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1st National Champion K.B.D.B. Middle Distance Old Birds 2013

by Stefan Mertens


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Mechelen: The season of the middle distance races 2013 for the old birds, has passed already a while. The game has been played and the result has already been made on several places. Being a reporter, you always have eyes for the results where they play every week against a lot of pigeons. One of these circles is the “Pajotse Overkoepeling”, which is situated in the South-West of Flemish Brabant.  As well with the old birds as with the yearlings, there’s a participation of about 1500 birds and more, every week. Also the category with the youngsters, regularly know a participation of more than 2.000 pigeons. When we talk about the number of participating fanciers, we talk about more than 200 per race and this certainly isn’t an exception. Famous fanciers like Vervloesem R&P – Limbourg Eric – Van den Eynde Louis – Saelens-Deboelpaap– De Mesmaecker Clement – Appelmans Brothers – Van de Weerden Jos – Van Eylen-Imbrechts – Soen David - etc… compete almost every week! Very hard competition!
One of the very best in this strong circle is the man-wife combination Samson-Boye from Mechelen. Since 2005, we can find Erik Samson and Kristine Boye together on the result and they prefer the races with the old and yearling birds on the middle distances. It’s their purpose and they succeeded very well.  Last season (in 2012) they were able to classify 2 pigeons among the national ace-pigeons KBDB middle distance; “Little Hawk” (B11-6070932) as 5th National ace-pigeon KBDB MD and “Crack” (B11-6070820) as 8th national ace-pigeon MD KBDB.  This was a unique result that was admired by each and every one.
You can imagine that they had great expectations for the season of 2013. Also their competitors watched them very critical and they were curious if the top pigeons of Samson-Boye were able to do this one more time in 2013. We’re already several months later and we cans easily say that Erik and Christine succeeded very well. To be honest, we wonder if “Little Hawk” and “Crack” didn’t make plans before the start of middle distance season because these two became 1st National Champion KBDB MD old birds.  With a coefficient of 12.67%, “Little Hawk” and “Crack” didn’t like any competition in their way because the 2nd in row was Baleau Jean-Jacques, with the double of their coefficient: 24.10 % !
To make it all clear… to become national champion middle distance old birds, you need to take the 5 best results with 1st and 2nd signed old birds on the middle distance. “Little Hawk” and “Crack” scored with the 5 following top results:

Numb.of pig.                        1st signed                  2nd signed
1603p.                                    1                                  46
1204p.                                    10                                13
1278p.                                    2                                  28
1229p.                                    2                                  21
691p.                                     21                                 4


If we take the national ace-pigeons championships KBDB, we see something we never saw before:
Category  National ace-pig. KBDB MD old birds
“Little Hawk”: 11th Nat. Ace-pig. KBDB MD old birds 2013
“Crack”: 12th Nat. Ace-pig. KBDB MD old birds 2013
Category National ace-pig. KBDB MD Yrl.
“Duivel” B12-6178809: 11th Nat.Ace-pig.MD Yrl. 2013
“Zorro” B12-6178785: 14th  Nat.Ace-pig. MD Yrl. 2013
“Jules” B12-6178747: 16th Nat. Ace-pig. MD Yrl. 2013
“Tornado” B12-6178781: 18th Nat. Ace-pig. MD Yrl. 2013
So, in fact we can say that by the criteria of the national ace-pigeons championships KBDB, “Little Hawk” and “Crack” are the best two middle distance racers of Belgium over the seasons 2012- 2013 because they’re the two only pigeons of Belgium that scored like that over two consecutive years.


