Adrien Mirabelle (Ghlin, BE), the king of the shorter middle distance in Belgium

Adrien surprises friends and foes: he wins the title of 1st Nat. Champion Shorter Middle Distance olds & yearlings KBDB, and he has an impressive five pigeons in the national ace pigeon championships shorter middle distance, as well as a top result in the national championships longer middle distance 2016.

Adrien Mirabelle and the loft of his widower cocks

Adrien Mirabelle had a spectacular racing season in 2016. It was a memorable year indeed, with some overwhelming results in the national championships KBDB shorter middle distance. He was truly outstanding in this category, winning the following championship titles and ace pigeons:

-1st National Champion Shorter Middle Distance KBDB olds & YLs 2016
-3rd National Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance old birds KBDB 2016
-5th National Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance old birds KBDB 2016
-5th National Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance yearlings KBDB 2016
-6th National Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance yearlings KBDB 2016
-8th National Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance old birds KBDB 2016
-14th National Champion Longer Middle Distance old birds KBDB 2016

Well done! It must be very satisfying for a fairly young fancier to see how his hard work is really starting to pay off. It can only encourage him to keep going, and to try and do even better. In addition, he sets a perfect example for anyone looking to get involved in the sport at an early age. He shows how youthful enthusiasm can beat the dyed in the wool fanciers. A top quality pigeon breed and a talented fancier can get you anywhere. This is a story of getting the full potential from your racing team.
Click here for an overview of his titles of 2016

The racing loft and his national ace pigeons KBDB 2016

Ghlin; his home base since 2015

It is safe to say Adrien Mirabelle (28) is a highly talented fancier from a new generation of players. Young, driven, eager to learn, and determined to make it to the very top. Adrien got involved in the sport at an early age through his grandfather. He and his grandfather were waiting for the pigeons to arrive home from Bourges in the loft of Jean-Claude Debiève, and it was then that he saw a national winner arrive home for the first time. He was captivated right away, and he knew he wanted to win a national race himself one day. His interest in pigeons faded for a while when he went to school but it came back in late 2008. Adrien decided to form a team with the son of J.C. Debiève for a few years, and he learned some valuable information in these couple of years. He started to race under his own name again in 2011, with the help of his grandfather. His lofts in Quaregnon serve as the team's home base, 10km from Adrien's home. He kept his old birds in his grandfather's loft for the last time in 2014. Adrien created a new loft in the garden of his parents in Ghlin, where he kept a team of young birds for the first time in 2014. His first full-time season in Ghlin was 2015.

The old birds' team had a great last season in Quaregnon, winning the title of 1st Nat. Champion Shorter Middle Distance YLs KBDB 2014 (under the name of Vandam-Mirabelle), as well as a 1st-4th-10th Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance YLs 2014. His 2015 season would be quite a challenging one but Adrien was motivated and he worked hard, trying to exceed his results of last year. His team quickly got used to the new environment and they achieved some great results from day one.
Click here for Adrien Mirabelle's results of 2016

Supreme BE11-6049881: vader van de 3. + 5. Nat Asduif KHF KBDB 2016, en van Trixie

1st National Champion Shorter Middle Distance olds & yearlings KBDB 2016

Meanwhile Adrien and his girlfriend and their ten months old daughter (they are expecting a son somewhere in June or July) moved to a new home just a few houses away from his parents’ house. His garden provides a direct access to the pigeon lofts in his parents’ garden.

The real stars were allowed to stay in his grandfather’s loft as breeders. These pigeons were the successful old breed, enhanced with some of the best Bart Geerinckx pigeons, pigeons from the PEC an some other long distance investments. His biggest dream and his number one objective has always been to create a pigeon family that can compete with the best in the national long distance races, but he would also love to excel in Barcelona one day. His idea would be to set up a dedicated loft for this race, filled with some specific Barcelona pigeons that come from the loft of Joost De Smeyter, which he already purchased some pigeons from in the past.

He is also making plans to further expand his existing accommodation, to create room for possibly a third or even fourth round of youngsters, and to finally be able to move his entire team of breeders to Ghlin as well.

Pigeon racing is all about being the fastest, and about winning races. It explains why Adrien has always been focusing on true winners and ace pigeons, not just in the racing team but also in the breeding loft. It might explain why he managed to make it to the top so quickly.
The pigeons from his old foundation all have a proven record: they are mid-sized pigeons with a lot of speed and explosive strength in their wings. They are full of life, and they have somewhat shorter muscle fibres. They are particularly suited for races of 400 to 500km, which they demonstrated again in 2016. Only two years after moving to their new loft in Ghlin, and two years after he won a national title in Quaregnon, Adrien Mirabelle was celebrated in Brussels as the number one fancier in Belgium, winning the title of 1st National Champion Shorter Middle Distance KBDB old birds and yearlings. He had an impressive 8.6476% coefficient over 5 races (with ten prizes).

