If you can shine nationally with 3 pigeons in the top 46 national from Barcelona (international 3 pigeons in the top 89!) AND also nationally 9 of the 10 pigeons won a prize (locally even 10/10) you are a big man. It was then high time that I went to visit this fancier. To my great surprise not a single Belgian pigeon reporter had yet visited him. Racing this well and not yet a single visitor…unbelievable.
Roosdaal is not to be confused with Roosendaal in the Netherlands. It lies in the province Flemish-Brabant, west of Brussels. It belongs to the constituency Halle-Vilvoorde which is familiar with the Belgian readers. Roosdaal has approximately 10.000 inhabitants and one of them is then Ronny Borloo. What an interesting man this is! From professional footballer to top pigeon fancier.
Ronny was born in Ninove in 1961 and played for 11 years by RSCA Anderlecht as a young footballer. He then played for 2 years by Beerschot, 1 year AA Gent, 4 years Cercle Brugge, Mechelen and Charlerloi. An impressive football career in the Belgian football world. His uncle (brother of his mother) always took him to the great Anderlecht as a child. It was also this uncle who was a pigeon fancier and through this little Ronny not only became a footballer, but also a pigeon fancier. His uncle was a sprint man who won his prizes. Ronny raced in combination with him for many years. Ronny had quite a lot of free time as a professional footballer and so took care of the pigeons. He remained a professional footballer until 1991 and moved in 1993 to his current address in Roosdaal. In the meantime his uncle had passed away. For the first few years Ronny raced sprint, but gradually changed over to the longer distances. He was quite successful with pigeons from here and there.
Ronny regularly went to watch the pigeons by fanciers who raced grand distance and it seemed to be a good game to him. Five years ago (2005) he decided to get rid of most of his sprint pigeons and change over to the grand distance, Barcelona in particular. He had done a lot of research and came to the conclusion that there was good blood to be found in the Netherlands for the furthest distances. His first real long distance pigeon was from the late Ton Bollebakker (Laren) bought on the site ‘TopPigeons’. This is how Ronny came into contact with Piet de Vogel from Oude Tonge (NL). He sent him to Anton Tuns, a branch of Piet de Vogel. The best pigeons from the Borloo loft originate from these fanciers. Via Piet, Ronny also came into contact with Jac Steketee. A few beautiful pigeons were also obtained from this great fancier. In addition Jean-Pierre Pé from Halle also ensured the necessary crossing material. Piet de Vogel-Steketee-Pé and the mixture was ready. In 2005 Ronny began breeding and the first success came almost immediately. In 2007 he won from Irun old birds in the club 3-6-9-30-46 (5/7) and St-Vincent yearlings 6-20-28-40-48-61 (6/12). In 2008 Montelimar 8-14-16-23-34-39-41 (7/15), Barcelona 4-22-28-61(4/7) and Perpignan 5-9-11-12-17-18-30 (7/11). Fellow fanciers in his club were surprised by the sudden change over of Ronny to the grand distance and especially how he reached the top so quickly.
Toen kwam 2009 met:
Barcelona 237p: 1-2-3-7-30-32-34-53-55-60 (10/10!)
Barcelona nat. 13.502p: 40-41-43-279-1793-1939-1952-3105-3139 (9/10)
Barcelona international 27.669p: 81-82-89…9/10
Perpignan old club ; 1-5-13-24-26-29-40 (7/12)
Perpignan national 7.364p: 19-239-876-1385-1429-1600 (6/12)
Perpignan international 18.354p: 37-511…(6/12)
4th Beker van Vlaanderen Barcelona (1st Belg)
3rd ace pigeon KBDB grand distance
1st ace pigeon FCD Fondclub Denderstreek
1st ace pigeon extreme long distance international races Dender
What a sensation this was from Barcelona. A first pigeon arrived and remained sitting on the roof. Directly afterwards a second cock arrived and went directly inside. The first pigeon went through the trap and was clocked. Ronny’s wife shouted ‘there’s another one!’ Ronny clocked him. At 10.52, 10.53 and 10.57 there were suddenly 3 in the clock. Who can say that? I’ll tell you! No-one clocked three pigeons faster internationally than Ronny Borloo. Then the pigeons just kept coming with the well-known total result. This is enjoyment at the highest level! (and yet there was no reporter!)
In the future he will work closely with Piet De Vogel. Ronny will be the new satellite loft and various pigeons from Piet will be tested here.
The top 3
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3rd national ace pigeon KBDB 2009
This cock arrived home second but was clocked first. He won national 40th prize. A marvellous result in this very tough Barcelona. He then went to Perpignan and once again he won the first prize. National in place 19 and international at 37! This Perpignan was not as tough but these pigeons can also manage this. In the championship KBDB grand distance this cock stood in third place. A topper! The father of this cock is a direct from JP Pé from Halle. In his pedigree I see toppers so as ‘Rode Thomas’(Narbonne nat. 347, Barcelona nat. 245, Perpignan nat. 143, Barcelona nat. 213) and S. Toye (line Tarzan Boy).
