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Jos Thoné (As, BE): “Sedna was the first exponent of our fast x strong joint breeding"

Grandmaster Jos Thoné has been a leading name in pigeon racing for quite a number of years now. His team competes in every type of race, ranging from sprint to extreme long distance, from the local race from Mettet (102km) Limburg all the way to the Barcelona classic (1,108km).

Jos and his son Xavier Thoné: a strong team

Jos is particularly known for breeding racing birds that are suited for every distance. He does this by combining different bloodlines. As such, he cleverly makes his sprint pigeons stronger, while making his long distance birds faster. One of the exponents of this successful strategy is without doubt Sedna (BE04-5026055).

In 2004, Jos selected two daughters of Sumo (BE94-5018042) that would be put together to two cocks of the Poco bloodline. Thet wo couples bred two beautiful racing hens that both competed in the 2015 race from Narbonne as one year olds. They arrived home side by side, claiming an incredible 1st and 2nd International Narbonne of more than 10,000 pigeons; it was a double international victory that amazed fanciers both at home and abroad. Not only was this a particularly diffiult race, the two yearlings were also the fastest birds overall, including the old birds.

It made their victory all the more impressive; it was undoubtedly one of the greatest highlights in the long-standing career of Team Thoné. Jos explains: "Sedna and her descendants are a perfect combination of speed and stamina. This now world famous bloodline has been producing race winners in the range of 100 to 1000km, all across the globe.

Jos Thoné continues: "Racing hen Sedna (BE04-5026055) was the first pigeon to be clocked, winning the demanding 2005 edition of Narbonne as a yearling. I named her after the last planet that was discovered in our solar system." And the classic from Narbonne was not her only remarkable result. This is her palmares:

- 1st Internat. Narbonne – 5,870 pigeons (fastest of more than 10,000 pigeons)
- 7th Semi-Nat. Jarnac – 5,005 pigeons
- 206th National St.-Vincent - 10,020 pigeons
- 1st West-European Country Cup, extreme long distance
- 1st National Acebird yearlings LCB
- 1st Prov. Acebird KBDB long distance, yearlings
- 1st Nat. Acebird AVR long distance, yearlings

Click here for Sedna's pedigree

In the meantime, the fantastic Sedna became the (great-)grandmother of 8 x 1st National Zone, 2 x 1st National, and 5 x 1st Provincial. Among the proven breeding youngsters of Sedna are 'Sendo' (sire of Gaggan, 2 x 1st National zone and grandfather of Babe, a 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon LCB Sprint) and 'Sedmos' (a terrific breeder, having bred at least five generations of champions.

Top references of grandchildren ‘Sedna’

1. Nat. Montauban 2015 – raced by Marc & Geert Pollin
1. Nat. St.-Vincent – raced by Marc & Geert Pollin
2. Int. Agen – Team De Jaeger
2. Nat. Acebird KBDB marathon – Team De Jaeger

Grandmother to four different Provincial winners in 2013

1. Prov. Pau 2013
1. Prov. Poitiers 2013
1. Prov. Narbonne 2013
1. Prov. Tulle 2013

But also grandmother to:

1. Nat. La Souterraine – 13,089 p.(raced by Marc Vanonckelen (bloodline Sedna, Jutta & Avril)
1. Nat. zone Gueret (raced by Filip & Nicolas Norman)
1. Prov. Pau 2009
3. Prov. Cahors 2008
4. Prov. Cahors 2010
5. Semi-Nat. Jarnac – 5,576 birds
7. Nat. Chateauroux – 6,005 birds
9. Nat. Vierzon – 11,572 birds (raced by Marc Vanonckelen)
1. Nat. zone Montluçon, 3,154 p.(raced by Team Freddy Dejaegher), from grandchild Girder x Sedna

Click here for Gaggan's pedigree

Click here for Babe's pedigree


Jos Thoné is an internationally respected pigeon fancier, which is why he was appointed Ambassador of the FCI, the international pigeon racing federation. In the latest Conference in Doha, the capital of Qatar, Jos was referred to as "one of the leading names in pigeon racing, in Belgium and across the globe. Jos has always been a trendsetter, and he has been a renowned player from the very start in 1991. He managed to develop a top class pigeon breed that delivers across all competitions, from sprint to extreme long distance. His pigeons excel in races across the globe, making him a world famous fancier."