Home to winners of 4 x 1st Internationals
plus 2 x 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th,10th,12th, 16th, International positions,
8 x 1st National, 68+ provincial (section) wins.
Super breeding pair 1st International x 1st International
Farmer George fastest of 22,029 birds Bordeaux Int by 47 minutes, Wollongong 1st Pau Int 8576 birds by 32 minutes.
Geoff and Catherine Cooper live at Peasedown St John near Bath,in the South West of the UK. They have been at the top of UK International and National racing for over thirty years. Very little club racing takes place, they prefer the greater challenge of International and National racing which are all overseas and enjoy competing against fanciers from countries like Belgium, Holland, France and Germany.The only club racing they compete in is for preparation for an International or National.
Racing overseas into the South West of the UK is very hard. The birds need to be extra special to be able to cope with the strong head winds which are nearly always blowing across the sea.These hard conditions have not stopped Geoff and Catherine’s love of overseas racing and they have developed a family which is recognised as one of the top families in the Europe for racing at speed across the seas in the hard International and Nationals.
Another Super breeding pair!
Farmer Gong, a 2014 son of Farmer George and Wollongong, and Forrest Queen, both bred from 1st International winners, have already proved to a super breeding pair! Their first year of breeding they bred 1st Classic Countances 230kms and in their second year they bred 1st section (provincial) 3rd National St Vincent International 850+ kms, the St Vincent race was flown in a strong west wind and this yearling hen was the only bird in the section on the day flying against the wind and arriving in the dark!!
Two years breeding, producing two top pigeons!!!
Georgeson and Gina have bred many top performers.
Including Scotty 3 x 1st national section, another bird won1st section, 3rd National from Pau International and 8th National Falaise plus many more.
Darkie and Fleur another top pair of breeders!
Darkie is a son of George and has bred 2nd International Bordeaux yearlings for Mark Gilbert, and when paired to Fleur who won 1st National section overseas as a young bird, have produced many top birds, including this year 3rd National section, 28th National from St Vincent International.
The above picture shows the trophies awarded for 4 x 1st International.
Below are six top International and National winning birds, all in the breeding loft, all bred and raced by Geoff and Catherine Cooper.
Pau International with the British International Championship Club. 1st, 2nd and 3rd section, the only three in the section on the day.
Winning third National on 1089 mpm and topping the West section is another three year old racing all the way into the West Country 562 miles, against the prevailing west wind to the loft of multiple National and International winners, Geoff and Catherine Cooper of Peasedown St John, a truly outstanding performance given the prevailing conditions, the two birds beating it were both flying over 100 miles to the east. Geoff and Catherine had timed at 19.21 to win 1st section Pau 2017.
The first bird timed was a three year old son of Georgeson, son of George and Gina, dam of Wollongong, making him a half brother to Wollongong 1st International Pau and a Grandson of George 1st Grand National Tarbes. He has previously won 8th National Falaise and 17th Classic Coutances.
The second bird was a 2 year old Blue hen, a daughter of EuroStar, a son of Euro Diamond and Dark Cathay who is a daughter of George 1st Grand National Tarbes. She is a sister to many good pigeons including 1st Ace bird Europe Wuhan Golden Sands Derby and 1st Greater Distance club Agen.
The third bird was a three year old hen, she is a grand daughter of Farmer George 1st International Bordeaux and George 1st Open NFC and King’s Cup from Tarbes. She raced well as a young bird but hadn’t been raced again until this year. The sire was a son of George and the dam is out of Farmer George. All the birds are flown widowhood and all are grandchildren of George.
The winner in the West section and taking 4th National on 998 mpm for the 512 mile course was a 5 year old widowhood cock racing to the Peasedown St John lofts of the multi National and International winning partnership of Geoff and Catherine Cooper. This one must have broken away from the main drag of International pigeons very early on, as he is way out on his own to the West of the early UK timers. Geoff and Catherine timed a five year old chequer widowhood cock, named Farmer Sparey, after Mark Sparey of Wales who fancied this bird when he visited a couple of years ago. The Cooper’s were waiting with friend Baz Nicol who wanted to watch the International birds home, thankfully he didn’t have a wasted journey. The cock was paired at the beginning of February and reared one young bird. Prior to racing he and the rest of the birds had two training tosses of 20 miles, then just loft exercise twice a day. He was going to go to Pau International but the day before basketting he was bleeding badly from a cut on the front of his neck so he was rested and sent to Agen instead. He has won many prizes including 1st Combine Bordeaux and 2nd section Poitiers National earlier this year. Farmer Sparey is a grandson son of George 1st NFC Tarbes. The Dam of Farmer Sparey was bred by Clive Lister and is a grand daughter of Brockamp’s George
St Vincent International
A truly remarkable pigeon, racing far into the West Country against the wind and rain to the Peasedown St John, Bath loft of Geoff and Catherine Cooper is Farm Lady of the Night, she was 1st west section [only bird on day] and 3rd National. The hen arrived as the light was rapidly fading.
