Sangers Pigeons (NL), where dominant play has become a habit

Pigeons that can make a difference against the strongest opponents. Throughout his career, Marcel Sangers has been successfully developing a pigeon family that knows how to win races.

Over the past several years, the old Sangers breed was successfully reinforced with an impressive group of Van Den Bulck and Lambrechts birds. The latest introduction was a group of 4 youngsters of Best Kittel, 6 youngsters of Daniël and 2 youngsters of Junior of PIPA Breeding. Marcel calls them the missing link on the road to future success.

2020 was a turbulent season, also for Marcel and Brian Sangers. They already had to rethink their goals in March but looking back, things have worked out really well this year! We take a look at their best races of 2020:

Bierges: 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th-9th-12th-14th-16th-17th of 4,888 pigeons Niergnies 2nd-9th-15th-16th-18th-19th-37th-40th-51st-57th of 6,400 pigeons Maastricht 2nd-3rd-4th-5th-6th-7th-8th-9th-10th-11th of 5,846 pigeons Morlincourt 2nd-3rd-4th-6th-7th-9th-12th-24th-25th-42nd-44th-46th-54th of 4,288 pigeons Bourges 3rd NPO of 5,856 pigeons Etroeugt 4th-6th-14th-18th-20th-33rd-34th-37th-42nd-44th-47th-50th-51st of 6652 pigeons Nanteuil 4th-9th Teletekst of 9,034 pigeons Quievrain 4th-7th-8th-9th-10th-11th-12th-13th-14th-15th-16th-17th-20th-21st-23rd-25th-26th of 7,305 p. 1st prize Quievrain 7,305 p. goes to Marco Boerman, satellite loft of Sangers Pigeons) Quievrain 6th-7th-9th-10th-14th-15th-20th-38th-49th of 2,681 pigeons

They closed the season with a 1st Ace Pigeon Natour in District De IJssel, and Brian Sangers also finished in the top five Golden Pigeon twice, and he is quite likely to claim another top five spot:

  • 3rd Golden Pigeon sprint in The Netherlands June/July with a 0.93 coefficient
  • 4th Golden Pigeon long distance in The Netherlands with a 1.55 coefficient
  • Kandidaat top 5 Gouden Duif snelheid van Nederland aug/sep met coëfficiënt 1,3

A distinct eye for talent

Pretty much throughout his career, Marcel Sangers has demonstrated the art of successfully matching pigeons and bloodlines. In the mid-1990s he developed a fantastic Camphuis-based pigeon family, which he further strengthened with the help of the outstanding Super Kweker. This was the basis for a 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint (Top Gun), a 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon middle distance (Young Gun) and a 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon one day long distance (Eagle Eye). At the turn of the century, he also invested in a group of pigeons from Gerard Koopman, to further enhance his existing pigeon breed. And then came the truly exceptional results, such as a 1st-4th-5th-6th-7th-8th-16th-etc. NPO Orleans of 18,127 p. and a 1st-3rd-5th-7th-9th-10th-17th etc. NPO Bourges of 10,765 p. and a total of 7 first prizes NPO.

In 2015, after his move, he used his trusted Sangers bloodlines as his main building blocks, to which he added pigeons from the best of Dirk Van Den Bulck and Stefaan Lambrechts. These two breeds are closely related, and Marcel was confident that they have what it takes to 'reach a new level'. Once again, this wonderboy showed his excellent gut feel, and he soon found himself in the spotlight again. For instance, he won a prestigious title of 3rd Superstar Sprint Golden Pigeon in The Netherlands in 2019, besides the following top results across 2018 and 2019: 

