Gebr. Leideman (NL): the great modern champions of The Netherlands (Part 3)

The 3 pillars of the Leideman family obtained great fame in the world of pigeons racing! The ‘Silver Dream’ & ‘Golden Dream’ lines … the Wolfgang Roeper legacy … and the ‘Goed Grijs’ dynasty resulted in the best allround family of The Netherlands.

In almost all the best current racers of Leideman Brothers these bloodlines are combined and mean magic. The creation of a colony with a clear philosophy resulted in the exclusive Leideman brand; ‘Dutch Design’!

Part 3; ‘Dutch Design’ Leideman Brand

One of the most successful careers in pigeon racing meets up a new challenge. André and Bert Leideman were forced to move from their successful location in Hardenberg to a new pigeon paradise in Collendoorn. A new location with the same key to success: never settle for second best when it comes to top quality birds. Bert and André are clearly passionate about world class racing birds! They never invest in a pigeon from a commercial perspective but always with their future ambitions in mind. This is why they ended up with a group of pigeons that is simply stronger than their opponents.

Dutch Design; the Leideman Brand

One more time; the current colony is built around three pillars and these 3 pillars cover about 90% of the total racing team. First of all base breeding hen ‘Silver Dream’, original Stellerman and direct daughter of ‘Blue Dream’, 1. National acebird KBDB for August Wouters. ‘Silver Dream’ and her half sister ‘Golden Dream’ (also daughter ‘Blue Dream’) bred top racers since their entrance in 2011 and their great strength is that offspring in many generations keep on winning easily … Second pillar are pigeons from German grandmaster Wolfgang Roeper and especially the super pair ‘Magnus’ x ‘Sister Tip Top 5’; the original Roeper pigeons ‘Magnus’ and ‘Antar’ are amongst the best breeders Leideman ever had! … an the third and very important quality injection to the breeding lofts is the wonder 7x 1. prize winner ‘Goed Grijs’ (original Van Den Brande) and her family. She won many races, with leads and the incredible finishing skills were like never seen before. Already many generations offspring of her are winners over the world.

These 3 pillars - ‘Silver Dream’ & ‘Golden Dream’ lines … the Wolfgang Roeper legacy … and the ‘Goed Grijs’ dynasty resulted in a family of pigeons that evaluated as the best allround family of The Netherlands. In almost all the best current racers these bloodlines are combined and mean magic. The creation of colony with a clear philosophy resulted in the exclusive Leideman brand; ‘Dutch Design’! The ‘Dutch Design’ Leideman Brand is like the delftblue china industry; typically Dutch and famous worldwide. Known for its superb quality and always opening mouths because of the top quality. A comparison that is really suits the Leideman pigeon strain.

Pearls of the Leideman colony

‘Goed Grijs’; the fast and furious hen

Much has already been said about the glorious Leideman hen BE15-6106415 ‘Goed Grijs’ … she won a total of 7x 1. prize and is especially wellknown with her strong way of finishing. Nevers Bert and André Leideman had a pigeons finishing so fast. “Even in trainings,” Bert says, “she is almost like the fast and the furious!” … the best results of ‘Goed Grijs’ are

1. NPO Laon 6,371 b.
1. Duffel 5,821 b. 2 minutes lead
1. Heusden Zolder 2,775 b.
1. Laon 1,052 b.
1. Wijchen 786 b.
1. Heusden-Zolder 656 b.
1. Hapert 231 b.

Because Bert and André were afraid ‘Goed Grijs’ would hurt herself one day rushing so hard over the meadows with a/o barbed wire, the moved her to the breeding loft at the top of her fame … it was in the middle of the 2017 season, when ‘Goed Grijs’ was only still 2 years old and had just won 1st NPO Laon against 6,371 birds … Together with her father, brothers, sisters and other relative she forms a steady base in the Leideman breeding loft … her direct offspring already won a/o

