Terms and conditions VFWCPR – 2019 entrants for 2020 race series

  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. Right of entry is reserved.
  2. An eligible pigeon is designated as such when the individual bird entry fee of USD 950 (net after bank charges) 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). An early bird discounted fee of USD 4 250 is offered if an entrant pays for a full team of 5 pigeons. The discounted fee is not for a part team and must be paid before or by 31st December 2019. In which case all 5 pigeons will be activated upon entry and there will be no reserve pigeons for that team.
  3. If an entrant pays for all their remaining birds, provided it is 10 or more pigeons, by 31 December 2019 then the activation fee will be at USD 850 per bird.
  4. 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 towards entries in the following year. The credit under this rule will expire after one race season and is not carried forward thereafter. Any credits for lost pigeons from a previous year will be applied to pigeons in the current year in order of activation, in other words the credits will be used up first. Credits may be used to activate “For Sale” pigeons or reserve pigeons which remain available after Hotspot 5 instead of receiving the credit for use in the following year. The exception to this clause is that any paid for pigeon which is entered into the Super Ace competition cancels out any credits for that activation (see Super Ace terms).
  5. An entry of at least 1 pigeon per team entered must be paid for 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). Fancier accounts will be credited with the amount received by VFWCPR. If payment has not been received before or on 31st December 2019 the pigeons may be sold to third parties or removed from the competition.
  6. Payment for quarantine and shipping must be made by the entrant on admission to the quarantine facility which will be co-ordinated by the designated agent. All pigeons must be vaccinated against Paramyxovirus at 21 to 24 days old, preferably with a herpes PMV combo vaccine. It would also be desirable to vaccinate against paratyphoid.
  7. There will be several scheduled intakes of pigeons for quarantine prior to shipping which must be organised through designated agents. Intakes by agents will be from July to October 2019 Please contact them for specific dates. VFWCPR reserves the right to cancel later shipments if it is felt that the loft capacity will be exceeded.
  8. 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. Advice of the need to replace must come from your designated VFWCPR agent and onus of liaison about replacements rests with the entrant. No replacements can be shipped from abroad after the last scheduled intake organised by the respective agents. Replacements can be taken from “For Sale” pigeons for a donation of USD 50 which will go to the Wildlife Trust. If taken no guarantee is given on the birds’ performance and survival.
  9. 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 order of their pigeons in a team up to 48 hours prior to the first Hotspot. No further changes will be allowed.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Any eligible pigeon which is replaced by a reserve which is subsequently deemed fit enough to continue training and racing in the absolute discretion VFWCPR, 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.
  13. 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 at VFWCPR Ltd’s sole discretion.
  14. 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 transfer to the activator / new entrant of the pigeon. The original entrant / breeder therefore loses all rights to the bird if they do not pay the entry fee.
  15. Only pigeons that have been activated will be awarded prize money in the Hotspots and Final Race. 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.
  16. Only eligible pigeons may enter the extra Competitions. No Venture Racers which may become eligible as defined herein may enter any extra Competitions except for the Grand Averages.
  17. For the 2019 year of intake 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 2019 year rings. No pigeon bearing older rings will be accepted.
  18. Pigeons once entered as a team cannot be transferred to another team or entrant except in the case of reserve pigeons or unpaid pigeons which may be purchased by a third party as defined herein.
  19. 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).
  20. VFWCPR Ltd reserves the right to vary the training and race 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.
  21. 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 the net sale proceeds as defined herein will be with the person paying the entry fee. The method of care, training and racing will be at the sole discretion of the VFWCPR Ltd management team.
  22. 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 VFWCPR Ltd will not be held responsible for any losses.
  23. On conclusion of the race season some pigeons will be selected for sale and sold at the sole discretion of VFWCPR Ltd. 50% of the net proceeds after sale costs will be paid to the activator of the pigeon. The balance of the sale proceeds will be kept by VFWCPR Ltd.
  24. Entrants are encouraged to supply pedigrees showing a minimum of 2 generations 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. If pigeons are supplied without a pedigree, there will be no pay out of sale proceeds. The deadline for the supply of pedigrees is 4 days after the Final Race.
  25. 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. VFWCPR will only take instructions from the appointed person about syndicate birds.
  26. No shareholder in the company Victoria Falls World Challenge Pigeon Race Ltd or any member of the management and training team or direct family members may participate for prize money in the race.
  27. The pigeons entered into the final race and the prize money winning pigeons will be verified by independent auditors.
  28. Upon entry to the race it is deemed that the entrant fully understands and agrees to the terms and conditions contained herein.
  29. 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,

If the dispute is not amicably resolved, then it will be referred to arbitration for settlement under the laws of Gibraltar.

  1. In terms of law the English version of these terms and conditions will be used as the official version.
Total Prize Money
$1,200,000 USD
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Final Race Date

14th August 2020

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