Since 2012 the pigeons of De Poorter are housed in a loft along the Smoutweg in Sluis. These pigeons know how to win top prizes! Martin has had quite some successes and 2012 was not his first successful season. In fact he has won several great results and national ace pigeons over the years. We give you an overview of his biggest achievements::
1st NPO Argenton against 3,467 pigeons 1st Prov Beckingen against 4,852 pigeons 1st Prov Peronne against 8,473 pigeons 1st Prov Pommeroeul against 3,815 pigeons 1st Prov Pommeroeul against 4,555 pigeons 1st Prov Mantes-la-Jolie against 8,049 pigeons 2nd NPO Gien against 4,349 pigeons 2nd Prov Orleans against 6,036 pigeons 2nd NPO La Souterraine against 3,388 pigeons 2nd Prov Pommeroeul against 3,815 pigeons 3rd Prov Pommeroeul against 3,815 pigeons 3rd NPO La Souterraine against 3,388 pigeons 3rd Prov Morlincourt against 7,487 pigeons 4th Prov Morlincourt against 7,487 pigeons 4th Prov Pommeroeul against 4,555 pigeons 4th NPO La Ferte Jouarre against 13,461 pigeons 4th Prov Pommeroeul against 3,815 pigeons 5th NPO Orleans against 3,882 pigeons 5th NPO Orleans against 3,354 pigeons 7th Prov Morlincourt against 7,487 pigeons 7th Prov Mantes-la-Jolie against 4,555 pigeons 7th NPO Pithiviers against 6,184 pigeons 8th Prov Pithiviers against 8,461 pigeons 10th NPO Chateauroux against 4,386 pigeons 10th NPO La Souterraine against 4,033 pigeons
This resulted in the following championship titles:
1st Loft Middle Distance young birds Entente 1 1st Loft Middle Distance Entente 1 1st General Ace Pigeon Entente 1 1st Marathon Zeeland Middle Distance 1st Ace Pigeon Middle Distance Marathon Zeeland 1st Ace Pigeon One Day Long Dist. Marathon Zeeland 1st Champion One Day Long Dist. Marathon Zeeland 1st Champion Natour Entente 1 1st Ace Pigeon General Entente 1 4th Dutch W.E.N.C. pigeon Middle Distance 8th Dutch W.E.N.C. pigeon Allround 10th Olympiad pigeon Middle Distance
In 2012, Martin was particularly successful in the race from St. Vincent, where he won a first national in The Netherlands against 3,161 pigeons, as well as a third international against 13,085 pigeons. The winning pigeon is a wonderful Belgian cock that was named Rainman and he has the bloodlines of A and R De Saer. Let’s talk about that later, because he has other results worth mentioning as well. Think for instance of the teletext notations that were won from Gien, Pithiviers, Chateaudun and Bordeaux! It is clear that the quality of the De Poorter breed is demonstrated season after season!
About the future
Martin has had a turbulent career in pigeon racing. First he moved to a different loft, then he became a father (he is very proud of his child!) and now he will sell his allround birds. "A new loft and a fresh start," says Martin. An important factor in this all round pigeon breed is Wittenbuik of Gaby Vandenabeele. It is widely known that this bloodline strengthens your pigeons. It is not surprising that his pigeons take the lead in races of between 200 and 1,200km! This is a great bloodline for Martin and it brought success to his loft.
Top class pigeons
One of this season’s absolute stars was of course Rainman. This talented pigeon was purchased direct from Piet Blancke & Team BDS from Belgium; he won a first national for the Netherlands from St. Vincent against 3,161 pigeons and a third international against 13,085 pigeons. An impressive feat! Click here for the report and the results of this race and further information about this pigeon (for instance how it arrived home in heavy rain)!
The wing of 'Rainman'
The parents of 'Rainman'
Another champion in this loft is of course, Time Bandit; a great pigeon with the bloodlines of Benny Steveninck. You might have heard of him as he is quite a famous champion in Belgium! This pigeon originates from the lines of Gueret & Chipo, which is the main line in this pigeon. Time Bandit has won, for instance, three first prizes:
Gien 1/ 232 = 2/ 671 = 2/3,776 Breuil-le-Vert 1/ 341 = 1/1,078 = 7/6,101 La Souterraine 1/ 105 = 3/ 420 = NPO 15/2,751 Breuil-le-Vert 9/ 462 = 24/1,658
We saved the best for last: the top class pigeon De Rauwdauwer is an amazing champion. He is incredibly versatile! He has a great list of achievements in the NPO competitions. To those who are not familiar with pigeon racing in The Netherlands: you could compare the NPO races to provincial races! Take a look at this:
Bordeaux 1/ 421 = NAT 8/ 4,447 (covering 818km in a single day) = INT 14/10,724 Orleans 1/ 384 = 2/ 1,079 = 2/ 6,067 Bourges 2/ 167 = 4/ 605 = NPO 28/ 4,847 La Souterraine 3/ 101 = 4/ 385 = NPO 25/ 4,911 La Souterraine 3/ 113 Orleans 5/ 207 Breuil-le-Vert 13/ 388 Peronne 14/ 517 Argenton 14/ 169 Narbonne NAT 82/ 3,968 (covering 907km in a single day)
This pigeon has demonstrated his talent in almost every race and over almost every distance! This is obviously a versatile champion and an invaluable addition for the fancier who decides to purchase this bird. Martin himself is also a great champion of course who will now focus on international racing. Their opponents will be on their guard in 2013. We wonder what will happen when he's up and running... Martin, good luck with your new challenge!