1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 11 National in 2019 ??????
Platteeuw Kurt & Raf, Rumbeke, Belgium
1st, 2nd & 11th National Limoges 13,569 birds on 2.6.19
1st National Aurillac 3,586 birds on 13.7.19
3rd & 9th National Limoges 10,770 birds on 5.7.19
4th National Vierzon 20,956 birds on 18.5.19
What is there to say … these revolutionary players are continuing with their success! Kurt & Raf have now won 5 x 1st National races, and twice 1st & 2nd National on one race (1st & 2nd National Tulle 5,323 birds in 2018, now 1st & 2nd National Limoges 13,569 birds in 2019).
On Limoges, the two hens arrived together “Nabrina” and “Peter Pan” – a real sight to see for everyone who had gathered to watch at this All Round loft. They were tipped as favourites but, as Kurt himself says, it’s easy to be considered a favourite, but it’s a whole different task to actually win it! Following on from his 124 x top 100 National prizes in 2018, all of his old birds have either won top National prizes, or are National and Provincial Ace Pigeons … a top class team which most can only dream of!
?1st National Limoges 13,576 birds
A hen from 2015, daughter of Super Couple “Billy” x “Adele” – the Platteeuw Angelina family which is responsible for many top 100 National winners and Ace Pigeons. For me personally, also a proud moment, as “Nabrina” is a granddaughter of “Kitti”, a yearling hen borrowed by Kurt from my late partner Martyn Mitchell and myself, and mother of “Adele”. “Nabrina” is sister to “Ace 148 Adele” 7th KBDB Ace W-Vl, 45th National Bourges 20,759 birds, 75th National Vierzon 20,912 birds, 82 National Limoges 15,789 birds; “Ace 055” 9th KBDB Ace W-Vl, 35th National Brive 4,384 birds, 39th National Jarnac, 4,940 birds; “Sadlers Wells” 49th National Angouleme 4,564 birds, 53rd National Jarnac 4,940 birds.
?2nd National Limoges 13,576 birds
A hen from 2017, bred by Van Landuyt A&P. She is mother of “Peter Admiral” 2nd KBDB ACE W-VL 2018 Long Distance.
?1st National Aurillac 3,586 birds
In Kurt’s own words, this national victory was the best achievement of his sporting career … so far! Almost 30 minutes in front of four loft mates, all five being the fastest birds in the province! “Catoo” was one of the best of the young bird team last year, and is no stranger to great results, having won 31st National Vierzon at the start of this year. Her results include 1st Chateauroux 214 birds; 1st Vierzon 263 birds; 1st Aurillac 126 birds; Provincial: 1st Aurillac 468 birds; 3rd Vierzon 1,473 birds; 9th Chateauroux 2,429 birds; 29th Bourges 2,228 birds. “Catoo” is daughter “Manowar” winner of 50th National Angouleme 5,030 birds.
?11th National Limoges 13,576 birds
A hen from 2017, also from the Platteeuw Angelina family, winning 3 x top 100 National prizes including 11th National Jarnac 4,940 birds and 42nd National Gueret 8,517 birds. She is half sister to “Ace Pau Coffin” 6th KBDB Ace W-Vl, 8th Ace Pigeon PIPA, 44th National Tulle 5,323 birds; “Ace Red Coffin” 5th KBDB Ace W-Vl, 128th National Chateauroux 18,499 birds.
This was not the first top 10 National prize for the loft –
Two weeks earlier they scored 4th National Vierzon 20,956 birds, and another 5 x top 100 National positions in the old and yearling races.
?4th National Vierzon 20,956 birds
The Platteeuw Cannibal family is making headlines week on week … this blue hen from 2016 is a daughter of the Number One Breeding Couple, responsible for such champions as “Sea Biscuit” and “Abo Volo” with results of 20 x 1st prizes and 5 x 1st Provincials. Ace Pigeon “Lovely Godiva” won 14th KBDB National Ace All Round last year, together with 4th KBDB Ace Pigeon W-Vl Middle Distance. She had an incredible year in 2018 winning 1st Provincial Vierzon 4,232 birds (fastest from 6,082 birds); 2nd National Angouleme 4,525 birds (2nd National to “Armando” who was sold on PIPA earlier this year for Euro 1,252,000); 4th National Vierzon 20,956 birds. Here she is again, scoring 1st Club 512 birds; 1st Provincial 3,085 birds; 4th National Vierzon 20,956 birds.
