Joost De Smeyter-Restiaen (Melden, BE), exceptionally strong in the extreme long distance

We all vividly remember the impressive achievements in the extreme long distance races of Barcelona and Perpignan, which allowed Joost to win a title of 3rd, 4th and 5th National Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2016. The team of De Smeyter-Restiaen also won the title of 7th National Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance Yearlings KBDB in 2016, which made this an excellent marathon season at national level.

The King of the Long Distance

Is Joost De Smeyter-Restiaen the number one extreme long distance fancier of Belgium? Well, his team is tough to match indeed, and they achieved some impressive results in the extreme long distance classics of Barcelona and Perpignan in 2016. The marathon birds of the pigeon family from Melden are truly outstanding; the way they arrive home from a race with great speed is nothing short of impressive. They are one of the top players at national and international level for sure. 

We vividly remember their exceptional results from Barcelona and Perpignan, which surprised many fanciers. It was really an unprecedented achievement from a highly talented breed, hard to put into words. Click here to reread our report.

Joost, a pigeon wizard

Joost can do wonders with his pigeons. Many fanciers have wondered what would be his magic trick. Needless to say, his success story did not happen overnight. Even an international champion like Joost De Smeyter has to work hard every single day. You have to keep an eye on everything, and you have to anticipate changing weather, changing race conditions and changing fitness in order to get the most out of your team. Click here to get an idea of his approach (in Dutch).

You can take nothing for granted, especially not in pigeon racing. Some tend to forget that a longstanding career in pigeon racing is always founded on a solid team of pigeons. Great achievements at international level are the result of a top quality team of breeders capable of breeding prize winners on a regular basis.

Based on prize winners and ace pigeons

The pigeon breed of Joost De Smeyter is indeed based on prize winners and ace pigeons, think for instance of supercrack Joost. He won a 1st Internat. Perpignan yearlings in 2003, before developing into a top class breeder in the Limbourg lofts. Joost De Smeyter quickly managed to breed another round of top class descendants before he let him go. This breeder proved highly valuable in the loft in Melden as well; this fantastic pigeon and his descendants can be found in the pedigrees of numerous de Smeyter-Restiaen birds. Joost bred a few highly talented descendants, including Cas (1st Internat. Pau 2015 and a grandson of Joost - see pedigree) and Laval (Best Belgian Marathon Pigeon in the international races KBDB in 2015, bred from a brother of Joost - see pedigree), as well as Peggy (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2011, won by De Clercq-Vervaeren - a direct De Smeyter-Restiaen and grandmother of 7th and 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance YLs KBDB in 2016) and Elsie (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2013, and a granddaughter of Joost). These are the main bloodlines of Joost, with Cas and Laval providing a solid foundation for this breed. Fanciers looking for exceptional bloodlines might be interested to know that Elsie carries the unique LDHA A/A gene, as well as the CTCT DRD4 gene. She is in fact one of the only pigeons to feature this gene!

These wonderful bloodlines have led to some great results, including several national victories and national ace pigeon titles. Joost is a strongly believes in breeding pigeons from national ace pigeons, and this explains why he has been investing heavily in 1st National Ace Pigeons Extreme Long Distance KBDB, sometimes together with fellow fanciers. His breeding lofts currently house no less than six different 1st National Ace Pigeons Extreme Long Distance Distance KBDB, which is quite unique.

It must be a privilege to be working with such a world class collection, and to combine some of the country's strongest pigeons with your own ace pigeons and prize winners. It has led to Joost winning the Belgica De Weerd Award (international races) Belgian Entente for the fourth time in eight years last season (besides having won a second place as well). He also had four pigeons in the top seven of the national ace pigeon championships extreme long distance KBDB 2016.

3rd , 4th , 5th , 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2016

We can tell from the team's palmares that the breeding loft is delivering great racing birds. These pigeons have enabled Team De Smeyter-Restiaen to win no less than 4 national podium places in 2016, thanks to the ace pigeon titles that we mentioned in the subhead. Here is a closer look at these ace pigeons:

-Super Barcelona 643 BE12-2101643

 3rd  Nat Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2016
19th  Nat Perpignan   4191 p. ’16
36th  Int Perpignan 12,689 p. ’16
30th  Nat Barcelona  7,693 p. ’16 (1st Club 159 p.)
78th  Int Barcelona 17,729 p. ’16  
116th Nat Barcelona  8,764 p. ’14 (1st Club 172 p.)
237th Int Barcelona 21,169 p. ’14
152nd Nat Perpignan  5,254 p. ’15

