Gérard & the 'white', who beat on a race the ace pigeon from a few seconds.
Up until now, Gérard De Witte (69 years & retired fancier) wasn't considered as used to the podium of the national championships. Indeed, after a racing career long of more than 40 years and after he contracted the pigeon bug next to his father, it is the first he has the honour to be registered on one of the numerous national championships. And it was a direct hit as he directly won the title of 1st National Ace Pigeon Sprint Old Pigeons. Being a sprint and small middle distance fancier, he always considered the pigeon sport as a hobby, a hobby he can now enjoy to the fullest since he got retired. Our guest firstly started with his father as it was often the case back in the days. After he few times, he came to live in his parents-in-law property where he is still living. The pigeon lofts are housed above the old barn, like the old fashioned lofts of nowadays. Eight compartments were built by his hands: 2 for the widowers (2x 20 nest boxes), 1 for the breeders and the rest for the youngsters. These compartments still have their original appearance old of more than 40 years. The hens of the racers are housed in an aviary next to the racing lofts.
Composition of the colony
Gérard manages a team of 38 widowers as well as a dozain of breeding pairs. He buys around 100 rings each season. This year, the breeders were coupled half december while the racers are never breeding. His colony was built around some of the best fanciers of Belgium like Casaert-Sénéchal, the late Maurice Casaert, Van Renterghem-Deblicquy or Herbots. He also successfully introduced the pigeons from Bernard Bonte, owner of one of the best breeding colonies of Belgium but who cannot race despite his lack of free time. The grandfather on father side of the ace pigeon was bred by Bernard. Then, we also find pigeons from Mourin, Cassizzi, Depotte, Delange, Cordier-Verdurmen, Verschelde, Haeck. A few months ago, he bought pigeons from Cirier-Ruelle and Murez-Marichal.
The Ace Pigeon
To win a title of ace pigeon at the national level is always exceptionnal. In fact, as you need to win several prizes to be classified (for the sprint, it's 8 races), both the qualities of the pigeon than the fancier are highlighted. We wanted to know how Gérard managed to motivate his crack. You will quickly understand that everything depends on destiny. At the begining of the season, Gérard has the great pleasure to own two toppers: the future ace pigeon and one of his team mate. Unfortunately, this one get lost on a simple sprint race early in the season. Gérard was a little bit disapointed but he will quickly learn that this unfortunate event will be at the basis of his future hapiness a few months later. Indeed, the future ace pigeon found a new territory as he decided to take over the box of his late friend. Gérard noticed it and decided to open it more often, step by step. Most of the times, it was oppened each thursday and friday during the whole day, being the last days before the basketing. The performances of the pigeon were better and better week after week. At the end of the racing campain, he also put the hen of his deceased friend in her original box and the ace pigeon simply left his previous hen to couple with his new love. The rest of the story, everybody knows it!
Gérard shows us the two boxes occupied by the ace pigeon, above his new territory.
Unfortunately, there is no picture of the ace pigeon available. Once the season was done, he was mooved to the breeding lofts of Erik Limbourg. Erik even sent him to the Olympiads from Budapest a few weeks ago. The ace pigeon was the 3rd belgian pigeon to represent the country in the sprint category. He was really close to finish at the 2nd place if he had not been beatten by one of his team mate during the sprint race of the 27th of july (the white pigeon Gérard hold in the main picture). Moreover, this champ is also to be found at the 1st place of the provincial championship of the sprint ace pigeons KBDB.
13/04 Noyon - 960 p. : 12 339 p. : 1 (*) 20/04 Pont - 325 p. : 145 04/05 Pont - 698 p. : 1 (*) 201 p. : 1 18/05 Pont - 586 p. : 2 (*) 137 p. : 1 25/05 Pont - 538 p. : 4 (*) 121 p. : 1 01/06 Pont - 452 p. : 2 (*) 77 p. : 1 15/06 Nanteuil - 471 p. : 5 74 p. : 3 22/06 Pont - 468 p. : 2 (*) 74 p. : 1 20/07 Pont - 271 p. : 1 (*) 78 p. : 1 27/07 Pont - 327 p. : 2 (*) 104 p. : 2 (*) = results sent for the national championship.
Meilleurs results in 2014
13/04 Noyon - loc 339 p. : 1, 3, 12, 14, 18, 21, ... (14/19) Gén. 960 p. : 12, 21, 67, 73, ... (14/19) 04/05 Pont loc 201 p. : 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, .. (11/13) Gén. 698 p. : 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 32, ... (11/13) 31/05 Souppe loc 207 p. : 1, 17, 29, .. (4/5) Gén. 587 p. : 3, ... (8/13) 15/06 Nanteuil loc 74 p. : 1, 3, 4, 6, .. (7/7) Gén. 471 p. : 1, 5, 29, ... (7/7) Loc 67 p. : 1, 2, 7, 9, ... (9/13) Gén 368 p. : 3, 6, 20, 27, ... (7/13) 27/07 Pont loc 104 p. : 1, 2, 3, 4... (6/8) 73 p. : 1, 2, 3, 7.. (7/11) Gén 327 p. : 1, 2, 5, 7, ... (7/11) 228 p. : 1, 2, 4, 20, ... (6/11) 24/08 Pont loc 145 p. : 1, 3, 10, 12, .. (14/17) Gén 1147 P. : 9, 33, 66, 86, ... (12/17)
Gérard, congratulations for this awesome performance. We wish you lots of luck with your beloved pigeons.