Bart and Nance Van Oeckel (Oud-Turnhout, BE) have made it to the top in Belgium

Bart and Nance Van Oeckel can be described as highly ambitious top class pigeon fanciers running a collection of top quality birds. The Diamond loft from Oud-Turnhout has an established reputation at national level.

Successful fanciers

Bart knows very well that it takes hard work to become successful, both as a pigeon fancier and as a businessman. As a fancier, you also have to rely on top quality pigeons, which explains why Bart & Nance visited some of the world’s best fanciers, including Bart & Jurgen Geerinckx, Gaston Van de Wouwer, Leo Heremans, Ad Schaerlaekens, Kris Cleirbout, Linda Meulemans, and Patrick & Guido Claes. Their pigeons were used to create their two bloodlines Diamond and Tennis, which the successful pigeon breed from Oud-Turnhout is based on. This pigeon breed has made it to the very top in recent years.

Two amazing breeders: stock sire Zwarte Diamant and his son F16

The Diamond line

The F16, winner of a first national La Souterraine, turned out to be a highly talented breeding bird. He is a son of stock sire Zwarte Diamant, a direct Bart Geerinckx from Wommelgem (BE). This Zwarte Diamant is also the sire of Miss Poznan BE 08-6031114), winner of the title of 1st Olympiad Pigeon Poznan 2011. The F16 was in turn paired to Golden Lady, which proved a great combination! We take a look at their top class youngsters and their best results:

Lady Diamant BE13-6070739

7th semi national Vierzon 5715 p.
5th national Chateauroux 5884 p.
16th national Argenton 4498 p.
2nd national La Souterraine 3184 p.

Young Diamant BE14-6030014

84th national Chateauroux 22 818 p.
16th Noyon 2695 p.
35th Quievrain 2776 p.
64th Noyon 3205 p.
53rd Noyon 1863 p.

Diamant Froome (BE12-6130672): daughter F16 x daughter Den As (Heremans-Ceusters)

1st Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB Antwerp Longer Middle Distance
1st prov. Salbris 769 p.
5th prov. La Souterraine 1.588 p.
12th prov. Bourges 1.825 p.
52nd prov. Argenton 2.768 p.
56th prov. La Souterraine 2.744 p.

The line of Tennis

Lendl is the second stock sire of Van Oeckel and another outstanding breeding bird, named after the legendary tennis player Ivan Lendl. He originates from a number of impressive bloodlines including Highlander of John & Jan Baeck, De Turbo of Ad Schaerlaeckens and Golden Boy of Van Hove-Uytterhoeven. This pigeon has an astounding track record as the breeder of first prize winners and ace pigeons. We included some of his best youngsters and their palmares below:

Super class breeder and stock sire Lendl (BE09-6349640)

Nadal (BE11-6126250)

2nd Pre-Olympic Pigeon Czech Republic Cat. C 2013
3rd Provincial Montlucon 2222 p.
14th National Argenton 16325 p.
35th National Montluçon 22875 p.
44th National Argenton 22384 p.
39th National Zone B Chateauroux 4757 p.
24th National Zone B 2398 p.
18th Semi national 3585 p.
20th National Zone B Montlucon 8766 p.
20th National Zone B Argenton 7809 p.

Nadal (BE11-6126250)

Sharapova (BE11-6126022)

26th National Argenton 16235 p.
33rd National Bourges 19655 p.
24th National Zone B Gueret 2656 p.
50th National Zone B Chateauroux 4757 p.
251st National Chateauroux 22254 p.

Sharapova (BE11-6126022)

Kournikova (BE11-6130581)

9th National Argenton 22,463 p.
78th National Gueret 15,007 p.
17th National Gueret 2656 p.
370th National Montluçon 21,827 p.
371st National La Souterraine 19,155 p.

Kournikova (BE11-6130581)


Quite a few other fanciers have achieved great success thanks to the bloodlines of Bart & Nance Van Oeckel:

Veenstra (Drachterscompagnie, NL):

09/8 Meer     20,401 pigeons  9-34-70-163-...
16/8 Sittard  16,803 pigeons  22-80-93-...

Danny de Voogd (Yerseke, NL):

16/8 Meaux  4885 pigeons  8-11-...

The future

Bart & Nance were looking to move to a new house, which they will be doing this fall, taking a large part of their pigeon collection with them. They plan to make a fresh start from their new home without the help of most of their current stars, such as Lady Diamant, Diamant Froome, Nadal and Kournikova. We wonder what the future holds in store for them!