Gladiator bloodline of Bart Geerinckx (Wommelgem, BE) has already won 6 (inter)provincial top 3 places in 2017

Most fanciers spend their entire career looking for that one stock breeder that can take their racing team to a higher level. Bart Geerinckx has come across one such pigeon in his collection: Gladiator. This breeding bird enabled him to gain international fame, and just as importantly his colleagues were able to benefit from it as well, also in 2017.

Prize winner

The Geerinckx pigeon breed is centered around the stock bloodlines of Wittekop Sylvester, Willyke and Gladiator, three pigeons that saw their list of references grow significantly over the years. Gladiator in particular shows to be just as valuable as a breeder as he was in his highly successful racing career, during which he was able to win three prestigious titles:

Co-winner 1st National Champion KBDB Yearlings 2004
2nd Olympiad Pigeon Sprint Porto 2005
3rd National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB 2004

Even though these are very impressive results, they are no match for Gladiator's list of references as a breeder.

Gladiator, breeder of numerous champions both at home and abroad

Gladiator descendants in 2017: six times top three (inter)provincial

We are about ten weeks into the 2017 season, and the Gladiator descendants have already managed to win six provincial and interprovincial top 3 places, 50% of which were won in the lofts of his colleagues:

1st Interprov. Vierzon 8,177 p. - for Guy Vanderauwera with great-grandchild Gladiator
1st Prov. Bourges 2,318 p.      - for Van Hoof-Vanwijngaerden with great-grandchild Gladiator
2nd Interprov. Vierzon 8,177 p. - for Guy vanderauwera with great-grandchild Gladiator
2nd Interprov. Vierzon 4,854 p. - for Bart Geerinckx with grandchild Gladiator
2nd Prov. Bourges 3,138 p.      - for Bart Geerinckx with grandchild Gladiator
3rd Interprov. Vierzon 8,177 p. - for Bart Geerinckx with great-great-grandchild Gladiator

Besides these top results in major races the Gladiator descendants have also been able to win an additional two first prizes in Wommelgem, as well as several other top results at provincial and interprovincial level:

1st Noyon 1,256 p.              - great-great-grandchild Gladiator
1st Noyon 2,214 p.              - great-great-grandchild Gladiator
5th Interprov. Vierzon 8,177 p. - grandchild Gladiator
8th Prov. Bourges 3,138 p.      - great-grandchild Gladiator
8th Interprov. Vierzon 4,854 p. - grandchild Gladiator
11th Prov. Bourges 3,138 p.     - grandchild Gladiator
13th Prov.Bourges 3,138 p.      - grandchild Gladiator

References for 2017: Olympiad Pigeons, national ace pigeons and first prize winners

The descendants of Gladiator have won numerous remarkable results in previous years as well. Let's take a closer look at his endless list of breeding references from before 2017:

Bart Geerinckx (Wommelgem, BE)

1st Olympiad Pigeon Long Distance & 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance (Acy) - grandchild Gladiator
1st Olympiad Pigeon Allround & 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance (Miss Magic) - grandchild Gladiator
1st Nat. Limoges (National) - grandchild Gladiator
1st Prov. Vierzon (Miss Glady) - grandchild Gladiator
1st Prov. Brive (Brive) - grandchild Gladiator
1st Prov. Blois (Miss Blois) - youngster Gladiator
1st Nat. Zone Châteauroux & 2nd Prov. Bourges (Best Daughter) - youngster Gladiator
2 x 1st Nat. Zone Argenton (Geschifte) - youngster Gladiator
3 x top 20 national & 6 x top 10 provincial (My Favourite) - youngster Gladiator

Acy, 1st Olympiad Pigeon Long Distance 2015 and grandchild Gladiator

PIPA Elite Center (Tielt-Winge, BE)

Super class breeder Lieve is a daughter Gladiator and she in turn bred two top class pigeons:

5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Yearlings 2015 (Porsche 911)
8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance Yearlings 2015 (Boxster)

Magic 700 is a great-grandchild of Gladiator and the dam of:

1st Nat. Bourges 2016 19,736 p. (Louise)
2nd Nat. Bourges 2016 19,889 p. (Halfsister Louise 025/15)

Adrien Mirabelle (Ghlin, BE)

Chipo's Lad is a son of Wittekop Gladiator, a full brother of Nationaal (1st Nat. Limoges for Bart Geerinckx). Wittekop Gladiator is in turn a son of Gladiator. Chipo's Lad fared very well in Adrien's breeding loft, where he is the sire and grandsire of a few provincial and national championship title winners:

1st Nat. Champion Shorter Middle Distance 2016 (co-winner)
1st Prov. & 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance 2016 (gr.sire - raced by Chr. Derycke)
5th Prov. & 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance 2016 (sire)
6th Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance 2016 (sire)
2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance 2015 (gr.sire)

Several races, including three interprovincial ones, were won by his offspring:

1st Interprov. Pithiviers 2,574 p. (sire - raced by Olivier Carlier)
1st Interprov. Villemandeur 1,837 p. (sire - raced by Olivier Carlier)
1st Interprov. Toury 735 p. (gr.sire)

Chipo's Lad has also proven his worth in the extreme long distance breeding loft, being the father of the 11th Internat. Narbonne 2012 against 11,000 birds.

