Gino Clicque (54) has been doing great in recent seasons, and his opponents have had a hard time trying to keep up with him. 2015 was a particularly memorable season, as Prince Rudy added a second national victory to Gino’s palmares, winning a 1st Nat. Limoges 6,275 p. He follows in the footsteps of Devil Prince, winner of a 1st Nat.Montlucon 19,294 pigeons in 2014. Both these national winners left a lasting impression. They originate from the renowned Super Prince dynasty.
2015: a season to remember
The success story of Gino Clicqueis the result of excellent team work. Gino runs the loft together with his son Jasper and his daughter Eva, although he usually does most of the work in his fairly large pigeon family. His racing team for 2016 looks as follows:
- For the races of 500 to 850 km: 70 cocks in classic widowhood, with about 50% yearlings
- For the longer middle distande and the long distance up to 700km: 80 pigeons in total widowhood, with a nearly equal number of cocks and hens
- 50 hens in classic widowhood for the longer middle distance and the long distance + extreme long distance
- 15 late youngsters: a generation for future seasons. They will only do a limited number of races just to gain some experience
He has to look after a round of young birds as well, which means Gino has quite a lot of work to do. We noticed that there is a spacious aviary in front of every loft, where the pigeons stay most of the day. This means there is less cleaning to be done. Gino also told us an oxygen-rich environment reduces the risk of head diseases. During the season veterinary surgeon Pascal Lanneau checks the pigeons every Monday but he will only take action if there is a problem. Being able to react quickly is very important, since the Clicque pigeons have a busy schedule. Pigeons are expected to work hard and to perform well in this loft.
Gino was one of the leading names in the sprint and the middle distance up until 1990. It was then that he decided to switch to the longer middle distance, aiming for the national young birds' races. A team of old birds and yearlings was added later on as well. His nickname 'Mister Bourges' dates back from the period between 1995 and 2011, when he won an impressive ten provincial first prizes from Bourges. Quite a feat!
In 2009 Gino fancied a new challenge: his team was in top form and he decided not to basket them for the provincial race from Tours but to opt for the national long distance race from Brive in early June instead. The race turned out to be a great success, with a 63-78-80-137-139-144-226-523 National against more than 17,446 pigeons and 8 prizes with 10 pigeons. That same racing team did great in the race from Cahors two weeks later as well (38-43-100-306-538-593... Nat . against 7,347 p., and 8/10), and from then on Gino was fond of the long distance competition. His opponents knew what was coming. In 2012 he already won the title of 1st Nat. Champion Long Distance KBDB.
He has been winning quite a number of great results in the national races in recent seasons, and he has won top prizes in the national classics on a weekly basis. His palmares now includes two national first prizes, and numerous victories at club level and provincial level.
This team has become known for winning first prizes, championship titles and ace pigeon titles on a regular basis, and 2015 was no exception. These are the highlights of the 2015 racing season:
1st General Champion KBDB West Fl. 2015 (2nd consecutive season)
1st Nat. Limoges II 6.272 yearlings (fastest of 14,575 p.)
1st Prov. Bourges II 5.855 young birds (fastest of 8,057 p.)
1st Prov. Gueret 1.952 yearlings (fastest of 3,721 p.)
1st Prov. Montluçon 1.167 olds (fastest of 2,947 p.)
1st N.Zone A2 Bourges 11,401 young birds
2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance Yearlings KBDB
4th Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance Young Birds KBDB
4th Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance Old Birds KBDB
4th Prov. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Old Birds KBDB
5th General Champion of Belgium KBDB
5th Nat. Champion Young Birds KBDB
12th Nat. Champion Long Distance Old Birds KBDB
8 x Top-10 and 33 x in the National top-100 (click here for ekijk hier de klasseringen deel 1 en deel 2)
38 x 1st prizes in 2015
An overview of his most notable results of 2015 can be found here.
Gino Clicque managed to turn 2015 into an equally successful season as 2014, the year in which he won the title of 1st National Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2014 with Golden Prince, along with the titles of 1st Nat. Champion Longer Middle Distance Yearlings KBDB and 1st Provincial Ace Pigeon Long Distance Young Birds KBDB 2014. 2014 was of course also the season of his first national victory: a 1st Nat. Montluçon against 19,298 yearlings with Devil Prince.
