Top of the podium on the national days
Click here to reread our previously published report to see how much of an impact the Stefaan Lambrechts pigeons have had on other pigeon lofts. Among his latest references are the 15th Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance Young Birds of Nicole De Weerd, which is a 100% Lambrechts pigeon, and the 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Sprint Young Birds of Vermeerbergen-Wilms-Mostmans, the sire of which is a 50% Lambrechts pigeon. We will try to explain why so many fanciers achieve great results with the pigeons of Stefaan later on in this article but first we will take a closer look at 2015, Stefaan’s best season ever.
Keep in mind Stefaan is used to winning renowned titles and ace pigeons, having already won a 2nd National Ace Pigeon KBDB Shorter Middle Distance Young Birds 2013, a 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon Sprint 2010, and a 10th Nat. Champion Sprint Young Birds 2011, just to name a few. However, his achievements of last year were a lot more impressive: he won both the 1st, 9th and 14th National Ace Pigeon KBDB Young Birds Shorter Middle Distance 2015 with his pigeons Lincia, Aure and Ynthe. This was a well deserved win after a truly magnificent season. You can tell from the picture that he had to beat two highly renowned fanciers in order to win this championship. Click here for an overview of his best results of 2015. We will now introduce the three Lambrechts supergirls.
0.483 was the impressive coefficient that made Lincia win the title of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon. Never before in the history of the national championships has a young bird achieved such a low coefficient in the shorter middle distance. It is safe to say it will take a while before another pigeon can break this record. She really managed to dominate the races which she competed in. Let's take a look:
Souppes Union 1,243 p. 1 Zone East 507 p. 1 Souppes Union 2,391 p. 2 Zone East 958 p. 1 Souppes Union 2,031 p. 2 Zone East 720 p. 1 Souppes Mechelen 605 p. 3 Turnhout-Mech 1,348 p. 3 Souppes Union 1,185 p. 7 Zone East 401 p. 2 Souppes Union 963 p. 15 Zone East 301 p. 7 Quiévrain Diamant 893 p. 5
The sire of Lincia is a summer youngster of 2013, which Stefaan placed in the breeding loft right away. It was a deliberate and a successful move. This cock is a brother of ‘Stefaan 165/11’ (1st/5,229 p., 2nd/4,2012 p., 5th/4,229 p.) of W.A. De Bruyn and of ‘469/12’ (2nd/1,313 p., 30th/2,196 p.) of H. Pouw (Utrecht, NL). Stefaan knew that the 248/13 was quite a promising pigeon. Lincia’s grandmother from her father’s side comes straight from the loft of Jelle Roziers. Jelle obtained pigeons of J, L & N Houben from Itegem, including a daughter of Pootje, winner of 5 first prizes and 16 top ten prizes.
The dam of Lincia is a daughter of one of Stefaan’s top breeders, BE09-6293898 Olympic Poot, a direct Dirk van den Bulck. Lincia was not his only successful descendant; he is also the sire of Blauwe Stefaan, 1st Ace Pigeon Sector 3 NPO and 10th Nat. Ace Pigeon NPO 2015 for Poelstra & Sons. Lincia’s grandmother from her mother’s side is BE10-6342498, a direct Dirk Van Den Bulck (Grobbendonk, BE) and a daughter of Broer Goede Rode (992/08) x 40000-duivin (BE08-6140000) – two names worth remembering. Broer Rode is the sire of seven first prize winners in the renowned Tienverbond, while the 40000-duivin has six first prize winners among her descendants. Stefaan’s 5 best young birds of 2015 are all descendants of Broer Goede Rode x 40000-duivin. The 498/10 is in turn the dam of a 1st/3,049 p., 3rd/ 5,182 p., 4th/1,326 p., 9th/2,196 p. and grandmother of Esther (2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance Province 8 in 2014, 4th Prov. Ace Pigeon Young Birds Province 5 West, and 6th Ace Pigeon Union Antwerp Middle Distance). Click here for the full pedigree of Lincia.
Ynthe was 9th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Young Birds Shorter Middle Distance. She excelled not only in the shorter middle distance, she did great in the race from Quievrain and Bourges as well:
Bourges Union 1,349 p. 5 Prov 4,527 p. 11 Zone 10,308 p. 10 Nat 36,307 p. 50 Souppes Union 1,779 p. 5 Souppes Union 2,031 p. 9 Souppes Union 2,391 p. 18 Souppes Union 3,342 p. 28 Souppes Union 796 p. 26 Zone Oost 339 p. 7 Souppes Union 1,185 p. 83 Zone Oost 401 p. 18 Quiévrain Diamant 893 p. 18
The sire of Ynthe is a full brother of 498/10, which is also the grandmother of Lincia. In other words: Ynthe’s sire is a son of Broer Rode x 40000-duivin. It is also worth noting that Broer Rode is a grandson of Nieuwe Rossi 179/06 x Eénoogske 039/06 of Leo Heremans. The 40000-duivin is a daughter of Blauwe Leo 378/06, stock sire for Dirk Van de Bulck.
The dam of Ynthe is a direct Bart Henderickx, and she was an Ace Pigeon Noyon Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Waver. Click here for the full pedigree of Ynthe.
