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ジーノ・クリケ - ウェフェルヘム(ベルギー)、西フランドルの強豪!

Whoever follows the pigeon results closely, must have come across the name Gino Clicque repeatedly, in his search for ‘toppers’… for ‘leading figures’… that have mainly dominated the races over the last few seasons.

Gino belongs to the prominent figures in West-Flanders, with top performances from the Sprint to the ‘Long Distance’ and ‘Grand Distance’, you could say a real ‘all rounder’… specialising in the provincial and national races of around 400 to 600 Km. The colony which in recent years has made enormous progress, and has broken through to the absolute top. Something which is perfectly illustrated by the resounding victories that were achieved over the last few seasons, including
1° Prov. Bourges Old 2008
1° Prov. Souillac Old 2009
1° Prov. Bourges 1.003 Yearlings 2009
1° Prov. Ace pigeon  Middle Distance KBDB 2008
3° Nat. Ace pigeon  Grand Middle Distance KBDB 2008


This is just a selection of a lengthy chain of superb performances there in Wevelgem, close to the French border, which were achieved almost every week… after previously winning remarkable honours prizes so as the 1° Prov Tours, 1° Nat Bourges Zone A etc.
Gino came into contact with the pigeon sport at quite an early age. In 1972, as a chappie of just 10 years old, he could be found in the lofts of father Germain, and was severely bitten by the ‘pigeon bug’. A bug that he never got rid of… because when his father prematurely died in 1978… Gino was left alone with the pigeons and started on his own. Immediately the preamble to an unbroken chain of magnificent performances that have been laid down over the years and have grown to a real climax over the last few seasons. For this he can fall back on an exceptional stock of breeding and racing pigeons… essentially based on 3 basis lines for the ‘Grand Middle Distance’ and ‘light Middle Distance’, being:
-the line of the ‘Robert’ 96-3308008, and excellent stock father which Gino Clicque bought from Robert & Chris Dobbelaere in Marke as grandson of the ‘Noël’, the 1° Nat Ace pigeon KBDB ’92. This ‘Robert’ can be found in virtually all the current toppers of the Clicque colony via his children and grandchildren, with telling examples so as the ‘Piraat’ (1° Prov Bourges Old ’08), the ‘Contador’ (1° Prov Bourges Yearlings 2009), and ‘Sensation’ (1° Prov + 3° Nat Ace pigeon  KBDB ’08) etc…
-the lines ‘Figo’ and the ‘Goen’ from Antoon & Hilde Reynaert from Passendale, bought via Willy Cockelaere from Moorslede
-the ‘Spencer’, a super breeder bought in the auction of Wilfried Vandemaele from Heule… who amongst other things is father of the 1° Nat Bourges Zone A ’01 and 4° Nat Bourges  42.763 youngsters: the ‘Speedo’.
For the  ‘Extreme Long Distance’, a discipline that Gino has added over the last few seasons so that a few pigeons can participate in the international classics so as Tarbes, Barcelona and Perpignan… which he mainly does with descendants of the pigeons which he obtained from Joost De Smeyter-Restiaen from the East-Flemish Melden near Oudenaarde.

