The Duif Chronicles Online…
Widely acknowledged as the most competitive award to win in the Continental Pigeon Sport is the ‘Gouden Duif’ award organized by De Duif pigeon sport magazine and the current winners of this award for Belgium the ‘Cradle of the Sport’ is Michel L0ssignol of Budingen. This is their report reproduced from De Duif , written by Mike, the one and only!
Budingen, a piece of Flemish Brabant wedged between two pieces of Limburg. To enjoy the color splendor of the fruit blossoms that adorn the slopes of this landscape every year, we are in the wrong season here. It doesn’t matter, the winter sun is shining happily, even if it is freezing cold, we are not here for that.
We came to this beautiful, rural part of Flanders to pay tribute to and to record the story of the winner of De Gouden Duif Belgium. In addition, as if this coveted title were not enough, this loft in true Merckx style will also win with the titles “Superstar of the year Middle Distance” and “Superstar of the year Long Distance”. Please, just dwell a while on that.
When we arrive on site, we are welcomed by a cheerful foursome who are full of enthusiasm. Michel Lossignol (64) the host, Geert Vlaeyen (52) the ‘miracle man’, Leon Kemerlinckx (88) the teacher and biggest pigeon freak of the whole gang and finally Laurent Weenen, neighbor, speed player, supporter from the very beginning and always willing to lend a hand.
THIS IS HOW THEY WON THE GOLDEN DUIF BELGIUM…
Golden Duif Belgium
27/6 Sermaises 761 b. 2, 1, 5 coeff. 1.05
18/7 Sermaises 354 b. 6, 1, 2 2.17
11/7 Argenton 26,085 p. 25, 10 0.130
8/8 Soissons 245 b. 5, 2, 10 6.94
12/9 Momignies 305 b.1, 4, 5 3.28
01/8 Sermaises 357 b. 1, 7, 3 3.08
01/8 Gueret 7,175 p. 3, 4 0.10
Superstar of the Year Middle Distance
27/6 Sermaises 761 b. 2, 1, 5 coeff. 1.05
18/7 Sermaises 354 b. 6, 1, 2 2.17
01/8 Sermaises 357 b. 1, 7, 3 3.08
Superstar of the Year Long Distance
01/8 Gueret 7,175 p. 3, 4 coeff. 0.10
11/7 Argenton26,085 p. 25, 10 0.13
Michel grew up in Brussels but spent almost all his days off with his grandparents in Budingen. Here he was infected with the pigeon microbe by his grandfather. However, as a train conductor at the NMBS, ticket cutter at “den ijzerenweg”, racing with pigeons was impossible. As a real animal man he kept some birds and so on, but he lacked regularity in his job.
In 1992 he first started racing with a cousin in Halen. After this short experiment he raced alone for a while but soon found an ally in neighbor Leon. The Lossignol-Kemerlinckx combination was born. Because Michel was still working at the time and Leon was already retired, Leon mainly looked after the pigeons.
Michel is now a father of two and a proud grandfather of two grandchildren. Michel’s children, Jeremy and Cindy, have nothing to do with pigeons, the grandchildren are of course crazy about “the birds”. For both gentlemen, the wives, Sonja and Christa, sometimes want to give a bowl of food if necessary, but otherwise are not really enthusiastic about the pigeon sport. “The most important thing is that they give us this pleasure, do not disturb us and allow us our freedom in our hobby”, Geert will say about this later.
In his active years, Leon was responsible for the nearby bus company. He arranged all the paperwork, set up the driving schedules. The company also drove for “De Lijn”, and if necessary, he jumped in and replaced a driver. Leon has been a widower for fifteen years now. Pigeons were and are Leon’s great passion.
“Everything I know about pigeons I learned from Leon”, says Michel. At the moment Leon is the wise Methuselah who, with his expert eye, assists the “youngsters” with pigeon knowledge and life experience. Although Leon is now 88, the spirited, cheerful senior is certainly not inferior to the younger members enthusiasm.
Leon’s pigeons still form the basis of the current loft. And Leon had good pigeons. One of his toppers “de Antwerpenaar” was of the variety Houben x Grondelaers.
