It takes good produce to cook a good meal, and the same applies to pigeon racing. There is no getting around it: top level pigeon racing is all about top quality pigeons. You will not get very far without a collection of great racing birds. A fancier can never achieve his goals without a talented racing team.
Racing strategies and performance enhancing products are popular topics in pigeon magazines, books and websites. A good strategy can definitely have its merits but their usefulness depends on the level of quality in your pigeon loft. Besides, you cannot expect any product or food supplement to turn a low quality pigeon into a successful racing bird.
As a fancier, you hope to be lucky enough to discover a highly talented breeder or a top class pair in your loft one day, which can then be used as a basis for your pigeon breed. When Geert and his wife Annick Vanrenterghem started keeping pigeons in 2006, they were fortunate to start out with an excellent pigeon collection. However, it was not just a matter of luck: they did obtain pigeons from two nationally renowned lofts: Raoul & Xavier Verstraete (Xavier was a colleague at work) and Gaby Vandenabeele.
Tasby 1 x Kim 1
Among their Vandenabeele pigeons were many highly talented breeders. Tauber (grandson Wittenbuik) and Lieske (granddaughter Bliksem), two direct Vandenabeele birds, became their first super quality pair. One of their daughters, which developed into a stock dam along with her own dam, was Kim1. She formed an exceptional pair together with Trasby1, which is also a direct Vandenabeele. The descendants of this pair enabled Geert and Annick to become a top level player.
They became the parents of:
-1st Nat. Gueret 14,362 p. in 2011 -1st Intprov. Tours 1,670 p. -5th and 35th Nat. Poitiers 12,379 p. -37th Nat. Chateauroux 16,479 p.
And there is so much more.
In addition, they are the parents of Nicky, the dam of Gaby Vandenabeele's Super Romeo, winner of a 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance YL KBDB in 2013.
Unfortunately Kim1 died in 2014 when she was laying her second egg, and this was obviously very bad news for Geert and Annick. This was the reason for them to transfer every proven racing bird to the breeding loft right away, which shows that this successful bloodline has had a significant impact on the pigeon breed of Geert Vanrenterghem. Only their racing bird dEUS could spend an additional year in the racing team, where he won the following prizes:
35th Nat Poitiers 12,379 p. 40th Zone Argenton 1,036 p. 55th Prov Orleans 3,790 p. 70th Zone Gueret 2,891 p. 84th Zone Montluçon 4,766 p. 176th Zone Chateauroux 4,503 p.
Geert and Annick were well aware of what was happening in and around their loft. They agreed to visit their grandmaster Gaby Vandenabeele again, in the hope of obtaining youngsters of Captain Blue x Nancy, the parents of Lieske. The introduction of these descendants proved another major success, since Orlando (a full brother of Lieske) developed into another invaluable breeding bird.
Orlando x Nicofelia
When paired to Nicofelia, Orlando gave birth to a new champion: top class racing bird Orlandor. The two parents were kept together and they continued to breed many prize winners. In fact, Geert believes that this outstanding pair has exceeded the achievements of his previous pair Tsaby x Kim. Their descendants have been doing great, having won for instance a national first prize from Argenton. We take a look at a few descendants of this new pair:
In 2012: Tulle Nat 10,251 p. 39 Argenton Nat 22,384 p. 120 Bourges Nat 16,859 p. 159 Limoges Nat 17,735 p. 771 Chateauroux Nat 15,907 p. 1377 In 2013: Arras Club 203 p. 1 Tulle Zone 2,572 p. 1 Nat 7,350 p. 12 Argenton Zone 3,455 p. 15 Cahors Zone 2,801 p. 50 Chateauroux Zone 4,390 p. 72 In 2014: Cahors Nat 7,140 p. 63 Limoges II Nat 7,221 p. 85 Tulle Nat 5,976 p. 142
After his impressive career as a racing bird, Orlando was given a special spot in the breeding loft, where he started to show his potential in 2015. He was paired to Milena BE11-4245867 (granddaughter Tsaby1 x Kim1), with which he became the sire of Dochter Orlandor BE12-3097343, the dam of the 1st Nat. Argenton 11,223 young birds 2015 for Bart and Dirk Delodder from Waregem!
Orlandor has two full sisters called Orlandia and Orlina, two extraordinary racing birds:
In 2015: L.Souterraine Nat 2,594 p. 14 Bourges Prov 1,062 p. 14 Montluçon Zone 2,686 p. 29 Issoudun 24/5 Prov 3,162 p. 85 Argenton Zone 3,706 p. 88 Vierzon Prov 6,298 p. 134 In 2014: Fontenay Club 182 p. 1 Gueret I Zone 3,274 p. 8 Nat 11,894 p. 18 Montluçon Zone 3,408 p. 5 Nat 19,296 p. 19 Bourges II Zone 1,319 p. 17 Nat 10,141 p. 197 Vierzon Prov 3,848 p. 116
1st Prov. Villemandeur in 2015 In 2015: Villemandeur Prov 180 p. 1 Chateaudun Prov 410 p. 6 Vierzon Prov 3,573 p. 17 Issoudun Nat 2,212 p. 30 Argenton Zone 5,877 p. 74 Nat 19,925 p. 137 Chateauroux Zone 5,641 p. 302
In the meantime the invaluable breeder Nancy BE03-6381698 (the dam of Lieske and Orlandor) transferred from Dentergem to Deinze. She was paired to Blue Lightning BE04-3230877 (a half brother Rudy, and a direct son of Bliksem), and together they bred Nancy’s Boy BE12-4177712. This pigeon was in turn bred to Leontine 812/14 (from Leo De Jonghe), and they bred the following young birds:
1st Issoudun 343 p. 43rd Nat Issoudun 11,984 p. 4th Fontenay 1,262 p. 52nd Zone Bourges 11,401 p. 32nd Clermont 490 p. 81st Blois 897 p.
