A household name
Some things will never change in pigeon racing. For instance, one can be confident that the Vercammen family from Vremde will be on the same level as they were in the past ten years. It might not be a certainty but it is highly likely. Make no mistake; Jos and Lars leave nothing to chance and they continue to invest to try and create the ultimate racing bird. They have won no less than 29 national top 10 prizes since 2009, including most notably a 1st and 2nd National Bourges (and the fastest two pigeons of 64,621 pigeons overall), a 1st National Chateauroux and a 1st National Gueret. A complete overview of all the top 10 prizes can be found here. Olympic Eva is another promising newcomer in the team; she is to represent her country in the upcoming Olympiad, which takes place in her home country in Brussels, in category C long distance. Needless to say, the family is proud of her achievement.
BE14-6175226 Olympic Eva – Olympiad Pigeon Brussels Cat. C Long Distance
Olympic Eva has quite an impressive list of achievements, having won the following top results:
1st National Zone Issoudun (504km) 615 pigeons – 2nd National Issoudun 2,216 pigeons 2nd Provincial Chateauroux (526km) 2,644 pigeons 6th Provincial Montluçon (555km) 1,024 pigeons – 40e Nationaal Montluçon 9,462 pigeons 3rd National Zone Argenton (555km) 865 pigeons – 7e Nationaal Argenton 3,118 pigeons 19th National La Souterraine (593km) 2,939 pigeons 12th National Zone Chateauroux (526km) 474 pigeons – 61st National Chateauroux 1,987 pigeons 30th National Zone La Souterraine (593km) 1,740 pigeons 48th National Zone Bourges (479km) 2,197 pigeons 76th National Zone Chateauroux (526km) 7,877 pigeons 11th Souppes-sur-Loing (366km) 1,478 pigeons
Olympic Eva was very successful in the PIPA ranking as well. She finished in the top 6 in the rankings with 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 prizes:
2nd ace pigeon Belgium National races 450-600km with 4 prizes 3rd ace pigeon Belgium National races 450-600km with 5 prizen 4th ace pigeon Belgium National races 450-600km with 7 prizes 5th ace pigeon Belgium National races 450-600km with 6 prizes 6th ace pigeon Belgium National races 450-600km with 3 prizes
Olympic Eva is a pigeon with an excellent pedigree. Her grandfather is none other than Elektro (BE08-6174630), arguably one of the best breeding birds ever to have existed. His descendants continue to achieve brilliant results in pigeon lofts across the globe. It would be impossible to include Elektro's countless references here, but we made a brief selection. He is first of all the sire of:
Paulo (BE09-6248171) won a 1st Interprovincial Blois (462km) (1,519 pigeons) Latina (BE10-6052292) won a 1st Semi-National Blois (462km) (1,165 pigeons) Samsung (BE15-6026082) was the fastest of 9,294 pigeons in Souppes-sur-Loing (366km) Shakira (BE10-6052293) won a 9th National Montuçon (555km) (17,865 pigeons)
Elektro's grandchildren proved even more talented. Among them is Olympic Eva, but there were a few other stars as well:
Mustang (BE14-6175237) was the fastest overall at national level (33,018 pigeons) From Chateauroux (526km). General (PL-0264-13-400) is Olympiad Pigeon Cat. B Brussels (middle distance) (raced by M. Trzaska). General won a 1st prize Sciwana against 6,305 pigeons Nafi (BE14-6175212) won a 4th National Argenton (555km) (3,110 pigeons) – 1st National Zone Argenton (865 pigeons) Alina (BE11-6282258) won a 3rd National Nevers (476km) (2,918 pigeons) – 1st National Zone Nevers (633 pigeons) Prada (BE14-6175059) won a 5th National Chateauroux (526km) (25,710 pigeons)
Olympic Eva is now the dam of BE15-6026279, winner of a 48th National Montluçon (555km) of 10,753 pigeons.
