From left to right: Kris Mostmans, Luc Vermeerbergen and Robby Wilms
Luc Vermeerbergen and Robby Wilms founded the successful Vermeerbergen-Wilms combination in 2011, and this team developed into one of the country's most renowned young birds' lofts. Their breed is founded on the invaluable bloodline of stock breeder Lucky Luc, a Heremans pigeon that can be found in nearly every pedigree here. Another exceptional bloodline is that of National Wonder (BE14-6168603). He was the best Belgian pigeon over 5 and 6 national races in 2014, and his brothers, sisters and other descendants have been winning quite a number of top prizes as well. Team Vermeerbergen-Wilms was also responsible for perhaps the most impressive achievement of 2015: they won a 1st (grandchild Lucky Luc), a 2nd (sister National Wonder), a 3rd and a 4th (grandson Lucky Luc) National from Chateauroux against 10,442 pigeons.
A new combination was founded in 2014 with Kris Mostmans from Rijkevorsel. Luc knew that Kris was quite a successful fancier in the sprint combination. Kris was winning prizes with pigeons from his own breed, combined with the sprint champions of Robby Wilms from Mol. This gave way to the start of this new Vermeerbergen-Wilms-Mostmans combination, which would now be racing from two different locations. The first round from the impressive Vermeerbergen-Wilms breeding loft is raced in Mol; the second round of young birds is kept in Rijkevorsel, in the loft of Kris. This approach allows them to put the breeding loft to the test in the young birds' races.
Kris managed to become 1st Provincial Champion Sprint Young Birds in his very first season (2014), while also winning a 1st Nat. Zone Guéret against 3,593 pigeons. He continued to perform well in 2015 with a 3rd Nat. Champion KBDB Sprint Young Birds and a 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Sprint Young Birds. This second round of young birds is darkened and is raced with the sliding door. Kris allows the pigeons to spend a few hours together before being basketed, and they are separated at the end of the day after finishing a race. As you can see, he does not use any additional motivational techniques. We take a look at some of the young birds' results in Rijkevorsel in 2015 (all won in Quievrain 126km):
785 yl.: 36-41 (2/4) 1,022 yl.: 1-4-9-31-42-86-etc. (7/11) 1,071 yl.: 9-14-25-40-63-65-96-etc. (9/13) 1,059 yl.: 1-7-8-16-23-75-77-etc. (11/12) 1,239 yl.: 22-26-27-44-51-74-87-88-92-94-95-99-108-etc. (23/64) 187 yl.: 1-2-16-etc. (9/12) 1,058 yl.: 4-5-7-8-10-12-26-30-33-34-37-44-47-54-57-61-64-65-93-101-etc. (28/64) 282 yl.: 1-5-8-9-10-20-23-25-26-28-etc. (30/68) 970 yl.: 1-21-24-42-etc. (14/17) 821 yl.: 1-7-8-9-24-71-etc. (15/19) 1,099 yl.: 2-3-11-15-16-17-73-82-87-etc. (13/16) 725 yl.: 1-2-3-5-7-25-42-47-48-68-etc. (18/20) 227 yl.: 2-4-6-8-9-etc. (7/12) 618 yl.: 2-5-6-15-25-31-33-45-47-50-etc. (12/14) 343 yl.: 2-6-20-21-23-24-27-etc. (10/11) 578 yl.: 1-3-4-30-32-41-51-52-etc. (12/17)
We take a look at their most important titles of 2015:
2nd National Ace Pigeon KBDB Sprint Young Birds (BE15-6274218) 3rd National Champion KBDB Sprint Young Birds (1st and 2nd nom.) 1st Provincial Ace Pigeon KBDB Sprint Young Birds (BE15-6274218) 2nd Provincial Champion KBDB Sprint Young Birds (1st and 2nd nom.) 13th National Ace Pigeong KBDB Longer Middle Distance Young Birds (BE-6089186) 2nd Bricon Trophy National Cat. Sprint) 2nd National Championship Duivenkrant- Van Robaeys LVC Young Birds 2nd National Crack Young Birds Duivenkrant- Van Robaeys (BE15-6274218)
Union Entente De Kempen (6 basketing clubs - Municipalities)
1st Champion Old Birds Quievrain (1st and 2nd nom.) + 2nd Ace Pigeon 1st Champion Yearlings Quievrain (1st and 2nd nom.) + 1st Ace Pigeon 1st Champion Young Birds Quievrain 91st and 2nd nom.) + 2nd Ace Pigeon 1st General King Champion Quievrain 1st Final RAnking 10-days Young Birds Quievrain 20 x 1st prize in Entente De Kempen
It goes without saying that it takes quite a talented team of pigeons to win so many prizes and titles. We would like to show you a few of the young birds that played an important role in the racing loft.
BE15-6274218 Grizzly Ace Wonder
This young cock became 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Sprint Young Birds in 2015. He is quite a successful sprint pigeon, having won the following prizes from Quievrain: 1/1022, 1/1008, 1/821 1/187, 2/1455, 4/578, 4/655, 5/618, 6/343, 8/469, 8/282 and 11/1099 pigeons. The parents of Grizzly Ace Wonder are Grizzly Wonder Breed x Blue Wonder Mother. The youngsters of this top class breeding pair have already won 16 first prizes. Click here for the pedigree of Grizzly Ace Wonder.
