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Karlo Van Rompaey (Sint-Truiden, BE) has two top class breeding birds in his collection with Hattrick & Prima Dora

Karlo Van Rompaey has every right to be called Mr. Bourges, since he has won this national race three times already. The first time was in 2005, and he claimed two more victories in his exceptional 2015 season. Meanwhile his two most recent national winners have developed into invaluable breeding birds.

An impressive palmares

The palmares of veterinary surgeon Karlo Van Rompaey is nothing short of impressive, even if we do not include his three national victories from Bourges. Karlo has won 75 national top 100 prizes in just a few years' time, as well as a large number of provincial top 5 prizes. Much of his success can be attributed to his decision to exchange pigeons with the renowned loft of Verreckt Ariën from Tessenderlo back in 2010. It was a brilliant move: the combination split up one year later but it was agreed with Pascal Ariën that the exchanged pigeons could stay in his loft in Sint-Truiden. And these pigeons would become very successful: in 2015 Karlo managed to win the national race from Bourges not once but twice. His winning birds Prima Dora and Hattrick are both 50% Verreckt-Ariën and 50% Karlo Van Rompaey birds. Just as impressive as their racing palmares is their breeding potential, which has been put to good use. 

BE13-5008346 Prima Dora: 1st National Bourges (18,864 pigeons)

Prima Dora won a 1st National Bourges of 18,864 pigeons. The sire of Prima Dora is a direct Verreckt-Ariën as a son of Eduardo BE07-5035394 (winner of at least 4 national top 100 prizes) x Sister Armstrong BE04-5006079. Armstrong became 1st National Ace Pigeon Ave Regina (and a daughter of Old Houben x Elfke Dikke 428/98, a daughter of stock pair Dikke Lowet x Lange Lowet of Verreckt-Ariën).

The dam was a great racing bird and winner of two provincial second prizes: a 2nd provincial Tulle of 587 pigeons and a 2nd Provincial Souillac of 442 pigeons. She is a daughter of Gregoir BE07-5116052 (from Geert Gregoir) x Daughter Josephine BE070-5194582 (Josephine is a full sister of Jos: 1st National Bourges of 9,896 olds in 2005). Click here for the full pedigree of Prima Dora.

BE14-2048151 Hattrick: 1st National Bourges

Hattrick won a 1st National Bourges of 14,449 pigeons, and he was the fastest of the entire field of 60,041 racing birds. The sire of Hattrick is a full brother of Dirty Dancing, 2nd Provincial Orleans of 9,383 pigeons and the sire of Dirty Diana, 2nd Provincial Chateauroux of 1,962 pigeons and 7th Interprovincial Chateauroux of 9,062 pigeons. He is son of Dirty Blauwe BE07-5116243 x Dirty Mama BE05-5162133.

The dam of Hattrick comes from Verreckt-Ariën, bred from Leonidas BE10-5110061, 2nd Provincial Bourges of 2,890 pigeons, 4th Interprovincial Vierzon of 2,450 pigeons and 6th Provincial Argenton of 1,259 pigeons. Leonidas comes from (top pair Leon 096-96 x Beauty Dikke 036-07) x Super Daughter Moluca BE10-51110032 (daughter of two successful first prize winners: Goede Blauwen 078-02 x Moluca 006-07). Hattrick's full pedigree can be found here.

A golden breeding combination

Karlo Van Rompaey had the privilege of having two national winners in his breeding loft. This combination has given quite a few talented birds, with youngsters and grandchildren that developed into very successful racing birds. Here is a brief overview:

BE17-5013611: 10th National Argenton 21,695 pigeons

We begin with quite a champion. She is a direct daughter of Hattrick, paired to a daughter of Door x Prima Dora. Click here for her pedigree.

