The Embregts-Theunis (Hoeven, NL) combination is having another great season in 2016

Peter Theunis has been a very successful fancier over the years, with the help of such renowned pigeons as Golden Cannonball, Miss Goldnugget, Rocketeer and Witbuik, which were in turn paired to other top class pigeons from Belgium and The Netherlands. This pigeon breed was in great shape throughout 2016.

The Embregts-Theunis combination dates back from the time when Peter Theunis was racing together with his father-in-law. Peter decided to continue on his own from his current location but he decided to keep the name. He has excelled both at provincial and national level, winning numerous championship titles over the years. He has not missed a single national award ceremony either. His pigeon breed is capable of performing at a very high level, and his breeders Golden Cannonball, Miss Goldnugget, Rocketeer, Dragon Rocket, Super Rossi and Witbuik continue to breed new generations of prize winners. Peter’s breeding approach has always been to try and cross his own breeders with some of the finest bloodlines across Belgium and The Netherlands. His impressive results over the years indicate that this has been a successful approach indeed. We take a look at some of his achievements in CC Westhoek ’70 in 2016:

Quievrain       142 km 1,983 p.: 1-2-4-12-21-36-56-76-90-136-151-163-etc. (19/38)
St.-Quentin     212 km 1,896 p.: 1-2-3-4-6-17-32-34-41-44-47-48-54-97-114-132-etc. (22/36)
Quievrain       142 km 1,397 p.: 1-2-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-21-26-29-46-49-51-67-73-90-92-121-
                                 126-etc. (33/57)
Asse-Zellik      78 km 1,560 p.: 2-3-4-5-10-16-19-22-24-25-28-39-39-42-44-46-47-49-50-51-
                                 52-53-54-55-58-etc. (47/140)
Quievrain       142 km 1,667 p.: 2-4-5-7-8-9-10-18-21-23-24-25-27-31-47-50-53-64-74-75-80-
                                 81-83-91-etc. (43/97)
Pt.-St.-Maxence 239 km 1,165 p.: 3-4-5-8-10-11-13-14-18-21-25-26-32-33-34-35-36-37-60-62-
                                 63-64-67-70-72-74-etc. (43/72)

We would like to take a closer look at some of the champions of today.

NL08-3817583 Golden Canonball

One of the pillars of this loft is without doubt Golden Canonball. This pigeon won a 2nd Sens (1,112 p.), a 3rd Creil (1,852 p.), a 5th Orleans (992 p.) and an 11th NPO Sens (16,382 p.). He developed into a top class breeder later on as well: he is now the sire of Cannonballboy (1st Nat. Orleans 58,925 p.) and Rocket King (9th Nat. Orleans 19,692 p.). Other descendants of Golden Canonball have won:

1st Nat. Maidstone  6,300 p.
1st Sens            6,040 p.
1st St.-Quentin     9,414 p.
1st Orleans         4,502 p.
2nd NPO Orleans     7,795 p.
3rd Nat. Maidstone  6,300 p.
3rd NPO Orleans     5,180 p.
9th Boxtel         15,518 p.

The sire of Golden Canonball is Rocketeer. The bloodline of Rocketeer can be found across this entire breed, and numerous youngsters of this pigeon have won top prizes both at provincial and national level. They include Goldspice Girl (3rd National Orleans 19,692 p.), Blue Rocket (4th National Orleans 13,186 p.). and Golden Power (1st St.-Quentin 2,011 p.). Rocketeer won the title of 1st Ace Pigeon Brabant 2000 back when he was a racing bird. The dam of Golden Canonball is Super Girl. She was 2nd Ace Pigeon Brabant 2000 and she is a daughter of Witbuik, which is another crucial breeder for Peter. Click here for the full pedigree of Golden Canonball.

NL11-3024491 Super Rossi

One of the pigeons that clearly illustrates Peter’s breeding strategy, crossing his own breed to youngsters of other renowned pigeons, is Super Rossi. The dam of Super Rossi is Miss Goldnugget, which is in turn a granddaughter of Witbuik. Miss Goldnugget won a 6th NPO Orleans (8,136 p.). She is not only the dam of Super Rossi but also the dam of Valentino (1st St.-Quentin 8,116 p. and 3rd & 7th NPO Sezanne 12,647 p.). The sire of Super Rossi is a direct son of Nieuwe Rossi x Een Oogje of Leo Heremans. Click here for the full pedigree of Super Rossi. Super Rossi has shown to be invaluable as a breeder as well: he is already the sire of a 1st Morlincourt (17,334 p.), a 1st St.-Quentin (1,880 p.), and a 5th Sens (1,364 p.). We take a look at Super Rossi’s best results as a racing bird:

 1st Creil       7,696 p. (and 2nd NPO against 26,452 p.)
 3rd Nijvel      9,507 p.
 3rd St.-Quentin 8,115 p. (and 11th NPO 28,981 p.)
 3rd Peronne     5,316 p.
 6th Pithiviers  4,117 p.
12th Sens        4,279 p.

NL12-3220102 Space Boy

The pedigree of Space Boy features all the stock breeders in Peter’s collection. For instance, his sire Cannonbal King is a grandson of Rocketeer and a great-grandson of Witbuik. Cannonbal King is a full brother of Cannonball Boy (1st Nat. Orleans 58,925 p.). Cannonbal King is also the sire of Blue King, and this pigeon is the winner of:

12th NPO Sezanne  6,611 p.
95th NPO Orleans  7,795 p.
 7th Creil       24,013 p.

