The history of a world famous strain

Emiel & André Denys

Emiel and is brother André Denys,                                  1982 2006
The provincial governor Oost
-Vlaanderen

" IN THE MOSSELSTRAAT 18."

Emiel Denys Sr. was born on the 22th of october in 1891 in Westkerke and went to school in Oudenberg with as teacher Theo Vandevelde, founder of many of the long distance lofts at the coast side. In 1912 he married Ida Titeca, also residing in Westkerke and on the 3rd of september 1913 their first son Camiel was born. Shortly afterwards, the country was occupied by the German Force. At one time, little Camiel was taken into the arms of a German soldier and in all the commotion, he peed on the soldier. Camiel was naturally promptly returned to his mother. This tale was of course related hundreds of times by Grandmother Ida.Emiel was called up to join the force and to serve his country. Meanwhile on the 3rd of januari 1915, a second son Cyriel was born. At the end of the holocaust, Emiel's first worry was to take care of his family; he did this as truck farmer and this was not an easy task since Westkerke-Gistel was situated on the German side of the front along the Ijzer. As things settled back to normal, Emiel started with pigeon-racing: at first he entered short distance competitions for in the 1920'5 there was but little choice in the Flanders. Systematically he aimed what higher and began participating in far middle distance com­petitions which were organized in the pigeon centres of Bruges, leper and Roeselare. His sons also were very interested and foresighted. As such, better breeding material was rounded up; primarily pigeons from the stock of master Theo Vandevelde. Yes, Theo Vandevelde was really directly and indirectly the name at the basis of practically all reknown pigeon lofts at the coast side before the Second World War and just afterwards. In the pedigrees of Cattrysse, Devriendt, as well as that of Charles Van der Espt, there is a great deal of the Theo Vandevelde stock to be detected.

The Denys family bought one of the most famous Vandevelde pigeons of the region, namely the "Hercules" having belonged to Meyns from Roksem. This goes to show that this feature of wanting the best was and stays a real family feature. Further also they went to Nestor Tremmery also from Oudenburg, one of the first Flemish long distance competitors who dared to challenge the Walloon grandmasters Bricoux, Duray, Stassart in the –

"COPPI/" 3245564/48 son of the "Libourne"

national competitions from Pau, Biarritz, Dax, etc ... But the pigeon with which they had most success was a blue cock nr. 3202596 36, named the "DIKKEN", acquired 2nd prize Orleans Roeselare as well as the 2nd prize Tours in leper. These were at the time 2 great provincial competitions organized one after the other.

In 1937 Emiel Denys was one of the co-founders of the West-Vlaamse Vereniging. Very soon great results were registered with a 2nd and a 4th place from Bordeaux. In 1939, the last season before the war, Denys' ended 2nd in the championship of the West-Vlaamse Vereniging.Then began World War 11 and Gistel, where the Denys family were then residing and l.. exploiting a poultry slaughter house in the Mosselstraat 18, was situated in the blocked area. AII the pigeons were requested by the Germans and were taken away. A real disaster for this flourishing 10ft. After the war a few of the pigeons were recovered by the Brothers De Scheemaecker in Denmark. In most cases they we re found to be sick and very few could still be used for breeding.  Immediately they looked for new breeding material.

In 1946, a late bred was purchased from André Vanbruaene, later it was baptized the "Libourne". He was the son of the "Kortebek" nr. 3392093 34 which was also the grandfather of the "JONGE STIER" 1 st National Pau. The "Libourne" soon proved to be a golden purchase. He was paired only in 1948 and from him immediately descended a whole range of long distance champions with a capital C.

Among which:
- The "Bulte" from '48, he won 8th place on Bordeaux in Gent, as well as on Carcassonne and Barcelona.
- The "Schotte" also from '48, won 8th National Pau 1222 pigeons in 1951 and in 1953 the 17th International San Sebastian. On this memorable International race from San Sebastian, André Vanbruaene won 1 st prize with the "Tarzan" and Emiel Denys Sr. won the Trophy of the Ambassador of Spain for the 1 st serie with in 13th place the "San Sebastiaantje" and in 17th place the "Schotte".
- The most famous of the "Libourne" sans and stock bird Nr. 1 of the lineage was the
"COPPI" 3245564 /48
The mother of the "Coppi" was a Van der Espt-Vandevelde, of the bloodline of the above mentioned "Hercules" from Meyns. In 2 seasons he scored results on 9 long distance races, and these were as follows:

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10/06/50 Angoulême-National    3800 birds  12th 646 KM
24/06/50
Libourne-International1474 birds  352nd 730 KM
24/06/50
Libourne-National         2030 birds 366 th
08/07/50
Limoges-Nat. Derby     1602 birds 6th 604 KM
08/07/50
Limoges-Nat. O.B         2360 birds 15 th
22/07/50
Angoulême-National    3143 birds 120st
22/07/50
Angoulême-Provincial   775 birds   16th
1 st Acepigeon West-Vlaamse Vereniging 1950
09/06/51
Tulle-National             4122 pigeons, 190th
24/06/51  Libourne-National     2661 pigeons, 109th
07/07/51
Angoulême-National 1927 pigeons, 108th
21/07/51 Brive-National            1922 pigeons,   61 st
05/08/51
Bordeaux-Gent            313 pigeons      30th

Had he raced these results now, he would surely have earned a place in the Belgian Olympiade-team. In 1950 the Cattrysse Brothers coupled a sister of the world famous "45" to Coppi", for each an egg. This was standard procedure for the uncrowned world champions of Moere.

The "Coppi" was not only an ace in racing but also a true stock bird. His descendants, who will further be found in the up building of the bloodline, were the "Quick Star" 3014948/54, his brother the "Zwaren", the "Kaers" and his last daughter the "Grijspenne" 3427223 /59.

At this time, the son Cyriel became president of the "Union" Gistel, the long distance cradle par excellence. The Catrysses, Oscar Devriendt, Charles Van der Espt, Boels etc. celebrated there one triumph after the other.

The Catrysses, for whom the Denys family had an enormous admiration and who had become real friends of the family, also regularly brought in new breeding material!. At an auction in.1949, a small! Dark checker pigeon a.o. was purchased as being a hen. In fact, it grew up to be a cock and was baptized the "Oude Cattrysse". From him descended the "San Sebastiaantje 13th international San Sebastian 1953, and a whole series of breeding pigeons who still now leave their mark: as such a granddaughter won 1 st prize Chatellerault Provincial for young pigeons in 1958. Another grandson was the "Tintin" a tough hard long distance racer: he scored as junior twice from Angoulême, later from St. Vincent, Barcelona, Marseille, etc. André Vermote received one of his daughters: she became the mother of the "ATLEET" the 2nd Nat;Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB 1971. André Vermote donated a sister of the n Atleet" to Emiel Deweerdt: she became the mother of the marvel­lous "Spiritus" 1 st National Cahors 1978. This proves the red thread from the "Old  Cattrysse " The baker from Moistened Charles Van der Esp. was visited every week when they went to the coastal city, and regularly some of his best birds moved to the Mosselstraat 18 in Gistel. Charles had a pigeon memory like a computer. He knew the ring numbers of all crack pigeons and of their descendants. One of his famous sayings was: "Only 1 0 couples govern the whole of the Belgian Long Distance Racing". That was of course a saying in the 50'5, when participation in long distance competitions was still small, yet there was a lot of truth in his words.
Up to and including 1957, Emiel Denys raced under that name in the Mosselstraat 18 in Gistel. Then the colony was moved to the Markt 15


 from left to right: Cyriel Denys,Camiel Denys,Emiel Jr., Emiel Sr.

AT THE MARKT 15

Cyriel Denys, Emiel's son was not only president of "Union Gistel" but also of the West-Vlaamse Vereniging. He took an active interest in these positions, perhaps even a little too much. At the same moment, the family business kept on expanding, for the children were rapidly growing up. Along with the business in hides and in wool at Markt 15 in Gistel, a concern in plumes was purchased in Opwijk, Cyriel became manager. He then also moved his residence to this village which was also the native village of our former bishop Mgr. Desmedt. AII these functions in pigeon racing and the pressure of his business life influenced his health situation: he was confronted with a heart attack. As a result, the cards in the Denys-family had to be rearranged. Cyriel had moved to Opwijk and his health remained weak: the business in which a large amount of money was invested received priority; pigeon racing came in second place. Cyriel handed in his resignation for the office of president of the West-Vlaamse Vereniging, and was followed up by the current president Norbert Norman who has done a wonderful job with it. Cyriel's father Emiel and his mother Ida stood by their son and helped him continue the business in Opwijk. Camiel who still lived at Markt 15 was in charge of the expansion of the business in Gistel and now also had to take care of the pigeons. Therefore in the winter of 1957-1958, lofts were built above the sheds and the most important birds were brought over and rehoused. It took a lot of patience and time to get the godfather the "Coppi" to get accustomed to his new home. As truly devoted fanciers in heart and soul, and yet with a minimum of time, competitions were put back on the agenda. Also in this same winter of 57-58, they bought, on a traditional charity sale for the benefit of "Union Gistel", a few donations among which one belonging to their close friends the Brothers Catrysse.

In 1958, the racing season with the pigeons who had been reaccustomed was not very brilliant.

In 1959, two of them really showed good results. That was the "Favori" 3369001 57, a grandson of the "Coppi" from '48. In his year of birth, he realized (unpaired) a small prize on Angoulême Waregem-646 KM, this while still on his old 1oft. As yearling on the new 10ft, the results were poor.
But when he was 2 years of age he really did it:

13/06/59 Angoulême-Interprov.  912 pigeons, 46th
27/06/59 Angoulême-National 1024 pigeons, 40th
12/07/59
Limoges-Nat. Derby 1769 pigeons  69th
25/07/59 Libourne Nat. 2644 pigeons, 141 th

With these results he classified among the Ace pigeons of Belgium.
In 1960 he continued in this great style:

 

04/06/60 Angoulême-Interprov. 468 pigeons,  31 th
18/06/60 Bordeaux National 2350 pigeons, 9th
03/07/60
Dax-National 807 pigeons 43th

In 1960, he was coupled to the 'Witoog-hen" 3427218/59, a grand-daughter of the "Quick Star", from this coupling came "Kuiper". "Quick Star" and the "Zwaren 54" who was the father of the "Favori", were two full brothers, sons of the "Coppi".
"Kuiper" was coupled to "daughter Leeuw" 3423203/60 who also was a grand-daughter of the "Quick Star", from this couple came a.o. "daughter Kuiper 111" 3301930/61, which we find in the pedigree of the world famous "Tee". Thus as you see, strong inbreeding on the bloodline of the "Coppi" from '48.
Another top racer in 1959 was the "Dikken" 3208854/56, a great-grandson of the "Dikken" from '36, he won in that particular season: 9th international Bordeaux, 25th International Libourne, 25th National Cognac 2400 pigeons. From the line of the "Dikken", there is, maybe accidentally, practically nothing left in the present colony.

THE DONATION. 1958 FROM CATTRYSSE

The donation bought on the charity sale in "Union" Gistel had to be traded in for a bird of the second round from the Moerse grand-masters. Camiel had on his footsteps, Mieltje his eldest son who was becoming a real pigeon fanatic and simply idolized the Brothers Cattrysse and and André Vanbruaene. Mieltje born on 11/1 08/46 as eldest of his generation and having Emiel Sr. as godfather was already harnessed to help in the care of pigeons with pépé. In these difficult years 1956-1957, Mieltje first served the Holy Mass at 6 am in, the morning in the convent of Gistel, then he went to scrape some of the lofts. By the way, many fanciers of the region of Gistel still call the in the meantime 50 year old Emiel: "Mieltje". At the Catrysses, they could choose among the young pigeons of the second round, but not from those coming from the famous pigeons. Camiel chose a blue young­ster, nothing much, but something with a good background. His ring number was 3101595/58 and came from two yearlings, the father was the 129/57 "Son Erkul". The "Erkul", written in Catrysses' manner was a son of the Illustrious "87". The mother was also a yearling 109/57, a daughter "Vooruit" or grand-daughter of the very famous "45". It grew up to be a cock and was baptized the "Sprinter".
As junior, he was trained very carefully but he always had a dirty nose. If he hadn't come direcly from the Catrysses, he would have landed in mother's souppot.
As yearling, he was basketted as far as Orleans. He was coupled to the daughter of Kaers 3208806/56, a granddaughter of the "Coppi'. In 1959 a couple of their youngsters were ringed, a.o. the "Hengst" 3140832/59 and the "Simpson" 3283720/59. These were raced carefully as yearling in 1960 but from 1961 on they raced topresults from Dourdan to Royan, They raced on Perigueux. The "Simpson" raced till he was 9 years old. In the meantime, father the "Sprinter" was basketted further and further, and in 1960 on an Angoulême National only released on a Tuesday or a Wednesday in icy northern wind, mister came home two days later like a little old man. On this Angulême, the "90" belonging to the Brothers Catrysse won the first prize. This national winner became later the basic bird of the Vereecke-loft. The "Sprinter" and all others who were also too late on this murderous race were donated to a customer from Brecht. As was mentioned above, his sons began showing what they were worth the following year. At the end of 1962, the "Sprinter" was brought back to the 10ft and, coupled to the "Daughter Kaers", produced in 1963 a series of superior racers and breeding pigeons.
In the winter of 1963-1964 he died: a bird with a very weak health but with specific hereditary qualities.

