Freddy and Jacques Vandenheede (Zingem, BE) win 1st Prov. and 1st Zone A2 Chateauroux old birds

These prizes were won with their first nominated pigeon, a talented racing bird that won a 2nd Prov. Vierzon three weeks earlier. He is a grandson of the iconic breeder and 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2010 New Freddy. The yearlings did great as well, starting with a 2nd Provincial, just like in Valence. It was a very successful weekend!

Great weekend with a 1-2-2nd Provincial and a 1-2nd Zone

The ball started rolling; the team has won its first major victory of 2018. Along with the rising temperatures in recent weeks, the level of performance of the Vandenheede racing team increased a lot as well. They claimed several top results, including a 2nd Prov. Vierzon of 7,369 old birds and a 5th Prov. Limoges 3,111 olds, before claiming their first provincial victory of 2018, along with a first prize in the zone from Chateauroux old birds. The yearlings claimed a 1st club and 2nd Provincial from Chateauroux, and they were victorious again just a few hours later: a first prize in the club in Valence, as well as a 2nd Provincial and 2nd Zone. Another first prize followed in the shorter middle distance race from Toury for yearlings, adding to a total of 4 first prizes in just as many races. That would be hard to mach.

Freddy and Jacques had basketed a fairly large group of birds for Chateauroux but it still takes a very skilled fancier to have your first nominated win the race, and to get such an excellent overall result. Here is the race from Chateauroux in numbers:

09/6 Chateauroux Provincial 3,115 olds:
1-15-112-253-460-573-606-682 (8/14)
Zonaal 5,334 olds: 1-32-165-390-726-889-953-1074 (8/14)
National 18,793 olds: 8-208… (8/14)

The first and third pigeon are also the first and second nominated (1-112 Prov., 1-165 Zone…).

09/6 Chateauroux Provincial 5,209 yearlings: 
2-32-62-77-80-108-109-111-112-123-126-168-169-170-176… (27 prizes per 10, and 53/105)
Zonaal 8,085 yearlings: 7-55-105-124-127-165-166-168-169-190-192… (29 per 10 and 55/105)
National 27,081 yearlings: 55… (27 prizes per 10 and 56/105)

The Vandenheede brothers had sent a smaller group of birds to Valence:

09/6 Valence club 79 olds: 1-3-10 (3/4)
Provincial 678 olds: 2-9-46 (3/4)
Zone 878 olds: 2-12-46 (3/4)
National 7,682 olds: 39-137-450 (3/4)

The widower lofts on the left; this team did really fantastic in the weekend of 9 and 10 June

Cuckoo wins 1st Prov. and 1st Zone A2 Chateauroux

It was at around 2:07'39" pm that Cuckoo (the first nominated) was clocked in Zingem, as the first of 119 basketed pigeons, reaching a velocity of 1113.9178 m/min. He is an outstanding long distance racing bird in full preparation for the national from Brive in two weeks' time, with several top results from Limoges, Jarnac, Libourne, Tulle, etc. to his name.
Cuckoo had a fantastic start to the 2018 season. It has been a season with plenty of headwind, and that appears to suit him really well. This is not really a surprise, given his origins: he is a grandson of New Freddy, which won the title of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2010 in races with strong headwinds. In other words, this pigeon knows how to cope with headwinds. He is also a half brother (from the same sire) of Chavanel, winner of a 1st Prov. Chateauroux 4,740 YLs in 2017.

-Cuckoo BE15-4130035

 1st  Prov Chateauroux   3,115 p. ’18
 1st  N.Zone Chateauroux 5,334 p. ’18 – 8. Nat 18,893 p.
 2nd  Prov Vierzon       7,369 p. ’18
44th  Prov Blois         2,642 p. ’18
111th Prov Bourges I     3,385 p. ’18
 8th  Peronne              519 p. ’18
14th  Ecouen               493 p. ’18
24th  Pithiviers           932 p. ’18
53rd  Pont St. Maxence     604 p. ’18
42nd  Nat Zone Tulle     2,761 p. ’16
58th  Nat Jarnac         3,904 p. ’16
69th  Prov Libourne        796 p. ’17
330th Nat Limoges        6,946 p. ’16
457th Nat Montluçon     10,753 p. ’16
 5th  Souppes              606 p. ’16
 6th  Souppes              591 p. ’15

Sire: Eye of the tiger BE11-4244191
An excellent breeding bird. The sire of Chavanel BE16-4065236: 1st Prov. Chateauroux 4,740 YLs in 2017.
He is a half brother of a 2nd Nat. Chateauroux 22,178 p., 1st Prov. Vierzon 8,336 p., 3rd Prov. Vierzon 5,893 p., 2nd Prov. Montluçon 3,984 p., and 17th Nat. Tulle 8,323 p. He is a son of a 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2010: New Freddy BE09-5052387 x Natalia BE05-4018635.
Dam: Zalia BE10-4101222
Winner of a 72nd Nat. Chateauroux 25,263 p. and a 35th La Chatre 7,487 p. She is a daughter of Daan BE05-4045292 x Chocolate BE08-2035049 (winner of a 2nd Bourges 6,226 p., a 48th Nat. La Souterraine 21,258 p., and 11th Argenton 2,659 p.).
Click here for Cuckoo's complete pedigree and palmares

