Leo Heremans is now at the height of his career but he can no longer summon the energy to take care of his breed. That’s why he has decided to sell his entire collection. PIPA is honoured that this icon will have his total auction organised by our company from Knesselare.
The total auction of this champions’ breed puts an end to the supremacy of Leo Heremans. Still, he does not want to leave everything so he will be selling four pigeons in a so called BIS auction (two pigeons are on offer and the winning bidder can choose one of the two pigeons; the other pigeon goes back to Leo). In other words Leo keeps two pairs for himself, because he does not want to leave this sport completely. This sport gave him great pleasure and at the peak of his career he decided to put an end to it. Leo Heremans has had several highlights in the previous decade but his greatest successes came in the last three seasons. His own loft in Vorselaar saw the biggest triumph with the winning of several important titles:
1st National Champion Sprint Young Birds KBDB 2010 Olympiad Pigeon Poznan 2011 4th National Ace Pigeon Sprint Young Birds KBDB 2011 7th National Champion Sprint Young Birds KBDB 2011 2nd Ace Pigeon West European Countries Cup Dortmund 2012 1st National Champion Sprint Young Birds KBDB 2012 1st National Ace Pigeon Sprint Young Birds KBDB 2012 Olympiad Pigeon Nitra 2013 1st National Champion Sprint Young Birds 2012 1st National Ace Pigeon Sprint Young Birds 2012
As a professional diamond polisher Leo Heremans is used to working in a subtle way and he used this skill in the creation of his excellent pigeon breed as well. A granddaughter of Sony (Houben) and Goede Witpen (winner of 18 first prizes) were two important breeders here. Other important steps in the creation of this breed included the purchase of a round of youngsters from Maurice Hassendonckx, a joint breeding with two brothers of De Kannibaal from Van Dyck and Gert Lauwerijs, the best pigeons of the Hasendonck brothers and two brilliant hens from Jan Diels. When they decided to place the De Olympiade (second Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB and Olympiad Pigeon) of Gust Jansen in their breeding lofts their pigeon breed started to perform even better. Their pigeons are now considered the best sprint pigeons out there and they are nearly unbeatable in the races from Quievrain and Noyon.
Leo Heremans and Nikolaas Gyselbrecht
The Heremans pigeons have been dominating the sprint and middle distance competition in the Union of Antwerp, sometimes called the university of pigeon racing. Their sense of orientation and their speed is unparalleled. They have won countless first prizes and other top prizes, as well as several championship titles and ace pigeons at national level. The dominance of this pigeon breed came to a halt with the sensational auction in 2007 but this exceptional breed is now back in the game, thanks to some pigeons from Paul Huls and the Dutch bloodlines of C. & G. Koopman and G. & S. Verkerk that were mixed with the old stock lines.
The international triumph of the Heremans pigeons came soon after the first successes in their home loft in Vorselaar. The impressive results of these pigeon did not remain unnoticed. Fanciers from Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and many other European countries worked their way to success thanks to these impressive racing pigeons. The Heremans breed soon gained worldwide fame thanks to the amazing performances of the sprint pigeons. They have been doing exceptionally well in the loft in Vorselaar in the last three years but they also have a long list of excekkent performances elsewhere:
Dirk Van den Bulck, Grobbendonk (BE); 1st Olympiad Pigeon cat. F. Nitra 2013 & 1st Champion Tienenverbond 2013
Stickers-Donckers, Lille (BE); 3rd Olympiad Pigeon cat. F. Nitra 2013
Johan Bleyen, Lommel (BE); 1st Nat. Bourges yearlings 12,608 p. 2011, 1st Nat. Zone/3rd Nat. Bourges 24,651 p., etc.
Marina Van de Velde, Grobbendonk (BE); 1st prov. Bourges 4,555 young birds 2011
Gebr. Herbots, Halle-Booienhoven (BE); 1st Bourges 1,265 p., 2nd Nat. 14,571 p., 1st I.prov. Moulins 3,044 p., 5 x 1st
Dirk Van Dyck, Zandhoven (BE); Olympiad Pigeon cat. A Nitra 2013
Danny Van Dyck (BE); 1st National Champion & 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance Young Birds KBDB 2011
Luc Van Mechelen, Oud Turnhout (BE); Olympiad Pigeon Poznan 2011, 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB 2010
Michel Vanlint, Zoutleeuw (BE); Olympiad Poznan cat. C 2011, 12x top 100 National & 6x top 30 National
Bart & Nance Van Oeckel, Oud Turnhout (BE); 1st prov. Chateauroux 1,862 p., 4th Nat. La Souterraine 3,562 p., etc.
Hans & Evert-Jan Eijerkamp, Brummen (NL); 1st and 3rd Olympiad Pigeon cat. B Nitra 2013
Kas and Karel Meijers, Ootmarsum (NL); Olympiad Pigeon cat. F Nitra 2013, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon natour WHZB 2010
Gebr. Van Toor, Vlaardingen (NL); 1st NPO Ablis, 2nd NPO Creil, 5th NPO St. Quentin, 6th NPO Creil, 6th NPO Ablis, etc.
Willem de Bruijn, Reeuwijk (NL); 1st Olympiad Pigeon Long Distance Poznan 2011, 3rd Olympiad Pigeon cat. F Poznan 2011
Ad Schaerlaeckens, Baarle-Nassau (NL); 1st Ace Pigeon Sprint, 1st Ace Pigeon Middle Distance, 1st Ace Pigeon General, etc.
Jan en Leanne van de Pasch, Grubbenvorst (NL); Best fanciers in The Netherlands WHZB 2012
Wolfgang Roeper, Kummerfeld (DE); 1st Nat. Champion, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon and Olympiad Pigeons in Poznan and Nitra
Helmut Köster, Balve (DE); 1st and 2nd Hemau against 53,996 pigeons
Hugo Vlaeminck, Rupelmonde (BE); Super Leo (BE06-6148021) is father to 5 different first prize winners (sprint up to middle distance - long distance)
The story of Leo Heremans is a great story with glorious chapters and a grand finale. PIPA is very proud to be playing a small role in that finale, with an auction that will long be remembered by the international pigeon racing community.