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1965: 1 st NATIONAl LlMOGES DERBY AND OLD BIRDS

The racing season 1965 began slowly, Emiel was in greater shape than his pigeons. They didn't have many old birds to work with and those who were two years old, were good. On Angoulême National in very warm weather, the pigeons landed late in the evening. The "Vechter" won 40th national and was followed shortly afterwards by his abiding team-mate the "Blauwe Dikken". The next race for this same team was Limoges National Derby. It was torrid weather and eastern wind and it became a historical day; The "Vechter" 3308886/63 won 1 st national with a velocity of 941 meters. Success was complete when the "Blauwe Dikken" won the first specified series with the 61 th national, the great Prize Georges Goosens, and claimed the first specified series provincial, the Great Prize of the coastal city Knokke, for the victory: but the "Vechter" had won the battle against two other famous pigeons of well-known lofts which both classified in the top ten national, the "Benoni" belonging tot Pol Bostijn and the "Patrick" belonging to Vanhee. Piet Deweerdt had always repeated: In exceptional weather conditions, exceptional pigeons stand at the top. The "Vechter" was a son of the "Sprinter" 3105595/58 and the "daughter Kaers" 3208806/56, the super couple.
Two weeks later, the "Vechter" won 32th National Perigueux. Speaking of a crack:

“De vechter” 3308886/63
1°national Limoges 1965

“Judaske” 3361274/66
1° Cup of the Governor Angouléme 1966

1 st National Limoges, 40th National Angoulême and 32nd National Perigueurx in one season. The first double national victory was registered for the Denys-family. A new wind was blowing for them. The young Emiel now received "carte blanche" whenever pigeons were concerned.
Emiel had noticed that his Catrysse-Vanbruaene family was very powerful in good weather but in doubtful or bad weather conditions they we re not sa sure of themselves. If one wis­hes to race long distance, he must possess pigeons which are not afraid of a little rain or of a thunderstorm. On such long distances in our Western-European cli mate, the sky is se1dom blue and sunny all the way. That is why, Emiel started looking for a bloodline which was not afraid of bad weather.
In the "Duivenbode", he had read that Descamps-Vanhasten was going to sell a number of their breeders. In this period, every Monday morning Camiel an Emiel were present on the poultry market in Kortrijk to buy hides and plumes. Their local café was the "Zuiderbond" at that time opened by Roger Depraetere, a man from Lauwe and a big fan of Descamp­Vanhasten. He himself had crossbred with this strain for middle and long distance races and had been very successful in his results. After the market, they drove along to Bissegem where they went for a drink with Daniel Labeeuw, then followed Gullegem, Wevelgem and Lauwe where they knocked at Descamps-Vanhasten's front door. After weighing up the pro's and con's carefully they finally left with the famous "REM!" 3037744/54. He was 11 years aid but still in good condition. Never one moment did they realize that they had a gold mine in their hands. In later chapter more about his descendants.

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ANGOULÊME YOUNG PIGEONS 1966 - 646 KMS

A recipe tested by Charles Van der Espt and Maurice Vandevelde was: all young hens must go to Angoulême 646 km. Emiel wished to test the products of each coupling and sent all his juniors, cocks as well as hens, to Angoulême. On the long run, this was probably a mistake for the cocks. The hens weren't put into competition at a later age anyway, but for these cocks it was a mortgage on the future. Learning is expensive and in this case it costs pigeons. The pigeons, the widowers as well as the breeders were coupled for the first time around the 15th of february. With this first round and a second round from the-

REMI” 3037744/54 Pure Stichelbaut breeders, the lofts were pretty much tilled up. The youngsters were trained in the third week of June, one weekend to Arras, next to Clermont, Doorman, Boils and Poi tiers. AII of these trips only once. At that time, there was no talk to administering cortisone drops or no using blacking out curtains, they weren't even raced in nest positions, but we re motivated only to their own perch. They were however trained morning and evening for one full hour, this by Emiel Sr.

The first large confrontation was Angoulême Waregem the last Sunday of August, 4 hens were basketted. The weather was very hard: cold with northern wind, only about 20 pigeons of the 1350 pigeons entered, entered the same day. The first hen enrolled by the Brothers Denys was clocked around 19:30, a half hour before sunset, namely on the old summer hour. The 1 st regional and the 13th provincial, it was a daughter of the "Spletborst" (bloodline "Dikken") and the "Prinses '57, a golden breeding hen however not recognized as such by father Camiel. The next morning around 8:30 am another one was clocked and that also won a nice prize. The remaining 2 are not yet home. The next week was Angoulême National, we entered a team of 18. Now the weather conditions were just the opposite: strong western wind and rain. Around 3 pm in the after noon the first junior arrived, it was by god nr 13 of the pool sheet, from then on he acquired his name the "Judaske", his ring number was 3361274/66. That tiny hen won 1 st regional, 1 st provincial top prize, she also won the plate of the Governor of West-Vlaanderen. She was a daughter of the "Blauwe Sprinter" 3308905/63, a son of the super couple "Sprinter" x "daughter Kaers". She won 6th National 6011 birds. The "Blauwe Sprinter" was then paired with the "Witoog-duivin" 218/59 descending from a brother of the "San Sebastiaantje" with a daughter "Quick Star" = a granddaughter "Coppi" 48. Ten minutes later a blue cock landed, this one was good for 2nd regional, 2nd provincial and lOth National. He descended from the line of the "Dikken" and "Coppi". Number 3 was the "Bekske", a daughter of "Bek" 3361254/63 another son of the super couple. The total balance of the day was 10 out of 18 entered pigeons and a double provincial victory. The second round had that same day been sent to Tours and was also blown homewards. Such an easy race did not suffice tot convince Emiel. The whole 10ft, also those of the second round were made ready for Angoulême scheduled two weeks later: 33 pigeons in total. So it was, as is often the case in the middle of september, real pigeon weather, warm and eastern wind. Whether the pigeons enjoyed is another question. Only about five, those having the shortest distances were clocked on saturday night. On sunday morning, the Denys' started clocking a whole series. The "Judaske", yes that tiny thing opened the tireworks at 8:38 am with again a 1 st regional and a 34th national against 2684 pigeons. Every 10 to 15 minutes a pigeon was clocked, the late Joseph Huysentruyt from Deerlijk was there to marvel at the arrivals. At 12:30, 12 were already clocked and they were hoping to have 20 out of the 33 by the evening, but there came no more. The wind remained in the East for the whole week and a week went by before our 13th pigeon arrived: this definitely separated the men from the boys. The results were a dream: against 2648 pigeons, 34th, 46th, 54th, 58th, 10Oth, 109th, 14Oth, 17Oth, 189th, 32Oth, 346th, 397tn.
A decision had been reached; these pigeons and their parents would be kept for further breeding. The cocks of this team were not raced the following year but again when they were 2 and 3 years old; that went well, after this they stopped. The pigeons having survived these hard tests became the pillars of the present long distance stock line. The recipe of Charles Vander Espt and Maurice Vandevelde was simple, rock-hard but efficient.

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"THE GLORIOUS YEARS IN GISTEL."

It was of course irresponsible on our part, but the "REM!" Stichelbaut was, at the age of 11, moved from Lauwe to Gistel. At first, he wouldn't mate; after having injured 2 hens,  finally accepted the "EENOOG", a hen descending from the "COPP!" and from this mating, young birds were bred at the end of 1965. In 1966, the "REM!" was coupled to various other hens without further problems. In 1967, their first and second generation were tested. The "Zaag" 3361373/66 was a young from the third round 1966, he had not been trained in the year of his birth, therefore just as others in this situation, he had a bad start in 1967. But visibly things were getting better and a few top racers even emerged from this non-experienced team. The last race for them as yearlings was Angoulême Oostrozebeke, a provincial race which later became a national and still later was replace& by Limoges which now has the status of monster race.
The first to arrive was the "Zaag", he landed on the ridge of the roof and hesitated a while. It was always hard to convince him to enter the 10ft. He probably lost the provincial title by doing this, for he just lost first place to Desmet-Lippens. He was thus runner-up. Regionally he did earn a first. This same team produced the future long distance celebrities the "BLIKSEM" and the "GESCHELPTEN".
Another son of the "Remi" was snatched the provincial triumph on Angoulême young birds but now in a dishonest way. That was on the first Angoulême young birds of the season in Wakken-Bissegem. A team of ten were crated. It was an awful race: grey sky, not one junior made it home the day of release. The next morning around 7:30 am, one arrived from the southeast, it was a blue check cock, he won first prize in Waken, but wall just beaten for the provincial victory by a fancier from Besiege who was shortly afterwards caught and suspended for re-banding aid pigeons with rings of young birds. That could be doing neat the time with the aluminium bands. Same say that even now with the plasticized bands, it is possible by friction to re-ring.
That young bird from the "Remi" was baptized the "Wakken" and raced 3 x Angoulême 646 kms in that same year. "Foolishness doesn't hurt", Emiel now says with a smile. The "Remi" was then coupled with a daughter of the "Vechter" 1 st National Limoges 65 x "Grijspenne" (= last daughter "Coppi" 48). The brother of the "WAKKEN" was the "LINKSEN' 3340941 68, a late bred from 1968 banded on the left foot, probably the best breeder which ever came from the "Remi". He was for many years coupled to the "Geschotene" 3361336/66 and from them descended the "Tijger": 8th National Ca hors, 43th National St. Vincent, also the mother of the "Tee" etc. The "Geschotene" gat her name because she came home from that memorable Angoulême in 1966 with lead in her breast. The grandchildren of the "Remi" also immediately graded high from Angoulême, proof that this crossing was a great success. The "Remi"-Stichelbauts' formed more or less the missing link; for they always came through, good or bad weather. 1968 was a medium seas­on for most of the important long distance birds had been crated for the disaster race from Cahors and were for the most part lost.
                                            The 3-generation-loft 1969
The left Emiel Denys Sr.,in the middle Emiel Denys, Right Camiel Denys

