Spannaards The Perfect Cross - Silvio's Aronia Farm in Port Perry ON Canada

Purchasing Silvio’s Spanjaards 

When You  Purchase A “SPANJAARD”  from Silvio you are not just buying a pigeon, You are buying much, much more. You are buying the culmination of forty years of research, observation, study, experimentation, years of  trial and error, years of assumptions, insights, genetic breakthroughs, and years of inbreeding, followed by hybridizing and standardizing and pure joy,

The results of my efforts are important pieces of living art! When you purchase one of my “Spanjaards” you are, Investing in a piece of my history, my journey, my journey of discover You are acquiring an important part of my artistic vision, my life, and your future!

The line that we have cultivated for 30 years is the Spanjjaards Janssen from the lofts of Dutch Champion Gerrit Spanjaards successfully flying the skies of Australia, Germany, Holland, Canada, the USA, China, Taiwan, and Mexico!

One Loft Races

Silvio’s Farm specializes in One Loft Races in both the USA and Canada.
We have selected young and old birds available for sale at all times. 

For more information  Contact Us!

Silvio’s Racing Pigeons

Silvio Spanjaards

Racing pigeons-more accurately described as racing doves-are, in fact, one of man’s oldest feathered companions.

Our Foundation pair, almost 30 years ago, was the mating of St. Thomas X Deanna. Our inbreds are meant to be raced and raced hard. “Phar Lap” (CU-97-OGB-2074) is a prime example of our racing inbreds, having competed in ten races in nine weeks as a yearling in 1998 to eventually win the highest honor—1st Champion Old Bird of the 1998 Kawartha North Shore Combine! “

Phar Lap” (CU-97-OGB-2074), along with the thirteen other inbreds that represented our entire old bird team, flew a total of 5236.59 km in nine weeks. Very few pigeons, regardless of breeding, can successful tolerate this type of activity.

Over The Years we have exported their descendants worldwide. They did not disappoint wherever they went. We strive to produce an honest, hard -working, racing pigeon that is tough, persistent, disease-resistant, adaptable and easy to manage.  In short, a perfect cross for club, combine or one loft races and successfully flying the skies of Australia, Germany, Holland, Canada, the USA, China, Taiwan, and Mexico!

Silvio’s Racing Pigeons

Silvio Spanjaards

Racing pigeons-more accurately described as racing doves-are, in fact, one of man’s oldest feathered companions.

Our Foundation pair, almost 30 years ago, was the mating of St. Thomas X Deanna. Our inbreds are meant to be raced and raced hard. “Phar Lap” (CU-97-OGB-2074) is a prime example of our racing inbreds, having competed in ten races in nine weeks as a yearling in 1998 to eventually win the highest honor—1st Champion Old Bird of the 1998 Kawartha North Shore Combine! “

Phar Lap” (CU-97-OGB-2074), along with the thirteen other inbreds that represented our entire old bird team, flew a total of 5236.59 km in nine weeks. Very few pigeons, regardless of breeding, can successful tolerate this type of activity.

Over The Years we have exported their descendants worldwide. They did not disappoint wherever they went. We strive to produce an honest, hard -working, racing pigeon that is tough, persistent, disease-resistant, adaptable and easy to manage.  In short, a perfect cross for club, combine or one loft races and successfully flying the skies of Australia, Germany, Holland, Canada, the USA, China, Taiwan, and Mexico!

Spannaards The Perfect Cross - Silvio's Aronia Farm in Port Perry ON Canada

Silvio Spanjaards are like the daylilies of the racing pigeon world, “honest, hard working racing pigeons” apple bodied, buoyant ,tough, persistent, disease resistant, tenacious, adaptable, easy to manage, virtually indestructible. “The Perfect Pigeon” that can excel under anyone’s care.

The line that I have cultivated for 30 years is the Spanjjaards Janssen from the lofts of Dutch Champion Gerrit Spanjaards successfully flying the skies of Australia, Germany, Holland, Canada, the USA, China, Taiwan, and Mexico!

Silvio Mattacchione

One Loft Races

Silvio’s Farm specializes in One Loft Races in both the USA and Canada.
We have selected young and old birds available for sale at all times. 

For more information  Contact Us!

Silvio's Pigeon Loft - Pickering Ontario

Silvio – The Beginning

Silvio has personally kept pigeons since the age of nine.  On the left is one of Silvio’s earlier Pigeon Lofts in Pickering Ontario. Silvio’s Farm is dedicated to perpetuating the line of highly successful racing pigeons originally cultivated for over 37 years by that little-known (outside of Holland) Dutch Champion, Mr. Gerrit Spanjaards.

