Gino Clicque (Wevelgem, BE) impresses and demonstrates in 2017

To those of you that thought Gino Clicque would take a sabbatical after his record breaking auction, think again. He started the season with just a team of yearlings and his youngsters of 2017, and they all had a splendid season, which demonstrates the value of the Golden Prince & Co bloodlines.

Gino and Jasper Clicque

Gino Clicque 2.0

History was written here at PIPA in March 2017 with the old birds' auction of Gino Clicque. The record breaking sale of Golden Prince for 360,000 EURO remained a popular topic of conversation for months, both at home and broad. Pigeon magazines, as well as radio and television extensively covered this unique pigeon auction, which saw a total revenue of 2,145,375 EURO or 5,297 EURO per pigeon. With just a team of yearlings and his youngsters of 2017 many fanciers assumed it would take a few years for Gino to regain his place as a top level player. Gino proved them wrong: 2017 was a memorable year not just because of his highly successful auction, but also because he won no less than five top 10 prizes in the national ace pigeon championships KBDB 2017:

1st  National Ace Pigeon KBDB  Long Distance Yearlings
4th  National Ace Pigeon KBDB  Allround
5th  National Ace Pigeon KBDB  Fond Jaarse
9th  National Ace Pigeon KBDB  Allround
10th National Ace Pigeon KBDB Long Distance Yearlings

We reckon Gino had not expected this season to be such a great success either. His opponents had a very tough time competing against him. Think for instance of the national races from Limoges and Jarnac, where he had no less than 20 pigeons in the national top 100. We rarely get to see a loft that is so overwhelmingly strong but it shows that Gino Clicque's pigeon family is exceptionally strong, and that the Prince dynasty is an invaluable pigeon breed. No less than 35 national prizes per 100 were won, along with 21 national top 50 prizes and 37 provincial top 10 prizes. The team also claimed 10 top 20 prizes across three national races (Limoges, Tulle and Jarnac):

6th  National Limoges of 10554 yearlings
6th  National Jarnac of 5117 yearlings
7th  National Jarnac of 5117 yearlings
8th  National Jarnac of 5117 yearlings
11th National Tulle of 9578 yearlings
12th National Limoges of 10554 yearlings
12th National Tulle of 9578 yearlings
14th National Tulle of 9578 yearlings
17th National Limoges of 10554 yearlings
18th National Jarnac of 5117 yearlings

Some top results in 2017

The pigeons performed at a high level throughout the season, both in the sprint and the middle distance, and in the longer middle distance and long distance. A flu outbreak kept all pigeons inside for three weeks, which might explain their exceptional performance in Limoges, Jarnac and Tulle. Here is an overview of their best results:

22 April Clermont club - 519 pigeons:  1-2-3-4-5-6-8-9-10-12-15-16-17-17-19-19-21-31-32-... (73/100)  
29 April Clermont club - 691 pigeons:  3-6-9-10-11-13-14-15-18-18-18-21-22-23-23-25-26-... (87/183)   
6  May   Clermont club - 547 pigeons:  1-5-7-9-13-15-17-19-20-22-25-2-28-29-30-33-33-43-... (60/163)
20 May   Tours  Prov.  - 3,353 pigeons:  11-28-41-51-54-75-81-81-83-142-164-213-285-289-291-...(44/88)  
27 May   Bourges Prov. - 3,516 pigeons:  14-38-39-44-47-49-63-64-65-86-87-125-127-133-138-... (79/175) 
10 June  Chateauroux  Prov. - 4,260 pigeons: 20-21-30-35-39-42-43-51-53-56-57-104-106-108-... (85/158)
17 June  Chateauroux Prov. - 3,084 pigeons:  6-12-13-14-17-18-37-42-50-52-53-64-65-67-72-... (39/46)

- A three-week break due to the bird flu -

8  July  Limoges nat  - 10,554 pigeons:  6-12-17-32-35-40-58-59-84-142-169-211-213-227-231-... (71/145)
8  July  Limoges prov dub. - 1,993 pigeons:  1-2-4-7-8-10-14-15-23-46-54-64-65-69-71-78-80-...(69 / 145)     
15 July Jarnac Nat - 5,117 pigeons: 6-7-8-18-23-42-82-86-88-91-93-103-126-158-171-222-267-...  (31/46)
15 July Jarnac prov dub. - 1,037 pigeons: 2-3-4-10-12-20-41-43-45-48-49-52-60-67-69-95-... (31/46)
29 July Tulle Nat. - 9,578 pigeons: 11-12-14-22-26-53-95-104-147-184-198-213-218-220-241-242-258-... (60/109) 
29 July Tulle Prov. - 1,717 pigeons: 2-3-4-8-9-15-26-27-41-49-55-58-61-63-66-67-72-74-76-81-... (60/109)

3 national ace pigeons KBDB 2017

Such an extensive list of achievements makes it almost impossible for us to discuss every single prize winner. Instead we take a closer look at Gino's three national ace pigeons KBDB 2017, which have won 50 top 10 placings together.