Another topper in his loft came from Van Leest-Peeters, and even the blood of the legendary “Kaasboer” from Gaston Van de Wouwer can be found in this loft in Budingen.
Michel: ”Leon is our teacher and still our most ardent supporter, he does not miss a single return of the pigeons despite his poor health. (Leon spent a lot of time in the hospital over the past year. Despite all this and on top of the corona crisis, the tough Leon is still hard to beat.)
The third man in this list is Bekkevoortenaar Geert Vlayen. Geert is also a father of two and Geert’s children do not share his passion for pigeons either. Geert himself has acquired the pigeon game through his genes. Father was not a fancier, but the “uncles” were and Geert entered the pigeon world through uncle Louis Vlayen from Tielt.
From the age of five I walked around the lofts all day. With a “junior” clock tied around my stomach, I was allowed to help clock the pigeons. Soon I had become much better and smoother at this than my uncle, who was quite “shaky,” and by the time I was 10, I was practically all alone.
In 1993 Geert married his Christa and moved to Budingen. At first he played there with the pigeons himself. For years he even kept a small club house running there. At Leon and later also at Michel, he often went to neighborhoods and watched the middle-distance pigeons. In 2018, the gentlemen then started to race in the current composition.
Geert is the computer man, the “numbers man”. He leaves the flying with the pigeons to Michel. When it comes down to it, Michel also makes the sporting decisions, but it is Geert who selects the signed pigeons, and Geert also lends a hand wherever he can. Normally only on weekends, but when he became unemployed this spring as a result of the corona crisis, he got more time and therefore started helping a little more.
It is also Geert who cleans the pigeons and starts basketing (“Especially now that the canteen is closed, Michel does not like it”, Geert jokes) and he also houses the breeding pigeons. The stock birds are in Michel’s loft. Because Leon has not come into the loft for four years due to health problems, he thought it was no longer appropriate that his name was mentioned in the collaboration. If Leon’s name is not there, then neither is mine, Geert thought. So these gentlemen play under the name Michel Lossignol.
The latter characterizes this collaboration. Three friends with the same passion. They think each other is perfect and they know what to do with each other. No grandfather, passionate but modest, everyone knows their place, feet on the ground, as we usually say in Flanders !
A story also of how when all the puzzle pieces fall into place a successful combination is born. Leon, the teacher who has accumulated a lot of experience and a lot of pigeon knowledge all his life, passes this on to his pupil Michel. Michel is the man of gut feeling who has mastered it and Geert literally eliminates himself and is the master behind the computer screen. A loyal friend like Laurent is also indispensable in the sport.
We believe that combinations such as these are the future of pigeon racing. By working together in this way, the work, costs and burdens are shared. You can already go on vacation, a weekend away with the woman and you do not have to miss communion parties because the pigeons are about to arrive.
Moreover, shared sorrow is half sorrow and when things go against the grain it’s great to have a friend and partner in crime to fall back on. Two and certainly three also know more than one. When there is success you do not have to dance alone in your loft, every team athlete knows that celebrating a victory and sharing success with your mates is about the greatest pleasure you can achieve in your sport.
4th General Champion KBDB 2020
2nd National Champion Shorter Middle Distance KBDB
3rd National Champion Longer Middle Distance KBDB
5th National Ace Pigeon Yearlings Shorter Middle Distance KBDB
7th National Ace Pigeon
old birds Shorter Middle Distance KBDB 3rd and 4th National 7145 old birds Gueret
10th, 25th and 70th National 26,085 yearlings Argenton I
75% prize on national flights with old & yearlingsProvincial:
1st Provincial Champion Small Middle Distance old birds & yearlings KBDB Flemish Brabant
2nd Provincial Champion Longer Middle Distance yearlings KBDB Flemish Brabant
1st Ace pigeon Allround old birds KBDB Flemish Brabant
(grandson Olympic Hurricane 100% WA de Bruijn)
1st Ace pigeon Allround yearlings KBDB Flemish -Brabant
(grandson Uranus 100% WAde Bruijn)
3rd Ace Pigeon old & yearlings Shorter Middle Distance KBDB Flemish Brabant
5th Ace Pigeon olds Longer Middle Distance KBDB Flemish Brabant
Base of the loft
The basic varieties of the current colony are 70% Willem de Bruijn and 25% the old basic Lossignol-Kemerlinckx, supplemented by individuals. Every colony can regularly use new blood and Geert is especially fond of coupon sales.
