Meirlaen Etienne - Deurle (BE) In ‘pole position’ for 1° National Ace pigeon ‘Grand Distance’ KBDB 2009!

Will we be able to write: He did it again??? – The international Perpignan and the national Tulle meant that the 2 last races which qualified for the national championships ‘grand distance’ and ‘long distance’ respectively stood on the national long distance calendar. In other words, the die is cast.

Even though there is some calculating to be done to find out or determine the national championships with the 1° and 2° nominated pigeon, the rankings for the ‘Ace pigeons’ is as good as definite. With regard to the ‘grand distance’, Etienne Meirlaen was the greedy-guts  with respectively the 1° and 3° National Ace pigeon ‘grand distance’ KBDB with his ‘Cor’ and the ‘Asduivin’ (Ace hen). And it is this same Etienne Meirlaen who now lies in ‘pole position’ for winning this strongly desired title of 1° Nat Ace pigeon ‘grand distance’ KBDB for the 2° year in a row, this time with his ‘Lady Perpignan’… who excelled from Marseille and Perpignan. The closest place of honour will probably go to Georges Carteus from Ronse (in 2nd place), and Daniel Verstichel from Nazareth (in 3rd place)… all these are still provisional estimates since the last official national results are not yet 100% certain.

Lady Perpignan’ top candidate 1° Nat Ace pigeon ‘Grand Distance’ KBDB ’09!
This "Lady Perpignan" 4344670/05, is a full sister of the "Marathon Lady 386/04", who as a yearling hen in 2005 was also one of the best pigeons in Belgium in the international races, and also managed to win the ‘Grand Marathon prize KBDB East-Fl’… at the time she had a smaller coefficient than the 1° Nat Ace pigeon ‘Grand Distance’ 2005 in the races from St.Vincent and Perpignan!... This ‘Lady Perpignan’ certainly isn’t lagging behind her sister and will later definitely be able to stand on the highest place on the podium in Oostende as  1° National Ace pigeon ‘Grand Distance’ KBDB 2009! The top performances from her honours list:

Perpignan    Club        155 p.    1
    Prov       703 p.        1
    Nat    5.547 p.    7
    I.Nat    15.087 p.    15
                    I.Nat Hens    3.131 p.    2
Barcelona    Prov    2.036 p.    152
    Nat    11.484 p.    634
    I.Nat    23.708 p.    1673
                   I.Nat Hens    6.520 p.    478
Pau    Club        161 p.    15
    Nat    2.036 p.    106    (and 31° Intnat Hens)
    I.Nat    7.608 p.    324
Marseille    Club          67 p.    1
    Prov        439 p.    2
    Nat    3.586 p.    6     (0.167%)
Perpignan    Club        158 p.    1
    Nat    7.478 p.    6     ( 0.080% in the preliminary result)
Which results in a coefficient of 0,247% for the title 1° National Ace pigeon ‘Grand Distance’ KBDB 2009. With which Etienne seems to have swept all the existing records from the table. Last year Etienne had, with his ‘Cor’, also won the 1° Nat Ace pigeon ‘Grand Distance’ KBDB 2008, with the hitherto sharpest coefficient ever of 0.257%... his own record, which looks like he will pulverise with his ‘Perpignan Lady’. Also the fact that one and the same fancier will probably win this National Ace pigeon ‘Grand Distance’ 2 years in a row is possibly a first in the Belgian pigeon history… performances that seem to be more at home in the ‘Guinness Book of Records’!
This ‘Lady Perpignan’ first showed her great class in 2007  when she won 1° provincial and 2° Internat hens from Perpignan. This year she has already won top from Pau, to then be entered for Marseille with ‘cracked eggs’. When she returned home 5-day old youngsters were put underneath her, and she was basketted again 10 days later for Perpignan with a youngster of about two weeks old… and once again achieved a top performance ending in 6° place nationally!
She comes from a real top line from which many 1° prize winners and superior crack pigeons have already been bred. She is a full sister of the ‘Marathonlady’ (see above), who following her exploits as a racing hen, has now grown to be a ‘golden breeding mother’ (mainly when coupled with the ‘Gouden Vleugel’)… for example, among other things, she is mother of the 57° Nat Tarbes 2009 and of the 73° Nat Libourne YL in 2009! A half-sister 134/03 (out the same ’Mother Marathonlady ‘ 851/01) is then in turn mother of the other super crack in the Meirlaen lofts, namely the ‘Starlight’, who won:

