As you know, Hugo Vlaeminck has dominated the provincial and national classics of the longer middle distance for years. He used to be very successful in the shorter middle distance as well but the competition was changed drastically by the race committee, putting Hugo at a substantial disadvantage. It was one of the reasons why he changed direction in 2012: he started focusing on the classics of the longer middle distance instead. He has never regretted his choice; his small group of pigeons were clearly capable of going the extra mile, and they even managed to surpass their achievements in the shorter middle distance.,
Hugo quickly managed to win first prizes and excellent overall results, and his first important victories at provincial and zonal level followed soon as well. His most prominent results in 2013 are a 1st National Chateauroux 19,663 yearlings and the title of 1st National Champion longer middle distance yearlings KBDB.
Hugo continued to win many top prizes in 2014 (5 x 1st zone and 4 x 1st provincial) and in 2015 (3 x 1st provincial, a 1st zone and 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance KBDB). These are quite impressive results, especially with a racing team of no more than 24 old birds, about 15 breeding pairs and 70 young birds. The team has been doing great in 2016 as well; they have already won 5 first prizes at club level in the longer middle distance classics. Their provincial win from La Souterraine did not really come as a surprise; it is a crowning achievement after several highly successful weeks.
1st Provincial La Souterraine 4,390 young birds
This racing team was almost destined to claim an important victory one day. The youngsters of Vlaeminck won a first prize at club level in the preparatory race from Blois, and they did great in Bourges as well, winning five top 10 prizes and a second place in the club. The pigeons did even better in Argenton, with six pigeons in the top 10, including a 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the club. Needless to say, they did great at provincial level as well.
Hugo's Blauwwitpen La Souterraine eventually managed to take home a provincial victory from La Souterraine, while also finishing in 5th place at national level. We take a look at the palmares of this top class racing bird:
- Blauwwitpen Souterraine BE16-4008168
1st Prov. La Souterraine 4,390 p. 5th Nat. La Souterraine 16,613 p. 10th Prov. Blois 4,406 p. 56th Bourges 611 p.
She is related to quite a few talented racing birds, ace pigeons and national champions:
Sire: Nestbrother Asduifje BE12-4038444
Racing bird Asduifje BE12-4038443 was 1st Ace Pigeon short long distance Ringen Waasland ’12, 4th Prov. Ace Pigeon long distance young birds KBDB ’12, and he also won a 9th Prov. La Souterraine 4,611 p. and an 87th Nat. Argenton 25,949 p. (1st club 740 p.).
He is a son of Asduif 603 BE10-4252603, which won the title of 1st Ace Pigeon middle distance YL Gouden Ringen Waasland '12, 2nd Ace Pigeon Gouden Ringen Waasland '10 and 8th Prov. Ace Pigeon middle distance KBDB '10. He is also a full brother of a 1st Nat. Chateauroux 19,663 pigeons. This brother was bred from top class breeder Super Leo BE06-6148021 of Leo Heremans (which bred 9 first prize winners) x Dochter Favoriet BE09-4265523, a sister of Superstar Ronaldo, winner of 9 first prizes and the title of 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance KBDB 2015. The dam of Nestbrother Asduifje is Dochter Wervelwind BE10-4252692 (Wervelwind won a 1st Melun 1,172 p. with a big lead).
Dam: Dochter Maurice BE15-4126160
A direct Royal Collection of Roger Debusschere from Lokeren. She is a daughter of top class breeder Maurice BE08-3035204, which was purchased at the Rik Cools auction. He was already the sire of racing birds Pipo and Cas and grandfather of a 1st and 6th Prov. Ace Pigeon. Maurice is a grandson of Nasdaq (1st Nat. Souillac 7,154 p.) and Alfred (1st Nat. Brive 16,007 p.). The dam of Daughter Maurice is Molleke 17 BE11-3173617 of Rik Cools (a full sister of Maxime, 1st Orleans S1 against 15,867 p.). Click here for the de pedigree of Dochter Maurice.
Like we said earlier, Hugo Vlaeminck's racing birds performed really well in the first three national young birds' races this season. The team from Rupelmond is clearly a talented group of pigeons: they showed some great form in the preparatory races and they managed to live up to the expectations in the national classics. This is a brief overview of their best results:
30/7 Blois Club 370 YBs: 1-4-6-13-34-70-95 (7/11) Prov. 4,406 YBs: 3-10-13-… (preliminary top 100) 06/8 Bourges Club 611 YBs: 2-4-5-7-10-14-25-27-44-56-89-… (17/21) Prov. 6,736 YBs: 7-23-27-33-42-56-… (preliminary top 100) 13/8 Argenton Club 336 YBs: 1-2-3-8-9-10-12-13-21-32-53-… (13/22) Prov. 4,235 YBs: 6-12-18-60-78-95-… (preliminary top 100) 03/9 La Souterraine Club 310 YBs: 1-20-36-55-65-87 (6/12) Prov. 4,390 YBs: 1-… Nat. 16,613 YBs: 5-936-1334-2144-2621-3430 (6/12)
We are eager to see how the Vlaeminck pigeons will be performing in the closing national race from Chateauroux on 10th of September. The racing team is clearly in great shape, and they have every reason to be ambitious. Congratulations Hugo and Winny.