Noël Peiren from Zedelgem-Belgium
The town Zedelgem, in West-Flanders, has become equally famous as Arendonk in province Antwerp. Many long distance fanciers from Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands has searched for house on the Torhoutsesteenweg 196 of Noël Peiren. Year after year Noël managed to win on the long distance races, for more than 25 years now. He is with no doubt one of the best fanciers in Belgium. His strain of birds has become very famous because so many fanciers have success with his pigeons. Although Noël is not a commercial fancier. He does not appear in all the pigeon magazines every year. He is an honest hard workingman who has a real good idea how a good long distance bird should be. Don't let him choose amongst your birds, I am pretty sure that he will pick your best bird.
In 2002 his best results were: Castres 3.222p: 25-27-173 (only 3 birds in race), Beziers 36th national, Perpignan 60th national, Dax 88th national, Barcelona 17/27 birds, Montauban 69th national, St-Vincent yearlings 29th and most important 1st Champion on long distance in his club Fondclub Gistel, the biggest club in West-Flanders. But Noël is very glad when his birds or the offspring do well on the others loft.
The strain Peiren did especially good on the international race Perpignan in 2002. The 1st prize international against the old birds was won by Ramaekers (NL) and was 12,5 % Peiren blood; the 1st prize international against the yearling birds, also 1st prize international against the hens, from Annie Wouters (B) was 25% Peiren blood. The 25th national prize was 50% Peiren, the 27th prize was 100 % Peiren, the 29th prize was 100% Peiren.
Noël won 60th prize national himself! Isn't this special? I will give you names of more fanciers who have good results in another chapter.
The strain Peiren :
The late father of Noël was Georges Peiren who lived in Vladslo and was a very famous pigeon fancier.
In 1946 he had good pigeons from the fanciers H. Debou, M. Vandervelde, G. Vanderwege, C. Hooremans, Van der Espt, R. Van Spitael, Cattrysse,Vanbruaene and Dereere.
In 1976 there was an entire auction due to medical reasons of Georges. A few months before Noël took eggs from the best flyers and started racing pigeons on his own loft in Zedelgem. Georges Peiren died in 1995. Over the years the foundation breed from his father was improved by more birds of Cattrysse and Dereere, but also by breeding together with the best fanciers in West-Flanders. During all this years he won: General Champion KBDB in 1982, 1st Champion of long distance KBDB in 1983, 1st national Limoges 1991, 2 X 2nd international Dax, 4th international Barcelona in 1993, 11th national Champion long distance KBDB 1992 one of the best fanciers in Belgium the last 25 years.
Noël uses the widowhood system and in 2000 also the nest birds. Last year he had 65 widowers. They are matched for half of April fur 10 days breeding on the eggs. In this position he started training the cocks to 300km. Then they start the traditional w/h till Perpignan (beginning of August). Often racing from one season to the beginning of the next one. The pigeons (old and young, cock and hen) have an open loft, freedom every day. The best air is the open fresh air, says Noël. Whether the weather is good or bad, snow, fug or rain, the pigeons are outside of the loft. Between the old w /h cocks there are also some yearlings fur the races. Most of the yearling cocks stay in another loft and they have no hen, not fur the whole year. They go to the races but the results are not important. Usually the results are not good with these single cocks.
In 2000 they went to the Limoges National 23,550 birds, and won 1961-1733-2038... (11 of 34), this is normal; Noël does not expect any more from them.
The yearlings go on w/h when they're two years old and race Poitiers (550km) and Limoges (600km) to get more experience . When they are three years old they are ready .for the long distance and if they don 't win a prize once It is fatal! Noël is very severe.
Noël likes young pigeons born at the end of the year, after August. During the winter he lets them out every day.
From January to April he tosses them often in every direction. He tosses them from the north and the east, as he says 'these are not dumb pigeons if you toss them lots of times. For the international race Barcelona, one of the favorite races of Noël, he uses the natural system and races both the hens and the cocks. In the beginning of the season, the hens and cocks race separate, results are not important. He pairs them by the end of May and race Barcelona on babies of 3-4 days.
The hens and the cocks have good results on this nest position. He used this system the first time in 2000 with following result: Barcelona 13.659p: 7-178-313-338-398-406 (17/27).