STARLIGHT 4288140/06
’08 Montauban
    Reg    Club         182 p.      1
            Prov     1.033 p.      2
            Nat     5.434 p.      21
’08 Tarbes        Reg        177 p.      1
            Prov         838 p.      1
            Nat      4.660 p.      2
            Intnat   12.537 p.       2
’09 Montauban        Club         248 p.     1
            Prov      1.368 p.     3
            Nat      7.203 p.     9
This ‘Starlight’ returned with a gunshot wound from Tarbes… and Etienne feared for the life of his super pigeon! Luckily all the wounds have now healed… yet Etienne wisely chose to put this wonder boy in the breeding loft. Just because everything seems alright on the outside, doesn’t mean that there are no internal injuries from this shot wound… which could have consequences for his further racing career, or that he, at worst, could be lost… that’s why Etienne wasn’t taking any chances with this ‘Starlight’
No wonder that the Meirlaen colony make your eyes pop out of your head with such an enormous potential of top races and ditto breeders in the lofts! We would be going too far to elaborate on them one for one…

Outstanding in 2009
When we visited the colony of Etienne Meirlaen for a loft report a few years ago after the restart in 2000… we directly knew that this would turn into a loft full of class pigeons. Not that we are clairvoyant, but it was clearly obvious… that this man had to be taken into account in the near future… that here a ‘new topper’  was in the making. We are barely 5 or 6 sport seasons further, and we can say without hesitation that this Etienne Meirlaen has now grown to a real ‘topper’, possibly our ‘national NR 1’ of the moment … in short, about the greatest that Belgium has in both the ‘long distance’, as the ‘grand distance’…
Whoever follows the national races closely can’t do anything but agree with our conclusion… the results of the ‘entire national racing calendar 2009’ proved this in both disciplines! No… not 2 or 3 of the best results, as is the case in many lofts by certain reports… but from the ‘entire national and international long distance calendar’, from ALL races! Whoever is of the opinion that they can equal this, let alone ‘better’ it… can always call us, write or send an ‘email’. We can tell you now… the chance that our ‘post clerk’ will have to work overtime, that our mailbox will be ‘full’,  or that our telephone will be ‘red hot’… is quasi nil and non-existent, and has as much of a chance as that our ‘rode duivels’ will win the World Cup… or that Tom Boonen will ever win the ‘Tour de France’! It is more or less impossible to race against this Etienne Meirlaen at the moment, his ‘dominance’ speaks volumes… some writers even dare to write about pigeon sport from ‘another planet’! For those of you who think that we are just writing ‘empty words ’… or to convince the last critics … look and see for yourself… because here they are … The naked figures from 2009!
Club                  551 p.    1,3,24,27,28,42,68,72,94,104,116,174 (14)
Prov            3.077 p.    4,11… etc.
Nat        17.446 p.    10,45,311,335,337,656… and 12/14.
Club                126 p.    8,10 (4p)
Club                290 p.    1,5,17,20,22,37,83 (7/9 per 3)
Prov          1.246 p.    2,9… etc.
Nat          7.347 p.    9,20, 203,247,278,441,952 (9)
Club        248 p.    1,12,14,15,56,64,65,66 (14)
Nat    7.203 p.    9,131,148,154… (7/14)
Nat    1.984 p.    106,159,319 (5)
I.Nat    7.608 p.    324,511,1260,1829 (5)
Club         67 p.        4,6,7,8,13,16,23 (16)
Nat    5.242 p.    106,123,155… (3 within the top 200 national)
Nat    8.935 p.    38… and 10/18
Club       307 p.        3,4,6,8,14,23,25,29,32,37,42,47,49,61,65,67,70,73,82,88,93,100,102 (37)
Nat    13.503 p.    149,211,350,365,578… etc.
Club        247 YL    2,4,5,8,15,17,19,20,21,22,40,42,46,49,53,54,59,68,70,76,83 (34)
Nat    9.442 YL    31,111,118,238,344,421,438,470,479… (9 in the top 500 Nat, and 22/34).
Limoges (4 juli)
Club        620 old birds    3,15,18,33,46,59,64,74,75,91,130,167,168,190 (19)
Nat    11.869 old birds    42,165,192,392,512,720,795,923,932 (9 in the top 1000 Nat and 14/19)
Club Derby        421 Two y    8,38,42,49,61,87,113,131 (10)
Nat Derby    6.138 Two y    102,424,468,537… (4 pigeons in the top 600 Nat from 10 p.)
Club       157 p.        2,5,6,7,13,14,15,20,23,44,45 (14)
Nat    4.822 p.    57,88,93,96,215,291,360,445,498,920,955 (14)
Limoges Yearlings
Club       802 p.        9,35,45,49,54,55,74,102,122,174,180,188,266 (13/18)
Nat    16.893 p.    250,846,951,1096,1192,1194,1530,1990,2359,2988,3150,3349 (18)
Club          67 p.    1,9,18 (5)
Nat    3.586 p.    6,543,779 (5)
Club        384 p.    2,7,8,40,48,49,52,56,84 (13)
Nat    7.597 p.    18,113,126,557,671,683,723,739,1058 (13)
Libourne YL
Club        270 YL
2,4,11,15,19,26,27,29,36,37,41,42,44,45,46,50,53,54,64,70,72,73,82,86 (37)
Nat    8.723 YL
1542,1613,2097 (25/37)
Club       196 p.        1,13,16,20,32,38 (12)
Nat    7.156 p.    8,204,230,326,472,583,1758 (12)
Club       158 p.        1,8,9,15,20,25,29,31,39,40,41,42,43,45,46,49,50 (17/26)
Nat    7.478 p.    6… (preliminary result)
By evening 16 pigeons had already been clocked, by national closing  20 pigeons!!
Club       230 p.        15,24,49,64 (8)

