Pigeon fanciers were left in amazement almost on a weekly basis, with the pigeons of Marcel and Brian Sangers delivering fantastic results in and around Zutphen both in 2017 and 2018, amid fierce competition. The pigeons stood out in 2018 in particular, even though this has been one of the most demanding seasons ever, with headwinds and high temperatures almost every week. Here is a brief summary:
1st semi-National champion not nominated one day long distance Northern Union (Brian Sangers) 1st not nominated champion one day long distance province 8 GOU over 4 best races (Sangers/Ung) 1st-2nd-5th fastest Soissons overall release 16,915 p. 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th-6th-7th fastest Chimay overall release 10,239 p. 1st-2nd-5th-6th-7th-8th fasetest Niergnies overall release 7,100 p. 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th-6th-7th-8th-10th-15th-18th-19th-20th-21st-22nd-23rd-25th-26th Isnes 5,079 p. 1st-14th-24th-31st-32nd-42nd-51st Chalons En Champagne 3,400 p. 1st-5th-6th-7th-12th-19th-22nd-23rd-24th-25th Tienen 2,450 p. 1st-2nd-3rd-7th-10th-11th-12th-13th-14th-17th-22nd-26th Epernay 1,984 p. 1st-2nd-8th-15th-27th Laon 1,266 p. 1st-2nd-3rd-17th-32nd-33rd-34th-35th-36th Epernay 1,178 p. 1st-4th-5th-9th-12th-13th-14th-15th-17th-18th-19th-23rd-24th-26th-27th Vervins 1,052 p. 1st-2nd-7th-14th-20th-21st-26th-33rd Nanteuil 576 p. 1st-2nd-5th-6th-7th-8th-11th-12th-22nd-23rd-26th-30th Laon 546 p.
1st not nominated champion Northern Union
One of the best moments of the 2018 season for Marcel was when his son Brian won the title of 1st semi national champion one day long distance not nominated in the Northern Union (provinces 7 to 11). "He is really enthousiastic, and everything seems to work out for him. We do most of the work together: I manage the loft, and Brian and Chantal are excellent assistants. Brian had a great season from day one, especially in the one day long distance!" He basketed 23 pigeons in total for three national one day long distance classics, and he ended up winning the title of 1st semi-national not nominated champion one day long distance. These were races against some of the best fanciers from The Netherlands, with more than 12,000 pigeons! Brian beat some of our country's leading names, and some of them race with very large teams. It was a fantastic feat! Here are Brian's first three pigeons in the nationals:
3rd NPO Bourges 4,271 p. 4th NPO Chateauroux 3,891 p. 27th NPO Chateaudun 4,997 p.
The best pigeon of Brian is NL14-1662622 Andara, winner of:
27th NPO Chateaudun 4,997 p. 572 km 44th NPO Chateauroux 3,891 p. 678 km 62nd NPO Bourges 2,642 p. 627 km 128th NPO Pithiviers 6,699 p. 527 km 2nd Niergnies 7,100 p. behind a loft mate 5th Geel 6,739 p. behind 4 loft mates
Sire: Octavia, a half brother of Fast Red (1st-7th-7th-23rd NPO), Red Fox (1st Duffel 9,173 p.) and Alydar (a top breeder). He is a son of Fast As Lightning (1st Heverlee 9,076 p. and 5th and 8th NPO) paired to Anica (1st Boxtel 7,743 p. and 1st Geel 471 p.)
Dam: Presilla, a fantastic hen from Pigem (2nd Nat. Chantilly 16,500 p.) x his daughter Amber, 1st prov. young ace pigeon NPO races 36,981 p.
1st not nominated champion one day long distance prov. 8 (4 races)
12th NPO Gien 5,615 p. 559 km 2018 30th NPO Pithiviers 6,699 p. 527 km 2018 48th NPO Bourges 4,271 p. 627 km 2018
The fact that both Marcel and Brian won some prestigious championship titles in the one day long distance was a great plus for the team. "We are not quite as focused on the one day long distance as we used to", says Marcel. "We are now working hard to develop a pigeon breed with strength in numbers. That means basketing pigeons every single week, so we mainly compete in the sprint and middle distance these days. And with the harsh conditions of 2018, these races were in fact not all that different from a one day long distance flight." They have just a select group of birds racing in the one day long distance now, and the Van Den Bulck x Sangers combination appears to be particularly suited for this competition.
Marcel has had many memorable moments over the course of his fantastic career. What is it that keeps this champion motivated after so many years? "Those Saturdays when I'm awaiting my pigeons. You can feel the tension build up towards a great result. It feels great! We always keep an eye on the Eijerkamp website, knowing that we have to clock about five minutes after them for a solid result. I remember a few races this season where Chantal saw that Eijerkamp had just clocked a pigeon, right when our pigeons were also starting to come home. At that moment, you just know that your pigeons are minutes ahead of their opponents. It gives you such an adrenaline rush! In the 2018 middle distance competition we were ahead of them in 6 out of 7 races, so we did quite well this season", says Marcel. and that is a bit of an understatement.
