Team Schlief-Stiens (Oelde, DE) win long series of top prizes with Heremans pigeons

Hermann Schlief and Martin Stiens from Oelde in Germany are no newcomers to the sport. They had been keeping pigeons at a very early age but they then spent several years without a pigeon collection. Hermann Schlief (76) is the uncle of Martin Stiens, which at the age of 49 can be considered a relatively young fancier. The two agreed to make a comeback in 2005/2006.

Hermann Schlief (left) and Martin Stiens (right)

We can imagine that few fanciers were impressed with their (lack of) results in their first season but things quickly started to change: their career spiralled upwards in no time, resulting in a truly impressive palmares. They do basket a high number of pigeons for each race but that does not make their list of achievements any less impressive, especially compared to other lofts that basket an equally high number of pigeons.

The fanciers of Team Schlief-Stiens managed to win an impressive number of early prizes against relatively high numbers of competitors in a short period of time. For instance, they won no less than 36 first prizes between 2009 and 2011, 14 of which were won in 2011 alone.

The breed

Their loft is large in size, to accommodate for the high number of racing bird, young birds and of course their team of breeders. The layout of this loft enables the fanciers to take care of their pigeons in the best possible way. Just take a look at the picture below. We imagine this type of loft is like a dream for many fanciers.

However, even the best equipped loft will get you nowhere without a good quality pigeon breed. Hermann Schlief and martin Stiens have an outstanding pigeon family based on a number of noble bloodlines. They obtained quite a number of expensive Leo Heremans pigeons at the Heremans auction. These are exceptionally valuable pigeons indeed! The old Heremans lines continue to play a pivotal role in Hermann and Martin’s current generation of pigeons. They obtained pigeons from Leo’s most renowned bloodlines, including of course direct descendants of Olympiade 003, B 01-6455003. The famous Euro of Leo Heremans can be found in many pedigrees as well. One of this pigeon breed’s highlights was the title of Olympiad Pigeon, which was won by 02114-13-3008, now called Olympiade 08. This hen was bred from nothing but original Leo Heremans pigeons.

An exceptional breeding pair: The Clone x Tochter Euro

The Clone and Tochter Euro are the parents of Olympiade 008, and they are an exceptional breeding pair. Many of their descendants have won top prizes and have proven to be equally successful in the breeding loft. The sire in this pair is The Clone B 09-6356513, a son of Leo Heremans’s legendary Olympiade 003, B 01-6455003. This pigeon represented Belgium at the Levin Olympiad, and he was 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon short distance KBDB in 2002. Later on, he developed into a sensational breeding bird. He bred The Clone when he was paired to Laat Gust, B 07-6050225.

The dam of Olympiade 008 is Tochter Euro, NL 09-1835099. This hen was bred from two original Heremans pigeons of Eijerkamp. Her sire is Den Euro, B 03-6192564, first Ace Pigeon Western Europe up to 400km. The dam of Tochter Euro is Finette, B 06-6148335, of Leo Heremans. Finette was Olympiad Pigeon in Dortmund 2009.

This was a brief introduction to the parents of Olympiad 008; his list of achievements can be found further down.

Interestingly enough, this breeding pair continues to breed outstanding descendants to this day. One of them is Miss Insignify, 02114-12-2263. This hen won 12 prizes in 2013, resulting in 4,450 ace points and 889.56 ace points. She was the best one year old hen and the best hen in RV Oelde and 1st Ace Hen. She was also 3rd best hen in Regionalverband 416.
Another top quality hen is Miss Fast Lightning 02114-11-1483. She has achieved many top results and top 10 prizes as well, and she is co-winner in every championship of 2013.

And then we have 02114-11-1625, the best one year old cock in the RV. A nest brother of Olympiade 008, the 02114-13-3007, was successful as well, winning a first prize over 211km against 6,513 pigeons.

Breeding pair The Clone x Daughter Euro has bred an almost endless list of super class descendants. In addition, these two breeders have shown to be equally valuable when paired to other partners. This shows once again that the collection of Hermann Schlief and Martin Stiens consists of a great number of exceptionally talented pigeons. You should also keep in mind that these pigeons have to compete against their own loft mates, which were bred from that same world class breeding pair. This makes it particularly difficult for each racing bird to make a difference in the races.

