Rock River Valley Racing Pigeon Club
2015 SnowFest Auction

Live Auction - Saturday, November 14th, 2015

Arnie's Happy Spot
Deer Grove, Ill.
Approximately 10 miles South of Rock Falls
on Route 40

2015 SnowFest Auction Birds
* Online Auction at *
*  Followed by a
Live Auction Saturday Nov. 14th *
Birds on display at 10:00 am - Auction starts at 12:00 pm sharp

Birds purchased by credit card at the Live Auction
will be charged a 3.5% transaction fee.
Credit extended by the RRV Club with prior approval only.

A Brief History of SnowFest

Special Guest Consignors  ....
Ulrich Lemmens, Nanez Family Lofts, Sandstrom Brothers, Alex Bieche, Fred Goodchild, Ivo Renders
Ulrich Lemmens - Balen, Belgium. 1st Place National Champion 2014 of all Belgium. One of Belgium’s pigeon racing sensations, at 28 years of age!! In 2014 he won the KBDB in the Long-Middle distance Old Bird Championship. Children and grandchildren of some of his best breeders will be in this sale. Key breeders for Ulrich include “De Gust”, 06 Belg 6087309, 1st Provincial, Bourges, 2,099 pigeons, and 7th National, 15,877 pigeons, 1st National Zone Limoges, 2,569 pigeons and 16th National vs 11,995 pigeons; “Jozefien”, 12 Belg 6036013, granddaughter of “De Gust”, 1st National Tulle, 6,974 yearlings and 1st fastest vs 14,307 pigeons with a 13 minute lead; and “Brother De Gust” 08 Belg 6191551, sire of the 7th National Ace pigeon sprint old birds KBDB 2013. Ulrich will be our key speaker and presenter and will be at our sale!!
Nanez Family Loft - on the average, has been in the top ten of one-loft and futurity races 75x per year from 2011-2014; a record that, perhaps, is unsurpassed. Some of their highlights have been: 1st USA final, 1st Average Speed USA, 1st USA Car Race, 2nd International Ave. Speed, 3rd Car Race International, 4th Final Race, 5th Inter. Car Race, 1st Country Challenge…ALL IN THE S. AFRICA MILLION DOLLAR RACE; 1st Ace Triple Crown, 1st Ace Red Rock, 1st Ace Heartland, 1st Nat’l Breeders Championship, 1st Ace Ironbird, 1st Highpoint Showdown, 2nd World Ace Challenge, 2nd Ace Toronto Trifecta, 2nd Ace Red Rock, 2nd Ace All Grizzle…etc…They were among the first in the U.S. to thoroughly test the ALFONS & HELMUT KLAAS pigeons from Germany. This is their 6th year flying the Klaas pigeons. Their most prepotent breeder is ‘Constans’- responsible for at least 130 top 10 positions in specials! Several of his kids & have produced top money-winners in one-loft racing for high-profile clients from coast to coast. In addition to the KLAAS pigeons, the stock lofts house top producers from the following bloodlines: DRAPA, DAUM, HOUBEN, KANNIBAAL, HOFKEN, AUSTRALIAN FAMILIES, RIK COOLS, JANSSEN & A VERY INBRED SO-CALLED ‘WEGGE’ FAMILY.
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Sandstrom Brothers Loft - has been successfully competing in the most difficult one loft races across the country for over 10 years. Their breeding pairs have been carefully selected based on performance in one loft/futurity races. They have 19 main breeding pairs and send out every youngster bred from the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rounds. This high level of competition has helped them create a world class family of pigeons. Their families of pigeons are Jan Aarden based; which began with their foundation Jan Aarden cock – “De Arden”. “De Arden” was bred by Crazy Al; his parents were acquired from Robert Venus – ‘De Dolle’ line. Through careful selection and trial breeding, the Sandstrom Brothers have crossed in some of the most prolific strains that are winning today. They have achieved outstanding results with the addition of the “Alfons Klaas” pigeons.
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Alex Bieche - from 1997 through 2014 their own Bieche Family of birds have won for them and their friends, a total of 25 No.1 Pigeon Awards (In either Combine, CA State or of All America). Nine of them also won the title of No.1 Ace Pigeon of All America (Racing Pigeon Digest or the AU Awards in our class). Wanting only the best they have spent well over $50,000 in the last 5 years purchasing World Class Imports from the top families of the World. "H&A Klaas", "Leo Heremans", "De Rauw Sablon", "Schellens", and "G. Prange". New for 2015 are their "Miss Joice" imports from Dominique Velghe, (Belg). Dominique had 4 of 9 pigeons place in the top 100 (17, 28, 49, 95) in the 2015 SAMDPR, all down from one cock 12 Belg 4163591, bred from "Miss Joice".
Fred Goodchild - F&D Loft of Alberta Canada has had pigeons for over 57 years and been racing them since 1961. Fred’s stock loft consists of full brothers and sisters to National Ace pigeons and Ace young birds from several European countries as well as a brother to a South African winner. Fred’s base family is DeRauw/Sablon. The rest is from the best of Thorsten Daum; from Hans Paul Esser’s Olympiad winner; from Rudi Desaer’s winner of Limoges 1st National; birds direct from Chris Debacker’s foundation pair; birds from Sakis/Ludo Clausen inbred back to Supercrack 69 and from the best of Albert Derwa. Fred has won several one loft races such as: the 300 mile Triple Crown (equal first); San Diego Holiday Cup and 2nd Average in the Plymouth Peak Pro Challenge. His birds have been “in the money” at the last 4 AU Convention races.
Ivo Renders - One of Belgium’s Best Kept Secrets. Ivo Renders lives in Geel, Belgium. Like many Belgian fanciers he started racing his pigeons on the traditional short distance races - vitesse - since 1973 he has raced at this distance with excellent results. In 2010 he decided to start racing also on the popular middle distance - and what a magnificent start it was - after only 2 seasons he found himself in the top of region Antwerp. 2013 KBDB – 8th Provincial Champion Old Birds GMD, 11th National Champion Yearlings GMD, 2013 National Montlucon 564 Km, 1,2,3,6…..11/14 4,106 yearlings, Zone B2, 13,47,52,76….21,827 yearlings National. This fine family of pigeons are built from pigeons of Raf & Lars Luyckx (Geel), Jos Wouters (Heist o/d Berg), Hok Puts (Lichtaart), Gust Steemans (Herselt), Michiel Vandoninck (Meerhout) and Kris Wynants (Geel). Searching the world for first class quality birds? Look no further!! Render’s birds will be sold only on and will not be in the live auction.

