Raf Luyckx is not unknown, but rather an ‘established value’ i n our national pigeon sport, originating from the ‘Waasland’ out the region Belsele near Sint-Niklaas. Whoever has 2 ‘Olympiad pigeons’ to his name, has managed to classify himself at the top of the ‘national championships’ several times… can be counted as one of the top figures of our country. Here a few performances from the past in a nutshell :
1997: 3rd Olympiad pigeon middle distance in Bazel(with the Bleken Olympiade B94-4033826) 2000: 1st Olympiad pigeon long distance pigeon in S-Africa(with Blauwe Floeren B97-4362528) 1996: 10th National Champion long distance KBDB 1997: 5th National Champion Long distance KBDB 1998: 1st General Champion Steeple Cup 1999: 6th World champion Versele-Laga 2000: 6th General Champion Belgische Verstandhouding
It was during the time that Raf was working in his busy butchers shop in Sint-Niklaas, when he was bitten by the pigeon bug through father Jef… and took his first steps in the pigeon world in the Sprint. But with a busy business and the pigeons residing on the 3rd floor, it was not easy to keep this up… he could hardly ask a customer to wait for fifteen minutes for his ‘steak’ as the pigeons were due to return home from their sprint race. This meant that Raf lost numerous 1st prizes and top classifications… he even installed a camera so that he could see on the monitor in his butchers shop when a pigeon entered the loft… and he had to sprint, run up the stairs… 3 floors up! This was why Raf decided to change direction and start orientating his game to the long distance! With the above successes as a result!
When he bought his current house in Belsele, and left his butchers shop… he bred another round of youngsters from his best couples and transferred them to his new lofts in Belsele, later in the season there was a public auction with 12 pigeon couples in Bis, wherefrom the remaining 12 pigeons then had to act as basis for the re-start in Belsele.
In the meantime Raf has been active for a few years now in Belsele, where once again he has bred together a classy team, with which he manages to shine from the ‘grand middle distance’ to the ‘extreme long distance’! The successes weren’t long in coming… and last weekend the ‘Ricco’ put the icing on the cake by winning the 1° Provincial Limoges in East-Flanders, whereby he will end nationally around the 31st place.
In 2011: Limoges Prov 4.489 p. 1 Nat 19.369 p. 31 Vierzon 432 p. 35 FCD 1.743 p. 240 In 2010: Tulle 108 p. 19 Argenton 99 p. 8 FCD 606 p. 77 Chateauroux II 177 p. 6 FCD 949 p. 44 Chateauroux I 235 p. 27 Vierzon 377 p. 17 FCD 1.409 p. 70 In 2009: Souillac 64 p. 5 FCD 603 p. 16 Argenton FCD 616 p. 110 Chateauroux 230 p. 31 Bourges 366 p. 114 Vierzon 225 p. 4 FCD 1.196 p. 13 In 2008: Blois 160 p. 4 FCD 519 p. 7 Bourges I 260 p. 23 Poitiers 124 p. 3 FCD 541 p. 8 Limoges 157 p. 12 FCD 812 p. 47 Bourges 56 p. 1 FCD 411 p. 3 Souillac 85 p. 8 FCD 529 p. 47 La Souterraine 193 p. 57 57
A pigeon with an excellent track record , more than highlighted by his long performance list. And when we look at the pedigree, then we see that it is anything but coincidence… because behind this pigeon there is a variety of top talent… pigeons with ‘name’ and ‘fame’ within the international pigeon sport, take a look…
Father: ‘Bosua cock’ NL05-5534830
A direct Kees Bosua… as half-brother of the ‘Kerkduifje’, winner 1° Nat Le Mans 99.104 p. (fastest of 120.936 p.), and son of super breeder ‘Kleine Figo’ B02-3025837, a direct Antoon & Hilde Reynaert (full brother of ‘Figo’ or the 1st Nat Bourges 12.266 p, in addition to 8 x 1st Prizes) x ‘Panini’ NL01-5150249, winner 1° Bourges 3020 p. (and daughter of the ‘Autokoppel’ Kees Bosua) a) .
Mother: B03-3003754 ‘Granddaughter Wittenbuik’
A direct Gaby Vandenabeele with ‘Son Wittenbuik’ B94-3237436 as father… and as mother a ‘Daughter Bliksem’ B02-3255938 (The ‘Bliksem’ self is also a ‘grandson’ of the ‘Wittenbuik’)
It was the first crowning on the work for this season, achieved in a marvellous way (see results below). The long distance season couldn’t have started better for Raf Luyckx… by winning the ‘top prize’ at provincial level in the first long distance race of 2011! It opens good prospects for the coming weeks…
The performances from the first few weeks of 2011
14/5 Blois (445 Km) 144 o.b.: 3-5-6-19-20-21-22-32-43 (9/17) FCD 881 p.:17-21-22-125-131-134-143... (9/17) 21/5 Vierzon (462 Km) 432 p.: 7-8-10-12-16-18-25-35-41-57-66-74-86-90… (18/25) FCD 1.743 p.:85-93-116-133-143-156-196-240… (15/25) 28/5 Bourges (468 Km) 383 o.b.: 4-7-12-21-31-60… (9/16) FCD 1.201 p.:13-43-68-92-138-261-321-341 (8/16) 04/6 Limoges (627 Km) 230 o.b.: 1-15-34-52-58.. (6/10) FCD 1.301 p.:1-100-112-156-255-284 (6/10) Prov 4.489 p.: 1… etc. 04/6 Chateauroux (512 Km) 261 o.b.: 10-20-24-29-60-75-83 (7/10)