The name De Saer has been synonymous with spectacular pigeon racing for decades. Especially his achievements at national long distance races, performed since the 90s to the present day, haven’t stopped blowing the minds of friends, as well as rivals. In the small village of Ruiselede, several national victories, KBDB titles, ace pigeons and moreover a long series of extraordinary results, clearly demonstrate that such a level is reserved only for very few. Father Antoine and son Rudi De Saer made back in the day the brilliant move to knock on the door of grandmaster Gaby Vandenabeele, from neighboring Dentergem. This resulted immediately in great performances and the name De Saer claimed its place at the top. After the unfortunate death of his father, son Rudi continued with great perseverance his successful endeavour. The level of achievements continued to skyrocket, and so many other top fanciers came to Ruiselede to strengthen their own line of pigeons.
Tons of references
Rudi receives regularly messages or notifications of a success achieved with pigeons that have their roots in Ruiselede. Recently came news from France confirming once more the enduring quality of this world class breed.
Maxime Renaud won in France the 1st national ace pigeon, in 2020. He achieved this victory with a wonder bird that, among other things, carries the bloodlines of the pigeons Bliksem and the Favorite from De Saer.
Moreover, in the Netherlands, in Belgium, but also in several One Loft lofts all over the world we find succeful performances by pigeons that carry the bloodlines of the De Saer colony. The most recent references are briefly summarized below:
Stultjens –Van Dongen from Oosterhout in the Netherlands won among others: 3rd national Issoudun against 6.402 p., 5th NPO Limoges against 3.390 p. and a series of top prizes in the big races thanks to the powerful breeding line of De Saer.
Ally Norbert & Stefan from Aarsele: 1st Tulle, 2nd prov. Tours 6,083 p. + several top rankings from La Souterraine, Bourges, Limoges, Chateauroux, Poitiers, ... all this with descendants purchased from De Saer bloodlines, from stars such as New Jens, Jaws, Neymar and Suarez.
Van Elsacker - Jepsen from Schilde: 1st prov. from Bourges
Team BDS from Tielt: 1st national Agen, 2nd national Brive, 9th nat. Bourges, 16th nat. Limoges, 17th nat. Tulle, 33th nat. Brive, 38th nat. Souillac, 38th nat. Brive, 39th nat. Limoges, 54th nat. Brive, 60th nat. Souillac, 67th nat. Brive, 70th nat. Brive, 91th nat. Limoges, 94th nat. Limoges, ... and all this against several thousands of pigeons at the popular Belgian national races. More victories include: several titles between the national KBDB ace pigeons and winning the title of 3rd national champion KBDB. The super result that team BDS achieved from Brive with local 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and national: 2nd, 33rd, and 38th against no less than 4,238 pigeons (and this with their 3 first-nominated !!) came from pigeons that had at least 50% De Saer blood in them. Descendants of, among others: Champion, New Tours, Zorro, Bianca, ... quarantee amazing results for team BDS.
Gerard Koopman from the Netherlands: 1st Final race Victoria Falls OLR Zimbabwe
Jo Bauters, Gavere (BE): impressed many with his super-pigeon, Darco (BE19-4101053). This super-class bird became 3rd Prov. ace pigeon long distance and 6th nat. ace pigeon in the PIPA ranking across 4 races, with results such as: 40th nat. Souillac, 73rd nat. Aurillac and 120th nat. Limoges. Darco is a grandson of Vasco (BE15-3110399) who, in turn, is a brother of famous birds, such as Neymar and Suarez from the De Saer household.
Guy Vanderauwera, Wuustwezel (BE): in 2020, 3rd national champion KBDB youngsters and 14th nat. Ace pigeon short middle distance, thanks to the contribution of the De Saer breed. Furthermore, the 27th nat. Limoges against no less than 16,000 pigeons, and the 93rd national Argenton against again more than 15,000 pigeons, with a descendant from the lines of Antonio and Black Lola.
Pieter Veenstra, The Netherlands: 1st Deurne against 21,116 pigeons
Peter Van der Merwe, The Netherlands: 1st NPO Chateauroux 6.923 p.
Mark Vandenberg, The Netherlands: 1st NPO Chateaudun 6,293 p.
Steve Mardis (USA): 1st Final Race South Africa Million Dollar Race
Ian Stafford (UK): 1st Queens Cup
Kaier (China): 2nd Pioneer race Beijing
Martin de Poorter, The Netherlands: 1st national Sint Vincent 3,161 p.
