Rudi De Saer (Ruiselede, BE) is developing a pigeon family around national stars and national winners

The pigeons of Rudi De Saer have yet again shown what they are capable of, winning 15 first prizes and several national championship titles in 2017, including a 10th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB and a 16th Nat. Champion olds KBDB. Besides, his team has won several top references and has claimed several victories in other lofts as well.

A solid reputation

Rudi De Saer has really made a name for himself over the years, achieving fantastic results with an excellent group of pigeons. His success story is rooted on the pigeon family from Dentergem: in the early 1990s Rudi cleverly decided to obtain pigeons from almost every champion in Gaby Vandenabeele's collection. It was an intstant success, as these pigeons allowed him to raise the bar, and to develop into an international champion in the national long distance races. The descendants of Gaby Vandenabeele's stock breeder Kleinen (Son Kleinen and youngsters of Turbo and Wittenbuik) would soon turn the loft from Ruiselede around.

Son Kleinen BE93-3050291 (from stock breeder Kleinen 253-81) became the sire of stock dam ’t Goedje and super class breeder ’t Pootje for Rudi De Saer and his late father Antoine.
Stock dam ’t Goedje BE05-3177035 is now the dam of several iconic De Saer pigeons:
-New Tours BE10-3020802: winner of a 1st Nat. Cahors 7,136 p.
-Antonio BE10-3020860: winner of a 1st Nat. Souillac 7,756 p.
-Bianca BE12-3120246: the dam of supercrack Falco (see later on)
-Samira BE10-3181366: the dam of Ace, 10th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB ’17 (see later on)
-Bleken BE07-3128456: 4th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB and  co-winner of a 1st Nat. Champion Long Distance KBDB
-Champion BE09-3040476: sire of Favoriet, 1st Nat. Limoges, 2nd Nat. Limoges, 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB

Her sister ’t Pootje BE03-3220003 has been invaluable in the breeding loft as well; she is the dam of:
-Daisy BE08-3022143: the dam of 8 first prize winners, a 1st Prov. Tours, 3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB (Jacko) and 10 x Top-100 National winners.
-Late Jens BE07-3128597: the sire of such champions as Schicht, Inzaghi, Dromerke…
-Jens: 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB, 2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB
-Sister 2 Jens BE05-3177117: the dam of New Jens BE10-3020896, 1st Nat. Limoges 13,781 p. and now the sire of 15 first prize winners.

Another pairing that has really left its mark on this pigeon breed is Geschelpte Limoges BE95-3211277 x Wittenbuikske BE95-3211275 (daughter Wittenbuik). They are the parents of Den 18 BE98-3240118, Rebecca BE98-3240153 (the dam of  Son Groten BE02-3185762) and top breeder Perigueux BE99-3243699.

Den 18 (paired to ’t Goedje) became the sire of Bleken, Broer Bleken, Champion etc., whereas Son Groten (also paired to ’t Goedje) is the sire of Antonio, New Tours, Bianca etc.

And there is more: another important player in team De Saer is breeding pair Perigueux x Corry BE01-3031189 (daughter Turbo – Gaby Vandenabeele). They are the parents of:
-Jessie Bond BE05-3177007: the dam of Bleken JR BE10-3165669, sire of Ace (see later)
-Late Zwarten BE08-3037496: the sire of supercrack Neymar BE12-3120018
-Zwarten As BE06-3125865: the sire of Zorro BE10-3183604, sire of Falco (see later)
-Black Dream BE07-3128450: the dam of Blacke Pedro II BE10-3183606, sire of Finn and Tigro
-One Eye Blind BE08-3037370: the dam of Black Lola BE10-3155220, the dam of New Jens JR (see later) and of 8 first prize winners
-Blue Angel BE08-3190061: the dam of Rainman BE11-4245800, 1st Nat. St.Vincent 3,161 p.

And then there is superstar Gino Boy BE09-3171413 (from the loft of Gino Clicque): he is the sire of New Jens (1st Nat. Limoges 13,781 p. in 2012), sire of 12 first prize winners, grandfather of 23 first prize winners, and grandfather of New Jens JR (1st Prov. and 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB ’16, see later). These are the numerous successful bloodlines which the Rudi De Saer pigeon breed is founded on.

