Eddy and Maarten Leutenez (Kruishoutem, BE) excel with descendants of "Het Bolleken"

We can think of only a handful of fanciers that have managed to win races on a weekly basis with a small group of racing birds, and Eddy and his son Maarten are definitely one of them. They have won 6 national victories so far, which is an achievement many of their rivals can only dream of.

Born with a passion…

Eddy Leutenez is a dyed-in-the-whool pigeon fancier. Some would say he was born in a nest bowl rather than in a cradle, which shows that Eddy developed a passion for pigeon racing at a very early age. He kept his first pigeons in Gavere, he developed into a nationally renowned champion and he eventually gained the status of a superchampion in his loft in Semmerzake. Journalists referred to him as Eddy "Stuntman" Leutenez, which goes to show that he was running an exceptional team of racing birds that at times outclassed their rivals. His palmares includes 6 national first prizes, 4 national second prizes, as well as several provincial and national ace pigeon titles. Unfortunately his success story came to a sudden end in 2003 due to a health issue (a lung problem).

Eddy and his family moved to a new home in Kruishoutem, intending to leave his pigeon family behind. But things turned out differently: his son Maarten regained an interest in pigeon racing after completing his studies, and his father Eddy was more than happy to make a comeback together with his son. The duo took a fresh start in Kruishoutem in 2007, with Eddy acting as the team's manager, helping his son to achieve great results and watching the action from the first row. Maarten is a genuine pigeon fancier , who created a professional framework for the team.

An eye for top birds

How does one go about making a fresh start? Well, Eddy Leutenez knows a thing or two about pigeon racing. First of all, he knows that it takes a team of top class pigeons to achieve great results, and so Eddy and Maarten wanted to obtain back some pigeons from their old breed. They purchased pigeons of their own Milan bloodline from Marc De Cock, who also introduced them to the lines of Superbreeder and Eagle Eye of Eric Limbourg. Father and son Leutenez also obtained descendants of the invaluable De Rauw-Sablon pigeon breed and of Benny Steveninck's renowned Chipo. In fact, the grandmother of Chipo was a hen of Leutenez: Daughter Patron x Nikita (the top pair that also bred Milo, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB '97).

It was soon clear that Eddy had an eye for top quality pigeons: José Denoyette (Ooike), a pigeon fancier from around the area, had won a 1st interprovincial Tours against 2,257 YBs in a particularly demanding race with a lot of headwind, and Eddy knew he wanted to see this racing hen up close. He was quite impressed with the bird, which he thought would fit in well with the team. This was the pigeon he had been looking for. The two fanciers made a deal and "Het Bolleken" was transferred to the Leutenez pigeon lofts. Her parents would follow soon.

Het Bolleken and her dam Rita

The bloodlines of "Het Bolleken" and her two parents turned out to be an invaluable addition to the team of Eddy and Maarten. Their descendants were capable of winning first prizes at provincial and zonal level, they did great in the one loft races and they won many national ace pigeon titles as well. They turned this team into an internationlly regarded pigeon family, based around Het Bolleken and her dam Rita. Their bloodlines can be found in the pedigrees of almost every successful Leutenez racing bird. Click here for the breeding references of Rita.

Their exceptional team of breeders soon enabled Eddy and Maarten Leutenez to become one of the top performers at national level. Eddy Leutenez soon regained his status as a national champion. Let's take a look at the achievements of their most successful racing birds.

National ace pigeons and other stars of 2016

The Leutenez pigeons did remarkably well in 2016, winning top prizes at provincial, zonal and even national level almost on a weekly basis.
Click here for an overview of their best results in 2016
This is quite a palmares, especially given the size of their team. This is quite a talented team of pigeons indeed. These are the stars of this loft:

- Brambilla BE15-4086329

 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance KBDB 2016
 2nd Prov. Vierzon     2,095 p. ’16 (2nd fastest of 7,920 p.)
31st Nat. Argenton    12,449 p. ’16
65th Nat. Chateauroux 29,591 p. ’16
19th N.Zone Bourges    1,890 p. ’16
71st N.Zone Argenton   6,694 p. ’16 (201st Nat. 18,363 p.)