This is her palmares: 

9th Chevrainvillies of 449 pigeons
33rd Provinciaal Chevrainvilliers of 5,627 pigeons
30th Bourges of 1,565 pigeons

BE17-5013619: 104th National Argenton 21,695 pigeons

She is a half sister of the previous racing hen but her dam is none other than Prima Dora. She has a unique pedigree with two national Bourges winners as her parents. Click here for her pedigree.

This hen has won: 

9th Laon of 220 pigeons
116th Laon Midden-Limburg of 3,027 pigeons
18th Bourges of 1,565 pigeons
89th Chevrainvilliers of 5,627 pigeons

BE17-5013610: Nest sister 10th National Argenton

The nest sister of the 611 performed well above average. She has won 2 first prizes and numerous other top results:

1st Chimay of 251 pigeons
2nd Chimay Midden-Limburg of 3,695 pigeons
1st Mettet of 279 pigeons
26th Mettet Midden-Limburg of 4,826 pigeons
13th Laon of 504 pigeons
92nd Laon Midden-Limburg of 3,027 pigeons

BE17-5013613: 9th Provincial Chevrainvilliers

She is another daughter of Hattrick x a daughter of Door x Prima Dora. This hen won a 9th Provincial Chevrainvilliers of 5,627 pigeons, as well as a 2nd Mettet of 384 pigeons and a 2nd Laon of 220 pigeons. 

Other youngsters of Hattrick x Prima Dora won a 1st Sourdun of 107 pigeons, a 58th Laon Midden-Limburg of 3,708 pigeons, a 21st Laon Midden-Limburg of 2,888 pigeons, a 4th Sourdun Midden-Limburg of 1,317 pigeons, etc.

Click here for an overview of the youngsters and grandchildren of Hattrick with a first prize on their palmares.

And then there is Topgun

With so many national winners in the team one would forget about that other renowned breeder: Topgun BE12-5057315. This is his palmares:

 16th Nat. Chateauroux 6,005 p.
 35th Nat. Issoudun 5,670 p.
 51st Nat. Montlucon 21,827 p.
211th Nat. Argenton 22,463 p.
339th Nat. Chateauroux 19,621 p.
417th Nat. Argenton 5,941 p.
741st Nat. Bourges 8,005 p.

Topgun has proven to be a gifted pigeon as well. The team won the six first prizes from Sourdun (in Midden-Limburg) against 643 pigeons on 2nd of September. The first two pigeons were two children of Topgun: BE17-5013671 and BE17-5013767.

First prize winner Sourdun, a daughter of Topgun

Results in recent weeks

Here are some of the team's results in recent weeks, just to show that they are in great form:

26-8 Argenton:
   1-4-... of 303 pigeons (3/5) (club)
   2-10-... of 1,363 pigeons (3/5) (provincial)                                              
   10-104-... of 21,915 pigeons (3/5) (national) 

27-8 Vervins:
   1-2-3-4-6-7-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-20-... of 320 pigeons  
   3-8-9-10-12-20-... of 3,854 pigeons (55/107 per 4) (Midden-Limburg)

28-8 Mettet feestvlucht:
   1-2-3-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-... of 384 pigeons (55/97) 

2-9 Sourdun:
  1-2-3-4-5-6-8-9-10-12-13-14-16-17-... of 328 pigeons
  1-2-3-4-5-6-8-9-10-12-13-14-16-17- of 643 pigeons (58 /103 per 4) (Midden-Limburg)

3-9 Laon:
  1-4-5-6-7-9-12-13-14-15-17-... of 248 pigeons
  8-21-24-25-26-... of 2,888 pigeons (64/124 per 4) (Midden-Limburg)

These numbers show that Karlo's breeding team still has plenty of potential. This is a top quality pigeon breed indeed, you can tell from their level of performance overall. Karlo has already won three national first prizes from Bourges, and we are quite confident it will not be his last. His opponents will have to keep an eye on Mr. Bourges and his descendants of Hattrick, Prima Dora, Topgun and his other champions, whether it be in Bourges,  Chateauroux or Argenton.