“We were waiting in the rain and beginning to think we wouldn’t be timing on the day as it was getting dark when a yearling hen dropped onto the roof, we didn’t see her approach the loft as the light wasn’t good enough. She is a granddaughter of three different International winners, Farmer George, Wollongong and Forest Junior. She is a full sister to last year’s Classic winner Farmer Forest. She is now named Farm Lady of the Night as it was so dark when she arrived. She was flown widowhood. As a young bird she only had five races to 89 miles and as a yearling she had some club and BICC races including Poitiers 359 miles then an inland race of 89 miles and two weeks off and into St Vincent.” The sire of this hen is called Farmer Super Gong as he is out of Farmer George and Wollongong.
Geoff and Catherine timed a second pigeon next morning to finish at 3 rd west section 28th National on the provisional result. This one is a two year old dark chequer cock which was 11th West of England SR Combine Saintes 394 miles three weeks before St Vincent. Once again he was flown widowhood. His sire is Darkie a top breeding son of George 1st Grand National Tarbes. Darkie also bred 2nd International Bordeaux for Mark Gilbert. The dam is also the dam of Farm Stellar who won 2nd national Falaise and 3rd National 328th Agen International. The Cooper production line of top class long distance racers goes on and on and on and……
1st Greater Distance Single Bird
Agen International is a popular race for the BICC and the Greater Distance single bird, this year again had a good entry.
In first postion was Geoff and Catherine Cooper from Peasedown St John, with a three year old pigeon called Farm Boomerang, flying 512 miles.
He is called Boomerang because one of Catherine’s good friends Lesley had a pigeon called Boomerang, what her father Tony Herrington, who used to race in the UNC gifted her when she was a young girl, so to help keep the memory of Boomerang alive, Farm Boomerang was named after Lesley’s bird.
This is the second time Farm Boomerang has won this race, winning it last year as a two year old. He was sent to the race on widowhood as are all the Cooper’s race birds.
He has scored as a young bird right through to a three year old. As a young bird he was 6th National Falaise, as a yearling 2nd section National Flying Club Saintes, 11th West of England SR Combine Fougeres, as a two year old he won the GDSB from Agen International and 2nd section in the same race.
His a grandson of Euro Diamond and a grandson of George, 1st Grand National Tarbes. His full sister was clocked this year from Mont de marsan (Pau) International 2nd section beaten by a loft mate and clocked on the night.
Farmer Forrest1st Classic Coutances.
A report from the secretary of the Classic
Warmest congratulations go to our winners who need no introduction Geoff & Catherine Cooper from Peasedown St John who lead the winning velocities by 63 yards. They were waiting in the garden, sat out in the sun instead of sheltering from the cold and rain in the loft, not sure when the birds would arrive. It was one of those days that was hard to predict. They thought 55 mph was the fastest they could do but wouldn’t have been surprised if it was much longer as it was a warm hazy day. Suddenly just before the three hours two birds swooped down from high up, doing a couple of laps of honour around the loft, one for Geoff and Catherine and a stray hen. After what seemed like an age, though in reality it wasn’t, the cock dropped onto the trap. They knew it was a good time as it was clocked just a touch faster than their estimate. It was a yearling widowhood cock on his first ever channel race. He was only lightly raced as a young bird, having five inland races furthest being Littlehampton 89 miles. He has now been named Farmer Forrest, he is bred from the stock loft, his sire is a son of Farmer George 1st Int. Bordeaux x Wollongong 1st Int. Pau and his dam is a daughter of Forrest Junior of Freialdenhofen 1st Int. Pau. Three of his four grandparents have won 1st International! This was his fourth race of the season, the other three being 1 x 45miles, 2 x 69 miles.
