Meeting the expectations after a brilliant season
"The Day After" was a famous movie by Nicolas Meyer from 1983, and we reckon many fanciers who have had an exceptional racing season will look forward to the following year as "the year after". Adrien Mirabelle knows all about it. He had a brilliant 2016 season, winning a title of 1st Nat. Champion Shorter Middle Distance olds and YLs KBDB 2016, a 3rd-5th-8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance olds KBDB, a 5th-6th Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance YLs KBDB and a 14th Nat. Champion Longer Middle Distance olds KBDB 2016. He had quite challenge ahead of him at the start of 2017, his biggest challenge yet: trying to match his results of 2016 as closely as possible.
The racing team was in great form, as you could tell from their results in 2016, and some promising newcomers had joined the team as well, now part of a group of highly talented yearlings. Adrien was all set to try and turn his youthful enthousiasm into another great racing season. Be that as it may, every fanciers needs a bit of luck as well, and that is exactly where it went wrong for him. A disastrous race from Nanteuil on 22nd of April 2017 really put a spanner in the works: both the racing team and the fancier were in low spirits one week before the start of the shorter middle distance season. By the end of the day 27 from a total of 37 basketed pigeons had managed to find their way back home, but three of the team's greatest stars were still missing: Shogun, and the 3rd and 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB of 2016. This was particularly bad news indeed. Shogun eventually came through, and he managed to get back on his feet fairly quickly. Young Supreme 326 (3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon) arrived the following afternoon, severely exhausted. It was the end of his racing career. The team's 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon never made it back home unfortunately. Adrien lost a highly valued pigeon that day.
The team had to try and regain motivation as well as confidence. Adrien managed to get his pigeons back on the right track fairly quickly, which shows his proficiency as a fancier. In the end, he did win a fair number of first prizes and top results in 2017, mostly won with a small group of racing birds.
Click here for his best results of 2017.
These are excellent achievements indeed, and it resulted in a number of national championship titles KBDB in early 2018 as well. His provincial first prize from Argenton was the icing on the cake after a great season for the old and one year olds:
6th Nat. Champion Shorter Middle Distance KBDB 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance KBDB 2017 (with Shogun) 1th Prov. Argenton 789 olds (with Lewis)
Shogun and Lewis lead the way
Top level sports is about top athletes, and Adrien Mirabelle has two pigeons in his collection that are among Belgium's strongest middle distance pigeons: Shogun and Lewis. They excelled in 2016, and they showed their potential again in 2017. Here is a brief look at the higlights in their impressive racing careers; a link to their full list of achievements is included as well.
- Shogun BE14-1190495
2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB 2017 2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB 2015 5th Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB 2016 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance KBDB 2017 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle distance KBDB 2016 1st Toury 463 p. (03/6) 3rd Toury 784 p. (17/6) 5th Toury 767 p. (20/5) 5th Gien 538 p. (22/7) 6th Toury 540 p. (27/5)
Sire: Adil BE13-9010237
Co-winner of the title of 1st Nat. Champion Middle Distance KBDB 2014. He wins a 1st Melun 285 p., a 4th Prov. La Souterraine 1,215 p. and a 41st Nat. 9,136 p. He is a son of Le Gros Bleu 07 BE07-9028684 (also the grandfather of Young Supreme 325 en 326) x Blue Thibaut-Boons BE11-8006278 (line of Bliksem, through Deno-Herbots).
Dam: Ginnie BE13-1500108
A full sister of Benny: winner of a 1st Pithiviers 2,574 p., a 1st Soissons 342 p., a 1st Bourges 211 p. (6th Intprov 3,115 p.), a 1st Blois 83 p. and daughter of Chipo’s Lad BE09-6354561 (full brother of 1st Nat. Limoges 11,669 p. of Bart Geerinckx) x Mother Benny BE09-1516264 (super breeder coming from Olivier Carlier).
Click here for the full pedigree of Shogun
- Lewis BE14-1073325
1st Interprov. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Olds 2017 (Noyau 1000) 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance LCB ’16 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance Olds KBDB ’16 Co-winner of 1st Nat. Champion Shorter Middle Distance KBDB 2016 1st Prov Argenton II 789 p. ’17 (61st Nat. 8,006 p.) 4th Prov Bourges II 847 p. ’16 14th Châteauroux I 2,293 p. ’17 22nd La Souterraine 1,053 p. ’16 26th Bourges I 468 p. ’17 27th Chateauroux II 1,322 p. ’17 36th Intprov Châteauroux 2,577 p. ’16 55th Bourges II 1,649 p. ’17 76th Nat Châteauroux 18,658 p. ’15 96th Argenton I 1,690 p. ’17
Click here for Lewis's full list of achievements
Lewis clearly had some potential as a breeding bird as well: in 2017 he gave birth to the now one year old 503/16, winner of a 1st Toury 621 YLs.
Sire: Supreme BE11-6049881
An outstanding breeder and the sire of Lewis, Young Supreme 326, top hen Trixie, etc… He is a direct Bart Geerinckx from top pair Fast Boy BE07-6229105 (winner of 1st Noyon 420 p., 11th Prov. Orleans 4,280 p., 53rd Prov. La Souterraine 4,459 p., 82nd Nat. Argenton 9,901 p.; he is the sire of a 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB) x Miss Argenton BE07-6229162 (1st Argenton 971 p., 1st Montluçon 469 p., and the dam of 5 x top-10 Prov. and 5 x top-100 National winners).
