Vermeerbergen-Wilms-Mostmans (Mol/Rijkevorsel,BE): top class breed now excels in the sprint competition too

The Vermeerbergen-Wilms combination (Mol) has had a fantastic 2020 racing season, and they were outstanding in the sprint competition as well. All thanks to the Best Kittel bloodlines and the tough to beat Grizzly Pitbulls.

We saw an impressive display of strength from both the Vermeerbergen-Wilms combination (Mol) and Vermeerbergen-Wilms-Mostmans (Rijkevorsel) in the 2020 corona season: it took some convincing from their teammate, but Luc and Robby eventually decided to sacrifice one fourth of their pigeon loft for a more sprint-oriented team. Although 'sacrifice' is perhaps not the best word choice, since their sacrifice was an instant success: they had several great results - see later on in this article - in the sprint competition, including 43 first prizes and the first three ace pigeons in the young birds' competition of the highly competitive Oostgrens Entente (150 members). And it is no coincidence that those three ace pigeons are all grandchildren of Best Kittel. Luc: "We introduced some fantastic pigeons in our loft in Mol: pigeons of the Breeding Loft of Thomas Gyselbrecht with Best Kittel as the stock breeder, as well as pigeons of Dominique Velghe. Best Kittel was a fantastic sprint pigeon in his day, a world class racing bird with a proven record. And he is an exceptional breeder as well: his bloodlines combine sprint, stamina and orientation. To begin with, Best Kittel is the sire of "Best Kittel II", a 1st National Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB 2020, and of "Junior", 2nd National Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB 2018. A niece of Best Kittel in turn bred Daniel, a 1st National Ace Pigeon KBDB sprint 2019. This is an impressive list of references.

With the pigeons of this bloodline, along with the pigeons of Dominique Velghe (mainly from Best Kittel) and our own Grizzly birds, we turned 2020 into a fantastic sprint season. But we never lost sight of our number one priority: our youngsters have been outstanding throughout the year, with great results in the national races. We are very proud and satisfied about our 2020 season."

The pedigree of Best Kittel.

Sprint

Since it was such a remarkable choice to use one fourth of their pigeon lofts for the sprint competition, we decided to dedicate this entire article to the 2020 sprint season of Vermeerbergen-Wilms. A side note: the sprint competition is also the main goal of their second loft, for which Luc and Robby started racing together with Kris Mostmans from Rijkevorsel. And they turned to Gert Huysmans from Balen for their third loft, where they are racing a group of old birds and yearlings. Each of their three lofts focuses on one specific competition. They bring together a lot of expertise, which they use to try and get their most talented, their strongest and their healthiest birds in the best possible form. Since 2020, Luc and Robby have been working towards a specific goal in their lofts: they have a group of young birds raced the 'classic way', whereas one fourth of their lofts is now entirely dedicated to the sprint competition.

Luc Vermeerbergen and Robby Wilms in the middle, flanked by their companions Kris Mostmans and Gert Huysmans.

Best Kittel

We have already shown you a picture and the pedigree of Best Kittel (BE15-1029362), here is a look at his palmares:

1. Nat Ace Pigeon Sprint KBDB 2017
4. Nat Ace Pigeon Sprint KBDB 2016
1. Ecouen 1.082 p.
1. Ecouen   841 p.
1. Pont       623 p.
1. Pont       548 p.
2. Pont    1,166 p.
2. Pont    1,154 p.
2. Pont      639 p.

This phenomenal racing and breeding bird achieved some great successes for Vermeerbergen-Wilms over the years. For instance, Luc and Robby won the first three ace pigeons in the very demanding Oostgrens entente (with 150 members), and these were in fact three grandchildren of Best Kittel.

The title of 1st Ace Pigeon in the Oostgrens competition young birds goes to BE20-4186516 “Best Kittel’s 1st Ace”, bred from a son of Best Kittel. We look at some of his best results: 1. Momignies (283 p.); 1. Momignies (160 p.); 6. Quiévrain (349 p.); 6. Momignies (230 p.); 7. Quiévrain (709 p.); 9. Momignies (331 p.).

Best Kittel’s 1st Ace

Pedigree “Best Kittel’s 1st Ace”

The 2nd Ace Pigeon Oostgrens young birds is BE20-4186518 “Robby’s BK, which was also bred from a son of Best Kittel. This is his palmares: 1st Momignies (1,037 p.), 1st Momignies (331 p.); 5th Quiévrain (349 p.); 8th Momignies (875 p.); 8th Momignies (288 p.).

Grandchild Best Kittel

And the 3rd Ace Pigeon Oostgrens young birds is “Robbys Favorite” BE20-6066102.

Robby's favorite

Pedigree of “Robbys Favorite”

Grizzly-Pitbull

The Grizzly dynasty of Vermeerbergen-Wilms-Mostmans in Rijkevorsel is renowned for breeding race winners: their descendants have won 40 races in just five years' time, which is quite impressive. Kris Mostmans is responsible for the daily caretaking in the lofts in Rijkevorsel. The two stock breeders of this dynasty are BE13-6164780 'Grizzly Pitbull Wonder Breeder' and BE12-6188693 'Blue Wonder Mother', which have become notorious names in the sprint competition in Belgium. This breeding pair was put together in 2014.

