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Carlo Gyselbrecht, breeder of National KBDB Extreme Long Distance Ace Pigeons in the period 2021-23

With the 1st European Ace Pigeons and 3rd-3rd-10th-14th National Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance in the past three seasons, the descendants from Carlo Gyselbrecht his breeding station have excelled on international classics.

It is commonly known that Carlo Gyselbrecht knows how to breed top pigeons like no other. He supplies of winners, ace pigeons and cracks up to an international level. These include pigeons in the National Top 10 of international extreme long distance classics and even several National KBDB Extreme Long Distance Ace Pigeons! Carlo Gyselbrecht his master's touch made the 1st International Barcelona 1995 winner Laureaat Barcelona a world-renowned breeder which - in combination with the bloodlines of modern superstars - is still the key to many successes! This Laureaat Barcelona descends from the old Vanbruane stock (crossed with the Jupiter-hen from Andre Brouckert). The royal marathon bloodlines of Vanbruane still play a leading role on the breeding lofts of Carlo today, in 2023. 

Ace Pigeon perfectly illustrate the breeding worth of a colony. In the three latest seasons Carlo Gyselbrecht bred the following National KBDB Ace Pigeons.

1st European Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance YL 2022 (with Julia Laureaat – at Sander Dijkema)
3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2021 (with New Barcelona – at Degrave-Gyselbrecht)
3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2022 (with Katrien – at Stijn en Jeroen Rans)
10th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2023 (with Carl – at Joël Verschoot)
14th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2023 (with Kristel II – at Christiaens-De Smedt)
3rd Best Barcelona pigeon in Belgium 2023 – across 3 years Barcelona (with Arcole – at Wilson Dekens)
8th Best Barcelona pigeon International 2023 – across 3 years Barcelona (with Arcole – at Wilson Dekens)

Moreover, various other top racers - bred by Carlo, and raced on several satellite lofts and befriended fanciers - managed to achieve results within the (inter)national Top 100. 

Noteworthy is that certain bloodlines and stock pigeons are often found upfront in the pedigrees of these top racers. Let's take a closer look at some of these stars. 

Sander Dijkema: winner 1st European Ace Pigeon YL Extreme Long Distance 2022

Julia Laureaat: 1st European Ace Pigeon YL 2022

Talk about a top reference! The best yearling on the international extreme long distance races in 2022 - raced and won by Sander Dijkema (NL) - is a direct Carlo Gyselbrecht pigeon. Father is Inbred Iniesta (a direct Delrue-Vanbruane and son of Iniesta: 18th Nat. and 20th Int. Narbonne and half-brother 2nd Nat. Barcelona, paired to a direct daughter Fleur), whilst Sophia is the mother (from grandson Laureaat Barcelona x Nest sister Eduardo of Fredrik Leliaert, Eduardo was the 1st Best ZLU pigeon WHZB in 2010). 

-Julia Laureaat BE21-4151294

1st European Ace Pigeon YL Extreme Long Distance 2022 
3rd Nat. Agen NL 6,162 p. ’22 – 14th Int. 16,932 p.
20th Nat. Narbonne NL 6,257 p. ’22

What a phenomenal hen, born and bred on the lofts of Carlo Gyselbrecht. An absolute gem for the future. 

Roderik x Eline: a new success line at the foundation of the 3rd and 10th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme LD KBDB 

The inbred stock of Carlo Gyselbrecht is a perfect match to cross with many bloodlines. This has also been proven on his own breeding loft. An injection from the bloodlines of Dutch marathon specialist Jelle Jellema proved extremely successful.

Roderik is inbred to Laureaat Barcelona, as son of Nathan (himself 16th Int. Barcelona 25,294 p. at Degrave-Gyselbrecht from the Laureaat Barcelona line) x Sigrid (granddaughter Laureaat Barcelona). Eline - a direct Jelle Jellema - immediately showed to be a formidable breeding hen on the Carlo Gyselbrecht Breeding Loft. She is a daughter of Zeus (18th Nat. Barcelona) x Silke (winner 1st Nat. Barcelona 4,480 p. and 2nd Int. 12,009 p. in 2020). Together, Roderik x Eline are parents of 2 National KBDB Ace Pigeons; 

