daughter of Pre-Olympic, Lady of the Rings, Davina and Lord of the Rings. Children from this pair are $500. (SOLD OUT: Randy Parker -c, Tim Jackson. Reserved: Shokri Enbawe)
I’m very excited about this pair of imports. Einstein has proven through two generations to produce winners, Ace birds on up through to the Federation level. His children are already producing winners and a 2nd AU ACE Ohio. He is one of the last babies to ever be sold from Myrtle Loft’s #1 breeder Eisenhower. I can count on one hand the number of children off Eisenhower in the U.S.
The hen of this pair, Kastle Gold is one of the very last children of Golden Gaby to be sold by Mark Evans. Golden Gaby has proven to be a fantastic breeder at the highest levels and down through many generations. Mark Evans has declared that he will no longer be selling children from Golden Gaby, so I feel very fortunate to get one of the last. Kastle Gold, whose dam is the world-class Davina, is ridiculously strong and fierce and for quite a while I thought she was a cock. Children from this pair will be full of strength and vigor. Children from this pair are $800. (SOLD OUT: Earl Pearce x2)
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Impeckable (11 AU GHC 12732), a proven breeding son of the Perfect Pair and bred by John Marles, has joined the 2015 breeding season at Kastle Loft. This cock is a son of the Perfect Cock and grandson of Shadow. He is mated to Exchange Rate (14 GB C 300138) who is a grand daughter of Shadow and also a grand daughter of Eisenhower. Children from this pair are $600. (ONE BABY SOLD: Earl Pearce -h, ONE BABY STILL AVAILABLE)
Blue Billy Pair
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Blue Billy Shears, a proven breeder and a double great-grandsons of Champion Shadow. He is mated to Michelle My Belle, a darling little hen who is inbred to the famous Rolls Royce. They have proven to breed very determined birds which are frequently first to the loft. Children from this pair are $300.
Last but not least, this fantastic son of Black National, co-owned by Kastle Loft and Pressing On Loft, will arrive in the U.S. in time to breed a couple of late hatches in 2015. Please inquire as to availability, pricing and pairings. There are only two children of Black National in North America and we have them both! (SOLD: Wayne Jackson, Rino Truglio, Earl Peace -c. More are available as he will be mated to multiple hens)
New to Kastle Loft for 2015 is Kastle Black. She is a direct daughter and the only direct child of Black National in the U.S.
This super racer for Les Morris and now owned by Mark and Dick Evans, contains the best Vandenabeele bloodlines of M & D. Evans at Myrtle Lofts crossed with Vandenabeele bloodlines from Rik Cools of Belgium. In the pedigree of Black National you can see many outstanding top performance racers and breeders including the super De Blauwe Gaby 103 from Koen Minderhoud, who is in the pedigree three times. Also you’ll find the world-famous De Wittenbuik B.88.3206112 five times, and De Bijter B.80.3250688 five times, so it is not surprising that Black National is an outstanding performer and already a proven breeder. The dam of Kastle Black is a daughter of another outstanding performance and breeding pigeon, Golden Gaby.
Countless hours over many months along with a great set of birds gave us an enjoyable young bird season this fall. Our club raced 7 races, of which we won 4 of them. Kastle Loft had a great showing in the IHC club with our birds being flown by Don Campbell. And in North Carolina, Jim Combs found success with some of our new Gaby’s in the Tar Heel Race Club Auction race (3rd place with Kastle 1466) and in one of his combine races (4th and 7th place vs. 261 birds with siblings Kastle 1486 and 1487).
In club races, we finished with 4 Firsts, 4 Seconds, 4 Thirds and 4 Fourths as we enjoyed large drops when our birds came in. We also earned Champion Loft and had the top 6 Champion Birds and 9 of the top 10. With Don Campbell racing our birds, we had multiple diplomas, multiple equal firsts. But the most impressive stat came with the OCR race. We sent Don 4 birds in April. All four birds raced in regular club races earning diplomas and equal firsts. All four birds clocked in the OCR race. We finished 2nd (eq. 1), 4th, and 14th out of 537b and 47 lofts at 340 miles. We had two birds qualify for AU ACE status.
We have removed the under-performing breeder birds from out team and have replaced them with a spectacular set of imports from Mark Evans and one Registered AU Champion flown by John Marles out of his Magic Pair and line bred to the Perfect Pair. We are bringing in a direct child of the World-class Golden Gaby when mated to Davina. This is one of THE last birds to ever be sold out of Golden Gaby, according to Mark Evans. We have also acquired a direct daughter of Black National, a very accomplished racer for Les Morris and in head wind racing. Another import, a grand daughter of Shadow x Top Investment and Eisenhower, will also be joining our stable of fantastic hens.
