Team De Jaeger: Frank Morre, Freddy De Jaeger and Marijn Laureyns
Team De Jaeger, which consists of Freddy De Jaeger himself, fulltime caretaker Marijn Laureyns and administrative assistant Frank Morre, has set a high bar not only for themselves but for their opponents. The three members of the team have been working really well together, which enabled them to reach an exceptional level of performance.
They have won numerous first prizes and impressive overall results on their way to becoming an internationally renowned team; they have really managed to get the most out of their pigeon family. This top class racing team has been carefully put together by fulltime caretaker Marijn, who is often referred to as the "pigeon wizard". He gets a lot of work done behind the scenes but he does not like to be the center of attention. He is a fancier with an extensive knowledge of pigeons, he is an excellent observer and he knows what it takes to get his pigeons in peak fitness.
General champion Belgian Entente for two consecutive seasons: 2015-2016
The team was formed in 2013 and they have been doing really well from day one. They tried to set a higher bar every single season and their efforts paid off as they went on to win numerous championship titles at national level.
In 2014 Team De Jaeger became 4th General Champion of Belgium, their racing hen Carla became 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance old birds KBDB, and they also won the title of 4th and 10th Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB.
An overview of their best results of 2014 can be found here.
They pushed the envelope even further in 2015, which would turn out to be a memorable season for Team De Jaeger. Among the numerous highlights that season are the title of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance old birds KBDB with Warrior, and the title of General Champion of Belgium 2015, which illustrate their overwhelming strength. It was also the team's second consecutive national 1st ace pigeon title! Their impressive palmares for 2015 also includes the title of 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon extreme long distance, won by racing bird Fury.
Click here for their list of achievements of 2015.G
It must be difficult to head into a new season, knowing that it will be almost impossible to do better than last year. And yet, the team managed to add quite a few more national top prizes to their palmares, including most notably a second title of General Champion Belgian Entente 2016. This is the kind of achievement that really wins the respect of your closest opponents. This is an extraordinary feat.
In addition they had 4 different pigeons in the national ace pigeon championships KBDB. This is an overview of their prestigious titles of 2016:
General Champion Belgian Entente 2016 8th National Ace Pigeon long distance old birds KBDB 2016 8th National Ace Pigeon extreme long distance old birds KBDB 2016 10th National Ace Pigeon extreme long distance YLs KBDB 2016 12th National Ace Pigeon long distance old birds KBDB 2016
The national ace pigeons KBDB of 2016
It appears the national ace pigeons of 2014 and 2015 (Warrior, Carla, Fury, Biscaya) had some equally talented successors, which originate from the invaluable collection of pigeons based in Knesselare.
The star of this team and the current-best long distance racing bird of his generation is Witpen Tornado. He clearly has what it takes to win early prizes in national races, being the half brother of Warrior, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB (from the same dam Anja). He is also a grandson of stock dam Tsunami-duivin.
-Eenwitpen Tornado BE12-4159374
8th Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance old birds KBDB 2016 16th Nat Limoges 15,012 p. ’15 22nd Nat Montauban 5,935 p. ’14 39th Nat Libourne 4,589 p. ’14 39th Nat Cahors 6,164 p. ’16 45th Nat Jarnac 4,167 p. ’16 93rd Nat Limoges 13,493 p. ’16
Click here for the most important achievements on Eenwitpen Tornado's palmares
Sire: Tornado BE06-4247331
A great racing bird and winner of a 6th Nat. Narbonne 6,801 p. and 18th Intnat. Narbonne 12,201 p. He is a son of Super Witpen BE00-3271982 (line Witneus Roger Florizoone) x Tsunamiduivin BE04-3230937 (stock dam and a direct daughter of Bliksem Gaby Vandenabeele x Manuela).
Dam: Anja BE03-4316098
The dam of Warrior, bred from the line of Marcel Aelbrecht's Bak 17! She comes from Vader Bak 17 BE02-4333378 (a son of Lucky 848) x Zomerjong BE00-4509117 (a sister of a 1st Nat. Perpignan).
Click here for the pedigree of Eenwitpen Tornado
The top class bloodline of breeding dam Anja combined particularly well with the recently introduced pigeons of national long distance champions Marc Pollin and Etienne Meirlaen. This combination gave way to two new ace pigeons: Matrix and Cornee.
8th Nat. Ace Pigeon extreme long distance old birds KBDB 2016 15th Nat Pau 1,661 p. ’16 59th Intnat Pau 9,908 p. ’16 55th Nat Perpignan 4,191 p. ’16 93rd Nat Pau 1,980 p. ’15
Click here for Cornee's most prominent achievements in the extreme long distance
Sire: Blauwe Pedro BE09-4336489
A son of Don Pedro BE08-4244050, winner of a 74th Nat. Limoges 16,893 p. Don Pedro comes from Super Witpen BE00-3271982 Florizoone x stock dam Tsunamiduivin BE04-3230937 (a daughter of Bliksem G.Vandenabeele), and he was paired to Anja BE03-4316098 (the dam of Warrior and Eenwitpen Tornado).
