Pascal Ariën and Nikolaas Gyselbrecht showing Meghan Porsche, winner of a 1st Intprov. Vierzon 5,830 YLs (2nd fastest of 15,722 p.)
Every once in a while you come across a result that seems almost too good to be true - a result beyond category. In The Netherlands we have Bas Verkerk who is known to deliver such results every once in a while, and so did Ludo Claessens back in the days. These kind of results are rather uncommon here in Belgium, which could have to do with us having a larger group of similarly strong opponents, the location of the release sites, or the higher number of pigeons in each race.
An overwhelming performance from Racing Team ADK in Vierzon Interprovincial
Every now and then, we come across a fancier that leaves everyone amazed with a spectacular achievement. In the weekend of 19th of May Racing Team ADK really took the interprovincial race from Vierzon in their hands. But it was Paul Jamar from Rummen who had the fastest pigeon in the race overall (1220 m/min) of 15,722 pigeons. What came next was a dazzling performance from the team from Tielt-Winge, with a large group of birds arriving home in quick succession, claiming several top results at interprovincial level. Here are the staggering numbers:
Vierzon Flemish Brabant Prov. 1,628 yearlings 1-2-3-4-5-13-15-22-23-24-36-45-46-47-55-65-72-73-74-87-91-99-100… (52/66)
There were about six minutes between the pigeon that was clocked first and the winner of a fifth provincial, just to give you an idea of how the yearlings of Racing Team ADK were clearly in a league of their own. Similar results are to be expected at provincial level as well, with the following preliminary results:
Vierzon Interprovincial 5,830 yearlings: 1-2-4-5-6-27-30-52-56-57-84-93-94-101… etc. (preliminary results)
The old birds had to settle for second place (the race winner was Paul Jamar) but what followed was a long list of consecutive top results, both at provincial and interprovincial level:
Vierzon Flemish Brabant Prov. 1,860 olds: 2-4-5-12-13-28-29-39-69-72-94… (22/28) Vierzon Interprovincial 9.852 olds: 2-5-9-27-28-89-91… etc. (preliminary results)
In the entire field of 15,722 pigeons the team clocked the 2nd-3rd-4th-8th-8th-9th-10th-14th-15th fastest pigeons, which is quite a display of strength.
Pasal Ariën has been the mastermind behind quite a few outstanding results but this was a different story, even for him. This race took place in demanding but fantastic weather conditions, where there were no excuses. It was just a matter of being able to hang in there or to be left behind, it somewhat reminded us of a mountain stage in the Tour de France.
Enjoyin the results from Vierzon with the two families and the kids
And we have some more remarkable numbers:
- a total of 38 pigeons were clocked in the provincial top 100, or about 35% of 94 basketed pigeons
- no less than 8 pigeons win a prize per 1000 at interprovincial level
- 20 pigeons finished in the interprovincial top 100 or almost 24%
This is an achievement that is hard to put into words, it is pigeon racing at the highest level indeed. And this achievement gets even more impressive if we zoom in on the origins of the winning pigeons.
Wacko Freddy x Lieve: the PEC's miracle pair
Standing out with the help of miracle pair Wacko Freddy x Lieve
The yearlings that won a 1st and 2nd Interprovincial (Meghan Porsche and Prince Porsche) are nest mates, or each other's nest brother and sister. And the old bird that wins a 2nd Interprovincial (Spyder 006) happens to be a full sister of the two yearlings. In other words, three direct youngsters of the miracle pair of the PIPA Elite Center (PEC) Wacko Freddy x Lieve claim a 1st, 2nd and 2nd Interprovincial in their respective categories.
To add to that, turns out the 4th and 5th clocked pigeons are two youngsters of Porsche 911 - another son of Wacko Freddy x Lieve. This makes the team's achievement all the more impressive.
The interprovincial winner Meghan Porsche had already shown her potential in the end of last year with a top result in the national race from Argenton, and her next top result was to follow soon:
-Meghan Porsche BE17-4062317
1st Intprov Vierzon 5,830 YL ’18 (2nd fastest of 15,722 p.) 49th Nat Argenton 21,915 p. ’17 26th Chevrainvilliers 2,572 p. 30th Melun 3,007 p. 2nd Soissons 1,033 p.
-Prince Porsche BE17-4062318 (Meghan Porsche's own nest sister)
2nd Intprov Vierzon 5,830 YL ’18 (3rd fastest of 15,722 p.) 21st Chevrainvilliers 2,572 p.
-Spyder 006 BE16-4129006
2nd Interprov. Vierzon 9,892 olds ’18 (4th fastest of 15,722 p.) 36th Chevrainvilliers 2,104 p. 53rd Prov. Blois 3,122 p. 65th Prov. Argenton 1,510 p. 94th Nat. Zone Chateauroux 6,297 p. 159th Nat. Zone Bourges 4,813 p.