Over many years, we have made it a point to give due credit to this soft-spoken National Winner and perennial Combine Champion. Our efforts to this end will continue for as long as we have our pigeons.

Gerrit Spanjaards Racing Pigeon Loft

Gerrit Spanjaards Era Ends

Gerrit Spanjaards was a consummate master. For 37 years Gerrit Spanjaards was a Janssen specialist, a combine champion, & national winner. Spanjaards was one of those masters whose records attest impressively to his success! Only a handful of fanciers within Canada, the USA, Australia, etc., would ever have heard his name. His name & the quality of his pigeons were well-kept secrets in North America.

Mr. Spanjaards purchased his original Janssens direct from the Janssen Brothers of Arendonk, and over a period of 37 years, put his personal mark on his Janssen family. The Spanjaards/Janssens are a small- to medium-sized pigeon severely selected via performance only. 

In the last few years of his life while terminally ill with cancer he still achieved amazing Race Results

Sadly, on Dec 6th, 1990, Gerrit Spanjaards died of terminal cancer, and so the culmination of 37 years of Janssen history was coming to a close.

Racing Pigeons bred & Sold

Silvio’s Spanjaards | Janssens
A New Era

 In 1990, the entire Spanjaards loft-old birds, race team youngsters totaling 64 birds, plus ten Klaks, was imported to Canada. The Klaks & some Spanjaards were sold in two separate sales in New Jersey & in California along with quite a number of Smeulder’s pigeons. The bulk of the Spanjaards pigeons were eventually retained by Silvio Mattacchione. 

Our motto at Silvio’s Farms is Progress Through Genetics, and to this end, we practice a very intense inbreeding program. It would not be overstating the facts to say that our entire loft traces back to one pair of pigeons, our foundation pair, “St. Thomas” (NL-83-8391269) and his mate “Deanna” (NL-84-400753). Even at sixteen, “St. Thomas” (NL-83-8391269) were still alive and well, although no longer fertile. “Deanna” (NL-84-400753).

Silvio's Farm - Silvio Mattacchione - Breeder of Award Winning Racing Pigeons

Silvio’s Spanjaards | Janssens
A New Era

 In 1990, the entire Spanjaards loft-old birds, race team youngsters totaling 64 birds, plus ten Klaks, was imported to Canada. The Klaks & some Spanjaards were sold in two separate sales in New Jersey & in California along with quite a number of Smeulder’s pigeons. The bulk of the Spanjaards pigeons were eventually retained by Silvio Mattacchione. 

Our motto at Silvio’s Farms is Progress Through Genetics, and to this end, we practice a very intense inbreeding program. It would not be overstating the facts to say that our entire loft traces back to one pair of pigeons, our foundation pair, “St. Thomas” (NL-83-8391269) and his mate “Deanna” (NL-84-400753). Even at sixteen, “St. Thomas” (NL-83-8391269) were still alive and well, although no longer fertile. “Deanna” (NL-84-400753).

Results for OLR

Bond Races & Open Races from Silvio Mattacchione Bred Spanjaards Stock:

