Simply the best
Getting world famous with your pigeons – many are called, few are chosen. Gaby Vandenabeele is one of those rare examples that made it happen. He became an internationally renowned player, who saw his pigeons excel in races across the globe.
It was the year 1981 when Gaby paired Zitterke BE80-4055428 of Josef Delodder from Zulte to the invaluable stock dam Ameyke BE77-3064419 of fellow fancier Gilbert Van Parijs from Aarsele, and this very combination would soon become the cornerstone of one of our sport’s most iconic success stories at international level. This pair bred golden stock sire Kleinen BE81-3238253, the undisputed number one of the Gaby Vandenabeele pigeon family. This fantastic breeder has given way to a pigeon family that has spread its wings across the world – a rare achievement.
His impeccable breeding qualities still show in today’s race results – almost 37 years later: all of Gaby’s best racing birds are related to Kleinen. He was only a yearling in 1982 when he gave birth to Picanol, 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Yearlings KBDB West-Flanders. One year later, in 1983, Fideel followed in his footsteps winning a 2nd Nat. Limoges 6,991 p., almost winning the team’s first national first prize. The Vandenabeele brand was taking shape.
This breed really started to gain international fame with the next champion that was bred from Kleinen, the now world famous Wittenbuik. This pigeon was a fantastic racing bird and winner of three provincial first prizes. He proved an outstanding breeder as well, and he would soon follow in the footsteps of his sire Kleinen, developing into an iconic breeding bird in no time. The bloodline of De Kleinen not only gave several generations of talented racing birds, its breeding value continued to live on in future generations as well.
Wittebuik was followed up by his grandson, the world renowned Bliksem. He dominated the competition in Belgium in the year 2000 before being transferred to the breeding loft at age two. This transfer proved to be another brilliant move by grandmaster Gaby, who was yet again two steps ahead of his opponents. Bliksem not only developed into an invaluable racing bird, he was also worth his weight in gold in the breeding loft.
The noble Bliksem bloodline can be found in an extensive number of race winning birds: provincial and national first prize winners, national ace pigeons, and outstanding breeding birds. His bloodlines have led to fantastic results in racing and breeding lofts across the world.
And that includes of course Gaby Vandenabeele’s own pigeon loft as well, which is home to one of the, if not the most famous sons of Bliksem: the invaluable breeder and current stock breeder Rudy. Rudy is the sire of a new generation of highly talented racing birds, including most notably Super Romeo (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance YLs KBDB 2013) and New Bliksem (winner of a 1st Nat. Tulle Yearlings in 2014).
More than 37 years since his birth, the bloodline of the invaluable stock breeder Kleinen is still one of the cornerstones of this pigeon family. The descendants of Kleinen have made Gaby Vandenabeele a grandmaster, and one of our sport’s great heroes!
By the end of 2018, one of the world’s most successful and most renowned pigeon families at international level will cease to exist. This is the pigeon breed that gave way to 40 years of spectacular results worldwide! The modern-day Gaby Vandenabeele pigeon has a fantastic reputation indeed – it is a pigeon that stands for great talent and quality. If the Vandenabeele bird were a type of car, it would definitely be a Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Bently or Porsche. We might even call them the Messi or Ronaldo, or perhaps the Merckx or Sagan of pigeon racing. This breed stands for exclusive top quality - Simply the best of the best!
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