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  Georges and Fabian Carteus
1st National Champion
Very Long Distance 2001

by Stefan Mertens


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Georges Carteus,
also known as
"Mr. Perpignan"

The widowers

The widowers' loft

The widowers' loft
is warm and dry

The young bird loft

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breeding section

Inside one
breeding section

The hallway
behind the lofts

Ventilation at the
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Ronse: To make a report about the national champion very long distance of Belgium 2001, I had to drive to Ronse. Ronse is situated in the province of East-Flanders and already boasted a lot of top fanciers as citizens. I don't know if it is a coincidence, but in the 2001 national championship there were also many fanciers classified from Ronse -- namely: De Keyser Roland (2nd national champion very long distance) - Van Roy Jean-Luc (4th national champion very long distance) - Eeckhout-Rubbens (9th national champion very long distance) - Lemarcq Louis and Steven (1st national champion young birds long distance) -- and last but not least Georges and Fabian Carteus (1st national champion very long distance).


But let's talk further about the last named person--Georges Carteus, a top fancier who is also known as "Mister Perpignan". Georges received this name when he became the man to beat on this national race. Here are his results of the last years:

1992-6013 birds: 145-197-238-547 (4/4)
1993-5390 birds: 10-27-33-139-145-155 etc. (15/23)
1994-4572 birds: 6-12-21-143-215 etc. (8/12)
1995-5252 birds: 2-68-101-102-103 etc. (11/16)
1996-4889 birds: 20-29-40 etc. (9/15)
1997-4694 birds: 1-5-9-15-16-30-85 etc. (13/22)
1998-5822 birds: 2-9-87-94-96 etc. (11/16)
1999-5765 birds: 210-255 etc. (5/12)
2000-6246 birds: 1-41-83-145-165 etc. (10/15)
2001-8041 birds: 12-39-102 etc. (14/32)


"I was seven years old and the second World War was just behind us when father decided to start with racing pigeons. Father knew very well what he had to do to succeed, and with his 'piggy bank' in his hand he bought only top bloodlines. First he went to Jolimont to see Dr. Bricoux.
'Monsieur le Docteur' was at that time the champion. He bought several pigeons. But that was not all. He had still some money left, and he drove to Schoten to the loft of Corneel Horemans. A deal was made. Those two origines were coupled to each others and the results were simply magnificent. Father Carteus was very ambitious and now he went to his neighbor Maurice Delbar. As neighbors we developed a kind a 'friendship deal' and children of the 'Kleine St. Vincent' and 'Ballon' came to our stock loft. A few years later we again bought pigeons, this time from Joseph Portois and Andre Vanbruaene, where we bought a son of his 'Merckx'. So this was it and this still is it. Now and then I breed together with a loft which has been for some years at the top, but the base is and stays the pigeons I've already mentioned."


In the mid-1960s, Carteus had a second start. "I left the farm of my parents and opened a pub, which was also the pigeon club 'De Vrije Reisduif', at the market in Ronse. With the same pigeons, I tried at the middle distance, and I can say that I succeeded very well. Week after week I won top prizes, but that was just the problem. You don't gain customers when you win their money on the races! Therefore, I went to the long distance. I changed my system from one year to another, and the same pigeons did it again. I was lucky to have a good breeding couple, namely 'Oude Zwarten' (4096104/71) with ''t Bordeautje' (4131431/74). They both had very good racing results, and they had the bloodlines from Bricoux, Horemans and Delbar. Their children were as successful on the racing team as in the breeding loft. 'De Marathon' and 'De Perpignan' were two of those birds. But the topper was the '452' (4704452/79). He never went on a race, but as a breeder he was unbeatable. Coupled to 'Blauwe 121' (4522121/81)… a daughter of my top pigeon 'Klaren'… he became father of the 'Tulle' and a lot of other top birds. But one son was really the top-- namely 'De Limoges' (4475841/88). The 'Limoges' made my name internationally known."

Carteus continues, "In the meantime, I left the pub and moved to a new home. That new home is situated on the 'Muziekberg'. I took the time to prepare my new start. In '78 and '79 I put late-breds in the new lofts. In '80 I did the same with the second and third round. In November '80 I moved and put all the birds that had flown at the old address in a public auction. So in '81 I could start immediately with old birds at my new address without missing one year."

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"De 697"


The wing of "De 697"

"De 700"

"De 700" has
an excellent wing


For the 2002 season there are 100 widowers in the lofts. "I only race with old birds and yearlings," says Georges. "Youngbirds just have to learn. Maybe that's the reason that I can still race with five- and six-year-old cocks. Such pigeons have a lot of experience, and you know what they are worth and that is very important. As I've already said, the young birds are basketed only five to six times for a 300 km race. The yearlings go till Limoges and those who haven't won good prizes can have a second chance on Beziers or Perpignan."

"I expect a lot from the old birds," Carteus adds. "First of all, they have to classify themselves on races under 500 km. I don't like pigeons that are only there when it is more than 800 km. I want pigeons with power and speed. The best selection is that you basket your old birds for five national races. Those who survive this can be held for one year longer. When you follow that system you only have to watch out for that 'one race too much.' Certainly pigeons that are in their last 'racing year' can do one race too much. It is up to the fancier to watch out."

