The big surprise of the past two seasons in the national long distance races was Dirk Speybroeck - playing under the banner BDS / Speybroeck – racing with a team of cocks (old birds and yearlings) of the combination BDS. Two years ago Team BDS decided to concentrate exclusively on the long distance, with a focus on national long distance classics such as Limoges, Brive, Souillac, Tulle, Aurillac… and also Perigueux, which will be soon on the national calendar again. The incredible talent of their racing cocks was evident right away, already in 2019 and 2020 when they switched to the long distance.
For insiders in the pigeon sport this came as no surprise. The name Speybroeck (formerly as father Roger and son Dirk, later as BDS / Speybroeck) has belonged to the top in the provincial and national races of the longer middle distance for years. So, history proves that Dirk truly masters the skills of top pigeon racing. And it was clear that some of their successful birds in the longer middle distance were quite ready to excel also in the long distance races. So, they strengthened even more their existing racing team with new pigeon power, a move which turned out to be very effective and added immediate value in their breed. The results they achieved in 2019 and 2020 speak for themselves: a fantastic series of titles up to national level, national top prizes, and multiple Ace pigeons titles. Below a list of all the impressive results in 2 years of long distance racing:
1st Best YL of Belgium - over 3 Nat. Long Distance races 2019 (with Double Kaasboer)
3rd National champion Long Distance Yearlings KBDB 2020
2nd National Brive 4,238 YL 2020
3rd National Aurillac 3,004 YL 2020
5th Best YL of Belgium - over 3 Nat. Long Distance races 2019
5th + 11th Nat. Ace pigeon Long Distance & Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2019
24th + 27th Nat. Ace pigeon Long Distance YL KBDB 2020
And on a local level:
1st General Champion Long Distance 2020 - Long Distance club Eeklo
1st Champion Long Distance Yearlings 2020 - Long Distance club Eeklo
2nd Champion Long Distance Old Birds 2020 - Long Distance club Eeklo
Anyone who can present such superior results after only 2 years of focusing on the long distance (600-800 Km), may rightly be awarded the title of ‘national super fancier’.
3rd Nat. Champion KBDB Long Distance yearlings 2020
This national championship of the KBDB is played with the 1st and 2nd nominated pigeon, over 3 national long distance races for yearlings. And here are the BDS/Speybroeck results that brought them national 'bronze':
Limoges 9,756 p. 180 (BE19-3039073) 352 (BE19-3039078)
Aurillac 3,004 p. 3 (BE19-3039286) 241 (BE19-3039019)
Brive 4,238 p. 2 (BE19-3039049) 33 (BE19-3039036)
Bart De Clerck (BDS/De Clerck), also a member of the team, was victorious with his hens, winning 1st Prov. Limoges against 3,037 old pigeons - and Dirk, too, got also really close to a big success with his racing cocks. For 2 weeks in a row, he flirted with the first prize but won 2nd Provincial, and reached the national podium with a 2nd Nat. Brive and 3rd Nat. Aurillac. Proud of the achievement, but still a little disappointed, since he was so close. How much closer can you get to national victory?
Good pigeons come fast back to the loft
For the second year in a row, Dirk could rely on a quality team of yearlings, who classified themselves, almost week after week, at the forefront of the national long distance races. But let’s meet the team that won the national title of 3rd Nat. Champion Long Distance YL KBDB. What stands out is the leading role of the Monty bloodline (of Rudi De Saer), the successful bloodline that gave the phenomenal pigeon "Rainman" - winner of 1st Nat. St. Vincent for Martin De Poorter (direct BDS pigeon):
-Monty 049 BE19-3039049
27th Nat. Ace pigeon Long Distance & Extreme Long Distance YL KBDB 2020
2nd Nat. Brive 4,238 p.
144th Nat. Limoges II 9,756 p.
297th Nat. Souillac 7,514 p.
745th Nat. Tulle 4,451 p.
Sire: Monty Piet NL16-1529854
Super breeding pigeon bred from Monty BE06-3125883 Rudi De Saer (11th Nat. Montauban, 34th Nat. Souillac… and full brother of Monty 047: father of Rainman, winner 1st Nat. St. Vincent from Martin De Poorter) x daughter Perigueux BE12- 3120221 De Saer (from the amazing Rudi De Saer stock couple Perigueux x Corry).