Large racing team
The Clicque colony consists of, in addition to 24 breeding couples, a large racing team for the various disciplines … consisting of 100 racing pigeons, formed by 80 cocks and 20 hens which are raced in ‘total widowhood’. In addition, 200 youngsters are ringed every year, divided over 4 rounds. The youngsters from the first + second round are darkened until the middle of June and then raced with the ‘sliding door’ up until the national races for youngsters.
Gino tries to optimally take advantage of the ‘super genes’ present in his racing and breeding lofts for the further expansion of his colony. If there is one thing we can conclude from his breeding strategy it is the fact that he doesn’t really believe in  ‘fixed breeding couples’, on the contrary … for the 1° round the best racing pigeons are coupled with the best breeding hens. These top breeding hens are subsequently re-coupled with the proven breeding cocks in the breeding loft for the following breeding rounds. The breeding pigeons are then coupled with other partners, and their products are then crossed with each other. According to Gino this gives you a broad basis, that is somewhat related, but gives a broader range of possibilities for breeding… without there being a danger of sitting ‘too close’ in a short time with the coupling. That Gino Clicque has got it right is proved in the magnificent performances that he has achieved over the last few seasons, whereby the Clicque-pigeons have caused a  ‘spectacle’ several times, as will be seen in the chain of magnificent performances below. The number of ‘real toppers’ which saw the light of day in Wevelgem over the last few seasons are also a perfect reflection of the fact that Gino is ‘doing well’ in the building up of his colony… by trying to optimal use of the present luxury of ‘top genes’, by trying to reunite these in one and the same pigeon. Although of course in reality it is more complex than we have summarized in this one sentence here above. But here it is also a matter of ‘firstly breeding’, and then finally using the ‘basket’ as the only executioner… say using a ‘sharp knife’… and try to aim higher year after year. A mission that Gino seems to have succeeded in perfectly, something proved perfectly by the luxury of ‘class pigeons’ in which this colony bathes at the moment:

-the ‘Piraat’ 05-3188928: the ‘wonderboy’ of the colony Gino Clicque. He is a son of ‘Super Roberto 002/00’ (out the above mentioned stock bear ‘Robert 008/96 x ‘La Souterrainneke 442/94’, winner 1° La Souterraine 170 p. and 6° Prov 1.030 p.) x ‘Eva 382/02’ who self won 11° Prov Ace pigeon  Long Distance youngsters ’02 (and daughter of ‘Brother 5° Nat Bourges 334/98’). The ‘Piraat’ is without doubt the absolute topper of the loft, with the following honours list:
3° Nat. Ace pigeon  ‘Grand Middle Distance’ KBDB 2008
1° Prov Ace pigeon  ‘Fond’ KBDB 2008
’08 Bourges   661 p. 1
Prov  2.010 p. 1
Zone  5.472 p. 4
Nat  19.084 p. 5
’08 Poitiers  244 p. 1
Prov  1.227 p. 2
’08 Tours     527 p. 2   (10 May)
Prov  3.135 p. 4
’08 Tours     469 p. 6   (21 June)
Prov  2.503 p. 49
’08 Argenton  515 p. 2
Prov  2.246 p. 47
’06 Argenton  825 YL 6
Prov  4.479 YL 88
’06 Limoges 7.467 YL 652
Nat  15.507 YL 760
’07 Clermont  427 p. 6
’08 Clermont  307 p. 6
’08 Clermont  432 p. 7
’07 Tours     633 p. 16
Prov 3.320 p. 250
’08 Ablis     728 p. 43
It will soon be clear to you that this is a phenomenal breeding line… A half-sister of ‘Piraat’, called ‘Crazy Girl’ 05-3188732 (this time out ‘Spencer 031/98’ x ‘Eva 382/02’) won amongst other things
Clermont       909 p. 1
La Souterraine 317 p. 1
Prov 1.563 p. 3
Zone 4.820 p. 38
Nat 15.406 p. 60
Tours          363 p. 27

This ‘Crazy Girl’ is mother of ‘Anouk 670/06’ who in turn is mother of the winner 1° Prov Bourges 1.003 Yearlings in 2009: the ‘Contador’ (see further). She is also mother of that other Clicque-topper ‘Crazy Boy’ 08-3172918 who won:
’09 Bourges YL 612 p. 1
Prov 2.286 p. 3
Zone 5.738 p. 5
Nat 22.499 p. 5
’08 Tours      402 p. 1
Prov 2.349 p. 4
’08 Ablis      609 p. 1
’08 Ablis      840 p. 9
’08 Tours      484 p. 11
‘Crazy Girl’ is, coupled with ‘Son 1° Prov Tours 973/02’ (the father of ‘Zidane’, see further…), also mother of ‘Stella 968/07’, who in turn is mother of ‘Tia’ who won:
Argenton       417 p. 1
Prov 2.838 p. 7
La Souterraine 417 p. 17
Blois          927 p. 29
Ablis          948 p. 39   etc..
What a great breeding line!

