2017 - a fantastic season
It is often said that wine gets better with age, and it is something that seems to apply to the team of Jos & Lars Vercammen as well. They have won an impressive 31 national top 10 prizes since 2009 (Click here for an overview). 2017 was another outstanding season. However, just like a good wine does not get better simply by aging alone, the achievements of this team have not gone up just like that. There are many factors that influence the taste of wine, including the quality of the grapes, the hours of sunshine, etc. Likewise, there are many factors that decide if your pigeon breed will be successful or not: the quality of your breed, your skills as a fancier, your winning mentality, your determination, eye for detail, etc. Take it from us, the fanciers Jos and Lars Vercammen have mastered each of these skills, allowing them to excel time and time again.
They won the following championships in 2017:
1st Champion Middle Distance Yearlings Zuid Antwerps Verbond (ZAV) 1st Champion Long Distance Yearlings Long Distance 2001 St. Job (650-800km) 2nd General Champion Middle Distance Zuid Antwerps Verbond (ZAV) 1st Ace Pigeon Young Birds Middle Distance Zuid Antwerps Verbond (ZAV) with “Don Diego” (BE17-6025047) 1st + 2nd Ace Pigeon Long Distance Yearlings 2001 St. Job (650-800km) 1st Provincial Ace Pigeon Middle Distance Yearlings KBDB Antwerp with “Elektro Junior”(BE16-6032012) 2nd Provincial Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB Antwerp with “Elektro Junior”(BE16-6032012) 5th National Ace Pigeon KBDB Halve Fond Jaarlingen met “Elektro Junior”(BE16-6032012)
Excellent references in 2017
If we were to make a list of references of all the fanciers that have achieved good results with their (direct) descendants of Jos Vercammen, both at home and abroad, we would not be able to fit it all into one single report. The following references are by far the most prestigious wins in other lofts with direct Vercammen pigeons, obtained in one of our PIPA auctions:
1. Jelle Roziers (Belgium)
The new star BE17-6037540 Gust won a 1st National Bourges of 38,456 young birds this year, and he was also the fastest of all the 59,253 competitors.
The dam of this pigeon is a direct Hok Jos Vercammen pigeon. She comes from BE10-6251534 Milos x BE07-6221587 Miss Universe. This pigeon was obtained in a PIPA auction.
2. Marek Trzaska (Poland)
PL0264-13-400 Olympic Elektro was awarded as the world's best middle distance pigeon at the 2017 Olympiad in Brussels. This pigeon is probably the best middle distance racing bird ever to have lived in Poland.
He is the winner of:
1st Olympiad Pigeon Category B Middle Distance (300-600km) 2017 Brussel (gold medal – first of all the nations) 1st National Ace Pigeon Poland Middle Distance 2016 2nd National Ace Pigeon Poland Middle Distance 2015
The dam of this pigeon is a direct Hok Jos Vercammen bird, coming from BE08-6174630 Elektro x BE06-6270116 Gloria. This pigeon was obtained in a PIPA auction as well. Olympic Elektro has been on board the breeding team in Vremde since this season.
3. Wang Jun (China)
Mr. Wang Jun and his racing bird CHN17-02-0002659 won the following ace pigeon titles in the famous KAi Er One Loft Race, against a field of over 10,000 pigeons:
1st ace pigeon over 3 races 3rd ace pigeon over 4 races 3rd ace pigeon over 2 races
There are four different races in this competition: 1x 300km, 1x 400km and 2x 500km. This pigeon finished in 13th and 16th place in the last two races over 500km. Well done!
The sire of this pigeon is a direct Hok Jos Vercammen, coming from Salgo (BE07-6221050) x La Perla(BE12-6196185).
This pigeon was obtained in a PIPA auction.
4. Marek Trzaska (Poland)
The new star in the loft of Marek Trzaska is the chequered hen PL0264-14-9155. She was 5th National Ace Pigeon in Poland in 2016, in the allround category. She will claim either a 1st or 2nd National Ace Pigeon title in the sprint category this season!