-Katrien BE19-4195080

3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2022
4th Nat. Barcelona 6,560 p. in 2022
42nd Nat. Perpignan 3,766 p. in 2022
36th Nat. Narbonne 4,108 YL in 2020
raced on the lofts of Jeroen and Stijn Rans

-Carl BE19-4195060

10th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2023
29th Nat. Perpignan 5,722 p. ’23
95th Nat. Barcelona 6,533 p. ’23
354th Int. Agen 18,056 p. ’21
raced on the lofts of Joël Verschoot

Jelle Jellema also got the chance to test a hen from this pair on his own loft, called Elina BE19-4195218, winner of a/o 120th Nat. Limoges 7,635 p., 187th Int. Perpignan 13,274 p. '21, 388th Int. Marseille 10,830 p. '21, 574th Int. Narbonne 8,492 p. '20, etc...

Carlo Gyselbrecht with the families of Jelle Jellema and Batenburg-Van de Merwe

Breeding dominance Roderik

Results of the breeder Roderik with other hens, perfectly illustrate what a fantastic foundation cock this is. From Roderik x Adele (direct Delrue-Vanbruaene from Kleine Ster x Nest sister Iniesta), Carlo bred a phenomenal marathon racer. With many countless prizes and even more racing kilometers, he was always there when he needed to be:

-Neo BE17-4063226

52nd Nat. Perpignan 5,722 p. ’23
91st Nat. Agen 4,078 p. ’18
146th Nat. Narbonne 3,017 p. ’18
147th Nat. Perpignan 3,901 p. ’21
158th Nat. Perpignan 3,766 p. ’22
191st Nat. Pau 2,797 p. ’19
241st Nat. Barcelona 6,176 p. ’20
285th Nat. St,Vincent 2,949 p. ’19
292nd Nat. Barcelona 6,560 p. ‘22
584th Nat. Barcelona 6,913 p. ’21
10 prizes 1:10 on extreme long distance races between 2018-2023 
raced on the lofts of Kristof Mortelmans


From Roderik paired to the Huub-duivin (another daughter of stock hen Delphine from Carlo Gyselbrecht, a daughter Turbo: himself 76th and 96th Int. Barcelona and half-brother Laureaat Barcelona), the powerful Nathan Junior was bred. His debut on Barcelona - a tough edition - was an immediate success. He not only won a national and international top result, but the condition he came home in showed what he was capable of. It was a sign for Carlo to bring him back to Knesselare, as an addition to his breeding loft. A great decision, as it would turn out! 

-Nathan Junior BE16-4134224

15th Nat. Barcelona NL 3,912 p. (avg. speed 844 m/min)
44th Int. Barcelona 15,700 p.
raced on the lofts of Ad Pegels (NL)
Nathan Junior is (grand)father of:
20th Nat. Agen 7,331 p. ’22
93rd Nat. Agen 6,679 p. ’23
129th Nat. Narbonne 6,100 p. ’23
His pedigree includes 6x Laureaat Barcelona: 1st Int. Barcelona 1995

Another son of Roderik also proves to be a suitable successor. Voltaire BE20-4159169, bred from Roderik x Fleur (also a Delrue-Vanbruaene and direct daughter of marathon crack Iniesta, inbred to Juweel: mother 2nd Nat. Barcelona), became father of 9th Nat. Agen 6,162 p. (at Sander Dijkema- NL). 

Lastly, a half-sister of Roderik - bred from Nathan (father Roderik) x Flora (bloodline Etterbak x Il Briganti x 1st Nat. Barcelona - Florizoone) - showed herself in 2023 by taking a place amongst the National KBDB Extreme Long Distance Ace Pigeons 2023. 

-Kristel II BE19-4195333

14th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2023
39th Nat. Pau 3,080 p. ’23
42nd Nat. Marseille 2,590 p. ’23
This super hen also won prizes from Agen and Narbonne in both 2020 as 2021, and from St. Vincent and Perpignan in 2022
raced on the lofts of Christiaens-De Smedt


More quality pigeon bred from Eline, this time paired to Gijs

Eline is a pigeon which lays golden eggs on the breeding lofts of Carlo, she manages this paired to Roderik but also when paired to Gijs. Gijs was bred from St.Vincent 439 /10 (father 3rd Nat. Perpignan, 12th Nat. Limoges, 20th Nat. Narbonne, 21st Nat. Perpignan, 63rd Nat. Marseille and is a son of 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme LD KBDB: Crayonnée Dax x Cindy: granddaughter Laureaat Barcelona), paired to Dochter Zwart Goud 970/13 from Jelle Jellema. 

