Adrien Mirabelle (Ghlin, BE) becomes a household name in the national championships

Only a handful of fanciers are capable of winning a national championship prize KBDB on an annual basis, and Adrien Mirabelle is one of them. He developed into a national star in the middle distance at quite an early age.

Young, ambitious, and a top level fancier!

Adrien Mirabelle (30) is a top level player belonging to a young generation, who combines dedication and enthusiasm with a good skill-set and a will to win. He has several talented pigeons in his loft, and they enabled him to become a nationally renowned player in the middle distance. His palmares already includes such titles as 1st National Champion shorter middle distance olds & YLs KBDB 2016 and 1st National Ace Pigeon Shorter middle distance KBDB 2014. He also claimed a 3-4-5-5-6-8-8-10th National Ace Pigeon title KBDB between 2014 and 2018, which makes this a nationally renowned breed indeed. He confirmed his status last year with a title of 14th National Champion shorter middle distance olds and YLs KBDB 2018.

It takes a top-tier team to perform at the highest level. And Adrien is always looking for top-tier pigeons, because he knows all too well that you can only claim victories with natural born winners. Meanwhile Adrien continues to push the boundaries, since he is now aiming to excel in the longer middle distance and the long distance as well. And he looks well on his way to achieving his goal, judging from his results in 2018.

The Mirabelle pigeons felt very comfortable in the sun-drenched 2018 racing season, with several weeks of racing in strong headwinds - often referred to as genuine pigeon racing weather. The racing loft from Ghlin was sometimes swarmed with early arrivals, which in turn led to several victories. He also had the fastest pigeon overall from Toury on 12th and 26th of May, and he pretty much dominated the very demanding race from Argenton I on 23rd of June, claiming the first nine prizes at club level (see results below). And then came the icing on the cake: a provincial victory from Limoges I.

Skam claims 1st Provincial Limoges

Skam is a great champion in the national long distance. This fantastic bird stood out in every discipline over the course of his career: the sprint, the long distance and everything in between. This is not really a surprise, because he is related to several national ace pigeons through both his parents.

A picture of Skam: 1st Prov. Limoges in 2018

Skam - BE14-1073369

1st Prov Limoges I       1,717 p. ’18 – 14th  Nat 15,783 p.
5th N.Zone Limoges II    2,633 p. ’17 – 38th  Nat  9,162 p.
15th Prov Tulle            735 p. ’17 – 231st Nat  7,447 p.
62nd Prov Bourges        1,311 p. ’16
84th Regio Brive         1,459 p. ’18 – 84th  Prov   906 p.
92nd N.Zone Limoges II   2,126 p. ’18 – 576th Nat  7,274 p.
100th Prov Tulle         1,106 p. ’15 – 851st Nat  8,621 p.
240th Intprov Brive      2,714 p. ’17
4th Toury      599 p. ’16
8th Toury      971 p. ’15
19th Toury   2,438 p. ’18
23rd Toury     611 p. ’16
32nd Toury   1,930 p. ’16
69th Toury   2,052 p. ’18
72nd Toury   1,228 p. ’15

Sire: Fred BE09-9119627
An excellent breeding cock from the team of Frédéric Beukenne. He is a full brother of Femelle Gaby (the dam of Gorki and Nestbrother Gorki - see later on), which means he is a son of Son Golden Pair BE08-9040049 (full brother of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB 2008) x Geschelpt Beukenne BE07-9015079 (full sister of 1st Ace Pigeon LCB).
Dam: Nicoletta BE13-9010255
A hen from the success line with which Adrien Mirabelle became 1st Nat. Champion shorter middle distance KBDB 2014. She is a full sister of Adil, which is the sire of Shogun - 2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon 2015 and twice 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon 2016 and 2017. She is a daughter of super class breeder Gros Bleu 07 BE07-9028684, the grandfather of a 3rd-5th-8th-8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance (from the Mirabelle stock pair Le Débague 185/96 Debiève x Last Hope Smiss 078/05). Gros Bleu 07 was paired to JM’s Gift BE11-8006278, which comes from Thibaut-Boons (she is the dam of a 1st Ace Pigeon longer middle distance club).
Click here for the pedigree of Skam.

That same Skam bloodline (the line of Beukenne through father Fred) has provided Adrien Mirabelle with two other racing birds that have excelled in 2018: Gorki and his own nest brother.

Gorki : the fastest from Toury of 3,850 pigeons in 2018

Adrien obtained a number of Bart Geerinckx birds, and it became more and more obvious over the years that these are fantastic breeders. He has two invaluable breeding birds in particular, with Supreme and Chipo’s Lad BE09-6354561 - They come straight from the world class breed from Wommelgem. Two nest brothers of this Chipo's Lad - Gorki and Nest Brother Gorki - played a key role in the racing lofts in Ghlin in 2018. They both not only won a first prize, they also claimed an ace pigeon title as well.

