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Synergy between three experienced fanciers is the key to success for Team BDS (BE)

Team BDS is the living proof that people with lack of free time or a busy daytime job can still reach the top in pigeon racing. Their joint effort enabled them to achieve great things, including first prizes and ace pigeons at provincial, zonal and even national level.

Team BDS with Dirk Speybroeck, Dr. Piet Blancke and Bart Declerck

top class fanciers and top management

Team BDS has proven to be a well organised team in recent seasons; the three experienced fanciers have been working very well together, achieving great success in our sport.

Team BDS has a fancier with a medical background as well: Dr. Piet Blancke is one of Belgium's most consulted veterinary surgeons, and he knows more than anyone else how to get your racing team in excellent shape before the start of the season, or how to prepare them for the most important races. He knows how to get the most out of this breed.

Team BDS combines Piet Blancke's knowledge with the dedication and expertise of the two loft managers Dirk Speybroeck (who races the cocks as BDS/Speybroeck) and Bart Declerck (he races the hens as BDS/Declerck), and this team of three has been able to achieve great results in a short period of time. Every member has a number of responsibilities and specialties. They joined forces in 2011, and they have been winning many top prizes since. They agreed to focus on the national races of the longer middle distance and the light long distance (races of between 450 and 700km) from the very beginning.

A solid foundation

They have been winning many prizes both at provincial, zonal and national level, and not only in their own loft. Several other fanciers have obtained pigeons from Team BDS and have been doing great. Among them are such renowned fanciers as Martin De Poorter, Gevaert-Lannoo, Benny Steveninck, Gaby Vandenabeele, nad Rudi De Saer. The old bloodlines from the successful Cools-Blancke era continue to do wonders in this loft, especially the top class bloodlines of their stock pairs ‘Gaby 184/93 x Francoise 530/95’ (they are the parents of Aagje, the dam of the outstanding breeder Rudy BE06-3008003, and the parents of Bieke, the dam of Gaby Vandenabeele's Rambo II) and ‘Frans 137/95 x Alfoncine 182/94’. This pair has laid the foundation for the stock bloodline for Team BDS that consists of Aske-Fryda-Eline​.

- Aske BE00-3195018

1st Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB West Fl. in 2000. In team BDS she is the dam of:
a. Lady Aske 791/07: the dam of Magic Aske 1 BE13-3076225 (see later)
b. Lady Aske 816/09: the dam of Magic Aske 2 BE13-3076271 (see later)

-Fryda BE99-3103770

A super class breeding hen, and the dam of:
a. Mona for Gaby Vandenabeele (she is the dam of Gloria, 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB 2013)
b. Chateauke (1st Prov. Chateauroux 7,437 p. Cools-Blancke)
c. Eline BE03-3056334 ​for Team BDS (winner of 1st Nat. Zone Argenton 960 p., 6th Prov. Tours 2,977 p., 20th Prov. Blois 5,246 p. and 43rd Prov. Chateauroux 4,061 p.): Eline is in turn the dam of Bonte Eline and the grandmother of Bont Pootje (2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB, see later).

This bloodline was crossed with the line of the invaluable stock breeder of the Roger & Dirk Speybroeck pigeon family:

-Sproete Blois BE01-4374173

This invaluable stock breeder is the sire of:
a. Lady Aske 791/07: the dam of Magic Aske 1 BE13-3076225 (see later)
b. Lady Aske 816/09: the dam of Magic Aske 2 BE13-3076271 (see later)
c. Gonzalez BE06-4283542, winner of:

 1st Prov Argenton 6,790 p.
 1st Prov Poitiers   577 p.
 1st Nat. Zone A and 3rd Nat. Bourges 9,781 p.
11th Nat. Argenton 10,549 p.
57th Nat. Argenton 11,009 p.
Won 11 first prizes in total (including 9 first prizes over 450-600 Km)
Sire of 1st Vierzon 1,240 p. and 14th Prov. Vierzon 8,394 p. '14

d. Speedo BE08-4280633, winner of:

1st Prov. Blois 3,974 p. (fastest pigeon in the race)
1st Club and  4th Prov. Tours 2,714 p.
1st Club and 15th Prov. Tours 2,903 p.
1st Club and 20th Prov. Blois 1,184 p.
2nd Club and  9th Prov. Tours 2,285 p.
2nd Club and 19th Prov. Argenton 3,387 p.
2nd Club and 61st Prov. Blois 4,257 p.
3rd Prov. Orleans 1,331 p.

