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Perry Liddle

Set in the heart of Bodmin Moor, near Temple, is the House of Aarden, owned by Steve and Lesley Wright. I can only describe, Steve and Lesley as pioneers of the sport of Pigeon Racing; as they have lovingly and skilfully created one of the finest collections of Jan Aarden based pigeons in the world.  The collection, which was heightened in status with the acquisition of the entire flock of the Padfield Family 2018, is regularly supplemented, in line with the House of Aarden Policy, with children from the latest Barcelona International Champions.

As you drive over the cattle grid that guards the long driveway of the House of Aarden, you will see in the distance the magnificent expanse of lofts, that immediately tells you that you have come to exactly the right place to view and buy top quality stock. The lofts, immaculately painted in “House of Aarden Green” as Steve calls it, offer everything that you would wish from a modern professional pigeon stud: beautifully designed with pigeon welfare in mind, floor grills for cleanliness, large aviaries to ensure plenty of fresh air and space, and tastefully added flower baskets to provide a splash of colour and that little ‘je ne sais quoi’.

I tried to line up all of the superlatives that I could think of and couldn’t do the House of Aarden justice! Warm and friendly service, a chance to view and handle some of the greatest Jan Aarden Champions, a pigeon fanciers dream. The legacy of Jan Aarden, safe in the hands of Steve and Lesley, at the House of Aarden.

Perry Liddle.

*** New Arrivals at HOA ***

Just arrived at The House of Aarden for the 2020 breeding season, direct from Batenburg van der Merwe

  • a nest pair from the 2017 International Barcelona winner Don  Leo (now known as Sumerian Fighter)
    • Sumerian Don Leo and Sumerian Donness
  • a nest pair from the 2018 International Barcelona winner Lloyd
    • Lloyd of Cornwall and Lady Lloyd

And next to arrive will be …

  • a nest pair from the 2019 International Barcelona winner Jeff

Gareth Watkins

I have visited the House of Aarden Stud at both the original location in Exeter and at the new location in Cornwall and two things have been apparent. One, the birds housed are of the highest calibre with superb pedigrees and bred off the actual performers or are themselves the actual winners of top prizes in long distance International races. So the breeding is right and the birds themselves are specimens of the highest quality. The second common factor is the fact that the pigeons are housed in outstanding conditions and cared for by a top class fancier whose honesty is without question. What more could anyone ask for?

Mike Staddon

It has been my pleasure to call Steve and Lesley friends of mine for more years than I can remember. What a lot of people don’t know about them is that they were fantastic racers when they lived in Dawlish, South Devon.  So good in fact, the mighty W.E.C.A. tried to get them into a section on their own … some compliment when you look back. I have had the pleasure of racing some of their bloodlines and have been very successful with them. My Tarbes pigeon is direct from Steve’s bloodlines. Steve is one of the best judges of a pigeon that I have ever known, and totally honest.


*** Visit and Report of Mike Staddon ***

On a beautiful late October day I set off with my friend Roger Owers known to all his friends as Dappy to Exeter, to visit a quite unique stud of long distance racing pigeons based on one of the best long distance strains ever, the Jan Aardens. The fancier concerned is Steve Wright supported by his lovely wife Lesley. They are very much a partnership Steves duties are the pigeons and the lofts and Lesley deals with all the paperwork, pedigrees etc, and she does all the advertisements and if any of you have seen their adverts you must agree she does an absolutely first class job.

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*** Barcelona Whites and White Pieds ***

For the 2020 racing season we will have available Whites and White Pied youngsters, these will be sold at roughly 28 days old. They come with full pedigrees.  Also available will be mature double-grandchildren of The One and Only priced at £100 each. whilst children direct off The One and Only will be £250 each. All mature stock will be White or White pieds. The One and Only is a direct son of Nellie the 2009 International Barcelona winner. All mature stock are Jan Aarden based. Go to the Barcelona White and White Pieds page for more information.