However, the 2015 season did not start well for the De Laere family: father Maurice De Laere, who was the right-hand man of his son Luc in the pigeon loft, passed away in late March. This was a hard blow for Luc and his family, especially because Luc works fulltime as a mechanic. This means he can use a helping hand once in a while. His wife Sybille now helps with cleaning the lofts, so that Luc can focus on the breeding loft and his highly talented racing team. This proved an excellent combination, as you can tell from the results of 2015.
3 x 1st Provincial and 2 x 2nd Provincial and 17 first prizes in 2015
This is an impressive palmares, and it shows that 2015 has been a great racing season. It seems as if the De Laere pigeons have put in an extra effort to pay homage to the late loft manager Maurice. They have had a truly exceptional season in 2015, winning most notably the following top prizes:
1st Prov. Fontenay (309 km) 7,988 pigeons, and the fastest of 16,000!
1st Prov. Compiegne, (184 km) 16,547 young birds
1st Prov. Tours 2,122 pigeons (435 km)
2nd Prov. Tulle 1,053 pigeons (604 km)
2nd Prov. Chateauroux 1,902 young birds (468 km)
These are spectacular results, and many top prizes have been won with descendants of stock breeder Tieke, which was 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon middle distance KBDB in 2001 and 2002, and winner of a 1st Provincial Tours 1,557 p. and a 2nd Prov. Blois 1,003 p. (behind a loft mate). He proved just as valuable in the breeding loft: his bloodlines are especially valuable when combined with Gaby Vandenabeele’s Bliksem bloodline and the old Janssen Brothers breed from Arendonk. These combinations have given many outstanding cracks and provincial and national prize winners.
The four stars of 2015
Luc and Maurice had the fastest pigeon overall in the 2014 race from Chateauroux I against 39,835 pigeons with Sproet Tieke. However, a control ring was clocked too late, and this ruined the party. Sproet Tieke was still the moral winner of the race but that was not good enough for him: he was out for revenge in 2015.
He worked very hard in the race from Fontenay, eventually becoming 1st Pigeon Provincial against 7,988 old birds, as the fastest of almost 16,000 pigeons!
-Sproet Tieke BE11-315645
1st Prov. Fontenay 7,988 olds (fastest of 16,008 p. in total) 1st Tours 163 p. 2nd Prov. Tours 1,033 p. 1st Fontenay 310 p. 1st Fontenay 228 p. 1st Fontenay 157 p. 2nd Angerville 558 p.(behind loft mate) 2nd Clermont 373 p.(behind loft mate) 11th Prov. WVOU 8,462 p. 3rd Tours 277 p. 29th Prov. Tours 2,093 p. Etc…
He was the moral winner of Chateauroux National 2014, as well as 1st Interprov. Ace Pigeon in 2013!
Sire: Accident Tieke BE08-3015171
Winner of a 1st Ablis 625 p. He is a son of stock breeder Tieke 207-00 (1st Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB ’01 + ’02…) x Annette (a crossing of Anton Peitz x Koopman).
Dam: ’t Fredje BE10-7273409
Daughter of Der Star 306-04 (winner of 51 first prizes in 57 races) x Zus Gigant (Prange).
1st Prov Tours 2,122 YL 6th Prov Bourge 1,415 p. 37th Prov Gueret 2,834 p.
Sire: Bonten BE12-3116505-12
A grandson of Tieke and a half brother of supercrack Prins Tieke (1st Prov. Orleans 3,797 p.). Bonten 505 is a son of Medarke 788-09 (winner of 2nd Prov. Poitiers 1,183 p., 2nd Bourges 775 p.) x De 759 Tieke, a top class breeding hen and daughter of stock breeder Tieke 207-00.
Tieke 759 is the dam of Rolf (1st Ablis 466 p., 1st Ablis 259 p., 2nd Tours 275 p.).
Dam: Gabriella BE11-3070273
A Gaby Vandenabeele from Dentergem, and a granddaughter of James Bond (1st Nat. Bourges) and Blauwe Fideel (1st Nat. Brive).
-First Lady BE15-3070803
1st Prov Compiegne 16,457 young birds (fastest of 18,618 pigeons overall) 1st Fontenay 502 p.
Sire: Amor BE09-3016305
Winner of 1st N.Zone Bourges 3,200 p. and 2nd Nat. Bourges 14,112 p. He is a son of Perfect Tieke 750-07 (son stock sire Tieke 207-00) x IJzeren Geschelpte 930 (from the old De Laere breed)
Dam: Witpenneke 326 BE09-3016326
A sister of Baron (7 x 1st prize), and the dam of the 2nd Prov. Guéret 2,834 p. She is a granddaughter of Tieke 207-00 and of the iconic Bliksem of Gaby Vandenabeele.
