Etienne Meirlaen (Deurle, BE) continues to excel in extreme long distance racing in 2022

Having won the title of 8th Nat. Champion Extreme Long Distance KBDB, a provincial victory from Marseille, 2 pigeons amongst the National Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB, the Meirlaen team can look back on a successful 2022.

Saying that Etienne Meirlaen belongs to the best extreme long distance fanciers in the world is kicking in an open door. For many years now, Etienne Meirlaen dominates extreme long distance racing in Belgium. With Yelena as stock hen - paired to the golden Marseille dynasty - Etienne managed spectacular results, leading to National KBDB Ace Pigeon titles, National Championship titles, as well as several 1st National victories. Titles and victories which made the Meirlaen colony world famous. Fellow fanciers that strengthened their lofts with Meirlaen bloodlines, were quick to achieve successes. The breeding dominance and hereditary power of the Meirlaen pigeons led many fanciers to the top.  

The proove of this was deliverd on the international race from Perpignan in 2022. The pigeons that won 1-2-3 National Perpignan in the Netherlands and 1st International Perpignan hens were all descendants from the Meirlaen-bloodlines, from co-breeding with Hugo Batenburg-van de Merwe:
-1. Nat Perpignan 3.805 b. NL - 2. Intnat Perpignan 12.302 b. (by Ad Fortuin with Mels): this cock is from fathers side bred from the Monar-line of Etienne Meirlaen
-1. Intnat Perpignan 3.509 hens - 2. Nat 3.805 b. NL - 3. Intnat 12.302 b. (by Hugo Batenburg): is a granddaughter of Lloyd (winner 1. Intnat Barcelona at Team De Jaeger, and is a 50% Meirlaen-pigeon... his father was an orignal Meirlaen-pigeon out of the Old 7 Barca-line)
-3. Nat Perpignan 3.805 b. NL (by Ad Fortuin with Sef): his mother is a 50% Meirlaen-pigeon (line of the golden stockhen Yelena x Cor, himself winner 1. Nat Acepigeon ELD KBDB)

New challenge in 2022

At the end of 2021, Etienne Meirlaen took a tough decision and brought his entire breeding team (all breeders from 2012 to 2018) to auction. The pigeons that brought him fame and joy, National KBDB Ace Pigeon titles and sensational victories - the colony's showpieces - were sold. The new generation had to prove they were ready and follow in these stars' footsteps. Several racing stars were transferred to the breeding lofts, such as Yelena's Ace: 2nd National KBDB Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance, Miss Narbonne: winner 1st Internat. Agen hens 2021, 3rd Nat. Narbonne YL ’19… Provincial St.Vincent: 1. Prov. and 2nd Nat. St.Vincent etc. … all breeders now, ensuring future racing talents.  

Een serieuze aderlating voor vliegploeg, zoveel is zeker. Al werd in 2022 meteen duidelijk dat de nieuwe generatie klaar staat om de fakkel meteen over te nemen. De gewonnen titels en asduiven in 2022 op nationaal vlak, zijn daarvan het mooiste bewijs:

A serious dent in the racing team, for sure. Although it quickly became clear in 2022 that the new generation is ready to take over. The titles and ace pigeons in 2022 on a National level illustrate this: 

Usunięto obraz.

8th Nat. Champion Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2022
8th Best Belgian Extreme Long Distance pigeon 2022 – across 3 races 
5th- 6th- 10th Ace Pigeon ‘Primus-inter-Pares’ Barcelona 2022 – across 5 years
15th- 26th Nat. KBDB Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance 2022 - across 2 races 
1st Provincial Marseille 2022… 2nd Provincial Narbonne etc.

These performances assure Etienne Meirlaen of a bright future. 

