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De Vroe-Van Gaver-Vandeputte (Moortsele, BE) reap the rewards of their collaboration

Johan De Vroe, Tom Van Gaver and Rudi Vandeputte, three fanciers who live within 3km of each other, have decided to join forces and their collaboration has started to become increasingly successful.

This partnership was started about five years ago, when one of Tom Van Gaver’s young birds wanted to stay in the lofts of Johan De Vroe, who agreed to keep the pigeon. This young bird proved very successful that season. This Van Gaver hen was then paired to De Kleine Schonen, one of Johan’s best yearlings at the time. They bred the youngster Vroeke, which moved to the loft of his neighbour Guy Everaert, winning a first national from Bourges in 2008. A full sister of this Vroeke, De Prinses, won an eleventh national in that same race from Bourges. It was then that the three fanciers decided to start working together. Johan De Vroe was to compete in the young bird races only, Tom Van Gaver was responsible for the yearlings and old birds and Rudi Vandeputte raced the old and yearling hens. It proved a highly successful partnership with a really strong pigeon breed!

Old and yearling cocks

The old and yearling cocks, which are raced under the name of Van Gaver-De Vroe, have managed to win the following prizes:

The New Lucien,he only did a number of training flights as a young bird before winning no less than 8 prizes per ten in 2013. Click here for the full list of achievements of The New Lucien.

The New Tom is a son of dream pair Van Gaver Hen x Kleine Schonen. He was also trained as a young bird, after which he had a splendid 2013 with 12 prizes per ten, making him co-winner of the title of 15th National Champion Longer Middle Distance KBDB. Click here for the full list of achievements of The New Tom.

The New Drinker is the other co-winner of the 15th nat. Championship title, after winning 11 prizes per ten in 2013. This made him ninth best pigeon in the PIPA Ranking for best yearling in the national races with seven prizes. Click here for the full list of achievements of The New Drinker.

André is the third co-winner of the title of 15th national champion. He only did training flights as a young bird, before winning an impressive nine prizes per ten in 2013. Click here for the full list of achievements of André.

These pigeons will be basketed mainly for the one day long distance this season.

Three times blue

The hens are kept in the lofts of Rudi Vandeputte from Lembeke (Merelbeke), where they will be raced for the extreme middle distance only, with the focus on the national races. Blue Pearl is one of the strongest hens of Rudi Vandeputte:

1st best pigeon from Bourges(2012-2013) PIPA Ranking Belgium
3rd ace pigeon extreme middle distance yearlings 2012 – Recht & Plicht Zottegem
3rd ace pigeon extreme middle distance old birds 2013 – Recht & Plicht Zottegem 

Blue Pearl was included in five different PIPA rankings, which means she was among the 100 best pigeons five times, over two seasons and over different races. Click here for the full list of achievements of Blue Pearl.

Blue Darling is another pigeon of Rudi Vandeputte that managed to perform really well in local, provincial, zonal and national races over the past few years, with particularly strong results in the race from Argenton. Click here for the full list of achievements of Blue Darling.

Blue Princess is also among his best pigeons:

1st ace pigeon extreme middle distance yearlings 2013 – Recht & Plicht Zottegem
9th ace pigeon yearlings – Bruges Championships 2013
11th ace pigeon extreme middle distance old birds + yearlings KBDB East Flanders 2013
Co winner 10th Nat. Championship Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2013

Young Birds

This partnership is doing great with the young birds as well, which are raced in Moortsele under the name of De Vroe-Van Gaver. The six national races are the main goal for the young birds and Amandine and Camille have proven to be particularly successful. Camille, 5th prov. Issoudun, is a daughter of the Van Gaver Hen x Kleine Schonen, which is the dream pair we mentioned earlier. Click here for the full list of achievements of Camille. Amandine has won a 4th prov. Issoudun, a 14th prov. Chateauroux etc. Click here for the full list of achievements of Amandine. She has also won the following championship titles:

1st ace pigeon extreme middle distance young birds – Recht & Plicht Zottegem
3rd ace pigeon long distance young birds (National races) – Recht & Plicht Zottegem
15th best young bird 2013 in the national races PIPA ranking (six prizes)

National, zonal and provincial top 10 prizes

Bourges     Old birds Nat    18,478 pigeons 1st
Argenton    Yearlings N.Zone  4,800 pigeons 1st
Bourges     Young B.  N.Zone  3,849 pigeons 1st
Argenton    Yearlings Prov    4,880 pigeons 1st
Bourges     Young B.  Prov    4,099 pigeons 1st
Bourges     Old birds N.Zone  3,489 pigeons 2nd
Nevers      Old birds N.Zone    284 pigeons 2nd
Bourges     Young B.  Prov    1,838 pigeons 2nd
Souillac    Yearlings Prov      916 pigeons 2nd
Bourges     Old birds Prov    3,492 pigeons 3rd
Gueret      Yearlings N.Zone  2,891 pigeons 4th
Châteauroux Young B.  N.Zone  2,797 pigeons 4th
Issoudun    Young B.  Prov    3,673 pigeons 4th
Issoudun    Young B.  N.Zone  3,720 pigeons 5th
Issoudun    Young B.  Prov    3,673 pigeons 5th          
Bourges     Yearlings Prov    3,484 pigeons 5th
Nevers      Old birds Prov      312 pigeons 5th
Argenton    Yearlings N.Zone  4,800 pigeons 6th
Issoudun    Young B.  N.Zone  3,720 pigeons 6th
Bourges     Yearlings N.Zone  1,751 pigeons 7th
Brive       Yearlings Prov    1,458 pigeons 7th
Bourges     Yearlings Prov    2,635 pigeons 8th
Poitiers    Old birds Prov    3,353 pigeons 9th
Souillac    Yearlings N.Zone  1,588 pigeons 10th
Bourges     Yearlings Prov    1,890 pigeons 10th
Blois       Yearlings Prov    1,854 pigeons 10th

No less than 67 top 30 prizes have been won at provincial level in the course of 2012-2013. An additional 68 top 50 prizes were won in Zone A in that same period of time. 28 pigeons of De Vroe-Van Gaver-Vandeputte finished in the top 150 at national level, including a well deserved first national from Bourges young birds in 2013. Click here for more impressive results from the partnership of De Vroe-Van Gaver-Vandeputte. Their way of working, with each of the three having a different responsibility, appears to be an excellent approach. 

Comments

Hallo Tom & co,

In tijden dat vele liefhebbers jaloers zijn op elkaar en hun successen is het al moeilijk om met 2 liefhebbers samen te spelen, laat staan van met 3! Dus mooi dat jullie dit zo samen kunnen verwezenlijken!
En dat er bij alle 3 topduiven te noteren vallen maakt het natuurlijk compleet.
Verleden jaar bij Tom de weduwnaars mogen aanschouwen voor het seizoen en toen al gezien dat er daar klasse aanwezig was. En ze hebben het bewezen in de daaropvolgende weken.

Veel succes gewenst in het nieuwe seizoen!

Koen

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