Click here for the pedigree of First Lady
2nd Prov Tulle 1,053 p. 7th Nat La Souterraine 9,548 p. 3rd Prov. Chateauroux 3,600 p. 70th Nat Poitiers 12,379 p. 4th Orléans 410 p. 36th Prov Orleans 2,679 p. 38th Prov Argenton 2,501 p. 40th Prov Orleans 3,797 p. 77th Prov Tours 6,400 p.
This is a super class racing bird and winner of 5 prizes at least per 10. He originates from a pairing of Tieke x Bliksem Vandenabeele, one of the most successful bloodlines in Luc De Laere’s collection.
The Chateauroux BE15-3070833, winner of a 2nd Prov. Chateauroux 1,992 young birds in the closing national classic in September 2015, is another highly successful racing bird in the current De Laere racing loft. Each of these pigeons has played an important role in the impressive list of achievements of 2015. The highlights of this season can be found below.
Sproet Tieke BE11-3115645 (5 first prizes), Tiekes Bliksem BE11-3115713 (7 first prizes and four second prizes), Chippendale BE10-3015878 (2nd Prov. Tulle, 3rd Prov. Chateauroux and 7th Nat. La Souterraine) and Sperwer Tieke BE11-3115660 are four very talented racing birds that were transferred to the breeding loft in the end of 2015. Luc hopes to further engrain the Tieke bloodline in his existing breed through inbreeding and line breeding.
Their place in the team of 36 widowers (2 lofts with 18 boxes) will be taken by a new generation of promising new racing birds, still heavily based on the Tieke breed! This has proven to be a very successful approach, that has enabled this pigeon family to achieve great results over the years, including 20 provincial first prizes.
High hopes for 2016
The year did not start well with the passing of his father Maurice, and it did not end well either, since Luc got involved in a work accident. He fell off a scaffold of 5 metres high, causing bruses and fractures. Things could have been worse but he is now recovering well. We wish him a quick recovery. We hope the great results of his racing birds will ease the pain. Luc and Sybille are looking forward to the 2016 racing season with high hopes. Their current generation of outstanding racing birds should allow them to have another great year.
Sister of First Lady
Best results of 2015
09/5 Fontenay 295 olds 2-3-12-18-18-23-26….15/22 WVOU 9,261 olds 14-16-60-107-107-170….16/22 17/5 Fontenay 480 olds 5-8-13-33………7/9 157 olds 1-7-13-22 4/7 WVOU 7,988 olds 1-66-175 (3 op 4) 17/5 Tours Prov 2,122 YL 1 1/3 23/5 Issoudun 307 olds 1-4-8….5/8 06/6 Fontenay 142 olds 1-4-7-9-12-13…..12/12 13/6 Chateaudun 117 olds 3-4-9-10….8/9 Prov 3,601 olds 40-42-102-119…..8/9 13/6 Gueret 350 olds 9-31 2/3 Prov 1,769 olds 27-108 2/3 20/6 Limoges 372 olds 17–24 2/3 Prov 1,906 olds 121-145 2/3 264 YL 19-35-38 3/3 Prov 1,364 YL 95-173-187 3/3 20/6 Chateaudun 99 olds 1-2… 27/6 Argenton 334 olds 5-33-42-52-72 5/6 Prov 1,578 olds 42-161-195… 5/6 11/7 Chateaudun 68 olds 1-3-4-6 4/5 Prov 1,177 olds 15-24-29 3/4 11/7 Chateauroux 226 olds 14-15-21-25….5/6 Prov 1,441 olds 38-39-60-80… 5/6 Prov 2,613 YL 31-230-268 3/3 11/7 Brive Prov 1,604 olds 195-285 2/3 Prov 1,331 YL 61-90-394 3/3 11/7 Fontenay WVOU 11.549 YB 13-14-37-168-177… 8/52 18/7 Fontenay 502 YB 1-9-12-17-18-23-33-36… 25/46 25/7 Tulle Prov 1,053 olds 2 Prov 1,306 YL 11-61-177-259 4/4 25/7 Compiegne Prov 16,457 YL 1-50-132-136-140… 19/48 01/8 Bourges Prov 787 olds 8-24-45… 4/7 Prov 1,415 YL 6-53… 3/5 Prov 5,855 YB 9-68-286… 7/12 08/8 Chateaudun 211 YB 1-3-4-6-7-15-21… 12/20 Prov 4,275 YB 4-16-19-38-39-90… 14/20 15/8 Pontoise Prov 8,904 YB 76-130-168-275… 10/13 22/8 Chateaudun 151 YB 4-6-7-14… 7/12 29/8 Issoudun 558 YB 11-16-17-29-45-47… 12/17 Prov 2,583 YB 33-46-47-80-124-136… 12/17 05/9 Chateauroux Pro 1,992 YB 2-87-150-185… 6/20