Jim Jenner Collection
OVER 39 HOURS of award-winning documentary and instructions films. Buy this online collection and you enjoy every pigeon film Jim Jenner has created since 1990! Absolutely our best value.
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Secrets of Champions Collection
THIS COLLECTION of SEVEN FILMS INCLUDES:
Secrets of Champions I - The Foundation of Victory
• Creating a Foundation Family
• The Secret of “The Throat”
• Great birds at good prices
• The greatest mistakes fanciers make
[One DVD - 2 Hrs 12 Min]
Secrets of Champions II - Breeding, Feeding & Old Bird Racing
• The secret of natural substances
• How protein can be poison
• When & how to pair pigeons
• The magic of grit
• Breeding better youngsters
And Much More!
[One DVD - 2 Hrs 14 Min]
Secrets of Champions III - Young Bird Racing
• Understanding the power of darkening
• The secret of young bird feeding
• Motivating young birds
• How to avoid young bird sickness
• Darkening & training disasters
[One DVD - 3 Hrs 50 Min]
Secrets of Champions IV - Winning Lofts
• A look at winning loft design
• Belgian attic lofts vs. garden lofts
• Small vents that lead to racing victories
• Loft location & materials
• Advice on testing your own loft
[One DVD - 3 Hrs 57 Min]
Secrets of Champions V - Many Roads to Victory
• Loft visits and fancier profiles
• Secrets to motivating Widowhood Cocks & Hens
• The “Sunrise” System of Young Bird management
• The “Light” System
• The “Pigeon Whisperer” on bird behavior
[ Two DVDs - 4 Hrs 33 Min]
Secrets of Champions VI - To Boldly Go
• The E-Z Young Bird Light System
• Roundabout Loft Design
• ProBiotics vs AntiBiotics
• Polygamous Breeding Systems
• Prepping Y.B. For International Races
[One DVD - 3 Hrs 11 Min]
AND NOW! Secrets of Champions VII- Life in the Fast Lane
Jim Jenner's newest film documents the people and pigeons who take part in the largest, most competitive club in the Americas, the Gulfcoast Homing Club [GHC] in Spring Hill, Florida. In two visits and weeks of filming, Jenner captures the lofts, the trainers and the racing methods that have made this club world famous. Runtime 111 minutes
The Dark & The Light
Like the legs of a race horse, the wings of a racing pigeon are vital to its performance. But each year nature tells a pigeon to change all its feathers and grow new wing flights.
The goal of any pigeon trainer is to make sure that this feather growth does not affect his bird's aerodynamic integrity. And the timing of the stressful molt is also a factor in each bird’s overall health and stamina. "The Dark & The Light" explains how some of the world's leading pigeon trainers are using the power of daylight to control their pigeon's molt and ensure their birds are in perfect feather during the summer racing season.
This film explains when and why pigeons molt and also visits top pigeon fanciers who use either the "Dark" system or the "Light" system with their pigeons. The film follows these fanciers step-by-step as they plan their season and adjust light levels to either stimulate or retard the molting process. Light management is one of the most significant natural developments in the 150–year history of pigeon racing. By carefully controlling daylight a trainer can now dramatically reduce the stress of molting on his team of pigeons, while ensuring each bird has a full wing exactly when they need it most. That is the moment when they leave the release crates at the start of their race to get home.
Run time: 1 hr 15 min
Secrets of Champions VII: Life in the Fast Lane
Jim Jenner's newest film, Secrets of Champions VII: "Life in the Fast Lane" documents the people and pigeons who take part in the largest, most competitive club in the Americas, the Gulfcoast Homing Club [GHC] in Spring Hill, Florida. In two visits and weeks of filming, Jenner captures the lofts, the trainers and the racing methods that have made this club world famous.
Pigeon Films Sampler
If you haven't seen Jim Jenner's films here are few chapters to see. Included are selected stories from Secrets of Champions 1,2,3,4,5 & 7 as well as a short piece on Ad Schaerlaeckens. You'll want to rent or buy more in this award-winning series of pigeon films.
The power of pigeons to change people’s lives.
Jim’s highly acclaimed documentary shows the remarkable emotional and academic benefits domestic pigeons bring to modern society, and how they can solve the epidemic of what’s called “Nature Deficit Disorder. Filmed in the United States and Europe, no fancier who wants to explain or promote the positive power of pigeon keeping can be without this film.
In societies desperate to reconnect children with nature, award-winning filmmaker Jim Jenner documents how pigeons can influence a generation. Filmed in the USA and Europe, this film shows the ancient and profound power of mankind's oldest feathered friend.