Stock sire 'Grizzly Pitbull Wonder Breeder' is a grandchild of the renowned 'Pitbull' of Karel Laenen - Van Reeth. He is himself a great racing as well as breeding bird: in addition to the many great results for Vermeerbergen-Wilms-Mostmans, this stock sire is also great-grandfather of a 6th National Ace Pigeon KBDB 2010, a 2nd National Ace Pigeon middle distance KBDB 2013, a 3rd National ace Pigeon KBDB 2014, etc.

Grizzly Pitbull Wonder Breeder.

Stock dam 'Blue Wonder Mother' is a daughter of 'Granson Olympic Lievin', a 100% Leo Heremans and himself the sire of seven race winners. He was paired to 'Raketje', an excellent spring pigeon with six victories to her name.

BE12-6188693 'Blue Wonder Mother'

Some of the most famous, perhaps even legendary youngsters of the Grizzly stock pair are BE15-6274218 'Grizzly Ace Wonder' (2nd National Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB 2015 and 7 x 1st), BE17-6200651 'Sister Grizzly Ace Wonder' (6 x 1st) and her nest sister BE17-6200652 (5 x 1st). These last two youngsters of this stock pair, also referred to as the 'Grizzly Sisters', have been absolutely sensational in the sprint competition in 2018, winning 11 first prizes together!

A few results from 2020 (Momignies and Quiévrain):
- 17-06: 1,037 young birds: 1, 2, 13, 23, 25, 26, 27, 27, 29, 33, 35, 50, 63, 67, .. (27/40)
- 11-07: 2,130 young birds.: 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 30, 33, 42, 45, 64, 66, 67, 71, 74, 75, 76, 77, 93, 95, 96, 144, 155, 157, 158, 159, 162, 163, 166, 167, 171, 179, 182, 184, 186, 192, 195.. (84/104)

- 19-07: 1,734 young birds: 6, 8, 11, 13, 16, 17, 20, 21, 24, 33, 35, 36, 42, 50, 53, 56, 61, 62, 63, 63, 65, 72, 73, 78, 84, 87, 87, 91, 93, 96,.. (76/97)
- 27-07: 338 young birds: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 12, 13, 16, 23, 30, 32, 33, 35, .. (27/32)
- 29-07: 236 young birds: 2, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, .. (22/35)
- 02-08:
1022 young birds: 12,17,18,18,18,18,18,24,25,25,27,27,29,31,32,33,34,36,38,41,56,63,67,67,67,70,70,73,73,79,79,84,85,85,89,89,96....(65/86)

- 30-08: 552 young birds.: 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 50, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58.. (48/55)
- 05-09: 1,376 young birds: 19, 28, 29, 30, 33, 34, 34, 36, 63, 66, 69, 76, 82.. (19/24).

Rijkevorsel

The loft in Rijkevorsel achieved some splendid results with youngsters/grandchildren of stock pair BE13-6174780 " Pitbull Wonder Breeder"  X BE12-6188693" Bleu Wonder Mother". They are the parents of as many as 43 race winners.

One of their strongest birds was BE20-6143071 "Lady Pitbull 71", a daughter of the Grizzly stock pair. She won the following prizes as a young bird:

Quiévrain   1 °      718 p.    0.13 %      Union
Quiévrain   1°      296 p.     0.33  %     Club
Quiévrain   4°       562 p.    0.71  %     Club
Quiévrain  10°    1648 p  .  0.60  %     Union
Quiévrain   8°      1256 p.    0.63 %     Union
Quiévrain 9°      846 p.        1.06 %     club
Quiévrain   8°      774 p.      1.03 %     Club
Quiévrain 16°     2097 p.     0.76 %     Union
Quiévrain  7°      368 p.       1.90 %     Club
Quiévrain  16°     1028 p.    1.55 %     Union

Nest sister BE20-6143070   "Lady Pitbull 70 " wins a 1°/ 296  - 1°/ 718  - 11°/ 487 in Quievrain
Grandchildren of stock pair Grizzly koppel (6164780/13 X 6188693/12) won the following prizes in 2020:

BE20- 6143068: Quiévrain  1° / 846 - 2°/1156 - 6° / 774  - 14°/ 2097 - 16°/1028
BE20- 6143059: Quiévrain  1°/1007 - 7°/ 1256  - 8°/ 846
BE20- 6143061: Quiévrain  1°/774  - 2°/2097.

The future

The fanciers of Vermeerbergen-Wilms have clearly grown fond of the sprint competition, thanks to their many great results in 2020. Luc: "We will use the same approach next season: I can reveal that we already have an oral agreement with PIPA Breeding and Dominique Velghe to increase our sprint game from 25 to 50 percent. This will be evident in our lofts as well, where there will be a clear division between our sprint team and our young birds' team for the nationals."