Visiting Ganus Family Loft

October 3rd and 4th 2013 I had the privilege to visit, in my opinion, the best racing pigeon loft in the country, the legendary Ganus Family Loft!

In late afternoon of the first visit day, after a long drive, all the way from Georgia to north Indiana, my son and I checked into a Hotel, near Mike's place. We took a short break at the hotel before Mike came to meet us.

I never had a chance to meet Mike in person, and even though I was in touch with him many times before, I still did not know what to expect from this person when I met him in real life, and I was looking forward to it with a little dose of skepticism.

Soon after, not only did I find out that Mike would come at the proper time, but he would come with his lovely wife Debbie too, and their idea was that we all should go to a nice place for dinner. I have to admit that it was a very warm welcoming, and a pleasant ice-breaking move. It really was!

So, we all went to have dinner and spent an hour or two chatting and meeting each other a little bit more. After such a pleasant evening, Mike gave us a ride back to the hotel.

The next morning Mike came back and picked us up again for his loft visit. You all can imagine, and it's unnecessary to say, that this was the highlight of the whole trip!

Arriving at Mike's place and seeing all his lofts is something really special, and I knew from the same moment that this visit would stick in my memory for years to come.

Everything is perfectly organized and as clean as it gets, which tells me how seriously the job is done around here. You would say that there is someone constantly going around and cleaning it, because I could not spot a single feather, nowhere. Just perfection, all over the place.

After looking around for a little while, Mike asked me if I had any specific wish to see and handle some of his pigeons, and, are you kidding me, of course I had more than one wish. So, yes, I was handling some of Mike's best birds, 40 or even 50 of them. I just couldn't stop doing it. And the handling sure included "Mona Lisa" too, Mike's best breeding hen, ever!

After such a huge experience, seeing Mike's loft and his best birds, we went for a ride, for about a 100 miles or so, to the Hoosier One Loft Race, to see arrivals of the 250 mile race, where I sent some of my birds.

When things work perfectly, they all just do. In the first drop of six pigeons of the race, there was one of mine, AU-13-AFL-0021. What a day, and combination of perfections. Things, in these two days, just couldn't work better for me!

I had a chance to meet many very good flyers and nice people there at the Hoosier, but one person stood out for me, and that is Andy Skwiat. Andy is an awesome guy and an incredible racing pigeon fancier! He has a ton of extraordinary quality pigeons, and he proves it at the one loft races.

After the race at the Hoosier, we went to have lunch, and then back to Mike's place once again, but this time we went to his hunting property and hunting house.

I found out that Mike is such a down to Earth and regular guy. Nothing like I was afraid that he might be.

He loves hunting, has his own tractor, and does a lot of work on his property by himself. He takes very good care of it and he is no stranger to hard work. I'm thoroughly impressed with Mike's personality, I really am.

Thank you Mike and your lovely wife Debbie for your hospitality and all the kindness.
My son and I had an amazing and memorable time!

I hope to see you again soon.

Ado Zohorović
AFL


OUR RESULTS


2017 - Best Results

• 1st*, 150 mi. - Hoosier Classic
• 1st*, 200 mi. - Hoosier Classic
• 69th, 350 mi. - Hoosier Classic
• 19th, 250 mi. - Crooked River
• 15th, 350 mi. - Crooked River
• 17th, 350 mi. - Crooked River
• 33rd, 350 mi. - Crooked River
• 22nd, 175 mi. - Southern Belle
• 23rd, 250 mi. - Southern Belle
• 23rd, 300 mi. - IF Convention
• 32nd, 300 mi. - IF Convention
• 43rd, 300 mi. - IF Convention
• 48th, 300 mi. - IF Convention
• 50th, 100 mi. - TCSD
• 7th, 200 mi. - TCSD
• 1st Place IF Convention Winner's Mother is from AFL

