The highly successful 2017 season is the result of a friendship between Marcel Sangers and his good friend from The Philippines Paul Ung, who is unfortunately very sick at the moment. But this is first of all the result of the exceptional level of quality in Marcel's breeding loft. His old Superkweker dynasty has an excellent reputation, having bred national and international champions across more than two centuries. But Marcel knows that as a top level fancier he needs to strive for constant progress. He started looking for another inbred pigeon to be crossed with his own family of highly inbred champions. He wanted to find a modern-day pigeon that he felt completely confident about.
When visiting Yannick de Ridder of Flanders Collection for the first time, he was able to take a closer look at the best Dirk Van Den Bulck pigeons on the market. He found they were the sprint pigeons that could really enable him to up his game. "They are remarkably strong pigeons with beautiful eyes, a strong body and soft plumage. They feel like the perfect pigeons", Marcel explains. He and Flanders Collection exchanged pigeons and youngsters from the most iconic pigeons, and they ended up with quite an impressive collection of birds:
4 youngsters of Kittel, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Sprint 2013 with the lowest coefficient ever 3 youngsters of Goede Rode x Olympic Rosita, the parents of Kittel 2 youngsters of Greipel, 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon Sprint KBDB & brother Kittel 1 youngster of New Kittel, substitute pigeon Olympiad & brother Kittel 2 youngsters of Broer Goede Rode x Olympic Rosita, 2 stock breeders 2 youngsters of Broer Goede Rode x Golden Leo 999, with outstanding descendants 2 youngsters of Olympiade Koppel, the parents of Olympiad Pigeon Olympic Rosita, the dam of Kittel
Gold Dust, the best sister of Kittel worldwide
Racing bird BE15-4264261 is a sister of Kittel, and as her name suggests, she is worth her weight in gold: of the four pigeons that she bred in her first year of breeding, three managed to perform at a high level: NL16-1259635 Kiki won the title of 1st Regional General Ace Pigeon Sprint and Middle Distance 2017 (and 15th Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 'De Allerbeste'), and the other two daughters each won a first prize in a major race: NL16-1259580 Kathy (from Châlons-en-Champagne of 5,940 p.) and NL16-1259579 Kitty (from Isnes of 1,952 p.). The sire of these three highly talented sisters is Old Gold, bred from a brother x aunt of De Superkweker, onf of Marcel Sanger's stock breeders.
Gold Dust is a 100% Van Den Bulck (bred by Flanders Collection), and a full sister of Kittel, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Sprint 2013 with the lowest ever coefficient. In other words, she is a daughter of Goede Rode x Olympic Rosita. Here is a closer look at the three daughters of Gold Dust:
15th Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance ‘De Allerbeste’ 2017
1st Interprov. General Ace Pigeon up to 500 km 2017
1st Interprov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2017
1st General Ace Pigeon District up to 500 km 2017
1st Ace Pigeon Middle Distance District 2017
2nd Prov. General Ace Pigeon up to 500 km 2017
1st Châlons-en-Champagne 5,940 p. 2017
1st Isnes 1,952 p. 2017
Angelina, invaluable breeding sister of Kittel
BE15-4100451 Angelina is a full sister of Van Den Bulck's Kittel as well. She quickly developed into a highly promising breeding hen, just like Gold Dust did. She also showed her exceptional breeding potential when combined with the lines of De Superkweker, the old stock breeder of Sangers. Super Red became her partner in 2016, and he is a closely inbred cock from a son x daughter of De Superkweker. This very pair has bred four youngsters that each got the chance to show their potential in the racing loft, and they did not disappoint. The most successsful of them is Kira, three-time first prize winner and 3rd National Ace Pigeon:
3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance ‘De Allerbeste’ 2017
1st Epernay 1,178 p. 2017
1st Vervins 1,052 p. 2017
1st Nanteuil 256 d. & 6e snelste 10,186 p. 2017
2nd Ace Pigeon Middle Distance District De IJssel 2017 (behind loft mate)
5th Interprov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2017
Two full sisters of Kira have shown to be very talented as well:
- NL16-1259512 Katja: 3rd Epernay 1,178 p. in 2017
- NL16-1259657 Kayla: Winner of 25 prizes in 28 races, including 15 prizes per ten
Skittel, an upcoming breeder from Kittel
One of the cocks that is likely to gain a lot of attention in the future is BE15-4264387 Skittel. He is a great looking blue-white cock whose youngsters have repeatedly won an early prize in the 2017 young birds' competition. Skittel is a direct son of none other than Kittel, paired to New Golden Lady, herself a great breeding hen and also winner of a first prize.
