The impressive number of top results and championship titles of Gert would make you think that he is an experienced fancier but that is not quite the case. The 20 year old Gert has been involved in the sport for only five years. His father Frans used to be in a highly successful combination with his grandfather Laurent, and Frans continued to keep pigeons on his own after grandfather Laurent’s passing in 2007. However, he got tired of having to go back and forth to his loft, which was 7km away from his home. Eventually, he sold his entire collection of pigeons on PIPA in 2008. Frans now had a lot of spare time and his son Gert suggested to start keeping pigeons in a loft at home. They agreed to start up a new pigeon loft in 2010, and they did great from day one, winning an impressive 19 first prizes in 2010, 29 first prizes in 2011 and 53 first prizes in 2012. No less than 63 first prizes were won in 2013, and 2014 was even better with 73 victories. This includes no doubles. Pigeon racing is a family business here: Gert gets a lot of help from his father in terms of daily caretaking, while his mother releases the young birds every day. His sister is sometimes called in as well to train the pigeons.
Gert with his parents
The pigeon breed
The pigeons in this loft originate for 95% from the breed of Paul Huls (Zonhoven, BE). Paul has always been good friends with the Rondags family, and he provides advice as well as great pigeons. The pigeons of Paul originate from the loft of Flor Vervoort, Maurice Voets and Gust Geentjes, which were combined with pigeon of the old breed of Gert’s grandfather Laurent. Another important introduction was a hen of Kamiel Vos. Gert races with a team of 35 cocks and 12 hens, while keeping about 24 breeding birds.
Gert's racing loft
Championships and best results
It would be impossible to include every championship result of the past few seasons, but we wanted to sum up at least some of his national titles of 2013 and 2014:
National titles 2013
1st Nat. champion youth 4th Nat. champion sprint young birds 4th Nat. champion short middle distance old birds 2nd Nat. ace pigeon short middle didstance old birds with First Lady (BE10-5124154) 8th Nat. ace pigeon short middle distance long distance young birds with BE13-5135481
National titles 2014
1st Nat. champion youth 1st Nat. youth criterium 3rd Nat. ace pigeon short middle distance with Martine 8th Nat. ace pigeon short middle distance yearlings
It takes great results to achieve these championship titles. We take a look at his best achievements of 2014:
Reims 210 km 242 olds: 1-2-3-5-10-11-14-16-18-21-etc. (14/19) Sourdun 300 km 192 olds: 1-2-4-6-7-8-13-16-17-18-etc. (13/17) 1506 olds: 2-3-7-21-23-25-54-92-etc. (13/14) 534 YLs: 1-2-3-7-16-20-54-56-66-etc. (9/14 Reims 210 km 119 olds: 1-2-6-7-14-19-26-etc. (8/10) 283 YLs: 1-2-3-4-5--7-8-9-10-13-14-16-etc. (21/22) Gien 406 km 212 olds: 1-2-16-18-etc. (9/12) Sourdun 300 km 108 olds: 1-3-6-10-etc. (7/12) 218 YLs: 1-2-3-6-9-10-11-12-18-19-21-etc. (21/31) 1933 YLs: 1-2-4-22-39-40-64-80-etc. (21/31) Sourdun 300 km 143 YLs: 1-2-3-5-6-7-8-9-11-12-13-14-etc. (21/33) 977 YLs: 3-4-8-13-14-15-21-22-40-43-44-etc. (21/31) Reims 210 km 445 YBs: 1-2-3-9-11-12-14-17-20-23-25-etc. (1626) Gien 406 km 389 YLs: 1-2-3-13-26-etc. (10/18) Chimay 126 km 279 YBs: 1-2-4-5-6-8-10-14-16-20-22-24-25-etc. (26/41) Reims 210 km 246 YBs: 1-2-4-6-7-8-10-11-12-16-etc. (26/42) Sourdun 300 km 209 YBs: 1-2-4-6-8-9-10-11-14-16-etc. (18/30) Sourdun 300 km 176 olds: 1-2-3-6-9-10-12-15-17-etc. (14/15)
Besides an impressive 73 first prizes he has also achieved a remarkably high prize percentage.
Some of his stars
We could not possibly discuss every successful pigeon of Gert Rondags, so we limited ourselves to the champions of 2014.
Gert is a motivated young fancier with a solid approach who gets full support from his family and from Paul Huls, who provides advice and top class pigeons. We think these are the main requirements for him to become a top class fancier, which he already is at an early age.