Aure finished in 14th place in the national ace pigeon competition thanks to the following prizes:
Souppes Union 963 p. 1 Zone East 301 p. 1 Gien Region 2,124 p. 9 Prov 7,128 p. 24 Souppes Union 1,185 p. 28 Zone East 401 p. 4 Souppes Union 3,342 p. 54 Zone East 1,619 p. 33 Souppes Union 796 p. 30 Zone East 339 p. 10 Souppes Union 1,243 p. 54 Zone East 507 p. 36
The sire of Aure is a son of Blauwe Beer, which was in turn 2nd Ace Pigeon Young Birds Quievrain, 1st Ace Pigeon Yearlings Quievrain and 1st Ace Pigeon Old Birds Quievrain. He also won a 1st/340 p., 1st/331 p., 3rd/2,572 p., 6th/1,381 p., and 6th 1,175 p. Blauwe Beer is a son of the outstanding breeding pair Broer Rode x 40000-duivin. The grandmother of Aure from her father’s side is a daughter of none other than Goede Rode. Goede Rode is the sire of Kittel, 2st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Sprint Young Birds.
The dam of Aure comes straight from Herman Pouw’s collection, and she is a granddaughter of Dirk Van Dyck’s Di Caprio from her father’s side. The dam of the 964/13 is a full sister of Olympic Bolt 611/12 of kas Meyers. Click here for the full pedigree of Aure.
A top class breeding loft
Stefaan Lambrechts has perhaps one of the most valuable breeding lofts of Belgium. There are not many lofts out there that house a 1st (Lincia), 2nd (188/13) , 3rd (Den Tornado), 7th (Christiane), 9th (Ynthe), and 14th (Aure) national ace pigeon – including their parents – and the parents and grandparents of a 1st Olympiad Pigeon, several 1st prov. ace pigeons and numerous ace pigeons at club level. Stefaan is determined never to sell any of his proven racing birds or breeders. His only objective is to make his pigeon breed even stronger, and this can only be achieved by keeping your most valuable pigeons in your own collection. In fact, he often tries to regain pigeons from his own bloodline that have been successful in other lofts.
2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Sprint Young Birds 2015
It sometimes occurs that a grandmaster comes across a surprisingly familiar ring number in someone else’s report. This is exactly what happened to Stefaan when he was reading a report about one of Belgium’s best lofts: Vermeerbergen-Wilms-Mostmans. It would be impossible for Stefaan to stay up to date about every single young bird that has been sold, let alone that of their descendants. We will tell you the whole story.
In 2011 Stefaan gave two young birds to Rudy van Reeth, who was looking after the pigeons of Karel Laenen (Herenthout, BE) at the time. The first youngster was BE11-6168948, a daughter of a pairing of BE10-6146323 (also the sire of Olympic Bolt 611/12 of Kas Meyers) x BE10-6291386 (she became the dam of Stefaan's 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Middle Distance Young Birds 2013). Click here for the full pedigree of 948/11. This 948/11 proved very valuable for Karel: in her first season in the breeding loft she bred BE12-6037819, which won six first prizes as a young bird for Karel.
The second pigeon that Rudy got was the BE11-6168971, which is a full sister of the 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB 2010. Rudy realised that he had gotten two very talented pigeons. The sire of the 971/11 is Vele Bart 501/08, a cock that bred many successful descendants, including the 281/13, a car winner for Poelstra & Sons. The dam of the 971/11 is a daughter of the Van Loock hen 568/07, which is in turn the grandmother of a 1st Olympiad Pigeon 2012 Cat. F of Dirk Van den Bulck. Click here for the full pedigree of 971/11.
The achievements of Karel Laenen and Rudy Van Reeth had also caught the attention of Kris Mostmans (Rijkevorsel, BE), who founded a well known combination with Luc Vermeerbergen and Robby Wilms in 2014. Kris obtained a few young birds from Rudy in 2012, some of which were bred from the 948/11 and the 971/11. Kris paired a son of the 971/11 (the BE12-6037863) to a daughter of the 948/11 (the BE12-6037867), and this proved a wonderful combination. The bloodlines of the 971/11 and the 948/11 (strengthened with top pigeons of Karel Laenen) were combined in the BE13-6164780, which was later renamed Grizzly Wonder Breeder. This top class pigeon became the sire of no less than 16 first prize winners for Kris Mostmans, including most notably a 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Sprint Young Birds 2015.
Nothing satisfies a fancier more than coming up with the perfect combination, a combination that leads to brilliant results. Combining different bloodlines or pigeons is by no means an exact science but Stefaan's approach significantly increases your chances of success. Several other fanciers in The Netherlands have been adopting his approach as well, including for instance W.A. De Bruyn, Kas Meyers and Eijerkamp.
A grandmaster in breeding pigeons
We promised to let you in on a few secrets that have made the Lambrechts breed so successful in other lofts. One of the key principles of pigeon racing is to try and pair good pigeons with good pigeons. This is particularly true for fanciers with a large collection of top quality breeders, such as Stefaan. In fact, chances are he would still be breeding decent youngsters even with random combinations, but Stefaan prefers to use deliberate pairings: "I would not say that random combinations cannot give good results but I will always try to look for the perfect sire and dam combinations. Random combinations are not likely to give you many good quality young birds, and my objective is to get the highest percentage of good youngsters possible." Stefaan does not spend too much time trying to figure out potential combinations on paper. On the day of the pairing the cocks sit in one half of their breeding box, and Stefaan gives one hen the chance to try and find the most suited partner. Stefaan is very meticulous in getting rid of any imperfections. The end result is a high percentage of descendants that are close to perfect. His approach enabled him to become an important supplier of ace pigeons for pigeon lofts worldwide; he is a grandmaster in breeding pigeons.