We can all think of a few fanciers who have been able to deliver excellent results, who have dominated races, and won championship and ace pigeon titels with ease, without really getting any credit for it.
Philippe Dobbelaere is one of them. He has been one of the leading names in the middle distance and the light long distance for many years now, and he has won his share of provincial and national championship titles and ace pigeon titles almost every season, while competing for national top prizes almost on a weekly basis. He won for instance a 1st Nat. Chateauroux 17,984 olds in 2014, and a 1ste Nat. Jarnac 3,096 YLs in 2016. He won the title of 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB with stock dam Brigitte, and he represented his country in the 2011 Olympiad in Poznan. He also had the best yearling of Belgium over 7 national races in his loft in 2014 with Evita. This year his top class hen 900-duivin claims the title of best old bird of Belgium in 5 and 7 national races. On top of that, Philippe wins a 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance YBs KBDB, along with three titles in the national championships KBDB. This is quite something!
His palmares is hard to ignore. Still, Philippe does not get the recognition he deserves, not at national and not at international level. This might have something to do with Philippe not being a man of many words; his actions speak louder than his words. You can tell from the numerous results on his website. His pigeon breed is not founded on prestigious bloodlines or extensive pedigrees, but rather on solid performers, on proven racing birds. Most of them originate from fanciers from around the area with a solid palmares at regional level. Many of these pigeons used to beat Philippe's own breed in races that took place in demanding conditions. He obtained reinforcements and he did joint breedings with fanciers who used to beat him on a regular basis, and eventually he developed his own pigeon breed that is now among Belgium's best performing lofts.
An excellent 2017 season with 26 first prizes
We already briefly mentioned some of his best results of 2017. It was another memorable racing season with no less than 26 first prizes (click here for a complete overview), numerous overall top results, and several championship titles as well. We picked a few of his most prestigious provincial and national titles of 2017:
1st Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB Young Birds Middle Distance East Flanders (with 17-4197517) 3rd National Ace Pigeon KBDB Olds Longer Middle Distance (with 15-4158900) 12th National Ace Pigeon KBDB Young Birds Middle Distance (with 17-4197454) 18th National Championships KBDB Young Birds Shorter Middle Distance 3rd Provincial Championship KBDB Young Birds Middle Distance East Flanders 1st Ace Pigeon Yearlings Bruges Championships (with 16-4100307) 1st Ace Pigeon Belgian National Fondtrophy Olds Longer Middle Distance (with 15-4158900) Best old bird Longer Middle Distance over 7 nationals (with 15-4158900) Best old bird Longer Middle Distance over 5 nationals (with 15-4158900)
On top of that he claimed a zonal first prize from Limoges, but he missed out on a few provincial first prizes (he baskets his pigeons for the national races in Waregem in West-Flanders but he lives in East Flanders, which means he is not entitled to a provincial victory). It has been an exceptional 2017 season indeed; here is a look at some of his national top results:
1st Nat.Zone A2 Limoges 4,876 pigeons 4th National Limoges 14,937 pigeons 5th National Limoges 10,554 pigeons 7th National Brive 9,132 pigeons 11-21-67 National Bourges I 22,985 pigeons 3-10. Nat. Zone A2 Bourges II 1,498 pigeons etc…
It's time to talk you through the big stars of 2017, the pigeons that won these championship titles and overall top results.
The ‘900’, the best old bird of Belgium over 5 and 7 national races
This pigeon was the big champion of 2017 in Olsene, and follows in the footsteps of Evita. She is another descendant of the fantastic bloodline of stock dam Brigitte, which is still a fundamental part of the Philippe Dobbelaere pigeon breed. It is almost hard to believe that a single bloodline has bred so many successful racing birds, first prize winners and ace pigeons. The 900-hen is the next in line:
-‘900’ BE15-4158900 (hen)
3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Olds KBDB 2017 Best old bird Longer Middle Distance over 5 Nat. races Best old bird Longer Middle Distance over 7 Nat. races 10th Nat Chateauroux III 2,780 p. ’17 10th N.Zone Bourges II 1,498 p. ’17 21st Nat Bourges I 23,155 p. ’17 26th N.Zone Argenton I 4,081 p. ’17 131st N.Zone Argenton II 2,170 p. ’17 190th Nat Chateauroux I 20,473 p. ’17 224th N.Zone Chateauroux II 2,787 p. ’17 50th Nat Chateauroux (Guer)29,591 p. ’16 2nd Prov Orleans 406 p. ’16 6th Prov Vierzon 2,095 p. ’16 11th Prov Blois 1,193 p. ’16 28th Prov Chateauroux II 2,934 p. ’16 39th Prov Chateaudun 4,634 p. ’15 127th Nat Argenton 12,449 p. ’16
She is a daughter of Emerson BE12-4176439 (a son of top pair Tsaby 1 x Kim 1 of Geert and Annick Vanrenterghem-Goeteyn from Deinze) x Julie BE12-4218736 (winner of a 1st Angerville 589 p., an 84th Nat. Poitiers 13,135 p., a 6th Prov. Orleans 3,790 p., and an 18th Prov. Bourges 2,675 p., and a daughter of Jules BE09-4326745 x Bonte Brigitte BE10-4326004).
