Hugo Casaert (Russeignies, BE) ready to uphold his family's reputation

Hugo Casaert (19 years) was born and raised in a family dedicated to the pigeon sport. He is the son of Sébastien (Casaert-Sénéchal), the grandson of the late Maurice and the nephew of Maurice Jr & Grégory, all four of them having at least one national victory to their name. Together, the Casaert family has one of the most impressive lists of achievements worldwide. And it has been Hugo's ambition to join them.

Hugo & one of his favourites.

A passion for the marathon races

While the members of his family became famous thanks to their results in the middle distance races, Hugo Casaert seeks to make a name for himself in the international races. Ever since he was a child he has been passionate about the marathon races in the skies, because these are the races where the most talented pigeons will inevitably stand out. He thinks there is nothing more beautiful than watching a pigeon arrive home after a trip of several hours of flying. He talked about his ambitions in this discipline to his father, who was a bit reluctant at first. In the end he did give in, because he wanted his son to do what he really wanted. Hugo has been racing under his own name since 2016, running his own pigeon loft and focusing solely on the national long distance & extreme long distance races. Joost De Smeyter, a family friend, took care of the rest: he offered several youngsters, and he assisted Hugo in taking his first steps in the long distance. His father is on good terms with some renowned European fanciers, and thanks to that Hugo was able to obtain some high quality youngsters of such champions as Jelle Jellema and Hugo Batenburg. He also learned a lot from these champions as well, especially about how to manage your racing birds. This invaluable information, along with the knowledge that he gained himself (Hugo has spent many days in his lofts, both during summer and winter), gave the promising young fancier the experience he needs to excel. 2017 was his first proper racing season, in which he had a team of old birds as well as a strong team of yearlings (approx. 60). He started the season rather cautiously, because the next few years will be important.

A strong race from St-Vincent with the 2 year olds, club victories in several classics

Despite his age, Hugo already had a great result in one of the most demanding extreme long distance races of the season: St. Vincent. This race was considered the final test of the season for his team of 9 two year olds. This year the first pigeons in the race had a velocity of just over 1,100 m/min, making his historic race one of the most demanding events of 2017. From a total of 9 basketed pigeons Hugo clocked four birds late in the vening, and another one in the early morning. This is a great result for this young fancier. At national level, against 3,053 pigeons, Hugo won a 58th, 97th, 105th & 409th.

It was his first top arrival on the national scene and for sure not his last! By the way, our young friend had been warned about the upcoming form of his racing birds: they won a number of club victories in the classics from Libourne, Limoges & Narbonne in the yearlings category. This goes to show that he will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. And it starts in 2018, as his pigeons will be competing in all the extreme long distance races with one major objective: to clock an early pigeon at national level.

Hugo Casaert has everything to become a successful fancier and to become as famous as all the older members of his family. With his feet on the ground, and with the help of his father, while still working independently, Hugo dreams to become a famous fancier one day, capable of competing with the best fanciers from Belgium, the Netherlands, France & Germany. Taking into account his age and the fact this discipline is quite an intricate one, it is still way too early to judge his pigeon family. But he is clearly on the right track, and we are confident he will do everything he can to achieve his dreams. Congratulations!

Best results in 2017

04/06 Limoges I prov - 1.411 olds: 70, 356, 366 (3/6)
10/06 Châteauroux loc - 299 yl: 2, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 18, 23, 24, 28, ... (26/58)
24/06 Cahors prov - 604 olds: 83, 124, 154, 172 (4/13)
04/07 Agen prov - 356 olds: 61, 62, 95, 113 (4/12)
04/07 Agen prov - 402 yl: 13, 55, 66, 70, 81, 98, 109, 118, 124 (9/25)
08/07 Limoges II loc - 182 yl: 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 18, ... (28/54)
08/07 Limoges II prov - 982 olds: 29 (1/1)
08/07 Limoges II prov - 850 yl: 9, 14, 41, 45, 54, 55, 57, 66, 67, 77, 84, ... (29/54)
15/07 Jarnac prov - 613 olds: 20 (1/1)
15/07 St-Vincent prov - 213 olds: 2, 5, 7, 32, 50 (5/9)
22/07 Libourne loc - 157 yl: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 15, ... (16/38)
22/07 Libourne prov - 434 olds: 76
22/07 Libourne prov - 296 yl: 9, 17, 29, 30, 31, 34, 44, 48, 62, 65, 70, 87, 91 (13/38)
28/05 Narbonne prov - 225 yl: 6, 14, 18, 34, 36, 64 (6/8)