Gijs x Eline are parents of:

-Bayard BE18-4190297

22nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2022
5th Nat. St.Vincent 2,899 p. ’22
173rd Nat. St.Vincent 3,080 p. ’21
185th Nat. Agen 6,657 p. ’22
raced on the lofts of Patrick Delrue-Vanbruaene

-Arcole BE18-4190076

3rd Best Barcelona pigeon of Belgium – across 3 years (PIPA Ranking)
8th Best Barcelona pigeon International 2023 – across 3 years Barcelona
68th Nat. Barcelona 6,913 p. ’21
106th Nat. Barcelona 6,560 p. ’22 
118th Nat. Barcelona 6,533 p. ’23
204th Nat. Narbonne 3,580 p. ’19
raced on the lofts of Wilson Dekens

-Duroc BE18-4190075

24th Nat Barcelona 6,560 p. ’20  – 55th Int. 16,832 p. – 1st Club 228 p.
165th Nat. Narbonne 4,454 p. ’20
197th Nat. Limoges 10,783 p. ’19
217th Nat. St.Vincent 3,080 p. ’21
Nest brother of Arcole
raced on the lofts of Wilson Dekens

Everyone who handled Eline, was immediately blown away. She has a remarkable soft and thick plumage, strong structure, great muscle quality which illustrate her endurance and power. It is no surprise she has a leading role on the breeding lofts of Carlo Gyselbrecht. 

Carlo Gyselbrecht pigeons also perform abroad

From the results above it becomes evident that the pigeons of Carlo perform outstandingly in the Netherlands. In the meantime, they have also proven the worth in France. Amongst others on the lofts of Sebastien Cressin, two nest sisters from the pair Helmut (from co-breeding with Jelle Jellema) x Chris (direct Batenburg- Van de Merwe from Son New Laureaat - Kleine Jade, 2x 1st Int. Barcelona winners, paired to Blue Ace: 1st Int. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distnace WHZB 2018 NL). Carla BE20-4159252 won 9th Nat. Perpignan FR 4,540 p. in 2023, whilst her nest sister BE20-4159251 won 78th Nat. Perpignan 4,540 p. on the same race at the end of the 2023 racing season. 

New Barcelona II, a future gem

We finish with one of the absolute gems on the breeding lofts; New Barcelona. This crack stood on the national podium, winning 'bronze' amongst the National Ace Pigeons Extreme Long Distance KBDB in 2021. 

-New Barcelona II BE19-4195255

3rd National Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2021
6th Nat. Marseille 1,882 p.
23rd Nat. Agen 6,938 p.

This crack was raced on the lofts of befriended fancier Martin Degrave-Gyselbrecht, and bred by Carlo Gyselbrecht. This top athlete is a descendant from the legendary Vanbruaene stock of Carlo Gyselbrecht, as a son of Niki BE10-3080395, direct Delrue-Vanbruaene (from Gouden Vleugel x stock hen Juweel, mother 2nd Nat. Barcelona) x Gerbera BE18-4190592 (cross Vanbruaene x daughter Romee- Jelle Jellema). 

With such an abundance of quality on the lofts, the pigeon future of Carlo Gyselbrecht is ensured. The ironclad Vanbruaene stock in combination with an impulse of the best marathon bloodlines from proven winners, is responsible for the success of this world-class breeding loft. The National KBDB Ace Pigeons of the past three seasons show that the modern GYselbrecht pigeon still competes at the national top, and plays a leading role on international extreme long distance races. Ready to write a new chapter of this success story in 2024. 

Johny Carette & Carlo Gyselbrecht

The descent of two foundation pigeons on the loft of Carlo Gyselbrecht, Inbred Iniesta and NIki, is based on the legendary stock of André Vanbruaene via Patrick Delrue-Vanbruaene. As a tribute to André Vanbruaene, master in racing and especially breeding of a pure, heavily inbred stock, we put these two icons and their forefathers in the spotlights. 

In 2023, an intense collaboration with Dr. Alain Delhove started and at the same time a warm friendship.
Carlo with loft manager Frederik