I have had Racing Homing Pigeons (hereafter referred to as RHPs) since 1994. They were my first breed of pigeon. I whole-heartedly went after the sport of racing. I built a loft with young bird and old bird pens, with one way trap doors so they could get into the loft, I trained my birds out to 70+ miles in several directions. I traveled to shows strictly for RHPs in South Dakota and all over Minnesota. I originally had every color imagineable thanks to several generous local fanciers. I then cut way back after two years of breeding as many young as I could. I had no idea they could raise like rats!
I ended up keeping mostly birds I had trained and kept only colors like blue bar, blue check and mealies. I stuck with that for quite some time, dabbling in other colors from time to time, but always sticking with those colors. I then purchased a few 'rare' blue barless RHPs from my friend Tom Barnhart of Ohio. It is with these original birds from Tom and the birds I raised myself that I now today have RHPs in blue barless, indigo barless, true silver barless, ash red barless, dominant opal barless and ash yellow barless. I also have blue bar, blue check, indigo bar, indigo check, cream and mealy. I continue to train my birds out to 60-70 miles, but do not race them as time does not allow me to partake in that fun part of the sport! I have had several people purchase birds from me in the past and then tell me that they did very very well with the birds in races and wanted more! I guess I am doing something right with them!
I created my own family of pigeons from mostly the Janssen strain of RHPs, with some HVR (Hysken-VanReel) and a few other long distance lines. I've maintained this line of pigeons since the very beginning and have fine tuned it in to what I have today. A smaller handling bird with nice lines, strong wings and backs with deep color and the ability to still find 'home'.