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TRINIDAD FANCIER DOMINATES EASTERN ONTARIO COMBINE
By Silvio Mattacchione silvio@silvio-co.com

It is interesting to note that human settlement in Trinidad began at least 7,000 years ago. The earliest settlers are believed to have settled Trinidad from northeastern South America around 5000 BC. Trinidad’s first contact with Europeans, led by Christopher Columbus and his men took place on July 31, 1498. It is believed by many, that Columbus, had promised to name the next land  that he discovered ,in honor of the Holy Trinity, and that he considered it a miracle, when the first land he sighted, was the three peaks of the Trinity Hills in Trinidad.


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Figure 1 Medallion showing the Capture of Trinidad and Tobago by the British in 1797.
So Trinidad was named in honor of the Blessed Trinity and “Trinidad” has certainly been blessed in many, many ways.


I doubt that many people in the world understand the energy and economic powerhouse that Trinidad has become during the 20th Century and the continued growth and success that it is poised to now reap in the 21st Century. “La Brea” was by many accounts the first successful oil well drilled in the world! Yes you guessed it, it was drilled in Trinidad in 1857 and oil was  found at the 280 ft. level. So it was that in 1857, in a very real sense, the modern world was to begin , not in New York or Toronto, but rather in Trinidad! Let me explain this statement, I mean that Trinidad pioneered in 1857 the ideal fuel for the future and this, a combustible fuel, drilled from the earth was OIL! In 2005 Trinidad actually produced an estimated 150,000 barrels per day.


It is also interesting to note that not only is Trinidad an “energy” powerhouse  exporting both its expertise and its oil to world markets but additionally  it seems to  have given birth to  another  unique, but none the less exceptional  commodity , that being  world class “racing pigeon fanciers”!


Over the past 20 years I have discovered that Trinidadians seem to have an innate love of nature and many have a bond and natural love of “pigeons” that is quite uncanny. I have met a number of successful fanciers, living in Canada who were born and raised in Trinidad but today  I am interested in bringing to the readers attention some background on  what I feel is the most accomplished racing pigeon fancier in all of Canada.


A number of years ago I wrote an article  entitled “ From Sea To Shining Sea” in it I wrote the following about “Karl Von Gardony,”


“His record really does speak for itself, the record is documented, the record has been researched and as of this article the record is part of Canadian racing pigeon history! This past president of the Canadian Racing Pigeon Union (1971), this financial backer of the first ever CU yearbook issued, this fancier who has competed for 75 long years, has the flying records and success that are (and rightfully should be) the envy of the entire country. No fancier ever, in the sport of racing pigeons, in Canada, has more thoroughly dominated this sport than this person.”


No fancier in the sport of racing pigeons, over the past forty years, has a record close to Karl’s  that goes without question. However if anyone is ever going to come close to this incredible performance record it is and will be the following, Mr. Dave Ramcharam. Born and raised in Trinidad, Dave comes by his “stock sense” naturally .Dave has a  deep and abiding appreciation, love and ability with racing pigeons that few in this world will ever  recognize let alone ever achieve. He has developed a relationship with his birds that I have only ever seen, to this extent, once before, in 1996, and that was at the home of Marinka Vink in Holland.


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Figure 2 Dave waiting for birds during my visit to his home in summer 2008.July 12th 2008 Dave won 1st Club, 1st. Combine Longlac (500 mile station) as well as 1st  “Al MacGillis Memorial Race” ( Longlac) and on July 14th Dave was 1st club Cochrane as well as 3rd combine. I was present and witness to exceptional performances!


I originally met Dave and his wife Linda in 1993 at the “Sick Children’s Charity Auction” that I organized and held at the “Toronto Airport Hilton. Dave and Linda at that time did not have their own birds.1993 Toronto Sick Kids Charity Auction held at the Toronto Airport Hilton. Francine Wasserman (representative of the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation), Silvio Mattacchione (organizer), James McLean (organizer), and Jim McGinnis (auctioneer). The racing pigeon fraternity worldwide has a wonderful history of raising much needed funding for charities of all kinds. In 1993, and again in 1994, Silvio Mattacchione and his partner, Jim McLean, put on two special events in Toronto. These events were called The Toronto Sick Kids Charity Auction. Over $17,000 was raised for this wonderful cause in 1993 and 1994.