Top class breeder Memphis, full brother of Kim1
As you can see, the bloodlines of Lieske, Orlando, and Tsaby x Kim1 are an integral part of this pigeon breed. A full brother of Kim1, the Memphis BE08-4281549 (click here for his breeding results), is the next important player in their success story in recent seasons. He is the sire of:
- Durango BE11-4245809
1st Best Tulle pigeon 2012-2014 over 3 seasons – PIPA ranking In 2014: Tulle Zone 2,295 p. 18 (Lok 101 p. 3) Nat 5,976 p. 28 Cahors Zone 2,110 p. 77 (Lok 242 p. 12) Nat 7,140 p. 133 Limoges II Lok 269 p. 17 Nat 7,221 p. 201 Limoges I Lok 366 p. 35 Nat 18,390 p. 879 Vierzon Prov 8,394 p. 412 In 2013: Tulle Zone 2,572 p. 9 Nat 7,350 p. 64 Chateauroux Zone 4,390 p. 400 In 2012: Tulle Nat 10,251 p. 204 Chateauroux Nat 15,902 p. 256 Bourges I Nat 16,859 p. 271
He is a half brother (from the same sire) of Patriek, winner of a 1st Intprov. 8,394 p. in 2014.
Sire: Memphis BE08-4281549
A full brother of Kim1 (the dam of 1st Nat. Gueret and 1st Prov. Tours). This makes him a son of the outstnading breeding pair of Tauber BE06-4377103 x Lieske BE06-4352099.
Dam: Asken BE06-4157571
A direct Raoul & Xavier Verstraete (Oostakker). She is a great racing bird and a daughter of Ferrero BE05-4105168 (a half brother of 1st Nat. Bourges and 2nd Intnat. Dax) x Mannequeen BE05-4105179, sister of Xtra, 1st Nat. Cahors (bred from Topstar 129/03 x Kathy 502/01).
Click here for the full pedigree
Vierzon 2014 Prov 8,394 p. 1 (Club 895 p. 1) Clermont 2015 Club 214 p. 1 Angerville Club 85 p. 1 Clermont 2015 Club 295 p. 2 Blois 2014 Prov 762 p. 2 (Club 52 p. 1) Tours I.Prov 1,252 p. 2 (Club 147 p. 1) Clermont Lok 566 p. 2 Argenton Zone 1,036 p. 11 (Club 91 p. 3) Orleans Prov 3,790 p. 23 (Club 303 p. 3) Vierzon 2015 Prov 6,298 p. 28 (Club 619 p. 4) Blois 2015 Prov 832 p. 50 Chateauroux 2 Zone 3,150 p. 60 (Club 220 p. 2) Chateauroux 3 Zone 838 p. 68 Issoudun 2015 Prov 3,162 p. 75 (Club 307 p. 5) Angerville Lok 133 p. 3 Clermont Lok 247 p. 5 Arras Lok 282 p. 7 Angerville Lok 116 p. 7 Chateauroux Zone 4,503 p. 69 (Club 407 p. 10) etc.
Sire: Memphis BE08-4281549
The full brother of Kim1, and the sire of Durango (see earlier). A son of Tauber x Lieske.
Dam: Patricia BE10-4073509
A super class breeding hen from the pigeon family of Steyaert-Vd Meerschout, bred from Hubert BE00-3154607 (2nd Tours 190 p., 3rd Tours 182 p. and the sire of 4 different first prize winners) x Blauw Provinciaalke BE03-4360550 (3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon middle distance KBDB East Fl.).
Patriek was also given a place in the breeding loft in late 2015.
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Keep in mind that Memphis was also the sire of supercrack Chardon BE09-4280751, a great racing bird that won in turn 3 national top 100 prizes, including a 20th Nat. Tulle 8,246 p. (1st prize in club), a 28th Nat. Souillac 7,760 p., a 63rd Nat. Tulle 6,817 p., a 161st Nat. Argenton 19,816 p. etc.
Equipped for the future
A pigeon loft with so many talented breeders as that of Geert and Annick can face the future with confidence. They have a promising few seasons ahead of them, since their outstanding cracks are likely to breed new cracks and prize winners in turn. This means they are well prepared for the future, both in their home loft and in other lofts, including that of Bart and Dirk Delodder (1st Nat. Argenton 2015) and Arnaud Capon (FR, winner of 1st Prov. and 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon).
Their investment in pigeons of the noble Vandenabeele breed resulted in an invalualbe pigeon breed, of which they are now reaping the benefits.