16 June 2018
After reviewing the entry status and contacting breeders who signed up but hadn’t sent birds yet:
We have exteneded the entry date to register and/or send your birds no later than 15 July 2018 – of course, we are doing this to encourage more entries.
We had about 20 fliers who changed their minds for various reasons. Some breeders indicated they were concerned about the date change and the impact it would have on their birds. Every breeder knows the limitations of their own birds and what works best for them. So, next year we will post the date and stick with it.
We completed an inventory and breeders with missing birds have been contacted. We have removed those breeder names who reset their birds to “0” OR who have not sent birds so far.
So, if your intentions are/were to fly this race, register and contact Mike Garrett as soon as possible.
Thanks to ALL the fliers who signed up and thanks to those who considered the race but didn’t enter – we hope to see you next year.
06 June 2018
First – Never forget “D Day” 6th of June 1944 – over 10,000 aircraft, over 6,300 vessels, more than 166,000 men landing for the invasion of France and the defeat of the Germans. More than 14,000 casualties – and 4 Medal of Honor recipients. God Bless them ALL!!!
On a lighter note:
I have added a “subpage” to the Menu. Hover over “Top Breeder Challenge” and you will see “TBC Pictures and Video” link. I put a few pictures up there for your viewing pleasure. As of last week, the birds were doing great. They are being let out in small groups of 25 or so to keep the hawk impact minimal on the flock. The health is great and over 100 birds are out and flying (small groups) and grouping up around the loft.
Thank you to all who have entered!
19 May 2018
Please Click on the “Updates” on the menu bar above for the most recent update. The date for the race is now set for 27 October, 2018. This was done to make sure the birds have more daylight for a 325-350 mile race and a little better weather pattern. We said from the start that your entries will get the best care and we want to make sure that each breeders’ birds have the best chance of a peak performance. For those who aren’t familiar with this course (east to west); the birds will have to navigate through the Nevada desert, climb the Sierra (9,000 feet) and then basically have a light to moderate headwind for the last 75 miles. It can be fast on given days with the right conditions. Please see the “Update” page for more information.
04 May 2018
Well…. we’re at 89% capacity now! Thanks to all of you who have signed up. We have over 50% of the birds sent in so far and they’re looking good. We will keep you advised if something should happen to one of your entries – that way you will have plenty of time for a replacement bird.
Again, thank you to the 89 who have signed up thus far – the first 100 fliers will have priority next year. This race will never have more than 100 fliers, so if you sign up as number 101 or greater, you will go on the waiting list for the following year. So, don’t delay in entering !
06 March 2018
PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO SEND BIRDS ON SATURDAY – HIGHLY RECOMMEND BREEDERS SEND BIRDS ON MONDAY, TUESDAY, AND RISKY ON WEDNESDAY IF YOU’RE OUT OF STATE. WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR ENTRIES GETTING THE BEST CARE AND FOUR DAYS IN A SHIPPING BOX IS NOT A GOOD START FOR YOUR VALUABLE ENTRIES. MAKE SURE YOU PUT MIKE CAMBRA AND MIKE GARRETTS PHONE NUMBER ON THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR SHIPPING BOX
01 March 2018
ALL Updates Will Now Be Posted On Wincompanion Under The “Updates” Category.
Please Click On Updates or Wincompanion On The Menu At The Top Of This Page
PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR PERCH FEES (IF NOT ALREADY PAID) AND RULES & INFORMATION ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM WITH YOUR SHIPMENT. YOU CAN ONLY SEND BIRDS TO MIKE CAMBRA’S ADDRESS. BUT PLEASE WRITE MIKE CAMBRA’S AND MIKE GARRETT’S PHONE NUMBER ON THE SHIPPING FORM/BOX.
We Are At 66% Capacity And Are NOW Accepting Birds From 1 March 2018 to 15 June 2018
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“TOP BREEDERS CHALLENGE”
ONE LOFT RACE
“TWO BIRD LIMIT”
AND SOLE PROPRIETOR OF TOP BREEDERS CHALLENGE
AU ALL AMERICAN MIKE CAMBRA
It Is Very Important To Read This Entire Document – It Includes ALL Rules, Requirements, Fees, Schedules, Forms, And Prizes For This Event. Summarized Information Can Be Accessed Using The Site Menu.
The Wincompanion Link Is Fully Operational. Wincompanion Includes Updates, Breeders, Birds, Results, Reservations, And Sign Up Links.
Please Click On The WINCOMPANION LINK At The Top Of This Page To Make Your Reservations.
