"From the Best Come the Best"
"Where KY Banded Racing Pigeons Remains a Tradition"
Here at The No Sweat Lofts located in a rural setting within Richmond, Kentucky, USA, close to where Heitzman once lived, we are proud to report that the old Heitzman Sions are very alive and well as you can see from the many photos taken around our lofts just in the past few years. Our goal is to continue to refine the old Heitzman Sions and develop them into the most beautiful long distance racers in the world. In the past ten years we have been setting remarkable long distance records with young birds flying back as far as 1,200 miles. Each year we normally take all our young birds out to at least 500 miles down into Florida as their last release.
Our Heitzman Sions must earn their keep. They are the end results of much genetic study and year-in and year-out down-the-road training. Our birds are medium in size, wonderfully balanced and normally own outstanding physical qualities. We continue to refine the racers with each ongoing year and now are seeing several of our longer distance Sions actually becoming somewhat smaller in size on the whole. Our primary colors are blue bars, silver bars, mealies, light red checks and blue checks. Their eyes range in coloration but the majority have red-orange colored eyes. Some of our Sions that go back onto "Le Rouselette" and "Old Gris Family" have "black" eyes, or variations of those eyes which are not truly black, but rather very rich and intricate dark colored eyes that have been famous in association with outstanding Sions for nearly 100 years.
Earl Lowell "Robbie" Robbins, Jr. aka "No Sweat" Kentucky Author having had Sions for 58 years, and his long time friend and partner, John Hayes, have been working closely together for the past ten years. Over that time, after much devotion and intricate record keeping, they have created four lofts now owning the best true old racing Heitzman Sions in the world. And yes, they band their Heitzman Sions with the famous old iconic "KY" bands that were once always reserved solely for Charles Heitzman himself. And they even train their racers now using Heitzman's actual old wicker racing baskets that Heitzman himself once used. Robbins was a life long close friend to Charles Heitzman, often taking care of his birds. Robbins has written many articles and stories about Heitzman having appeared in pigeon magazines all over the world. Additionally, Robbins has won over 800 first places with racing homers during his life, many major futurity races, as well as having judged the largest racing pigeon shows in the USA, having set incredible records at them himself that remain to this day still unbroken. You can learn more by going to other websites: The Other Sion Specialist No Sweat, Dreams Roosted There by No Sweat, Kentucky Author No Sweat, These Precious Days by No Sweat.
We hope that your close study of all the photos will speak for themselves.