Since the end of the last century the Mecca of speed (short distance) racing in Belgium has been the town of Vorsselaar, where the tandem of Leo Heremans and Charel Ceusters ruled with an iron fist at the short and middle distances racing. In the Antwerp Union, also known as the “University of the pigeon sport”, the Heremans-Ceusters were unbeatable when it came to their ability to orient quickly and pure speed racing. Many 1st prizes and many results with a series of pigeons at the top, along with the accompanying championships and ace pigeons, up to and including the National level are a noteworthy testament to their unheard of dominance.
Being a diamond cutter by profession, Leo Heremans had an eye for refinement, which he has used to its fullest in the development of the Heremans-Ceusters strain. A granddaughter of the “Sony” (Houben) together with the “Goede Witpen” (18 x 1st) was a super breeder from the very start. An important new impulse came with the purchase of a round of youngsters from Maurice Hassendonckx, breeding in partnership with Gert Lauwerijs out of his two brothers to the “Kannibaal” (Van Dyck), two brilliant hens from Jan Diels and the closing of the deal with Gust Jansen to breed with the “De Olympiade” (2nd National Ace Pigeon KBDB and Olympiade pigeon) on both of their breeding lofts, resulted in performances and wins, that really began flowing in their direction, like a raging torrent. Especially on the Quievrain and Noyon races it seemed like no one could compete against the “best speed pigeons” of the time.
Particularly in Holland the performances of the Heremans-Ceusters did not go unnoticed and pioneers such as Willem de Bruijn and Ad Schaerlaeckens obtained pigeons from Vorsselaar for their lofts, which immediately resulted in fantastic victories.