From that day I lost track of Dave and Linda until 2008 when a friend and fellow fancier, Mr. Roger Richards, spoke to me of the exceptional performances that Dave’s birds were achieving. I made it a point of visiting Dave and finally made it to his home on July 14th and witnessed first hand an incredible performance from Cochrane. That weekend July 12th 2008 Dave won 1st Club, 1st. Combine Longlac (500 mile station) as well as 1st  “Al MacGillis Memorial Race” ( Longlac) and on July 14th Dave was 1st club Cochrane as well as 3rd combine.

 

Dave and Linda moved from Toronto to Omemee, Ontario in 1998 and since that time he has dominated the “Eastern Ontario Combine” which is the second largest combine in Canada that includes many other famous fliers.


The Racing Loft
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I have made it a point to review all of the CU yearbooks and document precisely the results achieved by Dave and Linda Ramchram and clearly it is my opinion, supported by the facts collected from the CU yearbooks that Dave has not only dominated the Eastern Ontario Combine but that these documented results   make it evident that his “Skymasters Loft” is without a doubt the top performance loft in Canada and one of only a handful of such successful lofts in North America.

 

Breeding Loft

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Clearly the lofts reflect pride of ownership as does the entire property as a whole. Dave’s lofts are immaculate, his pigeons enormously healthy and exceedingly successful. For example Dave bred an exceptional Smeulders cock down from Smeulders famous “531” line. Now in the stock loft “494” has bred many winners and one of his sons “2491” has already won 3 times 1st. Club and 3 times 1st Combine. The actual results of “494” were achieved in four years of racing from 2001 until 2005.

 

“494” RESULTS
These are some of the results of CU-00-LLC 494 from 2001 to 2005 at which point he was put into the stock loft
1st Champion Yearling            -           Club
1st Champion Old Bird           -           Club
4th Champion Old Bird           -           Combine

1st  -  Temagami                       -           Club     1st   -  Combine
1st  -  Cochrane                        -           Club    3rd  -  Combine*
1st  -  Cochrane EOC Combine Special Race*
1st  -  Hearst                             -           Club    5th  -  Combine
1st  -  Cochrane                        -           Club    1st   -  Combine
1st  -  Smooth Rock Falls         -           Club    11th  -  Combine
1st  -  Cochrane                        -           Club    1st    -  Combine
2nd  - Temagami                       -           Club    11th  - Combine
4th  -  Englehart                       -           Club    13th  -  Combine
5th  -  Hearst                            -           Club    16th  -  Combine
5th  -  Englehart                       -           Club    10th -  Combine
5th  -  Mattawa             -           Club    9th   -  Combine
5th  -  Hearst                            -           Club    26th -  Combine
5th  -  Cochrane                        -           Club    6th   -  Combine
6th  - North Bay                       -           Club   

 

DAVE AND LINDA’S RESULTS OVER THE PAST SIX YEARS
These are some of the results over the past 6 years for Skymasters Loft, owned & flown by Dave & Linda Ramcharan.   All results listed are published in the Eastern Ontario Combine or Liftlock City Flyers sections of the Canadian Racing Pigeon Union (CU) yearbooks.

