Gino Clicque (Wevelgem, BE) is the new emperor of West Flanders

In 2016 Gino Clicque managed to win the title of General Provincial Champion of West Flanders for the third consecutive season. as a result, he will be awarded the title of Emperor of West-Flanders on the provincial day of the KBDB on 6th of November.

There's no getting around it: Gino Clicque is one of the great champions in pigeon racing in Belgium. His palmares includes numerous overall top results, first prizes at provincial and national level, and provincial and national championship and ace pigeon titles. The 2016 season was no exception. In fact, the pigeons of Gino Clique have been winning first prizes week after week. The racing team closed the season with five provincial first prizes and most notably a 1st and 2nd National Agen YL 2016. Several championship titles will be added to Gino's palmares in the coming weeks as well.

General Champion KBDB West Flanders 2016

The KBDB West Flanders has just published the results of the provincial championships of 2016, and it turns out Gino Clicque has won the title of General Provincial Champion yet again, setting a new record. He won this title in 2014 and 2015 with a top result in four and five categories respectively, and he did even better in 2016, winning a top result in no less than eight different categories. This is a record breaking achievement. In fact, no less than 14 (!) different Gino Clicque pigeons have won a provincial ace pigeon title this season across the different disciplines. Let's have a look:

 1st prov. ace pigeon longer middle distance YLs
 1st prov. ace pigeon allround olds and YLs
 2nd prov. ace pigeon shorter middle distance YBs
 3rd prov. ace pigeon long distance YLs
 3rd prov. ace pigeon long distance olds
 4th prov. ace pigeon long distance olds
 4th prov. ace pigeon middle distance olds
 4th prov. ace pigeon allround YBs
 4th prov. ace pigeon long distance YLs
 5th prov. ace pigeon middle distance olds
 6th prov. ace pigeon longer middle distance YLs
 7th prov. ace pigeon sprint olds
 9th prov. ace pigeon allround YBs
14th prov. ace pigeon allround YBs

This is quite an astonishing list of achievements!

Sagan and Amanda win the title of 1st Provincial Ace Pigeon

Gino Clicque demands a lot from his racing team. His racing birds are judged by their results, not by their origins. All pigeons get plenty of opportunities to show what they are capable of but they have to have a few top prizes on their palmares if they want to make it through to the next season. This selection approach has enabled Gino to create an outstanding group of racing birds, and this pigeon breed has grown to become one of the top competitors in Belgium in the long distance.
The stars of this racing team developed into invaluable breeders later on as well, and the existing breed has been further reinforced with some top class bloodlines from other Belgian lofts as well. Gino has been able to raise the bar every single season, and this eventually led to a long list of provincial ace pigeon titles this season. 
It takes a long list of achievements and a team of talented racing birds for a pigeon breed to really stand out from the others. The team of Gino Clicque consists of multiple first prize winners and ace pigeons at provincial and national level, and Gino has added two more provincial ace pigeons to his collection this season with Sagan and Amanda.

-Sagan BE15-3050829

  1st Prov. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance YL KBDB West Flanders 2016
  8th Nat. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance YL KBDB 2016
  2nd Prov. Chateauroux II       1,159 p. ’16
 46th Nat. Chateauroux II        9,540 p. ’16
 12th Prov. Tours                1,248 p. ’16
 19th Prov. Argenton I           3,339 p. ’16
 37th Prov. Bourgers II            750 p. ’16
 43rd Zone A2 La Souterraine I   2,545 p. ’16
 55th Nat. Issoudun             11,984 p. ’15
 57th Nat. Chateauroux I        29,591 p. ’16  
 64th Prov. Argenton II          2,264 p. ’15
367th Nat. Argenton II          12,449 p. ’16

Click here for the full palmares of Sagan.

Sire: Prins Bijter BE13-3160501
A son of Bijter BE05-3192693 (grandfather 1st Nat. Limoges 13,789 p. ’12 and a grandsno of stock breeder Robert) x Nestzus Super Prins BE08-3172901 (Super Prins was 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB 2010).
Dam: Mother Sagan BE12-3050356
Winner of a 3rd Prov. Blois 3,317 p. and a daughter of Zidane BE05-3188897 (12th Prov. Argenton 2,106 p., 13th Prov. Argenton 4,479 p., etc.) x Anouk BE06-3005670. Anouk won an 8th Nat. Gueret 10,670 p., a 1st club Gueret 490 p., and a 1st club Argenton 230 p., and she is the dam of a 1st Prov. Bourges  (bred from Markus BE05-3188922 x Crazy Girl BE05-3188732, a half sister of Piraat).
Click here for the full pedigree of Sagan.

-Amanda BE15-3050641

  1. Prov. Ace Pigeon Allround KBDB West Flanders 2016
  1. Prov. Tours         4,939 olds ’16 (15 May)
  1. Prov. Tours         1,759 YL ’16   (15 May)
  3. Prov. Bourges II      750 p. ’16
 11. Nat. Chateauroux I 29,591 p. ’16
 47. Prov. Montluçon     1,206 p. ’16
 71. Prov. Tours         2,770 p. ’16   (21 May)
885. Nat. Argenton      12,449 p. ’16

Click here for the full list of achievements.

Sire: De Hikker BE12-3050299
An excellent first prize winner with a fine pedigree. He is a son of the now world renowned Piraat BE05-3188928 (3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance KBDB 2008 and 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB 2008) x Jong Kerkduifje NL08-1549996, a direct Kees Bosua. Jong Kerkduifje is a daughter of Popeye 190/01 (a 1st Prov. Sens 7,236 p.) x Kerkduifje 440/03 (1st Le Mans 99,104 p., 1st Ace Pigeon middle distance Prov. 5).

Dam: Lili BE12-3112415
She originates from the very best breeds of Kurt and Raf Platteeuw, Gaby Vandenabeele and Eric Vermander. She is a daughter of Young Bliksem BE10-3100127 (a grandson of Bliksem-Vandenabeele and Blue Ace 095, 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB) x Dochter 50 BE09-3129719 (the dam of a 53rd Nat. Agen 3,113 p., 126th Nat. Limoges 17,735 p., 142nd Nat. Chateauroux 15,902 p., 255. Nat. Limoges 14,271 p., etc. and from the lines of Noël and Narbonne of Eric Vermander).
Click here for the full pedigree.

Based on her results Amanda could have won the title of 2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance behind her loft mate Sagan but the rules stipulate that a pigeon can win a title in only one category.
The fourteen provincial ace pigeons of 2016 are still kept in the lofts of Gino Clicque but will be sold in a PIPA auction in late February. This will be quite an interesting auction based on some of the most successful bloodlines of their generation.