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Helmut & Alfons Klaas (Rietberg, DE): a textbook example of the German dominance in one loft racing

Racing birds from Germany, and from H&A Klaas in particular, have been winning top prizes in one loft races for many years now. If they do not win an OLR race, then chances are that the winner is at least to some extent related to the bloodlines of the Klaas racing birds. The Klaas pigeons have won races across the globe again this season, winning most notably a 1st Ace Pigeon title in Zimbabwe.

The success story continued

Helmut and Alfons Klaas made a name for themselves in recent years with many great results, especially in the most prestigious One Loft Race worlwide: the Million Dollar Race in South Africa. In 2017 and 2018 Helmut and Alfons excelled not only in South Africa but also in Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls) and The United States. Here is an overview of their (official) top 3 results in one loft races, won by Alfons and Helmet themselves, as well as by other fanciers:

1st Ace Pigeon Grand Averages Victoria Falls WCPR 2018 (and 14th prize in the final)
1st Ace Pigeon Sofia One Loft Race 2017
1st Fall Classic One Loft Race 2017 (565 km, raced from Bourgoin Family Loft)
1st Great American Classic One Loft Race 2018 (raced by an American fancier)
1st Hoosier Classic USA 2017 (425 km, raced by an American fancier)
1st Hoosier Classic USA 2017 (240 km, raced by an American fancier)
2nd Fall Classic One Loft Race 2017 (565 km, raced by an American fancier)
2nd Silvercreek Quad 2017 (495 km, gespielt von einem US-Züchter)
2nd Ace Pigeon Victoria Falls 2017
2nd Ace Pigeon Sofia One Loft Race 2017
3rd Ace Pigeon Hot Spot Averages Million Dollar Race 2018

You can tell that the Klaas racing birds have been winning ace pigeon titles and other top prizes across the world last season, and this resulted in quite a lot of prize money as well. And the pigeons have been doing great at national level as well. Take for instance for Chris Swaenepoel, whose Klaas pigeon became 10th National Ace Pigeon South Africa (1st Ace Pigeon at regional level) in South Africa. Click here for the top 10 results that the Klaas pigeons have won in One Loft Races in 2017 and 2018.


Alfons and Helmut Klaas, Alfons's wife and Thomas Gyselbrecht

Highly talented descendants of first class racing birds

Almost all of the team's top results from this year and last year can be attributed to a select group of racing birds and their bloodlines, most of which are also (closely) related to each other. And again, champions breed champions.

Victor: 1st Final Million Dollar Race 2011 (Klaas/Kitchenbrand Lofts)

Racing hen Victor won the 2011 Million Dollar Race, and she is related to:

  • Miss Spain: 1st Ace Pigeon Grand Averages Vic Falls WCPR 2018 and 14th prize in the final - the grandfather is Victor
  • PJ Wonderka: 8th Ace Pigeon Grand Averages Vic Falls WCPR 2018 - Great-grandfather Armstrong ist a half brother of the sire of Victor
  • Vettel: 3rd Final Victoria Falls WCPR 2017 - The grandfather is a full brother of Victor

Victor is himself closely related to Konstantin, winner of a 1st prize in the final of the 2007 Million Dollar Race. She is a granddaughter of a half brother of Konstantin, whereas the dam of Konstantin is a full sister of Pantani, the grandfather of Victor. As a result, Miss Spain, PJ Wonderka and Vettel are not only related to Victor but to Konstantin as well.


Miss Spain, 1st Ace Pigeon Grand Averages Vic Falls WCPR 2018 and related to two Million Dollar Race winners

Birdy: 1st Ace Pigeon Knock Out, Grand Averages, Hot Spot Averages Million Dollar Race 2008

Birdy is the best pigeon ever to compete in the Million Dollar Race, claiming three championship wins. This pigeon and its bloodline has given quite a number of talented descendants, and the best of them is perhaps Konbird, which comes from a half brother of Konstantin and a full ister of Birdy. This half brother of Konstantin in fact originates from DV00507-97-180 x DV0507-96-660, which happen to be the great-grandparents of Miss Spain from her mother's side. Konbird is a stock breeder for Ken Easley (USA), and his descendants have really had a lasting impact on pigeon racing in America and across the globe. This bloodline has won the following top prizes in 2018 and 2017:

1st Great American Classic One Loft Race 2018 
1st Hoosier Classic USA 2017 (425 km)
1st Hoosier Classic USA 2017 (240 km)
2nd Silvercreek Quad 2017 (495 km)
5th Hot Spot Car Race 5 Million Dollar Race 2018 (won by the 3rd ace pigeon)
5th Ace Pigeon Silvercreek Quad 2017 (and 5th prize, 565 km)

And Konbird's descendants were very successful in 2016 as well: 3 x 1st Hot Spot Car Race Million Dollar Race, 3 x 1st prize in American One Loft Races, 1st Ace Pigeon Hot Spot Averages and 2nd Ace Pigeon Knock Out, both in a Million Dollar Race. Click here for several more top references with Konbird descendants.

