Fabulous start to the season for Benny Steveninck (Hamme, BE)

Some things never change, especially not in pigeon racing. Some fanciers manage to achieve great results every single week, season after season, and Benny Steveninck is clearly one of them. The fancier from Hamme has had another very successful early season in 2018.

Impressive overall results

The racing team of Benny Steveninck was off to a very good start this season. Some fanciers tend to aim towards a few important races (the nationals) but Benny is able to perform at a high level for weeks on end. Only the very best are able to achieve great results every single week, and Benny's racing team is without doubt among the finest pigeon breeds today. Let's have a look at his impressive palmares:

05/05/2018  Pithiviers  351km
406 olds: 1-2-2-4-11-16-20-24-27-28-30-34-35-... (29/31)
301 yearlings= 2-10-11-14-15-21-24-26-27-29-30-... (17/35)

12/05/2018 Pithiviers 351km
414 olds: 1-2-3-4-7-8-9-9-11-12-21-36-... (27/31)
468 yearlings: 5-7-12-27-33-34-41-... (21/30)

19/05/2018  Prov. Vierzon 455km
Club Baasrode
139 olds: 1-2-3-4-7-9-10-12-... (15/15)
66 yearlings: 1-2-5-... (9/16)
Union FCD
1,179 olds: 2-5-10-14-15-24-41-49-67-98-99-... (15/15)
831 yearlings: 1-6-14-32-76-... (12/16)
7,369 olds: 11-19-53-69-83-165-293-337-439-656-658-... (15/15)
3,854 yearlings: 4-25-85-215-... (11/16)

26/05/18  Bourges National
Club Baasrode
250 olds: 1-3-4-9-16-23-... (21/30)
277 yearlings: 1-3-7-8-11-12-18-20-21-22-25-26-27-... (17/31)
Union FCD
844 olds: 5-18-20-46-79-... (14/30)
1,124 yearlings: 11-47-64-66-97-101-...  (15/31)
3,385 olds: 17-65-68-201-... (12/30)
3,886 yearlings: 60-217-283-286-... (14/31)

02/06/2018 Toury 358km
348 olds: 1-2-5-8-9-13-16-18-20-22-25-26-... (27/32)
231 yearlings: 1-2-5-7-10-11-14-... (13/17)

09/06/18  Chateauroux National
Club Baasrode
183 olds: 3-4-5-5-7-9-10-15-16-17-18-... (24/29)
326 yearlings: 3-4-6-7-10-11-14-15-21-23-... (26/34)
Union FCD
781 olds: 9-17-18-18-21-31-33-42-44-48-50-64-68-... (24/29)
1,392 yearlings: 17-20-23-24-32-39-66-69-116-126-...
3,115 olds: 17-39-41-42-46-71-72-91-98-107-120-185-194-245-275-... (23/29)
5,209 yearlings: 64-72-83-84-125-181-310-334-... (15/34)

Pepchi, the new superstar 

Benny Steveninck's international success story pretty much began with the birth of stock breeder Chipo, who was joined by Gueret and Sun later on. These three invaluable birds have made history in Belgium, turning Benny into an international star in the world of pigeon racing.

Pepchi, the new superstar in Benny Steveninck's collection

Another highly talented pigeon joined the ranks last year: Pepchi, the national winner from Chateauroux of 2,780 pigeons and winner of a 1st Provincial Montluçon of 3,700 birds. To add to that, he also became ace pigeon PIPA ranking over 6 national races in 2016, while also claiming the title of 7th National Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB. Pepchi is in fact a grandson of Chippo, which explains a lot. And Pepchi's brothers and sisters turned out to be very talented racing birds as well: a sister and brother of Pepchi have already won several top 10 prizes this season:

BE16-4024809 (sister Pepchi):

Phitiviers: 11th of 406 p.
Phitiviers: 2nd of 414 p. (behind loft mate)
Vierzon: club 2nd of 139 p. (behind loft mate)/ Union: 5th of 1,179 p. /Provincial: 19th of 7,369 p.
Bourges: club 9th of 250 p. /Union: 46th of 844 p. /Provincial: 201st of 3.385 p.
Chateauroux: club: 17th of 183 p. /Union: 48th of 781 p. /Provincial: 107th of 3,115 p.

BE16-4024909 (brother Pepchi):

Phitiviers: 3rd of 414 p.(behind 2 loft mates)
Chateauroux: club: 3rd of 183 p. /Union: 9th of 781 p. /Provincial: 17th of 3,115 p.

Click here for the full pedigree of Pepchi and his brothers and sisters, for the sake of completeness.

The racing lofts

And let's not forget Jen

This team has so many great pigeons that we almost overlooked Jen (BE14-4059828), another highly talented bird. She became 10th National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance YLs KBDB in 2015, as well as 2nd Ace Pigeon PIPA ranking over 7 national races that season.

Jen, a great racing hen and one of Pepchi's partners

Jen is still competing in races today, winning the following prizes so far this season:

Pithiviers: 9th of 414 p.
Bourges: club: 3rd of 250 p. /Union: 18th of 844 p. /Provincial: 65th of 3,385 p.
Chateauroux: club 23rd of 183 p. /Union: 64th of 781 p. /Provincial: 185th of 3,115 p.

On to the next triumph

A successful fancier like Benny Steveninck does not have to wonder if but rather when he will be able to win another great prize. We cannot predict what prizes the superstar from Hamme will be winning over the course of this season but we have every reason to believe that this team will deliver another great champion or another great performance in the near future, adding to the already impressive palmares of the grandmaster from Hamme. Stunning!