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Vanderspikken & son win national Narbonne 2007 against 5.138 pigeons and second national Irun III 2007 against 5.856 pigeons


Widower Vanderspikken and son, Heers (BE)

Theo Buto, the secret behind the widower Vanderspikken and son with one of their toppers
The duo widower Vanderspikken and son are in fact led by their neighbour Theo Buto in Klein-Gelmen , a municipality of Heers. Heers is in South Limburg, to the south eastof Sint-Truiden.

What the, to be honest passionate, Theo Buto has done for the last two weeks and also regularly this season, in a sport that is becoming more and more professional, is almost one would say impossible.


With his 50464682/03 “Donkere Balegem” he won the national classic from Narbonne. This dark, almost black, cock had never really raced long distance before and it was because there were lost pigeons and cancelled races, that the team had to be fortified and that is why he suddenly had to go to Narbonne.

Where the “Donkere Balegem” was successful in winning nationally, his loft mate “De Rhône Boy” was just pipped at the post by “de Kliever” from Staf Haex who lives in the same province. Last year the eastern provinces of Belgium performed poorly in the long distance, but this year the Limburgers and Luikenaars have had their fair share of victories.


“Donkere Balegem”
1st national Narbonne 2007


“De Rhône Boy” 2nd National
Irun III


The “Donkere Balegem” was bought as an egg from Limburger Frits Rennenberg from Maasmechelen, who took the 8th national prize in the same race. The only information that Bruto  has is the ring numbers of the parents.

These top achievements were only possible due to new techniques. Theo Buto, self a repairer of Junior clocks, decided to switch to the electronic system because he had heard that it could be combined to send an SMS when a pigeon landed. In his own unique way Theo (73) says this: “long distance is not easy! One has to stay up late and then rise early the next morning and often you don’t even get to see a feather!” (=nothing!)!”

That is why the “sms-service” was set. When the “Donkere Balegem” landed, Theo was having a meal, and the week before he was watching the tv when “De Rhône Boy” sent him an sms. As long as everything is controlled within five minutes then everything is in order.