Very nice to hear from Harley Farley of Gildea and Son flying winning 1st North Liverpool Federations race from Bath on 18th May 2024 against 2053 birds.

We are very pleased to have bred the parents with the sire bred in our Dutch Loft from the SUPER 8 bloodline and the dam bred from GOLDRUSH one of our new young talented breeders from WARLORD (son Young Couple) with FOXY LADY.

Harry reports having a great start to the season winning three times plus 2nd Liverpool Amal but needed that extra 1 y.p.m. and yesterday in a good working race they got it.

The bloodline is best in lower velocity , harder working races and thats probably due to a fair amount of  Vandenabeele blood in the breeding via Gaby Vandenbeele himself and Ad Schaerlaeckens Sissi lines.

A look at the sires pedigree reminded me of ‘De Joep’ a super ancestor bred and raced by Mike Ganus and Luc Van der Weijst when they flew in Alphen , Brabant. The sire and dam were top birds with his sire Hercules winning 1st Ace Pigeon Long Distance in the Antwerp Union and his dam being a daughter of the renowned Mattens and Sissi of Ad S.

De Joep won  four times top 15 places in National Competition including 2nd  National Tours 11,866 birds on the day Luc’s son Joep was born, hence the inspiration for the pigeons name. ‘De Joep’ also won 3rd National Chantilly 13,203 birds,10th National Chateauroux 6000 birds and 15th National Orleans 11,601 birds.

That was over twenty five years ago now, but seams like a few weeks ago. Great memories. Its also great to see the original bloodlines still racing at the top.

Very well done indeed Team Gildea.

N.Liverpool Fed Bath 18-05-24


GB23Z300034  1st North Liverpool Federation winner from Bath against 2053 entries.

NL18-5191596 sire of 1st N.Liverpool Fed Bath


GB21V38459 dam of 1st N.Liverpool Fed Bath


This is an archive image of De Joep a fantastic racer and breeder. One of his grandsons is ‘Super 8’..