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 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:

  • 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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TESTIMONIALS:

Silvio's Spanjaards Racing Pigeons

  • Hi Silvio,

    You don’t have to worry about your promise! Because you have kept your promise ,you have done what you have promised to do. I know my grandfather and my grandmother (Mrs Spanjaards) but also his two daughters and his 2 grand daughters and his 2 grandsons and his grand grand- children we are all very proud on what you have written about our father, grandfather and great grandfather.

    Thank you for keeping his name alive and also for giving him the credits and recognition he deserves.

    Greetings,

    Angelina Danen, Granddaughter of Gerrit Spanjaards

  • Mr. Silvio,

    Thank you for sharing this personal note. I feel honored to know you–all the work you’ve done for the Spanjaards and the sport as a whole does not go unnoticed; you are a great man and an awesome pigeon fancier!

    Blessings

    Manuel Cardoso

  • Hello,

    First, thank you for your voice in this world. Please let me know whether it may be possible within the coming year to obtain a hen bred by your Mt-DNA approach, from a tail-female line specializing in 600 – 700 miles type.

    Thank you,

    Michael C Smart, WA, USA

  • Silvio…you gave me a Spanjaards cock many years ago…his number I will get for you, one of the young off this pigeon in Cuba has won 13 first places in three years for Jorge Hernandez in the Matanzas Club. A grand daughter from him in Trinidad did 90 miles in 90 minutes for Marcus Mathews breaking all records in 40 C degree heat….

    Roger Richards, Ontario, Canada

  • Silvio… on 6/8/2016 3008 was THIRD PLACE in the Federation 300 mi Race vs 535 birds!  The course is VERY wide and this is one

    of the toughest races of the year …He was in 3rd by SIX SECONDS!! Just wanted to make your day.  God bless my friend.

    Best wishes,

    John C. Froelich, CAI, USA

  • Congrats, Silvio!  Your birds shined for me this year on the sprint races. …  God bless, my friend.

    John C. Froelich, CAI, USA

  • THE PERFECT PIGEON

    When I look at my daylilies I think of Phar Lap and his progeny – tough, persistent, disease resistant, adaptable to any environment, easy to manage and virtually indestructible . “The Perfect Pigeon”

    Andrew Skrobot the Founder of The “Le Tour” race in New Brunswick, Canada

  • Hi, Silvio

    The winter racing season here was over last week.After 7-consecutive races every week there were 1229 birds who finished though 8030 birds in the beginning.

    I fortunately got the place of 19,32,62,88…and so on . I  entered 39 pigeons at first. A bird off yours that I bought from you 3 years ago got 406th .

    I am satisfied with his performances though he did not have high speed but I really like his endurance (because there were 2 babies off yours had  finished such races).

    Best regards,

    Chu,hsin-an/ Taiwan

  • Hello, Silvio

    The racing season started 2 weeks ago (June 5,2005) from the distance of 140km over the water. Today is the second race of whole 7-consecusive races distance 170km. Due to heavy rainy (extremely bad weather) all day long. there were only 205 pigeons went home in time (600mpm limited) basket 1900 birds ,3800 birds registered. I entered 20 pigeons this race but only one bird went home got 21th place. This bird was also another off a cock  I bought from you 3 years ago when paired  a hen out from Herbots brother’s NATIONAL 1 bloodline. Last year the same pair breed one got 406th against 8153 pigeons that I informed you before.

    Best regards

    Chu,hsin-an/Taiwan

  • “The purchase of the cock you suggested to me has turned out to be the BEST of the BEST by far…the old fellow still breeds but can’t fly ..so  I have a ramp for him to reach the water. My son can’t believe how he comes to greet us when we enter the loft…he bred winner after winner… I think he  is my favorite of all time!!..I don’t know how to thank you..I actually Love this bird..also I know I’ll actually cry when he dies soon of old age no joke …Tame and eats out of my hand..I LOVE THIS BIRD like he was human. I don’t know how to thank you….” 