Anyone familiar with the De Saer pigeon breed will know these bloodlines all too well. These pigeons have laid the basis for the title of 1st Nat. Champion Long Distance KBDB 2010 and 2014, 2nd Nat. Champion Long Distance KBDB 2009, and 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distane KBDB 2015, as well as four national first prizes. These are the achievements that have turned Rudi De Saer into an internationally renowned player.

Pigeons from prize winning bloodlines

Winning national first prizes almost seems like an everyday task for the pigeosn of Rudi De Saer. Here are the four champions that have claimed a national victory for team De Saer in recent years:

-Favoriet:  1st Nat. Limoges olds 2015
-New Tours: 1st Nat. Cahors 2014
-New Jens:  1st Nat. Limoges 2012
-Antonio:   1st Nat. Souillac 2012

These are four fantastic pigeons that were able to claim a national first prize, on top of a palmares that already included several national top prizes and ace pigeon titles. Each of these pigeons got a well-deserved spot in the De Saer breeing loft, where they will serve to provide Rudi with new generations of prize winners. He wants to get the most out of their breeding potential. ​As always, there are two sides to this story: for every champion that moves to the breeding loft, you lose an invaluable member of your racing team. As a fancier, you always have to try and breed talented new youngsters but at the same time you have to keep an eye on your breeding loft. It is a vicious circle inherent to our sport.

Rudi De Saer has mastered the art of striking a balance between a top quality pigeon breed and a strong racing team. This is where the breeding value of stock dam 't Goedje (or the bloodline of Son Kleinen Vandenabeele) come in, along with with her sister 't Pootje and the descendants of stock pair Perigueux x Corry​. A new generation of cracks and ace pigeons has emerged, and it was thanks to them that Rudi De Saer could continue to deliver top results at national level.
The breeding strategy of the team from Ruiselede can be illustrated with three pigeons of his current team of racing birds, which all stem from a combination of 't Goedje and Perigueux x Corry.

-Ace BE14-3115670

10th  Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance olds KBDB 2017
12th  Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance YLs KBDB 2015
30th  Nat. Tulle        7,447 p. ’17  
61st  Nat. Brive        9,132 p. ’17
67th  Nat. Limoges II   9,162 p. ’17
16th  Nat. Tulle        3,358 p. '15 
17th  Nat. Limoges II   6,492 p. ’16
 5th  Prov. Tulle       1,306 p. ’15
47th  Nat. Limoges II   6,272 p. ’15
168th Prov. Chateauroux 5,063 p. ’15
218th Nat. Brive        5,952 p. ’16

Sire: Bleken JR BE10-3165669
A son of one of the former champions of De Saer: Bleken BE07-3128456 (4th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB (a son of top pair Den 18 x stammoeder ’t Goedje) x Jessie Bond BE05-3177007 (from stock pair Perigueux x Corry).
Dam: Samira BE10-3181366
A full sister of Antonio (1st Nat. Souillac 7,756 p.) and New Tours (1st Nat. Cahors 7,136 p.). A daughter of Son Groten BE02-3185762 x stock dam ’t Goedje BE05-3177035.
Click here for the full pedigree of Ace.

Ace ​has 6 national top 100 prizes to his name but he is closely followed by that other champion Falco, winner of 4 national top 100 prizes so far. This is the palmares of a true champion. Falco is one of Rudi's favourite racing birds, and his list of achievements speaks for itself:

-Falco BE14-3115750

 3rd  Ace Pigeon Allround KBDB ’16 
18th  Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB ’15
13th  Nat. Brive        5,952 p. ’16
28th  Nat. Tulle        3,358 p. ’15
59th  Nat. Limoges      6,272 p. ’15
64th  Nat. Brive        9,132 p. ’17
18th  Prov. Argenton    2,644 p. ’16
203rd Nat. Chateauroux 25,126 p. ’16
219th Nat. Limoges II   9,162 p. ’17
741st Nat. Limoges I   14,937 p. ’17