This year Catherine and Geoff Cooper once again had a super series of results, all flown across the sea from 250 km through to over 1100 km, winning:-
1st Classic with a grandson of Farmer George 1st International Bordeaux and Wollongong 1st International Pau,
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4t, 5t, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th provincial 356b, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 26th, 29th, 46th, 51st National 3695b from Falaise National
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th provincial BICC St Vincent International,
3rd, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 13th provincial Alencon National
2nd, 3rd, 6th provincial 16th, 34th, 50th BICC Pau International,
2nd, 4th, 7th,11th, 12th, 14th, 16th provincial BICC Agen International
3rd provincial BICC Perpignan International.
Perhaps the best way to judge a family of pigeons is by the results that other fancier achieve with the Cooper family of birds.
The results below are just from 2016 and are all flown over the sea from France to the UK
John and Dave Staddon’s best performance this year, 2nd Sec G 10th Open NFC Tarbes with Johns Joy a yearling hen flying 560 miles on the day in 15 hours 21 mins only 6 day birds. Bred from a son of JW and a Daughter of George. Also 6th Sec 32nd Open Tarbes NFC from a son of Titch and 8th Sec G 48th Open NFC Tarbes another yearling cock who is bred from the last son of Farm Boy. Not to mention wining 1st open GDSBNFC YB Coutances with a full sister to Johns Joy.
Lee and Kevin Buddle were 3rd National BICC Marseille International. sire is a direct G & C Cooper bird being a double grandson of their champion racer & breeder “Farm Boy” sire of Farmer George 1st International Bordeaux.
Graham Clift of Tirley timed a yearling on 1353ypm to take second section (Province) C. The sire of this hen was bred from a son of Southfield Supreme (dam bred by Cooper) that has bred numerous winners for Mark Sparey, including first Welsh National, when paired to a daughter of Geoff and Catherione Cooper’s Farmer George. The dam is a direct daughter of George.
First west section (province) and fifteenth open was a six year old on 624mpm over 563 miles for Brooks Brothers from High Littleton. Rob timed Mendip Hope, a widowhood cock that is a full brother to Mendip Magic, first west section, second open Pau in 2014. Mendip Hope is Brooks Brothers bloodlines crossed with those of Geoff and Catherine Cooper.
John and David Staddon of Crewkerne were first section (province) G with a yearling hen on 1258ypm over 383 miles. The partners timed Shapway Galaxy, a widowhood hen flown on their version of the chaos system. Despite the westerly wind, Shapway Galaxy came straight on line. Its bloodlines are Geoff and Catherine Cooper’s family.
Graham Clift of Tirley was second section (province) J. The sire of this pigeon is a son of Southfield Supreme with the dam being bred from a son of Geoff and Catherine Cooper’s Farmer George.
Agen International BICC
Bob Besant and Son
7th National was the Scottish Cock, bred from a full brother of Geoff and Catherine Cooper’s Farm Boy.
St Vincent International BICC.
2nd National St Vincent was bred from a double grandson of Brockamp’s George with the dam coming from Geoff and Catherine Cooper’s George.
Falaise young bird National.
1st National was Preece Brothers, the dam of their winner was a gift bird fom Geoff and Catherine Cooper, a daughter of Wriggler also 1st National Falaise.
J and D Staddon were 3rd provincial 10th national. The sire of their winner was a son of Cooper’s Wollongong 1st International Pau,
Graham Clift won 3rd provincial, the dam was a daughter of Cooper’s George.
John Halstead won 3rd provincial, the dam was a half sister to Cooper’s Wollongong 1st International Pau.
Rob Kerr won 1st provincial 4th National with a bird from their Cooper stock.
2nd open 2nd provincial Sherman and Wells with a bird down from Cooper’s Wollongong lines.
News from overseas.
International winner Rene Leux in France, won two races with birds off Geoff and Catherine Cooper’s Fleur with a lead of 38 meters per minute over top international flyer P Rouxel, Rene timed another one same way bred as the winner on the day. The other race was from 259km with a grandson of Farm Boy, sire of Farmer George 1st International Bordeaux.
Alfio La Pira from Italy won 1st and 2nd Best Novello 2016 with two brothers from Geoff and Catherine Cooper’s family.
Dean and Tessa Jooste in South Afica won 1st Combine with a grandchild of Cooper’s George.
Dave Buxton sends news from Australia, Buxton and Snyders win 1st Fedreation 400 miles down from a daughter of JWx sister to Farmer George.
Geoff and Catherine Cooper can look back on 2016 with pride as it has shown their family to be one of the most successful families in Europe at the moment
The 2015 International Races
The first of the International races was Pau International.
