You could tell from their weekly results that the Vandenabeele pigeon family has been performing at a top level throughout the season. It would be fair to say that the grandmaster from Dentergem is having one of the most successful racing seasons of his career. Meanwhile quite a few other lofts have won national first prizes this season as well, thanks to pigeons that originate from the bloodlines of the noble Gaby Vandenabeele bloodlines.
Dominant performance from Brive
Gaby without doubt played a key role in the race from Brive with five prizewinning pigeons clocked in seven minutes’ time. In fact four of his pigeons were clocked within a single minute. The first pigeon from Brive was clocked in Dentergem at 17:09’29” and it was an old bird. Six minutes later four pigeons arrived home within one minute, which is quite exceptional. These four pigeons were his second old bird and three yearlings, including his first and second nominated one year olds. They clocked at 17:15’ 28”, 17:15’ 46”, 17:16’ 01” and 17:16’ 12”. It took them between 10:10 and 10:15 to cover roughly 660km, reaching a velocity of 1100 m/min in very hard weather conditions and with a strong northeast headwind. This is an astonishing achievement. Let’s have a look at the results:
Brive local 421 yearlings: 1-2-3-19 (4/6) Prov 1,235 yearlings: 6-7-8-99 (4/6) Nat 6,842 yearlings: 16-17-18-284 (4/6) Brive local 420 old birds: 2-5-15-16 (4/5) Prov 1,513 old birds: 7-16… (4/5) Nat 8,331 old birds: 15-28-360-361 (4/5)
These are the kind of results we don’t get to see very often but it has become the trademark of the Gaby Vandenabeele pigeons, who have overpowered their opponents for years on end. A Vandenabeele pigeon in top form is tough to beat and this was demonstrated in the race from Brive. Congratulations Gaby with these impressive results and with the excellent 2013 season up to now. This is excellent work!