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Team Freddy De Jaeger (Knesselare, BE) was 4th General Champion of Belgium KBDB and 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Old Birds KBDB in 2014

The pigeons of Team De Jaeger have stormed their way to the highest level of Belgium in the last two seasons, having won no less than six national championship prizes in Antwerp this year, including most notably a well deserved title of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance!

Add to that three first prizes in the zone, a provincial victory from Brive and 20 first prizes, and it is safe to say they had a marvellous 2014 season! As we said in the introduction, Team De Jaeger has managed to win an impressive six prizes in the national KBDB championship:

1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2014
4th General Champion of Belgium KBDB 2014
4th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2014
10th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB2014
4th Nat. Champion Long Distance Old Birds KBDB 2014
5th Nat. Champion Longer Middle Distance Old Birds KBDB 2014

20 first prizes - 24 2nd prizes - 14 3rd prizes
1st Provincial Brive old birds
3 x 1e N.Zone from Bourges old birds, Bourges yearlings and Bourges young birds
Click here for a full overview of his titles and achievements of 2014

This team has probably won more first prizes and titles in a single year than most fancier will be able to win in their entire careers. This is an impressive palmares founded on a well oiled machine led by main man Freddy De Jaeger, loft manager Marijn Laureyns and administrative officer Frank Morre. Together they are the successful team of De Jaeger.

The right man in the right place

Freddy De Jaeger is an entrepreneur and a successful businessman, being the manager of the Jaegerson company specialized in sheet metalworking and advanced welding technology. His commercial skills came in handy when he was creating his pigeon family, which proved an excellent way to take his mind off of work. The most important lesson that he learned is that in order to achieve something you have to have a solid foundation. This approach has enabled him to create a successful business, as well as to become a nationally renowned pigeon fancier.

The key is to surround yourself with the right people and to get the best out of them. Think for instance of Pep Guardiola, José Mourinho or Carlo Ancelotti, the football trainers that have become famous for getting the most out of their team. Similarly, some of the best fanciers can get more out of a group of pigeons than others. Up until 2012, the pigeons of Freddy De Jaeger (who was playing under the name of De Jaeger-De Vijlder) were achieving satisfactory results, with an international first prize from San Sebastian 2006 being the biggest highlight. Still, Freddy was convinced that there was greater potential in his existing team of racing pigeons. He wanted to try and get more out of his talented collection of pigeons, aiming to deliver more consistent results.

He started looking for a new Guardiola or Mourinho, a top class loft caretaker that could enable his pigeon breed to reach its full potential. Marijn Laureyns, who is known to do wonders with pigeons, proved the man for the job. Freddy convinced Marijn to become his fulltime loft manager and to start running the loft together with him. Meanwhile Freddy’s close friend Frank Morre agreed to become the team’s administrative assistant. The dream team of De Jaeger was born.

Pigeon fanciers across Belgium quickly learned about this new combination, which quickly reached a phenomenal level of performance. They managed to become an internationally renowned loft in just two years’ time, earning a place among some of the country’s most renowned pigeon lofts. This was apparently just the very start of a brilliant success story, which is likely to further develop in the coming seasons. Freddy appears to have a clear view on matters, with an eye for detail and the ability to quickly respond to changes!

Stock dam Tsunami-duivin and Mister Tulle leading the way

We quickly noticed that many of De Jaeger’s most successful pigeons were heavily based on the pigeon breed of Vandenabeele, with Tsunami-duivin being this loft’s leading name. She is the number one stock dam of this breed! Tsunami-duivin is a direct Vandenabeele pigeon; she is a direct daughter of the legendary Bliksem, which was paired to Manuela. Her bloodline can be found in most of this loft’s racing birds, of which she is either the dam, the grandmother or sometimes even the great-grandmother. Tsunami-duivin is basically one of the founders of this phenomenal breed. Click here for het most important achievements in the breeding loft. You can find a detailled overview of every pigeon's pedigree on their own website.

Tsunami-duivin was paired to Mister Tulle (3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon of France) and together they bred top class racing bird Aäron (1st Limoges and 15th Prov. 2,960 p.). This brings us to another outstanding breeding pigeon, the Mister Tulle, a 100% Casaert pigeon He is the sire of Aäron, and a few more great pigeons:

-Benjamin BE12-4159299: winner of a 1st Prov. Brive 1,228 old birds and 9th Nat. 5,286 old birds in 2014.
-Walter BE12-4159094: winner of 1st Nat. Zone Bourges 3,085 old birds in 2014
He is also the grandfather of:
-Don José BE12-4159091: winner of 1st Nat.Zone Montluçon 3,154 p.
Click here for some additional breeding references of Mister Tulle. A detailed overview can be found here.

Freddy has never been afraid to make big investments in order to obtain vital bloodlines, especially when it comes to top quality breeds. The De Jaeger breeding team consists of nothing but bloodlines with a solid reputation (click here for the origins of the breed). This team is more ambitious than ever, which means it will get even more difficult for a pigeon to join this team. This has nothing to do with the selling price of a pigeon; it has everything to do with the list of achievements and the value of a pigeon (and its descendants) as a breeder. Selection has been very strict in this loft, especially since Marijn has come to join the team. This has become a very disciplined pigeon loft, and the pigeons immediately know what they are up to when they arrive here.

