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Pictures of a part of Andre Verbesselt's collection of breeding stars (Buggenhout, BE)

For the last few seasons sport friend Andre Verbesselt from the East-Flemish Buggenhout has been well on his way to making a ‘name’ for himself in the Asian countries. In 2008 Andre’s pigeons achieved a remarkable performance by winning the 8° + 45° prize in the ‘One Million Euro Race’ in Sjanghai in China.

Andre Verbesselt and Marcel Aelbrecht… is more than a successful marriage. With the direct descendants of the world class topbreeders at Marcel Aelbrecht, Andre Verbesselt has now self ascended to top performances in the pigeon sport... even at international level. This is proved by with the 8° place in the 'final race' of the One Million Euro Race' in China in 2008, the 10° + 12° place in the Thailand Grand Pigeon Race in 2009 and the 2nd place in the 'final spring race' of the 'One Million Euro Race' in Shanghai in 2010! Marcel Aelbrecht and Andre Verbesselt... they are not only hand and glove... it is also 'world class' out the top drawer! With his 40 direct Aelbrecht pigeons, Andre is also the owner of the ‘biggest treasure chamber’… say a ‘small fortune’ and ‘goldmine’ of Aelbrecht pigeons. No wonder that they consider the colony of Andre Verbesselt as the greatest and noblest ‘branch Marcel Aelbrecht’ at the moment!

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The line of “Bak 17” Aelbrecht

* Children of “Bak 17”

From New Topbreeding pair

* Half sister “Bak 17”

* Grandchildren of  “Bak 17”

* Aelbrecht & De Rauw-Sablon

* Grandchildren of  “Bak 17”, bred by Andre Verbesselt and now he is owned by PIPA elite center

Grandchildren of "548/91" Direct Children of super breeder 970/96 father 1é and 7é national  ace pigeon long distance

* Children of “970”

* 5 grandchildren of  "548/91", 5 children of "118/00":

Grandchildren of  "970/96"

The line of "Daughter Marseille"

* "Daughter Marseille" 04/4099681

* Grandchildrenof "Marseille"

The line of "Perpignan", original Aelbrecht

Mother to 45th prize winner in the One Million Euro Race in Shanghai in 2008

Full sister to 8th prize winner One Million Euro Race Shanghai China 2008

Father to 8th prize winner One Million Euro Race Shanghai China 2008


'Mister Sompong' champion Thailand
right 'Mister Shih' champion China
Andre Verbeselt with the winner 10° prize Grand Pigeon Race Thailand


In 2009 Andre has aimed his arrows to the ‘Thailand Grand Pigeon Race’… once again with overwhelming success! Andre had entered 6 pigeons in total, wherefrom 4 were at the start of the ‘final race’… a race of about 450 Km that is raced in extremely difficult conditions because of the more or less consistent head wind and the sometimes corresponding ‘heat’… not a race for ‘softies’ then (info: the winning pigeon 2009 achieved a velocity of 1018 m)! This suits the Andre Verbesselt pigeons just fine, or should we write the ‘Aelbrecht pigeons’… with which Andre has built up his loft. Andre Verbesselt then left for Thailand in good spirits in order to personally experience this ‘final race’, because in the preparatory races (the ‘Hotspot’ races) the Verbesselt pigeons had performed admirably with amongst other things, a 4° place in the ‘Hotspot’! One dreams about less… in any case it gave Andre an extra shot of adrenaline when he was waiting for the pigeons in the end race! When the first pigeons appeared the tension could be cut with a knife… just imagine… a few hundred fanciers gathered round the lofts, each and every one of them dreaming of winning the ‘final race’ and the accompanying ‘highest money prize’! At that moment, most of them felt their heart in their mouths… and that is human! About 17h37 local time Andre could order the ‘champagne’… because a Verbesselt pigeon reported home, and managed to lay claim to the 10° place in the final of the Thailand Grand Pigeon Race. The waiter had just taken the order when, three minutes after the first, at 17h40… a 2° Andre Verbesselt pigeon arrived, which made the party complete… and finally ended in 12° place! Andre Verbesselt couldn’t be happier… his pigeons had achieved a marvellous performance with a 10° + 12° prize in the Thailand Grand Pigeon Race… with which he is the first fancier to classify 2 pigeons in the end race, this while his good friend Harrie van Boxmeer from the Netherlands ended at position 32°with a 50% Verbesselt pigeon! No wonder that the name Verbesselt is now highly regarded in the Asian countries, with such splendid performances in the ‘one loft races’ over the last 2 seasons!

