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Etienne Meirlaen (Deurle, BE) was truly outstanding as national number one in the extreme long distance in 2017

He was the leading man in the extreme long distance in 2017; the Meirlaen racing birds were at times impossible to beat. Etienne's racing team has now won the title of 1st National Champion KBDB, 1st and 3rd National Ace Pigeon KBDB, and the title of best yearling of 2017 in the extreme long distance!

History repeats itself

No other fancier understands the extreme long distance quite like Etienne Meirlaen, whose pigeons were in a league of their own in 2017. Their level of performance reached new heights, and this resulted in numerous top results for the Meirlaen pigeon breed, which is arguably the strongest extreme long distance breed in Belgium. The 2017 racing season was almost an exact copy as 2008, as the team won the title of 1st and 3rd National Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB again this season. Their winners in 2008 were Cor and Asduivin (and on top of that, Perpignanlady won the title of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance in 2009). The winners of 2017 are the iconic racing birds Diamond Anita and Provincial Pau. And the best yearling of Belgium in the extreme long distance has its home in Deurle as well.

Their title of 1st National Champion Extreme Long Distance KBDB and General Champion Belgian Entente are the icing on the cake, after an overwhelming 2017 racing season. At provincial level Etienne won 3 first prizes, 2 second prizes and a 3-4-5 across 6 international races in 2017:

1st Prov St. Vincent 581 olds
1st Prov Pau (Mont-de-Marsan) 363 olds
1st Prov Narbonne 656 yearlings
2nd Prov Agen 1,018 olds
2nd Prov Barcelona 1.606 olds
3rd-4th-5th Prov. Perpignan 795 olds

These are remarkable results, and they led in turn to the following championship prizes:

1st National Champion Extreme Long Distance Olds KBDB 2017
1st Nationale Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance Olds KBDB 2017
1st Internat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance YLs 2017 (Agen-Narbonne)
1st and 2nd Best YL of Belgium extreme long distance 2017 PIPA ranking
1st General Champion Belgian Entente 2017
1st Provincial Champion Long Distance KBDB East Flanders 2017
3rd National Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance Olds KBDB 2017
4th National Ace Pigeon Long Distance & Extreme Long Distance YLs KBDB 2017
5th National Champion Long Distance Olds KBDB 2017

As you can tell from these titles, this team has really dominated the national competition; the Etienne Meirlaen pigeon breed was simply the best in the extreme long distance in 2017.


Golden stock dam Yelena

The invaluable bloodline of Yelena and her sons Monar and Montali

It goes without saying that the Yelena dynasty, combined with the Marseille breed, has played a crucial role in this loft. The names of Monar and Montali immediately come to mind. They are two direct sons of stock breeder Yelena paired to Sire Marseille, which makes them half brother of supercrack Marseille. Both these pigeons have in turn bred several talented descendants.

Montali was the Best racing bird from Montauban in Belgum 2010-2011 (over two seasons), having won a 4th Nat. Montauban 9,091 p. 2011 and a 12th Nat. Montauban 6,654 p. 2010. He is now one of the team's most valuable breeders; he is the sire of:

-1st Prov. and 3rd Nat. Agen 3,180 p. in 2014
-1st Prov. and 6th Nat. Agen 2,932 p. in 2016
-1st Prov. and 13th Nat. Pau 2,135 p. in 2017

Monar will go down in history as the winner of a 1st International Narbonne 12,605 pigeons in 2011. He was transferred to China after the PIPA auction, as the most expensive pigeon in this auction in December 2012. His transfer proved a considerable loss in quality for Europe, as you can tell from the level of quality among his descendants, and the sons and daughters that still reside in the Meirlaen pigeon breed. Monar is:

-gr.father Diamond Anita NL14-1040453: 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance Olds KBDB 2017
-gr.father Provincial Pau BE12-4278314: 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance olds KBDB 2017
-gr.father All-in-One BE13-4077161: 6th Na. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance YLs KBDB 2014
-father Monar’s Pride BE13-4077055: 9th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance YLs KBDB 2014

And there is more: the Meirlaen racing loft is home to another two renowned racing birds in the extreme long distance. They are both sons of Monar, and they played an important role in the championship titles that we summed up earlier.

-Son Monar 054 BE13-4077054: winner of a 45th Nat. Perpignan 4,620 p. ’17 (as 2nd nominated co-winner of title of 1st Nat. Champion Extreme Long Distance KBDB), 63rd Nat. Perpignan 4,191 p. ’16, 105th Nat. Perpignan 5,254 p. ’15, 316th Intnat. St.Vincent 11,569 p. ’17, 350th Intnat. St.Vincent 10,643 p. ’16, etc.
-Son Monar 031 BE13-4077031: 22nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2017, and winner of a 25th Nat. Pau 2,135 p. ’17, 78th Nat. St.Vincent 3,053 p. ’17, 141st Nat. Libourne 5,024 p. ’15, 213th Nat. Brive 5,952 p. ’16, etc.

