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Jespers – Vanderwegen from Holsbeek confirm their top status with 1st National Tulle 4,982 old pigeons in 2023

23 Jan 2024

The Jespers – Vanderwegen colony lives in the Flemish Brabant municipality of Holsbeek. Herman & Johny have been this tandem for several years and always with success. In 2023 they were again present at the highest level and won the 1st National Tulle against 4,982 old pigeons with their top hen “Young Leonidas”. This is already the follow-up to top hen “Ramona” from the year before. “Young Leonidas” was not a test piece with her national victory and will certainly provide toppers in the breeding loft in the coming years. The list of top performances of recent years is quite impressive 1st National La Souterrraine with “Nadetta” against 9,204 yearlings

1st National Ace Pigeon heavy middle distance youngsters KBDB with “Super Ricka"
1st National Montlucon with “Justin” against 14,104 pigeons and fastest of 23,971 pigeons
1st National Tulle 4,982 old pigeons with “Young Leonidas” 
1st Provincial Vierzon against 2,868 pigeons, fastest of 4,976 pigeons with “Ramona” 
1st Provincial Vierzon against 829 pigeons with “Napolina”

This national victory brings us back to stock cock “Kleine Dirk”. This cock they were able to obtain in 2003 through Dirk Van Dijck. The mother of the national winner is a double granddaughter of stock sire “Kleine Dirk”. In the previous years he quickly became a top breeder and is also a grandson of “Den Bourges”, a brother of the world-famous “Kannibaal”. Afterwards they looked across the border at Ad Schaerlaeckens for crossing material that went fantastic together. Now in the current racing and breeding loft several top pigeons are related to this cross and they provide top racers in the 3rd and 4th generation. To make it complete, they visited Gaby Vandenabeele in 2010 and brought home several children of “Rudy”, all of whom became top performers in the breeding loft. “Rene” – “Remy” – “Ronaldo”… the breeding loft was top notch and ready to shine.

Some top pigeons from recent years

BE 21-2074187 “Young Leonidas” Blue Hen
Won 5 x TOP 100 National
Won 1 Nat Tulle 4,982p – 35 Nat Argenton 18,763p – 39 Nat Argenton 2,276p – 93 Nat Bourges 7,270p – 95 Nat Chateauroux 5,720p

The current auction includes a full brother and the first child of superstar “Young Leonidas”

BE 23-2001148 “Leonidas 148”

She is the first daughter of superstar “Young Leonidas” to be sold and the national winner was coupled here with a son of “Orange King” from the Herbots family who also won 1st National Orange against 3,869 pigeons and has been a fantastic breeder in several generations.

BE 23-2001147 “Leo 147”

This topper is a full brother of superstar “Young Leonidas”

BE 22-2130317 “Lady Jackeline” Checkered Hen

This top hen became 26th National Ace Pigeon middle distance yearlings KBDB 2023.

She won, among other things, 1 Sermaises 820p - 3 Sermaises 1,411p - 4 Sermaises 1,545p - 11 Sermaises 1,541p - 15 Sermaises 670p - 16 Sermaises 456p

Her father is a son of super couple “30” x “Marina” and mother is “Lady Floriane Lloyd”. This hen won the 9th National Ace Pigeon heavy middle distance KBDB 2019 and is an inbred hen to super breeder “Rudy” from Gaby Vandenabeele.

You can find a full sister of this top hen in this auction “BE 23-2001121” Jackeline 121

BE 22-2082706 “Napolina” Blue Hen

This 2-year old hen won 1st Provincial Vierzon against 829 pigeons in 2023 (4th Int.Prov. 3,301p) and 3rd Provincial Blois against 806p

Her father is the old top breeder “Napoleon” (Grandson Bliksem) and directly from Gaby Vandenabeele x “Phoebe” who became 1st Ace Pigeon Brabant Union heavy middle distance in 2015.

BE 20-2020010 “Ramona” Blue Hen

This hen has amassed an impressive list of achievements and was on a roll in 2022. She won 1st Provincial against 2,868 pigeons on Vierzon, she was the fastest of 4,976 pigeons and 4th Semi-National against 8,922 pigeons. The train had left because with 47th National Bourges 33,410p – 62nd National Chateauroux 4,033p – 96th National Argenton 20,467p she won 4 x top in the longer middle distance, unfortunately Vierzon did not count or this hen could score high for the title of National Ace Pigeon longer middle distance KBDB. The year before she also won 25th Nat (z) Bourges 3,333d and 95TH National Issoudun 14,758d. She also wins over the shorter distances 3rd Sermaises 1,615p – 9 Soissons 224p – 16 Soissons 612p – 16 Soissons 404p – 49 Blois 1,018p. A hen that rarely misses and almost always flies in groups of 10, these run thinly.

Her descent from her father's side is mainly Gaby Vandenabeele x Kleine Dirk line and the mother is herself a proven top hen from the Cleirbaut – Van Riet colony.

A full sister of “Ramona” is also present in this top auction BE 23-2001139 “Sister Ramona”

Toppers in this auction

BE 23-2001136 “Amarillo 136” Cock 

This cock is a son of top hen “Amerilla”, this hen won 1st 3 times against more than 1,000 pigeons. She also won a 6th National Argenton 6,606p. She was coupled here as the father of “Young Leonidas” 1st National Tulle 4,982 old pigeons in 2023

BE 22-2082716 “Justin 716” Cock

This cock is a full brother of “Justin” 1st National Montlucon 14,108d, fastest of 23,971 pigeons. The cross between again “Remy Cop” (double grandson Rudy of Gaby Vandenabeele) x “Lucky Mama” direct Dirk Van Dijck and daughter of topper Lucky Luc.