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Another splendid season for Freddy & Jacques Vandenheede (Zingem, BE)

Besides a national, three zonal and three provincial victories Freddy & Jacques Vandenheede won an impressive 7 top 10 prizes in the national championships KBDB this season. Or to put it differently: 2016 has been one of many highly successful seasons for the combination.

A household name in pigeon racing

We have seen many top players come and go at the highest level; most successful pigeon lofts inevitably fail to deliver the same results every single season. Yet, there is a select group of fanciers that perform at a high level season after season, winning one victory after another. Freddy and Jacques Vandenheede from Zingem are one of them. We reckon the two brothers need no further introduction, except perhaps for those of you that have been living under a rock for the past few decades. Nonetheless, the two brothers have won an exceptional number of top prizes since 2008, the year when they decided to form a team: they have 8 national, 20 zonal and 34 provincial victories on their palmares since 2008! Their list of achievements is even more impressive if you take into account their results from before the collaboration: 15 national, 25 zonal and 56 provincial first prizes.

Big winners in the national championships KBDB 2016

A closer look at the different rankings of the national KBDB championships of 2016 reveal that they performed at a very high level throughout the season. They have won the following top 10 prizes in the KBDB championships:

3rd General Champion KBDB
4th National Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB YLs
5th National Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB Olds
6th National Champion Longer Middle Distance KBDB YLs
6th National Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB YLs
9th National Champion Longer Middle Distance KBDB Olds
9th National Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB YLs

They have also won a 12th and 14th National Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB YLs. We noticed that the one year olds did particularly well this season.

Here is a look at the six pigeons that won an ace pigeon title this season:

BE15-4130144 Fausto, 4th National Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB Yearlings

Fausto has won the following prizes:

5th National Jarnac of 3,904 yearlings
14th National Limoges of 6,946 yearlings
66th Provincial Chateaudun of 4.634 young birds
225th Provincial Chateauroux of 7,617 yearlings

He is a son of Picasso (20th National Ace Pigeon middle distance KBDB 2014), a direct Verhestraeten (Herentals, BE)), x Polly. Polly is a sister of Landrade (sire of 4th National Ace Pigeon longer middle distance KBDB) and Lise (the dam of a 1st National Argenton and a 2nd National La Souterraine). Click here to read more about his pedigree and his palmares.

BE13-4050201 Hot Superke Freddy 1, 5th National Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB old birds

Hot Superke Freddy 1 has won the following prizes:

6th National Argenton of 13,629 old birds
2nd National Zone A2 Bourges of 1,380 old birds
22nd National Argenton of 9,228 old birds
62nd National Gueret of 9,815 yearlings
111th National Argenton of 12,187 old birds
142nd National Poitiers of 14,094 yearlings

She is a daughter of Super Champ (8th National Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB 2009) x Superke Freddy. Super Champ is a son of Reginald BE05-4045295 (a grandson of stock breeder Frans, son of Dream-Couple De Rauw-Sablon) x Trimelore BE05-4045199 (granddaughter of Jobo x Aline).

Superke Freddy was purchased at the total auction of Pros Roosen, as a daughter of stock breeder Topkweker Freddy BE94-4407032 x Dochter Super 36 BE08-5030472 (Super 36 won 10 first prizes). This is a breeding pair with a proven record; they are also the parents of Hot Spicy Junien, winner of a 1st Interprovincial Junien, a 3rd Provincial Vierzon, a 27th National Limoges, etc. Click here for the full pedigree and the palmares of Hot Superke Freddy I.

BE15-4130586, 6th National Ace Pigeon Longer MIddle Distance KBDB Yearlings

The third pigeon in our overview has quite a palmares as well, having won the following prizes:

2nd Provincial Bourges (23/07) of 1,963 yearlings
12th National Zone A2 Argenton of 6,694 yearlings
28th Provincial Chateauroux (10/06) of 7,617 yearlings
7th National Zone A2 Bourges (06/08) of 1,890 yearlings
149th National Chateauroux (16/07) of  9,540 yearlings

This hen is a daughter of the 582/14 (son Jordy (1st National Limoges Wilson Dekens) x Superke Freddy (see earlier)) x Sister of Monti (7th National Souillac and 9th National Montelimar of Wilson Dekens). Click here for her pedigree and palmares.

