Remy Speltdoorn (Winksele, BE) claims 1st national Barcelona with Den Barcelon

The Belgian Red Devils had just lost against Argentina, but the Speltdoorn family still had reason enough to celebrate, after winning the national victory from Barcelona with their four year old cock BE10-2209822, which was renamed “Den Barcelon” after his magnificent win. He was clocked at 22:10’27” and he covered 1070.77km with a velocity of 1354.63 m/m.

The race

The first pigeons from Barcelona were expected to arrive on Saturday evening, because of the relatively early time of release, and because of the strong southwest wind in the most of France. At around 10 o’clock in the evening, Remy was on the phone with doctor Smets (from the Smets loft in Bertem, BE), to congratulate him on his early arrival from St. Vincent yearlings. Remy suddenly heard an alarm go off, and he put down the phone to rush up the stairs to his pigeon loft, where he found one of his cocks in a nest bowl. This means Remy did not see his winning pigeon arrive home, which he regrets. Remy’s first pigeon was also first in the international results on Saturday evening, but about ten pigeons from The Netherlands would eventually beat him at international level on Sunday.

Remy Speltdoorn

Den Barcelon could not see his hen anymore after arriving home; he had to wait until Sunday morning. Den Barcelon was raced in classic widowhood. He was given his nest bowl in a closed nest box for a while on the day of basketing, after which one hen (not his partner) was placed in the loft to motivate the cocks. The results were impressive.

Remy basketed 5 cocks for Barcelona, three of which have won a prize. These pigeons were his first three nominated, but in reverse order.

Club 468 p.:            1, 33 and 55
Provincial 965 p.:      1, 53 and 105
​National 8851 p.:       1, ?? and ??


Remy’s approach is all about simplicity, both in terms of caretaking/basketing and the administrative side. When asked about a list of achievements and the pedigree of his “Den Barcelon”, Remy gave us the following document.

As you can see, this pigeon won an 87th national 8348 p. from Cahors (748km) in 2012, which resulted in a second provincial prize in Flemish Brabant. He also won a 134th national zone B from Brive (677km) in 2013, which shows that his win from Barcelona is not a coincidence. He was basketed for Momignies, Soissions, and Giens to prepare for the season, and he only just won a prize in the race from Limoges I (31 May). He is related to nothing but extreme long distance pigeons (see document in the link), originating from a 100% Jozef De Ridder (Sint-U-Kapelle, BE) via his dam, and from the line of Havran/Mommaerts via his sire. The sire of Den Barcelon is a full brother of the 642, which will be discussed later on.

Den Barcelon

Remy prefers to keep medical guidance to a minimum as well; the veterinary surgeon gives a medical check up once or sometimes twice a year. The first few days after his national win were quite hectic for Remy, who is used to keeping things simple and to stay out of the spotlight. This is the type of fancier who does not care too much about his pigeons’ pedigrees or their list of achievements, but who is capable of breeding a team of highly talented long distance pigeons nonetheless. 

The 642

Remy thinks the best pigeon he has ever bred is the 642 (BE01-2156642). This pigeon won 14 prizes in 14 long distance races, including a 2nd nat./3rd international from Perpignan against 6765 and 14,900 pigeons respectively in 2006. He also won a first provincial from Barcelona in 2007.

This champion was particularly successful in the classic from Barcelona, finishing in second in the “Primus Inter Pares” competition twice. This competition awards the best Barcelona pigeons over five seasons:

2003:      1127/11,806 p.
2004:        72/12,245 p.
2005:       255/12,998 p.
2006:     1521/ 11,802 p.
2007:        46/12,612 p.

In addition, he is winner of a 142th Montélimar 8537 p., a 231st Marseille 19,627 p. and a 349th Marseille 13,936 p. He is quite a champion!

To conclude, we would like to thank Remy and Jose for their warm welcome. We wish them all the best for the future! Remy is the type of fancier we do not see very often anymore, particularly not among the younger generations.