National Ace Pigeons 

National ace pigeons are the best pigeons in Belgium across a racing season, in a certain discipline. Taking several spots amongst the national ace pigeons every year is not easy, although Etienne Meirlaen makes it seem that way. In 2022, this was again the case. We are pleased to introduce his 2022 ace pigeons further:  

- Mistral BE18-4216189

15th Nat. KBDB Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance Old birds 2022
 1st Prov. Marseille 328 p. ’22 – 3rd Nat. Marseille 2,326 p. – 4th Int. 9,806 p.

72nd Nat. Pau-Bordeaux 3,734 p. ’22
38th Argenton  610 p.’22  – 1520th Nat. Argenton 20,467 p.
136th Nat. Marseille 1,882 p. ’21 – 697th Int. 10,830 p.

Father: Grandson Marseille BE13-4257825
He himself won 6th Nat. Agen 3,524 p., 7th Int. Agen 6,042 YL, 117th Nat. Cahors 6,903 p., 214th Nat. Brive 9,278 p… and is an excellent breeder and father of the 3rd Nat. Marseille, 85th Nat. Narbonne, 136th Nat. Marseille, 142nd Nat. Marseille… etc. He is a grandson of the supercrack ‘Marseille’.
Mother: Granddaughter Perpignanlady
Bred from Son Perpignanlady (Perpignanlady won 1st Nat. KBDB Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance 2019) x Sister Cor (Cor became 1st Nat. KBDB Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance 2008).

- Aceman Girl BE19-4113094

26th Nat. KBDB Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance 2022
25th Nat. Perpignan 3,766 p. ’22 – 41st Int. Perpignan 3,509 hens
46th Nat. Perpignan 3,901 p. ’21
93rd Nat. Pau-Bordeaux 3,734 p. ’22

Excellent racer on the extreme long distance, bred from the old Meirlaen stock: 

Father: Aceman BE12-4278176
Himself 14th 
Nat. KBDB Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance 2016, winner of 19th Nat. Pau 1,661 p., 51st Nat. St.Vincent 2,562 p., 73rd Int. Pau 9,908 p. etc… and descendant of the golden Marseille lines, as son of Half brother Fenomeen 750/10 (son 612 Brother Marseille) x Half sister Cor 169/04 (Cor became 1st Nat. KBDB Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance 2008). 
Mother: Daughter Superbreeder BE14-4261186
From the 'Nr. 1" on the Meirlaen breeding lofts in the past 10 years: breeding phenomenon Superbreeder BE11-4312214 (son of Monar: 1st Int. Narbonne) x Daughter Starlight BE11-4278440 (Starlight won 2nd Int. Tarbes 12,549 p., 9th Nat. Montauban 7,203 p., 21st Nat. Montauban 5,438 p…).

Superbreeder: the 'Nr. 1' on the breeding lofts has brought forth many winners and national KBDB ace pigeons 

- Son Superbreeder 389 BE16-4235389

8th Best Belgian Extreme Long Distance pigeon 2022 – across 3 races
142nd Nat. Pau-Bordeaux 3,734 p. ’22
199th Nat. St.Vincent-Tarbes 2,899 p. ’22
230th Nat. Perpignan 3,766 p. ’22
41st Nat. St.Vincent 3,038 p. ’20
76th Nat. Pau 2,797 p. ’19
111th Nat. St.Vincent 2,949 p. ’19
163rd Nat. St.Vincent 2,758 p. ’18

Half brother ‘Provincial Pau’:
3rd Nat. KBDB Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance ’17
10th Nat. KBDB Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance ’16
Half brother ‘Provincial St.Vincent’:
1st Prov. and 2nd Nat. St.Vincent

Father: Superbreeder BE11-4312214
The ‘Nr. 1’  breeder of Etienne Meirlaen, and direct son of Monar BE08-4238283, winner 1st Int. Narbonne 12,605 p. ’11 (he in turn is a son of Father Marseille x Yelena) x Dochter Marathonlady BE10-4284777 (and half sister Yelena).
Mother: Blauwwitpen Adri-Jan BE10-5061827
Direct Adri-Jan Hoes. Daughter of Kimi Barca 366/07 (he himself won 7th Nat. St.Vincent 7,356 p. ’08, 10th Nat. Barcelona 13,502 p. ’09) x Aline 766/05 (full sister Cor: 1st Nat. KBDB Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance ’08).

