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Ronny Menten to raise the bar with his descendants of Gino Clicque's Super Prince

Ronny had quite an impressive palmares already, having won several provincial and national first prizes, when he met Gino Clicque in a pigeon exhibition in China. The collaboration between the two has really enabled Ronny Menten to further raise his level of performance.


Gino Clicque and Ronny Menten, top level players both individually and as a team

In 2014 Gino provided Ronny with 60 youngsters, and an additional 60 youngsters made the trip in 2015 as well. The majority of these youngsters were descendants of the world renowned Super Prince (BE08-3172902), 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Longer Middle Distance. A renowned equestrian from Belgium once said: "The horse makes the rider". Well, the same goes for this pigeon loft: the pigeon makes the fancier. The descendants of Super Prince have won the following prizes over the past three seasons:

1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Long Distance Yearlings 2014 (grandchild)
1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Long Distance Yearlings 2017 (grandchild)
1st Nat. Bourges 10.173 p. (grandchild)
1st nat. Chaterauroux 47,286 p. (double great-grandchild)
1st nat. Limoges 14,575 p.(grandchild)

The Gino Clicque pigeons quickly set themselves apart with their great results. Five of the newly introduced young birds was able to win a top result in a national race, including of course a national victory from Bourges:

1st nat. Bourges 10,173 p., and fastest of 45,730 p. (grandchild Super Prince)
4th nat. Gueret 16,262 p. (grandchild Super Prince)
7th nat. Argenton 8,003 p. (grandchild Argenton Boy)
9th nat. La Souterraine 9,580 p. (a full sister of Lucia won a 2nd int. nat. Agen)
10th nat. Argenton 8,003 p. (grandchild Super Prince)

Olympic Princess (BE15-3050843) is the highy renowned hen that won a national first prize from Bourges, after she had already won a 16th prize national from La Souterraine of 9,580 pigeons. The grandfather of Olympic Princess is Super Prince, winner of a 4th, 5th and 12th national Bourges, as well as a 6th National Bourges. But that does not quite compare to the palmares of his granddaughter, winner of a national victory from Bourges. The great-grandfather of Super Prince is De Goen (BE88-3307763) of Hilde and Antoon Reynaert, a super class breeder. Among his most successful grandchildren is De Figo, which is in fact a great-great-grandchild of Olympic Princess. Olympic Princess is also related to Piraat (BE05-3188928), which became 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance in 2008. Another descendant of this pigeon that moved to Ronny's collection has won a 1st Prov. Blois. Click here for the full pedigree of Olympic Princess.

BE15-3050866

Racing bird 866/15 won three national top 200 prizes in 2016, and on top of that a provincial first prize:

1st prov. Blois 1,484 p.
136th nat. Bourges 10,173 p.
172nd nat. Chateauroux 9,540 p.
185th La Souterraine 9,508 p.

She also won a 1st Soissons of 184 p. and a 70th Prov. Vierzon 1,854 p. The dam of 866/15 is Piraat 140, a daughter of Piraat. Piraat 140 is not only the dam of a 1st Prov. Blois but also a 3rd Prov. Chateaudun 4,579 p., a 7th Prov. Tours 5,313 p., a 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon  Middle Distance KBDB and 4th Prov. Ace Pigeon Allround KBDB. A half sister of Piraat 140 has won a 1st Nat. Chateauroux 22,718 p. She is also related to BE99-3020006 from her father's side, a half brother of Figo. Click here for the full pedigree of 866/15.

Sister Lucia

Sister Lucia (BE15-3050857) is another talented racing bird in Ronny's collection that came from Gino. She has won four national top 100 prizes:

9th La Souterraine nat. 9,580 p.
14th Chateauroux nat. 10,454 p.
89th Montluçon  nat. 10,753 p.
​89th Argenton nat. 13,730 p.

She has also won a 269th National Bourges 23,155 pigeons and a 7th Prov. Blois 1,484 p. Her sister wins a 2nd international Agen. The great-great-grandfather from her father's side is Figo. Young Lucien (BE09-3128071), the sire of sister Lucia, is also the sire of a 2nd Nat. Cahors, a 6th Nat. Souillac and a 1st Prov. Gueret. Sister Lincia's grandfather from her mother's side became 5th National Ace Pigeon KBDB in 2016. And she is also related to Aline (BE05-5201279), a national winner from Argenton. Click here for Sister Lucia's full pedigree.

And there we have it: the three eye-catchers in Gino Clicque's team of young birds. We clearly noticed that most of this team's best results can be attributed to the descendants of Super Prince, and to a lesser degree the descendants of Piraat:

11th nat. Argenton 8,003 p. (grandchild Super Prince)
14th nat. Chateauroux 22,818 p. (grandchild Piraat)
14th nat. Chateauroux 10,454 p. (grandchild Super Prince)
16th nat. Chateauroux 22,828 p. (grandchild Piraat)
16th nat. Bourges 19,889 p. (grandchild Super Prince)
16th nat. Bourges 9,580 p. (grandchild Super Prince)
39th nat. Argenton 18.363 d. (grandchild Super Prince)
42nd nat. Chateauroux 25.710 (grandchild Super Prince)
54th nat. Bourges 21,522 p. (grandchild Super Prince)
56th nat. Chateauroux 10,545 p. (grandchild Super Prince)
60th nat. Chateauroux 18,685 p. (grandchild Super Prince)
82nd nat. Chateauroux 10,454 p. (grandchild Super Prince)

Ronny Menten was already an excellent pigeon fancier before he got in touch with Clicque, but it was Gino's pigeon breed that really enabled him to make big steps forward. All roads lead to Rome but a detour through China is never a bad idea.