MELLINGER & MCKNIGHT Auctions Starting in October

October 8, 2017
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Starting the month of October we will auction 5+ birds each week on the always successful I-pigeon website.  Young will be available from the best of our stock birds domestic and imported proven breeders.

As I prepare for this auction I think of all the old and new fanciers I’ve had the pleasure to speak with and thank all of you sincerely for your past kind comments on the birds purchased.

Over my 50 years with our great sport our Bekaert birds have influenced many top lofts across the country such as the all-time best in San Diego history “Mr.  BJ” flown by Paul Deboo and continued with many greats of the area such as Ron Steinbrenner “Mr. BJ” sire was bred by me from a brother and sister mating of the old line Bekaerts.

The famous “Sure Bet” of Victor Valenzuela who always said I was his mentor purchased two super hens from me to mate to his foundation breeder that made history over his short ten years competing until his personal health issue and early retirement from our sport. The two hens were “Ms. 1213” old line Bekaert and “Ms.1309” a Meulemans/Bekaert.

We-be-One Cecil Romero has a tremendous breeding male named the “Diesel” who was an IF Hall of Fame winner and winner of over $7,000 in the convention race and continues to breed champions for generations including IF Hall of Fame winners at all distances.  The “Diesel” is carrying the blood of both our Meulemans and Bekaert lineage.

Our Bekearts have been perpetuated for over 50 years after being the loft manager for Will Waterhouse from 1969-1974 and knowing the greatness since coming into our sport, had the opportunity to purchase the breeders after his untimely death in 1975. This family is truly an American time tested winning family for many around the world.

Meulemans now for over 25 years with us has also proved to be a time tested winning family for many across America. Karl Meulemans famous “Golden Couple” pair I believe to be the all-time best pair in racing pigeon history. The male was of the Vandenbosch breeding and his mate a Janssen bred and only bird to return from a smash race flown by a. Wouters then given to Karl to breed and in turn bred Wouters best the next season and beyond. We acquired as close as possible to the famous pair along with German birds from w. Wulfmeyer and h. Nordmeyer also albert Babbinton and George Litherland of England, along with the best of Herman Beverdam of Holland including the famous “Perfection”, “Choco Flash”, “Platinum Hen”.

Our recent acquisition is from the famous dynasty lofts of England Keith & Linda Turner from day one of their introduction in 1989 from Dean Pallet who purchased the entire loft from the legend Staf van Reet. The first year bred the famous “Champion Red Danial” winning 19 times first and his few seasons a son “Danial-Son” won 33 times over his career and became the foundation of the loft and now over the past many years my partner has purchase many of the key champions and breeders and continue to do so. This is the old line of the van Reets and is a blend of Janssen and Hofken lineage. A tremendous performance family and line bred for over 25 years and still winning today in the toughest of competition in England flying the south course into France across the English Channel and winning the land races also; speed and tenacity with these van Reets.

Performance and line breeding I believe gives you that double edge needed to win in today’s races. The gene pool is strong in our three families and are a great cross for you fanciers to give you that hybrid vigor and remember the Meulemans are half Janssen from the original pair and the van Reets are 3/4ths Janssen and 1/4th Hofken blend so you fanciers who like the idea of keeping that Janssen title on your family of birds this is a natural for that cross onto your birds. Our Bekaerts are older than the Janssen family from the early 1900’s and performance with linebreeding is the key to a long successful career.

Any questions please email gregmcknight92804@msn.com or call 714 469 2557 thank you in advance for purchasing.

Sincerely,

Greg McKnight & Dick Mellinger

van Reet champion 11 time winner (10 wins in one season), sire to 8 time winner now called the “468 Cock” also on its way to America later this Fall.

van Reet champion 11 time winner (10 wins in one season), sire to 8 time winner now called the “468 Cock” also on its way to America later this Fall.

van Reet champion “Bossman” multi-champion and top breeder “Just a Total Class Bird”  - Note the balance in his eye with great width of the circle of correlation with a dynamic look.

van Reet champion “Bossman” multi-champion and top breeder
“Just a Total Class Bird” – Note the balance in his eye with great width of the circle of correlation with a dynamic look.

van Reet foundation hen our famous “I Dee Clare” a super hen of the highest class. Direct son won the 325 mile Winner’s Cup Race in Florida and the previous year a gr-son won the Winner’s Cup in Oklahoma daughter of the famous legendary “Clare”.

van Reet foundation hen our famous “I Dee Clare” a super hen of the highest class. Direct son won the 325 mile Winner’s Cup Race in Florida and the previous year a gr-son won the Winner’s Cup in Oklahoma daughter of the famous legendary “Clare”.

van Reet from the foundation male “Jimmy’s Boy” & “Hollywood” super breeders for generations this hen was the master, Keith Turners favorite hen.

van Reet from the foundation male “Jimmy’s Boy” &
“Hollywood” super breeders for generations this hen was the master, Keith Turners favorite hen.

van Reet in-bred to the famous “50 Cock” this male bred our 325 mile Winner’s Cup 2016 winner a stylish super bred already proven male.

van Reet in-bred to the famous “50 Cock” this male bred our 325 mile Winner’s Cup 2016 winner a stylish super bred already proven male.

Meulemans/Bekaert winner of the Las Vegas Sin City Race and only bird returning second day at 8:00 am winning all the money. Sire to Sierra Ranch and Blue  Bucket 325 mile winners and the gr-sire to the back to back 2015 Canadian Empire classic 300 & 500 km races.

