A provincial and zonal victory for an inexperienced racing team
The 2017 racing season would be quite a challenge for Paul Gevaerts and Carlos Lannoo, who had auctioned their entire racing team (olds, yearlings an raced youngsters of 2016) last winter. The auction was a great success financially but it also meant a considerable loss in quality for the team.
The two fanciers started the 2017 season with a brand new and inexperienced team of summer youngsters of 2016. These birds had only had a few shorter middle distance races in their year of birth (2016). These youngsters all came from renowned breeding pairs but any fancier knows that is no guarantee for success. These racing birds had hardly any experience, so they were raced with the brakes on, to avoid any mishaps in the early season.
This team quickly turned out to have a lot potential, and as they gained some experience they also started winning prizes. The team was able to win several first prizes, including a provincial win from Orleans and a zonal first prize from Argenton.
Despite racing just a small team of yearlings and young birds, Gevaert-Lannoo was able to win several championship titles this season, which goes to show that they have a bright future ahead. Some new champions have emerged, and the team is again in full bloom. These are their most important titles:
6th Provincial Ace Pigeon Middle Distance olds & yearlings KBDB 6th Provincial Champion olds & yearlings KBDB 1st Champion Longer Middle Distance young birds 2017 Fondclub Eeklo 1st Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance young birds 2017 Fondclub Eeklo 2nd Champion Long Distance young birds 2017 Fondclub Eeklo 3rd General Champion Longer Middle Distance 2017 Fondclub Eeklo
A group of 60 pigeons in winter (16 breeding pairs and 12 pairs of racing birds) has been the winning formula for the fanciers from Meigem. They breed youngsters from proven racing birds and prize winners. They also get rid of many pigeons, and their loft is home only to nationally renowned birds. This is the key to success, not only for this loft but for many other lofts that have purchased pigeons here as well (click here for their best references).
New ace pigeons
Like we said, there are many talented pigeons in this racing team, and Paul and Carlos discovered some new ace pigeons as well: Brother-3-Platina and Barones 60. We take a closer look:
6th Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance Olds & YLs 2017 KBDB East-Fl. 1st Fontenay 363 p. 1st Fontenay 334 p. 2nd Blois 222 p. ( 5th Prov. 1,275 p. – on 29/07) 2nd Orleans 106 p. ( 8th Prov. 612 p. – on 13/08) 3rd Orleans 194 p. (68th Prov. 1,749 p. – on 08/07) 7th Blois 206 p. (34th Prov. 873 p. – on 22/07) 58th N.Zone Argenton 660 p.
He is a son of top pair Willy BE13-4035076 x Perfecta BE13/4035080.
Click here for the full pedigree of Brother-3-Platina
This makes him a full brother of super class hen Platina BE15-4146027, winner of:
1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance YBs KBDB 2015 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance YBs KBDB 2015
One of the most promising pigeons in the 2017 young birds' team is without doubt Barones 60. She is another hen with an excellent pedigree, coming from a crossing of two highly renowned bloodlines.
-Barones 60 BE17-4176060
1st Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance YBs 2017 Fondclub Eeklo 1st Clermont 457 p. 7th Arras 297 p. 8th Vierzon 325 p. (177th Prov 2,341 p.) 10th Blois 1,114 p. (104th Prov 6,013 p.) 11th Issoudun 601 p. (206th Prov 3,874 p.) 25th Chateauroux 396 p. (152nd N.Zone 3,369 p.) 29th Orleans 888 p. (342nd Prov 6,380 p.) 40th Argenton 838 p. (274th N.Zone 7,382 p.)
She is a daughter of top breeder Baron BE10-4275541 (she comes from a son of Bliksem: Bliksem CEO BE04-3230979 x stock dam Chateauke BE05-3202164), paired to Renate BE15-3095344, winner of a 1st Nat. Argenton 11,215 p. for Dirk & Bart Delodder (granddaughter of top breeder Orlandor of Geert & Annick Vanrenterghem-Goeteyn).
Click here for the full pedigree of Barones 60.
These ace pigeons are expected to do well again in 2018, along with the provincial and zonal winners of 2017. And that sums up some of the big favourites for next season.