-the ‘Zidane’ 05-3188897: comes out ‘Son 1° Prov Tours 973/02’ (out the ‘Provincial Tours 769/00’ x ‘Sister 5° Nat Bourges’ 847/95… sister won 5° Nat Bourges 20.172 p.) x ‘Daughter Speedo 938/02’ (the ‘Speedo 138/01 won self 4° Nat Bourges 42.763 p and 1° Nat Bourges Zone A). It has been said and written several times that ‘toppers’ descend from ‘toppers’, this ‘Zidane’ also proved this with:
’06 Tours    448 YL 5
Prov 2.501 YL 32   (10 June)
’06 Tours    311 YL 16
Prov 3.497 YL 74   (24 June)
’06 Argenton 825 YL 1
Prov 4.479 YL 13
447 p. 2    (old birds)
Prov 2.106 p. 12
’07 Tours    633 p. 11
Prov 3.320 p. 149
’07 Tours    864 p. 15
Prov 2.267 p. 29
’08 Tours    527 p. 16
Prov 3.135 p. 105
’08 Bourges5.472 p. 709
Nat 19.084 p. 1250
’08 Tours    717 p. 4
Prov 2.874 p. 14
’08 Tours    469 p. 9
Prov 2.503 p. 65
With this the ‘Zidane’ was one of the leading players in winning the title of 5° Nat Champion ‘Grand Middle Distance’ KBDB.-‘Easy Boy’ 07-3108762 is een halfbroer van ‘Zidane’ en eveneens zoon van ‘Zoon 1° Prov Tours 973/02’ ditmaal gekoppeld aan ‘Jenny 096/06’ of de moeder 2° Nat Bourges 41.783 d. in 2008 (komende uit ‘Halfbroer 5° Nat Bourges 703/00’ die eveneens een ‘Kleinzoon Goen’ Reynaert is of de beroemde Figo-lijn… moeder ‘Jenny’ is het ‘Cockelaere 977/02’ duivinnetje, komende uit ‘Nestbroer 5° Nat Bourges 306/98’). De ‘Easy Boy’ won:
Poitiers       282 d. 1
Prov   1.388 d. 3
La Souterraine 416 d. 3
Prov   2.261 d. 40
Zone A 6.707 d. 166

