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Roger Mylle (Bellegem, BE) excels in the long distance and the extreme long distance season after season

Roger Mylle had plenty of memorable moments again in 2018. This highly talented extreme long distance loft came into prominence repeatedly, for instance with their 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance and Long Distance YLs KBDB, and they also had Belgium's best racing bird in Perpignan 2017-2018.

Roger Mylle is a top-tier fancier in Belgium with several national championship titles KBDB in the extreme long distance to his name. This breed has been highly successful in the international extreme long distance races in particular. His success story is based around a solid team of breeders, carefully crafted by a very skilled fancier. This team consists of descendants of some outstanding extreme long distance racing birds. Roger knows from his professional experience that it takes top quality ingredients to create a top quality product. Roger runs his pigeon breed toegether with his partner Jeanine, and they are getting great results every single season, and they win national championship titles regularly as well. Despite the particularly demanding season, the modern-day Mylle pigeons found themselves in the spotlight again in 2018.

Working hard to make it to the top and to create a top class breed

Roger Mylle has been working hard on the potato fields of his parents from an early age. And he gradually developed a passion for the world's most popular tuber: the potato. He got his passion from his parents, two born and raised farmers. Roger then gradually got involved in the world of trade, working as a distributor for agricultural products, eventually focusing on the potato trade specifically. It had been his dream to launch a completely finished potato product one day. And in 1988, Roger founded the Belgian Mydibel company, with the help of 30 years of experience, a lot of determination and a sense for adventure. He worked passionately and his company eventually became an international player on the market. In 2009 Roger decided to hand over the company to his sons Bruno and Carlo Mylle, who have worked hard to turn Mydibel into a dyanmic and innovatie family company, which is now active in more than 100 countries. The old farmhouse next to Roger's house has been turned into a B&B, and the 'Bintje farm' is a well-fitted name for his guesthouse.

Roger and Jeanine have had some remarkable racing seasons over the past few years, with several victories at provincial level and in the zone, and some early arrivals in the national classics, including two national second places. They have also claimed several national championship and ace pigeon titles. Their remarkable palmares clearly shows that they have a collection of top quality birds in their loft, and we would like to have a closer look at their greatest stars in the long distance and the extreme long distance. These are the pigeons that have turned the Roger Mylle pigeon breed into a renowned international team.

De St.Vincent: best pigeon in St.Vincent at international level

One of the greatest stars in the extreme long distance from 2014 to 2016 was without doubt St. Vincent. He became Belgium's best racing bird in St. Vincent over the course of three years in 2016, and he was the best pigeon in St. Vincent at international level as well in 2015-2016. In addition, he won an Olympiad Title in Brussels in 2017. He was in other words a fantastic racing bird, and he got a well-deserved spot in Roger Mylle's breeding loft after his racing career. De St. Vincent has won the following prizes (national top 100 prizes only):

-St.Vincent BE11-3047804

1st Best pigeon in St.Vincent Belgium over 3 years 2014-15-16
1st Best pigeon in St.Vincent International over 2 years 2015-16
1st Best pigeon in St.Vincent Belgium over 2 years 2015-1
Subst. Olympiad Pigeon Extreme Long Distance 2017 Brussels
10th Nat St.Vincent     2,562 p. ’16
61st Intnat St.Vincent 10,643 p. ’16
38th Nat Pau            1,661 p. ’16
40th Nat St.Vincent     3,037 p. ’15
45th Nat St.Vincent     3,240 p. ’14
83rd Nat Cahors         7,140 p. ’14

Click here for the full list of achievements in St.Vincent.
And De St. Vincent has some excellent origins. His sire is de Labeeuw BE10-3076207, one of the great breeders of this loft. He stems from the trusted long distance bloodlines of Aloïs Stichelbaut, and he was inbred to the Primus Inter Pares winner (5 x Barcelona) Montauban BE01-3121756. The dam of De St. Vincent comes from the loft of Geert Maroy; she is a daughter of a 2nd Interprov. Poitiers.

It must be a joy to be breeding youngsters from such a talented bird.