BE16-3107401 Golden Princess - 1st National Ace Pigeon KBDB Yearlings Long Distance / 9th National Ace Pigeon KBDB Yearlings All-Round

Is she the big star of 2017 in team Gino Clicque? This hen became 1st National Ace Pigeon KBDB Yearlings Long Distance and 9th National Ace Pigeon KBDB Yearlings Allround. Her palmares this season includes a 1st National Zone A of 1,342 yearlings (6th National of 5,117 pigeons) and a 42nd National Limoges.

Golden Princess is a granddaughter of the world famous Golden Prince (from her mother's side), which was sold for a record breaking 360,000 EURO in 2017. Golden Prince became 1st National Ace Pigeon KBDB Long Distance in 2014, after winning three top prizes in a single season: 3rd National Brive of 3,850 pigeons, 4th National Tule of 5,731 pigeons and 14th National Limoges of 6,907 pigeons. His granddaughter has now won a gold medal in the KBDB ace pigeon competition as well, which goes to shows that Golden Prince is a truly unique pigeon.

The sire of Golden Princess has some excellent origins as well. He is a son of Super Prince, winner of a 4th National Bourges (10,906 pigeons), 5th National Bourges (22,476 pigeons), 6th National Argenton (10,549 pigeons), 12th National Bourges (22,499 pigeons), etc. He became 2nd National Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB in 2010. He is the grandfather of at least three national winners. This and much more can be found in the impressive pedigree of Golden Princess.

BE16-3107416 Limo - 4th National Ace Pigeon KBDB Yearlings Allround / 10th National Ace Pigeon KBDB Yearlings Long Distance

Limo had an excellent racing season. She won a 1st Provincial Limoges of 1,933 yearlings (6th National of 10,554 pigeons), and a 42nd National Jarnac of 5,117 pigeons. This resulted in the title of 4th National Ace Pigeon KBDB Yearlings Allround and 10th National Ace Pigeon KBDB Yearlings Long Distance. She finished in 6th place in the PIPA ranking long distance (3 prizes).

The sire is a son of Piraat, 3rd National Ace Pigeon KBDB Longer Middle Distance 2008. The dam is Erica 804, a daughter of Brother Anita (5th Provincial Tours) x Mireille (the dam of a 1st Provincial Montelimar). Feel free to take a closer look at the full pedigree.

BE16-3107005 Red Elisabeth - 5th National Ace Pigeon KBDB Long Distance Yearlings

Red Elisabeth had an excellent 2017 season as well: she won a 7th National Jarnac (5,117 pigeons) and a 40th National Limoges (10,554 pigeons). This resulted in the title of 5th National Ace Pigeon KBDB Long Distance Yearlings.

The sire is Red Filip, an excellent racing bird and winner of 2 top 10 prizes in the national long distance: 2nd National Cahors (7,140 pigeons) and 6th National Souillac (5,282 pigeons). The dam is also the dam of Argentina, 6th National Ace Pigeon KBDB Longer Middle Distance and 7th National Montluçon (19,298 pigeons). This pigeon's pedigree features several more talented pigeons.

As motivated as ever for 2018

Gino Clicque made the news twice this season: with his exceptional auction on PIPA in March 2017, and with his remarkable results in the racing season. His racing team is all set to tackle the 2018 season, and this time he will have a group of old birds at his disposal as well. His yearlings proved overwhelmingly strong this season, and we can imagine his opponents are not too eager to be facing these same pigeons again in 2018. Limo, Golden Princess and Red Elisabeth are three of the team's most valuable racing birds that have now been transferred to the breeding team. The other successful yearlings of 2017 will start the 2018 season as part of the racing team. The yearlings' team for 2018 will consist of carefully selected youngsters, from the last round of the Gino Clicque 1.0 generation. We are looking forward to what the Clicque racing team has in store for us.