Dam: Daughter Neymar 995 BE16-3131995
A direct Norbert & Stefan Ally bird. A hen of class from Neymar BE13-3126093 (winner 1st Nat. Montauban, 2nd Nat. Brive…) x Goudina BE15-3126204 (2nd Prov. Blois, 6th Prov. La Souterainne, 17th Prov. Blois, 48th Nat. Argenton).
He got very close to winning the provincial first prize, but finally got on the national podium as winner 3rd national Aurillac in the yearlings, a bird descending from the crossing Joël Verschoot x Jos Joosen:
-Bronze Aurillac BE19-3039286
3rd Nat. Aurillac 3,004 p.
812th Nat. Souillac 7,514 p.
1039th Nat. Limoges II 9,756 p.
1128th N. Zone Chateauroux 9,511 p.
7th Clermont 541 p.
17th Pontoise 332 p.
Sire: Verschoot 757 BE17-3074757
A super talented racing pigeon with top prizes on his palmares, such as: 3rd Pontoise against 168 p., 4th Pontoise against 357 p., 21st Prov. Blois against 6,013 p., 33rd Nat. Jarnac against 4,940 p… This quality bird was bred from 2 Joël Verschoot pigeons with Verschoot 746 BE14-3004746 (son 1st Nat. Agen: de Agen x Aske 2) x super breeding hen Verschoot 292 BE13-3003292 (from the top-couple Ally x Houfflijntje).
Dam: Bonga 004 BE14-3143004
A half-sister of Lady Narbonne: 1st Nat. Narbonne against 3,580 p. Bonga 004 is a 100% Jos Joosen pigeon, bred from the Jos 867 BE11-6289867 (breeding line to the 1st Internat. Perpignan) x Bonga 995 BE12-6195995 (line 2 Nat. Dax x 3rd Internat. Perpignan).
Monty 036 is a half-brother of the winner 2nd Nat. Brive Monty 049, who has proven himself to be made out of the same fantastic genes.
-Monty 036 BE19-3039036
33rd Nat. Brive 4,238 p.
59th Nat. Zone Chateauroux 9,511 p.
222nd Nat. Souillac 7,514 p.
860th Nat. Tulle 4,451 p.
889th Nat. Limoges II 9,756 p.
4th Clermont 541 p.
6th Clermont 395 p.
49th Pontoise 888 p.
Half-brother of Monty 049 (2nd Nat. Brive) and 100% pure De Saer pigeon with 1st National winner's blood in his veins.
Sire: Monty Piet NL16-1529854
super-breeding pigeon bred from Rudi De Saer’s Monty BE06-3125883 (11th Nat. Montauban, 34th Nat. Souillac… and a full brother of Monty 047: father of Rainman, winner of 1st Nat. St. Vincent for Martin De Poorter) x De Saer’s Daughter Perigueux BE12- 3120221 (a child of the golden stock couple Perigueux x Corry, pigeons of Rudi De Saer).
Dam: New Daisy BE16-3112257
A direct De Saer bird and a child of the super-breeder New Tours BE10-3020082 (winner 1st Nat. Cahors, 6th Nat. Limoges, 10th Nat. Souillac, 18th Nat. Limoges… and son of the amazing stock dam 't Goedje) x Daisy BE08-3022143 (100 % Gaby Vandenabeele, from the lines of the stock sires Kleinen and Neptunus).
From the same super successful line of Monty - De Saer (Rainman line) comes Monty 078, cousin of the winner 2nd Nat. Brive, Monty 049.
- Monty 078 BE19-3039078
1st Club Blois 462 p.
38th Nat. Brive 4,238 p.
112nd Nat. Zone Chateauroux 7,593 p.
352nd Nat. Limoges II 9,756 p.
485th Nat. Zone Chateauroux 9,511 p.
1,662nd Nat. Souillac 7,514 p.
15th Pontoise 888 p.
A 100% Rudi De Saer pigeon.
