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Poncelet Luc - Limal

Luc, Poncelet from Waver-Limal<br> national sprint champion 2008 old pigeons

On a freezing Saturday morning at the beginning of January I had the privilege of being allowed to visit the sympathetic national champion sprint old pigeons 2008, Luc Poncelet, who lives in Profondsart-Limal a municipality of Waver. Waver is the city of the province Waals Brabant and lies in the Dijle valley between Brussels and Namen . Limal probably doesn’t ring any bells for the most people, but they will have definitely heard of the theme park Walibi.

This extremely well-known theme park with its many attractions, has given all its visitors pleasure and relaxation for many years. A stone’s throw away from here the pigeon colony of Luc Poncelet has also given its master the same feeling for the last few years.
The pigeons are housed in simple but reliable lofts. Garden lofts for the youngsters and attic lofts, situated above a workplace, house the widowers and breeding pigeons.
During their daily trainings race the pigeons can enjoy beautiful surroundings. Luc is a real fancier of everything that grows and thrives. The garden and the surroundings round the lofts are bordered by many flower beds and dozens of rose species.
From April to October you can bathe in an oasis of peace, green and beautiful roses by the Poncelets.
The care of the beautiful garden and the pigeon colony take place before and after Luc’s day job as a civil servant in Brussels, in the wage department of the Belgian treasury. 

 

The previous sport season
Luc Poncelet realised the ambitions that he had been dreaming of for the last 12 months, and lengthened his national title of National sprint champion 2007 in 2008. A real achievement when you realise that he had a coefficient of 27,35 and a very large lead on the number 2, Marc Capelle from the Waalse Badour with a coefficient of 43,95.
It is the fourth time in a row that the GPS was programmed from Limal to Oostende, because in previous years Luc achieved the following results in the national championships:

2005 10th Nat champion sprint Old
2006 8th nat Ace pigeon Sprint
2007 1e National champion sprint old.

Luc achieved his results in the club from Chastre-Tilly which races together with Beauvechain in the sprint.
As icing on the cake he also qualified in 9th place in the national Ace pigeon classification in the sprint with the superstar of the loft, his white cock Dix Euros.

The national title was raced with the first 2 nominated pigeons in 8 sprint races.
There were 6 contributions from his superstar of 2005. What is remarkable is the fact that the other achievements were down to the flying capacity of two other three year old pigeons, a four year old, a five year old and (very remarkable) a seven year old cock. Where otherwise in a sprint result you would need a magnifying glass to find a pigeon older than three years, Luc managed to keep proven racers at the top for years.
This is proof of the trust and patience that Luc has in his system and his pigeons.

These are the results which gave him the national title:

 

Result National Championship / Résultat Championnat National 2008

Date Datum

Race
Vlucht

Number
Nombre

Distance
Distance

1st Nom
marqué

Ringnumber N° Bague

coeff

2nd Nom marqué

Ringnumber N° Bague

 

12/04/2008

Momignies

148

77675

1

1515289/05

0,676

2

1528723/05

1,351

27/04/2008

Soissons

571

174200

3

6101061/05

0,525

5

1515289/05

0,876

4/05/2008

Laon

402

128839

1

6101061/05

0,249

2

1528723/05

0,498

10/05/2008

Momignies

154

77675

4

1534065/01

2,597

2

1509329/03

1,299

31/05/2008

Momignies

103

77675

3

1534065/01

2,913

6

1509329/03

5,825

15/06/2008

Nanteuil

212

214878

2

6101061/05

0,943

4

1511294/04

1,887

29/06/2008

Laon

185

128839

5

6101061/05

2,703

4

1511294/04

2,162

5/07/2008

Soissons

246

174200

6

6101061/05

2,439

1

1511294/04

0,407

Coeff

 

 

 

 

 

13,045

 

 

14,304

Total coeff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27,349

 

Medical guidance
There’s not much to report about the medical guidance by Luc.
In addition to the compulsory Paramyxo vaccination he very rarely visits the veterinary surgeon. During the last season there was a cull in the performance halfway through May. The man with the microscope couldn’t find any medical explanation. Consequently there was also no medicine given and it was a question of waiting until the form returned.
Giving something preventively or a periodic tricho treatment is not included in the plan of action in the Poncelet house.
Tea is given regularly in the drinking water to keep the airways in top condition. During the moulting period they are regularly given garlic oil, brewer’s yeast and vitamins. 

