This partnership was started about five years ago, when one of Tom Van Gaver’s young birds wanted to stay in the lofts of Johan De Vroe, who agreed to keep the pigeon. This young bird proved very successful that season. This Van Gaver hen was then paired to De Kleine Schonen, one of Johan’s best yearlings at the time. They bred the youngster Vroeke, which moved to the loft of his neighbour Guy Everaert, winning a first national from Bourges in 2008. A full sister of this Vroeke, De Prinses, won an eleventh national in that same race from Bourges. It was then that the three fanciers decided to start working together. Johan De Vroe was to compete in the young bird races only, Tom Van Gaver was responsible for the yearlings and old birds and Rudi Vandeputte raced the old and yearling hens. It proved a highly successful partnership with a really strong pigeon breed!
Old and yearling cocks
The old and yearling cocks, which are raced under the name of Van Gaver-De Vroe, have managed to win the following prizes:
The New Lucien,he only did a number of training flights as a young bird before winning no less than 8 prizes per ten in 2013. Click here for the full list of achievements of The New Lucien.
The New Tom is a son of dream pair Van Gaver Hen x Kleine Schonen. He was also trained as a young bird, after which he had a splendid 2013 with 12 prizes per ten, making him co-winner of the title of 15th National Champion Longer Middle Distance KBDB. Click here for the full list of achievements of The New Tom.
The New Drinker is the other co-winner of the 15th nat. Championship title, after winning 11 prizes per ten in 2013. This made him ninth best pigeon in the PIPA Ranking for best yearling in the national races with seven prizes. Click here for the full list of achievements of The New Drinker.
André is the third co-winner of the title of 15th national champion. He only did training flights as a young bird, before winning an impressive nine prizes per ten in 2013. Click here for the full list of achievements of André.
These pigeons will be basketed mainly for the one day long distance this season.
Three times blue
The hens are kept in the lofts of Rudi Vandeputte from Lembeke (Merelbeke), where they will be raced for the extreme middle distance only, with the focus on the national races. Blue Pearl is one of the strongest hens of Rudi Vandeputte:
1st best pigeon from Bourges(2012-2013) PIPA Ranking Belgium 3rd ace pigeon extreme middle distance yearlings 2012 – Recht & Plicht Zottegem 3rd ace pigeon extreme middle distance old birds 2013 – Recht & Plicht Zottegem
Blue Pearl was included in five different PIPA rankings, which means she was among the 100 best pigeons five times, over two seasons and over different races. Click here for the full list of achievements of Blue Pearl.
Blue Darling is another pigeon of Rudi Vandeputte that managed to perform really well in local, provincial, zonal and national races over the past few years, with particularly strong results in the race from Argenton. Click here for the full list of achievements of Blue Darling.
Blue Princess is also among his best pigeons:
1st ace pigeon extreme middle distance yearlings 2013 – Recht & Plicht Zottegem 9th ace pigeon yearlings – Bruges Championships 2013 11th ace pigeon extreme middle distance old birds + yearlings KBDB East Flanders 2013 Co winner 10th Nat. Championship Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2013
This partnership is doing great with the young birds as well, which are raced in Moortsele under the name of De Vroe-Van Gaver. The six national races are the main goal for the young birds and Amandine and Camille have proven to be particularly successful. Camille, 5th prov. Issoudun, is a daughter of the Van Gaver Hen x Kleine Schonen, which is the dream pair we mentioned earlier. Click here for the full list of achievements of Camille. Amandine has won a 4th prov. Issoudun, a 14th prov. Chateauroux etc. Click here for the full list of achievements of Amandine. She has also won the following championship titles:
1st ace pigeon extreme middle distance young birds – Recht & Plicht Zottegem 3rd ace pigeon long distance young birds (National races) – Recht & Plicht Zottegem 15th best young bird 2013 in the national races PIPA ranking (six prizes)
National, zonal and provincial top 10 prizes
Bourges Old birds Nat 18,478 pigeons 1st Argenton Yearlings N.Zone 4,800 pigeons 1st Bourges Young B. N.Zone 3,849 pigeons 1st Argenton Yearlings Prov 4,880 pigeons 1st Bourges Young B. Prov 4,099 pigeons 1st Bourges Old birds N.Zone 3,489 pigeons 2nd Nevers Old birds N.Zone 284 pigeons 2nd Bourges Young B. Prov 1,838 pigeons 2nd Souillac Yearlings Prov 916 pigeons 2nd Bourges Old birds Prov 3,492 pigeons 3rd Gueret Yearlings N.Zone 2,891 pigeons 4th Châteauroux Young B. N.Zone 2,797 pigeons 4th Issoudun Young B. Prov 3,673 pigeons 4th Issoudun Young B. N.Zone 3,720 pigeons 5th Issoudun Young B. Prov 3,673 pigeons 5th Bourges Yearlings Prov 3,484 pigeons 5th Nevers Old birds Prov 312 pigeons 5th Argenton Yearlings N.Zone 4,800 pigeons 6th Issoudun Young B. N.Zone 3,720 pigeons 6th Bourges Yearlings N.Zone 1,751 pigeons 7th Brive Yearlings Prov 1,458 pigeons 7th Bourges Yearlings Prov 2,635 pigeons 8th Poitiers Old birds Prov 3,353 pigeons 9th Souillac Yearlings N.Zone 1,588 pigeons 10th Bourges Yearlings Prov 1,890 pigeons 10th Blois Yearlings Prov 1,854 pigeons 10th
No less than 67 top 30 prizes have been won at provincial level in the course of 2012-2013. An additional 68 top 50 prizes were won in Zone A in that same period of time. 28 pigeons of De Vroe-Van Gaver-Vandeputte finished in the top 150 at national level, including a well deserved first national from Bourges young birds in 2013. Click here for more impressive results from the partnership of De Vroe-Van Gaver-Vandeputte. Their way of working, with each of the three having a different responsibility, appears to be an excellent approach.