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Freialdenhofen And Sons OF Germany
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This partnership is considered by many to be the best long distance family in Germany. It consists of the father Heinz-Jozef and his two sons namely Dirk and Heiko. The sport of pigeon racing has been a part of the Freialdenhofen family for approximately 50 years. Following a decision at the beginning of the 1990s to enter the long distance events their first successes began in 1994 and in the following year 1995 they won the National Long Distance Championship for the first time. And since then the partnership has remained at the top where the distance is concerned.

This partnership is considered by many to be the best long distance family in Germany. It consists of the father Heinz-Jozef and his two sons namely Dirk and Heiko. The sport of pigeon racing has been a part of the Freialdenhofen family for approximately 50 years. Following a decision at the beginning of the 1990s to enter the long distance events their first successes began in 1994 and in the following year 1995 they won the National Long Distance Championship for the first time. And since then the partnership has remained at the top where the distance is concerned.

Upon deciding to concentrate upon the long distances and to pursue their goal the Freialdenhofen's went in search of the right material for the job and where impressed by the birds of Albert Simons of Maaseik in Belgium. In fact they visited this well known racer and through further contact obtained some youngsters and eggs in about 1991. Thus was laid the basis of the partnership tackling the distances. Other bloodlines were obtained from Saya Bros of Maastricht, one of which 'Joop' is one of their best breeders today, and other birds from Yves van de Poel and Buckley of Belgium. They have also Theelen, van de Eynden, and Kuyper Bros bloodlines via Dieter Tetz of Julich- Welldorf, as well as the notable bloodlines of Hans- Dieter Rass plus one of their best breeders is a Vanbruaene hen from Willy Mundt. Of course based upon their commitment to the distances they were still not satisfied so other bloodlines were obtained from the Wijnand Bros of Maastricht. Most of the latter families were crossed resulting in outstanding representatives of the marathon thoroughbred.

One of their best products was a pigeon named 'Forrest Gump' who amongst other positions won 1st National Euregio Marseille in 2001, 1st National Euregio Marseille 2002, 1st National Euregio Perpignan 2002, 4th National Perpignan 2002, 29th International Perpignan 2002, 15th National Pau 2003, 16th National Perpignan 2003. He also bears a reputation as a breeder. Another important pigeon amongst quite a few is 'Diana' who was 1st Ace Pigeon Hens International (races) 2001 as well as scoring 29th International Perpignan and 464th International Dax in 2001. She has also bred good winners including a 2nd National Bordeaux.

Other fanciers both in Germany and Holland have won Nationals with the Freialdenhofen bloodlines and in one Barcelona International the family scored 5 positions in the first 300 starting with 128th position and concluding with 285th against 25,760 pigeons. Excellent flying by any standard. They were also 1st International Marseille Euregio in 2004.

The Freialdenhofen family of racing pigeons are based upon some of the best European bloodlines including via Simons the A and L van der Wegen line of the Aarden dynasty, one of the more productive sources of the best long distance and marathon type in the world today. Is it any wonder then that this partnership is considered the best in one of the most competitive pigeon racing nations in our world.


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by: Liam O Comain

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