Just phenomenal how this Etienne Meirlaen has ploughed through this sport season 2009… as a rolling mill! Performances which firstly result from the thoughtful purchases made for the restart in 2000 … and secondly, the extremely strict selection method that Etienne has kept to from the outset. He was started with a round of the youngsters from Van Damme-Boddaert, the late Antoine Van Hove etc…, and a few pigeons from the ‘old sort’ which were bought from sport friends… pigeons for which quite a bit of money changed hands, but that initially were not used as breeding material … but firstly had to race, to prove what they were capable of in the races. So that he immediately had an insight into the quality of the acquired pigeons… and he could couple the best pigeons with each other  (read: good x good), and only after the first breeding results had been tested in the races…were the very first pigeons placed in the ‘breeding loft’ for good! And the selection… was brutal … we vividly remember when in his begin years, Etienne entered a team of yearlings for  Narbonne and Perpignan (later St.Vincent)… to test his trainee ‘extreme long distance racers’ and ‘Barcelona pigeons’. Any that didn’t race per 10 AND return home ‘fresh’… were put into the aviary the following day, with destination … ‘mothers kitchen’! No mercy! When this method of ruthless selection continues to be applied for a few years in a row… it is no surprise that there out a team of real ‘class pigeons’ arises that nowadays dominate the international ‘grand distance races’… and where out then the  1° + 3° Nat Ace pigeon 2008 and the 1° Nat Ace pigeon ‘Grand Distance’ KBDB 2009 have been created! Remember that many (read: the most) sport friends amongst us, in such a way of action.. would  immediately… have no pigeons left! It is the merit of the entire Meirlaen-team that they have, via this brutal and ruthless manner of action, climbed to such top performances! It is easier said than done … try to copy it!
More targeted purchases followed, wherefrom a few with direct success in breeding! Even if the gun has changed shoulder in recent times. Where Etienne originally made ‘Barcelona’ the main objective, and for which he usually only entered his best pigeons… for the last 2 seasons the team has been divided, so that he has experienced ‘routiners’ and top racers available to strive weekly for top performances in ‘all’ national races… the ‘routiners’ that are supplemented weekly with upcoming talent of 2 and 3 year olds! In contrast to the past then, when the ‘routiners’ went to Barcelona and/or Perpignan, and the other races had to make do with the younger generation of long distance racers… pigeons that can often achieve the ‘fine top national, but can also miss terribly… long distance racers know this better than anybody!
A strategy that has served him well… and was the reason that the ‘success story’ that today the day, anno 2009 will be written in the history books! Whoever ,year after year, can place miraculous racers and ‘super cracks’ so as the ‘Gouden Vleugel’, the ‘Marathonlady’, the ‘Cor’, the ‘Asduivin’, the ‘Perpignan Lady’, the ‘Marseille’, the ‘Luka’, the ‘Starlight’… in the breeding loft, without affecting the performances… must have a hell of a strong loft of breeding and racing pigeons! Without doubt one of the best, if not the best lofts of long distance and extreme long distance pigeons in the West-European hemisphere at the moment! You don’t just win 1° National Ace pigeon ‘Grand Distance’ KBDB two years in a row… It proves the exceptional ‘class’ and ‘top quality’!
For this our congratulations to Etienne, wife Yvette, and carer ‘Aline’!



Congratulations to these fanciers on thier performances.



Has got to be the No 1 in Belgium at the moment, what a great set of results. The 4 x pigeons I obtained from you in 07-08 are breeding the goods so far up to 700k and hopefully to the far end next year. the daughter of your 'De Golden Flier' is exceptional.

John Highley Very Happy
Racing pigeons or keeping pigeons what's the difference ? If your a keeper look elsewhere !