Ronny Menten: passionate and successful both as a fancier and as a businessman
The racing team of Ronny Menten has been performing exceptionally well in the past 6 national races: they won an impressive 18 national top 100 prizes, including 4 top 5 prizes. They have also won two provincial first prizes. Time for an overview:
1st prov. Bourges 2,286 old birds 1st prov. Chateauroux 1,993 yearlings 3rd nat. Bourges 18,826 old birds 4th nat. Bourges 21,522 yearlings 4th nat. Gueret 16,262 yearlings 5th nat.Gueret 16,262 yearlings
Click here for a complete overview. This palmares is the result of many years of investing in the best pigeons on the market. The pedigree of Ronny includes five youngsters of Paulien (BE06-2090139), five youngsters of De Zoon (BE10-2007030), five youngsters of Primo (BE09-2027029) and two youngsters of Priscilla (BE12-2080130). These are some of the finest pigeons in the collection of Albert Derwa from Herent. It is no coincidence that the two provincial first prize winners are both coming from the line of the renowned Paulien.
BE13-2185558: 1st prov. Bourges
Ronny knows that patience is an essential part of pigeon racing, although luck has been a factor in the case of his racing bird 558/13 as well. It was thanks to her remarkably white colour that she was given a place in the 2015 racing team. As a young bird she got severely injured in a training flight, and it was thanks to her colour that she was moved to the aviary. It was only in late 2014 that she was given a spot in the racing team. This means she did not fly as a one year old, not even around the loft! It seems not every racing bird has to gain experience at an early age to become successful later on. We take a look at her best results as an old bird:
1st prov. Bourges 2,286 olds 3rd nat. Bourges 18,864 olds 4th club Soissons 404 olds 12th club Montargis 401 olds 35th nat. Chateauroux 18,604 olds
The wing of the 558/13
This palmares can only be the result of an impressive pedigree. From her mother’s side she originates not only from Paulien but also from the invaluable Blauwe Bliksem (BE02-3003886) of Gaby Vandenabeele (Dentergem, BE). She is also related to Avrilla (BE07-5080436) of Jos Thoné from her father’s side, which means that she originates from some of Belgium’s very best bloodlines. Ronny has probably made some big investments to obtain these bloodlines.
Paulita: 1st prov. Chateauroux 1,993 yearlings
Paulita is this loft’s second provincial winner. As her name suggests, she is a great-granddaughter of Paulien but from her father’s side. She is also related the Ronny’s old basis from her mother’s side. This basis consists of the lines of Gommaire Verbruggen (Kagevinne, BE) through his neighbour Georges Steenbergen, and the lines of Lambrechts-Lismont (Kortenaken, BE), from which he obtained a round of young birds in 1998. He would obtain a new round of youngsters every three years. Click here for the pedigree of Paulita.
Ronny knows that a successful fancier should always strive for progress. This is why he paid a visit to Gino Clicque (Wevelgem, BE), winner of the title of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB yearlings in 2014. He obtained some of Gino’s best pigeons, and one of them deserves special mention: BE14-3028012 or Lovely Princess. She gradually became the strongest one year old of the team, having won the following prizes:
4th nat. Gueret 16,262 p. 42nd nat. Chateauroux 25,710 p. 5,175th nat. Tours 24,097 p. 3,431st nat. Chateauroux 22,218 p. 511th nat. La Souterraine 18,588 p. 185th nat. Montlucon 16,982 p.
Lovely Princess: the best one year old in Ronny's loft
The sire of Lovely Princess is Blue Prince (BE12-3050011), a half brother of the 1st nat. Chateauroux and a son of Super Prince (BE08-3172902), winner of four national top 12 prizes. The dam of Blue Prince is a granddaughter of the world renowned Figo of Anton and Hilde Reynaert.
She originates from several prize winners from her mother's side as well. Click here for the full pedigree of Lovely Princess.
As we said earlier, Ronny’s team of young birds is doing great as well, and they are working hard to prepare for the race from Bourges. Two weeks ago they did three flights from Namur, and they were released from Mettet three times this week as well. In the meantime they were also basketed for Soissons, where he clocked 102 of a total of 130 pigeons in just fifteen minutes’ time. We expect the fancier from Rummen to achieve some spectacular results in the race from Bourges.