1. Nat. acebird late tour WHZB/TBOTB 2019 (g.child. at Eijerkamp)
1. Pissanulok Thailand 333 km 2,310 b. 2020 (g.g.child)
1. s-prov. acebird sprint 2019 (child, at Leideman brothers)
1. prov. Quievrain 12,633 b. (g.g.child, at Peter Janssen)
1. prov. Hannut 5,477 b. (child, at Leideman brother)
1. prov. Venlo 4,429 b. (child, at Leideman brothers)
1. prize Reg-Verband 386 km 2,580 b. (g.child, at Wolfgang Roeper)
1. Blankenheim 1,698 b. (g.child, at Leideman brothers)
1. prize Reg-Verband 304 km 1,625 b. (g.child, at Wolfgang Roeper)
1. Chimay 1,464 b. (child, at Leideman brothers)
1. prize Reg-Verband 306 km 1,384 b. (g.child, at Wolfgang Roeper)
1. Chimay 1,006 b. & 2. fastest 18,006 b. (child, at Leideman brothers)
1. Chimay 795 b. (g.child, at Leideman Brothers)
1. Tongeren 770 b. (child, at Leideman brothers)
1. Deurne 526 b. (g.child, at Leideman Brothers)
4. prov. Weert 5,552 b. (child, at Leideman brothers)
4. prov. Venlo 4,429 b. (child, at Leideman brothers)
4. prov. Weert 1,328 b. (child, at Leideman brothers)
1. Venlo YB 603 b. / 4. prov. 3,899 b. (g.child, at Leideman brothers)
5. prov. Niergnies 10,065 b. (g.child, at Eijerkamp)
6. prov. Niergnies 6,829 b. / 1. – 592 b. (g.child, at Eijerkamp)
8. NPO Nanteuil 7,551 b. (g.g.child, at Team Roording)
19. final race Pattaya Int. OLR 2020 (g.g.child)

‘Goed Grijs’ BE15-6106415

More ‘Goed Grijs’ dynasty at the top

Naturally the father of ‘Goed Grijs’, ringed BE12-6054326 and called ‘El Zarka’ also plays a huge role in the Leideman lofts … he and many of children other than ‘Goed Grijs’ bred really, really well … a short overview of some highlights:

- ‘El Zarka’ paired to ‘Goed Grijs’ are a/o g.parents of 1. Venlo YB 603 b. / 4. – 3,899 b. 2019

- ‘Nestmate Goed Grijs’ is breeder of 1. Maaseik 2,276 b. / 3. prov. 10,792 b.

- ‘Uncle Goed Grijs’ offspring won at Neuhaus & Son (Germany) a/o 1. s-prov. yearling 2019 and winners 1. I.prov. Dettelbach 291 km 7,891 b. & 1. s-prov. Neumarkt 394 km / 2. I.prov. 9,368 b.

- ‘254 Sister Goed Grijs’ bred for Marnick De Neve (Belgium) winner of 1. local / 38. Nat. Bourges YL 25,096 b.

- ‘Uncle Goed Grijs’ is breeder of 4.-7. prov. Deurne 4,299 b. and 9. prov. Chimay 9,460 b. for Leideman Brothers

- ‘533 Sister Goed Grijs’ is breeder of ‘Claire’, winner 1. prov. Soest 17,538 b. ’20, & 1. prov. Chalons En Champagne 5,887 b. ’21 & 1. Sens 1,629 b. ’20 and crowned as 1. s-prov. acebird allround in 2021 for Leideman Brothers

- ‘533 Sister Goed Grijs’ also bred the winners of 1. Telghte 734 b. and 10. Nat. SIV Lorris 6,086 b. for Leideman Brothers.

‘Magnus’ with his super dynasty! 

DV01274-13-481 Magnus original Wolfgang Roeper

Original Wolfgang Roeper breeder and superstar of the Leideman breeding lofts is DV01274-2013-481 ‘Magnus’! He is a direct son of ‘Der 269’, crowned as 1. Int. acebird allround Europa Cup 2013 and 1. German Olympiad Yearling for the super champion Wolfgang Roeper. ‘Magnus’ proved himself as an exceptional breeding cock and forms a super pair with NL12-1084460 ‘Sister Tip Top 5’, full sister to the 9. final SA Million Dollar race 2013 and niece of ‘Fernando’, 1. NPO Arras 10,735 b. with a 5 minutes lead … this super pair bred a/o the two wonder hens ‘Raissa’ and ‘Sia’

‘Raissa’ & ‘Sia’; the wonder daughters of ‘Magnus’

One of the grande dames of the Leideman colony is NL15-1234189 ‘Sia’ … Leideman Brothers became famous for their capacities of winning against massive birdages and ‘Sia’ did just that … but only 3 times!! Her highlights are:

      1. Gennep 107 km 11,041 b. (April 14th 2018)
      1. Isnes 265 km 8,665 b. (May 4th 2019)
      1. Quievrain 314 km 2,480 b. (May 13th 2017)

She has also won on more races

      11. Quievrain 10,570 b.
      26. Morlincourt 4,815 b.
      34. Heusden-Zolder 11,336 b.

Besides, she bred ‘Liebling’ that excelled as yearling in the 2018 one day long distance season, winning the following prizes:

      7. Nat. S4 Chateauroux 730 km 3,647 b.
      10. NPO Lorris 597 km 1,956 b.
      22. NPO Auxerre 572 km 2,611 b.
      37. Nat. S4 Bourges 677 km 5,877 p.

