Gino Clicque, a selfmade man
Gino has just turned 50. He runs a flourishing business but he is most of all the manager of a flourishing team of strong racing pigeons. At the age of ten he was already helping his father in the pigeon loft. His father died when Gino was 16. From that moment he was on his own. Luckily his father had arranged that he could become a caretaker for Andre and Patrick Desmet from Semmerzake for a few weeks in the summer of 1976. It was there that he learned the ropes and it was thanks to this cooperation that he could bring some of the champions of Semmerzake home to his own loft.
Gino was sixth in the Belgian Championship for beginners in 1980. Back then he raced the sprint and middle distance and his results did not go by unnoticed. His pigeons did well in the race from Bourges, which was his favourite racepoint. At provincial level he won this race ten times; he won 12 national top five places and he had two national victories: first and second against 14,535 young birds in 2001 and a first against 2,573 hens in 1995. That is why he is called Mister Bourges. His pigeon Piraat won a third National Ace Pigeon Heavy Middle Distance in 2008. One year later he decided to go for the long distance. Soon he had some great successes in this competition. He had a team of racers that was ready to be basketed for the provincial race from Tours but he changed his mind in the final instance: they were basketed for Brive instead. Hhe wanted to know if his team was capable of completing this race. The national results were impressive: 63th, 78th, 80th, 137th, 139th, 144th, 226th and 523rd with ten basketed pigeons against 17,446 old birds. Two weeks later he repeated his success in the race from Cahors, this time at national level against 7,347 pigeons. He won a 38th, 43rd, 100th, 306th, 538th and a 593th, again with ten basketed pigeons. In 2010 he won a second National Ace Pigeon Extreme Middle Distance with Super Prince. He won a 4th / 10,906 Nat. Bourges, 5th / 22,476 Nat. Bourges, 6th / 10,549 Argenton and 7th /1,153 Poitiers in 2010. In 2012 the Gino Clicque loft was crowned as National Long Distance Champion thanks to the brothers Pacha and Ronaldo and Young Piraat. We guess there is still more to come from this fancier.
Gino with one of his cracks
Gino has a lot of pigeons but you could summarise his breed in three main bloodlines:
- The line of Robert: a pigeon of the loft of Robert & Chris Dobbelaere from Marke. The Robert belongs to the line of Robert's Noel, winner of a First Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB in 1992.
- The line of Antoon and Hilde Reynaert from Passendale. Gino obtained reinforcements from the line of Goen and Figo.
- The line of Spencer. He stems from the line of Kadet’(Meulemans) and was purchased at an auction of Wilfried Vandemaele from Heule.
He looks for additions every season but it is important that new pigeons have already proved themselves. A good name and pedigree alone do not guarantee a place in the breeding loft of Clicque.
National Champion Long Distance 2012
The national Long Distance Championship was won with three pigeons: the breeding couple ‘Pachaé and ‘Ronaldo’ and ‘Young Piraat’. These were the results:
Location 1st nominated 2nd nominated Against Prize 1 Prize 2 Montauban Ronaldo Pacha 6,822 27° 47° Brive Ronaldo Pacha 11,130 233° 240° Tulle Pacha Young Piraat 6,817 41° 43°
The 08-3172821 Pacha
He is one of the big stars in this loft, together with his brother Ronaldo. Pacha did very well in 2012. It was in that season that he won a fifth National Ace Pigeon Entente Belgium. He is also the best one day long distance racer over four and five national races with the following results:
