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1st NATIONAL ACE BIRD SHORT DISTANCE KBDB OLD BIRDS

STAF BOECKMANS


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL ACE BIRD SHORT DISTANCE YOUNGSTERS

Commeene - Vandewalle


by Stefan Mertens

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Michel & Didier Desbuquois, impressive 2016 makes pigeon world shiver!

Michel & Didier Desbuquois


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL ARGENTON 12,449 YEAR BIRDS

Teirlinck Filip - Deinze


by Stefan Mertens

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1ST NATIONAL CHATEAUROUX 2,108 OLD– 2ND FASTEST OF 16,870b.

Laurent Lefour - Labuisiere


by Stefan Mertens

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1ST NATIONAL CHATEAUROUX YOUNG BIRDS

Verstraete August-Adegem


by Stefan Mertens

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1ST NATIONAL LA SOUTERRAINE YOUNG BIRDS

Wim De Troy


by Stefan Mertens

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BLACK MAGIC ARGETON NATIONAL YEAR BIRDS

Jos Daans (Schriek)


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL ARGENTON YOUNG BIRDS

Jan & Tom Iwens


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL ARGENTON OLD BIRDS

Yvan Stockmans (Lummen)


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL VALENCE 6,236 OLD BIRDS + 1st NATIONAL BRIVE 5,956 OLD BIRDS

Hebberecht Johan - Drongen


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL BRIVE 5,925 YEAR BIRDS

Everaert Frederik - Zwijnaarde


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL LIMOGES 6,488 OLD BIRDS – FASTEST OF 13,437 BIRDS

Van Acker Hubert - Oostrozebeke


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL CHATEAUROUX 6,884 OLD BIRDS

De Mesmaeker - St. Ulriks


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL ARGENTON 9,228 OLD BIRDS – FASTEST OF 21,737 BIRDS

Maes - Wargem


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL ARGENTON 18,363 YEAR BIRDS - FASTEST OF 31,939 PIGEONS

 

Saudoyez - Tertre


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL CHATEAUROUX 25,591 YEAR BIRDS

 

Platteeuw - Rumbeke


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL CHATEAUROUX 25,126 OLD – FASTEST OF 54,706B

 

Dekervel - Poperinge


by Stefan Mertens

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Combination Reedijk-Jongekrijg from Puttershoek (NL) Natrional Champion Young Birds!

 

Reedijk-Jongekrijg


by Stefan Mertens

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Team De Jaeger Freddy (Knesselare) nested themselves definitely at the top in 2015 with the 1st Ace Pigeon Long Distance and several other titles!

 

Team De Jaeger


by Stefan Mertens

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2015 a double national champion; 1st National Ace Pigeon Long Middle Distance and 1st National Champion Long Middle Distance old pigeons

Andre Roodhooft


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL CHAMPION LONG DISTANCE KBDB 2015

Chris Hebberecht


by Stefan Mertens

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HERBOTS RESULTS

Herbots Gebroeders - Halle Booienhoven


by Stefan Mertens

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1ST NATIONAL CHAMPION LONG DISTANCE YEAR BIRDS K.B.D.B. 2015

Hubert Debaene from Beernem


by Stefan Mertens

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1ST NATIONAL ACE KBDB VERY LONG DISTANCE YEARBIRDS 2015

MARC & GEERT POLLIN - SNELLEGEM


by Stefan Mertens

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THE SAME WEEKEND 1e NATIONAL TULLE OLD BIRDS AND 1e NATIONAL NARBONNE OLD BIRDS

SCHMITZ JOSEPH - BAELEN


by Stefan Mertens

Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about 1st National TULLE & NARBONNE


        

1st NATIONAL ARGENTON 11,215 YEARLINGS - FASTEST AGAINST 15,394P

DELODDER BART EN DIRK - WAREGEM


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL CHATEAUROUX 18,769 YEARLINGS - FASTEST AGAINST 29,746P

CRETEN LAMBERT - ATTENHOVEN


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL BOURGES YOUNG BIRDS – FASTEST AGAINST 36,315

BRUGMANS SABRINA - HALEN


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL MONTAUBAN OLD BIRDS – FASTEST AGAINST 6,119b

ALLY NORBERT – AARSELE


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL ARGENTON 19.931 Yrl. – Fastest against 32.121p.

HOK BASTIAENSSENS – SNELLEGEM


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL LIMOGES 6,275 year birds – FASTEST AGAINST 14,576b.

CLICQUE GINO


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL MONTLUCON 16.958 YRL.

OP DE BEECK - BAETENS


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL GUERET 12,516b - FASTEST OF 27,764b

Marina Van den Velde


by Stefan Mertens

Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about 1st National Gueret


        

1st NATIONAL CAHORS 6,577b

Van den Eeckhout Marc


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL CHATEAUROUX 25,617b - FASTEST OF 44,293B

Herman Rik


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL LIMOGES 15,013b

Engels Jos en Jules


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL CHAMPION LITTLE MD YOUNGSTERS

Marc van Haute, Smetlede


by Stefan Mertens

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1st NATIONAL ACE KBDB GREAT MIDDLE DISTANCE

Team De Jaeger


by Stefan Mertens

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"1st National Champion KBDB Great Middle Distance year birds 2014"
"2nd National Ace KBDB Great Middle Distance 2014"
"4th National Ace KBDB Very long Distance Year birds 2014
"

Freddy & Jacques Vandenheede


by Stefan Mertens

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"1st National Ace-Pigeon Short Distance Youngsters KBDB 2014"

Henri Menten


by Stefan Mertens

Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about 1st National Ace-Pigeon Short Distance Youngsters KBDB 2014 Winner


        

"1st NATIONAL CHAMPION SHORT DISTANCE YOUNGSTERS KBDB 2014"

Patrick Lismont


by Stefan Mertens

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"1st NATIONAL ACE MARATHON KBDB 2014"

Pierre Bourgeois


by Stefan Mertens

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"1st NATIONAL CHAMPION SHORT DISTANCE YEAR BIRDS KBDB 2014"

Stickers-Donckers


by Stefan Mertens

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"1st National Argenton Winner

Kristin Rykx


by Stefan Mertens

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"1st National Chateauroux Winner"

Jos Vercammen


by Stefan Mertens

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"1st National Bourges Winner"

Louis Van Paesschen


by Stefan Mertens

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"1st National Tulle Winner"

Gaby Vandenabeele


by Stefan Mertens

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"1st National Brive Winner"