From the same super pair Superbreeder x Blauwwwitpen Adri-Jan, Son Superbreeder 047 BE18-4216047 was bred. He is winner of 1st Club 212 p. - 2nd Prov. Narbonne 1,319 p. - 8th Nat. Narbonne 5,749 p. in 2022. 

From the pedigrees of these Meirlaen cracks in 2022 we find that the Yelena dynasty, paired to the mighty Marseille lines are still powerful and still play a role in most of these successes. With the focus on the 6 International classics Pau, Agen, St. Vincent, Perpignan, Narbonne and Marseille...which are Etienne Meirlaen's favorite races. He choses these races to basket his best pigeons. These pigeons are capable of flying 14-15 hours on end, and reaching the loft on the day of release, often battling for the best prizes in this international peloton. They have flown an impressive list of victories for Etienne Meirlaen on the club, provincial and even (inter)national level! 

On Barcelona, Etienne Meirlaen prefers a slightly different type of pigeon. Primarily the descendants of the 'Old 7 Barca' stock, the bloodlines of Cor (1st Nat. KBDB Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance '08) or the Cor de Heijde pigeons, the Gouden Vleugel lines, are the pigeons that shine on this classic. Typical Barcelona pigeons, according to Etienne. Some of the greatest Barcelona stars of this moment are housed on the Meirlaen lofts in Deurle. 

5th-6th-10th Primus Inter Pares Barcelona in 2022

Primus-Inter-Pares is an ace pigeon competition across 5 years from Barcelona. In other words, the strongest extreme long distance pigeon, with character, endurance and perseverance. Etienne Meirlaen is the only fancier to rank 3 pigeons - on 5th, 6th and 10th place - in the Top 10. Meaning he owns 3 of the best 10 pigeons across 5 years of Barcelona racing (2018-2022) on the lofts in Deurle. Not nothing. These are his Barcelona cracks: 

- Primus Five BE16-4237191

5th Primus Inter Pares Barcelona 2018-2022
5th Best Belgian Barcelona pigeon across 4 years – 2019-2022

72nd Nat. Barcelona 6,913 d. ’21
265th Nat. Barcelona 6,178 d. ’20
330th Nat. Barcelona 7,301 d. ’19
567th Nat. Barcelona 6,560 d. ’22
1184th Nat. Barcelona 7,438 d. ’18
Half sister Yelena’s Ace: 2nd Nat. KBDB Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance 2020

This hen is bred from Co-Breeding NL11-1911801, direct Cor de Heijde and father of Yelena’s Ace: 2nd Nat. KBDB Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance 2020 (grandson 1st Nat. Barcelona Caas Brok, 1. Int. Perpignan Gebr Saya and wonder pigeon Don Michel of Cor de Heijde) x Kleindochter Cor BE10-4284754 (from Son Cor x Sister Perpignanlady… Cor became 1st Nat KBDB Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance '08 and Perpignanlady: 1st Nat KBDB Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance ’09). A fantastic lineage, what a class! 

-Primus Six BE16-4237395

6th Primus Inter Pares Barcelona 2018-2022 (BBC)
135th Nat. Barcelona 6,913 p. ’21
324th Nat. Barcelona 7,438 p. ’18
582nd Nat. Barcelona 7,301 p. ’19
678th Nat. Barcelona 6,560 p. ’22
792nd Nat. Barcelona 6,178 p. ’20

This beautiful hen is bred from the old Barcelona stock of Etienne Meirlaen, as daughter of Son Old 7 Barca BE08-4298138 (Old 7 Barca won 7 prizes on Barcelona with a.o. 68th – 84th Nat. Barcelona) x Granddaughter Gouden Vleugel BE11-4312140 (from Half brother Conar 087/08 – Conar won 1st Nat Cahors, x Half sister Yelena 201/08, daughter of Gouden Vleugel 2006 Meirlaen x Marathonlady, mother of golden stock hen Yelena).

