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Freddy & Jacques Vandenheede (Zingem, BE) took two national victories in 2023!

Primus Mattheo and Special One brought the brothers national victories on Bourges I amongst the old birds and yearlings. The season was already a success but as expected the Vandenheede brothers continued with incredible results, with Libourne as absolute highlight.

The fastest of the complete release on Bourges I was Primus Mattheo, BE21-4007333. He beat all 39,804 pigeons and won 1st Nat. Bourges Old Birds against 21,075 p. This was not Primus Mattheo his first super result, his credentials show several other fantastic performances; 

  • 3rd Nat. Souillac 4,637 p. 
  • 8th Prov. Vierzon 6,489 p. 
  • 8th Toury 3,322 p. 
  • ...

Primus Mattheo is a fantastic grandson of Mattheo, the stock pigeon of the Vandenheede colony. Mattheo himself is also a descendant of many great pigeons. He is a grandson of the 'Dreampair' of De Rauw-Sablon: Albert x Paola. 

Father is Mattihola (BE15-4130242) one of the many great breeding children of Mattheo. Mother Mattihola is super breeding hen Morgane. She is also mother of Miracle Ace, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2023 and of Annelise, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Heavy Middle Distance KBDB 2013. 

Mother is Pliva (BE18-4097260), a great breeder who is also mother of the 4th Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround KBDB 2021 and the 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2021. Pilva was bred from the pair Flinstone x Germaine. 

Mattihola, father Primus Mattheo
Pliva, mother Primus Mattheo

Besides the victory in the old birds race, Freddy and Jacques also won the national race for yearlings on Bourges I with Special One, BE22-4137224. Special One is also a grandson of Mattheo! He won 1st Nat. Bourges against, 18,729 p. 

Father of this winner is Olympic Mattheo (BE18-4097385) a son of Mattheo and Olympic Mercy, 2nd Olympiad pigeon Cat. B Poznan 2019. 

Mother of Special One is Chanan (BE20-4027147), daughter Picasso (original Hok Verhestraeten) and Wild Heart, she is winner of 1st Nat. Vierzon against 11,574 p. for the brothers Vandenheede in 2019 and is a granddaughter of New Freddy. 

Chanan, mother Special One.

Mattheo

Mattheo's mark on the Vandenheede colony is highly impressive. Two of his children, Chopin and Chanelleke, and grandson Double First National Ace, are currently the most important breeders on the Vandenheede lofts. The genes of Mattheo continue to form the foundation of many successes which Freddy and Jacque achieve. 

Double First National Ace

"What's in a name"...the Double First National Ace is indeed a child of two national ace pigeons! 

Father Miracle Ace became 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB in 2013. He is a son of Goldfrapp and top breeding hen Morgane who we previously introduced as grandmother of the sensational Bourges winner, Primus Mattheo. 

Mother Annelise became 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Heavy Middle Distance KBDB in 2013. She is a daughter of Mattheo and, again Morgane, an absolute super pair. Thereby, we find Morgane on both sides of the pedigree as grandmother of Double First National Ace! 

Breeding sensation Double First National Ace is amongst others father of the following winners of national ace pigeon titles: 

3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround KBDB 2020
5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2020
6th Nat. Ace Pigeon Heavy Middle Distance KBDB 2022
7th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2023
8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround KBDB 2020
16th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2020
18th Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround KBDB 2020

Chopin 

The cock Chopin (BE15-4130079) won the title of 14th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2016 for Freddy and Jacques. He achieved this title by winning a/o 16th Limoges against 6,946 p. and 36th Jarnac against 3,904 p. 

In the meantime, as a breeder he has become father of the winner of 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB and the following top results: 

2nd Limoges 3.085 p.
1st Ecouen 1,000 p.
10th Argenton 4,986 p.
5th Sermaises 945 p.
4th Tulle 725 p.
27th Argenton 4,572 p.
38th Bourges 6,113 p.
27th Bourges 4,302 p.