1st semi National champion one day long distance Northern Union (Brian Sangers) 1st not nominated champion one day long distance prov. 8 GOU over 4 races (Sangers/Ung) 1st-2nd-5th fastest Soissons overall 16,915 p. 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th-6th-7th fastest Chimay overall 10,239 p. 1st-2nd-5th-6th-7th-8th fastest Niergnies overall 7,100 p. 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th-6th-7th-8th-10th-15th-18th-19th-20th Isnes 5,079 p. 1st-14th-24th-31st-32nd-42nd-51st Chalons En Champagne 3,400 p. 1st-5th-6th-7th-12th-19th-22nd-23rd-24th-25th Tienen 2,450 p. 1st-2nd-3rd-7th-10th-11th-12th-13th-14th-17th Epernay 1,984 p. 1st-2nd-8th-15th-27th Laon 1,266 p. 1st-2nd-3rd-17th-32nd-33rd-34th-35th-36th Epernay 1,178 p. 1st-4th-5th-9th-12th-13th-14th-15th-17th-18th-19th Vervins 1,052 p. 1st-2nd-7th-14th-20th-21st-26th-33rd Nanteuil 576 p. 1st-2nd-5th-6th-7th-8th-11th-12th-22nd-23rd-26th-30th Laon 546 p. 3rd Superstar of the year NL sprint ‘Golden Pigeon’ 2019 8th Nat. Ace Pigeonallround WHZB/TBOTB 2019

Marcel and Brian would not hesitate to acknowledge that the majority of their best results have been won thanks to the introduction of Van Den Bulck and Lambrechts pigeons. And most fanciers agree that this is the best collection of pigeons that the two fanciers have ever had. Here is a brief overview of the invaluable breeding birds that are responsible for their countless achievements.

Sangers Pigeons has the following Van Den Bulck breeders:

  •  5 youngsters of Kittel – 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB and a top breeder
  •  3 youngsters of Goede Rode x Olympic Rosita – the parents of Kittel
  •  2 youngsters of Greipel – 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB & full brother Kittel
  •  3 youngsters of New Kittel – Substitute Olympiad Pigeon & brother Kittel
  •  2 youngsters of Broer Goede Rode x Olympic Rosita – stock pair II
  •  2 youngsters of Broer Goede Rode x Golden Leo 999 – super class breeding pair
  •  2 youngsters of Broer Goede Rode x Golden Leo 40000 – super class breeding pair
  •  4 youngsters of the Olympiad pair, the parents of Olympic Rosita, the dam of Kittel
  •  2 youngsters & 2 sisters of Olympic Kittel 006, a new super class racing bird for Van Den Bulck

And Sangers Pigeons has the following Stefaan Lambrecht breeders on board as well:

  •  5 youngsters of Lincia, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB 2015 & super class breeder
  •  4 full brothers and 2 sisters of Lincia
  •  3 youngsters of Het Blokje, super class breeder and the grandmother of Lincia
  •  6 youngsters of Blauw Gert, Nr. 1 stock breeder for the Lambrechts family
  •  4 youngsters of Super 188, 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB
  •  3 youngsters of Tornado, 1st prov. & 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB 2014 

Super breeders Gold Dust and Angelina

The best two breeding hens today are without doubt BE15-4264261 Gold Dust and BE15-4100451 Angelina; two daughters of the renowned Van Den Bulck breeding pair Goede Rode x Olympic Rosita, and the world's best two breeding sisters of Kittel. Descendants of these fantastic breeders have not only been thriving in the lofts of Team Sangers, they were also invaluable to fanciers like Peter Van De Merwe, G. & H. Calis, Rui Lobato (Portugal) and others. A lot has been said about Gold Dust and Angelina, but the list of achievements of their direct descendants pretty much says it all.

The achievements of the youngsters of Gold Dust for Sangers Pigeons:

15th Nat. Ace Pigeon middle distance ‘De Allerbeste’ 2017 (‘Kiki’) 1st s-prov. ace pigeon -500 km 2017 (‘Kiki’) s-prov. ace pigeon middle distance 2017 (‘Kiki’) 1st ace pigeon district - 500 km 2017 (‘Kiki’) 1st ace pigeon middle distance district 2017 (‘Kiki’) 2nd prov. ace pigeon - 500 km 2017 (‘Kiki’) 1st Chalons-en-Champagne 5,940 p. 2017 (‘Kathy’) 1st Isnes 1,952 p. 2017 (‘Kitty’)