"I do think there is healthy competition in our district. Team Eijerkamp was outstanding in the one day long distance and with the young birds in particular. And I really value this team, because I know that it takes a lot of work to get where they are. And the fierce competition pushes everyone to raise the bar even further." Marcel was very pleased with his ace pigeons this season: "We had 20 pigeons in the top 25 after six sprint races, which is quite special. Keep in mind we still had the middle distance and the long distance ahead of us, where we had some stellar results and championship titles respectively."
Here is a look at their truly fantastic 2018 palmares. A brief overview:
1st semi-National champion not nominated one day long distance Northern Union (Brian Sangers) 1st not nominated one day long distance province 8 GOU over 4 best races 1st champion not nominated District - 500 km (13 races) 1st champion not nominated middle distance District (7 races) 1st champion not nominated sprint District (6 races) 1st champion nominated District - 500 km 1st champion nominated middle distance District 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-6th-7th ace pigeon sprint District - 500 km 1st-2nd-3rd-5th-7th-8th-9th ace pigeon sprint District 1st-2nd-5th ace pigeon middle distance District
Top class racing hen NL15-1421103 Lily was officially awarded as 1st regional ace pigeon sprint, over all the races of up to 500km. She won in fact 17 prizes in 17 races. This is her palmares:
1st regional ace pigeon sprint 2018 1st ace pigeon middle distance District De IJssel 2018 1st ace pigeon sprint District De IJssel 2018 1st Soissons 1,733 p. 1st Soissons 1,132 p. 1st Laon 797 p. 3rd Soissons 5,339 p. 3rd Laon 2,756 p. 7th Niergnies 7,100 p. 8th Laon 1,247 p.
The sire is a son of Hayabusa King, the winner of six first prizes in major races, paired to Land Lady, a daughter of First Knight Petrie. The dam is a direct Alwin Petrie, bred from the renowned Gigi, a Europe Cup pigeon and winner of 2 first prizes teletext.
A youngster of Lily has won a 1st Nanteuil 576 p. (2nd fastest of 1,709 p.), a 4th Laon of 2,756 p. and an 8th Laon of 546 p. in 2018.
The best performing Van Den Bulck collection
This is definitely true for Team Sangers. The Super Kweker bloodline has been one of the cornerstones of their breeding and racing team since the 1990s. It was a solid foundation that gave way to such renowned birds as Tommy Gun (8 x first), Eagle eye (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon and 1st NPO), Nina (1st NPO Bourges) and several others. Later on, the introduction of Koopman pigeons in this breed, which were crossed with the existing bloodlines, marked the start of a highly successful period for this team! We are now several years down the line, and Marcel started to look for new introductions. Eventually, he settled for some fine birds of Dirk Van Den Bulck, which he obtained from the grandmaster himself and through Flanders Collection.
Marcel exchanged a number of pigeons with Flanders Collection, and he obtained youngsters and brothers & sisters of some of the very best Van Den Bulck pigeons. It was a considerable upgrade for this team, as you can tell from their results in recent years! Team Sangers now has the following Van Den Bulck birds in their collection:
5 youngsters of Kittel – 1st Nat. ace pigeon sprint KBDB and a super class breeder 3 youngsters of Goede Rode x Olympic Rosita – parents of Kittel 2 youngsters of Greipel – 6th Nat. ace pigeon KBDB & full brother Kittel 2 youngsters of New Kittel – Substitute Olympiad pigeon & brother Kittel 2 youngsters of Broer Goede Rode x Olympic Rosita – stock pair 2 youngsters of Broer Goede Rode x Golden Leo 999 – super class pair 2 youngsters of Broer Goede Rode x Golden Leo 40000 – super class pair 4 youngsters of Olympiade koppel, the parents of Olympic Rosita, the dam of Kittel 1 youngster and 2 sisters of Special Kittel, the new superstar of Dirk Van Den Bulck
The Sangers breeding lofts are now home to over 35 Dirk Van Den Bulck breeders, and their most notable investment recently is probably BE18-4224986 Bansky. This pigeon is named after the artist with the famous painting that destroyed itself right after it was sold. It was a work of art that will be talked about for quite a while, and we reckon the blue coloured cock Bansky will not soon be forgotten either. They purchased this bird from the Flanders Collection through PIPA for quite a bit of money, and he is the only direct youngster of Kittel x his dam Olympic Rosita left in Europe! Brian Sangers: "This pigeon feels fantastic, and he is clearly the number one in in our collection of Van den Bulck breeders. Sangers Pigeons has great confidence in the future thanks to these pigeons!"