- Sproete Monar BE15-4240255

10th Primus Inter Pares Barcelona 2018-2022 (BBC)
10th Nat Barcelona 6,913 p. ’21
– 3rd Prov. 1,546 p. – 1st Club 206 p.
71st Int. Barcelona 16,485 p. ’21 – 33rd Int. 5,840 hens ’21
194th Nat. Barcelona 7,438 p. ’18
504th Nat. Barcelona 6,560 p. ’22
899th Nat. Barcelona 6,178 p. ’20
1275th Nat. Barcelona 7,301 p. ’19
1803rd Nat. Barcelona 7,874 p. ’17

This strong marathon hen won prizes on Barcelona 6 years in a row. She is a daughter of Golden Monar Boy BE11-4312130 (direct son Monar: 1st Int. Narbonne 12,605 p. ’11 x Perpignanlady: 1st Nat. KBDB Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance ’09) x Dochter Super 80 Groenendijk 510/13 (Super 80 won 1st NPO Mont de Marsan 4,144 p. ’09 , 4th Nat. Bergerac 7,471 p. ’08, 14th Nat. Bordeaux 6,299 p… paired to a daughter 1st Nat. Perpignan Brockamp).

Ready for 2023

Besides the great racers above, there are plenty of young talents waiting to shine in 2023. There were several talented 2 year-old extreme long distance athletes and also a fantastic team of yearling cocks that performed well on the long distance classics from Tulle and Souillac in 2022. This is promising for the future. One thing is clear; to knock Etienne Meirlaen from his throne, one has to house a lot of quality. With such talented racers he is sure to reign at the top for some years to come. The golden Yelena dynasty lives on. 

Results old birds in 2022 on the international races 

Pau-Bordeaux Club 134 p.: 1-2-3-4-5-7-8-9-11-12-14-15-20… (17/41)
    National 3,734 p.: 26-27-31-40-44-72-85-93-126-142-182-184-250-268-387…
with 14 prizes 1:10 and 17/41

Agen Club 245 p.: 5-6-7-10-15-28-34-43-45-56-63-68-76-81 (14/22)
    National 6,657 p.: 116-118-119-170-322-572-633-754-776-969… with 7 prizes 1:10 and 13/22

Barcelona National 6,560 p.: 207-257-302-336-341-504-567-609-678-700-757-830-941…
  with 8 prizes 1:10 and 17/31, amongst which 9 of the 10 first nominated pigeons. 

St.Vincent-Tarbes Club 80 p.: 1-2-6-9-13 (5/12)
     National 2,892 p.: 24-49-199-343-417 (5/12)

Marseille Club 16 p.: 1-3-4-5 (4/5)
      Provincial  328 p.: 1-36-49-10 (4/5)
      National 2,326 p.: 3-223-319 (3/5)

Narbonne Club 212 p.: 1-8-9-10-11-19-27-37-46-69-70 (11/22)
     Provincial 1,319 p.: 2-33-44-47-50-125-184-242-296-433-434 (11/22)
     National 5,749 p.: 8-129-154-170-189-480-723-935-1182 (9/22)

Perpignan Club 90 d.: 3-4-6-7-8-9-10-12-16-17-21-22 (12/22)
    Provincial 881 p.: 9-10-22-25-28-30-37-49-72-86-110-112-273 (13/22)
    National 3,766 p.: 25-35-75-84-91-99-126-153-230-281-373-379-961 (13/22)
    Int. 3,509 hens: 41-55-96-109-118-123-155-182-380 (9/12)