Gevaert-Vanschoorisse, "1st National Bourges 12.394 yearlings! Highest speed out of 49.955 pigeons."


The East-Flemish have performed excellently in the National Bourges race of July 29, 2006. 21 fanciers have conquered the first 20 positions in the national results in all three categories. They also occupy 6 out of 9 places on the stand: “gold” goes to Van De Voorde-Verlinden from Baaigem in the youngsters league and to Gevaert-Van Schoorisse in the yearlings competition… “silver” was obtained by Marc Vanhaute from Smetlede in the youngsters category, by Adrien De Munter & Sons from Zarlardinge in the category of old pigeons and by Mathias Maquet from Kluisbergen in the yearlings competition … Martin Devylder in Oordegem obtained “bronze” in the youngsters league.
Six East-Flemish fanciers took place on the national stand of the “Super Bourges of the Year” thanks to their super fast pigeons. The national winner, which is owned by Jean-Pierre & Carine Gevaert-Van Schoorisse, was the fastest bird of this elite of top athletes. He achieved a top speed of 1.353,58 m per minute and preceded the entire convoy of 49.955 Bourges racers. A real top performance...

"Poupol " 1th National Bourges Yearling 4274070/2005

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Poupol” 4274070-05, the national winner
This beautiful darkly scalloped cock won Bourges National. At that time, he had seven feathers. Bourges was his 15th race this season. He was put into the basket for the first time on the 8th of April. In the races that preceded the Bourges race of July 29, he raced (with doublings) 20 prizes per three of which the following 11 at least per 10: Quiévrain 3/187… 3/73… 8/144… Bouillon 5/110… 8/253… 8/229… 15/417… Dourdan 15/171… 16/424… Châteauroux provincial 225/3.365 + old 299/3.167. As a youngster, he won the 1st ECOUEN 352 pigeons on July 17, 2005. When we take a look at his origin, it’s obvious who he got it from.
FATHER of “Poupol” is “GROTE BOL” 4110449-00, a top racer of stature. He is 6 years old and also flew the Bourges race. He was clocked at 1:03 PM and wins the 18th prize out of 346 old (apart from 1 prize per 20 !) in “Samenspel Lessines-Leuze”. During his career of six years he has obtained 129 prizes, up until now, of which 56 at least per ten. He became the 1st ACE PIGEON DERBY HAINAUT in 2004. “Groten Bol” also raced 14th NATIONAL LA SOUTERRAINE 3.233 pigeons in 2004… 93rd NATIONAL GUERET 9.277 pigeons in 2000… 189th National La Souterraine 2.350 pigeons in 2001… 299th National Bourges 15.581 pigeons in 2001… 9th Vierzon 1.036 pigeons… 16th Vierzon 1.666 pigeons.
GRANDFATHER of “Poupol” and father of “Grote Bol” was “Bol 410” 4065410-92. This one has won a 1st PRIZE 7 times in his career… he was 1st ACE PIGEON “BOTH FLANDERS” in 1997… 3rd Ace Pigeon Both Flanders 1996… and he was qualified three times in the provincial championships (9th, 14th and 24th). “Bol 410” was a son of the main pigeons “Zwarte Ketelair” 4109737-86 x “’t Vuil” 4323719-91.
MOTHER of “Poupol” is “Laat Blauwke” 3016302-04, a direct from MAURICE & LUC DE LAERE Anzegem that descends from the strain of their provincial ace pigeon middle distance: “DeTieke”.

Brilliant result in the Bourges race
The general result in the Bourges race was marvellous as well. Take a look at their results in “Samenspel Lessines-Leuze” : - 1-4-5-6-7-10-12-18-24-27-28-29-49-55-69-76-98-103-104th (19/30) out of 346 old;
- 1-4-8-17-41-47-89-106-119th (9/22) out of 368 yearlings.
The 7-year-old “Supra” 4159131-99 obtained the 1st prize in the race with 346 old pigeons. He is a son of “Super Bol” 4087360-96 (8 x 1st PRIZE), who descends from “Blauwe Bol” 4356198-94 (6 x 1st PRIZE) and the latter is a son of the main pigeons “Zwarte Ketelair” x “t Vuil”. “Supra” has won 134 prizes up until now out of which 78 at least per 10 and 43 in the top 10 ! A real star …