The ‘branch’ Marcel Aelbrecht
Andre has now more or less pledged his heart to the ‘one loft races’ in Asia, and in the future he will direct more arrows towards these ‘one loft races’! Races which are enjoying a growing popularity and where year after year an there is an increase in the number of Belgian an other European fanciers who enter pigeons for this event. In addition to sensation and folklore… such ‘one loft races’ ensure, as well as a ‘lot of money’, also international ‘name and fame’. A fact that hasn’t escaped the notice of the majority of the participating Europeans! 
One thing sticks out like a sore thumb… in order to win or have any chance of success, you have to enter ‘good pigeons’, the very best from your loft. It is the only way to stand a chance in these ‘one loft races’. We can start to consider Andre Verbesselt as a specialist… he knows what he is talking about. It has now become more than clear that Andre has ‘top class’ in his lofts! His loft consists for 90% out direct Marcel Aelbrecht pigeons! Long before Marcel Aelbrecht made the headlines, and started enjoying world fame due to his phenomenal long distance exploits… seasoned with the winning of titles so as 
General Champion of Belgium KBDB 2006
1st National Champion ‘Long Distance’ KBDB 2006
General Champion of Belgium KBDB 2005
1st National Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2003

Andre Verbesselt already stood on the porch of Marcel Aelbrecht. Aelbrecht was already ‘top’ for years, raced ‘masterly’ with pigeons… but the broad pigeon public had not yet discovered him. It was only after the ‘national title win’ that the spotlights were aimed at the Aelbrecht pigeons… that the Gates to ‘eternal fame’ were opened wide for Marcel. Andre was then already richly supplying himself! Via the pigeons  Andre Verbesselt became very good friends with 'top celebrity' Marcel Aelbrecht from Lebbeke! And... as a good friend, Andre was more or less allowed the 'privilege' of digging in the 'gold mine' of Lebbeke... seen as one of the richest breeding sources of Belgium for the long distance races, which is largely formed with that noble 'De Rauw-Sablon'-blood, based on the line of the now world famous 'Dream Couple' the Rauw-Sablon. The duo ’ the Rauw-Sablon... more or less seen as the champion makers by far at national level... we are thinking of a Jules Mannaert, a Marc the Cock, a Louis Vanden Eynde, a Freddy & Jacques Vandenheede, an Erik Limbourg, and not in the least... their neighbour Marcel Aelbrecht himself!
Andre obtained direct descendants of the now world famous Aelbrecht pigeons and breeding couples so as BAK 17, BAK 10… and star breeders so as the ‘Perpignan’, the ‘Marseille’, 'Father National Ace pigeon Long Distance', the 'Fijn Blauw', the 'Cerafin'... in short, the absolute 'crème the la crème' of the Aelbrecht colony, pigeons that at the moment are 'hot worldwide', and highly prized! At the moment the lofts of Andre Verbesselt contain 40 direct Aelbrecht pigeons... only out the very best!
Momentarily there are no less than 17 direct grandchildren of the ‘gouden stamkweker’ by Marcel Aelbrecht in Buggenhout , namely the ‘Superkweker 548/91’, a direct son of the ‘Dream Couple’ the Rauw Sablon!
 
A stock bear out thousands…
The ‘SUPERKWEKER’ 91-4568548 Aelbrecht


No less than 2 of his grandchildren achieved National Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB!
 The ‘PATRON’                                            The ‘BLUE ACE’
BE99-45009070                                             BE03-4290095
1° Nat Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB ’03                2° Nat Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB ‘07
By Marcel Aelbrect, Lebbeke!               By Erik Limbourg, Brussegem!

