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Haex Staf wins Irún III against 15,943 pigeons! (2007)


Staf Haex, Munsterbilzen

2007 looks with more favour on the Limburg long distance fanciers than 2006. Last year they never came close to a national victory, but during the past year they have had some huge successes.  A beautiful hen for example won – in the meanwhile this has been confirmed by several sources – the national victory palm for the sympathetic twosome Harinck-Poelmans from Genk.  At the international race from Irún, a replacement for Marseille, the most eastern Flemish province scored internationally. The hospitable Staf Haex from Munsterbilzen got the surprise of a lifetime!


In spite of the Internet era and the massive number of Pipa website hits for example, many fanciers of respectable age didn’t believe they could expect the pigeons to return on the first day. A lot of them decided to get out of bed early on Sunday, especially keeping Pau and Barcelona in mind, others choose to have a night out with partner and friends. Pipa though, already reported arrivals of French pigeons at 17.10 hours near Cuffel in Montivilliers (High Normandy) for a distance of 704 km. Back there at this French coast province the pigeons seemed to keep up well. The first pigeon’s speed was 1,305 m/m.

New questions arose! Would the French make it with one lead victory? Would pigeons from different countries be capable of flying as fast or faster and so tide over the 900 to 1,000 km in one day before the Belgians at large? According to calculations, the animals should go to an extreme for 12 to 14 flying hours with the fierce wind at their backs. The better pigeons that day would prove to be capable of doing this without much problems. There were frequent clockings in complete darkness after 10 pm (even in the east of the country).

Staf Haex remained at his post, but in spite of everything he did not expect the pigeons. It was “De Kliever” (5011874/05) who surprised both his boss and the competition. At 20.31 hours this bird’s rubber band was clocked. For “De Kliever” a phenomenal 1,356 m/m was registered. The pigeon is of Florizoone origin. The Haex loft consists entirely of Florizoone pigeons and at that memorable day they marked following times: 21.22 and 22.06 hours and the next day at 5.44, 5.57, 6.14, 6.25, 7.13, 7.17, 7.19 … .

"De Kliever"




Mother national winner, directly Florizoone
Pedigree " De Kliever" : Click here

After alternating successes with long distance pigeons here and there, Haex concentrated on a great purchase. After some research, he decided upon Florizoone. The proud Limburger only wants Florizoone or bloodlines that led the late Roger to successes. In the attached pedigree you can sift out the noble descent.

From this Irún we can conclude (For some this is even an affirmation.) that distance doesn’t play a great role for our winged athletes. It has to do more with flying hours and the chance of them. This implies that under very dry and clear weather conditions and (especially) fierce storm wind as an ally, the athletes can keep a for these distances high average speed  for more than 12 hours and the toppers that are in shape that particular day, just return home. Jos Haex’s “The Kliever” flew at an average speed of more than 81 km/h to Munsterbilzen. What a tremendous effort!