Freialdenhofen & Sons (Aldenhoven, DE) claim national victory from Perpignan

The race from Perpignan is traditionally the last international race of the season. Perpignan is a city in Southern France that sits along the Golfe du Lion (Mediterranean sea), 70km to the east of Narbonne and 30km to the north of the Spanish border.

The Freialdenhofen family

Perpignan is one of the biggest tourist cities in France, thanks to its Mediterranean climate, the ancient city and the nightlife district to the southeast of the ancient city. But that is not why so many fanciers basket their pigeons for this international flight. No less than 17,962 pigeons took part in the race, compared to the 15,106 competitors in last year’s race. There were 6,285 Belgian, 3,825 French, 6,413 Dutch, 40 Luxemburgish, 153 British and 1,246 German pigeons at the start line. There was also a higher number of German pigeons in the race compared to last year, when only 894 basketed pigeons from Germany took part.

Equal chances?

Pigeons were released at 6:45 in the morning, in good weather conditions, no wind and good visibility. The organisers did not expect too many problems that day, but it turned out differently. The international winner was Erik Limbourg from Brussegem in Belgium, who clocked his winning pigeon at 19:52’20”. This pigeon completed 932.163km with a velocity of1,183.95 m/min. The next few prizes were won by French fanciers, who won place 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13. We do not often see such an excellent performance by the French. The first Dutch fancier was Arjan Beens from Genemuiden, who finished in 24th. The wind and the weather conditions have heavily influenced the outcome of the race.
And how about Germany? The team of Freialdenhofen & Sons clocked their national winner at 21:42’08”, completing 957.841km with a velocity of 1,067.668 m/min. The second place was won by Wilden-Lutz from Aachen; their pigeon achieved an average speed of 1,062.004 m/min. Arno Hucks from Moers finished in third; his fastest pigeon completed 1,030.059km with a velocity of 1,028.322 m/min.

The national winner from Perpignan 2014 in Germany

The top 10 in Germany

1. Freialdenhofen & Söhne, Aldenhoven      957.841 km        21:42'08"      1,067.668 m/min
2. Wilden-Lutz, Aachen                     933.590 km        21:24'05"      1,062.004 m/min
3. Arno Hucks, Moers                     1,030.059 km        06:43'35"      1,023.322 m/min
4. Freialdenhofen & Söhne, Aldenhoven      957.841 km        22:28'18"      1,015.738 m/min
5. SG Reuter & Groß, Igel                  835.960 km        20:41'19"        999.574 m/min
6. Karl-Heinz Koers, Mandelbachtal         797.984 km        20:12'38"        988.052 m/min
7. Oswald  Schneider, Nottuln            1,084.076 km        08:16'52"        985.643 m/min
8. Karl-Heinz Koers, Mandelbachtal         797.984 km        20:16'44"        983.062 m/min
9. Karl-Heinz Koers, Mandelbachtal         797.984 km        20:16'49"        982.961 m/min
10. Hanne Diekmann, Duisburg             1,032.716 km        07:29'56"        980.799 m/min

The first national at 21:42'08"

The loft of Freialdenhofen clocked their Night Gump 06348-12-668 at 21:42’08”, and this pigeon claimed the national victory in Germany, after completing 957.841km from Perpignan. Their second best pigeon was clocked at 22:28’18”, which resulted in a national fourth place. This should give you an idea of the quality of the Freialdenhofen long distance pigeon family. They had to wait until the next morning to clock their third pigeon, which arrived home at 6:15’56”. The 06348-12-514 finished in 15th at national level.
The winner of the national first prize from Perpignan 06348-12-668 was named Night Gump shortly after the race, the reason being that he is yet another descendant from the world famous bloodline of Forrest Gump! He is a direct son of this amazing breeder. Forrest Gump was paired to a daughter of the 1st National Bordeaux 2009 against 1,451 pigeons (ring number 06348-09-598). She is in fact a granddaughter of Son Forrest Gump 06348-02-418, which means there has been some inbreeding as well. This is yet another major win for the bloodline of Forrest Gump.

Forrest Gump, an exceptional breeder; he is the sire of the national winner from Perpignan

The inevitable Forrest Gump

We were particularly interested in the pedigree of this national winner. The first thing the Freialdenhofen family wanted to know is whether or not their winning pigeon was a descendant of the outstanding bloodline of Forrest Gump. He is in fact a direct son of 06348-00-789 Forrest Gump, who gained a reputation as a world class breeding pigeon with exceptional breeding qualities. His direct son 06348-12-668 has now won the national first prize from Perpignan. Forrest Gump bred this excellent racing pigeon at the age of twelve, and we wonder what he is still capable of at this age. We asked Dirk Freialdenhofen if his Forrest Gump was still alive then. He laughed and said: “Not only is he still alive, he continues to fertilize every single egg.” This cock is housed in a breeding box and he gets a first class treatment, but we assume every fancier would take great care of such a talented breeder.
One of his sons, Son Forrest Gump 06348-05-420, is the sire of Forrest Junior 06348-10-196, winner of an international victory from Pau in 2012. Forrest Gump is the old basis, from the old bloodline of the Saya brothers from The Netherlands paired to the breed of Yves Van de Poel/Buckley (Geetbets, B). The Freialdenhofen fanciers are obviously highly proficient breeders, and this explains their impressive results in the extreme long distance competition. They have a number of outstanding breeding pigeons and they know how to maintain the level of quality of their bloodlines for the future.

The dam of the national winner from perpignan 2014

And there is more

Forrest Gump is of course not the only breeder in Aldenohven. We take a look at 06348-11-488, the second pigeon of Freialdenhofen in the race from Perpignan. He arrived home on the first day at 22:28’18” to take a fourth national prize. His name is Bruder 1st National Barcelona, because he is the brother of the first national Barcelona 2013 against 1,729 pigeons. This cock originates from Son Barcelona 06793-08-927, which has bred quite a few excellent descendants. The sire of this 927 is Brother Dax 06793-03-739, winner of a 1st International Ace Pigeon title Barcelona from 2006 to 2008. The 739 was paired to 12 AS-Pigeon 2007 06793-05-8, which was 12th national ace pigeon 2007 in the hens‘ category. The dam of the 488 is Irun Lady 06348-04-839, winner of a national victory from Irun 2007 against 2,633 pigeons. We will not go into further detail about his pedigree; he basically originates from two highly talented parents.

We are wondering if the pigeon loft of Freialdenhofen is perhaps the most successful German pigeon loft at international level. How many important victories does it take to become a country’s number one pigeon loft? We can only say that the Freialdenhofen family is in a different league. We are quite sure that they will continue to win first prizes and other top results in the most important international races next season.

How do other fanciers perform with the pigeons of Freialdenhofen? We think Arkadiusz Maziarz from Poland is a solid reference. He has had a sensational 2014 season thanks to the pigeons of Freialdenhofen, especially in races of 100 to 783km. You can read more about him on his website

The following is a list of fanciers that have won an important victory thanks to the Freialdenhofen pigeon breed:

1st Prize Cycow (540 km) 9,320 p. – Mircea Bejenaru (Romania)
1st Prize nat. St. Vincent (986 km) 3,824 p. – Jac Ruijters (The Netherlands)
1st interprov. Bordeaux (775 km) 2,113 p. – Lauer & Söhne (Germany)

The PIPA team wishes the Freialdenhofen family good luck in the future seasons.