The sire of this pigeon is another direct Jos Vercammen bird. He comes from Elektro (BE08-6174630) x Gloria (B06-6270116).
This is another pigeon that was obtained in a PIPA auction.
A unique collection of champions
If you have been a top level contender for years, being able to transfer your very best racing birds to the breeding loft, you will inevitably end up with a large collection of proven racing birds, many of which develop into renowned breeders as well.
Lilly had almost delivered the highlight of the season, winning a 3rd National Argenton of 13,730 pigeons. She did win a first prize at zonal level of 3,961 pigeons. She is clearly born to win first prizes: her sire is none other than Mustang BE14-6175237, the fastest pigeon in the national race from Chateauroux of 33,108 pigeons. And to add to that, she is also a half sister of Alladin BE09-6248081, the fastest from Bourges national of 64,621 pigeons!
Lilly has also won:
1st fastest Noyon (208km) of 810 pigeons 1st Noyon (208km) of 492 pigeons 1st fastest Noyon (208km) of 448 pigeons 1st Noyon (208km) of 226 pigeons 2nd Chevrain (354km) of 688 pigeons (behind loft mate) 39th National z. Bourges (479km) of 3,024 pigeons
Like we said, her sire is Mustang BE14-6175237, a grandson of stock breeder Elektro. Mustang was already the grandfather of BE16-6032171, 1st Ace Pigeon Sint-Job Long Distance, having won a 2nd Provincial Tulle and an 85th National Zone Jarnac. The dam is Palina BE08-6174628, the dam of the aforementioned winner from Bourges, alladin BE09-6248081. This special pedigree can be found here.
Mustang, the sire of Lilly and winner of a National Chateauroux (click here to see his pedigree again)
BE16-6032012 Elektro Junior
Elektro Junior was one of the stars of 2017. He became 5th National Ace Pigeon KBDB Middle Distance, 1st Provincial Ace Pigeon Yearlings Middle Distance KBDB Antwerp, and 2nd Provincial Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB Antwerp. As his name suggests, he is a direct son of stock breeder (and arguably one of the world's best breeders) Elektro BE08-6174630. The dam of Elektro Junior is Delphine BE11-6282004, the dam of Samsung (fastest Soupes 9,294 duiven - see further down), Didi (fastest Melun of 1,185 pigeons), Lexus (1st Sourdun of 1,051 pigeons), Selfie (53rd National Chateauroux 19,691 pigeons), etc.
Click here for Elektro Junior's pedigree:
1st Chevrain (354km) 480 p. 1st Chevrain (354km) 418 p. 1st Noyon (208km) 393 p. 1st Chevrain (354km) 278 p. 1st Noyon (208km) 278 p. 2nd Quievrain (104km) 534 p. 3rd Chevrain (354km) 736 p. 3rd Chevrain (354km) 688 p. 3rd Chevrain (354km) 519 p. 5th Melun (310km) 461 p. 6th Chevrain (354km) 358 p. 7th Melun (310km) 713 p. 7th Chevrain (354km) 553 p. 9th Chevrain (354km) 1,108 p. 12th Chevrain (354km) 1,844 p.
Samsung is another talented son of stock breeder Elektro; his dam is Delphine.
Samsung has proven to be an invaluable racing bird in this team, having won the following prizes:
1e snelste Souppes (357km) 9,294 p. 1e Souppes (357km) 1,595 p. 1e Souppes (357km) 133 p. 2e Souppes (357km) 211 p. 20e National Argenton (555km) 4,582 p. 70e National z. Bourges (479km) 3,024 p. 6e Melun (310km) 505 p. 7e Noyon (208km) 733 p. 11e Quievrain (103km) 385 p. 13e Melun (310km) 811 p. 14e Melun (310km) 496 p. 17e Quievrain (103km) 495 p.
