The Herbots Brothers (Halle-Booienhoven, BE) had a magnificent 2013 season with three national ace pigeons

2012 had been a wonderful season and the Herbots family would have been very satisfied with a similarly successful 2013 season. However, they managed to exceed last year’s performance. 2013 was an exceptional year with three national ace pigeon titles as a crowning achievement!


Filip Herbots is the founder of the Herbots pigeon dynasty. He has been a fancier with a worldwide reputation for 60 years. Filip and his brother Jos started keeping pigeons in 1955 at the age of 14 and 12 respectively. They were very enthusiastic and they wanted to prove themselves. One of the first memorable moments was the introduction of the Stoces bloodline, of which a total of 124 pigeons were obtained. They also purchased pigeons from the Cerinx brothers (Nieuwerkerken, BE) and in 1991 the entire pigeon family of the great champion Karel Schellens (Kessel) was transferred to the Herbots lofts in Halle-Booienhoven. Pigeons from Soontjens, Roman Loozen, Ludo Helsen and Van Avondt & son were added later on as well, the latter of which sold them an entire round of young birds. One of these young birds, Queen 2000, claimed the title of First Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB in 2000. They purchased a few rounds of youngsters from Camiel Nulens (Koersel, BE) as well and pigeons from no other than Leo Heremans were bought in 2011 and 2012.

The Herbots family has always aimed to try and find better pigeons without being afraid to spend money. The two Herbots brothers (Jo and Raf Herbots) represent an entire team that consists of Jo, Raf, Flip, Miet, Jacqueline, Cois and Kristof.

The team behind the Herbots brothers

Fancier Kristof Daniels plays a significant role in the success story of the past two seasons. He came to join the team in Halle-Booienhoven after the passing of Filip’s brother Jos. Kristof used to be the close assistant of Jos. Filip describes Kristof as a man who knows his job. He has the natural ability to take care of pigeons and to motivate them. He knows the ropes.

2012 and 2013

As we said in the introduction, the last two seasons have been really successful for the Herbots brothers. You can take a look at the best results of 2012 and 2013 by clicking here.

The star of 2012 was without doubt Els (BE10-2192630). She is a late youngster of 2010 and winner of a third National Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2012, a 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB Flemish Brabant 2012 and 1st Olympiad Pigeon Category H. Click here to take a look at the pedigree of Els. The strongest pigeon of 2013 is Belgian Star (BE12-6123310), but more about him later.

The lofts in Halle-Booienhoven

Three national ace pigeons

Belgian Star is first National Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance Yearlings KBDB 2013 and second Provincial Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance Yearlings KBDB Flemish Brabant 2013, after Magda. However, this national title is still to be confirmed, just like the fifth national prize for Magda in that same national championship. The final result of the national ace pigeon championship shorter middle distance yearlings is to be decided in court. Click here to learn more.

Belgian Star was purchased from Leo Heremans as a young bird. Her pedigree clearly shows that she originates from nothing but excellent pigeons. Click here to take a look at the list of achievements of Belgian Star.

These are the five prizes that made her win the title of First National Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance Yearlings KBDB 2013:

1st Orléans    (396 km) against 1,187 pigeons
1st Pithiviers (360 km) against   683 pigeons
1st Orléans    (396 km) against   570 pigeons
1st Orléans    (396 km) against   263 pigeons
1st Nanteuil   (250 km) against   247 pigeons

Another very successful yearling this season was Magda (BE12-2030127), which was purchased from the partnership of Jonckers & Son (Drieslinter, BE) as a young bird. Magda beat Belgian Star in the provincial championship, winning the title of first Provincial Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance Yearlings KBDB Flemish Brabant 2013. She currently holds a fifth national place as well.

The third national Ace Pigeon for the Herbot brothers is George (BE11-2186246). George is 9th National Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Old Birds KBDB.

Blitzy Blois

Filip Herbots considers his Blitzy Blois (BE10-2192897) to be the great star of 2013. She is the older sister of George and she claimed the title of First  Provincial Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Old Birds KBDB Flemish Brabant this season. Click here for a picture, a list of achievements and a pedigree of Blitzy Blois and her brother George.

To conclude, we wish the entire Herbots team all the best for 2014!