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  News > Jean-Pierre Gevaert and Carine Van Schoorisse
     
  Gevaert - Van Schoorisse
The Hidden Gold
From Flanders

by Stefan Mertens

 




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Jean-Pierre
Gevaert







Carine Van
Schoorisse
and Jean-Pierre
 

 

 


A view of
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Two of the
widowers' lofts








Youngbird
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Another
widowers' loft











Widower at rest










Inside the
widowers' loft





Gevaert's
choice of
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Inside youngbird
loft








2006 youngbirds











Some late bred
birds in the loft

















Dark places

Ronse: I still remember the e-mail from an American fancier who asked me, "Who is the best fancier in Belgium at the short- and middle distance?" This is a question which is very hard to answer. Belgium has about 38,000 fanciers, and as you know, about 70% to 75% of them are specialized for these distances. Of course, you can understand why I cannot immediately mention a name. There are so many clubs, and each club has its own top loft. Therefore, it is up to us to make a selection, to compare the different results and then to point out the champion among the champions. How can we do that? Well, one criterion can be that the racing results of that champion have to become better from year to year.



Do you understand what I mean? Let's say that the quality of the results has to go up, to include winning a lot of top- and first-prizes, and this of course would be against a strong group of competitors. That last criterion--the quality of the competitors--is of course also very important. In Belgium, we say, "Tell me the names of the competitors and I will tell you which quality birds you have in your loft." After making the necessary analyses, I can mention one name--namely the husband - wife combination of Jean-Pierre Gevaert and Carine Van Schoorisse. Not a "one-day-flight" but a colony which has already accelerated for14 years and puts results on paper of the type that a lot of fanciers can only dream of. The races between 100 and 500 kilometers are their favourite game, and I can tell you this: never say that you have won the first prize if the clock times of Gevaert-Van Schoorisse are not yet known.



Winning first prizes is the reason that we're all basketing pigeons. We may even make a bad result, but if our name is listed as the first place, then we're always satisfied. The disadvantage is that there's only one first prize, and I think that I don't have to explain how difficult it is to obtain one. The quality of the pigeons, the quality of the fancier, the loft-- everything plays a role. But we can say that the quality of the pigeons is the most important one. And that there are quality birds in the lofts of Gevaert-Van Schoorisse is something we're sure of, because if we look at the results of that loft we can say one word. Impressive!



To give you an idea, here is a list of the first prizes they have won: 1994 (44 x 1st) - 1995 (42 x 1st) - 1996 (46 x 1st) - 1997 (36 x 1st) - 1998 (49 x 1st) - 1999 (39 x 1st) - 2000 (35 x 1st) - 2001 (35 x 1st) - 2002 (22 x 1st) - 2003 (25 x 1st) - 2004 (22 x 1st) - 2005 (38 x 1st) and then in 2006 (through the middle of June) they had already won 34 first prizes, won by 15 different birds. And then we're only halfway through the season. Will the record of 49 x 1st prizes in one season be broken? We will see!



And, it's important to know is that not only the first prize is won, but a lot of other top prizes are clocked weekly. Just look at the results at the end of this report.




THE BASE


Jean-Pierre has been a pigeon fancier his whole life. But in the mid-nineties, he had the intention to stop racing pigeons. On a certain day, he said to his wife, "I have selected my pigeons very hard and one cock has survived the selection." That cock is the "Zwarte Ketelair" (B96-4109737 - strain Achiel Leus X Medard Baute) and was bred by a friend in the sport, Lieven Deketelair. Of course, Jean-Pierre could not go further with just that one cock, and therefore he was prepared to invest once more in pigeons. He went to Rumbeke to the world famous champion Andre Dierickx. To buy some youngbirds was not possible at that time, but eggs from the breeders were still possible. The deal was done. This purchase seemed to be a golden one, because suddenly from a bad fancier our friends became top fanciers. It's no wonder that during the following years a lot of Dierickx pigeons went to Ronse.




DE ZWARTE KETELAIR


It would be a shame if we didn't mention in this report the qualities of super breeder "De Zwarte Ketelair." With different hens he produced 1st prize winners, but also in the second, third and fourth generations, we find the name of this black cock back in the pedigrees. Some of his most important children are:



"De Favoriet" 4193214/93: won 8 X 1st and classified himself in the difficult ace-pigeon competition (category Middle Distance) of East Flanders as 13th and 27th ace-bird.