 

2002
1st Champion Young Bird Loft                                                                      -    Combine
1st Champion Young Bird Average Speed                                         -    Combine
1st Champion Young Bird    02-CU-15282                                        -    Combine
1st Champion Loft - Combined Old Bird & Young Bird                   -    Combine
2nd Champion Loft - Combined OB & YB Average Speed               -    Combine
1st Liftlock Auction Race                                                                   -    Overall
1st Cobourg-Port Hope Bond Race                                                     -    Overall
1st Liftlock YB Derby (Matheson)                                                     -    Club
1st Young Bird Average Speed                                                                       -    Club
1st Champion Loft - Combined OB & YB Average Speed                -    Club
1st Champion Young Bird Loft                                                                      -    Club
1st Champion Loft - Combined  Old & Young Bird                          -    Club
1st Champion Bird       02-CU-15282                                                  -    Club
2002 - 28  - 1st Place positions in club, combine & open races

 

2003
1st Champion Old Bird Loft                                                               -    Combine
1st Champion Old Bird Average Speed                                              -    Combine
1st Champion Combined OB & YB Average Speed                          -    Combine
1st Champion Combined Old Bird & Young Bird Loft                                 -    Combine
1st Liftlock Auction Race                                                                   -    Overall
1st President’s Cup                                                                              -    Combine
1st Old Bird Average Speed                                                               -    Club
1st Champion Old Bird Loft                                                               -    Club
1st Young Bird Average Speed                                                                       -    Club
1st Champion Young Bird Loft                                                                      -    Club
1st Champion Young Bird    03-CU-24603                                        -    Club
1st Champion Combined OB & YB Average Speed                          -    Club
1st Champion Combined OB & YB Loft                                           -    Club

2003 - 35  - 1st Place positions in club, combine & open races


2004  -  OLD BIRDS

May 15th             -   North Bay               -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
May 22nd         -   Temiscaming           -     1st Club                             -     30 minutes ahead
May 29th          -   Temagami               -     1st Club
Jun 19th            -   Smooth Rock
                            Falls                           -     1st Club
July 3rd             -   Englehart                -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
July 3rd             -   Cochrane
                            2 Bird (Average) Special                                        -     1st Overall            
July 3rd -   Cochrane                               -     1st Club                              -     1st Combine

 

2004  - YOUNG BIRDS

Aug 14th          -    Mattawa                 -     1st Club
Aug 14th          -    Bissett Creek         -     1st Club
Aug 21st          -    North Bay              -     1st Club
Aug 28th          -    Temiscaming          -     1st Club
Aug 28th          -    Ville Marie -                   1st Club               -     1st Combine
Sep 11th           -    Temiscaming          -     1st Club                 -     1st Combine
Sep 11th           -    Ville Marie -                   1st Club               -     1st Combine
Sep 18th           -    Matheson               -     1st Club
Sep 18th           -    E.O.C. Young  Bird Classic
                             (Matheson)                                                            -      1st Overall

2004

1st Champion Old Bird Loft                                                                 -         Club
1st Champion Combined Old Bird & Young Bird Loft             -         Club & Combine
1st Champion Young Bird Loft                                                 -         Club & Combine
1st Young Bird Average Speed                                                            -         Club
1st Champion Young Bird          04-CU-EOC-375                                 -         Club

2004 - 29 - 1st Place positions in club, combine & open races

           

2005  -  OLD BIRDS

May 7th                -   North Bay               -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
May 7th                -   Mattawa                  -     1st Club
May 15th             -   Temagami               -     1st Club
May 21st          -   Temiscaming           -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
May 28th          -   Matheson                -     1st Club
May 28th          -   Temagami               -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
Jun 10th            -   Long Lac                -     1st Club
Jun 10th            -   Hearst                     -     2nd Club
Jun 25th            -   Ville Marie              -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
July 2nd            -   Cochrane                 -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
July 2nd            -   Englehart                -     1st Club
July 8th             -   Long Lac                -     1st Club
July 9th             -   Hearst                     -     1st Club

 

