GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE
“Janssen brothers always have claimed that the only
pigeon they successfully imported in their loft was the
so-called 'Halve Fabry’ ('Half Fabry') B-60-1000863.
'Halve Fabry' is the grand grandfather of world famous 'Oude
Merckx' (B-67-6282031) and 'Oude Merckx' is father of '019'
and of 'Jonge Merckx'. Janssen brothers got 'Halve Fabry'
from Mr Fabry who bred it off a Janssen bird (so it could
also have been called 'Halve Janssen' and a hen of his own
(B-59-1005026) which Fabry got from… Jos van den Bosch.
It was a daughter of his 'Young Princess' (B-57-6327825)
and 'Young Princess' was a daughter of Jos
van den Bosch's 'Princess of 56'. 'Princess of 56' was a
sister of the mother of 'Oude van den Bosch' of Karel Meulemans!
imagine that? The world famous Janssen
pigeons are related to the world famous Meuleman pigeons.
The connecting link is 'Princess' a pigeon of Jos van den
Bosch who also supplied Huyskens van Riel with their 'Dream
Team' shortly after World War 2
-Janssen and Meulemans both live in the town of Arendonk.
-Janssen and Meulemans both had a miracle bird called 'Merckx'.
- Both these miracle birds descend of 'Princess' of Jos
van den Bosch.
The bloodline of 'Princess' is not only in Janssen's Merckx,
'The Halve Fabry' which I mentioned before is father to
that wonder bird 'Oude Witoger' (B-65-6371172) which won
15 first prizes and 'Oude Witoger' is father of 'Oude Raket'
(part 1) by Ad Schaerlaeckens
So as we can see the “Silverado Stier” the
original Foundation Sire of the “Silverado Family”
being a son of the famous “Donkere Stier” who
is a half brother to the “OUDE MERCKX” is in
fact a descendant of this very same “Meuleman’s
Bob’s experience is founded on five national champion
loft awards, called “President Cups” in America,
and many national “Hall of Fame” racing pigeons
that have all been related that were the result of his “Silverado
Family”. Kinney’s loft and birds are known in
many parts of the world and they have won in Holland, China,
Taiwan, and South Africa as well as Canada and the United
States to mention only a few. They have won over water,
over mountains and over the plains…. Two of the “Silverado
Family” birds, sold at public auction as late bred’s
bred the winner of the “Sun City Million Dollar Pigeon
Race” in South Africa for “Qualls” of
the USA. This event, without a doubt is the most coveted
event in the Racing Pigeon World carrying along with the
glory the enormous 1st place prize of $200,000.00 US. That
winning bird was “Silverado family" a Janssen/Gordon
family and it was about 10 minutes out in front of the next
bird. They came that day one at a time. No doubt about whom
was out front and where they were that day. Less than a
dozen lofts in the world have ever have bred the first place
winner of this race e. I fully expect that some year soon;
Bok Kinney’s “Silverado Family” family
will do it again.
“….To put my thoughts on breeding into the
very simplest of examples.Consider the following. Image
a jar in front of you with gold dollar coins in it. Imagine
that each gold dollar coin represents a winner gene and
you want to reach into that jar and pull out another winner.
There are say 20 gold dollar coins in that jar. So long
as there are only gold coins in that jar , every time you
reach into it you will pull out a winner.
So lets imagine that you now decide to bring in a cross,
unproven, an unknown quantity, that you now mix into your
loft ( or jar).So now your jar is full of the 20 gold coins
to which you have just added 20 copper pennies. So it is
easy to understand that your odds of pulling a winner out
of your jar have just been reduced by 50%.Now do that for
another generation because the bird that you imported or
bought cost so much and is claimed to be so good and you
now have say 60 copper pennies and the same 20 gold coins.If
you multiply the number with even more unknown gene packages
and the likelyhood of ever finding one of those gold coins
is even further reduced.The above is a formula for life
When I found that super pair I literally culled everything
and worked with that pair and their children.Some were proven
as youngsters others were bred for stock.I proceeded to
mate them together because I had no choice.With a total
of seven pair I started over.I was LUCKY enough to find
the “gold mine” my jar was full of gold coins…
Over the years I have twice cut back to seven pair only.Each
time resulted in a leap forward in performance…”
“(Nature is not on your side). Nature never progresses
from less order to greater order, but always from order
to disorder. In the hands of the originators of these families,
we had a certain (lesser or greater) degree of order. Eventually,
in the hands of the mass of fanciers worldwide, we naturally
revert to disorder, or what I referred to as common form.
