I think it’s has never been before that the national champions KBDB Long Distance and Very Long distance live in the same town. The fanciers Lionel Debusschere and Eric Devlamink only live a few hundreds meters from each other. Today I visit Mr. Lionel Debusschere, the long distance champion. He has very nice loft in his small garden. Lionel Debusschere is one of the best long distance racers in Belgium for many years. He started racing by himself in 1950 and became 24th National Champion in 1955, 6th Champion Long Distance KBDB in 1972, and 2nd Champion Long Distance KBDB in 1992 and won this important Championship in 2003. Lionel Debusschere stands for almost 50 years top racing in Belgium!
Lionel helpt his father with pigeon racing when he was very young. They raced short distance and half fond with youngsters. He started racing on his own in 1950, yes… 53 years ago. Lionel started with birds from Van der Espt and Stichelbout via Frans Cloots (Lauwe) who was a close friend of Stichelbout. Only a few years later, in 1955, Lionel switched to the long distance and became Champion long distance West-Flanders Club the same year, even 24th national champion KBDB (in those days 25 fanciers were nominated). He has been among the champions all the time. He got his birds from only a few very good fanciers: Santens brothers (Oudenaarde), G. Vandenabeele (Dentergem), Loft Slots (Lede) and Vanhee (Wervik). Lionel made a new line out of this blood: the strain Debusschere. This strain of birds perform well from 100-1100 km; the all-round pigeons from Belgium.
Championships since 1955
1955 - 1st champion Long distance ‘West-Vlaamse Vereniging’ - 24th Champion Long distance KBDB
1962 - General Champion ‘Kortrijkse Vereniging
1964 - 1st Champion ‘Beneden Parijs –De Vredesduif Kortrijk - 1st Champion yearling ‘De Leieduif Kortrijk -
1st Champion yearlings ‘De Kortvlugge’ Kortrijk
1972 - 6th National Champion KBDB Long Distance
1973 - General Champion ‘De Kortvlugge’ Kortrijk
1979 - 1st Champion yearlings
1982 - Keizer ‘De Duivenwacht’ Lendelede
1983 - 1st Marathon youngsters Oost-Vlaamse Duivensalon
1984 - 1st Champion Fond FC Meulebeke - Ace Pigeon Fond FC Meulebeke
1986 - Champion Marathon Oost-Vlaamse Marathon - 1st Champion yearlings FC Meulebeke-Rekkem
1989 - 1st Champion yearlings FC De Waute - 1st General Champion Argenta Vrienden Harelbeke
1st General Champion De Ware Vrienden Wingene
1992 - 2nd Champion Long Distance KBDB
1994 - Champion Long distance East and West
1996 - 4th Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB - General Champion FC Meulebeke - 1st Champion Long distance ‘De Vredesduif’ Zwevezele - 1st General Champion ‘De Vredesduif’ Zwevezele - 1st Champion long distance ‘Palma Vrienden’ Waregem - 1st General Champion ‘Palma Vrienden’ Waregem - 1st Ace Pigeon long distance BDS
1st Champion long distance ‘Palma Vrienden’ Waregem - 1st Champion yearlings Fondclub De Hille Zwevezele
1st Champion youngsters Fondclub De Hille Zwevezele - 1st General Champion Fondclub De Hille Zwevezele
1st Champion ‘Zesdaagse’ Belgische Verstandhouding - 1st Champion long distance yearlings FC Meulebeke
1st Champion youngsters FC Meulebeke - 1st General long distance FC Meulebeke - 1st Ace Pigeon Franco Belge
1st Champion youngsters FC Midden Vlaanderen - 1st General Champion FC Midden Vlaanderen - 1st Champion fond youngsters FC Meulebeke - Ace Pigeon youngsters FC Meulebeke
