Team Freddy De Jaeger (Knesselare, BE) puts the icing on the cake again in 2017

Team Freddy De Jaeger saw a long-held dream come true in 2017 with a first and well deserved national victory. On top of that they claimed a 2nd Nat. Bourges, a 3rd Nat. Agen, as well as three provincial first prizes and four national championship titles KBDB. This is the story of another great season.

Team De Jaeger with Frank Morre, Freddy De Jaeger and Marijn Laureyns

A well-oiled machine

Team de Jaeger was at times invincible in numerous competitions. They collected quite a number of top results, including such titles as General Champion Belgian Entente both in 2015 and 2016, a title of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2014 with Carla, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2015 with Warrior, 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2015 with Fury, and another six national ace pigeons KBDB between 2014 and 2016. Not a mean feat.

This is the result of great teamwork delivered by Freddy, Marijn and Frank. They started the season knowing full well that it would be almost impossible to win so many championship titles over the course of 2017.

The team focuses first of all on winning races; they basket their pigeons with just one thing in mind: to finish in first place. It is not until the very end of the season that they consider their chances at winning a championship title. Still, they were able to add quite a few of them to their palmares in 2017, including four titles in the national championships KBDB:

 3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance Olds & YLs KBDB East Fl. 2017
 9th Nat. Champion Extreme Long Distance & Long Distance YLs KBDB 2017
 9th Nat. Ace Pigeon Sprint YLs KBDB 2017
11th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance Olds KBDB 2017
14th General National Champion of Belgium KBDB 2017

27 first prizes and 3 x 1st Provincial in 2017

The team from Knesselare had an excellent start to the season; their racing birds did really well in the opening classics of the national racing season, winning numerous first prizes and overall top results on a regular basis. They claimed three provincial first prizes in just over a month:

1st Prov. Bourges 3,299 YLs
1st Prov. Brive   1,739 p.
1st Prov. Agen    1,048 YLs

Their provincial victoires also gave way to a 2nd National from Bourges, a 3rd National and International from Agen, and eventually a highly coveted national first prize from Brive!
The team won the following national or international top 10 prizes in 2017:

 1st Nat Brive       9,106 p. 
 2nd Nat Bourges I  20,674 YLs 
 3rd Nat Agen        5,335 YLs
 3rd Intnat Agen    13,189 YLs
10th Nat Limoges    14,937 p.

Team De Jaeger finished in the top 100 of a national race 14 times this season:

1-2-3-7-10-13-13-17-30-31-37-38-67-91 Nationaal

By the end of the season their 2017 palmares included 27 first prizes16 second prizesand 25 third prizes. This is an impressive list of achievements, and it shows that the team has been in great form throughout the season.

Finally a long awaited national first prize

The team from Knesselare has had its share of first prizes in recent seasons, even at provincial and zonal level. They had been close to a national victory on a number of accasions as well but something always got in the way: they had to settle for second three times, and they claimed several more early arrivals in national races, but no first prize.

That changed in 2017: first nominated racing bird Mariano claimed that long awaited national first prize in the national race from Brive of 9,106 pigeons. It was a dream come true for Team De Jaeger in a sun drenched race with a slight headwind and an average speed of 1155 m/min. It was a race for strong pigeons only.


-Mariano BE15-4014080

 1st  Nat Brive        9,106 p. ’17 
 3rd  Nat Chateauroux 29,591 p. ’16 (1st Club 1512 p., 2nd Prov. 7,617 p.)
26th  Prov Vierzon     7,056 p. ’17
85th  Nat Chateauroux  9,540 p. ’16
113th Nat Argenton    18,363 p. ’16 (1st Club 449 p.)
167th Nat Limoges      6,946 p. ’16
641st Nat Limoges I   14,931 p. ’17
675th Nat Tulle        7,322 p. ’16

Sire: Jonathan BE12-4159458
Winner of of a 4th Nat. La Souterraine 4,161 p. ’15 and a 25th Nat. Chateauroux 17,984 p. ’14. He is a son of top breeder Gaby BE10-4325614 (a grandson of stock dam Tsunamiduivin, a daughter of Bliksem Vandenabeele) x Prinsesje Raket BE10-4239693.
Dam: Blue Pipo BE12-4159161
An outstanding hen and winner of a 1st, 2nd and 9th Nat. Zone, 4 x top-50 Prov., 2 x 1st prize etc. She is a daughter of Blauwe Pipo BE04-3230867, a genuine Gaby Vandenabeele bird (from Pipo Wittenbuik BE94-3237367 x Patsy BE99-4393724) x Tiffany BE09-4138742 (from Crayonnée Zorro BE07-3153107 Norman x Isabelle BE04-3001790 Vandenabeele).
Click here for the full pedigree of Mariano.

This victory was quite a relief for the fanciers, especially after the national opening classic of 2017 from Bourges, where they had to settle for second yet again.

Bleke Bourges: winner of a 2nd Nat. Bourges I YLs in 2017

-Bleke Bourges BE16-4135296

 1. Prov Bourges     3.299 YLs ’17
 2. Nat Bourges     20.397 YLs ’17 
 1. Arras            1.219 p. ’17
 1. Arras              479 p. ’17
526 Nat Limoges     10.554 p. ’17
559 Nat Chateauroux 26.591 p. ’17

He is a son of Ali 887 BE09-4114887, a Marcel Aelbrecht x Anneke BE09-4138780, an excellent breeding hen and a half sister of Warrior, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2015 (a daughter of Mr. Tulle 338/08, and a full sister of Mistral of Brockamp).
Click here for the full pedigree of Bleke Bourges

In 2017: 9th and 11th National Ace Pigeon KBDB

There was one racing bird that stood out in particular this season. He is one of the strongest birds in the racing lofts of Team De Jager at the moment, and he has a national ace pigeon title KBDB in the long distance to his name: Rico.