1 st NATIONAL ST. VINCENT 1969

In 1969, we had to start with a new team, mostly pigeons from 1966, for the older pigeons had perished on Cahors or hadn't come home.Right from the start on Chateauroux in leper, things went well. 2 pigeons in the top ten and a whole series of prizes. On Brives­ National, the "Rik" after an 11 minute-sit on the roof started with a 45th national against 3084 pigeons, that was followed with the 105th, 123th, 207th, 381 th, 549th and 636th and this with 10 pigeons. Two weeks later, the "Zitter" 3292192/65 came in even better with 5 th national Cahors, 4513 pigeons and a 1 st regional. And again two weeks later, the "Zitter" won the 119th on Montauban National. The following week, the first week of july was according to the old tradition fun fair in Gistel and also Barcelona. One of the most murderous Barcelona's ever known. Released on friday morning, they immediately were confronted with the very feared "Tramontane", the hard mistral wind, a head-wind often encountered in the Rhone valley. The "Tour de France" was also just passing through and the cycling race had to be stopped: the wind was so strong that the bicycle racers had to hold on to the official cars which had been following them. The late Roger Van Quickenborne alias "Quick" was, as reporter for the daily newspaper "Het Volk", one of the wit­nesses and told us later how horrible it had been. On Saturday, only about 10 pigeons had been registered from the 8217 pigeons participating internationally. Father and son Opsomer from Maarke-Kerkem got the top bird, it was a pigeon descending from the "Bal­lon" from Desmet-Matthijs. The Denys' had entered 5 pigeons: Sunday morning around 10:30, the "Brigand" flew right through the window, th at was good for the 30th national and 58th international. In the afternoon, they clocked another pigeon around 14:00, the 173rd International and a half hour later the "Geschelpten" 3361411/66 the 182nd International, that was the sunday afternoon having been liberated on friday morning.
On Wednesday morning the 1 st nominated the "Geschelpten Dikken" was clocked, good for the 758 the prize international from 8217 pigeons. The "Geschelpten" 3361411/66 was also one of that team which had not been raced in 1966. He scored a total of 4 wins from Barcelona, 3 from St. Vincent, one of which was the 17th national 2645 pigeons and the other one 73rd national 2770 pigeons, also twice on Cahors National. He was a cast­iron kilometer glutton. He descended from de "Herrines" 1960, a son of the cock from Dumortier from Herrines who in 1949 had won 1 st international Libourne 9070 pigeons and descended from the bloodline Duray, with a daughter from the "Oude Cattrysse". The mother of the "Geschelpten" was the "daughter Kuiper 111". A sister to the "Geschelpten" was paired to the "Favori" 3308923/63, a son from the supercouple, from them descended the "Kennedy", the father of the "Tee". That is now for you a little on the evolution of the strain. Now, let's get back to 1969. The week after Barcelona, there was Bordeaux International and it seemed like the fun fair was still going on at the "Markt" in Gistel. The "Rik" now went for a vidory with a 5th International against 1619 pigeons and again a whole series followed: 123th, 151 th, 181 th, 274th, 322th with 10 pigeons. The last large national race was St. Vincent, marking was in Kortrijk. AII the best of the great West-Flanders' master showed what they still had in their hat. 8 of ours had to defend the colors of Gistel. Saturday turned out to be stormy and liberation was put off to sunday.

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THE PHENOMENON THE "BLIKSEM" 3361381/66

The curriculum vitae of this phenomenon was the following. Just like the "Zaag" and the "Geschelpten", he was also one of that team which had not been trained in 1966. In 1967, he started out with some difficulties, but managed a little prize from Poitiers and Angoulême Provincial. 1968 was a moderate year for that 10ft, and the "Bliksem" was but one of the lesser. His last chance that year was St. Vincent and he presented us with a 266th from 2166 pigeons. His little head was saved.
In 1969: Chateauroux, 69th on 706 pigeons and Brive-National, 381 st on 3084 pigeons; he missed on Poitiers and on Bordeaux, and then he started his unforgettable series of national topprizes: 1 st International St. Vincent 1969.
In 1970: 5th National Brives 3038 pigeons and 3rd National St. Vincent 2770 pigeons and just like in 1969, the 1 st provincial.
1971: 11 th National St. Vincent 2546 pigeons, also a prize on Chateauroux and on Brives. In his last season 1972: Dourdan, Chateauroux, 55th National Brives 2845 pigeons, 10th National Cahors 4135 pigeons. That time the victory was for the "Vuiltje" from the Brothers Devriendt. He ended with a St. Vincent National as 359th out of 2268 pigeons. He was, in the beginning anyway, a difficult breeder. But via his daughter the 3413431/75 on the 10ft in Zulte, his blood runs like a red thread through the present long distance strain. This daughter the 3413431/75 was once coupled to the "TEE" and from them descended the "PLAYBOY" 4133051/83, 2nd National Barcelona 1986 and Golden Wing Winner. Mostly, this "daughter Bliksem" was coupled to the "Laat Sproetje" 3462206/76, the "daughter Bliksem" brought forth a splendid range of breeding hens, among which the "Perpignan I" 4338995/79 2nd International Perpignan hens 1981, and also an extraordinary stock hen.

”De Bliksem” 3361381/66 1° National St.Vincent 1969

1 ST NATIONAL CAHORS 1970

1970 was difficult in the start. On their first Dourdan, the pigeons were only liberated on wednesday. Chateauroux was a smoggy rainy race. But always the same two favorites, the "Bliksem" and the "Zitter" arrived first. They clearly demonstrated their budding condition. Once Brives was on the agenda, the sun was shining literally and figuratively: the "Blik­sem" won 5th National followed by the "Zitter" 121 th National, 1545th, 156th and 301 th against 3083 pigeons. Two weeks later, the "Zitter" resolutely took over the lead and shot first prize on Cahors: 1 st National with 3590 pigeons. The "Zitter" was also a superbird. Such as his name reveals, he was slow in entering the 10ft, but then again he had been taken into hand a lot and in a clumsy way. But things got better with time and mostly we learned how to approach him. As yearling he had already won 30th National Poitiers against 3899 old birds. When he was 2, he won a moderate prize on Angoulême. In 1968 he participated in the ramp Cahors and landed 2 weeks later. At the age of 3, he earned a prize halfway the results on Poitiers, and shone from Cahors with a 5th National, 4313 pigeons, 119th National Montauban 2530 pigeons, 171 st International Bordaux 1619 pigeons. These 3 races in 4 weeks time.

In 1971, he arrived on the first Poitiers as a demon out of the sky and won with a velocity of 1700 meters per minute, the 1 st prize out of 1424 pigeons. Never was the "Zitter"' seen arriving form a distance, only the last few meters when he landed on the roof, he was there like a flash. He had a very special personality: he was a real wriggler, hard to keep in the hand. But like most pigeons of the line of the "Favori" was extremely intelligent. The "Zitter" never had the chance to demonstrate his breeding qualities, because in the following race, from Cahors, his favorite race, he never made it home. The "Zitter" was a son out of the "Puit" 3348000/64, a late bred out of the "Favori" 3308923/63 with the 7th National Angoulême 3219824/60 out of the "San Sebastiaan" 300/53 with the blue daughter "Quick Star" 3448261/58, granddaughter "Coppi" 48. The 7th National Angoulême 824/60 was a sister of the mother of the "Judaske", she was also the mother of the f'Brigand" 58th International Barcelona 1969. The mother of the "Zitter" was the "Prinses" from '57. Clearly the "Favori" 3308923/63, a son from the supercouple came aout as top inheritor of the old strain on the one side and also the "REMI" Stichelbaut as provider of new resources on the other side.

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''A NEW START IN ZULTE."

On the 4th of october 1969, Emiel was married and moved to Zulte. There the Denys' family bought the "Wolfabriek van Vlaanderen" then belonging to the Martens family. The house, where Gaston Martens, writer of a.o. the "Paradijsvogels" was born, on Staatsbaan, 181, was included in the purchase and that is where Emiel was going to live; the attics on the old vinegar factory situated behind the new residence were transformed into new loft! A few late breeds of 1969 were the first pigeons on the new lofts. In 1970 and 1971, when the lofts of the young pigeons in Gistel were fully occupied, practically all the young pigeons from the 3rd round forth came to Zulte.

Emiel organized pretty soon a young breeding 10ft there, with mainly sons and daughters of the best inheritors of the “Favori" 3308923/63 and the "REMI" Stichelbaut. 1970 was the last year that eggs were fertilized by the "REM!", but these last young became indeed breeders of the highest quality. We remember the "Zwarte REMI" 3353207/70, and the "Lange REMI" from 1970.

On the 26th of march 1971 passed away Emiel Denys Sr., founders of the strain and caretaker of the lofts in Gistel till he died. Grandfather Emiel was no more, the young Emiel had to devote a lot of time to his business and to his new 10ft. Father Camiel's hart was playing him tricks again so that it was decided to keep things at a lowerlevel in Gistel.

STRANGE BUT TRUE

In the meantime, brother André was also married; the business was shared and so were the pigeons. They would race under the name of BROTHERS DENYS in Zulte. Gradually Emiel started to put his team together. In 1971 he crated all the yearlings and the waterbeds of 1969 for their first Arras, 60 in total; they were still in breeding position. It was Tuesday before they could be liberated and there was an icy north wind. The first to arrive was a black cock, called the "Kennedy". He was a son of the "Favori" 63 with a sister of the "Geschelpten". The "Kennedy" 3376289/69 was the father of a whole range of long distance racers among which the world famous "TEE". The second to arrive was the "Blauwe Prins" 3353190/70, a son of the "Favori" this time with a daughter of the "Remi". The "Blauwe Prins" was the father of the "Prins" 4149064/71 1 st International Narbonne and 1 st Acepigeon Long Distance KBDB 1974. In the most exceptional circumstances the most talented clearly distinguish themselves.

BARCELONA 1973

Emiel dreamed of long distance, the further away the better, and especially of Barcelona. In 1973 all those pigeons which were 3 years of age had to participate in the Spanish classical race; he who could do it, would do it. The team consisted 10 cocks and 1 hen, a grizzle hen from the line of Hector Berlenger from Aspelare. The race was a hard one: cloudy and north wind. The "Mona lisa" belonging to Jef Carlens from Zepperen won the International First Prize. In the Flanders, André Vanbruaene's "Merckx" was one of the toppers. Father Camiel clocked in Gistel around 14:00 with a second prize after André Dereere.

It was the "Vuilen" 3376131/69, a cast-iron long distance racer who had scored 4 times from Barcelona and now obtained the 73rd International against 8515 pigeons and the 49th National against 4591 pigeons.
The father was a grandson ot the "Draaier" Cattrysse and the mother the 080/68, a sister ot the "Judaske" 1 st Provincial Angoulême. The "Vuilen was not only a real long distance crack, but also an excellent breeder.
At 15:26, a blue cock surprised everyone in Zulte. He was promptly baptized the "Blauwe Barcelona". His band number was 4380553/70 and was on the father's side a crossing between the line "Dikken" with a daughter "Napoleon" Catrysse. The mother was a daughter ot the "Vechter". He won the 99th National on 4591 pigeons.
A quarter ot an hour later, another one arrived. The "Blauwe neus" 3353053/70 the 112th National. He was a grandson ot the "Zaag". As third arrival that day, a brilliant day tor this new 10ft, the "Averechtse Pen" 4380502/70 and he won herewith the 250th National. There were about 500 pigeons home that same day, out of the 8515 internationally ente­red. The competition was open for one week. It also took more than a week for our number four to arrive, but he was too late. The difference was much to clear.

THE MIRACLE YEAR 1974

The pigeons of 1970 had been tested to the bone, but Emiel still had a strong group of pigeons born 1971 and 1972, all of which had been trained in the pigeon routes but nothing exaggerated. In 1974 they would have to show what they had to offer. There were about 65 widowers of 2 years or older. Also a dozen of hens in nest position. They would be raced every fortnight. In between, the yearlings would be tested.
The first time that the old pigeons were banded with a rubber ring was on Château roux, Oostrozebeke, the classical introductory race to the national. At that time marking took place only in Café de "Zwarte Leeuw" in Oostrozebeke. Emiel couldn't get all his birds in the car, he had to take the truck. There we re 65 cocks and 10 hens. It was beautiful pigeon weather: a low northwest wind. The "Witoog Remi", a son of the "Zwarte Remi" opened a brilliant series of prizes with the 25th prize from 1318 pigeons, further the 29th, 33th about 30 prizes. The team was obviously in good shape. Two weeks later was the first national confrontation with Brive National 5555 pigeons: 48 cocks and 9 hens. Now the "Blauwe Barcelona" opened the arrivals and demonstrated herewith that he could be placed with full confidence at the top of the enrolment list for Barcelona. The results that day were: 72th, 94th, 163th, 232th, 303th and in total 26 prizes.
Henceforth, the old pigeons were divided into 3 groups: a group for Barcelona, those being a year and a half to Poitiers and another 16: 14 of which were cocks and 2 hens for Cahors National. Here the "Witoog Remi" opened the scores against 3704 pigeons with these results: 23th, 32th, 57th the "Prins", 121 th, 145th, 159th, 174th, 281 th, 29Oth, 318th, 372th, 412th, 488th, 516th or 14 prizes with 16 pigeons. National hens 145 pige­ons: 12th and 36th. The first hen was the "Plastron-duivin", a name to remember. The second was "Het Bleekske".