Believe it or not, Adrien assumed that the national championship shorter middle distance took place separately for the olds and yearlings, causing him to work hard up until the very last race to try and get a good coefficient across the two categories. It was his colleague and friend Sébastien Casaert who reminded him that the championship shorter middle distance for olds and yearlings was a single competition. Adrien was planning to basket his best two pigeons for the closing race from Bourges II, aiming to win a top result at national level, but Sébastien advised against it. Adrien agreed not to basket them. The two pigeons then completed their last race in the shorter middle distance instead, where they finished in 2nd and 3rd place of 249 yearlings, which proved crucial in Adrien winning his national title! It was an interesting turn of events, and it shows that championship titles are often a close call. We take a look at the best racing birds of 2016:

-Young Supreme 326 BE14-1073326

 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance old birds KBDB 2016
 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance LCB 2016
 2nd Toury                735 p. ’16 (behind a loft mate)
 2nd Toury                599 p. ’16
 2nd I.prov Chateauroux 2,721 p. ’16 (7h Nat. Zone 6,692 p.)
 6th Toury              1,602 p. ’16
 6th Nanteuil           1,008 p. ’16
 8th Toury                611 p. ’16
23rd Toury              1,930 p. ’16
29th Toury              1,594 p. ’16

Click here for the full palmares of the 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB
Sire: Supreme BE11-6049881
A super class breeder and the sire of Young Supreme 325 and 326, topduivin Trixie, etc. Click here for the breeding references of Supreme. He is a direct Bart Geerinckx from the super pair Fast Boy BE07-6229105 (1st Noyon 420 p., 11th Prov. Orleans 4,280 p., 53rd Prov. La Souterraine 4,459 p., 82nd Nat. Argenton 9,901 p., and the sire of a 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance KBDB) x Miss Argenton BE07-6229162 (1st Argenton 971 p., 1st Montluçon 469 p., and the dam of 5 prov. top 10 winners and 5 national top 100 winners).
Dam: Blauw Kleindochter Las Hope Smiss BE11-9103299
A daughter of Le Gros Bleu 07 BE07-9028684 (son of Ontringde BE96-9060185 Debiève x stock dam Last Hope Smiss BE05-9092078).
Click here for the pedigree of Young Supreme 326

-Young Supreme 325 BE14-1073325

 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance olds KBDB 2016
 Co-winner title of 14th Nat. Champion Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2016
 1st Toury              215 p. ’16
 1st Bourges            152 p. ’16 (4. Prov. 847 p.)
 3rd Toury              735 p. ’16 (behind 2 loft mates)
 6th La Souterraine     129 p. ’16
 7th Toury            1,602 p. ’16
11th Chateauroux        386 p. ’16
17th Toury            1,930 p. ’16
27th Toury            1,594 p. ’16
76th Nat Chateauroux 18,658 p. ’15

Click here for the full list of achievements of Young Supreme 325
He is an own nest brother of the aforementioned Young Supreme 326: 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance KBDB 2016. Click here for his pedigree.

That same stock breeder Supreme is also the sire of Trixie, which Adrien considers to be the best pigeon in his collection so far. Unfortunately she did not return home from the race of Montluçon (17 June), a race marred by heavy rain. Despite getting lost in the early season she still won a decent result in the ace pigeon championships and the Olympiad. Her achievements clearly show how talented she really was:

-Trixie BE15-1045837

1st Toury       638 p. ’15
1st Toury       191 p. ’15
1st Chateauroux 198 p. ’16 (5th Intprov 2,163 p.)
2nd Toury       902 p. ’16 (behind her nest brother)
2nd Toury       818 p. ’16
5th Toury       763 p. ’16
5th Toury       702 p. ’16
6th Nanteuil  1,289 p. ’15
6th Nanteuil    919 p. ’15

Click here for the full palmares of Trixie.
Sire: Supreme BE11-6049881 (see earlier)
Dam: Nicky BE12-9014637
Winner of a 1st Nevers 1,212 p. (2nd fastest of 5,247 p.) and 9th Chateauroux 631 p. She is a daughter of André BE09-9060273 (from André Allemeersch) x Dam Nicky BE09-9117737. Dam Nicky is a daughter of stock pair Bleu de Bourges BE00-9178944 Debiève x stock dam Last Hope Smiss BE05-9092078.
Click here for the pedigree of Trixie.

