Last weekend the national long distance season started in Belgium with the Limoges (672km) race. A heavily anticipated race on which many top racers entered their best pigeons. Also for us this was an important race where we wanted to excel. We sent a team of 22 old birds to this race. Our pigeons showed their class on this race and amazed the pigeon world. We started with 2° - 3° and 6° National against appr. 16,000 pigeons! We had 5 birds in the national top 50. This is really a result to cherish.
There was a strong wind blowing from the Southwest today which resulted in extremely fast races. This is not at all the type of weather our pigeons prefer. Our blue hen “Rika”(B19-6016097) managed to excel however, she won the 1° Sermaises (362km) against 2,274 pigeons! She had an average velocity of 1917,24 m/min or more than 115 km/h!
After the late start of the season because of the global corona problems, the racing birds in Belgium had their second official race of the year last Saturday. Where we won 1° Melun (310km) against 2,759 pigeons in the first official race but the team result could be better, our racing team stepped up their game in the second race weekend. They are getting closer and closer to their best form. This is the perfect timing with the national races around the corner. This weekend we entered birds on the middle distance race Sermaises (362km) and the semi-national race Vierzon (476km). Our birds did a very good job.
Yesterday the racing season in Belgium could finally start after all the corona troubles. It was a big relief for all the Belgian fanciers. Our pigeons were sent to Melun (310km). On the very first race of the season we were already able to have a big victory: in Union Antwerpen we won 1° Melun (310km) against 2,759 pigeons!
Today, on Christmas, the semi-final race in the Thailand One Loft Race (Bangkok) took place. The pigeons were released in Nong Bualumpoo and the pigeons had to fly 430km to get back home. It was the first tough race of this edition of the Thailand One Loft Race. The first arrival had an average velocity of 1,202 m/min.
Finally “Shaki”(B17-6025048) got the number 1 award she deserved! She was crowned this week as best pigeon of Belgium on the 4 different national Argenton (555km) races during the season 2018 and 2019. “Shaki”(B17-6025048) is a real champion bird.
After a short racing career we decided to move our black diamond “Mercedes”(B18-6020232) to the breeding loft. She is a direct daughter to “Mustang”(B14-6175237), 1° fast. National Chateauroux (526km) 33,018 pigeons!
On 2 and 3 November 2019 the famous Golden Ten auction will take place again, organized by sports magazine 'De Duif'.
We have selected for this auction eight birds from our finest breeders. The quality is very high!
In the previous article we presented our first arrivals from the national Chateauroux race, the seven first arrivals to be precise. In this part we will mention the other birds that won a national top position.
Today the last national race of the season, Chateauroux (526km), was flown. The birds had to deal with headwinds in the first part of the race. When they crossed Paris, the wind changed to tailwinds. We entered our old birds one more time and they won a world class result! These birds fly early from April till September … the type of birds we want to breed!
The fall season is around the corner but in the last weekend of August our birds had to deal with real summer circumstances. The temperature rose to + 30°C and the wind was blowing from the Southeast, meaning sidewinds. As a result the Melun and Vierzon races were quite challenging races. We can be happy about the results! It was good to see that our new topper “Money Maker”(B19-6016105) was again in the head of the race.
The month of September is approaching which means the racing season is almost coming to an end. We are still racing all our young birds so that they could gain enough experience for their career as a yearling. This weekend we sent all the young birds we have to the Melun (310km) race. We split them over two different federations. The weather circumstances were totally different than the ones of the two weeks before. This time the birds had to deal with high temperatures and a partial headwind, partial side wind. This made the race much tougher. Our youngsters did again a great job! Also we are still racing our old hens. They are motivated now through the nest system. They did a very solid team effort on the national Argenton (555km) race. They should be on their best for the national Chateauroux (526km) race next week.
The Melun race was just as the week before a very fast one. The birds had to stay an extra day in the basket because of the bad weather on Sunday. However our birds prefer the harder races, they did a very good job. With this kind of upcoming strong tailwinds it is not easy to excel in the fore fly. But our birds managed it!
Races with an average speed around 2,000 mpm … we dislike them and our pigeons hate them even more. The weather forecast clearly indicated these circumstances so we anticipated on this extreme windy weather. For the national Chateauroux (526km) race no youngsters were basketted and from our 15 best yearlings only one was basketted. We had no losses but had three hens who returned with severe injuries…
We had as super racing weekend last Saturday. It was probably the most busy day of the racing season with three scheduled races: Pont Ste.-Maxence and the national Bourges (479km) and Tulle (657km). The pigeons had to deal with mainly headwinds on their way back home. In previous article you could already read about our fantastic Pont Ste.-Maxence result. Here you can read about the other two races. We only sent 4 youngsters to the national Bourges race so all the focus was on the old birds for these two races.
Last Saturday was probably the most busy day of the racing season with three scheduled races: Pont Ste.-Maxence and the national Bourges (479km) and Tulle (657km). The pigeons had to deal with mainly headwinds on their way back home.
