Hans Lekscha (Velbert, DE): 1st Champion German Union, 6th and 23rd Ace Cock, 2nd and 22nd Ace Hen in the Union 2016

Hans Lekscha is one of Germany's great pigeon champions. He has been adding victories to his palmares season after season. In 2011 he was able to win seven first prizes, and last year he managed to claim an impressive 23 wins to his list of achievements, along with numerous championship titles.

Hans Lekscha (66) and his wife Margarete were born in Oberschlesien, Poland. They lived there until 1979 before moving to Germany with three young kids. They had to leave most of their belongings in Poland. Hans Lekscha found a job in Wuppertal in 1980, and six years later they built a house there as well. Hans got a lot of support from his brothers, who had stayed in Poland. Hans had started keeping pigeons at an early age, when he was still living in Oberschlesien, his birthplace. He would occasionally compete in a pigeon race as well but school and eventually his job prevented him from looking after his pigeons on a regular basis. That would change once he moved to Germany. He created a proper new team in 1997 and he had a great start in his new home country. In 2004 he won a 1st Ace Hen Allround in the region, followed by a title of 3rd Champion Yearlings in the Union in 2008. That is when his career really took off. Two years later he was 1st Champion Yearlings in the union, and in the 2011 Olympiad in Posen he sent in racing bird 01100-07-37, the best German pigeon in the sports category. This 37 was sold to Gaby Vandenabeele later on, due to the fact that this pigeon was closely related to the Vandenabeele breed through Toni van Ravenstein. This pigeon was a perfect match for the Vandenabeele pigeons, and that makes him the type of pigeon Gaby is always looking for.

The origins of his pigeons

That brings us to the Vandenabeele pigeons. In fact, many of Hans Lekscha's pigeons are based on the invaluable Vandenabeele breed. Hans obtained most of his Vandenabeele based pigeons from Toni van Ravenstein, in the form of eggs. He has obtained about 25 eggs since 2006. They have really matched the expectations, and have proven to be exceptionally valuable pigeons. And yet, some additional introductions would never hurt. In the late 1990s Hans got to know fellow fancier Herbert Ritter, who told him the following: "You are a newcomer, if you send me a few rings I can give you some youngsters." A deal was made, and by 2011 Hans had already won the title of 3rd best one year old hen in Bezirk 7 with a descendant of these pigeons. He then transferred the hen to the breeding loft along with her sister, and they bred some excellent youngsters in turn. They were later named Herbi and Berta, and many of the stars of today are related to these two bloodlines. Where did these pigeons come from? We know that Herber Ritter had obtained some eggs in Belgium, from the loft of Flor Engels & Sons, as well as from Jos Vercammen. They look a lot like the pigeons of Flor Engels & Sons, and these happen to combine really well with the pigeons of Vandenabeele. Vandenabeele himself had given these pigeons a try as well, and he was quite successful with them - although that is not the topic of today. As you can tell from the different pedigrees, the pigeon collection of Hans Lekscha is heavily based on the pigeons of Vandenabeele.

Breeding and racing pairs

As we said earlier, Hans Lekscha has a fairly small collection of pigeons, with about 15 breeding pairs and 30 racing pairs, which are raced in total widowhood. And that is that. He does not like to breed or basket large numbers of pigeons, he wants to be able to keep everything manageable.

Spectacular prize percentage: 5 pigeons with 14 prizes in 14 races

These five pigeons are the cream of the crop, winning 14 prizes in the 14 races that they were basketed for. This is a truly exceptional feat. We will take a closer look at each of these five pigeons, based on the number of ace points that they won.

The 01100-14-429

She is arguably the strongest hen in the club. She won 1,215 ace points with 14 prizes, finishing in 26th place in the Ace Hen championship in the German union. Her sire is the 01100-13-367, which is a brother of Olympia 161. The 367 won 13 prizes in 14 seasons in 2016, and became 6th Ace Cock in the German Union with 1,201 ace points. This cock is a grandson of Olympia 37, which we mentioned earlier. The dam of the 429 is 01100-14-128, which is another grandchild of Olympia 37.

The 01100-14-408

She won 14 prizes in 14 races as well, and she is without doubt one of the very best racing birds of Hans Lekscha. She had 1,170 ace points, just a few less than racing hen 429, and she got selected for the Brussels Olympiad. Hans Lekscha named her Olympia 408. Her sire is 01100-11-37, another outstanding racing bird and another son of Olympia 37, from the Gaby Vandenabeele breed through Toni van Ravenstein. The dam of Olympia 408 is 01100-10-346, and she originates from an uncle of Olympia 37. The 346 developed into a top class breeding hen, after winning 13 prizes in 13 races back in 2012, and 12 prizes in 12 races in 2011. Racing bird Olympia 408 was 22nd Ace Hen in Germany.

Die 01100-14-417

This is another two year old hen with a 100% prize percentage. She won 14 prizes in 14 races an a total of 1,093 ace points. Her sire is the 01100-12-127, a grandson of Olympia 37 from his mother's side. The dam of the 417 is 01100-12-162, a full sister of Olympia 161. This hen was a very successful racing bird as well, and she is in fact a grandchild of Olympia 37 from her father's side.

