Being successful in pigeon racing often comes down to details. It takes a blend of good fitness and a talented pigeon. If you have both aspects dialed in, you could have a chance of winning. And Joël Verschoot has won quite a few pigeon races in his career, both in the past and in the 2020 season.
Joël had already won a 1st Provincial Issoudun of 2,489 yearlings with racing hen New Betsy in the weekend of 18th of July. And the next victory for the superstar from Ingelmunster in West Flanders came rather quickly: he was victorious again the very next week, in the national long distance race from Montélimar.
Joël Verschoot took part in this race from the Rhône Valley with a very small basket: he brought in no more than two pigeons. And one of them, his first nominated, claimed a 1st Prov. Montélimar of 159 old birds and a 73rd National of 3,778 old birds..
Alibaba wins 1st Prov. Montélimar
This talented pigeon had successfully raced in Bourges and Argenton earlier this year, before showing his true colours in Montélimar.
1. Prov Montélimar 159 olds ’20
73. Nat Montélimar 3,778 olds ’20
24. Fontenay 1,302 olds ’20
135 Prov Fontenay 7,422 olds ’20
3. Fontenay 219 YLs ’18
144 Nat Angoulême 5,030 YLs ’18
149 Prov Vierzon 3,085 p. ’19
Sire: Profeet BE12-3041843
A nest brother of Prof (winner of 1st Prov. Tours) and a half brother of superstar Contador (the champion that turned team Joël Verschoot into an internationally renowned breed, together with the amazing Armando). He is a son of Deprez BE05-3088024 x golden stock dam Shakira BE09-3127246.
Dam: Claudia BE15-3006196
A direct Johan De Schryver (Eeklo) bred from two pigeons with Gaby Vandenabeele origins.
Winning a provincial first prize two weeks in a row, we reckon it makes him hope for even more. And who knows what is yet to come for the Verschoot pigeon family in the coming few weeks. His pigeons tend to have an edge over their opponents in demanding conditions. They have demonstrated this repeatedly in recent years, as they went on to claim victory in Brive, Agen, Pau and Angoulême. Are they ready for another spectacular win? You never know with the Verschoot pigeons. Congratulations, Joël.