Whether it's a school in the heart of Mississippi, the wilds of Montana, a youth prison in Europe or the gritty inner-city of South Central Los Angeles, Jenner shows how the “bird of peace” uniquely connects with today’s youth.
And he wonderfully articulates why a generation ago children did not suffer from what is now termed “Nature Deficit Disorder”.
It’s a story you will long remember.
Secrets of Champions VI: "To Boldly Go"
In this all-new film Jim proves the central message of his award-winning Secrets of Champions series ... that there are many undiscovered stars in the pigeon racing universe.
Jim "boldly goes" on a search for these stars in corners of the sport where others seldom tread.
In the summer of 2011, Jim and his film crew visited Germany, French-speaking Belgium, Wales and Southern Ireland to bring you this informative and entertaining tour of famous lofts, and others that should be famous.
You'll meet Germany's famous Dr. Brockamp and the two-time South African race-winning Klass Family; Wales' amazing Derek Flowers and Dublin's incredible Gerry Omara. These are only four of the TWO DOZEN champions you'll meet on this four-hour tour.
TOPICS FANCIERS DISCUSS:
The E-Z Young Bird Light System
Give Peas a Chance
Roundabout Loft Design
ProBiotics vs AntiBiotics
Polygamous Breeding Systems
Prepping Y.B. For Intl. Races
Rating Systems for Breeders
& Much More in 4 Hours!
Secrets of Champions V: Many Roads to Victory
Jim Jenner visits more than three dozen top lofts in this documentary on pigeon racing. You'll enjoy this DOUBLE-DVD set that is all new for 2011. Packed with information you will enjoy again and again. "Secrets V" features profiles of dozens of top trainers talking about feeding, motivation and other vital tools to win more races.
Loft visits and profiles on individual fanciers.
The latest thinking on fatty acids & performance.
Secrets to motivating Widowhood Cocks & Hens.
Young Bird Sickness and new tips on darkening.
When & how to add light to darkened young birds.
The "Sunrise" System of Young Bird management.
The "Light" System and why some use it.
The "Pigeon Whisperer" and bird behavior.
Why the eye may be key to fast homing ability.
DOUBLE DVD! OVER 4 HOURS!
If you've enjoyed Jim's best-selling "Secrets" series this two DVD set is essential to have in your library.
Just a few of the Champions featured on "Secrets V":
F & J Vandenheede - Belgium
Geoff Kirkland - England
Kevin Williams - U.S.A.
Dominik Palarski - Poland
John Meurysse - Belgium
Albert Babington - England
Stefan Mertens - Belgium
Run time: 4 hr 33 min
Secrets of Champions IV - Winning Lofts - The Inside Stories
What does it take to construct the perfect racing pigeon loft? Why do champion trainers say that excellent pigeons in a bad loft will seldom, if ever, win races? Why do pigeons from humble housing often crush excellent birds from huge palatial pigeon lofts? Those are the questions award-winning film maker Jim Jenner sets out to answer as he visits dozens of some of the most successful pigeon lofts in the world.
This is literally the inside story of how the best lofts work. Using 3D computer animation, and hundreds of shots of construction details, Secrets of Champions IV is your guide to learning what you need to know about creating a loft that brings your birds into winning condition and holds that condition for the entire racing season.
Filmed in Belgium, Ireland, Scotland, England and the U.S.A. this film explores how four key components are the secret to form. The perfect blend of oxygen exchange, humidity and temperature, combined with what champions call the "carrying capacity" of a loft are the factors that are key to perfect condition.
Just a few of the fascinating stories you'll enjoy in this film include:
. How a loft designed by a 15-year-old boy became the winningest pigeon loft in the world.
. Why classic Belgian attic lofts produce more winners than back garden lofts.
. How mechanical ventilation is being used to overcome harsh local climates.
. How installing small vents in a Scottish loft lead to a string of National racing victories.
. How loft location to the sun and wind can mean the difference between success and failure.
. How you can test your current loft to see why it may not be right for top form.
. Which building materials can help and harm your pigeon's condition.
Secrets IV includes the comments of some of the world's most successful fanciers and takes you to the lofts of:
. Irish Champion Ronnie Williamson
. English Champion Frank Tasker
. Belgian Champion Willy Thas
. English Champion Geoff Kirkland
. 2008 Intl. Barcelona Winner Danny Vagenende
. Scottish Champions Walker & Wilson
. Belgian Champion Jules Mannaert
And many, many more!You'll also spend time with leading Belgian pigeon Vets Johan Van der Cruyssen and Greta Van de Sompel as they discuss how loft design affects performance.
