Philippe Dobbelaere (Zulte-Olsene, BE) wins 1st National Châteauroux against 17,984 old birds

This national win from Châteauroux came as a big surprise; it was determined by the KBDB regulations that Philippe Dobbelaere was the official winner of the race. That does not change the fact that this was a well deserved win by a phenomenal crack pigeon!

The rules are the rules, even though this sounds rather old fashioned. Maurice and Luc De Laere from Anzegem were initially expected to take the national win in the old birds’ category. However, it was revealed that their winning pigeon was already in the loft when they found him, as a result of which the control ring was clocked 17 minutes after the pigeon had been electronically clocked. According to the rules, this should take place within 10 minutes’ time. That cost them their national win from Chateauroux old birds, and their pigeon was disqualified, in line wiht the KBDB rules. This was very sad news for the fanciers involved, especially because their pigeon would have been the fastest of 40,000 basketed birds in the race.

The result is a national victory for Philippe Dobbelaere. We contacted Philippe after hearing the verdict of the KBDB and the fancier from Olsene could not believe he had won a national first prize. He had been very lucky. He was preparing tea for the pigeons that were expected to arrive home some time later, when he got a visit from two friends. His wife told him the tea water was boiling, so he placed the water kettle in the loft to let it cool down. While there he also switched on the electronic clock. Surprisingly, his first pigeon from Chateauroux was clocked less than one minute later! He was not prepared for this, and the cocks were not yet waiting for their hens. It was an exciting moment but he had to keep calm.

Philippe clocked his winning pigeon at 11:20’34”, covering 475.261km with a velocity of 1823.95m/min. This was the highest average speed from Chateauroux. A second pigeon from Chateauroux arrived home 16 minutes later, winning a 2nd prize at club level and a 44th national prize in the yearlings’ category. Philippe had basketed 21 pigeons for this race, and 10 have won a prize, including 8 per ten.

Chateauroux Nat. 17,984 olds:      1-257-452-3078 (4/9)
Chateauroux Nat. 21,515 yearlings: 44-986-1077-1080-1736-3430 (6/12)

This national win is a crowning achievement for a number of great seasons with several victories, important titles and other achievements. We take a look at the highlights:

1st Nat. Zone A Bourges  2,884 p. in 2011
1st Nat. Zone A Argenton   932 p. in 2011
1st Nat. Zone A Issoudun 3,720 p. in 2013
2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance Young Birds KBDB 2013
2nd Olympiad Pigeon Cat B Poznan 2011 (Poland)
7th Nat. Champion Shorter Middle Distance KBDB 2008
8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2009

Two times Brigitte, a super class pigeon

Last weekend’s national winner is one of a kind. She is a super quality hen with an impressive list of achievements, as well as a remarkable pedigree.

-Two Times Brigitte BE12-4218723

’14 Chateauroux   313 p. 1    (07 June)
         Nat   17,984 p. 1
’14 Vierzon       895 p. 24
       I.Prov   8,394 p. 97
’14 Bourges       325 p. 31
         Zone   3,788 p. 298
’14 Chateauroux 3,842 p. 624  (24 May)
’14 Blois         164 p. 21
       I.Prov   2,018 p. 319
’13 L.Souterraine 223 p. 2    (behind loft mate)
         Zone   2,146 p. 30
         Nat   11,236 p. 75
’13 Chateauroux   407 p. 4
         Zone   4,503 p. 11
         Nat   19,691 p. 160
’12 Fontenay      710 p. 5
’13 Bourges       211 p. 9
         Prov   2,375 p. 63
’13 Orleans YL    324 p. 20
         Prov   3,790 p. 167
    Orleans Oude  301 p. 26
         Prov   3,197 p. 215
’13 Poitiers      326 p. 26
         Zone   3,342 p. 293
         Nat   13,135 p. 946
’12 Clermont      334 p. 27
’13 Argenton      458 p. 76

