Also referred to as "Saddleback Homers", "Flying Saddle Homers", and most recently "Flying Show Saddle Homers" this versatile breed has been used as feeders, racers and most recently show birds. The earliest mention I can find on Saddle Homers is in the American Pigeon Journal (1948) and Wendel Levi's "The Pigeon" although they most likely have been around before that.
Although the standard is to be reworked in 2012 by the Saddle Homer USA club, the current standard states:
"Alert and stands well, obviously healthy and clean; primary feathers carried above tail with tips 3/4" or less from end of tail; bird appears as a complete unit with all parts blending smoothly together, medium size, short bell neck preferred. Stance should be approx. 45 degrees from the ground... Ideally each wing shall have 10 white primary flights. All secondary flights shall be of appropriate saddle color, any deviation from these numbers shall be a fault."
The Saddle Homer is, well, a homer. Easy to breed. Healthy. Even tempered. Since they have been used