Adrien Mirabelle (Ghlin, BE) continues his rise to the top from a new location

In 2015 Adrien Mirabelle led a team of yearlings and young birds from his loft in Ghlin for the first time. It was an instant success, winning a 2nd-3rd-10th Prov. Ace Pigeon and the title of 2nd Provincial Champion shorter middle distance KBDB.

Adrien Mirabelle was facing a serious challenge at the start of 2015. In 2014, when he was still racing in the loft of his grandfather in Quaregnon as Vandam-Mirabelle, he became 1st Nat. Champion Shorter Middle Distance YL KBDB and 1st-4th-10th Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance YL KBDB. But in 2015 he wanted to race from a new loft at his home in Ghlin, with only a team of yearlings and young birds. The yearlings had already raced here as young birds in 2014.

He started the season with 32 one year old cocks and 16 hens, all raced in classic widowhood. The cocks are paired in mid-February and they are put in widowhood immediately after raising a youngster. Adrien keeps a team of hens as well, using the approach of Bart Geerinckx. This means they are paired in the middle of March (15/3), and they raise a youngster before going straight into widowhood.

Adrien is by no means a beginner (he has been keeping pigeons since 1999) but he had never kept a team of old birds (in this case yearlings) in widowhood on his own. This used to be the responsibility of his grandfather, while Adrien was looking after the young birds. Adrien did not know what to expect from his first season with the old birds but he was very ambitious nonetheless. All went well, thanks to an excellent team of racing birds and breeders and a motivated fancier.

A small team of young birds

Adrien took over a part of the loft of Maurice and Gregory Casaert, where a group of young birds were kept. It took some time to take down and rebuilt the lofts, and so the first round of young birds was transferred to the loft of fellow fancier Geoffrey Janssens. Adrien wanted to see if his pigeon could quickly adapt to a new environment. In addition, he wanted to discover the potential of his young birds in the national races. He noticed that his own loft was not in a good location for these races. The loft of Geoffrey Janssens in Baal was better suited for this competition, since the Mirabelle pigeons were doing really well there. They won a number of first prizes and they achieved great results both at zonal and national level. Adrien knew that these pigeons were ready to be put to the test in the national longer middle distance races as yearlings.

A new objective: the long distance

In 2015 he kept a team of only 35 young birds in his own loft to compete in the races. They gained a lot of experience and they did some shorter middle distance races, to prepare for the future. These pigeons have performed exceptionally well, winning a number of first prizes and numerous top results, as you can tell from the palmares further down the article. This is a promising team for 2016.

Adrien wants to focus more and more on the long distance races in the future since the national longer middle distance is particularly challenging in this region. It is nearly impossible to win a top prize at national level here, although Adrien does what he can. He is now looking to assemble a team for the long distance competition, which means he has to find out if his pigeons can fly the distance. With the long distance in mind he obtained a number of Geerinckx pigeons, including most notably descendants of top class pigeons Fast Boy, Luc, Gladiator, Wittekop Sylvester, Xena, Nationaal etc.

Great results from the yearlings' team

The new racing team of Adrien Mirabelle performed really well from day one. His yearlings’ team consisted of a group of pigeons coming from the PIPA Elite Center (PEC) of Nikolaas Gyselbrecht, led by cracks Fonzie and Super Dreamer, combined with pigeons from a crossing of the old Mirabelle bloodline x Geerinckx.

The pigeons that he obtained from Bart Geerinckx were mainly cocks, and they were paired to the best racing and breeding hens from Adrien’s own breed. He quickly noticed that the young birds that came from these pairings were a lot more muscular, which suggested they had a lot more strength as well. This could prove particularly useful in the long distance of course! Adrien is understandably quite optimistic.

The first results that were achieved by these new crossings were very promising. The one year old Shogun originates from this very combination, and he managed to become 2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance YL KBDB. We will take a closer look at some of the key names in the team of yearlings in Ghlin:

-Fonzie BE14-1073383

He is the superstar of this loft with an impressive six first prizes at club level, and two first and two second prizes in the overkoepeling. This is Fonzie's palmares of 2015:


3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance Yl KBDB 2015
18/4 Laon         101 p. 1  &   440 p. 2
09/5 Villemandeur 115 p. 1  &   799 p. 23
23/5 Toury        104 p. 1  & 1,228 p. 2
30/5 Toury         92 p. 1  &   971 p. 1
06/6 Toury        101 p. 1  &   989 p. 1
13/6 Toury         78 p. 8  &   906 p. 47
27/6 Toury         80 p. 2  &   720 p. 10
11/7 Toury         31 p. 1  &   522 p. 6

Bred by PIPA Elite Center - Raced by Adrien Mirabelle (Ghlin)

He is a grandchild of three 1st Nat. Ace Pigeons Longer Middle Distance KBDB: New Freddy, Amalia, annd Bender. Click here for the pedigree of Fonzie.

- 'Shogun' BE14-1190495

 2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance Yl KBDB 2015
 1st Toury   129 p.
    2. I.Prov 1,170 p.
 2nd Toury   989 p. (after loftmate)
 2nd Toury   233 p.
    11. I.Prov 435 p.
 7th Toury   971 p. (after 4 loftmates)
 9th Laon    101 p.
 9th Toury   522 p.
11th Toury   720 p.
15th Toury   908 p.
18th Toury 1.228 p.