Gorki: a superb first prize winner and 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB 2016

-Gorki BE15-1045846

6th Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance yearlings KBDB 2016
Co-winner of 1st Nat. Champion shorter middle distance KBDB 2016
1st Toury     2,438 p. (12/5/’18) - fastest of 3,850 pigeons
2nd Gien        933 p. ’17
2nd Toury       174 p. (24/7/’16)
3rd Orleans   1,637 p. (19/5/’18)
3rd Toury       249 p. (30/7/’16)
4th Toury       818 p. (15/5/’16)
4th Toury       467 p. (28/5/’16)
4th Toury       234 p. (16/7/’16)
6th Toury       329 p. (29/7/’17)
8th Melun       241 p. ’15
10th Nanteuil 1.289 p. ’15
13th Toury    2.052 p. (05/5/’18)
13th Orleans    430 p. (23/6/’18)
14th Toury      540 p. (27/5/’17)
18th Toury      453 p. (30/6/’18)
19th Toury      784 p. (17/6/’17)

He is a terrific racing bird with 33 prizes to his name (no doubles), including 25 prizes per 10, 16 prizes in the top-20, and 11 prizes in the top-10.

Sire: Chipo’s Lad BE09-6354561
He is the star of the Mirabelle breeding loft. He is a direct Bart Geerinckx and a full brother of the 1st Nat. Limoges 11,869 p. This makes him a son of Wittekop Gladiator BE05-6052111 (from top pair Gladiator x Willyke) x Daughter Chipo BE05-4323802 (from stock breeder Chipo Benny Steveninck). Chipo’s Lad is the sire and grandfather of several successful birds, including:
-Benny : 1st Pithiviers 2,574 p.
-Bart : 1st Villemandeur 1,837 p.
-368/11 : 5th Nat. Narbonne 5,098 p.
-246/15 : 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB
-Victoria’s Secret : 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB
The grandchildren of Chipo's Lad were successful in many other lofts as well. He is for instance the...
-Grandfather of a 1st Intprov. Montluçon 3,196 p. (for Kevin Saudoyez)
-Grandfather of Magical 878/15: winner of six first prizes (for M.Benammar – Fr)
-Grandfather of 2nd Semi-final Golden Algarve OLR 2,666 pigeons in 2017
-Grandfather of 1st Prov. & 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon middle distance KBDB 2016 (for C.Derycke)

Dam: Femelle Gaby BE09-9119624
She is a magnificent breeding hen, and she comes from Frédéric Beukenne. She is the dam of at least 14 first prize winners (click here for Femelle Gaby's best breeding references). She stems from Son Golden Pair BE08-9040049 (full brother of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon middle distance KBDB) x Geschelpt Beukenne BE07-9015079 (full sister of 1st Ace Pigeon LCB).
Click here for Gorki's pedigree.

stock breeder Chipo's Lad: the sire of Gorki and Nestbrother Gorki, and many others.

His own nest brother has a lot in common: he is a fantastic racing bird and a successful ace pigeon, with many top results to his name. Here is a brief overview of his list of achievements:

-Nestbrother Gorki BE15-1045845

 6th Prov. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB 2018
 1st Nanteuil  313 p. (28/5/’16)
 2nd Melun   1.337 p. (28/4/’18) – 6th /2,178 p.
 2nd Toury     390 p. (09/7/’16)
 2nd Toury     228 p. (28/7/’18)
 4th Orleans 1.637 p. (19/5/’18)
 5th Toury     670 p. (19/6/’16)
 5th Toury     453 p. (30/6/’18)
 6th Toury   2.052 p. (05/5/’18)
 7th Soissons  139 p. (29/4/’17)
10th Toury     784 p. (17/6/’17)
10th Toury     481 p. (07/7/’18)
10th Toury     361 p. (15/7/’18)
15th Toury     620 p. (15/7/’17)
16th Toury     767 p. (20/2/’17)

He wins 27 top prizes in total, including 20 prizes per 10 and 12 prizes in the top-10. This Nestbrother Gorki is now proving to be a talented breeder as well: he is the sire of BE17-1042119, winner of a 5th Toury 244 p., an 18th Melun 1,047 p., and a 78th Nanteuil 1,199 p. Adrien has high hopes for this pigeon in 2019.
Bekijk hier de pedigree van Nestbrother Gorki.

