The national race from Tulle was the closing race of the 2016 long distance season. It was quite a turbulent season with many difficult races, due to the weather conditions. Many long distance fanciers have lost quite a number of racing pigeons; the number of losses was higher than ever before.
Rudi De Saer had his share of bad luck as well. They were well prepared for the season, and all set for the opening classic from Limoges in late May. Team De Saer has made history in this race in the past, which explains why it is their favourite classic on the calendar. The entire old birds' team was basketed for this race but the event was a major disappointment. He did have some excellent results at club level, with a 2-3-5-6-13-16 against 376 pigeons and a 16/38. Unfortunately the stormy weather near Paris in the early afternoon gave the racing team for Limoges a hard time: almost a third of the old birds' team for the long distance failed to get back home that evening, including many champions. Racing bird Neymar was one of them.
All was not lost for Rudi but he did lose a substantial part of his racing team. He was suddenly left without some of his most renowned prize winners, pigeons that have won many prestigious titles. He felt he had to complete the rest of the season at half strength. Some pigeons got back home a few days later (including Neymar, who went straight to the breeding loft), but their racing season was basically over.
Like a champion
But Rudi fought his way back like a real champion. He had to start looking for new champions among his collection of young long distance pigeons, pigeons that could win championship points over the course of the season, and perhaps an ace pigeon title as well. He competed in the race from Cahors with just four pigeons (1st club and 3/4); the rest of the team went to Châteauroux and Argenton to prepare for Libourne-Limoges-Jarnac-Brive-Tulle. The team was divided over these five races, in which the De Saer pigeons could try to take revenge. The reorganised racing team performed really well, as you can tell from the following overview:
Libourne Nat 5,195 olds: 88-193-238-397-966-1242 (6/6) Limoges II Nat 6,492 olds: 17-170-241-242-311-719-1421-1477 (8/11) Jarnac Club 79 olds: 1-4-7-9-11-12-18-25 (8/14) Nat 4,167 olds: 9-54-86-98-158-163-342-587-723-893-899 (11/14) Jarnac Club 100 YLs: 3-4-5-13-19-24 (6/15) Brive Club 111 olds: 1-3-9-11-31-33 (6/8) Nat 5,952 olds: 13-47-185-218-667-713 (6/8) Brive Club 120 YLs: 1-3-7-12-14 (5/6) Nat 5,929 YLs: 71-100-235-346-459 (5/6) Tulle Club 75 olds: 1-6-8-9-12-14-15-16 (8/13) Prov 1,028 olds: 12-65-100-104-151-161-165-274 (8/13) Tulle Club 133 YLs: 1-10-16-27-31-35-43-44 (8/13) Prov 1,176 YLs: 1-55-100-157-198-269-354-360 (8/13)
Provincial win from Tulle yearlings and 6th National Ace Pigeon Long Distance
It is clear that Rudi De Saer can now rely on a new generation of promising racing birds that have the potential to excel at national level.
New Jens Junior and Phoenix are two of these promising racing birds. New Jens Junior won 5 prizes in 5 national races, earning him the title of 2nd best pigeon of Belgium over 5 national races, as well as the title of 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2016 (3 races). Phoenix was basketed as first nominated yearling for Tulle, and went on to win a provincial first prize. We take a closer look at these talented racing birds:
-New Jens Junior BE14-3115678
2nd Best old bird in the long distance Belgium – 5 national races (PIPA ranking) 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2016 Candidate for the title of 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2016 Palmares in 2016: 1. Arras 253 p. 2. Prov Limoges I 2,489 p. 26. Nat Limoges I 13,493 p. 12. Prov Tulle 1,028 p. (1st club 75 p.) 154 Nat Tulle 6,101 p. 14. Prov Brive 1,092 p. 47. Nat Brive 5,952 p. 111 Prov Limoges II 1,121 p. 311 Nat Limoges II 6,492 p. 320 Prov Tours 4,939 p. 509 Nat Cahors 6,164 p. 38. Clermont 438 p.
Sire: New Jens BE10-3020896
Winner of 1st Nat. Limoges 13,789 p., 1st Ablis 547 p., 1st Ablis 346 p., 1st Arras 191 p. He is a son of Gino Boy BE09-3171413 (direct Gino Clicque) x Sister 2 Jens BE05-3177117, a full sister of Jens. Jens won a 1st and 2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB (100% Gaby Vandenabeele from Geschelpte Neptunus 181/03 x Pootje 003/03).
Dam: Black Lola BE10-3155220
Purchased from Team BDS in a PIPA auction, as a 100% De Saer hen. This excellent breeding hen is the dam of four first prize winners. She is a daughter of Golden Antoine BE06-3125812 x One Eye Blind BE08-3037370 (daughter of stock pair Perigueux 699/09 x Corry 189/01).
Click here for the full pedigree of New Jens Junior.
New Jens: winner of 1st Nat. Limoges 13,789 p. and sire of 1st Prov (provisional) and 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2016
Palmares in 2016: 1. Prov Tulle 1,176 p. 55. Nat Tulle 7,322 p. 39. Prov Tours 1,759 p. 723 Nat Chateauroux 29,591 p. 605. Nat Jarnac 3,905 p. 2109 Nat Argenton 18,363 p. 11. Fontenay 447 p. 16. Clermont 216 p. 31. Clermont 281 p.
Sire: Milanov BE14-3115675
This racing bird is a son of Zorro BE10-3183604 (grandson of stock pair Perigueux 699/99 x Corry 189/01) x Bianca BE12-3120246, a full sister of New Tours (1st Nat. Cahors 7,136 p.) and Antonio (1st Nat. Souillac 7,760 p.). Bianca comes from Zoon Groten 762/02 x stock dam ’t Goedje 035/05.
Dam: Laura BE12-3120096
Daughter of 10th Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB '11 Witpen Stier BE10-3020756 x Belinda BE10-3020881. Belinda is a full sister of Zwarten As (1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB ’09), Zwartje (3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB ’06), etc. She comes from stock pair Perigueux x Corry.
Click here for the full pedigree of Phoenix
Rudi De Saer had a difficult start to the season but that did not put him off. He fought back and he showed that his racing team was still strong enough to play a decisive role in the national long distance competition in Belgium, despite having lost some key players. His talented pigeon breed managed to get back on top of its game in the long distance classics in July, winning most notably a provincial victory from Tulle and the title of 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB (and possibly a 1st Provincial as well). Congratulations.