  • 2020  North Eastern Federation & Oshawa Racing Pigeon Club –  1st  Champion Young Bird (CU 20 11721 Mealy Hen), 2nd Champion Young Bird (CU 20 11726 Mealy Hen), 3rd Champion Young Bird ( CU 20 11750 BB Cock)  bred and Raced by Roger Richards bred from stock on breeding loan from Silvio Mattacchione from His  “Silvi Silver” Spanjaards  Line crossed on  daughters and granddaughters to Roger Richards direct son ( BE 13-4263494) of VANDENHEEDE  Super Champion of all of Belgium “Miracle Ace” (BE 11 4244017) 1st National Ace Pigeon KBDB Long Distance Fond 2013
  • 2020  52nd  against 46,846  Guadalajara Races in Mexico –  Bred and flown by Ricardo Hernandez ACCDJ 20 DERBY 01156  was 52nd against 46,846 pigeons 1,100 lofts she is a grand-daughter of  2010 BELG 4253206 BB Cock called “Johann” from a son of “Johann” IF 19-KARGES-982  bred by Karges/Silvio in California
  • 2019 Salem One Loft Race- Final 340 miles (547.176 kms. ) – Equal 1st (32nd )  Silvio/Karges ( 2019 Silvio/Karges 0088 BB)  bred by Silvio Mattacchione ( from a granddaughter of our 2008 Equal 1st Empire Classic Winner ON A Karges performance cock)
  • 2019 Salem One Loft Race- 400 Special (643.736 kms. ) – 160th(2019 Silvio/Karges 0088 BB ), 183rd,223rd
  • 2019 Big Andys One Loft Race 371 mile  Final  – Equal 1st (3rd)  Silvio/Vettese/Chelbowskie (bred by Ben Vettese from Silvio’s Spanjaards Hen  CU 2013 25882)
  • 2019 Big Andys One Loft Race  –  21st Best Overall Average Speed (4 Races) – Silvio/Vettese/Chelbowskie
  • 2019 Big Andys One Loft Race 250 mile (3rd Race) – 1st , 9th and 52nd Silvio/Vettese/Chelbowskie (9th & 52nd are nestmates from Silvio’s Spanjaards X Vettese mating)
  • 2018 Southern Belle 325 mile final – 10th Clausing/Silvio
  • 2018 Wine Country International Classic Final 300 Miles – Equal 1st – 4th through the hole, 5 on the drop Clausing/Silvio.
  • 2018 African Million Dollar Race two bird Challenge – 60th Overall and 12th overall from USA entries.
  • 2018 African Million Dollar Race Final Overall – 216th , 337th, 773rd, Clausing/Silvio
  • 2017 Silvercreek Quad Average Speed – 3rd Ben Vettese from Silvio Mattacchione original stock.
  • 2017 Silvercreek Quad 353 Mile Race – 17th Ben Vettese from Silvio Mattacchione original stock.
  • 2017 Silvercreek Quad 307 Mile Race – 5th Ben Vettese from Silvio Mattacchione original stock.
  • 2017 Silvercreek Quad 307 Mile Race – 8th Ben Vettese from Silvio Mattacchione original stock.
  • 2017 Silvercreek Quad 252 Mile Race – 9th Ben Vettese from Silvio Mattacchione original stock.
  • 2017 Borden Bond Race – 32nd flown by “Roti’s Borden Boys” bred by Silvio Mattacchione.
  • 2017 UNC Big 400 – 10th overall flow by “Roti’s Borden Boys” bred by Silvio Mattacchione.
  • 2017 Oshawa Gold Bond Race – 3rd and 25th bred by Wes Karski from Silvio Mattacchione original stock.
  • 2017 Wine Country International Challenge 300 Mile Final Race – 3rd Clausing/Silvio
  • 2017 African Million Dollar Race Final Race – 85th and 100th, plus 82nd Grand Averages overall Clausing Silvio
  • 2016-2017 Victoria Falls Challenge – 83rd Ace Bird Clausing/Silvio
  • 2016 Breeders Fall Classic 325 mile Final Race – 38th Clausing/Silvio
  • 2016 Empire Classic 300 mile – 6th Silvio Mattacchione
  • 2016 Blue Bucket 209 miles – 17th Clausing/Silvio
  • 2016 Apple Cup Yearling Classic 267 mile – Equal 1st (7th through the hole) Clausing/Silvio
  • 2016 Apple Cup Yearling Classic 209 mile – Equal 1st (13th through the hole) Clausing/Silvio
  • 2016 Big Andy’s One Loft Race 400 mile Challenge – 36th Clausing/Silvio 2016 Big Andy’s One Loft Race 300 mile Final – 58th Clausing/Silvio
  • 2016 Wine Country Challenge 300 mile Final – 8th ,17th ,18th ,24th , 26th ,28th , Clausing/Silvio
  • 2015 Empire Classic Marathon 381 miles – 15th raced by F.Steenwyk, bred by Chris Steacy crossed with Silvio Mattacchione Spanjaards stock.
  • 2015 Empire Classic 350 Final Equal 1st (2nd and 11th through the hole), 2nd for Nonon & Japorms Syndicate and 11th for Loielle Kingconch both birds from crossed Spanjaards stock from Silvio Mattacchione.
  • 2015 Sun City Million Dollar Race 350 Final Race -376th overall (2453 entries in final race) raced by Joel Layaoen bred by Gardi Gamboa from Silvio Mattacchione Spanjaards stock.