Schreel Family


by Stefan Mertens

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"1st National Gueret Winner"

Jespers - Vanderwegen


by Stefan Mertens

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"1st St. Vincent Winner"

Meulemans - Damen


by Stefan Mertens

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"1st International Gueret Winner"

Bert Vanden Berghe


by Stefan Mertens

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"1st International Marseille Winner"

Ronald Lodewijckx


by Stefan Mertens

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"1st National Agen Winner"

Mornard


by Stefan Mertens

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"1st National Montlucon Winner"

Schoors-De Waele


by Stefan Mertens

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"1st National Montauban Winner"

Erik Vermander


by Stefan Mertens

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"1st National Cahors Winner"

Rudy De Saer


by Stefan Mertens

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Louis Mattheus

Luc Sioen

Astere Vergotte

Wilson Dekens

"National Belgium Winners"

Louis Mattheus

Luc Sioen

Astere Vergotte

Wilson Dekens



by Stefan Mertens

Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about National Belgium Winners


        

Pollin Marc - Snellegem
"National Champion KBDB Heaby Long Distance"

by Stefan Mertens

Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Pollin Marc - Snellegem


        

Van Dyck - Danny
"1st National Ace-Pigeon Little Middle Distance Youngsters"

by Stefan Mertens

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Vandenheede - Freddy and Jacques
"Never Had A Better Season..."

by Stefan Mertens

Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Vandenheede - Freddy and Jacques


        

Van Hertem - Schuurmans
1st National Ace-Pigeon Middle Distance Old Birds KBDB 2013

by Stefan Mertens

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Roger Buvens
1st National Champion KBDB 2013 Middle Distance

by Stefan Mertens

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Benny Steveninck

1st National Ace-pigeon Middle Distance Youngsters 2013.

by Stefan Mertens

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         Samson-Boye

1st National Championship KBDB Middle Distance Old Birds


by Stefan Mertens

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         Matthias Coel

National Winner Argenton Youngsters
Fastest Against 32,044 Pigeons


by Stefan Mertens

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         Karel and Stijn De Rouck

National Winner Gueret 11,926 Youngsters
Fastest Against 14,552 Pigeons


by Stefan Mertens

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         Ulrich Lemmens from Balen

1st National Tulle 6974 Yearlings
Fastest Against 14,307 Pigeons


by Stefan Mertens

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         Albert Derwa

National Winner Issoudun 16,587 Youngsters
Fastest Against 22,295 Pigeons


by Stefan Mertens

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         Michel Vanlint

National Winner Nevers Old Birds
Fastest Against 14,497 Pigeons


by Stefan Mertens

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         Freddy and Jacques Vandenheede

Two National Victories at the Same Time



by Stefan Mertens

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         Didier Wargnies from Chapelle-Lez-Herlaimont

1st Int. National Narbonne 5831 Yearlings
and Fastest Against 19353 Pigeons


by Stefan Mertens

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         Etienne and Jean Greeven from Alken

1st National Chateauroux 4692 Old Birds
and Fastest Against 22358 Pigeons


by Stefan Mertens

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Jacques Verschuere

National Winner La Souterraine 11237 Yearlings
Fastest Against 20773 Pigeons


by Stefan Mertens

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        Franky Appelmans

National Winner Gueret 14,940 Yearlings
Fastest Against 27,542 Pigeons


by Stefan Mertens


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        Victor and Jens Goovaerts

1st National Argenton 22,428 Yearlings
Fastest Against 38,791 Pigeons

by Stefan Mertens


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Jo and Robert Bernaert
1st National Pau 2075 Old Birds and
11th International Pau 8527 Old Birds


by Stefan Mertens

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Albert Poels - Herk-De-Stad
National Winner Montlucon Old Birds

by Stefan Mertens

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Jacques and Gino Mispelaere
National Winners Poitiers 13,814 Old Birds
Fastest agains 26,948 Pigeons

by Stefan Mertens

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Cedric Delbushaye
National Winner Cahors 8,562 Old Birds

by Stefan Mertens

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        Dirk Moens - Grimbergen
1st National Bourges 13,570 Year Birds

Fastest of 33,229 Birds

by Stefan Mertens

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        Francois Michaux
National Winner Montelimar 5,948 Old Birds



by Stefan Mertens

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        Kitano Masao - Zoutleeuw
1st National Chateauroux 22,295 Old Birds
Fastest Against 41,912 Pigeons


by Stefan Mertens

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        Nicolas Bascourt - Braine Le Comte
National Winner Limoges 14,263 Old Birds

by Stefan Mertens


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        Marcel Wouters
1st National Ace Bird Middle Distance KBDB
1st Olympiad Bird NITRA Cat B

by Stefan Mertens

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        Theofiel Ingels
1st National Champion KBDB Middle Distance Young Birds 2012

by Stefan Mertens

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        Jochem and Xander Fens
1st National Ace Middle Distance Young Birds KBDB 2012

by Stefan Mertens


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        Stefan Mantels
1st National Champion KBDB Short Distance 2012

by Stefan Mertens


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        Jacques and Freddy Vandenheede
General Champion KBDB 2012

by Stefan Mertens


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        Jules Lens
1st National Champion KBDB Long Birds 2012
on National Races

by Stefan Mertens


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        Gino Clicque
1st National Champion KBLB Long Distance 2012

by Stefan Mertens


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        Voss - Jennes
National Winner Bourges Against 33,461 Young Birds

by Stefan Mertens


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        De Vijlder - Uyttendaele
International Narbonne 8,910 Year Birds

by Stefan Mertens


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        Verdonck Camiel
International Winner Perpignan 16,921 Old Birds

by Stefan Mertens


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        Walter Lepever
1
st National Tulle 6,807 Birds - Fastest of 17,068

by Stefan Mertens


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Rudy De Saer
1
st National Souillac 7,756 Birds


by Stefan Mertens

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Gilbert Coolsaet:
1
st International St.Vincent 13,085 Birds


by Stefan Mertens

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Oscar and Koen Brackenier:
1 National Brive 11,128 Old Birds


by Stefan Mertens

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National Winners Belgium 2012, Part 2:
Marcel & Gunter Vercammen
Wim Storms
Rudy DeSaer
Jos Joosen
         

by Stefan Mertens

Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about National Winners Belgium 2012 -
Part 2...






 



National Winners Belgium 2012, Part 1:
Jules D'Huyvetter
Christian Leroy
Gaie Brothers
Maurice and Gregory Casaert
         

by Stefan Mertens


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Part 1...







