keeping pigeons in 1967, his first pigeons came from his Uncle,
they were of the famous Morris Gordon long distance family.
These hard weather, long distance pigeons were best from 400 to
600 miles, but lacked the speed to win at other distances. John
found himself winning more Average Speed championships but less
races. At the time there were only 3 races each year over 300
John wanted to race
more competitive in all the races so he brought in some Janssen's,
and in 1985 he introduced some very good Desmet Mathys from Willy
Vanhoutte that excelled at middle distance. The later additions
now make up about 80% of Sampson Brothers loft today.
He was able to mold
these into a family that excels from 200 to 500 miles, fast or
slow, and can also win at shorter and longer distances, and do.
They are excellent in head winds and have proven to race very well
over the Ocean and Mountains.
They keep about 25
pair of breeders, 36 Widowhood cocks and 100 Young birds. Both
sexes are raced hard as Young birds and only the best young Cocks
are kept, the best young Hens are moved to the Breeder loft or
paired to the best Widowhood cocks. They have tried racing hens as
old birds in the past, but find their best results come with
traditional Widowhood, cocks only.
Sampsonís regular business keeps him very busy now he has
decided to scale down his pigeon activity in the future. Last
year, he visited China and Taiwan on four different occasions and
several trips to Europe. He is very happy his pigeons have allowed
him World renowned recognition and travel but feels now he would
rather spend more time at home, racing and tending to family and
business. Future travel will be limited and more concentration
will be spent on racing and breeding.
John hopes that in the
future his sons can take over his business and he can devote all
of his time to racing and breeding his pigeons. His very capable
son David will eventually take the reigns of the loft allowing
John more time to resume his love for travel to Asia and Europe.
pigeons have given him a very full and rewarding life allowing him
to have many friends around the world. What he enjoys most is the
fact that we are all Brothers, no matter what our walk in life may
be, be it Laborer, Bank President, Young or Old, we all have a
common bond and respect for each other.