-‘Easy Boy’ 07-3108762 is a half-brother of ‘Zidane’ and also son of ‘Son 1° Prov Tours 973/02’ this time coupled with ‘Jenny 096/06’ or the mother 2° Nat Bourges 41.783 p. in 2008 (coming out ‘Half-brother 5° Nat Bourges 703/00’ who is also a ‘Grandson Goen’ Reynaert of the famous Figo-line… mother ‘Jenny’ is the ‘Cockelaere 977/02’ hen, coming out ‘Nest brother 5° Nat Bourges 306/98’). The ‘Easy Boy’ won:
Poitiers       282 p. 1
Prov   1.388 p. 3
La Souterraine 416 p. 3
Prov   2.261 p. 40
Zone A 6.707 p. 166
-‘Contador’ 08-3172843 is a product of a ‘top racer’ coupled with an extra breeding mother. His father is the ‘Tarbes 671/06’ (coming out a grandson of stock bear ‘Robert 008/96’, namely the ‘Bijter 693/05’ x ‘Liana 726/05’ who won 1° Bouillon 123 p, 4° Ablis 592 p, 31° Prov Blois 2.990 p, 30° Tours 448 p, 26° La Souterraine 317 p)… the ‘Tarbes’ won self:
’09 Brive  Nat 17.456 p. 80
’09 Cahors Nat  7.347 p. 38
’08 Tarbes Nat  5.660 p. 190
Intnat 12.537 p. 337
Mother of ‘Contador is ‘Anouk 670/06’ (daughter of ‘Markus 922/05’, son of the 1° Prov Tours… x ‘Crazy Girl 732/05’, a half-sister ‘Piraat’ and so daughter of the ‘Spencer 031/98’ x ‘Eva 382/02’). This ‘Anouk’ won:
’06 Gueret        490 p. 1
Prov   1.734 p. 3
Nat   10.670 p. 8
’06 Argenton      230 p. 1
Prov   1.524 p. 5
’07 Argenton YL   117 p. 2
Prov     573 p. 5
’07 Bourges YL    296 p. 8
This ‘Contador’ has then not only a dream of a lineage, he himself proved that he came from good stock with:
’09 Bourges       211 YL 1
Prov   1.003 YL 1
Was with this the fastest pigeon in West-Fl against 8.423 participating pigeons
Zone A 3.127 YL 5
’09 Argenton      902 YL 15
Prov   5.251 YL 46
’08 Tours         484 p. 1
Prov   2.410 p. 5
’08 Nantes        494 p. 30
’08 Brionne       852 p. 53
Prov   7.685 p. 478

-‘Lexus’ 07-3108774: is een zoon uit ‘Robertonio 993/05’ (uit stambeer ‘Robert 008/96’ x ‘Tanja 690/96’ (superduivin met 54 prijzen op haar actief en zus van ‘Rambo’ 1° Prov Bourges 1997) x ‘Jolly 866/05’, een zus ‘Mathilde’ die 3° Prov Asduif Fond Jonge werd, zus van ‘Claire’ met haar 5 x 1° prijzen en zus van ‘Shakira’ die 5° Nat Limoges won. De ‘Lexus’ won zelf:
’09 Cahors 3 Prov  349 d. 10
Prov    1.044 d. 18
Zone A  2.310 d. 40
Nat     7.347 d. 43
’08 Tours YL       416 d. 7
Prov YL 2.394 d. 42
Oude     717 d. 13
Prov OD 2.874 d. 68
’08 Bourges Zone 3.328 d. 311
Nat YL 13.354 d. 634
’07 Tours 25 Aug   333 d. 21
’07 Tours 18 Aug   311 d. 15
Prov    1.621 d. 69
’07 Tours 4 Aug    573 d. 52
’09 Ablis          639 d. 54
’09 Roye           604 d. 21   enz…
Hij is ook halfbroer van de fondtopper ‘Jackson’ (eveneens uit ‘Robertonio’) die won:
’09 Brive   Nat 17.446 d. 63
’09 Limoges Nat 11.841 d. 65