Sia, NL15-1234189
The eye of Sia

The father of ‘Sia’ is ‘Magnus’ and mother is ‘Tip Top 5’… In the wake of a prestigious win from Isnes, Bert announced the end of ‘Sia's racing career. “Her parents have enormous breeding value, and ‘Sia’ herself bred a one year old hen that was our second best pigeon in the demanding one day races from Bourges and Chateauroux in 2018. André and I agreed that if she could deliver one more time, we would let her retire. And she delivered on 4th of May 2019.”

Breeding such a good pigeon as ‘Sia’ from a breeding pair is a dream for many fanciers; for André and Bert Leideman it meant just ‘one of the many toppers’ from this pair … what to think about the exceptional hen NL15-1234061 ‘Raissa’, bred in the same year as ‘Sia’ but not from the same nest. ‘Raissa’ was one of the hens that playd a big role in the dominating results on the old address Polendwarsstraat in Hardenberg. She has a remarkable palmares, which resulted in a top 5 position over 2 years in the Olympiad competition. ‘Raissa’ won:

1. substitute NL Olympiad sprint Poznan 2018
1. Duffel 4,613 b. & fastest of 6,969 b.
2. Quievrain 10,570 b. behind loft mate
3. Niergnies 9,897 b.
3. Heusden-Zolder 5,927 b.
5. Heusden-Zolder 11,336 b.
5. Rethel 1,867 b.
6. Weert 5,552 b.
12. Chimay 3,809 b.
21. Hannut 5,447 b.
24. Heusden-Zolder 4,686 b.
32. Laon 9,947 b.
36. Rethel 4,692 b.
46. Reims 8,183 b.
Raissa, NL15-1234061
The eye of Raissa

Another direct child of the pair ‘Magnus’ x ‘Sister Tip Top 5’ is the pigeon ‘Olympic Wolfgang’ 691/17 raced at Wolfgang Roeper … this super talent is selected for the Olympiad cat D allround 2022 and won 5 x 1. prize in big competition! His highlight are:

1. RV Lubieszyn 304 km 1,124 b. 2018
1. RV Lubieszyn 304 km 846 b. 2018
1. RV Demmin 214 km 1,187 b. 2019
1. RV Starogard 379 km 2,947 b. 2019
1. RV Lubieszyn 304 km 1,265 b. 2020

Latest news; ‘Olympic Wolfgang’ comes back to it roots and will be the new star in the breeding lofts of Leideman Brothers!

The legendary Gerard Koopman also strongly believes in the strength of ‘Magnus’ x ‘Sister Tip Top 5’ and bought the nestmates ‘Yara’ and ‘The 900 Man’, brother and sister therefore to ‘Raissa’, ‘Sia’ and ‘Olympic Wolfgang’ … for Gerard Koopman these super pigeons bred winners already! ‘Yara’ is mother of Gerard Koopman’s winner of 1. Nat. SIV Lorris 3,455 b. in 2021 … and ‘The 900 Man’ is grandfather of the 1. I.prov. acebird long distance for Stefan Göbel in the province of South-Holland!

Last but not least; the hen of the current nr. 1 breeding pair of Leideman ‘Arturo’ x ‘Tila’ is a full sister to ‘Sia’ and ‘Raissa’ … direct children of ‘Tila’ are winners of:

2. Nat. S4 Chateauroux 731 km 3,647 b.
3.-8.-13.-14. Nat. S4 Lorris 597 km 6,086 b.

Grandchildren of ‘Tila’ grabbed massive wins on at least 8 different lofts! Their highlights are:

1. Nat. S2 Vierzon 567 km 7,956 b. (at G. & S. Verkerk)
1. NPO Argenton 568 km 3,127 d. (at Gijs Baan)
1. I.prov. Sittard 18,592 b. (at Foppe VD Meer)
1. prov. Kalkar 13,922 b. & 8. Nat. acebird PIPA Rankings (at Fam Broos)
1. prov. Fontenay 6,455 b. (at Gebr. Scheele)
3x 1. prov. winner 2,580 – 1,625 – 1,384 b. (at Wolfgang Roeper)
1.-2.-2.-2.-3.-4.-7.-7.-8.-10. avg. 1.300 d. (at Wolfgang Roeper)
1. Sittard 986 b. (at Leideman Brothers)
1. prize 460 km 620 b. (at H. & S. Harms)

‘Silver Dream’ & ‘Golden Dream’; the super sisters!

