A great season for Cor Leijtens (Oostelbeers, NL) with 2 x first NPO

The pigeon family of the Leijtens brothers, led by Cor Leijtens, has had another great season in 2012. They have won quite a few first prizes, from sprint races to one day long distance races. This season’s highlights included two NPO victories achieved by the fanciers from Oostelbeers, about 15 km to the west of Eindhoven.

First we had the chequered cock Walter (NL09-4141037) who finished the race from Argenton on 23 June 2012 with a speed of over 90 km/h, covering a distance of more than 600 km. With this achievement, Walter won the first prize in East Brabant and he was also the fastest in the provinces of Zeeland and Limburg. As a result Walter was the winner in Sector 1 against 20,816 pigeons.

The special thing about this pigeon is that it started the 2012 season with a first prize from Isnes against 7,284 pigeons. He was also the fastest pigeon in the province of East Brabant against 19,884 birds. “A pigeon that can win two first prizes in a single season against such a high number of birds is obviously an excellent racing bird”, says Cor.


The second pigeon with an outstanding achievement this season was Kian (NL 10-4172899), which is also a chequered cock. In the last NPO race from Poitiers on 21 July 2012 he beat 4,493 pigeons over a distance of 650 km and with a velocity of 70 km/h.

The following results illustrate that the Leijtens brothers continued their success story in 2012:

Results in the Midebo region:

Isnes     114 km  2609    1, 4, 10, 39 (54/26)
Reims     264 km  1857    1, 7, 15, 38 (28/14)
Chimay    172 km  1168    1, 5, 20, 23 (35/15)
Chimay    172 km   671    1, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24 (37/27)
Poitiers  651 km   620    1, 32 (10/7)
Vervins   207 km   598    1, 10, 11, 15 (37/30)
Sezanne   326 km   811    2, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15 (44/19)
Sens      391 km  1299    4, 6, 8, 22 (29/17)
Epernay   288 km  1045    5, 6, 7, 12, 21, 22, 23 (43/22)
Chimay    172 km  2160    6, 7, 10, 12, 13 (43/21)
Chateauroux 579 km  998   6, 31, 32 (16/7)
Chimay    172 km  2996    7, 20, 28, 32 (54/32)
Sezanne   326 km  2894    10, 14, 23 (49/26)
Isnes     114 km   786    13, 15, 16, 17 (40/15)

National fame

The brothers have been very successful at national level, year in year out. Their pigeons have done a lot of races and thanks to a strict selection they have composed a pigeon breed that is among the strongest in The Netherlands. Harry explains: “We were fortunate enough to find the right type of pigeons.” This illustrates the modesty of the brothers but it also shows the importance of having pigeons of good quality. They have a number of excellent pigeons in the loft: Lammert (first Dutch Olympiad Pigeon Sprint S.A. 2001), the Pentium (second world champion long distance), Benicia (first Nat. Pigeon Champion Middle Distance 2005), the 907 of Amore’s Dirk (best cock in The Netherlands WHZB 2007), Kleine Bram (6th Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance 2009), Britt (4th Best Hen National Competition WHZB 2009), Vierree (third Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2010).

A different course

Still, the champions are not entirely satisfied, despite their outstanding achievements in recent seasons. This shows you how motivated they are. The reason is that Cor cannot spend too much time in the lofts anymore because of lung problems. However, they can still count on the outstanding quality of their pigeon breed, which is wonderful. It was necessary to come up with a solution. Eventually they decided to race on total widowhood from next season. Since this system allows both partners (instead of only one) to be basketed, Cor and Harry will only need half as many racing pigeons in their loft. A lower number of racers means less time to spend in the lofts.

Cor Leijtens and his Walter

Success does not come for free of course. They think about every possible aspect and they talk to a lot of other fanciers as well. For instance they spent a lot of time finding an adequate location to release their pigeons for training flights. They opted for a forested area 20km away from the loft to release them. “When choosing a good release site it is important that the pigeons can fly straight out of the box, just like in the races”, says Harry. This little trick illustrates that they are very clever and that they are first class pigeon fanciers.