Team De Jaeger (with Frank and Freddy) as General Champion Belgian Entente 2015
This prestigious title of Belgian Entente did not happen overnight. It is the result of several top prizes at the highest level, won with a team of excellent racing birds!
Quality pays off
Those who are not convinced about this should have a word with Freddy De Jaeger, a successful businessman and an experienced fancier. He is the man behind the success story of Team De Jaeger. He has always tried to get the most out of his career, both in his professional life and in pigeon racing. Still, it takes a collection of top quality pigeons to be able to set a higher bar every single season. Freddy has shown to be very proficient at breeding new champions every year.
But that was not enough. He is a businessman with a packed agenda, so he could not manage his loft on his own. He started looking for an assistant that could get the most out of his invaluable collection of breeders. Marijn Laureys proved the man for the job. He is often nicknamed Marijn the Wizard. We might as well call him the Pep Guardiola of modern day pigeon racing: a top trainer with pigeons.
Freddy and Marijn have been working together since 2013, combining their ambitions, knowledge and experience. Their opponents quickly understood how strong this team was. After an initial selection round they kept only the best pigeons of their two pigeon breeds, and these were placed together in the lofts in Knesselare. They ended up with a collection of pigeons with a proven record and excellent origins.
They quickly managed to significantly improve their level of performance, winning first prizes and impressive overall results on a consistent basis. Their opponents were at times overwhelmed by the exceptionally strong racing team of Team De Jaeger. They were almost impossible to beat, and they developed into one of the most renowned national lofts in the course of just three years. They became one of the leading pigeon breeds of Belgium.
You can tell from their impressive results so far, which have been carefully recorded by their administrative assistant Frank Morre, the third member of Team De Jaeger.
Team De Jaeger (from left to right): Frank Morre, grandmaster Freddy De Jaeger and Marijn Laureyns
Two consecutive titles of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB
Last year Team De Jaeger was awarded the title of First Nat. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance old birds KBDB 2014 in Antwerp, with their pigeon Carla. This year they will be adding another national title to their palmares: Warrior wins this year’s title of First Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance old birds KBDB 2015. Winning a national ace pigeon title KBDB two times in a row has always been something special, something only a few fanciers have been able to achieve. These are the kind of moments a fancier will never forget.
Warrior won his title of First Nat. Ace Pigeon BDB with a record breaking coefficient of 0.3588%. “I think this is the highest coefficient I have ever seen in my career”, said a proud Freddy. Warrior won this title with three national top 8 results. We think Witslager Desender might have been the last pigeon to have won the title of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance with three national top 10 prizes (3rd Nat. St.Vincent 3,725 p., 5th Nat. Cahors 2,825 p. and 10th Nat. Montauban 2,155 p. with a coefficient of 0.71% in 1975). Warrior has won the following prizes:
1st Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance old birds KBDB 2015 3rd Nat. Jarnac 3,879 p. 7th Nat. Libourne 5,024 p. 8th Nat. Montauban 3,990 p.
This pigeon does have an excellent pedigree. He is a son of two outstanding breeding birds of Team De Jaeger.
Sire: Mr Tulle FR04-34388
Winner of a 1st Nat. Tulle 5,700 p. in ’05 (the fastest of 17,199 p.) and 3rd Ace Pigeon Frane. This top class pigeon turned into an invaluable breeder in Knesselare (click here for his best breeding references).
Dam: Anja BE03-4316098
A super class breeding hen from the world famous ‘Bak 17’ bloodline of Marcel Aelbrecht. She comes from ‘Vader Bak 17’ BE02-4333378 (son Lucky 848) x Sister Perpignan BE00-4509117 (sister 1st Nat. Perpignan).
Click here for the full pedigree of Warrior
Team De Jaeger had almost won two national ace pigeon titles: their Fury BE14-4214432 (winner of 2nd Nat. Agen 2,767 YL, 2nd Internat. Agen 4,524 YL, and 7th Nat. Libourne 5,890 YL) finished in second place as 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon extreme long distance KBDB 2015 yearlings.
They had no less than five pigeons in the national top 10 of national ace pigeons in 2015.
