It is difficult to write something new about Gaby Vandenabeele, something nobody already knows. His pigeons are part of the Belgian pigeon history. The names of his best breeders like
"Kleinen" and "Wittenbuik" are known all over the world where pigeons are flying. Who wouldn't
want to have children or grandchildren out of these super ancestors ? A lot is spoken and written about these cracks; they even made video films about these
pigeons. Is there something that isn't already said about the
pigeons of Gaby Vandenabeele ? I really can't imagine... There are no secrets in Dentergem, only that there areextraordinary birds. By talking to many different pigeon fanciers I found out that they all are very interested in how they came
to build such a succesful colony...Probably the best colony in
Belgium ! And in the world ?
Louis Janssen is getting very old...the latest brother of the famous
Janssen dynasty. Well in my opinion, the world is ready for a new legend, born with the name Gaby Vandenabeele...
The time of the "Kleinen"
(Info about the lofts : All the lofts are made of wood, 4 lofts for widowers, 2 within each 12 birds and 2 within each 16 birds. One loft is about 2.40 m on 1.80 m. There are three lofts for young birds and the size is about 3.00 m on 2.40. Then there is a breeding loft and a loft for the couples that raise the youngsters of the breeding couples. The breeding lofts also have extensive aviaries where the birds can have more than enough freedom to help keep them in good condition. The widowers and spare hens are separate in the outside lofts. There are also open aviaries where I can house pigeons that are not being used at any particular time.)
Also the Fideel B 83-3105147 ( picture below ), is a son of the couple Zitterke x Ameyeke. He was also a big help for the fame created in Dentergem. Among other prizes he flew a 2nd national Limoges against 6.911 pigeons. A son of "The Fideel", the "Schone Fideel", B 86-3043047, is father of the "Blauwe Fideel", B 93-3050068, which won the 1st national prize from Brive (661 km) against 4.719 old birds and 3.970 2-year old birds.
The number of the succesful descendants of the "Kleinen" becomes bigger every year after year. He succeeded to become father of many super pigeons with several different hens. The star of the year 1988 was without any doubt the Wittenbuik, B 88-3206112 ( picture below ), when he was coupled to the Flicka. After a wonderful career as a widower, he moved to the breeding section in 1992. Gaby would never be sorry about this decision.
Still I would like to stay a bit longer to the "Kleinen" that produced one crack after another. Names like "Dokus", "Stier", "Turbo", "Bambino", "Wolfgang", "Parel", etc... - all sons of the "Kleinen" - remind us of the greatest results and it also proves his breeding qualities of these exceptional pigeons. It was in spring of 1995 that this fantastic Kleinen died and he left a kind of emptiness on the breeding section...
Nevertheless the open space was soon fulfilled with his son the "Wittenbuik". Very soon it seemed that the cock even had more breeding qualities than his famous father. With many different hens this male bird gave true super class! Sons and daughters of this wonderful cock scored very strong in his racing career and on the breeding loft and not only in Dentergem. But at this moment the super career of the "Wittenbuik" is finished too...The bird is 14 yeras old and they still don't know which one will become the next super pigeon...of the Vandenabeele colony. Some of his sons proved their capacities but it won't be a son but a grandson that will take over the torch. Time will tell!
Maybe Bliksem ( picture below ) ? This is a grandson of Wittenbuik and fantastic pigeon !
Isn't it wonderful when you can show the world such a super result with 5 national and 62 provincial victories in a period of 14 years ( 1988 - 2003 ). Of course sometimes you need a bit of luck too. Just like 1995 was a fantastic year with 3 national and 12 provincial victories. It's really hard to believe that these super results can ever be surpassed. After all the results of 1995 can not stand as a measure to the following seasons of Gaby to conclude wronglyu that it's not that good anymore just because the number of victories will not be the same...
Some of the superstars of the last few years on the section of the widowers must be the "Jonge Kadet" B 98-3158024 ( picture below ) and the "Bliksem" B98-3158062. The "Jonge Kadet" convinced with several top-prizes and his best was the 1st Interprovincial Chateauroux ( 479 KM ) against 8.214 yearlings. The "Bliksem", a grandson of the Wittenbuik, had a super season in 2000. He was able to fly more prizes in the top 5 and on 16-07-2000 he got the interprovincial victory from Poitiers against 1.488 pigeons ( 538 KM ). With these results the "Bliksem" could have become National Ace-pigeon on the middle distance but only if Gaby would have played him on Bourges on 30-07-2000 instead of putting him in on Périgeux against 1.119 old pigeons. In this weekend it is the only flight from Bourges that counts to become ace-pigeon. There was no other choice. While the moral winner, the "Bliksem", still had the lowest coefficient at this point. Sire of the "Bliksem" is a son of Wittenbuik, namely the "Kolonel" that also has some other descendants.