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TEAM DE JAEGER
1st NATIONAL ACE KBDB GREAT MIDDLE DISTANCE

 

       
by Stefan Mertens


 

 

 

 

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"Biscaya"

"Carla"

"Dark Galactica"

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TEAM DE JAEGER
1st NATIONAL ACE KBDB GREAT MIDDLE DISTANCE
 A well-oiled machine looking for success!
We live in a strict world.  Sometimes, you get the impression that each day passes on more quickly than the day before. But it's not only the tempo that makes the world strict. No, it's more the feeling of injustice that gets a man to his throat. Everybody is confronted with problems of all kind; an accident, an illness, a death, you name it.  These are all incidents that can change someone's life or even destroy a family. Despite the fact that some people would like life to stand still by such an incident, or even turn it back a little bit, life continues very fast. And then, the accepting capacity of the human being appears. At this point, it takes all his courage to strike back even harder than before. At these moments, the base is formed for a nice future and hope and will-power make sure that the very best of the human being comes forward.
It's this kind of story; we would like to tell you here and now. It's something that gives you something to think about but it also shows that a success story doesn't just arrive like that.  For this article, we visited Freddy De Jaeger, who surprises the pigeon world together with his team. But we start our story some years earlier, in 1972 to be exact.
Fate
That year, fate stroke very hard in the De Jaeger family, by the sudden death of Albert and Pierre, two brothers that formed the firm 'Jaegerson', where they constructed potato machines and grain blowers. Freddy, who was at the time in his last year economy, was thrown to the lions much too soon. He took over the firm but then he didn't realise that it was necessary to do some changes if he wanted to keep on going.  After doing what was necessary, the firm became a supply company. Later on this seemed to be a success because 'Jaegerson' grew and became a company with about 120 employees, which is important in metal constructions of all kinds. Albert, Freddy's father, also was a very passionate fancier and with pain in his hart, Freddy had to say goodbye to this colony. Building up a company and besides this, the top in the pigeon sport, was an impossible combination at that moment. So the complete colony was sold at a record prize of 2.8 million old Belgian franks. The following years, Freddy focused especially on the firm although, he wasn't able to keep his love for the pigeons aside. At first, he formed a duo with his neighbour and afterwards, he continued but far below the level that he wanted it to be.
Never give up
The success story: the firm besides the limited game with the pigeons continues for a long time till about 12 years ago.  Freddy was stroke by health problems; at first a cardiac arrest and afterwards the hard diagnose of cancer.  The two following years were a true way of misery. He fought for all that life had to offer. Two years later, they told Freddy that no further germs were present in his body. They all were very happy in Knesselare but at the same time he realised that you also have to enjoy life and make your dreams come true. By expanding the firm, his first dream became reality and then the old love for the pigeons appeared. Freddy wanted to prove that had it in his fingers, that he was able to reach the top. But most of all, he wanted to create a colony, that was important. He wanted to leave something behind to his family, to his grandchildren, to all those people that always supported and helped him.
The way to the top
The sports fishing boot was sold and he chose to build on a colony, with which he could compete with the very best. That's why Freddy went to visit 'the best of the best'; Gaby Vandenabeele.  The fabulous hen; 'the Tsunami' gave an enormous boost of quality on the loft in Knesselare. But he also bought breeding material of top fanciers from Belgium and Holland. Nevertheless, his hunger was still there and in 2012, Freddy made a gigantic change with a master move. Marijn Laureyns, top on the middle distance and for many years in a row, champion in the "Meetjesland", joined him. A match made in heaven, because the duo surprised the pigeon world. Marijn was the fulltime care taker on the lofts in Knesselare and soon, he became the right hand of Freddy. There's an unbelievable understanding among these two men and this can be noticed by the results. Besides this, there's also the presence of Frank, who takes care of the administration, so Freddy and Marijn don't have to worry about that at all.
The colony
At the moment, they compete with 60 yearlings and 60 old birds besides about 40 hens. It was Marijn who introduced the game with the hens on the loft De Jaeger and with success. In this team, they won last year 1st national ace-pigeon heavy middle distance KBDB.  The aim of this colony is very clear: being at the top from Arras till Barcelona. It's not easy because our sport always concentrates more and more on specialisation. But in Knesselare, they know how to manage, certainly because of the hard work of Marijn and a good cooperation with Freddy. The game with the youngsters is not what they prefer but they do handle a strong selection. Only those birds that fit within their vision can stay on board, the rest has to get out. The selection even starts in the nest.
Care-taking
The food this team uses for their pigeons is kept light but they do feed on a certain measure so the pigeons have the reserves they need for the races. Each bird is fed separate and always by little bits, sometimes 3 till 4 times per meal.  When they arrive from a race, they use a light but decent energy mixture. Another important aspect is their health; every week the vet comes around to do a check up. They want to react as fast as possible without using too many antibiotics. To support them, the birds receive natural products and tea they need.
Results
In 2014, they scored with some phenomenal results and here by a lot of important titles:

