Rock River Valley Racing Pigeon Club

2019 SnowFest Auction

Live Auction - Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

Days Inn
2105 1st Ave. (Rt.40), Rock Falls, IL


2019 SnowFest Auction Birds
* Online Auction - Followed by a Live Auction *

Birds will be listed online for bidding at for two weeks prior to the live auction

Live Auction Saturday Nov. 2nd **
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 Consigners  ....
Champ Camp Racing Loft – Tim Lucas, Kokomo, Indiana
Christopher Loft – Ken Christopher, Tremonton, Utah
M&C Hansen – Martin & Christian Hansen, Noerresundby, Denmark
Ulrich Lemmens – Balen, Belgium
SG Steffl – Martin Steffl, Germany
Nanez Family Lofts – Rick & Renee Nanez, Frederic, Wisconsin
Champ Camp Racing Loft - Tim Lucas is located 100 Miles South of Ganus Family Loft in Kokomo, IN. Within 40 Miles of Indianapolis IN. I have been buying and visiting Ganus Family Loft for more than 20 yrs. When I came into the sport over 20 yrs. ago Mike sold me pigeons and taught me how to fly Young Birds where I quickly became Young Bird Champion winning in a 2 year period 14 out of 20 Young Bird Races. I Was Hooked! Only the VERY BEST could be in my loft. Over the years I bought 3 National Aces and Mike's BEST Proven Children off the National Aces. About 2 years ago I started racing the One Loft Races where I’ve done VERY WELL for myself SEVERAL =1st Positions as well as WINNING 9th=1st HOOSIER CLASSIC. I have been flying in the GHC Classic 3 Seasons. 2 Times TOP 10 and SEVERAL Early Prizes 2,000 Pigeon. In South Africa I have had 4th, 9th,3 9th Ace Pigeon as well as SEVERAL TOP 30 Ace Pigeons. I usually WIN money positions with multiple pigeons. I have WON 18th Ace Pigeon and 88th in the FINAL Race at the SAMDPR also. I have only flew the California Classic once where I was 30th vs. 1400 or 1500 pigeons. Just getting started in One Loft Racing.
Christopher Loft - Ken Christopher, Tremonton, UT. Christopher Loft begin racing in 1988 in 1991 we acquired the Campbell Strange lines of Super 73/ Van Loon, Hekkenklak and Red Fox Janssens. These are our main bloodlines to which we have since added The best Gaston Van de Wouwer, Vandenabeele, Lemmons and Rozier lines. These have been responsible for over 200 1st place wins for us ( we quit counting 4-5 years ago) plus multiple Champion Loft, Champion Bird, Average Speeds, Hall of Fame, AU Champions and National Ace awards. Many, many more for our customers. They have won at all levels and win everywhere they are sent. We are proud to place 25 birds in the 2019 Snowfest Auction and will be sending our best. Including directs from Campbell 1st North American Ace Pigeon Long Distance and Overall (Van Loon/Hekkenklak) A gr .son 1st Digest National Marathon Ace and another gr. son !st National Middle Distance Ace digest. 3 generations of winners and adding to his legacy every day. These and birds direct from our other foundation breeders will be included.
M&C Hansen - Martin & Christian Hansen, Noerresundby, Denmark. The breeding loft of M&C Hansen is based on the fantastic pigeons from Gaston Van De Wouwer - Dirk Van Dyck - Stefaan Lambrechts - Jos De Klak - Louis Van Loon! These pigeons have now for 8 seasons made a huge difference on the loft of M&C Hansen and their friend and partner Henrik Meldgaard. In combination with other new strains the two lofts have achieved in average about 25 x 1st prizes each year and won many championships in their sections.
More information at
Achievements of M&C Hansen 2007-2019: 97 x 1st prizes in the races from 200-900 km in the section against around 100 fanciers.
Championships: From 2011-2016 they won the middle-distance championship 5 years in row - first time in the history of their section.  Read More Information
Ulrich Lemmens - Balen, Belgium. For the 5th straight year Ulrich will join our auction, with just a small but very select group of pigeons. As he always claims he brings the best. In his case it isn't just words, but the facts are here.
Never a bloodline had such a big impact in such short time than the famous “Gust-Dynasty” had on the USA. The percentage of winners is just amazing and we are more than proud to offer you again a very selected group (5 pigeons) for sale from the youngest National KBDB Champion Belgium ever had.
The 2019 season: While writing, the season is still going on in Belgium and Ulrich is at the moment dominating the last national races in Belgium. Some numbers to back this up:
10-08-2019 Chateauroux National Race 338 miles.
6377 Yearlings: 16, 16, 31, 37, 54, 93, 96, … 15/21
22476 Youngsters: 23, 28, 34, 36, 48, 99, 100, 103, 207, 216, 262, …
15 X Top 103 National ! This is just unique !  Read More Information
Nanez Family Lofts - Rick & Renee’ Nanez, Frederic, Wisconsin. Rick began actively racing in 1971. Nanez Family Lofts has scored 550 top 10 wins in one-loft racing since 2010. They were U.S. National One-Loft Champions: 3rd in 2014, 2nd in 2015, 1st in 2016 and 1st again in 2018. Many top one-loft contenders in the U.S. and abroad have utilized NFL as a source for success. Though select micro-groups of Houbens, Kannibaals, T. Daums, Vandenabeeles and various other key families are housed at NFL, approximately 1000 of the 1200 birds on the property are down from ‘Constans’- a one in a million pigeon from the Alfons & Helmut Klaas bloodlines. Constans’ grandson “Iron Clad” is currently their foundation cock. He is responsible for at least 110 top ten finishes in one-loft races!
SG Steffl - Martin Steffl, Germany. There are 4 base strains: 1. The old Janssen-strain and the old base breeder “Dark Eijerkamp”. 2. “GOMEZ” and his children and great grandchildren. 3. The “Zillekens-Line”, pigeons for 400 – 800 km in very hard weather. 4. A top breeding daughter of “DE GUST” from Ulrich Lemmens. These are the most remarkable championships won by Martin and Franz in last years (only national and provincial on club level all years champion since 2008!): - 1st provincial champion 2019 with old birds - 1st provincial champion with yearling 2019 - 9th NATIONAL Champion “Die Brieftaube” 2019 - 10th NATIONAL champion “RV-Club Champion of Germany” 2019 - 1st Ace cock in province 2019 - 1st Ace hen in province 2019.  Read More Information