In 2017 SKittel was the sire of:
1st Chimay 1,804 p.
2nd and 4th Chimay 10,239 p.
20th and 22nd Isnes 5,079 p.
The season has only just ended and it looks like Marcel is all set towards a very promising future. Sangers x Van Den Bulck looks to be one of pigeon racing's winning combinations indeed. "I intend to make every breeding pair of 2018 a combination of the Superkweker bloodline x Van Den Bulck", Marcel explains. "I have great confidence in the future of this crossing." Meanwhile the superkweker pigeons continue to achieve great results on their own even to this day, as was demonstrated by NL14-1662647 Katinca, a wonderful hen closely inbred to Superkweker. She was the fastest of 10,239 pigeons in the race from Chimay, and she comes from a grandson x inbred granddaughter of Superkweker.
1st fastest Chimay 10,239 p.
Sire: Super Blue, a youngster of Stipo, winner of a 2nd NPO Bourges 7,584 p. and 2nd Meer 7,134 p., and the last son of stock breeder De Superkweker. The dam is Buddahari, 1st Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance Northern Union of 34,294 p. in 2010.
Dam: Surprise, bred from Time Gun (son of Superkweker), winner of a 4th NPO Orleans 7,784 p. He was paired to The Red Inbred, a daughter of Superkweker x his best breeding daughter Mealy 715, the dam of a 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance Eagle Eye.
Marcel will be training his young birds again in the natour competition. "To me this competition comes at the right time of season for the youngsters, with fewer losses compared to the young birds' races. I have said this before, and I was heavily criticised for it by bloggers and columnists. I regret that anyone who tries to stick his head out can expect to get criticised. I cannot believe that keeping everything the same does any good to the future of our sport. I think the best option would be for The Netherlands to have some form of Belgian program, in which everyone can decide for himself how he trains his young birds, and how he prepares his pigeons for instance for the one day long distance."
Europe's most extensive Lincia collection
The introduction of the Van Den Bulck pigeons was followed up by the introduction of direct Stefaan Lambrechts pigeons in the Sangers pigeon lofts: "I met Stefaan and we got along really well almost immediately. He is quite ambitious but he is very likeable, and he happens to have quite a unique pigeon in his collection: Lincia. This is the type of pigeon you only get to see one or two times in your career, and I quickly understood why this hen has been so successful. Lincia became 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance KBDB YBs 2015 with the lowest ever coefficient. I currently have three youngsters and five brothers or sisters of this unique pigeon in my collection, and they bred their first youngsters here in 2017. My young birds did incredibly well in the natour competition, and among them were several Lincia descendants, almost always crossed with my own Superkweker bloodlines. I am quite positive that these will be just as successful as one year olds next season!"