Sire: Inbred Sous BE10-4312263
A half brother of 1st S-Nat St. Vincent, 2nd Nat. and 3rd Intnat. Bordeaux, 23rd Nat. St. Vincent, 32nd Nat. Perpignan etc. He is a son of Schone Sous BE02-4458098 x Kranske Sous NL 05-0531907 (pairing of brother x sister, both bred from Blauwe Soustons 963/92 Ernest x Kouters-duivin 993/97).
Dam: Zwart Inteelt 95 BE11-4166587
A half sister of 4th Nat. and 7th Intnat. Bordeaux 17,624 p., 5th Nat. and 6th Intnat. Perpignan 17,624 p. She comes from Fonzie BE03-4340730 (half brother Joost) x Dochter Joost BE03-4456310.
Click here for the full pedigree of Super Barcelona 643

-Halfsister Cas BE14-4240779

 4th  Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2016
20th  Nat Perpignan   4,191 p. ’16
37th  Int Perpignan  12,689 p. ’16
40th  Nat Barcelona   7,693 p. ’16
111th Int Barcelona  17,729 p. ’16
19th  N.Zone Montélimar 164 p. ’15
82nd  Nat Libourne    5,890 p. ’15
534th Nat Brive       9,049 p. ’15

Sire: Son Joost BE03-4456329
A direct son of top class pigeon Joost BE02-4051564 (1st Intnat. Perpignan YL 2003) x Aske 2001 BE01-4376104 (1st Ace Pigeon Long Distance YBs D.H. ’01).
Dam: ’t Schoon Blauw BE06-4190855
A sister of 3rd Ace Pigeon Long Distance D.H. She is a daughter of ‘De 971’ BE98-4014971 x Bont Inteelt WR BE99-4141026.
Click here for the full pedigree of Halfsister Cas.

A full sister of Cas won the title of 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance in 2014. It was the sign for Joost to put her in the breeding loft, where she promptly became the dam of a 9th Nat. Agen yearlings 2016, paired to Witpen Rivaldo.

-Equilla BE14-4240588

 5th  Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2016
12th  Nat Perpignan  4,191 p. ’16
23rd  Int Perpignan 12,689 p. ’16
91st  Nat Barcelona  7,693 p. ’16
53rd  Intnat Agen    2,412 p. ’15
94th  N.Zone Brive   3,405 p. ’15
163rd Nat Narbonne   3,366 p. ’15

Sire: Son Grand Cru BE10-4281611
A son of the 1st Internat. Bordeaux YL 2006: Grand Cru BE05-4285531 x Zwart 490 Zus Joost BE01-4376490 (full sister of Joost).
Dam: Black Beauty BE10-4338717
Daughter of the ‘De 249’ BE05-4286249 (15th Best Barcelona pigeon of Belgium over 3 seasons 2007-2009, 34th Internat. St.-Vincent - he is a full brother of 2nd Internat. St.-Vincent ‘070) x Sister Basso NL03-1193764 Roobol (Basso was 2nd Olympiad Pigeon Marathon 2006).
Click here for the pedigree of Equilla.

In other words, Equilla is a grandchild of Grand Cru, just like Laval.

-Vardy BE15-4088493

 7th  Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance Yearlings KBDB 2016
25th  Nat Narbonne 3,173 p. ’16
65th  Int Narbonne 7,811 p. ’16
27th  Prov Agen      717 p. ’16
122nd Nat Agen     2,932 p. ’16

Sire: Geschelpt Persup Peggy BE12-4239980
A son of super class breeder Persup BE03-4456322 (sire of Lady Vince, and a son of top pigeon Joost) x Peggy BE09-2045788 (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2011).
Dam: Rooike Nijsten NL07-1020307
She comes from Hub Nijsten, bred from Rooie Hub NL04-2076803 (son of 1st Intnat. Bordeaux 11,462 p.) x Dochter 606 NL05-1737831 (the line of 1st Nat. Pau Walpot).
Click here for the pedigree of Vardy.

Peggy is also the grandmother of an 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance YL KBDB 2016 for Dirk Deroose from Kruishoutem.

Peggy: 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2011 and now the grandmother of a 7th and 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance YL KBDB 2016

Always looking

The champions of this team all get a well deserved spot in the breeding loft after their successful racing career; they will never be offered for sale. They are the foundation for Joost De Smeyter's future generation of pigeons. He is always looking for high quality bloodlines, so that he can make a golden investment when the opportunity arises. He is particularly fond of national ace pigeons and top quality racing birds, pigeons with several first prizes on their palmares.

Joost is really getting the most out of his invaluable collection of pigeons, creating a team that has been dominating the extreme long distance at national level!