It is a public secret that the building up of the Marcel Aelbrecht colony is based on the wondrous the Rauw-Sablon pigeons. Marcel didn’t have to travel far for this… just around the corner … to neighbour Frans Sablon! Marcel Aelbrecht knew better than anybody which top lines lay at the basis of the top successes by the Rauw-Sablon. He also inevitably clashed … into that wondrous ‘Ace pigeon blood’ … not least created by the ‘Ace pigeon couple’… better known as the ‘Dream Couple’ the Rauw-Sablon! In addition to the ‘Limoges’, and the ‘Frans’,  also their brother… the ‘SUPERKWEKER 548/91’, had a leading role as deliverer of exceptional ‘Supercracks’ that have come as afar as ‘National Ace pigeon Long Distance’! He was also a descendant of that famous the Rauw-Sablon stock, as direct ‘son’ of the ‘Dream Couple’! He developed into one of het very best producers ever in our Belgian pigeon history! He is the ‘golden stock bear’ who stood at the cradle of the ‘success story’ that was put down on paper by a certain Marcel Aelbrecht. Generation after generation new superior ‘1° Prize winners’ and phenomenal ‘Ace pigeons’ turned up amongst his descendants. Whoever thinks we are ‘exaggerating’ will soon chance their minds when they see how much ‘racing and breeding talent’ this ‘SUPERKWEKER 548/91’ Aelbrecht has produced:

1.‘Father Ace pigeon’ 96-4391970
Giant of a top breeder in the lofts of Marcel Aelbrecht and father of super pigeons so as
-the ‘PATRON’: 1° National Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2003
-the ‘925-04’: 7° National Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2006
-the ‘077-03’: 51° Nat Orange 6.751 p. ’05, 91° Nat Montélimar 10.195 p. ’05…
-the ‘049/01’: 21° Nat Marseille 5.864 p. ’04, 68° Nat Perpignan 7.611 p. ’05…

2. ‘Brother Smallen’ 00-4065848
Was sol don the 6th of December 2009 for 30.000 euro in the auction of E.Limbourg!
Last  of the greatest ‘top breeders’ of the last century, something which didn’t escape the attention of Erik Limbourg, who managed to take this ‘golden top breeder’ back to Brussegem in 2008. Not surprising when you know that a.o. he is father of:
-‘Blue Ace 095/03’: 2° Nat Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2007 by Erik Limbourg
-‘Cock BAK 17’ by Marcel Aelbrecht: exceptional breeding talent and father of the ‘Favourite Bak 17’, ‘the 530’, the ‘942-04’… superior racing pigeons that gave Marcel Aelbrecht world fame!

3. ‘Son Super breeder’ 96-4271517
-father of the ‘Blauwen As’: 7° Nat Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB ’99 by Jules Mannaert
-grandfather of the ‘376’: self father 1° Nat Limoges 2006 the Graeve-Van Geert

4. The ‘Fijn Blauw’ 98-4182270
A marvellous breeding jewel, which coupled with the famous ‘Marseille’ by Marcel Aelbrecht lay at the basis of an explosion of top talent, so as:
-The ‘Super Marseille 087/03’, fabulous top racer with a.o. included in his honours list:
30° Nat Brive     20.310 p. ‘05
65° Nat Cahors     6.654 p. ‘06
86° Nat Cahors     9.275 p. ’05…
And further 208° Nat Limoges 9.545 p, 323° Nat Souillac 53.985 p, 582° Nat Cahors 5.894 p. ’07, 713° Intprov Vierzon 7.421 p, 860° Nat Limoges 12.266 p, 917° Nat Brive 16.007 p. ’07…
-The ‘Crack 308/02’, who won:
16° Nat Cahors     9.275 p.
31° Nat Brive     20.310 p.
34° Nat Argenton  17.010 p.
62° Nat Brive     7.446 p.
98° Nat Limoges  13.502 p…
-The ‘Mother Patron 060/97’: mother 1° Nat Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2003!
- The ‘Super 309/02’: 54° Nat Argenton 17.010 p, 198° Nat La Souterraine 13.709 p…
-The ‘Favoriet Marseille’: 52° Nat Montélimar 7.873 p. ’07, and further 183° Nat Orange 6.083 p. ‘07, 241° Nat Limoges 15.507 p. ‘06…
-The ‘Jonge Marseille’: 238° Nat Montauban 6.187 p. ’07… etc…
This ‘breeding domination’ carries on interrupted in the grandchildren, so as:
-The IRUN 417/05, (out ‘ Zomerjong 118/00’ x ‘Super 309/02’) winner of:
32° Nat Irun             5.846 p. ‘07
3° Bourges I             169 p. ‘05
3° Chateauroux         102 p. ‘06
8° Chateauroux         450 p.
473° Nat Montauban         6.187 p.
956° Nat La Souterraine     15.406 p. ’05 etc…
-The ST.VINCENT 531/06, who won:
22° Nat St.Vincent         6.521 p. ‘07
218° Nat Argenton         14.534 p. ‘06
247° Nat La Souterraine     13.965 p. ‘06
483° Nat Gueret        10.670 p. ’06… etc.

