With the season taking off later than usual (due to the coronavirus), Wendela decided to darken her pigeons for the first time, right until they did their first training flights. Her pigeons have been returning home a lot quicker in recent weeks, and her racing hens were showing to be in particularly good form. She had the fastest bird in the rayon twice: in Telgte (160km) of 2,744 pigeons and in Sittard (263km) of 2,610 pigeons. And she recorded some promising prize percentages as well, with 75% (39/52) and 67% (35/52) respectively. But her most notable performance came in Chimay last weekend:
Chimay, 28th of June
The middle distance race from Chimay took off on 28th of June in Province 10, involving 13,945 pigeons. Wendela had basketed 40 birds for this event, and they did quite well:
Prize percentage : 29x 1:10 (72%)
: 35x 1:4 (87%)
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd spot were all won by hens; these three hens were clocked within three seconds of each other, after covering 402km. The first place goes to NL19-4730023.
This NL19-023 is related to some renowned forefathers, including Mother Olympic Bolt (Stefaan Lambrechts, BE), De Dikke (van Toor Brothers, NL) and Venus & Alaska (Heremans-Ceusters, BE).
We look at some of her best results:
8th Venlo 3,165 p.
10th Varsseveld 3,724 p.
20th Prov 10 Varsseveld 12,736 p.
21st Prov 10 Venlo 10,507 p.
And racing bird NL19-4730016 finished in second place, within a second of the race winner.
This talented bird was pigeon champion as a young bird in CC DOP. Her dam, the 859, was an excellent racing bird as well, she finished the 2013 season as Best middle distance pigeon in Province 10.
We take a look at some of her best results:
22nd Chalons 347 p.
28th Arlon 539 p.
30th Maaseik 1,365 p.
47th Kalkar 1,565 p.
51st Arlon 497 p.
57th Prov 10 Arlon 1,950 p.
74th Gennep 1,477 p.
And the last spot on the podium goes to NL18-4722916.
This NL18-916 is a full sister of Runner Up Aces (2nd National Pigeon Champion YBs 2017). She is quite a strong racing bird as well, judging from the following results:
12th Duiven 1,630 p.
14th Morlincourt 753 p.
27th Arlon 994 p.
42nd Chimay 2,867 p.
46th Prov 10 Duiven 4,643 p.
60th Rethel 1,435 p.
62nd Quievrain 1,177 p.
80th Maaseik 979 p.
95th Blankenheim 2,805 p.
A marvelous start to potentially another great season
Year after year Wendela is able to deliver a series of noteworthy results. And she claimed her first national championship titles already in the junior ranks. She is now a household name at senior level as well, as you can tell from her achievements in the national championships and her victories in major races in recent years.
We take a look at some of her many great results:
2017 : 1st National Pigeon Champion young birds not nominated
2nd National Pigeon Champion young birds nominated
2nd National Pigeon Champion young birds
3rd National Pigeon Champion young birds
4th National Pigeon Champion young birds
5th National Pigeon Champion middle distance
9th National Pigeon Champion young birds
2018 : 1st and 2nd Quievrain 3,774 p. (20/20)
9th best fancier in The Netherlands WHZB/TBOTB
1st Middle distance not nominated Prov. 10
1st Middle distance loft champion Prov. 10
1st YBs not nominated Prov. 10
1st YBs loft champion Prov. 10
1st, 2nd & 4th Pigeon Champion YBs Prov. 10
1st General not nominated Prov. 10
1st General nominated Prov. 10
3rd Sprint loft champion Prov. 10
2019 : Best young bird sprint in The Netherlands PIPA ranking (4 prizes)
1st Natour nominated Prov. 10
1st General North not nominated Prov. 10
1st General North nominated Prov. 10
2nd Sprint loft champion Prov. 10
2nd YBs middle distance loft champion Prov. 10
2nd Natour not nominated Prov. 10
3rd Natour loft champion Prov. 10
5th Middle distance not nominated Prov. 10
6th Middle distance nominated Prov. 10
9th sprint not nominated Prov. 10
10th Middle distance not nominated Prov. 10
10th One day long distance not nominated Prov. 10
2020 : 1st, 2nd and 3rd Chimay 13,945 p.