News and Updates

Hi everyone,

We are having a mild winter this year, hope it stays like this.  We are going to start accepting birds in February and it looks like the first day you out of state breeders can ship is Monday the 5th of February.  PLEASE, ship ONLY on a Monday or a Tuesday.  Our post office is closed on Saturday so this means if you ship after Tuesday and we do not receive the birds by Friday then we will not get them until Monday.  

Like we mentioned last year, if you use the Click and Ship option make sure you put your phone number on the label if it is not being printed out with it already on it.  If our phone number is not on the printed label then write it on there please.  

As of right now we are set up to receive checks only for perches.  When you send your check please tape it to the inside of the box where the birds can not step on it.  We received several checks last year who were in envelopes at the bottom of the box who either were purposely put there, or they fell down to the bottom of the box from where they had been taped.  Please take a moment before shipping the birds and the check for perches to put the checks in a sealed plastic sandwich bag, for obvious reasons.  

As of typing this we are sitting at exactly 800 perches reserved.  Thanks to all of you who have already signed up, and to those of you considering who will later on down the road in making this one of the laregest One Loft Races in the US for 2018. 


Rick & Olga    





In 35 minutes it will be 2018 here in Washington State, so I will make this real brief.  

Remember, if we owe you a few free perches from this past race series they can only be used in 2018, we will not carry free perches over to subsequent years.  

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and that you have a happy and prosperous new year in 2018.

Rick & Olga
As of writing this we have 733 perches reserved and there is no sign that we are slowing down in the perch reservation department.  Our loft can easily hold 1,200 birds and if we outgrow it, we will simply start adding on sections as we have mentioned before.  

We are having a unusually warm winter, total opposite of the winter we had last year which broke 20 year records and was the main reason we decided to switch from a late hatch series to a young bird series.  Our spring, summer and fall here in the Yakima Valley is warm and very dry, perfect for hosting a One Loft Race.  Going in to our third year of doing this, we are confident that by simply switching things around insofar as the timing of the race, it is going to be ten times better than the two years prior combined.

Hopefully we will have a online payment option for perches, entry fees, and return mailing of your birds after the race series concludes shortly after the first of the year.  This is something that many of you have requested, please stay tuned.  

Merry Christmas to all of you and Happy New always, thanks for your support!

Rick & Olga 
The new payout is listed as promised.   

As of typing this we are sitting at 524 perch reservations and we are aware of several other breeders who just have not signed up as of yet, probably over 600 perches already.  We still have 2 months to go before we take our first birds in and at the rate we are going we will surpass our goal of getting a minimum of 1,000 birds to the first race after the 100 M activation race.  This means we will be closer to $500,000 in prizes for 2018 which will almost double the payout that we already have posted! 

Our current loft will easily hold 1,200 birds, if we get more birds than that we will start adding on to the west end of the loft 12X12ft sections as needed.  

Thanks for everyone's support!  

Rick & Olga  
Hey everyone, we received way too many complaints on the payout we posted so we had to rethink the way we would award prizes on the final race.  This new payout will be more progressive and will still be based upon clocking order, however will not have such large jumps in prizes between the first few placings on the final 351M race.  We will change the payout tab in the next few days to reflect these changes.    

351 M Final Race

1st 20,000
2nd 19,000
3rd 18,000
4th 17,000
5th 16,000
6th 15,000
7th 14,000
8th 13,000
9th 12,000
10th 11,000
11th 10,000
12th 9,000
13th 8,000
14th 7,000
15th 6,000
16-25 2,000 ea
26-45 1,000 ea

267 M RACE

1st 20 birds $1,000 ea


1st 5,000
2nd 4,000
3rd 3,000
4th 2,000
5th 1,000

Sorry for these recent changes everyone, but we feel they are necessary to keep the majority happy and is more fair to all.  The new payout structure also increases the odds of you the breeder recouping your investment in our race, also of your bird coming home with a small fortune!  

Rick & Olga 

Pay for 10 or more perches, receive the SAME NUMBER absolutely free!  

This also applies to those of you who we owe free perches per our rules during the 2017 series.  If you for example are owed 5 free perches from last year, then pay for 5 more birds which will be $500, then send 20 birds.

Yes we are taking a huge cut in offering this, but we have our reasons.   Main reason being we want to get at least 1,000 birds to the first race so we can have a big payout as advertised.  