The base breeding hens ‘Silver Dream’ and ‘Golden Dream’ created a furore in The Netherlands and far beyond. They both bred generations of winners and acebirds. They are both bred by Stellerman from the exceptional ‘Blue Dream’, 1. Nat. acebird sprint KBDB Belgium 2009 and winner 10x 1. prize from Quivrain for August Wouters. This excellence must be the base for the outstanding breeding references of ‘Silver Dream’ and ‘Golden Dream’ for the Leideman Brothers. The mother of ‘Silver Dream’ was a daughter of Gerard Koopman's renowned ‘Kleine Dirk’ and the mother of ‘Golden Dream’ is a daughter of ‘Fieneke 5000’ Vervoort.

Superwoman ‘Jet’, triple massive winner

Direct daughter of ‘Silver Dream’ x ‘Torsten’ (original Roeper from ‘16’, Olympiad & 7. Nat. acebird) is the wonderful hen NL15-1234091 ‘Jet’! She is in a league of her own, with three incredible first prizes in the last decade:

1. Asse Zellik 11,343 b.
1. I.prov. Gien 611 km 7,768 b.
1. Rethel 4,692 b.
6. Laon 6,371 b.
10. Duffel 5,821 b.
Jet, NL15-1234091
The eye of Jet

‘Jet’ proved herself a tremendous breeder already! She is a/o father of wonderful ‘Viton’, winner of the top prizes:

1. prov. Deurne 4,299 b.
3. Weert 11,059 b. after 2 loft mates
3. Venlo 3,696 b.
7. Gennep 6,676 b.

‘Viton’ bred the magical ‘Speedy Grizzle’ at Eijerkamp family, winner of a/o 5. prov. Niergnies 10,065 b., 6. prov. Niergnies 6,829 b. and 6. Quievrain 6,091 b. after 5 loft mates and crowned as 1. Nat. acebird late tour WHZB/TBOTB 2019 … in 2021 a full brother to ‘Speedy Grizzle’ won 1. prov. Quievrain 12,633 b. for the German champion Peter Janssen … Another direct son of ‘Jet’ is ‘Miles’, winner of a/o 1. Chimay 600 b. … Gerard and Harold Calis (NL) have a super breeder direct from ‘Jet’ that already bred them winners of:

1. prov. acebird allround 2020 appr. 17,000 birds
1. Fay aux Loges – 921 birds
1. PS Maxence – 570 birds
5. Nat. acebird YL ‘De Allerbeste’ 2020
7. Nat. acebird allround ‘De Allerbeste’ 2020

And last but not least; ‘Jet’ is grandmother of NL19-1248793 ‘Claire’ one of the best current racers of Leideman Brothers … ‘Claire’ is winner of

1. prov. Soest 17,538 b. ’20
1. prov. Chalons En Champagne 5,887 b. ’21
1. Sens 1,629 b. ’20
1. s-prov. acebird allround in 2021

A full sister to ‘Jet’ is the hen NL17-1647663, herself winner of a/o 9. Nat. S4 Lorris 597 km 6,086 b. and 9. Auxerre 572 km 1,208 b. … and she is also mother of ‘Charlene’, winner of 1. NPO Chalons 433 km 3,892 b. … brother to ‘Jet’ is ‘Voltar’, crowned as 2. acebird long distance Fed. and 1. prize winner 394 b., 2. prize 314 km 1,791 b. and 4. prize 730 km 3,098 b. … nestmate to ‘Voltar’ is winner of 1. Rethel 1,494 b. and a direct son of Last but not least; the cock of the current nr. 1 breeding pair of Leideman ‘Arturo’ x ‘Tila’ is a direct son of ‘Voltar’ … direct children of ‘Arturo’ are winners of