The mother is from Piet de Vogel from the satellite loft Anton Tuns.
In previous years this cock won St-Vincent ’07 national 6521p-185, Montelimar ’08 nat. 8633p-403.
Actually arrived home first but was clocked second (41st national). His father is the pigeon bought on the site toppigeons from Ton Bollebakker from Laren. His father was ‘Den Doorzetter’ (pedigree Aarden and van de Wegen) and mother was ‘Bonte Perpignan’ (2nd national Perpignan). The mother is from Jac Steketee, inbreed 1st national Dax x daughter Stayer. The parents were bought via Toppigeons.
The nest brother of this cock won national Barcelona 277 but succumbed from Perpignan. Ronny only raced one pigeon from Perpignan. He was a magnificent cock.
He won national 46th from Barcelona and from Perpignan national 876th. In 2008 he won 515th international St-Vincent 7515p. His father comes from JP Pé out the Perpignan-cock via ‘Rode Tarzan’. The mother is a daughter of the ‘Perigieux’ from Herman Deneys from Roosdaal, a most ardent long distance racer. This cock is family to
‘Den As’. 2031369/04 Blauwe Barcelona
This is the oldest pigeon in the loft Borloo. As a yearling this cock won a top prize from Argenton and that is why he was raced in the extreme middle distance the following year. He never won another prize. Because he was so handsome Ronny entered him for Montelimar in 2007. He never returned and was reported by a pigeon fancier from Limburg. Ronny offered him the certificate of ownership, but he didn’t want it. He would release him once he had recovered. He soon landed in Roosdaal. That same year Ronny raced him once again from Irun. He now won a prize and since then he has never missed in the grand distance:
Irun 2007 intern. 15627p-484
Barcelona 2008 intern. 23708p-830
Perpignan 2008 intern. 17624p-2158
Barcelona 2009 intern. 27699p-4158
Perpignan 2009 18354p-2445
The mother is a pigeon from the line Robert Vaneycken from Erps-Kwerps and the father is own sort x pedigree Desbuquois from Kapelle op den Bos.
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Noyon 2006 130p-7
St-Vincent 2007 international 7515p-823
Perpignan 2008 international 17624p-1451
Barcelona 2009 international 27669p-6812
Perpignan 2009 international 18354p-411
This cock comes directly from neighbour Luc Wiels. A beautiful cock with a beautiful honours list.
The 20 breeding couples (12 real couples and the rest are feeding couples) will be coupled at the middle of February. This includes a few younger hens that are given 2 years to grow before being used for breeding. They produce 60/70 youngsters. The 24 old widowers and 24 yearling widowers are not coupled until the 1st of April. They are separated after brooding for 5/6 days and then raced in traditional widowhood. Last year Ronny didn’t keep any youngsters from the widowers, but this year he is going to transfer some eggs. He doesn’t race with hens. ‘No time Johan’, says Ronny, ‘although I have seen that for the last few years it is mainly the hens that do well from Barcelona. Maybe one day!’
Widowers only train 1 x per day, in the evening. Ronny arrives home from work (Delhaize) around 16.00 and firstly lets the old widowers out for an hour. Then it is the yearling’s turn. And then finally the youngsters. They are trained and that’s it. In 2006 the team for Barcelona 2009 was trained within a week and then directly given 160 km. Of the 20 youngsters, 12 returned home. These 12 were then raced from St-Vincent II as yearlings and 8 returned. As two year olds they were entered for Montelimar and Limoges 2-year olds. Because there were a few pigeons in this loft which were a year older, they were also entered for Barca 2008 (4/7 prize). At the end of this year the team went to Perpignan. In 2009 the preparation for the Barcelona-pigeons was very simple. First the necessary training races and then everything straight to Bourges. They didn’t win a single prize, but this race has a lot of pigeons and they gain the necessary experience. This was followed by Montelimar, again not a success. By the evening not a single cock had returned. At 6.22 h the following morning they started arriving and were all home within the hour. They were getting in form and for Barca it was bingo.
The cocks eat from a communal feeding dish and drink out one bowl. The veterinary surgeon is visited prior to the season and everything is given a cure for tricho and coccidiosis. During the season no treatment for coccidiosis, but now and again a cure for tricho from the veterinary surgeon. Ronny likes to have clean lofts. He cleans the lofts every morning and once again in the evening whilst the pigeons are training. The yearling cocks train at a different time. They race Noyon (4 x) , Dourdan (2x), Argenton, Dourdan and then Libourne. Last season they raced well. To withstand the selection the yearling cocks have to return home in the morning (2nd racing day) before 10.00 h. Those which are later are removed.
After the last race from Perpignan the cocks are firstly given their hen for two days and then they are separated. Ten days later they are given their hens again and are allowed to breed youngsters. They are separated for good at the end of November.