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Tino Bergemann (Mittenwalde, DE), one of the best of Germany

We think this is not an exaggeration: Tino Bergemann is actually one of Germany’s most successful fanciers. He has managed to achieve excellent results in the national German championships season after season, and his best results of 2014 include the title of 1st German yearlings’ champion in the region 2014 and best old birds’ loft in the championship of the “Brieftaubensport International” magazine.

Tthese are just a few of many great results by Tino Bergemann. His palmares from a few years back illustrates that he is indeed one of the leading names of our sport in Germany. In 2009 he was 1st German champion in the region, 2nd German national champion yearlings, he was 3rd, 4th and 10th national ace cock and 4th, 15th and 25th national ace hen. In the following season, in 2010, he was 4th German champion in the region. He has also won a 6th prize in the German national championship of 2007. In addition, Tino managed to win 8 first prizes in 10 races in 2013. To cut a long story short, he has always been among the most successful fanciers in Germany; he is a man to be reckoned with.

Who is Tino Bergemann, and where does he come from? Tino is 49 years old, making him a relatively young fancier. He lives in Mittenwalde, a small city in the district of Dahme-Spreewald in Bundesland Brandenburg. Mittenwalde had 8,663 inhabitants in 2012, and is located about 35km to the south of Berlin, just to give you an idea. Tino Bergemann is a trained bricklayer and today he works as a maintenance supervisor. He competes in the Königs Wusterhausen union, which is part of the 351 Berlin-Brandenburg-Nord-Ost region.

His success story

Punctuality, consistency and discipline, this is what makes a successful fancier, along with a collection of first class pigeon. Tino asks a lot from his pigeons, he is very tough on them. He is also very punctual in taking care of his pigeons; there is no room for exceptions. This does not only apply in the summer months but throughout the year. He prefers a consistent and disciplined approach.
All pigeons, one year olds and old birds alike, have to complete the entire racing calendar. Tino Bergemann basically cares more about ace points than about the total number of points at the end of the season. This also explains his selection criteria in the loft, which he describes as follows: “A pigeon that wins prizes on a regular basis but that can never achieve a top result, has no place in my racing team.” This approach has enabled Tino Bergemann to achieve great results in every discipline; he has not had a single season without a top result in every competition. Tino Bergemann allows his racing pigeons to grow old and so he races his old birds as well. For instance, one of his national winners of 2013 is a three year old hen. We often see the level of performance of a pigeon decrease after the age of two. The fact that Tino’s pigeons continue to achieve great results at an older age illustrates their quality.

B 12-4281419 'Der Stijn' is to represent Germany in the Budapest olympiad

His best results of 2013: 8 first prizes in 10 old birds' races

Tino’s pigeons have competed in no less than ten races; the weather did not allow for any additional flights. The season started on 11 May in Wolfsburg (183km), where 49 prizes were won with 65 basketed pigeons in the union. He won a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th prize in the union. There was another race from Wolfsburg in the following week, for which 965 pigeons had been basketed in the union. This time, Tino wins 49 prizes with 59 pigeons, including a first and second prize, and a prize percentage of 83.1%. Some might think that he does not have a lot of opponents in his union, but just the opposite is true. Let’s take a look at the results of the next race from Minden (327km), for which 816 pigeons had been basketed in the union. Tino takes yet another first prize, while winning 48 prizes with 60 pigeons, or a prize percentage of 80%. 8,403 pigeons were basketed in the region, where Tino takes a 3rd, 5th, 6th, 9th and 10th prize. He wins 35 prizes per ten, making for a stunning performance.
The tenth race of the season deserves special mention. Pigeons were again released from Minden, and 3,576 pigeons were released in the region. Tino had sent in 30 pigeons, and each of these pigeons has won a prize. He has managed to win a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th prize in the region. This is a performance that is quite hard to match.

DV 04715-12-1693 'Miss Provinzial' takes two first prizes in the union.

