Peaking at the right moment is a characteristic many champions have. To perform at the top of the national level, pigeons have to be in 'top' shape at the right time and conditions have to be right. If the opportunity presents itself, you have to take it. That is exactly what Karlo Van Rompaey did on National Limoges of July 2nd, which was postponed one day due to rain on Saturday.
9 pigeons within the Top 100 National
With this feat, the Karlo Van Rompaey colony flew directly into the spotlights. From the 9 pigeons within the National Top 100, the first 6 to be clocked were yearlings, followed closely by 3 old birds. The other pigeons basketed on Limoges followed.
This led to the following result on National Limoges of Sunday 2nd July:
Limoges Club 314 Yearlings: 1-3-4-8-13-15-21-29-30-31-32-33-49-52-72-89-93-95-96-97 (20/55)
Nat. Zone B2 2,030 YL: 1-7-8-16-29-41-86-126-128-129-144-154… (18/55)
National 8,970 Yearlings: 3-11-13-22-47-69-184-300-304-306-367-406-712-810… (18/55)
Limoges Club 223 Old birds: 10-11-12-34-35-41-54-65-68 (9/14)
National 7,211 Old birds: 57-59-63-… (9 /14)
The Zonal victory in the yearlings race made this result even more special.
1st Zonal and 3rd National Limoges Yearlings
The pigeon taking the victory and a National podium spot for the fancier from Sint-Truiden is a hen. Just like her other loft mates within the National Top 100, she comes directly from the PEC (PIPA Elite Center) from Knesselare. She too is a descendant from the world-famous Porsche line, crossed with the best from Tom Van Gaver. It was her 3rd top result in 2023, with two other prizes in the provincial Top 100, a statistic she extended to a national level on Limoges. Her results this season:
3rd Nat Limoges II ’23 – 8,970 YL / 1st Nat. Zone 2,030 YL
30th Prov. Gien ’23 – 2,878 YL / 42nd Prov 4,155 p. (Old birds + YL)
72nd Prov. Auxerre ’23 – 2,130 YL
The father is a direct Tom Van Gaver, namely Son Ricky BE20-4037441 (Ricky became 9th Nat. Ace Pigeon Heavy Middle Distance KBDB 2014) x Dochter Porsche BE20-4158684 (from PEC icon Porsche 911: 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Heavy Middle Distance YL KBDB 2015 paired to super hen Nafi from Van Eynde-Govaerts).
A top athlete, so much is clear.
We will also take a quick look at the other 8 pigeons which played a role in the national top result and managed to rank within the National Top 100 (in order of their arrival):
11th Nat. Limoges II ’23 – 8,970 YL
36th Prov. Auxerre ’23 – 2,130 YL / 54th Prov. 3,404 p. (Old birds + YL)
148th Prov. Gien ’23 – 2,878 YL
Daughter of Son Prince Porsche BE21-4153322 (from Prince Porsche x Olympic Bourges: 1st Olympiad pigeon Cat. B 2019 from J-P & Y. Palm) x Dochter Schumi Junior BE21-4153219 (from Schumi Junior - N.&S. Ally x Sister Porsche 911).
13th Nat. Limoges II ’23 - 8,970 YL
219th Prov. Gien ’23 – 2,878 YL
On father's side we find Son Double Kaasboer BE20-4158164 (from co-breeding with Team BDS and PEC, with Double Kaasboer: 1st Best Belgian Long Distance YL across 3 races x Juanita Porsche 305/17, full sister Wacko Freddy, the father of Porsche 911). Mother is top racer (2nd Prov. Limoges, 4th Nat. Zone Bourges...raced by Casaert-Sénéchal) Half-sister Jana 082 BE18-4194082 (from Brother Dali x Golden Boxster304/16).
22nd Nat. Limoges II ’23 – 8,970 YL
160th Laon ’22 - 4,355 p.
Daughter of Son Golden Louise BE20-4157874 (grandson of famous race and breeding cracks, including Golden Prince, Prince Porsche, Louise and Nadine) x Granddaughter Hattrick BE19-2125212 (Hattrick: winner 1st Nat. Bourges 14,496 p. at Karlo Van Rompaey).
47th Nat. Limoges II ’23 – 8,970 YL
Is bred from Brother Porsche 667 BE16-4129667, a true breeding talent (full brother of PEC legend Porsche 911) x Niece New Kim BE15-6285050, from Gaston Vd Wouwer (descends from the success lines of the world-famous Kaasboer and New Kim).