  • 1°   National Ace-pigeon KBDB Great Middle Distance (Old)
  • 4° & 10° National Ace-pigeon KBDB Long Distance (Old)
  • 4°   General Champion KBDB
  • 4°   National Champion KBDB Long Distance (Old)
  • 5°   National Champion KBDB Great Middle Distance (Old)
  • 20 x 1° prize
  • 24 x 2° prize
  • 14 x 3° prize
  • 32 x top 100 prize National Races
  • 1° – 4° & 5° Provincial Brive (Old)
  • 1° & 2° National Zone A Bourges (Old)
  • 1°   National Zone A Bourges (YL)
  • 1°   Nat Zone A Bourges (Young.)
  • 2°   Provincial Champion East-Fl. Middle Distance 1+2 (Old+YL)
  • 5°   Ace Pigeon Prov. East-Fl. Middle Distance (Old+YL)
  • 7°   Provincial Champion East-Fl. Long Distance (Old+YL)

Results 2014

  • Arras (5/4) (100km) Yrl 215p: 1-7-34-51-59
  • Clermont (19/4) (206km) Yrl 399p: 2-11-14-15-17-21-33-34-47-63-67-76-77-78-85-93-99
  • Fontenay (3/5) (332km) Yrl 154p: 1-5-22-24-25-30-36
  • Fontenay (11/5) (332km) Old 318p: 2-5-85-135
  • Vierzon (17/5) (444km) Old 631p: 2-6-15-18-19-29-34-42-50-54-57-59-63
  • Fontenay (17/5) (332km) Yrl 416p: 2-4-7-20-27-31-39-41-53-55-62
  • Chateaudun (31/5) (368km) Yrl 543p: 1-16-22-37-44-45-53-93-100
  • Bourges (31/5) (453km) Yrl 790p: 2-5-9-11-20-25-27-28-35-40-49-52
  • Bourges (31/5) (453km) Yrl zone 3461p: 1-26-33-36-59-78-87-89-103-115-139
  •  Bourges (31/5) (453km) Old 654p: 1-2-44-49-69-89-129-140-156-183-203
  • Bourges (31/5) (453km) Old zone 3085p: 1-2-113-123-176-241-311-337-372
  • Limoges (31/5) (643km) Old 896p: 2 (23 national)-41-101-110-111-114-148-150-198
  • Cahors (14/6) (749km) Old 242p: 5 (40 national)-29-31-40-41
  • Poitiers (14/6) (572km) Old 677p: 2-3-7-37-41-42-44-56-83
  • Poitiers (14/6) (572km) Old national 12379p: 45-48-68-387-482-491-497
  • Poitiers (14/6) (572km) Yrl 887p: 2 (11 national)-17-23-25-37-39-60-68-94-99
  • Montauban (21/6) (802km) Old 243p: 6-9-23-29-31-43
  • Montauban (21/6) (802km) Old national 5935p: 22-50-154-225-231-340-1160-1192
  •  Montlucon (21/6) (533km) Yrl 699p: 4 (36 national)-9-16-28-29-42-45-47-53
  • Agen (27/6) (798km) Yrl 163p: 2 (35 national)-10-15-27-36
  • Gueret (29/6) (562km) Old 126p: 1 (61 national)-2-7-8-15-20-26-27-34-45
  • Limoges (7/7) (643km) Old 323p: 3-4-27-86-102
  • Limoges (7/7) (643km) Old national 7221p: 15-18-249-865
  • La Souterraine (12/7) (560km) Yrl 88p: 1-2-3-5-6-8-11-15-16-17-18-19
  • Libourne (12/7) (737km) Old 196p: 1 (39 national)-10-15-40-43
  • Brive (18/7) (675km) Old 241p: 1-2-3-8-23-39-53-73
  • Brive (18/7) (675km) Old national 5286p: 9-23-24-64-178-365-624-974
  • Fontenay (19/7) (332km) Young. 678p: 1-2-3-6-7-8-9-10-11-13-14-16-18-19-20-21-22
  • Jarnac (27/7) (644km) Yrl 190p: 2 (40 national)-24
  • Perpignan (1/8) (946km) Old 151p: 8-9-11
  • Tulle (1/8) (630km) Old 305p: 2-3-7-11-56-80-82-109
  • Tulle (1/8) (630km) Old national 5976p: 25-50-85-123-703-957-971-1374
  • Bourges (2/8) (453km) Young. 595p: 1 (8 national)-3-12-20-21-27-33-34-35
  • Brionne (31/8) (286km) Young. 636d: 1-6-7-14-19-21-23

The top-pigeons of the colony
The cherry on the cake of that year was of course the 1st national ace-pigeon Heavy MD KBDB Old 2014. This honour was for Carla (4159122/12). In her noble blood, we find Rik Cools, Gaby Vandenabeele with 'brother Kolonel' and the world famous 'Bliksem'. Her prize-list is even more impressive than her origins:
RESULTS          2014         


Fontenay

332

Club

318

2

0,63%

Bourges

453

Club

654

2

0,31%

 

Zone

3085

2

0,06%

 

Prov

3811

6

0,16%

 

Nat.