Run time: 3 hr 57 min
Secrets of Champions I - The Foundation of Victory
"Secrets of Champions - The Foundation of Victory". Winners come and go, but a handful of pigeon fanciers magically win for decades. How do these great trainers stay on top in the toughest competition in the world? Filmed in Holland, Belgium, Ireland, England & the USA and featuring some of the world's longest winning fanciers; Ireland's Ronnie Williamson, England’s Frank Tasker & Geoff Kirkland and Holland’s legendary Ad Schaerlaeckens and more. Ten chapters, over 90 minutes with special features including the phenomenal secret of "the throat".
Run time: 2 hr 12 min
Secrets of Champions II - Breeding, Feeding & Old Bird Racing
Breeding, Feeding & Old Bird Racing
Following his best-selling "Secrets of Champions", Jim Jenner is on the road again to help you learn more from some of the pigeon sports most consistent winners. Filmed in Belgium, Holland, Ireland and England this all-new program lets you in on what the champions say is the most important month in your year. They talk about their breeding systems and how they select their feeds. But that is only part of what you'll learn from these experts. You'll also hear how they use natural substances to keep their birds in top shape. Plus, you'll learn how dramatically Old Bird racing is changing in the heart of the heaviest competition in the pigeon sport. So get ready to enjoy a relaxing and informative two hours with some of the smartest, most successful and down-to-earth experts in the pigeon racing game. Featuring Dutch Champion Ad Schaerlaeckens, Irish Champions Ronnie Williamson & Gregg Brothers, English Champions Frank Tasker & Geoff Kirkland & More.
Run time: 2 hr 14 min
Secrets of Champions III - Young Bird Racing
Young Bird Racing
"THE CREAM OF THE CROP!" British Homing World - Dec. 2007
What does it take to be competitive in modern young bird racing? That's the subject Jim Jenner explores as he visits some of the world's best pigeon racers. Nothing in the sport has changed as much as the competition with birds in the year of their birth. By breeding earlier, and selecting for faster maturing birds, today's competitors are achieving performances that were unthinkable a few years ago. By using the forces of nature to retard the moult, and motivating older, stronger and more mature pigeons, today's "young birds" often outshine older competitors in many of Europe's biggest races. Traveling to Holland, Belgium, England and the United States this documentary explores the secrets of breeding the best young pigeons. The stages of weaning and training are explored as are the methods of "darkening". Chapters on health and motivation, as well as the impact of electronic timing on trapping are also included. Extra Special Features include tips on winter breeding and young bird feeding. It's an over three hour visit with some of the sharpest minds in the pigeon racing sport.
Run time: 3 hr 50 min
MOTIVATION – Best of Secrets of Champions
A selection of the best chapters on MOTIVATING RACING PIGEONS taken from the award-winning "Secrets of Champions" DVD series.
"The Bond" Creating a loft environment that stimulates top performance.
"Ladies First" The rise of hens in OB racing and new methods with them.
"Off to the Races" The best OB race systems and how to tweak them.
"The Will to Win" The new challenges of racing mature young birds to the next.
"Mojo" A double chapter on specific tips to motivate cocks & hens.
These Champions appear in this film:
ALBERT BABBINGTON - England
RANDALL BERKY - USA
MICKEY BETTS - England
GEOFF COOPER - England
KOEN CRUCKE - BELGIUM
GREGG BROS. - N. IRELAND
PAUL HAELTERMAN - BELGIUM
HORST HACKEMER - USA
ART HEES - USA
GEOFF KIRKLAND - England
STEFAN MER TENS - BELGIUM
EDDY NOEL - BELGIUM
TOMMY SHAW - England
CHRIS SUTTON - England
AD SCHAERLAECKENS - HOLLAND
FRANK TASKER - England
DIRK VAN DEN DRIESSCHE - BELGIUM
FREDDY VAN DEN HEEDE - BELGIUM
WADE BROTHERS - England
KEVIN WILLIAMS - USA
RONNIE WILLIAMSON - N. IRELAND
Run time: 1 hour 35 min
FEEDING – Best of Secrets of Champions
A selection of the best chapters on FEEDING taken from the award-winning "Secrets of Champions" DVD series.
"Fuel" How feed mixtures, grain choices and quantities have changed today.
"True Grit" The most overlooked element in the loft.
"The Right Start" Weaning and the critical transition from breeding grains to YB mixtures.
"Fat Thursday" New thinking on how to use carbs & fats.
"Omega Man" The secret to using exactly the right types of grain and specific fats and load levels.
"Give Peas a Chance" The surprising resurgence of peas and beans in long distance lofts.
& More !