That same day was the traditional Poitiers in the WVV., here those being a year and a halt we re entered. In the Long Distance club 374 pigeons were basseted; the 1 sty prize and 18 minutes before any other was the "Jorge Voile" 3465841/72, a son of the marathon racer the "Voile" from '69. He won 2nd provincial against 2546 pigeons.
On Paul International we did not participate that year. Pol Bostijn's "Leeuw van Vlaanderen" pinched 1 st prize from the "Slappen" and won in this way Pau for the third time. The last weekend of June there was Montauban National and also Barcelona International. Friday and Saturday, it was rain the whole of the route.

Sunday also rain, but Montauban  and Barcelona were released with a strong wind from the west = a helping wind.
With a velocity of more than 1500 meters, Marc Roosens achieved a dream result with 1 st, 2nd and 4th National. The first two actually arrived together, luckily for Marc the "Pils” entered as first and the favourite the "Colli", a son of the "525", who had been handled a lot, hesitated a little and was clocked second. In this way he could sell the first one for good money to a Japanese, Masahiko Ohta and still keep the best one for himself. Back to the Denys stable: only 3 pigeons were entered with a very good chauffeur as leader, the "Prins". As was said before, the pigeons descending from the "Favori" are very smart and with the "Remi" blood in him he would make it through the rain. And there he was, exactly from the right direction, to get the 1 st prize against 160 pigeons in the Long Distance club, the other two checked in as 4th and 49th National that was against 2371 pigeons the 55th, 134th and 545th.
Based on these high velocities, the pigeons from Barcelona were expected as soon as the next morning. The German Egon Sutor clocked even before 5 o'clock, the international winner. Second were the Brothers Van der Weerdt from Meerssen, the Netherlands. The Denys' Brothers had enrolled 26 pieces and we re getting quite impatient, until all of a sudden at 7:55 the "Blauwe Barcelona", the first enrolled arrived on the chimney and swiftly entree the loft. He won a topprize with the 15th National against 5901 pigeons, and 30th International against 10.723 pigeons. They were releaved: "A bird in the hand i\ worth two in the bush.": father Camiel used to say. In the beginning the pigeons came in slow, a second pigeon was but clocked at 11 : 10 as 78th National. Then the intervals got shorter, in total 18 prizes out of 26 pigeons. The following week, again a beautiful result from Limoges National Derby. In the Long Distance Club, the "Witpluimpje" took lead of the 286 pigeons. He was a grandson of both  the "Favori" and the "Remi".
On the 20th of july it was dreary weather with a northern wind and 2 national competitions were on the agenda: Tulle and Narbonne.
Narbonne was organized anew for the first time after the war.
On Tulle, 17 pigeons we re enrolled, and despite the difficult racing conditions, a yearling made it through as first and promptly took oft with the victory in the Long Distance Club. Against 139 pigeons, the results were 1 st, 3rd, 4th,12th, 17th, 18th, 23th, 32th, 34th, 38th, 47th National against 2702 pigeons this meant: 32th, 47th, 5lth, 113th etc.

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1 st INTERNATIONAL NARBONNE

Due to that hard weather, there were no arrivals the day the pigeons we re released from Narbonne. In the morning there was still a mist left from the farmer humid day and night. That didn't seem to matter for the "Prins", he landed at 7:30 A.M. and took full possession of the first prize International. Maurice Crusson won with his wonder pigeon the 1 st national for France and became 6th International.
The "Prins" 4149064/71 was a real crack, he was a jack-of-all-trades. As yearling he started on Orleans Zulte by winning against all the best of the middle distance pigeons of the Leiestreek, with a 4th prize against 364 pigeons. Further he qualified wonderfully on Château roux, Poitiers and from Limoges National he was, again as first of his generation, the 299th national against 5697 pigeons. When he was 2 years old, he didn't forget to do it from Angoulême, nor form Limoges National Derby as 330th against 4815 pigeons and also from Tulle.
In this wonder year 1974, he was in top gear:

- 57th National Cahors, 3704 pigeons,
- 55th National Montauban, 2371 pigeons,
5th Provincial 620 pigeons
and 1 st Long Distance Club 160 pigeons
And ending with the 1 st International Narbonne 1276 pigeons
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With these great prizes, he earned the prestigious of:
1 st National Acepigeon Long Distance KB DB 1974
1 st Provincial Acepigeon Long Distance KBDB 1974
1 st Acepigeon Great Long Distance KBDB O-VI. 1974.
The "Prins" never missed a prize in his whole career.

He descended from the "Blauwe Prins" 3353190/70 and the "Gebroken bil" 3353181/70, a daughter of the "Witpen Baron", a grandson of the "Bek" 63, out of the superpair. The "Witpen Baron" was then coupled to a daughter of the "Merckx” who was also a son of the "Bek”. The "Merckx" was coupled to a sister of the "Waregem" 1 st prize Angoulême Waregem.
Having obtained this impressive list of honorable titles, the "Prins" moved for good at the end of 1974 to the breeding loft.

1 st. 2nd. 3rd NATIONAL ST. VINCENT HENS

The week after Narbonne was St. Vincent National; the Barcelona team was again entered, the hens were also in a good position. In total 33 pieces, 24 cocks and 9 hens. It was an easy race: in the dim of the evening the "André" landed and won the 38th National against 2953 pigeons. The next morning arrived the "Geschelpte Baron" with the 56th national. Then it was the "Bleeksken to appear on the landing board of the hens and so to win the 1 st National Hens. Another 2-year old hen was 2nd and the "Plastron" hen I 4143602/72 was 3rd. AII stands were taken in by the Denys-hens

The "Plastron" hen was superhen: she won as yearling the 2nd Provincial La Souterraine just behind another 10ft colleague. As 2-year-old, 12th National Cahors and 3rd National
St. Vincent. In 1975 and 1976, she was twice the first pigeon from Barcelona. On St. Vili1 cent the team won 19 prizes form 33 entered pigeons. The general championship of Belgium KBDB still included at that time, races for both old pigeons as well as for young pig ons together, therefore there still had to be scored on junior races. This was wonderfully successful on Argenton National, the 48th prize on 9525 pigeons with the first nominated pigeon, a sister of the "Witpluimpje".
On la Souterraine, it was even better. Against 9084 pigeons, the 1 st and 2nd nominated pigeons won the 9th and 40th National including an honorary prize of the Federation of the Netherlands. Al these powerful performances along with the appropriate pigeons in the lead resulted in a never before realized series of championships:

1 st GENERAL CHAMPION of BELGIUM KBDB
1 st ACEPIGEON KBDB
1st National Marathon with the "PRINS" and the "BLAUWE BARCELONA"
1 st General Marathon Oost-Vlaanderen.
1 st Criterium der Azen Belgische Verstandhouding.
1 st Acepigeon Long Distance in the Long Distance Club with the "JONGE VUlLEN" 3465841/72.
Only first results are mentioned here.

1974 was DREAM YEAR

To match the 1974 season in 1975 would have been utopian. The Brothers Denys from Zulte started the new season out as favourites and Emiel overdid things a little, considering the weather conditions. Just like in 1974, the preparatory race for the nationals was Château roux in Oostrozebeke. It was contrary to the year before: severely cold and northern wind. Three pigeons made speeds of more than 1000 meters a minute: Judge Pierre Tremmery of Menen got the honorary prize and the Brothers Denys started with a third and there followed a whole number of other prizes. Two weeks later the whole team, the two-year-olds included, was put on Brive National, the sky was a clear blue and everyone expected a nice and regular race, but it turned out totally different, only one pigeon reached the homestead at a speed of 1 000 meters a minute, it was one belonging to Omer Cool, guard at the Zwin in Knokke at the time. 250 to 300 pigeons came through the day of release. That meant two hard races for these long distance pigeons at the very start of the season, certainly not beneficial for the physi­cal condition. Nationwide versus 6183 pigeons the Brothers Denis started with the 112th prize and had a total of 28 prizes. The next national confrontation was Chairs National with 2828 pigeons. All that harsh weather had made the number of participants considerably lower. This time, the task was also not an easy one. At 950 meters a minute Karol Leachier won the race before Poll Boston. Father Camiel won the 8th national prize in Gistel with the 'Tijger", a son of the "Linksen" and the "Geschotene", 50 in fact a grandson of the "REM!". In Zulte it was the "Witneus", a son of the "Zwarte Remi" 3353146/70 who opened the score with a 40th National, followed by the "Witpluimpje" who became the 57th then also 114th, 12Oth, 149th, 175th out of 8 pigeons.

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2nd NATIONAL PAU 1975

For the first time in Zulte, we participated in Pau International, and the wind kept on coming from the north. Pau was moreover only released around noon. It also rained ever now and then, and it was even too cold to wait outdoors. The German Egon Sutor, who had the national Barcelona victory in 1974, was this time the primus on Pau, this with a pure Cattrysse, of the "Draaier" breed. The "Draaier" also had had his victory coming from Royan in similar weather conditions, and so had his brother the "90" in that same week­end on Pau, of course 14 years earlier, on the ice-cold Angoulême National. Winning in such strenuous weather conditions was innate to the Cattrysse-strain. At 12.20 P.M., the "Kropper" 4143954/72 arrived at the Denys-Ioft and was clocked one minute later, which provided him the victory in Kortijk, the head-club for the province of West-Flanders. National 2nd prize and international number 6                   The "Kropper" had been tested on the far long distance and won the 113th prize on St. Vincent competing against 2953 pigeons. He was basketted again for that parching St. VINCENT 1975 and made it to the 130th place against 3735 pigeons.
He was the grandson of the "Zwarte Remi" 3353146/70. He was moved to the breeding 10ft at the end of 1975, where he and the "Plastron-hen" 4143602/72 were a breeding couple for many years. Emiel wanted to start a breeding 10ft with his top-pigeons in a moment that they were still at the top of their ability. In 1974 the "Prince" enriched the breeding stable, in 1975 the "Kropper" and the "Jonge Vuilen" were added.

THE PLASTRON-HEN 4143602/72

Emiel wanted to test all of the pigeons as much as possible. The widowhood had ended, the hens were immediately trained, and then entered for Bourges and/or La Souterraine.

The "Plastron-hen" had covered a lot of mileage as a youngster, but she hadn't shown us anything because she had had a pustule on the eye. As yearling, she went to Bourges in 4 leaps and missed. For La Souterraine she had been more careful, another hen won the first provincial prize, and she came in 2nd against 155 pigeons, 77th National against 1545 pigeons.
As two-year-old in between the juniors, mated with a young cock. Cahors National the 12th prize National Hens. Put in on St. Vincent, 3rd National Hens Prize, just behind two of her loft mates. In 1975 she was 3 years old and well-trained to race on Barcelona.
1975 proved to be a beautiful Barcelona, just like the one in 1995: we put in 18 cocks and 10 hens. Neighbour Georges Snoeck saw the "Plastron-hen" coming out from the right direction from afar, and she came in before all of the cocks. She won the 7th International against 10 14 hens and the 59th prize International against 8301 pigeons. Followed by the "99", a two-year-old, bred out of the "Kennedy" and the "Blauwe zus ijzeren", thus a brother of the "TEE". He made it for the 89th international. It turned out to be a wonderful pigeon-day, with 19 prizes out of the 28 entered. In 1976 Barcelona was extremely hot and again the "Plastron-hen" came in first, now earning the 36th International prize versus 1293 hens. The father came from the bloodline of the "Remi" and the mother was a daughter of the "Officier" of 1 963 out of the super couple, then mated with a daughter of the "Limoges" of Cattrysse. The "Limoges" of Cattrysse was mated with a sister of the "Draaier", the "Elfpen". Every now and then, there still appeared a pigeon with 11 flight feathers, this coming from the bloodline of the "Plastron-hen". She was taken from the racing-team in 1976, to be coupled to the "Kropper", in the breeding 10ft.
She has become one of the foundation-hens to the strain. Emiel learned from this experience that good long distance hens are worth their weight in gold for breeding.

