Thursday, December 31, 2009


A short introduction to the sport of Racing Pigeons, written by Tim Mason, endorsed, and distributed by the CANADIAN RACING PIGEON UNION INCORPORATED. I purchased a copy for $2.99 at Edwards Farm Store, 1574 9th Line, Innisfil, Ontario L9S 3Z1, Phone (705) 436-2749. Every Racing Club, and Combine should make these booklets available to interested persons. This booklet can also be downloaded on the C.R.P.U. website.

Friday, December 25, 2009

TCC Loft Moves to Barrie

Decade in Review Barrie Advance / Innisfil Journal, Thursday, DECEMBER 24, 2009, depicts Innisfil's land transfer plight. TCC Loft is moving (Not Physically) to Barrie on January 1, 2010 through annexation. In 1989 we chose to move to a rural setting in Innisfil. Now 20 years later, Barrie will sustain its growth & artificially balance its books by gobbling up 2300 hectares of Innisfil farm land. The City of Barrie, and Ontario Government will argue that it is reducing rural sprawl. However, Innisfil and other rural communities will continue their development plans to sustain services. We're not looking forward to this move, nor its future cost!

TCC Loft - Racing Pigeons - Mike Taylor

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Tony Paszterko's Foundation HOFKENS Sire

Tony purchased two cocks and one hen directly off Campbell Strange's "813" SON PORTUGESE, a gift cock from Reverman. Tony built his foundation HOFKENS around 3383 which is responsible for several combine and Derby winners.

TCC Loft - Racing Pigeons - Mike Taylor

Friday, December 11, 2009

DMG - the immune booster!

dimethylglycine, or vitamin B15

Call it what you reduces the effects of stress and increases racing performance. Can it be used against adenovirus? Do a little research on natural products this winter.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Yesterday's Paszterko SIONS Today - Part 1

Tony Paszterko's SION passion is just as strong today as it was in the 1970sThe very best of Heitzman Sions were purchased directly and indirectly from Charlie. At one point, Charles Heitzman told Tony that he couldn't give him anything better then what he already had in the Utopia, Ontario loft. Big name Sion flyer's like Chic Brooks, John Garzoli, and VL Janson sourced birds through "CANADIAN SION LOFT - TONY PASZTERKO"
Tony continually looked for outstanding Sion blood lines to cross into his family, and only added "IMPACT" pigeons to the breeding loft. Each one of these additions to the loft has a story, but lets start with his "870" foundation family.

Tom Williams of Owen Sound, Ontario, bred CU-57-2344, a powerful Blue Bar White Flight Cock with a Blue Violet eye sign. Tony says this is the best bird I ever owned, and he was sire to my "CHAMPION 870", 16 x 1st. 2344 included the Best of Heitzman Sions down thru "the 1052 Silver" and "Morning Glory" lines. Cronin & Zon's "Darkie" also shows up in 2344's pedigree.

MORNING GLORY as shown in Sixth Edition of Chas. Heitzman "Sion" Reference Book.

Tony mated his Blue Violet eye cock with CU-66-598 Red Chequer to produce his "CHAMPION 870". This hen shows up in most of Tony's Sion pedigrees, and she produced other winners for Tony and close friend Joe Matys. Looking through 598's pedigree is like looking at a "Who's Who" Champion Breeders list, Ernest Giovannoni, Edwin Lang Miller, Charles Heitzman, and local breeders, Sam Marshall, and Gordon Markle. Champion Pigeons closely related to 598 include; Falcon, 451818, 4323, Lexington, Fayette, Old 51, and Impact. These were the Best Derby & Long Distance Pigeons of the day! Tony Paszterko's 870 lines were built on a solid performance foundation as can be seen below.

OLD 51 as shown in Sixth Edition of Chas. Heitzman "Sion" Reference Book.IMPACT CU-53-2877 Bred by Gordon Markle, 1st 209 Miles, vs 251 Birds, 55 Lofts, and Winner of $1,300.00, as reported by the ARPN January 1954.Ernest Giovannoni, Riverview Lofts, Napa, Calif.