Geert: “We got to know Willem at the Gouden Duif celebration in Broechem. Impressed by the man and his performance, we decided to buy some pigeons from him. We then went to his first sale in 2013 and bought two pigeons there.
I was there together with Leon, Michel had to work but had indicated in advance which pigeons were interesting and we would then “judge” and try to buy them. Buy 13 or 14 was a daughter of “Babette” and was approved by Leon so I bought it.
He also made me offer one of the following pigeons, but that was on the wrong pigeon, one that was not indicated by Michel. As soon as I bid, Leon realized his mistake, but unfortunately too late and Dirk knocked them down to us. It was a son of the “Sergio”. In the end that became one of the few pigeons from Willem that we killed because nothing useful came out, but that daughter “Babette” was a direct hit. ”
In the years that followed, we tried to combine all 3 together as much as possible. (laughs)
Michel: “They can never all be good or they can’t all produce good ones. What is striking is that you achieve a very high success rate with pigeons from Willem. Many people have already been good with pigeons from him. Moreover, of course they already fly past it, but when they come they fly head. ”
A year later, five more pigeons were purchased from Willem. Over the years, the gentlemen have gone to fetch twenty pigeons from Reeuwijk, of which twelve are still in the loft. The stock father of the colony is the “Olympic” NL14-1060442 (from son “Schanulleke” x daughter “Zidane”). He is (grand) father of several first prize winners, including the 1st national Chateauroux for Roger Bruninx in 2019.
Roger from Genoelaeren has also been breeding together. And nice pigeons are sometimes bought on the left and right.
Leon: “We once had“ a good one ”from Iwens from Bonheiden.”
Michel: “Ah yes, the“ Limoges ”. At first I feared the worst that nothing would come from that pigeon. During the first training sessions it only flew a bit from sputnik to sputnik. The first competition results were also not great. But the farther the distances became, the better that pigeon started to fly. ”
Geert: “Like that“ Rosse ”we bought from Danny Van Dyck! You should know, Michel likes pigeons with unusual, bright colors. He always has a little more patience with a pied or a white head. That was one of them. It was a pale pigeon that did not fly well at all in the beginning, but the pigeon got significantly better as it got further. But if it hadn’t been “roste” … ”(laughs)
Michel: “Yes, there is nothing I can do about it, I like to see that. When we go to get pigeons somewhere, Geert is often allowed to choose, because they know of course that he is not the great specialist. (laughs) But I’ll whisper to him which one to take. ”
The pigeon game
“The racing season starts every year with 16 cocks (old and yearlings together) with which the classic widowhood is raced. In addition, on the advice of Willem, we have had 12 couples with whom we have raced total widowhood for several years. The whole is completed by about 80 youngsters. The youngsters are darkened but stay together until the end of July / beginning of August, when the nationals start. We don’t really focus on this, although some always come along. Once separated, the young hens exercise together with the old ones. Here too the homecoming of small middle distance is often problematic unfortunately.
We try to let the pigeons fly out daily in the winter, although that does cost feathers. Last winter, three old ones had already been caught by birds of prey before the season started.
The cocks in classic widowhood race the short middle distance every week, although we are not satisfied with the transport in our sector. It is not uncommon for the pigeons to fall on the roof with their jaws open from thirst before entering. But this aside.