BE14-6175226 Olympic Eva
Not only Elektro's youngsters have been doing really well; numerous grandchildren have played an important role in the breeding lofts of Jos & Lars. One of their most valued pigeons is Olympic Eva. She was olympiad Pigeon Category C - long distance in 2017 in Brussels, and she was quite successful in the PIPA rankings in the past two seasons as well:
2nd best pigeon of Belgium - PIPA Ranking 450-600km (4 prizes) 3rd best pigeon of Belgium - PIPA Ranking 450-600km (5 prizes) 4th best pigeon of Belgium - PIPA Ranking 450-600km (6 prizes) 5th best pigeon of Belgium - PIPA Ranking 450-600km (6 prizes) 6th best pigeon of Belgium - PIPA Ranking 450-600km (3 prizes)
Olympic Eva has won:
1st National z. Issoudun (504km) 615 p. 2nd National Issoudun (504km) 2,216 p. 1st snelste Chateauroux (526km) 958 p. 2nd Provincial Chateauroux (526km) 2,644 p. 6th Provincial Montlucon (555km) 1,024 p. 40th National Montlucon (555km) 9,462 p. 3rd National z. Argenton (555km) 865 p. 7th National Argenton (555km) 3,118 p. 19th National La Souterraine (593km) 2,939 p. 12th National z. Chateauroux (527km) 474 p. (andere race) 61st National Chateauroux (527km) 1,987 p. 30th National z. La Souterraine (593km) 1,740 p. 48th National z. Bourges (479km) 2,197 p. 76th National z. Chateauroux (526km) 7,877 p. 11th Souppes (357km) 1,478 p.
The sire is Maxx (BE10-6052102), a son of Elektro x Gloria. The dam is Kika (BE13-6026166), a granddaughter of that other stock breeder Barco (BE01-6387350). Olympic Eva is now the dam of a 48th National Montluçon of 10,753 pigeons. Click here for her pedigree.
PL0284-13-400 Olympic Elektro
Olympic Elektro is another grandchild of Elektro that managed to become an Olympiad Pigeon, just like Olympic Eva. Olympic Elektro was raced by Trzaska (see earlier) and he is a 50% Hok Jos Vercammen, since his dam is Sweety (BE12-6196536), which was purchased on PIPA. Sweety was a daughter of Elektro x Gloria.
Olympic Elektro is perhaps the best racing bird ever to have lived in Poland. He won a gold medal in the 2017 Olympiad in Brussels in the middle distance - category B. Here are his best results:
1st Olympiad Pigeon Cat. B Middle Distance (300-600km) 2017 Brussels Gold Medal winner Olympiad 2017 1st National Ace Pigeon Poland Middle Distance 2016 2nd National Ace Pigeon Poland Middle Distance 2015
These are some of the prizes that he won:
1st prize (145km) 6,305 p. (5 minutes lead) 1st prize (320km) 3,601 p. 1st prize (320km) 2,078 p. (13 minutes lead) 1st prize (320km) 1,892 p. (9 minutes lead) 1st prize (320km) 1,623 p. 2nd prize (320km) 5,117 p. 4th prize (185km) 6,131 p. (na 3 hokgenoten) 4th prize (343km) 4,664 p. 4e prijs (332km) 3,834 p. 4e prijs (337km) 3,234 p. 5e prijs (345km) 3,719 p. 7e prijs (260km) 5,832 p. 7e prijs (556km) 5,184 p.
Olympic Elektro is now the sire of several first prize winners, both in Poland and Belgium. The pedigree of this champion can be found here.
Zorro became 3rd National Ace Pigeon KBDB Middle Distance in 2015. He won this title after winning the following prizes in four consecutive races:
2nd Souppes (357km) 1,351 p. 4th Melun (310km) 1,288 p. 9th Melun (310km) 1,464 p. (3 other loft mates in top 10) 10th Souppes (357km) 1,595 p. (3 other loft mates in top 10)
A son of Zorro (Don Diego - BE17-6025047) won a 1st Ace Pigeon ZAV Middle Distance young birds this season. Zorro is a son of Little Panter (BE08-6144332), which is in turn a son of Beckham x Siri (daughter Barco) x Connie BE12-6196549, a daughter of Thunderbolt x Dikke Blauwe. Click here for the full pedigree.
