Gert Noels (Ham, BE): “2019 was probably my best season ever, thanks to stock breeders Claudio and Marceline"

Gert Noels (39) from Ham, Limburg has been taking big steps forward since 2012. That was the year he made a fresh start, which he did with extensive help from Jos Thoné (As) and Kurt Platteeuw (Rumbeke).

With 16 provincial top 11 prizes in the national races and a 1st Provincial Tulle in 2019 to his name, as well as a 1st Ace Pigeon long distance old birds and a 1st Ace Pigeon long distance yearlings in the Sint-Lambrechts-Herk long distance club, Gert is showing to be quite a skilled player, who has great confidence in his stock breeders Claudio and Marceline. 

His son Brian is holding Yaro, a 1st provincial Tulle.

We quickly understood why Gert wanted us to start our report with the recent achievements of his BE5083461-17: a 1st prov. Tulle 614 old birds, the fastest of 1,458 pigeons at provincial level and a 2nd national zone of 1,460 pigeons. This racing cock raced in total widowhood already had a 4th provincial Chevrainvilliers of 3191 pigeons (1st club) and an 11th provincial Argenton of 1474 pigeons on his palmares. Tulle was his first ever long distance race, and it was a success right away. His sire stems from White Gladiator x Brianna (Bart Geerinckx x Jos Thoné).

Click here for the pedigree of White Gladiator (Bart Geerinckx).

Click here for the pedigree of Brianna (Jos Thoné).

The dam is a daughter of top breeder Blue Lagoon of Bart Geerinckx, which makes her a half sister of Little Star, 1st National Ace Pigeon KBDB.

Gert Noels: "We have around 25 provincial top 10 winners in 2018-2019 in our lofts, with 16 provincial top 11 places in 2019. This has been my best season ever I have to say. I only raced my old birds this year; the young birds only did a number of training flights due to lack of time."

A brief overview (yearlings and old birds, no doubles)

Vierzon 488km: 7/1,021 provincial; 5th provinciaal 2,047 p.
Bourges 490km: 11/1,920 provincial; 4th provinciaal 2,927 p.
Limoges I 684km: 5 + 6 provincial 1,308 p.
Chateauroux 540km: 5/2,706 provincial; 16th national 24,617 p.
Argenton 570km: 9th provincial 1,474 p.; 11th provincial 1,474 p. 
Limoges II: 5th provincial 767 p.
Aurillac 717km: 7th+9th provincial 426 p. 
Issoudun 517km: 2nd provincial 823 p.
Tulle 667km: 1st+13th+15th provincial 614 p. - 2nd national zone and the fastest in the province

As you can tell from this overview, racing bird BE18-5014301 did really well in Chateauroux over 540km: a 5th provincial of 2,706 p. and a 16th National of 24,617 p. This one year old has quite an extensive palmares already:

9th Momignies – 430 pigeons
174th Momignies – 2,831 pigeons
181st Sourdun – 786 pigeons
238th Sens – 3,518 pigeons
250th Sourdun – 3,713 pigeons
414th Momignies – 3,699 pigeons
556th Sens – 9,473 pigeons
(doubles included)

She has the same sire as the winner of a 97th Nat. Bourges - 36,307 pigeons, and the same dam as Oliver and Tora (Jos Thoné), whose palmares looks as follows:

5th Nat. Argenton – 13,720 pigeons
1st Reims - 1,306 pigeons
1st Chimay - 121 pigeons
Winner of 5 x first prize

‘Oliver’ is the sire of ‘Oliver Jr’ (Jos Thoné): a 1st Nat. Zone Argenton 2,019 young birds

‘Tora’ wins a 14th Nat. Tulle – 7,322 pigeons, and she is the sire of Suske of Jos Thoné, a 1st Nat. Zone Chateauroux III 2019 and winner of 20 first prizes (doubles included). This is in other words quite a successful bloodline.

