The pigeons of Bart & Nance never take a detour; they always head straight for the finishing line. Their opponents stand no chance against this freight train that cannot be stopped. This pigeon breed has outclassed their opponents throughout the season:
Montluçon 2222 p.: 1-3-10-13-14-15-19-20-21-31-53-54-66-128-135 ... Vierzon 1297 p.: 15-16-19-46-67 ... Chateauroux 2478 p.: 2-4-10-25-35-74 ... Chateauroux 1862 p.: 1-29-33-311-414 ... Montluçon 1253 p.: 2-4-23 ... Argenton 2853 p.: 12-19-20-86-161-194-215 ... Montluçon 887 p.: 6 ... Blois 374 p.: 4 ...
This team of highly motivated pigeons eventually won the title of General Champion Union Antwerp Grand Middle Distance. Of course Bart and Nance know that winning such a title is not a walk in the park. Bart is a successful businessman and he knows very well that it takes a lot of effort to become successful and that the same applies to pigeon racing: there are no miracles in our sport. Still you need to have the right pigeons; otherwise your efforts will be wasted. That is why Bart and Nance wanted to make sure that their loft houses only the very best pigeons out there. They have obtained pigeons from such fanciers as L. Meulemans, Gaston Van de Wouwer (Kaasboer), Patrick & Guido Claes (Kameel, Figo, Romy), Leo Heremans (Den As), Ad Scharlaekens, Kris Cleirbaut and of course L-B-J Geerinckx. Many fanciers worldwide are familiar with these names.
Zwarten Diamant (6054296/05)
The undisputed star in the breeding loft of Oeckel is Zwarten Diamant. This 100% L-B&J Geerinckx cock is the sire of two champions: the F-16 (6107061/09) and Miss Poznan (6031114/08). Miss Poznan was the first Belgian Olympiad Pigeon Long Distance at Poznan 2011. The F-16 is one of the best pigeons ever to have crossed the sky in Belgium. You can take a look at his impressive list of achievements by clicking here. As a result he was selected as first substitute for the Olympiad.
Plenty of talent
We think their opponents would be happy if they only had to beat these two stars. Unfortunately for them the team of Van Oeckel consists of a whole lot of top class racers. You can click on their names to read their pedigrees.
Quievrain local: 41/941 Vierzon int.prov.: 18/3585 Chateauroux nat. z/c: 207/5997 Montluçon nat.: 35/22875 Montluçon nat.: 44/22384 Montluçon prov.: 3/2222 Argenton nat.: 92/7046
Marne loc.: 14/280 Blois int.Prov.: 119/5000 Vierzon int.prov.: 24/3585 Montluçon nat.: 191/22875 Blois int.prov.: 91/1108 Chateauroux prov.: 4/2487 Montluçon prov.: 53/2222 Montluçon prov.: 33/1322
This pigeon is already four yours old but she was still able to win 9 prizes per ten in 2012, including three per 100, at the extreme middle distance. This is an overview of her biggest achievements:
Tulle nat.: 107/7467 Vierzon int.prov.: 16/8869 Chateauroux nat z/c: 146/7400 Souillac nat. z/c: 36/2296 Bourges nat.: 132/24676 La Souterraine nat.: 4/3562 Argenton nat.: 46/12390 Blois int.prov.: 4/762 Quievrain loc. (an in between race): 2/209
Blois int.prov.: 65/5000 Vierzon int.prov: 26/3585 Argenton nat.: 277/22384 Argenton nat.: 487/7046
The best is yet to come, that is what the re-elected President Obama said in his victory speech. It looks as if he was inspired by Bart and Nance! The future will show if the best is yet to come for these two fanciers from Oud-Turnhout. It seems nearly impossible to do better than last season, but nothing is impossible for Bart and Nance.