The long term future is assured: Martin and Franz Steffl and the youngest member of the team
The Steffl family lives in Künzelsau, a district town in the northeast of Bundesland Baden-Württemberg. Among the citizens of this town is Eberhard Gienger, a successful German gymnast who won the world championship title horizontal bar in 1974. Perhaps his success has inspired the Steffl pigeon family as well.
The rise to the top
The Steffl family has its own homepage where they publish their latest results in pigeon racing. Franz has been passionate about pigeon racing from an early age; he competed in his first race back in 1976. Unfortunately his career was halted after a severe accident, leaving him in the hospital for several months. He made his comeback in 1998. We were allowed to use a short excerpt from a text that they published on their own website:
„The year 1998 marked an important event in the further development of this loft. We purchased a second handed garden loft in the autumn of 1998, and had it installed on a new piece of land next to our home. We started winning top prizes in 1999, including a few first prizes. The 2000 season proved a great success for the old birds as well. At that time we had discovered that water was seeping through the floor of the floor. We managed to solve the problem, and our pigeons suddenly started to perform a lot better. They won five prizes in 2000 but that was just a starting point. Our colleague Ernst-Dieter Jacobi checked the loft for water leakage a second time, after which he also categorized the different breeding pigeons in this loft. An outstanding 99 season enabled us to join the championship in the RV for the first time, and 2000 proved an unprecedented season for us: 1st championship RV, 1st championship yearlings RV, 1st championship RV hens, 1st Championship RV young birds, the best hen and the best young bird in the RV, and champion in the CFC Club Hohenlohe! The only championship in which we had to settle for second was that of the RV championship cocks.
The fanciers visited Belgium, the country of origin of pigeon racing, for the first time in March 2002! It would not be their last visit. The loft that was visited most often is that of André Bellens. He and his wife, whom has sadly passed away, would always welcome them with open hands. André also introduced them to other successful lofts as well.
Trips to Belgium
We would visit basically every loft that had top quality pigeons in their collection, whether it be in Germany, Belgium or The Netherlands. We would then ask them to take a closer look at their prize winners, which most fanciers allowed. We travelled thousands of kilometres through different countries, watching countless top quality pigeons and their parents, provided they were still in the hands of the fancier. This is when we started to develop an eye for quality. It also happened that we repeatedly obtained pigeons from the same top fanciers, because they had been particularly helpful to us. We would always focus on the pigeon itself, not its origins or pedigree. We continued to do so in the past ten years as well, since it proved such a successful approach. Our main bloodline is still based on our stock breeder “Dunkle Eijerkamp”. In this bloodline we combined a son of “Harry” of Jan Hooymans with pigeons of of Tino Bergemann, Dieter Siebert, Rudi Heinen, Hans-Paul Eßer, SG Brockamp, E.D. Jacobi, Gaby Vandenabeele (6 youngsters of “Jason), Gerd Zillekens, Gerard Koopman, Günter Prange and last but not least national the German first Ace Hen Miss Germany. We could further expand our existing pigeon breed by obtaining all racing birds of Klaas Klotzbücher at his total auction. We introduced the top class pigeons of the aforementioned fanciers either directly or in the form of direct youngsters of their best racing and breeding pigeons.
he pigeons that we introduced in our loft enabled us to achieve provincial and national top results across Germany, either with direct youngsters or with further generations. We also managed to gain outstanding results in One Loft Races both at national and international level.
The highlight came in January 2015, when we sent two Olympiad Pigeons for Germany to Budapest in the Standard category. We finished in 4th and 7th place. Joining the Olympiad was a dream come true for us!”
Unfortunately, the Steffl family is now forced to sell a part of its pigeon collection, due to the health condition of Franz, who suffered a heart attack recently.
Top results in the last three seasons
The Steffl pigeons have been winning early prizes season after season. This is an overview of their best results in recent seasons:
Top results in 2013
Top results in the region in 7 races (1,223 pigeons were basketed on average): 2 x 1st, 1 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd, 2 x 4th, 2 x 5th, 2 x 6th, and 1 x 7th, 8th andd 9th etc. Top results in the union in 10 races (1,060 pigeons basketed on average): 3 x 1st, 3 x 2nd, 3 x 3rd, 4 x 4th, 5 x 5th, 6 x 6th, 5 x 7th, 4 x 8th, 3 x 9th, 3 x 10th etc. Top results in the RV in 11 races (617 pigeons basketed on average): 4 x 1st, 4 x 2nd, 5 x 3rd, 6 x 4th, 8 x 5th, 5 x 6th, 3 x 7th, 5 x 8th, 7 x 9th, 5 x 10th etc. Young birds (over 7 races): 2 x 1st, 2 x 2nd, 2 x 3rd, 1 x 4th, 2 x 5th, 2 x 6th, 2 x 7th, 2 x 8th, 2 x 9th, 5 x 10th etc.
