Van Ouwerkerk-Dekkers (Brasschaat, BE) continues to lay a path with Poco Barcelona as the central hub

Jacques and son Vincent Van Ouwerkerk and Irene Dekkers have been ardent extreme long distance fanciers for years. The farther the distance and the tougher the race conditions, the better they have it. Barcelona is therefore marked in their agenda every year!

After a sublime 2019 season with 4 provincial victories, the 2020 season also became a special and difficult season for VOD Pigeons (Van Ouwerkerk-Dekkers) due to the changes resulting from Covid-19. When the extreme long distance season could start with Pau, the pigeons in Brasschaat turned out to be ready for it immediately. Provincially the combination started with an impressive 1-3-4-5 and 6! Nationally, this resulted in 5 pigeons in the first 152 national.

The tone was set and despite the fast succession of the international races in the extreme long distance, the results continued to follow. Only a week after Pau, Agen followed with the next overwhelming provincial victory : 1-3-5!

A third provincial victory also followed later. This from Perpignan: 1st and 6th provincial.

From Narbonne they came very close to a fourth provincial victory palm, but their VOD Pigeons had to make peace with the 2e , 4e , 11e , 12e ,… Provincial against 527 old birds.

After 4 provincial victories in 2018 and 2019, the short but compact extreme long distance season of 2020 ended with 3 fresh provincial victories that could again be credited to the impressive list of achievements. The humble trio confirmed once again that they belong to the provincial and national top lofts in the extreme long distance.

National and international results 2020:

Pau: 18/07/20 – 959 km 124, 133, 139, 151, 152,... 2.919 p. Agen: 24/07/20 – 864 km 5.151 p: 8, 15, 55, 116, 159, 179, ... International: 8, 17, 65, 152, 218, etc. 12.433 p. Marseille: 24/07/20 – 893 km 80, 97, 197, ... 2.102 p. International: 173, ... 10.044 p. Barcelona: 31/07/20 - 1.144 km 61, 177, ... 7.301 p. International - 1.120 km - 16.051 p: 179, ... St-Vincent: 31/07/20 – 954 km 139, ... 3.038 p. Narbonne: 15/08/20 – 913 km 89, 103, 129, 131, 176, 190, 197, ... 4.459 p. Narbonne: 15/08/20 – 913 km 59, 62, 89, ... 4.120 yl.

Poco Barcelona

With Poco Barcelona Jacques, Vincent and Irene had in 2019 the best Barcelona pigeon of Belgium over 2 and 3 years. Being the number 1 of the multi-year ranking from the Spain classic thrust himself with his stunt performance in the role as the new base piece of the colony

The fact that Poco Barcelona is a product that stems from the successful older lines of VOD Pigeons also completes the picture. It shows the qualities of the strain and the successful breeding strategy that the trio from Brasschaat has been using for so long and successfully.

When we go over the pedigree of Poco Barcelona, we quickly end up seeing several other base pigeons from the colony Van Ouwerkerk-Dekkers. With a.o. 2 times Miss Sint-Vincent, the father of Mr. Sint-Vincent, Poco Zeppelin,…

Mr. Sint Vincent

As mentioned, we also find in the pedigree of Poco Barcelona the father of Mr. Saint Vincent in the background. Mr. Sint-Vincent won 1. Nat. Sint-Vincent against 8.967 yearlings. His career in the breeding loft was just as successful as his racing career and he grew into one of the cornerstones of the modern Van Ouwerkerk-Dekkers pigeon family.

In 2019 the combination brought 4 provincial victory palms to Brasschaat and in all 4 of these provincial winners the genetics of Mister Sint-Vincent can be found!

National and international results 2019:

Pau: 22/06/19 – 959 km 13, 39, 49, 82, 188, 205, etc. 2.797 d. Agen: 29/06/19 – 864 km 17, etc. 3.935 p. International: 87, etc. 12.090 p. Agen: 29/06/19 – 864 km 2, 46, 51, 117, 184, etc. 4.644 p. International: 7, 147, 174, etc. 10.616 p. Barcelona: 05/07/19 - 1.120 km 5, 6, 29, 59, 177, etc. 7.301 p. International 11, 15, 83, 178, etc. 16.051 p. St-Vincent: 13/07/19 – 954 km 38, 40, 69, 74, 97, 100, 136, 156, 161, 171, 197, etc. 2.949 p Marseille: 19/07/19 – 891 km 76, 92, 138, etc. 2.239 p. International: 173, etc. 10.044 p. Narbonne: 29/07/19 – 913 km 74, 125, 146, 147, etc. 3.590 yl. Perpignan: 03/08/19 – 973 km 26, 40, 1473.922 p. International: 189, 262, etc. 12.752 p.

Past, present and future

Long distance racing is in Van Ouwerkerk-Dekkers' blood. . If it was up to Jacques, there would even be another race like Allicante on the program, with an even longer distance than Barcelona.

Numerous national and provincial top performances have already been achieved in Brasschaat. Every season they belong to the lofts to beat in the international extreme long distance races. With its own expertly bred strain, of which Poco Barcelona is the latest exponent, as a solid basis.

With its own expertly bred strain, of which Poco Barcelona is the latest exponent, as a solid basis.  They are also brining in successful other bloodlines (from Daan, 1. Internat. Agen yearlings) and Jelle Jellema (from the lines of Jade and Kleine Jade). This resulted in a new impulse, which son Vincent senses it can also be felt in the lofts every day. VOD Pigeons has swam through many waters, but rest assured that the ambition is still higher than ever...