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Van den Abbeel-Noël-Willockx (Lebbeke, BE) take provincial first prize from Argenton II

The young birds of Van den Abbeel-Noël-Willockx are in great shape. They took a 2nd, 3rd and 9th provincial against over 8,000 young birds from Bourges II before eventually claiming a provincial victory from Argenton II last weekend.


From left to right: Ivan Willockx, Patrick Van den Abbeel and Eddy Noël

Eddy Noël and Ivan Willockx agreed to start working together in 2013, and this was the start of Breeding Loft Team Noël-Willockx. It was a great combination right from the start. In their first season they bred Angelleke, 15th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB longer middle distance young birds 2013 (raced from the lofts of Muylder-Noël-Demul) and they did even better in 2014 with Eddy’s Ace, winner of the title of 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB long distance yearlings 2014 (raced from the lofts of Ariën-De Keyser). In their first year they only bred pigeons, which were then raced in other lofts. Their pigeons were raced by Patrick Van den Abbeel, who proved the perfect man to put their pigeons to the test in his loft in Lebbeke. Patrick and his wife Ilse are responsible for the daily caretaking, and together they follow Eddy’s guidelines. Ivan takes care of administrative tasks. It shows that great teamwork leads to excellent results.

Castro, BE15-6105153

Castro, a great looking blue cock, took the provincial first prize from Argenton II, as well as a 14th national against 11,223 young birds. The sire of Castro, Gargenton, is a direct Gaston van de Wouwer, from the PIPA Elite Center, and he is an inbred pigeon to world class breeder Kaasboer. Gargenton comes from a grandson of Kaasboer, paired to a granddaughter of Kaasboer. The dam of Castro is a half sister of Angelleke, 15th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB longer middle distance young birds 2013. The dam is an inbred pigeon as well, based on Stock cock 118 x 911-hen, a super class pair that has bred 7 generations of first prize winners. Click here for the full pedigree of Castro.

This provincial first prize did not come as a surprise, as you can tell from their results in the past three national young birds’ races:

Top-50 Provincial
 1st Prov. Argenton II 2,733 young birds
 2nd Prov. Bourges II 8,415 young birds
 3rd Prov. Bourges II 8,415 young birds
 9th Prov. Bourges II 8,415 young birds
11th Prov. Châteauroux III 4,064 young birds
14th Prov. Argenton II 2,733 young birds
37th Prov. Châteauroux III 4,064 young birds
39th Prov. Argenton II 2,733 young birds

Top-100 National
14th Nat. Argenton II 11,223 young birds
56th Nat. Châteauroux III 17,250 young birds
96th Nat. Bourges II 36,307 young birds
99th Nat. Bourges II 36,307 young birds
99th Nat. Argenton II 11,223 young birds

Click here for an overview of their results of 2015.

Goliath, 3rd PIPA Ranking long distance yearlings with 3 prizes

Their team of yearlings did great as well, especially in the long distance. A good example is Goliath BE14-6228825, which finished in third place in the prestigious PIPA ranking long distance with three prizes. Goliath won the following prizes in 2015:

Brive (676 km)  Prov.  3-2.336
11/07/2015      Nat.  22-9.049

Jarnac (665 km) Prov.   19-802
18/07/2015      Nat. 103-4.559

Tulle (630 km)  Prov. 34-1.998
25/07/2015      Nat. 219-8.621

Pont (218 km)   Club     2-374
                Club     5-309

The dam of Goliath is Provincial Celine, which won a 1st Prov. Bourges. She originates from the very best lines of De Rauw-Sablon & Aelbrecht: De Limoges, Dreampair Albert x Paola, De Marseille, Het Fijn Blauw, etc. The sire of Goliath is Den Ouden Ring, an inbred cock to Stock Cock 118. Click here for the pedigree of Goliath.

The pigeon family

This team’s stock cock 118 was mentioned earlier on in this article, and he is one of the key elements in the Van den Abbeel-Noël-Willockx pigeon breed, being a direct Santens brothers (Oudenaarde). He was paired to the 911-hen (R&X Verstraete), with which he bred first prize winners over no less than seven generations. The fanciers spare no expense when it comes to reinforcing their breed. The following bloodlines have been paired to this successful stock pair:

Gaston Van de Wouwer
PIPA Elite Center – New Freddy
Bart & Jurgen Geerinckx
JLN Houben
Gaby Vandenabeele
Marcel Aelbrecht
P & J Roziers
Rudi De Saer
Verreckt-Ariën
J & J Engels

We wonder what else the 2015 season holds in store for the team of Van den Abbeel-Noël-Willockx.