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Hebberecht chris, "The ‘N° 1’ of Belgium in 2004 + 2005! He can hardly be dragged away from the ‘top’ in 2006 as well..."


Since Chris Hebberecht took over from his late father (Octaaf) who passed away in 1999, he has been able to achieve an almost unbeatable series of results yet unparalleled by anyone. The competition remains dead silent and completely devastated... The mastery of the ‘modern Hebberecht-pigeon’ is simply enormous. It must probably be one of the first times that someone has left such a mark on the Long and Extreme Long Distance events in Belgium during the last few seasons! Chris bred Provincial and National Ace Pigeons and won, he obtained National titles... it was all ‘a peace of cake’! People who are a bit familiar with the tough discipline of long distance and extreme long distance racing know better. Many years of top performances in long distance racing are based on an exceptional breed of top pigeons. Pigeons that are able to achieve marvellous results in long distance racing and furthermore, that possess the ‘golden’ quality of passing on this extraordinary ability to perform to their offspring. That, and really nothing else, is the sole secret of being part of top pigeon sport and remaining in that top position, like Chris Hebberecht. We can rightly state that the Hebberecht pigeons have grown into a real ‘super breed’. Let’s take a short look at the ‘miraculous series’ of SUPER PIGEONS that drove the colony of Chris Hebberecht to the very top of ‘International pigeon sport’ and that made him impossible to beat in 2004 + 2005... super pigeons that crowned him ‘N° 1 of Belgium’.

AXL 895/03 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon ‘Extreme Long Distance’ KBDB 2005
PANCHO 210/99 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2004
1st Prov Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB East-Fl 2004
CHAMPION 638/01 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2005
1st Prov Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB East-Fl 2005
TARZAN 119/00 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2004
3rd Prov Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB East-Fl 2004
GENTLEMAN 833/98 4th Prov Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB East-Fl 2004
PANDA 239/99 Winner three-year ranking ‘Golden Wing’ Barcelona 2004

Many readers would be incredibly happy to have one single pigeon of this kind in their lofts. Chris Hebberecht not only has these 6 top pigeons but a complete series of other ‘top racers’ in his lofts as well, all worthy of the name ‘CRACK’. These birds did not receive the attention they deserve because they were somewhat overshadowed by their loft mates. And we did not even mention all the leading titles Chris has won during the past few seasons, just read along:

2nd National Champion ‘Extreme Long Distance’ KBDB 2004
2nd National Champion Long Distance KBDB 2004
10th National Champion ‘Extreme Long Distance’ KBDB 2005
10th National Champion ‘Extreme Long Distance’ KBDB 2006

However, there is a downside to top successes in pigeon sport. One tries to breed real ‘crack pigeons’ for all his life, like Chris and his late father Octaaf have done... Once you succeed and have such top birds in your lofts, there is another aspect surfacing. You must be tough as nails in order to resist to the enormous sums of money people offer for these pigeons... If you succeed to resist to this kind of temptation, it would be somewhat irresponsible to continue participating in competitions with such ‘exceptional super pigeons’. There are two options left in such case: sell the pigeon in question or keep it for breeding purposes.
There was one low point in these glorious years at Chris Hebberecht’s: the loss of ‘PANDA’ in the Perpignan race of 2004. Chris is still impressed by that event but such things are part of the game... you could call it the ‘risk factor of extreme long distance racing’. PANCHO moved to ‘somewhere far away’ but the other 4 super birds: AXL, CHAMPION, TARZAN and GENTLEMAN moved to the ‘prosperous breeding stable’ of the Hebberecht colony together with some other toppers at the end of 2004 and 2005.
If six of the best pigeons together with some other ‘crack birds’ were to be taken from a top loft in two years’ time... chances would be extremely small that that colony would ever be heard from again. Chris is without any doubt an exception to the rule... Maintaining this ‘sublime level of performance’ or even this type of ‘extraterrestrial pigeon racing’ Chris has achieved in 2004 and 2005 was nearly impossible. One is forced to take a step down sooner or later, especially if one has to do without such a series of superior crack pigeons... Having to do without those exceptional birds has undoubtedly been a considerable drain on resources on a sport level for Chris and yet, the Hebberecht colony has performed extremely well once more in 2006. Chris has an exceptional wide range of top racers at his disposal and his ‘golden breeding source’ is continuing to produce ‘real super stars’ year after year. Rest assured that a new generation of long distance toppers is ready to take over. Chris won the title of 10th National Champion ‘Extreme Long Distance’ KBDB 2006 and he has achieved the provincial victory in the Limoges Yearlings race as well… which is by the way the 10th Provincial victory obtained by Chris since 1999: the year where his father passed away and where Chris moved on in pigeon sport on his own. He managed to reach the top level in pigeon sport. Simply phenomenal... let’s take a look at the Provincial victories obtained by the Chris Hebberecht pigeons:

