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  Luc Van Coppenolle
Winner West European Super

by Stefan Mertens


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Luc Van Coppenolle

Luc and his stars

Parents are an

Inside Luc's
youngbird loft

The widowers at rest
during the winter


Sliding doors help
adjust ventilation

Part of the structure
of the ventilation


"De Pau"

"Blauwen Pau"

"De Blauwe

"Stammoeder I"

Maybe this championship is not so well-known in America, but the "West-European Super Marathon" is more than just a championship. This championship can be won with the first clocked of the first two nominated birds on the international races from Barcelona, Perpignan, Pau, Dax and Marseille. So, you can imagine that this championship is not so easy to win, certainly when you consider that this is an international competition with competitors from Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, the U.K. and France. Luc won this championship with the following prizes on the international result: 215th international Pau 8,270b. - 327th international Barcelona 24,913b. - 483rd international Marseille 19,627b. - 594th international Perpignan 17,570b., and 699th international Dax 17,526b.


Luc Van Coppenolle is not an unknown fancier in Europe. Last year in the 2003 season, he was general champion of the Entente Belge (championship won with the first four nominated birds, on several national races), and when he was standing on the stage he mentioned to a friend, "This championship is very nice to win, but I hope to win once in my life-time the 'West-European Super Marathon.'" One racing season later, this dream came true.

"If I'm honest," Luc begins our conversation, "I'm not so satisfied with my racing season. Not that I didn't win enough prizes, but the real top-results were not there. Once I clocked one bird, the rest followed very quickly, and of course this is always very good to win a championship. I will mention later the reason why I missed some top prizes."

Luc explains, "Thanks to my father, I came in contact with the pigeon sport. When I was a little boy, he took my on his arm and we went for hours to the pigeon loft. When I celebrated my 12th birthday, I got my own loft as a present, and a few years later we formed a partnership under the name Leon and Luc Van Coppenolle. In 1986, we even became general national champion KBDB. My father died a few years ago at the age of 81."

"We can still find pigeons of my father back in the pedigrees of the actual top birds," Luc continues. "Certainly his 'Barcelona' (4304943/74) played a more than important role. The 'Barcelona' won 28th international Barcelona 1977 against 10,502b. - 88th national Barcelona 1979 against 6,612b. - 286th international Barcelona 1978 against 11,000b. Father was the 'Geschelpte Lamon' (4008123/96 - his father was a grandson of the famous 'Klaren' of Desmet-Matthijs and his mother was a cross of Devriendt X Cattrijsse). Mother was ' 'T Rost Derweduwen' (pure Van Hee - Wervik)."

A son of the "Barcelona" is the "Primus Barcelona" (4306332/80): 61st national Barcelona 1987 against 8,915b. - 183rd national Barcelona against 7,252b. - 491st national Barcelona 1982 against 8,351b. - 489th national Barcelona 1984 against 7,066b. - 521st national Barcelona 1985 against 8,647b. - 879th national Barcelona against 8,886 birds. After putting these results on paper, "Primus Barcelona" got a ticket into the breeding loft, and his blood is now found in a lot of topbirds in the Van Coppenolle loft.

An example is the "Pau"(4225762/92). His father is "Geschelpte Primus" (4511325/91 - a son of the "Primus Barcelona" coupled with the "Brive-duivin" (5th Brive 1,242b. - 54th La Souterraine 2,053b.) Mother of "Pau" is "Goed Rood Fred" (4229814/90 - 33rd national Bourges 16,725b.) Well, the "Pau" won following top results: 3rd national Pau 1996 against 1,953b. - 27th national Pau 1997 against 2,084b. - 98th national Marseille 1994 against 1,267b. This widower was in 1996 4th World Champion very long distance and 1st provincial ace-pigeon long distance KBDB East-Flanders.


So, as the old base we have the red pigeons of father Leon, but since 1990 this base has been enriched with pigeons from Roger Florizoone (Nieuwpoort). Roger, who died in late 2004, was one of the best long-distance racers in Belgium. His name was "Mister Barcelona" and a lot of fanciers had more than just success with the Florizoone pigeons. Also in the loft of our friend Luc, the Florizoone pigeons had more than just an influence. Luc explains, "My mother is a niece of Roger, and so we had a very good and close contact. I can say that 70% of my birds have Florizoone blood. A lot of times there were hens from Roger here to breed or vice versa."

One of the most important base-pigeons is the "Blauwe Narbonne" (4626276/94 - 10th national Narbonne 1997 against 6,021b. - 35th national Barcelona 1997 against 12,371b. He comes from the "Blauwen Roger" (3155064/93). This cock was bred by Roger Florizoone and comes from a son (300/91) of the famous "Benoni" (9th national Perpignan, 20th national Pau and 25th national Marseille) from Gaston Devooght (De Haan). "Son Benoni" (300/91) was coupled with a sister of the world-famous "Witneus" (five times top from Barcelona and father of the 1st national Barcelona) from Florizoone himself.