Here is a brief overview of the most renowned Van den Bulck breeders in the Sangers lofts:
BE15-4262261 Gold Dust – Sister Kittel
One of the best sisters of Kittel worldwide
The dam of the following stars:
- NL16-1259635 Kiki 15th Nat. ace pigeon middle distance ‘De Allerbeste’ 2017 1st regional ace pigeon sprint - 500 km 2017 1st regional ace pigeon middle distance 2017 1st general ace pigeon sprint District - 500 km 2017 1st ace pigeon middle distance District 2017 2nd ace pigeon prov. 8 GOU sprint - 500 km 2017 - NL16-1259580 Kathy 1st Chalons-en-Champagne 5,940 p. 2017 - NL16-1259579 Kitty 1st Isnes 1,952 p. 2017
Gold Dust is the grandmother of:
2nd NL young bird 6 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018 for Peter VD Merwe
BE15-4100451 Angelina – Sister Kittel
A super class breeder for Sangers Pigeons and a full sister of Kittel
The dam of the following prize winners:
- NL16-1259596 Kira 3rd Nat. ace pigeon middle distance ‘De Allerbeste’ 2017 1st Epernay 1,178 p. 2017 1st Vervins 1,052 p. 2017 1st Nanteuil 256 p. 2017 = 6th fastest 10,186 p. 2017 2nd ace pigeon middle distance ‘District De IJssel’ 2017 5th regional ace pigeon middle distance 2017 - NL16-1259512 Katja 3rd Epernay 1,178 p. 2017 - NL16-1259657 Kayla Winner of 25 prizes in 28 races 15x best 10% winner
BE15-4264262 Bratt – Brother Kittel
The breeder of NPO champions, and a full brother of Kittel
Vader van Homesick:
12th NPO Gien 5,615 p. 559 km 2018 30th NPO Pithiviers 6,699 p. 527 km 2018 48th NPO Bourges 4,271 p. 627 km 2018 30th Quievrain 4,068 p. 41st Vervins 6,240 p. 48th Asse Zellik 5,659 p. 50th Isnes 6,380 p.
Bratt is also the sire of the following winners:
5th Vervins 1,052 p. 11th Asse-Zellik 1,189 p.
BE15-4264387 Skittel – son Kittel x New Golden Lady
The sire of the winners of:
1st Chimay 1,804 p. 2nd & 4th Chimay 10,239 p. 3rd Nanteuil 1,708 p. 5th Quievrain 4,624 p. 6th Niergnies 7,100 p. 7th Quievrain 15,420 p. 20th & 22nd Isnes 5,079 p.
Skittel is also the sire of the 248/17
4th ace pigeon sprint District - 500 km 2018 5th ace pigeon middle distance District 2018 Winner of 18 prizes in 18 races
BE15-4264256 Konica – a full brother of Rosita
The sire of the winner of:
1st Laon 1,266 p.
A full brother of Olympic Rosita
1st Olympiad Pigeon Nitra 2012 1st Nat. ace pigeon sprint Superduif 2012 1st prov. ace pigeon sprint KBDB 2012 2nd Nat. ace pigeon MSN allound 4th Nat. ace pigeon sprint KBDB 2012 1st Noyon 1,763 p. 1st Noyon 1,248 p. 1st Noyon 555 p. (All prizes were won as a young bird) The dam of Kittel – Greipel – New Kittel – etc.
BE15-4100453 King – son van New Kittel
A direct son of New Kittel, substitute Olympiad and a brother of Kittel
- The sire of Dacapo
10th NPO Gien 5,615 p. 559 km 2018 15th NPO Gien 9,395 p. 559 km 2017 17th NPO Bourges 5,094 p. 627 km 2017
- The sire of Sabrina
5th Quievrain 2,120 p. 8th Quievrain 4,624 p. 21st Soissons 4,541 p.
BE15-4264285 Syrah – daughter Kittel x Gilberta Supreme
The dam of the winners of:
1st Vervins 1,397 p. / 5th – 4,301 p. 11th fastest Tienen 5,819 p.
BE15-4100298 Nikki – 1st regional Niergnies 7,100 p.
100% Dirk Van Den Bulck super class racing bird, a direct Flanders Collection
5th regional ace pigeon sprint - 500 km 2017 6th regional ace pigeon middle distance 2017 11th Nat. old ace pigeon ‘De Allerbeste’ 2017 1st Niergnies 7,100 p. 1st Nanteuil 142 p. 2nd Laon 142 p. 3rd Laon 616 p. 4th Nanteuil 569 p. 5th Laon 820 p. 9th Chimay 2,066 p. 14th Nanteuil 2,319 p. 27th Chimay 7,048 p.