It was a rather calm weekend for our loft. We only entered birds on the middle distance race Chevrainvilliers (354km). The pigeons had to stay two nights in the basket because the weather on the first was not good enough to release them. And yes, also on this race our young birds showed that they can easily win first prizes.
Our beautiful checkered hen “Fanta”(B18-6020277) won this weekend 2° fast. National Issoudun (504km) 19,713 pigeons. The pigeons had to stay in the basket during 3 nights. It is an incredible performance and we are very proud of her.
Mixed feelings. We are feeling very proud and very disappointed at the same time. Our beautiful checkered hen “Fanta”(B18-6020277) won today 2° fast. National Issoudun (504km) 19,646 pigeons. The pigeons had to stay in the basket during 3 nights. It is an incredible performance and we are very proud of her. But, it could have been even better. She lost a lot of time upon arrival. She kept flying around the loft with a stranger pigeon and this costed her the national victory. This is very unfortunate but that is a part of pigeon racing and we have to accept it. Congratulations to our friend and the well deserved national winner, Rik Hermans!
Last weekend the provincial Fay-aux-Loges (402km) race was flown. The strong wind from the Northwest and the cloudy weather made it a tough race. Our old birds did a great job. We had many birds in the head of the race and the prize percentage was also really good. We started even with a prize in the provincial top 10 however almost all the early birds could be found in the Southeastern part of our province. Our young birds flew unfortunately less sensational than the weeks before. They paid their lack of experience cash. We still started with the 3° prize and had more early birds in the race but the prize percentage was not good enough.
Second middle distance race for our young birds and yet again they take all the first prizes. The race was rather troubled with turning winds in France and Belgium but that could not stop our young birds team.
A race of 672km (Limoges) and tough weather … we know it is hard to beat our pigeons in these circumstances. They did again an amazing job. Our first three arrivals are three grandchildren of “Elektro”(B08-6174630)!
After several weeks of tailwind races, our favorite kind of weather was finally there! Hot weather and strong headwinds … in these circumstances our pigeons can easily make the difference. Our youngsters flew their first middle distance race of the season. Before they only did 2x 104km and 1x 208km. Our youngsters dominated the entire race. They flew even faster than all the old birds and yearlings.
Our pigeons did again very well this weekend! We sent them to provincial Argenton (555km) race. They dominated the race in both categories, old birds and yearlings.
The weather circumstances were not easy past Saturday. It was the first hot race of the season. It was the first time as well that the pigeon had to fly more than 500km. The wind direction was changing on the way back home. The first 200km the pigeons had to deal with headwinds. Once they were past Paris the wind changed to the South. We were not expecting provincial top prizes as with these circumstances the winners were to be expected close to the French border. Our pigeon knocked down the competition though!
There were two races for us this weekend: Chevrainvilliers (354km) and the national Bourges (479km) race. It was again a difficult racing weekend for the pigeons. On their way back home the pigeons had to deal with heavy rain showers. In France the birds had to fly against the Northwest wind. Once they crossed the Belgian borders the wind direction completely shifted to the South. Because of this sudden change the national Bourges race had not the result as people had expected. Our birds did again a good job, like they are doing already since the start of the season.
The national Bourges (479km) race was a tough one. The birds had to deal with scattered rain showers on their way back home. In France the wind was blowing from the Northwest. Once they reached Belgium the wind was blowing from different directions. These circumstances had as a result that the early national birds were spread over different provinces. We were happy about the result. We sent 9 old birds to the national Bourges race and two of them won a prize in the national top 40 against 24,078 pigeons! One of them was our first nominated bird. We won 31° + 40° National Bourges (479km) against 24,053 pigeons!
We checked the weather forecast almost 100 times this week. The predicted weather for the race day was not good. After this careful consideration we decided to leave a considerable part of our racing team at home this weekend. The remaining birds flew the middle distance race Chevrainvilliers (354km). Afterwards it seems that we made the correct decision. We heard that from the national Vierzon race this weekend a lot of birds are still missing.
Knowing that our birds do not love those fast races with mainly wind from the South, they did a good job on the middle distance race Chevrainvilliers (354km). They scored a very high prize percentage and 7 birds in the top 50. If this is our ‘worst’ result of the season, we will have had an amazing year!
The race this weekend was Melun (310km). This flight was again a tough race for the pigeons. The pigeons had to deal with rather strong headwinds on their way back home. The average velocity of the first pigeons was not faster than 1,250 mpm. It was the perfect occasion for our birds to demonstrate their qualities. For the fourth weekend in a row we managed to win the first prize. This time our racing cocks were the most dominant. The week before the racing hens were the most leading sex. It is a joy to have such a talented racing team.
Also on the first middle distance of the year our pigeons showed their class. It was a tough race with scattered rain showers and headwinds. Especially in an early stage of the season these are demanding circumstances for racing pigeons. For the third week in a row one of our birds won the first prize! Also the rest of the team showed their good form.