Whatever qualities these masters fixed to lesser or greater
degrees was eventually diluted and lost in the hands of
lesser fanciers. It really takes very few generations for
this to happen-as little as one or two in most cases.
Most fanciers love to race. Once the season is over, for
the most part so is their interest for yet another year.
They really just love to see them come home. Most fanciers
are not dedicated to a lifetime of trying to achieve a specific
breeding goal-the result of which may be total failure in
the end anyway. The old adage is that "half the fun
is getting there." As for me, win or lose, I will continue
undaunted, mating father/daughter, brother/sister, looking
for that most elusive of all qualities, a pretty face. Each
year they look more and more like peas in a pod, each year
more structural uniformity, each year prettier faces; what
more can you ask?”
…An old timer told me that when building a family,
you work with a cross of two or three inbred proven lines.
Then you take those crosses that fly or breed like champions
and mate them back to either side of the family…
… Many call it a Janssen family but I never have.
It is my family and a Janssen/ Gordon family….I think
that anything can race 200 km and if it traps fast, it could
win. When you are talking 800 to 1200 km, it is the pigeon.
It must have the brains and the stamina.
In my many years of racing, the greatest test of which my
good long distance birds will be in the future is young
bird races over 325 miles (480 km). For whatever reason
and I don't know the answer or why this is so but I find
it is. Races at 450 km have different winners than races
from 480 km. My very best long distance young and old bird
racers come from birds that have flown or bred the winners
at races over 480 or 500 km.
"Asia” who was a son of national champion
"1505" when mated to the "1515 Hen"
so he is about a quarter Gordon went on to become the foundation
cock for the next generation or two of the Silverado Family.
"Asia" won first combine at 930 km… Bob
and his son James probably have the best breeding Gordon
hen in this country, the "483" hen. Major winner
after major winner came off of her and off her kids when
on the Silverado family. “483” bred the “Little
Belgium” winner.1st place winner when mated to “Blue
Asset”.Her daughter is the “17” hen who
has won 2 times 1st by from 10 to 25 minutes out in front
at 323 miles against some of the finest racing pigeons in
the country.” 483” herself is a 1st place winner
at 350 miles….
“You can't see it or recognize that gene in either
the racer or the breeder, until racing is underway. That
is our test. Our window to the genetic package that a bird
Few in the world are they pigeons, dogs, horses, or people
get that gene but if it is in the family and it is nurtured
and intensified, it will show up. As breeding progresses
from year to year and selection is based on winning or breeding
winners, it will get stronger and stronger.
Numbers are important--to the extent that the more birds
you breed from that carry this gene, the more likely that
gene will get passed on to the young…If I leave something
behind in the pigeon sport worthwhile, I hope it is a family
of pigeons that pass this championship gene on for generations
to come. I know they have it. In all my travels, I also
know there are great race records and great individual birds
but a family is a rarity and that is the one key ingredient
to maintaining the champion gene from generation to generation.
The objective now is for me is to find and intensify the
gene that makes the difference between winning and being
at the top over and over, and being out front and alone.
Leaving even the champions behind. It is there. I have seen
it. Raced it. Bred it. So for the next 20 years, I plan
to intensify it…It is where the goal is set that makes
the first step in accomplishment. Then the attainment comes
along because of the genes…
One Champion with good care will make you famous for
two or three years. The rest of the birds in the loft are
just there to scare your competition. Take care of them
so the champion can show himself.