-5th Nat. Ace Pigeon BE15-1045886

 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance YLs KBDB 2016
 2nd  Toury     249 p. ’16
 3rd  Toury     818 p. ’16
 4th  Toury     763 p. ’16
 6th  Toury     902 p. ’16
 8th  Toury     249 p. ’16
12th Toury      439 p. ’16
14th Nanteuil 1,289 p. ’15
81st Toury    1,054 p. ’16

Sire: Le Cuisse Cassée BE11-9103247
He is the sire of a first prize winner, and a son of Le Bleu Allemeersch BE09-9060957 (grandfather of 1st and 4th Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB 2014, coming from André Allemeersch) x stock dam Last Hope Smiss BE05-9092078.
Dam: Marcia BE10-8016255
She comes from Thibaut-Boons, and she is the dam of Cartouche, 10th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB 2014. She is a daughter of Brother Gina BE09-2100888 of Deno-Herbots (Gina was 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB ’08) x Daughter Vieux Pros  BE02-8036541 (a daughter of stock pigeon Le Pros 01-754 for Thibaut-Boons).
Click here for the full pedigree of the 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon 15-886.

-6th Nat. Ace Pigeon BE15-1045846

 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance YLs KBDB 2016
 Co-winner title of 1st Nat. Champion Shorter Middle Distance Olds & YLs KBDB 2016
 2nd Toury      174 p. ’16
 3rd Toury      249 p. ’16
 4th Toury      818 p. ’16
 4th Toury      467 p. ’16
 4th Toury      234 p. ’16
10th Nanteuil 1,289 p. ’15

Click here for the full list of achievements of this 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB
Remarkably enough, this talented bird had been lost for ten days after a rainy flight in early June. Fortunately he recovered well, and he regained his form, eventually winning a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th from Toury. He had learned his lesson!
Sire: Chipo’s Lad BE09-6354561
A direct Bart Geerinckx as a full brother of 1st Nat. Limoges 11,889 p. (a son of Wittekop Gladiator BE05-6052111 x Daughter Chipo BE05-4323802 B.Steveninck)
Dam: Femelle Gaby BE09-9119624
The dam of 12 first prize winners. She is a daughter of Son Golden Pair BE08-9040049 Beukenne (full brother of Gaby, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB ’08) x Geschelpt Beukenne BE07-9015079 (full sister of 4 1st Ace Pigeons LCB).
Click here for the full pedigree of the 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon.

The fifth pigeon in the team of Adrien Mirabelle that managed to win a national ace pigeon title is Shugon, a highly talented pigeon that also won a title of 2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon midle distance in 2015. This pigeon has won quite a few top prizes over the years, including the following top results in 2016 alone:

-Shogun BE14-1190495

2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB 2015
8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance KBDB 2016
1st Toury      735 p. ’16
2nd Toury      611 p. ’16
2nd Toury      215 p. ’16 (behind a loft mate)
8th Nanteuil 1.008 p. ’16
8th Toury      466 p. ’16

Click here for the impressive palmares of Shogun
Sire: Adil BE13-9010237
Co-winner of the title of 1st Nat. Champion Middle Distance KBDB 2014. He won a 1st Melun 285 p., a 4th Prov. La Souterraine 1,215 p. and a 41st Nat. 9,136 p. He is a son of Le Gros Bmleu 07 BE07-9028684 (also the grandfather of Young Supreme 325 and 326) x Blue Thibaut-Boons BE11-8006278 (the line of Bliksem, through Deno-Herbots).
Dam: Ginnie BE13-1500108
A full sister of Benny, winner of a 1st Pithiviers 2,574 p., 1st Soissons 342 p., 1st Bourges 211 p. (6th Intprov. 3,115 p.), 1st Blois 83 p. He is a daughter of Chipo’s Lad BE09-6354561 (full brother of 1st Nat. Limoges 11,669 p. of Bart Geerinckx) x Mother Benny BE09-1516264 (super class breeder of Olivier Carlier).  
Click here for the full pedigree of Shogun

This is a fantastic collection of racing birds that clearly illustrates the level of quality in the lofts of Mirabelle, and this has resulted in great results in other lofts that have obtained pigeons of the fancier from Ghlin. Click here for a number of top references of fanciers that were successful with pigeons of Adrien Mirabelle.

Adrien is particularly fond of pigeons in great health, which he tries to keep healthy using several natural products. During the racing season a vet visits the loft every three weeks to check on the pigeons. However, if the pigeons fail to deliver over the weekend, Adrien wants to know what is wrong and he calls in the vet right away. He uses the already famous yellow drops against tricho; any other treatments are used only on the advice of the vet.

Vision and future

Like we said, Adrien is aiming to develop a team of ol birds to excel in the national long distance in the near future. He also plans to put his young birds to the test straight away, just like he used to do in the past, creating a team for the national young birds' races.

As you can see, Adrien is a young fancier with plenty of ambition. He has some ambitious goals and he has been able to achieve those goals, winning national titles and several national ace pigeons KBDB, which makes him well-respected fancier. You can tell how valuable a pigeon breed really is from the number of championship and ace pigeon titles it can win. Needless to say, Adrien Mirabelle is doing really well. Many congratulations!