Origins
The basis at the Poncelets was formed by pigeons from the late Vandebotermet from Beersel, Roger Pierre from Pecrot, Huart from Nijvel (Debieve), and Jonckers from Linter (line Zabel and Cleef).
Each year a hundred youngsters have a ring put on their leg and a visit to the pigeon market in Lier can end with the purchase of a few pigeons.
That top quality can be found at the pigeon market in Lier, will be proved to you later.
Recently Luc went in search of strengthening by a few fanciers with top quality under their roof.
Luc was able to reinforce his loft with pigeons from Joseph Reynaerts (Atenhoven-Landen), Van Renterghem – Deblicquy from Pipaix, Koen van Roy from Asse (3 granddaughters of the Kleine Dirk and a granddaughter of the Kanibaal from Dirk van Dijck from Zandhoven) and with the purchase of a daughter of the Magic Wonder from Jacob Poortvliet.

The Dix Euros, the standard-bearer of the loft.
The most pleasure that Luc has had over the last few years there on the flanks of the Dijle valley was with his favourite pigeon, the now four year old cock with ring number 6101061/2005, or in other words the Dix Euros. So as the name and ring number suggests, Luc bought this pigeon in 2005 at the pigeon market in Lier for the sum of ten euro’s from André Nauwelaerts from Heist op den Berg.
Here below you can see a selection of the best prizes that this white wonder pigeon has raced over the last few years.
In his birth year he directly proved what he was capable of by achieving the 6th place in the provincial classification of best youngster in the sprint. The three years afterwards the confirmation followed and every weekend in his beautiful English flower garden Luc enjoyed the results of his top sprinter.
All the top notations were rewarded with a double title of Provincial Ace pigeon sprint ('06 and '08) and an 8th and 9th place in the national Ace pigeon classification in the sprint. Moreover he made a considerable contribution to the achieving of the 2 national titles during the 2 last seasons.
At the same moment that in the athletics world a new star was born in Usai Bolt, who wrote history during the Olympic games in the sprint numbers, a winged counterpart in the pigeon sport said farewell to the sprint numbers.
The "dix euros" is now the visiting card of the breeding loft by the Poncelet household, where he richly passes on his genes and talents to the following generations of athletes. The Usai Bolts, the Sven Kramers and Kim Gevaerts can only dream of such a follow-up to their careers.

Here below a summary of the sportive performances of the Dix euros:

Luc Poncelet Limal Wavre

61061/2005

Le "Dix euros"

2005

9e

Ace pigeon provincial Waals Brabant Sprint - As duif Brabant Wallon Vitesse

2006

1e

Ace pigeon provincial Waals Brabant Sprint - As duif Brabant Wallon Vitesse

8e

Ace pigeon National Sprint Asduif National Vitesse

6e

Ace pigeon La colombophilie Belge Vitesse As Duif

2008

1e

Ace pigeon provincial Waals Brabant Sprint - As duif Brabant Wallon Vitesse

9e

Ace pigeon National Sprint Asduif National Vitesse

11e

Ace pigeon La colombophilie Belge Vitesse As Duif

Prize list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soissons

1

597

 

Soissons

2

118

 

Vervins

7

314

La ferte

1

421

 

Soissons

3

571

 

Momignies

8

164

Laon

1

402

 

Laon

3

232

 

Momignies

9

126

Vervins

1

304

 

Momignies

3

148

 

Soissons

10

273

Soissons

1

200

 

Soissons

3

145

 

Soissons

11

287

Laon

1

133

 

Vervins

4

197

 

Nanteuil

12

219

Momigines

1

114

 

Soissons

4

600

 

Laon

13

294

Vervins

1

106

 

Momignies

5

219

 

Vervins

14

230

Soissons

2

321

 

Vervins

5

207

 

Soissons

21

230

Soissons

2

312

 

Laon

5

185

 

Melun

25

348

Momigines

2

276

 

Soissons

6

246

 

Soissons

31

225

Nanteuil

2

211

 

Soissons

7

383

 

 

 

 

 

In 2008 had he had produced three sons that were promising for the following years.
This is proved in the following results. 