We must tell the truth…Erik has a nose for good pigeons. Not only, he’s a top fancier who knows all about the pigeon sport. His complete colony, his total breeding strategy is built around one cock; “Mister Havik” (B03-3142096), which was bought with Mark Vandaele and we all know that this is the second loft Gaby Vandenabeele (Dentergem).
“Mister Havik” is a son of the famous “Havik” (B94-3237085), which has been played by Gaby himself. At the end of his career, “Havik” arrived at the loft of Mark Vandaele, where he gave only two good eggs. One gave him “Mister Havik” (B03-3142096) and the other “Lady Havik” (B03-3142050).
“Mister Havik” (B03-3142096) was bought by Erik Samson and probably became one of the best breeders that Belgium ever knew. “Mister Havik” became father of 15 different first prize winners and this in 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation!
 “Mister Havik” is father of:
 “Son Super breeding pair”: B08-6228807: father of the “Crack” (8th and 12th National ace-pig. KBDB MD)
“Princes 2” B06-6228804: Grandmother “Tornado” (18th National ace-pigeon KBDB MD Yrl. 2013)
“Branco” B07-6113767: father “Pros 1” (6 x 1st prize)
“Mooi Geschelpt” B08-661762    : Mother 19th National Limoges 17.735p.
“Paul” B09-6274700: Grandfather 11th National ace-pigeon KBDB MD Yrl.
“Mister Havik” is grandfather of:
“Little Havik” B11-6070932: 5e National ace-pigeon KBDB MD 2012 - 11e National ace-pigeon KBDB MD 2013
“Blauw 735” B09-6274735: father “Little Hawk” and “Jules”
“Crack”: B11-6070820 Won: 8e National ace-pigeon KBDB MD 2012 -12e National ace-pigeon KBDB MD 2013
“Arlette” B11-6070850: Mother 14e National ace-pigeon KBDB MD Yrl.
“Schicht” B11-6070916: Won 71e National Montluçon 22.875p. - 105e National Argenton 22.384p. Is father 18e National ace-pigeon MD KBDB Yrl.
“Karina” B11-6070930: Mother 18e National ace-pigeon MD Yrl.
“Sharon” B11-6070899: Mother 11e National ace-pigeon MD Yrl.
“Nico” B11-6070948: Won 6 x Top-10
“Pros 1”B11-6070987: Won 12 x Top-10 and 6 x 1e prize
“Vooruit” B08-6061702: Won 5 x Top-10 and several top results
“Limoges” B11-6070884: Won 19e National Limoges 17.735p.
“Jef” B12-6178778: Won several prizes per 10
“Super Geschelpt” B08-6061754: Won 3 x Top-10
“Schone Witpen” B11-6070959  Won 2e La Souterraine – 3e Bourges – 11e Argenton


With how many widowers you start every year?

Normally my team of widowers count 40 pigeons. Now, I must confess that before the season 2013, we had 55 because I kept a part of my summer youngsters of 2012.

I presume that your widowers breed early?
Indeed they do.  Everything with feathers has to breed early in winter, so also the widowers. At the end of November, beginning of December, everything gets paired.

Do you do something special once your widowers finished breeding?

What is something special? Listen … once the little ones have reached the age of 16 days, the hens are taken away from the loft and the youngsters are put on the floor with their nest-bowls. Some visitors think this to be special but I only do this so I have less cleaning to do. Otherwise, I have to clean all boxes every day and now I only have to clean the floor.
During winter, let’s say till the end of February, the widowers stay on their loft and they don’t get outside.  They receive 1 soupspoon per pigeon per day. During winter, I give a lot of apple vinegar or garlic. Almost every day you will give some apple vinegar or garlic in their drinking pot. Of course you will also use a lot of fresh grit and that’s it.

When do they get paired for the second time?  

Not at all… I never have paired my widowers a second time. May be I’m wrong but I don’t think it to be necessary.
I must mention that when they stay inside during winter, all widowers get their hen for half a day once a month. I think this to be very important for the yearlings. Here by they don’t forget their hen and they stay full of fire for their boxes, they don’t let them throw outside their box.

How do you feed them during the season? 

May be you don’t believe it but during the season, my pigeons always get rich food. At the beginning of the week, they get not that much but enough.  There’s only one basic mixture on the menu and that’s Super Widowhood. At the end of the week, I sometimes add some Turbo mixture and sometimes some peanuts in their boxes. I never use purification of other mixtures that don’t contain a lot of proteins.
Every day they get candy seeds and peanuts, even in the silent period, it’s the ideal way to make them tame.
I try to limit the use of by-products. Every day give fresh grit with minerals and several times a week garlic oil and conditioning powder over the food. At the arrival and before they leave, there’s always Belgasol in their drinking water.

What about the medical guidance?
Before the season, I visit the vet. When there are no problems on the loft and the results are good, there’s no need to visit the vet. If something’s wrong, I visit him.

