Chris Hebberecht (Evergem, BE) is a star and a leading name in the long distance in Belgium

His team has won quite a few national championship titles KBDB, and in 2016 he added the title of 5th Nat. Champion Long Distance Old Birds KBDB, 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance Old Birds KBDB, and 11th Nat. Champion Extreme Long Distance KBDB to his already impressive palmares.

One of Belgium's most successful long distance lofts

The pigeon family of Chris Hebberecht has quite a solid reputation both at home and abroad. The Hebberecht racing birds have the potential of winning important races in various weather conditions in Belgium and other countries. These naturally gifted long distance and extreme long distance racing birds show great determination and a killer instinct that allows them to win top results in races across the globe.
This highly successful long distance breed was originally created by Chris's father Octaaf Hebberecht, a great champion who knows how to create a strong team. His foundation proved an excellent starting point for Chris, who managed to develop into a nationally renowned player, and one of the strongest long distance fanciers in Belgium. He took over the loft in 1999 after his father Octaaf passed away, and he has managed to win at least one provincial victory or championship title in the long distance or the extreme long distance per season ever since. This is quite a feat!

Octaaf's pigeon breed was mainly based on pigeons of Valere Dhocker, Hector De Smet and Roger Vereecke.  One of the breeding birds that gave way to this current generation of pigeons is Fijnen, which stems from these very bloodlines. Fijnen is the sire of Bjorn and Raket, the pigeons that are the ancestors of the current breeding team. These two pigeons in turn bred Champion and Pancho, two talented pigeons and both winner of a 1st Prov. and 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB. Among the most iconic racing birds of the past six seasons are national ace pigeons Ike (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon), Jaws (3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon), Edou (7th Nat. Ace Pigeon), Eros (6th Nat. Ace Pigeon), Keno (7th Nat. Ace Pigeon), and Evert, winner of the national race from St. Vincent.

A memorable 2016

Last year Chris Hebberecht won the title of 1st Nat. Champion Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2015 and 4th Nat. Champion Long Distance KBDB 2015. It was literally impossible to do even better in 2016, since they were already on top of the podium. However, trying to win national championship titles and ace pigeon titles continues to be a big challenge every year. Winning a championship title is easier said than done, although having a wide collection of top class racing birds in the long distance and the extreme long distance can definitely help. This team is also secure in the knowledge that a talented new racing bird will be born every season, capable of winning the national top prizes that are needed to get a good result in the national championships KBDB.

Approximately 20 provincial victories have been won between 1999 and 2016, which tells you something about the potential of the Chris Hebberecht pigeon breed. In 2016 it was racing bird Keno that won a provincial first prize from Libourne old birds (8th National). The team also won a 1st and 2nd Libourne in the club yearlings in the same weekend, as well as a 1st club Barcelona (and 4th Prov. and 26th Nat.). It was just one of many great weekends in a memorable racing season.
Click here for his most important results of 2016.

These results have also led to many championship titles this season, even at provincial and national level. His most prominent titles were won in the KBDB competition, including:

 5th National champion long distance old birds KBDB 2016
 7th National ace pigeon long distance old birds KBDB 2016 (with Keno)
11th National champion extreme long distance old birds KBDB 2016
 2nd Provincial champion long distance old birds & yearlings KBDB East Fl. 2016
 3rd Provincial ace pigeon long distance old birds & yearlings KBDB East Fl. 2016

This year's palmares is not a surprise, given their excellent championship results in recent seasons.
Click here for an overview of their national titles and ace pigeons KBDB in 2004-2016.

It takes a solid foundation to be a top level player in the long distance for an extended period of time. Chris's breeding loft is based around the team's own stars: ace pigeons and renowned champions such as Champion, Panchko, Ike, Jaws, Axl, and/or their direct descendants, which are currently playing an important role in the precious breeding loft of Chris Hebberecht. They have provided the team with numerous prize winners. It would be impossible to discuss the entire racing team, so we will focus on this loft's most successful pigeon in the long distance and the extreme long distance in 2016. This pigeon won a 3rd Prov. and 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB 2016, and his name in Keno.