When I started racing pigeons I did very well. I worked,
had a great mentor and then I worked some more. I also had
little "compassion". The birds marvel to me was
not just returning home, it was returning home at a winning
When that first champion came along, it was such an eye
opener or brain opener to me that it changed not only my
perspective of pigeon breeding and racing, but of all things
in life. It set the standard higher and the goals way out
When you think about it, here is a little bird that has
inherited something inside that puts him above others of
A bird that is not just having a good day, but has good
days over and over. Every other bird on the team is basically
treated equally and yet something special in this bird's
make up allows it to get home first. First, at a speed that
always keeps it either in front or near the top, over and
over even when conditions are not in its favor.
One time may be luck but to repeat that is something inside
I was a kid at the time. As I looked around my world, people
had that same quality. A very few but some. Some dogs. Some
horses. Something special that set them apart in some manner
from their peers or kind. Made me wonder if I had it inside
me as well. This has made my life an exploration and made
me willing to both try and put all of me into many different
things to search for the champion quality within myself.
It has made me acutely aware of it in others and maybe more
important I think it made me appreciate excellence in areas
of life that many pass on by. It is not a movie or a movie
star I remember or admire. Not even a sport or sport figure.
Certainly they may have a champion quality but of what value
in the universe.
I have different "heroes".
“James Kinney” I believe that you were one of
those heroes…I know your dad loved you above all else!
those years, Janssen's were the BIG NAME. Everybody was
winning with Janssen. Everybody was selling Janssen. I tried
many and as soon as the race got long or the day got hard,
they were lost or if they came back they were ruined. I
did not like them. Plus I was flying in "Gordon Country".
Every loft and there were 70 in our club and over 150 in
our combine had some Gordon’s. Not me as they were
little, ugly pigeons, with poor eye sign and only raced
well when it was a difficult day. They won at 800 yards
a minute and under. I thought in those days a pigeon could
walk faster than that. At 700 yards a minute flying, they
would surely fall out of the sky.
However, many of our races were very slow and difficult.
Many days the birds had to come through rain and headwind.
Even snow, in old bird races and very hot in young birds.
It was a very tough course. In those days, we also did not
have the weather knowledge and forecasting that we have
now so birds went up under all conditions. Throughout the
years, the most coveted racing wins were at the distance.
500 miles (800-900km) and up. We often flew two to four
800 to 1000 km races each 10 weeks and many years a 1500
km race. I even organized a race from Alaska to Chicago
one time that was 3,500 km over the Rocky Mountains.
What I noticed in those days was I could win below 700km
but I could not get the birds to win over that distance.
The Gordon’s always beat me. Sometimes they beat me
very bad. It was embarrassing. Finally, I went to my best
friend who was the champion on the long races and he gave
me four of his Gordon pigeons. I really did not like them
at all. However, the next old bird season, I won an 800-km
race with a yearling from them. That was it.
I had learned something. It takes the right pigeon to win
on the course. Not all pigeons would do it no matter how
good they may be. Just like dogs have special talents to
themselves. Just like people have special talents. Our racing
pigeons must be able to race the course and handle the task
they are given.
I kept my Stichelbaut
family but used Gordon on them.”
So according to Bob there really
are “Horses for Courses” and in this particular
case the horses name is in fact “Gordon”! So
let’s resume our story where did Bob go to from here?
Well according to my recent conversation with Bob that took
place early November 2007 he proceeded to mate the young
“gift pigeon” eventually to be called the “Silverado
Stier” to his best hen at that time, here is exactly
what he said:
“I mated him (“Silverado
Stier”) to a Stichelbaut/Gordon hen that I had. Used
that pair as a pumper (foster parents) for the first two
rounds of eggs. Then I raised a pair off them. That pair
of babies, I gave to a friend of mine to fly. One of them
won first as a young bird at 550 km. The other one won the
next year first at 800 km. By now, the hen was already gone.