Sire: Zorro BE10-3183604
A top breeder and the sire of a 1st Prov. and 1st Nat. Zone. He is a son of Zwarten As BE06-3125865 (from stock pair Perigueux x Corry) x Geschelpt 741 BE02-3185741 (from Groten x Rebecca).
Dam: Bianca BE12-3120246
A full sister of Antonio (1st Nat. Souillac 7,756 p.) and New Tours (1st Nat. Cahors 7,136 p.). She is a daughter of  Son Groten BE02-3185762 x stock dam ’t Goedje BE05-3177035.
Click here for Falco's full pedigree

Another champion from 2017 with three first prizes at club level to his name (Arras, Chateaudun, and Tulle) is New Jens Jr. This racing cock has also won 3 national top 50 prizes and several other top results.

-New Jens Junior BE14-3115678

 1st  Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2016
 5th  Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2016
26th  Nat Limoges I 13,493 p. ’16 (2nd Prov. 2,489 p.)
28th  Prov Tours     6,720 p. ’17
38th  Nat Limoges I 14,937 p. ’17
47th  Nat Brive      5,952 p. ’16
12th  Prov Tulle     1,028 p. ’16
254th Nat Brive      9,132 p. ’17
311th Nat Limoges II 6,492 p. ’16

Sire: New Jens BE10-3020896
Winner of 1st Nat. Limoges 13,781 p.
Sire of 15 first prize winners. He is a son of top breeder Gino Boy BE09-3171413 (from Gino Clicque) x Zus 2 Jens BE05-3177117 (full sister of Jens, 1st and 2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB).
Dam: Black Lola BE10-3155220
The dam of 8 first prize winners! A daughter of Golden Antoine BE06-3125812 (from Kapotte Penne x Vraafke) x One Eye Blind BE08-3037370 (a daughter of stock pair Perigueux x Corry) - a super class breeding hen for Team BDS and a nest sister of Blue Rudi (sire of a 1st FCI Thailand Worldchampionship).
Click here for the full pedigree of New Jens Junior

They are the three musketeers of this racing team, each with several top 100 prizes in national races to their name. This shows that they are pigeons with great potential indeed, straight from the De Saer pigeon family. They have played a key role in the 2017 racing season; click her to take a closer look:
The highlights of the 2017 racing season

Countless top references

A strong pigeon family will not only deliver in their own loft. It has happened repeatedly that fanciers who obtained pigeons from this breed were suddenly able to win races at the highest level, which clearly shows that the De Saer pigeon breed can lead to great results in other teams as well.

With so many great results in other lofts, the pigeons of De Saer have become more popular than ever. An increasing number of fanciers achieved great results with the De Saer pigeons, and the list of references continues to grow. We take a look at some of the most remarkable references:

Team BDS-Ruiselede (BE)

-Joëlla: winner of a 1st Nat. Agen in 2017, the fastest of 9,818 pigeons. Her dam comes from Rudi De Saer from Rainman (1st Nat. St.Vincent NL) x a daughter of stock pair Perigueux x Corry (see pedigree Joëlla).
-Miss Agen BE14-3100199: winner of a 67th Intnat. Agen in 2016 and an 80th Intnat. Agen in 2017. Her dam is a sister of Favoriet.
-Daughter Antonio BE13-3076220 (a direct De Saer): she is the dam of a 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround KBDB 2017 (20th Nat. Jarnac 3,904 YLs ’16, 19th Nat. Limoges 9,162 p. ’17, 54th Nat. Chateauroux 20,473 p. ’17) and a 14th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance YLs KBDB. Daughter Antonio is also the grandmother of BE16-3111143 (see pedigree): 5th Nat. Zone Argenton 3,068 p., 11th Prov. Chateauroux 3,084 p. and 86th Nat. Tulle 9,578 p. in 2017.
-Zola BE16-3103034: winner of a 1st Nat. Zone La Souterraine 2.045 p. ’16 comes from sister Favoriet.
-Bleek Saertje BE15-3109050: 2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB; comes from Brother Bleken  - De Saer
-BE16-3111111: 2nd Prov. Saumur 3,368 p. and 3rd Prov. Tours 1,076 p. comes from Brother Bleken - De Saer as well

