SUPER vs SUPER

Opinion piece – My view.

The term Super is nowadays a common phenomenon when referring to pigeons and their results.

What is a SUPER pigeon? Well that depends on what your opinion is! Also whether you are referring to a pigeon’s actual racing ability or his breeding ability. Surely there is a difference.

Let’s talk about a SUPER racer. We hear often that “the basket is the only selector”. True. But what criteria is applied when classifying a bird. You get the ones that win and never flies another position – Super? I don’t think so. Then you get another one that scores consistently in the top 100. Super? Closer but not there yet.

The SUPERS (in my opinion) are the ones that score top 1% union consistently. Let’s do the math – Union races has average of 1500 pigeons per race.

1500 x 1% = TOP 15 Union.

Thus the pigeon should score top 15 union more than once. Is that enough? Super is a big word. Let’s make it top 15 union 5 times or more… Impossible you might say! NOT

Here is the list of pigeons who are SUPERSĀ in my book. Results from the GPU for the last 5 years were considered for this analysis. These pigeons have scored 5 times or more TOP 15 union.

TOP 15 UNION RINGNO YEAR LETTERS LOFTNAME
8 7246 14 GPU OOA AND J&P LOFTS
7 12966 15 GPU G DE NECKER /J GOMES
7 7134 12 GPU GERMISHUIZEN EN BARNES
6 14701 12 WPU GROVE HOKKE
6 11624 13 GPU GROVE HOKKE
6 13016 14 GPU TIELIE KOTZE
5 104 15 GPU OOA AND J&P LOFTS
5 6191 14 GPU OOA AND J&P LOFTS
5 6135 13 GPU GROVE HOKKE
5 8996 12 GPU KITCHENBRAND LOFTS EAST
5 24575 14 TRPF CORRIE NAUDE & SON
5 11972 12 GPU JACO V. D. WESTHUISEN
5 24573 14 TRPF CORRIE NAUDE & SON
5 16556 13 GPU S DOWD
5 9878 12 GPU GROVE HOKKE
5 11563 13 GPU ANNANDALE H
5 13490 15 GPU ANDRIES SMALL
5 11692 14 GPU R V D MERWE
5 17061 14 TRPF GYS LOUW GPU
5 15073 12 GPU JACO FAUL
5 13424 15 GPU ANDRIES SMALL

Top pigeons indeed!