AviRings Derby 2023

AviRings Derby is a unique one-loft-race with young pigeons, characterized by the use of state-of-the-art electronic equipment for pigeon racing. Our innovative technical approach will provide participants of the AviRings Derby with current and transparent information about their pigeons. AviRings Derby is different from other races, especially because:

  1. ENABLES tracking pigeons with the AviRings GPS ring
  2. GUARANTEES 24/7 live stream from the loft and photos & videos of individual young pigeons
  3. INTRODUCES separation of young males and females
  4. OFFERS darkening of the loft in the training phase

Participation is limited to associated members of the AviRings Derby Club, which also serves as the race’s organizer. Natural and legal persons can participate. Participating pigeons must wear a closed ring of an association of sports homing pigeons breeders clubs that is a member of the international association (FCI). Pigeons must wear rings dated 2023.

Participation in the “AviRings Derby 2023” competitions requires a correct and complete registration in advance.

The registration fee for one pigeon is set to 125 €. If one participant sends 6 or more pigeons, the registration fee is reduced to 100 € per pigeon. All pigeons are activated and can win prizes; only for the Ultimate 600 Race, if a participant decides to send the pigeon to that bonus race, he has to pay activation before the race. The end of registration can be announced when loft capacities are reached.

Registrations can be sent to the AviRings Derby Club:

Registration fees for the AviRings Derby can be paid by bank transfer. The necessary bank details can be found in the chart below:

Recipient: Klub AviRings Derby
Bank: Delavska hranilnica d.d.
IBAN: SI56 6100 0002 5306 192
Swift: HDELSI22
Purpose: Name of the particpants (identical as in the registration form)
Bank address : Miklošičeva 5, 1000 Ljubljana

Payment confirmation should be sent directly to AviRings Derby (derby@avirings.com) or through your local coordinator.

Collection of Pigeons

Delivery of registered and paid pigeons must be made from 18/2/2023 to 15/5/2023. Pigeons must be equipped with the TRACES documentation, whereas the “consignee” should be selected “Klub AviRings Derby” ISO Code = SI.

Delivery can be conducted in person, using animal transport, or through collection locations in each country on specific dates.

Delivered pigeons must come with an ownership card and a correctly completed pedigree. Pigeons without delivered pedigree and ring card will not be able to win any prizes, so it is very important that with the pigeon, the participant also delivers the ring card and pedigree. Pedigrees will be published on the website just before the final flight.

Pigeons can be delivered only if they are at least 28 days old and have been vaccinated against paramyxovirus before delivery. We recommend vaccination against rotavirus as well.

Ultimate 600 bonus race (activation)

After the final race of 520 km, we will organize a bonus race from a distance of over 600 km. This race will be organized at least 12 days after the final race, and if the number of activated pigeons for the bonus race is higher than 200.

The first 40 pigeons from the final race, as well as the first 10 ace pigeons and the first 10 3-race cup pigeons, will not participate in this race by default, which means these pigeons will go straight to the auction.

All other pigeons can be sent to the Ultimate 600 race by their participant by paying for the online activation of their pigeons.

The activation fee depends on the number of returned pigeons from the final race and will be known soon after the final race.

From the activation money, we will first cover the costs of the race and the rest will go to the prize money for the ultimate 600 race. The prize money will be known a few days before the race occurs.

Not-activated pigeons for Ultimate 600 race will not take part in the race and will go the auction.

The results of Ultimate 600 race do not aim for ace pigeon competition, 3 -races cup, and average speed ranking.

AviRings GPS pigeon ring

The organizer will ensure that for every official race, approximately 20 pigeons will carrying the AviRings GPS rings. These pigeons will compete normally with other pigeons, however, they will not be in aiming for any of the prizes.

The flying routes gathered with the GPS rings will be analyzed and shown to the participants after the race.

Participants can also lease a GPS ring for their pigeon. The rent costs for alle AviRings races, semi-final and final flight are 100 € per pigeon. In case this pigeon gets lost, rent will not be refunded.

Flight schedule

In the period between acclimatization and the final flight (10/9/2023), pigeons will have the training and intermediate distance flights (AviRings races) according to the planned schedule below:

Date Release Location Approx. Distance (km) Flight Status
1/7/2023 Polana 5 Training
4/7/2023 Polana 5 Training
6/72023 Kapca 8 Training
8/7/2023 Gaberje 10 Training
11/7/2023 Trimlini 15 Training
13/7/2023 Pince 20 Training
15/7/2023 Letenye 40 Training
18/7/2023 Nagykanizsa 60 Training
21/7/2023 Nagykanizsa 60 Training
24/7/2023 Hollad 80 Training
27/7/2023 Hollad 80 Training
30.7.2023 Balatonoszöd 120 Race 1
3/8/2023 Letenye 40 Training
7/8/2023 Tac 170 Race 2
11/8/2023 Letenye 40 Training
14/8/2023 Euroring 250 Race 3
18/8/2023 Letenye 40 Training
21/8/2023 Pely 325 Race 4
25/8/2023 Letenye 40 Training
28/8/2023 Görbehaza 400 Race 5
31/8/2023 Letenye 40 Training
4/9/2023 Hollad 80 Trening
10/9/2023 Tiszabecs 520 AviRings Final Race
24/9/2023 Beclean-RO 605 Ultimate 600 Race

The organizer explicitly reserves the right to change the schedule of training and races. If required, additional training can be organized. Trainings that are not carried out are usually not replaced. Races, inclusive the final flight and respectively Ultimate race, can be carried out on different dates if they can’t be realized on their planned dates (due to weather conditions etc.). Overall ranking (for example, the Ace Pigeon competition) is based only on races that have been realized.