Our last addition to our breeding team will be a direct daughter of the impeccable and potent Perfect Cock (son of Shadow) and the Ugly Bastard (daughter of Golden Gaby).
In April, 2014, we collected a group of dark check squeakers in Don’s loft and shot a quick group photo of them. Little did we know what kind of results they would collect during their young bird season! They are 4th and 5th generation down from Shadow.
A perfect compliment to our breeding loft is this handsome, accomplished cock line bred to the Perfect Pair. He is a registered AU Champion flown by John Marles in the Gulfcoast Homing Club and is a son of his best pair – The Magic Pair.
By David Stephenson
Nearly a year had passed when a pledge made in Florida in 2013 came true. As I stitch together the pieces of this story, it is only two days after the Ohio Classic Race (OCR), one of the biggest futurity races in Northern Ohio.
The story begins, however, 11 months prior and nearly 700 miles further south in Brooksville Florida. It was at the 2014 AU Convention held in conjunction with the Gulfcoast Homing Club that I had the good fortune of spending the day at the partner lofts of John Marles and Mark Evans.
Over the last couple of years, I have slowly been transitioning my loft to the Gaby Vandenabeele birds of M&D Evans of the UK. My goal at the AU convention was simply to meet John Marles and listen to a panel discussion that included Mark Evans. There was also to be an auction of birds that included the best of what Myrtle Lofts had to offer. It was all too much to resist.
For a little more than a year, I had also been getting to know Don Campbell, of Cleveland, who was handling birds for me in his races with the Independent Homing Club and their featured race, the Ohio Classic Race (OCR). We fly with the same family of birds and have shared great conversations over the phone but had never met until our trip to Florida.
On the Friday of the convention, I was invited to tag along with Don to visit John Marles’ loft in Brooksville. Not only did I get to meet Don and John and listen to Mark speak, now I was spending the day with them and other fine flyers. We toured the beautiful lofts, we talked birds, held some beautiful specimens, and had the pleasure to preview the auction birds – under lock and key – that were to be sold the next day. For weeks I had been researching the list and setting my limits and now I had a chance to look at them in person prior to the auction.
I came with the intention of buying one of Mark Evans’ birds at the auction, which was also being broadcast via iPigeon. The pre-bidding on iPigeon and the hype at the convention made it clear to me that this set of birds would quickly extend beyond my financial reach. Standing there among some of the most beautiful and experienced racing pigeons I had ever personally seen, I quickly changed my plan and asked John and Mark if they would pick out a hen for me to purchase that day.
Anyone would be more than happy to have any bird on that property. But I quietly told myself I wasn’t going to take the first bird they picked out. Instead, I picked the second.
John brought to me a blue bar hen, AU 13 GHC 6067. She was a medium sized bird with the softest of feathers and would look at you through incredibly piercing eyes. She had spirit. What was equally perfect was her breeding. Her four grand parents are world-class flyers and breeders who have made an impact for many lofts over many countries for many generations. On the top side, 6067’s grandparents are Pre-Olympic and Lady of the Rings. On the dam’s side, her grand parents are Lord of the Rings and Davina. With that combination, we have some of the most exceptional racing and breeding that Europe has seen in recent years, coupled with line breeding to some of the blood I already carry in my loft (Shadow).
On this day, too, Don Campbell was on the hunt for a hen to add to his loft. When he saw what John Marles was holding and showing me, he asked who this hen was. When I glanced at him I thought for a moment I saw him salivating. I jokingly told him the hen was “need to know” information and that this hen was coming home with me. (She has since been referred to as the “Need to Know Hen”). We took some photos of her, passed her around, and struck the deal.
Don and John quickly settled on another hen that Don could add to his stock loft. Also carrying the Shadow blood, Don’s hen is AU 12 GHC 13003. She is a product of two of John’s best sets of birds known as the Emerald Pair and the Pyramid Pair. Her ancestors include the greats such as Westkapelle, Eisenhower, Joint Venture, and more. Both pairs are responsible for win after win for John Marles in the competitive Gulfcoast Homing Club.
At the end of the day, as we sat around a table snacking and grilling John and Mark about their birds and methods, I remember leaning over to Don and telling him that he needed to win us the OCR race to help pay for these birds we just bought. I was joking, of course. But Don’s response was quite serious. “Don’t you worry,” he said, reflecting both confidence and a personal challenge. “Consider it done.” This, coming from a 4-time winner in the past 6 OCR’s he has flown.