Cassius: 7th Provincial Ace Pigeon KBDB 2018

One of the big truths in pigeon racing, and one that is hard to deny, is that ace pigeons breed ace pigeons. These type of birds are born to win races indeed. Cassius is a perfect example of this theory. Adrien Mirabelle claimed a 1st National Ace Pigeon titel shorter middle distance YLs KBDB 2014 with Zodiac. Well, Cassius is a grandson of Zodiac, and he appears to have the talents of a true ace pigeon.

Cassius: himself 7th Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB and the grandson of a 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB '14

-Cassius BE16-1010401

 7th Prov. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB 2018
10th Ranking Olympiad Pigeon KBDB Cat. A – Poznan 2019
 1st Nanteuil   984 p. (06/5/’17)
 2nd Toury    1,140 p. (17/6/’17)
 2nd Toury      510 p. (04/6/’17)
 2nd Toury      481 p. (07/7/’18)
 3rd Toury      453 p. (30/6/’18)
 5th Nanteuil 1,557 p. (21/4/’18)
 5th Toury      361 p. (28/7/’18)
 5th Toury    1,311 p. (26/5/’18)
 9th Orleans  1,637 p. (19/5/’18)
10th Toury      561 p. (27/5/’17)
14th Toury      361 p. (05/7/’18)

He wins 17 top prizes, including 15 prizes per 10 and 10 prizes in the top-10. This top class bird stems from the Zodiac bloodline:
Sire: Father Cassius BE14-2342637
A top class breeder from supercrack Zodiac BE13-9010239. He was himself 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB '14 (his nest brother Divock was 4th Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB). Zodiac was paired to Uma BE10-5181712 (from Son Blauwe Prins 482/05 Pros Roosen x Blauw Limbourg 596/08).
Dam: Mata Leone BE12-9014638
A super class hen, and winner of a 1st Nevers 542 p. & 6th Intprov. 3,976 p., a 1st Orleans 337 p., a 2nd Nevers 1,212 p., a 2nd Chateauroux 387 p. & 12th Prov. 1,695 p., a 2nd Pithiviers 198 p., a 4th Nanteuil 373 p., etc.
She is a daughter of King Joost BE11-4272696 (a direct De Smeyter-Restiaen) x Blue Haze BE08-9104854 (half sister Nicoletta, being a daughter of Gros Bleu 07 BE07-9028684).
Click here for Cassius's pedigree
The apple does not fall far from the tree.

Great results with Mirabelle pigeons in other lofts

The strength of a pigeon breed can often be deduced from their achievements in other lofts as well. And the pigeons of Adrien do have quite a list of references. For instance, the Famille 3D claimed a 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance YLs KBDB 2018 last year with a direct pigeon of Adrien, while another related racing bird, the BE16-1010510, claimed a 13th Interprov. Vierzon 9,260 p. and a 57th Nat. Zone Bourges 6,176 p. in 2018.

The pigeon loft of Christophe Nottebaert from Templeuve is home to several talented pigeons that originate from the Adrien Mirabelle breed. To illustrate, we take a look at some of the best pigeons from 2018:
-BE16-1017658 : 1st Orleans 184 p. (23/6), 30th Nat. Chateauroux II 8,640 p., 10th Orleans 333 p. (19/5), 70th Nat. Zone Bourges II 1,002 p., 250th Nat. Gueret 5,331 p., 896th Nat. Bourges 20,284 p.
-BE17-1039943 : 2nd Toury 214 p., 3rd Orleans 106 p. (9/6), 3rd Pont 140 p., 4th Orleans 184 p. (23/6), 12th Nat. Zone Bourges II 1,483 p., 16th AWC Nevers 3,591 p. (1st Club 99 p.), 41st Nat. Zone Argenton 2,086 p., 109th Nat. Chateauroux 13,086 p.
-BE16-1017564 : 2nd Toury 336 p., 3rd Orleans 333 p. (19/5), 7th Orleans 184 p. (23/6), 39th CFW Chateauroux 2,034 p., 127th Nat. Gueret 5,331 p., 303rd Nat. Bourges I 20,284 p.
-BE17-1033892 : 10th Nat. Chateauroux II 13,086 p., 34th Prov. Argenton 1,477 p.
-BE18-1032550 : 1st Pont 508 p., 8th Toury 364 p., 31st Nat. Zone Bourges 5,694 p.
And the grandfather of the 9th Nat. Brive 4,384 yearlings 2018 of Francis and Kevin Defossez from Rumes is a direct Adrien Mirabelle bird as well.

Kevin Saudoyez won a 1st Semi-nat. Montluçon last year with ‘16-730’ (a direct Mirabelle bird obtained as an egg), and this star also claimed a 37th Nat. Bourges 20,284 p. and an 88th Intprov. Vierzon 9,260 p. in 2018. and Kevin Saudoyez had already won a 1st Intprov. Chateauroux 2,136 YLs 2017 and a 1st Intprov. Argenton 2,022 YLs 2018 with youngsters of Son Divock earlier on.