Click here for the pedigree of Shogun

-Super Dreamer BE14-1073386

1st Ace Pigeon Long Distance Yearlings 2015 Club 
Brive       Prov 1,021 p. 17
            Zone 4,616 p. 91
            Nat  9,049 p. 162
Tulle       Prov 1,106 p. 32
            Nat  8,621 p. 345
Chateauroux Prov 2,179 p. 292

Bred by PIPA Elite Center – Raced by Adrien Mirabelle (Ghlin)

A full brother of a 1st Intprov. Vierzon 4,457 p. in 2015 of Jespers-Vanderwegen. He originates from a crossing of Blauwe Prins (Pros Roosen) x Ike (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB of Chris Hebberecht) from his father's side. The dam is a direct Geerinckx hen, and a full sister of 1st Nat. Limoges 11,869 p. Click here for the full pedigree of Super Dreamer.

Plenty of talent

Adrien Mirabelle is one of the most promising young fanciers in our sport. He is very ambitious, eager to learn, and clearly very talented as well. These characteristics have allowed him to achieve great results, including a great number of provincial and national titles. He is well on his way to becoming a national champion!

Highlights of 2015

18/4 Laon  101 yl: 1-2-3-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-16-19-20… (20/31)
18/4 Laon  440 yl: 2-4-10-31-33-34-44-46-48-49-85… (18/31)
02/5 Nanteuil 241 yl: 2-5-11-14-15-19-20-34-38-39-44-45-50…(19/44)
09/5 Villemandeur 115 yl: 1-2-3-4-5-8-9-10-11-12-13-20 (12/34)
16/5 Vierzon 132 yl: 1-2-27-28-29-39 (6/12)
16/5 Vierzon 383 yl: 3-10-77-78-80-109 (6/12)
23/5 Toury   104 yl: 1-6-9-10-12-15-19-23-26-28-29-31-32-34 (14/25)
23/5 Toury 1.228 yl: 2-9-16-18-28-32-47-54-72-74-81-120-123…(17/25)
23/5 Toury   362 yl: 4-5 (2/2)
30/05 Toury  971 yl:
06/06 Toury  450 yl: 1-3-9 (3/3)
06/06 Toury  101 yl: 1-2-3-4-5-8-9-12-21-31 (10/17)
06/06 Toury  989 yl: 1-2-3-6-9-48-51-87-158-246 (10/17)
13/06 Toury  428 yl: 14-16-18 (3/3)
20/06 Toury  908 yl: 12-15-17-21-32-48-188 (7/13)
27/06 Toury  720 yl: 10-11-11-21-33-53-67-119-185-206 (10/11)
11/07 Toury  522 yl: 6-8-9-11-15-16-103-138 (8/10)
11/07 Brive  139 yl: 4-10-37 (3/6)
11/07 Brive  372 yl: 8-22-83 (3/6)
11/07 Châteauroux   608 yl: 3-4-15-44-48-76-127-201 (8/14)
11/07 Châteauroux 2,108 yl: 15-17-63-163-175-289-435-674 (8/14)
18/07 Nanteuil 245 yb: 3-5-7-8-10-11-13-43-44-46-47-50… (15/25)
18/07 Nanteuil 919 yb: 5-6-8-9-15-15-20-97-99-103-104… (15/25)
18/07 Toury  233 yl: 2-7-8-14-15-46 (6/8)
25/07 Tulle  130 yl: 2-4-9-10-11-13 (6/11)
25/07 Tulle  337 yl: 3-13-32-34-37-41 (6/11)
01/08 Melun  241 yb: 1-2-3-4-5-8-10-14-18-21-24-39-40-41-43…(16/26)
01/08 Melun  928 yb:
6-7-8-9-10-22-26-33-47-52-62-105-106-107-109-130-304 (17/26)
08/08 Toury  638 yb: 1-3-4-21-28-60-74-93-107-135-137-146 (12/24)
16/08 Nanteuil 1,289 yb:
6-7-10-11-12-13-14-23-24-31-32-33-43-45-58-59-76-140-182 (19/23)
16/08 Nanteuil 537 jo:
6-7-10-11-12-13-14-23-24-30-31-32-41-43-50-51-62-93-113 (19/23)
22/08 Toury  191 yb: 1-4-6-15-19-20-28-31-34-37-39-45 (12/19)
22/08 Nanteuil 816 yb: 6 (1/2)
29/08 Nanteuil 223 yb: 1-9-14-42-44-75 (6/9)
29/08 Nanteuil 877 yb: 2-12-18-69-71-128 (6/9)
29/08 Issoudun 726 yb: 17-27-29-91-170 (5/17)

Provincial top 10

3rd Jarnac  483 p.
4th Vierzon 943 p.
5th Châteauroux 1,789 p.
6th Châteauroux 1,789 p.
7th Bourges 878 p.

National championships KBDB

13th Nat. Champion Shorter Middle distance KBDB 2015
18th Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance YL KBDB 2015 (Fonzie)

Provincial championships KBDB

 2nd Prov. Champion Shorter Middle Distance YL
 2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance YL (Shogun)
 3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance YL (Fonzie)
 8th Best Loft Interprovincial KBDB
10th Prov. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance YL
12th Prov. Champion Longer Middle distance YL
14th Prov. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance YL
15th General Prov. Champion KBDB (raced with no old pigeons)
16th Prov. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance YL