Milos is really a top breeder. He is the sire of several stars, including Origi BE13-6026050, 1st Ace Pigeon Union Antwerp Long Distance and 1st Provincial Limoges, Loki, 19th National Tulle, etc. But he is first of all the grandfather of Gust (BE17-6037540). Gust won a 1st National Bourges of 39,456 young birds for Jelle Roziers this season, while being the fastest of 59,253 competitors. Another granchild of Milos bcame 1st Ace Pigeon Pioneer Loft Race Beijing (China), in an international field. And in the Vercammen loft we have Hulk (BE13-6026138), winner of an 18th National zone Poitiers and an 8th national Zone Limoges, as well as Porsche (BE16-6032345), 14th National Chateauroux.
The sire of Milos is De Leeuw (BE03-6277418), which became 8th National Ace Pigeon KBDB Middle Distance. He is first of all the sire of Ad, 1st National Ace Pigeon KBDB Middle Distance and Olympiad Pigeon '13. He is also the grandfather of Alladin, the fastest in the national race from Bourges of 64,621 birds. The dam of Milos is Lydia (BE05-6234092). The impressive pedigree can be found here.
BE15-6026259 Black Dragon
Racing bird Black Dragon concludes our overview. He is winner of:
1st Provincial Aurillac (712km) 269 p. 1st snelste Provincial Aurillac (712km) 727 p. 3rd S.national Aurillac (712km) 1,437 p. 8th Provincial Tulle (657km) 718 p. 15th National z. Tulle (657km) 1,913 p. 60th National Tulle (657km) 7,447 p. 15th Provincial Brive (704km) 611 p.
Black Dragon is the sire of BE16-6032134, 5th Ace Pigeon Union Antwerp Long Distance.
The sire of Black Dragon is 414, a son of Shakira (BE10-6052293), a daughter of Elektro and winner of a 9th National Montluçon. The dam is Ariana (BE14-6175056), winner of a 9th National Chateauroux, a 16th National Gueret, a 67th National Montluçon, etc. Click here to read the full pedigree.
Some of the best results of 2017
Melun (310km) ZAV 832 old birds: 1-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-17-26-27-28-38-41-47-49-51-… (29/34) Chateauroux (526km) Provincial 366 old birds: 3-5-6-8-16-... National z. 606 old birds: 5-6-7-8-18-34-37-38-… (20/35) National 1,712 old birds: 14-16-17-20-38-87-97-98... (20/35) Melun (310km) ZAV 482 yearlings: 1-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-22-23-30-33-37-39-… (24/29) Chevrainvilliers (354km) ZAV 735 youngsters: 1-2-3-5-6-7-8-9-11-14-15-17-18-20-21-… (64/103) Noyon (208km) Pallieter 524 yearlings: 1-2-3-6-7-12-25-26-29-34-39-40-... (23/41) Brive (704km) Club St. Job 146 old birds: 1-2-… (7/10) Provincial 793 old birds: 4-8-… (7/10) Noyon (208km) BAB 465 youngsters: 1-2-3-5-11-13-14-19-21-… (37/66) Chevrain (354km) ZAV 688 old birds: 1-2-3-8-15-17-28-29-32-33-40-42-44-47-49-50-51-55-57-… (37/67) Chevrainvilliers (354km) ZAV 278 youngsters: 1-3-4-6-8-9-10-13-16-17-18-19-20-21-22-23-25-27-... (38/54) With Lilly (BE15-6026002) 1st National zone Argenton (555km) 3,961 p. 3rd National Argenton (555km) 13,730 p. With “Black Dragon”(B15-6026259) 1st Provincial Aurillac (712km) 269 p. 1st fastest Provincial Aurillac (712km) 727 p.
New challenges in 2018
Since father and son Vercammen have won almost every race on the calender, we can imagine it being hard for them to set new goals every winter. And yet, the two fanciers are determined to at least match their level of performance of last season, and if possible to do even better. And they have at least one big goal for the new 2018 season: being able to perform at a high level from April all the way to September, and if possible to add a national first prize to their palmares. We will check again in 2018!