These racers are immediately coupled with the breeders. We pair the best ones with a breeding hen and they raise their own youngsters, the rest is used to keep eggs from the breeders. Before the start of the season, the couples come together for a few more days, but since a few years they no longer come on eggs. ”
Geert: “For us, the speed game is mainly about training. In principle, the old ones go to the small middle distance. In between, they occasionally fly a Soissons, the slightly longer speed flights, but certainly no Momignies. ”
“The pigeons in total widowhood are in principle predestined for the great middle distance. They are not paired in the winter. In previous years we paired them for the season and started on big youngsters or eggs, but due to the corona this year they only came together for a few days just before the season. The couples were formed, but eggs were not used. It was our best year ever with hens, so there is a good chance that we will do it again in this way for next season. ”
Michel: “In principle, we build up and they always go on further flights, unless they have flown very well. They can stay where they fly well. Anyone who flies super in the short middle distance will keep racing there, the rest will go on to the great middle distance, and so on. For example, in total widowhood the pigeons normally fly the longer middle distance unless they fly very well in the short, then they stay there. After all, it is also our hobby and passion. We like to watch the pigeons, so we always want to have something to watch. The number of pigeons that we race from the loft on total widowhood is quickly reduced. As soon as one or a few pigeons really show themselves, their partner stays home inexorably. ”
Geert: “Our“ Ace pigeon 433 ”is a cock in the loft of total widowhood. He flew well in the short middle distance and we kept him there. His hen naturally stayed at home. The pigeons for the longer middle distance also come together before basketing, on Thursdays. ”
Michel: “We then released the“ Ace pigeon 433 ”, as usual, together with the other cocks when the other pigeons were left together in that loft. He then got his hen on Friday before basketing. When he came home on Saturday he always had his hen a few hours longer than the other pigeons, but no problem. He was eventually flagged as 5th Nat. Ace pigeon small middle distance. ”
Geert: “This year is actually the first season that we had real success with the hens. During a loft visit to Willem de Bruijn we mentioned that we wanted to try “it” with the hens. ”
Michel: “To which Willem immediately replied fiercely:“ Try something, try nothing, you have to do something! (laughs) Typically Willem, that passion, a great pigeon connoisseur but above all a blissful man. ”
Michel: “The pigeons on classic widowhood, which are basketed on Fridays, usually come together before basketing, especially at the beginning of the season. Later in the season I skip that, that depends a bit on the week before. ”
Geert: “If the week before was good, he will just do the same.” (laughs)
Every year, 80 youngsters are bred, two rounds off the better breeders. Then, of course, a very strict selection follows. At the end of each season, 15 pairs of breeding pigeons are kept, many of which are re-paired.
Geert: “Even though a couple have produced good racers, we will almost always re-couple.”
Michel: “Just because a combination once yielded a good result does not mean that this will be the case the next time.”
Geert: “In the winter I spend hours at the computer, sorting out pigeons, making breeding schedules and trying to find the perfect combinations. But in the end, practice should show it all. In the end usually not much remains of the schedules. ” (laughs)
Michel: “We may think that that hen is perfect for that cock, but in the end we don’t decide. If you put them together and she doesn’t like him or he doesn’t like her, then we are there with all your beautiful schemes and theories. (both friends are crying out)
On December 15 the breeders will be paired, as will the racers for widowhood. ”
DD: Did you do anything special this year for the sake of corona?
Geert: “Since our “real”season only starts quite late, corona did not have much influence for us. The early flights are just some training for us. Since the competition could not train either, this did not matter much. ”
Michel: “The big difference was in the darkening. This year I darkened the old ones until sometime the end of June. Before, I never darkened, until I suddenly realized that the street lamps here in the street were providing unnatural illumination. We are very satisfied with the results and we will certainly continue to do so. The hens were also darkened from 6 pm to 6 am. All pigeons are darkened immediately. In the evening I place a plank of wood on the windows and when the first ones are let out I take it away. Everyone’s separate times, that’s all too complicated and way too much work, I’m not going to start on that. ”
DD: So do your hens exercise at 6 am?
Michel: “I have to. There are many speed players in the area, at 7 am they all let go of their cocks, so I better make sure that all the hens are back inside. After 20-25 minutes they usually come back, then I start going around with my flag and chasing them because they have to keep flying. Until 7 am of course because then they have to be inside. Of course those other fanciers are not waiting for me to release their cocks!