These stock bloodlines were paired to pigeons of Marc Pollin (Son Hamilton and daughter Mortifer), Nobert Ally (son Shumi and Son Dax) Rudi De Saer (Brother Bleken, Monty line, which is the sire of Rainman, and the old bloodline Perigueux x Corry, the dam of Rainman), Benny Steveninck, (Daughter Gueret), Patrick & Dimitri Houfflijn (line of Geronimo), Luc Bafort (sire of Magic Aske 2). Each of these combinations has given excellent results in recent seasons in the provincial and national classics of the longer middle distance and the one day long distance.

It resulted in an impressive four provincial first prizes ​and three zonal first prizes in in 2014. They did great in 2015 ​as well, winning several first prizes and top results in major races (provincial, zonal and national level). They have won the following first prizes:

1-2-3-4th Villemandeur 324 young birds
1-2nd Chateaudun 110 young birds
1-2nd Montluçon 342 yearlings
1st La Souterraine 334 young birds
1st Chateauroux I 397 young birds
1st Bourges I 196 yearlings
1st Clermont 334 old birds
1st Clermont 178 yearlings

The racing team has won 34 top 100 provincial and/or zonal prizes in 2015.
Click here for the palmares of this loft for 2015.

Confident in their top quality breed

The ability to win top prizes and to claim important victories is often an innate ability in top quality breeds. The fanciers that can breed several generations of such prize winners will be able to achieve long term success. This is no secret. In fact Dr. Piet Blancke gets visits from national champions almost every day. Team BDS relies on several generations of prize winners and champions as well, provided by the top class lines of Aske-Fryda, Eline and Sproete Blois. Their descendants have won many provincial and zonal first prizes in their home loft, but also in the lofts of other renowned fanciers (see earlier), where they have claimed victory at provincial, zonal, and even at national level.

The BDS racing team's impressive level of performance has led to quite a few provincial ace pigeon titles​:

2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon long distance young birds KBDB 2015
2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance yearlings KBDB 2014
3-bis Prov. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance yearlings KBDB 2014
4-bis Prov. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance yearlings KBDB 2014
5th Prov. Ace Pigeon long distance young birds KBDB 2014
6-bis Prov. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance yearlings KBDB 2014 

Each of these outstanding racing birds shows the level of quality and the breeding value of the BDS breeding loft, which continues to breed promising new young birds every season. We take a closer look at some of their current best racing birds:

-2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon BE15-3109050

2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB West Fl. 2015
Chateauroux 3 Prov  4,392 p. 5  (Club 397 p. 1)
              Zone  6,787 p. 11
              Nat  17,250 p. 31
Chateauroux 4 Prov  1,902 p. 40 (Club 324 p. 6)
La Souterraine Prov 2,799 p. 77 (Club 334 p. 4)
              Nat   9,760 p. 148
Tours         Prov  6,083 p. 80

This 2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon comes from Broer Bleken BE09-3040471, which is a direct Rudi De Saer: he is a son of ‘Den 18’ x ’t Goedje’, making him a full brother of Bleken (4th Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB, and a half brother of Antonio (1st Nat. Souillac) and New Tours (1st Nat. Cahors). The dam of this 2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon is Sister Magic Aske I.

-Magic Aske I BE13-3076225

11th Nat. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance yearlings KBDB 2014
3-Bis. Prov. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance yearlings KBDB 2014
Fontenay    Club     78 p. 1
            WVOU  5,735 p. 34
Chateauroux Prov  3,616 p. 4   (24th of May)
Bourges I   Zone  3,461 p. 84
Chateauroux Zone  4,238 p. 5   (7th of June)
            Nat  21,515 p. 15
Chateaudun  Prov  3,101 p. 38
Montluçon   Prov  2,321 p. 34
            Nat  19,298 p. 98
Gueret      Zone  1,235 p. 13
Bourges II  Zone    889 p. 43
Chateauroux Zone    661 p. 49  (9th of Aug)

Unfortunately this pigeon got injured when preparing for the 2015 season. She did manage to win a 20th Clermont 203 p. and a 505th Clermont WVOU 8,352 p. but she could nog longer be basketed for the classics of the longer middle distance.
​She is a daughter of Hamilton 192 BE11-3050192 (from Marc Pollin, being a son of Hamilton 037/09) x Lady Aske 791 BE07-4272791 (daughter of two stock breeders: Sproete Blois x Aske).
Her origins tell the whole story: click here for the pedigree.