-‘Lexus’ 07-3108774: is a son of ‘Robertonio 993/05’ (out stock bear ‘Robert 008/96’ x ‘Tanja 690/96’ (super hen with 54 prizes to her name and sister of ‘Rambo’ 1° Prov Bourges 1997) x ‘Jolly 866/05’, a sister ‘Mathilde’ who was 3° Prov Ace pigeon  Long Distance Youngsters, sister of ‘Claire’ with her 5 x 1° prizes and sister of ‘Shakira’ who won 5° Nat Limoges. The ‘Lexus’ won self:
’09 Cahors 3 Prov  349 p. 10
Prov    1.044 p. 18
Zone A  2.310 p. 40
Nat     7.347 p. 43
’08 Tours YL       416 p. 7
Prov YL 2.394 p. 42
Old birds     717 p. 13
Prov OD 2.874 p. 68
’08 Bourges Zone 3.328 p. 311
Nat YL 13.354 p. 634
’07 Tours 25 Aug   333 p. 21
’07 Tours 18 Aug   311 p. 15
Prov    1.621 p. 69
’07 Tours 4 Aug    573 p. 52
’09 Ablis          639 p. 54
’09 Roye           604 p. 21   etc…
He is also half-brother of the Long Distance topper ‘Jackson’ (also out ‘Robertonio’) who won:
’09 Brive   Nat 17.446 p. 63
’09 Limoges Nat 11.841 p. 65
-the ‘Witneus’ 07-3108798: is son of the ‘Picko Blanco 379/06’, half-brother of the 3° Nat Ace pigeon  ‘Grand Middle Distance’ KBDB ’08, the ‘Piraat’ (so out ‘Super Roberto 002/00’, son of stock bear ‘Robert’… x ‘Argenton Girl 739/00’, who won 1° Nat Argenton Zone A 1.404 p, 2° Blois 1.345 p, 2° Blois 550 p, 7° Prov Tours 2.775, 9° Clermont 1.611 p… and comes out a brother 5° Nat Bourges). Mother of the ‘Witneus’ is the top breeding hen  ‘Daughter Speedo 035/03’ (out the 1° Nat Bourges Zone A 14.535 p, and 4° Nat Bourges 42.763 p: Speedo 138/01 x ‘Helena 014/01’ who was 9° Prov Ace pigeon Long Distance ’01… both ‘Speedo’ as ‘Helena’ have super breeder ‘Spencer’ as father). The ‘Witneus’ won a.o.:
’07 Tours 4 Aug   401 p. 4
Prov   2.810 p. 31
’07 Tours 18 Aug 311 p. 27
’08 Bourges Yl    341 p. 8
Prov   1.409 p. 20
Zone A 3.328 p. 48
Nat   13.354 p. 73
’08 Tours YL      416 p. 14
Prov   2.394 p. 84
’08 Tours Old birds    717 p. 29
Prov   2.874 p. 119   etc…

-‘Casanova’ 04-3003361: Son of the ‘Poitiers 028/95’ (self winner 1° Prov Poitiers 3.505 p) x ‘Daughter Barcelona 218/97 (coming self out the ‘Barcelona 445/92’ who was 8° Primus inter Pares Barcelona… x ‘Daughter Brecht 642/94’, out the 1° Nat Ace pigeon  Long Distance KBDB ’92: ‘Brecht’). This ‘Casanova’ won amongst other things:
Tours         303 p. 1
Prov  3.076 p. 1
Orange 3 Prov 387 p. 4
Zone 1.262 p. 20
Nat  6.035 p. 95
Tours         516 p. 8

Many fanciers amongst us will definitely have to be satisfied with less. As end balance 2009 Gino Clicque was able to produce no less than 13 x 1° Prizes, including 2 x 1° Provincial victories from Bourges and Souillac in addition to a recital of very close places of honour. We will list them for you:
1° Prov Souillac      1.444 old birds
1° Prov Bourges       1.003 yearlings
2° Prov Argenton      5.251 yearlings
3° Prov La Souterrain 2.396 youngsters
3° Prov Limoges       3.326 yearlings
3° Prov Bourges       2.286 yearlings
4° Prov Argenton      3.387 old birds
5° Prov Argenton      5.251 yearlings
8° Prov Bourges       2.286 yearlings
8° Prov Tours         1.495 old birds

Just phenomenal how Gino Clique has managed to put such ‘stunt work’ on paper, and to put his colony in pole position in the national top in the Grand Middle Distance and light Long Distance! That doesn’t only prove that his ‘crack pigeons’ are ‘provincial toppers’, but also his lengthy chain of magnificent performances that he has put down over the last few seasons. The 2009 sport season brought only confirmation! Gino Clicque, a West-Flemish topper to keep an eye on… because the last episode has now been written over this colony… who lives, will see! Congratulations!