Three generations of descendants of Gold Dust win the following prizes:

15th Nat. ace pigeon middle distance ‘De Allerbeste’ 2017 (‘Kiki’) 1st s-prov. ace pigeon - 500 km 2017 (‘Kiki’) s-prov. ace pigeon middle distance 2017 (‘Kiki’) 1st ace pigeon district - 500 km 2017 (‘Kiki’) 1st ace pigeon middle distance district 2017 (‘Kiki’) 2nd prov. ace pigeon - 500 km 2017 (‘Kiki’) 1st Chalons-en-Champagne 5,940 p. 2017 (‘Kathy’) 1st Isnes 1,952 p. 2017 (‘Kitty’) 3 generations of descendants of Gold Dust win the following prizes: 2nd best young bird NL PIPA Ranking 6 pr. 2018 (for Peter VD Merwe) 1st fastest prov. Niergnies 16,973 p. (for G. & H. Calis) 1st s-prov. PS Maxence 12,127 p. / 2nd prov. 33,687 p. (for Peter VD Merwe) 1st Soissons 4,090 p. (for G. & H. Calis) 1st Niergnies 3,393 p. (for Peter VD Merwe) 1st Nanteuil 3,086 p. / 4th 12,413 p. (for Peter VD Merwe) 1st Roye 281 p. / 2nd NPO 20,172 p. (for Peter VD Merwe) 3rd prov. Bierges 6,961 p. (for Troost-Van Panhuis) 4th s-prov. Melun 9,656 p. (for Peter VD Merwe) 4th NPO Sens 2,403 p. / 10th Nat. sector 8,415 p. (for G. & H. Calis) 6th NPO Roye 20,172 p. (for Peter VD Merwe) 9th NPO Roye 20,172 p. (for Peter VD Merwe) 12th Nat. Pontoise 8,086 p. (for Peter VD Merwe) 13th NPO PS Maxence 6,733 p. (for Peter VD Merwe) 16th NPO Rethel 2,796 p. (for Troost-Van Panhuis) 36th Nat. Pontoise 8,086 p. (for Peter VD Merwe)

And here are the achievements of Angelina's youngsters for Sangers Pigeons:

3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon middle distance ‘De Allerbeste’ 2017 (‘Kira’) 1st Epernay 1,178 p. 2017 (‘Kira’) 1st Vervins 1,052 p. 2017 (‘Kira’) 1st Nanteuil 256 p. & 6th fastest of 10,186 p. 2017 (‘Kira’) 2nd Ace Pigeon middle distance District De IJssel 2017 (‘Kira’) 3rd Epernay 1,178 p. 2017 (‘Katja’) 5th s-prov. ace pigeon middle distance 2017 (‘Kira’) 25 prizes in 28 races (‘Kayla’) Winner of 15x 1:10 (‘Kayla’)

‘Angelina’ is grandmother of:

1st fastest prov. Niergnies 16,973 p. 1st Soissons 3,475 p. 1st NPO Rethel 2,796 p. & fastest of 4,088 p. 1st Ace Pigeon natoer District De IJssel 2020 1st Roye 281 p. 1st Niergnies 158 p. 1st Sens 109 p. 2nd prov. Blankenheim 17,726 p. 2nd s-prov. Maastricht 5,846 p. 3rd s-prov. Maastricht 5,846 p. 4th NPO Sens 2,403 p. / 10th Nat. sect. 8,415 p. 5th prov. Bierges 25,391 p. 8th NPO Pt. St. Maxence 18,889 p. Etc.

