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‘Space Shuttle’ - the new wonder cock from Vredeveld-Leemhuis (NL)

Worth his weight in gold; that is ‘Space Shuttle’, the wonder cock, which came to reinforce the ranks of the Vredeveld family in Leemhuis at the end of 2009. A jewel noticeable for his many top prizes and ability to race with a lead in big races ...

… because he came from a family of super pigeons,  the duo Vredeveld-Leemhuis decided to use him. Obviously to cross with the trusted ‘Boy’ x ‘Queen’ basis … a combination, which directly paid off  in 2010 – without batting an eyelid the purchase of  ‘Space Shuttle’ can already be seen as one of unsurpassable worth .

It was in the lofts of Jan Oost, where the wondrous NL07-1229127 ‘Space Shuttle’ exhibited his many talents. “But for us it was mainly his lineage which was important,” explains Robert Leemhuis. “Space Shuttle’ is namely a grandchild of ‘Bijter’ x ‘Visje’, a couple, that in our area has often has been compared in terms of class with our own stock couple ‘Boy’ x ‘Queen’. We know better than anybody how long you can be successful with descendants of a certain super couple; the ‘Boy’ x ‘Queen’ basis lead us from one highlight to the over for 15 years … Because ‘Space Shuttle’ is the best descendant from ‘Bijter’ x ‘Visje’, we see him as the ideal crossing material for our own pigeon family. Our expectations were surpassed by the very first year of breeding, it seemed as if a new stock father had been born !”

Space Shuttle
Who is this blue giant ‘Space Shuttle’ then exactly? Firstly of course a phenomenon with a magnificent honours list. With 3x 1. prize in big races and therefore a.o. proclaimed 1. Nat. Ace pigeon Middle Distance, 1.Ace pigeon Middle Distance  WHZB 2009 and
 1. Dutch Middle Distance pigeon in the West European Nations Cup 2009 ... the following prizes are mainly responsible for these titles 

 1.  prize against    2.461 pigeons
1.  prize against    1.505 pigeons
1.  prize against    1.011 pigeons
2.  prize against   10.276 pigeons
2.  prize against    1.334 pigeons
4.  prize against   12.126 pigeons
4.  prize against    7.651 pigeons
7.  prize against    1.399 pigeons
10. prize against   12.111 pigeons 

So as stated, ‘Space Shuttle’ is a grandson of ‘Bijter’ x ‘Visje’, parents of more than 50(!) 1. prize winners. Take now  ‘Piéco’, a cousin of the new Vredeveld-Leemhuis icon and wonder winner of :

 1.  Nat. Ace pigeon middle distance NPO 2007
1.  Nat. Ace pigeon WHZB 2007
2.  Dutch middle distance pigeon West European Nations Cup 2008
1.  prize against 2.261 pigeons
2.  prize against 1.694 pigeons
3.  prize against 2.651 pigeons

Also on mother’s side there is super class: she comes out a full brother of ‘Super 11’, who was dramatic with the following titles:

3.  Nat. ace bird short distance WHZB 2005
1.  Ace pigeon sprint district 2005
1.  Ace pigeon district 2005
10. (prov.) Ace pigeon province 10 North-East Netherlands  2005 

 

   

In other words, the ‘Space Shuttle’ brought an enormous amount of luggage with him to the breeding lofts in Steenwijksmoer; where the classy breeding team of Vredeveld-Leemhuis had to take on a big challenge in 2010; giving the ‘re-start’ a high-quality stature. At the end of 2009 they decided only to take part in the races from the new accommodation, which Robert and Henriëtte Leemhuis had moved into at the beginning of 2010… The new location was given its baptism of fire by the youngsters in 2010 …The juniors shined as before in the races from the new accommodation … with an absolute leading role for descendants of ‘Space Shuttle’. The topper was coupled with ‘Baby Blue’ - super inbreeding to the stock couple as daughter of ‘Lucky Blue’ (out ‘Boy’ x ‘Queen’) x ‘Klein Blauwtje’ (out ‘Game Boy’ x ‘Bandit Queen’, so son x inbreed ‘Boy’ x ‘Queen’). Three youngsters from this couple showed their worth and won a.o .

 ‘599/10’  

3 .   prize NPO     19.737 pigeons
199. prize against 10.735 pigeons
290. prize against 15.627 pigeons 

 ‘550/10’

  21.  prize against 16.545 pigeons
37.  prize against 10.662 pigeons
201. prize against  8.722 pigeons
207. prize against 10.735 pigeons
327. prize against 15.627 pigeons 

‘629/10’       

 18.   prize against  4.550 pigeons
21.   prize against 19.937 pigeons
74.   prize against 10.662 pigeons
373.  prize against 16.545 pigeons
639.  prize against  8.722 pigeons
838.  prize against  8.935 pigeons
1483. prize against 10.735 pigeons
1869. prize against  9.946 pigeons
2116. prize against  9.101 pigeons 

Re-start
Sounding results then, with which ‘Space Shuttle’ was launched as the absolute top piece in the breeding team, who has to guarantee successes for the coming years. The start in 2010 was very promising. The group of youngsters from Harm and Robert was in fine form … The name Vredeveld-Leemhuis was mentioned on teletext several times and when the balance was made up for 2010 in which – once again –only the youngsters were raced, it was mainly dominated by euphoria :

 - 17-7 Heteren (102 km)
   6-7-8-9-10-11-12-17-32-33-35-37-38-40-70-73-74-75-77-etc. against 10.632 pigeons
 - 24-7 Boxtel (151 km)
   3-28-30-53-57-61 etc. against 9.946 pigeons
- 31-7 Lommel (187 km)
   6-7-9-32-33-34-39-44-59-62-69-74-82-85-87-97 etc. against 2.879 pigeons
   also 7-8-11-49-50-51-59-69 etc. against 8.935 pigeons
- 7-8 St. Truiden (230 km)
   1. against 2.919 pigeons
   also  10. against 8.722 pigeons
- 14-8 NPO Strombeek (255 km)
   3-4-5-6-18-20-21-29-31-33-41-42-59-61-62-76-89-96 etc. against 19.737 pigeons
- 21-8 NPO Rekkem (330 km)
   1-2-3-4-55-57-58-76-77-78-79-86-89-90-91-95-96-98 etc. against 2.607 pigeons
   also 30-34-35-37 etc. against 15.627 pigeons
- 28-8 NPO Arras (380 km)
   11-15-16-18-29-31-38-49-51-58-65-68-88-91-94-95-97-100 against 2.019 pigeons
   also 24-36-37-40-68-71-82-106 etc. against 10.735 pigeons
- 4-9 Morlincourt Derby der Junioren (430 km)
   5-6-9-10-14-17-18-23-31-33-35-40-49-52-53-55-57-66-70-71-100-102-103-112-113-114 etc. against 4.550 pigeons
- 18-9 Duffel
   4-5-6-7-8-17-19-20-21-22-23-24-25-26-27 etc. against 16.545 pigeons. 

Will ‘Space Shuttle’ be the new ‘Boy’ ?
Despite the fact that it is too early to say, Harm Vredeveld is utterly convinced of the qualities of the new giant. “I have never ever been so sure of a pigeon’s quality. He has everything for growing to become an absolute stock father. A super history as racer, a body where everything is right and in the first year of breeding, fantastic youngsters … this is the giant whose status will take on great proportions; I’m certain of it! !”