2015 SnowFest Catalog

-Be our guest, evaluate and handle the birds, visit with our guest consignors, and make your selections of top breeding stock from some of the best quality racing pigeons in the sport at the live auction!!!

RRV has a block of rooms reserved at the Days Inn, Rock Falls, IL for people traveling. Room cost is $80.02, including taxes. Poolside rooms are an extra $10.00. To get this great room price, reservations Must Be Made Before October 12th. Call 815 626-5500 for reservations.

Friday Nov.13, 2015
Days Inn--Rock Falls, IL

Coffee/Water will be available all afternoon. Hotel bar will be open all afternoon.

Welcome by DeVoe Manning.
Doug Harms to introduce all consignors.

Facilitator to explain procedure of round table discussions, etc. Each consignor will speak on different topic.

Break into round table discussion groups. Facilitator to monitor time and announce time to switch tables. Each session will be approximately 15-20 minutes long. Everyone will have an opportunity to visit each consignor table.


Round table discussions will have ended.

Bar in meeting/banquet room will open at 4:00.
Free time for attendees for dinner, etc.

Appetizers will be available.
Silent auction items will be on display.

Guest Speaker: Ulrich Lemmens, 2014 1st Middle and Long distance All Belgium.

Auction of Friday night birds donated by consignors.
Drawing for 50/50 ticket winner.

Silent auction winners announced.

Saturday Nov.14th
Auction at Arnie's Happy Spot, Deer Grove.
Birds on display at 10:00. Auction to start at Noon.

-Dennis Kuhn from Pigeon Supplies Plus of Minnesota will be on hand at the Saturday live auction with all your supply and loft needs. Visit and let him know ahead of time on volume orders. Save big on shipping!

After the auction, join us for dinner, ordering off the menu, at the Days Inn hotel dining room. Responsible for own meal. Another great opportunity to celebrate, meet, and visit.

-Please plan to attend all these events! We at RRV look forward to serving you at this year's 2015 SnowFest with some of the best performance racing pigeons in the world!

Printed Catalogs, Mail and Phone Bids

Don Kelsey
22320 Buell Rd. Sterling, Ill. 61081
Ph. (815) 441-4601

Other Contacts:
Gary Whitebread (815) 590-1171
Phil Miatke (815) 632-8440
Doug Harms (815) 535-5205

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2015 SnowFest Catalog