Danny Senden (Herk-de-Stad, BE) is highly successful with a small basket

Danny Senden traditionally uses a very small basket for the national long distance races, and that was also the case in the past few weeks. He won a third provincial from Valence and a second provincial Montauban, and both times with just one basketed pigeon!

Danny keeps pigeons in Herk-de-Stad in Limburg together with his brother Luc, and the two fanciers have a reputation for achieving great results with a small basket. The Senden brothers won their first provincial victory in 1990 from Châtearoux, they won the car race from Bourges in 1996, and they have continued to increase their level of performance from 2010 onwards. They were provincial champion in the long distance club of Limburg in 2002, and they won a first provincial prize in 2004 and 2009 from Châteauroux and Montauban respectively, both times with just one pigeon in the basket! They also won a first provincial prize from Argenton young birds in 2009 with Fabian, which was the best young bird of Belgium in the national races from Bourges and Argenton.
Their pigeon Lucas BE10-5041687, named after Danny’s son, won the title of 3rd Best Young Bird in the national races from Bourges, Argenton and Guéret in 2010. Their pigeon Miss Souillac BE09-5163709 claimed a provincial win from Souillac in 2011, and she won another provincial first prize one season later, this time from Tulle. The Senden pigeon family also won a provincial first prize from Cahors last season. They have already won two provincial podium places in 2014, which leads us to expect that they have a good chance of taking another provincial win this season.

The pigeon breed

The foundation of their pigeon breed is fairly straightforward. The two fanciers are good friends with Pros Roosen, and many of Pros’ best pigeons were moved to the loft in Herk-de-Stad. Some of his pigeons were used for a joint breeding as well. The current pigeon breed of Andy and Luc Senden consists for 70% of pigeons with Pros Roosen origins, mainly the bloodlines of Freddy and Blauwe Prins. Other bloodlines in this loft include grandsons of Aladin (Jung-Jupid), Blauwe Leon (Leon Jacobs), grandchildren of Lucky 77 and Blue Ace (Eric Limbourg), a son of Last Queen (Guido Rego), a hen of Romain Schots, a hen of Gaston Bottu, and a group of hens obtained directly from Johan Vandamme, which are 100% De Rauw-Sablon pigeons. Pigeons of Gert-Jan Beute from the line of Vechtmachine were introduced more recently as well.

Great results with a small basket

Danny and Luc Senden think pigeon fancying is fairly simple: “it is thanks to strict selection and our love of Pros Roosen pigeons that we have been able to be very successful with a small basket.” The following results seem to prove their point.

2009: Montauban: 1st Provincial -  2nd National (1/1)
2011: Souillac:  1st Provincial - 14th National 
                 3rd Provincial - 26th National (3/3)
2012: Tulle:     1st Provincial -  2nd National Zone C (2/2)
2013: Cahors:    1st Provincial -  4th National (1/2)
2014: Valence:   3rd Provincial -  7th National (1/1)
      Montauban: 2nd Provincial -  7th National Zone C (1/1)

These are excellent results. The pigeon that won a 3rd provincial and a 7th national from Valence was bred from two pigeons that were obtained in a PIPA auction. The sire is a grandson of Aladin of Jung-Jupid, the dam is a direct Johan Vandamme, from the bloodline of Marseille (Aelbrecht) and Dromer/Dreamcouple (De Rauw-Sablon). Click here for the pedigree of BE11-5061788, winner of a 3rd prov. from Valence.

The pigeon Geschelpte Pros Junior, winner of a 2nd provincial from Montauban, is a full brother of the 1st provincial Ace Pigeon 2012 in the long distance club of Limburg. This means he is a son of Geschelpte Pros, a top class breeder for team Senden and a grandson of Blauwe Prins of Pros Roosen. You can find the pedigree of Geschelpte Pros Junior here.

It goes without saying that there will be more to come from the pigeons of Danny and Luc Senden this season!