69th Nat. Limoges II ’23 – 8,970 YL
98th Prov. Gien ’23 – 2,878 YL
Her father is bred from co-breeding between PEC and Bart Geerinckx, from Son Blue Lagoon x Boxster BE18-6018892 (Blue Lagoon: 1st Interprov. Blois, 1st Nat. Zone Montluçon… Boxster: 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2015) x Dochter Porsche x Louise BE21-4152307 (from PEC superstars Porsche 911: 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Heavy Middle Distance YL KBDB 2015, and Louise: 1st Nat. Bourges 19,735 p.).
Lastly, the 3 old birds which also managed to win prizes within the Top 100 National:
57th Nat. Limoges II ’23 – 7,211 Old birds
34th Prov. Vierzon ’23 – 3,024 Old birds - 54th Prov. 4,342 p. (Old birds + YL)
116th Nat. Chateauroux III ’21 – 18,741 p.
Father is Brother Dali 418 BE15-4013418 (also father of the 5th Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2021) x Daughter Double Kaasboer BE20-4158010 (from Team-BDS crack Double Kaasboer, 1st Best Belgian Long Distance YL across 3 races x Daughter Porsche 911).
59th Nat. Limoges II ’23 – 7,211 Old birds
266th Prov. Vierzon ’23 – 3,024 p.
719th Nat. Bourges I ’22 – 24,221 p.
Son of Birdie Porsche BE17-4062532, winner 1st Nat. Aurillac 3,888 p. and 1st Best Long Distance Old bird 2019 across 5 races… x Daughter Boxster BE20-4157937 (from the 1st Nat Bourges 7,260 p. R. Delbruyere and fastest against 46,241 p. (via Great Wall) x Boxster: 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB and full sister Porsche 911).
We end with the 2022 superstar from the Karlo Van Rompaey colony - Grandson Hattrick 801/20 - who became 1st Provincial Ace Pigeon Long Distance 2022 and now continues where he left off last season:
-Grandson Hattrick BE20-4157801
1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance Old birds KBDB 2022
11th Best Long Distance pigeon PIPA Ranking – across 3 National races
63th Nat. Limoges II ’23 – 7,211 Old birds
6th Nat. Bourges 11,952 p.
9th Prov. Tulle 735 p.
28th Nat. Brive 6,117 p.
54th Reg. Dizy-Le Gros 1,417 p.
62nd Prov. Bourges 3,861 p.
64th Nat. Limoges 17,356 p.
The father of this 1st Provincial Ace Pigeon Long Distance 2022 is Son Hattrick x Prima Dora BE18-4194346 - bred at and by the PEC - a mighty breeding cock. Just like his parents, this quality breeder has an extended list of top pigeons on his breeding results list. He is father of a/o:
1st Hot Spot 1 Victoria Falls 2,667 p.
2nd Reg. Soissons 560 p.
6th Nat. Bourges 11,952 p.
16th Nat. Zone Souillac 1,285 p.
17th Nat. Bourges 25,096 p.
22nd Nat. Zone Bourges 4,514 p.
23rd Nat. Zone Châteauroux 3,349 p.
30th Nat. Châteauroux 24,617 p.
58th Nat. Zone Bourges 4,801 p.
Mother is Sister Porsche BE15-4013471, bred from the wonder pair Wacko Freddy x Lieve.
The Porsche 911 breeding gold of the PEC
A phenomenal bloodline at work. We may conclude that the Porsche 911 bloodline of the PEC is currently amongst the best, if not the best, in the world when it comes to middle and long distance racing...even though this line is also proving itself on extreme long distance races. For instance, Jelle Jellema managed a spectacular result on the International race from Agen. The pigeon that won 7th National Agen, is bred from a half-sister Porsche 911 (from Jef x Lieve). Hugo Batenburg-Van de Merwe win 31st National Bordeaux S2 against 3,931 pigeons, this pigeon has the same mother (half-sister Porsche 911) as the 7th National Agen at Jellema. Whilst PEC & Batenburg took 10th place in Hot Spot 4 of the Victoria Falls OLR, again with a direct descendant of this same Half-sister Porsche 911. This hen, born in 2021, has brought forth 3 top racers in her first year as a breeder. Is she the next stock hen laying 'golden eggs'?
With the Porsche 911 bloodlines, PEC houses breeding gold. Several fanciers have already benefitted from these world-class genes and amongst them is Karlo Van Rompaey. Karlo showed what a fantastic fancier he is on National Limoges II, racing many direct descendants of the golden Porsche 911 bloodlines from the PEC. Congratulation!