Geert De Clercq & Erik Limbourg
The 2016 racing season is already underway but we would like to introduce you to a few more champions before we draw a line under the year 2015. Less than a year after his PIPA auction, in which he kept only his pigeons of 2014 and 2015, Erik Limbourg is back at the top. In fact, he has never really been away.
An exceptional round of yearlings in 2015
2015 proved another great season for the wonderboy from Brussegem. He laid the framework in 2014, when he became 1st General National Champion KBDB with the help of a very successful team of young birds. These young birds managed to achieve great results as one year olds on a weekly basis as well. We are curious to see how strong they are in 2016.
BE14-2151001 Spartacus Remy
This wonderful pale cock was 1st Best Yearling International Races (2 prizes) in the PIPA rankings with a 2.1626% coefficient, based on a 29th National Narbonne against 3,366 pigeons and a 36th National Agen against 2,767 pigeons. Besides his top result in the PIPA rankings he also won the title of 6th National Ace Pigeon Yearlings Extreme Long Distance KBDB.
The sire of Spartacus Remy is BE07-2060539 Remy, 1st National Ace Pigeon Rhône Valley 2013 and winner of a 4th National Montélimar, a 17th National Orange and a 28th National Marseille. He is a 100% Remy Speltdoorn. The dam is BE09-2230725, a granddaughter of Di Stefano, 1st National Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2006 and 1st Olympiad Pigeon Ostend 2006 (Depasse-Lardenoye). She is also a daughter of a half sister of Lucky 85, 1st National Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2006. The impressive pedigree of Spartacus Remy can be found here.
BE14-2151002 Patricia (nest sister Spartacus Remy)
The nest sister of Spartacus Remy has been very successful as well: she became 3rd Provincial Ace Pigeon Long Distance Young Birds 2014 as a young bird, and in 2015 she claimed a 26th national from Limoges against 6,272 yearlings. She is also the dam of Vale 514, which we will talk about later on.
BE14-2151003 Power 003
Power 003 is another exceptional one year old cock. He became 1st Ace Pigeon Long Distance Brabant Union (4 prizes) and he was 1st Best Yearling Long Distance & Extreme Long Distance (4 prizes) in the PIPA rankings with a 12.21% coefficient. This was thanks to a 127th National Tulle 8,621 pigeons, a 146th National Brive 9,049 pigeons, a 98th National Jarnac 4,559 pigeons and a 193rd National Agen 2,767 pigeons.
The sire of Power 003 is The New Gilbert, a son of Gilbert, 1st International Bordeaux of 6,686 pigeons and 1st International Bordeaux 20,622 pigeons. The dam is a full sister of Chipo of Benny Steveninck. You can find out more about his origins in the pedigree of his full brother Playboy Gilbert, which we included later on in this article.
A team of highly talented young birds
The young birds were quite impressive in 2015 as well.
BE15-2015503 Playboy Gilbert
Playboy Gilbert is a full brother of Power 003, which means he is bred from a son of The Gilbert and a sister of Chippo (Benny Steveninck). Click here for the impressive pedigree of Playboy, and that of his full brother Power 003.
Playboy Gilbert won a 1st Souppes 3,069 young birds, a 1st Souppes 1,875 young birds, a 4th Souppes 2,563 young birds, a 15th Souppes 2,794 young birds, a 4th Souppes 1,184 young birds, etc. He also became 2nd National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance Young Birds KBDB (and 1st Provincial Ace Pigeon Middle Distance Young Birds KBDB Flemish Brabant) with an exceptionally low coefficient. In addition, he became 1st Western-European Ace Pigeon Young Birds.
The impressive legacy of Gilbert
New Gilbert & Sister Chipo, which were both transferred to the breeding loft of colleague and friend Geert De Clercq,
have already bred two top class descendants with Power 003 and Playboy Gilbert!
BE15-2015514 Vale 514
Vale 514 is a son of Patricia (nest sister of Spartacus Remy), and he became 4th Ace Pigeon Long Distance Young Birds Brabant Union. He won an 81st National Issoudun 11,984 pigeons and a 159th National Argenton 11,223 pigeons.
BE15-2015565 Olympic Way Junior
Another top class racing bird is Olympic Way Junior, 3rd Best Young Bird Belgian National Races (6 prizes) with a coefficient of 28.711%. He was also 1st Ace Pigeon in the Derby Henegouwen Young Birds. This is his palmares:
82nd Zone B1 Bourges 10,308 pigeons 221st National Chateauroux 10,442 pigeons 464th National Chateauroux 17,250 pigeons 59th Provincial Issoudun 1,213 pigeons 54th Provincial La Souterraine 893 pigeons 1,369th National Argenton 11,223 pigeons
He is a son of Olympic Way (original Leo Heremans) and a half brother of Di Caprio. His dam is Blue F16, a granddaughter of Lucky 77 (1st National Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2005) and of Olympic King of Sprint, and a daughter of Super Sprint. Click here for the full pedigree of Olympic Way Jr.
National Championships KBDB
It looks like Erik has been winning top three prizes in the national championships KBDB on a steady basis since 1991. He has been on the podium no less than 12 times, winning a first prize on five occasions. He won a first prize for the last time in 2014, when he became General National Champion KBDB. We take a look at his impressive palmares in the national championships:
1991: 1 & 2 national ace pigeon K.B.D.B. long distance 1994: 1 & 9 national ace pigeon K.B.D.B. long distance 2001: 5 national champion K.B.D.B. young birds 2005: 1 national ace pigeon K.B.D.B. long distance 2006: 1 national ace pigeon K.B.D.B. long distance 2007: 2 national ace pigeon K.B.D.B. long distance 2007: 3 general national champion K.B.D.B. 2007: 4 national champion K.B.D.B. long distance 2008: 3 general national champion K.B.D.B. 2008: 2 national champion K.B.D.B. extr-long distance 2008: 5 national champion K.B.D.B. yearlings 2009: 4 national ace pigeon K.B.D.B. long distance 2009: 6 national champion K.B.D.B. long distance 2009: 11 national champion K.B.D.B. extr long distance 2010: 9 national champion K.B.D.B. yearlings 2011: 5 national ace pigeon K.B.D.B. long distance 2014: 1 general champion K.B.D.B. 2014: 2 national ace pigeon K.B.D.B. long distance yl 2014: 6 national champion K.B.D.K. long distance yl 2014: 6 national champion K.B.D.B. gr middle distance yl 2014: 12 national ace K.B.D.B. gr middle distance old 2015: 2 national ace pigeon K.B.D.B. middle distance yb 2015: 6 national ace pigeon K.B.D.B. ex long distance yl 2015: 6 national champion K.B.D.B. ex long distance yl
The 2016 racing season
The new racing season has been underway for a few weeks now, and it looks like a new racing team is ready to turn 2016 into another great season. There are plenty of highly talented pigeons both in the old birds' team and in the young birds' loft in Brussegem. His opponents know what to do.