Ivan and Willy Baetens (Sint-Niklaas, BE) have their best season so far in 2017

The Bricon Loft can look back on a particularly successful season, having won three provincial victories, a title of Provincial champion middle distance KBDB, and a title of 2nd and 5th National ace pigeon Longer Middle Distance YLs KBDB. They also became 4th Nat. Champion longer middle distance YLs and 8th Nat. champion long distance & extreme long distance YLs.

Son Ivan and father Willy Baetens

For Ivan Baetens the quickest way to get results is investing in pigeons with a proven record. You can tell from his extensive palmares. Ivan and his father Willy had without doubt the very best season of their pigeon racing career so far. They were able to get the most out of their highly valued breeding loft, relying on the excellent descendants of the prestigious bloodlines they invested in.

An easy way to tell if a fancier has a good season or not is by looking at the number of championship titles and ace pigeon titles that he wins. And the Bricon Loft of Willy and Ivan has won quite a few of them: they were victorious both in the middle distance and the longer middle distance, winning a 1st prize provincial and a 4th national.
They also won several ace pigeon titles:

1st Provincial Champion Middle distance Olds and Yearlings KBDB East Fl. 2017
2nd National Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance YLs KBDB 2017 (with Rax)
4th National Champion Longer Middle Distance YLs KBDB 2017 
4th Provincial Ace Pigeon Middle Distance Olds and Yearlings KBDB East-Fl. 2017
5th National Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance YLs KBDB 2017 (with 214)

On top of that, the team claimed three provincial first prizes in the longer middle distance from Argenton, Chateauroux II and Bourges II. It does not get any better!

Besides his excellent results in the middle distance, Ivan Baetens is also known for his impressive collection of national ace pigeons. He did some remarkable investments together with Joost De Smeyter. Together they invested in the following national ace pigeons:

-Witpen Rivaldo: 1st Nat. ace pigeon extreme long distance KBDB 2012
-Peggy: 1st Nat. ace pigeon extreme long distance KBDB 2011
-Elsie: 1st Nat. ace pigeon extreme long distance KBDB 2013
-Pierre Mistral: 1st Nat. ace pigeon extreme long distance KBDB 2014
-Nico: 1st Nat. ace pigeon extreme long distance YLs KBDB 2014
-Red Ace: 1st Nat ace pigeon extreme long distance KBDB 2016

This is quite an impressive collection indeed. These investments have paid off over the years as well, resulting in championship titles at provincial and national level:

8th National Champion Extreme Long Distance & Long Distance Yearlings KBDB 2017
8th Provincial Champion Long Distance olds & yearlings KBDB East Fl. 2017

This is a palmares to be proud of as a fancier (click here for a full summary of 2017). He will be joining some of our country's greatest champions in the provincial and national championship ceremonies.

1st Provincial Champion Middle Distance and 4th National Champion Longer Middle Distance YLs KBDB

These are the five absolute top results that made Ivan Baetens claim a 1st provincial championship title in East Flanders:

Bourges I Nat. Zone B1     6,869 Olds:      43 + 26
Chateauroux II Provincial  1,582 Olds:     130 + 13
Argenton II Provincial     1,904 Yearlings: 21 + 37
Bourges II Provincial      1,964 Yearlings:  1 + 4
Chateauroux III National   4,389 Yearlings: 11 + 23

His title of 4th Nat. Champion longer middle distance YLs is the result of his three top prizes in the yearlings' races above, along with these two results:

Chateauroux I Nat .Zone B1 8,584 YLs: 1008 + 1269
Argenton I  Provincia l    4,713 YLs:  922 + 311

Winning such championship titles is not a mean feat. You need your first two nominated pigeons to perform at their best, winning several top prizes. That means you need some very talented racing birds that can compete with the best at national level. We will briefly discuss the racing birds that were responsible for these championship titles.

Rax: 2nd National Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance YLs KBDB 2017

An outstanding racing bird; he also won the title of 4th Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance Olds and Yearlings KBDB (shorter middle distance and longer middle distance together). He not only won four top results (see palmares below), he was also Provincial first prize winner in the national race from Bourges II of 1,964 p.
This is not a surprise; this pigeon comes from a family of national ace pigeons.

Sire: Ace of Aces BE14-1053232
He comes from Sébastien Casaert, as a son of Nikolaas BE11-9065429 (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2013) paired to his own dam Palme d’Or BE09-6111726 (the dam of two 1st Nat. Ace Pigeons Longer Middle Distance KBDB: Amalia in 2011 and Nikolaas in 2013).
Dam: Dame 080 BE14-4052080
Winner of a 9th Prov. Chateauroux and a 22nd Prov. Bourges. She is a daughter of Speedy Ace BE11-6099308 (7th Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB 2012) x Super Lucky BE10-6213146, a direct Bart Geerinckx (half sister of 1st Nat. limoges, 2nd Nat. Argenton, 2nd Nat. Chateauroux).
Click here for Rax's impressive pedigree