1st Limoges 3619 pigeons 2006
1st Narbonne 922 pigeons 2005
1st Brive 3226 pigeons 2004
1st Cahors 747 pigeons 2003
1st Castres 957 pigeons 2003
1st Souillac 1276 pigeons 2003
1st Beziers 1119 pigeons 2002
1st Brive 3399 pigeons 2001
1st La Souterraine 2925 pigeons 2001
1st Perpignan 1065 pigeons 2000

The latest 1st Provincial winner of Limoges Yearlings 2006 goes by the name of ‘SOLO’. It runs in SOLO’s family really: he is a son of super crack ‘DE VUILEN’ 4402501/94 x ‘GESCHELPT’ 114/04. ‘De Vuilen’ has won a.o.:
- 4402501/94 ‘De VUILEN’
7th PROV. ACE PIGEON LONG DISTANCE KBDB East-Fl 1999
14th PROV. ACE PIGEON LONG DISTANCE KBDB East-Fl 1998
Vierzon 264 p 1 - Prov 5.379 p 77 - S-Nat 13.868 p 103
Perpignan 179 p 2 - Prov 871 p 16 - Nat 5.765 p 86 - Intnat 17.574 p 147
Tours 121 p 3 - Limoges 440 p 3 - Prov 1.827 p 14 - Nat 9.022 p 123
Limoges 2J 431 p 3 - Prov 1.787 p 13 - Nat 9.083 p 120
Brive Pro 3.302 p 342 - Nat 23.142 p 1601
Cahors 347 p 26 - Prov 1.540 p 60 - Nat 11.090 p 227
Perpignan 173 p 10 - Nat 5.855 p 222 - Intnat 16.025 p 581
Cahors 434 p 13 - Prov 1.933 p 45 - Nat 13.093 p 129
Dax 177 p 19 - Nat 4.066 p 280 - Intnat 12.880 p 568
Vierzon 1.280 p 79 - Prov 4.275 p 371
Cahors Pro 1.961 p 171 - Nat 11.838 p 558… etc.
Like so many other super pigeons of the Hebberecht colony, ‘de VUILEN’ not only appeared to be a real ‘crack’ in the racing loft but he proved he was a true top breeder as well. The 1st Prov Limoges 2006 is the living proof thereof. This is his list of achievements up until now:
As a yearling, SOLO (ring 4403706/05) won in 2006:
Ablis 317 km 467 pigeons 5
Ablis 317 km 842 pigeons 18
Argenton 528 km Reg 711 pigeons 82 - Prov. 4104 pigeons 421
Limoges 607 km Reg. 855 pigeons 1 - Prov. 3619 pigeons 1 - Nat. 15507 pigeons 3
Will this SOLO become one of the new standard bearers of the loft? That’s for the future to show... but considering his descent and his performances as a yearling, chances are high. He will in any case be part of the new crop of top racers next season and these pigeons already obtained the title of 10th National Champion ‘Extreme Long Distance’ KBDB 2006 with these results:


Results 2006

20-05 Vierzon Reg. 473 old 4-8-14-15-16-20-22-23-51-52-74-99-105-110-124-127-130 (38)
Prov. 3027 old 136-200-229-237-241-295-320-322- 564-578
20-05 Vierzon Reg. 83 yearlings 2 (2) - Prov. 918 yearlings 95
28-05 Bourges Reg. 323 yearlings 12-16 (2) - Prov. 2008 yearlings 101-118 - Zone 2480 yearlings 63-76 - Nat. 11252 yearlings 940-1035
03-06 Limoges Reg. 530 old 4-16-17-24-30-35-38-45-55-56-58-66-86-90-91-108-129-130 (28)
Prov. 2105 old 17-69-69-88-111-125-131-161-186-196-201-233-282-293-294-354-408-409
Zone 4067 old 46-143-143-198-277-308-322-405-453-497-509-605-712-735-736-871
Nat. 9524 old 63-214-214-300-433-486-508-645-724-796-813-983-1163-1202-1204-1449-1708-1712
10-06 Chateauroux Prov. 4349 old 261-345-447 (6)
10-06 Chateauroux Reg. 645 yearlings 32-61-71-92-95-100-177-214 (16)
Prov. 3349 yearlings 127-218-266-373-391-411-728
10-06 Aurillac Reg. 95 old 5-23 (4) - Prov. 724 old 47-181 - Nat. 6611 old 212-1048
17-06 Cahors Reg. 139 old 17-31-46-47 (9) - Nat. 6654 old 416-1063-1553-1590
23-06 Pau Reg. 180 old 21-27 - Interprov. 365 old 33-42 - Nat. 2052 old 154-206 - Internat. 6553 old 495-622
24-06 Brive Reg. 391 pigeons 5-15-38-53-92-93-98-115-117 (12)
Prov. 1908 old 22-51-139-222-365-368-382-435-439
Zone 3448 old 53-126-331-495-811-819-862
Nat. 9466 old 54-137-419-673-1203-1220-1293-1497-1507
01-07 Albi Reg. 98 old 1-25 (5) - Prov. 738 old 10 - Zone 1253 old 39 - Belg. Union. 1547 old 35 - Nat. 5063 old 50
01-07 Argenton Prov. 4104 yearlings 157-174-199-421-611-653-783-885-936 (18)
08-07 Barcelona Reg. 265 old 7-19-44-47 (6) - Prov. 2075 old 39-108-248-274 - Both Flanders 1759 old 32-88-225-246 - Nat. 11802 old 307-697-1730-1862 - Internat. 22887 old 790-1657-3799-4093
08-07 St.-Vincent Reg. 215 yearlings 19-23 (4) - Prov. 1509 yearlings 108-136 - Both Flanders 1125 yearlings 67-88
Zone 2677 yearlings 130-183 - Nat. 7525 yearlings 461-601
09-07 Limoges Nat. 6642 2-year-olds 1322-1562-1620 (6)
15-07 Limoges Reg. 855 yearlings 1-9-36-42-46-63-79-108-136-147-177-180-189-195-246 (26)
Prov. 3619 yearlings 1-16-74-85-91-116-151-216-285-305-383-390417-443-586-722
Zone 7467 yearlings 3-60-313-367-397-513-620-843-1052-1115-1290-1308-1399-1455-1782
Nat. 15507 yearlings 3-66-359-423-460-598-724-1006-1274-1359-1612-1641-1762-1843-2320-2870
15-07 Dax Reg. 104 old 3-13-26-29 (7) - Prov. 944 old 14-137 - Nat. 5189 old 74-748 - Internat. 11517 old 223-1638
23-07 Carcassonne Reg. 66 old 9-19 (2) - Prov. 454 old 58-109 - Belg. Union. 1147 old 156-278 - Nat. 3911 old 412-770 - Internat. 10448 old 1084-1909
29-07 Narbonne Reg. 117 old 4-5-19 - Prov. 1084 old 55-59-161 - Belg. Union. 2213 old 132-138-369 - Nat. 6033 old 241-252-850 - Internat. 9634 old 280-291-1310
05-08 Perpignan Reg. 122 old 7-19 (4) - Prov. 888 old 78-178 - Nat. 6765 old 545-1264 - Internat. 14812 old 1188-2814 - 05-08 Angouleme Reg. 187 yearlings 3-36 (4) - Prov. 1082 yearlings 53-223

These performances rendered lots of titles in prestigious championships on a national and on an international level which proves once more that the colony of Chris Hebberecht was ‘top’ in 2006. Chris is among the top fanciers in nearly every championship he participated in. He managed to obtain several prominent titles (see list below). This is really thé proof that Chris Hebberecht was still part of the leading long distance fanciers of our country in 2006... and it seems Chris is planning on maintaining his position for a long time... Who knows, maybe he’ll start performing ‘outstandingly’ once again like he did in 2004 + 2005! In the meantime, he will try to improve the performances of his colony year by year.

Championships 2006
*National Championships
10th Champion Extreme Long Distance KBDB
*Belgian Union
8th General Champion
2nd Aces Criterium
*Grand Slam of Belgium
2nd Champions League: old pigeons
3rd Millennium Championship
5th Steeple Cup
5th National Decathlon
5th Leaders
13th Superprestige
14th National Marathon
14th Juniors Star
*Long Distance club Eeklo
4th Champion Long Distance Old
9th Champion Long Distance Youngsters
* Long Distance club Lokeren
2e Champion Extreme Long Distance
*Meetjesland
2nd Champion Long Distance Old
9th Ace Pigeons Youngsters
*Club of XX
1st General Champion
1st Champion Long Distance Old
3rd Champion Extreme Long Distance Old
3rd Champion Long Distance Youngsters
*Barcelona Masters
5th Champion with 1 + 2 nominated
5th Champion 1 nominated
2nd Tandem championship with E. Denys
*Championships of Bruges
5th Jan Breydel Marathon
8th Ace Pigeon National Long Distance Trophy
12th National Long Distance Trophy
*International Long Distance club
1st General Champion
2nd Champion Internat. races
10th Champion National races
*Long Distance club Eeklo
4th Champion Long Distance Old
9th Champion Long Distance Youngsters
*Les Amis du Grand Fond
1st General Champion
1st Champion National races

TOP 10 National as from 1999
2nd Castres 4101 pigeons 2003
2nd Beziers 5886 pigeons 2002
3rd Limoges 15507 pigeons 2006
3rd Dax 6138 pigeons 2004
4th Souillac 3551 pigeons 2003
5th Cahors 13093 pigeons 1999
6th Brive 7446 pigeons 2004
7th Cahors 9275 pigeons 2005
7th La Souterraine 9061 pigeons 1999
8th Souillac 8327 pigeons 2003
9th Brive 20310 pigeons 2005
9th San Sebastian 1475 pigeons 2002
10th Perpignan 6246 pigeons 2000