Team De Jaeger, from left to right Frank, Freddy and Marijn
Team De Jaeger Freddy; they are quite a special bunch. When Marijn Laureyns joined to become the team's loft caretaker, the team saw a significant performance boost, eventually becoming a top level player at national level. Freddy De Jaeger had invested heavily in top quality bloodlines, but they did not come into full bloom until the outstanding Marijn started to take care of the day-to-day running of the lofts.
It enabled them to win the prestigious title of General Champion of Belgium Entente for two consecutive years, in 2015 and 2016, the title of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2014 with Carla, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2015 with Warrior, 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon extreme Long Distance KBDB 2015 with Fury, and six more national ace pigeon titles KBDB between 2014 and 2016. This is quite impressive indeed.
A stunt result from Bourges
Their many titles and ace pigeons clearly show that there are plenty of top quality pigeons in the team's pigeon loft in Knesselare. And most fanciers from around the area know that Marijn has the talent to get the racing team ready at the exact right moment. The fancier from the Meetjesland Region did everything he could to prepare for the first national classic of 2017 from Bourges, and it resulted in an exceptional performance in which the yearlings basically dominated the race:
Bourges club 623 yearlings: 1-2-3-4-6-8-11-15-20-21-23-26-30-33-39-44-45-46-49-51-59-60-65… (38/65 per 3-tal) Prov 4,403 yearlings: 1-3-6-13-34… (preliminary results) Nat 20,701 yearlings: 2-14-24-83… (preliminary results) Bourges club 797 olds: 11-14-19-31-43-63-103-104-126-136-145… (13/30) Prov 4,430 olds: 41-50 etc. (preliminary results)
The highly competitive Fondclub Eeklo (where four provinial first prizes were won this weekend: 2 from Bourges and 2 from Orleans) is used to a spectacular result every once in a while but the overwhelming performance of the yearlings of Team De Jaeger from Bourges is something even this club has never seen before.
Warrior bloodline dominant and victorious
The yearlings that won the first three prizes (three cocks) are all linked to Warrior, which won the title of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB in 2015. It's all in the blood.
The provincial winner from Bourges (and of a 2nd Nat.) had won a top prize from Blois and La Souterraine back when he was a young bird, and he also took a convincing win from Arras in the early 2017 season. He did it again in Bourges, claiming victory with a five minute lead over his loft mate that finished in second place.
-1st Prov. Bourges BE16-4135296
1st Prov Bourges 4,403 YL 2nd Nat Bourges 20,701 YL 1st Arras 812 YL 1st Arras 1,219 olds 4th Fontenay 506 p. 9th Clermont 416 p. 13th Clermont 233 p. Etc…
Sire: 887 Aelbrecht BE09-4114887
A 100% Marcel Aelbrecht pigeon. He is a son of Kleinzoon Bak 17 BE08-4133293 (a direct M.Aelbrecht) x Blauw Aelbrecht BE08-4133295 (a direct M.Aelbrecht from inbred half brother x half sister Miss Joice; a super class breeder for the late Andre Verbesselt).
Dam: Anneke BE09-4138780
A half sister of Warrior, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2015. She is a daughter of Mr Tulle FR04-34338, the sire of Warrior (he won a 1st Nat. Tulle 5,700 p., 3rd Ace Pigeon France) x Britta DV06720-08-1234, a direct Dr H.P. Brockamp and a sister of Mistral (from Georges BE99-4528985 x Daughter Mexx NL00-1059365).
Click here for the full pedigree of the 1st Prov. Bourges
The winner of a 2nd Bourges 623 YLs club (3rd Prov. - 14th Nat.) is Blauwe doffer BE16-4135317. He was bred from Alejandro BE13-4163549, a pigeon inbred to Warrior: his parents are a half brother (Witslag Pedro 490/00) x a half sister Warrior (Phoebe 630/11). They are two pigeons bred from stock hen Anja BE03-4316098, the dam of Warrior. Alejandro was paired to Coleen BE10-4239865, a daughter of Twister 346/08 (a full brother of Tornado and thus a son of the amazing Tsunami-duivin, a daughter of Bliksem Vandenabeele). Click here for the pedigree of the 2nd Bourges.
The blue coloured racing cock BE16-4135498 that won a 3rd Bourges 523 YLs club (6th Prov. - 24th Nat.) had also won a 36th Fontenay 1,103 olds and a 27th Fontenay 741 YLs last week. He is a direct son of Warrior BE11-4096909, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2016 (he is a son of Mr. Tulle FR04-34338 x Anja BE03-4316098) paired to his own half sister, Tike BE12-4159336 (from Mr Tulle x Tsunami BE04-3230937, a daughter of Bliksem). Click here for the pedigree of this Zoon Warrior.
Team De Jaeger could not have thought of a better start to the 2017 national racing season, with a spectacular result in the yearlings' race from Bourges. They have claimed a provincial first prize and a second place at national level, for the third time in their career. We are eager to see if Freddy, Marijn and Frank willl be able to claim a long awaited national victory in the coming few weeks. You never know what to expect from a racing team in peak form, and their provincial first prize is a step in the right direction for sure. Congratulations!