The hens exercise once a day and the cocks twice. In the morning the cocks are released after the hens and then again in the evening. All cocks (classic and total widowhood) are released together. They also have to exercise, not sit on the roof! Especially with the youngsters I have to be behind it, they have to keep exercising, they have to be busy.
Geert: “I am the one who drives the pigeons. Normally we drive until the youngsters are trained and then no more. This year, because I still had time due to corona, there has been more driving than ever. I have released the old ones four times and the youngsters even fifteen times. However, this was a one-time only experiment because it actually had no effect whatsoever.
Michel and Geert rely on the medical knowledge of local colleague Dr. Raf Herbots. Michel is also a fan of Raf’s Herbovet products. However, they are not the fanciers who knock down the door at the vet. Before the breeding and before the start of the season, we will visit for a check and of course for the mandatory vaccinations such as paramyxo. Furthermore, the vet is only consulted if a medical problem really arises that they cannot resolve themselves.
The old pigeons are given a cure for the head and tricho before the season and a cure for paratyphoid in the autumn, but they are not vaccinated. The young are given a tricho treatment before the season and are traditionally inoculated with the brush for smallpox. Later during the season, every 3-4 weeks are treated against tricho alternately with a product from Herbots or with BS from De Weerd. Before basketing and when returning home, Avisana nasal drops from Röhnfried are always administered.
Michel: “Some will laugh at me, but this year something very strange was going on. At the end of May, beginning of June, I noticed that some pigeons flew with their mouths open, both the young and the widowers. There were those who thought I was crazy but I saw what I saw and that is not normal.
A few colleagues from the neighborhood had also found the same, even with strange pigeons that were here on the roof I saw this phenomenon. There was also no exercising as it should be. Undoubtedly, those “lesser” pigeons took the rhythm out.
I went to Raf and he advised me to give something against the head. No sooner said than done, but it did not help. Been back again but the advice was to treat the head again. I asked if there was a new disease among the pigeons but this was laughed off. Because in the end nothing helped, I removed all the pigeons that flew with their mouths open and the problem was solved. What it was, no one can say . ”
Geert: “Well, you just have to be lucky with illnesses and often the only thing that helps is patience. Every year there is an adeno outbreak among the youngsters. If you treat against it, it will be over after seven days, if you do nothing they will get better after a week. ” (laughs)
Michel: With adeno we don’t give much food and we usually just let nature take its course. I don’t select for this either. I don’t believe in a genetic susceptibility to this. I think it’s just a matter of coincidence and luck. ”
Food and by-products
Michel: “I have a very simple system for nutrition, testing. I buy different bags of food from different brands and they keep getting what they like to eat. If they don’t like it and leave half of it ,it makes no sense to keep giving this. It is also not because you fly well one year with brand X that this will also be the case next year. Every year is different and all pigeons are different.
Once I have chosen a food they get this when it is feeding time and if not everything is finished they get less the next day, all pigeons also get the same. ”
Geert: “He would like to feed like Willem, the same every day, but then Willem must first tell us what he mixes in there.” (laughs)
Michel: “I start the week with light feed and later I switch to a sports mixture. From Wednesday it is 50/50, by basketing 100% sport. On Wednesdays there is also brewer’s yeast and optimix powder (Herbots) on the food.
They get some candy seed before basketing and when they return home. The day of their return they are given a sports mixture, often with some Recup from Herbots on top and then light food again from the next day. Of course, some grit, minerals and electrolytes are sometimes added, but always over the feed, never in the water. An old pigeon fancier once told me that everything you put in the water is poison, I have always remembered that and will continue to do so. So there is always pure water in the drinking pot here.
DD: Something completely different now. When did you begin to realize that you were eligible for the coveted Gouden Duif trophy?
Geert: “From August. Then we saw that we certainly had a chance. We realized that it would more than likely be between us and Sabrina Brugmans (Halen). In my opinion, the best in Belgium at the moment. We also regularly basket at the same place as Brugmans. Due to their location, they do have the choice where they can basket (Flemish Brabant or Limburg), but we do not complain about that. We ourselves basket for the heavy middle distance in Oplinter and for the short distance in Geetbets. The system is what it is, fair pigeon racing does not exist and hey, we did it against them anyway. We win the Gouden Duif! ”
DD: Indeed, congratulations again. In addition, with 7 entries in a shortened season with fewer series and also two superstar of the year, a phenomenal achievement. Did winning the Gouden Duif possibly influence your pigeon game?
