2018 EMPIRE CLASSIC TRIPLE CROWN One Loft Race

13TH ANNUAL 3 RACE SERIES & ACE BIRDS

Hosted by Linda and Rick Broere
154 Bailey Road, Colborne ON, K0K 1S0
tel: 905-355-1804

email: rickmbroere@gmail.com
Web site: empireclassictriplecrown.com


2017 WAS A GREAT SUCCESS, 2018 WILL BE A SPECTACULAR YEAR

2017 PAYOUTS WERE OVER $115,000 

 2018 PAYOUTS PROJECTED TO BE OVER $150,000

ENTRY FEES: CDN $1,265

AMERICAN FANCIERS 6 BIRD TEAM rate set April 1st, 2018

1st RACE 180 miles, 2nd RACE 240 miles, 3rd RACE 340 miles.

Four birds are fully activated and two birds perch fees are paid. The two extra birds are your replacement birds if any are needed. Extra birds must be activated in the first week of August at the cost of $175 per bird.  

This year, $250 of the entry fee goes towards the 1st Prize of the 340 mile race. $450 + $175 for each activated bird goes towards the general prize fund. $565 is the perch fee and HST taxes.  

Our loft will be undergoing extensive renovations for the 2018 season. When completed we will be able to hold 1400 birds. In 2018 we are accepting 200 teams (1200 birds) from April 1 - May 30. Period.  

The list of those recieving free perch fees for 2018 entries will be published on the message board. 

RESERVE YOUR TEAMS NOW!!! 

2018 Empire Classic Triple Crown

  1. All races will be CLOCKING ORDER.
  2. We use a TRIPLE CROWN format for our longest three races which will include the following three races, EMPIRE CLASSIC 288 km (180 mile), EMPIRE CLASSIC 380 km (240 mile) & EMPIRE CLASSIC 540 km (340 mile). See details below. Distances are approximate and may be altered because of weather conditions at the discretion of Rick Broere.
  3. We will crown a EMPIRE CLASSIC TRIPLE CROWN ACE PIGEON. (See details below)
  4. There is only one way to enter, a 6 BIRD TEAM ($1200 plus applicable tax on perch fee only). ALL BIRDS on the 6 Bird Team, are eligible for the Empire Classic 288 & the Empire Classic 380, and the Empire Classic 540. (all unactivated birds must be activated to participate.)

HST COSTS per 6 BIRD TEAM

Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick: $ 65 per team

BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan: $ 25 per team

USA: Rate to be set April 1st, 2018

EMPIRE CLASSIC 288 (180 mile)

Based on 200 team entry plus 100 activated birds.

This will be the first of three Triple Crown Races and will be flown on or about August 15, 2018. There is no entry fee for this race, it is included in your 6 Bird entry fee. We will payout 5 POSITIONS with the following prize money:

1st Live Clocking Electronic Timing System
2nd Live Clocking Electronic Timing System
3rd Live Clocking Electronic Timing System
4th Live Clocking Electronic Timing System
5th Live Clocking Electronic Timing System

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. 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 380 (240 mile)

Based on 200 team entry plus 100 activated birds

This Race will be flown on or around August 25th. All birds available will be shipped to this race. All birds from your 6 Bird Team are eligible for this race. We will payout 10 positions for this race as follows: Based on 200 team plus 100 activated birds.

1st $5,000     6th $1,000    
2nd $4,000   7th $1,000    
3rd $3,000   8th $1,000
4th $2,000   9th $1,000
5th $1,000   10th $1000

The birds in the first 25 positions will receive a Empire Classic, custom made, personalized diploma. The first 3 birds will receive a Empire Classic medal.

EMPIRE CLASSIC 540 (340 mile)

This is the third race of the Empire Classic Triple Crown. All 2018 EMPIRE CLASSIC ONE LOFT BIRDS are eligible!  This race will be flown on or around September 2, 2018.  We will payout 30 positions for this race based on 200 team entry plus 100 activated birds.

1st $50,000     6th to 9th $3,000
2nd $20,000   10th to 13th $2,000
3rd $10,000   14th to 19th $1,500
4th $5,000   20th to 22nd $1,000
5th $4,000   23rd to 30th  $750

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.

EMPIRE CLASSIC TRIPLE CROWN ACE PIGEON

Based on 200 paid teams plus 100 activated pigions

The bird with the lowest combined flying time over the three Triple Crown Races (Empire Classic 288, Empire Classic 380 & Empire Classic 540) 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:

1st $5,000
2nd $3,000
3rd $2,000

The top three EMPIRE TRIPLE CROWN ACE pigeons will receive a EMPIRE medal as well as a diploma.

Bernie's MASTER BREEDER AWARD (optional)

When you deliver your 6 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 6 bird entry fee. How well you chose your bird will be decided at the EMPIRE CLASSIC 540 (clocking order at the EMPIRE CLASSIC 540 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).

 

 
Based on 200 Teams participating
1st $10,000    
2nd to 11th $1,000  
     
     

Please note, if your Master Breeder bird is lost for any reason it can not be replaced by another Master Breeder bird.

Bernie Bedard has donated (pictured to the right) a beautiful "bbq set", all in a cedar case. This wonderful award goes to the first Master Breeder bird at the Empire Classic 540, thanks Bernie.

GENERAL INFORMATION

WHEN DO YOU SEND YOUR YOUNGSTERS TO EMPIRE FARM?
Birds must arrive at Empire Farm between April 1st and May 30th, 2018. ALL ENTRY and MASTER BREEDER FEES MUST ACCOMPANY YOUR BIRDS.

Please make Canadian cheques payable to "Empire Classic Triple Crown".

Please make US checks payable to "Empire Classic Triple Crown"

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:

DALE ZEHR
10632 Jackson Lane
Carthage, NY 13619
USA
tel: 315-771-9081
email: zehrsloft@yahoo.com

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 288, 380 & 540 results. Training flights and all races will be 'LIVE CLOCKING" on our web site with "WIN COMPANION".

COMMUNICATION:

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 2018: 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: bbloft@videotron.ca

We will post our first inventory mid May.

Following the series, all birds will be returned to the owners at the completion of the race series.

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.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

The Empire Classic 288, Empire Classic 380 & Empire Classic 540 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 !

PLEASE NOTE:

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 2018 Empire Classic 288 and Empire Classic 380 and Empire Classic 540 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 288 but not the EMPIRE CLASSIC 380 or EMPIRE CLASSIC 540 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.

NOTE:

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.