And he also went on to win the 1st national ace pigeon title longer middle distance old birds. He also added a national victory in the yearlings' Châteauroux III to his palmares this year, which shows that he did have an exceptionally successful 2018 season indeed.
The 2018 season
As with most fanciers, expectations were high for team Clicque at the start of the season. They had 250 racing birds played both in classic widowhood and total widowhood, as well as a group of long distance hens raced from the nest. This means they had quite a bit of work to do to get their team up and runnnig. An additional 250 youngsters are weened, and these complete four national young birds' races. The youngsters will be ager to be transferred to a new loft in 2019, when the existing team of old and one year olds has been reduced by half: they kept about 50% of the 250 racing birds after a demanding season. Continue reading to find out how the racing team did season.
Numbers speak louder than words
If a reporter were asked to write about the 2018 season of the Clicque Racing Pigeons, he would need pages and pages to summarise the countless top prizes that they have won over the course of this year. Instead, we came up with this list of achievements for 2018, which needs no further explanation.
Overview of 2018 championship and ace pigeon titles
1st KBDB National Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance and Long Distance Yearlings 2018 – GOLDEN KING 1st KBDB National Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Old Birds 2018 – FIRST LADY 1st Nat. KBDB Champion Extreme Long Distance and Long Distance Yearlings 2018 1st National Chateauroux II 13,086 yearlings – GOLDEN DEVIL KBDB Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance and Long Distance Yearlings: 1, 2, 6, 10, 14 KBDB Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Old Birds: 1, 11, 13 KBDB Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Yearlings: 12
List of achievements 2018
17 X top 10 National
31 X top 20 National
55 X top 50 National
82 X top 100 National
43 X 1st prize in 2018
6 X 1st Provincial
69 X top 10 Provincial
1st national champion extreme long distance and long distance yearlings
After several years in the sprint and the middle distance, with 10 provincial first prizes from Bourges in 15 years' time, the team decided in 2009 to shift their focus towards the long distance competition. In 2010 they became 2nd national ace pigeon longer middle distance with 'Super Prince'. Two years later, the team of Gino Clicque wins the title of national long distance champion with the help of 'Piraat' and the two brothers 'Pacha' and 'Ronaldo'. The team continued to win national top prizes one after another, and several titles were won along the way as well: Golden Prince became 1st National Ace Pigeon KBDB long distance yearlings in 2014, and Golden Princess claimed the title of 1st National Ace Pigeon KBDB yearlings long distance in 2017. In 2018, Gino won the national championship title yearlings extreme long distance and long distance.
It takes some highly talented pigeons to win so many championship titles; Gino's pigeon breed is based mainly on these four lofts:
Om deze prestaties te kunnen leveren heb je goede duiven nodig en deze heeft Gino voornamelijk gehaald op 4 hokken:
- Robert & Chris Dobbelaere from Marke (the line of De Robert)
- Antoon en Hilde Reynaert from Passendale (the line of De Figo)
- Lucien Staelens from Wevelgem (the line of Red Flip)
- Gaby Vandenabeele from Dentergem (Bliksem and Rudy). Gino obtained 20 birds in 2013, and they have given 3 national winners already.
The team became national champion based on the following results:
7-7: Limoges: 7236 yearlings: 20+433
16-7: Jarnac: 4940 yearlings: 399+3
29-7:Tulle: 5326 yearlings: 4+53
4-8: Angoulème: 5030 yearlings: 161+20
Overwhelmingly strong in the ace pigeon championship long distance and extreme long distance
They have 5 pigeons in the top 14 ace pigeons in Belgium, including the first and second national ace pigeon, which shows their strength in numbers. You can take a closer look at the achievements and the pedigrees of each of these five prize winners below:
BE17-3061598 Golden King: 1st National Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2018
Their 1st national ace pigeon long distance 2018 claimed three top results:
4th nat. Tulle of 5326 p. 5th nat. Limoges of 7326 p. 27th nat. Jarnac of 4940 p.
Sire: BE12-3162754 Piraat 754, a son of Piraat
Grandfather: BE-3188928 Piraat, winner of 3rd national and 1st provincial ace pigeon middle distance in 2008. He also won a 5th nat. Bourges of 19084 pigeons and a 4th prov. Tours of 3135 pigeons.