Konbird's half sister Sister Mark bred a few talented racing bird as well, and they have won:

1st Flying Aces One Loft Race 2016 (565 km, youngster)
1st Fall Classic One Loft Race 2016 (565 km, youngster)
1st Fall Classic One Loft Race 2017 (565 km, grandchild)
2nd Fall Classic One Loft Race 2017 (565 km, grandchild)


The descendants of Konbird, from the lines of Konstantin and Birdy, have enabled lofts across the globe to raise the bar

Konstantin: 1st Final Million Dollar Race 2007

Konstantin was the best pigeon in the final of the 2007 Million Dollar Race. She is related both to Victor and Konbird, and their bloodlines enabled her to win numerous top results in 2018, 2017 and 2016. Here we have his most important achievements, some of which were included earlier on as well:

1st Ace Pigeon Grand Averages Vic Falls WCPR 2018 (Miss Spain)
1st Ace Pigeon Hot Spot Averages Million Dollar Race 2016
2nd Ace Pigeon Knock Out Million Dollar Race 2016
3rd Final Victoria Falls WCPR 2017 (Vettel)
4th Ace Pigeon short distance America's International Challenge 2017
4 x 1st Hot Spot Car Race Million Dollar Race (1 x 2018, 3 x 2016)
6 x 1st prize in American One Loft Races (1 x 2018, 2 x 2017, 3 x 2016)

This makes Konstantin a world class breeding hen, that has led to several other high value bloodlines as well.


From the line of Konstantin: Vettel, 3rd Final Victoria Falls WCPR 2017 and owned by Franz-Josef Irmer, just like Victor

Purdey: 1st Ace Pigeon Grand Averages and 3rd Final Million Dollar Race 2013 (Klaas/Esser)

Alfons Klaas had another phenomenal racing bird in the 2013 Million Dollar Race. It was racing bird Purdey, raced together with Hans-Paul Esser, that claimed a title of 1st Ace Pigeon Grand Averages, while finishing in 3rd place in the final. Alfons and Hans-Paul reobtained Purdey in the auction following the event, and it was a successful investment, as Purdey's descendants went on to win the following prizes in 2017 and 2018:

1st Ace Pigeon Sofia One Loft Race 2017 (youngster of full brother of Purdey) 2nd Ace Pigeon Victoria Falls WCPR 2017 (youngster of Purdey) 2 x Top 10 Hot Spot Car Races (4 & 5) Million Dollar Race 2018 (Treasure, grandchild of Purdey)

Mr. Bolt: 1st Ace Cock in the Region 2009 (35,196 pigeons from 838 fanciers)

Ace Pigeon Mr. Bolt is a grandchild of Pantani. Pantani is also the grandfather of Victor, and a full sister of Pantani happens to be the dam of Konstantin. Here we have two more renowned racing birds closely related to another.

The dynasty of Mr. Bolt has had a profound impact on pigeon racing in recent years as well. Full brother Brother Mr. Bolt not only bred the winner of the Allflight One Loft Race 2014 in South Africa, he also bred the following prize winners:

1st & 3rd Topeka Midwest National Classic 2016 (710 km)
1st Fall Classic One Loft Race 2017 (565 km)
1st & 3rd Ace Pigeon YBs Twin City Concourse 2016
1st MPC Classic 2016 (480 km)
3rd Ace Pigeon Hot Spot Averages Million Dollar Race 2018 (Bamberg)
3rd Ace Pigeon Middle Distance Twin City Concourse 2017
3 x 1st Twin City Concourse 2016 (175, 250 and 355 km)
4th Ace Pigeon Short Distance America's International Challenge 2017
5th Hot Spot Car Race 5 Million Dollar Race 2018 (Bamberg)

The parents of Bamberg also bred Bamburg I, who fonished in 48th place in the Victoria Falls World Challenge Pigeon Race in 2018.


The parents of Bamberg I, 48th in the Final Victoria Falls WCPR 2018, also bred Bamberg,
3rd Ace Pigeon Hot Spot Averages Million Dollar Race 2018 from the Mr. Bolt dynasty

Successful at home as well

Helmut and his son Alfons obviously race their pigeons in Germany as well. They have been one of the lofts to beat for several years now in RV Rietberg, and they were once again outstanding this season, winning four 1st Championship Titles:

1st Club champion RV Rietberg
1st Champion Yearlings RV Rietberg
1st.Champion Hens RV Rietberg
1st Champion Cocks RV Rietberg

In addition, they were also victorious in the National race from London, winning a 1st and 2nd prize in the zone and a 2nd and 3rd National in the long distance in IG West.

Guaranteed to deliver

If pigeon fanciers across the globe are able to excel at the highest level with one single pigeon breed, you know that we are dealing with one of the best pigeon families worldwide. Everyone that has ever had a Klaas pigeon in his collection will agree. It doesn't matter if it was a racing or breeding bird, a shorter or longer distance bird, or a pigeon that competed in national races or OLRs. This breed has given spectacular results, and its bloodlines are understandably very popular. You can always aim higher with a Klaas pigeon in your breed.