We think no one could doubt the quality of the pigeons in this loft after two zonal and two provincial victories 2013. The Verherstraeten pigeons took four wonderful first prizes but they were not completely satisfied: their second place from Gueret felt like a missed opportunity. They had been so close to a national win.
The fanciers that were spending the afternoon at his loft were not really paying attention yet. They agreed that his pigeons had to land at about 13:45 to win an early prize. “You have to be faster than the others if you want to win the first national”, Sylvain told them. He had just put on his sunglasses when Chanel came in from the east-southeast, making Sylvain immediately forget his second place. Chanel was clocked at 13:37 and the Verherstraeten loft had its national victory after all, a few weeks after the disappointing second place.
Luck can be important in competition as well, just like in last weekend’s victory. “We used to be part of an excellent Entente in the sprint competition in the Kempen Union.” Due to an advantageous location (his pigeons were basically just better than the others) the fanciers from Herentals were excluded. That is why Sylvain and his father Eddy, who ran the Verherstraeten loft together, were forced to look further. This national victory is the result of this unpopular yet fairly common measure in pigeon racing. If the union had still existed Chanel might have only won a first prize in the club from Quievrain instead of a national win. Click here for the list of achievements of Chanel.
Only the very best pigeons are allowed to stay in the loft of Eddy and Sylvain. Their pigeons should have achieved ten prizes per ten at the age of two. Innate health is what matters the most and they further improve their pigeons’ health by feeding them fresh vegetables, some beer yeast and omega 3-oil and by adding some garlic and apple cider to the drinking water. There is also a ten day parastop cure and an inevitable canker treatment. Those that cannot cope will be dropped from the team.
The hen with ring number BE10-6079242 should not be worried about being dropped. She might have been disappointed about her son Quicksilver’s second place from Gueret but now she can be really proud of her daughter’s national victory from Châteauroux. That is right, the second national Gueret and the first national Châteauroux were bred from the same dam. We should not forget the introduction of many other top class pigeons in this loft but the most important name in this pedigree is that of F & J Vandenheede (Zingem, BE), one of today’s big stars in pigeon racing in Belgium. Click here for the full pedigree of Chanel.
Eddy and Sylvain had basketed 20 young birds of the first round to an old hen. Some of these birds have gotten lost and some hens of the second round were added to the team. As you might have guessed, Chanel was one of them. This means the other hens in the team could be just as talented as Chanel. We have five more national young birds’ races to come in which the other hens can show their potential.