Friday, February 17, 2012


American Racing Pigeon Union
Convention and Race

Hosted by the
Sportsman Combine and Pacific Coast Invitational Combine

Dear Breeders,
Come join us, one of the best and prestigious racing pigeon race in the United States is being held in Holiday Inn Select, La Mirada, California November 14th Thru November 17th.  The Sportsman Combine and Pacific Coast Combine are glad to sponsor and host this 2012 AU Convention and Race.  Our Format is the same as in 2006, offering two separate races with two separate prizes.  We are glad to offer this race again to all AU members, IF members and CU members. 

Come join the fun its one of the best race in America.  Check out our website at:   Over 50 Handlers to choose from, No perch fee just a onetime fee of $150.00 a bird or 5 birds for $600.00.  Make this a second family vacation we are close to Knott’s Berry Farm, Disney Walk, Disneyland, Ca and California Adventure…. 5 to 9 miles away from the Holiday Inn select, La Mirada, CA….  Our Hotel rate of 97.00 dollars a night and free buffet breakfast at Red Robin is unbeatable.

Don’t be left out. If you have any question Please don’t hesitate to call Jose Crisostomo 714 393-0838 or John Stephen at 1 562 477-0755.

2012 AU Convention & Race
Sportsman Combine & Pacific Coast Invitational Combine
2 Section Race:  East and West Section separate Prizes in each section
Race Station:  Stockton, Ca. 350 Miles
2 Chances to Win 1st Prize  
20,000 points for 1st place based on 1,500 birds each section
Payout is based on 3,000 Birds entered in the race convention
If fewer birds are received payout will be based on number of birds entered in each section
50 Plus Handlers to choose from

            RULES OF ENTRIES:                        
NOVEMBER 14 – 17, 2012
.  Must be 18 years and above    must be in good standing with the AU and Host Convention
.  Must be a member of an affiliated pigeon organization such as AU, IF, CU
.  1 Bird for $150 or 5 birds for $600.00   5th bird goes on rotation no Exceptions
.  Prize Split 60 percent Breeder and 40 percent Handler
.  Birds are accepted on February 1st to June 1st 2012 replacement till June 1st 2012
.  Please contact your Handlers and reserve your spots as soon as possible
.  A Handler can handle 2 birds from a breeder   your 5th bird goes on rotation
.  All Handlers will take in Rotations (no exceptions)
.  You can designate 2 birds to the East Section and 2 birds to the West Section, the 5th goes on rotation
.  All Handlers will race the 2 mandatory training tosses  (175 Miles and 220 Miles) No Exceptions
.  All birds will be vaccinated for PMV on arrival
.  NO HANDLERS can handle their own birds
.  NO HANDLERS can breed for others and handle those birds
.  No Birds will be sent directly to the Handlers
.  Payment must accompany birds when shipped. (All birds must be shipped on approve boxes)
.  Make Check Payable to:  Sportsman Combine
.  All Birds not designated to a Handler will be put in Rotations
.  Ship birds only to Race Committee:  Monday – Thursday Only to assure birds will be received
Westside Section:  Jose Yanez   7035 N. Atlantic Place, Long Beach, Ca.  90805  (562) 272-4429
Eastside Section:   Sam Summonath 19002 E. Ryals Ln Orange, Ca. 92869 (949) 412 7499
.  The First 30 birds from each section will be auctioned off
   (Split 1/3 to breeder, 1/3 to handler, 1/3 to the Host) after expenses
.  The remaining birds become property of the handlers unless an agreement was made with the handler
.  The convention committee will handle all disputes and their decision will be final
.  The hosting Convention will take 15 percent of all events for expenses
For more information regarding the 2012 AU Convention please contact: 
 Jose Crisostomo 714 393-0838 or John Stephen 562 477-0755
Visit our Website:

