As a youngster, Nikolaas would always go to his grandfather Remi to wait for his pigeons to arrive home. He was also there when Remi clocked his international winner from Barcelona 1995, which was one of the hardest Barcelona races in history. Nikolaas was running his own pigeon loft as a teenager but his father Carlo wanted him to focus on his studies before spending time in the pigeon loft.
Still, Nikolaas never lost his passion for pigeons, and he founded PIPA in his student room. PIPA quickly became the largest auction house for exclusive pigeons, as well as the most visited pigeon website worldwide.
There was a lot of work that had to be done in the first few years of PIPA, which is why the pigeons had to play second fiddle for a while. This had to change, and the PIPA team came up with the idea of founding a PEC to stay more involved in keeping and racing pigeons.
PIPA ELITE CENTER has decided to start racing pigeons in 2015 on the middle and long distance races (400 - 800 KM) in Belgium, and therefore joined forces with Pascal Ariën. The breeding is done in Knesselare, and the racing in Tielt-Winge, where Pascal lives. We will be racing under PEC RACING TEAM ADK.
In The Netherlands, we race extreme long distance @ Batenburg-vd Merwe with the New Laureaat & Witbuik Family (+ 800 KM)
Racing Season 2015
The racing team had a flying start to the season, making no secret of their ambitions. They surprised fanciers in the area around Tielt-Winge, amazing their opponents with exceptional overall results.
They closed 2015 with an impressive list of achievements:
- 5 x 1st Provincial
- 6 yearlings amongst the TOP 38 best fond yearlings KBDB in Belgium : Click Here
- 45 x Top 100 National (click here for the highlights of 2015)
- 4 ace pigeons in the top 8 of the KBDB championships longer middle distande and long distance
- th national ace pigeon Fond Yearlings KBDB
- 5th national ace pigeon GMD Yearlings KBDB (Porsche 911)
- 8th national ace pigeon Fond Yearlings KBDB (Boxster)
- 8th national ace pigeon Fond Old Birds KBDB
The PIPA Elite Center was founded in 2008, and the word “elite” suggests that the fanciers wanted to set a high bar from day one. The PEC will only accept pigeons that meet each of these four important characteristics:
* Great in the hand; the eyes are inspected as well. The fanciers are extremely demanding in this regard: “If it is not good enough for us, it is not good enough for others.”
* Noble bloodlines in the pedigree (a unique pedigree and exceptional breeding value)
* Excellent natural resistance. The use of antibiotics is avoided. We believe that the use of medicines prevents you from creating a strong pigeon breed in the long term.
* The best possible racing birds (true winners).
STRAINS (400 - 800 KM)
Gaston van de Wouwer
Verreckt-Ariën ( Verreckt - Ariën sold their colony in 2011 for almost 1 mio euro, they were dominating the Belgian pigeon sport at that time, their best pigeons are mainly sold to China for huge amounts, before those pigeons were sold, some young birds out of them were kept and will now be used for breeding )
New Freddy ( 1st national ace pigeon KBDB 2010 great middle distance old birds ). He is the icon of the PIPA ELITE CENTER. It is quite impossible what New Freddy has raced, in a very difficult geographic position ( longest distance in his province ) against the wind, north east wind...and in the loft of a small fancier. I have shown New Freddy to many top racers and they also said he is not only nice based on results and pedigree, but also super in hand. He will be paired up now with all top hens that Bart Geerinckx owns ; and in 2015 the first products of this breeding will go on the breeding loft.
So far references of New Freddy are very impressive. He won the same title like Kannibaal in 1996, 1st nat ace pigeon KBDB Middle Distance, and he is one of the few that stayed in Belgium like Kannibaal. We do hope he will have the same impact on the pigeon sport like Kannibaal did have. The first references are very promising.
You can find an additional list of breeding references of New Freddy here
Despite his fairly young age New Freddy has an impressive list of references. He is well on his way to following in the footsteps of a number of world famous predecessors. He became 1st National Ace Pigeon KBDB middle distance, just like Dirk Van Dyck’s Kannibaal.
Keep in mind that every pigeon that won this title has been sold to a foreign fancier, except for Dirk Van Dyck’s Kannibaal. Imagine how different pigeon racing in Europe would have been without Kannibaal. For instance, we would not have had Kleine Dirk or Harry. Pigeons with such a palmares have an impact on an entire generation of pigeons.
The New Freddy bloodline is well on its way to making history to say the least, and his brothers, sisters and youngsters have been breeding very talented and successful descendants as well. A good example is “Wacko Freddy” (a grandson of New Freddy), who became the sire of two phenomenal racing birds at the PEC Racing Team ADK:
Click here for the full pedigree
Click here for the full pedigree
Gaston Van De Wouwer/Gaby Vandenabeele/...
What a hen ! She is one of the mating hens of New Freddy, winning the same title like him, one year after him. In 2013,
her halfbrother "Nikolaas" also won 1st national ace pigeon Great Middle Distance, it is like a fairy tale. Also Nikolaas
and his parents are in PEC breeding loft for co-breeding !
Old Verreckt-Ariën lines
LONG DISTANCE PIGEONS ( + 800 KM ) :
1st international Barcelona 2013 owned 50/50 by Batenburg and PEC
1st international Barcelona 2015 owned 50/50 by Batenburg and PEC
PEC RACING TEAM ADK is using :
PiPa Elite Center
Pigeons from paradise, available on earth
E-mail : Nikolaas Gyselbrecht