136 IF Convention – Washington, DC

November 7, 2016
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IF Convention attendees visiting Lavender Hill Loft prior to the race birds arriving.

IF Convention attendees visiting Lavender Hill Loft prior to the race birds arriving. L-R; Jim Hasek, Bob Careny, Dr. Dave Shewmaker, Time Scheere, and Drew Lesofski.

The 136 International Federation of American Homing Pigeon Fanciers (IF) convention was hosted by the Capital City Racing Pigeon Club (CAP City) November 3rd thru the 5th, in Washington, DC.

Shipping night was held from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Metropolitan Washington Racing Pigeon Concourse (MWRPC) club in College Park, Maryland. Handlers were arrived early in order to make entries available to their prospected breeders. Shipping went as smoothly as possible with 35 lofts putting 318 birds on the truck by 8 pm.

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Later that night, the host committee hosted a reception at the hotel for IF guests and friends and the party lasted way into the night.

Friday was race day and the liberator reported that visibility was at 1.5 miles and the birds were brought back 5 miles in hopes conditions would improve. At 8:53 am the convention birds were released into “clear” conditions and 43 degrees.

Drew, Lavender Hill Loft, shipping his IF Convention entries.

Drew, Lavender Hill Loft, shipping his IF Convention entries.

The anticipation hung heavy in the air as handlers and guests gathered later in the day to watch the IF birds come in. At 4:30, Lavender Hill Loft (owned by Drew Lesofski, founder of the Loft Report) clocked two birds; IF-16-WCM-73 a blue check cock bred by MWRPC member Secudiono Mota and AU-16-ARPU-42791 a blue bar hen bred by Utah fancier Travis Dyson.

UNOFFICIAL IF Convention Race Results.

Lavender Hill Loft flew 304 miles and his two bird drop had a winning speed of 1170.729 and 1170.665 ypm respectfully. Only 1 second separated the winning birds.

Third place bird, IF-NKC-17, was clocked in by Secudiono Mota and bred by Marshall Henegar of Ohio.

There were two sections in the IF Convention race, a short section and a long section. Both Lavender Hill Loft and Secudiono were in the short section and the 4th place bird, IF-16-NKC-130, clocked in by June Walls and bred by Sam Pixley was in the long section.

The race turned out to be a tough race with only 52 day birds being reported by 17 lofts. 18 lofts did not clock a bird until the next day, making this one of the toughest IF Convention races in memory.

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Drew Lesofski receiving the Handler’s trophy and Secudiono Mota receiving the Breeder’s trophy during the 136 IF National Convention in Washington, DC.

Saturday was the auction of 33 birds donated by Chic Brooks of Hapyco Loft fame. Bob Carney from Connecticut acted as the auctioneer and helped bring in top dollar for the donated birds.

L-R: Pre-auction of birds on display, Bob Carney and Pete Meca starting the auction off right, and the crowd during the auction.

L-R: Pre-auction of birds on display, Bob Carney and Pete Meca starting the auction off right, and the crowd during the auction.

That morning, the IF convention committee required the top 40 birds to be bought in by 8 am to be drug tested. IF National President Richie Smith administered the tests, droppings were collected and sent to a lab in Colorado. The race is considered “UNOFFICIAL” until the test results return in a couple of weeks. Once that happens the race will be deemed “OFFICIAL” and prize monies will be disseminated to breeders and handlers.

L - R: IF Convention Banquet, Sam Pixley, Joe Charvat awarding Richie Smith an award, the banquet hall.

L – R: IF Convention Banquet, Sam Pixley, Joe Charvat awarding Richie Smith an award, the Banquet Hall.

That evening, the IF host committee held a banquet and award Richie Smith an award for his service to the sport as well as a handler and breeder trophies.

The convention went as smoothly as possible and fun was had by all.

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2 Responses to 136 IF Convention – Washington, DC

  1. Tom Fremont on November 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Congratulations Drew … Looks like you had a super convention and an awesome race…great flying !!

  2. Greg McKnight on November 8, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Congrats to Drew Lesofski for a wonderful performance and to Mr. Mota for finishing 3rd and breeding the 2nd place finish (Equal 1st) A fairly new fancier bred the winner from the State of Utah Travis Dyson, I wonder if he’s related to the Vacuum cleaner Dyson, both are cleaning up I would say. Hahaha I hope the winning cups can hold all the money they each won. Hope to see you all at the A.U. Convention.
    Yours in the sport,
    Greg McKnight

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