News and Updates
Nov-07-2015
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Today we tossed from 35 miles into stiff cross headwinds. The birds performed very well. We clocked 149 birds in 48 seconds. We hand counted the birds after the toss and counted several more birds than clocked. When so many birds clock together it's possible for the antenna's to miss a few. The later birds were pushed a little west because of the cross headwinds and missed the loft. They came back from the north to northwest. The line of flight is from the southwest. I think this is a good trainning experience for these birds and a credit to them for turning around and making it back instead of continuing on until they run out of energy. When those birds return totally exhausted it makes it hard for them to continue to be competitive.

Yours in the sport,

Bobby Pollock

(479) 719-3995

Nov-06-2015
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Hello race participants. We tried to toss from 35 miles today but as the driver neared the mountains the clouds were very low and misty. I had him go back to our 20 mile spot and release. We plan to toss from 35 miles tomorrow. If this goes well we will jump to our 53 mile spot next. Todays toss is posted on the web site. Also we adjusted for daylight savings time on the last 35 mile toss so the speeds are now accurate. I am happy to report about 160 birds clocked in 39 seconds today. Again, my personal birds do not show up as they are not entered in the race inventory. My birds will not be tossed on any of the races. Although my birds have at times been with the 1st birds to arrive I have yet to be 1st through the trap. :(

 

Yours in the sport,

Bobby Pollock

(479) 719-3995

 

Nov-04-2015
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Hello race participants. The birds actually clocked 1 hour earlier than posted. We will have to adjust for daylight savings time. We didn't catch it in time on this toss. So don't panic the birds did good today!

Yours in the sport,

Bobby Pollock

(479) 719-3995

Nov-04-2015
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Hello race participants. The weather man was wrong again. He said it would be foggy this morning but we had partly sunny blue skies with lots of puffy white clouds. The results are posted on the website. There is a break of a couple of minutes in the clockings at approximately the 80th bird. This is because the 1st 3 crates took off before the next 3 crates could be released even though it was just a couple of minutes. On race day they will be released at exactly the same time but on the training tosses there can be a couple of minutes in between. Normally the birds circle for a few minutes before leaving but not today. ADL 0573 is actually the 1st bird in from the 2nd group of 3 crates. They are calling for rain tomorrow but I plan to toss 1 more time from 35 miles on Friday. If that goes well we will move out to our 53 mile toss. 

Yours in the sport,

Bobby Pollock

(479) 719-3995

 

 

 

Nov-03-2015
RIVER VALLEY

Hello race participants. After the 25 mile tosses posted on our website we took the birds 35 miles and released them into blue skies with some white puffy clouds. Cool temperatures. The birds did not perform very well. After 2 hours we had 22 birds home. Shortly after that the birds began to arrive in larger groups and more frequently. They came on the line of flight but not in good time. We lost about 8 birds. After that the rain set in for a few days. Then heavy fog in the mornings for the last couple of days. They are calling for fog again tomorrow morning. We have been keeping the birds active by loft flying all the days the weather allows. The birds exercise well and look healthy. We are going as fast as circumstances allow. I am hopeful the next 35 mile tosses will go well so we can move out further. After some 50 mile tosses we will fly the 75 mile activation toss. I wanted to have some good news to report before informing you about the 35 mile toss but the weather has prevented us from tossing for about a week now. Several of you have told me that waiting that long was a mistake Laughing. From now on I will try to post every few days.

Yours in the sport,

Bobby Pollock

(479) 719-3995

Oct-21-2015
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Hello race participants. The birds were tossed from 25 miles yesterday. The results are on the website now. I will rest the birds today and tomorrow to give the few late birds a chance to be ready to start up again from 25 miles. If this toss goes well we will toss from the top of the mountain above Red Oak Oklahoma. We can Google Earth this location but I think it is about 35 miles. Also I am worming the birds with Moxidectin Plus today and tomorrow. This is a great worm medicine made by the Austrailian Pigeon Company (APC). We order it from Siegel's Pigeon Supplies (800-437-4436). It usually arrives in 3 days. I plan to loft fly the birds tomorrow.

Yours in the sport,

Bobby Pollock

(479) 719-3995

Oct-19-2015
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Hello race participants. The birds turned in a much better time today from 20 miles. Tomorrow we go to 25 miles. CBS 904 returned this afternoon with a crop injury. I don't think this bird will recover in time to be competitive. We currently have 3 injured birds that cannot compete. Check out the current post on our News Tab.

Yours in the sport,

Bobby Pollock

(479) 719-3995

Oct-18-2015
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Hello race participants. It was very cloudy yesterday so we tossed the birds 2 times from 8 miles. They did great. Today it is sunny but windy. 9 mph headwinds with 15 mph gusts. We tossed the birds for the 1st time from about 20 miles. We clocked 185 birds in 1 minute and 11 seconds. Again, I am training 26 of my birds until the races start. You won't see them on the training results list. We will post todays training toss in a few hours for you to look at. It is supposed to be very nice again tomorrow so we plan a repeat of todays toss. If that goes well we will jump to 25 miles on Tuesday. 

Yours in the sport,

Bobby Pollock

(479) 719-3995

Oct-15-2015
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Hello race participants. Great news! The birds shaved about 9 minutes off their time from yesterday! We clocked 190 birds in 1 minute and 3 seconds! The other 5 birds were close behind. We will post this 15 mile toss tomorrow. We will also toss the birds from the same spot tomorrow and post that result also. Hopefully on Saturday we will move out to 20 miles. For those of you who are watching the numbers, I have 26 birds of my own being trained with your birds. They don't show up on the result list. Once the races start my birds will be kept in the loft.

Yours in the sport,

Bobby Pollock

(479) 719-3995

Oct-14-2015
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Hello race participants. The birds are doing so much better at this time. We posted 2 more short tosses on the website. This last toss is the same location where we had so much trouble before. Something that seems to have made a big difference is the cool weather in the mornings. All the birds come in hard and fast and best of all...NO PANTING! Before the birds would come in from a short toss and be panting so I am so happy this has changed now. After the birds left for their toss I realized I had overlooked Eastern Nebraska Syndicate 5546. He isn't missing. He will definantly be going on the next toss. It's possible the clock missed 1 bird. As you can see on the report 151 birds clocked in 1 minute and 13 seconds! I witnessed all the later birds come in and they were flying hard and fast and trapped quickly. They attacked the feed upon trapping. None of them acted weak in any way. So no need to worry at this point they are still learning. Keep checking back every day or two as we are training most days now.

Yours in the sport,

Bobby Pollock

(479) 719-3995

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