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Beeckmans-Huygh combination (Lennik, BE) can look back on a successful season

The Beeckmans-Huygh pigeon combination has been on a roll, and is growing to become one of Belgium's household names in the provincial and national longer middle distance competition. The highlight this season was a provincial victory from Chateauroux against 1,742 yearlings.

A brief introduction

Team Beeckmans-Huygh consists of Geert Beeckmans (45) and Ronny Huygh (55). Geert started racing pigeons again in 2010 after a seven year hiatus. He bought a third and fourth round of youngsters from top player Wim Moens from Aspelare. His results with the third round were great, while the other round went to the breeding loft. The sixteen one year old cocks that made it through the selection process performed quite well the following season, winning a few first prizes and top results. The youngsters bred from Wim's fourth round did a great job as well.

In 2012 Ronny offered a helping hand in the loft a few times, and that was the start of the Beeckmans-Huygh combination. Their first races were quite a success, and the team continued to deliver excellent results week after week. The best pigeons of that first season were Dezes and Devier, which won several first prizes. In fact, Dezes continued to race throughout the season and he never missed a single prize, winning a prize per 3 in every single race.

In 2014 Ronny and Geert basketed a few of their pigeons for the longer middle distance, and they showed more than capable. Their racing hen Twiejke won a first prize of 2,553 pigeons from Souppes-sur-Loing, as well as an impressive first prize from Argenton in the club against 130 yearlings. This was the start of their longer middle distance career.

The two fanciers wanted to keep improving and so they invested in one of the world's best pigeon breeds: Gaby Vandenabeele. These pigeons were successfully merged into Geert and Ronny's existing team, as descendant Yella went on to win a 1st Provincial Chateauroux of 1,742 pigeons.

BE16-2006264 Yella, 1st Provincial Chateauroux (1,742 yearlings)

The star of this fairly young team of Beeckman-Huygh is without doubt Yella. She won a 1st Provincial Châteauroux of 1,742 yearlings in 2017.

Yella is a daughter of Twiejke, the first hen to compete in the longer middle distance, after she won a first prize from Souppes-sur-Loing and Argenton. Twiejke is a 100% Wim Moens from Wim, the sire and grandfather of more than ten first prize winners bred from the line of Wim Moens's Provinciaal.

The sire of Yella comes directly from the loft of Gaby Vandenabeele, from his top breeder Rudy (son of Bliksem) x daughter Marieke. Click here for the full pedigree of YellaClick here for the full pedigree of Son RudyTwiejke's full pedgiree can be found here.

A nest brother of Yella has been doing great as well, having won the following top prizes from Chevrainvilliers:

4th of 277 YLs
6th of 172 YLs
6th of 230 YLs
8th of 140 YLs
1st of 111 YLs

Great results

Here is a closer look at some of the best results of the Beeckmans-Huygh combination. Notice the excellent prize percentages, as well as the high number of prizes per ten and top 10 placings. This is quite impressive, especially with such a small basket.

Chateauroux (481 km):
    439 YLs (club): 1-3-6-7-10-24-26-29-36-39-42-... (13/20)
    1,724 YLs (provinciaal): 1-6-24-34-37-103-109-130-153-... (13/20)
Souppes-sur-Loing (311 km):
    504 YLs (club): 1-2-3-5-7-8-12-13-23-24-36-44-... (17/21)
    2,553 YLs (Pajot Zuid): 1-2-3-10-21-22-36-38-70-71-122-145-230-231-...
Noyon (162 km):
    387 YBs (club): 1-3-4-6-7-9-14-15-16-24-25-29-38-...  (21/37)
    1,658 YBs (Pajot Zuid): 2-4-7-9-10-11-13-28-29-3060-63-89-129-...
Angerville (320 km): 199 YLs: 1-2-3-5-12-... (9/10)
Noyon (162 km): 146 YLs: 1-5-7-8-... (5/5)
Angerville (320 km): 364 YLs: 4-6-8-9-12-14-33 (7/7)
Noyon (162 km): 374 olds: 2-5-8-9-10-20-30-... (8/9)      
Souppes-sur-Loing (311 km): 338 YLs: 4-5-6-7-13-25-... (7/9) 
Souppes-sur-Loing (311 km): 172 olds: 2-4-6-9-10-15-17-... (10/10) 
Souppes-sur-Loing (311 km): 193 YLs: 1-4-6-10-17-... (9/9)    
Noyon (162 km): 
    947 YBs (club): 1-2-3-4-6-8-11-12-15-18-19-24-30-34-37-43-47-52-53-62-79-...
    1,237 YBs (Pajot Zuid): 1-7-8-12-16-20-36-53-56-102-115-...
    475 YBs (club): 1-5-6-9-11-17-23-28-29-31-... (12/17)
Chevrainvilliers (309 km): 340 olds: 2-4-10-13-15-16-... (8/9)               
Angerville (320 km): 3228 YBs (Pajot Zuid): 1-2-8-36-82-210-... (11/17)         
Souppes-sur-Loing (311km): 554 olds (Pajot Zuid): 1-3-16-24-27-44-... (8/9)               
Noyon (162 km): 456 YBs: 1-2-5-8-14-15-17-20-22-23-25-26-30-38-39-... (22/41)
Noyon (162 km): 265 olds: 1-5-10-13-14-... (8/11)                            
Souppes-sur-Loing (311 km): 204 olds: 5-9-12-17-20-... (12/15)     
Souppes-sur-Loing (311 km) : 338 YLs: 1-5-7-8-18-19-... (7/9)                
Souppes-sur-Loing (311 km): 114 olds: 1-3-6-11-... (7/8)   
Souppes-sur-Loing (311 km): 271 YLs: 1-2-6-9-14-17-19-... (8/9)        
Souppes-sur-Loing (311 km): 125 olds: 2-3-5-10-... (8/8) 
Souppes-sur-Loing (311 km): 127 olds: 3-5-7-9-10-12-... (8/9)  
Souppes-sur-Loing (311 km): 546 YBs: 1-3-4-6-7-12-28-32-52-... (20/37)
Souppes-sur-Loing (311 km): 130 olds: 1-2-3-5-9-12-... (7/9)            
Souppes-sur-Loing (311 km): 105 YLs: 1-2-3-7-10-... (7/9)      
Souppes-sur-Loing (311 km): 469 YBs: 3-4-5-9-13-14-15-18-25-38-44-... (22/34) 
Noyon (162 km): 110 YBs: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-... (13/15)                       
Souppes-sur-Loing (311 km): 470 YLs: 1-4-7-9-12-27-33-46-47-... (22/32)          
Chevrainvilliers (309 km): 277 YLs: 4-7-8-14-15-23-... (7/7)          
Argenton: 516 YLs: 5-6-14-17-21-22-29-36-38-50-... (16/21)

A bright future

What makes pigeon racing so interesting is the fact that the household names, which are able to excel in the national and provincial races season after season, have to face competition with some talented newcomers and promising new players every season. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that each of these newcomers can eventually develop into great champions as well, capable of winning the most prestigious races. And what makes this sport all the more appealing, is the fact that anyone can achieve a great results, provided you have some experience, motivation and first of all a collection of talented pigeons. And achieving one great result is not the same as winning top results on a consistent basis. The Beeckman-Huygh combination has everything it takes to make it in our sport; their recent list of achievements says it all. We think their provincial first prize from Châteauroux will be just one of many highlights, we are eager to see how the 2018 season will pan out for them.