Vitor Picanço (Fuseta, PT), a top Portuguese fancier

Vitor Picanço first found his way to success in the pigeon sport in 2005 when he bought a complete round of youngsters from Gaby Vandenabeele, including five children of Bliksem and several grandchildren of Wittenbuik. It was the beginning of a great era, both for him and other fanciers that acquired pigeons from him.


Vitor Picanço

In the same year Vitor also bought all the breeders and racers from Lionel Debusschere including such famous pigeons as Roste, De Leew, De Marseille, Poupou, The King and De Narbonne. He also acquired several original Gaby Vandenabeele pigeons from other sources. As a fancier scholled in the breeding and crossing of pigeons, Vitor quickly realised that he had a golden team in his hands. He dominated the races in the south of Portugal and fanciers that had pigeons from him did well too. An example is Jorge Freitas who had nineteen pigeons from Vitor and won the Inter-Provincial Middle Distance Championship and was fourth in the Inter-Provincial Short Distance Championship as well.


Vitor & Gaby Vandenbeele

Vitor competes in Fuseta in the Algarve, in the south of Portugal. It is an area of outstanding beauty with high temperatures and long hours of sunshine. Because of this, for pigeons to perform in this region they really need to be of outstanding quality. Because of work commitments, Vitor was out of the pigeon sport between 1995 and 2006, but in 2007 he returned to the sport in a new partnership of Faustino and Picanço. The partners usually race their pigeons for a maximum of three years, the first year as yearlings and the second in the adult championships. The best pigeons are then retired to the breeding loft. That they race a new adult team every year makes their achievements even more incredible. Here, we want to highlight some of the best performers.


Super CR7

Super CR7 (04-4614411) - a legend in the pigeon sport in Portugal with fourteen first prizes and the first Provincial Ace Pigeon Shot distance award, two years in a row in 2008 and 2009.

Take a look at the pedigree of Super CR7 here.


Chantilie Junior

Chantilie Junior (BE98-6278089) - descendents of this pigeon won more than one hundred first prizes. Chantilie Junior is a son of the famous De Chantilie of the Janssen Brothers that won first international Chantilly from 2,000 pigeons in 1989.

Take a look at the pedigree of Chantilie Junior here.


Milord

Milord (BE99-3199707) - the founder of the loft and a nest brother to Gaby Vandenabeele's Neptunus

Take a look at the pedigree of Milord here.


Ilse

Ilse (BE00-3076347) - A super breeder, dam, grand-dam and great grand-dam to more than fifty-five first prize winners. Ilse is the dam to Super CR7, the winner of fourteen first prizes and the first Provincial Ace Pigeon Short Distance in 2008 and 2009.

Take a look at the pedigree of Ilse here.


Gold Pair 1

Gold Pair 1 (BE05-3224614) Souterraine Junior and (NL05-2132549) Camphuis - one of Vitor's top breeding pairs.


Gold Pair 2

Gold Pair 2 (PT04-4612337) Picanço 337 and (BE05-3224610) Marguerite - another top breeding pair.


André 09

André 09 - a son of one of André Roodhooft's top breeders.

Take a look at the pedigree of André 09 here.


Louis

Louis (BE02-6508599) - a son of the famous De Kannibaal of Dirk Van Dyck.

Take a look at the pedigree of Louis here.


Royal Bullet

Royal Bullet (PT12-2402965) has the following performances...

  • 4th National Ace Pigeon Short Distance 2014
  • 1st Inter-Provincial Ace Pigeon Short Distance 2014
  • 1st Provincial Ace Pigeon Short Distance 2014
  • 1st Ace Pigeon Short Distance Club 2014
  • 1st Ace Pigeon All Round 2014

Take a look at the pedigree of Royal Bullet here.


CR7 Bullet

CR7 Bullett (PT12-2402991) has the following performances:

  • Seven prizes in 2013
  • Ten prizes in 2014
  • 4th Inter-Provincial Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2014
  • 9th Inter-Provincial Ace Pigeon Short Distance 2014
  • 15th Inter-Provincial Ace Pigeon All Round 2014

Take a look at the pedigree of CR7 Bullet here.


Bullet Klass

Bullet Klass (PT12-2412116) has the following performances:

  • Ten prizes in 2014
  • 2nd Ace Pigeon Middle Distance Club
  • 7th Inter-Provincial Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2014
  • 10th Inter-Provincial Ace Pigeon Short Distance 2014

Take a look at the pedigree of Bullet Klass here.


New Mustang

New Mustang (PT14-4383690) was first Inter-Provincial from 274km with 4,997 pigeons competing.

Take a look at the pedigree of New Mustang here.


Oscar

Oscar (PT14-4383255) is a grandson of Euro Diamond and Olympic Wacko and has the following performances: 1st Ace Pigeon Long Distance Club 2016.

Take a look at the pedigree of Oscar here.


Camphuis Bullet

Camphuis Bullet (PT13-3133194) is inbred to Vitor's Gold Pair 1 - Souterraine Junior x Camphuis

  • 413km  1st Club 354p.    1st Prov 3,238p.   1st Inter-Prov 5,313p.
  • 266km  1st Club 349p     8th Prov 3,081p.   12th Inter-Prov 5,159p.
  • 413km  2nd Club 579p.   2nd Prov 2,621p.   2nd Inter-Prov 4,249p.
  • 266km  4th Club 732p.   7th Prov 3,323p.    7th Inter-Prov 5,563p.  24th Geral 10,698p.
  • 274km  9th Club 805p.   34th Prov 3,727p.
  • 274km  19th Club 618p.  37th Prov 2,374p.
  • 200km  16th Club 446p.  17th Prov 1,691p.  17th Inter-Prov 3,187p.
  • 271km  14th Club 865p.  73th Prov 3,745p.  85th Inter Prov 6,175p.

Take a look at the pedigree of Camphuis Bullett here.


Number One

Number One (PT13-3133119) has the following performances:

  • Nine prizes in 2015
  • Ten prizes in 2016
  • 1st Ace Pigeon All Round Hens 2016
  • 2nd Ace Pigeon All Round 2016
  • 4th Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2016
  • 268km  1st Prov 3,323p.  1st Inter-Prov 5,563p.
  • 388km  1st Club 679p.
  • 268km  2nd Club 732p.
  • 388km  3rd Prov 3,374p.

Take a look at the pedigree of Number One here.

In 2017 Faustino and Picanço achieved the following performances...

  • 1st Inter-Provincial Championship Short Distance (227 competitors)
  • 1st Provincial Championship Short Distance (140 competitors)
  • 1st Inter-Provincial Championship Middle Distance (230 competitors)
  • 1st Provincial Championship Middle Distance (141 competitors)
  • 1st Provincial Championship Sport Middle Distance (26 competitors)
  • 4th Provincial Championship Long Distance (95 competitors)
  • 6th Inter-Provincial Championship Long Distance (154 competitors)
  • 2nd Provincial General Ace Pigeon Long Distance
  • 1st Provincial All Round Championship Zone (145 competitors)
  • 1st Provincial All Round Championship Inter Zones (235 competitors)
  • 3st Provincial All Round Championship (443 competitors)
  • 1st Provincial Championship Yearlings Zone Centro (25 competitors)
  • 4th Provincial Championship Yearlings General (122 competitors)
  • 1st Provincial Ace Pigeon Yearlings Zone Centro

Vitor endend the season with nothing less than 9 x 1st prize at provincial and inter-provincial level!

Vitor's full 2017 racing results can be seen here.

The loft's list of achievments over the years can be viewed here.

Congratulations on your incredible success, Vitor!

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