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|News > 2007 National Winners - Part 3|
Mertens recently began his reporting on the 2007 national winners
of Belgium with the winners of the international races, covering Bourges,
Brive, Montelimar, Cahors, Montauban, and Pau, and
continued with race results from Orange, Barcelona, and
Irun, and took us to the 2007 World Championship Race at
Nevele, Belgium, in which pigeons from 21 countries competed...
This month, Mertens covers the winners of the races from St. Vincent, Narbonne International, Bourges, Perpignan International, Argenton, La Souterraine, and Gueret.... You see that almost every national winner is in one way one or another always super motivated...
07.27.07 ST VINCENT
Distance Brussels: 900km
With Roger and Madelaine Ghion, we have again a French-speaking fancier as national winner. The 7,520 year birds which were basketted for this race could only be liberated on Monday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock. It became an extremely hard race because only two birds made a higher velocity than 1000 m/m.
Seventy-three year old Roger Ghion has been a fancier his whole life. First he concentrated on the short distance, and then little by little on the long- and very long-distance races. For this, he bought birds from Marc Roosens, Goulem Christian, Tossens, Jan Aarden, Florizoone Roger, Vanbruaene Andre, Cobut Raymond, Van Neste Henri, Delvaux Louis, Van Roy Jean-Luc , Germain Imbrecht and his Italian friend Zanni Gino.
Roger has 20 widowers, 9 hens and 80 youngsters.
The winning bird is of course named "Le Saint Vincent" (B06-1501515). As a young bird he was hardly trained and as a year bird he had his first test on this race. His father is the B03-1502508 and mother B00-2299823. Both parents are a mix of birds of the above mentioned fanciers.
07.28.07 NARBONNE INTERNATIONAL
Distance Brussels: 840 km
10,072 OLD BIRDS
The combination Jo De Cock (50) and Lou Curfs (64) won a spectacular international race from Narbonne, because they won not only the 1st international, but also the fourth! The bird who won is called "De Zeppel" (NL04-1265272). During his race home, "De Zeppel" had to beat a lot of rain, but thanks to the strong south west wind, this battle was not too hard.
"De Zeppel" came as a gift from Gebroeders Loyens into the loft. His father (NL03-1537215) comes from a cock from Hennie van Brienen (Swalmen) and has a lot of Adriaan Wouters X Marien-Meulemans X Carteus blood. His mother (NL03-1537265) is a Jan Theelen hen (line "Trutje").
Before his international win, "De Zeppel" won 12th national Bordeaux 3,235 birds, 26th international Bordeaux 5,710 birds, and 722nd national Bordeaux 3,642 birds.
The nice thing about this story is that De Cock-Curfs were not satisfied about their 2007 season. Moreover, the week before this international race, they wanted to stop racing. They basketted their birds for a short-distance race, and these birds came so good at home that they decided to basket for Narbonne. Not expecting very much, they suddenly had two cocks at the same time home from Narbonne. The first entered the loft immediately, and the second bird stayed outside for some time and won the 4th international.
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(58 years old) built his colony on pigeons from Steenaerts-Menten (Lummen),
Hermans-Loozen, Fons Francken (Meensel), Marcel Gelen (Herk-de-stad)
and Flor Haezevoets (Kozen). In his nice garden 40 widowers and 140
youngsters are housed.
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The Loockx family
Marcel De Keyzer
The lofts at
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Marcel De Keyzer is 72 years old and was born into a real pigeon family. The base of his colony is formed by "Oude Geschifte" (Karel Meulemans), line "De Teen" (Gommaire Verbruggen), and pigeons from Sylvain and Hans D'Hondt (Semmerzake).
Marcel starts every year with 15 widowers, 50 youngbirds and 12 couples of breeders.
The national winner goes by the name "Kleinzoon Barcelona" (B07-2057206) and is a young cock from the 1st round. For Argenton, he was basketted on a youngster of 23 days old and had moulted two flights. His hen hadn't laid yet, and so in the first place he was looking at his youngster, and in the second place he was looking at his hen. You see, almost every national winner is in way one or other always super motivated. "Kleinzoon Barcelona" won 1st national Argenton against 20,921b., 819th Bourges against 4,655b., 153rd Momignies against 531b., 136th Momignies against 1,169b., 147th Sens against 706b. and 106th Soissons against 687b.
His father is "Zoon Barcelona" B04-2192960 whose father won the 32nd national Barcelona.
Mother is "Blauw Witpenneke" B05-2141494 (50% strain W. Guelinckx).
08.25.07 LA SOUTERRAINE
Distance Brussels: 550 km
Winning a national race is a dream for every pigeon fancier. Also for Willy and his wife Godelieve Maes, it was the high point of their pigeon career. Since 1985 Willy has raced in his own name, starting with birds which he received from his father Cyriel Maes.