 


Johny Jonckers:
1st National Champion K.B.D.B. Great Middle Distance 2011
         

by Stefan Mertens


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Verstraete - Raoul and Xavier:
1st General Champion
K.B.D.B. 2011
        

by Stefan Mertens


Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about the partnership of Raoul and Xavier Verstraete...




 

Lannoo Ballegeer:
1st National Champion
Young Birds K.B.D.B. 2011
        

by Stefan Mertens


Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about the partnership of Fangio Lannoo and Stefan Ballegeer...






 

Stickers-Donckers:
1st National Champion KBDB Short Distance Young Birds 2011
1st National Ace KBDB Short Distance Old Birds 2011
3rd National Champion KBDB Short Distance Old Birds 2011
4th National Ace KBDB Short Distance Old Birds 2011
6th National Ace KBDB Short Distance Young Birds 2011
9th National Champion KBDB Year Birds 2011
11th National Ace KBDB Short Distance Young Birds 2011

        

by Stefan Mertens


Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about the partnership of August Stickers and Dirk Donckers...






 

Casaert-Sénéchal from Russeignies:
1st National Ace KBDB
Great Middle Distance 2011
and 2nd National Ace KBDB
Middle Distance 2011

        

by Stefan Mertens


Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about the partnership of Casaert-Sénéchal...






 

Charles-Michaux:
National Champions
Small Middle Distance 2011

        

by Stefan Mertens


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Gaston Surkijn,
Henri Reyniers,
Bart Van Oeckel, and
Geert Van Renterghem --
Belgian Champions of 2011:
Argenton, La Souterraine &
Gueret
         

by Stefan Mertens


Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Gaston Surkijn, Henri Reyniers, Bart Van Oeckel, and Geert Van Renterghem...






 

Louis Bellen, Johan Bleyen,
Vandyck-DeBeule, and
Gommaire Verbruggen --
Belgian Champions of 2011:
Bourges & Argenton

         

by Stefan Mertens


Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Louis Bellen, Johan Bleyen, Vandyck-DeBeule, and Gommaire Verbruggen...





 

Etienne Meirlaen,
Leon Henry,
DeRijck-Duym, and
Germain D'Hondt --
Belgian Champions of 2011:
Narbonne, Souillac &
Perpignan

         

by Stefan Mertens


Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Etienne Meirlaen, Leon Henry, DeRijck-Duym, and Germain D'Hondt






 

Eddy Hoedemakers,
Ronny and Stijn Decoster,
Mickael Maskart,
and Dirk Leekens--
Belgian Champions of 2011:
1st International Marseille,
1st National Limoges,
1st International Tarbes,
& 1st National Brive
         

by Stefan Mertens


Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Hoedemakers, Decoster, Maskart, and Leekens...





 

Johny Janssens,
Daniel Timmers,
Cleirbaut-Desbuquois,
and Willy Verbruggen --
Belgian Champions of 2011:
La Chatre, Argenton &
Barcelona
         

by Stefan Mertens


Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Janssens, Timmers, Cleirbaut, and Verbruggen...





 

Kristiaan Vrebos
Jan Van Oeckel
& Gaie Brothers:
Belgian Champions of 2011:
Limoges, Bourges
& Ch
âteauroux
         

by Stefan Mertens


Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Vrebos, Van Oeckel and the Gaie Brothers...





 

Dirk Leekens:
National Champion K.B.D.B.
Young Birds in National Races
2010          


by Stefan Mertens




Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about the Leekens-Hermans loft...





 

Dr. Norbert Ally:
Specialized Pigeon Vet
and 1st General
National Champion K.B.D.B. 2010          


by Stefan Mertens


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Bernard Van Renterghem:
2nd, 4th, & 7th National Champion KBDB Short Distance,
2nd National Champion KBDB
Year Birds, and
3rd National Champion Short
Distance KBDB 2010
  



by Stefan Mertens


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Francois Tobback:
1st National Champion
Small Middle
Distance KBDB 2010
  



by Stefan Mertens


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Koen Crucke:
1st Provincial Champion K.B.D.B.
East Flanders,
from among 7,000 Fanciers



by Stefan Mertens


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Chris Hebberecht:
1st National Ace Long Distance, and 1st National Champion Very Long Distance


by Stefan Mertens


Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Chris Hebberecht...





 



Belgian National Winners
K.B.D.B. 2010:
Limoges Year Birds,
Marseille International,
Perpignan International,
and Bourges Young Birds--

Part 5


by Stefan Mertens


Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about the K.B.D.B. 2010 Winners, Part 5...





 


Belgian National Winners
K.B.D.B. 2010:
Tarbes,
Limoges Old Birds,
Limoges Two Year Olds,
and Barcelona --

Part 4


by Stefan Mertens


Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about the K.B.D.B. 2010 Winners, Part 4...





 

Belgian National Winners
K.B.D.B. 2010:
Pau, Montauban,
Orange,
Chateauroux--

Part 3


by Stefan Mertens


Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about the K.B.D.B. 2010 Winners, Part 3...



 

Belgian National Winners
K.B.D.B. 2010:
Bourges, Brive,
and Chateauroux,
Part 2


by Stefan Mertens


Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about the K.B.D.B. 2010 Winners, Part 2...




 

Belgian National Winners
K.B.D.B. 2010:
Bourges, Brive,
and Chateauroux,
Part 1


by Stefan Mertens


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Patrick Lismont:
1st National Champion
Short Distance

K.B.D.B. 2009


by Stefan Mertens



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Kamiel and Gerry Hazaert:
National Champion
K.B.D.B.
Year Birds 2009


by Stefan Mertens



Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Kamiel and Gerry Hazaert's 2009 championship...




 



Jo and Raf Herbots :
1st National Champion KBDB Middle Distance 2009
and
1st National Ace Middle
Distance 2009


by Stefan Mertens


Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about the Herbots family's 2009 championships...




 

Etienne Meirlaen:
1st National Ace
Very Long Distance 2009



by Stefan Mertens

In one of her hits Queen of pop Madonna sings, “give me a record…and I'll break it!” This can also be used to describe the top performances of fancier Etienne Meirlaen...



Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Etienne Meirlaen...




 

Mathias DeWitte:
1st National Champion
KBDB Middle Distance
Young Birds



by Stefan Mertens

This 27 year old champion is clearly making a name for himself on the Belgian racing pigeon scene, and he's only been a fancier since 2002! He does not think of himself as a young bird specialist, although his competitors consider him to be one...

Take me to Mertens' report on Mathias DeWitte...




