Terms and conditions 2017 entrants to VFWCPR

  • 1. Participants may enter one or more teams consisting of 1 eligible pigeon and up to 4 reserve pigeons per team (see entry & payment form). An entrant may opt to send fewer or no reserve pigeons in a team.

  • 2. An eligible pigeon is designated as such when the individual bird entry fee of USD 950 has been paid and confirmed as being received. All payments must be made to Victoria Falls World Challenge Pigeon Race Ltd (see entry & payment form). Entrants can choose to pay for all 5 pigeons in a team of 5 upon entry for a discounted sum of USD 3 500 for the full team of 5. In which case all 5 pigeons will be activated upon entry and there will be no reserve pigeons for that team.

  • 3. Payment must be made prior to the receipt of pigeons by the VFWCPR Ltd designated agents (see designated agents) and proof of payment submitted to the agent and copied to VFWCPR via email (all payments must be net after bank charges). If payment has not been received before 31st August 2017 then the pigeons may become Venture Racers and available for sale to anyone.

  • 4. Payment for quarantine and shipping must be made by the entrant on submission to the quarantine facility which will be co-ordinated by the designated agent. All pigeons must be vaccinated against Paramyxovirus at 28 days old and again 28 days later or upon entry into the pre quarantine facility.

  • 5. There will be a number of scheduled intakes of pigeons for quarantine prior to shipping which must be organised through designated agents. Intakes by agents will be from March to June 2017, contact them for specific dates.

  • 6. During the period of quarantine and prior to any pigeons being shipped to Zimbabwe an entrant will have the opportunity to send replacement birds should any die or need replacing before shipping. Advice of replacement must come from your designated VFWCPR agent and onus of liaison about replacements rests with the entrant. No replacements can be sent after the last scheduled intake organised by the respective agents.

  • 7. The entrant must stipulate on the entry form the eligible pigeon and the reserves in order of preference. If the order is not stipulated then the pigeons will be entered in numerical order from lowest to highest. An entrant has the option to change the eligible pigeon from the list of reserves in that team up to 48 hours prior to the first Hotspot. No further changes will be allowed.

  • 8. Reserve pigeons only become eligible pigeons if a further USD 950 is paid for the selected reserve or when an eligible pigeon is lost or unable to participate.

  • 9. Reserve pigeons will automatically fill the place of a previously eligible pigeon if it is not present or unable to take part in an up and coming prize money race.

  • 10. Any eligible pigeon which is replaced by a reserve which is subsequently deemed fit enough to continue training and racing in the absolute discretion of the trainer, will continue as a reserve pigeon as the next in line. This pigeon can only re-enter as an eligible pigeon if the fee of USD 950 is paid or if it takes the place of the eligible pigeon through the normal reserve replacement process.

  • 11. Only eligible pigeons qualify for prize money at the designated Hotspots and final race (see prize money). The proof of any payment made to activate a reserve pigeon must be emailed to us at least 72 hours prior to the basketing of any prize money race in order to qualify for that race. Any lesser period may be accepted if evidence of receipt of payment into VFWCPR Ltd is presented prior to basketing for a particular race.

  • 12. Entrants will have an opportunity to activate any reserve pigeon up to 72 hours prior to basketing by paying the USD 950 fee. If any bird is not activated by the original entrant within 7 days after the last Hotspot VFWCPR may sell the rights to prize money to any third party who pays the entrance fee. The rights to the share of sale proceeds after conclusion of the final race as defined herein will remain with the original entrant even if the bird is not paid for by the entrant.

  • 13. Only pigeons that have been activated will be awarded prize money in the hotspot and final races. If an un-activated pigeon (reserve or venture) is timed in a prize money position it will not count. Instead the next activated pigeon in line will earn the prize.

  • 14. Only eligible pigeons are entered into the Ace Bird Competition (see Ace Bird Competition). No Venture Racers who may become eligible as defined herein may enter the ACE Bird Competition.

