There is not a lot to be said about the origins of this breed. It does not always have to be complicated. This pigeon loft is based around some top-tier pigeon breeds, often from Belgium: Deno-Herbots, Casaert-Senechal, Gaby Vandenabeele, Gaston Van de Wouwer, Erik Limbourg, De Smeyter-Restiaen, etc. By combining these bloodlines, which were often closely inbred, the team ended up winning three Olympiad pigeon titles and a number of ace pigeon titles. These championship winners were then put together in the breeding loft, where they provided Roger and David with new prize winners. As you know, champions are more likely to breed new champions.
Roger has had quite a career in pigeon racing. The existing pigeon breed was combined with pigeons from the aforementioned teams, and that is how team Pierre was able to raise the bar over the past several years. The team really started to deliver in 2015, when they claimed not one but two Olympiad titles with Ashley and Shaïna:
- 'Ashley' (BE12-1500135): 1st belgian Olympic Pigeon Cat. D All-round Budapest ‘15 - 'Shaïna' (BE13-1510623): 1st belgian Olympic Pigeon Cat. B Demi-Fond Budapest ‘15
And they added another Olympiad title to their palmares in 2017 in Brussels:
- 'Sherley' (BE14-1082302): 1st belgian Olympic Pigeon Cat. D All-round Brussels ’17
Sherley won this Olympiad title Allround by winning an impressive six first prizes in the sprint, the middle distance and the longer middle distance!
An overview of some of Roger and David Pierre's best pigeons, with their three Olympiad Pigeons on the left.
Ashley & Beckham Junior
Ashley is one of the cornerstones in Roger and David's pigeon breed. A daughter of stock breeder Beckham Junior, Ashley is related to quite a number of pigeons in this loft. She was in fact the most successful youngster of Beckham Junior, having won such titles as 1st Belgian Olympiad pigeon Cat. D Budapest 2015, 1st Ace Pigeon PIPA Ranking over 7 national races in 2014, and 11th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2014.
Ashley BE12-1500135 is a daughter of that other stock breeder of Roger and David: Beckham Junior BE06-2094440, which originates from Deno-Herbots. Besides having bred Ashley, Beckham Junior is also the sire of Tardif Jewel, another top class breeding cock in the team of Roger and David. He is in turn the sire of Robben BE07-1503530, 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB 2010, and as such one of the best pigeons for team Pierre.
Sire: Beckham Junior BE06-2094440, a son of Beckham, which is in turn a son of top class bird Blauwe Bliksem of Gaby Vandenabeele.
Grandfather: Beckham BE03-2251134
Grandmother: M. Jewel BE00-2318455
In addition, Beckham and Jewel are the parents of Gina, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon middle distance KBDB 2008, and a full sister of Beckham.
Dam: Nationale I BE07-2232668. Besides being the dam of Ashley, this talented hen has also bred Angie (36th Nat. Argenton, 75th Nat. Bourges, 1st Sens 993 p.) and Big Mama (1st Toury 2732 p.)
Grandfather: Inteelt Nationaal I BE00-2298433. This cock was inbred to Nationaal I of Karel Schellens, winner of a 1st Nat. Bourges 7927 p. He originates from a pairing of Brother National I x Daughter National I.
Grandmother: Miss Bourges BE06-4282992. This hen of L. Verstraete wins a 5th Nat. Bourges 26,984 p., and she was an invaluable breeder as well: she is the grandmother of a 29th nat. Chateauroux, a 32nd Nat. Bourges, a 36th Nat. Argenton, and a 75th Nat. Bourges.
Some other top class birds in this team, including Beckham Junior, the sire of Ashley and the grandfather of Robben
Shaïna was the second Olympiad Pigeon in Roger and David Pierre's pigeon collection. She made a name for herself in Budapest 2015 as 1st Olympiad Pigeon Category B.
Sire: Adonis BE07-2156873. Adonis is the sire of Kim, 54th Nat. Chateauroux 10,719 p, The 050, 87th Nat. Bourges 33,524 p., and Koka, 11th Bourges 3002 p.
