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Hugo Vlaeminck (Rupelmonde, BE) had another brilliant season, which earned him the title of 1st Nat. Champion Longer Middle Distance old birds KBDB 2016

Two weeks after Hugo was awarded as General Provinicial Champion KBB East Flanders 2016 he was called on stage on the national days of the KBDB, to be celebrated as the best fancier of Belgium in 2016 in the longer middle distance old birds.

Hugo Vlaeminck lives in Rupelmonde in East Flanders, the place of birth of famous cartographer Gerardus Mercator. Hugo Vlaeminck has put his town back on the map as:

Belgium's number one in the longer middle distance

Being the country's best fancier in the longer middle distance, it is something Hugo would only have dreamed of. He won this title with his yearlings in 2013 and he does it again in 2016, now with the old birds.

Hugo Vlaeminck is a one of a kind fancier. He used to dominate the sprint and shorter middle distance competition in the Waasland region for years, until the union (Central Middle Distance Union Waasland) decided to release the pigeons provincially instead of interprovincially. They basically wanted to break Hugo Vlaeminck's dominance; he was simply too strong for his opponents. Hugo was not amused, he knew what to do.
He decided to take a different course in 2012, focusing on the provincial and national races of the longer middle distance. It was a forced decision because he had no other options, although he had already been thinking about trying his luck in the national competition one day.

The pigeons of Hugo Vlaeminck had no trouble whatsoever to adapt to a new competition, and they managed to deliver great results in the provincial and national races of the longer middle distance from day one. Apparently his pigeons continued to dominate the competition but now at national level. Their palmares after five years in the longer middle distance says it all: no less than 12 provincial victories, 7 zonal victories, a national first prize and two titles of 1st National Champion KBDB.
These are the team's most notable achievements:

1st National Champion Longer Middle Distance Old Birds KBDB 2016
1st National Champion Longer Middle Distance Yearlings KBDB 2013
1st General Champion KBDB East Flanders 2016
1st National Chateauroux 20,163 YLs 2013

Click here for an impressive overview of their provincial, zonal and national titles and victories in 2012-2016.

The team won the national championship longer middle distance KBDB in 2016 with the following top prizes:

28/5 Bourges I   Prov  4,032 p.   17 -  59
10/6 Chateauroux Zone  6,692 p.    5 – 214
19/6 Montluçon   Nat.  9,462 p.  206 – 107
09/7 Argenton    Nat.  9,228 p.  220 – 139
16/7 Chateauroux Zone  1,971 p.  205 – 146

24 cocks in widowhood, a proven concept

Trying to beat the many hens in the longer middle distance with a team of racing cocks seems all but impossible to most, but Hugo Vlaeminck shows that it can be done. He is probably one of just a few. He has impressed his fellow fanciers season after season with a very small team of 24 cocks in widowhood (olds and yearlings together), about 15 breeding pairs and just over 70 youngsters. Needless to say, this is a top quality group of excellent prize winners. These pigeons have a strong character, a will to win and a high degree of intelligence. This bred was founded on the high speed pigeons of Jos Soontjens, enhanced with some other introductions, to keep the pigeon family in great shape. The names of the different bloodlines can be found in the pedigrees.

Two pigeons that have played an important role are obviously Super Leo and Ronaldo. Super Leo BE06-6148021 was a direct Leo Heremans: he was a son of 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Ave Regina (sire) and a grandson of Olympiade (from his mother's side). This invaluable breeder has bred no less than seven first prize winners for Hugo Vlaeminck, including:

Nationaal BE12-4038406: winner of 1st Nat. Chateauroux 19,691 yearlings in 2013
Nestbroer Nationaal BE12-4038405: 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance YL KBDB 2013, and co-winner of title of 1st Nat. Champion Longer Middle Distance YLs KBDB 2013
Leonardo BE10-4259630: 1st Ace Pigeon Middle Distance ‘Gouden Ringen Waasland’ 2011, 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB 2013.
- 308/08: 1st Ace Pigeon Middle Distance YLs Waasland 2009
Super Leo is the grandfather of a 1st Prov. La Souterraine 4,250 p. and a 1st Zone B1 La Souterraine 2,705 p., and the great-grandfather of Queeny, winner of a 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance YBs KBDB 2011.

Another important pigeon in this breed is Ronaldo BE11-4049957 (son of top class breeding pair Favoriet BE03-4266564 x Legiestje BE07-4152001). This prize winner was a great racing bird but he has now developed into one of the key breeders in this loft. He won nine first prizes as a racing bird, including:

-Ronaldo BE11-4049957

2. Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2015
1st Prov. Argenton    3,161 p.
1st Prov. Gueret      2,829 p.
1st Prov. Bourges     1,150 p.
1st N.Zone Bourges    1,193 p.
2nd Nat. Bourges      8,005 p.
3rd Prov. Chateauroux 2,202 p.
4th Prov. Montluçon   3,550 p.
5th Prov. Bourges     2,473 p.

Click here for Ronaldo's pedigree
He is an exceptional pigeon. He also won the title of 1st Best old bird of Belgium over 5 & 6 national races 2015 PIPA ranking, and he was Best pigeon from Bourges in Belgium over 3 seasons '13, '14 and '15.

