Thank you to everyone that has called, emailed, and stopped by yesterday and today to offer their prayers and support.
Complete strangers who do not fly the Hoosier Classic have called to offer support. Emails have come from around the world. We are truly blessed to be involved in such a great sport with so many great people.
We have been asked by some if the fire has been reported. Please understand that when you have a fire the such as this it has to be investigated.
We are waiting on a professional inspection of “Cause and Origin” to determine the cause. Once we know the cause we will share this information with everyone.
There has been much speculation as to how this may have happened. We will not jump to conclusions until a professional finding is released.
As far as dispersing of prize money we guaranteed a payout of $1,272,000. Of that total $5500 was paid out on the 180 mile race and $3400 was paid out on the 220 mile race. This leaves $1,233,000 in prize money.
The fairest way to handle this is to divide the $1,233,000 by the number of birds that were going to the final race. The last loft fly showed 1922 pigeons. This would pay approximately $641.51 per bird.
Again these 1922 pigeons flew all of the previous races and would have been shipped to the final. We understand there are some people who may be upset with this decision.
I know we will never make everyone happy, but again feel these birds making it this far deserve to split the winnings.
It will take a few days to get all the information organized with the help of Wincompanion and we will start to get checks out later this week and early next week.
My family and I have hosted the Hoosier Classic for 7 years now.
Some expect us to cut and run. However our plan is to start building a new loft in a couple of weeks.
For those that choose to enter the season for 2020 we offer a 5 bird team for $1000. We understand some may be angry or disappointed in what happened this season as so are we.
However we love this great sport and the many friends we have made over the years. For those who fly the yearling/old bird series we will update later this week once we have a better handle on if there is enough previous entries to hold the race.
I can not stress enough as to how sorry we are to everyone who lost pigeons in this tragedy. Never in a lifetime would I have ever thought this would of happened.
Please take time to enjoy your family, hug your children and tell them you love them. My sons are my hero’s after witnessing them trying to run into a fire this past Sunday morning.