The two fanciers used to race their own youngsters in the lofts of other fanciers but Eddy and Ivan decided in late 2015 to take matters in their own hands: from now on their young birds would be raced from their own lofts. It was a successful approach: Team Noël-Willockx has achieved some excellent results. In 2016 they have only competed in the national races from Bourges II and Argenton II so far, since they were only racing a team of young birds. They did race four one year olds born in November 2015 as well; these were bred from a group of old breeders that breed youngsters throughout the season. The team has won quite a number of prizes after just two young birds' races:
2 x 1st Provincial 2 x 2nd Provincial 20 x top 100 provincial Bourges (456km): Club 330 young birds: 1-3-4-5-12-13-15-16-20-22-24-25-26-27-28-30-… Entente 2,285 young birds: 6-17-24-28-47-48-57-59-70-73-77-88-89-96-97-… Provincial 6,736 young birds: 2-8-14-22-48-49-64-67-89-96-… (49/132) Argenton (530km): Club 264 young birds: 1-2-3-5-6-7-12-13-14-18-20-22-26-… Samenspel: 1,251 young birds: 1-2-6-14-18-21-38-40-41-53-… Provinciaal: 4,235 young birds: 1-2-9-28-33-39-91-96-98-… Nationaal: 19,592 young birds: 15-17-84-250-283-306-… (38/107) Provinciaal: 657 yearlings: 1 Nationaal: 4,582 yearlings: 11 (1/1)
The provincial winners
BE16-6132404 Golden Nafi, 1st Prov. Argenton young birds (15th Nat.)
The sire is a direct Gaston Van de Wouwer, a son of Gaston's provincial winner from Argenton 2014 paired to a grandson of his stock breeder Kaasboer. Click here for the pedigree of Golden Nafi.
BE16-6132441 Jade, 2nd Prov. Argenton young birds (18th Nat.)
The dam won a 3rd Nat. Zone La Souterraine last year; she is a daughter of Gargenton x half sister Angelleke. Gargenton is a direct Gaston Van de Wouwer, an inbred to Gaston's Kaasboer. Angelleke was 15th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Longer Middle Distance in 2013. Evita is a full sister of Castro, which won a 1st Prov. Argenton last year. The sire of Jade is a brother of Pascal, 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon PIPA 2013 (7 races). Click here for the pedigree of Jade.
BE15-4264110 Celar, 1st Prov. Argenton yearlings (11th Nat.)
Only one pigeon had been basketed for the yearlings' race, and this pigeon actually managed to claim the provincial first prize. Celar is an inbred pigeon to Goliath, 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon PIPA ranking long distance 2015. The sire of Celar is also the sire of Goliath; he was paired to a sister of Goliath. Click here for the pedigree of Celar.
Stock breeder 118
It is remarkable that 16 pigeons in the provincial top 100 in Bourges and Argenton are related to Stock breeder 118, a direct Santens brothers. This stock breeder 118 is the number one stock breeder of this pigeon breed; he has bred already seven generations of first prize winners.
This bloodline had been crossed to the bloodlines of some other renowned pigeon breeds:
Bart Geerinckx – Wittekop Sylvester, Gladiator, Acy, Miss Magic Gaston Van de Wouwer – Kaasboer PIPA Elite Center – New Freddy Ariën-Dekeyser - Olympic Wacko, Norma Roziers-Xiang – Queen L
Gargenton, the successor
It looks like Gargenton has now followed in the footsteps of Stock breeder 118. Gargenton is a direct Gaston Van de Wouwer and an inbred Kaasboer. He has been in the breeding loft for two years now and he is already the sire or grandfather of a 14th Nat. Argenton, a 17th Nat. Argenton, a 36th Nat. La Souterraine, etc.
References in 2016
The pigeons of team Noël-Willockx have been very successful in their own lofts but they achieved some outstanding results for other fanciers as well:
1st Noyon (210km) 980 young birds - Jelle Roziers-Xiang – 50% Team Noël-Willockx 1st Noyon (167km) 1,263 young birds – Kris De Bisschop - 50% Team Noël-Willockx 1st Noyon (164km) 344 young birds – Anja De Saedeleer – direct Team Noël-Willockx 2nd Nat. Bourges 27,980 young birds – Jelle Roziers-Xiang – 50% Team Noël-Willockx 32nd Nat. Argenton 19,592 young birds - Jelle Roziers-Xiang – 50% Team Noël-Willockx
The pigeons of Team Noël-Willockx were in great shape in the world championships in Nevele as well: Sjaak Snijders won a first prize in the second training flight and a fourth prize in the fifth training flight with a 100% Team Noël-Willockx. This pigeon was in fact the second most successful racing bird in the world championships for The Netherlands.
National KBDB ace pigeons
Several more national ace pigeon titles have been won with pigeons of Noël-Willockx over the years:
1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB middle distance YBs 2010 - Koen Carmeliet - 50% Team Noël-Willockx 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB long distance YLs 2014 – Ariën-De Keyser – direct Team Noël-Willockx 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB long distance YLs 2013 - Wesley Limbourg – 25% Team Noël-Willockx 15th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB middle distance YBs - Van Muylder-Noël-Demul - direct Team Noël-Willockx
It is quite remarkable that all ace pigeon titles and all the references of 2016 were won with pigeons that are related to Stock breeder 118, except for the first prize winner from Noyon (Anja De Saedeleer)!
We are excited to see how Eddy Noël and Ivan Willockx will be performing in the upcoming two national young birds' races.