 

2009 National Winners:
Bourges
Brive
Montelimar
Cahors
Pau



by Stefan Mertens

Mertens takes us to the lofts of the winners of these five coveted Belgian races to meet the 2009 champions--pigeons and fanciers--of the Bourges, Brive, Montelimar, Cahors, and Pau races...

Take me to Mertens' report on these 2009 winners...





 

Luc Poncelet:
National Champion
KBDB Short Distance 2008



by Stefan Mertens

Limal: Is it a unique phenomenon? As far as I know it is. We are speaking about the fact that one fancier two years in a row becomes national champion in the short distance category. This unique accomplishment has been performed by our friend in the sport Luc Poncelet from Limal. Limal is situated in the neighbourhood of Nijvel, or in other words south of the capital city of Belgium, namely Brussels.

Take me to Mertens' report on Luc Poncelet...





 

Albert Derwa:
1st Montlucon
Against 8,619 Birds



by Stefan Mertens

Herent: For several years we have been able to classify Albert among the better fanciers of Belgium. In the earlier years Albert was known as a young bird specialist, but during the last 10 years our friend has also been on top with widowers and racing hens.

Take me to Mertens' report on Albert Derwa...





 

Marc Capelle -
1st and 2nd National Ace
KBDB Short Distance 2008


Olympiad bird Dortmund
Category Short Distance


by Stefan Mertens

Badour: Situated in the French speaking part of Belgium, in this neighborhood of the better known city of Mons, there we were sitting at the same table with one of the best short-distance racers from Belgium...

Take me to Mertens' report on Marc Capelle...





 

Rik Hermans -
Champion Curegem
Centre Youngbirds


by Stefan Mertens

Pulle: Next to the national championship young birds KBDB, there is also another very important championship on a national level for the young birds, and that is the championship of Cureghem Centre. Cureghem Centre is one of the organizations that organizes national and international races. The best known race of Cureghem Centre is the Barcelona International...

Take me to Mertens' report on Rik Hermans...





 

The Herbots Family:
1st National Champion
K.B.D.B. Yearbirds

by Stefan Mertens

Halle-Booienhoven: "It was great to hear!" We are talking about the first reaction of Jo Herbots when we contacted him to congratulate him on winning the national championship year birds KBDB 2008 ... Read on to hear more about the Herbots family's most recent national championship...

Take me to Mertens' report on the Herbots family...





 

Fréderic Beukenne:
1st National Ace Bird
Small Middle Distance

by Stefan Mertens

Beukenne was already on my list to report on last year, because he was national champion KBDB middle distance.

To win this championship, you need to take the best five results with your first and second nominated old bird, on races between 250 and 450 km. Our friend in Bruyelle won that championship by a very large margin...

Take me to Mertens' report on Frederic Beukenne...





 

Guy Everaert:
1st National Bourges
Against 41,783 Young Birds

by Stefan Mertens

With Bourges II, which is raced the last weekend of August and from a distance for Brussels of 450km, we had, for the middle-distance racers, the race of all races on the programme.

Although a lot of fanciers were complaining that they have lost a lot of young birds, more than 41,000 youngsters were basketted for Bourges national, which is why some people call this race the sensation race of the year...


Take me to Mertens' report on Guy Everaert...





 

Raoul and Xavier Verstraete:
National Winner Cahors

by Stefan Mertens

This year's first national Cahors race was the fourth national victory for this father-son partnership, starting with La Souterraine in 1981.

Read on for Mertens' account of his visit to what is known in Belgium as "the loft of the miracles" to talk with champions Raoul and Xavier Verstraete...


Take me to Mertens' report on Raoul and Xavier Verstraete...





 

Janssens-Boen:
National Champion
Great Middle Distance
K.B.D.B.


by Stefan Mertens

Several years ago the K.B.D.B.--the Belgian national organization-- differentiated between races at the small middle distance and the great middle distance, which can be won with the best five results with 1st and 2nd nominated old birds on races between 350km and 600km. In addition, the total length of the five races has to be a minimum of 2,000 kilometers....and this only begins the qualifications...

Read on for the inside secrets of the winners of this championship, the husband-wife team of Theo Janssens and Gerarda Boen...


Take me to Mertens' report on Theo Janssens and Gerarda Boen...



 

Frans and Louis Nijns:
1st National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance
K.B.D.B. 2007

by Stefan Mertens

The 1st National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance K.B.D.B. 2007 will stay in Belgium, not too very far from where "Kenzo" was bred and raced from the lofts of veteran fancier Frans Nijns and his son Louis Nijns, with help from Albert Van Geel. Read on for the details of this keen competition--won by a family whose racing prowess is not widely known, even in Belgium...


Take me to Mertens' report on Frans and Louis Nijns...





 

Filip Norman:
Winner One-Million-Dollar
Race - South Africa &
2nd National Champion
Long Distance K.B.D.B. 2007

by Stefan Mertens

Filip Norman made not only a very good racing season in 2007 as 2nd national champion long distance K.B.D.B., but at the top of the bill his "Abraham" won the one-million-dollar race in Sun City (South Africa). We couldn't have chosen a better moment to plan a visit to this internationally known loft...


Take me to Mertens' report on Filip Norman...

 

 

 

 

Paul and Jelle Roziers:
Tops with the Young Birds
in the National Races

by Stefan Mertens

The Belgian pigeon sport has become more and more a specialization in one or another discipline. Recently, a new phenomenon has come into the pigeon sport, so that we are now talking about the very long-distance racers. And now… a new category has appeared-namely the specialist with the young birds in the national races. Paul and Jelle Roziers of Berlaar are recognized throughout the sport as specialists in this category...


Take me to Mertens' report on Paul and Jelle Roziers...





 

Van Hove - Uytterhoeven
1st National Champion
KBDB Yearbirds

by Stefan Mertens

The national championship year birds is immensely popular in the Belgian pigeon sport. Fanciers who can classify themselves very high in this competition know that they have very good year birds under their roofs. Fanciers who have very good year birds usually also have very good old birds. So the future for those fanciers looks fantastic! Following these criteria, the world renown combination of Van Hove-Uytterhoeven was the best in all of Belgium in 2007...


Take me to Mertens' report on Van Hove-Uytterhoeven...





 

Henri and Danny
Van Avondt:
1st National Ace Pigeon KBDB
Great Middle Distance

by Stefan Mertens

We searched for the best ace bird at the great middle distance, and found the well-known father-son partnership of Henri and Danny Van Avondt from Haacht. Their "Million" is only one of the champions in this top colony of Belgian racing pigeons...


