News and Updates

This mornings weather would just not cooperate with us.  We did get the birds out to fly around 10:00 am and they flew like they were on fire!  We will be going 75 miles tomorrow (Saturday) and have a single release.  Birds will rest on Sunday and will be basketed for our 100 Mile Activation Race on Monday Sept 11th.  All entry money (300 per bird) will be due no later than Sept 21 as we will be basketing for our 1st race on Sept 22nd (weather permitting.)  As per our rules "All Remaining Birds Must Be Paid For,"  No picking or choosing birds!  All In or All Out.  Any paid entry lost before the 1st race will be refunded.  Any birds not paid for will be sold and breeder will forfeit all rights and money to their pigeons. 

Food for Thought......Hoosier Classic based prizes on 1000 birds going to the 1st race.  We may be able to raise the prize money by at least an additional $90,000.  If all continues to go well we will raise 1st Place to $150,000!! And add at least 35 more prizes at $2,000 each.  Paying down to 75 places.

Lets hope for good returns..We will update again on Sunday.

Have a great weekend,



No training today due to heavy over cast and spotty rain.  We will resume tomorrow and go 75 miles.  The next 7-10 days looks like great weather.

Take Care,



We had the birds out 55 miles as of today.  There were about 40 or so birds that piggy backed into the loft today when trapping.  You will see that they scanned in at about 5:30 today after we pushed them all out into the aviary and had them re trap at feeding time. 
Our goal is to have the 100 mile Activation on Sept 9th.  This is not written in stone so please understand this is tentative.  As long as the birds keep coming good and we have plenty of good weather we should be OK.  If we have the 100 Mile Activation Sept 9th, the first race will be 2 weeks later on or around Sept 23rd.  We will do our best to race every 7-10 days once we start.  There is rain in the forecast for the next 2 days so we most likely will not be training until Wednesday.  Keep a lookout for our upcoming advertisement in the Racing Pigeon Digest.  We are adding a New and Exciting yearling and old bird series to the Hoosier Classic format.  You will now be able to enter your young birds into the following season old bird race series.  The race format will consist of 100-200-300-400-500 mile races!  There will be more to come on this as well as in the digest.  Old birds will be flown from the existing Hoosier Classic Loft which is 164ft long and can hold 2000 pigeons.
Your 2018 entries will be housed in the new 16ft x 280 ft long loft.  This loft will be finished soon and will have all the best features your champion pigeons deserve.  Stay tuned for more info on this new loft!

Have a great week,



Good Morning,

We will not be training today due to rain.  We will resume tomorrow.  The rest of the week looks pretty good too.



We will resume training on Tuesday weather permitting.  The birds needed a rest day and were given a bath as well.  We have the birds out 30 miles as of yesterday and they are coming along well.  The bad news is that some of the late birds that have come back have injuries.  Any bird that has an injury the owner will be notified either via email or phone.  The birds are looking good and their appetites are great.  With no training tomorrow we will basket up a couple of groups of birds and show a few videos of them. 

Please remember that while we are training right now birds are released 2 baskets at a time.  Once those birds have cleared the area we release another 2. 

Have a great week,



We will train again tomorrow from the 15 mile spot.  We like to toss from the same spot at least twice before moving them.  It looks as if we are missing some birds today but I am confident that they are here and must have piggy backed or missed the clock system.  Please remember these tosses are still short and when the birds come home they want to stay out and play.  They are creatures of habit and usually go out every morning at 6:00 am until noon.  Once the tosses get longer this habit will break.  I received a few emails on how to get the birds trapping better.  I appreciate the advice, however this is training at this point.  Trapping will not be a problem in about a week when the birds are taken further. 
They look great, and the older ones are slicked up and the younger ones still need a few weeks to finish up the moult.  It looks as if we will have rain on Wednesday or Thursday.  If it is not good conditions we will not train.
We received a few calls about next years race.  It is true...we are in the process of building a very large loft and this will be for next years race.  As far as details go we will let everyone know very soon.  We still have a lot of work to do for our 2017 series! 




We did not train today because it was a very frustrating morning.  Weather was perfect, but I pulled something in my arm/shoulder loading crates on the trailer.  I think its time to start working out!  And if that wasn't bad enough a crate door opened and now we had birds loft flying.  At that point I declared it amateur hour and threw in the towel..I gave up!  We will resume training Saturday as they are calling for rain overnight and cloudy skies in the morning.  Birds are coming along well.



We did get the birds out 2 miles this week but I forgot to set the clock.  We will go back to 2 miles tomorrow and if weather stays good training will be as follows this week:
Monday - 2 miles
Tuesday - 5 miles
Wednesday - 5 miles
Thursday - 10 miles
Friday - 10 miles
Saturday - 15 miles

Again this is all contingent upon the weather.  Birds look great and have been flying great.  I must have handled over 50 birds today just walking through the loft and the feathers on these birds are so soft.  We feed a high quality feed but my sons spike the hell out of it with safflower and flaxseed.

Please remember on these short tosses that the birds will continue to fly around once they are home. 
Lets hope we have a good week.

Take Care,



My son Ryan and I drove just over 2 hours this morning to Tri-County Vet Clinic to have a group of Hoosier Classic birds tested for canker and respiratory.  We stated before that we would do this before training started.  Dr. Zollars allowed Ryan (my camera man) to record our visit.  The recorded video were uploaded onto our YouTube page and is in 3 parts.  Long story as to why the videos are in 3 parts...did I mention my son was my camera man? 
The findings were very good with only 1 bird of the 10 we took showing slightly higher on the canker test.  Respiratory is not an issue at all.  Dr. Zollars spoke very highly of the birds and offered his medical opinion as to the overall health of the birds.  If you watch the videos you can hear Dr. Zollars say the birds are in "excellent health."  With this behind us we will continue the training on our property for a few more days and then move them out 2 miles to begin road training.  We don't plan to train on Sundays unless we have a few rain days during the week and absolutely need to make up some lost time.
The birds are looking great!  Flying is better every day.  As we stated in the last update the boys and Keith have the birds out of the loft by 6 am everyday.  I'm going to miss these boys in 10 days when school starts!  I sure do love the hell out of them and the older they get the more they are involved in the Hoosier Loft which makes it fun for me.

Thanks and have a good week. Make sure to check out the videos!  Links are listed below


Video 1
Video 2
Video 3

*Medical exam and testing provided by:
Dr. Kevin Zollars
Tri-County Veterinary Clinic
920 Green Brier Rd,
Earlville, IL 60518

(815) 246-9545


We are happy to see the birds back out today after being locked up for 2 days.  Mr. Cooper stayed away as well!  The birds finished a treatment for canker on Saturday and were put on Vita-Pro Combo for the next couple of days.  We will resume flagging the birds later this week and we see the birds confidence fully restored from the hawk attacks.  Other then that things seem to be pretty good..we are slowly creeping up to the time when the work begins for training.

The baseball season is officially over in the Ward house!  Jimmy and Ryans team went undefeated only to lose in the first round of playoffs and Colin's team went to the championship game and lost.  I tell you all this because all three of the boys finished the season with a tough loss, however once they got home we heard them say we got and hour of daylight get your gloves and lets play catch.  Of course they play until its completely dark out and they can't even see the ball.  Sometimes I think we are literally living the "Sandlot" with how much they play ball.  Even though our season officially ended yesterday, we still had almost 5 hours of baseball today because Ryan and Colin made the All-Star team.  Five straight days of baseball and we are glad to see it over.

The boys and I plan on dipping all the birds this week and show a hands on inventory as well.  I hope to have this completed by mid week. 

Take Care,


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