Wednesday, February 16, 2011



The American Racing Pigeon Union’s Junior Membership Contest was started to highlight more about junior members than racesheet results alone.  Juniors are a big part of our racing community that we want to acknowledge.

For eight years now, Ed Minvielle, Michael Gantner and now Hano Troll, have teamed up to represent Benzing in presenting the winner with a new electronic timing system.  Supporting youth members is close to their hearts, and they have shown it year after year by donating the system.  Ed has often shared that he is determined to encourage and inspire young flyers in the way he was encouraged as a boy.

Each year, the entries exemplify the excellence we recognize in AU youth membership.  This year’s contest was to write an essay about the value or ideal it takes to be a pigeon racer in their community.  We wanted to know what would be needed from each pigeon racer to sustain the AU for another 100 years.

The 2010 AU Junior Membership Contest winner is AU’s own Youth Ambassador, Whitney Sabrowsky, from Minnesota.  She is a member of the Mid Minnesota Racing Pigeon Club. 

Whitney’s win was announced during the 2010 Awards Banquet in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Everyone did a wonderful job keeping the secret until Ed, Michael and Hano could surprise Whitney with the clock presentation at the banquet.

Whitney has been a valuable contributor to the AU publications.  Her writing skills are top notch and her willingness to connect with members across the country speaks to her representation – excellent!

Whitney, our congratulations to you and best wishes for a long and winning racing career!