Anthony Maes (Waregem, BE) dominates in 2021

Once again 2021 promises to be a grand cru year for Anthony Maes. Week after week Waregem dominates the rankings and one can not get around the name Maes as a fancier these days.

The colony of Anthony Maes has been a synonym with exceptionally strong performances for some time now. Remarkable rankings, provincial and national victories, KBDB Ace Pigeon titles… all of these have been part of the daily routine for some time already. However, it seems that in 2021 they have reached an even higher level. Up to now (start of Juli), we count 18 victories +3 provincial laurels. When it comes to the zonal region, the superman of Waregem has already won gold.

2021 is going strong

When the middle-distance races started, naturally Anthony and his wife/caretaker Chantal were ready to strike. They started off strong and have not slowed down throughout the entire season 2021, weekly they perform feats others can only dream off. Friend and enemy alike have agreed by now that the pigeons of Anthony are of an exceptionally high level. Everything they try they seem to succeed at, and such a thing is only possible when there is true quality in the lofts.

Phenomenal results week after week :

15/05 Fontenay 4.343 old birds : 1-7-109-130-137-174-... 10 out of 16 2.235 yearlings : 1-6-66-70-90-... 7 out of 10 Blois 3.446 old birds : 15-145-179-220-... 16 out of 30 23/05 Chateauroux 645 old birds : 5-6-9-11-12-19-... 16 out of 30 233 yearlings : 2-3-5-10-19-20-25-... 10 out of 19 29/05 Sermaisses 243 old birds : 1-2-10-12-19-20-... 12 out of 18 166 yearlings : 1-6-12-14-... 7 out of 11 Bourges 5.658 old birds : 11-67-182-215-245-286-... 16 out of 23 3.857 yearlings : 23-24-41-151-152-... 13 out of 21 06/06 Chateauroux 4.688 old birds : 8-9-10-15-75-111-142-159-... 18 out of 26 12/06 Fontenay 3.719 old birds : 2-6-237-263-... 9 out of 17 19/06 Argenton 2.898 old birds : 1-42-48-183-... 9 out of 19 4.075 yearlings : 3-10-14-80-81-118-124-143-.. 17 out of 24 28/06 La Souterraine 1.453 old birds : 3-34-94-... 5 out of 8 04/07 Issoudun 1.604 old birds : 21-22-77-94-... 9 out of 11 2.334 yearlings : 8-16-45-139-143-... 9 out of 17 17/07 Chateauroux 174 yearlings : 1-2 2 out of 2 (!!) 18/07 Clermont 397 youngsters : 1-3-5-9-11-15-16-17-21-22-... 41 out of 66 Fontenay 93 youngsters : 1-2-5-7-9-... 8 out of 10

A multitude of rare quality gems

A colony the size of that of Anthony Maes is bound to have a number of gems that the vast majority of pigeon fanciers can only dream of. At the moment one of those gems is the wonder pigeon named: Seven (BE18-3132777) who has flown onto the national stage. With the super performances below, Seven is currently ranking as 1st in the PIPA-Ranking over 3 and 4 races! 

1st Provincial :  Argenton 2.898 p. 

2nd Zonal : La Souterraine 1.183 p.

9th Provincial : Chateauroux 4.688 p.

159th National :  Bourges  34.311 p. 

Another pigeon in this lineup of absolute superstars is Fine Fleur (BE19-3012087). In 2020 this lady was already the 2nd Provincial Ace Pigeon KBDB Longer Middle Distance, 15th National Ace Pigeon KBDB , Best Bourges pigeon in PIPA-rankings, ... This trend is continued in 2021, Fine Fleur continues riding the momentum of lust year: this season she has been breaking new heights with, among others,  2nd Provincial Fontenay against 3.719 p., 8th Prov. Chateauroux 4.688 p., 42nd Prov. Argenton 2.898 p., 914th Nat. Bourges against 34.311 p., 94th Prov. La Souterraine 1.453 p., 22nd Prov. Issoudun against 1.604 p., … In her pedigree we can find names such as Sero Sero and Papillon, one can not find any better in our hobby. 

Fine Fleur : a Maes wonderbird

And what to say about the well-known superstar Cent et Deux (BE19-3012102)? Last year she was once again dominant throughout the season and finished as 1st Provincial Ace Pigeon KBDB Longer Middle Distance + 2nd Provincial Ace Pigeon KBDB  All-Round. Back then she already ranked among the National Ace Pigeons as 12th National Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance. In 2021 she can once again be found at the top of the results every time. Cent et Deux has added the following achievements to her already impressive honours list :  53rd Prov. Chateauroux 6.923 p., 308th Prov. Bourges 5.658 p., 15th Prov. Chateauroux 4.688 p., 44th Prov. Chateauroux 4.194 p., ... Once again Sero Sero and Papillon can be found in the pedigree, so once again : good x good = good

Cent et Deux : A regular among the KBDB Ace Pigeons

It is not just the generations of 2018 and 2019 that are performing excellently. Anthony Maes’s yearlings in Waregem are also working on a fantastic season.  Dua Lipa (BE20-3010374), the provincial winner Fontenay, has been claiming a spot among the ranks of the very best. So far she has won the al 1st Provincial Fontenay against no less than 4.343 pigeons and 1st Provinciaal 2.235 p. al 1° Provinciaal Fontenay tegen maar liefst 4.343 duiven en 1° Provinciaal 2.235 d. As well as 1st Local Bourges against 475 pigeons and 23rd Provincial against 3.857 pigeons. To showcase her abilities, even more, this year she was also the 50th Prov. Chateauroux (4.666 p.) and 8th Prov. Issoudun ( 2.334 p.) ! Dua Lipa is approaching the ranks of her illustrious predecessors, which is not strange considering her extremely good pedigree : de Bliksem and Rudy van Vandenabeele in combination with the constantly returning name of wonderbird Papillon.

The future is looking bright

Anthony and Chantal have been working on an impressive season, not only his old birds and yearlings are doing well, but also the young birds have been performing excellently. We can expect more fireworks for the foreseeable future since for a craftsman such as Maes, winning and standing out every single time is the ultimate goal of the pigeon sport. That he has been doing that so well for so long is without a doubt because the bar is always being set higher and only the best is good enough to breed with. This, in combination with very harsh selection, makes it so that the colony Maes is at the apex of our sport.