Grandmother: BE08-3172901 Nestsister Super Prins, winner of a 136rd prov. Argenton of 2550 pigeons and a 105th prov. La Souterraine of 2838 pigeons.
Dam: BE14-3090085 Sister 1st nat. Montluçon in 2008
Grandfather: BE12-3162870 Super Gaby, sold for 81,000 euro; he is a grandson of Bliksem of Gaby Vandenabeele
Grandmother: BE11-3008127 Robertina, from the line of Super Prins
For the full pedigree click here.
BE17-3061793 New Piraat: 2nd National Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB 2018
The 2nd national ace pigeon long distance 2018 has also won three top results this season:
3rd nat. Jarnac of 4940 p. 15th nat. Limoges of 7326 p. 161st nat. Angoulème of 5030 p.
Sire: BE12-3162770 Piraat 770
Grandfather: BE-3188928, winner of a 3rd national and 1st provincial ace pigeon title middle distance 2008. He also wins a 5th nat. Bourges of 19,084 pigeons and a 4th prov. Tours of 3135 pigeons.
Grandmother: BE11-3008432 Belgium Princess: a daughter of the best two pigeons of Belgium in 2010: Super Prince and Miss Belgium.
Dam: BE16-3141167 Sister Ida: a daughter of BE10-3086721
Grandfather: BE10-3086721 Superbolt Nestbroer, winner of a 5th prov. Clermont of 8375 pigeons.
Grandmother: BE13-3036225 Gaby Returned Bliksem 225. She is also the dam of Ida, winner of a 4th and 7th prov. Chateaudun in 2015. Gaby Returned Bliksem 225 was a 100% Gaby Vandenabeele and a granddaughter of the legendary Bliksem.
BE17-3061650 : Grandson Super Prince: 6th National Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB 2018
BE17-3061563: Grandson Pacha:10th National Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB 2018
The grandson of Pacha shows to have quit a bit of talent as well. This is his palmares:
3rd nat. Angoulème of 5030 p. 26th nat. Brive of 4384 p. 430th nat. Limoges of 7326 p.
Sire: BE13-3031988 Zoon Pacha
Grandfather: BE08-3127821 Pacha: the best pigeon in the one day long distance in 2012, and winner of 17 top prizes, including a 27th nat. Soullac of 7760 pigeons.
Grandmother: BE11-2201964 Van Eycken, a daughter of a 4th Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance.
Dam: BE15-3050693 Granddaughter Piraat
Grandfather: BE12-3050299 Hikker Piraat, winner of a 9th nat. Fontenay of 4802 pigeons.
Grandmother: BE12-3112488 Kurt DV, an original Kurt and Raf Platteeuw.
The full pedigree can be found here.
BE17-3061517 Silver Flip: 14th National Ace Pigeon long distance Fond KBDB 2018
This racing cock from the line of Rode Flip has a proven record as well. This is his palmares:
20th nat. Limoges of 7236 p. 19th nat. Brive of 4384 p. 170th nat. Angoulème of 5030 p.
Sire: BE11-3008153 Red Flip won a 2nd nat. Cahors of 7140 pigeons and a 6th nat. Soullac of 5282 p.
Grandfather: BE09-3128071 Young Lucien
Grandmother: BE04-3127490 Didi Design from the Didi bloodline of Etienne Devos
Dam: BE15-3050534 Marriot, 5th prov. ace pigeon long distance with a 35th nat. Chateauroux of 17,250 pigeons.
Grandfather: BE11-3172003 Mario: winner of a 1st nat. Limoges of 7721 p.
Grandmother: BE13-3047545 Danielle: winner of a 22nd nat. Perpignan of 5254 p.
For the full pedigreee click here.
They also claim a 1st National Ace Pigeon title old birds in the longer middle distance
The old birds did great in the longer middle distance competition as well, and it resulted in a 1st national ace pigeon title with Golden Princess, as well as an 11th and 13th place.
