Chris Hebberecht pigeons win national championship titles
Every year, several national titles are won by Chris Hebberecht and by fellow fanciers who are racing his pigeons. This is no surprise, given the astounding number of top class birds that Chris has been breeding in his loft in Evergem in recent years. Among the most iconic Hebberecht pigeons are Champion and Pancho, both winner of a 1st Prov. and 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB. Pancho won it in 2004, Champion in 2005. Both pigeons have also played a key role in the breed's further development. This was not self-evident, especially not for Pancho, since he moved to a different loft right after his great performance. Just before leaving the Hebberecht lofts for good, Chris was able to breed one last round of youngsters, and these pigeons have been crucial in the further development of this breed. This group of youngsters has bred many new first prize winners and even national ace pigeons. Pancho's transfer to a foreign loft meant a considerable loss in breeding potential for this team.
Champion and Pancho, both 1st Prov. and 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB, and two key breeders in this pigeon family
Fortunately for Chris, Champion turned out ot be a fantastic bird as well; he would soon become a new stock breeder. His half brother Jempy (in fact a grandson of Pancho) has been almost just as valuable; he is for instance the sire of Ike. These breeding birds have allowed the team to continue to deliver great results, breeding new Hebberecht champions capable of achieving great results in the national long distance and extreme long distance. The following ace pigeons have been bred in the lofts of team Hebberecht in Evergem:
-Ike BE08-4351119 (son Jempy): 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2010
-AXL BE03-4135895: 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2005
-Lotus BE13-4169263: 1st Best pigeon from Perpignan in Belgium 2016-17 over 2 years - PIPA-ranking
-Deserteur BE09-4170454: 1st Internat. Ace Pigeon Pau 2014-15-16 over 3 years
-Edison BE10-4302413: 1st Best pigeon from Cahors in Belgium 2012-13-14 over 3 years
-Pancho BE99-4262210: 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2004
-Champion BE01-4094638: 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2005
-Jaws BE07-4081813: 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2010
-Tarzan BE00-4317119: 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2004
-Eros BE10-4316306: 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2015 and Best Belgian long distance pigeon over 5 national long distance races 2015
-Edou BE10-4302423: 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2013
-Keno BE12-4302255: 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2016
-Falco BE14-4201069: 12th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2017
This is an impressive list of achievements! Eech of these pigeons has left its mark over the course of their racing careers.
Ike and AXL: both winners of a 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB for Chris Hebberecht
Fellow fanciers get great results with Chris Hebberecht pigeons
Besides the impressive results in their own loft, the Hebberecht pigeons have shown their breeding potential by delivering great results for fellow fanciers as well. Over the past two years, no less than four national and one international first prize have been won with pigeons of Hebberecht, besides a 1st and 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon, a 1st Int. Ace Pigeon, a 2nd Nat. Champion Extreme Long Distance KBDB, and a 1st and 2nd Int. Narbonne in 2017, along with several other first prizes and OLR ace pigeon titles.
The Hebberecht pigeons have been among Belgium's most successful pigeon breeds for over 50 years now. This can only be done with a solid breed that has the ability to deliver great results while at the same time having exceptional breeding value as well. Another important bloodline in this breed is without doubt De Fijnen, a pigeon from 1984. He became the sire of three provincial winners, and he is also the sire and grandfather of many other talented racing birds, including most notably Raket (1st Prov. Cahors) and Bjorn (1st Prov. and 5th Nat. Narbonne - he became an excellent breeder later on). Another successful breeder in this team is Zwarte Vereecke, which was a foreign bloodline that was introduced into the existing breed. Zwarte Vereecke would soon become a stock breeder as well. These bloodlines have led to the creation of a homogeneous Hebberecht breed, which developed into one of the leading names in the long distance and the extreme long distance in Belgium, thanks to the use of some clever close breeding and inbreeding. The resuults of 2017 and of early 2018 are nothing short of impressive.
An impressive palmares for the Hebberecht breed in 2017
The pigeons of Chris Hebberecht have yet again left a lasting impression, winning an impressive number of top results (we only includes their most important ones):
Final SAMDR 2017-2018 in Sun City, South Africa
Both the winner of a first prize in the SAMDR final over 521km (racing bird Mix of Club Sonskyn - from the line of Pancho Jelle & Champion, see pedigree) and of a title of 1st Ace Pigeon (racing bird Return Flojo of the Hsu Hon Chen comb. & Pieter Veenstra, from Son Ike - pedigree) in 2017-18 are descendants of Chris Hebberecht pigeons. The pigeon that claimed a 7th prize in the final (this pigeon has now been purchased by Pieter Veenstra) comes from Hebberecht as well: her dam is a direct Hebberecht hen: BE13-4270579 (daughter Champion x Lici). This hen was obtained in a PIPA auction in 2014.
Thailand Final Grand Pigeon Race 2017-2018
The first prize in the final (530km) was won by the Belgian-Thai combination of Veulemans-Techavichian. Their racing bird completed the race with a velocity of 1052 m/min, with a 20 minute lead over the second bird. The sire of this pigeon is a direct Chris Hebberecht from a Son Hulk (Hulk wins 7 national top 100 prizes) x half sister Evert (Evert won a 1st Nat. St. Vincent). Chris had also basketed five pigeons for this OLR in 2017, and they all made it through to the final, where they claimed a 26-86-217-269 of 1437 pigeons. Chris had already won a 1st prize in this Thailand Grand Pigeon OLR back in 2008.
