Racing Pigeon, Linage Of Bob Kinney Of Silverado Loft U.s.a.
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No good deed goes unrewarded” which is often spoken ,I believe is in fact a truism. When an individual goes out of his way to do what is morally right and just. When one does so freely and unencumbered. When one expects nothing and wants nothing in return the fates or the muses have, on many occasions a way of compensating, that good deed that is most unexpected, actually so unexpected that it can be life changing. So it was with the beginnings of that unique family of “American” racing pigeons now generally referred to as the “Silverado Family” or often mistakenly called the “Silverado Janssen’s”.
The single event that lead to the founding of this highly successful family was unexpected and certainly at the time very tragic and frightening. Our story actually beginnings over 30 years ago in Arizona. It begins when a pigeon fancier in Arizona had an unfortunate “heart attack”. Imagine suffering such a debilitating event and having no one to care for the birds you so carefully cared for, for so many years. This was in fact the situation when a very young local fancier, lets call him “Bob” decided to help a fellow fancier in need. Bob cleaned, fed, cared for and trained this gentleman’s birds during the entire length of his recovery (and thankfully he did recover).The recovery was a long and slow process, but Bob persevered and this Arizona fancier was so thankful that he insisted that “Bob” choose two cocks from his extensive (and I do mean extensive as there were 307 young cocks in those sections) late bred sections as a sign of his enormous appreciation.
Well our friend “Bob” refused, said that compensation was neither expected nor necessary. Well the fancier would not hear of it and he made it abundantly clear that “Bob” had to pick himself to late hatch cocks; after all it was just the “right thing” to do! Well “Bob” relented.”Bob” went through every one of those 307 young cocks and somehow eventually completed this seemingly daunting task and in fact selected two. So off goes our recovery Arizona fancier to look up the pedigrees on these two youngsters and much to his utter amazement our friend “Bob’ had in fact chosen two “full “brothers from two separate rounds. Pretty unlikely given the numbers to choose from, but that is in fact exactly what happened all those long years ago. What makes this story even more interesting is that the sire of these two young cocks was none other than a direct son the now legendary “DONKERE STEIR” an incredible half brother to the “OUDE MERCKX”. The dam of these two young cocks was the fanciers famous “FRILL KLAK HEN”. What are the chances of a person picking two brothers under these circumstances? Not very likely! Yet it did occur. The fancier was shocked, after all even 30 or mores years ago he sold this breeding for between $1000.00 and $2000.00 US each. The brother of these young cocks had in fact just won “National Hall of Fame”.
The fancier asked this “Good Samaritan” if it was OK for him to take only one. “Bob” our “Good Samaritan” agreed replying “certainly I did not expect anything”. Well it took “Bob” another 30 minutes to decide which cock he would take and as you know, it often happens that in these types of situations you often “choose the wrong one”, so it was that the final choice was left to chance, to fate, to the muses, and a coin was tossed and “Bob” went home with one cock. But not just any cock and time would prove this out very clearly. So just who is this Good Samaritan “Bob” that we are referring to?
Well it just happens to be “Robert Kinney” and that young cock was eventually to become know as the “Silverado Stier”!
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B ob Kinney would eventually become known throughout the world he traveled and wrote articles for the sport for year’s .Eventually he started his own magazine called “The Thoroughbred”. The highlights of his career would eventually include National and International honors but I think the foremost in Bob’s estimation was in fact the eventual success of “The Great Lakes Scholarship Program” that he started.
Bob had begun his career in the “racing pigeon sport” around 1962 with a Stassart family of birds. They won for him and Bob was an average flyer but at least he was not last on the sheet. Then He purchased a black Stichelbaut hen. This hen produced many winners mated to three different cocks, her young won over and over. Bob had this family of birds all based on this hen for about 10 years. Bob would eventually write the following regarding this early period in time:
GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE
“Janssen brothers always have claimed that the only pigeon they successfully imported in their loft was the so-called 'Halve Fabry’ ('Half Fabry') B-60-1000863.