2005  - YOUNG BIRDS

Aug 13th          -    Mattawa                 -     1st Club                            
Aug 21st          -    Temagami              -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
Aug 21st          -    North Bay              -     1st Club                             -     2nd Combine
Aug 27th          -    Temiscaming          -     1st Club
Aug 27th          -    Ville Marie -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
Sep 04th           -    Englehart               -     2nd Club                            
Sep 04th           -    Temagamiq            -     1st Club                            
Sep 10th           -    Ville Marie -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
Sep 17th           -    Matheson               -     1st Club
Sep 17th           -    LLC Auction
                              Race(Matheson)                                        -     1st & 2nd Place

2005

1st Old Bird Average Speed                                                               -     Club
1st Champion Old Bird   CU-03-KNS 111                                         -     Combine
1st Champion Young Bird Loft                                                          -     Combine
1st Champion Combined OB & YB Average Speed              -     Club & Combine
1st Young Bird Average Speed                                                           -     Club

2005 - 33 - 1st Place positions in club, combine & open races
8 times 1st Combine in 2005 racing program---Making EOC History!!!

2006  -  OLD BIRDS

April 29th                   -   Whitney                  -     1st Club
May 7th                        -   Bissett Creek           -     1st Club                              -     1st Combine
May 7th                        -   Mattawa                 -     1st Club                              -     1st Combine
May 14th                    -   Temagami              -     1st Club                              -     1st Combine
May 14th                    -   North Bay                -     1st Club                              -     1st Combine
May 27th          -   Matheson                -     1st Club                              -     1st Combine
May 27th          -   Temagami              -     2nd Club
May 28th          -   Temagami              -     1st Club                              -     1st Combine
Jun 24th            -   Ville Marie              -     1st Club                              -     1st Combine
Jun 24th            -   Temiscaming          -     1st Club                              -     1st Combine
July 1st             -   Cochrane                -     2nd Club                             -     2nd Combine
July 8th             -   Hearst                     -     1st Club                              -     1st Combine
1st Old Bird Champion Loft

NEVER HAS ANYONE HAD 8 TIMES 1ST IN THE OLD BIRD PROGRAM IN THE E.O.C.---WHICH IS THE 2ND LARGEST COMBINE IN ONTARIO

2006  - YOUNG BIRDS

Aug 12th          -    Bissett Creek         -     1st Club                            
Aug 26th          -    Fabre                      -     1st Club                             -     2nd Combine
Aug 26th          -    Temiscaming          -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
Sep 09th           -    Englehart               -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
1st Champion Young Bird  CU-06-LLC 2456                                    -      Combine             

2006 - 25 - 1st Place positions in club & combine.

11 TIMES 1st COMBINE IN THE RACING SEASON

 

2007  -  OLD BIRDS

May 5th                -   Bissett Creek          -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
May 5th                -   Bissett Creek          -     1st EOC banded money race
May 5th                -   Mattawa                  -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
May 5th                -   Mattawa                  -     1st EOC banded money race
May 12th             -   Temagami               -     2nd Club                            
May 26th          -   Matheson                -     1st Club                             -     2nd Combine
May 26th          -   Matheson                -     1st EOC banded money race
Jun 2nd           -   Amos                      -     1st EOC banded money race
Jun 8th -   Longlac                   -     1st Club                                         -     1st Combine
Jun 9th -   Hearst                     -     2nd Club                            
Jun 30th            -   Englehart                -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
Jun 30th            -   Cochrane                 -     2nd Club                             -     3rd Combine
Jun 30th            -   Cochrane                 -     1st EOC banded money race
July 6th             -   Hearst                     -     1st Club

1st Champion Yearling – Club     06-LLC-2456 (Champion YB Combine 2006)
May 28th          -   New Liskeard “Dash For Cash”                 -    1st & 2nd
Jun 10th            -   LaSarre “Dash For Cash”               -    2nd

2007  - YOUNG BIRDS

Aug 11th          -    Mattawa                 -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
Aug 11th          -    Mattawa                 -     1st EOC banded money race                                
Aug 11th          -    Bissett Creek         -     2nd Club
Aug 18th          -    North Bay              -     1st Club
Aug 26th          -    Fabre                      -     1st Club
Aug 26th          -    Temiscaming          -     2nd Club
Sep 15th           -    Rouyn Noranda     -     2nd Club

2nd Champion Loft                                                                              -      Club
2nd Champion Young Bird  CU-07-EOC 3079                                  -      Club
2nd Average Speed                                                                              -      Club
                       
2007 - 22 - 1st Place positions in club & combine.