2019 SnowFest Catalog

- Birds will be listed online for bidding on for approximately two weeks prior to the Live Auction on Nov. 2nd.

-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 will have a block of 15 rooms reserved at the Days Inn, in Rock Falls, Ill. for those traveling. Call 815/626-5500 and reserve early. Room rates are $79.99 & $84.99 tax not inc., if booked by Oct. 10th.

Friday Nov. 1st, 2019 Events
Days Inn--Rock Falls, IL

Friday Afternoon and Evening ...
1:00 p.m. at Days Inn --Introduction to consignors. Breakout seminars with our consigners.

-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. at Days Inn --Social evening with our guest speaker Martin Steffl from Germany.
 A few select pigeons from the consigners, not available within the main Snowfest sale, will be auctioned exclusively to Friday evening attendees.
Friday Night Auction Birds ****

Saturday Nov. 2nd
Live Auction at Days Inn
2105 1st Ave. (Rt.40), Rock Falls, IL
Birds on display at 10:00. Auction to start at 12:00.

-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.

-After the Saturday auction, join us for dinner. Location and time to be announced. Responsible for own meal. Another great social opportunity to meet, visit and discuss the pigeon sport.

-Please plan to attend all these events! We at RRV look forward to seeing you at this year's 2019 SnowFest with some of the best performance racing pigeons in the world!

Request for Phone Bids/Proxys Must be Received by:
10:00 am Central Time, Nov. 2nd


Gary Whitebread
17051 Blue Mtn. Rd., Mt. Carroll, IL 61053
Ph. (815) 590-1171

Other Contacts:
Doug Harms (815) 535-5205

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2019 SnowFest Catalog