2. Nat. S4 Chateauroux 731 km 3,647 b.
3.-8.-13.-14. Nat. S4 Lorris 597 km 6,086 b.

Grandchildren of ‘Arturo’ grabbed massive wins on at least 8 different lofts!!! Their highlights are:

1. Nat. S2 Vierzon 567 km 7,956 b. (at G. & S. Verkerk)
1. NPO Argenton 568 km 3,127 d. (at Gijs Baan)
1. I.prov. Sittard 18,592 b. (at Foppe VD Meer)
1. prov. Kalkar 13,922 b. & 8. Nat. acebird PIPA Rankings (at Fam Broos)
1. prov. Fontenay 6,455 b. (at Gebr. Scheele)
3x 1. prov. winner 2,580 – 1,625 – 1,384 b. (at Wolfgang Roeper)
1.-2.-2.-2.-3.-4.-7.-7.-8.-10. avg. 1.300 d. (at Wolfgang Roeper)
1. Sittard 986 b. (at Leideman Brothers)
1. prize 460 km 620 b. (at H. & S. Harms)

The amazing ‘Ace 820’

Sublime cock NL16-1075820 ‘Ace 820’ is one of the top sons of ‘Silver Dream’. “I remember as a young cock he was in the aviary and I always believed he would become a good pigeon,” remembers Bert. “In the winter a visitor came, asked to handle ‘Ace 820’ and considered him an average pigeon. For me he always had something extra, he was always maximal healthy and shined when I looked at him.” Bert’s hope was not deceived and the young cock would have a career of a super champion! The highlights of his career are a/o

1. I.prov. acebird allround +1,000 mmb.
1. I.prov. acebird middle dist. + 1,000 mmb.
4. Nat. acebird middle dist. WHZB/TBOTB
1. Weert 5,230 b.
2. Boxtel 1,961 b.
3. Quievrain 10,570 b.
3. Laon 6,371 b.
6. Rethel 7,115 b.
Ace 820, NL16-1075820
The eye of Ace 820

‘Ace 820’ earned a prominent position in the breeding loft of the Leideman brothers and his offspring is already very promising! His direct daughter ‘Rachel’ is winner of a/o: 1. Weert 11,059 b., an amazing massive win.

Another direct child of ‘Ace 820’ is winner of 1. Venlo 603 b. / 4. prov. 3,899 b. and besides ‘Ace 820’ is grandfather of ‘Bert’, at Eijerkamp family winner of:

11. Nat. acebird late tour WHZB/TBOTB 2019
2. prov. Niergnies 10,065 b. after loft mate
Also 12.-22.-68. avg. +5,000 b.

Full sister to ‘Ace 820’ is NL16-1075911 ‘Fayene’ who developed as a super breeding hen, being mother of a/o:

      - NL19-1248738

      3. NPO Chalons En Chalons YB 433 km 3,892 b. beaten by 2 loft mates

      - ‘Vessa’

      1. Auxerre 572 km 1,208 b. / 4. NPO 2,611 b.
      10. Wijchen 1,105 b.
      22. NPO Troyes 2,485 b.

      - ‘Zanissa’

      3. Tongeren 1,874 b.
      3. Rethel 1,703 b.

      4. Vervins 8,753 b.
      9. Quievrain 10,570 b.
      10. Weert 2,056 b.

      - ‘Greg’

      2. s-prov. acebird sprint 2019 (after ‘Eva’)
      5. Venlo 1,078 b. / 13. – 6,128 b.

‘Crack 19’ and the ‘Golden Dream’ magic

The most prominent son of ‘Golden Dream’ and absolute super breeder of the current Leideman breeding team is NL14-1466919 ‘Crack 19’. As many Leideman top breeders, he had a great career at first, winning a/o:

1. regional acebird middle dist. 2016
4. Soissons 6,403 b.
5. Morlincourt 5,934 b.
6. Sens 4,237 b.
6. Lorris 1,769 b.