22663

189

0,83%

Chateauroux

495

Club

653

7

1,07%

 

Zone

3422

47

1,37%

 

Prov

3571

37

1,04%

 

Nat.

17984

98

0,54%

Montluçon

533

Club

546

19

3,48%

 

Zone

1965

55

2,80%

 

Prov

2967

53

1,79%

 

Nat.

14230

117

0,82%

Gueret

562

Club

126

1

0,79%

 

Zone

1194

13

1,09%

 

Nat.

7681

61

0,79%

La  Souterraine

560

Club

100

1

1,00%

 

Zone

1098

3

0,27%

 

Nat.

7176

110

1,53%

Bourges

453

Club

236

10

4,24%

 

Prov.

1364

27

1,98%

     RESULTS          2013    


Angerville

327

Club

325

15

4,61%

Bourges

453

Club

226

12

5,33%

 

Zone

1664

77

4,62%

 

Nat.

13588

1098

8,08%

Chateauroux

495

Club

594

8

1,34%

 

Zone

4107

54

1,31%

 

Nat.

19691

620

3,14%

Gueret

562

Club

230

20

8,69%

 

Zone

2222

91

4,09%

Bourges

453

Club

378

6

1,58%

 

Prov

2675

34

1,27%

Chateauroux

495

Club

281

3

1,06%

 

Zone

935

2

0,21%

 

 

Prov

1130

25

2,21%

 

Nat.

6005

547

9,10%

Argenton

522

Club

158

7

4,43%

 

Zone

767

19

2,47%

Besides this, there's also the 4 national ace-pigeon and 10 national ace-pigeon LD 2014 Old.  The 4 national ace-pigeon LD KBDB Old was thanks to 'Biscaya' (4159344/12). Also here we find the noble strains of Rik Cools and Gaby Vandenabeele. On mother's side, the Frank Verstraete origins with the "Oude 10"


RESULTS 2014

kms

 

 

 

 

 

Arras

100

Club

731

4

0,54%

 

Clermont

206

Club

463

34

7,34%

 

Fontenay

 

332

Club

509

14

2,75%

 

Vierzon

445

Club

631

29

4,60%

 

 

Prov

8394

200

2,38%

 

Limoges

643

Club

323

4

1,24%

 

 

Zone

2993

18

0,60%

 

 

Nat.

7221

18

0,24%

 

Brive

675

Club

241

3

1,24%

after 2 loft-mates

 

Zone

2213

23

1,04%

 

 

Prov

1228

5

0,41%

 

 

Nat.

5286

24

0,45%

 

Tulle

630

Club

305

2

0,66%

 

 

Zone

2295

16

0,70%

 

 

Prov

1310

9

0,69%

 

 

Nat.

5976

25

0,42%

 

The next in row; the 10 national ace-pigeon LD KBDB Old with 'Dark Gallatica' (4159195/12). On father's side, we find 'Galactica' of Jos Thoné, a son of 'Girder'. On mother's side: 'Queen Narbonne' an excellent racing hen of Hubert Debaene
RESULTS           2014


Limoges

643

Club

896

2

0,22%

 

Zone

786

19

2,42%

 

Int/Prov

4267

6

0,14%

 

Nat.

18390

23

0,13%

Montauban

802

Club

243

29

11,93%

 

Zone

2189

186

8,50%

 

Nat.

5935

225

3,79%

Brive

675

Club

241

8

3,32%

 

Zone

2213

57

2,58%

 

Prov

1228

15

1,22%

 

Nat.

5286

64

1,21%

Tulle

630

Club

305

3

0,98%

 

Zone

2295

28

1,22%

 

Prov

1310

16

1,22%

 

Nat.

5976

50

0,84%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three fabulous racers of the loft Team De Jaeger. Carla won't defend her title any longer but Biscaya and Dark Galactica will lead the racing team as absolute leaders. For sure, other top-pigeons will appear to fight for the honour of the colony, but also on their way to another national victory or a new national ace-pigeon title. Here you see that a story of hope, will-power and surely endurance can lead to unique moments and results. Freddy, Marijn and Frank are already looking forward to the future. A well-oiled team that knows what's necessary to win.  Freddy can be very proud on all that led to this high level. There's one thing that Freddy always repeats: 'I wish my father saw all of this,' We're sure that father Albert would have been very proud, but also as a source of power and inspiration, the motor behind this story of success...

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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