In 2002 13.021p: 678-936-1161-1178-1182-1214-1292 (17/27)
Super birds 2002 :
The best cock of 2002 is from the best strain of birds I know. The cock 'Brother Darco 3254110/99' won in 2001: 495th national Montauban 8.027p but had his best results in 2002: Brive national 25.352p: 588th, Montauban national 6.711p: 562nd, Beziers 5.886p: 36th. As you can see in his name, he is a brother of DARCO. Darco = 3278563/95, a special cock with special sire and grandsire. Look very good to the results on Dax! In 1998 he won Cahors 11.090p: 76th and Dax international 10.511p: 249th. In 1999 on Cahors national 13.093p: 382nd and Dax international 12.880p: 82nd. In 2000 on Cahors national 13.838p: 80th and he missed on Dax because he arrived injured. Noël put him on the breeding loft now because he had some very good youngsters of him. The mother of DARCO is 3200961/89, a black hen from Stichelbout. The father and grandfather are super. The father 'Dax II' won in 1994 2nd international Dax against 6.779 pigeons. The sire of this cock was 'Dax 883/85' which won 213th national Cahors, 829th international Perpignan, 73rd international Perpignan, 11th international Dax, 8th national Dax, 90th national Dax an 252nd international Dax. If you see the prizes on Dax of this strain of birds: grandfather 11th international, father 2nd international and son 82nd international. Can I add that two sons of DARCO won 21st international Dax 2001 and 26th national Montauban in 2001. I am almost sure that cock 110/99 must race on Dax in 2003. Dax is a race of 889 km! Another 'young' cock that had good results in 2002 was 3254121/99. He won Brive national 4068th, Beziers 982nd national, Castres interprovincial 3222p: 25th and Marseille 651st national. The sire is strain 'Bordeaux '; the dame is a daughter of Dax 883/85. The third cock is 3254158/99. In 2001 he won Bourges 1875p: 364th, Limoges 3933p: 327th and Limoges 8.882p: 1700th. In 2002 Bourges 1692p: 180th, Cahors 1415p: 451st, Dax 1282p: 118th and Perpignan international 18.264p: 98th. The sire is 'Dax-Theo 681/90', raced by a friend in Zaventem and strain Barcelona 110/85. The dame is his half sister. A few hens are doing very well on the Barcelona race. The basic bird for this race is the hen 3341084/89, sister of the famous APOLLO. APOLLO won 1st provincial Narbonne in 1993, 22nd national Narbonne, and 38th national Brive 21.021pigeons, 204th national Narbonne, 230th national Narbonne. The sire of this APOLLO was 132/84 and won 180th national Montauban, 61st national Narbonne . Basic hen 084/89 is the dame of 3 special hens for racing Barcelona. The sisters 045/97 and 261/97 have father 'Kleine Karel 578/87, the half sister 035/97 has 'Favoriet '86' for father. What did these hens win? 3263161/97: Barcelona 2000: 621ste national against old birds Barcelona 2001: 1213de national against old birds Barcelona 2002: 1161ste national against old birds 3263045/97: Barcelona 2000: 749ste national against old Barcelona 2001: 233ste national against old Not raced in 2002 3263035/97: Barcelona 2000: 338ste national against old Barcelona 2001: 2813de national against old Barcelona 2002: 1214de national against old On the semi-national race St.-Vincent Noël entered with 8 yearling hens that had no good preparation and were amongst the youngsters. They had only race a few times on speed races but did an excellent job on overnight race St-Vincent. They won 6 prizes. The first hen won 29th against 4.222 birds. The sire of this hen is direct from Jozef Vandenbroecke (strain from his friend Piet De Weerd). The dame is 158/92, daughter of Dax, same mother as 121/99(25th on Castres)
Results on other lofts :
These fanciers have been successful with the strain Peiren: 1st international Perpignan old 2002 Ramaekers (Ulestraten NL) 1st international Perpignan YL and hens 2002 Annie Wouters (Olen B) 25th national Perpignan 2002 Van Overwaele-Gabriël (Brakel B) 27th national Perpignan 2002 Van Overwaele-Gabriël (Brakel B) 29th national Perpignan 2002 Van Overwaele-Gabriël (Brakel B) Vandendriessche-Benoot 1st international Perpignan Plauvier 1st national Limoges Kempeneers 1st national Brive B. Maes 1st national Barcelona hens G. Bolle 1st national Dax And many others who have success: Saarloos (NL) G. Vandenabeele, R. Dobbelaere, H. Debaene, Gaston Devooght, Robert Devos, Roger Florizoone, R. Vannekke, Charles Beceu, A. Vandenbrande, J. Heisack (D), J. Fulgani (D), Demuynck
Results 2002 :
Dax Nat. 4.772: 88-208-216-253-324-343-423-582-690-761-1143(11/12) Dax intern. 14.507:252-436-450-518-632-666-812-1124-1351-1499-2434-2887 Barcelona nat.13.021: 678-936-1161-1178-1182-1214-1292-1338-1546-1580-1726-1947-2097-2355-2473-2843-2880(17/27) Barcelona intern. 26.928:1830-2391-2933-2975-2984-3050-3269-3369-3892-3958-4242-4779-5081-5618-5839-6564-6624 Marseille Nat. 4.183:651-660(2/5) Marseille intern.19.290: 2534-2579 Beziers nat.5886: 36-734-842 (3/4) Perpignan Nat. 7.198: 60-232-304-360-437-953-1517-1611-1770 (9/17) Perpignan intern. 18.264: 98-721-957-1112-1352-2757-4212-4436 Brive Nat. 25.352: 236-266-522-588-800-848-1012-1176-1195-1292-1590-2074-2112-2364-2614-2622-2653-2796 (24/40) Cahors Nat. 11.211: 1749-1885-2289-2426 (4/8) Castres semi-Nat. 3222: 25-27-173 (3/3) Montauban Nat. 6.711: 69-118-254-462-562-606-899-1005-1437-1458-1642-1652 (12/21) St-Vincent semi-Nat. 4.222: 29-257-378-493-798-946 (6/8)