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Chris Debacker (Beveren-Leie, BE) has an excellent season with several provincial ace pigeon titles

Chris Debacker has added six provincial first prizes to his palmares in 2017. He has now won five provincial ace pigeon titles as well, making 2017 a splendid season for him.


Chris Debacker (r) together with Thomas Gyselbrecht (l)

Chris Debacker has had quite a few succesful season, and the year 2017 will be quite memorable as well, having won 6 provincial victories:

24/06/17: 1st, 3rd, 7th and 8th Prov. Fontenay   5,581 YBs
08/07/17: 1st                   Prov. Orléans    1,422 olds
08/07/17: 1st                   Prov. Fontenay   9,803 YBs
15/07/17: 1st and 2nd           Prov. Fontenay  10,081 YBs
29/07/17: 1st                   Prov. Tulle      1,966 YLs
13/08/17: 1st and 9th           Prov. Chateaudun 3,277 YBs

Click here to reread our previous report on his six victories.

These six first prizes add to a total of 23 provincial first prizes over the course of his career! An overview of his provincial first prizes can be found here. He was able to win 26 provincial top 10 prizes this season alone, and he had remarkably high prize percentages throughout the season as well. Click here for his full results of 2017. One of the stars of this season in the old birds' team was Bobby.

Bobby had shown as a youngster that he was quite a talented racing bird. He became 3rd Provincial Ace Pigeon Middle Distance YBs after winning an 8th Prov. Clermont (12,688 p.) and an 8th Prov. Chateaudun (3,594 p.). He continued to deliver this season as a yearling, winning for instance:

 3rd Clermont   201 pigeons
36th Clermont 8,051 pigeons
38th Orleans  2,033 pigeons
50th Tours    1,637 pigeons

The sire of Bobby is Georges, and he is a brother of several first prize winners, including Castor (1st Fontenay, 9,803 p.), Celle (58th Pontoise, 18,184 p.) and Clarck (5x in the top 5% of the race). The dam is Mieke, and she is a direct daughter of top breeder Christa (1st Ace Pigeon KBDB W-Fl. 2012). Click here for Bobby's full pedigree.

The provincial ace pigeons of  2017

Excellent results and high prize percentages will almost surely lead to ace pigeon titles as well. We will briefly discuss a few of the provincial ace pigeon titles that Chris has won this season.

BE17-3094335 Casper, 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Allround YBs

Casper became 1st Provincial Ace Pigeon YBs in the allround category. His sire is Zuchero, winner of a 13th Prov. Tulle (1,306 p.) and a 37th Prov. Chateauroux (5,063 p.). He is a grandson of stock breeder Nick. The dam of Casper is Hilde, and she is a full sister of a 2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance YBs. Click here for Casper's full pedigree. Here are Casper's most promising results:

 2nd Clermont     425 pigeons
 4th Clermont     620 pigeons
 6th Tours        403 pigeons
 9th Blois        442 pigeons
13th Arras        287 pigeons
28th Chateaudun 3,277 pigeons
54th Clermont   4,583 pigeons
44th Orleans    3,398 pigeons

BE17-3094346 Catarina, 3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon YBs

Racing hen Catarina has shown to have great potential as well, with a title of 3rd Provincia Ace Pigeon YBs on her palmares. She has won:

 3rd Fontenay sur Eure  5,521 pigeons
24th Pontoise          18,184 pigeons
29th Orleans            2,888 pigeons
48th Clermont           7,398 pigeons

The sire of Catarina is Bossie, and he is a full brother of a 1st Prov. Tulle and a 3rd Prov. Chateaudun. The grandfather of Catarina is Vasco, and he has won 5 provincial top 50 prizes, including a 1st Chateaudun, 3rd Tours and 4th Bourges. The dam is Joostine, a direct De Smeyter Restiaen (Melden, BE). She is one of the top breeders in Chris Debacker's collection. Click here for Catarina's full pedigree.