Steve Mardis – Continental Loft (USA)

-ARPU16-83192: winner of the final Million Dollar OLR – Sun City South Africa (January 2017). The dam is a 100% De Saer hen (bred from two direct De Saer pigeons) - pedigree

Norbert Ally-Aarsele (BE)

-winner of 1st Prov. Tours 3,478 p. in 2017: the dam is a direct Rudi De Saer (granddaughter of stock pair Perigueux x Corry) - pedigree

DVV-pigeons-Merelbeke (BE)

They had a top class breeder in their collection with Son Antonio BE13-3080242 (Antonio x Black Lola). He is the sire of:
-Indira BE16-4042601: winner of a 1st Chateauroux 476 p.
-Dark Rudi BE14-4102301: 1st Ace Pigeon Belgian Fondtrophy ’16
-’t Saerke BE15-4211863: 20th Best young bird of Belgium over 5 national races 2015
-Xylia BE16-4042628: 10th Best pigeon from Bourges in Belgium 2016-17 – 3 prizes PIPA ranking
- Small Rudi’: Co-winner 1st prov. / 4th Nat. General Champion KBDB 2015, 4th best yearling long distance and extreme long distance - 4 prizes, 9th best yearling long distance and extreme long distance - 3 prizes 
These pigeons have also played a role in the title of 1st Nat. Champion long distance KBDB 2016 and 4th Nat. Champion allround 2015.

Dr. David Barros Madeira-Portugal

​He invested in pigeons of Rudi De Saer (Perigueux x Corry & Jens bloodlines), and with great success. The following two stars are based around his De Saer bloodlines:
-Survivor PT14-4395079: 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance Algarve 2016
-Arya PT13-3462131: 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2016

Pieter Veenstra-The Netherlands

He is always quick to react when it comes to investing in his pigeon family. He has a number of De Saer descendants in his collection as well, including:
-Son Jessie Bond BE15-3110326: winner of a 1st Prov. Deurne 21,116 p. in 2016 (line Perigueux x Corry)
-Sister II Rainman BE11-4249819: the dam of 3 first prize winners, including a 1st NPO Chateaudun 6,293 p.
-Brother 1st NPO NL16-1817748: winner of a 1st Heino 384 p.

Guy Van der Auwera-Wuustwezel (BE)

He has won many top results with his De Saer descendants. Among them is Young Antonio BE13-3080187 (Antonio x Black Lola), the sire of the Charly’s Angels dynasty (including Charly’s Angels Lucy BE16-6159161) and his 1st Nat. Zone Issoudun BE12-3120006 (a top breeder), as well as:
-The Next BE11-3123708 (full brother of Antonio and New Tours): winner of 3 x 1st prize and the sire of 6 first prize winners:
-Charly’s Angels Drew BE16-6159226: 1st Prov. Bourges 3,538 p.
-Charlie BE16-6159233: 1st Souppes and 5th Souppes 848 p.
-Charlie’s Angel Cameron BE16-6269418: 3rd Best pigeon from Bourges 2017 – PIPA Ranking
-Gentleman De Saer BE12-3120207 (brother Neymar): the sire of a 56th Nat. La Souterraine 16,613 p.
-New Goedje BE12-3120099: the dam of a 16th Nat. La Souterraine 7,631 p.

