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Leideman Brothers (Hardenberg, NL) close an exceptional season with a 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th from Vervins Province 10 against 8,753 pigeons

Peter Sagan claimed his third consecutive world championship title in 2017, and it might have inspired André and Bert Leideman to claim their third consecutive victory in the closing young birds' race from Vervins in Province 10 this season. They took a 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th against 8,753 pigeons.

Mohammad Al-Fezeir (Koeweit), holding their winning pigeon Young Grijs, flanked by André (l) and Bert (r) Leideman

André and Bert could not have hoped for a better result to close an already successful season. A group of 144 young birds had been basketed for the closing race from Vervins, including 50 late ones. Their earliest birds claimed a 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th of 8,753 pigeons, with a total of 62 prizes being won 1 per 4. André and Bert were very pleased that their good friend Mohammed Al-Fezeir from Kuweit had joined in to basket the pigeons and to await them after the race as well. Like we said in the introduction, the team has now won the closing young birds' race for the third consecutive time:

1st Prov. 10 Vervins     2017 358 km 8,753 p. (Young Grijs)
1st Prov. 10 Morlincourt 2016 417 km 4,634 p. (Margrit)
1st Prov. 10 Reims       2015 412 km 4,913 p. (Solo)

We now take a closer look at each of the three first prize winners.

NL17-1647574 Young Grijs, 1st Vervins 8,753 pigeons

The first prize from Vervins was won by Young Grijs, although she was not the first pigeon from Hardenberg to arrive home. The first pigeon back home was NL17-1647579, a daughter of Margrit (winner Morlincourt 2016), but she did not enter the loft straight away. Another group of three birds arrived home about two minutes later, and one of them was Young Grijs. All four pigeons eventually entered the loft together, with Young Grijs claiming the win and racing bird 579 having to settle for fifth place. The dam of Young Grijs is a grey coloured hen (BE15-6106975) of Gert Heylen (Berlaar, BE). This 975 became 10th National Ace Pigeon NPO Sprint for André and Bert this season, having won the following prizes:

11th Laon            9,947 p.
 9th Heusden-Zolder  5,927 p.
34th Budel          11,145 p.
64th Asse-Zellik    11,343 p.
67th Heusden-Zolder 11,336 p.

The sire of Young Grijs comes from the Van den Brande Brothers (Berlaar, BE). Young Grijs has also won a 1st prize from Wijchen against 1,108 pigeons this season. Young Grijs's pedigree can be found here. What's interesting is that the pedigree of Young Grijs looks quite similar to that of the outstanding Goed Grijs, whose pedigree can be seen here.

Goed grijs was quite an outstanding performer in her brief racing career, winning no less than seven clear first prizes. She quit racing after winning a 1st NPO Laon o f6,371 pigeons. Click here to read all about the career of this exceptional pigeon.

NL16-1075866 Margrit, 1st Morlincourt 4,634 pigeons

Margrit, 1st Morlincourt 2016 against 4,634 pigeons

Margrit claimed a 1st Morlincourt in 2016, and it was her daughter that missed out on a 1st Vervins by not entering the loft right away. The sire of Margrit is Antar, a pigeon of the German champion Wolfgang Roeper. Antar is a son of Wolfgang's 269, which represented Germany in the 2012 Olympiad in Nitra (category H). Racing bird 269 attended the pre-Olympiad in Dortmund the following season as well, but now in the allround category. André and Bert have known Wolfgang since the 1995 Olympiad in Utrecht, and it is thanks to this friendship that their winning hen was called Margrit, which is the name of Wolfgang's wife. The dam of Margrit has excellent origins as well, coming from the line of Koen Minderhoud's Geeloger. The fanciers from Hardenberg have been on very good terms with Koen since 1994. Click here for Margrit's full pedigree.

NL15-1234046 Solo, 1st Reims 4,913 pigeons

Solo, 1st Reims 2015 against 4,913 pigeons

The third and final first prize winner from Vervins is Solo, which also won a 1st Reims in 2015. Her full pedigree can be found here.

A great finale to an exceptional season

André and Bert close the season in style with a victory from Vervins. The two fanciers claimed no less than 16 first prizes against 2,777 pigeons on average (no doubles and not including any club results):

Vervins        359 km 8,753 p.: 1-3-4-5-etc.
Gien           612 km 7,768 p.: 1-5-7-9-10-etc.
Laon           387 km 6,371 p.: 1-2-3-4--5-6-etc.
Duffel         218 km 4,962 p.: 1-2-etc.
Heusden-Zolder 192 km 2,775 p.: 1-2-3-4-5-6-etc.
Asse-Zellik    247 km 2,720 p.: 1-6-7-9-etc.
Quievrain      314 km 2,480 p.: 1-12-17-19-etc.
Rethel         373 km 1,867 p.: 1-2-3-5-6-7-10-etc.
Duffel         218 km 1,182 p.: 1-2-etc.
Wijchen        101 km 1,105 p.: 1-2-3-5-6-7-10-etc.
Laon           387 km 1,052 p.: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-etc.
Budel          162 km 1,016 p.: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-etc.
Quievrain      314 km   986 p.: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-etc.
Heusden-Zolder 192 km   656 p.: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-etc.
Sens           540 km   414 p.: 1-3-4-etc.
Sens           540 km   323 p.: 1-2-3-4-5-6-9-10-etc.

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