1st General Champion ‘Riddersclub van België’ - 1st Champion very long distance Belgische Verstandhouding
1st Champion Fond Palma Vrienden - Winner Trofee ‘Jan Breydel –marathon-Bruges Champion - 1st General Champion FC Meulebeke - 1st Champion Fond yearlings FC Meubeke - 1st Champion very long distance FC Meulebeke
Ace Pigeon Fond yearlings FC Meulebeke - 1st Super Marathon ‘Riddersclub België’ - 1st General Champion ‘Riddersclub België’
1st General Champion ‘Riddersclub België’ - 1st Champion intern. 1+2 - 1st Champion Fond FC Meulebeke
1st Champion Fond yearlings FC Meulebeke - 1st General Champion FC Meulebeke - Ace Pigeon youngsters FC Meulebeke
1st Champion Fond BDS - 1st Champion Fond old birds FC Meulebeke - 1st Champion Fond yearlings FC Meulebeke
1st Champion Fond youngsters FC Meulebeke - 1st General Champion FC Meulebeke - Provincial Champion West-Flanders KBDB yearlings - 1st Champion Fond ‘Midden Limburg’ - 1st Ace Pigeon Fond La Colombophile Belge
Ace Pigeon Old FC Meulebeke - Ace Pigeon Yearlings FC Meulebeke - Best loft yearlings ‘Duivenkrant’
1ste Champion intern. Fond Amie les Franco Belge
1st Champion Long Distance KBDB - 1st General Champion Fond Inter Westvlaamse Vereniging - 1st ‘Criterium der Azen’ fond Inter Westvlaamse Vereniging - Best Loft Belgium BDS - 1st Champion fond FC Meulebeke - 1st Champion fond yearlings FC Meulebeke - 1st General Champion fond FC Meulebeke - 1st Champion fond old birds ‘Riddersclub van België’ - 1st General Champion ‘Riddersclub van België’
4 super birds won championship KBDB 2003
The King 3100072/99
Clermont 216p-3 - Clermont 514p-200 - Clermont 333p-101 - Chartres 188p-92 - Bourges 196p-64 - Tours 401p-24 - Chateauroux 6423p-1404 - Limoges 23550p-641
Clermont 497p-63 - Chartres 228p-65 - Tours 2775p-38 - Poitiers 2445p-597 - Angouleme 167p-17 - Angouleme 3363p-305 - Limoges 3933p-68 - Perigueux 526p-47
Dourdan 420p-111 - Tours 2409p-683 - Poitiers 2766p-565 - Angouleme 3346p-407 - Beziers 5886p-670
Bouillon 441p-47 - Cahors 4769p-318 - Montauban 6901p-10 (2nd signed championship)
The sire is one of the best cocks that Lionel has raced. It’s ‘Narbonne 3055708/95’(99th national Narbonne, 128th nat. Pau, 739th nat. Dax and 66th national Perpignan). He was a son of ‘Rood Peter Pan’ X ‘Witpenje’.
The dame of ‘De King’ is ‘Zwarte Witpen 3207095/98’. She is from ‘Geschelpt 404/97’ X ‘Vuil Blauw 351/97’.
De Marseille 3207033/98
Clermont 379p-22 - Chartres 325p-81 - Chateauroux 471p-57 - Brive 27081p-6125 - Cahors 11838p-239
Chartres 228p-24 - Brive 6793p-47 - Cahors 9989p-310 - Montauban 84-25 - Marseille 19682p-698
Dourdan 420-147 - Chateauroux 4498p-240 - Brive 25352p-133 - Marseille 292p-95
Bouillon 441p-107 - Orleans 7233p-117 - Angouleme 1764p-67 - Montauban 6901p-765(1st signed Championship KBDB)
The sire is ‘Den Deserteur 862/89’ (10th nat. Brive 21012p) and the dame is ‘Titi 652/94’ (strain Santens x DIDI’)
Dourdan 420p-16 - Tours 2409p-3 - Poitiers 2766p-23 - Angouleme 3346p-272 - Limoges 3236p-188 - Limoges 16945p-630 - Souillac 7358p-53
Bouillon 441p-59 - Bouillon 496p-51 - Orleans 7233p-113 - Tours 2424p-357 - Angouleme 1764p-21 - Limoges 2876p-77 - Limoges 16504p-12 (2nd signed Championship KBDB) - Souillac 8327p-258(2nd signed Championship KBDB)
The sire is ‘Blauw Bont 468/98’ (from ‘Bont 466/90’ 2nd provincial ace pigeon 1990) X ‘geschelpt 288/96’.
