Van De Wouwer Gaston, "National Champion KBDB - Youngsters (2007)"


Van De Wouwer Gaston Berlaar (BE)


Berlaar :
If we have to quote a region in Belgium where the decline in the pigeons sport isn't so bad, it would have to be the region where the National champion Youngsters 2007 lives. The number of fanciers has of course declined over the last decade, but the number of pigeons basketted has actually risen in some clubs.
The reason?? We all keep more (too many ??) pigeons.
The National championship KBDB Youngsters is probably one of the hardest disciplines in our pigeon world. With tens of thousands of pigeons in the race, the competition is murderous.

The National championship for YOUNGSTERS in the national races is decided by the first two nominated youngsters (1+2), ranking per 5, over 3 races chosen from the following races :
Bourges 28/7,
Argenton 11/8,
La Souterraine 25/8 and Guéret 8/9/2007.

Gaston Van De Wouwer from Berlaar became National Champion with a coefficient of 8,8299, the second place was for Jef Keirsmakers from Nijlen 13,7976 and the podium in Oostende was filled by the third place going to De Vos Nicky from Asper Coefficient = 17,3178 .

Gaston Van De Wouwer is 63 years old and during his working life he was a diamond polisher. How many times have we read that the father also raced pigeons and the fancier began with the sprint races and was then challenged by their friends to try for the further races?? This was also the case by Gaston. It wasn't long before Gaston became champion Middle Distance in his club. We can't say that he was fanatical in how he practised pigeon racing. A couple of hours a day was enough to take care of everything the way he wanted. He made time for his three grandchildren en now and again he got out his bike to go for a ride.

The widowers loft consists of (only) 20 widowers and coupling begins at the beginning of December. They breed a round of youngsters and then go to the aviary until the 15th of March.
Before the start of the season they are allowed to brood for a few days.
80 youngsters from the first round are kept and they stay together until they can fly properly, then the cocks and hens are placed apart. They are darkened from the 15th of March until the 10th of June. At the end of June, lighting is used from 5 am to 11pm.
After training, the youngsters are given a partner. The young cocks are allowed to brood for 5 days but the young hens are not allowed to lay. The breeding loft consists of 24 couples who are also paired at the beginning of December. The first round of eggs is placed under fostering couples. By doing this, he has two rounds of early youngsters from his breeders.

Pedigrees :
Gaston speaks of his "OLD PEDIGREE" that mainly comes from a cock from Jozef Govaerts from Beerzel. The "Kaasboer" is the name he has given to his stock cock, which is present in more than 30 % of the pedigrees of the breeders. Gaston doesn't wish to mention any more names in case he forgets someone.


Prizes which led to him winning the national title :
Bourges 31824 pigeons 263rd + 853rd with the 6033149-07 + 6033117-07 Argenton 20844 pigeons 146th + 735th with the 6033149-07 + 6033117-07 Gueret 12586 pigeons 18th + 120th with the 6033149-07 + 6033166-07

Some top pigeons :
"Bieke" 6034736-06
1st Ace pigeon Long Distance club Antwerp
Bourges Provincial 58 prize 4602 pigeons
Bourges National 204 prize 26984 pigeons
Argenton Provincial 33 prize 2088 pigeons
Argenton National 94 prize 14534 pigeons
Salbris Provincial 27 prize 1674 pigeons
Orleans Provincial 172 prize 8835 pigeons
Le Mans Provincial 180 prize 1819 pigeons
Dourdan Union 76 prize 2028 pigeons

"Den Tom" ring 6176121-05
2nd Ace pigeon Union Antwerp Hafo
6-5-2006 - Saarbruchen 1057 pigeons 28 prize
13-5 -2006 Rastatt 799 pigeons 12prize
27-5 -2006 Toury 1579 pigeons 4 prize
3-6 -2006 Toury 1751 pigeons 33 prize
17-6 -2006 Melun 1465 pigeons 27 prize
24-6-2006 Dourdan 1350 pigeons 4 prize
1-6-2006 Dourdan 1004 pigeons 4 prize
15 7-2006 Orleans 4253 pigeons 3 prize

"Den Bourges" 6183124-02
1st Provincial Bourges 3988 pigeons
15th National 26679 pigeons
15th Provincial Chateauroux 2471 pigeons
33rd Provincial Orleans 2219 pigeons
25th Union Antwerpen Dourdan 2669 pigeons
26th Union Antwerpen Toury 1573 pigeons
47th Provincial Bourges 3410 pigeons

"Ace duifje 2005" 6176134-05 - Hafo Union Antwerp
Noyon 7 prize 1119 pigeons
Dourdan 54 prize 3034 pigeons
Dourdan 35 prize 4228 pigeons
Melun 34 prize 2939 pigeons
Orleans Provincial 37 prize 8255 pigeons
Dourdan 32 prize 2666 pigeons
Bourges Provincial 229 prize 4364 pigeons
Bourges National 1415 prize 32762 pigeons
Argenton Provincial 26 prize 2934 pigeons
Argenton National 37 prize 21299 pigeons
La Sauterraine Provincial 137 prize 2442 pigeons
La Souterraine National 262 prize 15406
Dourdan 32 prize 2666 pigeons

Results old 2007
8-5 Noyon 137 pigeons 3-11-23-32-33-42-43 =7/13
22-5 Noyon 391 pigeons 8-9-36-58-91-101 =6/9
29-5 Noyon 187 pigeons 1-19-23-25-52-62 =6/13
6-5 Melun 993 pigeons 1-3-62-143-258- =5/8
12-5 Melun 584 pigeons 2-32-34-45-49-56-100-196 =8/13
10-6 Toury 308 pigeons 5-14-33-36-72 =5/7
19-5 Vierzon 3523 pigeons 3-971 =2/3 prov
19-5 Vierzon 2647 pigeons 38-779 =2/4 prov yearlings
23-6 Montlucon 1913 pigeons 1 =1/2 Youngsters
17/6 Noyon 786 pigeons 55-68-110-128-135-140-151-184-188-191-199-201-216-225-260- 262 =16/40
22/7 Arlon 348 pigeons 2-3-8-30-35-41-46-52-53-54-73-81-82-90-113-115-117 =17/31
7/7 Dudelange 938 pigeons 53-62-69-103-111-112-152-155-212-258-279-305-309 =13/18
23-6 Melun 1323 pigeons 10-13-15-16-39-80-15-118-126-143-144-216-231-250-264-274- 367-371-319-346-423-438-481 =23/39
30/6 Toury 1649 pigeons 6-32-38-56-84-100-141-145-168-185-219-241-295-299-330-428-434-522-550=19/37 28/7 Bourges Prov 4290 pigeons 2-59-71-235-306-334-390-458-507-542-1073-1111-1226-1289-1319-1353-1409 =17/24 National 31824 pigeons 3-221-263-853-1069-1175-1366-1662-1827-1959-4290-4463-5080-5377-5561-5734-6016 =17/24
11/8 Argenton National 20844 pigeons 31-44-146-275-524-735=6/6
18/8 Salbris Prov 1337 pigeons 5-7-52-114-329-421 =6/9 Z.K. 197 pigeons 1-2-17-29-60-76-98 =6/9
4/8 Le Mans Prov 2091 pigeons 173-226-231-333-515-550-551 =7/12 Z.K. 469 pigeons 34-44-45-72-112-121-122 =7/12
25/8 La Sauterraine Prov 2541 pigeons 166-299-413 =3/4 Nat 18973 pigeons 606-1331-2093 =3/4
8/9 Gueret Prov 1774 pigeons 10-50 =2/2 Nat 12586 pigeons 18-117 =2/2