Alfons & Helmut Klaas
The release took place on 6th of August 2016 at 6:25am, with 1,812 pigeons from 295 different lofts and from 6 different countries. Helmut & Alfons Klaas had basketed 25 pigeons for this 621.693km race and they were able to win 22 prizes, including an impressive 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 15th, 25th, 43rd, 68th and 103th prize. This was a brilliant result not only in terms of early arrivals but also percentually.
They have won the following top prizes:
Helmut and Alfons Klaas claimed a 1st and 2nd prize in Zone 1. They also win the Röhnfried-Hesse-Goldpokal Trophy with their prize winner in Zone 1. They win the WAW-SAAR Trophy with the fastest pair in Zone 1. They win the BEYERS/BEDUCO Trophy for having the three fastest pigeons. They win the Taubenshop 24 Trophy for having the three fastest pigeons in the zone. They also win the Dr. Pietruschka Tophy for the two fastest old hens. It is fair to say they have really dominated the international race from London.
These are the trophees that the team won in the race from Poland.
Why are the pigeons of Helmut and Alfons Klaas such strong performers?
We have been wondering why the Klaas pigeons are such a strong team. Are they simply that much stronger than their opponents, or is there another reason for their level of performance?
We have to admit that these pigeons are in a league of their own, and we think anyone that has ever seen one of the pigeons of Helmut & Alfons Klaas will agree. They are slightly bigger than an average racing bird, they have a bit more weight to them. It is something many other racing birds seem to be lacking. It might have something to do with the fact that most German races are now short or middle distance races, which means many fanciers are actually looking for a leaner type of racing bird.
Think what you want about the pigeons of Helmut and Alfons Klaas, but it appears that their type of build has really enabled them to stand out from their opponents.
These are strong prize winners, capable of quickly adapting to changing conditions. We are confident that the Klaas pigeons can claim another win in the South African Million Dollar Race, simply because we think the Klaas pigeons can feel at home in an unknown environment very quickly. They can adapt to a new loft in no time, contrary to many of their opponents, which find it difficult if not impossible to really get used to a new home. This latter category is obviously unsuited for a one loft race, because they would likely drop out in one of the first training flights. The Klaas pigeon breed has excellent orientation skill as well, and we know from their results at home that they are pretty fast as well. This is a special type of breed that has an edge over most of its opponents.
The team of Helmut & Alfons Klaas is based on a closely bred and carefully developed pigeon family. This breed was created in 1987/1988 and has been further refined over the years, until it became the super class breed as we know it today.
Results from other fanciers with Klaas pigeons
On 11 November 2014 a pigeon bred from 715 x 730 wins a 1st prize in the 1st Hot Spot of the Worldrace America. This pigeon had been purchased in a Klaas auction on PIPA.
The Sandstorm Brothers from Minnesota have won about 21,000$ worth of prize money in different One Loft Races in 2013 alone, all with Klaas descendants.
Elton Dinga Wonderlofts from the US have won the following top results with their Klaas descendants:
1st/403 p. World Ace Challenge 2013 - 350 miles - 100% Alfons Klaas 2nd/600 p. World Ace Challenge 2013 - 250 miles - 50% Alfons Klaas 1st/539 p. Sierra Ranch Classic 2013 - 195 miles - 100% Alfons Klaas 1st/573 p. Sierra Ranch Classic 2013 - 170 miles - 100% Alfons Klaas
Ken Easley from New Mexico is the owner of Konbird DV 0507-10-949, another original Helmut & Alfons Klaas. Konbird has bred first prize winners and ace pigeons with different partners. Another pigeon in his collection is Blue Power 0507-10-884, and he has a few other Klaas pigeons as well. It would take us too far to discuss their many top prizes.
Alex Bieche from the US has bred several first prize winners from his Klaas descendants as well.
Peter Edgar wins a 1st Grand Average in the One Million Dollar Race with Bamberg, which is a grandchild of Mr. Bolt.
Another grandchild wins a 4th prize in the final race of the Million Dollar Race for Nanzey Loft from the US.
These are just a few of many top results that have been won by the Klaas pigeon breed. Let's take a closer look at the team's own results in the OLR races:
The results of Helmut and Alfons Klaas in the One Loft Races:
1st & 2nd Ace Pigeon One Loft Race Sofia Bulgaria 2,241 pigeons 2016 2nd & 4th Ace Pigeon One Loft Race WG Mistrzow Poland 536 pigeons 2016 1st Ace Pigeon One Loft Race Golebnika-Gostyn Poland 672 pigeons 2016 4th prize final One Loft Race Sofia Bulgaria 2015 1st prize silver race (car winner) Algarve Race Portugal 2015 1st prize final CARNIVAL CITY OLR 2014 1st prize final DERBY ARONA Teneriffa 2013 3rd & 4th Ace Pigeon South-African Million Dollar Race 2013 1st prize final ALLFLIGHT 521 km 2012 1st Ace Pigeon Hot Spot ALLFLIGHT 2012 1st prize Grand Average (Team Esser-Klaas) 2012 3rd prize final SUN CITY (Team Esser-Klaas) 2012 1st prize final SUN CITY (Kitchenbrand Loft) 2011 2 x 1st prize One Loft Race Germany 2010 1st prize Hot Spot China 1,432 pigeons 300 km 2009 7th, 11th prize Semi-final Teneriffa 2009 5th prize 2nd Hot Spot Teneriffa 2009 1st prize Hot Spot 1 Teneriffa 2008 3rd, 5th, 7th Prize 2nd Hot Spot Teneriffa 2008 1st prize Final SUN CITY 2,402 pigeons 2007 1st prize WORLD ACE CHALLENGE in the US 2007
A few more words about what makes the Klaas pigeons so unique. A few days ago we were writing an article about the pigeon loft of Roland & Denis Faber from Hamburg, that has been doing really well in recent years. Their 2016 season has been particularly successful: they are 6th German Champion and 11st Ace Hen at national level in 2016, and they had two Olympiad Pigeons in the sports category. They have also won the Gouden Duif title in Germany. Needless to say, we have been taking a closer look at their pigeons as well. These pigeons have entirely different origins than the Klaas pigeon breed but they appear to have a strong build as well, especially compared to the pigeons of most other fanciers. It is the type of pigeon that used to dominate the German competition, pigeons that can take a beating. Not the kind of racing bird that is fully exhausted and starved two days after the release. The pigeons of Roland & Denis Faber show a lot of energy even after a demanding race, and this is something they have in common with the pigeons of Helmut and Alfons Klaas.
In addition, the Klaas pigeons have the ability to quickly get used to a new environment, and this is of crucial importance if you try to get successful in the one loft racing circuit.