Jelle Roziers-Xiang from Itegem found out that his BE18-1049108 (a direct Adrien Mirabelle) was one of his best young birds of 2018. This bird claimed a 41st Nat. Chateauroux III 17,281 p., a 233rd Nat. Argenton 16,496 p., a 584th Nat. Chateauroux IV 12,855 p. and a 126th Prov. Blois 2,923 p.

A Granddaughter Stan BE16-1016322 claimed a 40th Nat. Gueret 5,331 p. ’18, a 44th Intprov. Chateauroux 2,034 p. ’18, and a 22nd Prov. Chateauroux 1,158 p. ’17 for Sébastien Casaert-Sénéchal. Her dam stems from a joint breeding with Adrien: Zodiac (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB) x daughter Nikolaas. These are pure ace pigeon bloodlines!
And let's not forget the 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon France 400-500km of Simon Gantier, whose dam is also a direct Adrien Mirabelle bird.

Adrien's pigeons were again outstanding 2018, just like they were in 2017.

14th Nat. Champion shorter middle distance KBDB olds & yearlings in 2018

The breed of Adrien Mirabelle was once again one of the winners in the national championships in 2081. It is quite a challenging task to claim a top prize in the national championships KBDB every single season, especially for a young fancier like Adrien.

Adrien was eager to learn right from the start. He visited many national champions to watch their pigeons arrive home, and to learn something about their racing strategy and their overall approach. He kept his eyes and ears open, looking for seemingly insignificant details that could make a big difference. His talents, his ambition and his drive, combined with a top quality collection of pigeons, have done it for him. He knows how to get the most out of his pigeons, and how to translate their potential into fantastic results. This is what defines the best fanciers, and it applies to Adrien Mirabelle as well. His national championship and ace pigeon titles KBDB speak volumes: this is a top class breed and a top class fancier.

Five successful racing birds were transferred to the breeding loft in late 2018, to assure the future of the team. This means Adrien's breeding loft is now home to quite a collection of birds, including a 3-4-5-6-8-10-17th National Ace Pigeon KBDB. In fact, the parents of most of them are still there as well. Who would say no to such a collection of breeders? The pigeon family of Adrien Mirabelle looks more than ready to tackle the 2019 season and future season as well. Good luck, Adrien!

The highlights from 2018

21/04 Nanteuil (169 km) 1557 olds: 5-8-17-18-27-43-83-84-137-156… (17/23)
05/05 Toury (291 km) 2052 olds: 2-6-7-13-24-36-48-66-69-86-110… (16/23)
05/05 Toury (291 km) 942 YLs: 7-9-11-20-22-27-30-31-37-41-44-62-65-68-81... (28/38)
12/05 Toury (291 km) 2438 olds:
1-3-14-19-24-30-38-39-40-46-47-48-53-93-96-109-210… (18/23) fastest of 3,850 pigeons
12/05 Toury (291 km) 1412 YLs: 6-8-12-13-14-43-53-55-100-115… (19/24)
19/05 Orléans (317 km) 1637 olds: 3-4-9-15-37-60-124-146… (12/17)
19/05 Orléans (317 km) 1001 YLs: 3-5-10-17-21-29-30-43-46-54-65-68-69-73-95-96… (29/40)
26/05 Toury (291 km) 1311 olds: 1-5-9-47-49-52… (11/13) fastest of 2,384 pigeons
26/05 Toury (291 km) 1071 YLs: 3-5-7-16-28-30-44-54-55-74-101-103… (25/31)
02/06 Bourges (391 km) 1186 YLs: 4-5-6-17-28-71-80… (12/26)
02/06 Limoges nat (582 km) 15789 olds: 14-65-293 (3/5)
                 Nat Zone (582 km) 4551 olds: 5-17-75 (3/5)
23/06 Argenton (466 km) 363 YLs: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-11-15-17-20-31-32-33-34-36… (24/35)
              2022 YLs: 4-5-6-8-13-22-23-24-30-37-68-80-92-139-150-151-173-176-190… (24/35)
30/06 Toury (291 km) 453 olds: 3-4-5-18 (4/6)
07/07 Toury (291 km) 481 olds: 2-9-10… (4/5)
15/07 Toury (291 km) 361 olds: 10-14-16-31 (4/4)
15/07 Toury (291 km) 302 YLs: 8-17 (2/2)
28/07 Nanteuil (169 km) 801 YBs: 6-9-13-15-16-17-18-33-59… (15/30)
11/08 Melun (221 km) 716 YBs: 1-2-4-12-16-19-20-21-44-47… (14/29)