Take me to Mertens' report on Henri and Danny Van Avondt...






 

Antoine Degraeve: 1st
National Ace Bird
K.B.D.B. Sprint

by Stefan Mertens

In the Belgian town of Waarschoot, the pigeon sport is practiced like in the good old days--short distance, and especially the races from Clermont and Arras. When Antoine Degraeve is standing at the basketting table, nine times out of ten he wins the first prize or a lot of top prizes. It's no surprise that the clubs in his area don't like to see him come...


Take me to Mertens' report on Antoine Degraeve...





 

Gaston Van De Wouwer:
1st National Champion
K.B.D.B. Youngbirds

by Stefan Mertens

The criteria to win this national championship sound very easy. Gaston Van De Wouwer only had to clock three times his 1st and 2nd nominated young bird on four national races (Bourges, Argenton, La Souterraine and Gueret) for young birds. In 2006 everybody spoke about the winning coefficient (10%) of Jos Thoné but last season (2007) Van De Wouwer did much better, actually 8.8299%! Unbelievable, but true...


Take me to Mertens' report on Gaston Van De Wouwer...





 

Jan Vander Bracht:
95 First Prizes in 2007

by Stefan Mertens

Ophasselt, Belgium's Jan Vander Bracht may well hold the record for the most "pure" 1st prizes in one racing season ever, anywhere. Jan is a third-generation pigeon fancier and a master at the short distance. Mertens takes you into his loft and probes the secrets of his remarkable success...


Take me to Mertens' report on Jan Vander Bracht...





 

2007 National Winners:
Part 3

by Stefan Mertens

Mertens's report on the Belgium's 2007 national and international winners continues... This month, our Belgian correspondent covers the winners of the races from St. Vincent, Narbonne International, Bourges, Perpignan International, Argenton, La Souterraine, and Gueret.... Read on and you'll see that almost every winner was always super motivated--sometimes in surprising ways...


Take me to Part 3 of the report on 2007 National Winners and the 2007 World Championship...

 

 

 



2007 National Winners:
Part 2
and
The World Championship
2007


by Stefan Mertens

Mertens's report on the Belgium's 2007 national and international winners continues with Orange, Barcelona, and Irun (replacing St. Vincent and Tarbes).

As an added treat, he takes us to the 2007 World Championship, with the final race being flown to a huge crowd gathered in Nevele, Belgium on
August 15...

Take me to Part 2 of the report on 2007 National Winners and the 2007 World Championship...




 

2007 National Winners:
Part 1


by Stefan Mertens

Mertens's report on the Belgium's 2007 national and international winners includes the races from Bourges, Brive, Montelimar, Cahors, Montauban, and Pau. You'll enjoy finding out just why our Belgian correspondent calls these records "historic"...

Take me to Part 1 of the report on 2007 National Winners...




 
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and Willy Van Houtte:
A Roundtable Discussion
with Two Belgian Champions

Take me to the report on Petra Van Den Broeck and Willy Van Houtte...
 
 

Georges Fabry: Heir to the Master
Birds of this strain have influenced lofts through the generations from grandfathers to their grandchildren, and the name to this day is spoken with reverence in pigeon circles the world over...Fabry. My 2007 visits to his loft in Belgium fulfilled a dream of many years...
Take me to Ed's report on Georges Fabry...

 
 

Sebastien Casaert-Senechal:
Like Father...Like Son

It is not always easy to be the son of a famous sportsman, because people will always compare you with your father, but Sébastien Casaert has overcome the shadow of the legacy of his famous father, Maurice. At only 35, Casaert is already a well-established champion at the great middle distance in Belgium's hottest competition...
Take me to the report on Sébastien Casaert- Senechal...

 
 

Jos Thoné :
1st National Champion KBDB Youngbirds National Races and
Olympiad Bird Oostende
Short Distance 2007

Jos Thone' is a name known round the world in the realm of pigeon racing. His 2006 results were phenomenal yet again, with more than 45 first prizes. Go behind the scenes at Thone's magnificent lofts to learn more about this legend's birds and methods...
Take me to the report on Jos Thone'...

 
 

Luc Crucke:
1st National Ace-Pigeon KBDB
Great Middle Distance
Luc Crucke is another great Belgian champion who's willing to share his secrets--but not all of them! Read on to see what this affable 2006 winner of the KBDB's 1st national ace-pigeon great middle distance trophy is willing to reveal about the methods behind his success...
Take me to the report on Luc Crucke...

 
 

Deno-Herbots:
1st National Champion KBDB
Large Middle Distance
The name Deno-Herbots is a huge name world-wide in the pigeon sport, with an almost countless number of provincial victories. Go with Stefan Mertens into the impressive lofts of Jos Deno for his secrets behind the success of this legendary team...
Take me to the report on Deno-Herbots...

 


Marcel Aelbrecht and
Erik Limbourg:
Two Years in a Row
the Best of Belgium
This month our Belgian correspondent Stefan Mertens explores the phenomenal 2006 seasons of two extraordinary Belgian champions--Marcel Aelbrecht and Erik Limbourg. Their latest and greatest accomplishment is having won in both 2005 and 2006 the same national championships...
Take me to the report on Marcel Aelbrecht and Erik Limbourg...

 
 

Bernard Van Renterghem:
1st National Champion KBDB
Middle Distance
Old Birds

In 2007, Bernard Van Renterghem won this widely coveted championship by an extremely large margin, greatly impressing all of Belgium's top fanciers. Explore Stefan's newest feature story to see how this middle-distance expert achieved such stellar results...
Take me to the report on Bernard Van Renterghem...

 
 

Stefan Mertens:
1st National Champion KBDB
Middle Distance Youngbirds

In addition to being in the know about the sport throughout Belgium and much of the rest of Europe, Stefan Mertens is himself a championship fancier. Read on for Ed's look into Stefan's lofts and methods, and what has made his birds achieve so much...
Take me to the report on Stefan Mertens...

 
 

Benny Steveninck:
8th National Champion KBDB
Little Middle Distance 2006
and
10th National Champion KBDB Yearbirds 2006
Benny Steveninck has been in the pigeon sport only since 1998, but he is already a champion at the middle distance. Read on to see how he has amassed such a spectacular record in such a short time...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' report on Benny Steveninck...

