In 2012 Mike visited the South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race and on the day of the race the weather was sunny, very hot and humid and with head winds. He realised then that the pigeons he had entered were unlikely to win. His American pigeons could cope under those conditions for seven or eight hours on the wing, but for eleven or twelve hours Mike realised he needed a tougher strain of pigeons. To this end he bought the two winners of the race, Untamed Desert and Said in Spun Silver, mated them together and since then his results both in America and around the world have been immense.
Laura is a Big Winner Today
In 2015 Mike won the South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race, fifteen minutes ahead of the second placed pigeon, with Laura is a Big Winner Today. The sire of Laura is a Big Winner Today is Sun City, the sire of two big SAMDPR winner. The dam is Margo’s Treasure, a daughter of Untamed Desert and Said in Spun Silver. Mike is now breeding off the children of Sun City and is excited to see that grandchildren of his base pair are now winning in America.
In the 2018 edition of the South African Million Dollar Pgeon Race, Ganus pigeons obtained the following results.
- 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th and 22nd places
- Knock Out winner
- Zandy Meyer 85K Memorial winner.
The winner of the race in 2018 was Mix, a pigeon which Mike purchased and which is now breeding winners for him in America.
Other recent achievements by the Ganus family of pigeons include the following.
- 3rd place Hoosier Classic old bird 500 mile race 2018
- 1st place Ace Pigeon Hoosier Classic International Million Dollar race 3,150p. 2018
- 2nd place Top Breeder Challenge One Loft race 2018
- 1st and 3rd place, Victoria Falls Challenge race 2017
- 1st place, California Classic race 300 miles 2017
- 1st place High Desert Classic race 380 miles 2017
- 1st Ace Pigeon High Desert Classic race 2017
- 2nd place Cajun Classic 354 miles 2017
- 3rd Average Cajun Classic 354 miles 2017
- 7th place Victoria Falls Yearling race 370 miles 2017
- 1st place Iron Eagle winner 2016
- 1st Pacific Northwest Challenge 350 miles 2016
- 5th, 6th and 7th Ace Pigeon Victoria Falls Challenge race Africa 2016
- 8th place Victoria Falls Challenge race Africa final race 2016
- 2nd place Snow Bird Classic 315 miles 2015
- 3rd Ace Pigeon Snow Bird Classic 315 miles 2015
- 1st Hoosier Classic 325 miles 2014
- 1st Shasta Classic 360 miles 2014
- 2nd and 3rd place San Francisco Classic 350 miles 2014
- 2nd Average Speed Winner cup 2014
- 2nd Average Speed Desert Yearling Classic 2014
- 3rd Average Speed Spring Break 300 miles 2014
- 3rd place Winners Cup 325 miles 2014
Ganus Family Loft’s trophies
Mike has many top breeders, Sun City, Laura is a Big Winner Today, Strain Maker, Said in Spun Silver, Wolverine, Mike has a Very Good One, Untamed Desert, Halover, Sanjay 1, Robben Island and Sylt Orpheus being just a few of them. His favourite cocks are Said in Spun Silver, Sun City and Wolverine, whilst for hens it is Mike has a Very Good One and Laura is a Big Winner Today that stand out as excellent breeders.