Simons Yves, Overwinden
Yves was born in 1964, has a job in the computer business and is a member of the local council of the city of Landen. He married Martine (helping hand in the lofts) in 1988 and became father of three children: Maarten (16) and the twins Katrien en Katlijn (13). In 1976, Yves started pigeon racing together with his father but he was also working as a goal keeper until 1989.
He started in 1991 on an independent basis at his current address in Overwinden. At first by trial and error. A few prizes were won but Yves started to seriously look out to strenghten his colony. He acquired fresh blood at public sales and local bons. Still, the results were not what they should have been and on several occasions Yves’s father said to him: “You’ve been buying a lot of new blood but I don’t really see any results...”. Which was in fact justifiable, patience was required.
The twins were born in 1992 which naturally implicated an increase of household work. Yves could not let his spouse Martine do all the work and helped where he could. As soon as Katrien en Katlijn grew older, he had more time for his hobby and Martine helped him to look after the pigeons.
Yves mostly concentrates on speed racing but occasionaly a local middle distance is being played. The trick is to achieve good results all year through.
Most important achievements
One of the most important achievements is of course becoming a NATIONAL champion sprint youngsters 2005 with an extremely low coefficient. This is a title one should in fact cherish because it is achieved maybe just once in a lifetime. 4th National Champion old pigeons 2005.
In 2003 National Champion Zone C speed and 1st prov. Acepigeon speed Old 2004 and youngsters 2005.
Also in 2004: Superstar of the year sprint at “de Gouden Duif”. 1st Nat. Acepigeon “Oude Ave Regina”. And the first success Yves scored together with his father in 1983 is also worth mentioning: General champion in 1983.
Initially he obtained most of the pigeons from his father, afterwards he got them from Paul Marcoen, Herbots Gebr., H. Surinx, Paul Beckers (Nat. Champ. Yearl. 2002), L. Creten, L. Goedhuys, J. Jonckers , Soontjes (through sale) and R. Vandereyken Vosselaar. Occasionally he gets a pigeon from a fancier who is doing good but the breeding loft is mainly occupied by pigeons who have proved to be true racers.
Best youngster 2005 - "SUPER MIEKE"
Ring : B-05 2204805
Color Bleu : Blauw
Pedigree : Click here
4-6-2005 - Momignies : 244 p - 28th
11-6-2005 - Vervins : 466 p - 8th
19-6-2005 - Soissons : 237 p - 16th
25-6-2005 - Momignies : 264 p - 1st
2-7-2005 - Vervins : 247 p - 2th
9-7-2005 - Momignies : 238 p - 14th
16-7-2005 - Vervins : 470 p - 1st
23-7-2005 - Vervins : 629 p - 2tth
30-7-2005 - Momignies : 852 d - 2th
6-8-2005 - Vervins : 576 d - 2th
13-8-2005 - Vervins : 563 p - 1st
20-8-2005 - Momignies : 422 p - 2th
27-8-2005 - Vervins : 643 p - 4th
3-9-2005 - Momignies : 221 p - 4th
There is room for 27 widowers, 9 hens and about eighty youngsters for own use. The usual classic widowship is being raced with as many cocks as hens. To obtain room in the widowloft the youngsters have to fly at the top or win some times out of ten or he has to be the brother or sister of a renowned racing pigeon.
Sometimes inbreeding occurs, e.g. cousin x niece or grandfather x grandaughter and occasionally, if a bloodline is threathening to fade away, halfbrother x halfsister.
A veterinary surgeon is being visited three times a year, a first time regarding the breeding and at the start of the racing season for the old pigeons and the youngsters. When the season starts, the pigeons are administered a cure of two different products against tricho every three weeks.
When a race was flown in bad weather conditions (lots of wind and rain) it sometimes happens that the pigeons receive a cure afterwards, just as a precaution.
The lofts are cleaned once a day, there are no grids installed.
Electronic clocking is being used if possible. Not all clubs are yet equiped.
The pigeons receive a customary mixture that is available on the market. All pigeons are fed at the same time except for the hens. At the start of the week they receive light food and as the week moves on they are fed a more substantial diet, electrolytes are mostly administrered after a heavy race.
The youngsters get darkened from early March until the end of May (beginning season youngsters) from 18:00 until 07:00 in the morning. An obligatory training is being organised once or twice a week.
As a preparation to the season the widowers are taken away for training two or three times a week, the youngsters three or four times.
There are no particular physical requirements to which a pigeon has to meet. Every pigeon gets a chance, whether it is beautiful or not. “Ever noticed the way that Karel Lismont used to run and how many times didn’t he come into the prizes?”, so says Yves.
The pigeons receive care one time a day and they are allowed to stay outdoors as much as possible to stimulate a good moult which is very important for the coming season. Because of the bird flu, they stay in nowadays, just out of precaution. During the moult a lot of apple vinegar is used, tea and a customary 7-day garlic cure.
They are all coupled early December. Some of the racing pigeons are coupled with a view to experiencing whether the hen can be moved to the breeding loft or whether another, more suitable, partner should be looked for.
Tips for beginners
Do have patience with a capital P and do not take large lofts as an example because disillusionment is never far away. Try to work out a system in which you as well as your pigeons feel good.