1965 BIG ALL AMERICAN AWARD as reported by the Racing Pigeon Bulletin August 22, 1966

451818 as shown in Sixth Edition of Chas. Heitzman "Sion" Reference Book
Today's Paszterko Sion - TCC Loft - Racing Pigeons - Mike Taylor

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Borden Pigeon Racing Club 1971

Borden Pigeon Racing Club Award Dinner 1971

Front (Left to Right) Tony Paszterko, John Marshall, Robert Vieira, Jack Lewis

Back (Left to Right) Cliff Reeves, John Pfeiffer Jr, Mike Taylor, Joe Matys Jr, Joe Matys Sr, Lawrence Hawton, Mike Simo, Larry Lewis, John West, Sam Marshall, Reg Flemming

Friday, December 4, 2009

TCC Loft - Paszterko HOFKENS

TCC Loft - Mike Taylor

Thursday, December 3, 2009

New to TCC Loft - Hub Jongen

Imported by Stonehedge Lofts. "A lovely hen, the Sire is Van Loon down from the 954 and the Dam is Van Loon and Meuleman. This mating is responsible for Winners! The Meulemans are from Hub's original Foundation birds."

1856680 will be paired with Tony Paszterko's "China Cock" CU 00 S/C 373, of Klienen & "De 16" lines, Sire to 1st Combine, 2nd Combine, and 3rd Overall in China International race!

TCC Loft - Racing Pigeons - Mike Taylor

Monday, November 30, 2009

Recommended Health & Management Books

Pigeons And Their Economical Health Care - Dr Zsolt Talaber

"The new standard reference work, easy to read, and a must even for the most experienced pigeon fanciers"

The Flying Vet's Pigeon Health & Management - Dr Colin Walker

"Dr Colin Walker is a successful pigeon racing veterinarian. The information presented comes from both his veterinary knowledge and his experience gained during 30 years of racing his own pigeons"

Vets' Tips For Fanciers - Edited by Dr Zsolt Talaber

"Written by five leading pigeon vet's, Dr Gorden Chalmers, Dr Wim Peters, Dr Colin Walker, Dr Pascal Lanneau, and Cr Zsolt Talaber"

Other library additions;

Fit To Win - Wim Peters

Pigeon Racing Today & Tomorrow - JWE Stam

A Veterinary Approach to Pigeon Health - Dr David Marx

Healthy Pigeons - Dr L Schrag

Pigeon Health Update 2000 - Dr Colin Walker

TCC Loft - Racing Pigeons - Mike Taylor

HOFKENS CU 07 BORD 7118 Sale Update

Dan Horner, Courtice, Ontario has two Derby Winners directly out of Tony Paszterko's HOFKENS. So when he saw 7118 being auctioned, he couldn't resist bidding.
Congrates Dan! This E.T. inbred cock should be a good addition to your existing HOFKENS.

E.T. NL 96 4025815

"Fastest" vs 90,000 plus pigeons

TCC Loft - Mike Taylor - HOFKENS

The Young Bird Pigeon Racing Manual

The Young Bird Pigeon Racing Manual
Written by Steve Wilson, Aurora, Ontario.

Steve has given Choice Pigeon permission to publish his entire book on their Pigeon Auction site. Mr. Wilson is a Young Bird Team Specialist, and this easy to read publication should be included in your Racing Pigeon library. This book can be down loaded FREE OF CHARGE. Give yourself a holiday present, and ensure to print a copy for a Friend. Visit CHOICE PIGEON today!

Saturday, November 28, 2009


HOFKENS - CU 07 BORD 7118 Pied Blue Bar White Flight Cock Bred by Tony Paszterko, was auctioned and sold on choice pigeon ( last night for $1,000.00 CAD$. Bidding started at $200.00. There were 27 Bids, and 1,930 views (hits) on site. This cock is a replica of E.T. and Breeder's Best, and will definitely satisfy it's new owner.

TCC Loft - Racing Pigeons - Mike Taylor - HOFKENS