Overview of the best results of Sangers in 2017
Hapert 08-04-2017 Club 454 pigeons: 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-19-etc 39 prizes won by 83 basketed pigeons District 983 pigeons: 4-5-6-7-8-11-13-14-15-16-17-etc 339 prizes won by 83 pigeons Isnes 22-04-2017 Club 510 pigeons 1-2-3-5-6-7-8-9-10-12-15-17-19-20-etc 48 prizes won by 77 pigeons District 1,984 pigeons: 1-2-3-7-10-11-12-13-14-17-22-26-32-33-34-etc 56 prizes won by 77 pigeons Chimay 06-05-2017 Club 496 pigeons: 2-3-4-6-8-9-10-13-14-15-16-19-21-22-etc 46 prizes won by 87 pigeons District 2,066 pigeons: 6-8-9-13-16-18-27-30-32-33-35-39-etc 47 prizes won by 78 pigeons Vervins 20-05-2017 Club 464 pigeons: 5-10-12-13-14-15-17-18-25-26-27-28-etc 47 prizes won by 74 pigeons District 1,994 pigeons: 10-24-26-27-29-30-40-41-60-61-62-64-86-88-89-91-92- 93-97-etc 56 prizes won by 74 pigeons Châlons-en-Champagne 03-06-2017 Club 296 pigeons: 1-5-7-10-11-14-16-17-19-21-23-24-25-30-31-32-etc 33 prizes with 58 pigeons Kring 1,115 pigeons: 1-12-19-24-25-32-38-42-45-48-61-62-64-75-76-78-etc 29 prizes with 58 pigeons Regio: 3,282 pigeons: 1-14-24-31-32-42-51-58-61-67-etc 27 prizes with 58 pigeons Epernay 11-06-2017 Club 250 pigeons: 1-2-3-6-13-14-15-16-17-22-etc 31 mee 19 prijzen District 1,178 pigeons: 1-2-3-17-32-33-34-35-36-44-etc 31 mee 19 prijzen Region 3,400 pigeons: 3-4-10-41-72-73-74-75-76-etc 31 mee 23 prijzen Nanteuil 17-06-2017 Club 256 pigeons: 1-5-7-8-10-11-16-17-18-20-etc 22 prizes with 40 pigeons District 967 pigeons: 4-12-22-23-26-27-37-38-41-43-48-etc 26 prizes with 40 pigeons Region 2,784 pigeons: 5-19-33-34-42-43-60-61-66-72-82-etc 28 prizes with 40 pigeons And 6th Teletext Province 8 of 10,186 pigeons Isnes 19-08-2017 Club 442 pigeons: 1-2-3-4-5-6-8-12-14-15-16-17-18-19-21-22-26-etc 56 prizes with 118 pigeons District 1.814 pigeons: 3-4-5-6-7-8-10-15-18-19-20-21-22-23-25-26-31-etc 89 prizes with 118 pigeons Region 5,079 pigeons: 3-4-5-6-7-8-10-15-18-19-20-21-22-23-25-26-31-40-etc 94 prizes with 118 pigeons Chimay 26-08-2017 Club 404 pigeons: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-15-16-17-18-19-22-26-27-28-29-30-31-32-33-etc 50 prizes with 116 pigeons District 1,798 pigeons: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-17-20-21-22-23-27-33-34-36-37-38-39-etc 77 prizes with 116 pigeons Region 5,433 pigeons: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-18-21-22-26-36-45-46-48-50-etc 77 prizes with 116 pigeons Overall release 10,239 pigeons: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 fastest Vervins 02-09-2017 Club 308 pigeons: 1-3-4-7-8-9-10-11-13-14-15-19-20-21-22-26-27-29-30-etc 43 prizes with 109 pigeons District 1,052 pigeons: 1-4-5-9-12-13-14-15-17-18-19-23-24-26-27-32-33-etc 46 prizes with 109 pigeons Region 3,644 pigeons: 3-14-15-23-32-33-34-35-37-39-40-54-57-60-61-69-etc 55 prizes with 109 pigeons Laon 09-09-2017 Club 297 pigeons: 1-2-4-5-6-7-10-11-16-17-18-21-24.-27-32-33-34-35-etc 36 prizes with 96 pigeons District 546 pigeons: 1-2-5-6-7-8-11-12-22-23-26-30-37-41-47-48-49-50-etc 49 prizes with 96 pigeons Region 1,970 pigeons: 7-8-13-14-18-19-22-23-41-42-56-74-93-etc 57 prizes with 96 pigeons