One of the most remarkable pigeons in Belgium’s pigeon racing this year was our blue hen “La Donna”(B18-6020283). This small to medium sized hen has proven that she has that special capability to excel on all distances and in all weather circumstances.
Yesterday the last national race of the season, Chateauroux (526km), took place. It has been difficult this year for the western part of Belgium to classify early on the national races 450-600km because of the western winds that have been present throughout most of the national races. Also the fanciers of the middle part of Belgium, where we are living, were often not happy with those western winds. But unfortunately we can’t choose the weather circumstances and maybe next year it will be different! The national Chateauroux race was quite a tough one. In France the birds had to deal with wind from the Northwest. In Belgium the wind direction changed to West. Only one bird flew faster than 1,300 mpm. We entered our racing hens for this last national flight. They were motivated with the natural method: some of them had eggs, others had small babies. We are very proud on their performance, they did a great job. We received some nice messages from well-known fanciers who were impressed by our result. They know how the national races from 450-600km work and they said it was impossible for our birds to perform any better than they did, on the national level we were only beaten by fanciers who are located much more to the East.
It was again a busy racing weekend at the Vercammen loft with three races on Saturday: Melun (310km) and the national races Tulle (657km) and Bourges (479km). There was a strong tailwind blowing that day which resulted in fast races. Tough races are the most favorite type of races for our birds, but also in this kind of fast races our birds flew well!
We had a very busy racing weekend with three races on the same day. The races were rather difficult. There was almost no wind blowing but the temperatures were rather high. Especially for the youngsters the races were challenging. We were very happy about our results this weekend. No less than five different pigeons won a first prize! Our youngsters dominated the middle distance race Sermaises and our superstar “La Donna”(B18-6020283) showed again why she is one of the very best pigeons in Belgium. On the national Brive (704km) the province of Antwerp was rather unlucky. In the late afternoon several heavy thunderstorms and rain showers were present for the Antwerp birds on their racing track back home. Because of this they lost a lot of time, only one Antwerp pigeon could be found in the national top 100. So we had to focus on the regional results instead and with 1-2-3 these were satisfying of course.
The national Bourges (479km) race was a very tough one. The predicted weather circumstances were extremely tough, that is why the KBDB decided to organize the Bourges race this time only for old birds and yearlings. The national Bourges race for young birds will be flown two weeks later. The temperatures past weekend were between 35°C and 40°C. This extremely warm weather in combination with calm headwinds made it a racing edition to remember. In the evening the race was not finished yet… Luckily the day after most of the birds made it home.
It was a fast race last weekend. Our national result on National Limoges (672km) of the week before was more sensational but with 24°, 49° and 99° National La Souterraine (593km) against 15,939 pigeons we can’t be on the complaining side of course!
In the previous article you could already read some more information about our spectacular result on the national Limoges (672km) race. We entered birds on the national Issoudun (504km) race as well. Also on this race the result was more than satisfying! On this race we entered mostly our racing cocks. Only three hens were entered for this race, including our star racer "La Donna"(B18-6020283).
Our long distance team was again on fire on the national Limoges II (672km) race last weekend. We sent 23 old birds and 13 yearlings to this national race. Our birds were again ranked in the top of the national result. The average speed of the winner was 1,308 mpm which made it a fairly tough race.
We had again a great result on the national Argenton (555km) race! It was a tough race. In France the birds had to deal with rather strong headwinds. When they approached the Belgian border, the wind direction changed to the West/Northwest. Because of this, the national toppers were to be found in the East of Belgium but our birds defended their honour with class!
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.