Mike Ganus wins a 3rd prize in the Victoria Falls OLR: the dam is a direct Hebberecht pigeon
Victoria Falls World Challenge Pigeon Race2017-2018 in Z-Afrika
2190 pigeons had entered this OLR, only 813 of which made it into the final. It was the OLR specialist Mike Ganus (USA) that claimed a third prize in the final, and the dam of his third prize winner was a direct Chris Hebberecht, bred from Pancho-Champion x Schoon Bleekje (a daughter of Donna, and thus a granddaughter of stock breeder Bjorn). This makes her a full sister of Idor, 4th Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB.
Luc Bafort wins the Belgian Master in 2017 with a 50% Hebberecht pigeon
The first prize in the Belgian Master 2017 was won by Luc Bafort from Temse. The winning pigeon is a 50% Chris Hebberecht, from the successful Pancho bloodline.
Bernard Hunerbein and his winner of a 1st Intnat. Narbonne 2017
1st and 2nd International Narbonne 2017
The 1st International Narbonne 10,421 olds in 2017 was won by Bernar Hunerbein from Nonceveux-Remouchamps (BE) with a racing cock that comes from the line of Pancho from his father's side. The 2nd International Narbonne of Didier & Benoit Emo from Visé (BE) originates from that same Pancho bloodline as well.
Jos & Jan Loobuyck and their winner of a 1st Nat. Jarnac 2017
1st National Jarnac 2017
The East Flemish combination of Jos and his son Jan Loobuyck from Aalter (BE) claimed a national first prize of 5,134 old birds in Jarnac in 2017. Their first prize winner originates from the Hebberecht breed through his father's side, from the lines of Krommen and Wringer.
Stefan & Norbert Ally win a 1st Prov. Tours with a 50% Hebberecht pigeon
1st Provincial Tours 2017
Norbert & Stefan Ally from Aarsele (BE) have won a 1st Provincial Tours 6,741 p. with a 50% Hebberecht pigeon in 2017. The dam is a half sister of Ike, being a daughter of Jempy (the sire of Ike) x Raketje. Click here for the pedigree.
1st Provincial Pontoise 2017
The Dutch Reedijk-Jongekrijg combination from Puttershoek (NL) claimed a 1st Provincial Pontoise 19,072 pigeons and a 2nd Duffel 2,134 p. in 2017, with descendants from the line of Brother Jaws x Granddaughter AXL.
Alain Delhove wins a 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance & Extreme Long Distance YLs KBDB 2017
3rd National Ace Pigeon KBDB 2017
Alain Delhove wins a title of 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance & Extreme Long Distance YLs KBDB in 2017. This ace pigeon originates from the iconic Hebberecht birds Champion and Gentleman from its mother's side.
4th International Agen 2017
The De Geest-De Cock combination from St.Niklaas (BE) wins a 4th International Agen of 4,269 hens. The dam of this hen is a Daughter Jaws (3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2010).
The Bronze Wing and 5th Nat. Barcelona 2017 for Erik Limbourg
Bronze Wing Barcelona 2017
It was none other than Erik Limbourg from Brussegem (BE) who claimed a 5th Nat. Barcelona 7,874 p. in 2017, along with a title of Bronze Wing in the Bruges Barcelona cup. This pigeon stems from the line of Chris Hebberecht's Super from his father's side.
Arie Dijkstra wins three first prizes with youngsters bred from a Hebberecht cock
3 first prize winners for Arie Dijkstra
The Dutch champion Arie Dijkstra from Oudwoude (NL) obtained a cock of Hebberecht from Pancho-Jelle x Daughter Champion in a PIPA auction. This cock developed into an invaluable breeding bird in his loft in Oudwoude, where he is now the sire of three first prize winners. These racing birds have won the following prizes:
1st Zutphen 4,697 p., 1st Argenton (814 Km) 199 p., 1st Chateauroux (795 Km) 102 p., 9th Nat. Albi (1,085 Km) 8,199 p., 10th NPO Orange (1,023 Km) 861 p., etc.
The best references for Hebberecht in 2016
1st National Valence 6,236 p. (+/- 690 km ) - Hebberecht Johan 1st National Brive 5,952 p. (+/- 680 km) - snelste van 11,881 p. - Hebberecht Johan 1st National Pau (Duitsland ) - Emser Wolfgang 1st International Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance over 3 races - Van Acker Freddy 1st National Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB - Loobuyck Jos & Jan 1st Champion Long Distance (Fondclub Eeklo) - Strubbe Freddy (and winner in 2015) 1st General Champion & Long Distance Champion St.-Gillis-Waas - Bafort Luc 2nd National Champion Extreme Long Distance KBDB - Dhooge Martin
Hebberecht pigeons, guaranteed to deliver
The high number of fanciers that had great results with the pigeons of Chris Hebberecht clearly illustrates the breeding value of this inbred Hebberecht family. They have enabled numerous fanciers to win prestigious races and ace pigeon titles after being crossed with other bloodlines.
The Hebberecht pigeon family is a group of closely inbred birds, capable of breeding several generations of equally talented youngsters without any loss in quality, and this is what made them an internationally renowned pigeon family.
It was thanks to these pigeons that Chris became one of Belgium's leading names in the long distance and the extreme long distance. Meanwhile, many other fanciers have been getting the most out of this fantastic Hebberecht breed, in turn winning many great results thanks to this very breed.
This list of achievements says it all; it clearly shows that the pigeon lofts in Evergem are home to a world class pigeon family. We are eager to see which fanciers will be added to this list of references in 2018.