Dam: Blauw Kleindochter Last Hope Smiss BE11-9103299
A daughter of Le Gros Bleu 07 BE07-9028684 (son of Ontringde BE96-9060185 Debiève x stock dam Last Hope Smiss BE05-9092078).
Click here for the pedigree of Lewis
Supreme developed into a new stock breeder for Adrien Mirabelle in no time. His pedigree says it all; he is a half brother of Acy, the invaluable racing bird of Bart Geerinckx from Wommelgem. Acy became 1st Olympiad Pigeon Cat. C Budapest 2015 and 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance YLs KBDB 2013. These bloodlines have given some new ace pigeons in Adrien's collection as well:
-Calvin : 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance KBDB 2016 -Lewis : 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance KBDB 2016 -Trixie : 6th As der As YLs LCB 2016
This is clearly the most important bloodline in the breeding loft in Ghlin. Another pigeon that stems from the Supreme bloodline is the 2nd Semi-final Algarve OLR 2,666 pigeons in 2017, a mere second behind the winner.
Click here for Supreme's breeding results.
The bloodline of 1st National Ace Pigeon Zodiac continues to give talented descendants as well. Adrien bred several youngsters from this line before he was sold to a foreign loft. Today, the grandchildren of Zodiac are eager to follow in their grandfather's footsteps, and one of them happens to be Adrien's favourites:
1st Nanteuil 984 p. (06/5) 2nd Toury 1,140 p. (17/6) 2nd Toury 510 p. (04/6) 10th Toury 561 p. (27/5)
Sire: Father Cassius BE14-2342637
A son of Zodiac BE11-9010239: 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance KBDB. Zodiac was paired to Uma, a granddaughter of Blauwe Prins of the late Pros Roosen (Kermt).
Dam: Mata Leone BE12-9014638
A super class hen and winner of a 1st Neveres 542 p., a 1st Orleans 337 p., and three second prizes. She is a daughter of top breeder King Joost BE11-4272696 (a direct De Smeyter-Restiaen) x Blue Haze BE08-9104854.
Click here for the pedigree of Cassius
Top breeder Chipo’s Lad
Super class breeder Chipo's Lad BE09-6354561
It became more and more clear over the years that the Bart Geerinckx pigeons were exceptional breeding birds. Supreme has clearly shown to be a top class breeder (see earlier), and Chipo’s Lad BE09-6354561 is a second top class breeder in Adrien's collection, coming straight from the Geerinckx loft in Wommelgem. Chipo's Lad is a magnificent pigeon with a fantastic pedigree: a son of top breeder Wittekop Gladiator (a direct son of stock breeder Gladiator), paired to a daughter of Chipo of Benny Steveninck.
They are the type of breeders that can provide new middle distance and longer middle distance prize winners and ace pigeons time and time again, something Adrien has taken advantage from as well. The second generation of Chipo's Lad's descendants have proven to be very talented in particular; here is a look at his most eye-catching grandchildren:
- Grandfather of 1st Toury 1,554 p. (fastest of 3,151 pigeons) - Grandfather of 1st Intprov Montluçon 3,196 p. (for Kevin Saudoyez) - Grandfather of Magical 878/15 : winner of 6 x 1st prizes (for M.Benammar – Fr) - Grandfather 2nd Semi-final Golden Algarve OLR 2,666 pigeons in 2017 - Grandfather 1st Prov. & 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB 2016 (for C.Derycke)
Top results with Mirabelle pigeons in other lofts
The strength of a pigeon breed is determined not only by looking at the achievements at home. A pigeon breed can be considered top class only if your pigeons achieve great results in other lofts as well. As it turns out, the pigeons of Adrien Mirabelle are doing great for other fanciers as well.
For instance, his pigeons did really well in the Algarve OLR, where a Mirabelle pigeon missed the first place by a mere second in the semi final, finishing in second place of 2,666 pigeons (click here for the pigeon's pedigree). This pigeon comes from the lines of Supreme and Chipo’s Lad. And the pigeons from Ghlin have been doing great in a few other lofts as well, let's have a look:
-Geoffrey Janssens wins the following prizes with a direct Mirabelle pigeon:
2nd Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance YLs Brabant Union 2016 7th Best Yearling of Belgium national races longer middle (7 prizes) 2016 3rd Nat. Zone Argenton 3,711 p. ’17 and 4th National 13,730 pigeons 28th Prov. Châteauroux I of 3,386 p. ’16 and 69th Nat. Zone 6,573 pigeons etc.
-Kevin Saudoyez wins two top prizes with a grandchild of Chipo's Lad:
1st Intprov. Montluçon 3,196 p. ’17 (3rd highest speed of 6,052 pigeons) 5th Intprov. Bourges 1,587 p. ’17, and 79th Nat. Zone 7,364 pigeons etc.
-Simon Gantier (Fr) bred a great youngster from an inbred hen from Chipo’s Lad: FR17-33609:
5th National Ace Pigeon YBs France in 2017 (400-500 Km) 2nd Gueret NPDC 3.992 p. (489 km) 4th La Souterraine NPDC 1,264 p. (487 km) 6th Châteauroux NPDC 2,776 p. (422 km) etc…
A bright future
His palmares, including several national championship titles KBDB and ace pigeons, says it all: Adrien has been one of the most successful middle distance fanciers in Belgium in recent years. It shows that his breeding loft is now as good as it gets, providing him with talented new pigeons every season. On top of that, these pigeons are being looked after by a fancier who is ambitious, determined, eager and very talented. He has used his skills to develop a highly successful racing team that has won both provincial and national championship titles. It seems like nothing can stop him on his way to the top, and Adrien dreams of getting another stellar season in 2018.