Click here for the full pedigree of the ‘900’
She is quite an excellent racing hen indeed!
Camillo: 1st Provincial Ace Pigeon and Daphne: 12th National Ace Pigeon
A young team of highly talented racing birds is ready to take over - the achievements of the young birds of 2017 show that the team has a bright future ahead. We take a look at some of the most promising young pigeons in this team. These youngsters show that Philippe's breeding strategy is working really well. Camillo plays an important role in this story:
1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance young birds KBDB 2017 1st Blois 445 p. ( 3rd Prov. 6,013 p. on 29/7) 2nd Blois 492 p. ( 5th Prov. 5,334 p. on 22/7) 7th Orleans 800 p. (30th Prov. 6,380 p.) 4th Issoudun 291 p. (105th Prov. 3,874 p.)
Sire: Geschelpten Camiel BE11-3041140
He comes from Camiel Vanwijnsberghe from Laten BE04-3042418 x Geschelptwitpen BE07-3101920 Chris De Backer (a granddaughter of the amazing Bieke BE00-3195029 Cools-Blancke, winner of 7 first prizes).
Dam: Evita BE13-4063110
A super class hen! She was 1st Best YL of Belgium Longer Middle Distance 2014 over 7 national races, and 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2014. She is a daughter of Broer Tine BE10-4073047 (a son of stock hen Cleo) x Agnetha BE10-4073042.
Click here for the full pedigree of Camillo
Evita: an outstanding racing bird and an invaluable breeding dam; the dam of a 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle distance YBs KBDB 2017
Since Issoudun was not taken into account for the national ace pigeon championship shorter middle distance, Camillo was not an ace pigeon contender. But that was not really an issue, since Phippe had another ace pigeon candidate in his collection: Daphne managed to win a national ace pigeon title young birds KBDB. She is a highly talented racing bird and winner of the following prizes:
12th Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance YBs KBDB 2017 1st Orleans 800 p. ( 3rd Prov. 6,380 p. on 13/8) 1st Clermont 331 p. 4th Orleans 690 p. (16th Prov. 5,307 p. on 08/7) 9th Blois 445 p. (84th Prov. 6,013 p.) 9th Fontenay 646 p.
Sire: Late November BE11-4264280
A great racing bird heavily based on De Rauw-Sablon. He is a son of Late Bengt BE09-4080892 (from Ronaldinho 277/06 Bengt Haeck x Dromend Goudklompje 430/03, a daughter of De Rauw-Sabloniconen Dromer x Goudklompje) x Bleke Lena BE09-4107223, an excellent racing hen.
Dam: Zus Bella & Britt BE13-4280921
A daughter of top breeder Prins BE10-4073635 (brother of Cleo) x stock dam Brigitte BE07-4022161 (Olympiad Pigeon Poznan).
Click here for Daphne's full pedigree
The successful Daphne bloodline has also given Philippe Dobbelaere's best young bird of 2017: Nafi. She is another half sister of the aforementioned Bella and Brit from her father's side.
1st Vierzon 139 p. ( 8th Prov. 2,341 p.) 5th Fontenay 646 p. 6th Fontenay 231 p. 8th Orleans 800 p. (32nd Prov. 6,380 p. on 13/8) 10th Orleans 690 p. (31st Prov. 5,307 p. on 08/7) 11th Fontenay 195 p. 40th Blois 445 p. (397th Prov. 6,013 p. on 29/7) 45th Blois 492 p. (250th Prov. 5,334 p. on 22/7)
Nafi is a daughter of Prins BE10-4073634, the sire of Bella and Britt (a son of stock dam Cleo) x Halfzus Brigitte BE12-4281269 (from Jerom BE02-4128598 x Dochter Kamielke BE04-4241601, the dam of stock dam Brigitte).
Click here for the full pedigree of Nafi.
Pigeon racing is all about winning races!
Philippe does not care for pigeons with prestigious pedigrees. Pedigrees don't win races. A pedigree does only mean something if the pigeon actually takes first prizes. The achievements come first, then the pedigree. That is how Philippe selects pigeons to strengthen his breed with.
His philosophy is fairly straightforward: pigeon racing is all about having the fastest pigeon, about winning first prizes and ace pigeon titles. And Philippe Dobbelaere has many such pigeons in his collection. These enabled him to develop a really strong pigeon breed that can compete with the best on a weekly basis. He learned the ropes from his father Roger at an early age, and he has always stuck to Roger's breeding strategy: breeding from pigeons with a proven record.
The results from recent seasons cannot be ignored: he wins 21 first prizes in 2015, 21 first prizes in 2016, and 26 first prizes in 2017, besides many other provincial, zonal and two national wins, and provincial and national championship titles. This is testament to a high quality pigeon breed led by a proficient fancier.
Julius: winner of a 1st Nat. Zone A Limoges 4,876 olds, 4th National Limoges 14.,937 olds in 2017
Rocco: winner of a 3rd Nat. Zone Limoges 3,832 YLs and a 5th Nat. Limoges 10,554 YLs