There is an interesting story behind the creation of miracle pair Wacko Freddy x Lieve, which was pretty much put together by Pascal Ariën. Pascal was on a visit to the PEC of Nikolaas Gyselbrecht when he got his hands on a daughter of stock breeder New Freddy: Blue Ace Freddy'ke. Pascal was determined to obtain his pigeon, because to him she was the perfect partner for his Porsche 088, which is one of his favourite breeding birds, bred from his own stars Olympic Wacko adn Norma. There was one issue: Nikolaas was not willing to sell Blue Ace Freddy'ke. Nikolaas eventually gave in, and the two pigeons were put together to breed none other than Wacko Freddy. This pigeon looked truly fantastic indeed, and he was paired to Lieve, a daughter of Bart Geerinckx's Gladiator. This pair proved a fantastic combination.
This pair bred three super class pigeons in their first few pairings in 2014: Porsche 911, Boxster and Nestsister Boxster. Meanwhile, the highly talented breeding bird Porsche Cayenne 899 saw the light of day in 2014. The pair's favourite descendant both for Pascal and Nikolaas is top class racing bird and current top breeder Porsche 911, which was transferred to the breeding loft as a yearling in 2015, after some impressive racing:
- Porsche 911 BE14-2230911: 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2015 (for his palmares, see picture). Click here for Porsche 911's pedigree.
And this Porsche 911 is now the sire of a 4th and 5th clocked pigeon from Vierzon, also the 8th and 9th fastest of 15,722 pigeons:
*Daughter Porsche 101 BE16-4129101: 5th Intprov. Vierzon 9,852 olds (8th fastest of 15,722 p.).
Click here for the pedigree of Daughter Porsche 101
*Son Porsche 284 BE17-4062284: 4th Intprov. Vierzon 5,830 YLs (9th fastest of 15,722 p.)
Click here for the pedigree of Son Porsche 284
Two other daughters of Porsche 911 are part of the success team of Racing Team ADK:
*Daughter Porsche 440 BE16-4129440: winner of 5 top 10 prizes in the region. Click here for the pedigree of Daughter Porsche 440.
*Daughter Porsche x Louise 313 BE17-4062313: 99th Prov. Vierzon 1,628 YLs and now 5 top 100 prizes of at least 1,000 pigeons and more. Click here for the pedigree of Daughter Porsche x Louise 313.
What makes the breeding references of this miracle pair even more impressive, is the fact that they were not paired in 2015. It was only after Porsche 911 and Boxster started winning races that the two were rejoined in 2016, and now for good. It proved a smart move, with the pair breeding 10 highly successful racing birds in just three seasons of breeding: 2014-2016-2017. We talked you through the palmares of Meghan Porsche, Prince Porsche, Spyder 006 and of course Porsche 911 earlier on in this article. We will now briefly discuss the other 6 top descendants of Wacko Freddy x Lieve:
-Boxster BE14-2230972: 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2015, click here for the pedigree and the pamares of Boxster.
-Nestsister Boxster BE14-2230971: 1st Soissons, 38th Intprov. Jarnac, 70th Nat. Zone Limoges, 81st Nat. Brive etc… Click here for Boxster's pedigree and palmares
-Sister Porsche BE17-4062221: 56th Intprov. Vierzon 5,830 YLs ’18. Click here for her pedigree.
-Macan 112 BE16-4129112: 38th Nat. Limoges 10,565 p., 16th Intprov. Jarnac, 97th Nat. Zone Tulle etc… Click here for his pedigree.
-Cayman 475 BE17-4062475: 52nd Intprov. Vierzon 5,830 YLs ’18 etc… Click here for Cayman's pedigree.
-Spyder 005 BE16-4129005 (nest sister Spyder 006): 9th Prov. Vierzon 1,942 p., 29th Prov. Blois, 41st Nat. Argenton, 84th Prov. Chateauroux etc. Click here for the pedigree of Spyder 005
We asked Pascal Ariën what makes his pigeons so special, and he told us their racing birds appear to recover very quickly, while handling a lot of training volume. They would arrive home from a flight of up to 600 or 700km without visible signs of fatigue, ready for another day of training the next day. This is an important asset in the build-up to their next important race. These pigeons combine high intelligence, strength and very quick recovery. And it turns out their descendants all inherit those same qualities, which allows them to stand out from the pack.
A bright future thanks to the miracle pairn
A breeding pair that breeds two or more super class birds is rare these days. Most pairs are unable to breed more than 1 big champion. Pascal agrees that this pair is truly unique, and he told us he never came across a similarly gifted breeding pair in his entire pigeon racing career, capable of breeding 10 great racing birds in three years' time.
Pascal and Nikolaas agreed in late 2017 not to sell any more pigeons coming from Wacko Freddy x Lieve, and it was perhaps the best decision they ever made. It allows them to use the first three rounds for their own racing team every year, while moving the remaining youngsters to the breeding loft. This in turns makes it easier to further incorporate this breeding pair's excellent genes into their existing pigeon family. Is this the foundation for another chapter in this success story? Many congratulations!