I had sold her or something… I thought maybe this
cock was something special and I started to look for a hen
for him. Not from my family but from some Janssen family.
Since I traveled for the sport and wrote for magazines in
the sport, I knew many, many fanciers. In California I found
a hen. Very special but still young. I asked the fancier
to send me two babies off of that hen mated to whatever
he thought was his best cock. This happened to be a Klak
Janssen family and very good at the middle and long distance
in California. However, it was a fast course and the birds
had the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other.
They could not get lost. So I did not know if they would
fly in the Midwest, through storms, weather fronts and bad
weather. I did not know if the homing ability was strong
It is interesting that at this point
Bob goes looking for a Janssen hen flies the youngsters
from California falls in love with one of them:
“I trained the babies I got from the California
fancier and like one so much that after the season, I just
put her to stock to go onto this Janssen cock. One pair
of Janssen’s could not hurt my loft. If good, I would
keep them and if not, they would go like so many other Janssen’s
did. Out of the loft to the waste can… That very first
year, I bred six from the pair and five of them won for
three different lofts. I had something but they had not
yet been to the distance. These were the races that I wanted
to win. I had already in the years past won so many of the
middle races; it was the distance that I had a hunger to
have victory in.”
Pride was the Silverado Foundation hen that was always
mated to “Silverado Stier” to produce
incredible prepotent children including “Slade”
, “The 540” cock, “Dolly”
, “1710” and a host of others that have
impacted on lofts around the world.
and the “Silverado Stier” over a number of years
bred 12 1st place winning children, as well as National
Award winning pigeons however their children, virtually
without exception bred 1st place after 1st place winners
for Bob and a host of other fanciers. Bob never claimed
that he had anything special that he brought to the table.He
credited his foundation pair totally.He would often say
that he got two superior pigeons that when mated together
were possessed of a “genetic package” that was
truly awesome. From this pair Bob mated together a brother
and sister, the special mating was the “540”
cock X “the 1710” hen which was his full sister.It
was without a doubt the greatest move Bob could have made.This
pair produced winner after winner and their children were
even better breeders than their parents. Somehow the “genetic
package “ was intensified.
Its so true is it not that the
“hunger” is what drives you to try one more
time, to hope, to will something into being you must have
the will to achieve. Many have the talent most fall short
in that they fail to “DARE” to achieve. They
worry so much about the possibility of failure that they
welcome mediocrity. Bob had a dream and he was prepared
to risk all in an attempt to bring that dream of an all
purpose American racing pigeon family to reality. Here is
where it gets personally interesting for me. You see in
late in 1992 I purchased at public auction, sight unseen
an old “Silverado Family” Foundation Sire called
“Slade” at that time I paid $2000.00 US for
this cock and all on his pedigree, actually on a hunch that
this “Silverado” genetic package would blend
with my own “Spanjaard Family” line. I was not
to be disappointed. Bob continued the story of the creation
of his family as follows:
“"Slade" was one of the first young cocks
I got from the pair. He won a young bird race and then was
lost for four weeks. I thought, that is it. They are no
better than the other Janssen’s around the world.
I flew 12 widowhood cocks and had an empty box so when he
came back; I put him into the widowhood loft and forgot
him. He was just there. He must fly or die basically. That
next spring as a yearling, I sent him to four different
800 km races on three different courses and he won one of
them and scored in the top 10 on the others… Now,
I knew I had something. I bred him and his young were no
good. However, because he had flown so well, I bred 6 late
hatches off his parents. So they were all in the stock loft
as well. A new family plus the old family. ..I mated these
six various ways. To the Stichelbauts and to the Gordon’s.
One pair of brother and sister together.
From the Stichelbauts, I got nothing that flew well. The
brother sister pair only bred one that flew well. However,
the two pairs that were Gordon and Janssen cross, bred me
birds that won in young birds five of the 11 races I flew.