  • 2015 Sun City Million Dollar Race Hot Spot Race 5 – 171st overall and 3rd Canadian Bird raced by Joel Layaoen bred by Gardi Gamboa from Silvio Mattacchione Spanjaards stock.
  • 2015 Trifecta 215 mile Race – 13th Clausing/Silvio
  • 2015 Blue Bucket Stampede 350 mile Final Race – 20th Clausing/Silvio
  • 2015 Blue Bucket Stampede, 300 mile – 10th Clausing/Silvio
  • 2014 Pacific Northwest Challenge 307 mile Race – 8th Clausing/Silvio “Silvio’s Gloria”
  • 2014 Pacific Northwest Challenge 250 mile Race – 25th Clausing/Silvio “Silvio’s Gloria”.
  • 2014 Canadian International 300 mile Final – 29th, 37th, 38th , George Gonzales from Silvio Mattacchione stock.
  • 2014 Edmonton Classic – Equal 1st (9th through the hole) for Andy & Karl bred from Silvio Mattacchione stock.
  • 2014 St Jerome Open 400 mile Race – 4th Guido Madrusan from Silvio Mattacchione Spanjaards stock.
  • 2013 Empire Classic 350 Final – 1st by Jackfire Loft (only two birds home in race time) bred by Jackfire from Connie and Chris Steacy stock crossed with Spanjaards from Silvio Mattacchione stock.
  • 2013 Omer Van Wallegham Memorial 400 mile Race – 5th raced by Cielos Family Loft from Silvio Mattacchione
  • 2012 Canadian International One Loft Race – 1st at the 100 mile race, 1st at the 200 mile race and 35th at the 350 mile Final race, all raced by Guido Madrusan CU 2012 17007 from Silvio Mattacchione Spanjaards stock.
  • 2010 Canadian International One Loft Race 350 mile Final – 4th and 7th overall Philippians/Silvio 1100 birds entered 466 birds in the final race only 17 birds on the day. Bred from Silvio Mattacchione Spanjaards stock.
  • 2010 Empire Classic 420 mile Marathon – 20th CU 2010 11300 raced as Philippians/Silvio bred by Silvio Mattacchione 2010 Empire Classic 350 mile Final – Equal 1st (20 birds on the drop) CU 2010 17007 bred by Gardi Gamboa from Silvio Mattacchione Spanjaards stock. 2010 Empire Classic 200 Mile – 4th Philippians/Silviofrom Silvio Mattacchione Spanjaards stock.
  • 2009 Empire Classic, 350 Mile Final – 5th, 6th and 9th , smash Race only 20 birds on the day. Philippians/Silvio all birds from Silvio Mattacchione stock, we placed 3 in the top 9 never been done before or since.
  • 2008 Empire Classic 420 Challenge – 3rd bred by Gard Gardi Gamboa from Silvio Mattacchione Spanjaards stock.
  • 2008 Empire Classic 350 Final Race Equal 1st (4 birds on the drop) raced as Philippians/Silvio bred by Silvio Mattacchione.
  • 2006 Sun City Million Dollar Race – 2nd National Canada and 226th Overall from 4000 entries from 38 countries bred by Silvio Mattacchione. 38 countries
  • 2006 Alberta Classic – 14th overall – Glenn Shrader bred by Silvio Mattacchione
  • 2005 Summer Series Taiwan – 21st against 3,800 pigeons – Chu Hsin–An from Silvio Mattacchione Spanjaards stock.
  • 2005 Le Tour 2005 – 11th , 12th, 17th, and 21st flown by G. Shrader bred by Silvio Mattacchione.
  • 2004 Winter Series Races Taiwan – 406th against 8030 entries, Chu Hsin-An from Silvio Mattacchione Spanjaards stock.
  • 2004 Le Tour – 2nd overall 2014 SILVIO 004 bred by Silvio Mattacchione – plus 7th overall Bred by Skrobot from Silvio Mattacchione Spanjaards stock. 2003 Le Tour – 13th overall bred by Silvio Mattacchione.
  • 2002 Le Tour – “Sprint Champion” CU 2002 15156 bred by Silvio Mattacchione
  • 2000 Southeastern Open 1st Alabama – 7th overall John Solomon from Silvio Mattacchione Spanjaards stock.
Silvio & Martin Empire 1st Prize 2008

Philippians Silvio won (e) 1st in the Empire Classic 2008 Final 350 mile Race!

Gardi Gamboa & Silvio Mattacchione holding the winners – ‘PROVISION’ (Equal 1st 350 mile Final Race), and 08CU WB 8220 (3rd – 420 Miles)

CU 15401/2008

1ST ( e )  – 350 Miles
2008 Empire Classic One Loft Race
with 500+ birds competing
 

CU W/B 8220/2008

3rd – 420 Miles
2008 Empire Classic Marathon One Loft Race
with 200+ birds competing
 

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SILVIO Mattacchione featured in TV series entitled 'WORKING ANIMALS: The ATHLETES

©2002 Working Animals Productions ( a division of Motion Picture Enterprises Inc. and The Film Works) aired worldwide on the Discovery Channel.

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