5. The 00-4509102
Father of the ‘Stielman’: virtual 4° Nat Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2003

6. ‘Zomerjong’ 00-4509118
A pigeon that now enjoys world fame as the ‘Super breeder’ out BOX 10 M.Aelbrecht! Father of a whole series of top racers so as: ‘the ‘Goede Blauwen’, and the ‘Irun’ (see ‘Fijn Blauw’ under nr 4).
-The ‘GOEDE BLAUWEN’ 932/04 (out ‘Zomerjong 118/00’ x ‘Daughter Limoges 001/03’) achieved the following honours list:
1° Reg Bourges        1.069 p. ‘04
10° Nat Aurillac        6.610 p. ‘06
36° Prov Argenton    6.269 p. ‘04
40° Nat Souillac        6.475 p. ‘06
113° Nat Limoges    17.456 p. ‘05
176° I.Prov Vierzon    7.421 p. ‘07
298° Nat Cahors    5.894 p. ‘07
364° Nat Brive        9.466 p. ‘06
440° Nat Limoges    13.581 p. ‘06
490° Prov Bourges    12.331 p. ‘04
Nobody knew the enormous breeding worth of this ‘golden stock bear’ SUPERKWEKER  548/91, better than Andre Verbesselt. No wonder that this line also forms the main ingredient of his colony, with no less than 17 direct grandchildren residing in the breeding lofts. The winners of the 12° prize Thailand Grand Pigeon Race ’09 (‘Miss Long’), and the 45° One Million Euro Race Sjanghai ’08 come out the line of stock breeder M.Aelbrecht by Andre… while the mother of ‘Miss Arwen’ or the 8° prize One Million Euro Race 2008, is a granddaughter of this golden stock bear, and her father is a grandson of the ‘Father 1° Nat Ace pigeon 970/96’ (father of the ‘Patron’ and so son of the ‘Super breeder 548/91’)!

The ‘breeding treasure’ of Marcel Aelbrecht!
The ‘world famous’ BAK 17!

4333378/02        x         4365061/99
“DUIVER BAK 17”            “DUIVIN BAK 17”
The ‘DUIVER BAK 17’ is a full brother 2° Nat Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB ’07 (E. Limbourg)!
The ‘DUIVER BAK 17’ is a full brother of ‘FATHER 1° NAT ARGENTON 633/02’  in 2008 by Van Roy-Rochtus!
There is also a treasure of breeding gold from the world famous top couple from Marcel Aelbrecht in the lofts of sport friend Andre Verbesselt. The ‘Duiver Bak 17’ 378/02 is not only a full brother of ‘Blue Ace’ or the 2° Nat Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2007 by E.Limbourg… he is also son of ‘Brother Smallen 848/00 (sold for a sloppy 30.000 euro in the auction of Eric Limbourg… as son of  the ‘SUPERKWEKER 548/91’ x ‘Golden Lady 368/93) who was coupled with ‘Daughter Dromer 665/01, a golden breeding mother (as daughter of the unprecedented ‘Dromer 519/99’ x ‘Daughter Limoges 805/00’). the ‘Mother Bak 17 061/99’ then comes out ‘Den Yzeren 044/93’ (father 1° Nat Perpignan 5.855 p… and coming out a half-sister ‘Albert’ , the cock of the ‘Dream Couple’) coupled with ‘Sister Crack 205/94’ (full sister of the famous ‘Crack 066/91’ and half-sister of the ‘Cerafin’… and also stemming from a half-sister ‘Albert’)! A breeding couple of exceptional ‘class’… because the famous ‘Dream Couple’ is worked into the pedigree no less than 6 times! Here also lies the ‘domination’ of the ‘Ace pigeon couple’ at the basis of a new generation of ‘wonder pigeons’!

