WELL-known Harrogate pigeon racer Ian Ramsey is still on cloud nine after an incredible set of recent results, including claiming the prestigious Lerwick Championship Club’s Queen Elizabeth II Trophy.
The 47-year-old, who has been racing since he was 11, saw his bird come home first with a winning velocity of 1778 from a total of 436 birds sent out by the Yorkshire & Lincolnshire North Road Combine.
After liberating his feathered friend at 9.40am into a north-west wind the bird was the first to come home for the Harrogate Homing Society in a flying time of 11 hours 23 minutes and 23 seconds.
Ian’s winning bird was a three-year-old staf van reet hen.
She took third in the north section and sixth overall in the Yorkshire North Road Federation, sixth Yorkshire & Lincolnshire Combine from Thurso 1.
To cap an amazing day he also came top in the Yorkshire North Road Fed winning the President’s Trophy.
He then took first place at the Lerwick Championship Club winning the coveted Queen Elizabeth II Trophy.
The trophy was presented to the club by the Queen in 1957 to be flown for annually from Lerwick in the Shetlands Islands.
“I’ve been on Cloud Nine for three weeks,” he said.
“I have had pigeon fanciers who have been respected for many years ringing me up and saying well done.
“I’m chuffed with that.”
Ian’s winning bird, he explains, isn’t actually his. It is in fact his daughter Kathryn’s.
“Every year we breed 20 to 30 birds and out of them I pick one, my wife picks one and my two daughters both pick one each,” he said.
“This time it was Kathryn my oldest whose bird came home.”