Sire: Zwarte Milan BE09-4077203
Winner of a 16th Intprov. Limoges 2,960 p., a 57th Nat. Chateauroux 18,275 p., and a 62nd Nat. Chateauroux 22,718 p. He is a son of Grote Milan BE06-4370915 (grandson Milan) x Miss Milan BE05-4126349 (daughter Milan).
Dam: Miss Bolleke BE11-4232131
A full sister of Het Bolleken, which means she comes from stock pair José BE04-4385201 x Rita BE05-4159707.
Click here for the pedigree of Brambilla

- Stybar BE15-4086394

 4th Best Yearling of Belgium long distance 2016 - 3 races
19th N.Zone Tulle      2,761 p. ’16 (120th Nat 7,322 p.)
37th Nat. Chateauroux 29,591 p. ’16
49th Prov. Limoges     2,015 p. ’16 (128th Nat 6.946 p.)
69th Nat. Jarnac       3,904 p. ’16 
75th Prov. Vierzon     2,095 p. ’16

This pigeon became 19th National Ace Pigeon KBDB as a young bird!
Sire: Liam BE13-4288094
A half brother of Vadis (1st Intprov. Tours 1,572 p.) and a son of Father Vadis BE10-4071271 (Denoyette) x Purple Eye BE12-6042512 (half sister Just Wait; 1st Nat. Argenton 2013 of Bart Geerinckx).
Dam: Polly BE14-4002603
A daughter of Schone Blauwen BE08-4200981 (half brother of Het Bolleken, a son of Rita) x Crackje 054 BE12-4048054 (daughter Crack BE05-4323999 Steveninck, and thus a granddaughter of Chipo).
This is yet another pigeon related to "Rita"! Click here for the full pedigree of Stybar

-Nairo BE16-4157949

 6th  Best young bird of Belgium 2016 – 4 national races
39th  N.Zone Chateauroux    5,090 p. ’16
54th  N.Zone Argenton       7,081 p. ’16
116th N.Zone La Souterraine 6,702 p. ’16
121st N.Zone Bourges        7,821 p. ’16

Sire: Fred BE13-4044025
A son of Federer BE08-4347745 (grandson Dream-pair De Rauw-Sablon: Albert x Paola) x Rita BE05-4159707 (the dam of Het Bolleken)

Dam: Eline BE14-6100947
Comes from Ulrich Lemmens from Olympic Alpha BE08-8003074, sire of Rihanna: Olympiad Pigeon Cat. B Nitra 2013 (line of Kannibaal Van Dyck) x Daughter Gladiator BE13-6143613 (from Gladiator BE03-6460062 x Miss Bolleke BE11-4232131, the dam of Brambilla: 7th National Ace Pigeon KBDB 2016)
Click here for the full pedigree of Nario
Each of these talented pigeons comes from the invaluable line of Rita and Het bolleken. These pigeons have enabled team Leutenez to become one of the leading lofts after their comeback in 2007, making it one of the most valuable bloodlines at international level.

A shift towards the long distance

In the first part of his career in Semmerzake Eddy became a national top player in the longer middle distance, especially with the young birds. National longer middle distance races for olds and yearlings were rather uncommon back then (except for the national races from Bourges). His current racing team in Kruishoutem is increasingly aiming towards the long distance (600-800km). The reason is he wants to compete in the races where his pigeons can really shine, where they can show their potential at national level. This change in direction enabled team Leutenez to come to the fore in the international competition, winning most notably the title of 8th Nat. Champion long distance YLs in 2016​, besides many top prizes and ace pigeon titles. Their palmares of 2016 needs no further explanation:

1st Provincial Limoges 2,244 p. 2015
1st National Zone A Tulle 3,358 p. 2015
2nd National Limoges 8,301 p. 2015
4th Best Jaarling of Belgium long distance over 3 races – PIPA ranking 2016
5th Best Yearling of Belgium long distance and extreme long distance over 4 races – PIPA ranking 2015 
7th National Cahors 6,164 p. 2016
8th National Champion (1+2) long distance yearlings K.B.D.B.2016
8th Provincial Ace Pigeon long distance K.B.D.B. 2016
8th Provinciaal Champion (1+2) long distance + yearlings K.B.D.B. 2015
10th Provincial Ace Pigeon long distance K.B.D.B. 2015
11th National Champion (1+2) long distance yearlings K.B.D.B. 2015
14th Best Yearling of Belgium long distance and extreme long distance over 4 races – PIPA ranking 2015
15th National Limoges 8,301 p. 2015
23rd National Libourne 5,890 p. 2015
Etc…

One of the stars of the racing team for the national long distance races is without doubt Zomer Jong. He is an inbred youngster based on the world class Dream Pair of De Rauw-Sablon. This talented pigeon showed his potential in last year's races from Vierzon and Tulle, and he continued to peform well in 2016:

- Zomer Jong BE13-4288082

 7th  Nat Cahors      6,164 p. ’16
36th  N.Zone Tulle    2,432 p. ’15
84th  Intprov Vierzon 6,298 p. ’15
395th Nat Jarnac      4,167 p. ’16
536th Nat Limoges    13,493 p. ’16

He is a half brother (from the same sire) of supercrack Cavendish BE12-4215080, winner of:

 2nd Nat Limoges 8,301 p. ’15
16th Nat Tulle   5,976 p.
62nd Nat Limoges 7,221 p.

Sire:  Limo Eagle Eye BE11-4036002
A direct Marc De Cock from wonderboy Eagle Eye BE07-2135106 (E.Limbourg) x Daughter Limoges BE03-4290068 (De Rauw-Sablon, from Limoges 261/91 x Daughter Marseille 309/02).
Dam: Just Like Siska BE12-4215127
A 100% Marc De Cock. A daughter of Federer BE08-4347712 (grandson Dreampair De Rauw-Sablon: Albert x Paola) x Siska BE08-4347741 (granddauhgter of Milan and Superbreeder 233).
Click here for the full pedigree of Zomer Jong

The pigeon team from Kruishoutem is small in numbers yet has great potential. Eddy and Maarten show that it does not take a large group of pigeons to become a renowned pigeon loft. What you do need is a group of top quality pigeons, which is why their pigeons have to meet high demands: they do not want to spend their time raising unsuccessful pigeons. Their approach appears to be paying off, not only in their own loft but also for other fanciers (see below).
​The Bollekens dynasty is a force to be reckoned with. Eddy and Maarten Leutenez have a great future ahead thanks to the breeding value of their pigeon family!

Top references with pigeons of Leutenez in other lofts

-1st Intnat Perpignan 16,921 p. in 2012 for Camiel Verdonck (from the line of Milan)
-1st N.Zone A2 Argenton 7,081 p. and 29th Nat. Argenton 19,592 p. in 2016 for De Meester-De Craene. They also won a 95th Nat. Brive 8,674 p. ’15 and a 96th Nat. Limoges 6,907 p. ’14… (with descendants of Het Bolleken).
-2nd Ace Pigeon and 4th overall final one loft Belgian Master 2014 (Guo Chang Lin – Leutenez). (the dam comes from a sister of Het Bolleken)
-2nd National Montlucon 19,298 p. in 2014 for Paridaen Frank. (the sire is a son of top pair Mauro x Het Bolleken).
-1-3-5-7-9th club winner and 3rd Provincial Bourges 1,918 p. 2014 for Rudi Vandeputte (DVV-pigeons). (the sire comes from a brother of Het Bolleken)
-1st Clermont 326 p. and 1st Fontenay 507 p. (and 17th prov. 6,150 p.) 2012 for Gaby Vandenabeele. (the sire is a half brother of Het Bolleken)
-Belgian Master 2015 : 2-4-20th place Final (all brids from line Het Bolleken) with Yang Zhi Guo – Leutenez.
-Belgian Master 2016 : 10. Ace and 23rd place Final (grandchild Rita) with Gao Jing – Leutenez !