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Port Perry, Ontario, Canada
Located in the heart of Ontario, Canada, Port Perry's history dates back over 4,000 years to the Iroquois who inhabited the region. Over time, a branch of the Ojibwa called the Mississauaga settled along the shores of Lake Scugog and their descendents live on Scugog Island to this day. The term scugog actually means valley of the shallow water.
The beautiful 19th Century town of Port Perry is located in Scugog Township. Scugog Township is a fantastic farming community as well as a delight for connoisseurs of the Victorian period. Port Perry is the main center of commerce, however, the township is made up of many hamlets and small villages.
Ashdon Farms, home of the Spanjaards/Janssen racing pigeons, is located in one of the most picturesque and productive farming regions in the province of Ontario. Situated on a hill, we can see the surrounding countryside right to the horizon.
Ashdon Farms is a working farm, growing grain crops on its 101 acres. Our crops include corn, barley, and wheat. We are located within minutes of Windfield Farms, one of the greatest race horse breeding facilities in the world, and Hanover Hills Farms, an equally well-known dairy cattle operation. In our region we have world-class race horses, dairy cattle, and now, world-class racing pigeons-more specifically, Spanjaards/Janssens.
Ashdon Farms is dedicated to perpetuating the line of highly successful racing pigeons originally cultivated for over 37 years by that little-known (outside of Holland) Dutch Champion, Mr. Gerrit Spanjaards. Over many years, we have made it a point to give due credit to this soft-spoken National Winner and perennial Combine Champion. Our efforts to this end will continue for as long as we have our pigeons.
Our motto at Ashdon Farms is "Progress Through Genetics", and to this end, we practice a very intense inbreeding program. It would not be overstating the facts to say that our entire loft traces back to one pair of pigeons, our foundation pair, "St. Thomas" (NL-83-8391269) and his mate "Deanna" (NL-84-400753). At sixteen, "St. Thomas" (NL-83-8391269) is still alive and well, although no longer fertile. "Deanna" (NL-84-400753), unfortunately, died in 1997.
Our inbreds are meant to be raced and raced hard. "Phar Lap" (CU-97-OGB-2074) is a prime example of our racing inbreds, having competed in ten races in nine weeks as a yearling in 1998 to eventually win the highest honor1st Champion Old Bird of the 1998 Kawartha North Shore Combine! "Phar Lap" (CU-97-OGB-2074), along with the thirteen other inbreds that represented our entire old bird team, flew a total of 5236.59 km in nine weeks. Very few pigeons, regardless of breeding, can successful tolerate this type of activity.
Ashdon Farms has successfully exported its breeding stock to Australia, Japan, China, Taiwan, Mexico, Holland, Germany, the U. K., and the USA Our highly inbred Spanjaards/Janssens may be the exact cross that you have been searching for to produce that elusive hybrid vigor!
Racing Pigeons Section Contents
Background on Silvio Mattacchione, his pigeons, his loft, and inbreeding program.
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.
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.
Some of Silvio Mattacchione's own winning stock is for sale.
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.
Good causes supported by Silvio and the racing pigeon and parrot communities.
Clever pigeon pictures constructed of keyboard strokes by artist Jerry Downs.
Links to other racing pigeon sites including those of clubs, products, and information resources.
An easy way to navigate a series of pigeon web sites!
Silvio's e-mail, mail, phone, and fax contact information.