JPS Lofts, UK: 1 Loftus Breeder Buyer
Breeding loft of an exceptional level
Rudi De Saer’s breeding loft is populated by pigeons that have earned their stripes by producing handfuls of winners. Witness to this are the countless thanks and references from fellow sportsmen who have come to draw from this rich source. Thanks to pigeons from the lines of Antonio, New Tours, Favorite, ... many lofts get to celebrate amazing victories. Norbert Sierens from Zwevegem won the 1st national Argenton against 11,823 pigeons and also the 3rd national from Limoges against more than 7,000 pigeons with descendants of 't Goedje. Joel Verschoot from Ingelmunster won, among other things, 7th nat. Brive, and 3rd nat. Ace pigeon KBDB long distance, ... De Smeyter-Restiaen from Melden also peaked with these bloodlines, achieving a 10th national Limoges, and 7th national ace pigeon KBDB, ... DVV Pigeons, Moortsele won national top prizes from Jarnac, Limoges, Argenton, ... Marnick De Neve from Aalter with great performances at La Souterraine and Chateauroux. Marc & Franky Vandewalle, Zwalm excelled from Argenton against just under 20,000 pigeons, Boo Deloose, Aalter: top from Montauban, Cahors, ... All these fanciers are successful with pigeons thanks to the brilliant move they’ve made: to strengthen their own colonies with input from Ruiselede. Of course the descendants from that special breeding loft that are raised by Rudi himself are not to be overlooked: the row of top prizes and titles that Rudi manages to achieve every year with his superior racers seems endless ...:
Top prizes at the national competitions achieved by Rudi De Saer himself include:
1st nat. Souillac 7,760 p. Antonio
1st nat. Limoges 8,305 p. Favorite
1st nat. Cahors 7,136 p. New Tours
2nd nat. Limoges 18,390 p. Favorite
2nd nat. Souillac 7,154 p. Geschelpte Stier
3rd nat. Brive 17,446 p. Zwarten As
3rd nat. Brive 8,331 p. Grandson 't Goedje
4th nat. Tulle 10,251 p. Close
6th nat. Brive 16,007 p.
6th nat. Limoges 14,679 p. New Tours
6th nat. Limoges 13,789 p. Neymar
6th nat. Brive 3,850 p.
6th nat. Brive 5,286 p.
8th nat. Limoges 14,679 p. Brother Neymar
8th nat. Souillac 5,549 p.
9th nat. Souillac 7,154 p. Blue Turbo
9th nat. Jarnac 4,167 p. Suarez
10th nat. Souillac 7,154 p. Brother 't Goedje
10th nat. Limoges 6,272 p.
10th nat. Souillac 5,282 p. New Tours
11th nat. Montauban 6,654 p. Monty
13th nat. Brive 5,952 p. Falco
14th nat. Souillac 7,045 p. Super Pedro
14th nat. Tulle 5,326 p. Son Antonio
14th nat. Tulle 4,169 p. Ace
16th nat. Souillac 7,054 p. Bleken
17th nat. Limoges 15,979 p. Tonio
17th nat. Souillac 7,760 p. Blue Thank
17th nat. Tulle 7,350 p.
17th nat. Limoges 7,221 p. Favorite
17th nat. Limoges 6,492 p. Ace
18th nat. Limoges 13,781 p. New Tours
19th wet. Brive 5,286 p. Condor
20th nat. Limoges 10,783 p. Tonio
20th nat. Brive 9,278 p. Son New Jens
20th nat. Brive 3,850 p. Flame
20th nat. Souillac 3,737 p. Brother Neymar
It is clear that with such a series of super results it’s been raining ace-pigeon titles. National KBDB Ace pigeons of the De Saer breed include:
3rd nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Long Distance with Joel Verschoot
3rd nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB All-Round with Falco
4th nat. Ace pigeon KBDB Long Distance with Den Bleken
5th nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Middle Distance with Van Elsacker-Jepsen
5th nat . Ace Pigeon KBDB Long Distance with New Jens Junior
6th nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB All-Round with BDS Team
7th nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Extreme Long Distance with De Smeyter-Restiaen
8th nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Middle Distance with Van Elsacker-Jepsen
10th nat. Ace pigeon KBDB Long Distance with Ace
12th nat. Ace pigeon KBDB Long Distance with Neymar
14th nat. Ace pigeon KBDB Long Distance with Ace
14th nat. Ace pigeon KBDB Long Distance with BDS Team
14th nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Middle Distance with Guy Van der Auwera
24th nat. Ace pigeon KBDB Long Distance with BDS Team
27th nat. Ace pigeon KBDB Long Distance with BDS Team
And he keeps raising the bar
Anyone who has experienced so many highlights and, furthermore, assisted others with increasing their victories, like De Saer, must have an extraordinary breed. This came about in the same way as with other great successes, namely, by setting the bar extremely high and always wanting to do better. This way, one manages to have a colony of pigeons that always and everywhere know how to stand their ground, and we saw for ourselves what a typical “De Saer” day looks like on July 4, 2020. At that time, Rudi's racing team was divided between Limoges (old ones) and Chateauroux (yearlings). In both races, the provincial victory was just missed, and this by 2 half-brothers (from Antonio) who on the same day both won the 2nd provincial in these classics. Tonio (BE18-3030341) won 1st local against 271 p., 2nd prov. / 3,077 p. and 17th national against almost 16,000 pigeons from Limoges. Almost at the same time, Hawk (BE19-3039678) from Chateauroux won the 2nd prov. against no less than 5,555 pigeons, and 45th national against about 10,000 competitors. Both of these top-class birds come from the very best that can currently be found in pigeon land.
In the meantime, and as expected after so many great performances, the colony of Rudi De Saer has grown into one of the very best in the sport, but these pigeons also seem to play extremely well in other lofts. This should come as no surprise, since it is an open secret that the foundation of the De Saer loft was laid by the input of the Gaby Vandenabeele pigeons. This icon in our sport has been there himself long enough to be known for having put countless fellow sports-men on the right track. It seems that Gaby’s neighbor, Rudi, has followed in the footsteps of Vandenabeele. He, too, has helped other fanciers to achieve a series of successes in recent years. The top-class of Rudi’s accomplishments cannot be demonstrated more clearly.