The national ace pigeons KBDB of 2014

The racing lofts of Team De Jaeger are the home of several cracks, excellent racing birds and promising new pigeons. It would take too long to discuss every individual pigeon of this exceptional team. This is just a report. If you would like to know more about this pigeon breed, please visit the website of Team De Jaeger (www.teamdejaeger.be).

In this report we would like to take a closer look at the three national ace pigeons of 2014:

-Carla BE12-4159122

1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Old Birds KBDB 2014 (o.v.)
In 2014: 
Fontenay         Club    318 p. 2
Bourges        N.Zone  3,085 p. 2
Chateauroux      Nat. 17,984 p. 98
Montluçon        Nat. 14,230 p. 117
Gueret           Nat.  7,681 p. 61
La Souterraine N.Zone  1,098 p. 3
Bourges          Prov  1,364 p. 27
In 2013:
Chateauroux II N.Zone    935 p. 2
Argenton II    N.Zone    767 p. 19
Bourges FVOV     Prov  2,675 p. 34
Chateauroux I  N.Zone  4,107 p. 54
Bourges I      N.Zone  1,664 p. 77  
Gueret I       N.Zone  2,222 p. 91

Click here for the full list of achievements and additional information about Carla

As a young bird, she did great in the race from Argenton (1601th Nat. against 25,949 p.) and Gueret (1176th Nat against 16,988 p.). She originates from a crossing of Gaby Vandenabeele, being a daughter of Retro BE09-4138553 (from Rik x Femke) x Nicky BE04-4436808 (a granddaughter of the iconic Bliksem Vandenabeele, bred from Geschelpte Bliksem x Sientje).

-Biscaya BE12-4159344

4th National Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2014
In 2014:
Limoges   Club    323 p. 4
          Nat   7,221 p. 18
Brive     Prov  1,228 p. 5
          Nat   5,286 p. 24
Tulle     Prov  1,310 p. 9
          Nat   5,976 p. 25
Arras     Club    731 p. 4
Clermont  Club    463 p. 34
In 2013:
Brive     Nat   6,842 p. 66

Click here for a full list of achievements and additional information about Biscaya.

This is a wonderful pigeon and a great looking racing bird! He is a son of Niels BE07-4202059 (from Rik x Femke) x Dikke 10 BE09-3049084, a hen of Frank Verstraete. Interestingly enough, the sire of Carla (Retro) and the sire of Biscaya (Niels) are full brothers, which is no coincidence!

-Dark Galactica BE12-4159195

10th National Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2014
In 2014:
Limoges   Prov  4,267 p. 6
          Nat  18,390 p. 23
Brive     Prov  1,228 p. 15
          Nat   5,286 p. 64
Tulle     Prov  1,310 p. 16
          Nat   5,976 p. 50
Montauban Nat   5,935 p. 225
In 2013:
Chateauroux NZo 4,107 p. 179
Brive     Prov  1,458 p. 40
          Nat   6,842 p. 106

Click here for a full list of achievements and additional information about Dark Galactica

He is a son of Galactica BE09-5044450, a brilliant breeding pigeon and a direct Jos Thoné (from Girder x Iruna) x Queen Narbonne BE07-3048537, which comes from the loft of Hubert De Baene (she won a 2nd Argenton 348 p. ‘07, a 6th Argenton 147 p. ’09, and an 8th La Souterraine 279 p. ’07).

The loft of the future

It has always been difficult to make accurate predictions in pigeon racing. Freddy De Jaeger convinced Marijn Laureyns to become his loft manager in late 2012, and Marijn quickly started to take the matter in hand. Some skeptics were doubtful as to whether he would be capable to get the most out of this impressive pigeon collection, just like he has done with his own pigeon breed, which is actually a lot smaller. Still, some of the more experienced fanciers soon realized he would be more than able to transform the loft of Team De Jaeger into a group of racing birds that would be very tough to beat. And so it happened.

The team experienced a spectacular increase in performance in its very first season (2013). They really put their team to the test, and many pigeons were eliminated by the end of the season. The remaining group of pigeons proved a solid foundation for an even more impressive 2014 season, which saw Team De Jaeger become one of the household names in Belgium.

Many of you will be wondering if this team can become even more successful in the future. It will be interesting to see if a pigeon loft that has already been performing exceptionally well can still increase their potential. We think they can. This team can do even better in the seasons to come if everything goes according to plan. The fanciers have the ambition to compete in every race with at least two highly talented racing birds, two cracks capable of taking the first prize and winning championship prizes. This was the one thing still lacking on their palmares of 2014, and they hope to make up for it in 2015. In other words, their opponents know what to expect this season.

We think this loft has everything it takes to further develop in one of the lofts of the future, becoming one of the leading teams of Belgium. You can tell from their national titles of 2014 that they are on the right track, well on their way to the highest level of Belgium. We think their impressive results in the past two seasons basically tell the whole story.
Many congratulations!