Flanders Collection (Liedekerke, BE) safeguards the bloodlines of De Rauw-Sablon and Aelbrecht

Bruno Van den Brande and Yannick Deridder founded the Flanders Collection a few years ago aiming to safeguard the superior bloodlines of De Rauw-Sablon and Aelbrecht. They were right to do so, because these bloodlines have had a significant impact on our sport at national level again this season.


Yannick Deridder (left) and Bruno Van den Brande, a.k.a. the Flanders Collection

Bruno Van den Brande is a successful entrepreneur who leads a furniture store Living De Abdij in the city of Ninove and he uses his business experience in pigeon racing as well. He has always been fascinated with the incredible achievements of the De Rauw-Sablon pigeons and the Aelbrecht pigeons. They have won national championship and ace pigeon titles in their home loft but they have been performing great in other lofts as well. That is why Bruno decided to compose an entire collection of champions that originates directly from De Rauw-Sablon and Aelbrecht. In order to reach his goal he turned to Yannick Deridder, who is just as passionate and who has an eye for top quality pigeons.  Together they aim to safeguard this invaluable collection.

Invaluable breeders

Flanders Collection illustrates the impressive breeding quality of the De Rauw-Sablon and Aelbrecht pigeons. They currently have direct youngsters and grandchildren of a number of stock pigeons including Het Dreampair (Albert x Paola), De Limoges, Top Breeder Freddy, De Dromer, De Marseille, Lucky 848, Bak 17, De Smallen, De Marseille, Blue Ace, De Fondman etc. These youngsters and grandchildren are breeding new generations of national winners, ace pigeons and other top pigeons. Bruno and Yannick currently own the parents of no less than five national winners:

Marlon: Dam of the 1st Nat. Limoges 2010 and a daughter of De Dromer

National Lucky Ace: Sire of 1st Nat. Argenton 2008 against 25,586 pigeons and a son of Lucky 848 x dochter De Dromer

Nationaal Dromer: Sire of 1st Nat. Montélimar 2009 and a son of brother De Dromer x daughter Dreampair (Albert x Paola)

Blue Erika: Dam of the 1st Nat. La Souterraine 2009 and 1st Nat. Argenton 2011. A daughter of Blue Ace x sister De Dromer

Another great star in the Flanders Collection loft is Prins Nationaal, sire of the co-winner of the title of 1st Nat. Champion KBDB Young Birds 2010. Prins Nationaal was bred from Blauwe Prins of Pros Roosen, which is a son of top class breeder Freddy.

Best of Smallen 970 is a great pigeon that has become a top class breeder as well. He is a direct son of Smallen 970, sire of the 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance 2003, the 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance 2006 etc.

Best of Smallen 970 is the sire of the following four top racers in the Flanders Collection after being paired to Super Kannibaaltje, from the lines of De Kannibaal (Dirk Van Dyck) and Fieneke 5000 (Flor Vervoort). 

Silver Wing 970 has won:
- 4 x 1st
- 10 x per 100
- 47 x per 10
Click here for the full list of achievements of Silver Wing 970.

Maximus 237-10 has won:
- 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon (first nominated over four national races) Vanrobaeys Pigeon Magazine Championship ’12
- 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon (best coefficient in the national races) Vanrobaeys Pigeon Magazine Championship ’12
- 3 x 1st
- 17 x per 100
- 70 x per 10
Click here for the full list of achievements of Maximus 237-10.

Magnum 176-12 has won:
2 x 1st
15 x per 100
38 x per 10
Click here for the full list of achievements of Magnum.

Glorius 236-10 has won:
- 2 x 1st
- 13 x per 100
- 59 x per 10
Click here for the full list of achievements of Glorius 236-10.

Another great season for De Rauw-Sablon

The bloodline of De Rauw-Sablon has again left its mark on pigeon racing this season. Feel free to take a closer look at this season’s references to get an idea of the quality of this breed!

Freddy & Jacques Vandenheede, Zingem have won the following prizes in 2013:
1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Yearlings
 with a grandchild of De Limoges
3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Yearlings; the dam is a granddaughter of top breeder Freddy
5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance Yearlingswith an inbred pigeon to Lucky 848
7th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Old Birds; the sire is a grandson of De Frans, a son of Dreampair Albert x Paola

In 2013 David Vermassen, Gavere has won:
1st Nat. Brive Yearlings
. The winner is related to stock pigeon Bonte Crack from its mother's side. Bonte Crack is a son of De Frans, a son of Dreampair Albert x Paola. Nearly all pigeons that have allowed David Vermassen to win the title of General Champion KBDB 2013 are related to this outstanding Bonte Crack, just like the 1st Nat. Guéret 2010, the 1st Olympiad Pigeon Poznan, the 2nd Olympiad Pigeon Ostend etc.

In 2013 Bert Vanden Berghe, Wortegem-Petegem has won:
2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance Old Birds
 with Gloria, related both to De Limoges and New Freddy from her mother's side.

In 2013 Raf & Willy Den Haese, Moortsele have won:
5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Yearlings
 with the bloodlines of Blue Ace, Lucky 848... Father and son Den Haese have bred two national winners from La Souterraine and Argenton from these lines. This explains why the Den Haese pigeon loft is largely based on these bloodlines.

In 2013 Erik Limbourg, Brussegem has won:
3 national victories in Zone B
: Souillac old birds, Souillac yearlings and Tulle yearlings. It is fair to say that the Limbourg loft is founded on the excellent lines of De Rauw-Sablon and Aelbrecht.

In their home loft

Having a collection of outstanding breeding pigeons in your loft is one thing but the Flanders collection has also been able to translate this into excellent results. They won for instance the following prizes in 2013:

- 29 x first prizes (160–550km)
- 125 x Top 10
- 50 x Top 100 National Zone
- Old birds: 37% per 10 – 60% per 3 in the national races
- Yearlings: 31% per 10 – 57% per 3 in the national races

Click here for a full overview of the amazing results of the Flanders Collection in 2013.

These impressive numbers illustrate once again that De Rauw-Sablon and Aelbrecht are top class pigeon breeds. The Flanders Collection is now home to these invaluable breeders!