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 SUPERS 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|
|5||104||15||GPU||OOA AND J&P LOFTS|
|5||6191||14||GPU||OOA AND J&P LOFTS|
|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||11692||14||GPU||R V D MERWE|
|5||17061||14||TRPF||GYS LOUW GPU|
Top pigeons indeed!