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Hans Paul Eßer (Düsseldorf, DE): always in the front

This fancier has won the title of First National Ace Cock in 2010, an 8th prize at the German National Championship 2010, two regional first prizes in 2011, a 22nd National Ace Hen in 2012, etc. His main goal is to breed new first prize winners and ace pigeons from his current family of top flyers.

A move foward

He wanted a sound start in pigeon racing. He wanted to improve continuously and he is now on the best way to yield results. In fact he has already reached his goal: he is already one of the best fanciers in Germany. He wanted a successful career in pigeon racing. He decided to sell his software company to be able to spend more time in his loft. He did no longer focus on his professional career. Instead he bought property in Unterbach, which is a district in the city of Düsseldorf. It was there that he raced his young birds in 2010, about three years ago. Fanciers from around who had not heard of Hans-Paul Eßer before were told that he had been a successful fancier before, winning important championships. This means he already had a lot of excellent pigeons. To be honest he had plenty of first-class breeders to choose from and he made use of them.

Foundation and further development

Hans-Paul Eßer has always been looking for pigeons with outstanding breeding qualities. It was in 2003 that he started an extensive search for good breeders. The aim was to form a proper breed and to find bloodlines of very good birds that would breed very good birds themselves.

In 2004 and 2005 he purchased his first reinforcements from the loft of Cyriel Verbeeck. Each of these pigeons was soon entered in races and one of them was soon to become a stock bird: B 05-6047641. Already in his first year in the breeding loft he bred the successful 05369-06-402, who won a second regional prize in the final race from Wels (619 km) against 3,280 pigeons. The pigeon from Belgium was coupled with the hen 05369-05-393, which stems from a bird of Friedhelm Cox, the 01513-00-253 (bred from a son of Favoriet of Gaby Vandenabeele) crossed with B 02-3252530, which is a daughter of Figo of Antoon and Hilde Reynaet. You can see that Hans-Paul Eßer only works with first-class pigeons. The descendants of the couple B 05-6047641 and 05369-05-393 have played a key role in the Eßer breed.

Hans-Paul purchased some additional pigeons from Hubert Schroyens from Itegem. I would like to draw your attention to one of these pigeons, namely the B 03-6268742. He formed an excellent breeding pair with 02930-04-870, which is a hen of Rudi Heinen. In 2008 this couple bred the top bird 05369-08-969, which was 17th Ace Cock in 2009 and even first Ace Cock in 2010 in Germany, which is obviously a great feat. It is interesting to know that the 969 did his last race in 2010, winning a first prize in the final race from Wels (619 km) against 3,280 pigeons. A lot of fanciers from Germany and abroad are interested in buying this crack but Hans-Paul Eßer does not want to sell him.

Speaking of Rudi Heinen. Hans-Paul has a special connection with this fancier. The two have been sharing several breeding pigeons and they divide their descendants, which have brought success in both the two lofts.

Always looking for more

He continued to purchase top class pigeons: he bought some pigeons of Hugo Vlaeminck and Jan & John Baeck, which were all pigeons of excellent quality. Hans-Paul was lucky to obtain a few pigeons of one of the greatest fanciers of The Netherlands, Pieter Veenstra. He got his hands on different sons and daughters of Dirky, Spartacus and Mr. Blue. It is worth noting that Dirky is a son of Kleine Dirk of Gerard Koopman from Ermerveen. This was possibly one of the best breeders ever to have existed. He also added some pigeons of Günter Prange from Meppen to this loft. Günter Prange is known for the successful sons and daughters of Ringlosen (Ringless) in combination with pigeons of Gerard Koopman, including the famous descendants Branco, Gandor, Beatrixdoffer and many more. Possibly one of the best breeders of Günter Prange is Son 36 02098-06-304, a son of the great 36, 02098-01-36, winner of countless first prizes. He was bred from Ringless who was coupled with a sister of Branco NL 94-2783577. The mother of Son 36 is a daughter of Gandor NL 94-2227906 with daughter Branco. We have come full circle. As you can see Hans-Paul has a lot of inbreds as well.

