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Eddy & Maarten Leutenez
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Eddy & Maarten Leutenez (Kruishoutem)
In the beginning of the years 2000 the health of Eddy was very bad and he was forced to stop racing pigeons totally. This was a huge setback for someone who has been busy with the pigeon sport this passionate. But they had to do what they had to do and the house in Semmerzake was being sold and a new house was built in Kruishoutem….without pigeons.
And then all of a sudden, there is his son Maarten that is feeling the pigeon germ doing its work in him. Which is god's gift for Eddy? We don't know yet, but they did decide to keep pigeons again. With them keeping pigeons at the Leutenez family means, winning and nothing less. And they started off again…first relatively small on top of the garage to expand later again with garden lofts.
A re-start is easily said, not that easy realized. It has been shown several times by now that it isn't just buying new pigeons. There is something else necessary like real knowledge to figure it all out. And Eddy can do that and in the meanwhile also Maarten knows how to do this.
Sometimes there is some luck involved but especially a nose for talent needed. In Ooike there was a small strong hen that won a very hard provincial Tours with head wind. Eddy liked to see this little lady and went on a visit to her owner José Denoyette. He bought this bunch of muscles and 'Bolleken' became the property of Eddy and Maarten. A real hit in the rose as she is a part of the base of the current colony. Afterwards, her parents also moved to the loft in Kruishoutem.
Eddy was thinking about his old strain with nostalgia and there were some of his pigeons and his blood strains to be found back again at other pigeon fanciers, amongst other at his old known friend, Marc De Cock (Race Pigeon Farm Belgium). From Marc we know that he also has a nose for talented pigeons and nothing or nobody keeps him from getting these onto his loft. The last few seasons, also the colony of Marc has been performing well and is to be found more than once at the national top.
Eddy got back his own strain from 'Milan' (once 1st provincial Blois and 6th national La Soutteraine) and also brought back a hen from the De Rauw-Sablon and a young 'Eagle Eye' (strain Eric Limbourg). Real classful pigeons that were able to strengthen the new base strain were piece by piece. And…it did work out. The crossing in of these pigeons took care really fast for head prizes from the short distance to the long distance.
Where is it that Eddy and Maarten look at when they are looking for reinforcement? They have to stand out of the pack, they have to give a good first impression, have a lot of muscles and a very soft feathers and especially appearance.
And these pigeons were selected out at Benny Steveninck (who also got successes with the pigeons from Eddy, in the pedigree of 'Chipo' we find the pigeons from Eddy), Eric Limbourg (the 'pigeon cat' with 7 lives) and Ulrich Lemmens.
From 2010 on straight to the top
The real re-start in Kruishoutem started from season 2010. Maarten took a bit more time for the caring, a few extra lofts were being built and the breeding train was on the rails….and it went straight forward very fast.
From the first season on, they won amazingly easy head prizes and the foundation was being laid for the top results of the coming seasons. It even gave the words to Eddy 'Maarten is even more eager than I am', which was and still is a great motivation for both of them.
A full overview of the results of the past seasons would be to extended but from the season 2015-2016 (the season of 2017 will be discussed later on) we can show you the underneath results:
1 Provincial Limoges 2,244 b. 2015
Getting to the top is the drive of every motivated sportsman, but there's another satisfaction factor that even has more proof namely that other pigeon fanciers race amazingly well with your pigeons or off spring of them. And Eddy and Maarten have gathered a nice list of references on their own by now:
1 National Perpignan 6,724b. 2012
2 National Montlucon 19,298 d. 2014
1 National Zone A2 Argenton 7,081b. 2016
2 Final One Loft Belgian Master 2015
Since this season there's been a new type of ace pigeon born at the KBDB namely the All Round pigeon of the season. The definition of this 'new ace bird' competition is as follows:
These pigeons are the pentathletes of the pigeon sport, the 'Thiams' of this world. Polyvalent and athletic on all distances, real musclemen.
At the beginning of the season there was some commotion around this classification, but this is always the case when something new passes by.
And if this isn't enough, also top pigeon 'Alaphilippe' (BE16-4157919) is on stage. This powerful pigeon is also the 8th national ace bird long distance 2017.
3x TOP-100 National in 4 weeks of time
2 Limoges 273 b. 627 km
3 Tulle 118 b. 614 km
2 Bourges 181 b. 435 km
15 Argenton 262 b. 505 km
6 Vierzon 136 b. 428 km
8 Arras 91 b. 89 km 2017
Won as youngsters already :
269 Provincial Orleans 3,578 b. 354 km 2016
19 Clermont 342b. 191 km 2016
A five star racing team
The quality is average very high at Leutenez. They don't own an extended colony (20 to 25 breeding couples, 80 youngsters and about 32 racing pigeons with 20 widow cocks and 12 hens). The long distance program was raced with only 16 racing pigeons !! Having these kind of results from short distance to the extreme long distance asks for quality and class. Also at this loft they suffered their part of losses including losing several top racing pigeons.