'Halve Fabry' is the grand grandfather of world famous 'Oude Merckx' (B-67-6282031) and 'Oude Merckx' is father of '019' and of 'Jonge Merckx'. Janssen brothers got 'Halve Fabry' from Mr Fabry who bred it off a Janssen bird (so it could also have been called 'Halve Janssen' and a hen of his own (B-59-1005026) which Fabry got from… Jos van den Bosch. It was a daughter of his 'Young Princess' (B-57-6327825) and 'Young Princess' was a daughter of Jos van den Bosch's 'Princess of 56'. 'Princess of 56' was a sister of the mother of 'Oude van den Bosch' of Karel Meulemans! Can you imagine that?The world famous Janssen pigeons are related to the world famous Meuleman pigeons. The connecting link is 'Princess' a pigeon of Jos van den Bosch who also supplied Huyskens van Riel with their 'Dream Team' shortly after World War 2
-Janssen and Meulemans both live in the town of Arendonk.
-Janssen and Meulemans both had a miracle bird called 'Merckx'.
- Both these miracle birds descend of 'Princess' of Jos van den Bosch.
The bloodline of 'Princess' is not only in Janssen's Merckx, 019 etcetera.
'The Halve Fabry' which I mentioned before is father to that wonder bird 'Oude Witoger' (B-65-6371172) which won 15 first prizes and 'Oude Witoger' is father of 'Oude Raket' etcetera.”
Reference: The Meuleman's Story (part 1) by Ad Schaerlaeckens
So as we can see the “Silverado Stier” the original Foundation Sire of the “Silverado Family” being a son of the famous “Donkere Stier” who is a half brother to the “OUDE MERCKX” is in fact a descendant of this very same “Meuleman’s “Princess line”.
Bob’s experience is founded on five national champion loft awards, called “President Cups” in America, and many national “Hall of Fame” racing pigeons that have all been related that were the result of his “Silverado Family”. Kinney’s loft and birds are known in many parts of the world and they have won in Holland, China, Taiwan, and South Africa as well as Canada and the United States to mention only a few. They have won over water, over mountains and over the plains…. Two of the “Silverado Family” birds, sold at public auction as late bred’s bred the winner of the “Sun City Million Dollar Pigeon Race” in South Africa for “Qualls” of the USA. This event, without a doubt is the most coveted event in the Racing Pigeon World carrying along with the glory the enormous 1st place prize of $200,000.00 US. That winning bird was “Silverado family" a Janssen/Gordon family and it was about 10 minutes out in front of the next bird. They came that day one at a time. No doubt about whom was out front and where they were that day. Less than a dozen lofts in the world have ever have bred the first place winner of this race e. I fully expect that some year soon; Bok Kinney’s “Silverado Family” family will do it again.
“….To put my thoughts on breeding into the very simplest of examples.Consider the following. Image a jar in front of you with gold dollar coins in it. Imagine that each gold dollar coin represents a winner gene and you want to reach into that jar and pull out another winner. There are say 20 gold dollar coins in that jar. So long as there are only gold coins in that jar , every time you reach into it you will pull out a winner.
So lets imagine that you now decide to bring in a cross, unproven, an unknown quantity, that you now mix into your loft ( or jar).So now your jar is full of the 20 gold coins to which you have just added 20 copper pennies. So it is easy to understand that your odds of pulling a winner out of your jar have just been reduced by 50%.Now do that for another generation because the bird that you imported or bought cost so much and is claimed to be so good and you now have say 60 copper pennies and the same 20 gold coins.If you multiply the number with even more unknown gene packages and the likelyhood of ever finding one of those gold coins is even further reduced.The above is a formula for life long mediocrity.
