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The combination Thibaut-Boons (Sombreffe, BE) books an astonishing result from Nevers & Argenton!

We are well into the second part of the middle distance competition and as a true specialist of the discipline, the combination Thibaut-Boons has excelled several times already. Last week they dominated the interprovincial race from Nevers, befote hitting it even harder in last weekend's race from Argenton.

The Thibaut-Boons combination has been among the best middle distance loft from Belgium for several years. The numerous top prizes obtained in the national championships from Belgium, both in the nominated championships as with the ace pigeons, illustrate this perfectly. For several years Jean-Marc was in fact the only fancier from the French speaking part of Belgium to classify himself in the great middle distance championships, a discipline mostly dominated by Flanders. This year the performances of this loft in the races of more than 400 kilometers are again well above average. The birds from the loft of Thibaut-Boons are actually having a great season and things will get even better in the coming weeks.

Fantastic arrivals from Nevers & Argenton

Released on Saturday 17th of June, the interprovincial race from Nevers was organized with 10,702 pigeons so it was a success for the organisators. The race was perfect with the highest speed just under the 1,300 m/min. It was an excellent opportunity to test the fitness of your team, mostly for the yearlings, of which there were no less than 5,997. The fanciers decided to enter their birds in large numbers. At the end, the performance of the Thibaut-Boons combination was the strongest. In just 10 minutes' time Jean-Marc was lucky enough to clock 7 very early pigeons. It was mostly his yearlings that achieved a top results with the three first prizes at provincial level and three top 5 at interprovincial level. What a demonstration of strength!

17/06 Nevers prov  - 2.019 olds: 4, 8, 54, 60, 108, 126, 167, ... (8/10)
17/06 Nevers prov  - 2.434 yl: 1, 2, 3, 7, 12, 15, 17, 22, 23, 30, 66, 67, 73, ... (15/20)
17/06 Nevers Iprov - 4.444 olds: 13, 19, 154, 169, 292, 338, ... (7/10)
17/06 Nevers Iprov - 5.997 yl: 3, 4, 5, 10, 21, 28, 35, 52, 54, 75, 187, 190, 209, ... (14/20)

After such a performance, the pigeons were getting a boost in confidence. One week later, Jean-Marc went to the club to basket his team for the next national race. It was another top performance for his team:

24/06 Argenton Iprov - 1.690 olds: 7, 20, 79, ... (4/4)
24/06 Argenton Iprov - 2.009 yl: 1, 2, 19, 28, 110, 167, 183, ... (10/16)

Actually, the team of the yearlings is led by two stars and it seems nothing can stop them. Both are closely related to the current stock hen of the loft, 'Audrey', the dam of 'Olympic Niko', 1st National Ace Pigeon KBDB and Olympic Pigeon. Judge for yourself:

- 'The 054' (BE16-1161054)

1. Nevers Prov    - 2.434 p.
   3. Iprovincial - 5.997 p.
2. Argenton Iprov - 2.009 p.
81. Bourges Prov  -   831 p.

Sire: 'Son Niko', bred from the top pair 'Niko' x 'Lola', two fantastic racers who built the name of the combination: 'Niko' 1st National Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance KBDB '14 & Olympic Pigeon Budapest 2015 (Cat A) & 'Lola', 3rd National Ace Pigeon GMD KBDB '14 and herself Olympic Pigeon Budapest 2015 (Cat H). The cream of the crop from the Sombreffe's loft!
Dam: 'Blue Van Oeckel', 100% Geerinckx and granddaughter of the 'Zwarte Diamant' and of the 'Nationaal' (1st national Limoges 11,889 p.), this last one being a grandson of the legendary 'Gladiator' from Bart Geerinckx.
Click here to check her pedigree.

- 'The 057' (BE16-1161057)

1.  Argenton Iprovincial - 2.009 p.
15. Nevers Provincial    - 2.434 p.
    28. Iprovincial      - 5.997 p.

Sire: '989/13', inbred on the 'Vieux Pros' (basic cock from the loft) as grandson from 'Sebastian' (top breeder and son to 'Vieux Pros') from his father's side and grandson from 'Vieux Pros' from his mother's side.
Dam: 'Sister Niko', bred from the legendary pair 'Dario' x 'Audrey', parents of 'Niko', 1st National Ace Pigeon SMD RFCB '14 & Olympic Pigeon Budapest 2015.
Click here to check her pedigree.

The third and last star of the team is a direct daughter of a former glory of the loft which came to reinforce the breeding loft only a year ago and which is already in the spotlights:

- ‘The 031’ (BE16-1161031)

3. Bourges S-nat     – 3.554 p.
5. Gien Iprov        – 1.128 p.
22. Nevers prov      – 2.434 p.
    49. Nevers S-nat – 5.717 p.
40. Châteauroux prov –   213 p.
24. Argenton prov    –   252 p.

Sire: ‘Fils de Lola’ (BE14-1123514), which has the loft's best current bloodlines in its pedigree: his sire is a son of ‘Raikonnen’ (grandson ‘Vieux Pros’ x ‘Audrey’) and, as you can gather from his name, his dam is the renowned ‘Lola’, 3rd National Ace Bird Longer Middle Distance KBDB ’14 and Olympiad Bird Cat. H Budapest ’15 (‘PFils James Bond VDB’ x ‘Luna’).
Dam: ‘Vikie’ (BE14-1011784), which for example finished 3rd National Ace Bird Longer Middle Distance KBDB ’15 and 1st National Ace Bird LCB ’15. ‘Vikie’ was bred from ‘GSon Nels’ x ‘GDaughter Vieux Pros’, so the old stock foundation again.

Click here to check her pedigree.

Everything seems to be going well in Sombreffe. We are curious to see what will come from the next racing weekends. Jean-Marc is once again in pole position for several championship titles but he still needs to get some additional results in July. We are convinced he will be able to do so. We will keep you up to date about his future results, which might even include a national victory, who knows. Congratulations!

Best results in 2017

20/05 Lorris Iprov - 953 olds: 3, 5, 15, 17, 18, 19, 24, 54, 62, 63, 67, ... (16/27)
20/05 Lorris Iprov - 639 yl: 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 27, 28, 32, 57, ... (12/19)
27/05 Gien Namur - 921 olds: 7, 8, 9, 50, 82, ... (6/6)
27/05 Gien Namur - 664 yl: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 25, 27, ... (15/16)
27/05 Gien Iprov - 810 olds: 8, 12, 20, 38, 47, 66, 78, ... (12/20)
27/05 Gien Iprov - 815 yl: 11, 15, 25, 53, 61, ... (9/10)
04/06 Limoges Iprov - 2.290 olds: 4, 148 (2/5)
04/06 Limoges nat - 14.872 olds: 19, ... (2/5)
04/06 Bourges prov - 933 olds: 1, 13, 16, 41, 44, 77, 89, ... (11/12)
04/06 Bourges prov - 821 yl: 2, 5, 8, 9, 17, 53, 81, ... (12/19)
10/06 Châteauroux Iprov - 2.126 yl: 30, 43, 66, 89, 123, ... (10/14)
10/06 Lorris Namur - 661 olds: 2, 6, 13, 42, ... (5/5)
10/06 Lorris Namur - 887 yl: 1, 8, 24 (3/4)
10/06 Lorris Iprov - 624 olds: 2, 8, 19, 26, 29 (5/8)
10/06 Lorris Iprov - 624 yl: 1, 10, 17 (3/3)