The Krüger team performed at a high level at their home loft in 2014. They recorded such performances as 2,4,12,23,37,50 and 51 (275 km/738 birds), 2,11,22,23,29,33,37,40,42 and 42 (453 km/624 birds), 3,4,10,15,16,23,24,25,29 and 32 (453 km/635 birds), 1,6,7,50,72,86 and 94 (453 km/1332 birds) and 2,3,21,23 and 38 (276 km/675 birds). Unsurprisingly the team has performed to a similar level in Rommerskirchen this season by recording results such as:
28.04 Chimay 198 km/2876 birds 4, 5, 19, 21, 23, 24, 38, 44, 61. 02.05 Charleville 201 km/710 birds 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 11, 15, 19, 26. 30.05 Pithiviers 453 km/6191 birds 2, 3, 5, 15, 21, 54. 18.07 Sourdun 367 km/4046 birds 1, 5, 6, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17.
However the true barometer of their quality has been their level of performance at other lofts.
Racing into the highlands of Scotland
The partnership of G. W. and P. Macaloney race in the Lanarkshire federation, Scotland. For many years the partnership has performed at a high level in one of the UK’s largest federations. To maintain this level of attainment, the partners introduced some Krüger blood to complement their existing talented team of birds. Their two most impressive breeders have been King Pearl and Mac’s Power.
This cock is direct from the icon Black Pearl when paired to top producing hen Carrie (Di Vinci x Nelly). King Pearl is thus an inbred grandson of the foundation breeder Black Power. He is already the direct sire to: 6th (855 birds), 10th (1295 birds), 11th (841 birds) and 12th (3551 birds).
Mac’s Power is a son of the foundation cock Black Power when paired to Yasmin (sister of DiVinci). In his short breeding career he is the sire to: 2nd (5818 birds), 2nd (2206 birds), 2nd (1088 birds), 2nd (454 birds), 11th (1991 birds) and 26th (5330 birds).
Racing to the lowlands of Belgium
From Belgium, Hardy received the news that the Krüger bloodlines in the loft of Brian Bolton have performed exceptionally well. In 2015, he achieved 1st Union Antwerpen 390 km with 3403 birds in the race. This pigeon was bred via the Black Power line. They followed this up in the Guéret national race by claiming 2nd and 10th zone (3693 birds), 9th and 28th open (12516 birds); again 100% Krüger breeding!
Making a name for themselves in the UK
The Premier stud racing lofts have been dominating the Yorkshire Middle Route Combine in the UK in 2015. This has been achieved in part by their team of Hardy Krüger birds. The stud won 1st section Midlands National Flying Club Carentan (333 miles/963 birds) with a Krüger pigeon. This was another granddaughter of Black Power. They too added further prizes throughout the season including 1st federation, 2nd combine (314 miles/3500 birds).
Les Green of Irlam, Manchester is another fancier who is experiencing extraordinary success with his team of Krügers. Les was of course a partner in the Wall, Lunt and Green partnership that achieved phenomenal success over many years in Irlam, Manchester. In 2012, the partnership disbanded and so Les set about scouring Europe trying to find a family of pigeons in which to invest his future. Intensive research on many different fanciers from all over Europe was conducted with a final decision being made to see Hardy Krüger in Germany. Since this initial visit, Les has amassed a team of 32 pigeons direct from Hardy. In 2014 Les achieved results such as 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Altrincham federation from Stafford, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Altrincham federation from Mangotsfield and 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Altrincham federation from Portland. As yearlings Les’s Krüger birds have maintained their high standards by not only winning many first prizes but homing together as a team.
Recep Oztürk and his team of Krügers in Turkey
Pipa agent for Turkey, Recep Oztürk, has established a terrific team of Hardy Krüger pigeons based on the top breeders from Rommerskirchen. Racing in Turkey is notoriously difficult due to amongst other factors, high temperatures. Therefore only the very finest specimens achieve a good prize. On the 23rd May from Polatli (278 km), Recep recorded 1st and 5th prize with grandchildren of Hardy’s Tiger Woods.
The Million Dollar Pigeon Race
Finally we come to South Africa and specifically the Million Dollar Pigeon race. Hardy’s team of five birds, Katniss (click here for pedigree), Green Monkey (click here for pedigree), Seattle Dancer (click here for pedigree), Last Samurai LH (click here for pedigree) and Mystic Park LH, performed with distinction by recording 20 x top 100 positions throughout the series of training flights and hot spot races. The ace racer must be Katniss for she won 1st (3418 birds), 15th (2762 birds), 22nd (2459 birds), 47th (2465 birds), 62nd (3809 birds) and 72nd (2831 birds).
Whilst we cannot doubt the influence that the respective fanciers mentioned above have had on their teams of pigeons, it is fair to say that the birds of Hardy Krüger are literally winning everything before them. It will be interesting to see which part of the world benefits next from this extraordinary breed of racing pigeon.