One of the first references of this super cock came in via Thailand, where a direct child was entered for the prestigious Pattaya Int. One Loft Race … this child of ‘Crack 19’ turned out to be one of the best racers of its edition, winning a/o 1.-1.-3.-8. in Training races Pattaya Int. One Loft Race … in 2021 one of the best Leideman racers NL19-1248716 is a direct daughter of ‘Crack 19’… in the last years she won several super positions, her best performances are:

1. Arlon 1,145 b. / 3. NPO 2,597 b. ’19
1. Fed. 722 b. / 3. prov. Rethel 5,971 b. ‘21
6. prov. Ludenscheid 18,737 b. ’21
14. prov. Rethel 8,181 b. ’20
17. prov. Munster 18,452 b. ’21

‘Crack 19’ NL14-1466919

‘Crack 19’ also plays a big role in the new star breeding pair ‘Arturo’ x ‘Tila’ as father of ‘Arturo’… Direct children of ‘Arturo’ are winners of:

2. Nat. S4 Chateauroux 731 km 3,647 b.
3.-8.-13.-14. Nat. S4 Lorris 597 km 6,086 b.

Grandchildren of ‘Arturo’ grabbed massive wins on at least 8 different lofts!!! Their highlights are:

1. Nat. S2 Vierzon 567 km 7,956 b. (at G. & S. Verkerk)
1. NPO Argenton 568 km 3,127 d. (at Gijs Baan)
1. I.prov. Sittard 18,592 b. (at Foppe VD Meer)
1. prov. Kalkar 13,922 b. & 8. Nat. acebird PIPA Rankings (at Fam Broos)
1. prov. Fontenay 6,455 b. (at Gebr. Scheele)
3x 1. prov. winner 2,580 – 1,625 – 1,384 b. (at Wolfgang Roeper)
1.-2.-2.-2.-3.-4.-7.-7.-8.-10. avg. 1.300 d. (at Wolfgang Roeper)
1. Sittard 986 b. (at Leideman Brothers)
1. prize 460 km 620 b. (at H. & S. Harms)

But much more ‘Crack 19’ offspring performed outstanding; just a small selection of the very best:

      - ‘587/19’ at Eijerkamp (g.child)

      7. prov. Niergnies 10,065 b. after 6 loft mates
      9. prov. Niergnies 6,829 b.

      - ‘Claire’ at Leideman Brothers (g.child)

      1. prov. Soest 17,538 b. ’20
      1. prov. Chalons En Champagne 5,887 b. ’21 
      1. Sens 1,629 b. ’20 
      1. s-prov. acebird allround in 2021

      - ‘Super Nova’ for Calis (g.child)

      1. prov. acebird allround 2020 appr. 17,000 birds
      5. Nat. acebird YL ‘De Allerbeste’ 2020

      7. Nat. acebird allround ‘De Allerbeste’ 2020
      1. Fay aux Loges 921 b.
      1. PS Maxence 570 b.

      Also 4.-7.-7.-10. prize in big competition

      - ‘Spartan Eye’ at Team Roording (g.g.child)

      8. NPO Nanteuil 7,551 b.
      18. NPO Laon 11,179 b.

Next to ‘Crack 19’ several more toppers came from ‘Golden Dream’ … two of their best are a/o the amazing ‘Tesla’

1. Asse Zelik 11,745 b. with 5 min. lead
2. Asse Zelik 11,474 b. after loft mate

And the other one is ‘One O 5’
1. Niergnies 355 km 1,916 b. / 2. - 9,897 b.
4. Tessenderloo 195 km 10,314 b.
5. Asse Zellik 247 km 2,573 b.

‘One O 5’ is breeder of winners of a/o 1. prov. Hannut 5,447 b. … 1. Chimay 1,464 b. … 1. Chimay 1,006 b. / 2. prov. 9,460 b. … 3. Wijchen 1,105 b. … 4. prov. Weert  5,552 b. … 4. prov. Venlo  4,429 b. … 4. prov. Weert 1,328 b. … and 8. prov. Asse Zellik 4,712 b. ‘One O 5’ is also g.father of the amazing ‘Speedy Grizzle’, crowned as 1. Nat. acebird late tour WHZB/TBOTB 2019 for the Eijerkamp family.

The new wonder couple Arturo x Tila

Sometimes as a fancier you realise it when you are handling gold with a certain couple. This realisation came to André and Bert on the 7th of Juli 2019 at the race of Lorris, 597 km. “A challenging NPO race where the fastest pigeons had to hit 1150 mpm; it meant hard work, but it really was an honest battle. We managed to achieve a strong result with 7 pigeons among the first 14 of the National sector 4 of 6086 pigeons. Our first two pigeons (‘Aura’ and ‘Nancy’) as well as the winners of the 13. and 14. National (‘Haley’ and ‘Fabio’) all came from ‘Arturo’ x ‘Tila’ … and every single one of those pigeons turned out to be more than a one-day wonder, they all would continue to win 1st prizes multiple times! This was the confirmation for us that this couple was worth gold.

