Secrets of Champions IV - Reviews
DVD Review - Secrets of Champions IV
By Stuart Fawcett
Pigeon Forum - U.K.
Where to start with Jim Jenner's latest episode in the Secrets of Champions
series of films??
Think you know it all and can't learn anything??
I suggest you think again, after six weeks of filming in Scotland, England,
Northern Ireland, Belgium and America followed by countless hours of
editing/cutting and production of 3D Computer animation, Jim has produced A
MASTERPIECE that will allow us all to re-evaluate if the loft at the bottom
of the garden or on your allotment is as perfect as it looks.
Fanciers as accomplished as Frank Tasker, Ronnie Williamson, Gregg Bros &
McCandless, Geoff Kirkland, Walker & Wilson, Kinnear & Son, Chris & Denise
Sutton, Willy Thas, Alain and Dirk Van den Driessche and the International
Barcelona 2008 winner Danny Vagenende and Alex Bieche allow you to have a
view of how their loft is constructed and how the ventilation works and also
what changes they needed to make to perfect their winning lofts.
Without the perfect loft, your pigeons will not achieve optimum health and
therefore are unable to perform to their full potential.
At 3 hours and 21 minutes in length you certainly get your money's worth and
I am already considering what needs tweaking/fine tuning within our loft
environment to let our team of pigeons step up a gear to achieve their full
In this time of recession Jim also has a couple of interesting uses for
droppings at the end of the film in his special features section alongside
showing how to turn a horsebox into a mobile pigeon loft!
Anyone considering building a new loft or changing their current loft would
do worse than invest in this film as it may save you making some very costly
mistakes or could give that flash of inspiration that means the difference
between 1st National or middle of the pack.
I will be watching this time and again and making detailed studies of how my
current loft functions.
Thanks again Jim and all the fanciers who gave their time to share their
knowledge and roll on "Secrets of Champions V".
By Richard Puccini
One of the most pleasing aspects of this series is the fact that Jim Jenner and his cast are not trying to sell you anything in the way of products, but all are concerned about educating the fancier in good animal husbandry and the “nuts and bolts” associated with the professional management of a team of racing pigeons. Time and again the dvd gives examples of ordinary back garden lofts in which top class performances have been gained. There is no finer illustration of this than the 2008 winner of the Barcelona International, raced by Danny Vangenende. This little chequer hen was racing to a run of the mill back garden loft to beat a field of 23,000+ birds entered by the best fanciers in Europe. Another excellent example is that of possibly the UK’s finest exponent of National racing, Geoff Kirkland. Geoff’s new lofts at Stoke – on – Trent are certainly not palatial and yet they are typical examples of well designed lofts based on the principles of no overcrowding, no drafts, no dampness and access to the early morning sun. The lofts featured cover England, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium and the USA and each fancier interviewed emphasised the same points - NO overcrowding, dampness or drafts .These emphatic statements were backed up by the usual impressive cinematography associated with Jenner films which clearly illustrated how each fancier featured, had developed his winning loft design. I was particularly impressed with the American lofts and their well thought out designs to counteract the fluctuations in day and night time temperatures whilst maintaining excellent internal loft environments.
Once again Jim Jenner has come up with a winner – a DVD that, along with the previous three films in the series, should be an essential part of every fancier’s library. They truly are classics. Congratulations Jim on a fine body of work.
--Gareth Watkins December 2008.
|Secrets of Champions IV is a must see!||December 15, 2008|
|Reviewer: Jeff Mawbey|
Hoping you have Secrets of Champions V in the makings.
Yours in Sport
|Excellent Advice for my loft||December 2, 2008|
|Reviewer: C. Seekell from USA|
|A MASTERPIECE!||December 1, 2008|
|Reviewer: Stuart Fawcett from Pigeon Forum|
|Great Tapes, keep them coming!||December 19, 2008|
|Reviewer: Ron Osgood from Straight Line Lofts, Wisconsin USA|