Soon after winning the title of 1st Nat. Champion long distance KBDB in 2010, Antonio and his son Rudi De Saer sold their entire racing team online. They auctioned some of their biggest stars at the time; think of such iconic De Saer pigeons as Tours, Bleken, Jens, Zwarten As, and many more. Some assumed that the team from Ruiselede would be a shadow of its former self, but that was not quite the case. In fact, they were able to raise the bar even further. The result was an incredible series of championship and ace pigeon titles, as well as prominent victories in provincial and national races.
Stock pair Perigueux x Corry, together with golden stock dam 't Goedje, proved a solid foundation, providing the loft from Ruiselede with excellent new racing birds. The pigeon family welcomed several high quality birds that most of you will already be familiar with: national winners Antonio (1st Nat. Souillac), New Tours (1st Nat. Cahors), New Jens (1st Nat. Limoges) and Favoriet (1st and 2nd Nat. Limoges, 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB), as well as long distance stars like Neymar, Ace, Falco, and many others. Each of these pigeons has been very successful in team De Saer, and they were eventually transferred to the breeding loft. After all, basketing your national winners for other future races is not a viable option.
Still, transferring your best birds to the breeding loft every season does have an impact on the development of your racing team. It means you need other talented newcomers to fill the gaps every time, and these can be hard to find. And Rudi De Saer knows full well that you have to breed from champions in order to be successful in the long run - that's what it takes to breed new potential race winners. As you know, the ability to win races is a hereditary trait; you either have it or you don't.
New Tours and Black Lola bloodlines excel
Rudi De Saer is is now building a new team of stars, based on these two bloodlines. He is ready to add another chapter to an already incredible success story that has been going since their total sale in 2010, ten seasons ago. New talents have been discovered, new long distance champions were born. That's why it is particularly unfortunate that Rudi De Saer has repeatedly struggled with birds of prey. These have appeared around his lofts in Ruiselede season after season. Another eight talented racing birds fell victim to these birds of prey right before 2019, including two five year old long distance stars. Rudi has noticed that these attacks have an impact on the peace of mind and the confidence of the other teammates as well. You can tell that the other birds get more nervous, and it does take time for them to regain their confidence. And that is time that could be better spent on gaining fitness, especially because a pigeon racing season does not last very long.
All you can do as a fancier is continue the hard work. And that is what many champions have in common: they never back down. Rudi De Saer can rely on a group of talented breeding birds that are able to breed new stars on a regular basis. Think for instance of Black Tours and Ghost, the two leading names in his 2019 yearlings' team. We take a closer look:
-Black Tours BE18-3030301
1. Tours 361 p. – 13. Prov 2,666 p. 1. Tours 532 p. – 31. Prov 4,880 p. 2. Blois 364 p. – 9. Prov 1,900 p. 4. Blois 671 p. – 29. Prov 3,583 p. 8. Limoges 257 p. – 41. Prov 2,133 p. – 94. Nat 10,783 p. 9. Souillac 63 p. – 80. Prov 835 p. – 166 Nat 4,056 p. 8. Clermont 129 p. 13. Clermont 257 p. 17. Arras 252 p…
He clearly has some excellent origins: he stems from some of the very best bloodlines of the De Saer pigeon family, and he is a 100% Gaby Vandenabeele, originating from the old De Saer breed:
Sire: New Tours BE10-3020802
A superstar and a highly talented breeding bird. This is his palmares:
1. Nat Cahors 7,136 p. 6. Nat Limoges 14,679 p. 10. Nat Souillac 5,282 p. 18. Nat Limoges 13,781 p. 81. Nat Brive 11,130 p. 87. Nat Argenton 18,782 p.
He stems from one of the stock pairs of Antoine & Rudi De Saer, with Zoon Groten BE02-3185762 x golden stock dam ’t Goedje BE05-3177035 (the dam of superstars like Antonio, Tours, Bleken, Close, New Tours, and the grandmother of Favoriet, etc.).
Dam: Black Lola BE10-3155220
A phenomenal breeder:
- the dam of 8 first prize winners
- the dam of New Jens JR: 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB 2016 and 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB 2016
- grandmother of first prize winners and ace pigeons KBDB, also at national level
She is a daughter of Golden Antoine BE06-3125812 x One Eye Blind BE08-3037370: the dam of a 9th Nat. Bourges of 31,719 p., a 14th Nat. Cahors 10,381 p., and a nest sister of Blue Rudi, the sire of a 1st FCI Thailand World Championship (she is a daughter of the other golden stock pair Perigueux 699/99 x Corry 189/01).