A look into the future

The current generation of breeders has been responsible for many fantastic results over the years. And Marcel is confident that his latest introductions have everything it takes to provide him with new race winners in the future as well. These new introductions come from PIPA Breeding, home of the fantastic Best Kittel dynasty. This is the palmers of Best Kittel:

1st Nat. ace pigeon sprint KBDB 2017 4th Nat. ace pigeon sprint KBDB 2016 Winner of 4 x first The sire of Junior, 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB 2018 The sire of Best Kittel II, candidate for 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB 2020

The Best Kittel family won the following titles:

1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB sprint 2019 (Daniel, from a niece of Best Kittel) 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB 2017 (Best Kittel) Top candidate for 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB 2020 (Best Kittel II – son Best Kittel) 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB 2015 (From brother of sire Best Kittel) 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB 2018 (Junior – son Best Kittel) 4th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB sprint 2019 (Grandson 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB 2015) 4th Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB 2016 (Best Kittel) 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB 2007 (Brother of sire Best Kittel) 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB 2017 (Son 1. Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB ’17) 10th Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB 2018 (401 Brother Best Kittel) 13th Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB 2017 (Nest mate dam Best Kittel) 14th Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB 2017 (Grandchild of sire of Best Kittel) 19th Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB 2018 (427 Brother Best Kittel)

Marcel calls it the absolute sensation of today. "These pigeons went on to dominate the Belgian sprint competition in no time. The Dehon-Demonseau family, which developed this exceptional strain, has won the title of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB thee times in the last four years. PIPA Breeding takes great care of these bloodlines, and the number of references that have been coming in is nothing short of amazing." Sangers Pigeons knows what this strain is capable of. A grandchild of Best Kittel was transferred to the satellite lofts of Marco Boerman, where he promptly won a 1st semi-prov. Quievrain of 7,305 pigeons.

Sangers Pigeons has really committed to these new bloodlines, and youngsters of some fantastic pairings went straight to the breeding loft. That includes:

  • 1 youngster Best Kittel x Dam Daniel 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB ’19
  • 1 youngster Best Kittel x Daughter Best Kittel
  • 1 youngster Best Kittel x Sister Best Kittel
  • 1 youngster Best Kittel x Shakira (1st-1st-3rd-5th-14th of +1,400 p. on average)
  • 1 youngster Daniel x Moeder Best Kittel
  • 1 youngster Daniel x Shakira (1st-1st-3rd-5th-14th of +1,400 p. on average)
  • 2 youngsters Daniel x Daughter Best Kittel with dam Best Kittel
  • 2 youngsters Daniel x Inbred daughter Best Kittel
  • 1 youngster Junior x Dam Best Kittel
  • 1 youngster Junior x Zus Best Kittel II (candidate for 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB ’20)

A few of the stars of 2020

We return from the future and we take a look back at the 2020 season, to zoom in on the pigeons that have really come forward this year. They illustrate the enormous success of this 'new Sangers wonder formula'. We begin with NL19-1417028 Aranca. She claimed several top results in 2020 and she was particularly successful in the natour. She won the following prizes in just two weeks' time:

1st Bierges 4,888 p. (5-9-2020) 4th snelste Quievrain 7,305 p. (12-9-2020)

Earlier top results include a 4th Morlincourt of 4,286 p. (behind teammates), a 38th Bourges 1,585 p., a 51st Fay Aux Loges 2,639 p., a 57th Nanteuil 2,158 p. and a 78th Maastricht 2,056 p. Her sire is Stefaans Favourite, a direct Stefaan Lambrechts from 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Lincia x her own grandfather. The dam is Kim, a full sister of Olympic Kittel of Van Den Bulck.

Sangers Pigeons also went on to win a title of 1st Ace Pigeon Natoer District De Ijssel in that same Natoer competition. This title goes to NL19-1417086 Limited Edition, a hen that just barely survived an attack from a bird of prey two weeks earlier. She is a one year old hen and a daughter of Katu x Kira. Katu is one of the best breeders of Van Den Bulck and a half brother of Kittel, being a youngster of Broer Goede Rode x Olympic Rosita. Katu is also the grandfather of:

  •       1st NPO Rethel 2,796 p. & fastest of 4,088 p.
  •       1st Peronne 5,804 p.
  •       1st prize winner 5,790 p.
  •       1st Stafford 1,123 p.
  •       1st Wolvertem 237 p.
  •       2nd prov. Blankenheim 17,726 p.
  •       5th prov. Bierges 25,391 p.
  •       6th prize 2,591 p.