Sagan and Kleine Blauwe claim national title

Hugo won the title of 1st Nat. Champion Longer Middle Distance old birds KBDB with the help of his champions Sagan and Kleine Blauwe, two pigeons that also won a national ace pigeon title in the longer middle distance. Their palmares shows how talented they are:

-Kleine Blauwe BE14-4069398

Co-winner of 1st Nat. Champion Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2016
13th  Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2016
 4th  Prov Bourges II      2,392 p. ’15 (114. Nat. 14,496 p.)
 5th  Prov Chateauroux I   5,877 p. ’15 ( 97. Nat. 25,710 p.)
 7th  Prov Bourges I       4,032 p. ’16 ( 82. Nat. 19,736 p.)
16th  Prov Bourges II      1,204 p. ’16 (626. Nat.  7,479 p.)
40th  Zone Montluçon       2,611 p. ’16 (107. Nat.  9,462 p.)
42nd  Zone Argenton        2,478 p. ’16 (139. Nat.  9,228 p.)
57th  Zone Chateauroux(G)  6,692 p. ’16 (640. Nat. 25,126 p.)
146th Zone Chateauroux II  1,971 p. ’16 (519. Nat.  6,850 p.)

He comes from a pairing of stock breeders Ronaldo x Super Leo x Gouden Ring.
Sire: Tom BE10-4259603
Winner of two first prizes and 1st Ace Pigeon CHV YLs in 2011. He comes from stock breeder Super Leo BE06-6148021 (see earlier) x Zus Ronaldo BE09-4265523.
Dam: Blauw Angerville BE11-4049955
Winner of a 1st Angerville 1,091 p. with a 4 minute lead, and he was co-winner of the title of 3rd Nat. Champion Shorter Middle Distance YBs KBDB '11. She was bred from Zoon Gouden Ring BE07-4169342 x Daughter Super Leo BE09-4265581.
Click here for the full pedigree of Kleine Blauwe.

-Sagan BE14-4069490

Co-winner 1st Nat. Champion Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2016
10. Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2016
 5th  Zone Chateauroux    6,692 p. ’16 (125th Nat 25,126 p.)
 5th  Prov La Souterraine 1,381 p. ’16 ( 84th Nat  7,631 p.)
10th  Prov Bourges II     2,392 p. ’15 (220th Nat 14,496 p.)
17th  Prov Bourges I      4,032 p. ’16 (140th Nat 19,736 p.)
63rd  Zone Argenton       2,478 p. ’16 (220th Nat  9,228 p.)
73rd  Zone Montluçon      2,611 p. ’16 (206th Nat  9,462 p.)
103rd Prov Chateauroux II 4,206 p. ’15 (725th Nat 18,658 p.)
141st Zone Argenton I     6,099 p. ’15 (559th Nat 19,925 p.)

Sagen had already won three first prizes at club level, from Noyon, Chateauroux and La Souterraine.
Sire: Broer Ronaldo BE09-4265567
A top class breeder and winner of a 1st Angerville 895 p. (fastest of about 22,000 p.). He is a son of Favoriet BE03-4266564 (winner of five first prizes and 1st Ace Pigeon Gouden Ringen Waasland 2005) x Legiestje BE07-4152001 (daughter of 1st Prov. Blois).
Dam: Dochter Surprise BE13-6306737
From supercrack Surprise BE08-6050258, a direct Leo Heremans (winner of 3 first prizes and a 1st Ace Pigeon Noyon 2010) x Moeder Kleinen BE06-6405134 (the dam of Kleinen 081/10: winner of four first prizes and 12th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB 2011).
Click here for Sagan's pedigree.

Besides winning the title of 1st Nat. Champion Longer Middle Distance KBDB and that of General Provincial Champion KBDB, the team also added a provincial victory young birds from La Souterraine YBs to heir palmares this season. The winner is quite a talented hen:

-Het Provinciaalke BE16-4008168

 1st  Prov La Souterraine  4,390 p. ’16  
 5th  Nat La Souterraine  16,613 p. ’16
10th  Prov Blois           4,406 p. ’16
16th  Prov Chateauroux     3,788 p. ’16
190th Nat Chateauroux    14.,962 p. ’16
293rd Prov Bourges II      6,736 p. ’16

Sire: Nestbroer Asduifje BE12-4038442
Asduifje became 1st Ace Pigeon Gouden Ringen Waasland 2012, and 4th Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB ’12. He comes from Asduif BE10-4252603, which was 1st Ace Pigeon CHV 2011 and 8th Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB ’10 and a full brother of a 1st Nat. Chateauroux 20,163 p. (from Super Leo 021/06 x Zus Ronaldo 523/09). He was paired to Dochter Wervelwind BE10-4259692.
Dam: Dochter Maurice BE15-4126160
A direct Roger Debusschere - Lokeren. A daughter of top breeder Maurice BE08-3035204, a direct Gaby Vandenabeele via Rik Cools (sire of Cas and Pipo for Rik Cools, grandfather of 1st and 6th Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB) x Molleke 17 BE11-3173617 (a full sister of Molleke-Rik Cools and Maxime: winner of 1st Orleans  Sector 1 of 15,867 p.).
Click here for the pedigree of Provinciaalke

The bloodlines of the Hugo Vlaeminck pigeons clearly illustrate the breeding strategy here in Rupelmonde: breeding youngsters from great champions and ace pigeons, from pigeons with a proven record and the qualities needed to win races.

Hugo Vlaeminck has gained a reputation as the fancier who dominates races with a team of no more than 24 racing birds. This approach has enabled him to become Belgium's leading pigeon fancier in the longer middle distance. Congratulations Hugo and Winny.