The first middle distance race of the season took off last weekend. Fanciers from the province of Antwerp headed to Melun, where the pigeons of Team Van de Wouwer from Berlaar had to cover 307 km. Kurt and Gaston had put together a team of 27 young hens and they took the win seemingly with ease. There was a total of 1,488 young birds at the start for Hafo Turnhout and the Mechelen region combined, and father and son did quite well, winning a 1-22-24-76-78-88-158-305-353-428-434 (11/27).
We scanned through the pedigree of their fastest bird overall (BE20-6188024) in Melun, and we immediately spotted some of the best Van de Wouwer bloodlines. The sire is a direct Van Eynde-Goovaerts, with 50% Van de Wouwer origins. He originates from a brother of Laura paired to the Tornado bloodline of Van Eynde-Govaerts. The dam of racing bird 024-20 is a daughter of Anneke, and she is in turn a daughter of Kaasboer and the dam of Palme d'Or, which bred not one but two 1st Nat. Ace Pigeons KBDB for Casaert-Senechal: Amalia and Nikolaas.
The pedigree of the fastest young bird in Melun of 5,148 YBs
Good x Good
Team Van de Wouwer have two fantastic racing birds in their collection with New Kim, a 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon YBs 2018, and Maria, a 1st Nat. Chateauroux & 4th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB old birds 2018. And you can clearly tell that champions x champions is a proven strategy in pigeon racing. The second pigeon to arrive home in Melun, racing bird BE20-6188031, claimed a 22nd Melun of 1,488 young birds, and this hen is a granddaughter of New Kim x Golden Prince (from a joint breeding with the PIPA Elite Center), as well as a daughter of Maria.
Pedigree BE20-6188031, 2nd pigeon for Team Van de Wouwer in Melun
2 out of 2 in Limoges...
Hok Van de Wouwer is renowned for their racing hens. One of the old and one year old hens in their loft started to mate, and Kurt & Gaston decided to basket them for Limoges, for a 668km race. The couple did quite well: Rudy's Kaasboer 384 (BE17-6053384) finished in 48th place Nat. Limoges of almost 16,000 pigeons, and her partner, Laura 787 (BE18-6063787) arrived home around ten minutes later, finishing in 263rd place Nat. Limoges.
The pedigree of Rudy's Kaasboer 384 reveals some precious bloodlines. To begin with, the sire is a son of a joint breeding with Gaby Vandenabeele, whose stock breeder Rudy was paired to Serena of Gaston Van de Wouwer. Serena is a full sister of Laura and winner of a 1st Nat. Zone Poitiers. The dam of Rudy's Kaasboer 384 is unsurprisingly heavily inbred to Kaasboer. Rudy's Kaasboer 384 already has quite a list of achievements, winning for instance a 3rd Prov. Blois 2,744 p., a 33rd Prov. Argenton 1,339 p., a 48th Nat. Limoges 15,979 p., and a 52nd Nat. Chateauroux of 18,449 p.
We see similar origins in Laura 787's pedigree. Her dam is a full sister of Laura, and the sire is a grandson of a joint breeding with Vandenabeele: Vandenabeele's Goliath was paired to Noor, a 1st Interprov. Vierzon of 15,359 pigeons. Laura 787 had already won quite a few prizes: a 32nd Prov. Issoudun 2,147 p., a 52nd Nat. Zone Bourges 7,514 p., a 64th Nat. Chateauroux 2,850 p., a 263rd Nat. Limoges 15,979 p. and a 355th Nat. Chateauroux 12,855 p.
Pedigrees of the best birds in Limoges
Team Van de Wouwer is off to a great start, and we are eagerly looking forward to how the 2020 season unfolds.