Due to being forced to move in October 2019, all racing pigeons were sold via a successful auction from PIPA. However, the breeding group that is the foundation for the many successes, both of the brothers Leideman as others, was kept. In 2020, a new start was made with a new group of yearlings. This group was composed out of one half being pigeons that were broken to the new loft, the other half being pigeons that were trained for the postseason races. In addition, new lofts were built to which several small adjustments were made last year. During the last winter, the lofts were adjusted with help from Gunter Prange (who lives 45 minutes away from the brothers). André and Bert’s opinion is that: “We have to wait and see as to how we can best deal with the circumstances, after the season is over we will review and see what is necessary.”
Mid-February all the pigeons were coupled and the racers have already raised their youngs, sometimes their own, sometimes those of the breeders. During the first race, not all young had left the nest yet and some hens still had to lay eggs. Of the current racing crew, about 50 yearlings were trained on the postseason races as they could no longer train on the regular young pigeons’ races. The remaining yearlings, about 35, did not see the basket last year and start their training now.
As you could read above, the breeding group that was central to the years of success and quality were not sold. This time in 2021, we once again see the proof that these breeders are at the foundation of a new series of aces. Before we highlight a number of these successful breeders, first the results of the first 2 races of 2021 (only showing prizes in the top 100).
Looking at the pedigrees of the leading hens of the two races above, we arrive at the impressive overview of below:
Below you will find 6 breeders who, if you look at the lineages above, are at the core of all these achievements.
BE15-6106415, Goed Grijs
Goed Grijs had no children in the racing loft between 2019 and 2020. This will be happening again from 2021 onwards.
NL14-1466919, Crack 19
NL16-1075820, Ace 820
The value of having a number of top breeders
For years, Bert and André have been in the possession of a breeding loft that overflows with quality due to the efforts of, amongst others, Goed Grijs, Crack 19, Ace 820 etc… Here, on the lofts in Collendoorn, there are a number of breeders who can easily handle being compared with other national top lofts. For years, in the previous location in Hardenberg, the brothers performed excellently with the descendants of these breeders. Now, within a year, history seems like it is about to repeat itself considering the impressive results of the first races and… it only seems natural that more impressive feats will follow in the coming year.