Stock breeder Chipo turns Benny Steveninck (Hamme, BE) into world class fancier

Benny Steveninck discovered a truly invaluable bloodline in Chipo, which led to fabulous results even at provincial and national level. He has been delivering uninterruptedly for more than 15 years now.

Golden stock breeder Chipo

Fanciers who get excellent results in pigeon racing for years on end can often rely on the discovery of one bloodline in particular. That bloodline is usually based around a dominant stock breeder or the discovery of a world class breeding pair. And that is what happened to Benny Steveninck from Hamme in East Flanders. His friends often refer to him as 'Mister Chipo', because it was with the help of his illustrious stock breeder Chipo that he became such a world famous fancier. This is an exceptionally gifted racing and breeding bird with tremendous breeding value.

The fabulous 'Chipo' pushed the Steveninck breed to new heights, turning the loft from Hamme into one of the leading names at international level. He has indeed bred some phenomenal descendants! And that is what makes the Steveninck pigeon family particularly tough to beat these days.

Benny's major breakthrough came around 2003, with the birth of Mister Chipo BE03-4329022. He was still a young bird went he showed his enormous potential in competition. He claimed several prestigious victories, including some middle distance races, and he won a provincial championship prize for Benny as well, claiming a title of 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance Young Birds KBDB.

As a yearling, Chipo bred an almost equally talented superstar: Den 100, with ring number B04-4138100. He became 6th National Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB 2005, and he was 2nd substitute Olympiad Pigeon Cat. B in Ostend in 2007.
Benny quickly understood that Chipo had the potential to become an invaluable breeder. He did the obvious thing, and he arranged for Chipo to be transferred to the breeding team earlier than planned. From then on, he quickly developed into a golden stock breeder, as the sire, grandfather, or great-grandfather of an extensive number of first prize winners, cracks and ace pigeons. Let's have a look:

-Crack BE05-4323999 (son of Chipo, and a nest brother of Chihaut 998):

1st Provincial and 3rd National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB 2007
1st Prov. Bourges 1,687 p. and 3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB 2006

-Chihaut 98 BE05-4323998 (Son Chipo, nestbrother Crack)

Wins 62 prizes in total, including 9 first prizes, 31 prizes in the top ten, and 47 prizes per 10!
2nd Provincial and 3rd National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB ’08 
7th Provincial Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB ’07
4th Provincial Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB ’09

-Sun BE13-4096962 (granddaughter Chipo - see pedigree)

1st Provincial Ace Pigeon Middle Distance Young Birds KBDB 2013
1st National Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Young Birds KBDB 2013
1st Prov. La Souterraine 3,343 p. ’13

-Fantasia BE14-4059884 (bred from grandson x granddaughter Chipo - see pedigree)

1st National Tours 24,097 young birds ’14 (fastest of 28,044 pigeons)

-Smart Lady BE13-4096716 (half sister Thibo, from daughter Crack: granddaughter Chipo)

5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance old birds KBDB 2015

-Tibo BE12-4048991 (half brother Smart Lady – from the same dam: a granddaughter of Chipo - see pedigree)

4th Prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB 2013
13th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2013

-Pepchi BE14-4059809 (grandson of Chipo - see pedigree)

1st National Chateauroux III 2,762 p. in 2017
1st Prov Montluçon 3,700 p. ’15 
1st Best Old Bird of Belgium - 6 national races Longer Middle Distance 2016 (PIPA ranking)
7th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Olds KBDB 2016

-Broer Pepchi BE16-4024909 (grandson of Chipo - see pedigree)

1st Nat. Zone Gueret 1,478 p. in 2018

-Chen BE15-4167802 (the sire is a son of Chihaut 98: a grandson of Chipo - see pedigree)

1st Prov. and 2nd Nat. Argenton 18,363 p. ’16

-Bourgesman BE15-4167903 (grandson of Chipo, see pedigree)

1st Best pigeon from Bourges 2016-17 - PIPA ranking

These are just a few of the many iconic names in the pigeon loft of Benny Steveninck, bred directly from stock breeder Chipo. These are race winners from the front row.

The strength of the Chipo bloodline continues to show in 2018

It would be nearly impossible to create an overview of all the first prize winners and top birds related to the Chipo bloodline; it would simply take us too long. And the Chipo dynasty has delivered again in 2018, in a racing season that had so much to offer in terms of weather conditions. It was one of the most wonderful seasons in our sport's history. The bloodline excelled in many lofts, including of course the loft of Benny and Karin (click here for their 2018 palmares). The Steveninck bloodline claimed a fourth place in the Olympiad Pigeon championship KBDB Cat. H with Olympic Four. He is yet another Chipo descendant.

-Olympic Four BE16-4024980

 4th Olympiad Pigeon KBDB Cat. H 2019 – Poznan
In 2018:
 2nd Pithiviers          406 p. (behind a loft mate)
 2nd Prov Orleans (28/7) 658 p. –   1st Club   91 p.
 4th Prov Argenton II    957 p. –  27th Nat 5,828 p.
 5th Toury               348 p.
13th N.Zone Gueret     1,478 p. – 107th Nat 5,331 p.
25th N.Zone Chateauroux II 2,127 p. – 201st Nat 8,634 p.
53rd Prov Vierzon      7,369 p.
In 2017:
 2nd Prov Argenton I   4,713 p. – 105th Nat. 22,712 p.
 5th Prov Chateauroux    834 p. –  13th Nat.  4,389 p. (14/8)
30th Prov Chateauroux  4,770 p. (17/6)

Sire: Brother Marieke BE10-3020446
A direct Rik Cools, being a full brother of the fantastic Marieke. She is a daughter of Gaby’s Bliksem BE08-3003794, a direct Gaby Vandenabeele (from the iconic Bliksem x Aagje, from the breed of Rik Cools; she is a sister of Fryda and Aske) x Flicka BE04-3238531 (sister of 1st Nat. Bourges in 2004 and 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB).
Dam: New Lucky 77 BE12-4048077
A daughter of the Dream Pair of Benny Steveninck: Inbreed Michel BE08-4359197 (from Chihaut 98, a 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB, and himself a son of golden stock breeder Chipo) x Daughter Blue Dream BE09-6128352, a direct August Wouters (from Blue Dream: 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Sprint KBDB 2009).
Click here for Olympic Four's pedigree.