Despite these restrictions they own a true five start racing team that, as the results show, can compete with the best of the best. A few examples :
In total 15 x !!! TOP-10 and 3x TOP-100 National!!!
Mother of this "Cavendish" is BE11-4232129 "Bolleke 129" direct from base breeding hen "Rita" (De Noyette J.) and full sister of several TOP-breeders like "Het Bolleken"!
"Cavendish" is this year already father of :
"Cavendish" is this year already grandfather of :
Won in 2017
Father : BE11-4036002 "Limo Eagle Eye" (son famous "Eagle Eye" Limbourg E. – bought at De Cock M.)
Mother : BE12-4215127 "Just Like Siska" (daughter "Federer" x "Siska" – both bought at De Cock M.)
Super breeding hen : mother "Zomer Jong", 20 Final Belgian Master 2015, and grandmother 1 National Zone Tulle 2015!
"Federer" : grandson world famous De Rauw-Sablon couple "Albert" x "Paola"
Won this year ao.
Father: BE06-4370915 "De Grote Milan" (bought at M. De Cock)
"De Grote Milan" is a super breeder : father of 4 x 1st prize winners, 2-5 and 11 Provincial, 23-32-57-62-76- National, 4 Final Belgian Master, grandfather of ao. : 2 Final Belgian Master, 7 National Ace bird KBDB 2016!
Mother : BE12-4215087 "Miranda" : super breeding hen and direct out of the base breeding mother "Rita" (De Noyette J.) and full sister of several TOP-breeders like "Het Bolleken"!
Another nice example of the coupling strain "Het Bolleken" x strain "Eagle Eye" this year is 'Jack':
Father : BE13-4044141 "Simon" (direct base breeding hen "Rita")
½ sister (same father) of "Matteo" is BE14-4002648 "Caroline"
Won this year ao. :
Father : BE11-4263939 "Basiel" (won himself 5 x 1st, with ao. 1st Inter-Provincial Blois)
½ brother (same father) of "Basielke" is BE15-4086426 "Basiel Junior"
Succeeded well in the season of 2017 that is being coloured with a few ace pigeons, but even more succeeded as base breeders. Eddy and Maarten proved in a matter of time having a very strong breeding and racing team with noble blood and able to race weekly with a small colony to the national top!
20-05-17 : Vierzon (428km) : 136 yl : 1-6-8-11-15-27-30-35-… (9/23)
27-05-17 : Bourges (435km) : 181 yl : 2-3-5-8-11-13-26-29-37-42-… (13/20)
27-05-17 : Bourges (435km) : 232 old : 4-5-9-33-35 (5/7)
03-06-17 : Chateauroux (477km) : 164 yl : 10-11-15-18-21-39-43-52 (8/10)
10-06-17 : Chateauroux (477km) : 353 yl : 5-8-9-13-16-29-32-37-46-64-104-115 (12/20)
17-06-17 : Chateauroux (477km) : 264 yl : 6-8-68-77 (4/10)
24-06-17 : Argenton (505km) : 262 yl : 14-15-18-30-37-53-78 (7/10)
24-06-17 : Cahors (731km) : 131 old : 2 (1/5)
01-07-17 : Tours (445km) : 198yl : 1-21-38 (3/9)
08-07-17 : Limoges (627km) : 273 yl : 2-4-52-85 (5/9)
08-07-17 : Limoges (627km) : 229 old : 24 (1/1)
08-07-17 : Orleans (354km) : 352y : 1-2-5-6-7-8-10-11-14-18-25-30-31-32-35-43-50-51-55-62-… (31/66)
15-07-17 : Jarnac (640km) : 66 yl : 1-9-10-21 (5/7)
15-07-17 : Blois (406km) : 169 y : 1-7-8-12-15-20-25-27-29-34-35-36-38-46-53 (15/41)
22-07-17 : Blois (406km) : 429 y : 5-7-11-12-15-26-27-31-37-50-53-72-73-… (15/38)
28-07-17 : Narbonne (867km) : 57yl : 5 (1/3)
29-07-17 : Tulle (613km) : 118 yl : 2-3-18-26-28 (6/8)
29-07-17 : Tulle (613km) : 128 old : 13 (1/1)
29-07-17 : Blois (406km) : 713y : 6-19-20-21-24-32-35-37-38-57-62-72-73-103-104-128-143-… (28/56)
14-08-17 : Chateauroux Provincial : 4.141 y : 7-41-75-137-140-146-155-197-201-215-…
14-08-17 : Chateauroux National : 18.923 y: 35-123-224-430-440-460-475-600-621-683-…
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