Luc De Laere (Anzegem, BE) can look back on an excellent 2016 racing season

His palmares for 2016 includes the title of 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Old Birds KBDB, as well as 3 provincial first prizes in 2016 and 4 provincial top five ace pigeons KBDB!

The pigeon family of Luc De Laere is arguably one of Belgium's strongest pigeons families in the longer middle distance and the light long distance both at provincial and national level. Most fanciers will already be familiar with the renowned Tiekes bloodline of Luc and his late father Maurice De Laere. The Tieke dynasty was paired with some invaluable pigeons of Gaby Vandenabeele's Bliksem (Dentergem, BE) and of the Janssen Brothers (Arendonk, BE), and their descendants developed into outstanding racing birds here in Anzegem.

Tieke's breeding value

Super class pigeons are hard to find but they are an indispensable asset for any fancier aiming to become a top level player in pigeon racing. The late Maurice and his son Luc De Laere discovered such a top class pigeon in their own collection: Tieke BE00-3010207. He was an outstanding racing bird, and was the best pigeon of West Flanders for two consecutive seasons, as 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB in 2001 and 2002. His impressive palmares includes most notably two provincial first prizes from Tours and Orleans, and a 2nd Prov. Blois.

Tieke was almost impossible to beat as a racing bird but his palmares as a breeding bird is perhaps even more impressive. This exceptional pigeon ticked all the boxes, and the ace pigeons in this loft give us a good idea of the level of quality of the De Laere pigeon breed.
As you know, breeding an ace pigeon is quite a challenge. Thanks to the bloodlines of Tieke Luc has been able to breed ace pigeons for several seasons in a row, which is quite exceptional. This stock breeder and his direct descendants have really defined the De Laere pigeon breed over the years.

It is no surprise that all the prize winners of 2016 are related to Tieke to some extent. By combining his bloodline with the descendants of Gaby Vandenabeele's Bliksem and the pigeons of the Janssen brothers, Luc has been able to create a team of racing birds that have been delivering great results in recent years. Luc and his wife Sybille have been especially successful from the middle distance to the light long distance, winning 3 provincial first prizes and 4 top five provincial ace pigeons in 2016 alone:

1st Prov. WVOU Clermont 10,912 p.
1st Prov. Chateaudun     3,594 p.
1st Prov. Chateauroux      924 p.
1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Old Birds KBDB West-Fl.
2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance YL KBDB West-Fl.
4th Prov. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance YL KBDB West-Fl.
5th Prov. Ace Pigeon Sprint Young Birds KBDB West-Fl.

The pigeons of Luc de Laere clearly have what it takes to be successful.

1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB West-Fl. 2016

The pigeon that added another prestigious title to Luc De Laere's palmares is Jerommeke, an excellent racing bird and winner of two provincial first prizes. His list of achievements gives us an idea of his potential:

-Jerommeke BE14-3070203

 1st  Prov. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB West-Fl. 2016
 1st  Prov. Tours       2,122 p. ’15
 1st  Prov. Chateauroux   924 p. ’16
10th  Nat. Chateauroux  6,850 p. ’16
 4th  Prov. Bourges II    523 p. ’16 
 6th  Prov. Bourges II  1,415 p. ’15
33rd  Prov. Tours       4,113 p. ’16 (on 21st of May)
52nd  Prov. Tours       4,939 p. ’16 (on 15th of May)
37th  Prov. Gueret      2,834 p. ’16
211st Nat. Argenton     9,228 p. ’16

Sire: Bonten BE12-3116505
A son of Medarke BE09-5000788 (winner of 2nd Prov. Poitiers 1,183 p.) x top breeder 759-Tieke BE07-3204759, which is also the dam of Tieke Limoges (a daughter of stock breeder Tieke).
Dam: Gabriella BE11-3070273
A direct Gaby Vandenabeele from Beauty Bond BE09-3180382 (son of 1st Nat. Bourges 13,166 p. James Bond BE01-3031007 x Hilde BE02-3255938, daughter Bliksem) x Betsy BE07-3199957 (Daughter Alfred, winner of 1st Nat. Brive 16,007 p. D’huyvetter).
Click here for the full pedigree of Jerommeke

Gabriella is also the dam of Stuntman, winner of a  3rd Prov. Chateaudun 2,342 p. in 2016.

Super class breeding hen Gabriella (a direct Gaby Vandenabeele): dam of Jerommeke and Stuntman

2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Yearlings KBDB West-Fl. 2016

It was Mr. Accident that only just failed to win a provinical first prize. This pigeon is related to Tieke paired to Bliksem Vandenabeele through both its parents.

-Mr Accident BE15-3070867

 4th  Prov. Bourges II          750 p. ’16
156th Nat. Chateauroux       29,591 p. ’16
23rd  N.Zone La Souterraine   2,545 p. ’16
62nd  Prov. Chateaudun        2,587 p. ’16
226th Nat. Argenton          12,449 p. ’16

He is a son of Witneus Tieke BE11-3115705 (grandson of Tieke and Bliksem) x Jaimy BE13-3054798, a half sister of 1st Prov. Gueret 1,932 p. (bred from Bliksem's son Schone Bliksem BE05-3224593 x Witpenneke BE09-3016326, a granddaughter of Tieke and Bliksem).
Click here for the pedigree of Mr Accident

4th Prov. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance Yearlings KBDB West-Fl.  2016

This prize was won by the talented one year old Donkeren Bliksem, a top class racing bird with 4 provincial top 10 prizes on his palmares, as well as 7 provincial top 40 placings. We take a quick look at his palmares:

-Donkeren Bliksem BE15-3070834

 2nd Prov. Tours      1,248 p. ’16
 3rd Prov. Tours      1,169 p.
 4th Prov. Chateaudun 2,083 p.
 8th Prov. Chateaudun 1,918 p.
31st Prov. Chateaudun 2,147 p.
32nd Prov. Chateaudun 2,342 d.
38th Prov. Chateaudun 1,444 p.