The origin of success
It all went incredibly fast. In 1990, Jean-Pierre and Carine bought 40 eggs from ANDRE DIERICK in Rumbeke. It was an excellent purchase. Their colony became unrecognisable in no time. Previously, they had to put a lot of effort to achieve some results but from that point onwards: everything became easier and simpler. It didn’t take long before they obtained first and top prizes almost every week. Jean-Pierre and Carine started with speed racing, then they also participated in middle distance races and as soon as they started performing brilliantly on long middle distance as well, there was no stopping them.
They only kept “Zwarte Ketelair” 4109737-86 of their former pigeons. He came from a sports friend: Livin Ketelair in Ronse. He had blood of the strains of Medard Baute in Kaprijke and Achiel Leus in Lede running through his veins. Cross-breeding him with the Dierick pigeons was a total success. About 90% of the present strain descends from this combination.
In 2004, they achieved some pigeons at MAURICE & LUC DE LAERE’s in Anzegem. The mother of “Poupol” comes from this loft.
At the moment, Jean-Pierre and Carine have 20 breeding couples as well as some test couples. This year, the racing team consisted of 35 old pigeons and 35 yearlings. They don’t race hens and raise about 120 youngsters for own use each year. A peep behind the behind the scenes seemed more than useful.

The widowers...
The widowers are coupled early December and they all raise a round of early youngsters, together with the breeders. They are separated afterwards, are re-coupled in March and brood 5 to 6 days. Then, they are put on widowhood. If the weather is good, they are trained during brooding.
Feeding happens individually in their living box. This way, Jean-Pierre and Carine can tell who gets too much or too little. The pigeons are also more attached to their box. They can drink from a collective fountain. When the birds return from a race they receive 50% of Gerry-Plus and 50% of IC Start Plus Breeding mixture. Then, they get “Gerry-Plus” and the last four meals consist of “Super Widowhood”.

Pigeon tea and honey is added to the drinking dish 5 days out of seven. On the day prior to basketing, vitamins are added to the drinking water and on the day they are put into the basket, Jean-Pierre and Carine give them pure water. To allow the pigeons to recover fast from a race they are fed electrolytes (Fortalyt) the day after they’ve arrived. It’s not common practice to put Forma drops in their eyes before they are put into the basket and after they’ve returned to the loft. They often forget to put the drops in because there isn’t enough time. Jean-Pierre isn’t sure whether this is really necessary. To the fancier, this might be a relief.

The hens are released in the loft before the cocks are put into the basket. Immediately afterwards, the racers are basketed. When they return home, cocks and hens are allowed to spend 20 to 30 minutes in eachother’s company but as the season progresses they can stay together for a little while longer. The hens receive a mixture of 3/4 purification and 1/4 breeding mixture during the week. On the day of basketing and on the day of return of the cocks, they get breeding mixture as much as they can eat. The hens are staying in an aviary during the day but they sleep indoors. Those who try to couple are moved to the hen’s boxes.
The widowers train twice a day: in the morning between 8:00 and 9:00 AM and in the evening between 5:00 and 6:00 PM. The windows of the loft remain open and the training is free and unconstrained. They usually leave for a trip of 10 to 15 minutes. Once they’re back, they can fly in and out of the loft until training time is over. Jean-Pierre points out that some of the widowers who are in excellent shape do not necessarily train a lot but prefer to keep an eye on things to avoid that a loft mate would enter their living box. The pigeons have the opportunity to take a bath at the beginning of the week. Jean-Pierre and Carine add bath salts (Ideal) to the water.

The youngsters...
The best couples raise three rounds of youngsters. Experience has shown that excellent old racers who have performed brilliantly until the age of six or even longer are often spring youngsters that have been trained (not forced) in their year of birth.
At first, Jean-Pierre and Carine keep the first and second round separate. As soon as the second round dares to fly further away, it is released together with the first round. The youngsters have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area for about two hours. Later-on, they have to race or return to the loft. Jean-Pierre and Carine don’t like them to just hang around in the neighbourhood.
The youngsters receive exclusively Breeding Plus in the beginning and for as long as they keep losing small feathers. Then, 50% of purification mixture is added. Once they start to fly races there is Junior Plus on the menu. Pigeon tea with honey is added to the drinking water every week for 4 to 5 days. One day before they are put into the basket they receive some vitamins and on the day of basketing they are given pure water. If there’s enough time, Jean-Pierre and Carine put Forma drops in their eyes before the pigeons go into the basket but they never give them drops during the week.
As soon as the first and the second round venture further away from the loft they are darkened from 6:00 PM until 9:00 AM until early June. The youngsters are raced according to the so-called “open door method”. The door opens three hours before they have to be put into the basket and they can do whatever they please until then. Once the national races come up, the pigeons get the opportunity to build a nest.