When I found that super pair I literally culled everything and worked with that pair and their children.Some were proven as youngsters others were bred for stock.I proceeded to mate them together because I had no choice.With a total of seven pair I started over.I was LUCKY enough to find the “gold mine” my jar was full of gold coins… Over the years I have twice cut back to seven pair only.Each time resulted in a leap forward in performance…”
“(Nature is not on your side). Nature never progresses from less order to greater order, but always from order to disorder. In the hands of the originators of these families, we had a certain (lesser or greater) degree of order. Eventually, in the hands of the mass of fanciers worldwide, we naturally revert to disorder, or what I referred to as common form. Whatever qualities these masters fixed to lesser or greater degrees was eventually diluted and lost in the hands of lesser fanciers. It really takes very few generations for this to happen-as little as one or two in most cases.
Most fanciers love to race. Once the season is over, for the most part so is their interest for yet another year. They really just love to see them come home. Most fanciers are not dedicated to a lifetime of trying to achieve a specific breeding goal-the result of which may be total failure in the end anyway. The old adage is that "half the fun is getting there." As for me, win or lose, I will continue undaunted, mating father/daughter, brother/sister, looking for that most elusive of all qualities, a pretty face. Each year they look more and more like peas in a pod, each year more structural uniformity, each year prettier faces; what more can you ask?”
… Many call it a Janssen family but I never have. It is my family and a Janssen/ Gordon family….I think that anything can race 200 km and if it traps fast, it could win. When you are talking 800 to 1200 km, it is the pigeon. It must have the brains and the stamina.
In my many years of racing, the greatest test of which my good long distance birds will be in the future is young bird races over 325 miles (480 km). For whatever reason and I don't know the answer or why this is so but I find it is. Races at 450 km have different winners than races from 480 km. My very best long distance young and old bird racers come from birds that have flown or bred the winners at races over 480 or 500 km.
"Asia” who was a son of national champion "1505" when mated to the "1515 Hen" so he is about a quarter Gordon went on to become the foundation cock for the next generation or two of the Silverado Family. "Asia" won first combine at 930 km… Bob and his son James probably have the best breeding Gordon hen in this country, the "483" hen. Major winner after major winner came off of her and off her kids when on the Silverado family. “483” bred the “Little Belgium” winner.1st place winner when mated to “Blue Asset”.Her daughter is the “17” hen who has won 2 times 1st by from 10 to 25 minutes out in front at 323 miles against some of the finest racing pigeons in the country.” 483” herself is a 1st place winner at 350 miles….
“You can't see it or recognize that gene in either the racer or the breeder, until racing is underway. That is our test. Our window to the genetic package that a bird carries.
Few in the world are they pigeons, dogs, horses, or people get that gene but if it is in the family and it is nurtured and intensified, it will show up. As breeding progresses from year to year and selection is based on winning or breeding winners, it will get stronger and stronger.
Numbers are important--to the extent that the more birds you breed from that carry this gene, the more likely that gene will get passed on to the young…If I leave something behind in the pigeon sport worthwhile, I hope it is a family of pigeons that pass this championship gene on for generations to come. I know they have it. In all my travels, I also know there are great race records and great individual birds but a family is a rarity and that is the one key ingredient to maintaining the champion gene from generation to generation.
The objective now is for me is to find and intensify the gene that makes the difference between winning and being at the top over and over, and being out front and alone. Leaving even the champions behind. It is there. I have seen it. Raced it. Bred it. So for the next 20 years, I plan to intensify it…It is where the goal is set that makes the first step in accomplishment. Then the attainment comes along because of the genes…
One Champion with good care will make you famous for two or three years. The rest of the birds in the loft are just there to scare your competition. Take care of them so the champion can show himself.
When I started racing pigeons I did very well. I worked, had a great mentor and then I worked some more. I also had little "compassion". The birds marvel to me was not just returning home, it was returning home at a winning speed.
When that first champion came along, it was such an eye opener or brain opener to me that it changed not only my perspective of pigeon breeding and racing, but of all things in life. It set the standard higher and the goals way out there.