Besides the 16 provincial top 11 prizes at national level the team also wins:

Sens 350km: 1-2-3-4-5-7-8-9-10-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-20-21-23 … club of 150 pigeons
Sens 350km: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8... club of 82 pigeons
Sourdun 315km: 1-2-3-5-7-8-10-11-12-13-14-16-17-18-20-21-22... club of 142 pigeons
Sourdun 315km: 1-3-4-5-7-8-9-10... club of 71 pigeons

An overview of the pigeon lofts of Gert Noels.


The team's national breakthrough came in 2017 with a 1st Provincial Brive and a 1st National Jarnac of 5,117 yearlings. "That was unforgettable, especially because these were two very honest races: just under 1,300 m/min in Jarnac and 1,062 m/min in Brive. The soft plumed racing bird Lourdes stems from some renowned birds from his father's side. Grandfather 250/12 for instance is a youngster of Claudio x daughter Olympic Wacko. Claudio has won a 1st Interprov., 2 Prov. first prizes and a 7th National Bourges, whereas Olympic Wacko was an Olympiad Pigeon in Poznan for Verreckt-Ariën.
The grandmother stems from Joske (Thoné) x Marceline (1st Prov. Argenton with a 10 minute lead). The grandfather from her mother's side stems from a son of Paulien x dam Paulien, the number one stock breeder for Albert Derwa. The grandmother from her father's side is the aforementioned Marcelina, which is the dam and great-grandmother of a 1st Prov. Montluçon, a 1st Prov. Châteauroux, a 1st Chimay, a 2nd Sézanne, etc.

Racing hen Lourdes wins a National Jarnac for Gert Noels in 2017. Both Marcelina and Claudio appear in her pedigree.

Lourdes beat quite a few renowned racing birds in Jarnac:

1 Noels Gert Oostham 305722-75 10 8 715717 BE2189226-16 16:28:40 -1 1292.6818 
2 Tournelle Davy Rummen 280790-72 14 1 695471 BE2114191-16 16:16:44 0 1283.7885 
3 Limbourg Erik Brussegem 184503-09 6 6 665753 BE2024148-16 15:54:56 1 1280.4215 
4 Pollin Marc & Geert Snellegem 138206-78 10 3 650951 BE3025033-16 15:44:49 0 1276.8335 
5 Herbots Jo & Raf (Gebr) Halle-Booienhoven 155417-23 20 4 686343 BE6056686-16 16:12:37 1276.6
6 Clicque Gino Wevelgem 123116-23 46 5 616642 BE3107401-16 15:18:44 0 1274.7561 
7 Clicque Gino Wevelgem 123116-23 6 2 BE3107005-16 15:18:49 0 1274.5365 
8 Clicque Gino Wevelgem 123116-23 15 3 BE3107048-16 15:19:18 0 1273.2645 
9 De Laere Maurice & Luc Anzegem 149541-64 4 1 629768 BE3053851-16 15:29:50 0 1272.6871 
10 Van Den Eeckhout Marc Kalken 182689-38 22 21 662928 BE4002172-16 15:57:21 0 1269.1261 
11 Vanbrabant Gerard Nieuwerkerken (Limb.) 145235-26 25 19 695171 BE2246012-16 16:22:48  1269.1
12 De Saer Rudi Ruiselede 188819-57 12 9 647076 BE3112109-16 15:45:23 2 1267.7863 
13 Vandenheede Freddy & Jacques Zingem 254869-50 9 3 640378 BE4065345-16 15:40:13 0 1267.5314 
14 Platteeuw Kurt & Raf Rumbeke 301027-36 22 1 627743 BE3116410-16 15:30:17 0 1267.4422 
15 Verschuere Jacques Beveren(Leie) 196823-10 8 8 628377 BE3040417-16 15:31:00 -2 1266.8891


Gert shows his stock breeder Claudio.

The story behind stock breeder Claudio – which we mentioned a few times already – is the story of a top quality bird. Gert Noels: "I called Jos to suggest a joint breeding with Sachi. And since Jos and I are good friends he decided to give me all four youngsters instead of just two. And these four are now proving to be invaluable breeding birds. The last youngsters of Claudio were born in 2017; he was no longer fertile in 2018 or 2019."