800 yards a minute through 1700 yards a minute.
I thought wow! However, I was still not convinced. I certainly
did not realize that I had stumbled by accident the foundation
of a family that would in the years to come make me known
around much of the world.
My breeding was planned. It was test, test, and test. However,
it was not genius or smart.”
A word of extreme caution is necessary at this point: Remember
that inbreeding is a tool to an end. It is a special purpose
tool. In and of itself, it cannot create anything new; it
can only fix in a family desirable or undesirable genes
by bringing all genes to a homozygous state. If the fancier
is unfortunate enough to choose incorrectly in his original
stock, then the task of breeding out the undesirable characteristics
may prove totally impossible-and so it does in most cases.
In the hands of a visionary it is possible to conclude that
an inbred family can be purified, in which case the offspring
would be almost identical in appearance, equally good racers,
potential winners on race day, and ultimately, very valuable
stock birds. In addition. Such a family would be highly
desirable for out crossing because of their homozygosity.
This is in fact the theory and rarely is it ever achieved
without great struggle and perseverance. Bob Kinney has,
in my opinion proven that he was so determined. Here is
how Bob described his revelation:
“I had the right pigeons
in the loft to put together and I put them together every
which way possible and I raced them.
Over the next year or so, many races for myself and other
fanciers that had the birds from me for testing were to
be won, including a national champion daughter came from
the original pair.
Finally, the light bulb in my brain came on and became bright.
I got rid of all the Stichelbauts. Every one of them. There
was about 35 pair at that point in time. I went to 7 stock
pair. Huge risk to my future again. That was the original
Janssen pair. Several of their sons and daughters that were
never raced. Just bred for stock. Plus an old Gordon cock
that I really did not like. My purpose now was to build
a family. I insisted in my mind that if they were good,
then inbreeding the brothers and sisters would work and
the genetic package would be stronger the next generation.
Some of the inbreeds were good. Not great but good. All
of the babies from the Gordon Cock and one of the Janssen
hens were great. One became a national champion. I was now
a strong force on the long distance races. Depending on
the day. It could be a Janssen straight but most often was
a Janssen/ Gordon.
I went to a sale of birds from a one loft race and bought
all the birds that were in that race from three different
lofts. No matter where they scored, as it did not matter.
My thinking was if these fanciers put the birds into this
race, they did so to win the money and glory so they had
off their best in there. The entry fee was expensive to
enter and not a race to send "try me outs" to.
I bought five and they were all Gordon’s. I took them
home and crossed them to my Janssen’s that next year.
From one, came many more good to great racers. Now, I had
enough to make 3/4 crosses. An old timer told me that when
building a family, you work with a cross of two or three
inbred proven lines. Then you take those crosses that fly
or breed like champions and mate them back to either side
of the family. You keep the gene package strong and even
intensify it for winning.
I did just that.”
year came solid success for Bob in one of the largest club’s
in the USA:
“The next year, my club that was the second biggest
in the US with many great national champion fanciers and
famous birds over the years was dominated by my family of
pigeons. This club was over 70 years old and my new family
of birds broke every record there was in the club that season.
When it came time for the awards dinner, they just put them
all on my table and took away the one or two that I did
not win. I enjoyed that evening like no other I can remember.
However, I am not sure that my club mates and competitors
enjoyed it nearly as much as I did!”
So through very good
luck, a lot of dedication, perseverance and vision Bob Kinney
managed to create and sustain a family of “all purpose”
racing pigeons for almost four decades. There was certainly
more that he wished to achieve. But let’s look at
what he did achieve:
In the years since, the victories have become so routine
that one takes them for granted. I was racing widowhood
with 12 cock birds vs. an entire combine of fanciers flying
hens natural. It is difficult to beat hens on natural AT
THE DISTANCE UNLESS YOU HAVE THE WIDOWERS JUST RIGHT. I
became very proficient at widowhood. The greatest long distance
race that I ever flew was an 800km race. Tough tough day
with no day birds at all anywhere. I was middle to long
end and kept expecting a call that the short end had a bird
at dark or something. Never came. Next morning about 7:30
am, which was an hour and half after sunrise, I got a bird.