2008  -  OLD BIRDS
May 10th             -   Bissett Creek          -     1st Club
May 10th             -   Bissett Creek          -     1st EOC banded money race
May 10th             -   Mattawa                  -     1st Club
May 17th             -   Temagami               -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine          
May 24th          -   Ville Marie              -     2nd Club
May 24th          -   Ville Marie              -     1st EOC banded money race
May 24th          -   Temiscaming           -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
May 31st          -   Matheson                -     1st Club                             -     3rd Combine
Jun 7th              -   Cadillac                   -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
Jun 13th            -   Hearst                     -     2nd Club
Jun 14th            -   Longlac                   -     1st Club                            
Jun 29th            -   Ville Marie              -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
Jul 5th              -   Englehart                -     2nd Club                             -     4th Combine
Jul 12th             -   Longlac                   -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
Jul 12th             -   Longlac “Al MacGillis Memorial Race”     -     1st
July 14th           -   Cochrane                 -     1st Club                             -     3rd Combine
July 14th           -   Cochrane                 -     1st EOC banded money race

1st Average Speed                                                                               -     Club
2nd Champion Bird                       CU-05-LLC-2207                          -     Combine       
1ST Champion Loft                                                                             -     Combine
Longlac 1st club 1st Combine ( 3 birds home smash race only 17 birds home)Cochran1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th in Club  ( 16 min. in front of second  loft)

 

2008  - YOUNG BIRDS

Aug 9th            -    Bissett Creek         -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
                                                            -     1st EOC banded money race
Aug 16th          -    Mattawa                 -     1st Club                            
Aug 23th          -    Temagami              -     1st Club
Aug 23rd          -    North Bay              -     1st Club
Sep 6th             -    Englehart               -     1st Club                             -     1st Combine
                                                            -     1st EOC banded money race
Sep 13th           -    North Bay  (A)       -     1st Club                            
Sep 13th           -    North Bay (B)        -     1st Club
                                                            -     1st EOC banded money race
Sep 21st           -    Rouyn Noranda     -     1st Club

1st  Champion Loft                                                                              -      Club
1st  Champion Young Bird         CU-08-1981                                    -      Club
1st  Average Speed                                                                              -      Club
1st Champion Young Bird          CU-08-EOC-3570               -      Combine
1st Combined Champion Old Bird & Young Bird Loft                     -      Combine
2nd, 3rd & 4th Liftlock Auction Race

2008 - 39 - 1st Place positions in club & combine.

 

 

Racing Pigeons Section Contents

Ashdon Farms

Background on Silvio Mattacchione, his pigeons, his loft, and inbreeding program.

Articles

A group of articles and editorials addressing various aspects of the sport of pigeon racing and the history of Silvio's line of Spanjaards/Janssens pigeons.

Pigeon Books

Buy fantastic pigeon books online! Selections include The Will to Prepare by Robert Kinney, Rotondo on Racing Pigeons by Joseph Rotondo, and The Pigeon Guide by Dr. Jon Esposito and Shannon Hiatt.

Pigeons For Sale

Some of Silvio Mattacchione's own winning stock is for sale.

Pigeon Consulting

Sivio Mattacchione offers a wide range of racing pigeon consulting services and consults with owners as far away as Australia, Mexico, Taiwan, The Philippines and the United States. Each consultation is tailored specifically to meet the client's needs, and is conducted in as thorough a manner as possible.

Charity Events

Good causes supported by Silvio and the racing pigeon and parrot communities.

Emoticons

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Pigeon Links

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An easy way to navigate a series of pigeon web sites!

Contact Us

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