Leideman Brothers (Hardenberg, NL) stormed through the 2017 season

We are close to the start of the 2018 racing season - what better time take another look at the phenomenal achievements of the racing team of André and Bart Leideman last season.

André and Bert Leideman, the leading names in Province North East Holland in 2017

Laon was one of the big higlights of the season.


André and Bert Leideman can look back on an outstanding 2017 season, with a list of achievements that is hard to put into words. The name of the two brothers André & Bart became a household name on the teletext pages. The Leideman pigeons are able to excel in every competition, as you can tell from their victories in the sprint teletext race from Duffel, the middle distance teletext race from Laon, and the one day long distance race NPO from Gien. The highlight of the young birds' season came in the closing race from Vervins, where the team claimed a 1-3-4-5 of 8753 pigeons. It was the last great result in a truly terrific season; their best results can be found here:

29-04   Heusden-Zolder   191 km  2267 p.  1-2-3-4-5-6-18-19-20-21-22-24-25-39-40-etc.(52/104)
        Prov.10 South           11336 p.  2-3-4-5-6-7-28-29-30-31-32-34-35-etc.
06-05   Asse-Zellik      247 km  2214 p.  1-6-7-9-16-19-20-23-25-26-30-38-42-43-44-etc.(65/105)
        Prov.10 South           11343 p.  1-16-17-21-42-49-50-53-64-68-80-etc.
03-06   Rethel           373 km  1494 p.  1-2-3-5-6-7-10-11-12-18-22-29-30-52-53-etc.(37/78)
        Prov.10 South            7115 p.  3-4-6-22-26-28-52-etc.
10-06   Heusden-Zolder   191 km  1316 p.  2-3-4-5-6-9-12-24-27-28-45-etc.(19/46)
        Prov.10 South            5262 p.  2-3-4-5-6-9-13-45-52-55-etc.
17-06   Laon             386 km  1442 p.  1-2-3-4-5-6-8-11-13-27-33-etc.(53/81)
        Prov.10 South            6371 p.  1-2-3-4-5-6-13-22-25-59-73-etc.
25-06   Duffel           218 km  1111 p.  1-2-27-36-37-38-39-45-47-etc.(14/45)  
        Prov.10 South            4962 p.  1-2-58-76-78-79-80-88-92-etc.
08-07   Gien             611 km   578 p.  1-3-4-5-6-12-13-14-18-28-31-32-etc.(22/46)
        Prov.10 South            2806 p.  1-4-6-7-8-18-20-21-30-46-etc.
26-08   Tilburg          154 km  2523 p.  4-5-7-8-9-11-23-24-26-30-32-etc.(77/144)
        Prov.10 South           13937 p.  11-12-14-15-16-18-66-69-71-75-etc.
23-09   Vervins          358 km  1357 p.  1-2-3-4-16-17-18-19-20-21-22-30-31-etc.(60/141)
        Prov.10 South            8753 p.  1-3-4-5-32-33-34-41-43-44-45-76-78-etc.

BE15-6106415, the eye-catcher of 2017 and winner of a 1s1 middle distance teletext race Laon of 6371 p.

The stars of the show

This was the kind of season where everything seemed to work out for the Leideman brothers, and some of their favourite birds have really stepped up. The number one eye-catcher in Hardenberg is racing bird Goed Grijs BE15-6106415, which concluded her short but strong racing career with a victory in the middle distance teletext race from Laon of 6371 p. It was already her third victory of 2017, adding to a total of seven first prizes over the course of her career.

1st  Laon              6371 p. 2017
1st  Duffel            5821 p. 2016 – 2 minute lead
1st  Heusden-Zolder    2775 p. 2017
1st  Laon              1052 p. 2017
1st  Wijchen            786 p. 2016
1st  Heusden-Zolder     656 p. 2017
1st  Hapert             231 p. 2016

To reread our report in which we discuss the achievements of Goed Grijs, click here.

DV07237-11-1597 Silver Dream, the dam of Jet

Two-time winner Jet

Blue band racing hen NL15-1234091 Jet did great in 2017 as well. She claimed a first prize fom Asse-Zellik in early May, beating 11,343 pigeons, and she did equally well in July, taking another win in Gien of 2806 pigeons. She also finished in first place in the NU competition (Northern Union) in zones 3 and 4 of 7768 pigeons. Here is a look at Jet's most eye-catching results:

1st  Asse-Zellik       11343 p. 2017
1st  Gien NU            7768 p. 2017
6th  Laon               6371 p. 2017 
10th Duffel             5821 p.

The dam of Jet is DV07237-11-1597 Silver Dream. This hen is a daughter of Blue Dream, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Sprint KBDB 2009. Click here to reread our report on Jet's victory from Gien and an introduction to her special family.

Jet's keen eye gives us a hint of her enormous potential

Young Grijs puts the icing in the cake

2017 has been an exceptional season for the young birds as well: they did spectacularly well in the closing young birds' race from Vervins. The junior team, led by Young Grijs NL17-1647574, claimed a 1-3-4-5 ff 8753 pigeons. What was particularly remarkble was the fact that the dam of Young Grijs, BE15-6106975, has a title of 10th National Ace Pigeon NPO Sprint to her name. Click here for our report on the team's spectacular results in the closing race of 2017.

With confidence towards 2018

It was a season in which everything went perfectly, and today we are on the eve of a new racing season. Many fanciers are hoping to improve on last year's results but we reckon André and Bert would be more than happy to more or less match their achievements of 2017. They have a new team of yearlings that have already shown their potential last season, and we are confident that one or two of these one year olds will develop into great champions one day. If you would still like to know more about the Leideman brothers, feel free to read the report that we published after their strong start of 2017, with a closer look at about some of their stock breeders.