BE16-3144110 First Lady: 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance olds KBDB 2018
The palmares of this daughter of Pacha is almost similar to his own list of achievements:
1st provincial Châteauroux of 5904 p. 4th national Gueret of 5331 p. 14th national Bourges of 20,284 p. 8th provincial Châteauroux of 3402 p. 18th national Châteauroux of 8634 p.
Sire: BE13-3031927: Son of Pacha
Grandfather: BE08-3127821 Pacha: the best pigeon in the one day long distance 2012 and winner of 17 top prizes, including a 27th nat. Soullac of 7760 pigeons.
Grandmother: BE12-3000440: Zidane Devos: from the line of Etienne Devos's Zidane and Gaby Vandenabeele's Wittenbuik.
Dam: BE15-3050804 Dochter Golden Prince
Grandfather: BE13-3031767 Golden Prince, 1st nat. ace pigeon long distance. Winner of a 3rd nat. Brive of 3850 pigeons, a 4th nat. Tulle of 5731 pigeons and a 14th nat. Limoges of 6907 pigeons.
Grandmother: BE09-3171437 Lucy, from the lines of Lucien and Figo
For the full pedigree, click here.
BE16-3107430: Son Devil Prince: 11th Nat. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance Olds KBDB 2018
Champions breed champions, as you can tell from the two youngsters of Devil Prince; this is the palmares of the 430:
17th nat. Châteauroux of 8640 p. 27th nat. Bourges of 20284 p. 81st nat. Gueret of 5331 p. 98th nat. Argenton of 11823 p.
Sire: BE13-3031911 Devil Prince: winner of a 1st nat. Montluçon
Grandfather: BE12-3162870 Super Gaby, sold for 81000 euro; a grandson of Gaby Vandenabeele's Bliksem.
Grandmother: BE11-3008127 Robertina, from the line of Super Prins
Dam: BE14-3028139 Alexandra, winner of a 5th nat. zone A Argenton of 4732 p.
Grandfather: BE03-3125930 Alegrando (De Saer) from the lines of Vandenabeele x the line of Figo of Reynaert
Grandmother: BE10-3163723 Zora: from the lines of Zidane and Elia
BE16-3107429:Dochter Devil Prince: 13th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Olds KBDB 2018
The nest sister of the 430 has also done really well; here is the palmares:
23rd nat. Bourges of 20284 p. 29th nat. Châteauroux of 8640 p. 6th prov. Bourges of 501 p. 18th prov. Fontenay of 7321 p. 40th prov. Châteauroux of 5904 p.
BE17-3061532: Turbo Piraat:12th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Yearlings KBDB 2018
The Piraat bloodline has been excellent in the longer middle distance as well, judging from the achievements of the 532:
7th nat. Chateauroux of 13098 p. 9th nat. Gueret of 8517 p. 45th nat. Argenton of 19859 p. 337th nat. Bourges of 19133 p.
Sire: BE12-2080203 Full Brother of Miss Belgium, the best young bird of 2010 at national level
Grandfather: BE07-5100921 Sire Miss Belgium from the line of Figo
Grandmother: BE09-5183351 Dam Miss Belgium; she comes from the Blauwe Tom bloodline of Paul Huls
Dam: BE12-3050140 Piraat 140
Grandfather: BE05-3188928 Piraat, 3rd nat. ace pigeon KBDB in the middle distance in 2008
Grandmother: BE07-3038761 Chris; the dam of a 1st nat Chateauroux II of 22178 pigeons and the grandmother of Golden Princess, 1st nat. ace pigeon long distance.
The full pedigree can be found here.
BE17-3061560: Golden Devil : 1st national Châteauroux II of 12,942 p.
Sire: BE-3160367 Just Argenton Boy: winner of a 59th nat. Brive of 5951 p. and an 82nd nat Limoges of 6492 pigeons. This bird was auctioned to Rudi de Saer, who showed to have an eye for talent.
Dam: BE15-3050622 Ida, winner of a 4th Interprov. Chateaudun of 4579 p. and an 8th prov. Chateaudun of 2587 pigeons.
Getting so many great results is quite an achievement; the sky is the limit for the Clicque Racing Pigeons.