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1st National Champion KBDB Youngbirds National Races and
Olympiad Bird Oostende
Short Distance 2007
by Stefan Mertens
Do I still have to introduce him? I don't think so. Thanks to the top
results of his pigeons, his name has become known world wide by all the
pigeon fanciers. Those who have never heard the name Thoné or never read
or talked about his extreme performances are "strange" guys in our favourite
sport. Without any doubt, Jos Thoné is a name known across the globe in
the realm of pigeon racing. Jos Thoné is also a man of the world.
"I never get attached to success," says the wonder boy from Niel-bij-As, "and every year I'm extremely motivated to put one or other top results on paper." We can only confirm what he says. In 2006, his results were of the highest level. Not only did he win four provincial races, but he also became 1st provincial champion yearbirds, he had the 1st provincial ace-pigeon youngbirds long distance and middle distance, and he won for the 4th time the championship of the magazine "De Duif." Amazing.
With "Avril" (B03-5071209) Jas had an Olympiad bird category short distance in Ostend and on the same weekend he was also celebrated as 9th national champion KBDB yearbirds, 11th national champion KBDB great middle distance and most important of all 1st national champion KBDB on the national races with the young birds. "One of the nicest titles in my whole career," Jos exclaims.
To win the national championship young birds you have to take the best three results with your first and second nominated young bird. You can choose out of four national races: namely Bourges, Argenton, La Souterraine and Guerret. The fancier can choose between the national or the zonal result.
Jos won with a very low coefficient of 10.3965%, this ahead of Marc Van Hautte from Smetlede (18.0241%) and Jef and Jo Claeskens from Zonhoven (21.5505%).
The "flag-bearer" of 2006 is without any doubt young bird 5150043/06, better known as "Deep Impact." This nice lady won three out of six prizes! She was 46th National La Souterraine out of 13,965 pigeons, 83rd National Bourges out of 26,984 pigeons and 23rd National Zone C Gueret out of 2,735 pigeons. It is no surprise that these achievements made her Provincial ace pigeon KBDB young pigeons long distance. She's an extraordinarily beautiful hen that descends from the best middle distance breeds of Thoné. Her father is the nest brother of "Artificial Yutta" who is an excellent racing hen that became ace pigeon middle distance and who descends from "Sars" (line National I Schellens through Herbots) coupled with "Utta" who is a grandchild of "Sumo." "Sumo" is the grandfather of the 1st and 2nd international Narbonne and the 1st and 2nd international Dax.
Deep Impact's mother is a direct daughter of "Napoleon," another top bird of Thoné's loft. "Napoleon" was coupled with "Fortuna" who has won the 11th Nat Bourges against 67,985 pigeons as a youngbird and for this top performance won a car! "Fortuna" is a grandchild of "Superman," national ace pigeon middle distance in 1984. So we can say that "Deep Impact" is a breeding product in which we can discover all the main pigeons of Thoné's loft!
The other two
head prizes were provided by pigeon 06-5150217, also known as "Casanova."
In the race of La Souterraine, he obtained the 381st place against 13,965
young birds. From Bourges, he achieved the 378th position out of 26,984
pigeons. Worth mentioning is the fact that this pigeon has won 12 prizes
in 2006, among them a first prize from Melun against 3,321 pigeons.
These results made him first provincial ace pigeon KBDB Limburg young
pigeons middle distance. "Casanova" descends from a grandson of "Sumo"
but his pedigree also shows "Superman's" blood. The mother is a hen
from the loft of Frans Maas. "Casanova" was bred in the loft of Frans,
who is a friend of Jos Thoné.
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The reason? Jos says, "I think there's one big reason why this group of
youngsters is not that active. The reason is that they're a little bit
ill. It is a matter of having three or four youngsters that are very ill,
and I refuse to take them out of the group. I want the other birds to
create a lot of strength to become immune to a lot of diseases. You understand
what I mean. At this moment I prefer that the group is ill and that they
strengthen their immunity, than to cure them right away with all kinds
of antibiotics. But be careful and note the following things very well.
First of all, this is the first year that I am trying this method. I don't
have any prior experience, and secondly I want the young birds to become
strong and not the disease, so I am really watching out that not too many
youngsters become ill. Otherwise, I will certainly treat with the best
"When they start to train better," Jos continues, "I will also start tossing them. Sometimes people ask me if I toss my youngsters a lot. This is hard to say. This depends on two facts, namely the condition of the youngbirds and secondly the weather. If everything is OK, I certainly like to toss them a lot. Experience is very important for the youngsters. For the rest, everything will be the same as all the other seasons. Maybe one new thing. This winter I started to give a lot of acids in the drinker. Almost every day I put acids together with fresh made Colombine Tea in the drinker."
"If you want to follow this system," Jos cautions, "I advise you to give these products over a very long time. Don't give this on just one or two days in the week. No, give these acids and Colombine tea over three or four weeks, and you will be surprised how nice the pigeons look. When the vet Vandersanden came just before the racing season started to examine my old birds, he didn't find any tricho, any coccidiosis or any worms. Did this have something to do with the fact that my birds got a lot of acids and tea?"
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old and yearbirds," Jos continues, "I have four lofts and in those four
lofts there are 64 couples ready to race. In 2007, I will focus on the
middle- and long-distance races. Till now (middle of April) everything
goes well because I have already clocked four first prizes. Believe
it or not, but on the weekend of April 1st "Casanova" won the 1st prize
and "Deep Impact" the 2nd. That is something I'm proud of! By the old
and year birds I'm going to follow the system which I'm accustomed to
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