GOLDEN RACE ALGARVE – MILLION EURO PIGEON RACE 2024
Location: Monte Gordo, Vila Real de Santo António, Algarve, Portugal
PARTICIPATION RULES 2024
1 – Enrolment is open to all pigeons, national and international, and all pigeons should wear an official ring 2024
2 – To ensure the health of the pigeons, with quarantine, vaccination, and creating immunity we will receive pigeons in groups only on the following dates: • February 1 to 15 - March- 1 to 15 • April- 1 to day 15 • May 2024.
3 – Each team will consist of 5 pigeons, ( 1.000€ ) and pigeons no 1 and no 2 are active pigeons that will compete for prizes in all the races. and pigeon no 3 and 4 and 5 are reserve and will replace a active pigeons after HOTSPOT 4 , if one or more of this is lost , and compete for prizes in all races up to, and including HOT SPOT 4.
4-After HOTSOPT 4, all reserve pigeons in loft to participate in HOTSPOT 5, 6 and Final need be activated by the participants for an additional 500 Euro each pigeons after HOTSOT 4 and before HOTSPOT 5.
5-Pigeons not activated by owners to HOTSPOT 5,6 and FINAL, can be activated by third party to FINAL RACE for na adicional 750€ after HOTSPOT 6, which will have full rights over the pigeon, being entitled to the prizes won from this date , and %% on auction sale ( 35 %).
6-For every 10 teams entered by a participant, the organization is offering one free team (2 activated pigeons), and for every 10 activated reserve pigeons, the participant is entitled to one free.
7 - The pigeons will be accommodated in a purpose built loft that will ensure equal conditions for each pigeon. pigeons will be flown to perches only, and sexes will not be separated.
8- The participant with the best Ace Pigeon, from each country (with at least 20 teams registered), in final classification Ace Pigeon is entitled to 1 team of 2 ACTIVE pigeons with free entry to the next edition.
9- When registration forms are not received properly filled out and not mentioning information on the order of the pigeons, the AGR organization will register the pigeons in ascending order of the number of rings. Changes can only be made in the entries of the pigeons up to 5 days before the start of the official races, that is, until the 10th of August 2024.
10- Pigeons registered in a team cannot change teams even if the owner is the same.
11- All participants must be partners/participants of the AGR-Algarve Pigeons Race.
12- The initial amount to be paid (2 active pigeons), €1000, 50% is a member fee (tax/VAT free) and 50% is registration in the race (vat included at a rate of 23%).
13- Bank charges for transfers to the AGR-Algarve Pigeons Race bank account are the responsibility of the participants. Transfers from outside Europe Union, need add 15 € to the registration fee for each bank transfer made, charged by banks in Portugal (Europe).
14- The registration in the race only becomes effective and definitive after all amounts due have been paid, and if these payments are not made, the amounts earned and payable by the AGR, whether prizes or values for the purchase or sale of pigeons, revert to the Organization, which it will then hand over to charities.
15- For activations contact agent in your country, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Reservation requests will be sorted in order of arrival of the request to the email, and only validated after enter Money in account bank
16- All pigeons not activated by owners or third person until 30 September 2024, will be held back in the loft – They will not be basketed for the final, and these pigeons will become the property of the organization, that will offer them to pigeon clubs or other social organizations.
17- Each participating member may register number teams that want, paying the amount equivalent to one member fee (500€) and one entry fee (500€), for each team that is registered , total 1000€.
18- If any pigeon is lost in the adduction, it can be replaced until the 31st of May, with no extra registration costs.
19- For shipping prices contact the agent in your country or the Organization.
20- Pigeons with any type of PAINTING will not be accepted.
21 – Pigeons must be vaccinated against PMV, within 20 days before shipping, and must be between 45/60 days old. They will be sent to the Loft AGR, or to Faro Airport, or to representatives in the various countries (see agents).