The invaluable Prince bloodline
The Gino Clicque pigeon family is mainly based on four bloodlines, which resulted in a pigeon breed that combines both speed and strength. This breed has been able to achieve impressive results at provincial and national level in the longer middle distance and the long distance. We take a closer look at these four bloodlines:
- Robert & Chris Dobbelaere from Marke (with most notably stock pigeon Robert)
- Antoon & Hilde Reynaert from Passedale (the successful and world famous line of Figo and de Goen)
- Gaby Vandenabeele from Dentergem (the top class bloodline of Bliksem and his son Rudy)
- Wilfried Vandemaele from Heule (Spencer bloodline based on pigeons of Meuleman)
It was stock pigeon Robert (grandfather of Piraat, 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2008) that provided a solid foundation for this breed. He was crossed with the lines of De Groen and Figo of Antoon & Hilde Reynaert, and this combination resulted in the invaluable Prince breed, with most notably Super Prins (2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2010). This pigeon is the leader of the pack, and Gino's current most successful racing bird. The Prince bloodline consists of pigeons that manage to excel in the most demanding races; we take a look at the three strongest racing birds of 2014-2015:
-Golden Prince BE13-3031767
1st Nat Ace Pigeon Long Distance YL KBDB 2014 Best Long Distance Pigeon of Belgium 2014 – 3 national races 3rd Nat Brive 3,850 p. 4th Nat Tulle 5,731 p. 14th Nat Limoges 6,907 p.
Sire: Gucci Prins BE11-3008413
Son of super class pigeon Super Prince BE08-3172902 (2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2010, 4th Nat. Bourges 10,906 p., 5th Nat. Bourges 22,476 p., 6th Nat. Argenton 10,549 p.) x Dochter Bijter BE09-3128068 (from the golden Robert bloodline, the stock sire and grandfather of Piraat).
Dam: Tina BE11-3083255
Bred from a grandson of Bugno BE06-3187595 (Bugno won a 13th Nat. Bourges 19,396 p., a 17th Nat. Argenton 2,184 p.) x Blauw BE06-3002040 (granddaughter 1st Nat. Bourges 19,606 p.).
Click here for the full pedigree of Golden Prince
-Devil Prince BE13-3031911
1st Nat. Montluçon 19,298 p.
Sire: Super Gaby BE12-3162870
Grandson of the famous Bliksem of Gaby Vandenabeele. Besides Devil Prince he is also the sire of a 9th Nat. La Souterraine 6,205 p., a 17th Nat. Montluçon 19,298 p., a 28th Nat. Chateauroux 22,818 p. etc.
Dam: Robertina BE11-3008127
Comes from Zoon Nestzus Super Prince BE09-3128131 x Dochter Robert 402 BE04-3178402 (from stock pair Robert 008/96, grandfather of Piraat).
Click here for the full pedigree of Devil Prince
-Prince Rudy BE14-3028072
1st Nat Limoges 6,272 p. ’15 191st N.Zone Argenton 4,348 p. ’14 300th N.Zone Tours 4,436 p. ’14 328th N.Zone Chateauroux 3,956 p. ’14 1st Fastest Pigeon Limoges 4,575 pigeons '15
Sire: Liu Prince BE12-3162776
Son of Super Prince BE08-3172902 (see earlier) x Robertina BE11-3008127 (the dam of Devil Prince).
Dam: Mother Prince Rudy BE13-3056232
A half sister of Super Romeo (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance YL KBDB 2013) and New Bliksem (1st Nat. Tulle 5,731 p. in ’14). A direct Gaby Vandenabeele bred from golden boy Rudy BE06-3008003 (son of the iconic Bliksem) x Super Queen FR07-510175 (2nd Limoges 2,762 p., 3rd Angoulême 2,309 p.; a daughter of Maurice 129/98).
Click here for the full pedigree of Prince Rudy
Gino obtains a few new pigeons every season as well. For instance, he obtained the national winner of limoges II 2014 from Stephan and Mario Van Belle. This pigeon became the sire of Mariott, 5th Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance Young Birds KBDB in his very first season in Gino's breeding loft. It shows that this newly introduced bloodline has great potential.
1st Nat Limoges 7,221 p. 88th Nat Argenton 7,046 p. 16th Prov Argenton 795 p. 34th Prov Bourges 1,258 p.
Sire of Mariott BE15-3050534
5th Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance Young Birds KBDB 2015 35th Nat Chateauroux 17,250 p. (1st Club 517 p.) 77th Prov Bourges 5,855 p. 124th Prov Tours 5,313 p. 483rd Nat Issoudun 11,984 p.
Mario is a son of Rode Ridder BE03-3014643 x Geschelpt Ameye BE08-3003511. Click here for his pedigree.
Every racing bird with a proven record will get a spot in the breeding loft, since they are an important investment for the future. As you know, champions breed champions, and good quality bloodlines are known to give new generations of talented birds. This is illustrated by Gino Clicque's collection of prize winners and champions that we discussed in this article. They enabled him to excel in the national competition and they are now ready to provide a new generation of great racing birds. This is how he became a nationally renowned fancier. Well done!
Argentina: 1st Prov. and 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2014. She originates from directly from the lines of stock breeder Robert. Her pedigree.
Alexandra: 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB and 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Young Birds KBDB 2014. Her pedigree.