2017 EMPIRE CLASSIC TRIPLE CROWN One Loft Race
12TH ANNUAL 3 Race Series
5 BIRD TEAM COST $ 1000 (Canadian funds) plus tax, this includes PERCH and ENTRY COST
AMERICAN FANCIERS 5 BIRD TEAM rates to be set April 1st 2017
2017 Empire Classic Triple Crown
TOTAL COST of 5 Bird Team entries:
EMPIRE CLASSIC 300 (180 mile)
Based on 1000 bird entry
This will be the first of three Triple Crown Races and will be flown on or about August 27, 2017. There is no entry fee for this race, it is included in your 5 Bird entry fee. We will payout 5 POSITIONS with the following prize money: Based on 1000 entries total payout $5,000
The first 5 positions in this race will receive a Empire Classic, custom made, personalized diploma. The first, second & third bird will receive a Empire Classic medal, engraved with the owners name and band number of the bird. Exact date of this race will be posted on the Message board one day before race day, you are welcome to view the return of the birds but no "facilities" will be provided. Note: All available birds will be shipped to this race at the discretion of management (Rick Broere).
EMPIRE CLASSIC 500 (316 mile)
Based on 1050 bird entry
This is the main money race to be flown on or around September 3rd. All birds available will be shipped to this race. All birds from your 5 Bird Team are eligible for this race, NO ACTIVATION REQUIRED. We will payout 38 positions for this race as follows: Based on 1000 bird entry total payout $90,000
The birds in the first 38 positions will receive a Empire Classic, custom made, personalized diploma. The first 3 birds will receive a Empire Classic medal, engraved with the owners name and band number of the bird.
EMPIRE MARATHON 600 (380 mile)
This is the third race of the Empire Classic Triple Crown. This race requires a separate entry fee and a minimum of 100 paid entries. This race will take place 1 to 2 weeks after the Empire Classic 500. You do not have to commit to entering this race until after the Empire Classic 500. There will be a completely separate fee charged for this race which will go toward expenses and prize money. All 2017 EMPIRE CLASSIC ONE LOFT BIRDS are eligible!
BIRDS MUST BE NOMINATED AND ENTRY MONEY PAID NO LATER THAN MARATHON SHIPPING DAY.
COST : $125 per bird, includes $25 perch fee (plus applicable tax on perch fee)
EMPIRE MARATHON 600 birds will be released by themselves!
EMPIRE CLASSIC MARATHON PRIZE PAYOUT: 1 prize for every 15 birds entered. For example 195 birds gives 13 prizes. Prize breakdown will be posted prior to the race.
Entry money paid for birds entered in the Empire Classic Marathon but not shipped, $100 per bird will be returned to owner. (Shipping of birds at the discretion of Rick Broere).
NOTE: The Empire Marathon 600 will only be held if we have at least 100 birds entered.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL birds will start loft flying and road training shortly after the EMPIRE CLASSIC 500. All birds who have returned from the EMPIRE CLASSIC 500 will be trained whether they are nominated for the EMPIRE MARATHON 600 or not. We are not responsible for any EMPIRE CLASSIC 500 birds lost during the preparation for the MARATHON 600 race.
EMPIRE MARATHON 600 (380 mile) (based on 245 birds): TOTAL PRIZE MONEY: $24,500
All prize money winning birds will receive a custom made, personalized Empire Classic diploma and the first 3 birds will receive a Empire Marathon medal, engraved with the owners name and band number of the bird.
EMPIRE CLASSIC TRIPLE CROWN ACE PIGEON
Based on 1000 paid entries
The bird with the lowest combined flying time over the three Triple Crown Races (Empire Classic 300, Empire Classic 500 & Empire Marathon 600) will be crowned the EMPIRE CLASSIC TRIPLE CROWN ACE PIGEON. We will provide prizes for the top 3 birds in the EMPIRE CLASSIC TRIPLE CROWN ACE PIGEON competition as follows:
The top three EMPIRE TRIPLE CROWN ACE pigeons will receive a EMPIRE medal, engraved with the owners name and band number of the bird as well as a diploma.
NOTE: If we DO NOT have a EMPIRE MARATHON 600 the money set aside (ie $10,000) will instead be distributed to the top birds at the Empire Classic 500 on a 25% dimensioning bases until the money runs out.
