Eddy Noël & Ivan Willockx’ youngsters proved they were in shape at the very first national race of the season. The wind direction and the release location determine the top of the National results, that is simply a fact of the sport. The first pigeon at Bourges at the national level was the 236th, however, if we look at the provincial results from Bourges then one can see the true picture concerning the condition of the young pigeons. Against 4.742 young birds the impressive results were as follows: 2-2-4-10-11-12-28-52-77-78-83-95-...
It is no surprise then that the duo went into Argenton (528km) with high expectations, but for unexplainable reasons, those expectations were not delivered upon. The pigeons had been trained thoroughly and were overflowing with healthy and condition, yet that did not translate itself into the results, but that too is a part of the sport… against 6.397 young birds, they achieved the following provincial results: 37-93-110-125-177-190-194-209-...
However, things went different in La Souterraine where the pigeons showed their true colours. It was a challenging race with the wind against them, which is the preference of the pigeons. The result was this phenomenal list at the national level against 14.315 young birds: 4-14-36-41-51-67-94-145-274-... below we shall give a short introduction to the national top 100 winners...
4. Nat. La Souterraine 14.315 young birds - BE21-6021074
The 4th National is a direct daughter of Gargenton, direct from Gaston Van de Wouwer, firmly inbred with de Kaasboer, from the lines of Barbara. . Gargenton has shown himself to be a breeder of the highest quality at the lofts of Team Noël-Willockx . He is the father or grandfather of no less than 11x top 100 national rankers. The crossing of the Gargenton-line with that of the own 118-stockbreeder line has shown its worth in Baasrode. The 4th national is an example of this. The mother is an inbred of the 432-Cock, son of the 118-stockbreeder
14. Nat. La Souterraine 14.315 young birds - BE21-6021139
We can once again see that same 432-Cock, son of the 118-stock breeder, of the 4th National here, with the 14th National. The mother is an inbred daughter after the 432-Cock. Also inbred after Eddy’s Ace, son of the 432-Cock, who won the 3th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Long-Distance in the possession of Ariën-De Keyser/ The father is a direct Youri Deblanc Pigeon, a son of his superbreeder Crack Julien. He is the (grand)father of: 3. Nat. Brive, 3. Nat. Bourges, 5. Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround KBDB, 5. Nat. Limoges, 5. Nat. Brive, 11. Nat. Chateauroux, 12. Nat. Argenton,.
36. Nat. La Souterraine 14.315 young birds - BE21-6021070
Here once again the Kaasboer lineage of Gaston Van de Wouwer from the father’s side. This was successfully crossed with the 118-stockbreeder line. Inbred from the mother’s side.
41. Nat. La Souterraine 14.315 young birds - BE21-6021126
The father is a grandson of Gargenton. The mother is the result of joint breeding with Ruben Lanckriet, from the lines of Marijke Vink and brothers Scheele with the 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon France, which has Houben-blood.
51. Nat. La Souterraine 14.315 young birds - BE21-6021075
The father is a direct Jelle Roziers pigeon, a halfbrother of Seven Junior, 2nd National Ace Pigeon KBDB 2016, where the line of Queen-L was crossed with the line of the 118-stockbreeder. The mother is an inbred of the 118. The crossing between Jelle Roziers pigeon and the 118-Stockbreeder are performing excellently at the lofts in both Baasrode and those of Jelle Roziers.
67. Nat. La Souterraine 14.315 young birds - BE21-6021111
Once again Gargenton from the father's side and plenty of 118-stockbreeder genes from the mother's side.
94. Nat. La Souterraine 14.315 young birds - BE21-6021091
Here the mother, a daughter of Gargenton, was bred with Anouk, a strongly inbreed top breeder from the 118-stockbreeder-line. Noteworthy is that from the father's side there are also traces of New-Kim of Gaston Van de Wouwer.
Well thought out breeding strategy...
The breeding strategy that Eddy Noël utilises and can be seen in the list above is worth mentioning. The old lines of the 118-Stockbreeder are firmly established through plenty of inbreeding and those genes are then crossed with “outside” blood. Especially the crossing with Gaston Van de Wouwer’s pigeons has turned out to have been a brilliant decision. However, the crossings with pigeons from Jelle Roziers, Bart Geerinckx, PIPA Elite Center, Youri Deblanc en Vanoppen-Luyten have also proven their worth many times over. Recently there were reinforcements from F & J Vandenheede.
This approach at the breeding loft and the support of the gamma AIDI pigeon food & food supplements developed by Ivan Willockx and Eddy Noël do not only make enhance performances at other lofts, but the approach also keeps proving its value with Team Noël-Willockx itself. Explaining things is one thing. Explaining things and then doing it yourself is another.