2016 - Best Results

• 1st*, 150 mi. - Crooked River
• 1st*, 250 mi. - Crooked River
• 1st*, 300 mi. - Crooked River
• 26th, 350 mi. - Crooked River
• 6th, Avg. Speed - Crooked River
• 1st*, 350 mi. - Hoosier Classic
• 20th, 200 mi. - Hoosier Classic
• 36th, 250 mi. - Hooiser Classic
• 8th, Avg. Speed - Hooiser Cla.
• 1st*, 250 mi. - Breeder Falls
• 5th, 250 mi. - Great American
• 5th, 285 mi. - Gold Country
• 1st*, Final Race - Victoria Falls
• 44th, Hot Spot 1 - Victoria Falls
• 23rd, Hot Spot 2 - Victoria Falls
• 35th, Hot Spot 2 - Victoria Falls
• 18th, Car Race 1 - SAMDPR
• 19th, Car Race 2 - SAMDPR
• 20th, Car Race 4 - SAMDPR
• 8th, Car Race 5 - SAMDPR
• 2nd, Car Race 5 - Country Cal. SAMDPR
• 84th, Final Race - SAMDPR
• 9th, "2-Bird Team" Car Race 1 - SAMDPR
• 2nd, "3-Bird Team" Car Race 1 - SAMDPR
• 4th, "2-Bird Team" Car Race 2 - SAMDPR
• 1st, "3-Bird Team" Car Race 2 - SAMDPR
• 2nd, "3-Bird Team" Car Race 3 - SAMDPR
• 8th, Car Avg. - SAMDPR

2015 - Best Results

• 1st*, 150 mi. - Breeders Fall
• 15th, 200 mi. - Breeders Fall
• 8th, 215 mi. - Gold Country
• 1st, 400 mi. - New England Op.
• 8th, 400 mi. - New England Op.
• 15th, 500 mi. - New England Op.
• 1st*, 343 mi. - PNWC
• 1st*, 343 mi. - PNWC
• 1st, Average Speed - PNWC
• 4th, "2-Bird" Average - PNWC
• 1st*, 260 mi. - SFTC
• 29th, Final Race - SAMDPR
• 7th, "2-Bird Team" Car Race 1 - SAMDPR
• 9th, "3-Bird Team" Car Race 2 - SAMDPR
• 6th, "2-Bird Team" Car Race 5 - SAMDPR
• 1st*, 150 mi. - Winner Cup
• 1st*, 150 mi. - Big Andy
• 9th, 200 mi. - Big Andy
• 22nd, 300 mi. - Big Andy
• 8th, 400 mi. - Big Andy
• 19th, 400 mi. - Big Andy
• 1st*, 150 mi. - Sin City
• 1st*, 200 mi. - Sin City

2014 - Best Results

• 3th, 165 mi. - Chattanooga
• 1st, 200 mi. - Chattanooga
• 1st, 225 mi. - Chattanooga
• 8th, 200 mi. - CT Classic
• 4th, 300 mi. - CT Classic
• 7th, 300 mi. - CT Classic
• 8th, 300 mi. - CT Classic
• 1st*, 125 mi. - Hoosier Classic
• 36th, 350 mi. - Hoosier Classic
• 1st*, 200 mi. - Hoosier Classic
• 17th, 300 mi. - Mercedes Clas.
• 19th, 300 mi. - Mercedes Clas.
• 1st, 185 mi. - Valley Club
• 3rd, 185 mi. - Valley Club
• 1st, 185 mi. - Valley Club
• 2nd, 185 mi. - Valley Club
• 3rd, 185 mi. - Valley Club
• 5th, 250 mi. - Valley Club
• 2nd, 285 mi. - Valley Club
• 3rd, 300 mi. - Valley Club
• 1st*, 150 mi. - Shasta Classic
• 18th, 225 mi. - Sierra Ranch
• 1st*, 300 mi. - Sierra Ranch
• 5th, Avg. Speed - Sierra Ranch
• 16th, 125 mi. - Unit Ten
• 27th, 150 mi. - WAC
• 16th, 150 mi. - Winner Cup
• 1st, 250 mi. - Winner Cup
• 6th - National Breeder Champion

2013 - Best Results

• 1st*, 150 mi. - AIC
• 1st*, 225 mi. - AIC
• 1st, 125 mi. - CT Classic
• 2nd, 310 mi. - CT Classic
• 6th, 310 mi. - CT Classic
• 7th, 310 mi. - CT Classic
• 8th, 310 mi. - CT Classic
• 1st, 300 mi. - EGM
• 1st*, 250 mi. - Hoosier Classic
• 23rd, 150 mi. - Mercedes Clas.
• 1st*, 200 mi. - Mercedes Clas.
• 51st, Car Race 2 - SAMDPR
• 1st, 150 mi. - Valley Club
• 18th, 300 mi. - WAC
• 14th, 350 mi. - WAC
• 28th, 350 mi. - WAC
• 15th, 400 mi. - WAC
• 4th - National Breeder Champion

2012 - Best Results

• 1st to 8th, 100 mi. - Club
• 1st to 12th, 100 mi. - Club
• 1st to 5th, 150 mi. - Club
• 1st to 3rd, 150 mi. - Club
• 1st, 300 mi. - AIC




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