Gevaert-Lannoo (Meigem, BE), a tiny pigeon family with big achievements

This team is few in numbers but their palmares is quite impressive. They did really well in 2017, despite having to start out with an entirely new racing team. They claimed several first prizes at provincial and national level, as well as a few provincial ace pigeon titles and KBDB championship titles.

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:

-Brother-3-Platina BE16-4070113

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.

-Twiggy BE16-4070106

 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.

-Ivanka BE16-4070112

 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.

-Dolce BE16-4070098

 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.

One of Gevaert-Lannoo's favourite hens for the upcoming 2018 racign season
Take a look at the palmares of 2017 and the pedigree of this talented racing hen, bred from the team's best bloodlines