 
 

National Winners 2006 - Part 3
Mertens completes his in-depth series of reports on the winners of the 2006 races in Belgium. Read on to learn some of the motivational secrets of these champions who represent the best of Europe's racing competition...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' Part 3 report on the 2006 National Winners...

 
 

National Winners 2006 - Part 2
This month, Mertens begins his series of reports on the winners of the national races in Belgium. Read on for the latest news on some of the champion fanciers who are well-known stars of the sport, as well as some new champions!...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' Part 2 report on the 2006 National Winners...

 
 

National Winners 2006 - Part 1
This month, Mertens begins his series of reports on the winners of the national races in Belgium. Read on for the latest news on some of the champion fanciers who are well-known stars of the sport, as well as some new champions!...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' Part 1 report on the 2006 National Winners...

 
 

Gevaert - Van Schoorisse: Hidden Gold From Flanders
When Mertens is asked to name the champion among Belgian champions for short and middle distance, he is certain that one criterion for this distinction must be that the racing results of that champion have to improve from year to year. Read his report on some champions from the Flemish part of Belgium who fit that description...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Jean-Pierre Gevaert and Carine Van Schoorisse...

 
 

Andre and Patrick Desmet: 1st National Champion KBDB Long Distance
Andre and Patrick Desmet--assisted greatly by Madeleine--make up a formidable team of Belgian champions, whose exacting methods with their birds have paid off beyond any fancier's wildest dreams. Read Stefan Mertens' in-depth report on these great champions at the long distance races...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Andre and Patrick Desmet...

 
 

Herman DeSchepper and Marietta DeTemmerman: More Than Just One Season
DeSchepper and DeTemmerman are a husband-wife team from Merelbeke, Belgium. As pigeon fanciers, their racing results are what many would call "a dream come true." Mertens goes behind the scenes to reveal the methods and the work behind this achievement...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about DeSchepper and DeTemmerman...

 
 

Marcel and Pierre Loppe: National Champion
Little Middle Distance KBDB 2005
Marcel and Pierre Loppe are a dynamic Belgian father-son partnership with phenomenal success in the racing of their birds, capped with a national championship in 2005. Read on for Stefan's insights into the methods and the bloodlines of these award-winning fanciers...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Marcel and Pierre Loppe...

 
 

The Desbuquois Brothers: Every Day We Speak About Barcelona
Michel and Didier Desbuquois are successful businessmen whose passion for the pigeons must be focused on only three challenging races, but what races they are! Read Stefan's report about the strategy these champions use to tackle the Barcelona International, the St. Vincent National, and the Perpignan International...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Michel and Didier Desbuquois...

 
 

Marcel Aelbrecht: 1st General Champion
K.B.D.B. 2005

Marcel Aelbrecht won the General National Champion designation from Belgium's K.B.D.B. in 2005, which as you'll see from Mertens' report, is an amazing accomplishment. Delve into Aelbrecht's methods, and understand why the rigors of this newly created national championship could only apply to what many consider Belgium's "best fancier"...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Marcel Aelbrecht...

 
 

Thibaut-Boons: 1st National Champion K.B.D.B. Yearbirds 1st National Ace-Pigeon
Middle Distance
This month Mertens takes us to Sombreffe, Belgium, for a visit with Jean-Marc Thibaut, who in partnership with his wife Anne Sofie Boons had "the season of their dreams." Thibaut owns the largest pigeon shop in the Wallonie section of Belgium, but he flies from modest lofts with phenomenal results...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Jean-Marc Thibaut...

 
 

Erik Limbourg: 1st National Ace Pigeon Long Distance K.B.D.B.
You may remember SiegelPigeons.com's first feature story about Erik Limbourg, but he's racked up a lot of other prestigious championships in the past several years. And he's re-designed his lofts. Read on for the latest news on the results sheet for this champion flyer and an inside tour of his new lofts...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Erik Limbourg...

 
 

Boddaert - Van Damme: A Specialized Pigeon Vet with Top Results
Want to know all the details about how a top Belgian racing pigeon expert and champion prepares his birds for Europe's biggest international races? Read on to find out how Dr. Wim Boddaert, of the Boddaert-Van Damme team, competes...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Dr. Wim Boddaert...

 
 

National Winners 2005: Part 3
Mertens wraps up his report on the results of big 2005 races in Part 3 of a three-part report. Many of these names, you'll know. But others...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about the National Winners 2005, Part 3...

 
 

National Winners 2005: Part 2
Our Belgian correspondent continues his report on the results of big 2005 races in Part 2 of a three-part report. Read on for more of the stories of these champion fanciers and their phenomenal pigeons...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about National Winners 2005, Part 2...

 
 

National Winners 2005: Part 1
Our Belgian correspondent brings results of big 2005 races in Part 1 of a three-part report. Read on for the stories of these champion fanciers and their phenomenal pigeons...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about National Winners 2005, Part 1...

 
 

Rik Cools: Strong with the Weaker Sex
Rik Cools limits his number of ladies to only 24, but this champion fancier from Ruiselede, Belgium knows how to make these birds perform--with phenomenal results. Mertens explores the perfectionism with which Cools approaches the sport to reveal this flyer's dominance at the middle- and short-distance races...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Rik Cools...

 
 

Roger Desmet-Matthijs: Champion from a Long
Tradition of Champions

Roger Desmet-Matthijs follows the tried and true methods he learned from a long line of elite pigeon fanciers in his family, with superb results. Read Stefan Mertens' in-depth report on to see how this top competitor is continuing in the tradition of champions...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Roger Desmet-Matthijs...

 
 

Michel Van Lint: Fanatical and Successful
Michel Van Lint's success formula is simple--superb birds housed in ideal lofts, managed by a top fancier with important help from his wife. Read on to see how paying attention to every detail results in truly amazing race records...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about the lofts of Michel Van Lint...

 
 

The 2005 Olympiad in Porto, Portugal
For a few days in January, the city of Porto on Portugal's stunning coast became "the center of the universe" for the racing pigeon sport and fanciers around the globe. Our European correspondent takes you there...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about the 2005 Olympiad in Porto, Portugal...

 
 

Etienne and Frank Devos: National Champion Very Long Distance KBDB, 2004
The father-son partnership of Etienne and Frank Devos of Deerlijk, Belgium has everybody talking, and not just in West Flanders. Our European correspondent visits this powerhouse of a loft to explore their achievement as winners of the West European Super Marathon, 2004...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Etienne and Frank Devos...

