Pigeon racing is all about winning races! That will always be the number one objective for any fancier. That is why we look after them, train them, caress them, hoping to reap the benefits during the weekends. Every time we are waiting in line to get our pigeons basketed, we dream of winning a first prize later in the day. If a first prize in the club also results in a victory at provincial level or even national level, the pigeon and the fancier will be in the spotlight for the next couple of days. Many fanciers enjoy the attention that comes with an important victory, and it is one the things that add to the appeal of our sport.
Prize winners breed prize winners. It has always been one of the unwritten rules of our sport. Creating a pigeon breed founded on renowned prize winners seems to be a solid aproach to success. Take for instance Luc De Laere from Anzegem in West-Flanders.
Luc De Laere has become one of the leading names in the province of West-Flanders when it comes to provincial first prizes. He has been close to a provincial win a few times in 2017 as well, with 4 provincial second places and no less than 9 provincial top 5 placings. This is mainly down to the remarkable pigeon breed of De Laere, a breed based around first prize winners with a proven record. The team's number one bloodline is that of stock breeder Tieke. This line was particularly invaluable when combined with the line of Bliksem of Gaby Vandenabeele. This combination has bred numerous first prize winners, cracks and talented breeders. This has been the most successful combination of bloodlines for Luc De Laere, and it continues to provide him with new champions, even in 2017.
We take a closer look at the best racing birds of the first half of 2017:
20/5 Tours (435 km) Prov. 6,720 olds: 2nd Prov. with Perfect Boy BE16-3053765 3rd Prov. with Jerommeke BE14-3070203 20/5 Tours Prov 3,353 YL: 3rd Prov. with Perfect Boy BE16-3053765 17/6 Chateauroux (467 km) 3,084 YL: 2nd Prov. with Perfect Boy BE16-3053765 3rd Prov. with Felix BE16-3053814 (see pedigree) 17/6 Chateauroux Prov 2,212 olds: 2nd Prov. with Perfect Boy BE16-3053765 4th Prov. with Donkeren Bliksem BE15-3070834 (see pedigree) 24/6 Argenton (495 km) Prov. 1,863 olds: 2nd Prov. with Jerommeke BE14-3070203 24/6 Argenton Prov. 2,714 YL: 5th Prov. with Fideel BE16-3053741 (see pedigree)
These numbers clearly show that the racing team of Luc De Laere is in excellent shape. They are more than capable of claiming another provincial first prize in the course of the next few weeks. We would not be surprised if they did.
Jerommeke and Perfect Boy: the two lead players
The two pigeons that have left their mark in the 2017 racing season are supercrack Jerommeke (1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB West Flanders in 2016) and the outstanding yearling Perfect Boy.
1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB West-Fl. 2016 1st Prov. Tours 2,122 p. ’15 1st Prov. Chateauroux 924 p. ’16 10th Nat. Chateauroux 6,850 p. ’16 2nd Prov. Argenton I 1,863 p. ’17 3rd Prov. Tours 6,720 p. ’17 4th Prov. Bourges II 523 p. ’16 6th Prov. Bourges II 1,415 p. ’15 33rd Prov. Tours 4,113 p. ’16 (On 21 May) 37th Prov. Gueret 2,834 p. ’16 49th Prov. Bourges I 2,056 p. ’17 (91st Nat. Bourges 13,105 p.) 52nd Prov. Tours 4,939 p. ’16 (15 May) 79th Prov. Chateauroux 3,369 p. ’17 (10 June) 93rd Prov. Chateauroux 2,212 p. ’17 (17 June) 211th Nat. Argenton 9,228 p. ’16
Sire: Bonten BE12-3116505
A son of Medarke BE09-5000788 (winner of a 2nd Prov. Poitiers 1,183 p.) x super class breeding hen 759-Tieke BE07-3204759, also the dam of Tieke Limoges (daughter of stock breeder Tieke).
Dam: Gabriella BE11-3070273
A direct Gaby Vandenabeele bred from Beauty Bond BE09-3180382 (son of 1st Nat. Bourges 13,166 James Bond BE01-3031007 x Hilde BE02-3255938, a daughter Bliksem) x Betsy BE07-3199957 (daughter Alfred, winner of a 1st Nat. Brive 16,007 p. D’huyvetter).
Click here for the full pedigree of Jerommeke
Would you agree that racing bird Jerommeke's list of achievement is nothing short of impressive?
Perfect Boy looks set to follow in his footsteps. He is a talented pigeon as well:
-Perfect Boy BE16-3053765
2nd Prov. Tours 6,720 olds ’17 (20 May) 3rd Prov. Tours 3,353 YL ’17 (20 May) 2nd Prov. Chateauroux 3,084 YL ’17 (17 June) 2nd Prov. Chateauroux 2,212 olds ’17 (17 June) 2nd Fontenay 290 YL ’17 73rd Prov. Argenton 2,714 YL ’17 (24 June) 81st Prov. Tours 3,414 YL ’17 (03 June) 99th Prov. Tours 2,920 olds ’17 (03 June) 9th Clermont 363 YL ’17
Sire: Perfect Tieke BE07-3204750
A super class breeding hen. He is the sire of a 2nd Nat. Bourges, and the grandfather of a 1st Prov. Gueret. He also bred 713/11 (7 first prizes) and 503/12 (4 first prizes). He is a direct son of stock breeder Tieke BE00-3010207 (1st Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB in 2001 and 2002, and winner of two provincial first prizes from Tours & Orleans, and 2nd Prov. Blois x Blauw 27 BE99-3051327 (daughter Clochard 55/98, a full brother of Crayonnee 56, the sire of Tieke).
Dam: Mother Perfect Boy 10-8619236
Luc had borrowed her from Rolf Huchth. She is a 100% Gebr. Janssen-Arendonk, bred from an inbred pairing brother x sister: her parents are Blauwen Winterjongen BE89-6727919 x Lichte van Witplek BE91-6227401.
Click here for the full pedigree of Perfect Boy
Luc and his wife Sybille managed to win three provincial first prizes both in 2015 and 2016, which adds to a total of 23 provincial victories since 1995. They have been close to another provincial win this season as well, with 4 provincial second prizes so far. If the De Laere pigeons can manage to maintain their form, and if luck is on their side, they will have a good chance at winning another provincial first prize in the next few weeks. We think they are up for it, but the pigeons will always have the final say. Keep up the good work Luc and Sybille!
Donkeren Bliksem: Winner of a 4th Prov. Chateauroux 2,212 p. in 2017
He won the following prizes in 2016:
2nd Prov. Tours 1,248 p. 3rd Prov. Tours 1,169 p. 4th Prov. Chateaudun 2,083 p. 8th Prov. Chateaudun 1,918 p. 31st Prov. Chateaudun 2,147 p. 32nd Prov. Chateaudun 2,342 p. 38th Prov. Chateaudun 1,444 p.