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Rik Cools (Ruiselede, BE) claims silver medal in Belgian Master 2016

Rik Cools has had his share of second places this season: he had to settle for second in the provincial race from Tours on 15th of May, and exactly three months later he wins a silver medal in the Belgian Master in Nevele. He has won quite a number of second prizes in important races and a few first prizes at club level as well, and we would not be surprised to see him claim an important victory one day as well.


Rik Cools (holding the '2nd prize finale' plate) at the award ceremony for the top 10 in the Belgian Master 2016

Ace Pigeon

The winner of the second prize in a demanding Belgian Master race was the blue coloured hen BE16-3065117. She came into prominence for the first time in a training flight from Arras, where she won a 69th prize against 1,096 pigeons. It was the start of a successful career, as she managed to win two prizes in the four ace pigeon races that counted for the ace pigeon championships: a 47th of 864 p. and a 110th of 813 p. It was thanks to her second place in the final race against 801 pigeons that she eventually finished in 12th place in the ace pigeon championship. But her silver medal is of course her most important achievement. Click here for all the prizes that BE16-3065117 won in the Belgian Master 2016.

The dam of the 117/16 is a full sister of Anouk, winner of an 9th zone Châteauroux 4,107 p. and a 4th national Poitiers 13,135 p. for Luc & Hilde Sioen (Moortslede, BE). She originates from the pigeon families of Rik Hermans (Pulle, BE) and Willem De Bruijn (Reeuwijk, NL). The sire of this Belgian Master hen is a son of Christa, an excellent hen that was bred by Chris Debacker (Beveren-Leie, BE). This hen became 1st Provincial Ace Pigeon KBDB in 2012 and she won two provincial first prizes in 2013, resulting in the title of 4th National Ace Pigeon that season. Christa was paired to The 581 (BE11-3123581), a cock that comes from two grandchildren of Gaby Vandenabeele’s iconic Bliksem. The full pedigree of BE16-3065117 can be found here.

Marieke at the basis of a successful 2016 season

Besides the 117/16 there are several more racing birds that have won a top prize this season, and all of them are related to BE08-3037512 Marieke, a daughter of BE05-3006794 Zoon Bliksem (Vandenabeele) x BE04-3238531 Flicka (their own breed). Marieke is also a full sister of BE09-3040090 Rutje, which can also be found in the pedigree of the Belgian Master pigeon. Several descendants of Marieke (or from the pairing of Zoon Bliksem x Flicka) have turned 2016 into a highly successful season for the Rik Cools pigeon loft:

  • BE15-3109588 Monty (grandchild Marieke): 6th Prov. Montluçon 1,206 p., 36th Prov. Bourges I 2,227 p., 74th Prov. Argenton I 3,339 p., etc. and currently 36th in the PIPA ranking Best Yearling Longer Middle Distance 2016
  • BE15-3109577 Carlo (grandchild Marieke): 4th Arras 391 p., 7th Fontenay 828 p., 30th National Châteauroux 29,591 p., 76th Prov. Tours 6,083 p., etc.
  • BE14-3115019: 2nd Prov. Tours 4,939 p., 3rd Fontenay 828 p., 32nd Zonal La Souterraine I 2,176 p., 89th Prov. Bourges I 2,500 p., etc.
  • BE13-3076800 Amy (grandchild Marieke): 9th Tours 312 p., 16th Prov. Bourges II 523 p., 75th Zonal La Souterraine I 2,176 p., etc.

This palmares leaves nothing to the imagination. Click here for the full list of achievements of the Rik Cools racing team.