Now keep in mind that if you enter a bunch of birds, you are responsible for paying entry fees on the birds who make it past the 100 mile activation race.  

We will not split up perches with this offer.  Meaning, do not expect to pay for 5 birds, have a friend pay for 5 birds, then you each enter 10 birds under your own loft name.  Now if you want to combine your efforts and form a syndicate, we do not care if 10 of you pay for one bird each and collectively you send 20 birds, but they must be all listed under one loft name.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us, contact info under the Contact tab.

Rick & Olga Mee 

Hey everyone, wanted to post a update on a few changes which we are making this year which are not reflected in the rules and the payout yet, should have these changes posted in the rules and payout this week.  These changes are simply being made so we can insure a final race with the majority of the birds going to the final race and having a larger payout on the final race by concentrating most of the prizes on the final race.  

The races will be as follows.

100M activation race.
161M (AVG Speed Only)
209M (1st 10 birds $500 ea)
267M (1st 20 birds $500 ea)

351M Final race
1st 100,000
2nd 50,000
3rd 20,000
4th 15,000
5th 10,000
6-10 4,000
11-20 2,000
21-30 1,000
31-50 500.00

So all we really did was take out the 300M race and put most of the prizes on the final race, which is what most breeders want anyway.  

AVG Speed
1st 5,000
2nd 4,000
3rd 3,000
4th 2,000
5th 1,000
6-15 $500 ea

These prizes are based upon 1,000 birds making it through the activation race.  At the rate we are going we should be able to achieve this.  

We wanted to make all of you aware of this before we get any closer to starting to accept birds next February.  

We are currently at 350 perches reserved.  Looks like at this pace that we may just have the second largest One Loft Race in the US next year behind the Hoosier Classic.

Also wanted to make all of you aware that we will be double vaccinating your birds this year.  When your birds arrive they will receive vaccinations for PMV and Paratyphoid, then boosters 30 days later.  It seems like most One Loft Races are not doing this, and the ones who do are fairing much better than the ones who do not.  

If anyone has any questions please give us a call, text, or email.  

Rick & Olga

From one veteran to all of you veterans out there, our heartfelt thanks and admiration for your service to our great country.  I spent 20 years in the US Army, most of the men in my family also served and our daughter who currently serves in the US Air Force just returned from Afghanistan.  

Just a few days ago we reported that we were up to 100 perches reserved.  Today we are already over 200.  Word must be out on how hard we train the birds because that seems to be the one thing we keep hearing over and over when new breeders sign up, and our past breeders sign up again.  Guess that 20 years in the Army did pay off!  

Thanks again everyone and again for your support, Happy Veterans Day!

Rick & Olga

Instead of mailing out free perch certificates we decided to just email everyone individually who is owed free perches from last year's race.  We are about half done and should have all emailed over the next few days.  If you earned free perches from last year PLEASE send a few birds on top of the free ones you will be sending.  We need to come out ahead this year, we can't just keep breaking even and continue hosting this race.

Our last inventory prior to the first training toss was 8 March, 2017.  All birds who were missing from that inventory are getting free perches for 2018.  Any bird lost once training started after 8 March is not eligible for free perches.  If a breeder entered 12+ birds and all were lost BEFORE the final race, then all of those perches will be free for 2018 ONLY.  

As of typing this we are already nearing 100 perches reserved for 2018.  This WILL be one of, if not the largest One Loft Races in North America in 2018......don't miss out!

No drops, no splits, just gets too confusing and we have seen it create too many problems and arguments.  This is a clocking order only race.  We will have 10% paid out in AVG speed, 20% on the 300M, and 70% on the final 35M race with $100,000 to the first bird through the trap on the final race!

Last year we doubled our intake from the year prior, will 2018 be a 2,000+ year.....
Thanks everyone for your support and encouragement!  

Rick & Olga 
It was brought to our attention that some of you were having sign up issues or reserving your perches for our 2018 series.  This issue has finally been rectified now, please take a few minutes to reserve your perches at this time. 

If you are owed free perches from this year's series please be patient, free perch certificates will be sent out before Christmas.

Perch fees will be $100 per bird this year, free perch the next year if your bird does not make it to the first training toss.  Entry fee is $300 per bird due after the 100 mile activation race.  First bird through the trap on the final 350 mile race wins $100,000, no splits. 

We are expecting over 1,000 birds again this year so don't miss out on one of the biggest One Loft Races in 2018!

Rick & Olga 
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