We had a very good race considering the North westerly winds. Only one bird in the centre section was fast enough to beat our first three birds.
Below is the press report of the Pau International race.
The triple International winners Geoff and Catherine Cooper timed one of their team on 618 mpm to top the West section against the wind and take 7th Open. The Coopers’ team hasn’t been out of the first three in the section in any of the five BICC races this season and at Pau they clocked seven crackers.
The first bird of seven clocked winning 1st section was a three year old daughter of Daybreak Junior. Daybreak Junior has won 1st and 2nd section 5th BICC & 6th BICC in the Barcelona Inernational race. Plus 3rd section Pau and 4th section Tarbes. Her Dam is a half sister to Gina, the mother of Farmer George 1st International Bordeaux. She was flown widowhood, racing back to her cock The photo that accompanies this report was taken just after she arrived home in very good condition. This year she has previously flown four channel races prior to Pau, Falaise, Alencon and Tours. Last year she won 30th National BICC Pau International. Second West section and 12th National for Geoff and Catherine Cooper was a four year old chequer cock flown widowhood. His sire is a brother to Farm Stellar, being a son of the Brother to Farm Boy. The dam of the 2nd section winner is Farm Dream, a full sister to Farmer George 1st International Bordeaux. He had three channel races prior to Pau. His main performances over the last few years include, 30th BICC Alencon, 52nd BICC Le Mans and 68th BICC Tours.
The west section (provincial) result saw the Coopers have a field day with five pigeons on the result to take 1st , 2nd, 4th,7th, 8th & 10th section and 7th, 12th,17th, 24th, 36th & 42nd Open.
The Barcelona International
As always this was a testing race for birds flying to the West of England. We only sent one, a three year old cock called Wriggleson who has won many national prizes. We clocked him to win 15th National. We were amazed that he managed to get home as he returned with a large gash across his back. He was soon up and flying around so hopefully he will be a candidate for next year’s Barcelona race.
St Vincent International
This race was a huge success for our loft, We won 3rd and 10th International 10737 birds, plus 1st and 2nd International hens.
Below is the press report for the International St Vincent race.
Geoff and Catherine Cooper way out west at Peasedown St John clocked the first of their six timers to win 1st West section 1st National BICC plus 1st International Hens and 3rd Open International vel 1069 mpm. This makes it FOUR INTERNATIONAL WINS for Geoff and Catherine. Not only did they win the BICC but the Cooper team finished at 1st, 3rd, 11th, 55th, 57th & 63rd Open, a fantastic team performance. Congratulations both. This is what Catherine had to say about their latest International success:- “We clocked a yearling hen on the day called Farm Ivy, flying 530 miles to win 1st National BICC St Vincent International and 1st International hens and 3rd International. Farm Ivy is named after our youngest grand daughter Ivy, whose birthday was this weekend. The hens are all raced on widowhood, with the cocks not flying out. Prior to St Vincent she had four channel races, taking 3rd prize from Messac. Two weekends off with just loft flying she was then entered into the International. She is very well bred, her grand sires are Farm Boy, top racer and sire of Farmer George 1st International Bordeaux and Starlight, winner of 2nd International bred and raced by Etienne Mierlaen. The sire of Farm Ivy is a son of Farm Boy when paired to his daughter and the Dam is a son of Starlight paired to his half sister.
We clocked a second pigeon on the day to be 3rd National, 10th International. This was also a widowhood hen, a three year old called Farm Evie, after another grand daughter. Evie’s sire is a son of Legend 1st International Dax for Brian Sheppard and her dam is a daughter of Farm Boy. Our third pigeon, another widowhood yearling hen, clocked early next morning will be 11th BICC National. The third hen is a nest sister to Farm Ivy, the first hen. All three hens clocked are grand daughters of Farm Boy. A comprehensive loft report on the Coopers can be found on the BICC web site.
The map below is the radar map of the early birds from St Vincent. The Cooper’s loft is way out on its own in the West of the UK, flying against the drag of thousand of birds going the other way. To achieve the winning velocities the birds have to fly straight from the racepoint to their home. You can see that the Cooper birds have to make two sea crossings in order to get home in the quickest possible time. Then factor in the hard sea conditions where the wind is nearly always blowing into or across them, you soon realise how hard International racing is for these birds, though they make it look easy.
A new addition to the breeding loft. A daughter of New Laureaat 1st Int. Barcelona when paired to Kliene Jade 1st Int. Barcelona
Something really special!!
