Freddy & Jacques Vandenheede (Kruisem, BE) outstanding in Limoges

We saw yet another display of strength from the Vandeneheede birds, with a 1-2-3-8-9 in the zone, a 1-2-4-6-7 Provincial and a 10-11-15-20-23 and 10 pigeons in the national top 100.

The team had already had a stellar result from Vierzon two weeks back, claiming a 1-2-3-4-5 olds and a 1-2-3 yearlings with 14 pigeons in the the top 15 yearlings, as well as a 1st Provincial Vierzon with Spirit in both the old birds' and yearlings' race. And the pigeon family from Kruisem was equally outstanding in the first national long distance classic of the 2020 season on 4th of July. The Vandenheede birds claimed several top results in a row, including a 1st and 2nd provincial and a 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the zone. We take a look at the team's overall results:

Limoges Nat Zone A2 – 5,024 olds:
with 17 pigeons per 10 and a total of 26/47 (per 4)

Limoges Provincial 4,335 olds:
plus 17 pigeons per 10 and 35 prizes with 47 pigeons (per 3)

Limoges National 15,981 olds:
or 10 pigeons in the national top 100 and a total of 30 pigeons with 47 birds (per 4)

These are impressive numbers indeed, especially since the weather conditions and the wind did not really play in their favour.

Ladies at the top

The top three at zonal level was won with three racing hens. It appears that their long distance team is following the same trend as the middle distance team: the hens are outperforming the cocks. Although we would not draw too many conclusions yet, since your pigeons' fitness can change a lot from one day to the next.

The race winner is Bicetta, a super class racing hen with several national top results to her name:

-Bicetta BE18-4097072

 1.  Nat. Zone A2 Limoges 5,024 p. ’20 – 10. Nat 15,981 p.
34. Nat. Limoges         10,699 p. ’19
91. Nat. Argenton        22,826 p.
15. Prov. Chateauroux  4,035 p.
21. Prov. Orleans          2,721 p.
83. Issoudun                 4,054 p.

Sire: Son Young Kenzo BE15-2300729
A direct Herbots pigeon and a grandson of Kenzo, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon middle distance KBDB.
Dam: Tamira BE16-4065083
She claimed a 5th Nat. Libourne of 3,950 p. and she is a daughter of super class breeder Mattheo BE05-4045392 (son of the golden Limoges BE91-261 De Rauw-Sablon) x Katla BE12-4186291 (Triggerfinger bloodline)

Pedigree Bicetta BE18-4097072

With a time difference of no more than five seconds, Classic Pearl was clocked as first nominated for Limoges, finishing in second place both at provincial and zonal level. This hen is one of a kind, she was in fact one of Belgium's very best yearlings in the long distance in 2019:

-Classic Pearl BE18-4097065

2. Nat. Zone A2 Limoges 5,024 p. ’20 – 11. Nat. 15,981 p. (behind a teammate)
10. Nat Limoges 10,699 p. ’19
26. Nat Souillac    4,056 p. ’19
37. Nat Aurillac    3,584 p. ’19
40. Nat Tulle         7,155 p. ’19
38. Prov Chateauroux 2,355 p.
22. Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB 2019

Sire: Eye of the Tiger BE11-4244191
A fantastic breeder and the sire of a 1st Prov. Chateauroux 5,335 p., a 1st Prov. Argenton 2,400 p., a 1st Prov. Blois 1,327 p., a 2nd Nat. Bourges 18,478 p., a 2nd Prov. Vierzon 7,369 p. etc. He is the son of a 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance KBDB 2010: New Freddy x Natalia.
Dam: Loren BE13-4050196
Winner of a 32nd Nat. Poitiers 14,094 p., a 7th Prov. La Souterraine 1,381 p. and a 31st Zone Gueret 4.,003 p. She is a daughter of Bellini (a direct son of the world famous Blauwe Prins of Pros Roosen) x Banica (granddaughter of the iconic breeder Limoges BE91—261 De Rauw Sablon).

Pedigree Classic Pearl BE18-4097065

The third place winner in the zone is L’Improviste, which is another racing hen with ace pigeon origins:

-L’Improviste BE18-4097418

3. Nat. Zone A2 Limoges 5,024 p. ‘20 – 15th Nat. 15,961 p.
2. Intprov. Jarnac               983 p. ’19
30. Prov. Chateauroux    4,035 p.
52. Nat. Tulle                  7,155 p. ’19

Sire: Montaval BE16-4065070
A grandson of a 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB 2012: New Ace BE10-4030190 of Wilson Dekens. His dam is Miss Independent, another granddaughter of the iconic breeder Limoges BE91-261 De Rauw-Sablon.
Dam: Aqualina BE14-4000069
A daughter of top class bird Black Devil BE12-4186394 (2nd Prov. Chateauroux, 49th Nat. Argenton, 59th Nat. Brive), which is a full brother of a 1st Nat. La Souterraine  (grandson of New Freddy: 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance KBDB 2010 Pierre Matthijs) x Shakira BE09-4035290 (she was 1st Prov. Chateauroux 3,172 p. etc. and a sister of a 1st Nat. Argenton).

Pedigree L'Improviste BE18-4097418

Victory bouquet from Chateauroux

Also taking place on Saturday 4th of July was the national race from Chateauroux, where the team was victorious as well, both in the old birds' and yearlings' race at club level. And they were very close to taking the win in the yearlings' race at zonal level too. We take a look at the numbers:

Chateauroux club 163 olds: 1-8-10-28-54 (5/7)
   Nat Zone A2 – 5,679 olds: 12-204-271-686 (4/7)

Chateauroux club 386 yearlings:
with 29 pigeons per 10 and a total of 69 prizes with 122 pigeons

Chateauroux Nat Zone A2 – 9,511 yearlings:
with 29 pigeons per 10 and a total of 55 prizes with 122 pigeons per 4

These are phenomenal results based around an extensive collection of race winners and ace pigeons, both in the racing and breeding lofts. It underlines the status of Freddy and Jacques Vandenheede as national champions. They are for sure the men to beat in the next couple of weeks, with several important national races coming up. They are among the main favourites both at provincial, zonal and national level, which means all eyes will be on the pigeon loft from Kruisem.