We Will Also Be Adding A Link To A Local Hotel For The Event Once We Have Selected An Appropriate Location.
1. There will be a two bird limit per breeder. One “A” bird and one “B” bird. Nominate your “A” and “B” bird two weeks before race.
2. Perch fees: One Bird $250. Two birds $300. Perch fees are non-refundable and must be sent with your entries. An Acknowledgement of Rules and Information form Click Here must be sent with perch fees. Fees can be paid in advance to reserve your spot.
3. TBC will only be accepting 200 birds between March 1 until June 15 and replacement birds until June 15th.
4. Entry fee for “A” Race $1000. Entry fee for “B” Race $500.
5. Entry fees to be paid two weeks prior to the race. “A” AND “B” RELEASE.
Two separate races released 30 minutes apart.
6. Breeders who send two birds will nominate their birds two weeks before the race; either in the “A” Race or “B” Race. Breeders sending two birds and who lose a bird; that one remaining bird automatically goes into the “A” Race.
If you send only one bird, you are automatically in the “A” race. You cannot enter the “B” race only – entries are progressive – you must have a bird entered in the “A” race if you want to ALSO enter the “B” race.
7. All entry fees will go toward prize money. Any birds lost prior to shipping will result in the breeder having their entry fee refunded; if previously paid.
8. Our race will be 325 to 350 miles depending on race day weather conditions. The race is planned for Sat. Nov. 12, 2018.
9. All birds belong to Breeders/Owners of entry or entries, no buy backs, no auctions.
10. All birds returning from the race will be shipped back to the owners free of charge. “NO RETURN SHIPPING FEES”. Those outside the continental U.S. are excluded and will receive up to a $60 credit for shipping.
11. Must be 21 years of age to enter.
12. TBC will not be responsible for birds lost as a result of unforeseen events.
13. Loft manager, MIKE CAMBRA reserves the right to make any and all final decisions.
14. MIKE CAMBRA reserves the right to refuse entry to any breeder or attendee at his discretion.
15. All birds that do not have their entry fees paid the night of shipping will become property of TBC and will be sold. First come/first served basis. New owner pays $1.00 for the bird or birds and the bird(s) entry fees.
16. Prize money will be computed depending on how many birds are shipped to the “A” and “B” Races. There will be a $5,000 “TOP BREEDER” Bonus for the breeder with the best average speed bird. This means the breeder must have a bird entered in both races and both birds must clock to be eligible for the $5,000 Bonus.
*If 100 birds are shipped to the “A” race: 1st place $40,000. 2nd $10,000. 3rd $5,000. 4th $5,000. 5th $5,000. 6th through 10th $2500. 11th through 30th $1,000. If the 1st drop is more than 1 bird the prizes will be split equally between the number of birds, based on the cumulative value of the prizes on the drop e.g., 5 birds in the first drop will be awarded equal shares of the value of 1st through 5th place. After the 1st drop, the prizes will be awarded in clocking order.
*If 50 birds are shipped to the “B” Race: 1st Bird $10,000. 2nd Bird $2500. 3rd Bird $2,000. 4th through 12th $1,000. The same “drop rule” applies as noted for the “A” race.
17. All birds will be vaccinated for P.M.V. and have their 9th and 10th flights clipped upon arrival.
18. The Loft manager, Mike Cambra and his assistant – Mike Garrett are not permitted to enter birds in the race.
19. WINCOMPANION will be used for our clocking system. All other information will be on that site for breeders to follow.
20. Daily information on your birds and training days will be posted on Wincompanion.
21. There will be a waiting list after the loft is full with our max 200 birds limit. 2018 breeders will have first chance entries the following year. Registration and perch fees must be sent in by April 15th. After that date, entries will open up for waiting list breeders until the max bird limit is reached.
22. W-9 forms Click Here must be filled out to collect any and all prizes won that are over $600.00. No W9 form – no payout!
23. All checks made out to: TOP BREEDERS CHALLENGE
Required Forms Must Be Mailed or E-Mail To To Mike Cambra Or Mike Garrett. W9 Forms Must Be In Our Possession No Later Than 2 Weeks Prior To Shipping Night Of The Race
BIRDS MUST BE SHIPPED TO MIKE CAMBRA
– ONLY –
The Acknowledgement Form Must Be Completed, Signed, And Submitted Along With Your Perch Fees Prior To, Or With All Birds Shippped To Top Breeders Challenge Loft.
3415 Kastania Road
Petaluma, CA 94952
921 Sonoma Vista Drive
Sonoma, CA 95476
Any questions please call Mike or Mike