The 214: 5th National Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance YLs KBDB 2017

Along with Rax, this pigeon has a major share in the team's provincial and national titles. The 214 also won a First Provincial from Chateauroux II 2,311 pigeons. He has quite a pedigree as well:

Sire: Messi BE10-4123229
A great racing bird and winner of a 1st Prov. Montluçon 3,550 p., 1st Vierzon 490 p., 1st Chateauroux 364 p. He comes from Blitz BE03-4240350 (1st Nat. Zone Limoges) x Gladys BE08-6259167 Geerinckx (a daughter of stock breeder Gladiator).
dam: Sister Lady Bourges BE09-4063432
Lady Bourges has won a 2nd Prov. Bourges, 5th Prov. Bourges, 7th Prov. Gueret, 12th Prov. Bourges eetc.
Click here for the full pedigree of the 214.

The 089: 8th Best old bird of Belgium in the longer middle distance 2017 over 5 national races

This is an excellent racing bird. He was also 6th best pigeon from Bourges in Belgium 2016-2017 across four national races from Bourges.
Sire: Wittekop BE07-4115032
Winner of a 1st Prov. Bourges 1,560 p., 11th Nat. Bourges, 52nd Nat. Chateauroux, 53rd Nat. Argenton etc. He is a son of Schonen Marcel BE02-4333395 (a direct Marcel Aelbrecht) x Tassa BE05-6054216 Geerinckx (another daughter of stock breeder Gladiator).
Dam: Dochter Leeuw BE11-6108638
She comes from Marcel Wouters, and she is a half sister of Ad, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB 2012. She is a daughter of Leeuw BE03-6277418 (6th Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB) x Granddaughter Leeuw BE10-6251643 (a full sister of 2nd and 7th Nat. Bourges of 20,541 p.).
Click here for the full pedigree of the 089.

This makes the 089 a full brother of Wittekop Junior.

Wittekop Junior: winner of 1st Prov. Argenton 2,547 olds in 2017

An outstanding racing bird and a full brother of the 089. This means he also comes from top pair Wittekop x Daughter Leeuw - Wittekop Junior's pedigree can be found here.

Their sire Wittekop BE07-4115032 was paired to breeding hen Slim Chipoke BE08-6038942 (a half sister of racing and breeding stars Chipo, Houdini and Blauwe As) when he became the sire of long distance champion Robinho: 12th Best long distance pigeon of Belgium 2017 over 5 national long distance races (PIPA ranking).

Robinho became 12th Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB in 2016, and won the title of Bronze Ring in the Waasland region. Click here for Robinho's pedigree.

8th National Champion Long Distance and Extreme Long Distance Yearlings KBDB 2017

The regulations around the national championship yearlings long distance and extreme long distance changed in 2017, merging the two championships into a single category for the long distance & extreme long distance. Ivan & Willy Baetens finished in 8th place national in this championship, and that was largely thanks to Bolleke 093.

Bolleke 093: 5th Best Yearling of Belgium Marathon 2017

She is an excellent racing hen with a bright future. She perfectly illustrates the successful breeding strategy that allowed for the creation of a successful extreme long distance team. It has been Ivan's objective to build a racing team consisting of grandchildren of 1st National Ace Pigeons Extreme Long Distance KBDB, and Bolleke 093 fits that description.
Sire: Monty BE11-9032262
Winner of a 1st Nat. Montélimar 3,868 p. in 2014 for David Flasse.
Dam Missie BE14-4052288
A daughter of two 1st Nat. Ace Pigeons Extreme Long Distance KBDB from 2013 and 2014, paired to each other: Pierre Mistral BE10-3120100 (of Pierre Bourgeois) x Elsie BE11-4274336 (of Joost De Smeyter-Restiaen).
Click here for the pedigree of Bolleke 093

As you can tell, the Baetens racing loft is home to quite a number of renowned racing birds, and we have one more to go: Mr. Agen won the title of 8th Provincial Champion Long Distance Olds and Yearlings KBDB. He is named after his top result from Agen in 2017 (after 8 days in the basket), when he claimed a 9th Prov., 20th National, and 30th International.

Sire: Libourne BE08-4298263
A direct E. Meirlaen, for which he won a 73rd Nat. Libourne. He is a half brother of the invaluable stock dam Yelena, as a son of Gouden Vleugel BE00-3274245 (winner of Gouden Vleugel 2004 Barcelona) x Marathonlady BE04-4391386 (the dam of Yelena).
Dam: Dame Coronel BE12-4239624
A direct Joost-De Smeyter-Restiaen.
Click here for the pedigree of Mr. Agen

A top class breed

The seven extreme long distance pigeons that we talked about clearly illustrate that the Bricon Loft of team Baetens has a wide collection of renowned bloodlines. This the result of deliberate investments and a smart breeding strategy, focused around top quality birds. The two fanciers had without doubt their best racing season so far, and this resulted in some prestigious championship and ace pigeon titles. This is a top class pigeon family.