Our report of Hermann Schlief and Martin Stiens is not what we first had in mind but I did not expect such extraordinary breeders to be at the basis of this pigeon family.

The wing of Olympiade 008

The best results of Olympiade 008, 02114-13-3008 W

10.08.13 Frankenau (101 km) 1,150  p.:     238th Prize
17.08.13 Gilserberg (118 km) 1,018  p.:     17th Prize
31.08.13 Bad Brückenau (211 km) 6,513 p.:  126th Prize
07.09.13 Schweinfurt (261 km) 5,705 p.:     74th Prize
26.04.14 Fulda (180 km) 4,556 p.:            1st Prize
03.05.14 Bad Brückenau (207 km) 4,263 p.:  100th Prize
10.05.14 Fulda (180 km) 4,193 p.:           50th Prize
17.05.14 Schweinfurt (260 km) 6,977 p.:     17th Prize
24.05.14 Höchstadt (311 km) 6,611 p.:       10th Prize
31.05.14 Hemau (412 km) 6,208 p.:           40th Prize
14.06.14 Höchstadt (311 km) 4,887 p.:        5th Prize
22.06.14 Vilshofen (512 km) 3,873 p.:        1st Prize
05.07.14 Forchheim (322 km) 3,591 p.:      175th Prize

Some of the best results in 2015:

25.04.2015 Fulda (180 km) FG 4.433 p.:        3, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 31, 97, 112, 115, 128, 201, 
                                              202, 203 etc.
09.05.2015 Schweinfurt (265 km) FG 4,243 p.:  1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 10, 19, 20, 20, 22, 24, 
                                              26, 28 etc.
16.05.2015 Höchstadt (311 km) RegV. 6,509 p.: 4, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 37, 
                                              38 etc.
31.05.2015 Hemau (403 km) RegV. 5,125 p.:     1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 26, 27, 54, 55, 56, 73, 74, 77, 
                                              79, 95 etc.
14.06.2015 Hemau (403 km) RegV. 4,200 p.:     1, 2, 6, 7, 10, 11, 16, 36, 38, 39, 51, 55, 56, 
                                              57 etc.
And this was the last young birds' race of 2015:
06.09.2015 Höchstadt (311 km) RegV. 4,471 p.: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 
                                              17 etc.

We have deliberately focused on the most important races on the calendar, to show that the Schlief-Stiens pigeon loft does not only win prizes in the easiest categories.

2014 championships for Schlief–Stiens

In the union

11th RV Championship in the union

In the region - RegV 416 Ems-Werse

1st RV-Meisterschaft des Verbandes in RegV 416
3rd Union championship young birds in RegV 416
7th Union championship yearlings in RegV 416
8th, 22nd, 37th, 42nd, 44th, 47t Ace Hen union in RegV 416
8th, 14th, 24th best hen in RegV 416
4th, 5th, 13th, 35th Best one year old cock in RegV 416
2nd, 5th, 7th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 26th, 29th, 30th, 36th Best one year old hen in RegV 416
1 x first prize in RegV 416

Club RV Oelde

1st General Champion with a lead of 37 prizes
1st RV Champion
1st RV Champion hens with a lead of 9 prizes
1st RV Champion yearlings with a lead of 8 prizes
1st RV Champion young birds
1st – 4th Best pigeon in RV Oelde
1st, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th Best cock in RV Oelde
1st to 18th Best hen in the RV
1st to 17th Best one year old hen in the RV
1st Best one year old cock in RV Oelde
Bronze and silver medal
10 x 1st prize in RV Oelde


2015 championships for Schlief-Stiens

In the union

1st Vanrobaeys Superstar 2015 young birds
3rd HDI Ace Pigeon 2015 young birds

In the region - RegV 416 Ems-Werse:

3rd Championship young birds RegV 416
1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th Best young bird in RegV 416
3 x 1st prize in RegV 416

Club RV Oelde

1st General Champion with a lead of 12 prizes
1st RV Champion
1st RV Champion hens with a lead of 3 prizes
1st RV Champion short distance with a lead of 2 prizes
1st RV Champion long distance
1st RV Cup winner yearlings
1st EDV Championship
2nd RV Champion yearlings
1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th best hen
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th best one year old hen
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th best hen based on ace points
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 11th, 13th, 14th best young birds based on ace points (1 race less)
12 x 1st prize old and young birds' races, 7 x 1st prize yearlings' races