How many lofts in Europe can produce young birds with all four grandparents international winners. A son of Farmer George and Wollongong will be paired to a daughter of New Laureaat and Kliene Jade.
The offspring of this future pairing will be grandchildren of 1st Int. Bordeaux, 1st Int. Pau, 1st Int. Barcelona, 1st Int. Barcelona. A truly unique breeding line!
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Celebrating at the Pau International dinner, click on Articles.
Wollongong wins 1st Pau International!!!
Wollongong was clocked from Pau 904 kms at 17:12:21. When her time was telephoned in and her time went on the leader board it was apparent that she may win the International. After a long couple of hours wait, it was confirmed that Wollongong had won the race. She already had a brilliant racing record, raced as a young bird, winning 1st Exeter (inland) 4th National Tours 480kms, 10th National section St Malo, unraced as a yearling, then raced as a two year old winning 35th National, 3rd WS Bicc Pau International , and raced again this year as a three year old. Now she is retired to the stock loft. Her Sire is a grandson of Euro Diamond and Marseille King and her Dam is a half sister to George 1st Grand National Tarbes. Two more pigeons were clocked, Georgia Jean winning 8th International Pau and Carla Page winning 16th International Pau.
1st. 8th, 16th International Pau 2013
1st, 4th 5th Hens International Pau 2013
Wollongong, Georgia Jean and Carla Page
complete an amazing treble.
1st prov. Barcelona
6th National Barcelona Int.
1st prov. Barcelona
5th Nat Barcelona Int.
2nd prov Barcelona
22nd Nat Barcelona Int.
The Barcelona winner is a seven year old widowhood cock named “Daybreak Junior” , He was clocked at 8.34pm to win 1st section 6th Open. He has been a good honest racer, always in the first few to the loft.
Prior to this he has won :- 3rd Fed. Messac,
29th sect. 202nd Classic Bergerac, 211th Nat. Tarbes,338th Nat. Messac,209th Nat. Tarbes, plus 3rd west sect. 54th Nat Pau/Int., 3rd west sect. 18th Nat. Tarbes/Int.,
2nd west sect. 22nd Nat. Barcelona/Int.
His pedigree is full of top performance pigeons. His sire is Daybreak, a top racer who won a coveted National Merit Award. Daybreak Junior’s grandsire is also the grandsire of Mark Gilbert’s International winner Southfield Supreme.
Daybreak Juniors Dam is Miss Pau, who flew Pau International as a yearling. She is a daughter of Miss Somerset, winner of the NFC YB Somerset cup and Miss Somerset’s sire is “21” a top breeder and racer for the Coopers.
winner of 1st Euro Diamond Pau International
Copy the link for the 2013 Euro Diamond Ace Pigeon Ranking all International races
‘George’ raced up to 2008 and has only been in the breeding loft for three years … already sons to him are showing great potential as long distance champions and children of him are proving themselves as breeders of National and International winners
News just in :- A daughter of George has bred 1st Ace pigeon Europe in the Wuhan Golden Sands Derby race in China!!!
‘‘George’ is breeder of ‘Pearl’ – mother to amazing ‘Farmer George’
1. Int. Bordeaux 2011 – 10,622 birds
1. Int. Bordeaux 2011 overall – 22,029 birds
3. Nat. WS Tours
135. NFC Saintes – 3,484 birds
150. Open Fougeres – 2,161 birds
‘George’ is breeder of ‘Georgeson’ – breeder of ‘Scotty’
1. Nat. WS British InterNat. Championship Club Falaise,
10th National BBC Bordeaux
1st C Prov. BBC National Bordeaux
5th Bicc Bordeaux/Agen National/International
1st Bicc WS (prov) Bordeaux/Agen National/International
4th Nat. prov., Fougeres
12th. Nat. Fougeres
‘George’ is breeder of “Double 7” mother of “Georgia Jean”
1st Bicc WS Pau International/National
8th International Pau
1st EuroDiamond Pau International
4th Ace pigeon Euro Diamond
4th Hens International Pau
‘George” is breeder of Darkie’ – breeder of
2. Int. Bordeaux yearlings
3.Int. Bordeaux hens
A sister to ‘George’ is breeder of ‘Wollongong
1st International Pau 2013
10th Nat. prov. St. Malo young birds 2010 overseas
3rd BICC prov Pau International/National
4. Nat. Tours overseas
A half sister to ‘George’ won
4th Nat. section young birds St Malo 2010 over seas
A half sister to George bred
1st National Falaise for J & D Staddon