A few other champions
Origi (BE13-6026050) – 1st Ace Pigeon Union Antwerp Long Distance & Sint-Job
Origi has won:
1st Provincial Limoges (675km) (634 pigeons) / 5th National Zone Limoges (2,298 pigeons) 9th Provincial Brive (704km) (472 pigeons) 90th National Zone Tulle (657km) (2,037 pigeons)
Origi is already the sire of China Ace 1 (CN16-05715) – 1st Ace Pigeon Pioneer Loft race 2016 Beijing for pigeons abroad. He has also bred BE16-6032081 (1st Noyon of 587 pigeons), BE14-6175163 (9th Provincial Jarnac of 397 pigeons, 4th Noyon of 1,206 pigeons, 6th Souppes-sur-Loing of 1,155 pigeons, 41st National Zone Bourges 7,739 pigeons, etc.)
Origi is a grandson of that other top class racing bird Barco. Barco is now the grandfather of Mustang (fastest Chateauroux national of 33,018 pigeons), J. Panter (2nd fastest Chateauroux National of 33,018 pigeons) and Beauty (2nd fastest Argenton National of 30,045 pigeons).
Lotus has won:
2nd Provinciaal Tulle (657km) (847 pigeons) / 6th National Tulle (6,972 pigeons) 2nd Nationaal Zone Limoges (675km) (2,174 pigeons) – behind a loft mate 73rd Nationaal Zone Brive (704km) (1,581 pigeons) 16th Nationaal Zone Issoudun (504km) (1,182 pigeons) / 38th National Issoudun (5,670 pigeons) 49th Nationaal Zone Poitiers (595km) (2,538 pigeons) 76th Nationaal Zone la Souterraine (593km) (2,246 pigeons)
Lotus is already the sire of BE14-6175181 (18th National Argenton of 3,110 pigeons, a 74th National Tulle of 8,621 pigeons, 84th National Argenton of 13,629 pigeons, 77th National Zone Bourges of 2,197 pigeons, 87th National Zone Gueret of 5,821 pigeons and 81st National Zone Chateauroux of 1,971 pigeons).
Lotus is a grandson of Beckham, winner of a 1st Provincial Argenton of 2,166 pigeons (fastest of 3,973 pigeons) and the sire of Beauty, 2nd fastest National Argenton of 30,045 pigeons. The dam of Lotus is in fact a nest sister of Elektro!
Mustang BE14-6175237 – 1st National Chateauroux of 22,818 pigeons / fastest of 33,018 pigeons
Mustang won the national race from Chateauroux in style, and he has now developed into a great breeding bird as well. In one of this year's races there were no less than 5 of the team's best 6 pigeons were descendants of him. He is the sire of BE15-6026002 (fastest of Noyon of 810 pigeons, 1st Noyon of 492 pigeons, fastest Noyon of 448 pigeons, 1st Noyon of 226 pigeons, 39th National Zone Bourges of 3,024 pigeons) and of BE15-6026284 (68th National Zone Chateauroux of 8,663 pigeons, 4th Chateauroux of 613 pigeons, 8th Argenton of 236 pigeons, 62nd National Zone Argenton of 3,617 pigeons, 7th Souppes-sur-Loing of 702 pigeons)
Like we said, Mustang is a grandson of both Elektro and Barco. Click here for his impressive pedigree.
Zorro BE15-6026003 – 3rd National Ace Pigeon KBDB young birds middle distance 2015.
And than there is Zorro, winner of a bronze medal in the 2015 national championships. He won this title with the following 4 prizes (in 4 consecutive races):
2nd Souppes-sur-Loing (366km) of 1,351 pigeons 4th Melun (310km) of 1,288 pigeons 9th Melun (310km) of 1,464 pigeons (behind 3 loft mates) 10th Souppes-sur-Loing (366km) of 1,595 pigeons (behind 3 loft mates)
Zorro is another grandson of the aforementioned Beckham, the sire of Beauty, 2nd fastest National Argenton of 30,045 pigeons.
A great ambassador to our sport
Jos and Lars Vercammen are the proud owners and breeders of racing bird Olympic Eva. She will be representing her country in the upcoming Olympiad in Brussels. We as Belgians should be proud as well, as we continue to be one of the leading countries in pigeon racing worldwide. This is largely thanks to the many top lofts that have dominated the sport for decades. The team of Jos Vercammen is still one of the most remarkable and most inspiring ambassadors of pigeon racing, and we think they should get the credit they deserve.