Jeroom Morisse (Wervik, BE) wins demanding race from Souillac old birds and has the fastest of 8,912 pigeons

Souillac was an exceptionally difficult race and it was for the third consecutive week that pigeons were unable to reach a velocity of more than 1100 m/min. Pigeons really had to push themselves in these conditions and this means only the strongest and most talented birds were able to stay in front.

The 2013 racing season is starting to take its toll on many pigeons. First of all we had a new national calendar that might have been too demanding for quite a few birds. We have also had particularly tough weather conditions in the past three weeks with a lot of headwind, which makes racing even harder. The weekend of the crowning of the new Belgian King was the third consecutive weekend in which pigeons were unable to achieve a velocity of more than 1100 m/min. The result is that quite a few pigeons are starting to struggle and some are even unable to continue racing. It seems that the month of July is simply too demanding, especially for the yearlings: they have to cover Libourne, Brive and Souillac and we noticed a limited number of pigeons in these races. We have heard some fanciers have suggested to the KBDB that they change the order of these races next season if they want to keep them all on the calendar. The previous calendar with Brive (Limoges?)-Souillac-Tulle every two weeks seems more reasonable than the combination of Libourne-Souillac-Tulle. That is why many experienced long distance fanciers suggested changes to the order of Brive and Libourne, as the pigeons would have three weeks to recover from Libourne before they are basketed for Tulle. This is quite an interesting idea. They could, for instance, turn the national from Brive into a national from Limoges instead and drop the national from La Souterraine. That would make more sense and it would make the national calendar somewhat less demanding. This calendar would need to be evaluated after the season of course, but we just want to give you some interesting suggestions and ideas from a number of long distance fanciers.

Jeroom Morisse takes the win

The national long distance flight from Souillac was another tough race for the pigeons, especially for the yearlings. It took place in very hot weather in France with temperatures reaching 30° (in the shade) around noon and a strong north-northeast wind. Most pigeons achieved a velocity of 65km/h in this long distance classic. The winning pigeon from Souillac was Blauwen BE10-3167088 from Jeroom Morisse from Wervik in West Flanders; his cock was also the fastest of a total of 8,912 pigeons. Jeroom clocked his winning old bird at 16:43’15”. He covered 664,187km with a velocity of 1083.06 m/min, which resulted in a national victory against 5,272 old birds. That was not the end of the story, as the 20 basketed pigeons all landed in a short period of time, winning the following prizes:

Souillac local 229 old birds:

1-2-6-16-18-19-46-49-50-55-72 (11/20)
Nat 5,272 old birds:  1-4-25 (predicted results)

Jeroom had three pigeons in the national top 25 and at least 11 pigeons with a top ranking so this national from Souillac was a race to remember for him. They had already won several local and a few provincial first prizes at the long distance but this national victory is the highlight in pigeon racing for the Morisse family!

A family affair

Pigeon racing is a family affair for the Morisse family. Jeroom belongs to the third generation of passionate pigeon fanciers, using the exact same lofts as the first generation. The lofts were built by his grandfather, Jerome Morisse in 1952 and his two sons Gerard and Raymond took over the lofts after some time. Raymond died at an early age and his three young sons decided to take over the pigeon family together with their uncle Gerard. Gerard decided to leave the sport in the early 1980s because of his age. The three brothers Jeroom, Maurice and Joselain then took over the pigeon family of their grandfather, Jerome. Joselain and Maurice are responsible for the basketing of the pigeons, they bring in the clocks and they assist Jeroom, who prefers to stay at home to take care of the pigeons in the loft. In his spare time he rather likes to go see his grandchildren play football. He still hopes that one of his two grandsons and seven granddaughters develops a passion for pigeon racing, which means the family would have a fourth generation of fanciers.

The Morisse family is a good example of how a fancier can compete with the strongest long distance pigeon lofts in Belgium with a relatively simple approach. You do not need a luxurious or spacious loft to achieve good results but you should, at least, have a loft that is dry and well ventilated. Over the years quite a few first prizes (including provincial victories) have been won from this loft, which houses a collection of exceptionally strong long distance birds. The long distance season was started with 50 old birds (yearlings not included), one of which was the national winner from Souillac, a pigeon with an excellent list of achievements:

-Blauwen 1st Nat Souillac BE10-3167088

’13 Souillac    Loc     229 p. 1
                Nat   5,272 p. 1
’13 Limoges     Loc     540 p. 6
                Zone  5,738 p. 77
                Nat  14,271 p. 157
’13 Libourne    Loc     360 p. 22
                Zone  2,498 p. 122
                Nat   6,658 p. 136
’13 Gueret      Loc     483 p. 46
                Zone  2,057 p. 271
’13 Tours       Loc     326 p. 31
’12 Chateauroux Zone  6,920 p. 42
                Nat  16,479 p. 50
’12 Montluçon   Loc     339 p. 14
                Zone  6,081 p. 528
                Nat  17,865 p. 1958
’12 Tulle       Nat   6,817 p. 602
’11 Ablis       Loc     121 p. 2
’11 Chateauroux Loc     805 p. 26
                Nat  25,263 p. 3533

The Morisse family is not interested in long pedigrees and they do not care about the commercial aspect of our sport. The only thing that matters to them is to have a team of top class pigeons that are kept in good health. Jeroom believes that good pigeons are bred from good pigeons, which is illustrated by last week’s national winner from Souillac: the sire of his first prize winner was an excellent long distance racing bird as well. Let’s have a look at his results at national level:

Sire: Blauwen BE05-3139168

’10 Tulle       Zone  2,571 p. 6
                Nat   6,695 p. 10
’10 Souillac    Zone  3,495 p. 88
                Nat   7,045 p. 90
’10 Cahors      Nat   8,651 p. 117
’10 Brive       Nat  16,815 p. 633
’11 Cahors      Loc     409 p. 12
                Zone  2,635 p. 123
                Nat   8,105 p. 484
’06 Limoges YL  Zone  7,467 p. 167
                Nat  15,504 p. 189
’09 Tulle       Nat   5,676 p. 381
’11 Brive       Loc     525 p. 52   etc…

Dam: Bleek Geschelpte BE07-3196964

Over the years the Morisse family has been working to create a breed of strong long distance pigeons. It all comes down to a no nonsense approach of basketing, racing and selecting. It has proved a successful approach, as the Morisse pigeons are always in great shape. Most fanciers from West Flanders are familiar with this pigeon family, including Gaby Vandenabeele, who obtained his top class breeding hen, Moriska (often paired to Wittenbuik) from this family. The town of Wervik is mainly known for its tobacco industry but it is a household name in pigeon racing as well, thanks to the successes of, for instance, the Vanhee family and now thanks to Jeroom Morisse as well. Congratulations Jeroom and family, enjoy your victory!

A few results  from 2013

Limoges  local 540 old birds:
3-6-7-8-11-12-13-18-22-28-41-50-66-69-72-78-81… (26/50)
St.Vincent local 228 old birds:
6-15-33-52-67 (5/12)
Brive  154 yearlings:
2-3-17-27-28-36-37 (7/18)
Souillac local 229 old birds:
1-2-6-16-18-19-46-49-50-55-72 (11/20)
Nat 5,272 old birds: 1-4-25

EEDITORIAL NOTE: Jerome Morisse was struck from the result after a positive dope test after which Norbert Sierens from Zwevegem was declared national winners from Souillac in the old birds category.