Thursday, January 4, 2018

Shasta Racing Pigeon Club (SRP)

Veterans Day Parade

AU members do a wonderful job promoting the hobby, so we list the activity information in our quarterly Update newsletter.  But sometimes there is just not enough room to get all the information in the paper publication.  Hence, this post to show off the Shasta Club's work!

The Shasta Racing Pigeon Club (SRP) participated in the 25th annual Veterans Day Parade in the small town of City of Shasta Lake, CA on November 4, 2017.  The club entry was its race release trailer decorated with banners and bunting.   Along the parade route members Scott Hepburn and Ron Schmidt released race birds to the excitement of the crowd.  Also, member Lex Winkler carried a racing pigeon during the parade so the spectators could see one of the birds up close.  In addition, the club had an information table at the post parade lunch held at the Veterans Hall which was staffed by Loli Martino, Shari and Tim Skalland. 

To promote the local interest in racing pigeons, the club recently published a tri-fold handout that was given out during the parade.  It is available at senior centers, veteran organizations and other community organizations.    To make it easy for interested parties to contact us we established an email address ( and a dedicated club phone number (530- 962-0341). In addition, the SRP Club established a Facebook page that highlights our other activities and member lofts.

During the summer months SRP members Scott Hepburn and Ron Schmidt were guests on several local morning radio shows where they spoke on the hobby of racing pigeons.  The pair also spoke at a local summer camp where a mother and son became interested in racing pigeons.  Since that time Scott has helped the pair with modifying their chicken coop to house racing pigeons and supplied 12 young birds to start.  The club recently donated funds for this young man to continue his efforts to place American flags on the graves of veterans in Northern Ca.

So, you see why we have to show them off?  That's a fantastic effort club members put forth in connecting with their community.  Great work!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Space Coast Racers 
Racing Pigeon Club does it again!

The club had their 3rd annual pigeon race to benefit Children's Miracle Network (CMN).  This year's total exceeded prior years.

Claudia Benefieto, the club's Race-Coordinator, said their total for the race was $384.00.  Half went to the winner who picked the best bird and half to the Children's Miracle Network charity in Palm Bay, Florida.  "We also had private donors," said Claudia.  "Teddy Hardgrove donated $150.00 and Gregory McCullen matched our check from last year in the amount of $167.50 plus $2.50 for $170.00.  The first place winner donated all her winning back to the CMN for a great total of $704.00.   We were very happy with this amount."

Not only did they exceed their prior total, but they had the mayor of Palm Bay, William Copote, make a proclamation in honor of CMN and Space Coast Racers:  that September 3 of every year will be their annual race day.  They invited another club into the race from Sebastian, Florida.  Team IRC (Indian River Pigeon Club) produced all the winners.  These are the standings.

Winning Bird, #53 Aggie Hungerman; 
Winning Loft, George Mandara
2nd Place, Gregory McCullen; Loft:  Tim Perski
3rd Place, Marvin Schinler; Loft:  Tim Perski
4th Place, Steve Debatt; Loft:  George Mandara

Claudia said she was very proud of all the racers who participated in this event and states that next year will be even better!

This year's racers that participated:

Claudia Benfieto, LSG Loft
Bobby Rodrigues, Taino Loft
Steve Martin, Old Mission Loft
George Mandara, Mandara Loft
Tim Perski, Perski Loft

Thanks also goes to Wal-Mart for all their support!