The first year he raced only on the short distance, but little by little he tried to go further and further. Because of the harder and longer races, Willy bought some new birds, and those were found in the first place from Charles Lapage (Zottegem), Van Hove-Uytterhoeven (Putte), Dany Schokkaert (Oordegem), Firmin De Martelaere (Lembeke) and Van Weymeersch Steven (Roborst). Every year, Willy starts with a team of 40 widowers, 100 youngsters and 18 breeding couples. The game with the old as the game with the yearbirds is even important.
The winning bird is a very nice looking hen named "Lieve" (B07-4100705). At the time of her successful race, she had thrown two flights. The reason for her national win cannot directly be determined. She had no box, no partner, no motivation at all-and therefore she was the 8th nominated bird out of 10. But something must have happened that she was so well motivated, because when she arrived from La Souterraine, she entered the loft just like the devil was following her. She was that quick.
The father of "Lieve" is B05-4034518 (strain Lapage X Magerman). Mother is B04-4155489 (strain Van Weymeersch X Schokkaert). Before her national win, she won the 151st Bourges against 1,500 youngsters.
| 08.25.07 LA SOUTERRAINE
4,331 OLD BIRDS
Father Albert (70 years) and son Stefan (42 years) are standing in the spotlight in the old bird category. Not only did they win the 1st national, but their second bird is already clocked in the 6th position national level. In the early days, father Albert raced birds for fun, using birds from everybody. But in 2000 when son Stefan came into the lofts, this father-son combination became more and more fanatical, and they searched out new birds. Those were found by Van Camp-Govaerts (St. Kathelijne Waver), Maurice Vandersmissen (Rummen), André Roodhooft (Pulderbos), Maurice Voets (Kessel), and Franz Revermann (Nordhorn).
The winner is a nice dark checker hen named "Linda" (B06-5115199). After her last race in 2006, namely Guerret, she moved to the aviary. The first time that she was paired up was at the beginning of March, and after three days of nesting, she was put on widowhood. But after some weeks, she was coupled again because Stefan wanted her in nest position for the first national race from Bourges at the end of May.
But the result was not good, and she was put again on widowhood. At the end of July she was coupled again, and she had a seven-day-old youngster in the nest when she was coupled for La Souterraine. This was the best motivation, because she was simply the fastest old bird in the race.
Her father is "Super Walter" (B99-5236262). He won 1st interprovincial Argenton and was the 1st provincial ace-bird. Mother of "Linda" is B02-5039596, named "Best Lady." She won four times first prize.
Before winning national La Souterraine, "Linda" won 1st Laon 330b., 22nd Nanteuil 2,421b., and 192nd Chateauroux 2722.
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Marc Van Hautte
Van Hautte's lofts
Distance Brussels: 550km
In the picture on this last national race of the season was without any doubt Marc Van Hautte from Smetlede. Marc is a professional military man and a fanatical pigeon fancier who started in 1995 in his own name with pigeons. Seventy-five percent of his colony is based on pigeons from Rudy Hendrickx and further on some birds of Roger Debusschere, De Graeve-van Geert, Herman Papaert, Etienne Pieters, and Jacques Vandenheede.
Marc is a specialist with the young birds; no old birds are raced due to time constraints. He started the racing season with a team of 57 youngsters and 20 breeding couples. The youngsters are raced on widowhood with an old bird as partner. The young cocks get an old hen the week after they finish their short-distance race, and the young hens get an old cock the week before their first middle-distance race. In fact, Marc Van Hautte follows the young bird system of Van Hove-Uytterhoeven. When the youngsters are coupled they get four days' time to pair up.
The national winner is a nice hen called "Silke" (B07-4259033). Her father is B05-4346680 "Filou," received as egg from Rudy Hendrickx. Father of "Filou" is "Jonge Dideel" (B03-3227498 - Vandenabeele Gaby) and mother is "Golden Girl" (B02-5083400 : 2nd Chateauroux 262b., 4th Melun 603b., 7th Melun 792b.).
Mother of "Silke" is "Oriana" (B05-4346605) and won 121st national Vichy 11,022b. - 167th national Gueret 2,633b. - 400th national La Souterraine 15,406b.
The Van Hove-
2,448 OLD BIRDS
For Van Hove-Uytterhoeven, the number of national victories is now at number five: Limoges old birds (1993) - Limoges 2-years (1993) - Bourges yearbirds (2002) - La Souterraine youngbirds (2003), and now Gueret old birds (2007).
The national winner is B06-6052047 or "Queen Gueret." But also "Princess Gueret," a full sister of "Queen Gueret," was clocked on the 4th place national. A nice detail is that the hens were already far into the moult. "Queen Gueret" had already thrown six wing feathers and "Princes Gueret" had thrown five. You see, there are no fixed rules in the pigeon sport.
"Queen Gueret" is a blue hen who already won: 2nd Melun 916b., 5th St Denis 2,826b., 55th Pithiviers 2,061b., 48th Orleans 8,835b., 62nd Chateauroux 2,629b., 62nd national La Souterraine 13,965b., 166th Chateauroux 3,857b., 107th Monlucon 1,913b. and 175th Argenton 14,534b.
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