-Rico BE13-4163897

 3rd  Prov. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2017
11th  Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2017
13th  Nat Brive            9,106 p. ’17
22nd  Nat Jarnac           3,879 p. ’15
31st  Nat Limoges II       9,149 p. ’17 (1st Club 518 p.)
36th  Nat Limoges II       9,106 p. ’16
43rd  Nat Zone Chateauroux 5,418 p. ’15
89th  Nat Zone Bourges I   3,461 p. ’14
148th Nat Poitiers        14,094 p. ’14
157th Nat Brive            5,952 p. ’16
220th Nat Limoges I       14,931 p. ’17 (99th N.Zone 4,873 p.)
384th Nat Limoges I        8,305 p. ’15
604th Nat Limoges I       13,493 p. ’16

He was bred from two pigeons of loft caretaker Marijn Laureyns: his parents are Oude Schoors BE03-4334134 x Moeder 86 & 88 BE04-4344805. They are also the parents of a 2nd Prov. & 7th Nat. limoges 15,807 p., a 2nd Prov. Chateauroux, and a 3rd Prov. Chateauroux.
Click here for Rico's full pedigree

This might sound unusual for a team that focuses primarily on the national races but Team De Jaeger has also won a national ace pigeon title in the sprint competition (yearlings). Their one year old ace hen comes from the same bloodline as Rico.

-Kim BE16-4135386

9. Nat. Ace Pigeon Sprint YLs KBDB 2017
5 x 1st prize
2 x 2nd prize
3 x 5th prize
15 x per 10 as a yearling

She was inbred to a descendant of the renowned long distance breed of caretaker Marijn Laureyns: she comes from a daughter of Junna BE12-4159626, a grandson of the parents of Rico (Oude Schoors x Moeder 86 x 88), and a grandson of top pair Zeeuw x Aske. Junna was paired to Hooker BE10-4015248, a daughter of Zeeuw x Aske.
Click here for Kim's pedigree

True all-rounders

When taking a closer look at the numerous ace pigeon titles that were won this season, we noticed that the team has won national titles in basically every major discipline: the sprint, the longer middle distance, the long distance and the extreme long distance. This highlights once again the remarkable versatility of the De Jaeger racing bird. We cannot think of too many pigeon breeds that can excel both in the sprint and the extreme long distance, and anything in between. The fanciers from Knesselare clearly know how to make their long distance birds faster and how to make their sprint pigeons last longer, all without loss of quality, which is of course crucial. One of the pigeons that clearly comes from this breeding strategy is one of Freddy's favourites for 2018:

Mykie: winner of 10th Nat. Limoges in 2017 and a half brother of Phantom: 1st Prov. and 3rd Intnat. Agen

-Mykie BE15-4014324

 3rd Prov Limoges     3,083 p. ’17 (1st Club 695 p.)
10th Nat Limoges     14,937 p. ’17
52nd N.Zone Argenton  6,694 p. ’17 (2nd Club 449 p.)
151st Nat Argenton   18,363 p. ’17
 7th Brionne            458 p.
38th Clermont         1,214 p.
78th Clermont         2,165 p.

Mykie is a half brother of the 2nd Nat. Bourges in 2017, and inbred to the successful bloodline of Mr. Tulle (1st Nat. Tulle 5,700 p. and the sire of Warrior, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2015), combined with the line of Tsunami (Bliksem Vandenabeele) and Britta (Brockamp). He is a son of Mike BE13-4163978 (a grandson of Mr. Tulle and Tsunamiduivin) x top breeder Anneke BE09-4138780. Anneke is also the dam of Bleke Bourges, 2nd Nat. Bourges in 2017 (see earlier).
Click here for the full pedigree.

Mike is proving to be a promising newcomer in the breeding loft. He is not only the sire of Mykie, he has also bred Phantom, the provincial winner from Agen in 2017.

-Phantom BE16-4135275

1st Prov. Agen    1,048 p. ’17
3rd Nat. Agen     5,404 p. ’17
3rd Intnat. Agen 13,030 p. ’17

Phantom is another son of Mike BE13-4163978, now paired to Lovely BE13-3016209, a direct Marc Polin (a daughter of Provinciaal Poitiers BE07-3080116 x Lovely BE11-4206179 of N. De Keyser, a daughter of a 2nd Nat. Narbonne 6,035 p.).
Click here for Phantom's full pedigree

Getting the most of your top class collection

Team De Jaeger has been showing their great form in 2017, and we wonder if any other loft has done what they were able to do in the previous three seasons. Their palmares for 2014-2017 includes 2 titles of 1st National Ace Pigeon KBDB, a 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB, and 8 other national ace pigeon titles KBDB. They also win a 1st National Brive, 3 x 2nd National, and they win 80 first prizes from 2014 to 2017, including many provincial, zonal and even a national first prize.

Over the past three years Team De Jaeger was able to develop into one of our country's strongest lofts at national level. This is the result of excellent team-work, led by successful businessman and entrepreneur Freddy De Jaeger, who brings a lot of know-how. He knows more than anyone else that it takes a top quality pigeon collection to make it to the top. Freddy obtained several renowned bloodlines, and he took two highly experienced fanciers on board: Marijn and Frank. This is the perfect gameplan to get the most out of their invaluable pigeon family. We reckon this success story will continue in 2018.