Dam: Marseille Girl BE11-4312107
She comes from Etienne Meirlaen, from the lines of the invaluable pigeon breed from Deurle. She was bred from Lange Marseille BE07-4278592, and he is a brother of the illustrious crack Marseille (46th Nat. Marseille, 72nd Nat. Carcassonne), and a half brother of Monar (1. Intnat. Narbonne 12,605 p.) and Montali (from Vader Marseille BE00-3217222 x Pau-duivin BE00-3256861). the dam of Marseille Girl is Zus Marathonlady and Perpignanlady BE08-4358903 (Perpignanlady was 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon extreme long distance KBDB ’09; Marathonlady is the dam of stock breeder Yelena).
Click here for the pedigree of Cornee
12th Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB 2016 36th Nat. Cahors 6,164 p. ’16 84th Nat. Jarnac 4,167 p. ’16 90th Nat. Limoges 13,493 p. ’16
Click here for the palmares of Matrix
Sire: Nai Jr. BE12-3164257
He comes from long distance champion Marc Pollin, bred from top breeder Nai BE04-3003112 (sire of 2 x 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB) x Daughter Mortifer BE09-3091039 (from Olympiad Pigeon long distance 2009 Mortifer BE03-3002141 x Blauw Admiraalke BE03-4133647 Robert Buysse).
Dam: Cassandra BE09-4138573
A half sister of ace pigeons Warrior and Eenwitpen Tornado. She is a daughter of Wim BE07-3001201 (full brother of 1st Prov. Tarbes ’08 and 15th Intnat. St.Vincent 7,515 p. for Hendrik Mortier: bred from Barcelona I BE99-3008293 x Blauw Aelbrecht 099 BE03-4316099) x Anja BE03-4316098.
Click here for the full pedigree of Matrix.
This turned out to be another invaluable pairing, as Nai Jr x Cassandra bred another talented racing bird in 2015. This pigeon was called Syl, and this is his palmares:
3rd Prov Chateauroux 7,617 p. ’16 25th Nat Chateauroux 29,591 p. ’16 54th N.Zone Argenton I 6,694 p. ’16 159th Nat Argenton I 18,363 p. ’16 33rd N.Zone La Souterraine 2,545 p. ’16 213th Nat La Souterraine 9,580 p. ’16 386th Nat Argenton II 12,449 p. ’16
The last in this series of top class racing birds with a national ace pigeon title KBDB on their palmares is the highly talented one year old Avatar, which stems from the team's in-house bloodlines of Tsunami and Warrior, paired to the very best bloodlines of the international champion Jos Thoné.
10th Nat. Ace Pigeon extreme long distance YL KBDB 2016 18th Nat Agen 2,932 p. ’16 74th Intnat Agen 9,043 p. ’16 187th Nat Narbonne 3,187 p. ’16 284th Prov Chateauroux 7,619 p. ’16
Click here for the full pedigree of Avatar
Sire: Galactica BE09-5061450
A direct Jos Thoné from supercrack Girder BE06-5150472, winner of a 1st Prov. and 21st Intnat. Pau 7,605 p. ’09, and 15th Nat. Cahors 5,441 p. ’08. (from Sedmos BE05-5148801, a son of stock dam Sedna I) x Iruna BE05-5148313, winner of a 2nd Nat. and 10th Intnat. Irun 15,627 p., a 9th Nat. Montauban 6,187 p., and a 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB ’07 (from Nestbrother Artificial Jutta BE03-5071666 x Mother Deep Impact BE00-5271057).
Dam: Noemi BE10-4239533
A daughter of Tsunami 115 BE06-4247115 (from Lichte Crayonnee BE00-4385037 x stock dam Tsunami BE04-3230937) x Anneke BE09-4138780, a half sister of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Warrior (from the same sire) (bred from Mr. Tulle FR04-34338 x Britta DV06720-08-1234 Brockamp, a sister of Mistral).
Click here for the full pedigree of Avatar
Getting the best out of your top quality breed
Team De Jaeger managed to become one of Belgium's top-tier lofts in the course of just three seasons. Their opponents were startled by their level of performance and by the strength of the De Jaeger racing team. It is a select group of high quality racing birds bred from some of this country's best bloodlines. Their results in the races and in the championships illustrate the importance of a solid foundation; a top class breed will always pay off. Those that are not convinced should have a word with Freddy De Jaeger, a successful businessman. He is the man behind Team De Jaeger. He will always try to aim for the top, not only in his his professional career but also in pigeon racing. He knows more than anyone else that you have to surround yourself with a talented group if you want to reach high.
The fanciers from Knesselare are more ambitious than ever, having just made some new investments for the future. A new loft will be installed for the racing birds, and their team of breeders will be strengthened as well. They want to be well prepared for the upcoming 2017 season, to try and continue their winning streak, looking for new challenges and victories.