Gino Clicque (Wevelgem, BE): again superior in 2022

Clicque is one of the most famous names in pigeon sport. In 2022, this colony stood in the spotlights once again with amongst others: 1st National and International Agen Yearlings, 1st National Libourne,…

Gino Clicque has become a golden standard in pigeon sport. Who can beat this loft, is sure of a top result. This is easier said than done, as in 2022 there were an unbelievable 46 victories at the Clicque household in various disciplines. From international to club results and from extreme long distance to short distance races, the Clicque pigeons were the ones to beat. Wevelgem was the pigeon sport capital in terms of spectacular results. 

With 1 International, 2 National, 4 Zonal and 4 Provincial victories in 2022 it was a season to remember for the Clicque family. There is no way around them, as they set a new standard with their drive for perfection, breeding strategy and are only satisfied with the absolute best. These standards have led to the many fantastic results and large victories that were achieved these past seasons in Wevelgem. Below is a short summary of what this world-class colony performed in 2022.  

1st International Agen Yearlings against 16,932 pigeons + 1st National against 7,331 pigeons

One of the stars of 2022 season was without doubt Turbo Cyriel (BE21-3024054), who managed to take 1st National and 1st International on the international classic from Agen. He was previously good for top results from amongst others Argenton and Bourges. This super racer is a grandson of Turbo Piraat, which immediately explains where he got his talent to achieve such fantastic results. 

Turbo Cyriel : 1st International Agen Yearlings

1st National Libourne Old birds against 3,317 p. and fastest of all 6,309 pigeons 

On Libourne, the final extreme long distance race of the season (one of the toughest and warmest seasons ever), Golden Leonie (BE20-3015043) was unbeatable. It was a very hard race in which only the strongest pigeons could battle for the win. With an average speed of hardly 1018 m/min it was Golden Leonie who was the fastest of the whole release! She is an absolute super hen who, besides the 1st National Libourne, also has a 20th Nat. Souillac, 59th Nat. Bourges, 89th Nat. Argenton, 157th Nat. Perigueux,...on her palmares, and this against thousands of pigeons. Golden Leonie is a granddaughter of Golden Prince, former 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB and sold for 360,000 euro at the time! 

Golden Leonie : the fastest of the tough race from Libourne

Performing at the highest level throughout the season

Gino Clicque achieved 12 National Top 10 results in 2022 on races from Limoges, Bourges, Tulle, Libourne and Agen. Furthermore, the name Clicque was found back 16x in the Top 20, 28x in the Top 50 and 51x in the Top 100 of a National result! 

Besides the highlights mentioned above on a national and international level, the following results on zonal and provincial level where also phenomenal: 

  • 1st Zonal Tulle Old birds 3,391 p.
  • 1st Zonal Tulle Yearlings 2,359 p.
  • 1st Zonal Bourges Young birds 3,527 p.
  • 1st Zonal Libourne Old birds 1,065 p.
  • 1st Prov. Pontoise Young birds 13,354 p.
  • 1st Prov. Agen Yearlings 1,820 p.
  • 1st Prov. Libourne Old birds 702 d
  • 1st Prov. Bourges Young birds 4,705 p.

The best result of the year was managed from Tulle, a race in which the Clicque loft placed 21 pigeons within the National Top 100...against 6,842 yearlings Gino Clicque won: 2-3-4-6-17-24-41-44-59-63-65-71-74-104-115-121-123-127-139-... and 46 prizes from 79 basketed pigeons. On the old birds race against 9,763 pigeons, Gino Clicque won: 3-4-17-36-52-58-70-85-134-170-... and 35 prizes out of 50. That weekend, there were 6 Clicque pigeons who managed to take National Top 6 spots. Noteworthy, is that the 1st National and the fastest overall was won by Annemie Vanhee from Wervik....with a 100% Clicque pigeon... this means that the 4 fastest pigeons against all 16,605 entries on this race from Tulle were Clicque pigeons! 