Chopin was bred from Mattheo, paired to Chanel Nr 1, winner of 1st Nat. Chateauroux against 12,071 p. for Sylvain Verhestraeten. 

Chanelleke

Just like Chopin, Chanelleke (BE17-4200286) was bred from the pair Mattheo x Chanel Nr 1. She herself won: 

14th Chateauroux 4,708 p.
26th Vierzon 3,854 p.
49th Tulle 5,326 p.
39th Orléans 3,826 p.

As a breeder she stepped up her game even fruterh and became mother of a/o: 

3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2020
3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround KBDB 2020
3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Heavy Middle Distance KBDB 2022
19th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2022

Trendsetters with pride

Freddy and Jacques managed to set some unmatched records in recent years in Belgium. 

For instance, they won the first 3 (!) National twice during the 2020 racing season:

  • Brive – 3,755 pigeons – 1 – 2 – 2 
  • Limoges – 9,756 pigeons – 1 – 2 – 3 

In the 2019 season they had the fastest 5(!) pigeons on a national race: 

  •  Vierzon – 32,530 pigeons – 1 – 2- 3 – 4 - 5 

Also in 2020 they ranked 25 (!) national ace pigeons in the official KBDB ranking. 

In 2021: 17 national ace pigeons in the official KBDB ranking

In 2022: 9 national ace pigeons in the official KBDB ranking

In 2023: 14 national ace pigeons in the official KBDB ranking

In total the tally counts 22 National victories! Moreover, they became General Champion of Belgium KBDB several times. In 2012, 2017, 2018 and 2022 they won this prestigious title. All achievements which they are, rightly so, very proud of. 

Season 2023

What we must also mention - besides the 2 national victories on Bourges I - is the sensational result on Libourne. The wind was not particularly in their favor (national victories were won in Sint-Truiden and Mol), but they still managed an incredible result. 

National Libourne

Against 4,822 Yearlings:
3-6-12-13-14-15-16-17-32-36-38-41-56-58-65-71-78-86-132-137-139-140-157-157-159-160-161-
179-181-192-193-206-… (71/93)

Against 3,880 Old birds:
15-17-103-145-149-160-166-177-222-... (13/20)

The National race from Libourne became an inrcedible highlight in another super season for the Vandenheede brothers.

References

  • Jozef Henrix (Stokrooie, BE) won 1st Nat. Bourges II against 12,094 Yearlings in 2023. Moreover, this pigeon was fastest of all 19,364 pigeons. Mother of this national winner, BE15-4130043, was bred from two provincial winners of Vandenheede, namely Marius (1st Prov. Chateauroux 5,547 p.) and Shakira (1st Prov. Chateauroux 3,172 p.). This is thereby a 50% Vandenheede pigeon. 
  • Eric Claus (De Pinte, BE) became National Champion Middle Distance Young birds KBDB in 2022. Quite a number of prizes leading to this title were won by 100% Vandenheede pigeons.
  • Hok Demely won the 1st Prov. Montoire against 4,105 pigeons with a 50% Vandenheede pigeon. 
  • 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Speed Old birds KBDB 2019 for Johnny Franken (Gruitrode, BE) (50% Vandenheede) 
  • 1st Nat. Zone Souillac in 2019 for Andy Cosijn (Denderwindeke, BE)
  • Gino Moreels (Schendelbeke, BE) wins 1st Prov. Vierzon East Flanders against 4,973 pigeons with a 50% Vandenheede / and fastest of 12,406 pigeons
  • 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance Yearlings KBDB 2023 for Sam Bostoen (Adegem, BE). The mother is born from co-breeding between PEC and Vandenheede and is thereby 25% Vandenheede. 

What they achieved in the past decade comes close to the impossible. Sensational results are achieved on a regular basis in Zingem, leading to countless titles, national ace pigeons and winning the title of General Champion of Belgium on several occasions. With stock pigeon Mattheo and his descendants the brothers have a bright future ahead of them.