Bart Henderickx (Berlaar, BE) wins 1st national Argenton II yearlings

One week after the disastrous race from chateauroux it was time for Argenton II. It was the pigeon Fa of Bart Henderickx that took a national first prize against 2,418 yearlings with a velocity of 177.23 m/min.

Bart Henderickx & Kurt Van Den Bruel: a strong team

Fresh start in 2011

Bart Henderickx is far from unknown in pigeon racing, and the neighbouring fanciers Gaston Van De Wouwer and Stefaan Lambrechts did really well with Bart’s pigeons. However, a busy professional life forced him to quit the sport in 1997. His six best breeding pairs were transferred to the loft of his friend Gaston Van De Wouwer. It worked out really well: Gaston had quite a lot of success with Bart’s pigeons. Bart decided to make a fresh start in 2011 together with his friend Kurt Van Den Bruel, and Gaston kept his promise: he gave Bart an entire round of young birds with which he could make a solid comeback. Bart started the 2012 season with great courage and with quite a collection of top pigeons heavily based on his old breed. This breed was now combined with fresh bloodlines from Stefaan Lambrechts, Wim Storm, Luc Houben and Op De Beeck-Baetens. Needless to say, this is quite a talented group of pigeons. It did not take long before the partnership started winning prizes – they have won the following national top 50 prizes in the course of four seasons:

La Souterraine:  3rd national against 18,588 pigeons
Issoudun:        8th national against 16,615 pigeons
Tours:          12th national against 24,097 pigeons
Tours:          13th national against 24,097 pigeons
La Souterraine: 19th national against 18,588 pigeons
Chateauroux:    20th national against 12,071 pigeons
Guéret:         29th national against 16,988 pigeons
La Souterraine: 42nd national against 19,155 pigeons
Bourges:        47th national against 21,522 pigeons

Fa (BE14-609544), 1st national Argenton II yearlings 2015

This great looking cock had been trained especially for Argenton II, and he was basketed sitting eight day old youngsters. He completed the race from Noyon (205km) a few weeks prior to the race, followed by Souppes-sur-Loing (350km). In the final week before Argenton II he did a training flight on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, being released 50km away from the loft.

We take a look at his prizes so far:

Argenton:              1st nat. of 2,418 one year olds
Noyon:                36th of 371 pigeons
Noyon:               138th of 1,318 pigeons
Souppes-sur-Loing:    52nd of 3,550 pigeons
Bourges:            2802nd nat. of 30,180 pigeons
Chateauroux:         190th prov. of 3,205 pigeons / 668th nat. of 25,710 pigeons
Gueret:              137th prov. of 2,892 pigeons / 317th nat. of 16,262 pigeons
Gien:                 84th prov. of 3,146 pigeons

Fa is a full brother of Rio, 1st Bourges I 2015 zone B1 against 7,739 yearlings. Their sire is a 50% Marc Schellens (Heist o/d Berg) x het Zwart (winner of 3 first prizes from Quievrain). The dam originates from the line of Wim De Troy on her father's side and from a granddaughter of Van de Wouwer's Kaasboer on her mother's side. Click here for the full pedigree.

To conclude

This is a strong partnership, with a solid collection of top quality pigeons and most of all a great passion for pigeon racing. Bart and Kurt have won a zonal first prize from Bourges and a national victory from Argenton, which shows that Berlaar is now home to another top loft. We are quite confident that this will not be our final article about this loft. We look forward to their next important achievement.