1st Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance old birds KBDB 2015
1st Nat. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance old birds KBDB 2014
2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon extreme long distance yearlings KBDB 2015
4th Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance old birds KBDB 2014
10th Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance old birds KBDB 2014
This is quite phenomenal, especially since loft manager Marijn has only been here for three years. This list does not even include the other national KBDB titles, provincial first prizes etc. This racing team has won no less than 17 first prizes, 18 second prizes and 20 third prizes in 2015 (click here for their palmares of 2015). They have won several top prizes at national level, which resulted in the title of General Champion of Belgium Entente 2015. This is a prestigious title that has been won by some of the country's most renowned long distance lofts.
Stock dams Tsunamiduivin and Anja lead the way
We have taken a closer look at some of their best racing birds of today, and many of them originate from the bloodlines of Tsunamiduivin and Anja, or a combination of the two. These pigeons know what it takes to win an early prizes; let's have a look at two champions of De Jaeger:
-Eenwitpen Tornado BE12-4159374
16th Nat. Limoges 15,012 p. ’15 22nd Nat. Montauban 5,935 p. ’14 39th Nat. Libourne 4,589 p. ’14
This breed is obviously capable of winning top prizes at national level: he is a half brother of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Warrior (bred from the same dam), and a grandson of stock dam Tsunami-duivin.
Sire: Tornado BE06-4247331
A great racing bird and winner of a 6th Nat. Narbonne 6,801 p. and an 18th Intnat. Narbonne 12,201 p. He is a son of Super Witpen BE00-3271982 (line of Witneus Roger Florizoone) x Tsunamiduivin BE04-3230937 (stock dam and a direct daughter of Bliksem Gaby Vandenabeele x Manuela).
Dam: Anja BE03-4316098
The dam of Warrior was bred from the Bak 17 line of Marcel Aelbrecht!
Click here for the pedigree of Eenwitpen Ronaldo
47th Nat. Souillac 3,641 p. ’13 83rd Nat. Jarnac 3,879 p. ’15 85th Nat. Tulle 5,976 p. ’14
Click here for the best results of Gigolo. He was one of the big stars in 2015, winning 5 prizes in the national long distance in 2015, each time per 10.
Sire: Giovanni BE08-3035257
A direct Gaby Vandenabeele, from Rambo II BE02-3255937 (from Bliksem x Bieke) x Manuela BE02-3003668 (dam of the Tsunamiduivin).
Dam: Linda BE09-4138729
A half sister of Warrior and Eenwitpen Tornado, being a daughter of Wim BE07-3001201 (Van Damme-Boddaert) x Anja BE03-4316098 (dam 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB Warrior).
Click here for the pedigree of Gigolo
The star in the international long distance races, with which they aim to win the title of Olympiad Pigeon marathon is this highly talented racing bird:
2nd Best Pigeon of Belgium 2015 in all international races - 3 prizes 30th Nat. St.Vincent 3,037 p. ’15 41st Nat. Pau 1,980 p. ’15 85th Nat. Perpignan 5,254 p. ’15
He also won a 73rd Nat. St. Vincent 3,735 p. in 2013. He is a grandson of Tsunamiduivin (from his father's side) and Euro Diamond (through his mother. Click here for his pedigree.
The most successful longer middle distance pigeon of Team de Jaeger is the hen Blue Pipo BE12-4159161, winner of no less than 4 top 50 prizes national and 13 national top 10 prizes:
12th Nat. Gueret 2,656 p. ’13, 24th Nat. La Souterraine 4,161 p. ’15, 49th Nat. Argenton 12,187 p. ’15 and 51st Nat. Montluçon 14,230 p. ’14.
Her sire is a direct Gaby Vandenabeele, being a full brother of Royal Blue (sire of Gloria, 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB 2013). She is a granddaughter of Isabelle (half sister Rudy - G. Vandenabeele) and Zorro (stock breeder N. & F. Norman) from her mother's side.
Aiming for the 207 Olympiad in Brussels
Freddy De Jaeger is always looking for new challenges. His biggest dream for 2016 would be to excel at the Olympiad in Brussels in January 2017. He has several racing birds with a proven palmares, capable of winning a renowned title at the 2017 Olympiad. The goal will be to add several more top results to their list of achievements in the course of 2016. This will be quite a challenge, since it would be a record breaking achievement.
This team won the title of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB for two consecutive seasons, and they are now looking to add an Olympiad title to their palmares as well. This would be quite a unique feat but they will not settle for less! We look forward to 2016.