These Champions appear in this film:
Geoff Cooper - England
Dennis Ford - Wales
Gregg Brothers - N. Ireland
Paul Haelterman - Belgium
Geoff Kirkland - England
Mikey Lennon - England
Stefan Mertens - Belgium
Eddy Noel - Belgium
Ad Schaerlaeckens - Holland
Ray Strawbridge - Wales
Chris Sutton - England
Frank Tasker - England
Dr. J. Van der Cruyssen - Belgium
Dirk Van den Driessche - Belgium
Freddy Vandenheede - Belgium
Run time: 1 hour 29 min
Marathon In the Sky
MARATHON IN THE SKY: Critic’s choice as the finest film ever made on pigeons. Marathon In the Sky is a thrilling documentary on the evolution of homing pigeons from vital military messengers to today’s thoroughbred racers. Filmed throughout Europe and North America with stunning aerial photography. Narrated by Michael Landon.
Run time: 57 min
Oldest Feathered Friend
OLDEST FEATHERED FRIEND: Our gold medal award winner on the world of pigeons. Oldest Feathered Friend documents the many areas in which pigeons have affected human history. It includes eleven chapters that chronicle the evolution of the pigeon, and specifically the Rock Dove, as our oldest domesticated bird. With narration by Jimmy Smits.
Run time: 1 hr 50 min
Share The Blue Sky
Award-winning Writer/Director Jim Jenner takes you on a fascinating journey through the world of the pigeons and doves. "Share the Blue Sky" is the longest, most comprehensive documentary ever made on this family of birds, long recognized as mankind's oldest feathered friend. Filmed on five continents and in 19 countries this exciting series contains over five hours of material on three DVD's. The twenty chapters in this complete collection include stories on all types of pigeons, from performing and racing birds to birds bred for show. You'll also meet some of history's most famous pigeon-lovers in Europe, North America and China. It's a wonderful saga of how one bird has come to symbolize human beings wish for peace and their love for this gentle creature.
3 DVD Set - Run time: over 5 hours
Bird of Peace:
In our moments of sorrow, in our moments of joy, there is a flying creature we call upon to lift our spirits. The story of the Rock Dove, ancient symbol of peace and love; from vital messenger to tragic modern enemy.
A pigeon museum in Germany shows a pyramid of pigeons. How an ancient wild species became more than a thousand domestic breeds.
Marathon In The Sky:
In athletics there is no creature on earth that competes in greater numbers, or displays more physical stamina on the race course, than modern racing pigeons.
Pigeons Go To School:
Visit a small rural high school in a remote corner of America where homing pigeons demonstrate their ancient power to touch the hearts, and change the lives, of troubled teens.
From carrying cameras, to film and vital messages, no other flying creature has ever matched the service of homing pigeons to mankind. The Performers. Like a waterfall in the sky, pigeons that roll and tumble in flight have delighted humans for centuries. Today they are part of a global competition to find the best performing flock.
House of Champions:
In a tiny Belgian village a single family developed a strain of racing pigeons with a bloodline so strong it brought fame, and fortune to its creators.
Harnessing the power of pigeons in flight, ancient Chinese craftsmen built tiny musical instruments to create a symphony in the sky.
The United States has fewer pigeon fanciers than many nations. But what it lacks in numbers it makes up for in races with million dollar purses and a tiny retirement town with some of the hottest competition in the world.
The Golden Wing:
In the global pigeon racing sport no competition can match the greatest long distance contest in the world ...Barcelona … where 25,000 birds race home over 600 miles to Northern Europe.
Queen of the Sky:
She’s the richest woman in the world but her hobbies include a favorite of the working class. The story of the Queen of England, third generation pigeon racer and able competitor in England’s skies.
Lady of Peace:
Often called the “Mother of China”, Soong Ching Ling weathered the cruel winds of history to become a twentieth century legend. She loved two things most, children and her flock of pigeons.
Birds of War:
Since before recorded history the gentle rock dove and its magical homing ability made it destined to serve on almost every battlefield. Not as a combatant but as a carrier of vital military messages.
White Rock Dove:
Since ancient times the release of a white dove has been symbolic to humans. Now the ceremony is part of a fast growing global business as part of weddings, funerals and other public events.
While many people love pigeons, sometimes the birds themselves are what brings people together and lead to love of another kind.
From impoverished beginnings Mei Lan Fang rose to become China’s most beloved performer, a rise he credited in part to his love for pigeons.
From ancient symbol of worship to an enemy in the city, no animal has ever from a position of pride to that of a pest as the pigeon. However, in Switzerland, there is a ray of hope to solve this sad decline.
