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 The Dordin Strain of France
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The founder of this great world renowned strain apparently would tap a walking stick and just like a regiment of soldiers his pigeons obeyed and done what was required of them. Now I'm old enough in the tooth so to speak and because of life experience I would not doubt the veracity of the first sentence. At any rate myths can grow around a wonderful enterprise and that is what I am writing about - the story of a great enterprise in the sport of pigeon racing. Pierre Dordin was a legend in his lifetime and his racing and breeding lofts were called 'Villa Patience' which stood below the Church tower in Harnes, France. With a background in farming prior to opening a pharmacy Dordin no doubt had learned much about animal husbandry for he was a maestro at the sport. So much so that his name is as revered as much as the earlier Wegge, Hansenne or Gurnay. The founder of this great world renowned strain apparently would tap a walking stick and just like a regiment of soldiers his pigeons obeyed and done what was required of them. Now I'm old enough in the tooth so to speak and because of life experience I would not doubt the veracity of the first sentence. At any rate myths can grow around a wonderful enterprise and that is what I am writing about - the story of a great enterprise in the sport of pigeon racing. Pierre Dordin was a legend in his lifetime and his racing and breeding lofts were called 'Villa Patience' which stood below the Church tower in Harnes, France. With a background in farming prior to opening a pharmacy Dordin no doubt had learned much about animal husbandry for he was a maestro at the sport. So much so that his name is as revered as much as the earlier Wegge, Hansenne or Gurnay.

 

 

 

The son of a fancier Pierre Dordin was born into the sport which he loved and he knew that in order to succeed in it one had to have an abundance of patience and a tight regime of management. Hence the name of the lofts and the story of the tapping control. As a master of his art the founder of this strain knew that if he put the best into management that in turn his breeders and racers would eventually reward him and this they did. His discipline in his management, and it was hard, perhaps also derived from the fact that he was an ex- soldier who had answered the call in defence of his country in the World War. The son of a fancier Pierre Dordin was born into the sport which he loved and he knew that in order to succeed in it one had to have an abundance of patience and a tight regime of management. Hence the name of the lofts and the story of the tapping control. As a master of his art the founder of this strain knew that if he put the best into management that in turn his breeders and racers would eventually reward him and this they did. His discipline in his management, and it was hard, perhaps also derived from the fact that he was an ex- soldier who had answered the call in defence of his country in the World War.

Prior to a regime of management however one had to have pigeons to manage and the Dordin base arose from his father's colony. But we all know that we need crosses for the benefit of our stock therefore pigeons from the Commines, Hansenne and Stichelbaut strains plus some stock from Felix Rey were brought in. The latter contained Grooter bloodlines and it apparently contributed to an increase in the Dordins phenotype.This would appear to be the main input but I tend to believe that under the control of Dordin and his great loft manager Guy Barre other crosses were made if it was warranted.

 

Initially racing wise Dordin had some success and it grew but it was in the decade of the 1960s which saw all his hard work come to fruition. For in 1966 in a race from Angouleme the Dordins took the first 8 positions which included such greats as 'Spahi', 'Papillion' and 'Ramses' from an entry exceeding 3,000 birds. However one could not imagine what the following year would present to 'Villa Patience' and neither could I believe Pierre Dordin would either for in 1967 the new strain won 4 Nationals and 2nd International St. Vincent at a distance of 580 miles. Yes, the Dordins had arrived!

The following year saw more success with the famous 'Scout' winning 1st International San Sebastian whereas the 'Ut' in 1969 won the National from St. Vincent. In fact 4 of the Dordin strain finished within the first 8 in that race. In due course as the Dordin success went into top gear it is believed that many fanciers in France and in other European countries at the big races where in unison asking the question: 'What is Dordins time?' So many were his successes that a list of them would exceed the space which I have...

In this insight into a great strain and as a tribute it should be noted that it was not easy for any French pigeons to overcome the drag of other countries in the great International races but Dordin proved that it could be done if one had the right bloodlines and a committed managerial mindset. In a sense he was a pioneer and I hope that his example and spirit will influence the distance flyers of Britain and Ireland to follow suit. For there are more Internationals out there to be won!


Liam O Comain  -
by: Liam O Comain

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