These two descendants are world class racing birds. Meanwhile Monar's son Superbreeder 214 BE11-4312214 looks well on his way to following in the footsteps of his sire. Superbreeder 214 is now the sire of Provincial Pau and All-in-One, and he is currently the leader of the breeding team, along with Montali.
This group of Yelena descendants can be rightfully considered as one of the if not the strongest extreme long distance families of Belgium.

1st and 3rd National Ace Pigeon olds, 1st International Ace Pigeon yearlings extreme long distance

Etienne Meirlaen has three of the world's best extreme long distance birds of 2017 in his collection, with Diamond Anita, Provincial Pau and Best of Belgium. These pigeons won the title of best old bird and best yearling of Belgium, as well as a national title in the extreme long distance. This means Etienne wins a first prize in three different competitions, and it raises the question if any fancier has ever done something like this. The Meirlaen racing lofts are home to an impressive collection of prize winners and ace pigeons in the marathon at national and international level. This is their palmares for 2017:

1-3-21-22-52-60-61-90th National Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance olds KBDB
2-3-35-69-74-82nd International Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance olds - 2 races
1-9th International Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance Yearlings (Agen-Narbonne)

Etienne Meirlaen has been truly outstanding. We will now take a closer look at the three pigeons that gained international fame in 2017; they were the leaders of the team this season:

-Diamond Anita NL14-1040453

 1st Nat Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2017
 1st Club Barcelona      244 pigeons ’17
 2nd Prov Barcelona    1,606 pigeons ’17
 7th Nat Barcelona     7,874 pigeons ’17 
29th Intnat Barcelona 16,759 pigeons ’17
10th Nat Perpignan     4,620 pigeons ’17 

She is an outstanding racing hen. She is fairly small but strong as an ox, intelligent, and her muscles vibrate strongly when she is flying. She stems from a joint breeding between Etienne Meirlaen and Dutch long distance champions Hugo Batenburg-Van de Merwe. The sire comes from Klaaswaal: Son Diamantje NL13-1219534 (inbred to Witbuik 153, his dam Diamantje became 1st Internat. Ace Pigeon Perpignan 2010-2011) x Daughter Monar 074 BE12-4278074 of Etienne Meirlaen.
Click here for Diamond Anita's pedigree.

-Provincial Pau BE12-4278314

 2nd Internat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance 2017
 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2017 
10th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2016
 1st Prov St.Vincent    581 pigeons ’17
12th Nat St.Vincent   3,092 pigeons ’17
 7th Nat Perpignan    4,620 pigeons ’17
 1st Prov. Pau          299 pigeons ’16
11th Nat. Pau         1,661 pigeons ’16
56th Intnat Pau       9,908 pigeons ’16
77th Nat Perpignan    4,191 pigeons ’16
132nd Nat. St.Vincent 3,240 pigeons ’14
139th Nat. St.Vincent 3,037 pigeons ’15

Provincial Pau is inbred to two world famous bloodlines. The sire is top breeder Superbreeder 214 BE11-4312214 (a son of Monar x half sister Yelena) x Daughter Euro Diamond DV06720-09-1766 Brockamp (from olympiad Pigeon and national winner Euro Diamond).
Click here for the pedigree of Provincial Pau.

-Best of Belgium ELD BE16-4237076

1st Best YL International Extreme Long Distance 2017 Agen-Narbonne
1st Best YL of Belgium Extreme Long Distance 2017 – 2 races (PIPA ranking)
4th Nat. Ace Pigeon YLs Long Distance & Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2017
1st Prov Narbonne   656 pigeons ’17 (1st Club 108 p.)
7th Nat Narbonne  3,424 pigeons ’17
3rd Prov Agen     1,007 pigeons ’17 (2nd Club 125 p.)
16th Nat Agen     5,335 pigeons ’17

She was the best yearling in the extreme long distance in Belgium and internationally in 2017. She is a daughter of Zwart DC/V BE12-2101600 (from Declercq-Vervaeren) x Sister Cor BE11-4312220 (a full sister of Cor, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2008).
Click here for the pedigree of Best of Belgium

Plenty of quality

Such a collection of top quality racing birds within a single generation, it is something quite rare. It clearly illustrates the strength in numbers of the Meirlaen breeding loft. Etienne Meirlaen sold his entire collection of racing and breeding birds just five years ago (late 2012), and he has already regained his place as number one fancier in the extreme long distance. He is simply the best in Belgium, achieving great results wit direct descendants of such iconic pigeons as Monar, Cor, Asduivin, Perpignanlady, Marathonlady, Marseille and Brother Marseille 612, and let's not forget stock breeder Yelena and her son Montali. This is a new team of elite racing birds, bred from the team's very own first prize winners and national ace pigeons.

These very pigeons have made him famous across the globe, and have enabled him to become an internationally renowned champion in the long distance and the extreme long distance. It goes without saying that he managed to live up his reputation again in 2017.

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