Vermeerbergen-Wilms (Mol, BE) celebrate double provincial win from Argenton II young birds

Last weekend the Vermeerbergen-Wilms partnership managed to win the first and second provincial prize against 2,847 young birds from Argenton.

Vermeerbergen-Wilms are true young bird specialists. The first round of youngsters is raced in Mol under the name of Vermeerbergen-Wilms, while the second round is raced in Brasschaat as Vermeerbergen-Wilms-Breg. The first highlight of this season is a first and second provincial from Argenton II.

Luc Vermeerbergen (left) and Robby Wilms (right)

In the late 2000s Luc Vermeerbergen (a proven fancier in the national races) and Roby Wilms (First nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance in 09) decide to join forces. Luc can be considered the mastermind of this partnership, while Robby is responsible for managing the loft. They form a perfect partnership and they have been winning excellent results in the young bird category. Last year, for instance, they won a second national Bourges and a third national Guéret, leading to a deserved fourth national Ace Pigeon Young Birds. Shortly after the formation of this Vermeerbergen-Wilms partnership they also started working together with Grégory Bekaert, an excellent fancier from Brasschaat.

Careful investments and joint breedings are the key to success

Luc Vermeerbergen is constantly looking for new reinforcements and he is not afraid to travel the country to look for the very best pigeons. The fanciers from Mol like to organise joint breedings with other top class fanciers as well, just to keep it affordable. We give you a few examples of successful joint breedings in the past:

- Joint breeding of their previous stock sire De Witpen (3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Sprint) and Rosita of Heremans-Ceusters
- This joint breeding resulted in Lucky Luk, their current stock sire, which was in turn used for a joint breeding with Leo Heremans in 2012
- Joint breeding with Marcel Wouters with his Olympiad Pigeon Ad
- Recent exchanges with Ronny Menten, Leon Jacobs,...

They also obtained pigeons from Henri Menten, Roger Engelen, Etienne Stassen, Johan Bleyen, Gaston Van de Wouwer, for instance via the lofts of Leon Verslegers, John Meurysse, Danny Van Dyck, Marc Pollin, De Clercq-Vervaeren,... The most recent purchases last winter include youngsters of Bender (First Nat. Ace Pigeon of Stijn Van Laere), grandchildren of Amalia (First Nat. Ace Pigeon of Casaert-Senechal), grandchildren of New Freddy (First Nat. Ace Pigeon of Pierre Mathijs from the line of Blue Erika, the dam of two national winners for Erik Limbourg), etc.

This basically means that the breeding loft in Mol houses nothing but top quality birds and this has been paying off. We give you their results of 2013:

Vermeerbergen-Wilms, Mol

Laon:      1,208 p: 4,10,13,17,18,23,39,51,94,95,103,103,119,125 etc 27/62
Laon:      1,231 p: 11,32,35,36,56,57,67,94,95,99,118,118 etc 28/49
Momignies:  965 p: 10,10,12,13,15,16,18,21,26,27,53,55,56,92 etc 34/50
Laon:      1,048 p: 1,2,8,20,21,22,69,72,73,76,76,78,79,87,89,103 etc 37/54
Laon :      744 p: 12,30,32,35,52,58,67,68,84,87,90,92,97,98,100,101,101,103 etc 31/46
Chateauroux:212 p: 2,3,4,9,12,19,21,24,27,29,31,38,39 etc 18/45 
     prov. 1,468 p: 9,15,56,72,107,154,159 etc 18/45
      zone 1,725 p: 9,17,75,87,121,178,184 etc 13/45
      nat 12,071 p: 14,24,180,234,334,495,524,575,632,670,751,1050,1183 etc 18/45
Argenton:   426 p: 1,2,9,17,21,28,31,37,39 etc 18/38 
           2,847 p: 1,2,20,69,82,108,120,157,161,262 etc 19/38
      nat 19,303 p: 19,25,151,332,371,461,515 etc

The sire of provincial winner Mister Argenton BE13-6030727 is a grandson of De Floere of Etienne Stassen, winner of four first prizes and sire of six first prize winners. This pigeon is related to the lines of Pros Roosen, Houben and Schellens via his father's side. The dam originates from Heremans-Ceusters via Johan Bleyen. Click here for the pedigree of Mister Argenton.

The second provincial Argenton is BE13-3011042 Poulidor, a direct John Meurysse. He is an inbred to John's James Bond, sixth nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance 2005 and in turn the grandfather of a fourth Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance 2013 for Roger Delmotte from Oesselgem. Click here for the pedigree of Poulidor.

Vermeerbergen-Wilms-Greg, Brasschaat

Noyon:       945 p: 1,5,6,7,11,20,21,22,23,25,29,53,60,99 etc 31/46
Noyon:      1,186 p: 2,3,6,7,14,29,31,47,50,109,111,114,114,116,118, etc 23/37
Bourges:     273 p: 1,3, etc 3/10
       zone 2,975 p: 15,37 etc
       nat 18,478 p: 60,172 etc
Chateauroux: 168 p: 2,4,5,8,9,12,15 etc 15/41
       zone 1,637 p: 8,32,38,51,53,100 etc 14/41
       nat 12,071 p: 92,326,377,512,566,944,1146,1166,1309 etc
Angerville:  870 p: 1,2,4,5,7,38,39,60,83,99 etc 16/20
Argenton:     74 p: 1,2,3,4,5,6,9,12,13  etc 9/14
             263 p: 9,13,20,23,24,26 etc 9/14
       nat 19,303 p: 928,1127,1774 etc