3 sons of 6101061/2005 * 1509312/2003 (sister 2nd Ace Ave Regina 2007)

3 fils du 6101061/2005 * 1509312/07 (sœur 2e as pigeon Ave regina 2007)

1502535/2008

 

1502536/2008

 

1502592/2008

Soissons

1

486

 

Momignies

1

141

 

Nanteuil

1

560

Momignies

2

141

 

Momignies

2

133

 

Momignies

3

141

Momignies

4

101

 

Momignies

3

101

 

Momignies

9

133

Momignies

6

133

 

Soissons

55

654

 

Soissons

27

654

Momignies

10

654

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Momignies

21

310

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

System.
This is also a classic tale. At the beginning of December the roughly 55 widowers are coupled and allowed to raise a couple of youngsters. Before they get the urge again, one youngster and the hen are removed.
After weaning the young there is a rest period for the pigeons until the middle of March. In February and March you will often find Luc in his garden or conservatory, where after the winter the necessary pruning and plant work awaits.
In the middle of March, when the spring sun has once again found our regions, the widowers are given back their hen and after a week of keeping eggs warm they begin the new season.
The youngsters are given 7 or 8 races for experience. Luc has so much patience and faith that they are sometimes given up to two years to prove themselves.
So as mentioned earlier, Luc has managed to let his sprint pigeons fight for a place at the top of the result until they are five or six years old.  

Places achieved in the various championships over the last few years:  

National championship KBDB Sprint

Championnat National RFCB Vitesse

2005

10

coeff

64,09

2007

1

coeff

31,45

2008

1

coeff

27,35

 

 

 

 

 

Provincial championship Waals Brabant

Championnat Provincial Brabant Wallon

2005

2

coeff

35,15

2006

1

coeff

42,06

2007

1

coeff

19,88

2008

1

coeff

49,13

 

 

 

 

 

Ace pigeon Province Waal Brabant Sprint

As Pigeon Brabant Wallon Vitesse

2005

7

1534065/01

coeff 27,58

Old / Vieux

2005

6

6101061/05

coeff 20,3

Jonge/Jeunes

2006

1

6101061/05

coeff  9,75

Yearling

2006

3

1511294/04

coeff 12,78

Old / Vieux

2007

3

1513807/04

coeff 11,39

Old / Vieux

2008

1

6101061/05

coeff 15,64

Old / Vieux

2008

2

1502519/08

coeff 30,79

Jonge/Jeunes

 

 

 

 

 

Nationale Ace pigeon Sprint KBDB

As Duif National RFCB Vitesse

2006

8

6101061/05

coeff 9,645

2008

9

6101061/05

coeff9,105

 

 

 

 

 

Bricon Trophy Sprint

Trophée Bricon Vitesse

2005

2

 

 

 

2006

3

 

 

 

2007

3

 

 

 

2008

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Championship La Colombophilie Belge

La Colombophilie Belge Championnat

2005

3

 

 

 

2006

4

 

 

 

2007

4

 

 

 

2008

4

 

 

 

2008

11e Ace pigeon 2008 6101061/05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ave Regina Championship Ace pigeon

Championnat Ave Regina As Pigeon

2006

2

6101061/05

 

 

2007

2

1509311/03

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Championship Golden Duif

Championnat Golden Duif

2007

3

2 Vermeldingen/Citations

 

 

2008

3

2 Vermeldingen/Citations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

It was worth the effort of facing the freezing temperatures and elements of nature in this beautiful region in order to visit this warm and sympathetic colleague, who has proved over the last few years that with classic and simple resources you can reach the top and remain there. We will certainly hear more of Luc in the coming years by the national days and other championships.