The NPA Grand National:Lancaster 1997
|The American Show Racer
The Show Racer as we know it today is truly an American pigeon breed Its development was started in the east by numerous Racing Homer men who liked the "pretty ones" and started holding back a few of their better looking birds from the races to enter in the shows. These better looking birds were mated together and gradually the Show Racer started to evolve. Showing had been going on during the late 1920's and 1930's in the eastern US, but what really started the Show Racer on its way was the formation of two show clubs in New England and New York and the creation of a standard and drawing of the ideal Show Racer during the early 1940's. That original drawing of the perfect bird and much of the written standard is what we use today.
Ron Whitson and his brother Ralph, friends and fellow members of my local club, the Puget Sound Pigeon Club, bred this young cock number 1201.
Attending a pigeon show does not cost you an arm or a leg even if you take the whole family. In fact, most pigeons shows in the States are absolutely free, and cost only little in European countries. Entering birds for competition is also very reasonable, varying from as low as a dollar to a hight of about 4 per entry in the larger national exhibitions such as this one at Lancaster. Pigeons also eat very little and grain is relatively inexpensive, making this hobby within reach of most families.