After years of being closed to the outside world Mainland China began to open its doors. One of the first men through was a pigeon man from Taiwan who found friends and fortune in his ancestral land.
Give My Heart Wings:
Modern technology has improved our lives in countless way. But the disconnection of young people from nature, and particularly from pigeons, has left a hole in the hearts of a generation.
One Bird One Wish:
The story of the making of “Share The Blue Sky”. Director Jim Jenner and Producer Tony Wang share the challenges and triumphs of creating the most comprehensive film on pigeons ever made.
The Queen's Wings
Take home the newest chapter in Jim Jenner's narrative on the bird of peace. Take a trip through over a hundred years of royal racing history, and meet many of England's modern champions. The Queen's Wings is an intriguing tale of 1 starting gate and 700 finish lines---a jubilee of wings.
Jim Jenner returns to his documentary roots to tell you the story of an epic national pigeon race between England's Queen and her countrymen. This important film was created with the full cooperation of the Midland’s National Flying Club, which organized the 2012 Diamond Jubilee race honoring Queen Elizabeth’s sixty-year reign. The film includes the 125+ year history of the Royal racing pigeons as well as the race day performances of more a dozen of England’s most palatial and revered racing lofts. Jim was given unprecedented access to the lofts on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate and time with its new manager Peter Farrow. This intense race saw 5,000 competitors, include birds from the Royal Loft, compete over the fields of France, across the channel and into the heart of England.
“Fascinating! A story all pigeon racers will love!”
Racing Pigeon Digest
The Racing Pigeon
Run time: 1 hour 15 min
He's been called "The King of Orleans" for his three, first-place finishes in what was arguably the world's biggest pigeon race. But Ad Schaerlaeckens is more than Holland's greatest pigeon trainer. For decades he has been the hobby's leading writer, using his sharp mind to analyze how certain fanciers were winning. And using his sharp pen to call attention to the pigeon sport's bad ideas and buffoons.
His global fame as one of the sport's living legends has brought Ad more attention than he cares for. And, over the past decade he has retreated more and more from the spotlight. In part it's because he's a private person, but also because the volume of visiting fanciers and inquiries via phone and the internet had become simply overwhelming.
Knowing how much people want to hear his opinions led Ad Schaerlaeckens to agree to spend some time in front of a camera with a long-time friend, film maker Jim Jenner. Over a period of three days Schaerlaeckens answered the key questions pigeon fanciers constantly ask him about his methods. He also got to spend time describing his early years with pigeons and the factors that led to his unique view of the sport.
Honest, blunt and always a step ahead of the pack, this is Ad Schaerlaeckens. Over more than an hour and half he talks about his basic approaches to selecting pigeons, keeping them healthy and winning races. It's as close as you can come to sitting down with the man himself.
Run time: 1 hr 45 min
1. Jim's Introduction
2. The Beginning
3. Writing & Fame
5. Selection & Breeding
9. Training & Racing
10. A Balanced Life
Best of British II
In the mid-80's Britain's Geoff Kirkland and Frank Tasker were the men to beat in long distance and middle distance old bird pigeon racing. Week after week their pigeons and methods had them at the top of the pigeon racing result sheet. What most pigeon fanciers didn’t realize was that Geoff Kirkland and Frank Tasker had been quietly perfecting methods they’d gleaned from the top widowhood fliers in Belgium and Holland. These secrets, combined with pigeons they were also bringing back from the continent, were helping them score countless wins against tough competition. Their management methods were relatively unknown until they helped create a film called "The Best of British". Released in the very early days of VHS home video, the film was an instant hit and opened the eyes of thousands of pigeon trainers, worldwide, to the widowhood system and it's benefits. Now, almost 25 years later, Geoff Kirkland and Frank Tasker are still feared competitors. But, true champions, they never rest on their laurels. Each season they’ve looked for new ways to improve their management of a top racing team. This new film is packed with point-by-point discussions of their methods of feeding and managing a widowhood team. It also takes you into new areas of pigeon management, especially on the subject of winning races with widowhood hens. Fantastic pigeon fanciers and old friends, Geoff Kirkland and Frank Tasker spend almost two hours covering their current thinking on pigeon management. They share a laugh or two about days together and the road they took to the top of the pigeon sport.
Run time: 1 hr 55 min
1. Jim Jenner's Opening
2. Looking Back
3. Geoff Kirkland in the Loft
4. Frank Tasker's Widowhood Loft
5. Geoff Kirkland on the Basics
6. Frank Tasker on Feed and Tea
7. Rise of the Hens - Geoff Kirkland
8. Widowhood Hens - Frank Tasker
9. The Advantages of Friendship
10. Close and Credits