Johan De Belser (Berlaar, BE) hits the jackpot by crossing his own stock with that of Gaston Van de Wouwer

Father Johan and son Arne De Belser have succesfully worked hard in recent seasons, with renewed energy, on their way up. They have hit the bull’s eye in crossing their own stock to that of Van de Wouwer.

Winning the 3rd National Ace Pigeon Heavy Middle Distance Yearlings KBDB title in 2020 gave a huge boost. The De Belser family managed to do this with the blue hen Het 001 (BE19-6035001). This turns out to be a new super bloodline, as several related pigeons also managed to fly into the spotlight.

Het 001

Besides 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Heavy Middle Distance Yearlings, Het 001 also won the following titles in 2020:

1st Provincial Ace Pigeon Old birds & Yearlings Heavy Middle Distance KBDB Antwerp 2020
3rd Best Argenton Pigeon in Belgium (2019-2020) – 2 prizes
7th Best Chateauroux Pigeon in Belgium 2020 – 2 prizes

The 001 won the following prizes (amongst others):

9th Nat. Zone Chateauroux I 10,995 p.
21st Nat. Argenton 26,085 p.
36th Nat. Argenton 3,258 p.
37th Nat. Chateauroux II 6,306 p.
62nd Nat. La Souterraine I 5,939 p.

Het 001 is bred from a crossing between Johan's own strain in which Den 500 (BE00-6485500) plays a central role. Enkel 500 (BE14-6070552), an (inbred) grandson of Den 500, was paired to Dochter Torre 491 (BE14-6070491), an (inbred) granddaughter of De Kaasboer of Gaston Van de Wouwer. A pair that led to great results.

Not only Het 001 proves that crossing the 500 bloodlines with the Gaston Van de Wouwer stock is a perfect match.

The 432-20, a half sister of Het 001, also performed exceptionally well. She won 14th Prov. Argenton 3,495 p. in 2021, good for a 27th Nat. Argenton 21,282 p. Just like Het 001, the 432-20 is a child of Dochter Torre 491. The father is BE16-6021406, a full brother of Enkel 500, who is the sire of Het 001 and a son of Junior 500 and thereby a grandson of Den 500.

With the 534-20 Johan owns another full sister of the 432 and a half sister of Het 001 that is doing very well in Berlaar. The confirmation that this crossing has turned out to be a success!

Video 432-20

Video 534-20

Sophia, BE21-6030701

The young hen Sophia was the fastest of 14,061 pigeons on the middle distance race from Sermaises last summer. She won against 2,795 youngsters. Sophia is a crossing between Pieter Veenstra x their own super Den 500 and Junior 500 bloodlines.

Sire is Son Jappeloup 391 (NL20-1007391), a double grandson of Shamrock Ike (BE10-4327643) originally a Chris Hebberecht pigeon.

This time, Junior 500 and Den 500 are found on the mother's side of the family. BE17-6050734 is a daughter of Junior 500 (BE07-6031645) and Klove (BE16-6021800), a crossing of Willy Daniëls x Gaby Vandenabeele.

Video Sophia

Double 9

Another star from the De Belser colony is Double 9, BE19-6035099. In 2020, this hen won 1st Interprov. Vierzon against 4,019 pigeons and 23rd Nat. Argenton against 26,085 pigeons. This season she won the 4th Nat. Issoudun against 9,777 pigeons and added another great performance to her palmares by doing so.

Sire of Double 9 is Rainbow (BE18-6061091) who also excelled on Issoudun by winning the 4th Nat. against 11,465 pigeons in 2019. Rainbow is a crossing between a direct Raymond Ceulemans cock, BE17-6034724 and Souke (BE14-6070492), a pigeon from Johan that is inbred to Den 500.

Mother is Liande3 (BE15-6285324), once again a pigeon from the successful crossing between the Den 500 lines of Johan De Belser and the Kaasboer lines of Gaston Van de Wouwer. The grandfather of Liande3 is Goldwin, nest brother of Den 500. The dam of Liande3 is Daughter Torre (BE14-6070491), granddaughter of the Kaasboer. Again the same successful formula is applied, this time in addition to the bloodlines of the Engels brothers from Putte.

Video Double 9


Lastly, a pigeon that deserves to be put in the spotlight is Fuerte (BE17-6050617), a red cock that, like all previous cracks, stems from the lines of Johan’s stock cock, Den 500. This time, besides the recognized crossing to the Van de Wouwer strain, Fuerte’s pedigree also contains the class of the Jos Maris pigeons.

Fuerte won o.a.

15th Nat. Issoudun 8,248 p.
84th Nat. Issoudun 10,603 p.
87th Nat. Chateauroux 20,800 p.
107th Nat. La Souterraine 9,469 p.
137th Nat. Argenton 19,859 p.
367th Nat. Argenton 16,762 p.

Father of Fuerte is Roonie (BE16-6021902) of Jos Maris, who won several National Top 100 spots himself. 

Mother is BE15-6046492, a daughter to Junior 500 and thereby a granddaughter of Den 500. Once again, we also find Gaston Van de Wouwer's strain back in her pedigree. 


The De Belser family can look back on the last 2 seasons with great satisfaction. With a national ace pigeon title, victories and national top performances, the always sympathetic Johan De Belser showed what his Den 500 and Junior 500 strain is capable of. By crossing these bloodlines with pigeons from Gaston Van de Wouwer it seems as if the 'old stock' received a new impulse, which has made the colony even faster. The future is looking bright for Johan and his son Arne!