Offspring “BAK 17” includes the following ‘Super pigeons’:
-the ‘FAVORIET 943/04’ who won:
’07 Bourges Nat    11.933 p.    20
’06 Aurillac Nat            6.611 p.    24
’04 La Souterraine     16.297 p.    93
’07 Montélimar Nat      7.873 p.    101
’06 Souillac Nat            6.475 p.    138
-the ‘NEST BROTHER FAVORIET 942/04’ who won:
Limoges Nat        17.456 p.    15
Bourges Nat        48.553 p.    48
La Souterraine Nat    16.297 p.    81
-the top hen “530 van BAK 17” 530/06, she won:
Gueret Nat        10.670 p.    14
In short, a continuous chain of extreme breeding and racing talent! That was immediately proven by Andre Verbesselt because the ‘Son Bak 17 NR 1’ 753/07 is in turn grandfather of the 10° prize Thailand Grand Pigeon Race 2009!

The ‘Golden Stock bear’ Marcel Aelbrecht:
the “MARSEILLE” 4429362/93
Is ‘richly’ represented in the ‘Aelbrecht Loft’  of Andre Verbesselt!
One of the absolute ‘supporting pillars’ behind the top successes by Marcel Aelbrecht is without doubt the ‘wonder breeder’ the MARSEILLE 4429362/93, who self excelled with:
33° Nat Marseille ’97
60° Nat Marseille ’98
He was… mainly coupled with top hen the ‘FIJN BLAUW 4185270/98’… father and grandfather of a almost uncountable series of ‘Crack pigeons’, with the main direct children:
-The ‘Super Marseille 087/03’, fabulous top racer with a.o. the following on his honours list:
30° Nat Brive     20.310 p. ‘05
65° Nat Cahors     6.654 p. ‘06
86° Nat Cahors     9.275 p. ’05…
And further 208° Nat Limoges 9.545 p, 323° Nat Souillac 53.985 p, 582° Nat Cahors 5.894 p. ’07, 713° Intprov Vierzon 7.421 p, 860° Nat Limoges 12.266 p, 917° Nat Brive 16.007 p. ’07…
-De ‘Crack 308/02’, who won:
16° Nat Cahors     9.275 p.
31° Nat Brive     20.310 p.
34° Nat argenton     17.010 p.
62° Nat Brive     7.446 p.
98° Nat Limoges     13.502 p…
-The ‘Mother Patron 060/97’: mother 1° Nat Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2003!
- The ‘Super 309/02’: 54° Nat Argenton 17.010 p, 198° Nat La Souterraine 13.709 p…
-The ‘Favoriet Marseille’: 52° Nat Montélimar 7.873 p. ’07, and further 183° Nat Orange 6.083 p. ‘07, 241° Nat Limoges 15.507 p. ‘06…
-The ‘Jonge Marseille’: 238° Nat Montauban 6.187 p. ’07… etc…

This ‘breeding domination’ carries on interrupted in the grandchildren so as:
-'The IRUN 417/05', winner of a.o.
32° Nat Irun             5.846 p. ‘07
‘Look at his full honours list above by the ‘Fijn Blauw’
-'The ST.VINCENT 531/06', who won a.o.
22° Nat St.Vincent         6.521 p. ‘07
Also the ‘RHONEMAN 36/04’, 'BROER RHONEMAN 812/07', the ‘818/07’, the ‘WITPEN 502/06’… were all toppers, and grandchildren of the MARSEILLE! Also by Andre Verbesselt there are direct children and grandchildren of this wonder breeder ‘Marseille’ active, and with success. So is the ‘Marcel 488/06’ (grandson of the ‘Marseille’), father of ‘Miss Long 055/09’ who won the 12° prize Thailand Grand Pigeon Race 2009!