New Freddy: grandfather of a 1st Prov. & 1st Nat. Zone A2 Chateauroux in 2018 for Freddy and Jacques Vandenheede,
and of a 1st Prov. Chateauroux in 2017, both through his son 'The Eye of the Tiger'

Liam wins a 2nd Prov. Chateauroux YLs

The first prize in the yearlings' race in the club went to Liam; he also came in second at provincial level, being beaten only by a yearling of Walter De Ruyck from Nazareth. We saw several De Rauw-Sablon bloodlines in his pedigrees, combined with the old Vandenheede breed.

-Liam BE17-4200195

 2nd Prov Chateauroux   5.209 YLs ’18  - 1st Club 663 YLs
 8th N.Zone Chateauroux 8.085 YLs ’18 – 55th Nat 27,081 YLs
22nd Prov Blois         2.480 p. ’18
68th Prov Blois         4.517 p. ’17
10th Orleans              663 p.

Sire: Bellini BE10-4326266
An excellent breeding bird. He is a son of the world famous Blauwe Prins BE04-5065642 of the late Pros Roosen (himself a son of Topkweker Freddy BE94-032) x Snaia BE04-4303828 (winner of a 1st Prov. Chateauroux 5,831 p., 1st Chantilly 302 p., 15th Prov. Vierzon 2,511 p., 17th Prov. Gueret 2,633 p., and 21st Prov. Orleans 2,749 p.).
Dam: Aryana BE07-4093331
Winner of a 1st Nat. Argenton 5,763 p., a 43rd Nat. Bourges 10,906 p. etc. She is a daughter of First Son Young Dreamer BE03-4146103, which was bred from Young Dreamer Sisqo BE01-4241981 (a son of Dromer De Rauw-Sablon) x Navaron (a daughter of Delirium). Her dam is Beyoncé BE04-4277044, winner of a 1st Toury 416 p., and a granddaughter of the iconic breeders Delirium and Frans, a son of dream pair De Rauw-Sablon.
Click here for the full palmares and pedigree of Liam

Aryana, winner of a 1st Nat. Argenton in 2010, and the dam of Liam: 2nd Prov. Chateauroux 5,209 YLs '18

2nd Prov. and 2nd Nat. Zone Valence with granddaughter New Laureaat

This hen took the win at club level and a second prize in the province and in the zone. She comes from Hugo-Batenburg-Van de Merwe from Klaaswaal (NL) and she originates from a fantastic crossing through a son of New Ace (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2012) of Wilson Dekens x Daughter New Laureaat (st Int. Barcelona 25,382 p. and Golden Wing winner for Luc Wiels). Her pedigree also includes the very best bloodlines of Batenburg-Van de Merwe: Diamantje (the dam of a 1st Intnat. Ace Pigeon Perpignan 2010-2011, and grandmother of Diamond Anita, 1st Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2017 for E. Meirlaen), and granddaughter Witbuik 153. In addition, she is a half sister of a 1st Nat. Bordeaux Sector 2 of 9,691 p.

Granddaughter New Laureaat Barcelona NL15-1689113

2nd Prov. Valence   678 p. ’18 –  1st Club 79 p.
2nd N.Zone Valence 878 p. ’18 – 39th Nat. 7,682 p.

Sire: Son New Ace NL13-1219250
The sire of a 1st Nat. Bordeaux S2 of 9,691 p. (835 Km) and the fastest of 13,031 p. He is a son of Son New Ace BE10-4030190 (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2012 for Wilson Dekens) x Diamantje NL08-1487710. Diamantje is the dam of a 1st Intnat. Ace Pigeon Perpignan 2010-2011, and the grandmother of a 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2017 for Etienne Meirlaen. She is also a granddaughter of Witbuik 153.
Dam: Daughter New Laureaat NL14-1040432
A daughter of a 1st Intnat. Barcelona 25,382 p. in 2015 for Luc Wiels: New Laureaat BE08-2222675 x Cindy NL11-1722533 (granddaughter Witbuik 153).
Click here for the full pedigree of granddaughter New Laureaat

A great weekend that opens perspectives

We had fairly demanding weather conditions in the weekend of 9th of June, which proved a major success for the Freddy & Jacques Vandenheede racing team. It shows that their pigeons are in great form. They have already won their first major top result in the province and the zone in 2018, although we reckon they are still hoping for more. We have seen in the past that the Vandenheede pigeons are particularly tough to beat, so we look forward to their achievements in the coming few months. Congratulations to Freddy and Jacques, on to the next one.