The dam of Space Boy is Space Girl, which in turn won a 3rd NPO Sezanne (12,647 p.) and a 7th Nijvel (9,507 p). Space Girl is another great-granddaughter of Witbuik. The pedigree of Space Boy can be found here.

NL12-3220138 Blue Star

Another exponent of the successful introduction of outside bloodlines is Blue Star. The sire of Blue Star is Young Witbuik, a son of Witbuik. Young Witbuik is also the sire of Miss Gold (6th NPO Orleans 8,136 p.) and Bertus (11th NPO Sezanne 14,457 p). The dam of Blue Star is Zottelien, a direct daughter of Rappe Zot (1st National Bourges 15,508 p.) of the top loft of De Beeck-Baetens (Putte, BE). Her pedigree can be found here. This hen has already won the title of 1st Ace Pigeon Brabant 2000, and she is also 1st Golden Crack FZN (Long distance club South Holland). Her best results include:

 8th Nanteuil        16,038 p.
19th NPO Morlincourt 25,766 p.
19th NPO Creil       12,915 p.

Blue Star was paired to New Missile this season, which is a direct son of that same super Rossi. Two youngsters of this pair, Fast Missile and Super Son, have shown that this is quite a successful pairing:

NL16-3619344 Fast Missile:  2nd Quievrain       1,667 p.
                            5th Pt.-St.-Maxence 1,665 p.
                           11th Peronne         1,406 p.
NL16-3619345 Super Son:     3rd Quievrain       5,353 p.

Click here for the pedigree of the NL16-3619344the pedigree of the NL16-3619345 can be found here.

NL12-3220086 Wariors Boy

Rainbow Star of Roger and Eddy Grootjans (Ranst, BE) has been paired to a granddaughter of Witbuik as well, and this successful pairing has bred Warriors Boy. You can take a closer look at this successful pairing here. This pigeon is not only a successful racing bird, he has proven to be a talented breeder as well:

 4th NPO Orleans  7,795 p.
10th NPO Orleans  5,180 p.
70th St.-Quentin 24,031 p.

Different youngsters of Warrior Boy have won the following prizes:

Wariors Girl: 1st Sens  4,321 p.
              9th Roye 10,336 p.
Rainbow Star: 1st Roye 2,938 p. (and 10th 10,336 p.)
Grey Warior:  3rd Ace Pigeon R 2 Brabant 2000
              7th Golden Crack FZN

NL15-3530525 Amazing Nugget

Amazing Nugget became 3rd National Ace Pigeon young birds WHZB/TBOTB in 2015, having won the following prizes:

 3rd Creil 1,516 p. (and 25th of 14,578 p.)
 4th Sens 1,364 p.
 4th Morlincourt 17,385 p.
12th St.-Quentin 19,196 p.

The dam of Amazing Nugget, Beauty Nugget, is a direct daughter of Rocketeer x Miss Goldnugget, and these parents have played an important role in the current generation of champions in this loft. Rocketeer is the sire of quite a number of first prize winners, including Golden Canonball (see earlier), Gold Spice Girl, (3rd Nat. Orleans 19,692 p.), Blue Rocket (4th Nat. Orleans 13,186 p.) and Golden Power (1st St.-Quentin 2,011 p.). Miss Goldnugget is the dam of Valentino (1st Prov. St.-Quentin 8,116 d.) and Space Girl (3rd NPO Sezanne).
The sire of Amazing Nugget is Big Senna, another successful introduction, this time from the loft of D. Marijnissen (St. Willebrord, NL). Big Senna is also the sire of Grey Miracle (5th NPO Peronne 10,533 p.) and Amazing Star, which was 5th ace pigeon in the PIPA rankings. The full pedigree of Amazing Nugget can be found here.

NL13-3316577 Perfect Sunrise

The last pigeon that deserves an introduction is Perfect Sunrise. This hen became 5th National Ace Pigeon WHZB/TBOTB. These are her best results:

 4th Meaux      1,058 p. (and 29th 11,759 p.)
 4th Pommeroeul 1,516 p.
 8th Nijvel     1,902 p.
11th Sens         894 p.

Her sire is Strong Rossi. This is a grandson of the aforementioned Young Rossi, which is in turn a son of Nieuwe Rossi x Eenoogje (L. Heremans). The dam of Perfect Sunrise is Rooney’s Girl, which won a 2nd NPO Poitiers (4,863 p.), a 44th NPO Chateauroux and a 110th NPO Bourges (7,179 p.). Strong Rossi has won an 8th St.-Quentin (8,115 p.), a 17th NPO La Souterraine (5,535 p.), and a 56th NPO Poitiers (4,863 p.). Click here to read more about her pedigree. Meanwhile, Perfect Sunrise has developed into an excellent breeder as well. One of her sons, Perfect Rocket (NL16-3619379), is winner of three clear first prizes:

3rd Asse-Zellik      1,560 p.
4th Quievrain        1,397 p.
34th Pt.-St.-Maxence 1,165 p.

Click here for the full pedigree of Perfect Rocket.