Bernie's MASTER BREEDER AWARD (optional)
When you deliver your 5 bird team to Empire Farm you nominate ONE bird from your team to represent you as a MASTER BREEDER, Canadian fanciers pay $100 (No Taxes), US fanciers pay $85 (US funds) on top of your 5 bird entry fee. How well you chose your bird will be decided at the EMPIRE CLASSIC 500 (clocking order at the EMPIRE CLASSIC 500 only). We will award prizes as follows: 50% of your $100 will be given as a "winner take all" prize, the other 50% will be given out in 10 to 1 prizes (a prize for every 10 birds entered). Total $20,000 in prizes are as follows based on 200 Master Breeders.
NEW IN 2017: Along with your 5 bird team, one additional bird, per team, can be sent to us when you deliver your team/teams. You will have to pay the perch fee plus tax for this bird along with your 5 bird team entry, USA fanciers pay $90 (US funds) This bird will then be available as a replacement, up to July 1st if anything happens to one of your birds, if, on July 1st, you have not lost any of your birds then an additional payment of $100 (USA fanciers pay $85 US funds) will fully activate this bird for further racing. Only activated birds will be kept in the loft after July 1st. We will continue to allow free replacement of any sick birds during the delivery period only (April 1st to June 1st). the advantage of paying the perch fee for an extra bird per team is that the bird is available as a replacement until July 1st and also we do not do an inventory until mid June so we would not be aware of any birds lost off the roof or taken by a hawk etc during the delivery period, we would only be aware of sick birds. Another advantage is for those shipping from across Canada or the USA, it is not convenient and it is expensive to send replacement birds, this way you can just send an extra bird in the box.
WHEN DO YOU SEND YOUR YOUNGSTERS TO EMPIRE FARM?
Please make Canadian cheques payable to "Empire Classic Triple Crown".
Please make US checks payable to "Rick Broere"
CANADIAN BIRD ENTRIES: Empire Classic Triple Crown bird entries from Canadian fanciers can be delivered in person to Rick Broere, 154 Baily Drive, Colborne ON, or can be shipped by WEST JET or Air Canada to TORONTO, ONTARIO Airport. We will pick up birds at Toronto Airport on Thursday evenings only, please contact Rick Broere prior to shipping your birds.
ATTENTION AMERICAN FANCIERS! Simply mail your birds via US POST to our AMERICAN CONTACT, Dale Zehr, in New York (see info below). We will get the vet health permits (no quarantine required) and we will deliver your birds to the Empire Classic Triple Crown One Loft Race. Best of all WE WILL PAY ALL EXPENSES, you just have to get your birds to our AMERICAN CONTACT.
AMERICAN BIRD ENTRIES: Empire Classic Triple Crown bird entries from American fanciers can be delivered by Air or in person or by US Postal Service to:
MANAGEMENT of EMPIRE CLASSIC TRIPLE CROWN BIRDS:
Classic birds will be managed by Rick and Linda Broere. The care, training and management of the Empire Classic Triple Crown birds is at the sole discretion of Rick Broere. The TAURIS One Loft electronic timing system will be used for recording training results and for the Empire Classic 300, 500 & Empire Marathon 600 results. Training flights and all races will be 'LIVE CLOCKING" on our web site with "WIN COMPANION".
Our main means of communication with our Empire Classic Triple Crown participants will be our web site: www.empireclassictriplecrown.com Please check our "MESSAGE BOARD" on a regular bases for ongoing updates. We will provide a MAIL OUT PACKAGE TO EVERY PERSON who has entered the EMPIRE CLASSIC TRIPLE CROWN ONE LOFT.
NEW IN 2017: In an effort to help communication between the Empire Classic and our French speaking friends flow more freely we have enlisted the assistance of Bernie Bedard. Bernie can explain our rules, in the French language, to our French speaking participants. Bernie can be reached at 613-487-2649 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will post our first inventory mid June.
Following the completion of the race series there will be an online auction held through choicepigeon.com. Every remaining bird will be sold. Proceeds of the auction will be divided 50% for the breeder and 50% for distribution to all clubs registered with the Canadian Racing Pigeon Union. These funds will give them the opportunity to promote the hobby of racing pigeons throughout Canada.