22- The space in the loft is limited to a maximum of 8,000 pigeons. Places will be provided on a first come, first served basis whereby places will be guaranteed to teams that have been registered / reserved first. To register, simply send your registration/membership form, to the email email@example.com , or to agents in different countries, after which you must make a deposit of 100 euros for each team to be registered within 15 days, to guarantee a place in the loft. In case of cancellation, this amount is non-refundable. All 2023 participants are guaranteed a place in the loft for 2024, and for that, you must make your reservation by December 31th, 2023. After this date, no seats are guaranteed to participate.
23-According to studies and rules of good accommodation and space, a loft can accommodate 6/7 pigeons per cubic meter of air, and the AGR loft is 126 meters long by 6 meters wide and 2.50 meters high, all open at the front and with an exit of air in the upper part of the loft, which gives 1890 cubic meters of air, which means that the maximum capacity we provide (8000 pigeons) for the loft gives around 4.2 pigeons per cubic meter of air.
24- Payment of prizes won to residents in Portugal will be made available to the winners after AGR has received a copy of the tax number and IBAN of the bank account. Payment of prizes to non-residents in Portugal will be made available to the winners, as soon as AGR receive the original document tax residency certificate/RFI model 21, and IBAN of the bank account. Whoever does not send the Tax Residence Certificate, the 25% tax will be withdrawn fron prize and paid to the tax authority in Portugal.
25-.The pigeons that arrive from the final Bragança race will be mandatorily auctioned to national or international sites, that will pay to the competidor 35% of the sale amount.The first 30 classified in the final race, plus the first 5 Ace pigeons will be sold at Pipa. Other pigeons in auction websites to be defined.
26-If any pigeon is not sold first time that go to auction, the competitor loses the right to the 35% of the sale amount.
27-If a pigeon is sold and not paid for by the buyer, the first time it goes to auction, the pigeon goes to auction a second time, and the competitor is entitled to 35% of the value of the second sale, if paid by the buyer.
28- If any pigeon is not paid 2 times, pigeon do not go again to auction, and reverts to the organization.
29- The values referring to % of the sale of pigeons at auction will be paid, after all auctions have ended, and the pigeons are paid by the buyers. If any pigeon is sold and is not paid by the buyer, it will be auctioned a second time. The percentage for the owner is the value of 35% of the paid sale.
30- All pigeons must be accompanied by a card/property title (mandatory) and pedigree. Pigeons that do not have a complete pedigree (father, mother and grandparents), the owner will not be entitled to a percentage of the sale price. The organization will only receive pedigrees up to 8 days after the Bragança final race.
31-As it is now mandatory by the Portuguese Federation for all pigeons to have a property card/title to participate in the final Bragança race, all pigeons that do not have ring card, the Organization will have to ask the National Federation for duplicate copies, and the cost will be of the responsibility of the participant (2€ each), since originals have not been sent. The Organization accepts to receive cards/titles until 8 days before the final.
32- All pigeons that enter the loft will be given an electronic ring.
33- Basketing for the final race will be organized by the AGR Organization, with the supervision and participation of independent entities, and where all the pigeons will be stamped on a wing with the word ALGARVE. A list of all the pigeons participating in the final Race will then be made available to those that are present, the press and the website of the event and Benzing. The pigeons will be accompanied to the release site by independent entities that will supervise the release, which will be carried out with the support of a national meteorologist.
34- All values announced for prizes are based on the entry of 1500 teams, of 5 pigeons each (paid) and the Organization reserves the right to change the prize values in percentage, up or down, as more or fewer teams entered.
35- In the loft, the National rules on the non-use of drugs will be followed and the pigeons will be analyzed regularly by the official Veterinary.
36- All training and HOTSPOTS to be disputed and scheduled may be changed for meteorological reasons, or other reasons outside control of Organization.If temperatures on the day of a training or HOTSPOT, at the drop-off location, halfway point or at the finish, are higher than 30 degrees, the organization may change the distance to less km.
37-If in the final race the maximum temperatures of the day are higher than 30º, the organization may change the race to a shorter distance (minimum 400km)
38-The organization decided to allocate 3 days for the final race, in order to check all the weather conditions before the race, and the dates will be October 4, 5 or 6, 2024, and the correct date will be announced 3 days before.
