Louis Verheyen (Scherpenheuvel, BE) claims 1st Nat. La Souterraine 7,245 old birds

A national victory was about the only thing missing on the list of achievements of Louis Verheyen. It was one of his outstanding hens that eventually claimed a national first prize in the race from La Souterraine.

The region around the city of Scherpenheuvel is home to several great champions in our sport, including Maurice Van de Velde, Gommaire Verbruggen, and of course Louis Verheyen.
We think Louis Verheyen needs no introduction. He has been very successful in the middle distance and the longer middle distance, in which he has become a top level fancier. Louis has won several national top prizes throughout his career, as well as several provincial and national KDB championship titles. For instance, he was provincial champion longer middle distance young birds KBDB Flemish Brabant in 2010. He only just missed the title of 1st nat. champion long distance yearlings KBDB, but he did have the best young bird of Belgium over four national races. In 2011, he finished in fifth in the national championship long distance young birds, which is quite a feat.

The successful pigeon collection of Louis is based on pigeons of Van Hove-Uytterhoeven from Putte, combined with pigeons of Michel Eyletten, Jef Vanwinkel, the combination of Verreckt-Ariën, Swa Everaerts , Gommaire Verbruggen and Fabienne Peeters. He is a close friend of Gust van Hove and his wife Mit, and Gust has taught him a lot about the sport.

Louis takes part in the shorter middle distance, the longer middle distance classics and the national races with a team of young birds, and that is why he prefers the hens’ competition, which he thinks is a lot less complicated compared to the competition with the cocks. Besides, hens seem better suited for the longer distance, and they appear to recover faster as well. The cocks are mainly raced in the shorter middle distance, and they are basketed for longer distance races only sporadically. The national longer middle distance is the favourite distance of his team of hens. The season was started with 24 cocks and 16 hens, and the first selection takes place after four weeks. This means Louis uses a small yet top quality group of pigeons for the classics. Both the cocks and the hens are raced in classic widowhood, which means the partners stay in the loft.

National win from La Souterraine

Louis had been close to winning a national first prize a few times already, but he had to wait until 2014 to see his pigeon Geschelpt 143 take a long awaited national win.
Louis clocked his winning hen at 16:12’28”, which completed 584.828km with a velocity of 1187.55 m/min. Louis had basketed four old birds for La Souterraine, and three of them have been able to win a prize at provincial and national level:

La Souterraine Prov   678 olds: 1-34-35 (3/4)
               Nat  7,245 olds: 1…

The national winner has an impressive list of victories already, and we take a look at some of her most important achievements:

-1st Nat. La Souterraine, Geschelpt BE12-2062143

’14 La Souterraine Nat   7.245 p. 1
’14 Sourdun        Club    143 p. 5
’14 Lorris         Prov 12,411 p. 264
’13 Nanteuil       Alg     633 p. 6
’13 Pithiviers     Club    240 p. 8
’13 Bourges I      CFW   2,810 p. 32   (25 May)
                   Nat  13,588 p. 110
’13 Salbris        Prov    817 p. 33
’13 Bourges II     CFW   3,302 p. 60   (28 July)
                   Nat  11,883 p. 453
’13 Chateauroux II CFW   1,715 p. 28   (3 Aug)
                   Nat   6,005 p. 79
’13 Argenton II    Prov    770 p. 74   (10 Aug)
                   Nat   6,795 p. 421
’13 Issoudun       CFW   2,168 p. 121
                   Nat   5,670 p. 354
’13 La Souterraine B.U.    467 p. 39   (1st prize in club)
’12 Pithiviers     Club    318 p. 8

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We can tell from her pedigree that she is related to several great bloodlines, including provincial winners and national stars, and so her national victory is no surprise. She is an inbred pigeon of Provinciaaltje (bred from son x granddaughter Provinciaaltje) of Swa Everaerts.

Sire: Zoon Provinciaaltje BE10-2202977
He was bred from a son of the 5th Nat. Argenton BE05-2100786, a direct Verreckt-Ariën and a half brother of Velocity, winner of a 1st Prov. and a 3rd Nat. Limoges (a son of the 5th S-Nat Argenton 9,393 p., 17th Nat. Zone C Bourges, 97th Nat. Zone C Bourges… and a son of stock pair Dikke Lowet x Lang Lowet: De Argneton 883/99 x top class breeder Patricia 778/00) x het Provinciaaltje BE02-22637098, a direct Swa Everaerts (a daughter of the 1st Prov. La Souterraine and a granddaughter of the 1st Prov. winner and of the 2nd Nat. La Souterraine).

Dam: Dochter 1e Prov Vierzon BE11-2091343
A daughter of Kleinzoon Velocity BE08-2014764 (from a son of the 1st Prov. and 3rd Nat Limoges Zoon Velocity 776/05, which is a direct Verreckt-Ariën x het Provinciaaltje 098/02) x the winner of 1st Prov. Vierzon BE08-2011573 (from a son of Oscar 168/00, a direct Van Hove-Uytterhoeven x Miss Hafo 06, 2nd + 6th Prov. Ace Pigeon 2006).

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This is a top class hen with quite a list of achievements. The fancier from Scherpenheuvel wants his pigeons to perform well, and he only works with pigeons that can cope with his training regime - this has always been the key to success for him. He sets a high bar for his pigeons every season, and both the fancier and his pigeons perform at a top level from the first to the last weekend of the racing season. His strict selection method has finally led to a well deserved national win. Congratulations Louis!