The ‘Treasure chamber’ of Buggenhout
Andre Verbesselt and Marcel Aelbrecht are not only sworn comrades… Andre also generously supplied himself over the years… and with 40 direct Aelbrecht pigeons, he is also the proud owner of what we can only describe as the ‘best kept testament’ of world class Marcel Aelbrecht at the moment! Let’s take a quick closer look at what direct Aelbrecht pigeons the ‘treasure chamber of Buggenhout’ houses:
-‘Topkweker Bak 10’ 118/00:direct son of the ‘Superkweker 548/91’ x ‘Golden Lady 368/93’
-Children ‘BAK 17’: a handful of direct children from this ‘top couple’ by M.Aelbrecht
-‘Blauwtje 751/07’: daughter of the powerful top breeder the ‘Perpignan 065/97’ (1° Nat Zone B Cahors 3.476 p., 1° Vierzon 1.395 p., 19° Nat Perpignan 5.852 p…. and grandfather 2° Nat Ace pigeon ‘Grand Middle Distance’ by Louis Vd Eynde) x ‘Daughter Limoges 043/03’ (super breeding hen out wonder breeder the ‘Limoges 261/91’ x ‘Daughter Marseille 309/02’).
-‘Broken Wing Bak 10’ 509/06: half-brother of the star racers ‘Goede Blauwen’ and the ‘Irun’ (out the ‘Topkweker Bak 10’ 118/00 x ‘Daughter Perpignan 957/04’).
-Direct children out ‘Father Patron 970/96’: a handful of children out the father of the 1° Nat Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB  2003’: the ‘Patron 070/99’! Amongst them the proven top breeding hen ‘Miss Pamela 573/06’ (half-sister of both the 1° + 7° Nat Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB), and ‘Miss Joice 439/05’
-the ‘759/07’ and ‘760/07’, son and daughter of ‘Brother Patron 049/01’ x ‘Daughter Marseille 566/05’
-descendants of the identical breeding couple ‘Brother Patron 455/03’ x ‘Daughter Marseille 161/04’
-The ‘Marcel 488/06’: half-bother 1° Nat La Souterraine 9.582 p. in ’97: the ‘Tam Witkopje’, which grew to be a giant of a top breeding hen in the lofts of Erik Limbourg! He is then a son of ‘Father Tam Witkopje 837/94’ (self grandson of the ‘Dream Couple’ the Rauw-Sablon) x ‘Daughter Marseille 034/01’ (out the super breeding couple ‘Marseille’ x ‘Fijn Blauw’). This ‘Marcel’ is then the father of the 12° prize Thailand Grand Pigeon Race 2009!
-Brothers and sisters of the ‘Rhone-man’ out the breeding couple ‘Jonge Marseille 042/03’ (son ‘Marseille’ x ‘Fijn Blauw’) x ‘Daughter ‘Gustaaf 144/03’
-Direct children of the crack pigeon ‘Den Beziers 015/00’: 24° Nat Beziers 6.336 p. (son of the ‘Marseille’ x ‘Fijn Blauw’) x ‘Granddaughter Bak 17’ 513/06 (out half-brother 1° Nat Perpignan x Daughter Bak 17)
-Direct children of the ‘Half-brother 1° Nat Perpignan 071/00’ (out ‘Den Yzeren 044/93’ x ‘Iris 910/96’ who comes out ‘Brother Dromer’ x ‘Daughter Dream Couple’) x ‘Daughter Bak 17’ 405/05! etc…
This is only a selection of the opulence of ‘class’… of ‘top talent’… which moved from Lebbeke to Buggenhout, and now does well in the breeding lofts of Andre Verbesselt!

 

Decision
Andre Verbesselt and Marcel Aelbrecht… is more than a successful marriage. With the direct descendants of the above mentioned world class, Marcel Aelbrecht, Andre Verbesselt has now self ascended to top performances in the pigeon sport... even at international level. This is proved by with the 8° place in the 'final race' of the One Million Euro Race' in China in 2008, and the 10° + 12° place in the Thailand Grand Pigeon Race in 2009! Marcel Aelbrecht and Andre Verbesselt... they are not only hand and glove... it is also 'world class' out the top drawer! With his 40 direct Aelbrecht pigeons, Andre is also the owner of the ‘biggest treasure chamber’… say a ‘small fortune’ and ‘goldmine’ of Aelbrecht pigeons. No wonder that they consider the colony of Andre Verbesselt as the greatest and noblest ‘branch Marcel Aelbrecht’ at the moment!