When you think about it, here is a little bird that has inherited something inside that puts him above others of his kind.
A bird that is not just having a good day, but has good days over and over. Every other bird on the team is basically treated equally and yet something special in this bird's make up allows it to get home first. First, at a speed that always keeps it either in front or near the top, over and over even when conditions are not in its favor.
One time may be luck but to repeat that is something inside that creature.
I was a kid at the time. As I looked around my world, people had that same quality. A very few but some. Some dogs. Some horses. Something special that set them apart in some manner from their peers or kind. Made me wonder if I had it inside me as well. This has made my life an exploration and made me willing to both try and put all of me into many different things to search for the champion quality within myself. It has made me acutely aware of it in others and maybe more important I think it made me appreciate excellence in areas of life that many pass on by. It is not a movie or a movie star I remember or admire. Not even a sport or sport figure. Certainly they may have a champion quality but of what value in the universe.
I have different "heroes".
“James Kinney” I believe that you were one of those heroes…I know your dad loved you above all else!
“In those years, Janssen's were the BIG NAME. Everybody was winning with Janssen. Everybody was selling Janssen. I tried many and as soon as the race got long or the day got hard, they were lost or if they came back they were ruined. I did not like them. Plus I was flying in "Gordon Country". Every loft and there were 70 in our club and over 150 in our combine had some Gordon’s. Not me as they were little, ugly pigeons, with poor eye sign and only raced well when it was a difficult day. They won at 800 yards a minute and under. I thought in those days a pigeon could walk faster than that. At 700 yards a minute flying, they would surely fall out of the sky.
However, many of our races were very slow and difficult. Many days the birds had to come through rain and headwind. Even snow, in old bird races and very hot in young birds. It was a very tough course. In those days, we also did not have the weather knowledge and forecasting that we have now so birds went up under all conditions. Throughout the years, the most coveted racing wins were at the distance. 500 miles (800-900km) and up. We often flew two to four 800 to 1000 km races each 10 weeks and many years a 1500 km race. I even organized a race from Alaska to Chicago one time that was 3,500 km over the Rocky Mountains.
What I noticed in those days was I could win below 700km but I could not get the birds to win over that distance. The Gordon’s always beat me. Sometimes they beat me very bad. It was embarrassing. Finally, I went to my best friend who was the champion on the long races and he gave me four of his Gordon pigeons. I really did not like them at all. However, the next old bird season, I won an 800-km race with a yearling from them. That was it.
I had learned something. It takes the right pigeon to win on the course. Not all pigeons would do it no matter how good they may be. Just like dogs have special talents to themselves. Just like people have special talents. Our racing pigeons must be able to race the course and handle the task they are given.
I kept my Stichelbaut family but used Gordon on them.”
“Blue Pride and the “Silverado Stier” over a number of years bred 12 1st place winning children, as well as National Award winning pigeons however their children, virtually without exception bred 1st place after 1st place winners for Bob and a host of other fanciers. Bob never claimed that he had anything special that he brought to the table.He credited his foundation pair totally.He would often say that he got two superior pigeons that when mated together were possessed of a “genetic package” that was truly awesome. From this pair Bob mated together a brother and sister, the special mating was the “540” cock X “the 1710” hen which was his full sister.It was without a doubt the greatest move Bob could have made.This pair produced winner after winner and their children were even better breeders than their parents. Somehow the “genetic package “ was intensified.
Current Silverado Family Foundation hen. Dam of over 30 firsts that we know of, and grand dam and great grand dam to countless. She is a truly great, great hen. Her mother is the legendary “1515 Hen”. Her half brother is “Asia”- first 600 miles and foundation cock. Her nest mate is the “Klak Cock” sire of 11 first. I sold her as a squeaker out of the nest to a fancier Dick Crawford. Mr. Williams purchased her years later on Crawford’s death. For Mr. Crawford, she bred over 20 different first. For Mr.
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