ST. VINCENT-NATIONAL 1975 AND THE "JONGE VUlLEN"

The classic St. Vincent 1975 was one to remember forever. Just like often at the end of July, the weather was extremely hot, the morning of the second racing day showed no haze nor fog, the sky was clear, but still the pigeons did not arrive as early as expected. The heat had left its mark. The "Aile Vainqueur" of Thomas Peeters won St. Vincent brilliantly for the second time. A unique performance for such a race. The "Witslager" of Desender from Leke was 3rd National and hereby 1 st National Acepigeon Long distance KBDB. Father Camiel clocked a 2-year-old at 10:30 A.M. and won the 10 th National Prize. At 12:25 P.M., the "John" was clocked which made him 25th National, against 3735 other competitors. At 13:30 the "Jonge Vuilen" 3465841/72 arrived, his beak wide open with thirst, the 35th National, which meant 10 pigeons in one hour time. At 14:24 P.M., Father Camiel's "Tiger" came in with a 43rd National Prize. Just 50 that you could have an idea of the harshness of the race. It was very remarkable though that Emiel in Zulte clocked 4 pigeons in 10 minutes time, and this just before sunset, the evening of the second racing day. The rubber rings had deteriorated through the heat. The pigeons probably judged it too hot to race during the day, and 50 raced mornings and evenings only, when it was cooler. The only two-year-old to be classified was the "99", the brother of the "Tee", the others were all run down. The strongest one had made it. He later classified two more times on Barcelona.It was the last race for the "Jonge Vuilen" 3465841/72, he had definitely earned his spot on the breeding 10ft. He was the son of the \/uilen" 3376131/69, inbred "Draaier"Cattrysse. The "Vuilen" won Barcelona 4 times over, 2 times St. Vincent, 2 times Brive. The "Jonge Vuilen" was a late bred from 1972, first time a widower in 1974 when he became the first Ace pigeon in the Long-distance club in Meulebeke with the following curriculum:

19/5/74 Chateauroux 1318 pigeons, 50th
01/06 Poitiers Long Distance Alliance 846 pigeons, 50th
15/06 Poitiers WVV 2546 pigeons, 2nd
1975 Fondclub 375 pigeons, 1 st
Limoges Nat. Derby 4458 pigeons, 392th
Fondclub 139 pigeons, 3th
Orleans 428 pigeons, 13th
Cahors National 2825 pigeons, 120th
Montauban National 2155 pigeons, 278th
St. Vincent National 3735 pigeons, 35th

The "Jonge Vuilen" once gave a son which won a prize on St. Vincent and on Barcelona, but never was he the equal of his father, or his grandsire. His grandchildren however, were of his caliber or even better. A few examples: the "Blauwe Perpignan Hen" 4338834/791 st International Perpignan Hens 1983, 4th International 3589 pigeons, 1 st Provincial and a total of 5 times Perpignan. The "5x3" 4133333/83, son of the "TEE" made a super coup­le for many years when joined to the "Dikke Witpen" 4133123/83, a daughter of the "Jonge Vuilen", and provided us with long distance champions in every generation. Anot­her daughter was also mated with the "paanoog Tee" and produced "Miss Perpignan" 12th International Perpignan International 1993, and also the top breeders the "Donkere Paan­oog Tee", the "Zwarte paanoog Tee". Patience is a wonderful virtue.

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4TH NATIONAL BORDEAUX 1975

Closing oft the 1975 season was Bordeaux National, 2 cocks and 3 hens were entered. The "André", who previously had won the 8th Provincial Angoulême and in 1974 the 38th National St. Vincent against 2953 pigeons, again went to the utmost and came in 4th National, his team mate the 'Witpluimpje', in 1974 1 st Long Distance Club Limoges, 42nd national. Truly a beautiful end to the hard season of 1975. In the championships more nice positions were obtained:

4th General Champion KBDB
7th EUROPACUP

5th Champion Long Distance Curegem Centre
4th Champion Hens Entente Belge

1976: THE YEAR OF BIRTH OF THE 'TEE" 4415211/76

The strongest two-year-old in 1975 was the "99" ot 1973. He was the only two-year-old to have survived the hard long-distance races. He won the 89th International Barcelona. Emiel wanted to breed more of this kind. And so these same parents were joined again. The father, the "Kennedy" 33766289/69 was the pigeon which came first from that hard Arras race in 1971, later he broke his wing and was thus moved to the breeding 10ft. He was in fact a direct son of the base pigeon the "Favori" 3308323/63 with the "Zwarte Herrines-Hen" 3361342/66, one of the youngsters of the second round who classified for a place on that hard Angoulême 1966. The mother was the "Blauwe zus Ijzeren" 70, a late hen from 1970, product of the "Linksen" 3340941/68, the brother of the 2nd prize win­ner Angoulême Wakken, thus a son ot "REMI", then coupled with a daughter ot the "Vechter" 1 st National Prize Limoges x Grijspenne of '59, the last daughter ot the Coppi of '48. The mother of the "Blauwe Zus Ijzeren" was the "Geschotenen" of 1966, the 12th young, of the memorable Angoulême 1966, which came home shot. She came from the blood­line of the "1 st International Barcelona "H. Berlenger" x granddaughter 45 Cattrysse. Thus every link in the pedigree of the "Tee" had previously been tested to the bitter end. The~ selections made on Angoulême Young Pigeons have proved to be worth their weight in gold. The "Tee" was, as young from the second round, trained and basketted 3 times on Clermont. As yearling, he made a mediocre start. Since Emiel never shows the hens before~ departure, most yearlings have a difficult start. Château roux yearlings is somewhat the first real test, and often those yearlings which here achieve a good result later become the best pigeons. Châteauroux Yearlings 1977 was itself a special race. The weather was lousy. The pigeons could only be released late on Wednesday. The pigeons on Chairs were also only released on Wednesday afternoon. First arrival was Mister the "Tee", wining the 25th Provincial of 3443 pigeons. Emiel had seen enough, this pigeon would be his favourite for Barcelona. He could handle the long stay in the basket. But would not be entered again as yearling in 1977.

1977: THE END IN GISTEL

On the 1 st of September 1977, father Camiel Denys died due to a heart-disease. He would have been 63 years old on September the 3rd. His colony was sold in its totality the winter of 1977, with the help of the "Duivenbode" at his friend's auction centre in Deerlijk. The auction sale list was made up by his other ftriend Jerom Busschaert, alias Master. . The family had made Gistel famous through its great national pigeon racing results, and through their organisational spirit concerning pigeon racing on the whole. But Gistel produces new stars regularly and is now in the spotlight for the brand-new world champion cycling Johan Musseeuw, for the national boxing champion Dirk Wallyn.

1978: THE ''TEE'' TO BARCELONA

Emiel wanted to form a new Barcelona team with 2 and 3-year-old pigeons. That is why he entered 6 pigeons on the first Poitiers. The "Prins Napoleon" 4415061/76 came in first and won the 58th prize out of 1403 pigeons. The pigeons came in easily. The "Tee" won a prize at the tail of the listing. Two weeks later, all went to Angoulême: the "PRINS NAPOLEON" came in first again, followed shortly after by the "Tee", who won on a scale of one to ten. The "Prince Napoleon" was selected for Montauban National, he won national the 22nd against 1996 pigeons. The 'Tee" was entered with a few others for Barcelona 1978, which turned out to be an easy-weather Barcelona. He arrived in the afternoon in the pouring rain, extremely fresh, and classified as 2030th International. He had acquired the experience.

''THE EARLY 1980'5"

One of the brothers, namely André had switched over to another hobby. He had moved his new home on the Rooborststraat also in Zulte. He was never a real pigeon fancier, but he sympathized in the past and now also with body and soul for this  very important sport for the Denys' family. Earlier, he had also been a bycycle racer, a colleague of Jemp Monserez at the time when they were with the beginners club. In fact he still is a fervent cycling fanatic and weekly spends a lot of hours on his metal horse, he even after trains on the velodrome in Ghent in company of a.o. Guy Verhofstadt. In this way, he got involved in politics. As soon as André moved, he started to get interested in the local politics! Zulte. What first seemed to be a reason to go out for a drink, slowly became more serious and André soon landed with bath his feet in the polities, he went up higher and higher~ the ladder; first provincially and then as member of the Parliament. He turned his hobby into a profession. And so it was that Emiel went on racing alone and under his own name it was back to the way grandfather had begun in the 1920's: EMIEL DENYS, and it still is.

1 st NATIONAL MARATHON: 1980

The 1980'5 started out brilliantly with again a 1 st National Marathon and this for the second time and as first fancier to obtain this great title twice. It was achieved with the lil nominated pigeon on Montauban, Barcelona and Lourdes (having been organized for the first time). On Montauban, The "Prins-Napoleon" 4451061/76 assured one valuable point. He was the son of the "Grote Napoleon" a full brother of the "Blauw Barcelona" 4380533/70, who had helped win the National Marathon in 1974 with a 15th national and his mother was a sister of the "Prins", the other star who had assured the points for the marathon 1974. On Barcelona, it was the "Tee" who finished as 3rd national. On Lourdes, the "Fischauw" 4415351/76 arrived first and th at was good for a 32nd International against 6637 pige­ons. The "Fishauw" was a grandson of the "PRINS", 1 st National Acepigeon 1974. The "Fis­chauw" compiled an impressionable list th at year. He won 77th on Poitiers, 2344 pigeons, 154th National Cahors, 4462 pigeons. He was naturally mentioned in the Provincial KBDB-ace pigeons. Earlier, he had also won a 20th Provincial Angoulême, 905 pigeons, 17lth National St. Vincent, 4835 pigeons, etc... But on that first Lourdes, he really reached his peak. It was beautiful weather and he was 4 years old; at the peak of his strength and with lofts of experience. It was on this wonder­ful race that the Brothers Decroix shone in all their glory. They not only won 1 st prize with the "Haan" but also the car, a Volvo, with a first series of 1 and 2. Their second pigeon was the "Witpenneke", one of the best pigeons they ever owned, and they had many of these cracks under their roof. Formerly, they used to race middle distance, this victory on Lour­des International meant their great entrance to the nationals and internationals.

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1 st PROVINClAL CAHORS WITH 30 MINUTES AHEAD: 1981

Ca hors 1981 was a murderous race. The pigeons bumped on a cold front: the sky was a massive cloud and the wind was blowing from the north. That same day, it was also St. Vincent in Holland and it was 4 P.M. before the first pigeon was registered and this with a release from friday at noon. In the well-known Long Distance Club Steenbergen, Kees de Baat won 1 st prize with a yearling hen played in nest position. This yearling was later bought by the german Hermes, and became there one of the foundation pigeons on the 10ft. Kees de Baat is still racing brilliantly with the same bloodline his grandfather: Cees Degroot once possessed and whose colony was sold a few years back for an absolute for­tune.  Kees de Baat, with his mini-colony was in 1994 as weil as in 1996, 1 st Marathon Champion in Steenbergen and that meant quite a lot considering opponents like Mrs. Lucie Van der Wegen, Jan Ernest, August Daemen, etc... Kees de Baat was also supplier of the parents of the 1 st International San Sebastian 1995, which was also raced in such rock-hard weather conditions. They are to my knowledge the toughest pigeons ever born, the Aarden pigeons of Kees de Baat. Cahors is a little like a Paris-Roubaix in pigeon racing. In 1981, this comparison was even closer. The "Bijter" 4404727/77 landed at 6:30 P.M. just next to the entrance, he hesitated a little which was a habit of his, and then flashed inside. He won provincial 1 st prize against 961 pigeons with 30 minutes lead. In the Long Distance Club Meulebeke, he won the victory with 1 hour and 30 minutes lead. National he became 6th against 5027 pige­ons. The "Bijter" 4204727/77 was also a grandson of the "Prins" from 71. Raymond Cobut who was racing real good at the time, clocked two birds at the same time, good for a 2nd and 4th place. The times Raymond Cobut came in 2nd in a National, I can't remember, but it was lofts of times.

THE "KLEINE PAU-HEN" 4204517/77

Nestor Vierstraete from Gullegem bought in 1975 ten youngster from the first round of the breeders. There were 27 in total and he could choose. At the end of 1976, he brought them all back, he wasn't satisfied: he had tried the young on Arras, Clermont and Blois and they only made tail results; Emiel knew that among them there was a son of the "PRINS' and others from the best breeders, 50 he took them all back. There was also a cock, a brother of  theTee, he was baptized "Bruinoog". The following breeding season, he was coupled to a sister of the famous "Sproetje" from Maurice Vandevelde. The first couple of youngster produced a cock the "Cendreetje" 4204518/77, who as widower accumulated list of first prizes, and a hen the 517/77, later baptized the "Kleine-Pau-Hen". This hen raced as young the 49th on Bordeaux against 695 pigeons. As 2-year-old: 8th national Pau and 8th international Pau Hens. As 3-year-old: 12th national Pau and 10th interna­tional Hens. Later she was coupled to the "Tee" and their children were great breeders.