Souillac nat. 27th / 7,760 Tulle nat. 41st / 6,817 Montauban nat. 47th / 6,822 Brive nat. 240th / 11,130 Limoges nat. 771st / 13,781
His list of achievements includes plenty more great results:
Chateauroux prov. 10th / 3,486 Chateauroux local 5th / 954 prov. 24th / 5,500 Cahors nat. 75th / 8,651 Argenton prov. 26th / 5,251
The younger brother of Pacha has been doing great as well. He won a third Nat. Ace Pigeon Belgium Entente. These were his best results:
Montauban 2012 local 3rd / 302 Prov. 5th / 1,109 Nat. 27th / 6,822 Brive 2012 local 19th / 500 Nat. 233th / 11,1130 Limoges 2012 local 16th / 554 Nat. 93rd / 13,781 Souillac 2011 local 3rd / 245 Prov. 9th / 1,138 Nat. 102nd / 5,667 Montauban 2011 Nat. 501st / 9,091 Chateauroux 2011 263rd / 5,500 Chateauroux 2010 778th / 18,725 Limoges 2010 local 9th / 795 Nat. 373rd / 14,211
08-3128163 Young Piraat
His pedigree is one of a kind. He is for instance a descendant of Noel of Robert and Chris Dobbelaere from Marke and Goen of Antoon & Hilde Reynaert from Passendale. He is a son of Piraat, a third Nat. Ace Pigeon Grand Middle Distance in 2008. Let’s take a look at his best results:
Souillac 2012 local 6th / 318 Nat. 36th / 7,760 Tulle 2012 local 3rd / 219 Nat. 43rd / 6,817 Argenton 2012 local 20th / 437 Nat. 118th / 4,782 Argenton 2012 local 4th / 352 Nat. 362th / 12,384 Montlucon 2012 local 5th / 339 Prov. 55th / 1,792 Argenton 2011 local 54th / 1,403 Nat. 281st / 11,001 Limoges 2011 local 8th / 795 Nat. 364th / 14,211 Tours local 15th / 496 Prov. 128th / 3,526 Tours local 8th / 356 Prov. 82nd / 3,085
Top 10 national
2011 Bourges 9,781 olds 4th 2010 Bourges 10,906 olds 4th 2010 Argenton 10,549 olds 6th 2010 Bourges 22,476 olds 5th 2009 Bourges 22,499 yearlings 5th 2008 Bourges 19,084 olds 5th 2006 Gueret 10,670 youngb. 8th 2004 Bourges 4,931 hens 9th 2002 Limoges 635 hens 5th 2001 La Souterraine 17,315 youngb. 8th 2001 Bourges 42,763 youngb. 4th and 6th
Results in 2012
These are the best results of the previous season. As you can see the pigeons are basketed for about every distance.
L’Aigle 164 yearlings: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 17th, 21st, ...(26/35) L’Aigle 314 olds: 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 27th, 29th, 30th, ...(26/35) Tours 186 oude: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 25th, 30th (9/17) Tours 599 yearlings: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 29th, 47th, 60th, ...(11/30) Tours 671 yearlings: 1st, 2nd, 12th, 26th, 29th, 32nd, 46th, 49th, 53rd, 63rd, 80th, ...(17/26) Chateauroux 572 olds: 3rd, 4th, 11th, 14th, 28th, 29th, ...(10/18) Limoges 463 olds: 3rd, 19th, 33rd, 48th, 154th (5/6) Limoges 572 yearlings: 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 9th, 25th, 35th, 42nd, 47th, 58th, 69th, ...(17/29) Montauban local 302 old birds: 3rd and 5th (2/3) Prov. 1109 olds: 5th and 11th (2/3) Nat. 6822 olds: 27th and 47th (2/3) Brive local 500 olds: 13th, 19th, 22nd, (4/8) Prov. 2083 olds: 84th, 97th, 101st, ...(4/8) Nat. 11130 olds: 194th, 233rd, 240th, ...(4/8) Tulle local 219 olds: 2nd, 3rd, 18th, 23rd, 41st (5/6) Prov. 965 olds: 26th, 28th, 128th, 143rd, 289th (5/6) Nat. 6817 olds: 41st, 43rd, 311th, 351st, 822nd (5/6) La Souterraine 452 young birds: 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 18th, 21st, 28th, 30th, 36th, 37th, 43rd,...(25/53) Gueret 570 young birds: 1st, 4th, 8th, 10th, 28th, 33rd, 36th, 40th, 41st, 43rd, 65th,...(24/54)