Grandfather: Kleine 020 BE96-2167604. De Kleine 020 of Jean Gochet is the sire of several successful racing birds, including Clement, Bl. Jean (3 x 1st Noyon), 600, etc. He is a 100% Verbruggen
Grandmother: Josée BE98-2349223. Josée was another 100% Verbruggen pigeon of Jean Gochet that proved to be an excellent breeder
Dam: Shakira BE10-2121930. This black coloured hen is the dam of Shaïna, and she also bred Özil (1st Salbris 415 p., 1st Argenton 159 p.), Sharina (3rd Nat. Zone La Souterraine) and The 500 (1st Chateauroux 1355 p.)
Grandfather: Clyde BE00-2102040. Clyde (Deno-Herbots) is an excellent racing and breeding bird, and the sire of a 1st and 4th Nat. Argenton
Grandmother: Willemien NL07-1821798: Deno-Herbots obtained Willemien from Willem De Bruijn, and this bird has won four first prizes in major races
Shaïna become a great breeder, she is grandmother to 1st Olympiad Pigeon Cat. B 2019 from Jean Pierre Palm, his 'Olympic Bourges' (BE16-1109229) won:
1. Belgian Olympic Pigeon Cat D (Allround) Poznan 2019 2. Best Bourges pigeon 2017 - 2 prizes (PIPA Rankings) 1. Provincial Ace Pigeon Great Middle Distance KBDB 2017 1. Ace of Aces LCB 2017 1. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance LCB 2017
Sherley is the hen that claimed a 1st Olympiad Pigeon Cat. D in Brussels in 2017. She is a 100% Casaert-Senechal pigeon.
Sire: le 045 BE13-9029045. He is also the sire of Keisha, 8th Nat. Gueret in 2014
Grandfather: Ludo BE08-9044319. He is a half brother of a 3rd Nat. Limoges, and Casaert-Senechal obtained this bird from Erik Limbourg.
Grandmother: Alissia BE10-9039398 Alissia is a full sister of the renowned Amalia, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2011 (now belongs to the PEC), and a crossing of Limbourg (Geert, 86th Internat. Narbonne 14,505 p.) x Gaston Van de Wouwer (granddaughter Kaasboer)
Dam: Alena BE13-9029197, herself an excellent racing hen
Grandfather: De 048 BE08-6364048. He is a direct Van de Wouwer, inbred to the renowned Kaasboer: he originates from Son Kaasboer x daughter Kaasboer
Grandmother: Lara BE11-9079533. She is a direct and inbred De Smeyter-Restiaen, from a sire x daughter: the sire of a 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB 2011 paired to the 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon itself, La Roche aux Faucons!
It is quite remarkable how Roger and David have been able to breed their own champions by combining some of the very best, often inbred bloodlines of some leading Belgian lofts. And these champions are now the stock breeders in their own team.
Romulus is another pigeon that originates from the loft of Deno-Herbots. Romulus BE09-2100512 is himself the sire of Lukéa, 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon middle distance YBs KBDB 2012, and a brother of Lola, 1st Nat. Argenton 21,092 p.
Sire: Clyde BE00-2102040. Clyde was an excellent racing and breeding bird, and the sire of a 1st and 4th Nat. Argenton. Clyde was also the grandfather of the aforementioned Olympiad Pigeon Shaïna. This is no coincidence.
Grandfather: Geschelpte Simon BE94-8016702. Geschelpte Simon was the sire of a 1st Nat. Cahors 10,077 p.
Grandmother: Wipenneken BE94-2399949
Dam: Christianne BE05-2076731. Christianne is a top class breeding hen and the dam of a 1st Nat. Argenton, Fabricio, Galas, etc.
Grandfather: Den Dirk BE02-6503571, a direct Dirk Van Dijck
Grandmother: Dochter Muiske BE01-6382308, a direct Van Beirendonck
A bright future
With three Olympiad Pigeons and a number of national ace pigeons in your breeding team, you have nothing to fear. You can be confident that a promising newcomer will show up sooner or later. Roger and David Pierre have a solid future ahead of them, with a breeding loft that is likely to give them talented new pigeons every single season. They will be a force to be reckoned with in almost every ace pigeon championship. Roger is always ready to offer a helping hand in the loft, because his son Pierre is often on a busy schedule. They work together as a team to get solid results in the sprint, the middle distance and the long distance on a regular basis.