At the final race with the young pigeons in 2019, NPO Chalons over 433 km, the Leideman brothers won 1. NPO against 3,892 birds and that was with a grandchild of ‘Arturo’ x ‘Tila’ … breeding power that stays for multiple generations. It became the reason for the two men to give this couple a prominent place in their breeding loft… and in 2020 and 2021 this decision proved to have been worth it with a formidable collection of references from other top lofts.

- G. & S. Verkerk, 1. Nat. S2 Vierzon 567 km 7,956 b.

    Gerard & Bas Verkerk bought the super pigeon ‘Fabio’, son of ‘Arturo’ x ‘Tila’, at the auction in
    2019. ‘Fabio’ became the father of ‘The Flying Dutchman’, winner of the Grand Prix race 

    Vierzon in sector 2

- Gijs Baan, 1. NPO Argenton 568 km 3,127 b.

    Even before the auction of 2019, Gijs got a son of ‘Arturo’ x ‘Tila’ … from which he bred a 
    1. NPO Argenton in province 1 Zeeland with speeds of 1184 mpm.

- Family Broos, 8. Nat. acebird and 1. provincial 13,922 b.

    In 2017 family Broos bought the nest brother of ‘Fabio’ … from which they bred, amongst 
    others, the 8. Nat. acebird PIPA Ranking Yearlings 2019.  Another child of ‘Nestbrother Fabio’
    won in 2020 at Kalkar (158 km) the 1. place in province against 13,922 b.

- Wolfgang Roeper, 1. provincial 304 km 1,625 b.

    With a/o Leideman pigeons he was crowned 2. Nat. yearling champion 2020 and even 1. Nat. 
    yearling champion 2019 … On the 13th of June 2021 he won with a direct Leideman bird 
    NL19-1248667 the 1. provincial 1,625 b. from Lubieszyn 304 km … the winner came from ‘Nanny’ 
    (daughter ‘Arturo’ x ‘Tila’) x son of ‘Goed Grijs’.

- R.C. Bakker, 5. prov. Melun 428 km 5,644 b.

    Ruud and Dolf Bakker bought ‘Nancy’, child of ‘Arturo’ x ‘Tila’ at the Leidemans PIPA auction at 
    the end of 2019. A yearling child of her won 5. place in province against 5,644 b.

- H. & S. Harms, 1.-2.-3. prize winners

    Holger and Sonja Harms from North Germany got a daughter of ‘Arturo’ x ‘Tila’ and bred from 
    her a/o 1. prize 460 km 620 b. … 2. prize 160 km 1,300 b. … and 3. prize 460 km 390 b.

- Maarten Huijsmans, 1. Fed. winner 1,702 b.

    He put his faith into the Leideman pigeons and bought ‘Super Bonny’ … h.sister ‘Arturo’ (same 
    mother, ‘Voltar’). ‘Super Bonny’ bred 1. prize winner 1,702 b.

- Neuhaus & Son, 1.-7,891 b. & 2.-9,368 b.

    They bred excellent with a sister of ‘Claire’ (from h.brother ‘Arturo’ with ‘Goed Grijs’ lines) … 
    On June 12th 2021, they won 1. Fed. 394 km, also 2. provincial 9,386 b. … the week after the 
    same pigeon won 1. provincial 291 km from 7,891 b.

- Wolfgang Roeper, 1. prov. winner 284 km 3,769 b.

    The original Leideman ace NL18-1459358 is bred from brother ‘Tila’. The 358 won 1. provincial
    Ueckermünde 284 km 3,769 b. with an average speed of 1278 mpm.

- T. & J. Elzinga, 3. NPO Lorris 642 km 2,991 b.

    The well-known father and son Elzinga bred the 3. NPO Vierzon from a brother of ‘Voltar’
    (mother of ‘Arturo’).

- Foppe van der Meer, 1. I.prov. Sittard 243 km 18,592 b.

    From a full brother of ‘Fabio’, Foppe bred the winner of the 1. prov. Sittard 8,802 b. This was 
    also the fastest of 18,598 b.

- Scheele Brothers, 1. prov. Fontenay 365 km 6,455 b.

    Jaap Scheele bought a daughter of ‘Arturo’ x ‘Tila’ at the auction of Leideman Brothers in 2019 
    … and from that hen, he has now bred the 1. prov. Fontenay against almost 6,500 b.

