Pigeon champion Etienne Meirlaen understands the extreme long distance like no one else, and he demonstrated this again in 2016. It was a year in which the Meirlaen pigeon family manifested itself repeatedly, winning for instance two provincial victories in a single week: Pau and Agen. The team's provincial winner from Pau continued to deliver throughout the season, and went on to win the title of 10th National Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2016.
Most of these top results can be attributed to the invaluable Yelena dynasty combined with the Marseille bloodline. They are the fundamental bloodlines in this team, along with the lines of the two 1st Nat. Ace Pigeons KBDB Cor and Perpignanlady.
1st Provincial Pau and 10th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB in 2016
These are two impressive highlights in another successful 2016 season, and they were both won by one and the same pigeon. It is a grandson of two national first prize winners: Monar (1st Internat. Narbonne) and Euro Diamond - Brockamp (1st Nat. Carcassonne and Olympiad Pigeon Marathon). This long distance champion has some exceptional origins indeed, and it shows once again that winners breed winners. Let's take a closer look:
Provincial Pau: 1st Prov. Pau 2016, 10th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2016
-Provincial Pau BE12-4278314
10th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance Old Birds KBDB 2016 1st Prov. Pau 299 p. ’16 11th Nat. Pau 1,661 p. ’16 56th Intnat Pau 9,908 p. ’16 77th Nat Perpignan 4,191 p. ’16 132nd Nat. St.Vincent 3,240 p. ’14 139th Nat. St.Vincent 3,037 p. ’15 264th Nat. Pau 1,980 p. ’15 776th Nat. Limoges I 13,493 p. ’16
Sire: Superbreeder 214 BE11-4312214
Sire 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance YL KBDB 2014.
Sire of 10th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance Old Birds KBDB 2016.
He is a son of 1st International Narbonne 12,605 p. Monar BE08-4298283 (in turn a son of stock dam Yelena) x Daughter Marathonlady BE10-4284777 (a half sister of Yelena).
Dam: Daughter Euro Diamond DV 06720-09-1766
A direct Dr. H.-P. Brockamp bred from top class pigeon Euro Diamond DV06720-02-537 (Olympiad Pigeon Category E Marathon 2007 in Oostende, 1st Nat. Carcassonne 2,719 p., 3rd Nat. Perpignan 1,452 p., 4th Nat. Bergerac, etc.) x 1st Nat. Ace Hen 2006 DV01186-04-1449 (1st Nat. Ace Hen in 2006).
Click here for the full pedigree of Provincial Pau
One week after the provincial win from Pau the team struck again in Agen, the first international yearlings' race of the season. A talented little hen called Provinical Agen showed her potential right away, allowing Etienne to win a second consecutive provincial victory in an international classic in two weeks. Racing hen Provincial Agen followed in the footsteps of her full sister Miss Agen, which did the same in the year 2014.
Provincial Agen: 1st Prov. and 6th Nat. Agen YL in 2016
-Provincial Agen BE15-4240121
1st Club Agen 129 p. 1st Prov Agen 771 p. 6th Nat Agen 3,085 p.
Provincial Agen also won a top prize from Narbonne later in the season. Like we said, Provincial Agen is a full sister of Miss Agen BE13-4077154, winner of a 1st Prov. Agen 659 YL and 3rd Nat. Agen 3,180 YL in 2014. This makes her a daughter of current stock breeder Montali BE08-4298110 x Daughter Ace Pair BE11-4312938, which is a daughter of the two 1st Nat. Ace Pigeons of 2008 and 2009: Cor x Perpignanlady.
Click here for the full pedigree of Provincial Agen
The best pigeon of Belgium from Agen 2015-16 PIPA ranking
It is no secret that the Meirlaen pigeons are world class in the long distance and especially the extreme long distance. Etienne now has a new ace pigeon from the phenomenal bloodlines of the two sisters Perpignanlady and Marathonlady (the dam of Yelena) in his collection, called Ace Agen. These are the kind of pigeons that can breed new prize winners over multiple generations, including Ace Agen:
-Ace Agen BE11-4278445
1st Best Pigeon from Agen in Belgium 2015-16 PIPA ranking 20th Nat Agen 3,648 p. ’16 (82nd Internat. 11,826 p.) 29th Prov Bourges 3,470 p. ’13 56th Nat Agen 3,524 p. ’15 (70th Internat. 6,042 p.) 63rd Nat Brive 8,331 p. ’13 75th Nat Brive 5,286 p. ’14 329th Nat Poitiers 13,813 p. ’13 426th Nat Limoges I 18,390 p. ’14 Etc…
Sire: Son Cor & Perpignanlady BE09-4336174
A direct son of Cor BE05-4344528 (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2008) x Perpignanlady BE05-4344670 (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2009, and a full sister of Marathonlady, the dam of Yelena).
Dam: Sister Perpignanlady BE08-4298214
A full sister of Perpignanlady (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2009), and a full sister of Marathonlady, the dam of the current stock dam Yelena.
Click here for Ace Agen's full pedigree
It is hard to imagine the number of true champions, prize winners and ace pigeons that have been bred from this phenomenal bloodline.
Outstanding in the Thailand One Loft Race
The pigeons of Meirlaen have been winning races across the globe. As you know, a talented group of pigeons will show its potential sooner or later. Descendants of the Meirlaen champions have won several provincial and national victories and ace pigeon titles both at home and abroad, including four national first prizes in the UK. And Etienne himself won a 1st prize in the Benzing One Loft Race in Japan (a race over 700km from Hokkaido Mori) in 2015. In the end of last year he won another top result in the World Championship Thailand 2016, claiming a 7th prize in this One Loft Race with BE16-4237321, which was also the first Belgian pigeon. This prize winner was bred from Halfbroer Monar BE12-4286786, a half brother of Monar (1st Internat. Narbonne 12,605 p. in 2011), Montali and Montauban and bred from Starlight BE06-4288140 (2nd Internat. Tarbes 12,549 p.) x stock dam Yelena BE06-4288297. Halfbroer Monar was paired to Dochter Fenomeen BE12-4286740, a top class hen that was inbred to the phenomenal Marseille dynasty: she comes from 't Fenomeen BE07-4278339 (the best Belgian long distance pigeon over 5 national races in 2010 in the PIPA ranking) paired to Dochter Marseille BE10-4325275.
Click here for the full pedigree of BE16-4237321.
The art of breeding new champions time and time again
Deurle, the home town of Etienne Meirlaen, has always been known for its artists, including the well-known painters Gust and Leon De Smet, and the renowned writers Gaston Martens and Cyriel Buysse. Similarly, Etienne rose to fame thanks to his pigeons. He understands the art of breeding new prize winners and national champions season after season, thanks to a solid foundation that draws from his own champions and his national ace pigeons. These pigeons have made him an internationally renowned fancier and a world class player in the long distance and the extreme long distance.
The breeding-gold from Deurle, with successful breeding-lines of Yelena and Marseille