How do you motivate the widowers?
The widowers don’t get motivated. Before they leave, they never get to see their hen. If there’s a yearling widower that doesn’t know the widowhood immediately, it can happen that this one gets to see his hen before he leaves. I do this when all others are already in the basket, so he want be disturbed.

How many compartments you have for your widowers?

The widowers stay on 3 compartments. Before the start of the season, I had plans to ply them by compartment and to try with one compartment a bit further than the middle distance but as you know; plans are made and then not done. After a few weeks, I had good pigeons on each loft and at that moment it’s logical to keep them at the same distance.

Do your widowers train twice a day?
As soon as the days become longer, at the beginning of March, they always train twice a day.  This year, spring was a very cold period but I don’t care, I always say that we have to continue working too!  So at the beginning of March, it’s twice a day for about 20 or 30 minutes and afterwards the training becomes more intensive.

What about the youngsters?

Every year, I breed about 100 till 150 young pigeons. This depends whether I keep the youngsters of the widowers to myself or not. Please, don’t call me a specialist because I’m not. Personally I think there’s always something going on with the young birds. They get sick easily and there are many lost.  No, I prefer the game with the widowers.

The youngsters aren’t learned very well and experience is very important. For the rest, their future as a widower is more important to me. For example, I’ll never select out a young cock because he didn’t score well. The selection here happens as a yearling widower.

Never thought about trying the game with the hens?

No, I don’t have time for it... I work every day and I don’t think that I have good hens to race with. They already turn crazy when they see me, so I don’t think this to be right to play them… they’re almost all paired to me and I think you need “cool hens” to race with. That’s not for me….

































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Noyon: 21/04/2013 (192,602 km)
158 p: Old birds Local: 1-4-6-7-16-20-32-44 = 8/10
194 p: Yrl. Local: 1-3-5-6-7-8-10-16-18-21-23-24-25-28-30-34-35-43-46-63-64-69   = 22/30

Noyon: 28/04/2013 (192,602 km)
261 p: Old birds Local: 3-6-17-20-29-79-101-103 = 8/11
312 p: Yrl. Local: 5-9-10-13-21-22-35-46-49-56-57-88-96-101-102-107 = 19/48

Angerville (Dourdan): 04/05/2013
416: Old birds Local: 2-13-16-87-93-105-110 = 7/11
2.128 p: Old birds Pajot: 4-57-60-286-305-346-369 = 7/11
413 p: Yrl. Local:  3-5-6-7-12-19-33-34-50-60-63-82-93-95-105-108-120-121-130 = 20/48
1.995 p: Yrl. Pajot: 4-6-7-13-30-49-101-103-145-202-212-294-327-373-379-380-429-433-488-607-646 = 22/ 48

Angerville (Dourdan): 11/05/2013
478 p: Old birds Local: 5-9-33-65-82 = 5/10
2.591 p: Old birds Pajot:  15-32-159-339-425 = 5/10
505 p: Yrl. Local: 2-5-10-12-13-14-17-23-27-30-32-37-45-45-54-58-70-72-76-80-81-108-122-136-141 = 25/46
2.557 p: Yrl. Pajot: 3-13-31-48-50-54-64-89-104-125-129-154-181-181-204-235-288-292-309-330-341-436-501-572-592-728-731-769 = 28/46


Angerville (Dourdan): 18/05/2013
174 p: Old birds Local: 1-12-27-28 = 4/5
1.603 p: Old birds Pajot: 1-46-106-109 = 4/5
282 p: Yrl. Local: 1-2-5-9-11-13-19-20-34-44 = 10/13
2.171 p: Yrl. Pajot: 3-8-27-39-41-46-71-87-148-208-598-682 = 12/13

Angerville (Dourdan): 25/05/2013
146 p: Old birds Local:  3-4-7-14-27 = 5/5
1.204 p: Old birds Pajot: 10-13-20-38-133 = 5/5
238 p: Yrl. Local:  1-2-5-6-8-11-12-13-20-27-29-31-35-43-45-48-48 -57-62-65-69 = 21/35
1.605 p: Yrl. Pajot: 3-6-10-12-16-35-37-52-116-147-162-186-194-263-266-286-286-334-381-404-437-515-517 = 23/35

Bourges: 25/05/2013
277 p: Old birds Local: 3-53 = 2/3
212 p: Yrl. Local: 10-15-34-46-63-64 = 6/9