"Bol 410" 4065410/92: won 7 X 1st prize and by the provincial ace-birds middle distance he classified himself as 9th (1994) - 14th (1996) and 24th (1993) ace-bird. But also his daughter classified herself as 14th provincial ace-bird.



"Blauwe Bol" 4356198/94 - won 6 x 1st prize and his son "Super Bol" (4087360/96) won 18 times first prize.



"Plekke" 4194174/93 won 7 x 1st with as top result 1st interprovincial Chateauroux against 5,862 birds (also the highest velocity against 12,257b.) His son "Soute Plekke" 4159154/99 won 8 x 1st whereby 8th national La Souterraine against 9,028 birds. Also another son "Zwarte Plekke" (477/00) won a 14th national Guerret.



And so we can continue this way for some time, because we also saw the results of a "Witte Neus" (080/92 - 6 X 1st) - "De Kleinen" (221/93 - 2 x 1st) - "De Kleinen II" (406/92 - 2 x 1st) and his son "Nero" (6 x 1st) - "De Roste Zot" (1st Argenton), "Het Souterraineke" (1st La Souterraine), "Witstekje" (2 x 1st and her son "Fijn Sproetje" with 5 x 1st).



WITKOP


Again a superb breeder. Directly from Andre Dierickx (Rumbeke). Comes out of "Geschelpte Kleinzoon Crack" (284/84) X "Granddaughter Sultan" (518/88). The "Crack" and the "Sultan" were superb birds in Rumbeke. The "Sultan" (379/83) won in his career 11 x 1st and was five times classified by the provincial ace-pigeons whereby two times 1st. But let's go back to the "Witkop." By Gevaert-Van Schoorisse the "Witkop" became father of "Rambo" (090/92 - 4 X 1st), "Rambo 2" (231/95), and "Late Rambo." But also in the second generation the power of the "Witkop" line is there. A daughter of the "Witkop," namely "T Vuil" (4323719/91) was mostly coupled to the "Zwarte Ketelair," and so she became mother of a lot of top birds. It's interesting to know that the "Witkop" was mostly coupled with "Kleintje" (4354472/90). This superb hen comes from the coupling "Crayonnι Crack" (172/87) X "Berteloot" (797/87).



KLARE SULTAN


Again, this is a direct Andre Dierickx cock who had a lot of influence in the success of the Gevaert-Van Schoorisse loft. He became father of "Slimme Sultan" (4158526/97 - won 10 x 1st prize), "Schone Sultan" and "Zwarte Sultan." "Klare Sultan" is born out of the coupling "Sultan" (379/83) X "Blauw Vermeulen" (798/91).



SYSTEM


Not a little group, but 65 widowers looked in my direction when I opened the door of the widowers' loft. A nice group, but that's is necessary when you want to basket weekly for the short, middle and great middle distance. And then maybe the strongest fact is that half of the birds on the widower team has won at least a first prize in his career.



The pigeon sport is done here with the motivation needed. All birds are fed individually, and all lofts are cleaned several times a day. Jean-Pierre is such a fanatic "cleaner" that on the day of our visit he had just visited the doctor because he had an injury at his wrist. "I know," laughed Jean-Pierre. "Every time I come into the loft I clean everything quickly."




 


"Black Sultan"








"Grote Bol"








"Jonge Salto"










"Raket"









"Ramses"







"Sproete Schonen"







"Sproete Solo"












"Zwarte Parel"











Jean-Pierre with
trophies

Concerning feeding and supplements, our champions have complete trust in the products from Colombine and Versele-Laga. Twice a week during the racing season, Jean-Pierre gives Colombine Form-Oil in 1 (a mix of 10 different oils) and Colombine Form-Mix ( a mix of vitamins and amino acids). Also Creathlon (Oropharma) is put on the mixture. But the most frequently given supplement is certainly Colombine Tea. Almost every day this well known tea is made and every time it's enriched with honey. When the boiled tea reaches a certain temperature, Carine puts the honey in the tea. On the medical scene, everything is followed very closely. The specialized vet is visited several times a year, and if necessary the birds are treated.