BE17-3094389 Cesar, 3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance YBs

Besides winning a 3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon YBs, this racing cock has also won a provincial first prize from Chateaudun of 3,277 pigeons. This is not a one-off result, as you can tell from his other top prizes at provincial level:

  1st Prov. Chateaudun  3,277 pigeons
 16th Prov. Fontenay    5,581 pigeons
 31st Prov. Fontenay    5,521 pigeons
267th Prov. Pontoise   18,184 pigeons
332nd Prov. Tours       3,478 pigeons
501st Prov. Tours       6,741 pigeons

The pedigree of Cesar features most of Chris's most valued bloodlines, including most notably the Vandenabeele breed. His sire Salomez is another son of stock breeder Nick. This makes him a brother of the following prize winners:

Staf       : 3rd provincial ace pigeon
Panamarenco: 7x 1st prize
Prof       : 10th provincial ace pigeon
Randy      : 1st Orleans
Stuart     : 1st Clermont

His dam Zaninne is a daughter of the renowned racing bird Christa (1st Ace Pigeon KBDB West-Fl. 2012). The sire of Zaninne is Alexander, and he is the sire of Valckie (6th Prov. Ace Pigeon) and a brother of Maxima, winner of a 1st Nat. Orléans for the Van Wanrooij combination (Geffen, NL). Click here for Cesar's impressive pedigree.

BE17-3094392 Costa, 2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance YBs

This 2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance is heavily based on the Gaby Vandenabeele bloodline as well. The sire of Costa is Zabbi, which finished in the top 10% on six occasions as a young bird. He is a grandson of Rudi (son Bliksem) of Vandenabeele, as well as a great-grandson of the outstanding breeder Nick. The dam is Tony's Last Girl, and she is the last daughter of Tony in Chris's collection. This outstanding racing bird has won:

 1st       Ablis          429 pigeons
 1st       Ablis          325 pigeons
 5th Nat.  Bourges     20,589 pigeons
 3rd Nat.  Chateauroux 16,477 pigeons
26th Nat.  Chateauroux 25,263 pigeons
38th Nat.  Argenton    19,728 pigeons
 9th Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB W-Fl.

Click here for Costa's pedigree. And this is Costa's palmares:

  9th Chateaudun 3,277 pigeons
 10th Tours      3,478 pigeons
 50th Blois      2,380 pigeons
 13th Blois        442 pigeons
138th Pontoise  18,184 pigeons

BE17-3094431 Cecile, 7th Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance YBs

The last ace pigeon of this season that deserves an introduction is Celine. She has finished in the top 10% in 7 races. These are some of her best results:

 13th Chateauroux        2,122 pigeons
 51st Pontoise          18,184 pigeons
 35th Chateauroux          747 pigeons
 35th Blois                442 pigeons
 19th Orleans              613 pigeons
 13th Fontenay sur Eure    237 pigeons
193rd Pontoise           9,111 pigeons
338th Argenton           4,079 pigeons
333rd Clermont           7,398 pigeons

The dam of Cecile is Veertje, and she is again a granddaughter of Nick. Veertje won a 12th La Souteraine (2,856 p.). The sire of Cecile is breeding cock New Willy. Click here to read more about Cecile's pedigree.

The golden Vandenabeele bloodline represented by Nick: a formula for lasting success

Many of this team's best results this season can be attributed yet again to stock breeder Nick (from the line of Bliksem). Chris has been able to perform at a very high level thanks to this bloodline, combined with a number of pigeons of Rik Cools. Many of Chris's ace pigeons and prize winners are related to super class breeder Nick indeed. And many other fanciers have had their share of success with the talented descendants of Nick, which have achieved great results and have won several ace pigeon titles:

Rik Cools in 2017: 1st Provincial Tours (grandchild Nick) + 2nd Provincial Tours (grandchild Nick)
Hok Vermeersch: 1st Provinicial Orleans (Nest brother of Casper, grandchild Nick)
Anthony Maes: 1st National Argenton (and 3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon in 2015) (great-grandchild Nick)
Karel & Koen Leus: 1st Provincial Blois (grandchild Nick)
Ignace Slots: 2nd National Argenton (grandchild Nick)
Herve Dhossche: 2nd Provincial Ace Pigeon Long Distance YBs (including a 1st Prov. Bourges) (grandchild Nick)
Geert & Annick Vanrenterghem: 4th National Argenton (grandchild Nick)
Kees Bosua: 15th Best Yearling in The Netherlands 2016 (10 prizes) (great-grandchild Nick)