Sire: Sky Driver BE17-3075284
A full brother of the Rudi De Saer long distance super-bird Falco: 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround 2016, 18th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB… and son of the De Saer top breeding couple: Zorro BE10-3183604 (grandson of stock couples Perigueux x Corry and Groten x Rebecca) x Bianca BE12-3120246 (a full sister of Antonio: 1st Nat. Souillac, and New Tours: 1st Nat. Cahors… a child of Son Groten (from the stock couple Groten x Rebecca) x golden stock dam 't Goedje).
Dam: Monty Piet 855 NL16-1529855
A nest sister of Monty Piet 854: father of Monty 049, winner 2nd Nat. Brive against 4,238 p. and of Monty 036, winner 33rd Nat. Brive against 4,238 p. etc… and daughter of Rudi De Saer’s Monty BE06-3125883 x Daughter Perigueux BE12-3120221, again of Rudi De Saer.
And yet another super-crossing of the De Saer top-lines New Tours and New Jens with Speedo's own incredible line (1st Prov. Bois), has already given the following fabulous bird:
-Inbred New Jens BE19-3039073
180 Nat Limoges II 9.756 d.
256 Nat Zone Chateauroux 7.593 d.
Vader: Big Thunder BE17-3075279
Zoon van New Tours BE10-3020082 (winnaar 1. Nat Cahors, 6. Nat Limoges, 10. Nat Souillac, 18. Nat Limoges… en zoon van gouden stammoeder ‘t Goedje) x Dochter New Jens BE15-3110250 (uit de 1. Prov Asduif Fond KBDB 2016 en winnaar 1. Nat Limoges 13.781 d.: New Jens x superkweekster Black Lola)
Moeder: Speedo 706 BE17-3074706
Dochter van één der supercracks van Dirk Speybroeck, met name Speedo BE08-4280633 (winnaar 1. Prov Blois 3.974 d…) x Jens Lola BE15-3110442 (dochter New Jens x Blue Lola).
We cannot possibly leave out of this overview one particular top-racer from the old pigeons’ team. This bird, (just like Double Kaasboer, the 'best yearling in Belgium in the long distance' over 3 national races in 2019), stems from the stunning Kaasboer line of Gaston Van de Wouwer (via the PEC) in crossing with Marc Pollin’s Morifer line, Olympiad pigeon in Dortmund.
-Kaasboer 755 BE17-3074755
30th Nat. Libourne 4,605 p. 2019
41st Nat. Brive 4,384 p. 2018
86th Nat. Brive 3,756 p. 2020
230th Nat. Limoges II 9,661 p. 2019
457th Nat. Limoges 7,263 p. 2018
583rd Nat. Tulle 6,206 p. 2019
600th Nat. Limoges I 13,569 p. 2019
Half-brother of Double Kaasboer 301/18
Sire: Kaasboer 720 BE14-4215720
A direct PEC. Father of Double Kaasboer: 3rd Nat. Libourne, 60th Nat. Limoges… 1st Best yearling in Belgium over 3 national long distance KBDB races, 5th Nat. Ace pigeon Long Distance & Extreme Long Distance YL KBDB 2019.
Dam: Daughter Mortifer BE10-3164205
A directly Marc Pollin bird. Daughter of Mortifer BE03-3002141 (Olympiad pigeon Dortmund 2009, 2nd Nat. Montauban against 5,438 p., 9th Nat. Limoges against 6,617 p., 20th Nat. Limoges against 12,266 p. ...) x Daughter Amira's Dirk BE08-2145245 (inbred to the world famous Kleine Dirk of Gerard Koopman).
All set for 2021
If an out of this world team of racers is yours, then you have every right to feel super positive about the future. And naturally, you long to match and even surpass what you have done in the previous season. The races that have come before the middle distance already suggest the very best:
24/4 Clermont (197 Km) 584 old birds:
2-8-9-18-19-23-31-36-49-53-57-61-71-85-89 ... (30/36)
17/4 Clermont 293 old birds:
8-11-15-19-20-28-33-40-52-53-54 ... (24/40)
So, let’s be straight about it: the top-quality team BDS/Speybroeck is on a level of their own. Super pigeons at the loft of a master fancier, who definitely knows how to run things best. All the ingredients are there to make out of 2021 a new top season.
Wait and see!