Top results in 2014
Top results in the region in 8 races (1,751 pigeons basketed on average): 1 x 1st, 1 x 2nd, 1 x 5th, 1 x 7th, 3 x 8th, 3 x 9th, 2 x 10th etc. Top results in the union in 12 races (1,255 pigeons basketed on average): 2 x 1st, 3 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd, 2 x 4th, 2 x 5th, 2 x 6th, 2 x 7th, 3 x 8th, 3 x 9th, 4 x 10th, etc. Top results in the RV in 13 races (749 pigeons basketed on average): 4 x 1st, 5 x 2nd, 3 x 3rd, 2 x 4th, 3 x 5th, 4 x 6th, 2 x 7th, 3 x 8th, 9 x 9th, 8 x 10th etc. Young birds (in 8 races): 2 x 1st, 3 x 2nd, 4 x 3rd, 2 x 4th, 4 x 5th, 3 x 6th, 2 x 7th, 3 x 8th, 5 x 9th, etc.
Top results in the region in 7 races (2,056 pigeons basketed on average): 2 x 1st, 4 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd, 2 x 4th, 1 x 5th, 2 x 6th, 2 x 8th, 1 x 9th, 1 x 10th etc. Top results in the union in 11 races (1,626 pigeons basketed on average): 3 x 1st, 6 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd, 3 x 4th, 2 x 5th, 1 x 6th, 1 x 7th, 1 x 9th, 3 x 10th etc. Top results in the RV in 12 races (792 pigeons basketed on average): 3 x 1st, 6 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd, 3 x 4th, 2 x 5th, 2 x 6th, 1 x 7th, 2 x 8th, 4 x 10th etc. Young birds (in 5 races): 1 x 1st, 1 x 4th, 2 x 5th, 3 x 6th, 1 x 7th, 1 x 8th, 5 x 9th, 4 x 10th etc.
This is quite an impressive list of achievements.
The palmares of Team Steffl-Siebert-Günther in the One Loft Races in 2015:
3rd World champion (Team Steffl-Siebert-Günther) Stand 9.10.2015 Best loft FCI world championship over all the FCI races 2015 (Team Steffl-Siebert-Günther) Stand 9.10.2015 Derby Cartaxo PT: 2nd place 1st race 120 km 1st place 3rd race 270 km 29th place final race 340 km Derby Sofia, Bulgaria: 2nd place 3rd race 210 km 25th place final race 420 km 1st Ace Pigeon over all the races (against more than 2,100 p.!) Derby Riachos: 19th place final race 360 km 1st Place Team-Wertung over all the races (Team Steffl-Siebert) DAPIRACE Dänemark: 15th place 4th race 110 km 1st Place Knock-Out across all races, including final race over 400km Golden Race Algarve: 8th place 1st race 120 km 62nd place 2nd race 150 km 88th place 3rd race 180 km GOLDEN RACE 505 km: 25th place final race Dr. Kohaus-Rennen: 6th place final race 190 km 22nd place final race 190 km 38th place final race 190 km
The Steffl pigeons perform really well outside of their home loft too. It goes to show that this is a breed that can quickly adapt to a new environment, or to a different loft.
08879-08-35, 1st Ace Hen of Germany in 2011
She was 1st Ace Pigeon of Germany in 2011 with 958.79 points, for Oliver Heckl from Torgau. Her earliest prizes included a 3rd against 1,897 p. over 249km, a 5th against 1,269 p. over 624km, an 8th against 2,756 p. over 353km, a 16th against 2,856 p. over 249km, a 22nd against 1,810 p. over 511km and a 25th against 2,419 pigeons over 421km. His hen originates from B 01-6082454 of Dirk Pauwels from her father's side and from B 05-6304371 of Albert Marcelis from her mother's side. The sire was a super class breeder, and the dam originates from the world famous "Sprint" of Albert Marcelis.
In their search for the very best pigeons on the market, the Steffl family managed to get their hands on this particular hen, which proved a lucky find: this hen has bred sensational young birds with several partners, many of which became super class breeders or racing birds. You can tell from the pedigrees of many of the best Steffl pigeons.
This magnficient hen will now be sold in auction on PIPA, along with three of her sons and seven daughters. That's right, Franz & Martin Steffl are selling no less than 10 direct youngsters of this ace hen. This is really an exceptional offer by the Steffl family! One of these pigeons deserves special mention: the cock Elefant DV 08897-12-744 is the sire of an Olympiad Pigeon of 2015, namely the 08897-13-3192.
The other pigeons included in this auction are definitely worth taking a closer look at as well. Each one of them is a top class pigeon bred from some of the finest bloodlines. Franz and Martin Steffl will be selling some of their very best pigeons in auction.