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Van Muylder Nico-Noël-Demul (Buggenhout, BE) close a stellar 2014 season with a well deserved 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB

This team of three fanciers has become one of the leading lofts in the middle distance, thanks to winning two provincial victories and a first prize in the zone. They closed a great season with the title of 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB longer middle distance young birds.

A successful combination

It sounds like a holy trinity. The three fanciers Van Muylder-Noël-Demul agreed to join forces two years ago, to combine their talents. Nico Van Mylder is a born and bred sportsman passionate about winning. A former cyclist, he knows it takes a lot of motivation and preparation and a solid basis to achieve great results. Eric Demul from the neighbouring town of Malderen is the disciplined loft manager in this team, and Eddy Noël, known for his expertise in pigeon feed, joined the team as well. He proved to be of vital importance to this team. Nico can also count on his brother Kris to get all the work done.


From left to right: The Demul brothers, Nico Van Muylder and Eddy Noël

Buggenhout is in the geographical centre of Belgium, which means the weather conditions have a relatively small impact on this loft, although that might be a bit short sighted. Their loft is located along the borders of the provinces of East Flanders, Brabant and Antwerp, in central Belgium. Make no mistake: it takes top quality pigeons in great form to win top prizes in this area of the country as well. 

This team's pigeon collection is based around pigeons of Engels (Putte), Gommaar Verbruggen (Scherpenheuvel), De Maeyer (Lippelo), Luc Houben (Itegem), Leo Heremans, Bart & Nance Van Oeckel and Van den Abbeel-Noël-Willockx.

Successful both with the old and the young birds

Only a select number of lofts have been able to achieve great results in different competitions. It takes fanciers with a strong and well balanced basis and a solid approach to win prizes in more than one discipline, and it appears that this team has what it takes. They have been doing great both with their young birds and their team of old birds, winning several great results over the past two years:

1st Nat. Zone Argenton I 2014
1st Prov. Argenton II 2014
1st Prov. Argenton I 2014
1st Nat. Zone Bourges II 2013
1st Nat. Zone Issoudun 2013
1st Prov. Issoudun 2013
1st Prov. Nevers 2013
1st Prov. Châteauroux II 2013
2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB longer middle distance young birds 2014 with Miss Argenton
6th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB longer middle distance yearlings 2013 with Leentje
15th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB longer middle distance young birds 2013 with Angelleke

Miss Argenton (BE14-6159187) becomes a national star

This pigeon has excellent origins, based on the solid bloodlines of Gaby Vandenabeele's Bliksem paired to the line of Olympiade of Leo Heremans. This means she has all the qualities to become a great champion, and that is what she did. Click here for the pedigree of Miss Argenton.

Noyon           3      693p
Argenton        1    6,340p (provincial)
La Soutteraine  4    4,250p (provincial)
Guéret          7    2,352p (zonal)
Tours           122  5,637p (provincial)
2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB longer middle distance young birds 2014

Femke (BE13-6224949) adds provincial victory from Argenton to an already impressive palmares

She is a daughter of Father Robby (BE08-2142446) and Fijneke (BE11-2040474) - you can find the full pedigree here. She has quite a palmares as a racing bird:

Argenton        1      134p (club)
                1      358p (FCD)
                1    2,247p (provincial)
                1    1,573p (zone B1)
                34   9,970p (national)
Poitiers        2      180p
                5    1,169p (Brab Union)
                12   2,628p (zoneB1)
                105 14,094p (national)
Montluçon       8      250p
                52   3,494p (zoneB1)
Chateauroux     9      309p

She is a half sister of Leentje, 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB longer middle distance yearlings 2013, 2nd prov. Ace Pigeon East Flanders, and 2nd best one year old over 6 national races in the PIPA ranking.

Eva (BE12-2107453), an equally talented pigeon

She is a daughter of the 622 (BE06-6038622) paired to Lea (BE06-6148526), a direct Heremans-Ceusters from the line of Olympiade. She can be considered a top quality breeding hen. You can find the full pedigree of Eva here.

This is her list of achievements:

Argenton        1     110p
                1     261p (FCD)
                2   1,608p (provincial)
                2   1,153p (zoneB1)
                75  7,691p (national)
Angerville      1      59p
Montluçon       6     256p
                14  1,083p (FCD)
                30  4,817p (provincial)
Argenton        9     931p (provincial)
Guéret          55  2,628p (national)
Blois           10    240p
                43  1,880p (Brabant Union)
Chateauroux     6     169p
                81  1,509p (Brabant Union)

These are great results indeed. This team’s focus and dedication has led to equally impressive results in the young birds’ loft.

Caretaking - leaving nothing to chance

As with any successful loft, this pigeon collection (66 old cocks and hens and approximately 80 young birds) is taken great care of. The fanciers receive advice from three veterinary surgeons, and they rely on products of Matador and Backs for nutrition. Still, they try to keep the use of medicines to a strict minimum. Healthy and intelligent pigeons should do the trick for the team from Buggenhout.

This pigeon family has gradually worked its way to the top, and we are expecting this breed to achieve many more great results in the middle distance and the longer middle distance in the years to come!