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Colbrandt A. - Bottelare

Andre Colbrandt from Bottelare<br> with a coefficient of just 23% champion<br> Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2008
2 years ago I also visited Andre. In 2006 he had achieved the 2nd national and 3rd international Carcasonne, the 6th national Brive, the 13th national St Vincent and the 150th national Barcelona. Regionally this was the first prize four times. This year Andre had a splendid year with winning the above mentioned championship as apotheosis. Enough reason then to revisit Bottelare.

The Colbrandt-flyers gained the following results in 2008 (in blue the prizes that delivered Andre the title):
Cahors 83rd from 5441 p. (1/2)
Pau 91st from 1828 p. (1/2)
Montauban 49th from 5438 p (1 from 1)
Orange 594th from 4587 p. (1 from 2)
Barcelona 368th, 494th from 11.484 p (2 from 2)
St Vincent I 64th, 85th,147th, … from 8393 p. (10)
Tarbes 56th from 4660 p. (1 from 1)
Marseille 27th, 54th from 4126 p. (2 from 2)
Narbonne 149th, 769th from 6801 p. (2 from 2)

Perpignan 11th, 93rd, 104th … from 7603 p.

Andre has achieved a mention in the top 100 in nearly every race this year and this with only a few pigeons being basketted. The motto here is not quantity, but quality. Impressive !!! Of course even after selling the entire breeding loft, the strong basis of the Florizoone-pigeon is still present.
In addition Andre's 1st and 2nd nominated were very early a few times, with a coefficient of about 23%, making him 1st national champion Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2008.

Let's take a closer look at a few of the good performers this year:
1) 4416016/03 Beoni I out Brother Dax 2, see photo (a son of the chequered Montauban with sister Witneus) coupled with a daughter Vlaamse Leeuw, raced as a yearling :
Beziers 184th from 6191 p
St Vincent 448th from 10624 p
Then 4 years in a row Barcelona
2008 : 368th
2007 : 1274th
In 2006 : 150th
In 2005 : 1786th

2) 4416036/03 Jonge Witneus: 494th nat Barcelona (out the Witneus from Florizoone x Leeuwin - daughter Vlaamse Leeuw)
Won 3 x Barcelona :
740th nat in 2005, 1527th in 2007 and moreover Brive Nat 20810 p 121 and Beziers Nat 5.934 p 54

3) 4035076/04 Beoni II :
27th nat Marseille a full brother of Beoni I with the following honours list :
in 2005 87th from 4664 Narbonne
in 2006 221st from 9466 Brive
in 2007 83rd from 6187 Montauban, 534 from 5846 Irun
in 2008 83rd from 5441 Cahors and Marseille intern. 120th from 13954

4) 4376082/05 Pallieter :
54th Marseille from Diamand = brother father 1st Nat St Vincent 2005 (also brother Rivaldo Devos) * Blue Ace Hen Luc Vancoppenolle
in 2007 229th from 16007 Brive
in 2008 178th from 13954 internat Marseille

5) 4376031/05 "Professor" :
149th nat Narbonne out Rapied (self Dax Int 12.176 p 46 and Brive Nat 22.026 p 221) with Prinses
in 2007 : 177th from 16007 Brive, 99th from 5051 Narbonne
in 2008 Montauban 49th from 5438 and Narbonne 6801 p : 149th

6) 4035008/04 Adelaar :
769ste nat Narbonne 3 times in a row top from Narbonne in 2006 56th from 6.033 p in 2007 57th from 5.051 p. In 2008 769th from 6.801 p. You see six different winners, but all clappers that have proved themselves in the past. Absolutely no chance hits then and proof of the strength of the Colbrandt-stock.

A few more toppers...
By the way, these are not the only clappers, there are more.
We will start with 4416083/03 Jonge Leeuw.
He is a son of "De Vlaamse Leeuw", who won the 2nd NATIONAL and 2nd INTERNATIONAL against 11.808 p from DAX in 2000.
The Jonge Leeuw (lion cub) performs just as well as his father and has raced a very good prize from Perpignan 5 times in a row,
in 2004 241st from 4086 p
in 2005 32nd from 7611 p
in 2006 257th from 6765 p
in 2007 31st from 5547 p

Or the 4376043/05 "Marathon" (out Jonge Witneus see nr 2 = granddaughter Oude Molenaar and Witneus Florizoone)
Flew as yearling 286th St Vincent I from 7.525 p
14th St Vincent II from 5.396 p
in 2007 Perpignan 367th from 5.547 p
in 2008 Perpignan 11th nat and 17th internat from 17.643 p
The replacement for the Jonge Leeuw for shining 5 times from Perpignan!

