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The Hine Strain of England
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Ken Hine of Hayes, Middlesex, in the land of the rose namely England is one of the most consistent racers at the long distance events and in my humble opinion one of the best distance specialists in Britain at present.Ken Hine is not the only person involved because his wife Lil is also part of a unique pigeon racing relationship or partnership.The male of the partnership was so committed to the sport prior to his marriage that he sought the property of a friend in which to erect a loft. Ken Hine of Hayes, Middlesex, in the land of the rose namely England is one of the most consistent racers at the long distance events and in my humble opinion one of the best distance specialists in Britain at present.Ken Hine is not the only person involved because his wife Lil is also part of a unique pigeon racing relationship or partnership.The male of the partnership was so committed to the sport prior to his marriage that he sought the property of a friend in which to erect a loft.
It 1952 Ken Hine started in the sport and many successes have been obtained since then. Initially he raced the north road in which he done very well but in 1985 the decision was made to turn to the south road. This was an excellent decision for the Hine partnership won 19th Section, 69th Open NFC Pau; followed by 5th Section, 15th Open in 1986; 8th Section, 52nd Open 1987; 17th Section, 40th Open 1988.This was to be the beginning of a very fruitful period of success at the distance.

They have also won 49th & 70th Open, three times Palamos, including 8th Section, 14th Open; 7th Open, 12th Section and 76th Open; 3rd Open BICC Barcelona, 25th Open BBC Palamos; 14th Open Palamos (2002) 686 miles.Followed by1st Section, 3rd Open NFC Pau in 2002. There have also been other successes with a 2nd Open from Palamos.

Initially the base of the family derived from George Burgess and Tubby Tate, and since then other bloodlines have been intriduced, from Peter Titmuss, Jim Biss, the Fear Bros and Eric Cannon. A Natural racer initially but eventually Widowhood has been the system prevailing.

In management terms the Hine family are trained very thoroughly and the inland races are treated as an extension of that training.Training is so much a pivotal factor by the Hines that some birds may not see a race until they are a year old but they are very careful with the youngsters ensuring that they do not face the English channel before the yearling stage.Proper training is something that we can neglect but in order to get the racers into form and condition it is an important part of management.The Hines epitomises this requirement by all accounts.

Ken Hine is of the strong opinion that blood will tell according to my source and this is based upon the best of feeding coupled with pure clean water in association with the above referred to excellent training. This is the best advice that any beginner or novice should hang above their beds to remind them of their duties if they want to succeed in the sport.And that is 'consistent success' not the form of once in a blue moon success so to speak.The birds also receive their annual treatment against coccidiosis, canker and worms.

Finally, at the time of writing this article Ted and Lil Hine has just won 5th Section D, 10th Open British Barcelona Club Blue Riband National from Palamos, 2005, at a distance of approximately 685 miles. Confirming as if it was necessary my opinion relating to this great modern English strain.


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by: Liam O Comain

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