Geert: “Yes. We had that September, for which three more results could be earned, was going to be decisive.
Around the 20th of August we brought the youngsters that were sitting on the sliding door together again and afterwards we raced the youngsters on nest and brooding until the third week of September.
We did not let them have youngsters, but when racing on the nest it is a bit easier to find the signed ones.
It was mainly the hens that made the weather at that time and were number 1,2 and 3 each time. ”
[Ed: a gamble that worked out well because they achieved three entries in September, of which that of 12/9 Momignies with youngsters was the deciding factor.]
DD: Whose merit is this victory?
In unison: “It’s a collective achievement, isn’t it!”
Geert: “Michel is the pigeon man. He’s got the hang of it and I can’t do what he can. What he does not know, he asks Leon and the results are satisfying! He makes the sporting decisions and of course I try to interfere when I disagree. Sometimes fierce discussions, but in all friendship, and Michel has the final decision. ”
Michel: “And Geert is the“ numbers man”, and I must admit, he does it very well. He determines the order of the nominations – nevertheless very important for the Gouden Duif ”
DD: Geert, what are you basing on to determine that order?
Geert: “Of course I consult Michel to find out about the shape and health of the pigeons. How they recovered from the previous flights and how they exercised in the past week. However, the most important criterion remains the previous performance. As Willem says, achievements, achievements, achievements. That counts! ”
DD: A Gouden Duif winner can speak in pigeon land with some authority! What do you like to see in a pigeon?
Geert: “We like to see good feathers, and Michel likes to see bright colors, which he gives a second or third chance because he likes to see them.” (laughs)
DD: Watch out, birds of prey also like bright colors.
Geert: “Yes they are also a plague here, even before the season started we had already lost three old ones this year. But to get back to those pigeons, again as Willem says, they don’t have to be nice, they have to be good. ”
Michel: “Only performance counts, and good performances. I need top flyers. A pigeon can fly a prize every week, if these are not top prizes it is of no use to me. I think a pigeon that always ends up in the middle bracket will never exceed the middle bracket. ”
DD: What tips do you have for a beginner who wants to be on this stage someday?
Geert: “Get good pigeons, that’s where it all starts!”
Michel: “Ensuring that they are healthy, even the best can only perform if they are in excellent health.”
Geert: “And dare to use a sharp knife.”
Michel: “Certainly those who race with a small loft like us must select very strictly, there is no room for“ maybe ”. Sometimes we are sometimes too strict I think. It has happened more than once that someone catches a pigeon from us and we say keep it. If he doesn’t come home after all, I don’t think it’s a good one. Turns out that those people are very good with that.
I once also removed a pigeon because she had not flown enough top prizes to our liking and standard. In hindsight I may have been a bit too hard because she still became ace pigeon posthumously. They weren’t headaches, but apparently still good enough. (laughs) Well, it’s better to select too strict than not to be strict enough.
DD: What was an unforgettable moment in your pigeon career?
Geert: “An absolute highlight was this year’s National Gueret. We only had three pigeons and we won 3 and 4 against 7175 old pigeons and with our first 2 nominated! That is an achievement that we are very proud of. ”
Michel: “Not a sporting achievement, but a funny story was this too: A fancier was promised a couple of eggs. A promise is a promise so one day that man was at the door and I gave him two eggs from our breeders. A little suspicious the man asked: “They are good, aren’t they?”. I said: “If I had to be sure that they will be 2 champions, I would of course not give them to you!”
That’s how I am, straightforward and a joke should always be possible. The man was clearly a bit surprised by my statement and looked a bit disappointed. ”
Geert: “They were still pigeons of Willem’s kind, so not exhibition pigeons!
Michel: “A few months later, after the season, that man was at the door with a bottle of champagne. “Well?” I said. “Here is a bottle to thank and comfort you, because you gave away a champion, there was one who already flew first 3 times!”
