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1st General Champion
by Stefan Mertens
East-Flanders remains the biggest "pigeon-province" of Belgium. In a recent
count there are 11,657 fanciers. The fancier who won the title of general
champion is Freddy Vandenheede from Zingem, south of Ghent.
Fanciers who follow the pigeon sport in Belgium have probably heard about "de gouden driehoek" (The Golden Triangle). "De gouden driehoek" is not a place in Belgium where any goldmine is located. No, it is an area, more specifically the towns Zingem-Gavere and Asper, where a lot of top lofts are situated. Of course, our first question was how is it possible that there is such a concentration of top lofts in such a small area? "That's easy to explain," answers Freddy Vandenheede. "Our region is known as a real pigeon nest, and due to the hard racing results we're no longer welcome in a lot of clubs. Now, at this moment we're in a situation such that the various top lofts cannot avoid each other. So each week we race against each other. Due to this, our club has become stronger and stronger. It will not be the first time that in our club the race is finished and that other fanciers can still clock prizes in their club. And now it comes, as the selection is, most of the time, made on the local results, that our 'selection-limit' is set very high. I like to gamble and losing money is not in my plans. I also have to select my birds, and so my birds become stronger and stronger. In fact, thanks to our limits we have become stronger."
But let's go back to our fancier, Freddy Vandenheede, who is most known for his top results with young birds. But when we're honest, we also have to mention that the results with old- and yearbirds are also super. And while we're asking our questions, Freddy's brother, Jacques, comes in. With the same strain of pigeons, he also achieves top results with several national victories, namely Bourges young birds, La Souterraine young birds, and Guerret old birds.
Since 1993, Freddy has raced in his own name. Before that, he raced in combination with his father. Father Rene, who died some years ago, was a top fancier. Rene succeeded very well with pigeons from Mencke-Haelterman (Zandbergen). Out of the couple "Korte" X "Paula" a young cock (ring: 4083886/64 - and full-brother of the world famous "jonge Korte") was bought. But as a youngster, the health of the cock was not always good and therefore he was named "De Zieken" (The Sick One). Lucky for "De Zieken" that he came out of the top couple of Mencke-Haelterman or he would never have lived longer than one year. As a yearbird "De Zieken" achieved a box in the breeding loft and there he put a lot of top birds out into the world.
It all started with "Van Looy" (3 x 1st and 7 x 2nd). In 1971 came "De Kouse" (5 x 1st) and one year later there was the "60,000-hen".(The name says it all--how much prize money she brought home!) In 1973 "Negus" came from an egg (9 x 2nd on middle distance). The "100-000" was again a superb bird. As direct son of "De Zieken" he won several top prizes at the middle distance, namely 5 x 1st, and last but not least there is the "Jonge Zieken". The "Jonge Zieken" (4654895/79) was the new "brick" for the breeding loft of Vandenheede. Certainly his children "De Kilimanjaro" (4021203/87), "Anatool" (4175783/87), and " 'T Krijt" (4426810/88) are important players.
The young bird loft
Small young bird perches allow only
one bird at a time
If we take a close look at the pedigrees of a lot of top birds, we almost always come to the line of "De Zieken".
(1) "Kerry" (4066311/99) goes in 3rd generation to "Den 100.000" (son "Zieken"). "Kerry" won 100 national La Souterraine 9,061b.. - 2nd Tours 767b. - 6th interprovincial Chateauroux 4521b. - 12th interprovincial Vierzon 13,825b. - 13th Blois 700b. - 10th provincial Chateauroux 6,838b. - 49th interprovincial Chateauroux 5,317b.
(2) "Pretty Fly" (4066394/99) goes also in 3rd generation to the "100.000". This blue hen won 86th national La Souterraine 9,061b. - 17th national La Souterraine 14,957b. - 3rd interprovincial Argenton 3,243b. (1st provincial against 2,177b.) - 6th national Bourges 21,593b. - 1st Blois 118b.