1 ST NATIONAL LlMOGES YEARLINGS 720 HENS

At the time there was a doubling for yearling hens on Limoges National Yearlings. It proved to be worth it also, for there were 720 participators: Emiel came in with the 1 st and the 3rd prize. The 1 st won 13th national in the big group. The "Limoges 81" 4054368/80 was for 75% Remi-Stichelbaut blood and 25% Kennedy Deschamps-Vanhasten. The father was the "Geschelpte Linksen" 3410918/76 a grandson of the REMI from '54. The mother was the "Zwarte Kennedy-Hen" 4339015/79, who Was bred from a co-breeding hen with the "Kennedy" DVH 3052832/63 then coupled to a daughter "Zwarte Remi". The parents of the "Limoges-hen" always stayed with Robert Schaessens in Gistel, he had been for 40 years collaborator with the Denys family and when the boss Camiel passed away in 1979, he was allowed to choose 1 pigeon, that was the "Geschelpten Linksen. 4310918/76. Robert didn't think he had a suitable hen 50 he received one from Emiel, the "Zwarte Kennedy-hen" to co-breed; the first 2 rounds were for Robert, with these, his loft was full. The following rounds were for Emiel. 50, the "Limoges 81" was a young fro~ the 3rd round. When Robert passed away in 1991, his pigeons were auctioned by the well-known ouctioner Bert De Ceuninck. There were 3 pigeons from that couple: 2 hens" the most beautiful was bought by the Bros. Jonckheere from Middelkerke. The cock bearing no. 19, was fought for ardently between 2 good friends: the brand new interna­tional Barcelona-winner Jean-Luc Van Roy and Emiel. Emiel put up his finger the longest! and brought the cock home with him in Zulte. He baptized him the "Zwarte Kennedy 360.000". The price paid is in his name ... strange but true. Jean-Luc has received in the meantime a wonderful daughter and this as a gift. Friends may compete but must remain friends. The "Limoges 81" was in 1983 coupled 3 times to the "Tee". From them descended 2 sons and 1 daughter. A son with no. 4133242/83 moved to Dr. André Gyselbrecht and became there base pigeon of the 10ft: a.o. he was father of the "Lourdes", the "King" (1 st Long Distance Club Barcelona 1994), grandfather of the "Zwarte Barcelona" (1 st Long Distance Club Barcelona 1996). The other cock went to Gerard Latruwe, the man with probably the richest breeding 10ft in Flanders. Number 3 was a hen and became "Miss Barcelona", 2times top prize on Barcelona and weaved into the foundations of the 10ft. The "Limoges 81" moved at the end of 1983 to Ryosaku Oguro in Japan where she became a golden breeding hen.

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2ND INTERNATIONAL PERPIGNAN HENS 1981

It was a real hot day with a burning mist on the last long distance race of 1981. Emiel had entered 3 two-year-old hens with little experience. Only just trained as young, and as yearling up to and on Limoges. As 2-year-old, once on Poitiers and now the moment of truth. Around 3 in the afternoon, the first 2 arrivals we re registered in Gistel, André Vermo­te won second time around the international victory this time with the "Gijzelaar", the first time in 1976 with a grandson of the "Remi" Stichelbaut. The runner-up with only a few seconds difference was Bert De Ceuninck. Georges Coutteau was 4th with his famous "50", later called the "Joker". The "50" raced a fantastic list of first prizes with as summit the Gol­den Wing 1985. Also the "Perlidax" from Frans Waerniers was in front position. Around 4:30 P.M., Emiel got his first hen, and it was promptly named the "Perpignan 1", her no. was 4338995/79, a number which is present in practically all the pedigrees of today’s best pigeons. She won in the club in Beveren 2nd prize, 2nd International hens 447 pige­ons, l0 national 1220 pigeons, 12th international. The other 2 hens we re clocked the next day. These were also class hens: the "Johanna" 4338850/79, who also won on St. Vincent in 1982, and in 1983 was 14th National Barcelona hens, 1048 pigeons, as well as the third hen the "Blauwe Perpignan" 4338834/79 who scored no lesser than 5 times on Perpignan International, with the ... this you will read in a following chapter. The "Perpignan I" was a daughter of the "Laat Sproetje" 3462206/76 from Maurice Vandevelde and the "Dochter Bliksem" 3413431/75, a chequered hen from the pheno­mena the "Bliksem". It was the only daughter left from the "Bliksem" who transmitted 50 easily his enormous talents. The "Perpignan I" again proved a wonderful result on Perpignan 1982, meanwhile a granddaughter also won the 1 st prize in the Long Distance Club on La Souterraine at Leon Messiaen's. The "Perpignan I" had demonstrated enough of her racing abilities, she could now concentrate on breeding. That turned out to be a golden move, for her blood now runs through the veins of all present favorites.

1982: WHAT A YEAR!

1982: what a year that was! The "Tee" won the Golden Wing Barcelona. He was at the same time Primus Inter Pares, the best Barcelona-racer over 5 years. He won the Two years and the Three years Classification. That wonderful Golden Wing Feast supplied us with a whole cartload of prizes. The late Jules Gallez used to described Emiel as "the man who won everything there was to win". In 1982, he added 2 of these special nominations to the list, namely the Golden Wing Barcelona and also the 1 st National Champion Hens in the Belgische Verstandhouding. The championship was obtained with the 1 st and 2nd nominated hen on Brives, Montauban, Limoges Derby, Limoges Yearlings, Lourdes, Marseille, St. Vincent and Perpignan. You had to have a whole lot of class hens to win such a title, but Emiel had worked years to build up such a team.

Pol Bostyns & Emiel Denys
1 ST NATIONAL LlMOGES DERBY HENS 1982

The week after having put the title of Golden Wing on his name, Emiel celebrated a new triomph. The whole loft had decided to take on the form. The "Vooruit-hen" 4054191/i! had already won on 05/06 on Poitiers the 1 st prize in Waregem against 151 pigeons ar in the Long Distance Club Wingene the 4th prize against 713 pigeons.On Limoges, she proved another stunt and won the 1 st National hens, and at the same time the 1 st in the Long Distance Club. Obviously a girl which had everything under con­trol. Her father was a grandson of the "Vechter" 1 st National Limoges 1965, also a grands­on of the "Bliksem" 1 st International St. Vincent. Her mother was a sister of the "Tee". Al! the winning bloodlines of the Denys-strain. Arsène Taveirne and Edmond Dekerpel we re tremendously successful with the descendants of a daughter of the "Vooruit-hen". At the end of 1982, the breeding loft was strengthened with the flag-bearer, the "Tee" and other stars like the "Bijter", the "Kleine Pau-hen", the "Nory". Emiel's strategy has always been to populate the breeding 10ft with national and international toppers or their children. For the racing season 1983, he had to manage with a new generation and that went fine.

1 ST LONG DISTANCE CLUB BARCELONA 1983

The "Erik" 4338764/79 was a late bred from 1979, he was raced on Barcelona for the first time in 1982: he won the 309th prize on 8351 pigeons and international the 518th against 15605 pigeons. In 1983, he took over the flag from the "Tee" and won in the Long Distance Club the 1 st prize against 158 pigeons, the 47th National against 7252 pigeons, the 51 st International against 12146 pigeons. He was a son of the "Bleke Krop­per" 4678957/75, a late bred from the "Kropper", 2nd National Pau 1975 x the "Plastron­ hen". The mother of the "Erik" was a daughter of the "Prins" from 71. The direct children of the "Prins" were medium racers but exceptional breeders. Also in 1 981, the first pigeon from Barcelona was a grandson of the "Prins", that was the "Nory" 4204723/77 who had won the 25th National against 6729 pigeons and the 46th International against 13.202 pigeons. In the beginning of 1984, the widowers we re brought for their first training toss to the Hallen of Kortrijk. This is about 15 km. from home, the "Erik" came home the next day with an open breast; he was done for competition, and moved directly to the breeding 10ft where he was coupled to the "400-hen". The "400-hen" was a daughter of the "Tee" and of the "Kleine Pau-hen". That magnificent new couple became later the parents of a whole new generation of toppers.

1 ST INTERNATIONAL PERPIGNAN HENS 1983

The success with the grandchildren of the "Prins" went on. On Perpignan International 2 hens we re entered. It was cloudy and a good northern wind. For the "Blauwe Perpignan hen" 4338834/79, it was the third time, and absolutely the right time. She was clocked 11 :04 A.M. and she raced in the Long Distance Club against 112 pigeons with 1 hour ahead. Provincially against 618 pigeons, first prize also with a good lead. Internationally,' was Luc De Gheest from Aspelaere who won, he is the present secretary of Cureghem Centre, then followed by good old Georges Carteus and Josef Vanthuyne from Knesselare The "Blauwe Perpignan-hen" was 4th international against 3589 pigeons and 1 st International Hens. She could very well have been named Margaret Thatcher, for she was a real iron lady. She scored not less than 5 wonderful prizes on Perpignan International and wasn't even tired when she got home. She was the product of 2 late breds which had been coupled together for the first time. Her father was the "Crayonné Vuilen" 4238880/78,a son of the "Jonge Vuilen" from 72, then coupled to a daughter of the "Zwarte Remï 3353146/70. The mother was the "Blesse" 4213873/78, a daughter of the "Prins" with the "Geschelpte zus Ijzeren" 3392247/71, a granddaughter of the "Remi" from '54 and also a sister of the mother of the 'Tee". The lines of the husky pigeons from the former generation were here clearly united in the "Blauwe Perpignan". She never received however the chance to prove her breeding qualities at home, she moved in the winter of 1985 after her 5th Perpignan to the breeding stable of Norman Barrett: Fountainhead in England, where she was coupled to the 1 st International Lourdes won by De Ruyck from Gavere. Later Emiel received a hen from her which was called the "Carol" like the wife of the owner in Fountainhead. A 2-year-old grandson of the "Carol" classified in 1996 at the top on Barcelona International.

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1 ST NATIONAL PÉRIGUEUX HENS 1984

For 1997, Perigueux is again on the agenda, and the Flanders rejoice because in 1984, the last Perigueux race, the wind was to the East and the prizes here. But we have known other editions in the 50'5 and in the 60'5 where the wind was west and with no prizes here. In the case of Périgueux, it's hard to say what will happen. Back to 1984, that black hen from 1981 started out with a 4th place National Brive. Maurice Verheye from Oesel­gem won that day the 1 st National. Following the many successes which he, in his rich pigeon fancier life, had reaped, this was surely the most beautiful and the classiest tri­umph. Maurice, now 82 years old, still plays on his old lofts built at the end of the 40'5, and he still does his fair share. You will definitely not take his money. On this warm Péri­gueux, that black hen again came right out of the west and she picked the National flower for the girls. She was a daughter of that famous Stichelbaut inbred-couple: the "Cendré Witslag IJzeren" 3413440/75, an inbred "REMI"-pigeon: his father was the "IJzeren" a brot­her of the mother of the "Tee". The hen was called "daughter Kennedy DVH" 4678934/75, but she could very well have been called the "Henne". She was a product of a co-breeding with the "Kennedy" 3052832/63, a son of the "Jeremy" from '57, Descamp­Vanhsten: and the "Daughter Zwarte Remi" 4167539/73 from the "Zwarte Remi" 3353146/70. From this co-breeding, 2 daughters were produced: one for Descamp-Van­hasten and one for Emiel. They were both real chickens, you could hardly hold them in both your hands. Neither Camiel Donkels, the manager of the Descamp-Vanhasten bree­ding lofts at that time, nor Emiel dared to show their hen to anyone. Moreover, they would lay eggs as big as those of the Spanish hens. But they had confidence in the sort. The chic­ken at Emiel's always gave youngsters of the suitable average type, and they were class long distance racers: the mother of the "Limoges 81 ", the "Margaret", 3rd National Limo­ges Yearling Hens, 1 st National Perigueux Hens, and the later breeds we re also top quality. The confidence in the right long distance sort was again our reward.

