A smart move
The foundation for an even more successful generation of Flanders Collection pigeons was laid in 2014. Dirk Van den Bulck had a splendid 2013 season with the titles of 1st National Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB young birds (for 803/13 Kittel), 1st National KBDB champion young birds sprint and 1st Olympiad Pigeon Nitra Category F. However, the sprint champion decided to get rid of his pigeons a few months later. Yannick and Bruno have an eye for talent and they managed to add some of the finest Van den Bulck pigeons to their existing collection. It was a smart move, since a number of other fanciers have managed to win no less than seven national top prizes with descendants of these newly introduced pigeons in 2015:
1st Nat. Champion sprint KBDB young birds 2015 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB young birds 2015 4th Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB young birds 2015 9th Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB young birds 2015 14th Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB young birds 2015 14th Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB yearlings 2015 19th Nat. Champion sprint KBDB young birds 2015
The 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB yearlings 2015 comes from a Flanders Collection breeder as well, although he does not originate from the Van den Bulck pigeons. He is a descendant of the Freddy bloodline. It goes to show that the bloodlines that were introduced earlier on continue to show their value as well.
Kittel, 1st National Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB young birds 2013
Besides a long list of top references in other lofts the Flanders Collection has won quite a number of prizes in their home loft as well. For instance, they won an impressive 37 pure first prizes in 2015 with their old birds, yearlings and young birds together. The yearlings' and old birds' prizes were won by six widowers in the sprint (up to 300km), eight widowers in the middle distance and twelve widower hens in the (shorter) middle distance. The racing team for 2015 consisted of a group of 70 young birds. The fanciers used mainly pigeons of Van den Bulck for the races of 160 to 320km, while pigeons of Heremans and De Rauw-Sablon were used mostly for the other races. Click here for the palmares of Yannick and Bruno in their home loft in 2015.
Heremans x Van den Bulck combination is a great success
Kittel-Safyra, New Kittel-Gilbert and Onze Bolt were the strongest racing birds in Liedekerke this season.
The chequered hen 167/15 became the best young bird in Liedekerke, thanks to the following results:
1st Noyon 805 p. 1st Souppes 668 p. 1st Souppes 269 p. 5th Souppes 2,209 p. 9th Souppes 1,433 p. 14th Noyon 1,820 p.
As her name suggests, she is a daughter of Kittel x Safyra. Kittel was 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB 2013 sprint for Dirk Van den Bulck with the lowest coefficient ever (0.9%). He originates from the successful De Goede Rode x Olympic Rosita pair, which are also the parents of 849/13 Greipel (6th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB sprint 2013) and 710/14 New Kittel (6th Olympiad Pigeon 2014). This is no surprise, since Olympic Rosita was a 1st Olympiad Pigeon in Nitra. Her partner Goede Rode is a 50% Heremans via a direct daughter of Nieuwe Rossi. He originates from two more iconic Heremans pigeons from her mother's side: Nieuwe Olympiade and De Safier. Click here for the full pedigre of Kittel-Safyra.
New Kittel-Gilbert (BE15-4100054)
The 054/15 New Kittel-Gilbert is another pigeon bred from the Heremans and Van den Bulck combination, just like Kittel-Safyra. This is a cock wit great potential:
1st Souppes 269 p. 4th Souppes 1,433 p. 4th Noyon 363 p. 7th Noyon 526 p. 59th Noyon 1,634 p.
Again, his name reveals his origins. The sire is New Kittel, a full brother of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB sprint young birds 2013 Kittel and 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB sprint young birds 2013 Greipel. He is also related to the renowned Heremans racing bird De Gilbert from his mother's side, winner of the title of 4th National Ace Pigeon KBDB in 2011. He is one of the grandparents of the 054/15, along with a daughter of Heremans's new Dreampair. Click here for the full pedigree of New Kittel-Gilbert.
Onze Bolt (BE14-4256151)
The blue coloured one year old cock 151/14 Onze Bolt is not an inbred pigeon but rather a 100% Heremans. He has the same dam as New Kittel-Gilbert: the 909/13 Gilberta Supreme, a daughter of Gilbert x a daughter of New Dreampair. His sire is a full brother of Bolt, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB young bird 2012, which was sold to China for no less than 310,000 euro. Click here for the full pedigree of Bolt. The 151/14 can be regarded the best one year old cock in the Flanders Collection, having won the following prizes:
1st Noyon 214 p 1st Noyon 145 p. 1st Souppes 127 p. 3rd Noyon 277 p. 5th Noyon 135 p. 6th Noyon 163 p.
National success in Portugal
To allow the pigeons of Deridder-Vandenbrande to gain international success, Flanders Collection joined forces with Team Campos in 2014. Their pigeons really felt at home in the Portuguese town of Souselas near Coimbara. This Portuguese satellite loft won the following titles thanks to the introduction of racing birds from Liedekerke:
1st National champion middle distance olds/yearlings 1st Provincial champion Sector 6 middle distance olds/yearlings 1st Provincial champion Sector 6 sprint olds/yearlings
These impressive titles can be attributed mainly to BE14-4256288, their best pigeon this season, which is a direct youngster from a daughter of the Favoriete Paar (the great-grandparents of Bolt). It was only their first season as a partnership! Click here for all the results of Team Campos in 2015.
Paulo and Rui Campos
A bright future
Yannick and Bruno did a number of top transfers this summer with the pigeons of Van den Bulck, and most notably national ace pigeon Kittel. A son and a nephew of sprint champion Kittel were not the only pigeons to achieve great results; his grandchildren have won an impressive number of pure first prizes as well. It shows that the Kittel dynasty and the Heremans pigeons are a perfect combination. We wonder what this pairing has in store for the future.