(3) "Wadou" (4276759/98) in 2nd generation we have the "Kilimanjaro" (son "Zieken"). "Wadou" has the following results: 36th Bourges 3,334b. - 4th interprovincial Chateauroux 1,022b. - 16th provincial Vierzon 1,388b. - 39th provincial La Souterraine 1,582b. - 95th national Bourges 21,593b. - 65th interprovincial Vierzon 1,582b. - 3rd Bourges 1,870b. - 4th Blois 445b. - 6th interprovincial Vierzon 1,763b. - 2nd Dourdan 657b.
(4) "Joeksel" 4352680/00. By this lady we see through the mother's and father's sides the name from "Jonge Zieken". "Joeksel" won 1st national Bourges against 4,225 hens (3rd national against 16,119b.) - 30th interprovincial Vierzon 5,047b. - 65th Vierzon 2,582b.
(5) And the last wonder in the loft is "Liberty". This young blue cock was the best young bird in the national races in 2002. The father of "Liberty" is a son of "Joeksel".
The line of the "Zieken" has a lot of influence in Freddy's brother Jacques's loft as well.
(1) "Armstrong" (4065772/99) who won the 1st national Bourges (1999) against 44,185 young birds and was the fastest pigeon against 67,798 pigeons, has on his father's side in the 3rd generation the "Kilimanjaro".
(2) "Cora" (4065881/99) wins the 1st national Guerret (2000) against 1,311 birds has in the 3rd generation "Kilimanjaro" and "Anatool".
(3) "Den Blois" (4352565/01) wins 1st national La Souterraine (2001) against 17,323 young birds. Through his father we come in 2nd generation by "Anatool" (son "Zieken").
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SOME NATIONAL (ZONAL) TOP RESULTS SINCE 1990 (did not race in 1996)
1st Bourges 4,225 b. (2001)
2nd Bourges 11,851 b. (2000)
2nd Bourges 4,997 b. (2001)
2nd Argenton 964 b. (2002)
3rd Argenton 1,004 b. (2002)
3rd Bourges 16,119 b. (2001)
3rd Bourges 1,870 b. (2000)
3rd Guerret 4,032 b. (2001)
3rd Limoges 6,201 b. (1995)
3rd La Souterraine 6,378 b. (2000)
4th Bourges 4,225 b. (2001)
4th Bourges 49,153 b. (1998)
4th Bourges 5,708 b. (2001)
5th Argenton 1,004 b. (2002)
5th Guerret 1,311 b. (2000)
5th La Souterraine 21,293 b. (1991)
5th Guerret 351 b. (2000)
5th Guerret 4,032 b. (2001)
5th Bourges 49,153 b. (1998)
5th Argenton 964 b. (2002)
6th Argenton 17,933 b. (2000)
6th Bourges 21,593 b. (2001)
6th Guerret 3,432 b. (2000)
6th Argenton 3,642 b. (2002)
6th Argenton 6,673 b. (2000)
6th Guerret 794 b. (2000)
6th Argenton 904 b. (2002)
6th Guerret 9,277 b. (2000)
6th La Souterraine 9,310 b. (1994)
6th Argenton 964 b. (2002)
7th La Souterraine 11,659 b. (1997)
7th Guerret 3,432 b. (2000)
7th La Souterraine 5,251 b. (1999)
7th Argenton 8,283 b. (2001)
7th Guerret 9,277 b. (2000)
8th la Souterraine 15,249 b. (1990)
8th Bourges 31,666 b. (1995)
8th Bourges 38,196 b. (1997)
8th La Souterraine 549 b. (2000)
8th Argenton 8,283 b. (2001)
9th Bourges 13,605 b. (1999)
9th Guerret 3,432 b. (2000)
9th Guerret 351 b. (2000)
9th Bourges 40,401 b. (1994)
9th Argenton 5,681 b. (1998)
9th Guerret 9,277 b. (2000)
10th La Souterraine 5,474 b. (2002)
10th Argenton 8,283 b. (2001)
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