Queen Tony, an amazing breeder by Frans Bungeneers (Ranst, BE)

Phenomenal are the performances of the descendants of Queen Tony. And this as well on the own loft in Ranst as with many other fanciers, this golden progenitor runs like a red thread through the colony. An impression of her golden breeding value...

She was born in the summer of 2002 out of 'De Witpen' from Cor de Heijde with the 'Sioentje' from Luc Sioen. The 'Witpen' NL00-2117637 Frans got from Cor was a son of the 'Diamantje', who in turn was a daughter of the 'Barcelonaduif' of Cor. Frans gave him the name 'De Witpen' because as a late bred in 2000 he had one 10th white pen with a black top in his left wing. After the moult in 2001 the white pin disappeared but he kept on going through life as 'De Witpen'.

The 'Sioentje', BE00-3040218, bought and selected at Luc Sioen, came from a brother x sister pairing of the 'Brecht' of R. Hoebrechts with the 'Briljantje' of Cor de Heijde. 'Brecht' was 1st Nat. ace KBDB 1992 and 'Briljantje' was a daughter of 'De Klamper' of Cor de Heijde.

After her great performance on Barcelona in 2005, winning the 1st National and the Golden Wing, she got the name 'Queen Tonny'. Queen because she was a winner and Tonny after Cor's wife. Only because she had to get a name quickly, there was a mistake in the spelling, because it should have been Tonnie.

After her national victory 'Queen Tonny' was not sold, but transfered to the breeding loft. Until 2015 she laid eggs when she was 13 years old and in the winter of 2019 at the age of 17 she died.

Queen Tonny in 2017 at age 15

We can say with certainty that keeping 'Queen Tonny' was the right decision for Frans because as a breeder she really wrote her name in bold letters afterwards, with already more than 90 grandchildren winning top 100 national!

But also among the ace pigeons of the last years, 'Queen Tonny' appears in the pedigree and especially on the Queen's flight from Barcelona.

1st Int. Acepigeon Barcelona 2 years 2015-2016 (Iron Lady Ellie)
1st Int. Acepigeon Barcelona 2 years 2016-2017 (Elena)
1st Int. Acepigeon Barcelona 2 years 2020-2021 (Barca986)
1st Int. Acepigeon Barcelona 3 years 2015-2017(Elena)
1st Int. Acepigeon Barcelona 3 years 2017-2019 (Orange Oil)
2nd Nat. Acepigeon Barcelona 5 years Primus interpares (Barca 503)
2nd Nat. & 6e Int. Acepigeon Barcelona 2 years 2017-2018 (Orange Oil)
3rd Int. Acepigeon Barcelona 2 years 2015-2016 (Lily)
3rd Nat. & 7e Int. Acepigeon Barcelona 2 years 2020-2021 (Wynants-Galle)
5th Int. Acepigeon Barcelona 4 years 2017-2020 (Deltamax)
Best Marathon-bird from Holland 2017 over 3 years (Skyfall)
Best Pau-bird from Holland 5 years 2015-2019 (Super 77)

The successes thanks to Queen Tonny continued in 2021...

Gunther Ceulemans (Emblem, BE) wins the 1st Int. Agen with the yearlings - mother is an hen inbred to Queen Tonny.

The 1st Int. ace Barcelona 2020-2021 'Barca 986' of C. de Heijde - father is a half brother to Queen Tonny.

The 3rd Nat. and 7th Int. Ace Pigeon Barcelona 2020-2021 'Freek' from Wynants-Galle - mother is daughter Saartje so a granddaughter of Queen Tonny.

Didier Hoflack (France) wins 10th Nat and 32nd Int. Barcelona 2021 at 1025 km - mother is half-sister Elena, so granddaughter of Queen Tonny. Hoflack also wins 2nd Nat. ace +750km in France - mother is a granddaughter of "De Teen" a full brother of Iron Lady Ellie.

Jo en Gerard Van Schijndel (Geffen, NL) win: 3rd Nat. Perpignan, 30th Nat. Marseille & 61st Nat. Pau with 3 sisters out of 'Frank' with a granddaughter to 434 (out of the line of Icarus x Queen Tonny). Van Schijndel also wins 12e Nat Barcelona, out of a son of Iron Lady Ellie and the 30e Nat Perpignan, out of a half-sister Elena, so granddaughter of Queen Tonny.

Gunther Ceulemans wins the 1st Int. Agen with the yearlings - mother is an hen inbred to Queen Tonny.
'Freek' from Galle- Wynants wins 3rd nat and 7th Int. Ace Barcelona 20-21, the mother is a granddaughter Queen Tonny.
The Barcelona topracer at Hoflack, here too the mother is a granddaughter of Queen Tonny.

To conclude...

After the theft of his pigeons, Frans has mainly bred with the lines of his stock pigeons. And especially with his stock pigeon 'Queen Tonny' to secure her qualities for the future. This has cost sacrifices on the racing loft but Frans clearly has a plan for the future.

Because of a field poisoning of the pigeons that were raced on a nest in the middle of the racing season 2021, after Barcelona only Perpignan could be played with following result:

Perpignan: 31-266-... National (4/8)

Barcelona: 246-479-791-963-... National (7/11)