AviRings Races

All pigeons compete for prizes in official races. On first 4 races, we have prizes for first three places:

Prizes for Races 1-4

1st place 500 €
2nd place 350 €
3rd place 2x free pigeon 2024

Semi-Final Race

​​​​​​​1st place 1.500 €
2nd place 1.000 €
3rd place 500 €

Overall ranking: Ace Pigeon

Three best activated pigeons on 4 AviRings Races, semi-final race and the final flight (overall ranking) will be rewarded. Pigeons are ranked first according to the place they achieved and then according to the Ace points (achieved on AviRings Races and the final flight). The top three pigeons will get the “Ace Pigeon AviRings Derby 2023” trophy and top five pigeons will get the following prizes:

1st prize: 5.000 €
2nd prize: 3.000 €
3rd prize: 1.500 €
4th prize: 1.000 €
5th prize: 500 €

AviRings “3-races” Cup - 2023

Pigeons compete in three races (320km, 400km and 520km) for “3-races” ace pigeon. The pigeon with the lowest total time in those 3 races will be the winner of AviRings “3-races” Cup competition.

1st prize: 3.000 €
2nd prize: 2.000 €
3rd prize: 1.000 €
4th prize: 500 €
5th prize: 250 €

AviRings Final Race

The final race will be – if conditions permit – started from a distance of approx. 520km, offering a fair test for pigeons’ skills. The release of pigeons will be scheduled for the morning hours according to the organizer’s judgment.

The final race of the AviRings Derby 2023 is planned for September 10. If final race can’t be realized on September 10, 2023 due to certain conditions, it will be re-scheduled. Organizer will announce the new date in due time. Monetary and non-monetary rewards will be given for the final race. The ranking is determined by the arrival time of pigeons. If more pigeons share the same time of arrival, they will also share the same rank.

The prizes for such ranks will be shared equally in this case.

1st place: 15.000 €
2nd place: 7.500 €
3rd place: 4.000 €
4th place: 2.000 €
5th place: 1.500 €
6th to 10th: 1.000 €
11th to 15th: 500 €
16th to 20th: 250 €
21th to 30th: 200 €
31th to 40th: 150 €
41th to 50th: 100 €
51th to 80th: 50 €

The prize pool, as described above, is valid for 1.900 registered and paid pigeons. In case of fewer registered/paid pigeons, the prize money will be adjusted accordingly in percentages. In this case, the organizer will announce the changes in due time before the final flight. Monetary prizes will only be paid through a bank transfer.


Pigeons that successfully finish the program (final race or even ultimate race) will be auctioned online.

Pigeons are normally auctioned at AviRings Auction (auction portal which is part of the AviRings group). In this case, auction proceeds will be shared between the organizer and the participant who originally registered the pigeon (50:50 share). Participants’ shares will be paid through bank transfers. The auction will be announced in due time through the website: https://derby.avirings.com.

Pigeons that are not sold in the first attempt will be auctioned later for the second time in the AviRings auction. If they are not sold again, they become AviRings Derby's property.

Some pigeons (with interesting results) can also be auctioned at other online auctions by our partners (for example PIPA). In this case, auction proceeds will be shared between the derby organizer, participant, and auction partner in the following shares: 30:35:35.

Each participant with pigeons that have interesting results will be asked if he agrees to sell the pigeon on the partner’s auction portal. In case of refusal, the pigeon will be sold at AviRings Auction, according to the described conditions above.


If a pigeon gets lost in the loft surroundings, during trainings, AviRings Races, or the final flight respectively ultimate race, the registration fee is not refunded. In this case, it is not possible to register and deliver a replacement pigeon.

Organizer reserves the right to cancel all flights. If the final race of the AviRings Derby 2023 is canceled, paid fees, reduced by all organizer’s expenses, will be refunded. All the pigeons collected up to that point will be put up for auction online at https://derby.avirings.com. 50% of the auction proceeds will go to the participant and 50% to the organizer. If other flights are cancelled, no registration fee will be refunded.

Pigeons will be registered for the races with an electronic system “AviRings Live”, created by the company AviRings d. o. o., Murska Sobota.

A ranking list will be created for each AviRings Race, semi-finale race, final race and ultimate 600 race. The race is finished when 33,5% of all released pigeons arrive back to the loft. The announced prize fund will be given out to 80th place regardless of this.

It is the responsibility of participants to equip registered and sent pigeons with a pedigree and ring card. Pigeons without delivered pedigree and ring card will not be able to win any prizes.

AviRings Derby does not offer any guarantee that the information in pedigree documents is correct.

Final provisions

If any part of this public announcement is or becomes invalid, or if this public announcement contains any gaps, this does not affect the validity of the announcement. Instead of any inefficient provision or gap in the announcement, a new provision will be issued based on an agreement between the club and participants in specific conditions. Legislative provisions apply if this is impossible to achieve with a supplement explanation.

By registering, participants accept all terms & conditions of this public announcement as binding. Legal proceedings are excluded.

We look forward to your participation.

Registration form

Click here to download the registration form