"For the rest there are not a lot of secrets. I feed the whole summer the same mixture, namely 45 percent Super Widowhood mixture plus 45 percent racing mixture and 10 percent Super Diet. I always feed the widowers together. In the beginning of the season, when I don't expect a lot of good results, I feed for a period of 10 minutes. Later in the season I give them as much as they want."

"When the widowers are training around the lofts, then I'm outside to have a close look. Once the pigeons are in condition they train vigorously for one hour. I don't want them to be away for 30 minutes… now when they are back after 10 minutes and they 'explode' above the lofts then I know that everything is more than OK. I basket for all the national races and therefore I take different pigeons from different lofts. People say that by handling like this, widowers will be 'upset' but till now I haven't seen a problem. Those who must be basketed see their hen while the others are training around the loft. When the pigeons arrive, everybody gets his hen. Other motivation tricks are not part of my program."

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"De As 571"

The wing of "De As"

"Blauwen 879"

"De Nationaal 538"

"De Zitter"

1st Nationaal
Perpignan 2000



"Why do I always have good results on Perpignan, which is raced the first week-end of August?" Carteus muses. "Well, first of all I select all my best pigeons for that race. These are all pigeons with three to four national races already in the wings. I have a very close look at them because Perpignan is sometimes 'that one race too much.' So the condition from that moment plays a more than important role. I only basket widowers who have moulted a maximum of two wing feathers. How do I do that? Well, this all has to do with the system I follow. After Perpignan the widowers can breed a couple of youngsters. When the youngsters are weaned everything is separated. And believe it or not, but the next time that the hens come back into the lofts is on basketing day of the first race of the new season. When you calculate a little bit, you will see that those widowers are ten months on widowhood and this without any interruption from breeding or sitting eggs."


To become national champion very long distance you must take the best three results with 1st and 2nd nominated pigeons. Only the results with old birds on the national races count. (For Beziers the fanciers can also take the zone result.) The national races to choose from are Barcelona, Dax, Marseille, Beziers, and Perpignan.

Carteus chose as follows:
DAX-4,166 birds. 1st nominated 164. 2nd nominated 105.
MARSEILLE-4,615 birds. 1st nominated 472. 2nd nominated 104.
PERPIGNAN-8,041 birds. 1st nominated 444. 2nd nominated 39.


Péronne 229 birds: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-12-15-17-19 etc. (26/61)

St Denis 232 birds: 2-5-7-9-10-14-16-17-20 etc. (25/49)

Vierzon club 763 birds: 2-4-6-12-14-17 etc. (22/40)
Interprovincial 13,825 birds: 59-156-280-487 etc. (18/40)

Bourges club 610 birds: 2-12-39-64-71 etc. (10/41)
Bourges CFW 6,511 birds: 18-68-354-597 etc. (10/41)

Brive club 576 birds: 3-9-24-26-29-33-39 etc. (14/24)
Brive national 22,026 birds: 219-647-1346-1444-1672 etc. (12/24)

Chateauroux 1073 birds: 19-34-41-75-82 etc. (11/26)

Angouleme club 269 birds: 1-3-7-16-21-34-39 etc. (12/21)
Angouleme interprovincial 3,477 birds: 20-45-64-170 etc. (12/21)

Cahors club: 638 birds: 42-200 (2/8)
national 9,989 birds: 589 (1/8)

Argenton 5,176 birds: 237-414 (2/2)

Pau club 456 birds: 31-48 (2/5)
national: 2,567 birds: 184-262-630 (3/5)

La Souterraine 562 birds: 5-10-26-91 etc. (10/30)
Montauban club 146 birds: 1-6-10-24-27 (5/11)
Montauban national 8,027 birds: 474-766-920 (5/11)

Barcelona club 230 birds: 1-23-26-68 (4/8)
Barcelona national 13,161 birds: 34-802-928-2824 (4/8)

Limoges club 256 birds: 12-13-21 etc. (5/15)
Limoges national: 8,882 birds: 685-783-1047 (3/15)

Dax club 186 birds: 7-15-27-32-50 (5/8)
Dax national 4,166 birds: 105-165-272-482-913 (5/8)

Limoges club 680 birds: 2-12-15-20-38 etc. (20/32)
Limoges national 23,661 birds: 180-421-685-887-972 etc. (15/32)
Marseille club 273 birds: 2-3-9-12-38-39-45 (7/8)
Marseille national 4615 birds: 16-22-61-104 (7/8)
Souillac club 256b.: 4-12-19-41-42-66 (6/24)
Souillac national 7,214 birds: 61-245-386 (6/24)

Beziers club 174 old birds: 15-23-42-49-53 etc. (5/13)
94 yearlings: 1-2-9-18-20-26 (6/11)
Beziers national 6,522 old birds: 550-796-1246-1463-1537
5420 yearlings: 11-106-453-763-793

Perpignan club: 303 birds: 1-2-3-9-13-14-18-19 etc. (15/32)
Perpignan national 8,041 birds: 1-12-39-102-308-323-332 (14/32)

Guerret national 1,173 birds: 4-47-104-106 (8/16)

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