 
 

Luc Van Coppenolle: Winner of the West European Super Marathon, 2004
In 2003, Luc Van Coppenolle said that winning the general championship of the Entente Belge was nice, "but once in my lifetime I hope to win the West European Super Marathon." This came true just one racing season later. Read on to find out more about this exacting championship and how Luc Van Coppenolle succeeded in winning it...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Luc Van Coppenolle...

 
 

Geert and Clara Philips:
1st National Champion KBDB 2004 Middle Distance, 4th National Champion KBDB 2004 Yearbirds, and 1st Olympiad Bird Porto Allround Belgium 2004
The loft of Geert and Clara Philips is known to many as "Mister Bourges"--so named after winning the Bourges national for the third time. This husband-wife partnership achieves such phenomenal results that people wonder if other fanciers' pigeons were even in the race...
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Geert and Clara Philips...

 
 

Marcel Aelbrecht: The Fancier with the
Little Basket
Marcel Aelbrecht's 2003 racing season scored 1st national ace-pigeon K.B.D.B. long distance, 2nd general champion K.B.D.B., and 9th national champion K.B.D.B. long distance. If Aelbrecht is the fancier with the "little basket" how can this be true?
This remarkable fancier is the subject of Mertens' report this month.
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Marcel Aelbrecht...

 
 

National Winners of Belgium 2004: Part 2
Stefan completes his report on the stars of the 2004 races in Belgium. Read on for the stories of these champion fanciers and their pigeons.
Take me to Part 2 of Stefan Mertens' story about the National Winners of Belgium 2004...

 
 

National Winners of Belgium 2004: Part 1
By September, the Belgian National winners' names are compiled, so this month, Stefan Mertens brings us all the big names and the birds that flew the best.
Take me to Part 1 of Stefan Mertens' story about the National Winners of Belgium 2004...

 
 

Gaby Vandenabeele:
The Legend
Asked who is the greatest Belgian fancier of today-- particularly at the 500 to 700 kilometer distance-- our Belgian correspondent would have to say it's Gaby Vandenabeele, the subject of Stefan Mertens' profile this month.
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Gaby Vandenabeele, a living legend in the sport...

 
 

Robert Van Eycken:
Belgium's Marseille National Champion 2002 and Marseille International Champion 2003
The lofts of Robert Van Eycken are home to champions of the Marseille National 2002 and Marseille International 2003, and those in the know consider him to be in the top three among all of Belgium's most accomplished long-distance competitors.
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about
Robert Van Eycken, Belgium's Marseille National Champion 2002 and Marseille International Champion 2003...

 
 

Jef Vanwinkel:
Belgian 1st National Champion
Yearbirds - 2003
Jef Vanwinkel of Tielt-Winge, Belgium, is highly regarded by legendary champions like Gommaire Verbruggen and Jos and Jules Engels. In youngbirds, he was 2nd national champion in 2002, and he was 1st national champion in yearbirds in 2003.
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about
Jef Vanwinkel, 1st National Champion yearbirds for 2003...

 
 

Wouters-Coremans:
National Champion Short and Middle Distance, Youngbirds
This husband and wife racing partnership in Langdorp, Belgium, is no newcomer to national titles, having won two of them in 1993, and a decade later having won the national title in youngbirds in short and middle distance. Also in 2003, the coveted "Gouden Duif Competitie" went to Langdorp.
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about
Jos and Maria Wouters-Coremans, 2003 National Champion Short and Middle Distance Youngbirds...

 
 

Kees Bosua:
National Champion Middle Distance, Netherlands
"Results are the only thing that counts in the pigeon sport," according to Kees Bosua, National Champion at Middle Distance for the Netherlands. This month, our European correspondent Stefan Mertens takes us inside Bosua's cleverly-constructed lofts and discusses with Bosua his philosophy of the sport.
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about
Kees Bosua, Dutch National Champion Middle Distance...

 
 

Schoors - DeWaele:
General National Champion
Belgium
After a great many years, Belgium's KBDB organized competition for a general national championship of all of Belgium. Needless to say, in the global hotbed of racing competition, the criteria are brutal. Stefan Mertens introduces us to Maurice DeWaele and Alex Schoors, who can call this glory their own.
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about
Belgian general national champions Alex Schoors and Maurice DeWaele...

 
 

Jos and Jules Engels:
Nothing Better,
Part 2
A fancier can certainly ask this question--Can better birds than the pigeons of Jos and Jules Engels be found? Our writer says that when you ask him, he must answer "no." Click on the link below to find out why our European correspondent is so impressed with the lofts of Jos and Jules Engels.
Take me to Part 2 of Stefan Mertens' story about
Belgian champions Jos and Jules Engels...

 
 

Jos and Jules Engels:
Nothing Better,
Part 1
A fancier can certainly ask this question--Can better birds than the pigeons of Jos and Jules Engels be found? Our writer says that when you ask him, he must answer "no." Click on the link below to find out why our European correspondent is so impressed with the lofts of Jos and Jules Engels.
Take me to Part 1 of Stefan Mertens' story about
Belgian champions Jos and Jules Engels...

 
 

Hok Jos Vercammen:
Almost Unbeatable
Between 300 and 700 km
,
Part 1
Hok Jos Vercammen thrives on racing in clubs where the competition is especially tough. Why?
Because this makes his own strain very strong, and
a lot of money is wagered on these races
.
Read on to find out how Vercammen has become nearly unbeatable at the 300-700 km distance.
Take me to Part 1 of Stefan Mertens' story about Belgian champion Hok Jos Vercammen...

 
 

National Winners
Belgium - 2003:
Part 2

This feature completes our Belgian correspondent's report on the 2003 Belgian races, which began with Cahors following a number of race cancellations related to avian influenza. Here's all the behind-the-scenes information about the fanciers and the birds that are the champions of this year's very difficult national and international races.
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about
National Winners Belgium - 2003, Part 2...

 
 

National Winners
Belgium - 2003:
Part 1

The 2003 Belgian racing season got off to a difficult start, due to an outbreak of avian influenza, but once races got under way, the champions emerged. Read on for Part I of the season's best fanciers and best pigeons.
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about
National Winners Belgium - 2003, Part 1...

 
 

Maurice and Luc DeLaere:
1st National Champion
Middle Distance 2002

In rural Anzegem, Belgium, where farming and the textile industry are the mainstays of life, Maurice and Luc DeLaere are a father and son team whose efforts have produced a 1st National Champion Middle Distance.
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about
Maurice and Luc DeLaere...