A son of Brave Bliksem BE06-3008203, a direct Gaby Vandenabeele (son Bliksem-Gaby Vandenabeele x Aagje BE00-3195050, full sister of top class pigeons Aske & Frieda for Cools-Blancke) x Regina BE11-3115701, a half sister of Tieke Limoges and Bonten (sire Jerommeke)… (from Geschelpt Janssen 019/06 x super class breeding hen 759-Tieke, daughter of Tieke).
Click here for the full pedigree of Donkeren Bliksem

5th Prov. Ace Pigeon Sprint Young Birds KBDB West-Fl. 2016

This title was won by a half brother of Donkeren Bliksem (4th Prov. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance YLs 2016, see earlier), called Jongen Bliksem.

-Jongen Bliksem BE16-3053837

 6th Clermont                473 p. (of 24/7)
87th Prov. WVOU Compiégne 19,493 p. (of 30/7)
18th Prov. WVOU Pontoise  12,690 p. (of 13/8)
 4th Pontoise                316 p. (of 20/8)
86th Prov. WVOU Pontoise  10,712 p. (of 27/8)

He too originates from Brave Bliksem (son Bliksem and sire of Donkeren Bliksem), now paired to Chippa BE15-3070895. Chippa is a daughter of Chippendale BE10-3015878 (super class breeder with the A/A gene, a grandson of Tieke and Bliksem) paired to Prinscilla BE12-3116469 (granddaughter Tieke).
Click here for the full pedigree of Jongen Bliksem.

1st Prov. Chateaudun 3,594 p.

This was a brilliant performance of Baltimore Bullet, a very promising pigeon and one of Luc's favourite for the upcoming 2017 season.

He is a son of supercrack Tiekes Bliksem (7 first prizes) BE11-3115713. He comes from the sire of 2nd Nat. Bourges Perfeect Tieke BE07-3204750 (a son of Tieke) x Justine Bliksem BE06-3008201, the dam of 5 first prov. winners and a daughter of Vandenabeele's Bliksem. Tiekes Bliksem was paired to Herculia BE15-3006650, which comes from supercrack Hercules BE14-3003479 of Rino Verheye, As der Azen LCB 2014 and 4th Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB West-Flanders.
Click here for the full pedigree of Baltimore Bullet.

This makes Baltimore Bullet a half brother of Miss Bad Luck BE16-3053822 (see pedigree), winner of a 1st Prov. WVOU Clermont of 10,912 pigeons. She failed to return home from a training flight just a few days after her victory. Two pigeons got injured in that training flight and two pigeons never returned home, one of which was Miss Bad Luck.

This was an impressive overview of ace pigeons and provincial winners but we are not done yet. The racing team of Luc De Laere managed to win several more top results, including:

2nd WVOU Clermont    6,891 p. with Den Bijter BE12-3116540 (see pedigree) 
2nd Prov. Blois      1,327 p. with Son Brave Bliksem BE14-3070305 (see pedigree)  
2nd Prov. Tours      1,248 p. with Donkeren Bliksem (see earlier)
3rd WVOU Clermont   15,097 p. with Perfect Boy BE16-3053765 (see pedigree)
3rd WVOU Clermont   15,097 p. with Judas BE16-3053738 (see pedigree)
3rd Prov Chateaudun  2,342 p. with Stuntman BE15-3070874 (see pedigree)
5rd WVOU Clermont   15,097 p. with Lady Sproet BE16-3053758 (see pedigree)

Great results in the long distance as well

The team of Luc De Laere did great in the long distance as well, as you can tell from the results of Tiekes Limoges, which won national top prizes in Brive and Limoges.

-Tiekes Limoges BE14-3070362

16th  Nat. Brive           5,952 p. ’16 (2nd club 170 p.)
177th Nat. Limoges        13,493 p. ’16 (1st club 382 p.)
530th Nat. Argenton        9,228 p. ’16
58th  Prov. La Souterraine 3,232 p. ’14
61st  Prov. Brive          1,330 p. ’15

Tiekes Limoges is a son of Maurice BE11-9079437 x super class breeder 759-Tieke BE07-3204759, which is also the dam of 1st Prov. Orleans 3,797 p., and the grandmother of Jerommeke: 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2016, 1st Prov. Chateauroux 924 p., and 1st Prov. Tours 2,122 p.
Click here for the pedigree of Tiekes Limoges.

In 2015 Luc and Sybille managed to add three provincial first prizes to their palmares, and 2016 was another great season, with three more provincial victories, adding to a total of 23 provinical first prizes since 1995. The talented racing birds that we just ran through (from a group of 36 widowers) is quite likely to add several more top results to the palmares of this loft; the pigeons of Luc De Laere obviously have the potential to win first prizes even at national level. A small mistake cost Luc a national win from Chateauroux in 2015, when he failed to clock the control ring in time. Perhaps the team is looking for revenge in 2017? It would not surprise anyone, now is the time.