1st national from Bergen op Zoom 2013

On the 13th of July 2013 the hen 04715-10-1025 arrived home from the national race of Bergen op Zoom at 16:06‘37“. She managed to claim the national first prize with an average speed of 1,325 m/min, in fairly hard weather conditions. There was a slight wind coming from the north east, which made this a difficult flight for most pigeons. Two regions with 447 fanciers and a total of 11,528 pigeons had taken part in this race.

The 2014 racing season

2014 was a tough season in Germany, and the weather often played an important role. There have been quite a few mysterious races with many losses, for which nobody seemed to have an explanation. Many fanciers were actually glad that the season was finally over. Despite the many setbacks, 2014 was still a great season for Tino Bergemann, who won a first prize in the German national yearlings’ championship, while being awarded as the best old birds’ loft of 2014 in the championship of the “Brieftaubensport International” magazine. In addition, Tino will be sending an Olympiad Pigeon to Budapest, but more on that later.

The results in the individual races were once again impressive: he has won a great number of top results against many top class pigeons, and he achieved an astounding prize percentage. We take a look at some of his best results of 2014:

24.05. Minden (338 km) 2,630 p.: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 8th, 10th etc. (59/70)
31.05. Minden (338 km) 6,520 p.: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 11th, 13th etc. (49/65)
16.06. Apeldoorn (526 km) 4,604 p.: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th etc. (46/56)
28.06. Rheine (424 km) 4,875 p.: 70th, 74th, 78th, 78th, 82nd, 83rd etc. (54/57!)
12.07. Minden (326 km) 4,942 p.: 1th, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 6th, 8th, 9th etc. (45/56)
19.07. Minden (326 km) 3,638 p.: 1th, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, 34th, 35th etc. (46/55)
26.07. Bergen op Zoom (602 km) 9,006 p.: 43rd, 77th, 78th, 125th, 485th etc. (32/55)

These are just a few of many successful races this season. Tino Bergemann is without doubt one of the strongest fanciers in Germany.

Son Martin and father Tino Bergemann

Olympiad pigeon

Tino will also attend the Budapest Olympiad, as his B 12-4281419, called Stijn, has been nominated for the sports category B middle distance from 300 to 600km. Stijn is an original Stijn Van Laere pigeon from Belgium that has performed really well, winning several top prizes in the region.

The breeding basis

The majority of his pigeons originate from the loft of Bernd Haas, which is a good friend of his. Pigeons of Van Koppen have been introduced as well: Tino became good friends with Cees van Koppen (Schipluiden, NL), who now provides him with top quality pigeons. This is basically the breeding basis, which is obviously further improved with other bloodlines.

It is always difficult to pick the most important breeding pigeons in such a broad and invaluable pigeon collection but we will give it a try. One of this loft’s great breeders is Samson B 99-4099260, a cock that originates from Samson & Sons and that has developed into a world class breeding pigeon. The sire of Samson is B 92-4188003, which won 121 prizes in six years’ time, including 26 first prizes. This is the type of pigeon that Tino Bergemann is after. Samson has bred several excellent descendants with different partners.

DV 04715-13-5, Ass Provinzial, best one year old cock in the region in 2014

Another top class breeder is Sohn Bernie 04115-05-770, which originates from Bernie 0645-03-1789, a cock of Bernd Haas. Bernie is also related to Bruder Eurostar of M. & C. Van Koppen, which comes from Real King x Blue Queen. Bruder Eurostar was paired to a granddaughter of C. & G. Koopman. The dam of Sohn Bernie is the 0645-03-1734 of Bernd Haas, the sire of which is a grandson of Koopman’s Eric. Do we need to say more? This Sohn Bernie has become an invaluable breeding cock, having bred several first prize winners. 
This was a brief introduction to the career of Tino Bergemann. You can find a lot more information about this breed in the pedigrees of the pigeons in auction. Tino is actually selling his entire team of racing birds; he will only be keeping his breeding pigeons and the young birds of 2014. There are plenty of highly talented pigeons among these young birds of 2014, so he did not really mind selling his other racing birds. We are confident that Tino will be back at the top in no time.

DV 04715-13-149, Beyonce, the best one year old hen of 2014 in the region,
and 1st substitute for the Budapest Olympiad, in the yearlings' category