It was 3/4 Gordon and 1/4 Janssen. Pencil blue cock. This
was June 6th, 1992. The winner was 91 ER 1001. About 20
minutes later I got a second bird. 89 ER 1961 BB cock. He
was 3/4 Janssen family. Five minutes later I got another.
This was my national champion "1505" DC cock.
(See the World Champions book, 1994 Edition published by
Kenichi Yoshihara of Champion Trade Company in Japan). Eight
minutes after "1505" came 90 NVC 1083 BB cock.
Seven minutes after him came "Moneymaker" who
was not of my family but a cock that in the years to come
would be bred throughout it. Then a few minutes later I
got TB 1751, a 3/4 Janssen cock.
Those were the "Awesome Six". They took first,
second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth of both club and
combine. I had shipped 10 birds of the 12 bird team to the
race as I recall as we had some more long races coming up
and I wanted two held back to increase their reserve if
needed for a 1200 km race coming in three weeks. Two weeks
later on June 20th, the same team went back to 800 km. Again,
a tough race. I got "Moneymaker" just after dark
and he won both the club and the combine. One other day
bird that came about the same time that he did but it was
32 miles short of me. Then the next morning they rained
in. When it was all done, my team took 1st, 4th, 6th, 8th,
9th, 14th, 15th, 20th positions.
The trophy with these two races on it is still on my wall
and will be until passed on to my son who is also racing
In the years since, the victories keep coming. "Asia'
who was a son of national champion "1505" when
mated to the "1515 Hen" so he is about a quarter
Gordon went onto become the foundation cock for the next
generation or two of the family. "Asia" won first
combine at 930 km. His mother, the "1515 Hen"
is off of a full brother sister pairing. They are both off
of the original pair. She and her sister "1316"
who is still here and alive but laying only an occasional
egg, are the birds behind the NEXT STEP UP in the family.
The base of the Silverado family. Many call it a Janssen
family but I never have. It is my family and a Janssen Gordon
family. I still keep some straight Gordon's and if you remember
I told you earlier I did not like the looks of them and
how they handled. That is pretty much still the case. However,
the are amongst the best anywhere. My son and I probably
have the best breeding Gordon hen in this country, the "483".
Major winner after major winner off her and off her kids
when on my family. I had a lot of splash and white show
up in my family based around a cock called "Prodigy"
who was a cock I bred but and in the family a lot but mostly
gone now. I don't want to encourage the splash or lots of
white so those go to sales as a rule. They are just as good
and the pieds have proven over and over to be some of the
best breeders but when you mate them close as I do, you
get to much of it. I had a white cock that had bred in two
years 4 or 5 winners that was of this "Prodigy"
line and I sent him to a friend. I brought him back this
summer to use on "483" so I could preserve that
genetic line within the family. I did not want the white
color but got it anyway, so I will keep the first two from
this pair for the future and hope to breed back away from
So as we now clearly
see the “Silverado Family” is in fact a unique
family that is a cross of mainly Janssen and Gordon the
family is inbred/line bred with the basket essentially making
the final decision. So far it has progressed under the founder’s
vision for almost four decades whether it continues is now
in the hands of his son James Kinney as well as others who
over the years have tested the “Silverado Family”
stock. Over the years I had often thought of Bob as a “bull
in a china shop”. Earlier this year I saw another
side of Bob. I have fond memories of Bob coming to Canada
to participate in the two incredible “Sick Children’s
Hospital Charity Auctions” that I organized in 1994
and 1995 that raised over $25,000.00 for the Hospital for
Sick Kids. So I guess that it was only appropriate that
Bob, on November 4th 2007, should have been in Canada for
an auction of his pigeons in Oshawa Ontario. A few of my
friends and I had dinner with him at the Mandarin on the
evening that he arrived. He loved the food and the friends
so much so that we went there a second time, after his auction,
and treated us all to a wonderful dinner before he left
for home. That evening ,at his motel room, as we said goodbye
he gave me a great big hug, thanked me and said that I was
a good friend to him and that he would return to spend more
time with me. Bob loved his son James, loved his family,
loved Africa and had told me that day, that if he were ever
to die he would prefer to do so in the “African wilderness”.
