We have known for some time that Luc and Hilde Sioen do not look for publicity when they put up a stunt performance in Moorslede.

Luc and Hilde basketed the entire racing team, consisting of 27 cocks and 24 hens in last Saturday’s Provincial race from Montoire-sur-le-Loir and a result like this is rarely seen.

Most of the exploits they have delivered like this so far was with very hard pigeon weather, but now the circumstances were the opposite.

For the last week we have been exercising twice a day, usually for not that long. At the beginning of the week that’s 15 minutes, and that goes up to maximum of about 40 minutes. Once they’ve flown well they’ll be called in right away.

The cocks don’t get a partner before for basketing, but the hens on the other hand meet for an our each week before basketing. They are locked in the nest box with their partner and then quietly basketed. The procedure will stay that way all year. When they return home, they never stay together until the next day; usually they are separated around 5-6pm.

Medically we gave nothing this season, but all pigeons will receive a yellow drop on Saturday after returning home against tricho, and on Monday all pigeons are treated with Sliepsand. A lot of work, but it pays off, that’s how we think. It can certainly do no harm!

The pigeons received little preparation this year, it started with 1x Arras (70 km) and 1x Clermont (180 km). Last week we decided on Friday to send the pigeons to Compiegne (about 160 km). They came very smoothly and in a very short time they were all at home. They may not have learned much, but they did the necessary kilometres.

Why did we keep them at home last week and not this weekend? This weekend was southwest wind, even more south, the previous weekend was east and there was a thunderstorm in the air, still more difficult conditions.

For next weekend we still have nothing decided. The cocks will definitely stay home, the hens we will probably go with them all to Chateauroux, or to Clermont, depending on of the weather.

Our class of 2020 (32 in total) did not compete in any National races in their year of birth, only the Provincial race from Pontoises (200 km). After Chateauroux they can certainly also go to the nationals, and go they could also go to Bourges if there is a favourable wind and I see there no problems. If the wind is wrong, our yearlings don’t have enough experience and we will keep them at home.”

The result of Provincial Montoire (383 km) :

3446 old birds : 1-2-4-5-6-8-29-54-75-90-93 etc. (24/51)

1538 year old : 1-2-3-20-25-50-93 etc. (12/32)


Luc : “Montoire was, all in all, a great success. The pigeons just went along to get them into racing mode but they came better then hoped. There was quite a bit of south in the Wind, that’s not bad for us provincially. But with those showers, you never know how they’ll fly around them. From Fontenay, for example all the early pigeons were on the east side.

Our clock times were 16h00-01-02-02-05-05-10-12-13-14-14 etc.

As the first pigeon a yearling arrived, 20-053 “Fem”, which last year already won 1st Provincial zone Pontoise against 3,013 pigeons and now shows that she really is “a good one “! Because winning two times provincial is and remains exceptional.

Could she have come from Montoire earlier because of her race from Compiegne last week when she came home without a tail? Presumably due to the bird of prey.

B20-3020053 ‘Fem’

However, she simply exercised with and to keep the rhythm, we sent her and flying without tail was apparently not a problem, but landing was all the more so a little more difficult because she kept flying for about for 1.5 minutes before we could clock her.  When she was clocked we had a long gap before our second pigeon arrived, an old hen, and she dived out the air through straight the sputnik.

That hen was “Sasha,” a Schalie hen from 2017 with a magnificent results :

Best Argenton pigeon of Belgium (3 prizes) 2018-2019, 1st Prov. Bourges 3344 p. 2019 (1st Nat. zone 1885 p. and 62nd Nat. 24.053 p.), 54th Nat. Argenton I 19.859 p. 2018, 3rd Nat. Zone Argenton 1324 p. 2020, 7th Nat. Zone Argenton 1164 p. 2019, 3rd Nat. Argenton II Zone 737 p. 2018, 72nd Prov. Clermont 13.254 p. 2019, 47th Nat. Zone Chateauroux 1795 p. 2018, 254th Nat. Gueret 8517 p. 2018 etc.

She comes from “Adam” (from “Acapulco” (Willem de Bruijn from “Jeroen” x “Olympic Sharon” and also father “Nomi” 1st Nat. Poitiers 13,135 p.) X “Daughter Propere” Rik Hermans, who are also parents of “Eva”, 9th Nat. Ace pigeon Grote Hafo KBDB 2018 with 1st Nat. Zone Tulle, 1st Nat. Zone Chateauroux, 2nd Nat. Zone Argenton and 2nd Nat. Zone Bourges) x “Zus Limoges” (Wilfried Vandemaele and daughter “Mister Blue Sky” x “Lady Jane”).

“Fem” is a hen as I like to see them. Medium, more like something on the small side and a nice pigeon. There is something special about her, and this coming weekend she too, will have to go again!”


Translation by White Flight.

We attach the pedigrees of the six early pigeons for your information. It is a clear example of results and even more results bred into a winning gene pool only based on results.

B20-3020053 ‘Fem’                                                                                                                                                                1st Provincial Pontoise 3013 birds 2020.                                                                                                                            1st Provincial Montoire 3446 birds 2021.                                                                                                                            1st Provincial Montoise yl.1358 birds 2021



B17-3070778                                                                                                                                                                          1st Provincial Bourges 3344 birds 2019.                                                                                                                          2nd Provincial Montoire 3446 birds 2021.                                                                                                                      62nd National Bourges 24,053 birds                                                                                                                                   54th National Argenton 19,859 birds

B20-3020078                                                                                                                                                                       4th Provincial Montoire 3446 birds 2021.                                                                                                                    2nd Provincial Montoire yl 1358 birds 2021


B19-3007709                                                                                                                                                                        5th Provincial Montoire 3446 birds 2021.                                                                                                                        21st Claremont 1394 birds 2021.

B19-3007709                                                                                                                                                                        5th Provincial Montoire 3446 birds 2021.                                                                                                                       21st Claremont 1394 birds 2021


6th Provincial Montoire 3446 birds 2021.                                                                                                               7th Nat.Zone Argenton 1671 birds 2020                                                                                                                     31st Provincial Pontoise 1082 birds 2020                                                                                                            76th Nat.Zone Argenton 1696 birds                                                                                                                       93rd Nat.Zone Bourges 1725 birds 2019

B20-3020060                                                                                                                                                                          8th Provincial Montoire 3446 birds 2021.                                                                                                                     3rd Provincial Montoire yl 1358 birds 2021.                                                                                                                      1st Regional Blois 447 birds 2020                                                                                                                                   34th Provincial Blois 6042 birds                                                                                                                                          15th Provincial Pontoise 1703 birds 2021