Bert Vanden Berghe (Wortegem-Petegem, BE): a household name on the long distance thanks to top pedigrees

Long distance fancier Bert Vanden Berghe has had another very successful pigeon racing season, with most notably a title of 3rd best pigeon from Agen 2018-2019 in the PIPA Ranking, as well as a title of 5th Prov. Ace Pigeon middle distance KBDB East Flanders 2019.

Bert showing his 2nd National Agen of 4,086 yearlings in the 2018 edition.
Racing bird NL17-1411411 was 30th National that day, a first important step towards his top result in the PIPA Ranking for the best pigeons in Agen.

Only the best is good enough for Bert Vanden Berghe, and that explains why many of his pigeons stem from top of the line pigeon breeds, such as Gaby Vandenabeele, Chris Hebberecht, Jan Hooymans, Kurt & Raf Platteeuw and Freddy & Jacques Vandenheede. These lines are an excellent foundation for fanciers that want to make it to the top. Bert has been particularly strong in the race from Agen, which apparently suits him really well. For instance, he won a 1st National in 2013, as well as a 9th Nat. of 5,335 yearlings in 2017, followed by a 2nd National and 3 x top 50 national in 2018. His pigeons clearly have what it takes to excel in this race.

And Bert that did not disappoint in this year's national race from Agen either, claiming a 21st Nat. of 3,935 old birds with racing bird NL17-1411411, which had also claimed a 30th Nat. Agen of 4,078 yearlings the year before. Pigeons were racing into what was predominantly an easterly wind in rather high temperatures both in 2018 and 2019, making this a difficult undertaking!

Thanks to his two consecutive national top 30 prizes in Agen, NL17-1411411 became 3rd best pigeon in Agen (2018-2019) in the PIPA ranking. This talented racing bird is a direct Jan Hooymans, with quite an impressive pedigree. His grandparents are a 1st Nat. Bordeaux of Cor de Heijde, a 1st Nat. Cahors of Cor de Heijde, Harry of Jan Hooymans, as well as a daughter of Jonge Wittenbuik of Batenburg - Van de Merwe. This pigeon packs a punch indeed.

Click here for the pedigree of NL17-1411411.

Bert Vanden Berghe has an impressive set of lofts.

National top-100 results across the 2019 season:

 9. Nat. Souillac 3,737 p.
13. Nat. Narbonne 3,873 p. 
16. Nat. Perpignan 3,915 p.
16. Nat. Argenton I 15,235 p. 
21. Nat. Agen 3,935 p.
23. Nat. Argenton II 23,258 p. 
24. Nat. Cahors 6,903 p.
45. Nat. Libourne 4,605 p. 
40. Nat. Argenton II 5,158 p.
51. Nat. Argenton II 5,158 p. 
54. Nat. Souillac 3,737 p. 
59. Nat. Narbonne 3,873 p. 
92. Nat. Souillac 3,737 p. 
98. Nat. Bourges 28,446 p. 

The 2019 season was quite a rewarding one, as you can tell from the many top 100 results in national races. And on top of that, they also claimed a title of 5th Prov. Ace Pigeon middle distance KBDB East Flanders 2019.

For an overview of all of their top 100 prizes at national and zonal level, click here.

Blue Angelina

Blue Angelina, a top class hen of Kurt & Raf Platteeuw that is now proving to be very valuable in Bert's breeding loft as well.

The fancier from Wortegem-Petegem also invested in pigeons of Kurt & Raf Platteeuw, including a particularly talented breeding hen: Blue Angelina BE12-3112028. This hen, which Bert obtained a few years ago, is the dam of:

 16. Nat. Angouleme 4,525 p.
 38. Nat. Tulle 4,169 p.
 52. Nat. Limoges 9,661 p.
128. Nat. Souillac 3,737 p.
186. Nat. Brive 9,106 p.
187. Nat. Vierzon 20,956 p.
211. Nat. Bourges 23,155 p.
245. Nat. Jarnac 5,134 p.
300. Nat. Limoges 9,149 p.

And she is the grandmother of:

  5. Nat. Jarnac 4,940 p.
 11. Nat. Limoges 7,236 p.
 22. Nat. Issoudun 11,984 p.
 44. Nat. Brive 9,106 p.
 63. Nat. Jarnac 4,940 p.
 83. Nat. Jarnac 4,940 p.
 94. Nat. Angouleme 5,030 p.
141. Nat. Tulle 9,578 p.
189. Nat. Tulle 5,323 p.
234. Nat. Bourges 24,055 p.
309. Nat. Tulle 5,323 p.

Click here for Blue Angelina's pedigree.

Super Son Super Romeo

And the last pigeon in this list is quite a star. Super Son Super Romeo BE14-4234078 is a son of Super Romeo of Gaby Vandenabeele, which makes him a grandson of Rudy. He has four national top 100 placings long distance to his name, as well as for instance a 102nd Nat. and 225th Nat. in Limoges.

The sire of Super Son Super Romeo is Super Romeo BE12-3088052. He is a son of the world famous Rudy (BE06-3008003), which was paired to Nicky BE09-4280727 at the time.
The dam is Kathia BE09-4331525, a daughter of Champion (BE01-4094638). Champion is a pretty fitting name for this racing bird, given his dazzling palmares:

 1. Prov. Souillac 1,276 p. - 8th Nat. 8,327 p.
 7. Nat. Cahors 9,275 p.
60. Nat. Limoges 12,266 p.
 2. Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance 2005
 1. Prov. Ace Pigeon long distance 2005

Click here for the full pedigree of Son Super Romeo.

As is the case with many of Bert's pigeons, this Son Super Romeo is closely related to the Gaby Vandenabeele breed, a breed that Bert has always been very satisfied with. His Vandenabeele pigeons have clearly been a valuable addition to this team, and it shows in his achievements in the long distance. The other top bloodlines that Bert introduced over the years have proven their worth season after season as well, leading to brilliant results. It takes good quality bloodlines to become a successful fancier, and that is exactly what this team from Wortegem-Petegem has done.