BE15-4130094 Djenna, 9th National Ace pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB Yearlings

Djenna is another outstanding racing hen. This is her palmares:

3rd National Zone A2 Bourges of 5,014 yearlings
36th National Zone A2 Argenton (25/06) of 6,694 yearlings
106th National Argenton (09/07) of 12,449 yearlings
24th National Zone A2 Bourges of 1,890 yearlings

Djenna is a daughter of Dubble Mari (son of Marius (2nd National Chateauroux) x Mariska (1st National Argenton)) x Ace Freddy (son of top breeder Freddy x daughter Blue Ace Erik Limbourg). Click here for her full pedigree and palmares.

BE15-4130469, 12th National Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB Yearlings

This blue coloured cock has won the following prizes:

15th National Limoges of 6,946 yearlings
26th National Jarnac of 3,904 yearlings

His sire is the 801, 1st Western European Ace Pigeon long distance 2011 thanks to a 5th National Montluçon and a 10th National Argenton (a direct Johny Jonkers, Linter, BE). His dam is New Annelies, a full sister of Annelise, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance KBDB 2013, and a half sister of Miracle Ace, 1st National Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB 2013. Click here for his full palmares and his pedigree.

BE15-4130079, 14th National Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB Yearlings

The last one in the list is a son of Mateo (sire of Annelise, 1st National Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2013, and Tommeke, 2nd National Gueret) x Chanel Nr. 1 (1st National Chateauroux 2013 for the Verstraeten Loft (Herentals, BE)). He has won the following prizes:

16th National Limoges of 6,946 yearlings
36th National Jarnac of 3,904 yearlings

His full pedigree and his palmares can be found here.

Brillian results, both with a small and a large team basket

It is a fact that team Vandenheede like to compete in races with a large group of racing birds, which allows them to achieve some impressive overall results from time to time. But they enjoy working with smaller teams just as much, and they have managed to dominate races with these smaller teams as well. This goes to show that a top quality breed will always have great potential, no matter the conditions.

A brief overview of their results in 2016:

Cahors Nationaal – 6,164 olds: 11-151 (2/2)
Perpignan International – 12,689 olds: 9-153 (2/3)
Argenton Nationaal – 13,629 olds: 1-6-16-208-559-844-1013 (7/9)
Argenton – 129 olds: 1-4-5-6-12-18-21-25-30-50 (10/10)
Vierzon - 536 olds: 1-2-4-6-11-14-23-24-26-33-35-37-38-41-45-49-63-72-77-… (30/34)
Montlucon – 130 olds: 1-2-3-4-6-8-10-11-13-… (19/33)
Argenton Nationaal – 12,449 yearlings: 6-26-30-55-75-83-87-106-438-668-670-
674-1044-… (25/29)
Limoges National – 6492 olds: 11-32-42-46-66-139-187-225-275-380-385-398-
498-… (15/21)
Jarnac National – 4167 olds: 15-61-76-82-93-100-132-156-162-183-184-215-262-2
81-369-… (16/19)
Argenton National – 18363 yearlings: 4-15-16-35-41-77-97-101-104-106-172-197-568-
609-1157-1358-1449-1779-… (23/43)
Momignies – 652 young birds: 2-3-11-13-17-51-61-… (12/19)
Limoges National – 6946 yearlings: 11-14-15-16-17-25-38-62-74-118-119-150-169-171-196-198-
231-234-267-275-289-330-344-446-… (28/59)
Jarnac National – 3904 yearlings: 5-7-21-26-36-37-43-58-65-68-75-83-94-96-98-101-115-118-
121-126-139-152-164-173-194-195-198-211-224-246-258-309-309-319-338-350-377-… (44/57)

New challenges

The team of Freddy and Jacques Vandenheede is arguably one of the strongest longer middle distance and long distance pigeon lofts of the past decades. Their exceptional palmares makes you wonder if they can still find the motivation to keep going. Keep in mind the two brothers have won almost everything there is to win in our sport. What keeps them motivated is the ambition to try and improve their existing breed and to try to push their limits. The team of yearlings of 2016 has proven to be a very promising generation and offers great prospects for next year. And there is more: the fanciers from Zingem have been working on a racing team for the extreme long distance as well. Their results in the 2016 race from Perpignan (9th and 153rd International) give us a glimpse of their ambitions for the next few years. To be continued!