BE15-6274210 Sister Grizzly Ace Wonder
This full sister of Grizzly Ace Wonder is almost just as successful as her brother, and she is another talented youngster of super class pair Grizzly Wonder Breed x Blue Wonder Mother. These are her results from Quievrain: 1/1059, 1/725, 1/578, 2/1099, 4/1022, 95/1239 and a 16th against 187 pigeons. You can take a closer look at the pedigree of Sister Grizzly Ace Wonder by clicking here.
BE15-6274211 Lucky Girl 211
The third and final young bird in our report is Lucky Girl 211. She was quite successful in the race from Quievrain as well, winning the following prizes: 1/725, 3/1099, 8/1059, 9/1071, 6/618, 11/469, 17/775, 21/970, 22/655,37/1058, 30/578, 43/214 and an 88th prize against 1239 pigeons. Lucky Girl 211 is closely related to the two young birds that we just talked about. Her sire is BE11-6327179, a 100% Leo Heremans pigeon and the grandfather of Grizzly Ace Wonder and Sister Grizzly Ace Wonder. The dam of Lucky Girl 211 is Lucky Girl (BE11-6173363), which has proven to be an invaluable breeding hen. Click here for the full pedigree of Lucky Girl 211.
The strongest pigeons of Vermeerbergen-Wilms-Mostmans
As we said earlier, the breeders of this team are kept in the lofts of the Vermeerbergen-Wilms combination in Mol. Their second round of youngsters is raced in the lofts in Rijkevorsel, under the name of Vermeerbergen-Wilms-Mostmans. The three young birds that we introduced originate from the top class breeding loft in Mol. We take a look at a number of breeding pigeons that have played a crucial role in the racing loft of Kris in Rijkevorsel.
BE07-6356192 Lucky Luc
Lucky Luc has been an invaluable breeder in Mol. He is a double grandson of Witpen (3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Sprint with 11 first prizes), paired to the outstanding Heremans bloodlines of Flitske (the dam of Donker Aske) and Rosita (the dam of Rossi). Click here for the full pedigree of Lucky Luc. Lucky Luc is the grandfather of Lucky Girl 211, which we just introduced. He is also the sire of:
2nd Best Young Bird of Belgium PIPA ranking 2011 (2 Nat. races) 12th Nat. La Souteraine 16,665 p. 35th Nat. Limoges 14,679 p. 39th Nat. Libourne 8,713 p. 62nd Nat. Argenton 20,383 p. 165th Nat. Gueret 14,784 p. 1st Melun 1,264 p. 1st Dourdan 790 p. 1st Fontenay 515 p.
1st Nat. Chateauroux 10,442 yl. 2015 4th Nat. Chateauroux 10,442 yl. 2015
Lucky Girl bred origiantes from top class pair Lucky Luc x Mindy
BE11-6327179 Grandson Olympic Lievin
This 100% Leo Heremans pigeon originates from many of Leo Heremans's most renowned pigeons, including De Jan, Den Euro and Olympiade. Click here for the pedigree of Grandson. He has developed into one of the most important members of the breeding lofts in Mol. He is the sire of:
BE15-6274211 Lucky Girl 211 (see earlier) BE12-6188693 Blue Wonder Mother (the dam of 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Sprint Young Birds 2015) BE12-6188694 (wins 6 pure first prizes) Click here for a full palmares.
He is the grandfather of:
Grizzly Wonder Raket Grizzly Ace Wonder (2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Sprint Young Birds 2015) Sister Grizzly Ace Wonder (7x 1st Quievrain)
BE13-6164780 Grizzly Wonder Breeder x BE12-6188693 Blue Wonder Mother
Grizzly Wonder Breeder and Blue Wonder Mother are the parents of Grizzly Ace Wonder (2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Sprint Young Birds) and his sister Sister Grizzly Ace Wonder, which we described earlier on. These two pigeons are the parents of at least 16 first prize winners over the last two seasons. Grizzly Wonder Breeder is a descendant of the renowned Pitbull of Karl Laenen (Herenthout, BE), which was an excellent racing bird and an even better breeder. Click here for the pedigree of Grizzly Wonder Breeder. Blue Wonder Mother is a daughter of the aforementioned Grandson Olympic Lievin (a 100% Heremans) x Raketje. Raketje won 6 first prizes from Quievrain, and his youngsters have won 10 first prizes so far. Click here to read more about the pedigree of breeding dam Blue Wonder Mother.
Grizzly Wonder Raket was also bred from top class breeding pair Grizzly Wonder Breeder x Blue Wonder Mother, and he was one of the absolute stars of 2014 in Quievrain. He won a 1/950, 1/865, 1/658, 1/597, 1/555, 4/1226, 1/108, 1/77 and a 3rd against 312 pigeons.
The National Wonder Family
Luc Vermeerbergen and Robby Wilms had agreed to start working together, and they managed to become a nationally renowned team in just a few years' time. The new combination of Vermeerbergen-Wilms-Mostmans based in Rijkevorsel proved another great success, having achieved remarkable results in just two seasons' time. Both these combinations can be considered among Belgium's strongest young birds' teams around. This has been a success story, thanks to the experience of Luc, the passion of Robby and Kris, and of course a top quality breeding loft.
The winners of the first four national prizes from Chateauroux against 10,442 pigeons