A selection of the highlights in 2009
23/5 Bourges  Club 612 yearlings 1,3,17,19,37,38,45,49,68,73… (18/38)
Prov  2.286 yearlings 3,8,45,54,123,127,146,169,218… 21/38
Nat  22.499 yearlings 5,12,115,147,510,533,672,832,1225,1342, 2116,2410,2452… and 18/38
30/5 Brive Prov 2.770 old birds 41,49,50,85,86,88,131,270 (10)
Nat 17.456 old birds 63,78,80,137,139,144,226,523 (10)
30/5 Tours Prov 2.249 yearlings 15,76,257,452,495,505,515,663,708 (15)
07/6 Tours Club    443 yearlings 1,3,5,6,9,15,24,25,37,49,55,86… 17/30
Prov 2.453 yearlings 21,31,36,37,65,94,96,140,186… 15/30
Club    711 old birds 2,5,8,9,15,24,25,37,49,55,86… 17/31
13/6 Argenton Club 902 yearlings 1,2,9,15,21,23,29,33,43,64,66,75,80, 94,104,124,137… and 24/35
Prov 5.251 yearlings 2,5,26,46,70,75,86,105,149,228,233,263, 274,322,365… and 25/35
Club    695 old birds 1,10,20,22,26,31,39,53,74,77,93,95… 18/22
Prov 3.387 old birds 4,26,57,60,70,82,104,169,226,233… 18/22
13/6 Cahors Club   225 old birds 7,8,13,28,36,40,74 (10)
Zone 2.310 old birds 36,40,73,190,325,358 (10)
Nat  7.347 old birds 38,43,100,306,540,595,1367 (10)
03/7 Barcelona    516 old birds 27 (2)
Nat 13.503 old birds 575 (2)
04/7 Limoges Pr 2.170 old birds 22,327,514 (6)
Nat 11.869 old birds 64,1106,1909 (6)
11/07 Limoges     778 yearlings 2,3,13,35,69,115,255 (12)
Prov 3.326 yearlings 3,15,101,220,388,674 (12)
Zone 7.586 yearlings 8,36,221,459,796,1349 (12)
Nat 16.893 yearlings 44,120,567,1021,1657,2646 (12)
11/7 Poitiers Pr 1.183 old birds 156,308,310,339 (6)
18/7 Souillac     385 old birds 1,18,28 (7)
Prov 1.444 old birds 1,98,159 (7)
Zone 3.290 old birds 4,303,449 (7)
Nat  7.597 old birds 19,641,932 (7)
25/7 Bourges Club  211 yearlings 1,3,5,7,9,10,12,15,26,27,31,47 (15)
Prov 1.003 yearlings 1,11,30,42,45,61,108,136,215… (12/15)
25/7 Poitiers Club 208 yearlings 4,8,31,39,65 (7)
Prov 1.147 yearlings 53,83,94,231,299 (7)
Prov 1.318 old birds 69,79,194,326 (8)
01/8 Tulle Nat  7.467 yearlings 254,273,779 (6)
08/8 Argenton Club 399 youngsters 4,13,28,31,35,40,44,48,66,71,85,129 (19)
Prov 2.631 youngsters 36,122,287,300,335,369,389,414… 12/19
Zone 8.004 youngsters 150,441,972,1028,1118,1231,1297… 10/19
22/8 La Souterraine 395 youngsters 1,10,11,15,20,28,29,39,43,44,48,52,57, 71,90,92… and 19/49
Prov 2.396 youngsters 3,41,45,56,96,157,170,257,286,288… 16/49
05/9 Gueret Club   549 youngsters 13,19,25,29,31,37,39,68,69,78,85… 15/27
Prov 2.175 youngsters 109,148,204,221,247,275,299,442… 14/27
Club    92 old  1,9 (2)
12/9 Momignies    581 youngsters 2,4,6,8,9,10,11,12,14,15,16,17,20,37,42, 43,56,62,84,90… and 24/36
27/9 Waver        197 youngsters 1,2,3,5,6,13,14,26,30,47 (17)