Promoting the working and flying aspects of this fine breed


above left to right: black Horseman cock bred by Danny Finnegan, black Horseman cock bred by Tom Donald


The Horseman thief pouter is shrouded in much mystery and misconception.  The breed was originally created to thieve other pigeons and bring them back to their owner's loft.  This practice is still quite popular in places such as Scotland.  Working and flying Horseman thief pouters have a general, recognizable type, but breeding them to fit a rigid show standard is not necessarily a traditional approach to their breeding.  The focus of this club is to promote Horseman for the purposes as a working/flying bird, leaving their promotion for the show pen up to others.  The International Horseman Thief Pouter Club (IHTPC) is open to anyone interested in the Horseman thief pouter as a working/flying birds.  To those interested in breeding Horseman to the show standard, there are two other fine clubs that may interest you on this links page..  Members of any other club are welcome to join the IHTPC.  


So what is a Horseman thief pouter?  Some of the oldest detailed records of the breed indicate that it was created as a cross between a pouter and the now "extinct" breed known as the Horseman ( a breed said to look halfway between a carrier and a dragoon).  This cross (Horseman x Pouter) was called the "Powting Horseman" or as we call it today, the Horseman thief pouter.  Horseman thief pouters are recognized by their upright stance, upright, roundish crop,  relatively long legs, and last, but certainly not least, their ability to seduce other pigeons back to their home loft.  There is much variation in size and other physical characteristics which has no bearing on their job as a flying/working breed.  The main focus in breeding them is put on drive, intent, and the ability to seduce and bring other pigeons back to their loft.  This focus on performance results in irrelevant and welcome variation in the appearance of Horseman thief pouters from one loft to the next.  A good example of this accepted variation can be found in racing homers.  Like most Horseman pouters, racing homers are selected primarily for their performance with little regard to appearance so they too vary from one loft to the next and from one strain to another.


Do you need to have other pigeons nearby to thieve in order to keep and fly Horseman thief pouters?  Not necessarily.  There are various ways to utilize, test, and enjoy this breed's behavioral characteristics without having another person's loft near enough from which to thieve.  One way is to have two separate lofts to fly your own birds against each other.  The birds would do exactly as they would while working another person's loft.  One can also use Horseman pouters to thieve feral pigeons living nearby.  Ferals are wary and can be a real challenge to thieve, so working your birds against them is a great way to test the skills of your Horseman.   There are also several people working on flying Horseman pouters out of portable lofts so that the birds can be taken directly to where other pigeons live in order to work them.  Perhaps the easiest way to enjoy this fine breed and its zealous personality is to release a few cocks and a lone hen and watch them furiously work the hen.  Observing the birds as they do this will tell you which birds are superior in drive, intent, and seduction which are very important characteristics of the breed.


Membership to the IHTPC is free.  All members will be offered a free webpage to promote their birds.  It's a great way to have your birds admired by others from around the world and also sell some of your birds to help the hobby grow.  Anyone interested in joining should contact the club secretary Will Brown via e-mail


To learn more about the Horseman Thief Pouters visit  There you will find information on Horseman Thief Pouters direct from the UK as well as links to additional information.


To view the Horseman thief pouters of some of our members, click on their names below.


Will Brown, USA


Tom Donald, Canada


Ferry de Kok, Holland


Graeme Boyd, Scotland


Danny Finnigan, Scotland


Thomas Bourne, Scotland


Mick McGinley, Scotland 


William & Deloris Hicklin, USA


Timothy Hume, Canada


Bruce Mair, Scotland


Malcolm Johnson, Scotland


Dennis Murray, Scotland


Red Buchanan, Scotland


Tony Moretti, USA (via Scotland)


Rich Walter, USA


Anthony Kellers, England


Chris Smith, Scotland


Franny Murphy, Scotland


Neale Trimble, Scotland


David Craig, Scotland


Matt Young, USA


Manny Garcia, USA


Jock Kerr,  Scotland


Darrell Baird, USA


Randy Cone, USA


Viorel Boar, Romania








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