Erik Limbourg is having another exceptional racing season. Two weeks ago we published a report on PIPA about the numerous provincial top prizes that the Limbourg pigeons have won week after week. All that was lacking was a provincial victory. They had been close quite a few times, and it would only be a matter of time before they could claim a first prize in an important race.
Impressive in Limoges
That well-deserved victory eventually came in Limoges, and it was not just an ordinary provincial first prize. When Erik Limbourg's pigeons are in shape, there is a good chance that they will take home more than just one top result. Limoges was no different: the Limbourg racing birds have won the first four prizes at provincial level (yearlings), as well as a provincial first prize (old birds). This is what it looks like on paper:
Limoges NW Brabant 358 yearlings: 1-2-3-4-8-9-11-12-13-15-16-17-20-24-26-27-30-33-… (34/45) Prov. Fl. Brabant 742 yearlings: 1-2-3-4-12-13-18-19-21-26-34-37-44-56-61-65-69-… (32/45) Brabant Union 884 yearlings: 1-2-3-4-13-14-20-21-23-30-41-44-52-66-73-77-81-… (32/45) National 6,946 yearlings: 43-44-68-69-226-230-303-304-329-406-508-541-… (26/45) Limoges NW Brabant 166 olds: 1-2-18-… (5/8) Prov. Fl. Brabant 384 olds: 1-4-50-… (5/8) Brabant Union 507 olds: 1-4-62-… (5/8) National 6,492 olds: 47-123-105-… (3/8)
These are the results of a grandmaster in pigeon racing, which Erik Limbourg undeniably is. It is also remarkable that the fundamental bloodlines of his breed are once again responsible for this impressive result. The bloodlines of Joost, Eagle Eye, Lucky 848, Blue Ace, and Lucky 77 have again bred a generation of prize winners and talented racing birds.
In 2016, after the weekend of 9 July, Erik has won 22 pure first prizes , as well as 25 top 10 prizes at provincial level.
In 2016: 25 x top 10 provincial including two times first Provincial from Limoges
1st and 4th Provincial Limoges olds
The winner in the old birds race is a grandson of Joost, crossed with the successful bloodlines of Lucky 848.
- 1st Prov. Limoges BE14-2151152
1st Prov. Limoges 507 p. ’16 47th Nat. Limoges 6,492 p. ’16 22nd Prov. Blois 1,680 p. ’16 25th Zone Cahors 3,328 p. ’16 36th Nat. Montélimar 4,000 p. ’16
He is a brother of the 1st Zone and 4th Nat. Jarnac, and of the 1st Ace Pigeon Derby Hainaut Long Distance ’15.
Sire: Blauwe Joost BE04-2063242
A son of stock breeder Joost BE02-4051564 (1st Internat. Perpignan ’03 for De Smeyter-Restiaen) x Blauwe Donnia BE95-4174293.
Dam: Daughter Blue Gaston BE12-2194422
Bred from Blue Gaston BE06-6034842 (Olympiad Pigeon Allround, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon YL ’07 Germany) x Daughter Lucky 848 BE09-2026913 (a half sister of Blue Ace, Sire of Bak 17).
Click here for the full pedigree of the 1st Prov. Limoges.
- Magic 185 BE14-2151185
4th Prov. Limoges 507 p. ’16 17th Nat. Agen 2,767 p. ’15
A full brother of the 12th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB ’14 and a half brother of the 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB.
Sire: New Super Sprint BE09-2214881
Top class breeder and the sire of New Ace (3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance PIPA Ranking) and Magic 704 (12th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB ’14). He is a son of Super Sprint BE07-2135296 x Dochter Lucky 77 BE05-2286356. Lucky 77 was 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB in ’05.
Dam: Queen Blue Ace BE09-2119372
An invaluable breeding dam, and the daughter of Blue Ace BE03-4290095 (2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB ’07) x Bourgeske BE01-2054345 (2 x 1st Prov. Bourges). She is also the grandmother of the 3rd Prov. Limoges YL this weekend. We discussed her breeding value in more details in our previous report that was published two weeks ago.
Click here for the pedigree of Magic 185.
The bloodline of Super Sprint can be found in the pedigrees of the 1s Prov. Limoges YL and the 4th Prov. Limoges olds
A 1-2-3-4 Provincial from Limoges yearlings
The yearlings of Limbourg were in great shape, winning four top prizes at provincial level in Limoges. The first pigeons arrived home in groups of two, closely followed by the rest of the team. We take a closer look at the provincial top-four:
- Halfbrother Crazy Boy BE15-2015632
1st Prov. Limoges 884 p. 43rd Nat. Liomges 6,946 p. 25th Prov. Blois 1,930 p. 20th Noyon 1,226 p. 40th Souppes 2,794 p. 67th Souppes 2,418 p.