So it has come to pass. Bob had written extensively on Africa
and had asked me to edit a series of short stories on his
beloved Africa. He planed to build a home in Africa and
live there at least six months of every year. He had the
region picked out, had told me with great delight of his
plans for establishing a new racing pigeon club in the area,
he had so many plans, so much that he wanted to do. He loved
his “Silverado Family” of racing pigeons and
through good fortune, great instincts, incredible know how,
he perpetuated this family for over 4 decades and moved
it from accomplishment to even greater accomplishment. He
was present in Africa as two pigeons bred by him, were mated
together to produce the winner of the greatest pigeon race
in the world “The Sun City Million Dollar Pigeon Race”.
He was proud, rightly so for he had achieved what few will
ever achieve. As “Former International Marketing Director
Sun City Million” he was directly responsible for
helping to make the “Sun City Million Dollar”
the greatest, most prestigious pigeon race in the world.
Robert Kinney founded an “American Family of Racing
Pigeons” second to none in the world.
Figure 1 November
3rd Bob Kinney and Silvio Mattacchione at the Mandarin in
Family” will continue to successfully fly the skies
of Africa, China, Taiwan, Canada, USA, and Europe with distinction,
for generations to come. Long ago I saw Bob at his lowest
and in November I saw a man at the very top of his game,
in love with his family, proud as punch of his son James
and all that he hoped for him, I saw a man in love with
his adopted people and his adopted country “AFRICA”,
I saw a man in love with LIFE .Bob Kinney was very much
a big man, at 6ft 4 inches he was in his prime, strong and
ready to achieve even more. Even so, I saw a change in him
he was no longer a “bull in a china shop” he
had mellowed to a great degree, more contemplative and more
philosophical. God keep you safe dear friend and may your
spirit watch over the African plains and may your incredible
family of racing pigeons fly the “Silverado”
skies of the world! So to conclude Bob Kinney’s good
deed to that ailing fancier was repaid to him handsomely!
94 TB 4729 BB w/1wf Hen
Family Foundation hen. Dam of over 30 firsts that we know
of, and grand dam and great grand dam to countless. She
is a truly great, great hen. Her mother is the legendary
“1515 Hen”. Her half brother is “Asia”-
first 600 miles and foundation cock. Her nest mate is the
“Klak Cock” sire of 11 first. I sold her as
a squeaker out of the nest to a fancier Dick Crawford. Mr.
Williams purchased her years later on Crawford’s death.
For Mr. Crawford, she bred over 20 different first. For
Williams she bred:
1st 125 miles,1st 400 miles, 1st 300 miles
3rd 275 miles, 1st 250 miles, 1st 275 miles
1st 475 miles, 1st 200 miles
Equal 1st 250 miles,11th 400 miles (22 day birds)
I got her back home in Jan 2003. Since then she has bred
first after first and super breeders for me and for others.
The great “17” hen is a grand daughter (double
1st Place Winner 320 miles, out front 10 to 20 minutes and
dam, gr dam of many winners). Remember, the winner of the
Million Dollar race was a grand child of 1515. As was the
5th place winner a few years later. Also the year I had
two birds out front 1st and 2nd position vs. 4000 birds
off the best of the world in the million for several weeks
in a row in the overall results, one was off of “Honey”.
This is the same line that produced First Federation and
second Federation vs. over 3000 and 4000 birds in Africa.
Plus other Federation winners and Federation Champion Birds.
This family wins out front, over and over.