Over the years Jos and Lars Vercammen have managed to really dominate the longer middle distance and the one day long distance competition in Belgium. There are very few fanciers that have been able to achieve so many successes at provincial and national level. This takes a lot of knowledge, talent and experience and, perhaps most of all, a collection of great pigeons. Jos and his son Lars form a perfect team that performs at the highest level season after season. Their pigeons have excelled not only in their home loft; Jos and Lars have received numerous references from lofts from all over the world that have been able to dominate important races with pigeons of Vercammen.
Besides the many first prizes in their loft, Jos and Lars have had many memorable moments this season. Their pigeons put in an overwhelming performance in the tough race from Limoges II over 675km (with five days in the basket), winning a 1st, 2nd and 3rd provincial old birds and a 1st and 2nd provincial yearlings. They were the fastest five pigeons in the province of Antwerp! In addition, their first and second nominated old birds have won a 2nd and 3rd provincial and their first and second nominated yearlings were clocked as first and second provincial. Another day worth remembering was their national young birds’ victory from Châteauroux with Mustang, which was the fastest of 33,108 pigeons.
It would be almost impossible to summarize their 2014 season in just a few sentences. Instead, we have listed the most important victories of Jos and Lars this season:
Best results of 2014:
6x 1st Provincial - a record in the province of Antwerp 3x 1st Zonal 1x 1st National
1st Nat. Châteauroux (526km) 22,828 young birds and fastest of 33,134 pigeons 1st + 2nd Nat. zone Limoges (675km) 2,174 old birds 1st Nat. z. Bourges (479km) 1,649 old birds 5th Nat. Bourges (479km) 8,005 old birds 1st + 2nd + 3rd Prov. Limoges (675km) 517 old birds 1st Prov. Bourges (479km) 902 old birds 1st + 2nd Prov. Limoges (675km) 634 yearlings 1st Prov. Argenton (555km) 621 yearlings 1st Prov. Montélimar (737km) 459 old birds 1st + 2nd + 3rd Sourdun (305km) 1,051 yearlings 1st + 2nd Gien (410km) 1,028 young birds 1st Noyon (208km) 1,206 young birds
As we said, the crowning achievement of 2014 was Mustang’s national victory from Châteauroux. Mustang (BE-6175237) was bred from the promising new breeding pair Tristo x Letra, which Jos and Lars expect a lot from in the coming seasons! The two breeders were paired for the first time in 2014, and a total of six youngsters were given a place in the racing team, two of which were quickly transferred to the breeding loft after Mustang’s national victory. The remaining four youngsters of Tristo x Letra did very well in their first season:
1st Nat. Châteauroux with Mustang (BE14-6175237)
3rd Sourdun (305 km) - 1,346 p. 8th Argenton (555 km) - 602 p. / 67th Nat. Zone 5,755 p. 10th Noyon (208 km) - 1,139 p. 14th Gien (410 km) - 1,028 p.
- ‘Cobra’ (BE14-6175418)
3rd Hot Spot (149 km) Rogowo One Loft Race Poland 5th Ace Pigeon Rogowo One Loft Race Poland 8th final Race (529 km) Rogowo One Loft Race Poland
20th Final Race (460 km) - Belgian Master One Loft Race
Another amazing breeding pair is without doubt Bolo (BE06-6270152) X Polina (BE08-6174628). It would be impossible to discuss every successful youngster and grandchild, so we have only included their most important descendants:
- ‘Aladdin’ (BE09-6248081)
1st National Bourges (479 km) - 37,357 p. and the fastest of 64,621 pigeons
- ‘Lion King’ (BE10-6052036)
1st Marne La Vallee (296 km) - 3,223 p. and fastest of 4,033 pigeons
- ‘Bambi’ (BE13-6026002)
1st Dourdan (366 km) - 1,147 p. 2nd Sourdun (305 km) - 1,051 p. (behind loft mate) 2nd Dourdan (366 km) - 1,487 p. 5th Nat. Zone / 61st Nat. Montlucon (555 km) - 19,298 p.
To conclude we will also discuss one of today's most valuable breeding pigeons in the loft of Jos Vercammen:
This fantastic breeding cock can be found in the pedigrees of some of Vercammen’s strongest pigeons, with Elektro being the sire of:
1st S.-nat. Blois (462km) 1,165 p. 20th Nat. z. La Souterraine (593km) 1,563 p. 42nd S.-nat. Vierzon (476km) 6,257 p.
1st Interprov. Blois (462km) 1,519 p. 2nd Dourdan (366km) 1,747 p. 4th Dourdan (366km) 765 p.
1st Bourges (479km) 538 p. 1st Montlucon (555km) 289 p. 9th Nat. Montlucon (555km) 17,865 p. 16th Nat. z. Bourges (479km) 7,898 p. 53rd Nat. z. Argenton (555km) 4,232 p.
World class pigeons in the loft of Vercammen
It is no surprise that the fantastic pigeons of Jos and Lars Vercammen have excelled at the highest level not only in their home loft in Vremde. In fact, fanciers from all around the world have achieved great results with these pigeons. We take a look at some of the references of the past few weeks:
Thailand One Loft Race
In the Thailand One Loft Race, arguably one of the most difficult one loft races worldwide, Simply The Best (BE14-6175432) was crowned as first ace pigeon. Simply The Best is a direct Jos Vercammen pigeon based on some of their best bloodlines: his sire Romeo Panter (BE11-6282560) is a son of Beckham (BE01-6387174), and his dam Julia (BE12-6196484) is a daughter of Dina (BE08-6144028). The Thailand One Loft Race was particularly tough this season: more than 2,000 pigeons appeared at the start of this year’s Thailand One Loft Race but only 377 of them managed to make it to the final race over 530km. Simply The Best (BE14-6175432) was the star of the race, winning the following prizes:
1e Asduif Thailand One Loft Race 2014 Winner Princess Cup 11th Final Race (530km) 1st Hotspot 2 (435km) against 953 p. (speed 963,50 m/m!) 20th Hotspot 1 (350km) against 1,159 p.
1st Olympiad Pigeon Cat H Nitra 2013
Mark Trzaska, one of Poland’s most successful fanciers, has won an impressive number of top results with his hen Gold Medal (PL-0264-09-8156):
1st prize (343km) against 5,442 p. 1st prize (365km) against 4,173 p. 2nd prize (365km) against 1,730 p. 3rd prize (365km) against 4,993 p. 3rd prize (514km) against 2,977 p. 9th prize (365km) against 4,582 p.
This makes Gold Medal the 1st Olympiad Pigeon of Nitra 2013 with the lowest coefficient in the whole of Europe! The sire of Gold Medal (PL-0264-09-8156) is a direct son of Special One (BE08-6144476); Special One is in turn a son of the exceptional breeder Barco (BE01-6387350).
The pigeons of the Vercammen loft have also performed really well in China, with Mr Zhu having won probably the highest amount of prize money that you can possibly win with a single pigeon. Mr. Zhu has also won three luxury cars thanks to this racing bird. The dam of this pigeon (BE12-6196238) is a 100% Jos Vercammen dam that won a 1st Dourdan (366km) against 2,489 pigeons as a young bird in Union Antwerp. The phenomenal breeder Barco (BE01-6387350) appears twice in her pedigree.
It goes without saying that the loft of Jos Vercammen has an impressive reputation at international level!