Keno: 3rd Prov. and 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2016

-Keno BE12-4302255

 7th  National Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2016
 1st  Prov Libourne   1,207 p. ’16 
 8th  Nat Libourne    5,195 p. ’16
31st  Nat Limoges II  8,303 p. ’15
37th  Nat Limoges     7,221 p. ’14
20th  Prov Limoges I  3,427 p. ’16 
111   Nat Limoges    13,493 p. ’16
60th  Nat Jarnac      4,167 p. ’16 
49th  N.Zone Tulle    2,432 p. ’15
196th Nat Cahors      6,164 p. ’16
246th Nat Poitiers   12,379 p. ’14
250th Nat Brive       6,842 p. ’13
282nd Prov Vierzon    5,825 p. ’16

Click here for the full palmares of Keno
Sire: Ike’s Dream BE10-4327645
Son Ike: 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2010, and a half brother of Jaws, 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2010. He is a son of Ike BE08-4351119, which comes from a grandson of Pancho (Jempy BE07-4373192) paired to Geschelpt Jos Joosen BE06-6185492. The dam of Ike's Dream is Moeder Jaws BE04-4217179.
Dam: Yana BE09-3114523
She comes from Vanhee-Decoster from Jabbeke, and she won a 3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance YBs KBDB West Flanders, having won a 1st Blois 407 p. & 92nd Prov. 4,094 p., a 1st Bourges 192 p. & 41st Prov. 3,972 p. She is a daughter of Son Georgio BE05-3179321 (sire of Super Georges: 5th Nat. Souillac 7,045 p., 6th Nat. Limoges 10,448 p., 13th Chateauroux 17,109 p.) x Karientje BE03-3198115.
Click here for the full pedigree of Keno.

The racing bird that put the team of Chris Hebberecht in the spotlight in 2016 in the extreme long distance was without doubt the fairly young racing bird Leeuw. He excelled in Barcelona and Perpignan this season, and he had shown to be a great long distance pigeon prior to these races as well.

Leeuw: 1st reg, 4th Prov., 26th Nat. and 67th Intnat. Barcelona 2016

-Leeuw BE13-4169154

 4th Prov Barcelona     1,620 p. ’16  (1st Club 114 p.)
26th Nat Barcelona      7,693 p. ’16
67th Intnat Barcelona  17,729 p. ’16
88th Prov Vierzon       5,825 p. ’16
53rd Nat Brive          3,850 YL ’14
175th Nat Limoges       6,907 p. ’14
266th Nat Perpignan     4,191 p. ’16
506th Intnat Perpignan 12,689 p. ’16
278th Nat Barcelona     7,774 p. ’15
575th Intnat Barcelona 19,089 p. ’15

Sire: Black Euro DV06720-10-111
A direct Dr. H.P. Brockamp from Superstar Euro Diamond DV06720-02-537 (1st Olympiad Pigeon Marathon, 1st Nat. Carcassonne 2,719 p. and 2nd Intnat. 10,323 p., 3rd Nat. Perpignan 1,452 p. and 5th Intnat. 14,900 p.) x National Ace-hen DV01186-04-1449 (1st Nat Ace Hen 2006 in the international races). 
Dam: Geschelpte Dochter Champion BE11-4289505
She is the dam of a 1st prize winner in the Final of the Thailand One loft race. She is a daughter of stock breeder Champion BE01-4094638 (1st Prov. and 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB ’05) x Zus Axl BE03-4135851 (a full sister of Axl, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB ’05).
Click here for the pedigree of De Leeuw

These national champions are just of two of many highly talented long distance racing birds that are ready to turn 2017 into another unforgettable season for Chris Hebberecht.

Excellent references for the Chris Hebberecht pigeons in other lofts in 2016

Achieving great results in your own loft is just one aspect of pigeon racing. Enabling other lofts to achieve great results with descendants of your own pigeon family is a different story altogether. An impressive number of pigeon fanciers has managed to win many top results with the help of the Hebberecht breed, and we selected some of the most remarkable wins of 2016. Heading the list is his the late Johan Hebberecht, his brother that won 2 national first prizes in the national long distance this season:

1st National  Valence  6,236 p.: Hebberecht Johan-Drongen
1st National  Brive 5,952 p. (the fastest of 11,881 p.): Hebberecht Johan-Drongen
1st National Pau (Germany): Emser Wolfgang-Homburg Saar (D)
1st Intnat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance over 3 races – PIPA ranking: Van Acker Freddy-Evergem
1st National Ace Pigeon Long Distance Old Birds KBDB 2016: Loobuyck Jos  &  Jan-Aalter
1st Champion Long Distance Old Birds Fondclub Eeklo: Strubbe Freddy-Bassevelde (winner in 2015 as well)
1st General Champion and Long Distance Champion St-Gillis-Waas: Bafort Luc-Temse
2nd National Champion Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2016: Dhooge Martin-Ursel

Great results in your own loft and excellent achievements in other lofts, it is still the clearest indication of a high quality pigeon breed with excellent breeding value. And that is an accurate description of the Chris Hebberecht breed from Evergem. This pigeon family was developed over the course of half a century, eventually becoming one of the strongest long distance lofts in Belgium.

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