Every year around 100 youngsters are bred for their own use. These youngsters are bred in three rounds. When the youngsters from the second round train very well, they come together with the first round, and then the group will be reserved for the youngbird races. The third round is seen as a kind of reserve round. They're trained well enough (as a result of a few short distance races) and if there are too many losses, then Jean-Pierre can count on his third round. Of course, the young birds are darkened, or otherwise it is impossible to make some nice results at the end of the season. The youngsters are raced either on the nest position or on the open door system. It all depends on what happens during the season. One thing is certain: the youngsters are selected according to their results. Very beautiful but stupid birds have no place in Ronse.



ALSO IN OTHER LOFTS


"The fact that other fanciers have a lot of success with my birds makes me a happy man," Jean-Pierre says. Every year the list of "happy fanciers" becomes larger. One of the best Gevaert-Van Schoorisse pigeons which performs very well in another loft is the "Sliime Witoog" from Bertrand De Keyser. That superb sprint cock has as father "4533990/95," a direct son of the previously mentioned "Witkop," and the mother is a direct daughter of the "Zwarte Ketelair." "Slimme Witoog" was two years in a row the best sprint pigeon old birds from East-Flanders (a province with 11,000 fanciers) and won 14 times the 1st prize.




SOME IMPRESSIVE RESULTS

2005:

04/03 Noyon 276 b.: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-10-11-12-16 …
04/03 Noyon 306 b.: 1-3-5-7-11 …
04/23 Noyon 641 b.: 1-3-4-5-7-11 …
04/23 Noyon 595 b.: 1-2-5-10 …
05/08 Ecouen 404 b.: 1-4-5-6-8-13-15 …
05/15 Ecouen 526 b.: 1-11-15 …
05/15 Ecouen 321 b.: 1-4-6-7-8 …
05/22 Ecouen 263 b.: 1-2-6-9-10 …
05/28 Dourdan 301 b.: 1-4-8 …
05/28 Dourdan 426 b.: 1-10 …
06/05 Pont 104 b.: 1-2-10 …
06/19 Ecouen 404 b.: 1-2-5-8-11-14 …
06/26 Noyon 1170 b .: 1-36-37-39 …
07/03 Noyon 175 b.: 1-3 …
07/03 Epehy 189 b.: 1-3-7-8 …
07/10 Noyon 291 b.: 1-2-9-11 …
07/10 Epehy 298 b.: 1-2-3-4-5-6-8-10…
07/16 Dourdan 119 b.: 1-2-11…
07/17 Ecouen 352 b.: 1-2-3-4-6-8-10 …
07/17 Epehy 197 b.: 1-2-4-5-6-9 …
07/23 Chateauroux 153 b.: 1-10..
07/24 Epehy 103 b.: 1-2-3-6-8 …
07/30 Bourges 1686 b.: 1-9-11-15 …
07/31 Ecouen 343 b.: 1-3-5 …
08/27 La Souterraine 254 b.: 1-2-3 …



2006:

04/15
Quievrain 204 b:1-2-4-4-7-8-9-12-14-15-16-16..
Quievrain 123 b.: 1-3-4-5-6-6-8-9-10-10…

04/22
Bouillon 331 b.: 1-15-15…
Bouillon 214 b.: 1-8-8- …

04/29
Bouillon 293 b: 1-17 …
Bouillon 203 b.: 1-4-8 …
Quievrain 144 b.: 1-3-3-5-7-8-10 …

05/06
Bouillon 417 b. 1-5-8-9 …
Bouillon 253 b.: 1-4-5-6-7-8-9 …
Bouillon 229 b.: 1-3-5-8 …
Bouillon 110 b.: 1-2-3-5-9…
Quievrain 106 b.: 1-7-9 …

05/21
Ecouen 520 b.: 1-4-8 …
Ecouen 423 b.: 1-4-6…
Ecouen 272 b.: 1-2-5-8 …
Ecouen 207 b.: 1-2-5-8…
Ecouen 418 b.: 1-6…
Ecouen 176 b.: 1-2…

05/28
Ecouen 161 b.: 1-4…
Creil 300 b.: 1-6-7-9 …
Creil 246 b.: 1-3-4-5 …
Epehy 110 b.: 1…

06/04
Nanteuil 203 b.: 1-2-4-5…

06/10
Dourdan 334 b.: 1-2-4-5-8 …

06/17
Dourdan 302 b.: 1-4…
Dourdan 191 b.: 1-2-…
Dourdan 317 b: 1-4-…
Dourdan 247 b.: 1-5-8 …


And as I've already said, the 2006 season is only half way done!





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