Vladimir Sudor and Benny Steveninck at the Poznan Olympiad in Januari 2019

1st Olympiad Pigeon Poznan

Several other lofts have had great results in 2018 with the help of the Chipo dynasty. For instance, the 1st Olympiad Pigeon for the Czech Republic in Poznan 2019 of Vladimir Sudor is related to the golden Chipo bloodline:

-Olympic Ace SK01401-16-1114

1st Olympiad Pigeon Sport Cat A 2019 – Poznan

Sire: Super class breeder Crayonné Benny DV01697-12-2402
He comes from SG Mack (D), and he is a 100% Benny Steveninck from an inbred pairing of 'son x daughter Chipo' - they both come straight from Team Steveninck from Hamme. He is a son of Golden Chipo BE09-4189842, a brother of Crack, Chihaut 98, Chihaut 95, Chihaut 100 (bred from stock breeder Chipo x Hautekiet 89). He was paired to Chipo’s Diamond BE11-4008897 (also bred from Chipo x Hautekiet 89).
Dam: Inteelt Hurrican 51 SK0999-15-9893
An excellent breeding dam from Son 2 Best pigeon Puttmann DV0516-14-2383, which comes from Rainer Puttmann (from 2nd best cock Reg. V 189/08 x Daughter Hurrican 51 697/12) x Granddaughter Hurrican 51 DV0516-14-2315.
Click here for the full pedigree of Olympic Ace

This is quite a reference indeed. It is no surprise that Benny Steveninck - who is always alert - reobtained this Golden Chipo at the total auction of SG Mack.

1st National Argenton in 2018

And there was reason to celebrate in Belgium as well, in the midst of summer, in the loft of team Schoors-De Waele from Adegem in East-Flanders. This successful combination claimed a 1st National Argenton of 19,859 yearlings in a sun-drenched race on Saturday 23rd of June. Their winning bird was also the fastest of 31,682 pigeons overall. The dam of this first prize winner was bred from a Daughter Rooney BE12-3166142 (a direct Benny Steveninck) and a granddaughter of stock breeder Chipo.
Click here for the pedigree of the National Argenton

Brother 1st Nat. Limoges: a super class breeder at the PEC

The Chipo bloodline became world famous in 2009, when Bart Geerinckx claimed a 1st Nat. Limoges of 11,814 old birds with a pigeon that he bred from a daughter of Chipo. That same daughter of Chipo is also the dam of a fantastic breeder of the PEC: none other than Brother 1st Nat. Limoges BE13-6143695, a direct Bart Geerinckx bird. We take a look at his list of references as a breeder:

 1st Chevrainvilliers  2,572 p.
 9th Nat Chateauroux  27,081 p.
10th Nat Argenton      8,772 p.
12th Nat Tulle         5,326 p.
19th Nat Chateauroux  25,710 p.
35th Nat Limoges       6,272 p.
36th Intprov Argenton  4,110 p.
38th Nat Montluçon    16,982 p.
45th Nat Chateauroux  18,499 p.
57th Prov Bourges      5,345 p.
97th Nat Chateauroux  27,081 p.

Click here for the full list of breeding references of Brother 1st Nat. Limoges

He was bred from the parents of the winner of a 1st Nat. Limoges in 2009
Sire: Wittekop Gladiator BE05-6052111
A son of the iconic Geerinckx bird Gladiator BE03-6460062 x Willyke BE98-6185637.
Dam: Daughter Chipo BE05-4323802
She comes from Benny Steveninck, from stock breeder Chipo BE03-4329022 x Witpen Hautekiet BE03-4328989.
Click here for the full pedigree of Brother 1st Nat. Limoges.

A week after Bart Geerinckx claimed a 1st Nat. Limoges, another fancier from Hamme proved victorious, with Benny Steveninck claiming a 1st Nat. Limoges 2009 of 16,986 yearlings with top class bird Gueret, a super class bird bred from a full brother of Chipo.

-De Gueret BE08-4216930 (a son of Brother Chipo)

 1st Nat. Limoges 16,896 p. ’09
 1st Prov. Gueret  3,067 p. ’08
19th Nat. Gueret  14,784 p. ’08

And this Gueret developed into a fantastic breeder as well, with his descendants winning an extensive list of top prizes.
Click here for the breeding references of Gueret.

World class player Chipo, the success formula in Hamme

This overview, in which we only included the major highlights, clearly shows the impact of the invaluable stock breeder Chipo: his bloodline has led to an impressive number of race winners and ace pigeons, both for Benny Steveninck and for other fanciers from across the globe. Benny and his wife Karin have discovered a hidden gem in their breed with Chipo. This bird enabled them to become a world class player in the provincial and national longer middle distance, as well as in the national long distance. This pigeon has proven to be increasingly valuable over the years, and his granddaughter Sun and breeding bird Gueret are ready to follow in his footsteps. This is a success story that is far from over.