Rock River Valley Racing Pigeon Club
2017 SnowFest Auction

Live Auction - Saturday, November 4th, 2017

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

2017 SnowFest Auction Birds
* Online Auction *
Birds will be listed for two weeks prior to the Live Auction on with Protege Loft birds listed on only
**  Followed by a
Live Auction Saturday Nov. 4th **
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  ....
R.A. Bakker and Son – Veenendaal, Holland
Dakota Loft - Scott Bennis – Farmington, Minnesota
FD Loft - Fred and Dori Goodchild – Alberta, Canada
Ulrich Lemmens – Balen, Belgium
Protege Loft - Ken Rhodes  – East Fallowfield, Pennsylvania
Ronville Lofts - Ronnie Williamson – Newry, Northern Ireland
R.A Bakker and Son - Veenendaal, Holland, This father and son team, Dolf and Ruud Bakker have fortified their loft with the, “best of the best”, by selecting from the elite bloodlines of the Gerard Koopman pigeons. Top results and superb quality are the results. And, when Koopman himself wants to co-breed with the pigeons of his own strain of the Bakkers, that says it all. Pigeons from the line of the famous “Panamera”, “Vitalis”, “Jerson”, “Arabella”, “Lady Promise”, and “Golden Dirk”, will provide top shelf breeders to select from in this sale.
Dakota Loft - Scott Bennis, Starting in the racing pigeon game in 1989, Scott’s fortune was that he had a great friend and mentor, Ron Pavlak, who taught Scott how to breed and race the birds. Scott has developed a family of outstanding breeding and racing pigeons that excel at all distances, especially the fours, fives, and sixes. Roosen, Van Elsacker, Desmet Mathys and Alfons Bowens from the Gold Wing Line make up the core of his family of birds. Scott flies the double widowhood round about system. These Champions are his own; they are bred, born, and raced right here in the U.S.A.. This team of birds has accomplished outstanding race results; Registered Champions and Elite Champions.
FD Loft - Fred and Dori Goodchild, Alberta, Canada. FD Loft 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.
Ulrich Lemmens - Balen, Belgium. One of Belgium’s pigeon racing sensations, at 30 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. We welcome back Ulrich again this year for Snowfest 2017 !!!
Protege Loft - Ken Rhodes, East Fallowfield, Pennsylvania. Elite breeders is the only way to the top and Kenny certainly has that aspect mastered. He is currently breeding from a direct inbred foundation son and daughter of Van Dyke’s famous “Kannibaal” when mated to a sister of “Rambo”; a foundation son of the famous “Wittenbuik”, when mated to the “Provincial Hen” (this is Gaby’s “Golden Mating”); 10 direct Gaby Vandenabeele birds bred by the master himself; 7 proven breeders of the “Golden Mattens” cock; and the best of Smeltzer’s foundation blood. So where do many of the best flyers in the U.S. go, for young birds to enter into the most prestigious one loft races here and around the world? You will find out in this sale, Snowfest 2017!!
Ronville Lofts - Newry, Northern Ireland. Arguably one of the best handlers and breeders in the world, Ronnie will be offering a select group of birds, considered by many to be potentially the biggest game changers in the USA. The master of Northern Ireland has created his own strain of super athletes that dominate the competition in all distances and in all conditions. He is a winner of 38X1st Open N.I.P.A against massive birdages of up to 27,817 competing. “Heartbreaker”, “Supreme Lady”, “Ron Bo”, “Millennium Superstar”, “Double Top”, and “Star”, are just a few of his supreme champion flyers and breeders. A unique opportunity here!!

2017 SnowFest Catalog

- Birds will be listed on for two weeks prior to the live auction with the Ken Rhodes (Protege Loft) birds listed on only, for two weeks prior to the auction sale.

-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 $82.99 plus tax, if booked 15 days prior to sale. Make Your Reservations Early!!!
Call 815 626-5500 for reservations.

Friday Nov. 3rd, 2017 Events
Days Inn--Rock Falls, IL

Friday Afternoon and Evening ...
1:00 p.m. Introduction to consignors, round table discussions with consignors, appetizers, silent auction items on display, free time for attendees for dinner, etc.
6:00 p.m. Guest Speakers: Ruud Bakker & Ronnie Williamson, Drawing for 50/50 raffle winner, Auction of Friday night birds donated by consignors, Winners of silent auction items announced.

Saturday Nov. 4th
Live 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!

-Andy Warclaw from W M Imports will also be on hand for your feed needs with Versele-Laga products. Visit for information.

6:00 p.m. After the auction, join us for dinner, ordering off the menu, at the Candlelight Inn, Rock Falls, IL. 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 2017 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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2017 SnowFest Catalog