– A grandchild of Mr. Exclusive
Half brother Kittel from Goede Rode x Golden Leo 40000
– A grandchild of Sister Schone Vale
From Brother Goede Rode x Goed Rood
- A grandchild of Super 66
Winner of a 1st Noyon 993 p.
- A grandchild of Daughter Goed Rood
From son Brother Goede Rode x Goed Rood
NL16-1259568 Home Soon – 1st ace pigeon sprint District 2018
A fantastic 100% Van Den Bulck racing bird – Inbred to stock pair Brother Goede Rode x Golden Leo 40000
1st ace pigeon sprint District De IJssel 2018 2nd regional ace pigeon sprint 2018 behind loft mate Lili 2nd regional ace pigeon sprint 2018 4th regional ace pigeon middle distance 2018 1st Tienen 2,450 p. 7st Nanteuil 576 p. 9th Vervins 1,324 p.
An impressive Lincia from the Stefaan Lambrechts breed
Besides the Van Den Bulck pigeons, Marcel was also quite fond of the pigeons of Stefaan Lambrechts, and his fantastic 1st national ace pigeon Lincia in particular. It turns out that the teams of Lambrechts and Van Den Bulck have been quite successful with each other's birds, and that could explain why Marcel considers the Lambrechts pigeons as an invaluable part of his team, especially towards the future. He obtained the following Lambrechts birds recently:
5 direct youngsters of Lincia, 1st Nat. ace pigeon KBDB 2015 4 full brothers and 2 full sisters of Lincia 6 direct youngsters of Blauw Gert, Nr. 1 stock breeder Lambrechts 4 direct youngsters of Super 188, 2nd Nat. ace pigeon KBDB 3 direct youngsters of Tornado, 1st prov. ace pigeon & 3rd Nat. ace pigeon KBDB 2014
Team Sangers invested in another round of young birds from the best breeders of Stefaan Lambrechts in late 2017, in the wake of his successful PIPA auction. This round included most notably two youngsters of Lincia paired to her own sire, which proved to be a high value breeding pair! These are some of the most precious Lambrechts descendants in the Sangers lofts:
BE16-6081012 Stefaans Favorite
Inbred Son of Lincia x her grandfather Olympic Poot
- The sire of the winner of:
11th fastest Laon 15,420 p. 18th Vervins 1,052 p. 21st Isnes 5,079 p.
Son of the Lambrechts stock pair Blauw Gert x Van Loock Duivin
- The sire of the winners of:
2nd fastest & TXT Soissons 16,915 p. 7th Tienen 5,819 p.
Inbred son of Lincia x her grandfather Olympic Poot
- The sire of the winners of:
7th Vervins 1,397 p. 8th Bierges 1,463 p. 20th Laon 2,756 p.
- A full brother of Lincia
1st Nat. ace pigeon shorter middle distance young birds KBDB 2015 with the lowest coefficient ever 1st Souppes 1,243 p. 1st Souppes 958 p. 1st Souppes 720 p.
- A half brother of Esther
2nd prov. ace pigeon middle distance 2004
- A full brother of Lincia
1st Nat. ace pigeon shorter middle distance young birds KBDB 2015 with the lowest coefficient ever 1e Souppes 1,243 p. 1e Souppes 958 p. 1e Souppes 720 p.
- A half brother of Esther
2nd prov. ace pigeon middle distance 2004
It is quite clear that Sangers Pigeons is all set for the future, with such an array of top quality breeding birds. But is pigeon racing ready for the future? Marcel: "I embrace the innovations in our sport. I do not agree with everything but I think the most important idea is that the same rules apply across the country. That is why I was pleased to hear that the national racing calendar will be used in all provinces. All fanciers now have the same options in terms of basketing clubs. Although I would like to see the points system revised. For instance, a sprint fancier racing in a club with mostly long distance players has a considerable advantage. Those long distance fanciers are no longer allowed to basket pigeons that are only there to gain experience, but it still happens that races are used merely as preparatory flights. These fanciers do not even clock their birds but they still have an impact on the coefficient. And if there is not much competition around, you a major step ahead of those fanciers racing in highly competitive districts, especially in the national ace pigeon championships and the national competitions. I hope steps will be taken in the future."
Marcel understands the commotion around a possible basketing limit. “I think this is more of an issue in Province 5 than it is here, but these things should be dealt with at a national level. Some fanciers do basket a ridiculous amount of birds sometimes. However, I should give a word of warning in case a basketing limit would be imposed: fewer prizes will be won at the lower end of the scale, and the big names will still be finishing on top, even with a basketing limit! I do hope that this limit would result in more prizes being won across the country, with fewer teams clocking pigeons one after another. I am really curious about the outcome. There will be fewer pigeons in competition, and the prizes will be won a bit quicker. What will be the impact? Only time can tell."