They had no less than 11 section winners in 2012, 14 section winners in 2011 and 11 section winners in 2010. Results as these do not come without effort but are the outcome of a persistent and systematic effort from the two brothers. Nothing about the pigeons is random; everything is planned down to the last detail.
About the Brøbech brothers
Anders, age 32, and Hans Henrik, age 29, have a fantastic property in the small town of Dovre approximately 8 kilometres west of Skanderborg in Denmark. Hans Henrik is a bricklayer by profession, but is currently working with Anders in Anders’ clothes shop, Outfitters Nation, in the shopping center Bruuns Galleri in the center of Aarhus. The two brothers bought their property in 2007 and have since renovated the house and added two large pigeon houses. They have also renovated a stable, which today is the home of all the breeding pigeons.
How it all began
The Brøbech brothers inherited their passion for homing pigeons from their grandfather, Carl Andersen who lived 25 kilometers from Glesborg where the Brøbech brothers grew up. The two brothers got their first homing pigeons from their grandfather (the original Brøbech-strain) in 1987, when they were just 7 and 4 years old. The two brothers also have a younger brother, Jan Brøbech age 18, who also has homing pigeons with their father, Søren Bo Brøbech, who got his first homing pigeons in 2009. Anders and Hans Henrik spend all their spare time on their pigeons and their dream is to move to Belgium and race pigeons. They want to win all distances, but races from 500 to 1000 kilometers are their specialty.
Homing pigeons in Denmark
About 2,000 people race pigeons in Denmark and most of them are really passionate about their sport and put a lot of effort in their pigeons. The competition areas are roughly 40 x 40 kilometers and the contests take place from the 23rd of April to the 15th of August. The first 4 weeks it is the sections that arrange contests from 150 to 250 kilometers. After that the Danish Racing Pigeon Unions arrange two contests per week from 400 to 900 kilometers. This means that there are 3 contests with old pigeons on a normal weekend. Contests with younger pigeons begin approximately at the 1st of July and the distance is between 150 and 350 kilometers.
Below you can see the impressive results of the Brøbech brothers.
The Brøbech brothers divided their pigeons and participated individually.
They came in 3rd and 4th at the national championship (long distance).
They won the semi national championship (long distance and medium distance).
They won the long championship in the section.
They had 11 section winners and 3 semi national winners.
They had the 1 national ace-pigeon (long distance).
Results 2011 & 2010
First super weekend 2011:
From Padborg 142 kilometers number 1. 3. 4. in the section of a total of 700 pigeons. From Hamburg 274 kilometers number 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.22 in the section of a total of 680 pigeons.
Second super weekend 2011:
From Hanover 421 kilometers number 1, 6,7,9,10,11,12,13 of a total of 2187 pigeons in a regional race – Denmark is divided into 3 regions.
From Soltau 347 kilometers number 1 and 2 of a total of 2162 pigeons in the region.
From Schleswig 185 kilometers number 1 and 2 of a total of 600 pigeons.
RESULTS 2011 (The Danish Racing Pigeon Unions):
No. 1 The Danish championship, open National No. 1 The Regional championship, group 3 & 4 South Region No. 1 The Regional championship, long, group 3 & 4 South Region No. 1 Long distance, sport Section 33 No. 1 Long distance, open Section 33 No. 1 The championship for 1 year old pigeons Section 33 No. 1 The National Cup, 3000-3300 kilometers National No. 2 Medium distance, open Section 33 No. 4 Medium distance, sport Section 33 No. 5 The Danish championship, sport National No. 2 Ace-pigeons, long distance, cocks, 073-10-2633 Section 33 No. 4 Ace-pigeons, long distance, cocks, 073-10-2686 Section 33 No. 5 Ace-pigeons, long distance, cocks, 073-10-2678 Section 33 No. 2 Ace-pigeons, long distance, hens, 073-09-0779 Section 33 No. 3 Ace-pigeons, long distance, hens, 073-09-1015 Section 33 No. 4 Ace-pigeons, long distance, hens, 073-08-0654 Section 33 No. 3 Ace-pigeons, cocks, 073-09-0041 Section 33 No. 4 Ace-pigeons, hens, 073-10-2769 Section 33
14 x section winners
RESULTS 2010 (The Danish Racing Pigeon Unions):
No. 1 The National Cup, under 2500 kilometers National No. 2 The Regional championship, long, group 3 & 4 South Region No. 3 The championship for 1 year old pigeons Section 33 No. 3 The Regional championship, group 3 & 4 South Region No. 4 Long distance, sport Section 33 No. 5 Medium distance, sport Section 33 No. 5 The Danish championship, open National No. 1 Ace-pigeons, cocks, 073-08-0598 Section 33
11 x section winners: Section 33
Danish champion in 2004.
In the top of the national championship every year since 2003.
The impressive pigeon house
The impressive pigeon house consists of a breeding section for 95 pairs of breeding pigeons placed in the stable with an aviary. The section for the younger pigeons consists of a pigeon house with a length of 14.2 meters and a width of 3.6 meters with room for several hundred pigeons. The pigeon loft can be divided into several separate sections. The L-shaped racing loft has a total length of 22 meters and a width of 3.6 meters. It contains 5 sections with 16 nest boxes for the cocks in each section and 2 sections for the hens. There are wire floors in the entire facility, also in the nest boxes, which together with the installation of conveyer belts in the nest boxes make the daily cleaning almost unnecessary. This means that the Brøbech brothers can concentrate on putting out the feed, changing the water as well as handling, observing and basketing up the pigeons for training and races.
Breeding / Young pigeons
The breeding of pigeons is very important to the Brøbech brothers and they put a lot of effort into this work. As already mentioned the Brøbech brothers have 95 pairs of breeding pigeons in the renovated stable. On the first floor in the stable there are 16 breeding boxes which are used the entire year. They breed roughly 200 young pigeons each winter which they use for racing. The young pigeons from April/May are used for various one loft races. From the 1st of May to the 1st of September Anders and Hans Henrik make sure that as pure pairs as possible are mated, from where offspring is meant for sale, gifts and for personal use for breeding.
Usually the young pigeons are removed from the breeding loft when they are 30 days old, and when this happens the Brøbech brothers make a very careful examination of each pigeon. This happens again when the pigeons are 3 months old and once more after the season.
The Brøbech brothers have 95 pairs of breeding pigeons. The original Brøbech-strain (Grondelearse+Delbar) originates from their grandfather. These pigeons perform well from 600 to 1000 kilometers.
- The Brøbech brothers have 8 original Chris Hebberecht.
- 30 original Jos de Klak, two sons of 613 and a son of Knook.
- 8 Janssen.
- 50 original Jos & Jules Engels They have had 6 from 231, 5 from 178, 5 from 734, two from 043, two from 86 and many more.
- A super breeder – son of “The Super breeder”, a son of Eagle eye and brother to Eagle eye from Marcel Sangers.
- A super breeder from Peter van Merwe - son of 1st national Chatearoux.
- 3 original Emil Denys, a son of 1st national Barcelona.
- 15 Verkerk pigeons.
- 5 Koopman pigeons – two of them super breeders.
Anders and Hans Henrik Brøbech race 120 pigeons on total widowhood. All pigeons race each weekend except for the pigeons used for overnight racing. All pigeons are trained 2-3 times per week from 30 to 100 kilometers.