Barcelona Distance Family

 

 

 Barcelona Distance Family

 A close friend and mentor Orin Stuart (Dreadnot Loft)  has always been an exceptional long distance flyer.  He has flown racing pigeons for over 40 years.  On more than one account he has tried to convince me that breeding for distance is the way to go.  He felt you will get tougher birds that will survive the hard races and be around for the 600.  This attitude has always had him breeding and searching for birds to improve the distance concept.  In 2008 he had more than one conversation with Mike Schmidt of the famous “Speed Shop” loft.  Mike convinced Orin that his "Speed Shop" distance line was the way to go.  His proven distance birds included birds bred from the best distance stock available and cost a small fortune to obtain.  These birds fall into categories such as "Electric Czech's, Silver Sarina's, and Marathon Night Flyers".  Included in those categories are some incredibly famous distance birds like 96 NL 560930 "Queen of Darkness", 99 NL 2303054 " "Silver Sarina", 97 NL 140609 "Zus Rivaldo, AU 1998 JEDD 21913 " "L'etoile du Nord MALE", 4894 and 7045 "Peters Cocks" 91 CU 42450 "The Number 9 Electric Hen" AU 1998 DUL 0003 "Champ Stamp" to name a few.  Orin purchased some birds and gave me a Red Check cock which is a direct son of “IF 03 Riverbend 23” who is a direct son of the famous 99 NL 2303054 “Silver Sarina” that was mated to 97 NL 1464009 “Zus Rivaldo”.  That was one of the best long distance breeding pairs Mike Schmidt ever owned. In 2009 I purchased two birds from Mike.  They were a cock and a hen out of IF Riverbend 0005 “Silver Sarina II” and 03 NL 2317895 “894 Daut of the Queen of Darkness”.  IN 2009 I had all three of these birds mated to Frank Zielinski’s Delbars.  2009 was a horrific young bird season .  Bird losses were astronomical.  My salvation was the offspring that were the crosses between "Speed Shop Line" with Frank "Zeilinski Delbars".  These birds flew in the toughest of conditions over scorching deserts and the High Sierras.  Those birds made me a believer. They are flying machines.   I was so impressed  that I purchased additional birds  from Jim Knight (Knight Family Loft) who pretty much purchased best at the final Speed Shop sale.  I also purchased three birds from  Robert E. Lynch (Columbia Loft).  I must also give credit to the Delbars that were crossed with the “Speed Shop" birds..  Orin and I both purchased two Delbars from the late Frank Zeilinski.  Frank’s Delbar’s were a pure as can be, and down from Delbar himself.  We have raised many youngsters that we are crossing into our stock.  It was definitely one the best investments we could have made

 When Mike Schmidt ( Speed Shop Loft ) sold out, Jim Knight purchased seven pair of his Electric Czech’s, Silver Sarina and Marathon Families. The Speed Shop Loft Distance Family has transformed  many other lofts across the USA and Canada into champion lofts.  Mike was particularly fond of what he called the "Electric Czech's".  In Mike’s words,  “with  all the money I’ve spent on birds over the past 30 plus years, and believe me it has been a fortune, I have not had any bird or family of birds out perform the birds in the Electric Czech line.” With all of the famous expensive birds he’s owned over the years, that’s quite a statement.  The  "Electric Czech"  family was developed by Czechoslovakian, Frank Vantroba.  Money was not an issue for him, obtaining the best of the national champions from Czechoslovakia, Poland, West Germany, as well as champions from Holland and Belgium. Before the Iron Curtain came down, Frank could purchase national champions from countries still under communist control for a fraction of the counterparts found in free Europe.

 

These birds are winning across America and Canada  from 100-700 miles. If you need to toughen up your team, these are the birds to get. 

2011 Breeding Stock
07 ARPU 3874 Griz H "The Grizzle Star of the North"/ "L'etoile du Nord Male" & "Daughter of the L'etoile du Nord Pair'
07 ARPU 3742 BB C Champ Boy "Registered AU Champion"/Direct Son and Nat. Champ/Champ Stamp & Bon Blue 49'er
06 SSL 6230 BB H Champ Girl/Direct Daughter of Champ Stamp and Bon Blue 49'er
09 MRC 191 R Griz C Champ Stamp/Bon Blue 49'er/Silver Sarina
09 MRC 195 W Griz C Champ Stamp/Bon Blue 49'er/Silver Sarina
06 SSL 6356 BB C Silver Sarina/Queen of Darkness/Leaser II
08 SSL 8329 BBWF H Silver Sarina/Leaser II/ Queen of Darkness
08 LYNCH 8972 GRIZ C Peter's Cock/Champ Stamp/#9 Electric Hen
09 LYNCH 9905 GRIZ H Peter's Cock/Champ Stamp/#9 Electric Hen
09 LYNCH 9905 GRIZ H Peter's Cock/Champ Stamp/#9 Electric Hen
09 KNIGHT 9025 BB C #9 Electric Hen/Champ Stamp/Silver Sarina/Queen of Darkness
09 KNIGHT 9050 BBWFP H Champ Stamp/#9 Cock and Hen/Queen of Darkness
09 KNIGHT 9078 DARK VELVET C Champ Stamp/#9 Hen/"L" Etoile du Nord/Peter's Cock
09 KNIGHT 9079 DARK VELVET H Champ Stamp/#9 Hen/"L" Etoile du Nord/Peter's Cock
09 KNIGHT 9091 DARK VELVET C Silver Sarina/Leaser II/Queen of Darkness
09 KNIGHT 9092 BBWF H Champ Stamp/#9 Hen/"L" Etoile du Nord/Peter's Cock