Ian Stafford-UK (JPS-loft)

- winner of a 1st Loftus Championship 2017 (with pigeons of Rudi De Saer)
- winner of a 7th North Combine 11,967 p. in 2016

Marc & Franky Van de Walle-Zwalm (BE)

They were quite successful with a number of pigeons from Ruiselede:
-Davida BE16-4141003: 1st Nat. Zone Argenton 3,066 p. (from Broer New Jens)
-Dark Rudi BE11-3123866: the sire of Mr Tulle, 1st Tulle 243 p. and 41st Nat. Tulle 9,578 p. ’17
-Broer Favoriet BE14-3115987: the sire of a 1st Argenton and 23rd Nat. Argenton 18,363 p.
-Devils 66 BE16-4241066: the sire is a Rudi Desaer (son of Zeemke x Bleeksken)

Anthony Fowler-UK

He discovered three outstanding breeding birds among his De Saer descendants:
-Black Arrow BE12-3120170 (son Antonio and a half brother of New Jens JR): (grand)father of 1-2-2-3-3-3-3rd prize winner
-Halfbrother New Jens BE14-3115640: sire of a 4th Federation Frome 1,900 p.
-Wunderfull BE13-3080161 (half brother New Jens): (grand)father of 6 first prize winners

De Smeyter-Restiaen -Melden(BE)

He did really well after introducing the De Saer pigeons into his existing breed:
-De Saer 279 BE09-3187279: sire of a 1st Tulle, 1st Jarnac, 1st Brive, 1st Orleans etc.
-Dochter Zwarten As BE09-3187283: the dam of a 1st Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance YLs Avelgem 2016
-Son Super Pedro BE09-3187292: the sire of a 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance YLs KBDB 2014
-Son Jens BE09-3187295: the sire of a 1st Reg. Limoges and a 10th Nat. Limoges 6,492 olds in 2016

Martin De Poorter-Sluis (NL)

Martin won a 1st Nat. St. Vincent 3,163 p. ​and a 3rd Intnat. 13,085 p. with Rainman (a 100% De Saer, bred by Dr. Piet Blancke from two direct De Saer pigeons).

Mark Vandenberg (NL)

Winner of a 1st NPO Chateaudun 6,293 p. with Rudi De Saer bloodlines, from the line of Perigueux x Corry.

Joël Verschoot-Ingelmunster (BE)

Winner of a 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB and a 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance YLs KBDB with Jip​ in 2016. His dam Twistertje is a 50% De Saer pigeon (line of 't Goedje and Cahors). Jip was also the 1st Best yearling of Belgium over 3 national races - PIPA ranking.

Gino Clicque-Wevelgem (BE)

Winner of a 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon ​Longer Middle Distance KBDB and 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB in 2014, as well as a 15th Nat. Issoudun 11,984 p. and a 39th Nat. Brive 5,929 p. with descendants of De Saer pigeons.

Erik Limbourg-Brussegem (BE)

Winner of a 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance YLs KBDB with a pigeon of Rudi De Saer, as well as a 21st Nat. Bordeaux 5,480 p. and a 31st Intnat. Bordeaux 10,622 p.

Marnick De Neve-Aalter (BE)

Has won the following top results in 2014 with racing hen Leen BE12-4152209: 1st Nat. Zone Argenton 1,225 p.,  25th Nat. Chateauroux 17,984 p., 42nd Prov. Poitiers 3,142 p. Her dam is a direct Rudi De Saer.

Van Elsacker-Jepsen-Schilde (BE)

Winner of a 1st Souppes 1,100 p. and the title of 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance KBDB 2015 with descendants of Rudi De Saer.

Boo De Loose-Aalter (BE)

He had some outstanding results at national level with descendants of De Saer, including a 22nd Nat. Montauban 3,990 p., a 40th Nat. Cahors 6,576 p., and a 44th Nat. Cahors 7,140 p.

This is quite an impressive list of references, with a remarkable number of fanciers that won prestigious victories and ace pigeon titles after obtaining bloodlines of team De Saer. It underlines the level of quality of the De Saer breed. They have the potential to pass on their excellent qualities to their descendants, often for several generations.

Hopeful towards 2018

It must feel great for a fancier to be heading towards the 2018 season with such a collection of high quality breeding birds, and a team of very talented racing birds. Rudi De Saer has shown repeatedly over the years that he is one of Belgium's very best long distance fanciers, having won numerous national titles and ace pigeon titles. He is hoping to turn 2018 into another great success. The De Saer pigeons are a world class breed.

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