Super class breeder 'De Labeeuw': the sire of St.Vincent, Patrick, Francis and other promising newcomers

Ata: 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance & Extreme Long Distance YLs KBDB 2018

2018 was one of the most demanding racing seasons ever in pigeon racing on the Western Hemisphere. The notably difficult weather conditions, with high temperatures and many races with strong headwinds, really put the pigeons to the test week after week, especially in the long distance and the extreme long distance. It was in these taxing conditions (especially for the yearlings) that the most talented birds thrived. Roger Mylle saw his one year old Atta stand out as one of the best yearlings in Belgium in these weather conditions. This fantastic racing bird eventually became 5th National Ace Pigeon Long Distance and Extreme Long Distance KBDB, and he successfully completed four national long distance races, in which he won a prize per 10 each time (within the first 10%). His best results came from Limoges and Angoulême; let's have a look:

-Ata BE17-3031346

 5th  Nat Ace Pigeon Long Distance & Extreme Long Distance YLs KBDB 2018
 9th  Nat Angoulême 5,088 p. (602 Km)
18th  Nat Limoges   7,236 p. (627 Km)
239th Nat Libourne  2,893 p. (706 Km)
332nd Nat Brive     4,384 p. (638 Km)

Ata has some excellent origins as well. He is related to quite a few nationally renowned birds:
-Den Erik BE06-3174055: 6th Nat. Limoges 19,373 p., 11th Nat. Argenton 3,682 p., 51st Nat. Tulle 5,124 p., 1st Poitiers 324 p., 11th Prov. Limoges 2,300 p.
-Half brother Chelsea BE13-9035291: Chelsea wins a 2nd Nat. and 3rd Intnat. Narbonne (fastest hen in Belgium - she was also 2nd international hens)
-Xavi BE08-9037436: winner of 1st Intprov. Souillac 786 p. – 37th Nat. 7,760 p. ’12, 2nd Prov. Argenton 1,209 p., 2nd Intprov. Souillac 646 p. – 36th Nat. 5,282 p. ’13, 12th Prov. Limoges 1,011 p., 44th Nat. Tulle 7,467 p., 55th Intprov. Cahors 1,302 p., 141st Nat. Souillac 7,045 p. ’10 etc.
-Zatopek BE03-3114300: 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB ’07 for Sylvere Toye
Click here for Ata's full pedigree

We have said it before: champions breed champions. Ata is a good example.

Pau-Joël: best pigeon from Perpignan in Belgium 2017-2018

Roger and Jeanine had another top class bird in their collection besides Ata: Paul-Joël is another talented racing bird, and the best pigeon from Perpignan in Belgium for 2017-2018 in the PIPA rankings. He showed his potential as a yearling, claiming a 1st Prov. and a 29th Nat. Narbonne. He went on to deliver similar results in the years to come, especially in Perpignan, St. Vincent, Limoges, and other important races. This is his palmares:

-Pau-Joël BE13-3004108

1st Best pigeon from Perpignan in Belgium – over 2 years 2017-18 (PIPA ranking)
 1st Prov Narbonne       527 p. ’14
29th Nat Narbonne      2,802 p. ’14
84th Intnat Narbonne   8,360 p. ’14
17th Nat Perpignan     4,620 p. ’17
56th Intnat Perpignan 14,851 p. ’17
20th Nat Perpignan     3,966 p. ’18
78th Nat Limoges II    7,274 p. ’18
85th Nat St.Vincent    2,562 p. ’16

And this Paul-Joël has some excellent origins as well: his sire – Mathieu Pau BE06-3003346 – won a 1st Pau 256 p. and a 2nd Nat. Pau 2,338 p., and his dam Super kweekster Verschoot BE11-3047921 originates from one of the stars of the long distance in 2017 and 2018: Joël Verschoot from Ingelmunster. Super Kweekster Verschoot is a granddaughter of the invaluable Red Opium (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Belgian Long Distance Trophy) of Sylvere Toye, paired to a half sister of 1st Nat. Bourges BE09-3127265 of Wilfried Vandemaele (from a half brother of Noël Lippens: 1st Millenium Ace Pigeon paired to the dam of a 1st Nat. Bourges).

A promising future

Roger went into retirement about 10 years ago, after working diligently for many years. However, he asked his sons to keep him up to date about the company, which he is still keeping a firm eye on. Together with his wife Janine, he is now enjoying his favourite pastime: pigeon racing. And we reckon there is a lot to enjoy: he has been getting great results pretty much every season, reaping the rewards of years of hard work. They have a breeding loft that consists of nothing but super class pigeons or direct descendants. And their descendants are now at the basis of this success story. They are housed in a fantastic loft equipped with modern technology. This is a mix of top class ingredients that have led to a fantastic product. It was thanks to these bloodlines that Roger Mylle was able to earn his place among the leading lofts at national and international level. And this team has a promising future indeed, with a group of top class pigeons with great potential. As long as his health allows,  we except the modern-day Mylle racing bird to continue to shine in the national and international competitions. Congratulations!

The wonderful lofts of Roger Mylle on the right, equipped with modern technologies