    Louis Livria, Ringwood, NJ, USA

  • Hi Silvio,

    CU 03 YRI 03 is off your slate hen no band, when mated to a Slate Son of Prince. She is a top breeding hen in my loft. She is the mother to CU 06 VACC 365 top racer, CU 07 VACC 620 top racer, CU 09 VACC 960 2nd Englehart vs 984 b. UNC.CU 09 VACC 937, and this year CU 10 VACC 1121, 1167, 1168, 1231, and1232. Check out their performance. I have stocked two hens from CU 03 YRI 03 mated to a son of Heavenly Marcel, Superbreeder 120 , whom also breed  ” Heavenly Excellence “

    CU 06 VACC 377 2x1st Fed for Frank Aceto. Super Breeder 120 is my foundation Red Cock Bird. He has breed top youngsters with three different hens including CU 03 YRI 03 whom has also breed excellent with two different cock birds.

     P.S. your Spanjaards are super.

     Ross Vaccaro, Vaccaro Heavenly Lofts

  • August 9 1997

    Good Morning Silvio

    As we discussed earlier this year, I have retired 3022 and placed her into my stock loft.I have three youngsters on my YB team from her.…I am always pleased to give credit to other birds and breeders.

    3022 BVR 94 BCH, raised by Silvio Mattacchione, Port Perry, Ont., Canada from his stock of “Spanjaards Janssens” Raced by Jan and Russ Burns;

    Race record: 216 miles 23rd club vs 196 birds
    312 miles 1st club, 24th section, 75 lofts 859 birds.
    510 miles 17th club vs 102 birds
    216 miles 2nd club, 37th section vs 74 lofts 780 birds
    610 miles 7th club, 23rd section vs 68 lofts 645 birds

    Thank you Silvio, Russ Burns

  • 9-13-95

    Dear Silvio

    … I want to express my deepest thanks for your help, advice and the GREAT BIRDS.

    John Solomon IV, Dothan, Alabama

  • Hi Silvio

    Your site is an incredible fount of information and I appreciate your great knowledge especially on breeding and genetics

    I breed Vandenabeels  Jurions, other Australian breeds and Herman Cuesters and am using a lot of your information to help further my breeding work.

    Thanks again /Graham Badger  (Adelaide South Australia)

  • Hi Silvio,

    I am the Publicity Officer of the Auckland Racing Pigeon Federation in New Zealand. I have always read your articles on various aspects of the racing pigeon sport and find them most informative and helpfull…

    Steve McLuskie/Publicity Officer – ARPF.

  • Hello Mr. Mattacchione,

    I … love reading your articles and I feel a lot of the articles could also apply to rollers as well. …I love the way you approach raising pigeons with logic and an open mind as opposed to the old ways of using correlation as causation for good and bad pigeons.

    Yours in the pigeon hobby/Touhoua Yang,Weston Elementary

  • Hi Mr. Mattacchione,

    I’m doing research for a children’s book on the roll of homing pigeons during the Siege of Paris in 1870-71…  I’ve learned so much about pigeons from your web site and I’m hoping you can help me!

    Thanks very much/Elizabeth Macalaster

  • Dear Sir,

    We are in the process of creating a stud loft website in South Africa and would like to request your permission to use informative text on bloodline information which we have found on your site. Thank you kindly.

    Yours in sport,

    Roger Harris/South Africa

  • Hi Silvio, 

    …Thanks a lot for all the work you did for me. I will never forget it.  If I can help you with anything just ask. 

    Best regards. 

    Jelle Roziers

  • Hi Silvio, I hope this note finds you well and in good spirits! 

    First of all, that’s a nice website you have! Also, I enjoyed your 3 articles recently placed in the Canadian Pigeon International, the Gyselbrecht article and APC article were well written and informative.   However “Build it & They will come”  was excellent. It is interesting to see your take on the Hoosier race. As someone who has also written an article about the race…. I’ll be the first to say your article was more thorough and polished than mine! With humbleness it’s clear that you are the premier pigeon writer around in North America….

    Brandon Brashears

  • Tue 3/19/2019 3:23 PM

    Congratulations to Silvio and partners on today’s equal first drop victory, on a very long race.

    Sincerely, David Clausing.

    (reference to  Big Andy’s One Loft Race 371 mile final)

  • March 19 2019

    Congratulations

    Great flying today Silvio , Huge !! What was the lineage of the bird that placed 3rd- E -1st.

    Guido Madrusan

    (reference  Big Andy’s One Loft Race Final 371 miles)