-Magic Aske II BE13-3076271

6-Bis. Prov. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance KBDB 2014
’14 Blois       Prov  1,131 p. 12
’14 Tours       Prov  2,964 p. 66
’14 Chateauroux Club    387 p. 1   (24th of May)
                Prov  3,616 p. 2
’14 Chateauroux Zone  4,238 p. 10  (7th of June)
                Nat  21,515 p. 27
’14 Gueret      Zone  1,235 p. 69
’14 Compiègne   Prov  1,257 p. 8
’15 Argenton    Prov  1,578 p. 54
                Nat  12,187 p. 124

She was bred from Blauwe Prins 151 BE12-4033151 (from Luc Bafort, and a full brother of Blauwe Prins: 33rd Nat. Tulle 8,323 p., 85th Nat. Brive 10,089 p.) x Lady Aske 816 BE09-4280816, a full sister of the dam of Magic Aske (from Sproete Blois x Aske).


-Bont Pootje BE13-3076141

2. Prov. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance yearlings KBDB 2014
’13 Clermont       Club    333 p. 4
’13 Clermont       Club    299 p. 8
’13 La Souterraine Zone  2,555 p. 29
’14 Tours          Prov  2,964 p. 33
’14 Montluçon      Prov  2,321 p. 13
                   Nat  19,298 p. 29
’14 Gueret         Zone  1,235 p. 89
’14 La Souterraine Zone  1,173 p. 4
’14 Bourges II     Club    107 p. 1
                   Prov    798 p. 10
’14 Argenton II    Prov    413 p. 16
’15 Gueret         Prov  1,769 p. 15

A daughter of Shumi Boy BE07-3034211 (a direct Norbert Ally, from 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB W-Fl.: Shumi 131/04) x Bonte Eline BE09-3097516 (daughter of Sproete Blois x Eline).
Click here for her pedigree

Bonte Eline was a top class racing hen herself, having won the following prizes:

 1st Club and 2nd Prov. Bourges 1,427 p.
 1st Club and 3rd Prov. Bourges 775 p.
 1st Club and 7th Prov. Argenton 437 p.
 1st Club and 13th Prov. Bourges 983 p.
12th Prov. and 22nd Nat. Argenton 4,782 p.

And the list goes on: the racing lofts of Team BDS is home to several more talented racing birds, including Vierzon (1st Vierzon 1,240 p., 14th Intprov., 1st Arras…) the Jarnac (1st Prov. Jarnac in 2014, 18th Nat. Jarnac, 73rd Nat. Limoges), Doubke 12 (1st Nat. Zone Chateauroux 1,015 p. and 10 provincial or zonal top 100 prizes!), The 062 (1st Chateauroux, 3rd N.Zone), Gaby 137 (1st Fontenay, 2nd Blois, 2nd Arras, 4th Vierzon…).

The hens go from Tielt to Meulebeke

A team of three passionate pigeon fanciers with a collection of highly talented pigeons can win top prizes at any time in the season. Next year Bart's team of hens (BDS/Declerck) will be transferred to Meulebeke, where they will be taking a fresh start with the hens of 2015 (including 2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB West Fl.), which were already kept in Meulebeke, and the young birds of 2016. The challenge will be to try and match the results of the racing cocks (kept in Dirk's loft in Vinkt) and the long distance team (Piet; BDS/Blancke), and to show that Team BDS has a highly talented pigeon collection with great potential. This is something to look forward to!

Long distance champion 'Jarnac' BE12-3114088 for BDS/Speybroeck, winner of:
1st Prov 724 p. and 18th Nat. Jarnac 3.726 p.
73rd Nat. Limoges 18,390 p.
99th Prov. Poitiers 3,142 p.