Geert: “Nice when people race well with your pigeons. You don’t give bad pigeons either, you have your pride. I can enjoy that when Laurent beats us with a pigeon that comes from us, wonderful right? Michel can’t, he can’t stand that. ”
Michel: “That’s right, I always want to win myself!”
DD: The motto of the true champion!
Our conversation ripples to its end. It is also time to stop because it is now getting quite cold! Corona-wise, this conversation took place in the open air, fortunately under a bright sun and with the beautiful Haspengouw landscape as a backdrop.
We congratulate them on the victory of the Gouden Duif laureate and they deserve it, but these winners still warm our hearts. This is pigeon sport at its purest. Friends and generations who share joys and sorrows. No envy and envy, but sports pleasure that prevails over the financial side of the story. Comrades who have fun like children in a toy store, amateurs who leave many great ones behind with a small loft. Pigeon sport can be so beautiful!
|20/06 Sermaises Obrafo East (353 km)
760 yearlings: 1-14-15-33-82-108-115-130-189 (9/14)
1247 old & yearlings: 2-28-29-30-65- 94-117-136-158-170 … (15/21)
27/06 Sermaises Obrafo East
539 yearlings: 1-2-3-4-7-35-35-59-180 (9/13)
761 old & yearlings: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-10-13-43-70-70 … (17/21)
04/07 Sermaises Obrafo East
650 old & yearlings: 4-14-17 -30-40-134 … (11/12)
11/07 Sermaises Obrafo East
781 old & yearlings: 2-6-7-8-9-10-12-22-49-72-81 … ( 13/16)
464 yearlings: 2-5-7-28-44 … (6/9)
18/07 Sermaises Obrafo East
626 old & yearlings: 2-3-5-6-12-13-14-31 … (9/10)
415 yearlings: 1-2-6-92 (4/5)
01/08 Sermaises Obrafo East
531 old & yearlings: 1-3-4-5-6-12-13-14-107-122 (9/10)
(fastest pigeon Flemish Brabant sector 2 & 3 1st of 2,244 pigeons)
357 yearlings: 1-3-7 -8 4/5
726 youngsters: 1-2-8-10-26-29-29-33-44-45 … (11/18)
08/08 Soissons 142 old & yearlings: 1-6-7-12 -13-14-16 (7/7)
22/08 Soissons 232 youngsters: 2-4-15-17-23-67-68 (7/13)
30/08 Soissons 223 youngsters: 2-3-33-46 -68 (6/9)
30/08 Momignies 308 youngsters: 1-2-33-65 (4/8)
05/09 Momignies 367 youngsters: 2-5-6-15-24-32-37-49-116 (9/12)
12/09 Momignies 305 youngsters: 1-2-4-5-9-11-18-88 (8/9)
19/09 Momignies 315 youngsters: 3-3-10-11-12-14 -19-39 (8/9)Grand middle distance (national races)
Bourges not participated
04/07 Chateauroux I
251 old: 4-5-15 (3/4); nat .: 106-163 … 20,800 p.
276 yearlings: 1-3-13-22 (4/7); nat .: 49-68-462 … 33,833 p.
127 old: 11-24 (2/3); nat .: 883 … 16,762 p.
263 yearlings: 1-2-5-26-54 (5/6); nat .: 10-25-70 … 26,085 p.
148 old: 2-3-5-33 (4/4); nat .: 76-142-364 … 10,603 p.
166 yearlings: 2-7-11-16-18-21 (6/8); nat .: 122-368 … 18,176 p.
25/07 La Souterraine
94 old: 3-9 (2/4); nat .: 154-530 / 9469 p.
149 yearlings: 2-6-8-37-42 (5/6); nat .: 150-385-553 … 15,969 p.
46 old: 1-2-7 (3/3); wet. 3-4-333 / 7175 p.
63 yearlings: 1-11-12-14 (4/5); nat .: 47-554-601 … 12,888 p.
06/09 Argenton II
65 old: 1 (1/1) and nat. 133/4606 p.