Approximately in the year 1840 in England the flying tippler sport arises. In those days they flew a lot with tumblers and rolling pigeons, that showed there tricks already during several hours. The English people, it runs in their blood to make a sport out of everything, so it didn’t take them much time to start tournaments with the pigeons who could fly the most hours . The tumbling and rolling slowly disappeared form these pigeons, by interbreeding them with the highflying pigeons, the flying tippler as we all now them nowadays was created. The flying tippler sport was mostly a sport of the miners, so especially in those area’s, were there were mines, the sport was very popular. Because of the almost no transportation possibilities (and the financial means) in those days, every area had also his own type of flying tipplers. Because the arising of a lot of different type of flying tipplers, because of the interbreeding, all kinds of tumblers/rolling pigeons with high flying pigeons, the different types also had there very own recognizable appearances/looks. Also the flying style was different and recognizable in the various tipplers from the different area’s. The Manchester type for example flew very high compared with the Sheffield type which was more the low flying type. In those days a flying time of more than 12 hours was a rarity. Later on the flying tippler sport became more and more organized in sport tournaments/matches. There were made match regulations en there were organized national matches/tournaments in which all tippler friends of England took part at the same day. Records were acknowledged nationally and so the flying tippler sport had become a real matching sport!
A Standard for the Flying Tippler? After reading the recent well thought out and presented article in the CNTU newsletter regarding the standard for the flying tippler I spoke to some of the guys in the UK who have judged flying tipplers at both club and National level. The question was simple “is there a standard for the flying tippler”. The overwhelming response was yes. The article in the CNTU newsletter pointed out near enough exactly what the judges in the UK look for in a flying tippler at show level. The guys I spoke to pointed out if there were no standard it would be impossible to judge some of the comments were. - A tippler should have a pearl eye a bull eye is acceptable but it would lose points - Any adornments foot feathers tufts etc would not be accepted - A tippler regardless of size needs to be the right shape - It’s very important the bird is well feathered and holds condition - Colouring and markings are not so important but can in some cases cost points On a personal note having bred and flown flying tipplers for close to 40 years now and having occasionally shown judged and point marked for judges in flying tippler shows I would have to agree of course there is a standard for the flying tippler. Where it may be impossible to pick out some crosses by eye most are easily spotted by the experienced fancier and a flying tippler at height on the wing is easy to spot no other pigeon is shaped the same way. Mother Nature has designed her fish, animals, plants and birds to a standard best suited to their needs and over the past 150 years tippler fanciers have done the same with the flying tippler. Without a standard there would be no flying tippler shows if time on the wing were the only criteria for the flying tippler then the bird in the show with the best recorded time would always win first place.
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