Three star team
In one of our previous articles we talked about how pigeon racing has its own top brands, similar to the top brands in the automobile industry. Well, the brands of Erik Limbourg or Ace Pigeon have an excellent reputation among fanciers both at home and abroad, as they are guaranteed to give results. Anyone who takes a closer look at Erik's list of achievements will agree that he is without doubt one of our sport's greatest champions, having won almost every race on the calendar. Still, Erik has never shied away from a new challenge from time to time. Over the years, Erik has been a very consistent performer, achieving great results week after week, month after month. If there had been a Michelin Guide for pigeon lofts, Erik Limbourg's Ace Pigeon Loft had been given three stars for sure. He performs very well throughout the season with a top quality breed, while constantly looking for improvements, just like any Michelin-starred restaurant. We reported about the Limbourg pigeon breed's achievements in other lofts earlier in the season, and this report can be found here. Today we will be talking about their results in their own loft in Brussegem.
Six provincial first prizes
The team wins no less than six provincial first prizes this season: they won the provincial first prize in the number one classic from Barcelona (5th National), the provincial first prize from Narbonne both with the olds and the yearlings, as well as a provincial victory from Agen, Bourges and Libourne. We talk you through each of the six provincial first prize winners:
BE14-2151083 The Barcelona: 1st Provincial Barcelona '17 (1st Interprovincial and 5th National)
Barcelona is one of those races that Erik would very much like to win one day. He was close this season, winning a 1st (inter)provincial and a 5th national of 7,874 pigeons with racing bird The Barcelona. This pigeon has also won a 30th National Valence of 6,843 pigeons earlier this season. He is a half brother of the 1st International Perpignan '14, since the dam of The Barcelona is also the dam of Black Magic (1st International Perpignan of 17,965 pigeons) and a sister of Witpen Patron (1st National Ace Pigeon PIPA ranking Long Distance from the line of Marcel Aelbrecht). The sire of The Barcelona is a son of a brother of the 2nd National Limoges, and a grandson of De Super 209 (2nd National Irun 2007 and 9th National Pau 2008). Click here for this impressive pedigree.
BE15-2015725: 1st Provincial Narbonne Olds '17 and 3rd Provincial Agen Olds '17
A great racing bird with two provincial top 3 placings in 2017: 1st Provinvcial Narbonne and 3rd Provincial Agen. He also won a 7th Provincial Brive in 2016, as well as a national prize per 100. His sire is none other than De Fondman, winner of a 2nd Provincial Narbonne 2014 and a great-grandson of three national winners: 1st National Barcelona (Red Barcelona), 1st National Perpignan (Marcel Aelbrecht) and 1st National Cahors. The dam is a granddaughter of Lucky 848, a great breeder of De Rauw-Sablon, and of Blue Ace 095, 2nd National Ace Pigeon KBDB Long Distance 2007 and a great breeder as well! Click here for the full pedigree.
BE16-2024331: 1st Provincial Narbonne YLs '17 (10th National)
The team claimed a provincial first prize yearlings this season as well. The winner was a direct son of Spartacus Remy, 1st National Ace Pigeon PIPA Ranking Long Distance 2015 and 6th National Ace Pigeon KBDB Long Distance Yearlings 2015, which he claimed thanks to a 29th National Narbonne and a 36th National Agen. The dam is a daughter of a 4th National Tulle and a half sister of the 1st Provincial St. Vincent. Click here for the pedigree.
BE16-2024268: 1st Provincial Agen YLs '17 (26th National)
The next provincial first prize winner is the 268, winner of a provincial race from Agen and winner of a 26th National of 5,335 pigeons. The sire is a grandson of Tom from his father's side, a great racing bird of André Roodhooft, and a grandson of Queen Blue Ace from his mother's side, the dam of a 2nd National Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB in 2014. The dam is a half sister of Black Magic, 1st International Perpignan and 34th National Montauban. This pigeon is also related to the bloodlines of Topstar from its mother's side, a world class breeder of Raoul & Xavier Verstraete. Click here for the full pedigree.
BE15-2015734 Miss All-Round: 1st Provincial Bourges Olds '17
This is an excellent racing bird and a direct daughter of Mister Tulle, 1st National Tulle of 7,350 p. coming from Ivan Vanvuchelen. This provincial winner also won a 19th Provincial Blois, a 24th Interprovincial Bourges and a 34th Interprovincial Jarnac in 2016, as well as a 68th National Tulle this season (see picture for her full palmares). The dam is a great racing bird as well: Iron Lady 409, the best young hen of 2012 and winner of a 2nd Provincial Blois and 59th National Gueret and the dam of a 1st Interprovincial Blois 2013. She is also a granddaughter of Blue Ace 095, 2nd National Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2007. Click here for the full pedigree.
BE15-2015655: 1st Provincial Libourne '17 (11th National)
The last provincial winner in this overview was victorious in the race from Libourne, winning an 11th national of 3,927 pigeons along the way. He also won a 20th National Tulle Zone B and a 32nd Interprovincial Bourges this season. The sire is Crazy Boy, 1st National Zone Souillac (2nd National Souillac), 12th International Bordeaux, 1st Provincial Chateauroux etc. He comes from the lines of Favoriet Marseille (Marcel Aelbrecht) and Lucky 77, 1st National Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB. The dam is Glorious Gloria (Geert De Clercq), a sister of a 2nd National Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2013 (Vanden Berghe). Click here for the pedigree.
The best results of 2017
Besides the six provincial first prizes, the team also claimed a number of zonal and provincial first prizes. It would be impossible to include each one of them, so we picked their most noteworthy results:
3rd National Jarnac (5,117 pigeons) / 1st National Zone 5th National Barcelona (7,874 pigeons) 10th, 28th and 64th National Narbonne (3,424 pigeons) 11th National Libourne (3,927 pigeons) / 4th National Zone 18th National Chateauroux (18,499 pigeons) 19th, 23rd and 60th National Limoges (10,554 pigeons) / 4th, 6th and 9th National Zone 26th and 74th National Agen (5,335 pigeons) 30th, 38th and 49th National Valence (6,843 pigeons) 31st National Tulle (8,020 pigeons) 49th National Tulle (10,128 pigeons) 10th and 14th National Zone Brive (2,439 pigeons) 10th Nationaal Zone Bourges (7,364 pigeons) 7th National Ace Pigeon Allround KBDB 2017 8th National Ace Pigeon Allround KBDB 2017
A solid team of breeders
It takes a top class pigeon breed to become a top level player that takes great results week after week, year after year, and to gain the respect of other fanciers with great achievements both at home and in other lofts. Erik Limbourg has the skillset to recognise the type of pigeon that has what it takes to make his existing team of breeders even better, and to incorporate them into his existing breed. His team ondergoes a strict selection procedure every season, as only the very best is good enough here in Brussegem. Erik can rest assured that his pigeon breed can keep all three of their Michelin stars next season.