2012 AU Convention & Race

November 11, Sunday

November  12,  Monday
Breakfast  7:00 am to 10:30 am
AU Board Meetings 8:00 to 5:00 pm
Conference Room
November  15th, Thursday
Breakfast  7:00 am to 10:30 am
Vendor Open
Getty Museum Villa Santa Monica   Recently Open in 2005
Getty Center Museum Los Angeles
Bus Leaves at 9:00 am Sharp
Morning Speakers
Speakers     9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Rick Mardis and Albert Derwa
Oscar De Vries, Jelle Rozziers
Youth Race Loft 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
Lunch Break on your own  12:00 pm  to 1:00 pm
Bill The Book Richardson 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Dinner  6:30 pm to 10:30 pm  Banquet Room
Hospitality Room

November  13, Tuesday
Breakfast  7:00 am to 10:30 am
AU Board Meetings 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Vendor Setup
Early Registration  4:00 pm
@ Hospitality Room

November 14th, Wednesday
Breakfast 7:00 am to 10:30 am
Vendor  Open
Welcome  Registration  9:00 am
Lunch on your own
Meet the Speakers  3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Introductions get to know the Speakers
Albert Derwa, Rick Mardis, Oscar De Vries,
Jelle Roziers and Bill “The Book” Richardson
Hospitality Room              4:00 pm
View Birds from 4:15 pm to 5:00 pm
Ship Youth Race 
215 Miles Fresno, Ca  @ 4:30 pm
Ship AU Race Birds     @ 5:00 pm till 8:30 pm
Loft Auction   Right after Birds are loaded
 Race Truck arrives at 8:00 pm
Ladies Activities  6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Down Town Disney Walk Hotel Bus will pickup

Hospitality Room Drinks and Food
November 16 Friday  Race Day
Breakfast  7:00 am to 10:30 am
Ladies  Fashion Island- New Port Beach Shopping
Vendor Open
Seminar  9:00 am to 11:30 am  Meet the Speakers
HANDLERS  Loft  12:00
Arrival of Race Birds
Knock Off Clocks  6:30 pm
Banquet Buffet  start  7:00 pm
Live Band Dancing  7:30 pm  till Midnight

November 17  Saturday
Breakfast  7:00 am to 10:30 am
AU General Meeting   9:00 am to 10:00 am
Ladies Auxiliary Meeting  9:30 am to 1:00 pm
10:00 am to 11:00 am Viewing of birds
Speakers 11:00 am to 11:30 am
11:30 am to  2:00 pm  Auction
Auction of Imports ( Speakers)
AU Awards Dinner, Banquet & Entertainment  6:00 pm

November 18 Sunday

AU Registration is $200.00 per person, from Feb 1st thru October 31, 2012 after this date the AU registration is $225.00 a person.

Monday, February 13, 2012


March 10, 2012 
at the Vernon County Fairgrounds in Nevada, Missouri

The meet and greet will be a chance for all to gain and share knowledge on pigeon racing. The all breed show will be hosted by Shawn Pryer. Anyone can enter and entries
will be taken until 9:30. The racing/diploma bird show will take entries until 10:45 for $3 an entry and trophies will be awarded. 

Dinner will be served at noon. We ask that you bring a covered dish for a potluck meal. After the 1:00 bird release we will begin the auction. Any club can participate in the auction. The auction will start with birds donated by fanciers to support the Flight for the Fight Race in the fall. After those birds and items are sold each club will have their own birds and items to auction off. Those items and birds will benefit their own club.

The Twister combine (MWRPC, Sac-Osage and OIL groups) is having their first annual Flight for the Fight event. This year the AU is supporting the fight against breast cancer by it’s pink bands. The Twister Combine will have a benefit cancer race on October 20th, 2012 from Greensburg, Kansas, a 250 mile race.

The proceeds from this race will go to a child in our local area who is fighting a battle with cancer.  The bands will cost $10 and will be sold until October 19th, which is shipping day. The person who purchased the band on the winning bird will have their name, on behalf of the Twister Combine, on a check that will be presented to the recipient.

If you are a fancier yourself and would like to fly your own bird, please send your bird along with $10 to a member of the Twister Combine.  A member can be found by calling Jerry Smith, Twister Combine President, at 620.743.3039. 

We are having a pot luck dinner with bird show, auction and bird release on March 10, 2012 at the Vernon County Fairgrounds in Nevada, Missouri.  Come join us!