Medical aspect...
For safety’s sake, a vet examines the pigeons before the start of the breeding and racing season. And he’s always contacted in case of doubt or if something goes wrong during the season. His advice is always followed very precisely. The pigeons receive a cure (Colombo Pox) against paramyxo and smallpox. They are not vaccinated against paratyphus.
Jean-Pierre only believes in pigeons that are in perfect health. They still have to achieve top prizes when they are four, five or even older. “De Plekke” is clear proof: at the age of five he achieved 1st Interprovincial Châteauroux against 5.862 p. and recorded the highest speed on a semi-national level out of 12.257 pigeons. “Blauwe Souterraine” obtained the 4th national prize in the La Souterraine race against 1.856 pigeons at the age of five as well. The 7-year-old “Supra” won the 1st prize against 346 old pigeons in the Bourges race of July 29 in “Lessines-Leuze” and on a national level, he was ranked somewhere around the 50th prize out of 10.829 old. At the age of six, “Grote Bol” -father of the national winner “Poupol”- achieves the 18th prize against 346 old pigeons in the Bourges race of July 29 in “Lessines-Leuze”.
As we mentioned above, the pigeons receive tea about five days a week. Brewer’s yeast and garlic are regularly on the menu as well. During moult, they receive Biochol. Jean-Pierre and Carine don’t mess around with forbidden products. They’ve had five negative doping tests: results that speak for themselves !

What’s more
“I don’t know anything about pigeons, I NEVER look at their throat or eyes, only their performances matter. A pigeon can stay if it has proven that it can race first prizes and prizes per ten. I like nice round pigeons with tight rumps. And descent matters too of course”... says Jean-Pierre.
The pigeons are living in lofts that are built right against the house and there are also some lofts in the attic. The lofts are not equipped with heating.
Finally, Jean-Pierre has some good advice for beginners and fanciers who are having a hard time and who are looking for improvement. Get rid of everything and start all over again with about 20 eggs from a good loft. The eggs of racing pigeons are often available at a favourable price.
Another possibility is to achieve some extra pigeons in mid-summer -when the lofts are cram-full- and you buy the birds from a fancier who has been achieving good results for at least five years already. So you don’t buy from a stuntman who’s having a good year but from whom no-one will hear again in the seasons to come.

In the “Top-50” National since 1999
1st NATIONAL BOURGES 12.394 P. !
(fastest pigeon out of 49.955 Bourges racers)
7th NATIONAL GUERET 1.430 D. !
11th national La Souterraine 3.265 p. !
13th national Gueret 1.626 p. !
14th national La Souterraine 3.233 p. !
14th national Gueret 1.430 p. !
15th national Gueret 9.277 p. !
17th national Gueret 1.175 p. !
18th national Gueret 1.856 p. !
19th national Gueret 1.856 p. !
23rd national Bourges 13.118 p. !
26th national La Souterraine 2.338 p. !
27th national Bourges 20.172 p. !
28th national La Souterraine 2.350 p. !
34th national La Souterraine 1.856 p. !
35th national Bourges 11.689 p. !
37th national Vichy 2.711 p. !
38th national Limoges 8.618 p. !
39th national Gueret 1.626 p. !
41st national Bourges 11.689 p. !
42nd national La Souterraine 3.265 p. !
45th national La Souterraine 1.856 p. !
48th national Bourges 12.161 p. !

To conclude...
The colony of Jean-Pierre and Carine Gevaert-Van Schoorisse is going like a bomb. They are the centre of attention for more than a decade now. They regularly achieve first and top prizes in races of 100 to 600 km. It’s a feast for the eye. On July 29, the day they won Bourges National, there were already 42 FIRST PRIZES on their list of achievements of 2006 !!!

Gevaert-Van Schoorisse are among the best of the province and even of Belgium since many years. They owe it all to their homogeneous and healthy strain of pigeons that possess the exceptional property to transmit their qualities to their descendants. A lot of other fanciers who are taking the same course with their strain can confirm this. That’s why they keep having success and that’s also the reason why they can look forward to a bright future...