Claudio is quite a sensational racing bird, having won three (inter)provincial victories. That's why we take a closer look at his references as a breeder as well:

- grandfather 1st Prov. Châteauroux 2016 (Gert Noels)
- grandfather 1st Prov. Châteauroux 2016 (PEC)
- grandfather 1st Châteauroux Zone B2 2016 (PEC)
- grandfather 1st Prov. Châteauroux 2016 (PEC)
- grandfather 1st Prov. Brive 2017 (Gert Noels)
- great-grandfather 1st National Jarnac 2017 (5117)
- (grand)father of at least 11 first prize winners at club level 2016-2018

Claudio was the winner of a 1st Interprov. Bourges (6,573 p.), a 7th Nat. Bourges (22,476 p.), a 1st Prov. Châteauroux (2,424 p.) and a 1st Prov. Châteauroux (1,437 p.). He is a son of the legendary Armstrong, a Nat. Ace Pigeon Ave Regina.

He stems from the Verreckt-Ariën stock pair Dikke Lowet x Lang Lowet through both his parents. His sire Armstrong was a 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Ave Regina, and he was in turn the sire of a 1st Nat. Argenton and a 1st Prov. Montluçon. His sire Old Houben is in turn the sire of two provincial winners. The dam of Armstrong is Elfke Dikke, a daughter of Dikke Lowet x Lang Lowet.
The dam of Claudio is Cat Eye II, which is a full sister of the dam of a 1st Nat. Argenton. The sire of Cat Eye II is also the sire of a 3 x 1st Prov. and a 2 x 2nd Prov., as well as the grandfather of a 1st Nat. Argenton of 6,177 p. The dam of Cat Eye II is a youngster of Dikke Lowet x Lang Lowet, and she is the dam and grandmother of 2 x 1st Nat., 1 x 1st Prov. and 2 x 2nd Prov.

Click here for Claudio's full pedigree.


Marceline is the stock dam for Gert Noels. She was magnificent both as racing and breeding bird, just like Claudio. She was bred by Jos Thoné.

And her palmares is pretty impressive:
- 1st Prov. Argenton 2012 with a lead of over 10 minutes in Limburg, racing against old birds/yearlings/young birds.
- 3rd Nat. Zone C Argenton 2012 (6,630 p.)
- 21st Nat. Argenton 2012 (25,949 p.)
The dam of Brian 952-15: 1st Prov. Montlucon 2016 (1,147 p.), 29th Nat. Montlucon (10,753 p.) and 3rd Prov. Fay-aux-Loges 2017 (1,871 p.).
The grandmother of Lourdes: 1st Nat. Jarnac 2017 (5,517 p.) – 2nd fastest of 10,251 pigeons.
The great-grandmother of Milan: 1st Prov. Châteauroux 2016 (897 p.) – 21st Nat. Châteauroux (9,540 p.)
The dam of 951-15: 6th Prov. Tulle 2017 (650 p.)
The dam of 635-15: 16th Prov. Limoges 2017 (584), the dam of Lourdes (1st Nat. Jarnac 2017)
The dam of 634-15: 17th Prov. Châteauroux 2017 (1,425 p.)
The dam of 237-16: 1st club Chevrainvilliers 2018
The grandmother of 244/16: 5th Prov. Jarnac 2017 (991 p.)
The grandmother of 216/16: 6th Prov. Jarnac 2017 (991 p.)

Click here for the pedigree of Marceline.

Top quality birds

Lennert: 1st provincial ace pigeon long distance KBDB 2018

Lennert is clearly another of Gert Noels's top birds: he is a 1st provincial ace pigeon long distance KBDB 2018.

Lennert wins 3 provincial top 15 prizes:

 2nd Prov. Limoges 512 p.
9th Prov. Brive 783 p.
13th Prov. Limoges 1,413 p.

And he won a few other prizes as well in the lead-up to these races: a 1st club Sezanne, a 2nd club Sourdun and a 3rd club Soissons.