(This is a reprint from 2013. It still holds true.)
The terms and the objectives are really
one in the same. If you promote
our sport and put it into a ‘package’
people today can relate to, you have
a better chance of growing the club
through new members. I feel that
one of the best ways to really promote
the sport is to get those unfamiliar
with our sport talking about it
in a positive way. So how do we
make a little ”Visual Noise ”?
Club Training trailer. I think that
clubs that offer club training have
more participation and have a stronger
club. Clubs that train together
seem to fly together. Granted not
everyone want to always train on the
trailer, and that’s OK, but for those
who are new to the sport, or whose
schedule prevent the kind of training
you need, to be competitive, it is still
one of the best ways of getting everyone
Gas is a big deal today and I think
always will be, so partnering up with
a few other club mates only make
sense. Your trailer is a great way to
advertise our sport.
Get involved in your community.
We have a tremendous opportunity
to show off our pigeons and their
amazing ability to return home
which, to the uninformed public, always
seem short of amazing. Every
time a pigeon truck goes down the
road you have another opportunity to
advertise our sport.
For the past three years my local lions
club has hosted a Flight for Sight
race, where they go out and get sponsors
for the 150 mile race at the beginning
of the season. They have
raised thousands of dollars for their
sight and hearing programs,
and even pay out a cash prize
to the winning sponsor.
What's in it for the club?
Well for one thing, my neighbors
and local businesses have
all been talking about the pigeon
race and asking when the
next one is happening. OK,
maybe we could build in an
extra $100 cash prize for the
handler, or get our shipping expenses
out of it, but the amount of positive
impact and good will we generate
with our pigeons far outweighs anything
we could generate with giving
a prize to ourselves.
Some clubs have done a race for
Cancer Cure. Some have done benefits
for the Wounded Warrior and our
veteran organizations, the Heart Association,
Big Brothers/Sisters, and
YMCA. Our pigeons offer a unique
fundraising opportunity that costs us nothing us as flyers. My next fundraiser
race is a ‘Wounded Wing
Race’, sponsored by our local American
Legion chapter, with the benefits
going towards PTSD support and
research. (With a tie in to the military
service our birds have performed
There are many groups or organizations
that you could approach and
offer to put our pigeons to work for
their benefit, with the understanding
that they produce publicity for the
race, and maybe provide the signage
on the back of the pigeon truck. A
truck with 3 or 4 names of organizations
of the various races that you
sponsor is sure to get people to talking,
and put our sport in a more positive
light and add interest then just
flying for a few diplomas.
There are dozens of other ways, and
they keep coming, but this may provide
a few idea starters for your club
or organization. If you want to
grow you have to step out of your
box and look for ways that our pigeons
can make a difference in our
communities and reverse some of the
negative aspects that Pigeons sometimes
have. We have a unique and
special sport that people are fascinated
with. We just need to let them
know we have it and show them. It’s
the best game in town, and you can
For more information on how to set
up a charity race email:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
My name is Abrahan Batista, I am a Christian man who loves God, family, and animals. I began my journey with Homing Pigeons in Cuba when I was 7 years old and my dad let me build a small cage in our backyard. I have loved the sport ever since. Batista-Toledo Loft emerged in the spring of 2013 when my fire and passion for the homing pigeons was reignited by a close friend in the area where I had just moved into, North Port, Fl. Through perseverance and a great deal of dedication I was able to breed excellent young birds and I enlisted them in the Charlotte Harbor Homing Club, in Port Charlotte. That time marked the beginning of my “American dream” as a pigeon fancier in a country where techniques, medications, and training methods where all different from what I previously knew. One thing remained true, I have a good eye for the birds and I know what they need and when they need it; it’s my opinion that knowing the birds is a priority, everything else comes with experience. I proudly share my achievements with my fellow members of the AU:
2014 12th place in Miami International Pigeon Race 225 miles.
2014 12th place in Miami International Pigeon Race 300 miles.
2014 1st place in Southwest Florida Combine in Old Birds Race 174 miles, total birds released 479 and 28 lofts.
2014 23th place in GHC Classic Race 350 miles, total of birds released 2636
2015 1st place in Charlotte Harbor Club Average Speed in Young Bird Race. Speed 1341.177 ypm.
2015 2nd place Champion Bird in Charlotte Harbor Club.
2015 5th place in Southwest Florida Combine Average Speed in Old Bird Race. Speed 1302.999 ypm. Lofts competing: 41
2015 1st place in Charlotte Harbor Club Average Speed in Old Bird Race. Speed 1302.999 ypm.
2015 59th place in Miami International Pigeon Race 150 miles.
2015 31st place in Miami International Pigeon Race 225 miles.
2015 32nd place in Miami International Pigeon Race 300 miles.
2016 21st place in Miami International Pigeon Race 225 miles.
2016 34th place in Miami International Pigeon Race 350 miles.
2016 I sent a team to South-Africa Million Dollar Pigeon Race (SAMDPR), first time flying internationally and all three of my birds finished the season and did not get off course.
*Attila, AU ARPU 2016 65947, Blue Bar Cock with Yellow eyes, finished in Grand Averages Position of 579 and the last race finished in 1089th place.
*Aquiles, AU ARPU 2016 65909, Blue Bar Hen with Pearl eyes, finished in Grand Averages Position of 1276.
*Apolo, AU ARPU 2016 65949, Red Check Hen with Yellow eyes, finished in Grand Averages Position of 1948 and the last race finished in 485th place.
These accomplishments have added passion for the Homing Pigeons and at the same time show me that I am on the right path and can definitely keep improving and obtain better outcomes. With time I have acquired more experience and been able to breed better birds. I look forward to expanding my loft and continuing as a proud member of the American Racing Pigeon Union. I will like to thank this organization for sharing the results and supporting us and help us grow. As a fan of the sport I wish us all the best in the upcoming years!