There are some real superstar breeders here at LandingStrip Loft that were not mentioned in previous categories. Many champion breeders out of some of the best pigeons in the world. These include the De Rauw Sablon pigeons, Leo Heremans, our own LandingStrip Family that we have been working on for 9 years, Harry, and Engels.
We believe that these pigeons will make an incredible cross into our pigeons and so far the results have shown. We have crossed many of these pigeons into what we have and the results have been amazing. Some pigeons were acquired from a legend in the sport, Frank McLaughlin that were proven year in and year out for him.
Below is a list and a brief description of each family, and at the bottom of the page there is a gallery with pictures and pedigrees.
After a decade of being in this country, the De Rauw Sablon pigeons have made their mark. It does not matter the distance you fly the Sablons, they will come in any conditions and be at the top of the sheet.
Our Sablon pigeons go back to the cream of the crop from some of the very best pigeons in the family. These pigeons, most notably known at McLaughlin Lofts for "Cool Dude Michael" 15th final SAMDPR 2015-2016. We acquired some of the best of his family and have been implementing them since 2020 with great results!
Leo Heremans does not need an introduction to the sport. He is very well known for his family of sprint pigeons. "Nieuwe Olympiade", "Bolt", "Donkere Leo" "Olympiade 003", "Euro" are just some of the pigeons that have made such a great impact on the sport all around the world. Without Leo Heremans, the sport would be totally different today.
One of our proudest additions, a cousin to "Nieuwe Olympiade" now owned by Hans Eijerkamp. Nieuwe Olympiade sold for a record amount on PIPA just before the pigeon "Bolt" went for $410,000US and held the record for the most expensive pigeon in the world for a few years.
We acquired ours from a young Belgian champion named Adrien Mirabelle. The father to our pigeon is a direct son of the "Favorite Pair" who are the grandparents to Nieuwe Olympiade and also the great grandparents to the sprint champion "Bolt". The mother to our pigeon is a direct daughter of the 5 star breeding cock "Chipos Lad" one of the best breeders in Belgium who Mirabelle co-owned. He will be a staple in our loft for years to come.
I was also fortunate enough to add a super hen from Oscar DeVries, a granddaughter to Olympic Hans and Nieuwe Olympiad. A special hen with a special pedigree!
Harry is one of the most sought after bloodlines in the world right now. Jan Hooymans bred the pigeon "Harry" in 2007 and he has bred so many winners that the line goes on and on. We were lucky to get our hands on an original Florian Hendricks pigeon, a linebred grandson of the famous "Harry" who is also a half sibling to some major winners. He so far has bred top performances in 2021 in his first year breeding and we do not expect him to slow down any time soon!
Best Kittel and Shakira are widely known as some of the best sprint pigeons on the planet. The amount of national ace pigeons and major winners just in the last few years are second to none. I do not think there are any other families of pigeons that have the same record as the Best Kittel pigeons in the last 5 years.
We added an inbred half sister to "Shakira" bred from base breeder "Apollon" when mated back to his own daughter. This hen is going to be a staple for the Sprint pigeons for the future.
GB 17 N 057724 "Sienna" BB Hen
6th place Golden Algarve final 505km against 2,624 pigeons with 90+ degree weather and headwinds. It was a tough day and a great day to select pigeons to be your future foundation breeders. Sienna came in just after the winner clocking in at 1197.3336 meters per minute (1309ypm).
"Sienna" is bred from some of the very best Verkerk bloodlines. For those who do not know Verkerk is one of the best fliers in Holland. What makes this pigeon so special, is that her pedigree is loaded with big national winners and national ace pigeons. You will find "Globetrotter" 2nd National Ace pigeon WHZB 2002, "Oprah" 3rd National Ace pigeon WHZB 2006 and 5th ace pigeon "best of the best" 2006. "Popeye x Silvie" a click pairing. Her father is the very best of Verkerk with both of his parents being siblings and half siblings to top national winners against major competition of Europe.
Dam is bred from some of the top genetics in the sport as well. You will find Jo Hendricks in the pedigree, European Champion Fancier and a key breeder in our loft, "Golden Mattens". He is behind so many big winners around the world it is silly. You will also find Gaby Vandenabeele pigeons in her pedigree.
What makes a pigeon like this as special as it is, is that she is a combination of some of the very best genetics in the sport. Almost every single super racing pigeon is a makeup of different crosses and not inbred pigeons. Look at any of the all time greats in our sport and check their pedigree. I can almost guarantee you that they are bred from total outcrosses.
Here at LandingStrip Loft we are going to utilize her genetics and try to make the best outcross that we can. If you look at our breeders, most of them are crosses and there are not many inbreds in the loft. If any, they are bred from two top pigeons of the loft that have bred performance pigeons year after year.
If you have any questions regarding any of these pigeons, do not hesitate to reach out!