PLEASE NOTE: We are a legal, registered business called "EMPIRE CLASSIC TRIPLE CROWN". We abide by all Canadian laws, as such, we declare our profits as income and pay income tax on those profits. ALL registered businesses must, by law, collect HST or GST if the business has a GROSS ANNUAL REVENUE of $30,000 or more. Anyone in Canada not collecting HST or GST is breaking the law. After lengthy conversations with Revenue Canada I know exactly what is required of the EMPIRE CLASSIC TRIPLE CROWN regarding collecting taxes. Only a few Provinces have switched to HST (Harmonized Sales Tax), Ontario is one of those Provinces, others have kept the old system by not combining the PST (Provincial Sales Tax) and the GST (Goods and Services Tax), Alberta, for example, is one of those Provinces that have kept the Taxes separate. On top of all this the amount of tax, HST, GST and PST may also vary from Province to Province. What does this mean to Empire Classic and you?? Even though our business, EMPIRE CLASSIC TRIPLE CROWN resides in Ontario, if birds are sent to me from another Province I must charge the tax that is applicable to that Province. If the bird entry is coming from a Province that has HST (combined GST & PST) I must collect the HST that is applicable to that Province. If the bird entry is coming from a Province that has not establish an HST and has not combined the GST and PST than I charge the GST ONLY. For this reason entries WILL NOT include perch fee taxes since they vary from Province to Province. I also inquired about our entries from America, American entries will pay at the Ontario rate which is HST at 13% on the team perch fee ($500) only.
DIRECTIONS to 154 BAILEY DRIVE:
Travelers from the west take 401 and exit 497 (The Big Apple), turn south to the village of Colborne and turn east on Hwy 2. Travel 3 km on Hwy 2 to Little Lake Road N for 1.5 km. Turn left on Bailey Drive 500ft to house. Travelers from the east take 401 and exit 509 (Hwy 30), turn south into the village of Brighton and turn west on Hwy 2. Travel 10 km on Hwy 2, turn north on Little Lake Road for 1.5 km. Turn left on Bailey Drive 500ft to house.
DIRECTIONS to EMPIRE FARM:
Travelers from the west take 401 and exit 497 (The Big Apple), turn south to the village of Colborne and turn east on Hwy 2. Travel 7 km on Hwy 2 to Hunt Rd, turn south on Hunt Rd to 184. Travelers from the east take 401 and exit 509 (Hwy 30), turn south into the village of Brighton and turn west on Hwy 2. Travel 6 km on Hwy 2 to Hunt Rd, turn south on Hunt Rd to 184.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are using GPS directions you must use CRAMAHE as the city instead of Brighton.
PLACES to STAY during the CLASSIC:
A variety of accommodations are available for our out of town guest. There are a number of excellent “Bed and Breakfast” establishments as well as a small motel in the immediate area. About ½ hour away are a selection of larger hotels.
The Empire Classic 300, Empire Classic 500 & Empire Marathon 600 are 2 day races. If there is only one bird home in race time all prize money will go to that bird, two birds split is 60% & 40%, three birds split 50%. 30% & 20%, four birds split 40%, 30%, 20% & 10%, five or more clocked birds will rotate through the remaining prizes until all money is paid out. If there are no birds home in 2 days the prize money will be returned to the race participants at the sole discretion of Rick Broere. All prize money paid out in Canadian funds !
If all birds are lost for any reason your perch fee ($100 plus applicable taxes per bird) will not be refunded. This includes loss of your birds through health, thief, fire etc or any "Act of God". If the 2017 Empire Classic 300 and Empire Classic 500 are cancelled for any reason your capitol entry (less perch fee and applicable taxes) payment (without interest) will be returned to you. If we race the EMPIRE CLASSIC 300 but not the EMPIRE CLASSIC 500 a portion of your capitol NET entry cost will be returned to you. The amount of the portion returned will be at the sole discretion of Rick Broere.
The EMPIRE CLASSIC organizers will settle any disputes that may arise and their decision will be final. The EMPIRE CLASSIC organizers reserve the right to prohibit any individual or group of individuals from participation in the Empire Classic. All birds entered in the Empire Classic One Loft will be considered the property of the person entering the birds, any dispute regarding ownership of the birds must be settled by the person entering the birds and the rightful owner, Empire Classic organizers are not responsible for settling ownership issues. Linda and Rick Broere WILL NOT have birds competing in the EMPIRE CLASSIC ONE LOFT.