The dam is Kira, a highly talented daughter of Super Red (inbred to Superkweker Sangers) x Angelina, a very gifted sister of Kittel. Kira was herself a great racing bird as well:

  •       3rd Nat. ace pigeon middle distance ‘De Allerbeste’ 2017
  •       1st Epernay 1,178 p. 2017
  •       1st Vervins 1,052 p. 2017
  •       1st Nanteuil 256 p. & 6th fastest 10,186 p. 2017
  •       2nd ace pigeon middle distance District De IJssel 2017
  •       5th s-prov. ace pigeon middle distance 2017

Another fantastic racing bird is NL17-1826230 Silvie. She has had some excellent results over the years, including a podium spot NPO from Bourges in 2020. We take a look at her palmares so far:

33rd best yearling with 10 prizes PIPA ranking 2018 3rd NPO Bourges 5,856 p. 8th NPO Chateaudun 3,272 p. 3rd Niergnies 2,122 p. 5th Niergnies 7,100 p. 5th Chateaudun 911 p. 10th Isnes 5,079 p. 17th Tienen 2,463 p. 27th Laon 1,247 p.

The sire is 'Da Capo', winner of a 10th NPO Gien of 5,615 p. 559 km, a 15th NPO Gien 9,395 p. 559 km and a 17th NPO Bourges 5,094 p. 627 km. He is a full brother of Dior, 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon allround WHZB 2019 as a yearling, and a son of King (from New Kittel VD Bulck) x Lotus (a daughter of Fast Of Lightning).

The dam of Silvie is Adora, a 1st Ace Pigeon middle distance district 2019, 1st young bird ace pigeon natoer district 2016 and 2nd s-prov. ace pigeon middle distance 2019.

And lastly we have two Teletext pigeons for Team Sangers in Nanteuil. We start with NL18-5160028 Godiva, winner of:

2nd Ace Pigeon yearlings district 2019 3rd Maastricht 1,841 p. 4th TXT Nanteuil-le-Haudouin 9,034 p. 11th Budel 4,373 p. 12th Tienen 2,882 p. 16th Tilburg 2,032 p. 25th Fay Aux Loges 1,445 p. 26th Chalons & Champagne 1,691 p.

Her sire is Old Gold, a terrific inbred cock to Super Kweker, and the sire of several successful racing birds like Goldfever (1st Soisson of 16,915 p.), Kathy (1st TXT Chalons 5,940 p.), Kiki (1st s-prov. & 15th Nat. Ace Pigeon) and Kitty (1st Isnes of 1,894 p.). The dam is Verasu, a direct Stefaan Lambrechts.

Racing hen NL18-1632737 Jolene is another very talented descendant, and winner of:

2nd Ace Pigeon natoer district 2019 3rd yearling ace pigeon district 2019 3rd ace pigeon middle distance district 2020 3rd Morlincourt 4,288 p. 4th Tienen 885 p. 5th Quievrain 1,296 p. 7th Quievrain 4,624 p. 9th TXT Nanteuil-le-Haudouin 9,034 p. 9th Soissons 1,224 p.

The sire of Joline is Skittel, a fantastic son of Kittel Van Den Bulck. Skittel also bred the winners of a 1st Chimay of 1,804 p., a 2nd & 4th Chimay of 10,239 p., a 3rd Nanteuil of 1,708 p., a 5th Quievrain of 4,624 p., a 6th Niergnies of 7,100 p. and a 7th Quievrain of 15,420 p.

The dam is Megan, 1st semi-prov. ace pigeon sprint 2014 & 10th Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint WHZB-TBOTB 2014.

Whether we are talking about past, present or future: Sangers Pigeons can rely on a collection of pigeons of unprecedented quality. Time and time again, Marcel and Brian come up with the right formula to breed new generations of highly successful racing birds. With the introduction of some world class pigeons from the Best Kittel dynasty they appear to have a solid foundation for future success in the post-Covid era.