Angerville (Dourdan): 01/06/2013
100 p: Old birds Local: 1-2-4-10-12 = 5/5
1.279 p: Old birds Pajot: 2-16-28-49-64 = 5/5
236 p: Yrl. Local: 1-2-4-6-7-8-9-16-28-29-40-43-57-68 = 14/18
1.702 p: Yrl. Pajot: 1-3-27-36-41-44-45-77-165-176-293-403-494 = 14/18

Chateauroux: 01/06/2013
222 p: Yrl. Local à16-19-21-30-38-44-53-67 = 8/17

Angerville (Dourdan): 08/06/2013
113 p: Old birds Local:  1-2-4-21-23 = 5/8
1.229 p: Old birds Pajot:  2-4-21-123-147 = 5/8
304 p: Yrl. Local:  2-3-5-9- 12-14-15-18-26-29-29-35-41-53-66-82-84-93 = 18/26
1.864 p: Yrl. Pajot: 13-14-17-28-38-58-72-81-146-158-158-191-211-276-353-434-443-481 = 18/26

Angerville (Dourdan): 15/06/2013
89 p. Old birds Local: 3-8-10 = 3/5
1.166 p: Old birds Pajot: 30-84-99 = 3/5
205 p: Yrl. Local:  2-3-9-12-22-31-43-50-53-60-61-62 = 12/15
1.619 p: Yrl. Pajot: 9-12-46-69-119-197-269-316-333-399-402-403 = 12/15

Montlucon: 15/06/2013
155 p. Old birds Local:  7-14 = 2/3
298 p. Yrl. Local: 1-2-9-10-13-21-30-33-41-50-67-69-72-76 = 14/26

Angerville (Dourdan): 22/06/2013
98 p. Old birds Local:  6-24 = 2/5
1.076 p. Old birds Pajot: 52-214-352 = 3/5
173 p. Yrl. Local: 1-2-6-11-13-19-21-22-45 = 9/15
1.464 p Yrl. Pajot: 7-12-37-54-58-85-102-121-228-304-326-348-350 = 13/15

Gueret: 22/06/2013
198 p. Yrl. è Local à 1-2-20-35-66 = 5/14

Angerville (Dourdan): 30/06/2013
65 p. Old birds Local: 1-2-7 = 3/5
921 p. Old birds Pajot: 1-2-40 = 3/5
105 p. Yrl. Local:  1-3-4-5-6-9-22-25-26-28 = 10/16
1.199 p. Yrl. Pajot: 1-7-8-12-14-24-119-133-136-162-295-331-361 = 13/16

Argenton: 30/06/2013
112 p. Old birds Local: 11-30 = 2/3
248 p. Yrl. Local: 3-5-12-18-41-46 = 6/11

06/07/2013 La Souteraine Local 87 Old birds 2 pr 1/1
06/07/2013 Angerville 113 Old birds Local 8-11-12-16-17-26 6 from 6
Pajotse MD 894 p: 52-58-59-88-89-185 6 from 6
 Yrl. Local 115 p: 1-6-8-9-14-15-16-34-35-36-37 11 from 22
Pajotse MD Yrl. 1126 P 5-22-24-29-62-119-128-317-320-328-374 12 from 22
13/07/2013 Dourdan
Local Old birds 50 P: 2-3-6-8-12 5 from 7
Pajotse MD Old birds 691 P: 4-12-21-27-37 5 from 7
Yrl. Local 94 p: 1-2-8-10-11-13-14-20-24-26 10 from 23
Pajotse MD 921 p: 6-13-60-88-92-98-112-165-203-211 10 from 23
20/07/2013 Dourdan
Local 32 Old birds 6 - 8   2 from 5
Pajotse MD 506 old birds: 33-50-72 3 from 5
Local Yrl. 62 p:  1-3-4-8-10-11-15-16-18-20 11 from 13
Pajotse MD Yrl. 764 p: 2-12-13-31-49-67-87-121-125-134-153 11 from 13
 27/07/2013 Bourges
Local 128 Old birds: 3-22 2 from 2
Yrl. Local 177 Yrl: 5-7-12-20-25-26-29-32-34-35-38-45 12 from 22


Stefan Mertens



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