Chartres 121p-6 - Chartres 445p-5 - Bourges 16119p-2658 - Chateauroux 7415p-1492 - Tours 2409p-242
Angouleme 2766p-139 - Limoges 3236p-111
Bouillon 496p-50 - Bouillon 441p-62 - Orleans 7233p-64 - Angouleme 1764p-21 - Limoges 16504p-472 (1st signed Championship KBDB) - Souillac 8327p-352 (1st signed Championship KBDB)
The sire is ‘De Late 997/97’ (from ‘Sproete Ijzeren’ X ‘Siska’) and the mother is ‘Jufferke 001/99’. She is a daughter of the basic pair ‘Judas 207/88’ (4x1st Dourdan and 58 nat. Brive 21.012) X ‘Gebroken slag 246/95’ direct from Louis Vanderwielen (Boortmeerbeek). These are the parents of many top racers on the loft.
On the beautiful loft of Lionel are 62 widowers (old and yearlings). They are matched for the first time on 30th of November. The cocks can raise youngsters once and separated before the hen lays eggs again. The eggs of the breeding birds (about 30 pair) are put under these widowers so that the breeders can start a second round. Racing birds are matched again on April 30th for breeding on the eggs for 4-6 days. Now the widowhood can begin. The best widowers of the season can raise youngsters again in September.
Youngsters (about 70) are raced with success on many different races, including the national races for youngsters. The national race Bourges is usually very good but the youngsters start with the mould and the other races are not so good anymore. Most of them are raced with the door-system; 12 young cocks are raced on widowhood. They are paired up with old hens. All the youngsters are darkened for a while.
Yearling cocks race several races and are stopped on Limoges. If Lionel has some doubts, he races them on Beziers and Perpignan. The old cocks are raced from March till September. They perform well on races 100-100 km, all-round birds.
The cocks eat individual in their nest-box; one spoon in the morning and one in the evening. The loft-manager Ernest Dutroit knows his job perfect since many years now.
Pascaline Vandenbroecke, Wielsbeke, (daughter of the famous late Jozef Vandenbroecke) is the vet. She visits the loft Debusschere every 14 days. She only gives medication when there is a problem. She never founds trichomonas on the birds. Lionel says:’the reason can be found with my bottle ‘Lugol’. It’s a good product and very cheap. Maybe this is the secret to my success?’
Orleans 316p:1 - 2 - 7 - 16 - 28 - 33 - 39 - 56 - 64 - 66 - 73 - 78 - 85 - 88 - 89 - 97
Tours 1098YL: 1 - 8 - 49 - 80 - 82 - 125 - 148 - 169 - 244 - 327
Tours 302 old: 6 - 7 - 22 - 24 - 29 - 33 - 35 - 41 - 54 - 60 (10/12)
Angouleme 1764 old: 21 - 27 - 28 - 67 - 98 - 128 - 181 - 203 - 320 - 360 (10/12)
Chateauroux 509 old: 13 - 14 - 16 - 18 - 30 - 82 - 12
Limoges 2876 YL: 76 - 7 - 185 - 262 - 375 (5/6)
Castres 729 old: 86 - 149 - 201 - 208 (4/6)
Chartres youngsters: 1 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 12 - 17 - 18 - 24 - 26 - 27 - 29 - 34 - 36 - 42 - 46…(31/61)
Chateauroux 6071 old: 5 - 119 - 662 - 807 - 820 - 995 - 1534 - 1689 (8/11)
Montauban national: 10 - 765 - 842 - 1026 - 1056 - 1147 (6/9)
Limoges national 16504: 12 - 23 - 158 - 473 - 1338 (5/8)
Poitiers 1429 old: 17 - 92 - 169 - 263 - 359 - 372 (6/6)
Limoges national 21409: 36 - 724 - 1190 - 2139 (4/8)
Dax national 5026: 231 - 295 - 458 - 794 (4/4)
Blois 383 young: 2 - 3 - 4 - 14 - 18 - 19 - 21 - 33 - 37 - 38 - 52 - 54...(21/46)
Souillac nat. 8527: 258 - 329 - 352 (3/6)
Bourges 1088 old: 79 - 96 (2/4)
Bourges 4897 young: 4 - 10 - 91 - 148 - 223 - 229 - 255 - 344…(22/38)