Fast-forward to the spring when the breeding season is well underway. Decisions have to be made about which birds will be sent out. Of the four birds that I wanted to send Don to race for me, I sent a set of nest mates, Kastle 1423 and Kastle 1424. They were both dark checks, and as it turns out, both cocks. They were children of GHC 6067 – now known as Sylvan Danica Need to Know. Her mate is Wicked Strong who is, well, wicked strong. This dark check cock, 12 IHC 5776 gets his color from his grandfather, Shadow, who appears in his pedigree two other times as well. This cock was bred by John Froelich of Cleveland and from a full brother to the well-known Perfect Cock. It was the first year breeding for both of these birds.
Almost exactly 7 months from the day they were hatched, these nest mates were sent 337 miles to the south west of Cleveland along with 537 other birds for the 31st Ohio Classic Race. Don had them prepared. They had already seen the race basket a number of times and had finished well. In fact, Kastle 1423 outright won a 1st place in a club 200 miles race a few weeks earlier. The nest mates earned equal firsts in another races, too.
The babies from Don’s hen, who was mated to a grandson of Rolls Royce, were also showing their promise. He described these young birds as strong, intelligent and very alert. Don was racing three babies from this pair. Prior to the OCR race, they had already racked up 2 or 3 equal firsts EACH. They only got better as the distances increased.
Hopes were high, and the east wind was on the birds’ noses for the lofts in Cleveland. While some flyers groaned at the headwind conditions, Don could only smile, knowing that these Gaby’s would shine. Late on Thursday afternoon of the race, Don called and left a message saying “you need to call me”.
Under a crystal blue sky at 4:40 p.m. and after more than 7 and a half hours on the wing, two birds folded their wings and dropped from the sky to land on their loft. The first bird to trap was AU 14 OCR 11, a blue check cock. Three seconds later, a dark check cock AU 14 Kastle 1424 entered the loft. And at that moment, Don’s prophetic promise from nearly a year prior had come true. The two hens purchased that sunny Florida day in November had bred themselves the first two winners of the Ohio Classic Race.
In 2014, her first year breeding, Don’s GHC 13003 hen’s babies earned the following:
• AU 14 OCR 11 BCC:
1st place Ohio Classic Race (OCR), 338 miles, 537b.
Eq. 1st, 100 miles
Eq. 1st, 100 miles
• AU 14 OCR 19 BCH:
Eq. 1st, 100 miles
Eq. 1st, 100 miles
Eq. 1st, 200 miles
• AU 14 OCR 25 BBC:
Eq. 1st, 173 miles
Eq. 1st, 200 miles
In 2014, her first year breeding, my GHC 6067 hen’s babies earned the following:
• AU 14 Kastle 1421 DCH:
Eq. 1st at 200 miles
9th at 150 miles
• AU 14 Kastle 1423 DCC (flown by Don Campbell):
1st place at 200 miles
14th place Ohio Classic Race (OCR)
AU Ace Pigeon 9th Ohio
Eq. 1st at 100 miles
Eq. 1st at 100 miles
• AU 14 Kastle 1424 DCC (flown by Don Campbell):
2nd place (Eq. 1st) Ohio Classic Race (OCR) 338 miles, 537b.
Eq. 1st at 100 miles
Eq. 1st at 100 miles
• AU 14 Kastle 1425 BBH:
8th at 150 miles
Eq. 1 at 200 miles
9th at 100 miles
• AU 14 Kastle 1426 BBH:
7th at 150 miles
Eq. 1st at 200 miles
• AU 14 Kastle 1427 DCH:
Eq. 1st at 200 miles
7th at 100 miles
• AU 14 Kastle 1428 BBC:
1st at 85 miles
Eq. 1st at 200 miles
4th at 100 miles
11th at 150 miles
Another old bird season has passed and we had another enjoyable season flying with our friends. We had some very good races and most everyone had good returns all season long.
Not only did we land the #1 Champion Bird position, but also the 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10th positions as well. Most of our birds flew and clocked in most of the races, but our Champion Bird, “Cinco” (12 AU Kastle 05), flew and clocked in every race including the 400 and 500. “Cinco” is bred from a pair of birds gifted to me from a great northern flyer Ron Woloszyn.
Kastle Loft also earned two 1st place diplomas, two 2nd place diplomas, and three 3rd place diplomas. Complete results can be seen here.
AU 13 Kastle 1396, who I bred and sent to Don Campbell to fly for me in the 2013 OCR, has finished up a superb season as an old bird for Don. I want to express my gratitude to Don for being such a wonderful handler.
Mr. Kastle, as Don calls him, ended up 4th ACE bird in the ABC Combine AND the Ohio-Penn Federation in addition to being the 6th AU ACE bird of Ohio in the Middle Distance category. He did this while flying in only 4 races. Mr. Kastle is a son of Eisenhower and Lucy in the Sky.