  • 15. For the 2017 year of entry all pigeons must bear seamless identification life rings issued by a recognised Racing Pigeon Organisation showing the number, year and particulars of the issuing organisation and must bear 2017 year rings. No pigeon bearing older rings will be accepted.

  • 16. Pigeons once entered as a team cannot be transferred to another team or entrant except in the case of reserve pigeons which may be purchased by a third party as defined herein.

  • 17. Pigeons will be quarantined in batches according to the laws and requirements of the veterinary department of Zimbabwe and then sent to the race loft in Victoria Falls for orientation (see training & race program).

  • 18. VFWCPR Ltd reserves the right to vary the training program to cater for inclement or unfavourable weather conditions or for any other reason deemed necessary for the welfare of the birds or in the best interests of the events.

  • 19. All pigeons upon entry are given over to VFWCPR Ltd for the management and care during racing and training and ownership is vested with VFWCPR Ltd. The rights to the portion of prize money and sale proceeds as defined herein will remain with the breeder/entrant. The method of care, training and racing will be at the sole discretion of the VFWCPR Ltd management team.

  • 20. Loss of pigeons during quarantine, training and racing whether by hazardous conditions, sickness or injury is to be expected and although prudent management will be used to mitigate against losses the VFWCPR Ltd will not be held responsible for any losses.

  • 21. Should an entrant lose a paid for pigeon and there is no reserve available to replace it prior to entering in the final race and provided that neither it nor one of its subsequent replacements have won any prize money, the entrant will receive a credit in their account of the amount paid for that pigeon to be used on a new team in the following year. A team may be entered for each lost pigeon that has no replacement. The term for the credit under this rule will expire after one race season and is not carried forward thereafter.

  • 22. A limited number of young pigeons will be available for purchase from the World Challenge Stud to enter into VFWCPR. This will be on a first come first served basis. This option may be preferred by entrants who are unable to ship because of veterinary restrictions or who may prefer to avoid the shipping and quarantine costs. Once pigeons are purchased they will be entered under the new owner’s name.

  • 23. On conclusion of the race season all pigeons will be sold at the sole discretion of VFWCPR Ltd. 50% of the net proceeds after sale costs will be paid to the registered entrant for normally entered pigeons. The balance of the sale proceeds will be split between VFWCPR Ltd and to nominated trusts or charities at the sole discretion of VFWCPR Ltd. The sale proceeds from Venture Racers will be treated differently (see Venture Racers).

  • 24. Entrants are encouraged to supply pedigrees to maximise the sale price of the birds. These pedigrees can be supplied with the birds to the agents or scanned and emailed to us direct. Pigeons supplied without pedigrees will not be exported for sale.

  • 25. It is expected that most surviving pedigreed pigeons after the race will be exported to maximise sale prices.

  • 26. If a syndicate is registering pigeons for participation there must be one nominated individual or company for communication purposes and for receipt of prize money and after race sale proceeds.

  • 27. VFWCPR Ltd will donate to the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust (see Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust website) and other designated trusts or charities through the Venture Racer concept (see Venture Racers).

  • 28. No shareholder in the company Victoria Falls World Challenge Pigeon Race Ltd or any member of the management and training team or their family members may participate for prize money in the race.

  • 29. The pigeons entered into the final race and the prize money winning pigeons will be verified by independent auditors.

  • 30. Upon entry to the race it is deemed that the entrant fully understands and agrees to the terms and conditions contained herein.

  • 31. Any dispute that may arise after any race or the interpretation of these terms and conditions must be referred in the first instance to;
    Managing Director,
    Victoria Falls World Challenge Pigeon Race Ltd,
    Montagu Pavilion,
    8-10 Queensway,
    GX 111 AA,
    Gibraltar.
    If the dispute is not amicably resolved then it will be referred to arbitration for settlement under the laws of Gibraltar.

  • 32. In terms of law the English version of these terms and conditions will be used as the official version.

Total Prize Money
$700 000 USD
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Upcoming Event(s)
Name: Race - Hotspot 2
Distance: 161km
Liberation Point: Gwayi River
Release Time: 2017-12-16 05:30:00
Final Race Date

26th January 2018


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