The brothers Freddy and Jacques Vandenheede have clearly managed to get their racing team up to speed in recent weeks. They claimed their first victory of the season in the opening race of the national calendar from Bourges, and the Vandenheede pigeons continued to claim first prizes in the following weeks as well, adding several club wins to their palmares. Here is a brief overview:
27/5 Bourges 218 olds: 1-2… 27/5 Orleans 407 olds: 1-2-3-4-5… 27/5 Orleans 393 YL: 1… 04/6 Chateauroux 235 olds: 1… 04/6 Limoges 247 olds: 1-2… 10/6 Valence 46 olds: 1… 17/6 Chateauroux 374 YL: 1…
Their first prize at club level from Valence and Chateauroux has also resulted in a provincial victory. The second national long distance race of the season from Brive took place in the same weekend as Chateauroux, and team Vandenheede was quite successful there as well (2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th club). Here is a look at the provincial and national results of the past two weekends, just to illustrate:
10/6 Valence (670 km) Prov. 507 olds: 1-25 (2/2) Nat. 6,558 olds: 3-151 (2/2, preliminary results) 17/6 Chateauroux (476 km) Prov. 2,860 olds: 12-22-24-35-69-146-190-206-241-243-570 (11/11 p.) 17/6 Chateauroux (476 km) Prov. 4,740 yearlings: 1-7-23-26-29-33-38-41-67-68-69-70-82-92-94-102-107-124-143-165-168-170-172-198-204- 226-235-245-261-272-284-286-305-382-384-396-403-430-447-489… (65/97 p.) 17/6 Brive Prov (657 km) Prov. 1,743 olds: 5-7-18-35-40-51-55-58-75-94… (18/28) Nat 9,126 olds: 19-24-73-145-170-220-234-237-278-326-412… (19/28)
This is quite a collection of top prizes indeed. Pigeons arrived home in quick succession, often together in small groups. Brive and Chateauroux took place in a headwind and in hot weather, which made for some tough racing, particularly suited for strong pigeons in top form. And the Vandenheede pigeons clearly seemed to fit that description.
1st Provincial Valence
Two hens were basketed for Valence, and they did a great job, as they each managed to win a top prize, including a provincial first prize and a 3rd National. This provincial first prize was won by racing hen 419/05, which was renamed Valenceke shortly after her impressive feat.
1st Prov Valence 507 p. ’17 3rd Nat Valence 6,558 p. ’17 (preliminary results) 75th Nat Jarnac 3,904 p. ’16 87th Nat Argenton 12,449 p. ’16 371st Nat Brive 5,929 p. ’16 10th Club Bourges 218 p. ’16 30th Pont St. Max 424 p. 1449th Nat Argenton 18,363 p. ’16 etc…
Sire: Moondog BE08-4095006
He was an excellent long distance pigeon and winner of a 12th N.Zone Cahors 2,635 p., 20th Nat. Tulle 7,487 p., 25th Prov. Chateauroux 4,601 p., 28th Prov. Chateauroux 6,143 p., 50th Prov. Souillac 1,296 p. etc. He comes from a Son Perpignan BE07-4093491, a direct Marcel Aelbrecht x Pivota BE05-4045387 (a daughter of 1st Prov Bourges 11,546 p. ’98 Pablo 485/98 x Nodeesha 292/02, 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB ’03).
Dam: Arina BE10-4101269
A top class hen and winner of a 32nd Nat. Argenton 19,782 p., 5th Prov. Nantes 2,423 p., 38th Prov. Chateauroux 6,148 p., 18th Prov. Chateauroux 4,612 p. She is a daughter of Circ Du Soleil BE03-4146248 (from Nestbroer Pablo 486/98 x Anastasia 276/97) x Karisma BE09-4035328 (a full sister of Mariska, 1st Nat. Argenton).
Click here for the pedigree of Valenceke
1st Provincial Chateauroux
The provincial race from Chateauroux on 17th of June was an excellent opportunity for the yearlings to showcase their talents, given the racing conditions (sunny with a slight headwind). One of these yearlings was Chavanel of the Vandenheede brothers, which proved to be the fastest of 4,740 yearlings.
Chanel Nr 1: winner of a 1st Nat. Chateauroux and the dam of Chavanel, 1st Prov. Chateauroux
1st Prov Chatearoux 4,740 p. ’17 4th Pont St.max 231 p. 345th Prov Orleans 4,813 p. ’17 475th Prov Chateauroux 4,067 p.
Sire: Eye of the Tiger BE11-4244191
A half brother of 2nd Nat. Chateauroux 22,716 p., 1st Prov. Vierzon 8,336 p., 2nd Prov. Montluçon 3,984 p., 3rd Prov. Vierzon 5,893 p. He is a direct son of world renowned breeder New Freddy BE09-5052387 (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2010, the PEC's stock breeder) paired to Natalia BE05-4018635. She won two first prizes from Noyon, and she was bred from Rappe King 553/99 x Marcella 425/04).
Dam: Chanel Nr 1 BE13-6084890
Winner of a 1st Nat. Chateauroux 12,071 p. ’13 for Hok Verhestraeten. She is a daughter of Jos BE10-6077451 (a Jos Claes, Herentals) x Dochter Fred BE10-6079242 (the dam of Chanel Nr1: 1st Nat. Chateauroux 12,071 p. ’13, and the dam of Quiksilver: 2nd Nat. Gueret 12,602 p.).
Click here for the pedigree of Chavanel
This once again confirms the theory that talent breeds talent.
The magician from Zingem
Claiming two provincial first prizes in two week's time, one from Valence and one from Chateauroux, it leaves the fanciers from Zingem longing for more. This is in fact the 35th and 36th provincial first prize since the two brothers started working together in 2008. Together they have won an impressive 58 first prizes.
One question that remains is whether Freddy and Jacques will be able to make another step forward this season, and add another national victory to their palmares. What does the team have in store for us? You never know what to expect from a Vandenheede racing bird in top form, as you can tell from their 8 national first prizes since 2008 (and 15 national wins in total). Could they make that nine?