It also shows that they are excellent young bird fanciers. We included a list of their best results in the Best of the Best competition, just to give you an idea of the quality of the Van de Pasch pigeon family:
1st Ace Pigeon Young Birds Robin NL13-1446367 2nd Ace Pigeon Young Birds Sanne NL13-1446397 6th Ace Pigeon Young Birds 472 NL13-1446472 7th Ace Pigeon Young Birds 357 NL13-1446357 9th Ace Pigeon Young Birds 398 NL13-1446398
In addition, they had no less than 10 pigeons in the top 25 of the young bird category.
Robin NL13-1446367 was the best pigeon in her category and she appears to originate from pigeons that knew how to win top prizes as well: the sire of Robin is Jupiter, winner of the title of First Ace Pigeon Young Birds TBOTB in 2009. Interestingly, 2nd Ace Pigeon Young Birds TBOTB 2013 Sanne NL13-1446397 was bred from a brother of Jupiter. Robin is a half sister of Olympic Ranomi NL10-1920793, which is closely related to the lines of Willem de Bruijn (Reeuwijk, NL). Click here for the pedigree of Robin NL13-1446367.
Many of the best Van de Pasch pigeons are related to the line of Lowieke. The Van de Pasch family was also quite successful in the 2014 One Million Dollar Race in South Africa, with the winning pigeon of Karl Ziefle being a 50% Van de Pasch. Click here for the winner of the One Million Dollar Race 2014.
These are the best results of Robin, a great-granddaughter of Lowieke:
Rethel 246 km 1 3,459 p. Reims 285 km 1 2,757 p. Reims 285 km 1 1,682 p. Charleville 212 km 3 1,530 p. Marche 143 km 4 2,508 p. Marche 143 km 15 2,771 p.
He has won no less than 6 x 1 per 100 and 2 x 1 per 1,000!
The young cocks and the young hens were raced separately last season. The young cocks were taken care of by Leanne while Jan was responsible for the young hens and the same goes for the old birds.
The young birds are released once a day and they are expected to fly for at last an hour, using the flag if necessary. The young birds are well prepared for the races: they are released up to 15 times before the start of the season. The pigeons are released 2 km away from the loft at first, before having to cover up to 35km in their final training flights. The young birds were released in between flights as well, covering up to 30km on Wednesday or Thursday. The young birds can see each other during the week as well so are not separated for too long. It is important that the young birds can see each other again after four days. They can see each other shortly before basketing as well and they are often together for one and a half days after the race.
Investment for the future
As we said in our previous report, they moved their six best racing pigeons to the breeding loft after the 2012 season. Jan and Leanne immediately saw a drop in performance in their old bird team but on the other hand it allowed them to create a new generation of great champions. In other words, they were able to breed a new generation of successful pigeons by using their best racing pigeons in the breeding loft. The best Van de Pasch pigeons originate from previous prize winners.