Dolce, Ivanka and Twiggy put Gevaert-Lannoo in the spotlight again
Here are three more champions of 2017. These pigeons have put the team of Gevaert-Lannoo in the spotlight at national level, winning a 1st Nat. Zone A2 from Argenton, a 1st Provincial Orleans and a 2nd Nat. Zone from Chateauroux. All three are direct descendants of stock dam Chateauke.
1st Nat.Zone Argenton III 660 p. ( 32nd Nat 3,966 p.) 9th Argenton I 787 p. (150th Nat. Zone 6,628 p.) 55th Prov Tours 2,718 p. 35th Chateauroux 1,091 p. (556th Nat. 26,695 p. on 10/06) 35th Chaterauroux 757 p. (292nd Prov. 4,740 p. on 17/06) 202nd Prov. Blois 2,147 p.
Twiggy is inbred to the renowned stock pair Dikke Antoon x Chateauke, which appear in his pedigree not one but three times. Her sire is Ensor BE14-4032050,and he is bred from the best racing cock x racing hen of 2014: Blikkaaf (a grandson of this stock pair) x Sister 42 Kakafje (a direct daughter of the stock pair). The dam is Amber BE12-4175014, winner of a 1st Prov. Argenton 6,097 p., a 6th Nat. Argenton 25,949 p., a 1st Angerville 362 p., a 1st Arras 119 p., a 49th Nat. Zone Poitiers 3,342 etc. Amber is a daughter of Brother 14 Kaafje, a son of the stock pair x Gabytje (a direct Gaby Vandenabeele and a daughter of Tsaar, winner of a 1st Prov. Argenton 2,226 p.).
Click here for the pedigree of Twiggy
The racing team was clearly in great form. Twiggy put in a great performance in Argenton, and Ivanka had already claimed a provincial first prize from Orleans. Dolce was close to another big win but had to settle for a 2nd zonal instead. It would have been three in a row.
1st Prov Orleans 612 p. 6th Clermont 275 p. 7th Fontenay 263 p. (on 13/05) 15th Fontenay 334 p. (on 20/05) 48th Tours 573 p. (191st Prov. 2,718 p.)
She is a daughter of Master King BE12-4175097, winner of two first prizes, a 33rd Nat. La Souterraine 7,176 p. ’14 and a 39th Nat. La Souterraine 4,144 p. ’13, and a full brother of a 1st Prov. and 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBB 2010 (a son of top breeder King Gaby, a grandson of Bliksem Vandenabeele x Chateaufideelke). The dam is Sister Caraat BE14-4032116 (from Bliksem Rik, another grandson of Bliksem x Red Nationaal hen).
Click here for the pedigree of Ivanka
Racing bird Dolce was close to a prestigious win as well but she had to settle for second place at zonal level.
2nd Nat. Zone Chateauroux III 842 p. (1st Club 98 p.) 6th Nat Chateauroux III 4,386 p. 6th Nat. Zone Bourges II 2,381 p. 14th Prov Issoudun 518 p. (1st Club 71 p.) 14th Prov Blois 2,147 p. 17th Nat. Zone Argenton III 660 p.
A fantastic racing hen. She is inbred to Chateauke BE05-3202164, the stock dam of the Gevaert-Lannoo pigeon breed. She comes from a son x granddaughter of Chateauke: Crayonné Witpen Fideel BE08-4280370 (from Fideel Etienne x Chateauke) x Dicapria 84 BE15-4146084 (from Son Di Caprio Van Dyck – line Kannibaal x Sister 100 Kaafje, a daughter of Chateauke).
Click here for the full pedigree of Dolce
Great confidence for 2018
Paul explains that they are still hobby players. Their goal is to enjoy pigeon racing as much as they can with a small group of pigeons. They want to do what is still well within their abilities at their age. Team Gevaert-Lannoo is looking towards 2018 with great confidence, with a team of promising youngsters in their collection, specialised in the middle distance and the longer middle distance. They became national stars in these two competitions, and they want to live up to their reputation in 2018. Their pigeon breed is centered around a few core bloodlines: stock dam Chateauke and her daughter Kaafke, crossed with the line of Gaby Vandenabeele's Bliksem. This will be the road to success for this team in the next few seasons as well.