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Rasbull Lofts - A.Shepherd & Son

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HOW IT ALL STARTED

(Last Updated 23/1/16)

Adrian had kept several pigeons since he was a child living in Barry, South Wales. He moved to Brecon in 1976 keeping 2 pigeons in a concrete shed in the garden. Adrian purchased a 12ft x 6ft loft with dowel fronts in 1977 and established a racing loft in the Uplands area in Brecon. He joined the Talgarth pigeon racing club soon after and begun competing weekly. In 1975 Adrian had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and had 3 operations. In 1979 a further operation was required but this time the operation didn't go as planned and left Adrian with severe disabilities. Adrian spent 5 months in hospital recovering, and during this time the up keep of the lofts were left to his wife Jannette and his friend, the well known and highly regarded Colin Hawker, from Talgarth.

Following a semi successful operation to remove the brain tumor and a long hard fight to recovery, Adrian regained control of the lofts six months after the operation. A house move in 1982 saw the loft transferred to the current location in Brecon. The loft was assembled and was constantly upgraded during the next 10 years with help from his good friend Darrell Roderick.

Adrian continued to race pigeons during the 80's and early 90's achieving some creditable results on the South Road. A 1993 bred pigeon GB93T 06853 'Magicman' was the lofts most consistent performer and most decorated pigeon the old loft ever knew. This pigeon would score from the South of France on the South Road before being turned around and scoring from Scotland on the North Road. This particular cock competed in over 50 races for the lofts! Around the middle 1990's Adrian's health started to deteriorate and during this time his eldest son Richard took semi control of the loft when Adrian was constantly back and forth hospital battling his illness.

The pair formed a partnership during the 1997 season and began flying as A.Shepherd & Son. They competed on the North Road and again achieved some creditable results flying to possibly the most western loft location in the federation. Adrian passed away in 1999, and Richard continued to race the birds in the partnerships name. In 2000 the Talgarth club folded and Abergavenny was the chosen destination for the new club. The lofts only competed in 5 races, winning 1, before Richard moved away and the lofts were closed down and dismantled. In 2007, Richard moved back to the family home and began redeveloping the back garden in readiness for a loft and another crack at racing!

An article which focused on the partnership in 1998 - 'In Dads Footsteps'

Richard moved back to the family home in Brecon in 2008, and the new loft currently sits on the redeveloped site of the old setup. The lofts are one of, if not the most northern flying lofts in the Federation. The nearest club is the Gurnos Social Club in Merthyr Tydfil, which they joined for the 2009 Young Bird season. On restarting in the sport, the first thing Richard did was build a purpose designed loft.

2009 to 2014 - Richard enjoyed various success during his time racing to the new loft location. The highlights would have to be:-

1st Rhondda Valley Federation from Newbury, 97 miles, 3,459 birds in 2011

2nd Club Maidstone, 177 miles 2010

2nd Club, 14th Federation, 13th Section, 30th Combine, 272 miles, 2,129 birds

37th and 54th Hotspots in the Europa Classic One Loft Race 2010

25th, 35th, 36th Hotspot's in the Europa Classic One Loft Race 2011

Europa Classic 2011 - 4 bird team with on average 600 birds per race from 40 - 120 miles.) 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 6th, 6th, 7th, 7th, 8th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 11th, 19th, 19th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th, 30th, 31st, 32nd, 34th, 35th, 35th, 36th, 36th, 37th, 38th, 39th, 44th, 48th, 49th

80th Open - Final Somerset One Loft Race 2013

3rd Open - Final Pigeon Pixels One Loft Race 2014

'Rasbull Lady Woody' 1st Club, 1st Federation, 97 miles, 3,459 birds!

In 2015, due to work commitments and an extremely poor loft location, Richard decided to change Rasbull Loft to a Specialist Breeding Loft. A huge project was undertaken in December 2015 to convert the loft to a purpose built breeding loft. The loft has been set out with five separate breeding compartments and one section which can accomodate a further six pairs. A maximum of eleven pairs of stock birds can now be accommodated at the lofts.

In 2016, a significant amount of money was invested into new stock birds. Only top sons and daughters from some of Europes best fanciers have been aquired. Further investment will be made when the correct stock birds become available. The youngsters bred from our selected stock pairs will be sent out to several lofts to test the youngsters out in the very best competition. Any pairings that fail to produce quality youngsters will be removed from the loft regardless of cost. We are always on the look out for the potential stock pigeons who can improve our existing stock team and will aquire regardless of cost.

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AND SO IT CONTINUES................

 

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