Sire: 2nd Prov. Ace 2010 08-0060090
Winner of 1-4-5-5th Provincial (340-350 km) and a half brother of Super Sprint. He is a son of Olympic King of Sprint 02-131140 (Olympiad Pigeon 2007) x Zus Marieke BE07-6110335 (J. & J. Engels).
Dam: Mother Crazy Boy BE09-2119403
Crazy Boy won a 1st Zone Souillac ’13 and 3 national top 10 prizes. She was bred from Grandson Nieuwe As BE02-2326226 x Daughter Lucky 77 BE05-2286356 (she is also the grandmother of Magic 185).
Click here for the pedigree of Halfbrother Crazy Boy.
- Donker Geschelpte 727 BE15-2015727
2nd Prov. Limoges 884 p. 18th Bourges 301 p. 177th Interprov. Argenton 3,307 p.
Sire: Pure De Rauw-Sablon BE12-2002531
Excellent racing bird and winner of a 1st Noyon 522 p., 5th Zone and 25th Nat. Souillac 3,641 p., 49th Zone Cahors 2,363 p. and 65th Zone Brive 1,581 pigeons. He is a son of Blue Heaven BE02-2001875 (grandson of dream couple Albert x Paola) x Daughter Lucky 848 BE09-2026912.
Dam: Sister Lucky De Saer BE13-2022005
Lucky De Saer was the best yearling of Belgium in the long distance in 2012. She is a daughter of Zitter BE05-3177156 (1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance ’06, and winner of four first prizes) x Daughter Lucky 848 BE09-2230750.
Click here for the full pedigree of Donker Geschelpte 727.
- Number One BE15-2015548
3rd Prov. Limoges 884 p. 4th Souppes 2,281 p. 9th Souppes 2,418 p. 12th Noyon 544 p. 36th Souppes 3,069 p.
Sire: Superbreeder Eagle Eye BE09-2230737
A great breeder, and the sire of a 1st Zone Souillac ’13 and 1st & 5th Prov. Libourne ’11. He is a son of the outstanding Eagle Eye BE07-2135106 (Best Allround Pigeon of Belgium ’07-’09) x Daughter Lucky 85 BE07-2135301 (daughter of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB Lucky 85).
Moeder: Magic 092 BE13-2022092
2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance YL KBDB ‘14
1st Zone and 3rd Nat. Jarnac ’14, 8th Nat. Tulle 5,731 p. ’14, and 64th Nat. Gueret 9,851 p. ’14. She is a daughter of Superbreeder from Lucky 848 (son Lucky 848 x Nest sister Dromer, a 100% De Rauw-Sablon) x top class breeding hen Queen Blue Ace BE09-2119372.
Click here for the pedigree of Number One.
- Brother Snelle Jan BE15-2015649
4th Prov. Limoges 884 p. 20th Prov. Blois 1.930 p. 24th Noyon 1.226 p.
Sire: De Jan BE13-2069042
Winner of 1st Zone Argenton 2,903 p., 3rd Zone La Souterraine 1,993 p. and a son of Super Sprint BE08-2146615 x Mother Jan BE10-2191372.
Dam: Iron Lady 409 BE12-2002409
2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Young Birds LCB, 2nd Prov. Blois 1,308 p., 59th Nat. Gueret 16,988 p., etc. She is also the dam of the 1st Interprov. Blois ’13. She comes from Superbreeder Blue Ace BE09-2119437 x Mother 2nd Nat. Ace BE09-2230725.
Click here for the pedigree of Brother Snelle Jan.
Breeding hen Queen Blue Ace: dam of the 4th Prov. Limoges olds, grandmother of the 3rd Prov. Limoges YL
It is clear that a new generation of top class racing birds has emerged, ready for another successful era of pigeon racing. Last year Erik sold his entire old birds team for the second time in a short period of time. The idea is to take a step back and to look for a new challenge, and the goal is to create a new group of talented young pigeons that can outperform their predecessors. This sounds almost impossible for a fancier with such an impressive list of achievements but Erik Limbourg still manages to exceed his own results season after season. His success story is the result of a lot of knowhow, experience and an outstanding pigeon breed.
Erik is set for the future with this new generation of talented young pigeons. In fact, his prize winners are likely candidates for the title of National Ace Pigeon Long Distance Yearlings later this season. And as you know, Erik Limbourg rarely fails to reach his objectives.