THE 1980'5: 'THE SECOND HALF'.

In the first half of the 1980'5, it was especially the "Tee" and the grandchildren of the "PRINS" who were responsible for the great pigeon weather above Zulte.      In the second half of the 80'5, it was primarily the descendants of the 'Tee" who were the talk of the town. But also one hen with "Remi" blood proved to be a racing wonder.

THE "LlMOGES 1985": 2 TIMES NATIONAL LlMOGES HENS.

As young, she won on La Souterraine the 5th on 165 pigeons, and 146st national on 8891 pigeons. That delicate hen with its small Stichelbaut-head and real silver eyes just like her forefather the "Remi", had the ring number 4134419/84. As yearling, she won: prize in the Long Distance Club on Limoges against 487 pigeons, and the 1 st National against 629 hens. In general she became the 25th national against 12988 pigeons. The guys from the seaside token on this sunny day all three places on the podium. 1. André Vermote; 2. Hugo Devos, Roksem; 3. Beuselinck Maurice with the "Herkuul" which became that same year the 1st Ace-pigeon Yearlings of the "Belgische Duivensport". In fact, Maurice had in 1985 the great form, for his other favorite the "Coppi" became 1 st Acepigeon La Distance KBDB W.VI. In 1986, as two-year-old hen, she was again prepared for Limoges National and this time the wind was cold and came from the north. This didn't seem to matter for she again won 1 st prize against the hens. Emiel said to himself: there are not many other kind; and so her career as racing hen was finished. Her mother had been moved in 1985 to the Land of the Rising sun, just before her daughter's victory. Looking back, this was of course a gigantic mistake, for various of her sons became fine breeders. This mother was a daughter of the "DIKKE REM!" 3353090/70, also one of the last sons of the "REMI 54". The "Dikke Remi" was then coupled to the "Dikke PRINSES", a daughter of the "Prins" x the mother of the "lst National St. Vincent Hens", again inbred "REMI". The father of the "Limoges 85" was the "Kasse" 4213844/78, a son of the "Jonge Vuilen” of 72 x the "Kleintje", a sister to the mother "Tee" or the granddaughter to "Remi". Her brother the "Zwarte Witpen" of '85 still fertilizes and is father of various real tough long distance racers such as the "Donkere Diepen", the "Bril", the "Slakken", the "B21

1986: THE GOLDEN WING BARCELONA FOR THE SECOND TIME

From 1983 on, we bred most intensively out of the 'Tee" and soon his children and grandchildren started to show themselves when raced from distant places. From farmer cracks like the "Prins", the "Bliksem", the "Vechter", the "Jonge Vuilen", the "Kropper", it was mostly the grandchildren who were good. With the "Tee", it was like with the "Remi", right away hitting the mark from the first generation and with whatever hen. In the beginning of 1983, he was coupled with different hens, first with the "daughter Bliksem" from 75 and they produced the "Playboy". Secondly with the" Limoges-hen 81", the first young was "Miss Barcelona", and thirdly with his last widow-hen, an inbred Remi-hen, their young was also an pencil blue hen, who won twice on Barcelona. The "Playboy" was one of the first rounds from 1983 and was just like his father trained very cautiously. As yearling, he went up to Limoges Yearlings where he won the 659th prize against 10797 pigeons. As 2-year-old, he won on the Limoges Derby, also about halfway and then came home as first on Narbonne National good for a 154th on 3368 pigeons and extremely fresh. He had put his cards on the table straight away! His half-brother the "Grote Tee" arrived as second. As three-year-old, Brive National was for him, as had been for his father the "Tee", the warming-up race to the marathon of the atmosphere. First arrived a little hen who won 5th national and 1 st provincial hens, and then "Playboy" with such a speed and so fresh, that Emiel there and then said to his friend that he could put a fortune on him on Barcelo­na. Emiel didn't do this of course, for he never waged money on his pigeons. On Pau, Emiel had put in 5 hens as usual, and the first to arrive was the 2-year-old daugh­ter of the "Tee", "Miss Pau" as she was later called. Her mother was a daughter of the "Prins". It was torrid hot and Emiel clocked 4 hens out of the 5. On Barcelona, Emiel entered 4 cocks and 10 hens, with the "Playboy" at the lead. It was rainy but just after 9:00; it stopped raining and Emiel teak in his waiting position. He was just sitting down when the "Playboy" arrived. The trap was quickly opened and the rubber bands were clocked at 9:12. With as a result: 1 st Long Distance Club, against 201 pige­ons, 1 st provincial against 2242 pigeons, 2nd National against 8886 pigeons, 5th Interna­tional against 18076 pigeons and to top it off the Golden wing for the second time. A result which up to now has never been matched. It was just after noon when the second pigeon was clocked, yes Barcelona is and stays Barcelona: it was the daughter of the 'TEE x "Limoges 81 ", later called "Miss Barcelona", then arrivals came in more regularly and that day was good for 12 homecomings out of the 14; the next day in the morning, the 13th arrived. For the hens, that was thus 10 on 10 (100 0/0), and for the cocks 3 out of 4 along with the valuable Golden wing. A real success; a new peak in Emiel's career. F.G. Wilson, editor of the English magazine the "Belgian Bulletin" wrote at the time: "so father, so son". That was on the one hand a comparison between the father the "Tee" an his son the "Playboy" who both had won the Golden Wing, but on the other hand it also referred to Emiel and his son Frank who started showing an interest in pigeon racing, He had inherited from Pépé Camiel, his godfather, a loft, which was moved from Gistel to Zulte. In 1985, his father gave him the third round of the breeders. Now back to the "Tee" family: it was not only the direct sons or daughters but also rapidl~ the grandchildren who displayed the great breeding values of the "Tee". On Lourdes International, a granddaughter win 10th prize international with the hens, She was the daughter of the golden couple the "5 x 3" 4133333/83 and the "Dikke Witpen' 4133123/83. The "5 x 3" was a son of the "Tee" with a "sister Bijter". The "Dikke Witpen' was also a 2-year-old son from this couple, the 'Witkop" who was clocked from Perpignan 1986 just at closing hour. He won the 21 st International against 6700 pigeons. There were no more than 30 pigeons home that same day. Emiel had entered 11 and won 8 prizes. the week before had also been a real dance party in Zulte, from Narbonne National. the "Timide" here won 1 st prize in the Long Distance Club. With 8 pigeons entered, the national winnings against 3992 pigeons were: 19th, 258th, 346th, 652th, 962th. The 'Timide" was also a 2-year-old grandson of the "Tee". The father was the "Late Zwarte Tee", a full brother of the "5 x 3", the mother a sister to the "Perpignan 1", or granddaughter "Bliksem". At the end of 1986, the English business man and long distance racer Jim Biss bought 4 pigeons of the "Tee" family: a.o. a young from the "Playboy", from which later came the 1 st National Sartilly 900 km in Scotland. That was the only pigeon home the same day of release. Also there was a daughter from the golden couple: "5 x 3" with the "Dikke Wit­pen" which became the mother of a.o. the 2nd National Pau in 1993 against more than 5000 pigeons with a distance of 1040 km for John Biss; the third was bred out of the son of the "Tee" with the daughter "Tee" thus half-brother with half-sister, and also this produced great pigeons. The "Tee" pigeons were really impressionable when it came to heavy long distance races. Emiel had, lucky for him, bred a whole loft of this kind, but the pigeons were dangerously close in bloodline and new suitable cross-breeding material had to be sought. AII these wonderful results assured also a lot of top positions in the championships, the most impor­tant being:

3rd National Long Distance KBDB
4th National Decathlon

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1988: FRANK TRIES OUT FOR THE GOLDEN WING

1987 was a transition year: prizes enough but not really the tops. On Barcelona, it was the "Grote Tee" who opened the series with a 5th prize in the Long Distance Club against 235 pigeons and 180th International against 21545 pigeons and in total 10 prizes. With the hens, it was the "Asgrauwe daughter Tee" who won the 38th national prize against 1308 pigeons. But the best wasn't in it that year. Form cannot be bought, it must come by itself. In 1988, the form was there at the appropriate time. From the beginning, the pigeons came in smoothly but without exaggeration. Also those 6 widowers of Frank. These sum­mer youngster farm 1985 were now 3 years aid and well-prepared for the battlefield. The hens also demonstrated their condition rapidly: on the first Bourges national, a dream result was made with a team of yearling hens. National against 5124 yearlings: 18th, 19th, 26th, 34th, 75th, 76th, 1 05th, 404th, 428th, 497th, 645th, National against 1494 Hens: 4th, 5th, 8th, 12th, 27th, 28th, 43th, 124th, 134th, 147th, 20lth. On Brive, there was a forceful western wind and they mostly came through from the south-east, a little late, but fresh and with a high velocity. On Ca hors Frank entered 2: against 7081 pigeons, the 40lth and the 835th. The following week it was Pau-International: they were released on friday morning: it was cold, wind to the north and dreary rain now and then on saturday morning, 50 the pigeons lagged a little. Emiel had then a very busy trade in wool: th1 high season coincided with the racing season 50 that he just ran the whole week from morning till night and then dead-tired on saturday morning he took a rest. Suddenly the bell rang: "Evita" 4016693/85 was there, and the clock showed 13:27 h. for the second time Emiel won first prize Provincial Pau this time against 408 pigeons. In the west this was good for a second prize against 556 pigeons, National the 11 th against 1622    pigeons, International 8th on 1026 hens. A new pearl for Emiel's already lavishly adorned pigeon crown.

The following week, from Barcelona the weather was just the other way around. The wind was strong and came from the west, and neighbour Gaby Deleersnijder phoned Emiel out bed at 4:45 a.m. to tell him that he had already clocked a pigeon. The widowers were always locked up in their nestbox, in the morning as well as in the evening after their training. They received food and beverage each individually. they were again released from their nestbox at 6:30 a.m. Now also was the case this certain Sunday morning as Emiel had finished this job, he went back to Frank's loft and there the first pigeon "Marlon Bran' do" was already clocked. Runner-up with 15 sec. in the Long Distance Club against 255 pigeons. Provincial 4th prize against 2290 pigeons. National 15th against 1 0186 pigeons and International 36th against 22194 pigeons. In the competition for the Golden Wing he ranked 4th place. Also his 2nd antered pigeon obtained a good place: 824th National. "Marlon Brando" 4016965/85 was a son of the "Tee" with the "Klein Prinsesje" 4076556/81. The "Klein Prinsesje" was a little hen with silver eyes, a daughter of the "PRINS" then coupled to a daughter of the "Kropper" x "Plastron-hen". Emiel's breeding strategy: "top-class x top-class" had clearly yielded its fruits. "Marlon Brando" had as two-I year-old raced from Poitiers, Angoulême and on Montauban National the317th against 4017 pigeons.

On dad's loft, 3 cocks and 5 hens we re entered. The cocks failed completely. The hens on the other hand did a marvellous job, "Mistinguette" 4016619/85 opened the arrivals with a 2nd Provincial hens against 166 pigeons, National hens 12th prize against 1524 and the others followed with the 57th, 254th and 284th or 4 out of the 5. "Mistinguette" was a daughter of the golden pair "5 x 3" and "Dikke Witpen". She raced as young the 181 st National La Souterraine 9812 pigeons. In 1987 the first Provincial Brive Hens, and she grew up to be a golden breeding mother. When she won the 12th National Barcelona, Ronny Desmedt purchased the young which then lay in the nest; from this young descen­ded his "Zwarte Barcelona", which won 3 years in a row the race from the Catalan capital city. On Desmet's own 10ft, here a few examples from the last few years: in 1991 the "Gabin" a direct son won first prize Limoges Yearlings in the Long Distance Club against 447 pigeons. In 1993 the "Jonge Parel" won the first prize on Barcelona in the Long Distance Club against 281 pigeons; his mother was a daughter of that "Mistinguette". In 1995 the first pigeon from Barcelona was the "Dali", 2nd Long Distance Club against 295 pige­ons, also 61 st National, also thus a direct son of the "Mistinguette". The "Dali" won in 1996 the 8th prize in the Long Distance Club. He was in fact marked as first pigeon. These good long distance hens are often golden breeding mothers.