Mother of the "Blauwen Narbonne" is "Stammoeder 1" (4577309/90). She comes from "Nestbrother Primus 1" with a daughter of the "Freddy" (012/81 - 5th international Barcelona 13,033b.)


"Stammoeder 2"


"Blauwe Witpen Perpignan"

Wing of the
"Witpen Perpignan"

"De Beziers"

"Roden Barcelona"

We mentioned already "Stammoeder 1" but there is also a "Stammoeder 2" (4448276/96). She is a daughter of the "Blauwe Barcelona" (4404142/91 - 33rd national Barcelona- bred from the "Lange Roger" (son "Primus 1") X " Dochter Zus Pau" (from a sister of the 1st national Pau from M. Ravelingien from Tiegem).

A son of "Stammoeder 2" is "Rosten Perpignan" (4515783/98): 34th national Perpignan 2000 against 6,246b. - 288th national Barcelona 2001 against 13,161b., and 336th national Barcelona 2002 against 13,021b.

Another son of "Stammoeder 2" is "As Roger" (4504373/97): 22nd national Limoges 1999 against 11,799b. - 73rd national Souillac 1999 against 6,035b. - 83rd national Perpignan 1999 against 5,765b. - 93rd national Montauban 2001 against 8,027b.

And what do you think about the breeding qualities of "Stammoeder 3" (4448277/96)? She is a sister of "Stammoeder 2" and mother of "De Marseille" (4551816/98): 30th national Pau 2001 against 2,567b. - 41st national Marseille 2001 against 4,615b. - 86th national Marseille 2000 against 4,093b. - 114th national Perpignan 2001 against 8,041b. But she is also mother of "De Souillac"(4259878/99 - 73rd national Souillac 7,214b.)


A first top racer is the "Blauwe Witpen Perpignan" (4241711/01): 10th national Perpignan 2003 against 7,537b. (23rd international against 16,800b.) - 13th national Castres 2003 against 4,101b. - 210th national Dax 2003 against 5,026b. Then in the season 2004: 96th national Pau 2,118b. - 276th national Perpignan 6,489b. and 339th national Dax against 6,138b. He is a grandson of the "Blauwe Narbonne."

Another top bird is the "Beziers" (4497079/00): 5th national Pau 2004 against 2,118b. (12th international Pau against 8,270b.) - 77th national Beziers 2001 against 5,420b. and 148th national Perpignan 2003 against 7,537b. A son of his, the "Blauwe Perpignan" (4434575/03), already won the 54th national Perpignan 2004 against 4,086b.

And what do you think about the "Roden Barcelona" (4259855/99)? He is the fourth generation of the "Red Barcelonas." The "Roden Barcelona" won: 62nd national Barcelona 2002 against 13,021b. - 91st national Barcelona 2004 against 12,275b. - 154th national Perpignan 2001 against 8,041b. - 273rd national Narbonne 2000 against 6,929b. His father is the "Rode Narbonne" (4039411/89 - 51st national Narbonne and 81st national Narbonne) or in other words a son of the "Primus Barcelona."

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The Van Coppenolle
racing loft

The heating system

Inside the
breeding loft

breeding pens

The floor of the
breeding loft



The 30 widowers are coupled a first time in the middle of December, and after sitting eggs for eight days, everything is separated again. In March, all the birds get an eight-day cure with Altabactine for paratyphus. At the beginning of April they're coupled a second time and may again sit eggs for a few days. When the birds are sitting eggs, they are treated for tricho, and during the racing season this is repeated every three weeks. When the season starts, the widowers get a five-day treatment with Linco-Spectin, and during the season the widowers receive twice a week two to four drops of a liquid product in the beak that contains electrolytes and vitamins.

One week before the first very long-distance race, the product Orovital is put into the water. This product contains Ginseng and Echinacea. The day before basketting and the day of arrival there is always Fortalyt (electrolytes and amino-acids) in the drinker. Once a week Luc gives also the product Sedochol.

And the feeding system? Luc gives on arrival and between two races a feed that is 50% depurative Versele-Laga and 50% Racing Mixture (Versele-Laga and Natural). Six meals before basketting they get 100% Racing Mixture.


A nice thing to mention before finishing this report is that top fanciers like Luc Van Coppenolle also learn every day. Luc's story is this: "The season 2003 was very good and my widowers were extra motivated. They didn't only have their box but also shelves were installed. These shelves were situated in front of their box. Unbelievable what an atmosphere this created in the lofts. But now it comes… at the end of 2003 I put the new two-year-olds in the loft, and I made the mistake of not putting the shelves away. As with a lot of fanciers, some of the old birds took two boxes and the new two-year-olds had to shelter on the shelves. As a result, this gave me two-year-olds who were everything except motivated, and of course such birds cannot put a top result on paper. Listen well now. I will still use those shelves, but I will only put them in the lofts as an extra motivation, and first be very sure that every cock has his box and will not become un-motivated at the start of a racing season."

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