The name (24-01-2022)
A fellow sportsman who needed money had offered some pigeons to a broker from Taiwan. Pigeons that had flown fantastically. “They prefer record birdst,” he had often heard.
There was a small problem, he didn't have any pedigree cards, but he could make them. His friends thought that he had asked far too little for such good pigeons, but he had done so to be more sure that there would be buyers. To his surprise and deep disappointment, however, the broker had been unable to find any clients. Because of no known names in the pedigrees.
Do they not realize that the big names from here often owe their fame to pigeons from unknown fanciers from their own region, one often wonders? I once quoted the two world famous hens (sisters) of Willy Daniels. They would have been sold for 800,000 euros. You also see unknown names in their pedigrees, but Willy now had a name himself.
William Geerts became world famous with pigeons from the unknown Fonske Jacops, Raoul Verstraete (and Kees Bosua) with descendants of 'Uno', a pigeon that Raoul once bought from another unknown fellow countryman. And there are so many such examples.
One of the most renowned breeders of this century is Marcel Wouters' 'Leeuw'. Rightly admired by many for its breeding value. Among his descendants you will find several National Ace pigeons and also National winners. This bird descends from pigeons from Verdonck, Vermeiren, Ghielens, Gabriels, Cop Gijsbrechts, Sterckx. Not exactly the hottest names in pigeon land.
The fact that these names are less known or even unknown says nothing about quality. In the region of Sterckx (Lille) they know all too well how unbeatable his birds were at the time.
Why then did his name not become more widely known than in his own region? Maybe because he didn't do dance moves with guys from the media. Or, more likely, that there was no money to be made from him.
I have been trying to get sand out of the eyes of naive ('brainwashed') foreigners for years. It is fighting against windmills. Germans used to ask 'Welche Rasse haben Sie?' (what strain do you have) after a super result. In Holland and Belgium things have changed for the better.
Nowadays foreigners sometimes ask me to send pedigree cards from which one can choose. A perfect selection, I sometimes think. Because many have a good nose for choosing the worst of them. What could those buyers do better?
Approach someone who is reliable and ask him to breed some young from his best. And leave the choice to the seller. Much greater chance of success !!!