1989: 1 ST SERIE INTERNATIONAL PAU HENS

Pau 1989 was not really a race for hens. They were only released on Tuesday with beauti­ful weather but intense wind head-on. Emiel had to load some wool in Herinnes-Ies -Pecq, he had done his best to be home on time but knew that Frank was watching, and just as he drove up the court yard again the superb hen "Evita" 4016693/85 arrived which in 1988 had taken the first Provincial prize. Now it was good for a 5th International against 1183 hens and 35th International against 5964 pigeons, 23th National against 1739 pigeons. About ten minutes later another hen: de "Geschelpte Pau-hen" 797/87 good for 9th International Pau hens, 60th International 5964 pigeons, 35th National 1739 pigeons. With this 5th and 9th prize International hens they won the first International set on this prestigious race from Pau. The "Geschelpte Pau-hen" had as father a son of the "Spiritus" from E. Deweerdt and as mother a daughter of "Miss Pau". This couple has produced various good pigeons for races up to 900 km. But now let us put the superhen "Evita" in the spotlight. As young she won without being coupled, a small prize on La Souterraine. As yearling, the 21 st National against 628 yearling hens. As two-year-old, the 7th National Montauban hens. As three-year-old the 8th International Pau hens. As four-year-old the 5th International Pau hens. Also 1 st BELGIAN HEN. You can't do better than that! She was in fact a purebred. She was the daughter of the "Erik" 4338764/79 and the "400 hen", a daughter out of the "Tee" and the "Kleine Pau-hen". This was a very good breeding pair. The 92th National Perpignan 1989, the "Belafonte" was also their son. On that rock-hard Pau, Martin Ravelingien won National first prize with a grey cock. He was just before Georges Coutteau from Ramskapelle, that small long distance colony which is always a favourite in such hard weather conditions for a National or International top-prize. This time it was a grand-son of the "50", the winner of the Golden wing 1985. Emiel bought in the autumn a latebred from this 2nd National Pau, its ringnumber was 3307220/89 and was baptized "Pau Coutteau". "To stand still is to move back", so says Emiel.

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'THE BEGINNING OF THE '90'S AND THE CL0SING OFF IN ZULTE"

Emiel had stood with bath feet in the intensively active business world the whole of his life, and had always lived next to the workshop; this on the market place in Gistel as well as next to the tannery in Zulte along the Staatsbaan. He craved for peace and quiet. He had always had a dream of living somewhere in the country and enjoying to the fullest his pigeonracing. Pigeonracing has made many of Emiel's dreams come true, and also this one would be fulfilled. He bought a country house in Tielt in the middle of the fields away from all neighbours and would, when the lofts we re ready, continue his pigeon racing there. In the meanwhile he raced on in Zulte. In the beginning of the 90'5, the best pigeon was without a doubt the:

"ZWARTE NARBONNE" 4465312/89: 1 ST ACEPIGEON NARBONNE BB

He had as father the "Roberta" 4133202/83, a full brother of the "Limoges 81 ", bred by his co-breeder Robert Schaessens. The mother was a daughter of the "Panda", a son of "Miss pau", or grandson "Tee". The "Panda" was then coupled to the mother of the legendary "Zwarte Ijzeren" belonging to Etienne Devos. The "Zwarte Narbonne" had had a difficult time in the beginning, as yearling he won a small prize on Limoges. As 2-year-old, it was a complete disaster: from Limoges Derby, a great competition, he came home the fol. lowing day; thus Narbonne was his last chance. As a real gentleman, he landed a few minutes before 9 p.m.: 2nd Long Distance Club after Marc Verschelde, 5th Provincial on 1165 pigeons and 17th National on 5848 pigeons. The next year was another dream come true: on Vierzon he won per ten, on Brives National the 499th on 21012 pigeons, Cahors National 409th against 7528 pigeons and finally on Narbonne National the 96th against 6531 pigeons.

These results made him:
1 st Acepigeon Narbonne Combination Belgian Bulletin 1992.
1 st Acepigeon NARBONNE for classification over 2 years 1991-1992
7th Provincial Acepigeon Long Distance Club KBDB

The next season, he arrived home from a race once, bathed in oil; he looked just like a raven, and he did nothing more for the rest of this last season in Zulte. He became a top breeder.

THE "DONKERE KASSE" X "DAUGHTER TEE": A BEAUTIFUL COUPLE

The descendants of the couple the "Donkere Kasse" 4134660/84, and the "Daughter Tee' 4134610/84 also regularly raced top results on hard long distance races. The "Donkere Kasse" was a full brother of the "Limoges 85", twice 1 st National Limoges and inbred "Remi". His spouse was a child of the royal couple the "Tee" with the "Perpignan 1". A few top class pigeons from them were the "Wittekraag" 4032198/88, won a.o. 21 st on Chateauroux WVV 4138 pigeons, 4th Long Distance Club 376 pigeons, 34th National dax 1992 and along with his teammate the "Blauwe Dax" won the first national serie for 1 and 2. The "Wittekraag" raced a won­derful list of 1 st prizes. The "Ali" 4318867/87 won all the heavy long distance races such as Barcelona, Marseil­le, Narbonne, but Perpignan was his favourite: as 2-year-old he won the 105th national against 3854 pigeons and in 1992 the 60th National against 6013 pigeons. In that last season he was therefore also chosen as: 4th Acepigeon Pyrenean races BB, 5th Acepigeon Perpignan-Combination BB, 9th Acepigeon Heavy Long Distance Europe BB.

1993: A POWERFUL CLOSING YEAR:

1 st. 2nd. 7th. 10th BARCELONA LONG DISTANCE CLUB.

1993 would be the last year in Zulte. AII pigeons would be tested to the very core, no sympathy for anyone. Emiel had to know what they were worth. The best ones, he would hen keep for breeding and in such a way supplement and renew his breeding team. In Tielt, everything would be directed on the lines of heavy long distance racing, the Interna­tionals especially; on these criteria would be selected. Many cross-breeding had also been tried out in the last years; he really wanted to know what they were worth. First the standard preparatory races and then as first big confrontation, the marathon of the atmosphere: Barcelona. AII those who were thought to be ready went in the shipping bas­kets: 24 pieces. The former years 1991 and 1992 had been real easy Barcelona's, in 1993 it was diffe­rent: the day of arrival was the hottest day of the year. Together with Uncle Cyriel from Opwijk, they were sitting ready and uptight, in the shadow of course. Around 1 :20 p.m., a hen suddenly circled the loft, Emiel opened the trap, but infact it was the trap of the wrong loft, so that the hen flew up again. In the meantime a 2-year-old stormed in: the "Jonge Parel" 4446838/91, after one circling the hen also went inside. The result was splendid, against 281 pigeons in the Long Distance Club: 1 st,2nd, 7th, 10th and in total 8 pigeons won per ten. Let's have a look at the bloodlines of these top pigeons: they were all 2-year­olds. The "Jonge Parel" was a son of the "Parel" 1985, a son of the 'Tee" who had won 3 times from Barcelona a.o. 50th National in 1990 against 12283 pigeons. The "Diamand" was then coupled with "Mistinguette", also a granddaughter "Tee". Thus inbreeding "Tee" to the utmost. The l0 th prize was the "Black Pearl", a full sister of the "Jonge Parel". The 2nd prize was the "Signorita" 4446744/91, she was as yearling, the first hen of Nar­bonne, and now she was in fact the first from Barcelona. She descended from one of the present golden couples, the "LATE PRINS TEE" 4619969/88 with "daughter Marseille André Vanbruaene" 3347375/83. The "late Prins Tee" was a son of the "PRINS Tee", the brother of "Marlon Brando" then coupled to the "Perpignan I" (again her). In 1983 Emiel had purchased 6 late-breeds from his "god" André Vanbruaene, and that was very successfully, but especially with the 375/83 a daughter of the "Marseille", and also with her nest sister. The "Marseille" was perhaps not the most famous racer of the bullfigh­ter from Lauwe, but he was certainly one of the best inheritors of that period. The "Mars­eille" was grand-father of the "Laureaat 83". The "Laureaat 83" was grand-father of the first International Barcelona 1995 belonging to the Gyselbrecht family. the first pigeon from Barcelona 1992 was also a daughter from this couple. The third pigeon who had won the 7th place was the "Donkere Diepen" from '91, he was also the first from Brive National. His father was the "Zwarte Witpen 85", a brother of the "Limoges 85" and his mother was the blue daughter "TEE 85", a full sister of the "5 x 3". In the meantime the "Donkere Diepen" has become a real class breeder: 2 of his sans classi­fied splendidly on Barcelona 1996. We must limit ourselves to the description of top pige­ons only: in any case it was everywhere the "Tee" who was at the order of the day in this young team Barcelona 1993.

1 st AND 2nd LONG DISTANCE CLUB NARBONNE 1993

Al th ase who did not seem ready for Barcelona were entered on Narbonne or Perpignan. On Narbonne, most of them we re two-year aids and further 5 yearlings who were still on the loft. Emiel was a little uncertain, for his sure pawn the "Zwarte Narbonne" was on trial after his oilbath. But it started out splendidly, the "Georges" 4446675/91 had been one of his regular two-year aids, on Limoges he had arrived as first, and now he did come out of the wrong direction but he couldn't have been far off. For he carried the banner in the Long Distance club, was 3rd Provincial and 59th National 5929 pigeons. A quarter of an hour later it was the "Bleke Diepen", the nest-brother of the "Donker Diepen" who arrived, good for a 2nd prize. That same evening 2 more aid birds and 3 yearlings were clocked, the other 2 yearlings came home very early the next morning, so these 5 yearling cocks we re all listed in the results. The young team had definitely shown its qualities.

PERPIGNAN 1993: A SPLENDID FINAL

This would be the very last time. In total 33 pigeons we re entered about half were cocks, the other half hens. In the same manner the "Tee" had arrived from Barcelona in 1982 so it was now with the "Schone Zwarten" 4499329/90. He "slided" in, it was majestic. Also his performance was majestic: first Long Distance Club with 30 minutes ahead, 1 st Provincial”, 3rd National 5390 pigeons, and 5th International 18447 pigeons. He is a full brother of the "Georges" who had raced the top a week earlier. The father is the "Pau Coutteau" 3307220/89, that late bred from Georges Coutteau. The mother was an inbred "Tee"-hen, the daughter "Gebroken Poot" 4465322/89, out of the "Gebroken Poot", a son of "5 x 3" and the "Dikken Witpen". The mother is a daughter of "Frank Tee" x sister "Perpignan  this couple "Pau-Coutteau" with the daughter "Gebroken Poot" also gave other champions such as the "Witneus" first Long-Distance Club Perpignan 1994, the "Bush", and a whole series of fine breeding hens. The 2nd was a hen 4446844/91, she won 3rd in Long distance Club, 12th International against 3279 hens and 17th National against 5390 pigeons. She was baptized "Miss Per­pignan". Her father was the "Paanoog Tee" 4016662/85, a son of the "Tee" with a sister of the "50", the Golden Wing winner of Georges Coutteau. Her mother was the daughter "Jonge Vuilen 86", she was a daughter of the "Jonge Vuilen 72" then coupled to "Miss Argenton", 9th National Argenton yearlings, and daughter of "Frank Tee" x sister "Perpig­nan 1 ". The brother and sisters of "Miss Perpignan" now farm the best breeding couples. The 3rd pigeon was the "David" from 91, a blue cock also from an important couple namely the "Geschelpte Paul 86" from a cock of Dr. Paul Lemahieu (read Deweerdt-Ver­mote) with "nest sister Frank Tee" and the "Blauwe dochter 5 x 3" from '90, again from the Golden Couple "5 x 3" and "Dikke Witpen". In total 16 prizes we re won, 10 hens and 6 cocks. In the Long Distance Club against 211 pigeons: 1 st, 3nd, 1lth, 13th, 15th, 19th, 23th, 27th, 30th, 31 th, 39th, 41 th, 45th, 52th, 57th, 58th National: 5390 pigeons 3rd, 17th, 263th, 314th, 488th, 535th, 637th ...The selection was carried out: these top pigeons, their parents, their brothers and sisters would be the new pillars of the new breeding loft.

The Denys-Racingpigeons

A family of top racers for extreme long distance also in the new millennium!!

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