Marcel Sangers (Eefde, NL) lays the foundation for new successes

With great attention to detail Marcel Sangers has been trying to create a pigeon breed that could match his most successful generations from the past. Descendants of his own champions were paired to some top pigeons of Van Den Bulck and Lambrechts. His level of performance has been going up significantly, and it will be just a matter of time before he claims an important win.

Marcel Sangers (Eefde, NL)

A while ago Marcel decided to take a step back: "Pigeon racing at the highest level is particularly demanding, and circumstances have forced me to take some time off to regain motivation", Marcel explains. Meanwhile he is back on track and as motivated as ever.

Bouwen aan de toekomst

Over the years Marcel has been surrounding his pigeon breed with other talented breeds, trying to push his team of breeders to a higher level. He managed to create some talented new breeders by crossing his pigeons with those of other renowned fanciers. He believes his current pigeon collection has the potential to compete at the highest level, and his first objective was to go back to basics: basketing his pigeons as often as he can and then select the strongest ones. The next step will be to focus entirely on the one day long distance competition. 

The old basis

As you know, the most important bloodline in Marcel Sangers's collection is that of the outstanding Super Breeder, a red coloured champion that played a role in almost all of his major successes over the past 20 years. Think of such descendants as Fast Red, Edani and Fast as Lightning, whose youngsters have now laid the foundation for his current generation of pigeons. The old basis of Marcel Sangers was based on original pigeons of the Janssen Brothers combined with Koopman, and further strengthened with pigeons of fellow club member Alwin Petrie. Alwin had a collection of pigeons heavily inbred to the renowned Fameuze 05 of Bertus Camphuis, whose pigeons have played a role in team Sangers as well. This combination of bloodlines allowed for the creation of a pigeon breed that enabled Marcel to be a top level fancier in The Netherlands for many years:

1st-4th-5th-6th-7th-8th-16th-etc. NPO Orleans 18,127 p. in 2005
1st-3rd-5th-7th-9th-10th-17th-etc. NPO Bourges 10,765 p. in 2006
1st NPO Chateaudun 6,062 p. 2009 with Fast Red 
1st & 3rd Nat. Orleans 6,025 p. 2010 with Tom & Buddahari
1st NPO Chateauroux 2,957 p. 2011 with Edani
1st & 3rd Dutch Long Distance Pigeon Long Distance Europa Cup 2012 with Edani and Black Diamond
Car winner Nat. Blois 75,000 p. 2006
1st Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance Vredesduif 2000 with Eagle Eye
1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance NPO 1999 with Young Gun
1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Sprint Vredesduif 1999 with Top Gun
1st Nat. Champion One Day Long Distance NPO 2000
1st Nat. Superstar of the year ‘Gouden Duif’ 2002
Etc., etc.

A new Belgian introduction

The latest introduction for this invaluable foundation was a group of youngsters that was traded with several Belgian champions, including Flanders Collection. Youngsters of some of the most famous Belgian sprint lofts of this decade were introduced, with most notably Dirk Van Den Bulck and Stefaan Lambrechts. These pigeons have really left their mark on the sprint competition in Belgium (and in The Netherlands). Marcel thinks these pigeons were the missing link in his breeding loft, which is why he decided to obtain some top quality pigeons of these two renowned sprint breeds. 

Dirk van den Bulck

Marcel invested mainly in pigeons of the Kittel dynasty of Dirk Van Den bulck. Kittel is a living legend with quite an impressive palmares:

1st National Ace Pigeon KBDB Sprint 2013 (lowest coefficient ever in the sprint: 0.95%)
1st Quievrain 25,000 p., 1st Quievrain 17,000 p. and 2-3-4-9 of an average of more than 2,000 p.
Descendants have won at least 20 first prizes of 12,000 p. max

Kittel is a highly talented son of stock pair Goede Rode x Olympic Rosita. Marcel was particularly impressed with Olympic Rosita, which represented Belgium at the Nitra Olympiad in 2013 as a young bird, which was quite a feat! Here is a look at her impressive pedigree:

1st Olympiad Pigeon Nitra 2012
1st Prov. and 4th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB 2012 Sprint
1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Superduif Sprint 
2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon MSN Allound
1st Noyon 1,763 p. 
1st Noyon 1,248 p. 
1st Noyon 555 p.

Marcel has a few pigeons from the line of Olympic Rosita and Kittel in his breeding loft as well:

Angelina, a daughter of Goede Rode x Olympic Rosita 

Gold Dust, a daughter of Goede Rode x Olympic Rosita 

Bratt, a son of Goede Rode x Olympic Rosita 

Skittel, a son of top class racing bird Kittel

The collection of invaluable Van Den Bulck pigeons in the loft of Sangers is now quite extensive:

4 youngsters of Kittel, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Sprint 2013 (lowest coefficient ever)
3 youngsters of Goede Rode x Olympic Rosita, the parents of Kittel 
2 youngsters of Greipel, 6e Nat. Ace Pigeon Sprint KBDB & brother Kittel
1 youngster of New Kittel, substitute pigeon Olympiade & brother Kittel
2 youngsters of Broer Goede Rode x Olympic Rosita, 2 stock breeders
2 youngsters of Broer Goede Rode x Golden Leo 999, super class breeders
2 youngsters of Olympiadekoppel, parents of Olympiad Pigeon Olympic Rosita, the dam of Kittel

Click on the respective names to see the pedigrees of the Van Den Bulck pigeons depicted above: Angelina, Gold Dust, Bratt and Skittel.

Stefaan Lambrechts

Last but not least, Marcel also obtained a select group of youngsters of none other than Stefaan Lambrechts, whose pigeons proved particularly hard to beat. They have played a defining role in pigeon lofts across Belgium and The Netherlands. The most successful Lambrechts pigeon in recent years is Lincia, a sensational young bird in Belgium in 2015, and winner of: 

1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance KBDB 2015 (lowest coefficient ever in the middle distance)
1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance KBDB 2015
1st Souppes 1,243 p.
1st Souppes 958 p. / 2nd Union 2,391 p.
1st Souppes 720 p. / 2nd Union 2,031 p.
2nd Souppes 401 p. / 7th Union 1,185 p.

The breeding loft of Marcel is now home to the following descendants of Lincia:

Stefaan's Favorite, a son of Olympic Poot x Lincia

Lance, a son of Olympic Poot x Lincia

Lancia, brother Lincia

Lincie, a sister of Lincia

The Sangers pigeon lofts now accommodates some truly unique Lambrechts pigeons:

1 brother, 1 sister and 2 sons of Lincia, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Shorter Middle Distance KBDB 2015
1 son of stock pair Blauwe Gert x Van Loock Duivin
1 daughter of stock cock Blauwe Gert x 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB
1 daughter of stock cock Blauwe Gert x half sister 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB

Click on the respective pigeon names to see the pedigrees of the Lambrechts pigeons depicted above: Stefaan's Favorite, Lance, Lancia and Lincie.

New successes coming up

In this report we introduced you to the brand new team of Marcel Sangers, who put a lot of energy into developing a strong team of breeders. This team should be the backbone for a number of successful new seasons here in Vremde. These pigeons have an incredible amount of talent indeed. We are quite confident that Marcel will be able to reach the highest level in his sport again. The 2016 season showed that he was on the right track, and we are eagerly awaiting his first results of 2017.