She is called Two Times Brigitte in Dutch, because she is a double grandchild of Brigitte.
Sire: Zoon Brigitte ’11 BE11-4264425
Bred from Keizer 260/09 (a great racer and a nest brother of Cleo (2nd Ace Pigeon Young Birds Flanders 2009 and the dam of Froome, 2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance Young Birds KBDB 2013) x stock dam Brigitte
Dam: Witoog Brigitte BE10-43260220
A full sister of the dam of Julie, and also a daughter of Baron x Brigitte
Click here for the full pedigree

The most remarkable name in this pedigree is that of stock dam Brigitte. She is an exceptional breeding hen with a significant influence on the pigeon breed of Philippe Dobbelaere in recent years. Winner of an Olympiad title, she was a particularly successful racing hen as well. She became truly invaluable in the breeding loft, bringing several high quality descendants. We take a look at her achievements:

-Brigitte BE07-4022161

8th National Ace Pigeon KBDB Extreme Middle Distance '09                  
2nd Olympiad Pigeon Middle Distance '11 Poznan-Poland
3rd Master Award ’09 Versele-Laga                              
6th Master Award ’10 Versele-Laga (Category: Belgium)
7th Master Award ’10 Versele-Laga (Category: international)        
2nd Ace Pigeon Championship Bruges '07                        
3rd Ace Pigeon Championship Bruges '09                        
6th Ace Pigeon Championship Bruges '10
Click here for the pedigree of Olympiad Pigeon Brigitte

As we said, Brigitte and her descendants are now the most important members of the breeding team of Philippe Dobbelaere. This is illustrated by the number of top results achieved by this phenomenal breeding line.

Total widowhood

The old birds from Olsene are raced in total widowhood, but not in the most common approach. He started the season with 14 cocks and 24 hens, which is why 10 of the hens have a partner that awaits them at home. The national hen from Chateauroux Two Times Brigitte is one of them.

All racing pigeons did a winter breeding, and they were paired to the breeding pigeons in late November. Philippe takes care to separate the pigeons before they get the chance to lay a second egg. That would be disastrous for the moult later in the year. The hens are then taken to the aviary. They stay there until early March, before returning to the racing and resting loft for the first easy training flights around the loft. As soon as the team has gained some experience, they are paired in the end of March. That is the time to start using the baskets. Widowhood starts after a short period of brooding (no more than three days).

When the racing team is ready, all hens are basketed every week. However, as the national races begin, they will sometimes compete in a shorter distance race in between two longer flights, often a shorter middle distance race or even a sprint race. This happens particularly when they have just had a very demanding race, or if Philippe thinks the pigeons are starting to get tired. When the longer middle distance season begins, the cocks are basketed every two weeks.

Being in early retirement, Philippe now has plenty of time to take his pigeons out for a training flight. The cocks have trained twice a day since the start of the season; the hens are usually only trained in the evening.
If you would like to know more about the pigeon family of Philippe Dobbelaere, you can take a look at some of the previous reports published on the PIPA website.

Philippe learned the ropes in the loft of his father Roger at an early age. He started on his own in 1988, not surprisingly with pigeons that were bred from his father’s collection. He obtained reinforcements from some of the successful fanciers from around the area, often using pigeons that were able to beat his in the toughest of races, or their direct descendants.

That is how Philippe has been able to create a pigeon breed that is among the very best of Belgium. We think this national win will be a breakthrough for him at national level, and the PIPA team would like to congratulate him on a great victory.

Philippe asked us to thank everyone who called him, sent him an e-mail or visited him after his national success. Special thanks go to Erna, the owner of the club, and to everybody who is involved in his club in Waregem.


Proficiat ! De enige en echte winnaar simpel !

De koptekst van het artikel is volledig juist. Philippe heeft de duivenmicrobe van thuis uit meegekregen en heeft de juiste aanpak gehanteerd toen hij zich in Olsene heeft gevestigd. Zijn uitslagen van de laatste jaren mogen trouwens naast deze liggen van de kampioenen. Een welgemeende proficiat Philippe, ja bent een voorbeeld voor de jonge duivenliefhebbers!
Paul Heyerick