Der 01100-14-425

This is a racing cock with 14 prizes in 14 races on his palmares. He was almost as successful as his female counterparts in terms of ace points: 1,093 points. That is a job well done. He finished in 23rd place in the Ace Pigeon championship cocks in Germany. His sire is 01100-13-325, a son of Olympia 161 (01100-12-161), which took part in the Brussels Olympiad in 2015. He was also the best one year old cock in RV Wuppertal in 2013 with 11 prizes and he won 12 prizes in 14 races in 2014. The dam of the 425 is 01100-13-336, a full sister of Olympia 37. That basically sums it up.

The 01100-15-621

The fifth pigeon with a 100% prize percentage is a cock as well. He gained 805 ace points and he has an excellent pedigree as well. His sire is 01100-14-441, which got killed by a bird of prey at a fairly young age. The 441 was a full brother of Olympia 161, so he is strongly related to the Vandenabeele breed. His dam is 01100-14-407, a nest sister of Olympia 408, which is closely linked to Vandenabeele as well. This 407 won 12 prizes in 14 races in 2016, earning 863 ace points.

The pedigrees of these five pigeons with a 100% prize percentage have also shed light on Hans Lekscha's breeding strategy. He breeds youngsters from all of his pigeons, including his racing birds. We also noticed that almost every pigeon in his collection is related to the Vandenabeele pigeons that he obtained from Toni van Ravenstein.

We thinks his breeding approach can be quite inspirational. The list of achievements that we included below makes us wonder how many pigeons a fancier really needs to have in order to achieve great results.

We wish Hans Lekscha another great racing season.

Some of his best races of 2016 in the region:

14.05.2016 Höchstadt (314 km) 2,768 p.: 1., 2., 3., 4., 9., 11., 15., 15., 15., 
                                         18., 19., 32. etc.
06.06.2016 Regensburg (444 km) 2,313 p.: 6., 9., 10., 15., 27., 47., 48., 49., 
                                          52., 54., 55. etc.
18.06.2016 Passau (539 km) 1,730 p.: 2., 3., 4., 8., 14., 15., 15., 17., 24., 29., 
                                          32. etc.
03.07.2016 Regensburg (444 km) 1,662 p.: 1., 1., 4., 5., 6., 7., 8., 11., 13., 14., 15.,
                                          21., 22., 23., 27., 28., 30., 30., 32., 38. etc.
09.07.2016 Regensburg (444 km) 1,445 p.: 1., 3., 4., 9., 12., 21., 24., 25., 33. etc.

His first prizes in the past seven years:

2010:  8 first prizes  (RV Wuppertal)
2011:  7 first prizes  (RV Wuppertal)
2012:  6 first prizes  (RV Wuppertal)
2013:  4 first prizes  (RV Wuppertal)
2014: 17 first prizes  Olds and yearlings (RV Velbert)
2015: 12 first prizes  Olds and yearlings (RV Velbert)
2016: 23 first prizes  Olds, yearlings and young birds (RV Velbert)

Some of his most successful pigeons:

DV 01100-14-445 mit  5 first prizes (Olympiad Pigeon in Brussels)
DV 01100-14-408 mit  3 first prizes (Olympiad Pigeon in Brussels)

Championships at national level

1st Champion in the German Union 2016
3rd Champion yearlings in the German Union 2015
1st Champion in „Die Brieftaube“ magazine 2016
1st Champion RV in the Union 2016
2nd Champion „Klinik-Cup“ 2016
1st Place „Old hen with the most prizes in 2016“ DBA Dortmund 2017
1st Place „One year old cock with the most prizes in 2016“ DBA Dortmund 2017
6th National Ace Cock 2016 (DV 01100-13-367)
23rd National Ace Cock 2016  (DV 01100-14-425)
2nd National Ace Hen 2016  (DV 01100-14-445)
22nd National Ace Hen 2016  (DV 01100-14-408)
37th National Ace Hen 2016 (DV 01100-14-429)

Olympia-Teilnehmer

DV 01100-07-37:  1st Nat. Olympiad Pigeon Posen 2011 Category A
DV 01100-07-37:  1st Nat. (3rd Internat.) Ace Pigeon Europacup 2010 Category D
DV 01100-12-161: 2nd Nat. Olympiad Pigeon Budapest 2015 Category H
DV 01100-14-408: 1st Nat. Olympiad Pigeon Brussels 2017 Category B
DV 01100-14-445: 1st Nat. Olympiad Pigeon Brussels 2017 Category D

Top prizes in the Regionalverband union in 2015:

2nd Champion Yearlings in the Regionalverband union
1st and 2nd Ace cock in the Regionalverband union
5th Ace Hen in the Regionalverband union

Top prizes in the Regionalverband union in 2016:

1st Regional Champion Regionalverband
1st Brieftaube Championship
3rd and 4th Ace Cock in the Regionalverband union
1st, 2nd, 6th and 15th Ace Hen in the Regionalverband union

RV Championships 2016:

1st Championship RV
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th Best Cock in the RV
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th Best Hen in the RV
1st Championship Yearlings RV
1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th Best One Year Old Cock in the RV (JL)
3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th Best One Year Old Hen in the RV (JL)
1st Championship Hens RV
1st Championship Cocks RV
1st Championship Short Distance RV
1st Championship Long Distance RV

The team had a 71.83% prize percentage in the old birds' races of 2016!

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