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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 […]

Updated liberation site maps

An up-to-date version of the UK liberation site map, showing major airports and sites with airfield restrictions, is available to download – click on the image right to download the map in .pdf format. Updated A3 size printed versions of both the UK and Continental liberation site maps may be obtained free of charge from […]

Registration of NWHU Rings

With effect from 22nd February 2019 all rings issued by the North West Homing Union (NWHU) that are raced or shown under RPRA rules have to be registered with the RPRA by 1st April (or 1st July for 2019 rings). This follows the decision taken by the RPRA council that all rings issued by unions […]

Annual General Meeting 2019

The 123rd Annual General Meeting of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association took place at the Novotel Hotel, Long Eaton, Nottingham, on Friday 22nd February. The minutes of the meeting can be downloaded here.  Above is a photo of the full Council, and below that of the President and Vice Presidents with the Chief Executive following […]

RPRA Drug Testing Programme 2019

Council of the RPRA has approved drug testing for the 2019 season For 2019 the RPRA will again be using a UK-based laboratory for its drug testing programme. The process is detailed within Appendix G of the RPRA Rules, and includes the following: • Only trained personnel will be able to carry out sample collections […]