4416026/03 raced this year 56th national Tarbes and 91st national Pau. Moreover, the future looks certain because Andre has, amongst other things, the following 2 promising yearlings in his loft:

4344094/07, brother of André's 1st national St Vincent 2005 against 10.020 yearlings (out "Zilveren 504/03" coupled with a Florizoone hen "Blauw Lucienne 090/00" - daughter of the renowned "Witneus) St Vincent I 85th nat from 8.393 p St Vincent II 548th from 7.356 p

4344053/07 Half-brother Beoni I and II St Vincent I 64th nat from 8.393 p St Vincent II 1237th from 7.356 p The strong rejuvenation of the racing team hasn't had any bad effects, quite the contrary. When you think, there are only 18 widowers, then you can soon see that there are not many pigeons sitting in the loft that haven't raced a top 100 national....

Jonge Leeuw 03-4416083
Perpignan 2004 Reg. 126 pigeons : 6th pr Prov. 927 p : 59th pr Nat. 4.086 p : 241st pr Internat. 5.004 p : 276th pr
Montauban 2005 Reg. 296 pigeons : 8th pr Prov. 1.316 p : 60th pr Nat. 7.303 p : 277th pr
Perpignan 2005 Reg. 226 pigeons : 1st pr Prov. 1.076 p : 5th pr Nat. 7.646 p : 32nd pr
Perpignan 2006 Reg. 149 pigeons : 9th pr Prov. 888 p : 36th pr Nat. 6.765 p : 257th pr Internat. 14.812 p : 590th pr
Perpignan 2007 Reg. 88 pigeons : 4th pr Prov. 813 p : 7th pr Nat. 5.572 p : 34th pr Internat. 15.158 p : 66th pr
Perpignan 2008 Reg. 160 pigeons : 35th pr Prov. 1076 p : 219th pr Nat. 7.603 p : 1.708th pr Internat. 17.624 p : 3.562nd pr

Results 2008
Brive : Reg. 440 pigeons 14 - 37 - 49 - 53 - 59 - 68 - 81 - 119 - 125 -126 - 132 -133 21 p Prov. 2586 pigeons 82 - 214 - 258 - 280 - 326 - 384 - 477 Nat. 14.521 pigeons 393-962-1157-1261-1459-1694-2134-3000-3098-3140-3407-3529
Cahors : Reg. 124 pigeons 2 2 p Prov. 988 pigeons 15 Nat. 5.441 pigeons 83
Montauban : Reg. 184 pigeons 2 2 p Prov. 1.033 pigeons 11 Nat. 5.438 pigeons 49
Orange : Reg. 66 pigeons 14 2 p Prov. 533pigeons 92 Nat. BV 1.187 pigeons 185 Nat. 4.587 pigeons 594
Barcelona : Reg. 325 pigeons 17 - 23 2 p Prov. 2.036 pigeons 82 - 123 BVL 1.344 pigeons 70 - 95 Nar. 11.484 pigeons 368 - 494 Intern/ 23.780 pigeons 1.025 - 1.333
Tarbes : Reg. 124 pigeons 2 1 p Prov. 838 pigeons 8 Nat. 4.460 pigeons 56 Intern. 12.537 pigeons 91
Pau : Reg. 151 pigeons 8 2 p Prov. 423 pigeons 23 Nat. 1.828 pigeons 91 Intern. 6.994 pigeons 511
Marseille : Reg. 53 pigeons 1 - 2 2 p Prov. 433 pigeons 1 - 3 BV. 1.115 pigeons 10 - 20 Nat. 4.000 pigeons 27 - 54 Intern. 13.939 pigeons 123 - 204
Narbonne : Reg. 160 pigeons 7 - 26 2 p Prov. 1.178 pigeons 33 - 169 BVL. 2.215 pigeons. 192 - 418 Nat. 6.801 pigeons 149 - 769 Intern. 12.201 pigeons 284 - 1304
Perpiganan : Reg. 160 pigeons 1 - 4 - 5 - 23 - 35 - 48 10 p Prov. 1.076 pigeons 5 - 25 - 27 - 146 - 219 Nat. 7.603 pigeons 11 - 93 - 104 - 1010 - 1708 Intern. 17.624 pigeons 17 - 134 - 146 - 1581 - 3562

Ingredients for success...
Next to the quality of the pigeons which is guaranteed by the strong stock pigeons that Andre has bred out the Florizoones, there are another 2 important items according to Andre : oxygen and feed. The inside of the windows in the racing lofts are covered by garden gauze day and night. The youngsters here even sit for the entire year in open aviaries. Qua feed: enormous amounts of corn. During the season sport for two days when they return home, followed by a mixture of half breed and half diet. The last days they are fattened up with corn.
The youngsters are even given 80% corn. Qua by-products, plenty of tea with honey and when moulting also garlic and naturaline. Further shredded cabbage in the loft. What I especially noticed, is the fact that the yearlings all race 2 St Vincents and are selected on this. All Andre's toppers were not spared as yearlings. As 2 year olds they only race 1 tough Long Distance race in order to race 2 or 3 races the following year. This season Andre has proved that this method pays dividends. We will then deservedly see him again on the national podium this autumn. Congratulations !