This should give you an idea of the full potential of the breeding loft of Hans-Paul Eßer and Alina Gieseke, who are very successful. Alina Gieseke is his niece and in the last five years she has helped him to compose a family of pigeons. At the moment Alina is a higher education student and she has less time to assist him compared to when she was in secondary school.

Successes in 2010 and 2011

We would not know where to begin... The number of top prizes is nearly endless. He has been successful in his own club, in district 413 and at national level, winning national championship titles. Hans-Paul Eßer is always there. We will take a look at his most important victories first. In 2010 he had the first Ace Cock of Germany with 972.53 ace points and he was 8th German national champion and regional champion. At a regional level he has won the first, second and third prize with his cocks. You need some luck to manage that: all races should pass without a problem and you need favourable weather conditions as well.

In 2011 Hans-Paul Eßer was first national champion and first champion in the union, first regional champion with the yearlings and first regional champion hens. At regional level he has won two first prizes. So much for the 2010 and 2011 season.

The 2012 season

The 2012 season was characterised by a high number of first and second prizes at provincial level, at a regional level and in the Nievenheim pigeon association. We wonder which races Hans-Paul Eßer did not win. We introduce you to his very best pigeons. One of his stars is National 05369-10-489, who won a first national prize from Straubing against 10,273 pigeons. In 2012 he has won a total of 13 prizes with 987.53 ace points. In the previous season he took 11 prizes with 757.78 ace points.

We should not forget "Super 90", 05369-11-90, either, an outstanding racing bird who wins nothing but top prizes. He won a first prize against 1,529 pigeons and was also the fastest of 12,241 pigeons. He also took a first prize against 1,159 pigeons and a 6th provincial against 7,004 pigeons. He has also won a series of top five prizes. Last but not least he has also won a 14th national against 10,273 pigeons. This is especially impressive for a one-year-old bird. This is his pedigree: his sire is "Son Zucht-Ass 651" coupled with a top class hen of Rudi Heinen. His dam ist "Enkelin 36", bred from a son of "36", again with a hen of Rudi Heinen.

The third big star is "Gute Südafrikanerin" (Good South African woman), SA-10-0053449. She won a first Ace Pigeon in the Nievenheim club and a 22nd prize Ace Hen Germany. This hen is a great racing pigeon bred from a son of stock couple "501" x "Enkelin 36". The "Gute Südafrikanerin" and" Super 90" have the same dam and are in fact half sisters.

Some results of 2012
07/05 Wertheim (245 km) 1,574 pigeons: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 10, etc. 
(54 prizes with 118 pigeons);
12/05 Wiesentheid (293 km) 1,584 pigeons: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 etc. (96/115);
19/05 Forchheim (343 km) 1,529 pigeons: 1, 2, 7, 10 etc. (79/114);
09/06 Neumarkt (402 km) 1,159 pigeons: 1, 2, 6, 7. etc. (81/107);
17/06 Forchheim (343 km) 1,184 pigeons: 1, 2, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 
etc. (72/105);
23/06 Straubing (513 km) national 10,273 pigeons: 1, 3, 4, 13, 14, 20, 22, 
26 etc. (82/102);
30/06 Parsberg (429 km) 1,028 pigeons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 7, 7, 10, 
etc. (63/100);
25/08 Aschaffenburg (215 km) 1,255 young birds: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9,
etc. (80/117);
01/09 Wertheim (463 km) 985 young birds: 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 8, 10, 10,
etc. (81/115).

Some championships at regional level
National Championship yearlings                       1st
National Championship young birds category 4          1st
Regional championship yearlings                       1st
Deutschland-Derby yearlings                           1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Deutschland-Derby yearlings hens                      1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th
Championship of the "Die Brieftaube" magazine         2nd
Klinikcup                                             2nd
Regional Championship                                 2nd
Regional Championship for hens                        2nd
etc., etc.