Pigeon Enthusiast since boyhood
Chairman and stock production Director
Also chairman and owner of Patrington Haven Leisure Park
An Ace fancier for many many years and winner of countless races and awards over several decades, he is now in sole charge of the Premier Stud racing lofts in Antwerp Belgium since July 2009
Sales and Marketing Director
Many years a professional pigeon fancier, known internationally in the pigeon sales market, and one of the founders of the One Loft Race scene around the world.
Overall Business Co-ordinater of Premier Stud and the Leisure Park
Full-time Loft Manager and Assistant to Derek Nicholls
Full-time Loft Manager and Assistant to Graham Sparkes
We at Premier Stud take pride in our World Famous stock and couple them to provide us and our customers with young birds that we can watch grow and thrive and hopefully reach their potential to become champions. We believe every bird we produce has the potential to become a Champion, or we would not breed it!
As of 2010 our only ambition is to win at the classic middle distance races, those being from distances of above 200 miles but below 450 miles. For this reason all our 'out and out sprinter pigeons' such as the Roland Janssens, even though they are very good birds, have been sold on. For the same reason our specialist long distance birds such as our Jim Biss birds were sold on. Does this mean our birds can't win below or above these distances? Of course not, indeed all of our present day nine family groupings have won from as short as 50 miles and from as long as 500 miles plus! But their best races are from the classic middle distance as this is where the best races are from, in particular in the hotbed of the Antwerp Union, where our main ambitions lie.
We closed down our mega-successful, professional racing loft at the Stud in 2007 amid complaints from the competition that as we had great big lofts, full time staff and super facilities, it was somehow unfair! And while considering this we came to accept that perhaps we were not competing on a level playing field with the rest of the competition. To address this, and in the spirit of fair and even competition, in 2009 Graham Sparkes, in partnership with Les Bennett, built a 20 foot loft in the small back garden of Les's modest semi-detached house. From the Stud we placed just 50 babies to race, these being just grandchildren of our best birds from our various families.
As well as this we have set up a racing loft in Antwerp Belgium, by continental standards very average in scale, in the ordinary back garden of an ordinary semi-detached house in an ordinary suburb of Antwerp. We have flown very lightly in 2009 just to establish our team of 50 pairs of old birds to race in 2010. We have bred 150 youngsters at the Stud to go and join the the old birds in February 2010, when we hope to be able to compete with and win against some of the elite of the Belgian pigeon sport! We will keep you informed.