Click here for the best results of the youngsters and grandchildren of Chipo's Lad.

Chipo's Lad, grandson Gladiator and breeder of several national ace pigeons for Adrien Mirabelle

Jespers-Vanderwegen (Holsbeek, BE)

Their 1st Interprov. Vierzon 4,639 p. is a great-grandchild of Gladiator.

Willy van Thillo (Beerse, BE)

He won a 1st Nat. Zone Argenton 5,327 p. with a great-grandchild of Gladiator.

Dirk Van Dyck (Zandhoven, BE)

Zonder Naam, the 1st Prov. Bourges 2,228 p., is a grandchild of Gladiator.

Ivan & Willy Baetens (Sint-Niklaas, BE)

A granchild of Gladiator won a 1st Prov. Bourges 1,257 p. in Sint-Niklaas.

De Vroe - Van Gaver (Moortsele, BE)

Miss Magic, granddaughter of Gladiator, has played a role in this loft as well: two of her youngsters, 670/15 and 600/15, were co-winners of the following titles in Moortsele: 1st General Champion FVOV 2016 and 12th Nat. Champion Longer Middle Distance Yearlings 2016.

Gerard Koopman (Ermerveen, NL)

Pricus, son of Gladiator, is the sire of three multiple prize winners of Gerard Koopman:

  • Onora: 1st Morlincourt 3,079 p., 3rd NPO Sens 4,237 p., 7th NPO Gien 3,137 p. and 12th NPO Souppes 3,607 p.
  • Nestor: 2nd Boxtel 2,921 p., 7th Niergnies 9,923 p., 8th NPO Sens 4,237 p., 9th Wijchen 2,303 p. and 19th Asse-Zellik 11,291 p.
  • Nestzus Nestor: 6th NPO Quiévrain 8,902 p., 7th NPO Sens 7,958 p.

Pieter Veenstra (Drachtstercompagnie, NL)

The Gladiator dynasty proved successful in Friesland as well, with a 3rd NPO Souppes 6,892 p. (great-grandchild) and a 5th NPO Sens 8,743 p. (grandchild).

Ulrich Lemmens (Balen, BE)

Thriller, a grandson of Gladiator, won a 3rd National Tours 4,039 p. (1st Prov.), 7th Prov. Argenton 2,847 p., 7th Prov. Guéret 1,562 p. and 17th Nat. Zone Tulle 1,690 p. in a single season.

Florea Sorin (Romania)

Descendants of Gladiator have proven successful even in Romania: a great-grandchild won a 1st prize of 8,861 pigeons over 394km for Florea Sorin on 10th of June.

Frankie De Gendt (Temse, BE)

The grandfather of Frankie's 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Sprint YBs 2016 is a grandchild of Gladiator.

Benny Steveninck (Hamme, BE)

Smart Lady, 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance old birds 2015 is a grandchild of Miss Magic, which is in turn a grandchild of Gladiator.

Luc Van Mechelen (Oud-Turnhout, BE)

His 1st Nat. Zone Montluçon 4,841 p. (2nd Nat. 16,982 p.) comes from a full brother of Acy, a great-grandchild of Gladiator. Luc also won a 1st Prov. and 1st Nat. Zone from Châteauroux yearlings on 10th of June with a great-great-grandchild of Gladiator.

Serré-Laporte (Tessenderlo, BE)

Top class breeding hen Golden Acy is a grandchild of Gladiator and has bred several prize winners:

2nd Prov. Gien 2,018 p. (dochter Golden Acy)
4th Nat. Argenton 7,691 p. (dochter Golden Acy)
4th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance YBs 2015 (granddaughter Golden Acy for Rudi Serré)
4th Best Young Bird 2013 3 Nat. Races PIPA rankings (great-granddaughter Golden Acy for Serré)
8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance YBs 2016 (great-great-granddaughter Golden Acy for Serré)

No sign of wear

It has been 14 years since Gladiator saw the light of day. You can tell from his almost endless number of references that his bloodline continues to push racing birds to outstanding results. And it shows that we have not seen the last of the Gladiator dynasty, quite the contrary: several major races have been by descendants of Gladiator again this summer.

Bart and his accommodation in Wommelgem