Luc Vermeerbergen and Robby Wilms
Young birds' specialist
Luc Vermeerbergen has been racing young birds from day one. He did great in the sprint and the middle distance, but he was very successful in the national races as well. The Vermeerbergen-Wilms combination saw the light of day in Mol in 2011, and Kris Mostmans from Rijkevorsel joined the team three years later. The fanciers agreed to race from two different locations: the first round of young birds was raced in Mol, while both the second round of youngsters, the yearlings and the old birds were raced from the loft of Kris in Rijkevorsel. As was to expected from a young birds' specialist, 2014 proved another magnificent season. The young birds raced from Rijkevorsel have won the title of 1st provincial Champion sprint young birds 2014, while finishing in 13th place at national level:
1st nom. 2nd nom. # pigeons 37 61 1613 93 95 1480 4 7 1226 21 7 957 27 29 906 74 14 683
It was not just the first and second nominated that did great in the young birds' races; basically every young bird performed really well. Click here to take a look at the results of 2014 of Vermeerbergen-Wilms (Mol) and Vermeerbergen-Wilms-Mostmans (Rijkevorsel).
From heaven to hell
It must be great to add a national sprint title to your list of achievements, but the combination is still primarily focused on the national young birds' races. The young birds had had a few successful weeks but the highlight of the season came on Saturday the 23rd of August, when New Mustang (BE14-6168626) took a provincial first prize from Tours against 4557 pigeons (2nd Zone B2 5,185 p. and 6th Nat. 24,097 p.) after an unfortunate release. He is related to Figo (1st National Bourges and 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon middle distance 2001) from his father's side, while being related to Blauwe Mustang (1st Olympiad Pigeon sprint 2009) via his dam. You can read more about New Mustang in our previous report puslibhed in September 2014.
In that same report on the race from Tours we wrote: "That Saturday, many fanciers were worried about whether or not their pigeons would make it to the loft. Images from the release site had been published online, and they did not look very promising." Fifteen days later, the pigeons were successfully released for the national race from Guéret in the late morning, but the flight route was covered in mist a short time later. Some fanciers had to wait a few days for the most of their pigeons to get home, others are still waiting. Luc and Robby are among the fancier still waiting for their pigeons to arrive, as their 1st provincial from Tours 2014 did not return home. "This was a hard blow, but it is part of the game."
... and back to heaven
Still, the fanciers had reason to celebrate that Sunday. We wrote in the same report that this combination was likely to do well in the races from La Souterraine or Guéret, and so they did. The 682, which is now called 't Provincial Gueret (BE14-6168682), followed in the footsteps of New Mustang winning a 1st provincial Guéret II against 2706 pigeons, from the lofts in Rijkevorsel. He also took a first prize in the zone (Zone B2) against 3,592 young birds and he finished in third place at national level against 16,619 young birds behind two East Flemish pigeons. This victory did not come as a surprise, as this chequered hen had already been the 1st to arrive in the loft in the race from La Souterraine:
Club 3rd 166 p. KFC 3rd 261 p. Provincial 84th 2837 p. Zonal 95th 3953 p. National 134th 18588 p.
You can tell from her pedigree that she is mainly related to national ace pigeons and provincial prize winners. Her sire won a 1st provincial and zonal Guéret, and is a son of Wonderkweker of Etienne Stassens, winner of seven first prizes, as well as 3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon in 2003 and 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon in 2004. This breeder is in fact a son of the 2nd Prov. Ace Pigeo 2001, while her grandmother is a daughter of the 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint via her father.
The pedigree from her mother's side is heavily based on De As, 1st Zonal Montauban 2011 and 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance 2011. The grandfather of her dam from her father's side is a full brother of De As, and her grandmother from her mother's side has bred De As. Click here for the full pedigree of 't Provincial Gueret.
't Provincial Gueret, 1st Provincial Guéret II young birds 2014
Not a one trick pony
It seems National Wonder (BE14-6168603) really wanted to add a third great result to his palmares, and so he closed the season with a 5th National Ace Pigeon longer middle distance young birds 2014 with the following prizes:
02/08/14 Bourges II 618th 30180 p. 16/08/14 Argenton II 587th 27254 p. 30/08/14 La Souterraine II 49th 18588 p. 07/09/14 Guéret II 16th 16619 p.
National Wonder has also won the following prizes from Tours and Châteauroux II:
09/08/14 Châteauroux II 2243rd 22818 p. 23/08/14 Tours 614th 24097 p.
It is thanks to these results that he won the title of best young bird in the national races (5 prizes) and best young birds in the national races (6 prizes) in our PIPA rankings. This pigeon has the qualities to perform at a top level for an extended period of time.
Some reports would say that bood bloodlines never lie, and this applies to this pigeon loft as well. His grandfather from his father's side is Kanon, winner of a 4th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB middle distance 2009 and 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB middle distance for Danny Van Dijck. The grandmother is a sister of the 1st Ace Pigeon Young Birds Cureghem Centre 2010 Minerva, and the dam of National Wonder is related to a number of highly successful pigeons as well: her sister 385/11 has won a 1st Melun 987 p., a 2nd Dourdan 822 p., a 5th Dourdan 874 p., a 6th Noyon 902 p., a 16th Blois 5000 p. and a 16th Orléans 10,163 p. Click here to find out more about the pedigree of National Wonder.
The key to success
It goes without saying that Luc and Robby have a strong and versatile pigeon breed. Add to that their excellent skills as pigeon fanciers, and you have a pigeon loft that is likely to be very successful in the seasons to come.