Several cracks and KBDB Ace Pigeons 

On the long distance, there was a super yearling to bewonder (BE21-3024162) who became 10th National Ace Pigeon KBDB and 9th in the ranking across 4 National long distance races. Last year, Gino had 2x 2nd National KBDB Ace Pigeons with Tien Chang (BE19-3089137) and Silver Olympic (BE20-3015063). Gino has faith in both these cracks as breeders. As a true fancier, he knows when he houses something special. 

Tien Chang : the super pigeon from Wevelgem
Silver Olympic : one of the big stars

Golden Prince bloodlines 

The foundation to the Clicque colony is the bloodline of the world famous Golden Prince (BE13-3031767). An endless list of references from this bloodline prove that he is an exceptional breeder. The most striking grandchildren from Goldin Prince this year are: Golden Leonie (1st National Libourne), Grandson Golden Prince 294 (3rd Nat. Tulle), Granddaughter Golden Prince 278 (4th Nat. Tulle), Grandson Golden Prince 680 (12th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB 2022). Golden Prince is now grandfather of 2 National winners, 2 National KBDB Ace Pigeons and many provincial winners.  

  • 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Extreme Long Distance with Golden Princess (BE16-3107401)
  • 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB  Heavy Middle Distance with First Lady (BE16-3144110)
  • 1st National Libourne with Golden Leonie (BE20-3015043)
  • 1st National Souillac with Klaas Johannes 

Another important pigeon is Golden King (BE17-3061598) who became 1st National Ace Pigeon Long Distance 2018 and his offspring also perform exceptionally well. Direct children of his flew the following top results on a national level: 2nd Nat. Tulle, 3rd Nat. Bourges, 6th Nat. Tulle, 17th Nat. Tulle,...against thousands of pigeons. Moreover, a grandchild of this Golden King won the 2nd National Limoges against 9,218 pigeons and the title 11th National Ace Pigeon KBDB Allround 2021. 

Golden Prince : stock pigeon of Gino Clicque

We must also mention First Lady (BE16-3144110) in this list of super pigeons. Her descendants have won amongst others: 2nd Nat. Limoges 9,218 p. (granddaughter), 1st Prov. Bourges 4,705 p. + 6th Nat. against 23,847 pigeons (grandson), 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB Middle Distance 2022 in East Flanders,...First Lady herself was also an exceptional racer with a fantastic results list, as she won the title 1st National Ace Pigeon KBDB Middle Distance with a coefficient of 0,58%...

First Lady : is worth more than her weight in gold

References from other lofts 

Each year, the Clicque household receives countless references of top results achieved on other lofts. Several youngsters are placed on different lofts around Belgium each year, which result in some noteworthy references, also in 2022: at Thibau-Boons; winner of the title Long Distance Champion of Belgium on the long distance with 1+2 nominated is won for 50% by direct Clicque pigeons. This combination also won a handful of national ace pigeon titles with their Clicque pigeons! Annemie Vanhee won 1st National Tulle with a 100% Clicque pigeon, Paul Gevaert won 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB with a Clicque youngster, Frederik Dewolf won 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Heavy Middle Distance in 2021 with a Clicque pigeon, Van De Walle Marc & Franky won 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB thanks to Gino's pigeons. The last 6 years, 18 Clicque pigeons won National Top 10 prizes at Ronny Menten,...

Another very striking reference from the past season comes from Rogier Ingels, who has the best Bourges pigeon in Belgium. The hen, rewarded with the name Power Lady (BE21-4174141), won the following prizes from Bourges this year:

  • Bourges I: 4. Prov. against 6,113 p.
  • Bourges II: 3. Nat. against 10,359 p.

The sire of Power Lady is a grandson of Red Filip. We also see the Golden King line here. Dam is Donker (BE19-4105160) of Davy Neirinck and Tom Van Gaver.

We could go on and on about the spectacular results that are achieved on Gino's lofts and elsewhere with his stock, the list is endless...fact is, that Gino Clicque belongs to the world's best fanciers and owns a colony that in unmatched when it comes to spectacular performances.