Meulemans/Bekaert winner of the Las Vegas Sin City Race and only bird returning second day at 8:00 am winning all the money. Sire to Sierra Ranch and Blue
Bucket 325 mile winners and the gr-sire to the back to back 2015 Canadian Empire classic 300 & 500 km races.

“Empire Queen” our double winner at the Canadian empire race at 300 km & 500 km races gr-dau of “Sin City” out of “Blue Bucket” 325 mile OLR winner - #737 has the most unusual eye movement of any bird we own.

“Empire Queen” our double winner at the Canadian empire race at 300 km & 500 km races gr-dau of “Sin City” out of “Blue Bucket” 325 mile OLR winner – #737 has the most unusual eye movement of any bird we own.

Bekaert dam to 7th best bird breeders Fall Classic, dam to 6th San Diego 500 km g-dam to 15th 2016 Million Dollar race 341 km for Bill Meeks and g-dam to Jim Fox’s Oklahoma Combine winner. Great reproducer hen!

Bekaert dam to 7th best bird breeders Fall Classic, dam to 6th San Diego 500 km g-dam to 15th 2016 Million Dollar race 341 km for Bill Meeks and g-dam to Jim Fox’s Oklahoma Combine winner. Great reproducer hen!

Bekaert super breeder sire to above bird his child came with winner and trapped: 35 seconds back with 2,800 birds. A g-child won eq 1st 2nd race at the 2016 San Francisco Triple Crown race for Valhalla lofts.  A g-child won 2015 River Round up 250 mile race.  I receive calls almost weekly about his winning progeny ~ Greg McKnight

Bekaert super breeder sire to above bird his child came with winner and trapped: 35 seconds back with 2,800 birds. A g-child won eq 1st 2nd race at the 2016 San Francisco Triple Crown race for Valhalla lofts. A g-child won 2015 River Round up 250 mile race. I receive calls almost weekly about his winning progeny ~ Greg McKnight

Bekaert our famous breeding male “The Frill” all distance breeder of reproducers for many across the country.

Bekaert our famous breeding male “The Frill” all distance breeder of reproducers for many across the country.

Meulemans my best breeding hen this past 2015 season 5 birds won in money races dam to 13th IF Convention Race 2014 very tough race flown by e. Hall 2nd Master  Flyer at the 2015 Canadian Empire Classic series 15th Midwest Convention Race.

Meulemans my best breeding hen this past 2015 season 5 birds won in money races dam to 13th IF Convention Race 2014 very tough race flown by e. Hall 2nd Master
Flyer at the 2015 Canadian Empire Classic series 15th Midwest Convention Race.

Meulemans/Bekaert eq. winner 3rd overall 325 mile Blue Bucket Series sire is “Sin City” above and dam to my “Empire Queen” back to back winner at the Canadian Empire  Classic 300 & 500 km races.

Meulemans/Bekaert eq. winner 3rd overall 325 mile Blue Bucket Series sire is “Sin City” above and dam to my “Empire Queen” back to back winner at the Canadian Empire
Classic 300 & 500 km races.

Meulemans our famous breeding hen “Blue Velvet”; generations of winners from this class hen and breeder of 5 OLR winners and many of our top breeders.

Meulemans our famous breeding hen “Blue Velvet”; generations of winners from this class hen and breeder of 5 OLR winners and many of our top breeders.

Meulemans/Bekaert sister won 2nd IF Hall of Fame 76-150 lofts performance through pedigree a gr-son of Lamppost lofts foundation cock and #138’s sire is a uncle to the famous mate to “Sure Bet” – “MS 1309” breeder of so many money winners for Victor Valenzuela.

Meulemans/Bekaert sister won 2nd IF Hall of Fame 76-150 lofts performance through pedigree a gr-son of Lamppost lofts foundation cock and #138’s sire is a uncle to the famous mate to “Sure Bet” – “MS 1309” breeder of so many money winners for Victor Valenzuela.

Bekaert sire to $2800 winner at snowbird his daughter bred the famous “Gadsden” for JEDDS bird supply the Overall best bird of the Winner’ s Cup Series and over $7,000 in prizes. This 2015 old bird season 5 combine winners in one season from a daughter and flown by Dan Yaylor, n. CALIFORNIA. “SUPER BREEDER” Progeny won eq. 1st San Francisco 2017 Triple Crown race for Day Taylor of Checkin Inn Loft.

Bekaert sire to $2800 winner at snowbird his daughter bred the famous “Gadsden” for JEDDS bird supply the Overall best bird of the Winner’ s Cup Series and over
$7,000 in prizes. This 2015 old bird season 5 combine winners in one season from a daughter and flown by Dan Yaylor, n. CALIFORNIA. “SUPER BREEDER” Progeny won eq. 1st San Francisco 2017 Triple Crown race for Day Taylor of Checkin Inn Loft.

 

!!! NEWS FLASH !!!

 

We just purchased the hit pair from dynasty lofts Keith & Linda turner of England known as the “31 Pair” – every young from this pair has won races.

Don’t forget to check out my online and print articles titled “Rambling Memories”and “Season Reminders”.

I appreciate all of your for your kind comments.

Sincerely,

Greg McKnight & Dick Mellinger

 

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