 
 

Rainer Puttmann--
1st Champion of Germany
Long Distance

Those on Germany's "pigeon battlefield" know no mercy. No matter to Rainer Puttmann, Germany's national champion Long Distance, who also publishes one of the best pigeon magazines in that country.
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about
Rainer Puttmann...

 
 

Freddy Vandenheede--
1st General Champion
East-Flanders

Belgium's "Golden Triangle" is a very small area in East Flanders that boasts more than 11,000 pigeon racers. Stefan Mertens reports on Freddy Vandenheede--the 2002 1st General Champion--who triumphed over much of the world's stiffest racing competition.
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about
Freddy Vandenheede...

 
 

Silvere Toye--
The Man Whom Many Call
The Best All-Round
Champion of Belgium
For more than 20 years, Silvere Toye of Otegem has earned top results on the very long-, long-, and middle-distance races, with old birds, yearlings, and youngbirds alike. And he has done so not only with widowers, but also with hens and youngsters. Read on, as Silvere tells our European correspondent about his winning methods.
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about
Silvere Toye...

 
 

Jean-Claude Debieve--
2nd National Champion
Middle Distance
Jean-Claude Debieve is a legendary champion whose top results in the Belgian racing pigeon world
are known around the globe. Stefan Mertens takes
you into his loft and into his home in Hornu to explore the secrets of his success.

Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about
Jean-Claude Debieve...

 
 

Henri Menten-- 1st National
Champion Youngbirds
Short - Middle Distance
Henri Menten's "Guylian" was 2nd Olympiad pigeon, South Africa--one of the world's most competitive pigeon races. Read on as Mertens takes you into the championship loft of this top Belgian fancier.
Take me to Stefan Mertens' story about Henri Menten...

 
 

Derweduwen -- Albert - Luc -
Dirk: For Years, One of the
Best Belgian Long-Distance
Lofts
Stefan Mertens explores Albert Derweduwen's success as a long-distance fancier based in Zingem, Belgium, in the province of East Flanders--clearly in the hotbed of the world's stiffest competition.
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Joop Merx
1st and 2nd Orleans
Joop Merx is a "small" fancier with huge results in this major European race. Read on for Stefan Mertens' report from Vaals about Merx's birds' fantastic performance in the 2002 50th anniversary race from Orleans, France.
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Gerard and Piet
Lindelauf: "Janssen-Power
from Holland"
Situated in the most southern part of the Netherlands, the tiny town of Vijlen is Stefan Mertens' destination for a visit to the lofts of Gerard and Piet Lindelauf. In 2002, among their many prizes is national champion at the short distance in all of Holland.
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Eric Limbourg:
The Wonder Boy
from Belgium
Eric Limbourg lives in a tiny village in the shadow of Brussels, but he is a keen competitor against the biggest European fanciers in the sport. Read Stefan Mertens' feature about Eric's championship record and how he has created it.
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The National Races
in Belgium 2002
Our Belgian correspondent presents SiegelPigeons.com's readers with behind-the-scenes information about the fanciers and the birds that are the champions of this year's national races.
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Boudewijn Jonckheere
You are nowhere without
a system
This horticulturist in Torhout, Belgium, produces not only plants that are used all over Europe but also championship racing pigeons. Stefan Mertens visits a farm in West Flanders to learn how he does it.
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  Georges and Fabian Carteus
1st National Champion
Very Long Distance 2001

Among the many fanciers in Ronse, Belgium, who classified for the 2001 championship for very long distance, Georges and Fabian Carteus triumphed as 1st national champions. Stefan Mertens takes us to this province in East Flanders to explore their story.
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  Van Damme - Boddaert
2nd National Champion
Long Distance K.B.D.B. 2001

Want to explore the successful partnership of a veteran pigeon fancier widely known as "Reporter Gerry" and a veterinarian who's a world-reknown authority on pigeons and pigeon health? Stefan Mertens takes us to Oostkamp, Belgium, in this special report.
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  Jos Van den Brande
National Champion
Short-Middle Distance
Youngbirds

Our European correspondent visits the small village of Zoerle-Parwijs to bring you a report about this big talent in Belgian pigeon racing.
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  Kris Van Massenhoven
1st National Champion
Short Distance

A new name in the constellation of Belgian champions in the Sport? Maybe, but pay attention. Kris Van Massenhoven will be around for awhile.
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  Eddy Anckaert and
Jean Meulemans
Unknown…but at the top

Stefan Mertens, our European correspondent, takes us into two winning Belgian lofts that many American fanciers may not have heard of.
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  Eric Brootcoorens:
Unknown…but at the top

In 2001, Eric Brootcoorens won more than 30 first prizes. If you haven't heard of him before, you'll want to know more. Stefan Mertens, our European correspondent, takes you to Eric's loft for an insider's peek at an emerging championship loft.
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  Piet de Weerd
or
The History of a Legendary Personality in the International Pigeon Fancy


by Dirk Zoland

One of the most widely-read articles from The Natural Winning Ways, is reproduced with kind permission. Learn the methods of a master. This story is in two parts.

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  Etienne De Rauw -
Frans Sablon


Stefan Mertens takes us into the lofts of a brother-in-law team with a perfect marriage of skills that makes their racing team one of the most successful in Europe. Their lofts are not huge: this is a case of quality over quantity.

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  Ludo Claessens -
Alone at the Top


Ludo Claessens is a legend in the sport, and the great results just keep coming. A two-part special profile form our European correspondent Stefan Mertens.


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  One of Long Island's Finest!

Ed Minvielle reports of teamwork at its best: the tandem efforts of Dominick Caruso and Mark Sadowski. In two parts.
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  Raf Luyckx First Olympiad
Pigeon - South Africa - Long Distance
Belgium

Learn about the rigorous challenges of the Olympiad, and meet fancier Raf Luyckx, who went to this level twice in six years! Stefan Mertens reports from Belgium.

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  National Winners in
Belgium 2001


Stefan Mertens reports on national winners in the current Belgian racing season, with insights into the top performing lofts. In two parts.

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  Van Cauter - Plas With Schellens Pigeons
to the Top

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  Willem DeZutter, All Round Champion
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  Lou Coletta –
A Master of the Game

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Peter Sparacino - Eighty Years in the Sport
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  Ferdi Lambrecht and Marcel Lismont
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  Jan and Kees Bleeker –
Top in the Netherlands

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  Maurice and Gregory Casaert
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Ferry and Francine Lambrecht
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  Dr. Wim Boddaert on Pigeon Health
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Dr. Charles Walcott on Homing Instincts
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