Theunissen 27/05/2017

The first official race for 2017 has come and gone.

It was a fast race from Theunissen (1500mpm +). Our team had a disappointing start to the season. We failed to make the sheet in the youngbird race and barely made the sheet in the old bird race. It was clear when the first bird dropped that we would have a tough day at office because the line of flight was totally wrong – pigeons coming back from the North East.

Back to the drawing board for us this week to try and better our results.

Start of the 2017 season!

The first official GPU race will take place the coming weekend from Theunissen. Distance is +- 285km.

This is also the start of a new chapter in our pigeon racing career. Our partnership with Hennie Pienaar (Xalbador pigeons / CX hokke) as well as racing from a new loft / area is going to be very interesting. I am certain that a lot will be learnt from the coming season.

I pray that each and every one will have an enjoyable racing season! May all your dreams and aspirations come true.

Enjoy racing your pigeons!

During and after…

As communicated previously – our pigeons had young bird disease last week. They have recovered well and we’re back to normal training and preparation for the first race this coming weekend.

Below some ‘during’ and ‘after’ photos of this nasty disease:




XIR cancelled

Please note that the Xalbador Invitational Race that was scheduled for the coming weekend had to be cancelled due to circumstances out of our control.

Our team has contracted young bird disease and no risks will be taken with them until fully recovered.

Thanks to all who showed support for this initiative – it would have been interesting.

Xalbador Invitation Race 2017

Team Grove & Pienaar invite you to take part in the 2017 invitational race.

This is a fundraising initiative by us where the entrants have a chance to win spot prizes. To make it even more interesting Xalbador and Grove Lofts are each donating a baby out of some of their best bloodlines.

This is how it is going to work:

  1. You enter the challenge at R250.00 per entry
  2. A randomly picked pigeon will be allocated to you out of our race team – young birds only
  3. You will be advised of your allocated entry before the race
  4. The race will be on Saturday 20 May 2017 from Ventersburg
  5. First entered pigeon to clock will win R4000.00. Pigeon clocked at position 20 and 40 will win R1500.00 each
  6. A lucky draw will be done for two babies – one each to two lucky winners. Xalbador has donated a baby out of his Clausing ‘Moonwalk’ lines. More info on the Grove Lofts baby below
  7. A minimum of 30 entries is needed for the challenge to be viable
  8. A maximum of 70 entries will be allowed
  9. Enter by sending an email to or
  10. Entries close Friday 19 May at 20:00

Grove Lofts baby info:

We are pairing our number one stock cock (SUMO) to his best daughter for stock. The hen scored 15 union positions in her racing career. Best being 2nd union (4th bakkie race). One baby out of this pairing will be donated for the lucky draw. We do not have better blood than this in our loft.

The SUMO family has done exceptionally well for us and other fanciers. The results are too numerous to list. The baby donated will be half brother/sister to SANPO Gold medal winner middle distance 2016 and SANPO silver medal winner overall 2016. Other half brother/sisters have been best birds union etc. etc.

A chance to obtain a pigeon that will not be for sale in the market.

Example pedigree:


Quick start guide- Racing pigeons

Quick start guide- Racing pigeons

This is an attempt to highlight the most important factors that should be taken into consideration when starting with racing pigeons. It’s only our opinion and you are more than welcome to adapt it to suit your unique circumstances. We are in no way claiming to be experts on the subject.

Dates and time lines mentioned are applicable to South Africa and our conditions.

  1. What is the fuss about?

Racing pigeons have been around for many years. Belgium is seen as one of the countries where the sport originated. Carrier pigeons were even used during wars – an interesting documentary on this can be seen on youtube :

The sport progressed from a simple hobby to a professional sport today. Millions of rands are spent yearly on pigeons and pigeon related products.

For us it’s still just a hobby. And a very satisfying hobby! It doesn’t matter why you’re interested in racing pigeons – it stays a very rewarding sport and pastime.

Continue reading “Quick start guide- Racing pigeons”

XIR – please support – more info later

As part of our team’s fundraising intiatives, we are hosting the Xalbador Invitation Race on 20 May 2017 – see below details

To enter – send an email to or