- Wolfgang Roeper, 1. prize 263 km 821 b.

    The super pigeon DV01274-18-2 of Wolfgang Roeper, bred by Torsten and Edgar Noak from
    NL17-1647975 child ‘Arturo’ x ‘Tila’ wins the 1. prize 264 km 821 b., also 2. against 2,131 b. … in 
    addition, this ace won 2. prize 408 km 2,442 b., 2. prize 152 km 1,058 b., 3. prize 400 km 2,947 
    b. and also 4.-7.-7.-8.-10.-11. against an average of well over 1,300 b.

Wolfgang Roeper and Torsten Noak visiting the Leideman brothers at the old place

The couple ‘Arturo’ x ‘Tila’ represents 2 out of the 3 pillars upon which the Leideman-colony has been built. Namely that of ‘Golden Dream’ and ‘Silver Dream’, two wonder breeders from the 1. Nat. acebird ‘Blue Dream’ (Wouters) and the bloodlines of Wolfgang Roper, the German superstar. NL16-1076052 Arturo is half brother of the winners 1.-1.-3.-8. on the training races Pattaya Int. OLR and a direct son of ‘Crack 19’, 1. regional ace middle distance 2016 with 4x top 6 NPO/prov. … He was paired to ‘Voltar’, 2. acebird middle distance, from who 3 generations of descendants achieved among others; 1. prov. Quievrain 10,570 b., 1. prov. Venlo 3,696 b., 2. prov. Weert 11,059 b. after loftmate, 2. prov. Niergnies 10,065 b. after loftmate, 3. prov. Chimay 9,460 b., 9. Nat. ace cock Germany 2019 (at Roeper) and 11. Nat. acebird late tour WHZB/TBOTB 2019 (at Eijerkamp) … So ‘Arturo’ is a grandchild of 3 of the best Leideman breeders:

      - ‘Torsten’, direct Roeper superbreeder
      - ‘Silver Dream’, nr. 1 Leideman stockbreeder & daughter ‘Blue Dream’
      - ‘Golden Dream’, super breeding hen Leideman & daughter ‘Blue Dream’

‘Arturo’ was paired to NL15-1234049 ‘Tila’, a full sister of ‘Raissa’ the 1. reserve NL Olympic Sprint pigeon Poznan 2018 with 1.-2.-3.-3.-5. against an average over 8,000 b. Other siblings are, among others. ‘Sia’ with 3x 1. prov. against average over 7,000 b. … ‘Olympic Wolfgang’, 5x 1. prize in big races and allaround Olympiad bird … ‘595’, 2x top 10 provincial with family Eijerkamp. ‘Tila’ is a daughter of the stock cock ‘Magnus’ original Wolfgang Roeper paired to a sister ‘Tip Top 5’, winner 9. final race Million Dollar Race 2013.

Most recent successes in Collendoorn

The new lofts in Collendoorn

Besides the multitude of references, André and Bert performed quite well themselves on the new lofts in Collendoorn. Some of the highlights in 2021:

1.-4.-15.-29.-31. NPO prov. Chalons and Champagne 5,887 b.
1. prov. Chimay 14,065 b.
1.-2.-3.-4.-5.-6.-7.-9. Kalkar 1,167 b.
1.-7.-9. Fed. Sittard 986 b.
1.-2.-3. Fed. Chimay 795 b.
1. Fed. 722 b. / 3. prov. Rethel 5,971 b.
2.-3.-4.-6.-9.-10.-11.-12.-13.-14.-16.-17.-18.-19.-20.-21 Ludenscheid 18,737 b.
3. NPO Sens 4,995 b.
3.-6.-11. prov. Dreis Bruck 18,212 b.
5.-17.-20.-21.-23.-24.-26.-27.-28. prov. Munster 18,452 b.
5. NPO SIV Lorris 3,455 b.

“We are extremely proud of what we achieved,” is the conclusion of André and Bert Leideman. “As little kids we started with a little shed at our grandmother’s house and now pigeons are our life work. For that the last decades we have always been looking for super pigeons all around the world to become better and better … and now world famous fanciers as Eijerkamp Family, Wolfgang Roeper, Gerard Koopman, G. & S. Verkerk and many more come to us to reinforce their lofts … we believe our breeding loft is now on the level we always wished it would be; we’re producing winners in many generations all over the world.”