39- The Organization's decision is final.
40- Any eventuality that gives rise to conflict, not covered by this regulation, will be resolved by the organization, governed by the National laws of Portugal, and this decision will be final. The official regulations will be in Portuguese and posted on the event's website, as any translation into another language may have misunderstandings.
41- The system for confirming the arrival of pigeons in training and competitions is an authorized electronic system.
42- Due to the date of the event, the "daylight" system will be used because of the moulting of the pigeons' feathers.
43-The organization will send invitations to all schools in the county, and social solidarity institutions in the region (1 pigeon per entity), a maximum of 30 invitations. The pigeons that enter the loft resulting from the invitations described above will have free registration, and race for prizes in all 6 HOTSPOTS. All entities that show interest in participating must request the pigeons from their members, friends or any fancier, and will have to present information about who will benefit from the amounts won. The Organization will give priority, in schools, to projects that are presented in which the revenue raised will be donated to the neediest students, for the purchase of books and computers. In Social Solidarity Institutions, we will give priority to projects in which the revenue also goes to the neediest, and in particular the purchase of books, computers, etc. Organization guarantees that part of the revenue from pigeons sold or auctioned will be for the purchase of school books, computers and others, to needy children in the region.
ACE PIGEON - REGULATION
44- All the pigeons that entered the loft, the active pigeons 1 and 2 and the reserve 1-2-3 compete to ACE pigeon. Reserve pigeons only participate in the final race and in the Ace Pigeon, if activated until September 10 th, 2024 by participants, or by third part after hotspot 6 and until September 30. The winner will be the pigeon in which the total of the average speed in the 6 Hotspots and the final race Bragança, divided by the number of races performed, is the highest.
45- To win the Ace Pigeon, the pigeon must classify in all Hotspots and final race.
46- If it is not possible realize some race to count for Ace Pigeon, to find the winner count the races held
47- In case of a tie after the conclusion of the Ace Pigeon competition, the pigeon with the best classification in the final race will be the winner of the Ace Pigeon.
48- Absolute strictness regarding the release location, so that in all release locations, coordinates will be taken via GPS/GOOGLE MAPS.
49- In the 6 Hotspots, the classification for the ACE PIGEON ends after the race closes in the BENZING system, at least 5 hours after the arrival of the first pigeon.
50- In the final race, Bragança, the classification of the ACE PIGEON ends after the end of the race in the BENZING system, at least 8 hours after the arrival of the first pigeon.
51- In case of any anomaly, such as covid 19, imposition of higher entities, meteorological catastrophe, act of sabotage, virus or other outside the Organization, if it is not possible to held out part or most of the official 2024 races with the right to prizes, after the pigeons having entered the loft and being paid, the pigeons will go to auctions, on national or international sites, which will pay the owners 35% of the sale value, and 2024 participants will be entitled to entry into the next edition free of charge, in the same number of teams and pigeons that participated in 2024. If something unforeseen from the previous ones happens, after some races have been carried out, they will be cancelled, as well as the respective prizes won.
52-The values mentioned in the Regulation include VAT at the rate in force, as long as applicable, and all prizes are in euros. According to the Portuguese Tax Authority and Portuguese law, all participants / members living in Portugal who have received money from prizes, sales of pigeons or commissions, will be responsible for paying the IRS tax (25%), referring to these amounts, with retention for part of the AGR of this amount, which will then be sent to the Tax Authority, as required by law. Non-residents in Portugal are exempt from paying the tax, with no withholding (25%), and prizes will be paid in full, but winners need send to AGR original CERTIFICATE TAX
RESIDENCE / model 21-RFI stamped; if they do not present proof of residence out of Portugal, the AGR will have to deduct 25% from the prize money, and then send this money to the Portuguese Tax Authority.
Veterinary Support, Dr. Luís Martins
Meteorological Support, Mr. Captain Fernando Garrido
National and International Collaborators to be disclosed on the event website, www.goldenracealgarve.com
Provisional Regulation 2024