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Wing Stamping and RPRA Rules

We are receiving reports of an increased number of pigeons that are being raced but do not have the relevant information required to adhere to Rule 121: 121. During the racing season, each member must ensure that every pigeon raced or trained by him is either wing stamped on at least three flights or carrying […]

Liberations near Airfields

We have received a complaint from Bournemouth Airport of an organisation not following the correct procedure and resulting in a near miss with an aircraft on Sunday.   In accordance with RPRA Rules (Page 28 of the 2019 Rule Book), “a proposed liberation of racing pigeons within 13km of a licensed aerodrome should be notified to the aerodrome […]

2019 Rule Book now available

The RPRA’s 2019 Rule Book is now available to download by clicking on the image below. (Hard copies are also available from RPRA HQ at The Reddings.)  Please note: We are no longer able to produce a Ring List under the new General Data Protection Regulation 2018.                 […]

Lib Line service unavailable

Aquarius Communications have notified us that due to technical difficulties, they will no longer be able to provide Libline services. They have been in contact with organisations affected. 2018 rebates have been transferred into organisations’ bank accounts. The programme of races taking part any weekend, and contact details for Race Controllers, can be seen both […]

RPRA launches Kitemark

For a number of years the RPRA has been carrying out random Performance Enhancing Drug tests on pigeons to demonstrate fair play and keep performance enhancing products out of our sport. There are many different products, supplements and feeds available for pigeon keepers to purchase for their pigeons. Many RPRA members have raised concerns in […]

Rule Changes relating to ETS

Several proposed changes to RPRA Rules were passed at the Association’s Annual General Meeting in February with regard to electronic timing systems. These were as below: Rule 233 – Note Rule 233 has been completely deleted. Rule 235 – Delete Rule 235 and replace with: 235. (a) Electronic rings must be allocated to the ring […]

RPRA CEO talks to the BBC about ‘Armando’

RPRA Chief Executive, Ian Evans, spoke to the BBC World Service Newsday’s Alan Kasujja about the Belgian long distance champion racing pigeon ‘Armando’ that was sold by PIPA for a record $1.25 million. Click on the image to listen to a clip from the interview.    

Top Pigeons donate generously to the Show of the Year

Top Pigeons arranged a moot at the BHW Show of the Year 2019 in Blackpool, with a top class panel consisting of Mark Gilbert, Piet De Vogel, Jan Polder, Joost De Smeyter and Gerald Schalwijk, chaired by Dave Valantine. The moot was very well attended, and a small select group of pigeons were auctioned off […]

RPRA launches new Club Insurance Scheme

Commencing on 1st March 2019, the new Club Insurance Scheme provides as standard Public Liability Insurance for £5M, Employers Liability Insurance for £10M, ‘All Risks’ cover on property belonging to affiliated RPRA clubs consisting of but not limited to timing clocks & Electronic Timing Systems, computer equipment, baskets, crates and trophies up to £15,000 in […]