Click here for the full pedigree of Black Tours
The breeding value of New Tours can clearly be seen in his descendants as well. He is not only the sire of Black Tours; he is also the grandfather of Ghost, another highly talented yearling this year:
1. Arras 419 p. 1. Arras 223 p. 1. Clermont 129 p. 2. Clermont 196 p. 6. Clermont 422 p. 2. Souillac 63 p. – 32. Prov 835 p. – 52. Nat 4,056 p. 11. Argenton 442 p. – 106 Prov 4,084 p. – 421 Nat 22,826 p. 22. Limoges 257 p. – 169 Prov 2,133 p. – 381 Nat 10,783 p.
His pedigree features all of Rudi De Saer's most fundamental bloodlines:
Sire: Adonis BE17-3075192
A son of top breeder Gino Boy BE09-3171413, which stems from Gino Clicque:
- The sire of 12 first prize winners, and the grandfather of 28 first prize winners
- the sire of New Jens: 1st Nat. Limoges 13,789 p. ’12
- the grandfather of New Jens JR: 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB and a 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB in 2016
The dam of Adonis is Flasch BE10-3020796, a full sister of Favoriet, which is the winner of a 1st Nat. Limoges 8,303 p. ’15, a 2nd Nat. Limoges 18,390 p. ’14, a 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB 2015 etc. (a daughter of Champion BE09-3040476, a son of ’t Goedje x Bliksemgirl BE09-3149960).
Dam: Cleo BE17-3075198
A daughter of superstar New Tours BE10-3020802 (see origins of Black Tours above) x Romy BE16-3112321, a full sister of New Jens JR (bred from the winner of a 1st Nat. Limoges ’12: New Jens BE10-3020896 x Black Lola BE10-3155220, the dam of Black Tours).
Click here for the full pedigree of Ghost
There's no stopping a talented pigeon breed. Both these yearlings combine some of the best De Saer bloodlines, including most notably the highly praised lines of New Tours and Black Lola.
Descendants win races in several other lofts
These bloodlines have been quite successful outside of Ruiselede as well; they repeatedly demonstrated their enormous racing and breeding potential in pigeon lofts across the globe. They have been responsible for several victories and overall top results.
New Tours descendants:
-1. Interprovinciaal Poitiers 1,974 p. for Team BDS (grandson New Tours)
-Arkwright: 1st Loftus Engeland for Ian Stafford (grandson)
-Cindy: 1st Loftus Engelans for Ian Stafford (granddaughter)
-Little Finn: 1st Queens Cup for Ian Stafford (granddaughter)
-1st Ace Pigeon Gran Canaria One-loft-race of Ian Stafford (grandchild)
Black Lola descendants:
-New Jens JR BE14-3115678: 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB and 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB in 2016
-Dark Rudi BE14-4042301: 1st Best long distance pigeon of Belgium over 6 and 7 national races in 2016
1st Ace Pigeon national long distance trophy 2016, Co-winner title of 1st Nat. Champion long distance KBDB 2016 for DVV-pigeons (grandson)
-Charlie”s Drew BE16-6159226: 1st Prov. Bourges 3,538 p. (granddaughter)
-Cameron BE16-6269418: 3rd Best pigeon in Bourges 2017 – PIPA ranking
10th Prov. Bourges I 3,538 p., 40th Nat. Bourges II 12,449 p., 3 first prizes from Noyon, Souppes and Chevrainvilliers for Guy Vanderauwera (granddaughter)
-Lucy BE16-6159161: 23rd Nat. Zone Argenton 3,677 p. – 137th Nat. 22,712 p., 56th Prov. Bourges 3,578 p., 120th Nat. Argenton 11,506 p., 165th Nat. Chateauroux 4,114 p., 6th Chevrainvilliers 1,058 p., 14th Chevrainvilliers 1,034 p. for Guy Vanderauwera (granddaughter)
-Arkwright, Cindy, Little Finn and 1st Ace Pigeon Gran Canaria OLR for Ian Stafford (see references New Tours)
-Black Arrow (son Black Lola): top breeder for Anthony Fowler, (grand)father of 1.-2.-2.-2.-3.-3.-3.-3. prize winners.
-1. Nat Argenton 11,825 p. bij Norbert Sierens (grandson)
-3. Nat Limoges 7,274 p. bij Norbert Sierens (grandson)
-Nathalie: 1. Chateauroux Sector 2 of 7,151 p. for Peter van de Merwe (granddaughter)
Top class bloodlines produce new talents
The many great results at home and in pigeon lofts across the globe illustrate the enormous potential of the modern-day De Saer pigeon. And it also illustrates that breeding new pigeons from proven racing birds and race winners is still key in modern day pigeon racing. It is in fact the only road to success; the loft of Rudi De Saer is a telling example.
Dark Rudi: 1st Best long distance pigeon in Belgium over 6 and 7 national races in 2016 for DVV-pigeons (Black Lola bloodline)