Not finished yet … the loft enjoyed another great success last weekend …
3rd & 9th National Limoges 10,770 birds
3rd, 9th, 70th, 80th National from 10,770 yearlings and 29th, 33rd, 41st, 52nd National 9,689 old birds. This was a week for the boys! Normally hens have tended to dominate for the top positions in Kurt’s loft, but this weekend it was two cocks who arrived after a ten hour flight from 615 km (384 miles).
?3rd National Limoges 10,770 birds
Arriving first home to the loft … again from the Platteeuw Cannibal family … this cock is a son of the Number Two Breeding Couple responsible for 23 x top 100 National prizes including 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th National; 1st KBDB National Ace Pigeon; 15 x 1st prizes; 4 x top 10 KBDB National Ace Pigeons; 2 x 1st Provincials. The father of 176 is “Starlight” – No.1 Breeding Star in the Platteeuw loft, and father of “Starlight Angelina” 17th National Bourges 20,759 birds.
?9th National Limoges 10,770 birds
Two minutes later, also from the “Starlight” family … this yearling cock is a grandson of “Starlight”. As a young bird he scored 13th Pontoise from 607 birds; 15th Chateaudun 285 birds; 28th Clermont 597 birds and 56th Chateaudun 589 birds. He will be one to watch for the rest of the season … His father was also competing on the Limoges National, arriving ten minutes after his son, and is Kurt’s 2nd old bird home, scoring 33rd National Limoges 9,689 birds!
“Humble” is not a word which you would use to describe Kurt, but most who speak with him describe him as “genuine”. He also is not afraid of sharing his ideas and system. He is strongly against using medication for pigeons, but uses every week the Platteeuw Yellow Drops and Crystals to prepare the race team. Having a clear head he knows is essential for the pigeons to fly well, and he makes sure of this by clearing all their heads with the Platteeuw Yellow Crystals, followed by a Platteeuw Yellow Drop every week. He’s not alone either … the Yellow Drops have fast become one of the most popular products available … not surprising with the results achieved when using them!
The Platteeuw Team add another 1st National victory to their trophy cabinet this year !!! ???
???1ST NATIONAL AURILLAC 3,586 birds with “CATOO”
Almost half an hour in front of four loft mates, all five being the quickest birds in the province.
Already a great Champion this year, ? Catoo ?won 1st Vierzon (31st National 11,574 birds), and last year 1st Chateauroux (9th Provincial 2,429 birds).
Kurt says “Sportively, this feels for me like the best I ever did … so far … Thank you Catoo!” ???
Here are the top 20 Provincial, and top 100 National results scored TODAY:-
1-2-3-5-6-7-11-12-13-14-15-19 etc Provincial 468 yearlings
1-21-24-38-65-68 National 3586 yearlings
1-2-4-12-13-17 etc Provincial 608 old birds
21-22-36-98-100 etc National 3888 old birds
??✴️10 x KBDB National Ace Pigeons 2018
KURT & RAF PLATTEEUW, BELGIUM
*** NEVER SEEN BEFORE ***
!!! OUTSTANDING RESULTS !!!
? 2nd KBDB National Ace Pigeon 2018 All Round ?
? “ACE 038 ADELE”
? 3rd KBDB National Ace Pigeon 2018 All Round ?
? “LADY OZO”
? 5th KBDB National Ace Pigeon 2018 All Round ?
? “SEA SURFER”
? 6th KBDB National Ace Pigeon 2018 All Round ?
? 7th KBDB National Ace Pigeon 2018 All Round ?
? “MONEY MAKER”
? 8th KBDB National Ace Pigeon 2018 All Round ?
? “NEW FRITS”
? 9th KBDB National Ace Pigeon 2018 All Round ?
? “JULIA’S LOVER”
? 4th KBDB National Ace Pigeon 2018 Long Distance ?
? 5th KBDB National Ace Pigeon 2018 Long Distance ?
? “NOTTING HILL”
? 9th KBDB National Ace Pigeon 2018 Long Distance ?
This father and son team finished this year’s season on a high at the ?? KBDB National Ace Pigeon awards last weekend … presented with the most prizes for the All Round Category ever seen – 7 in the top 9 !!! This is a trophy cabinet which dreams are made of … what a fantastic end to an incredible year.
Winning a record-breaking 124 top 100 National prizes including 16 top 10 National prizes in 2018:-
1st National Tulle 5,323 birds (“Julia”)
2nd National Bourges 20,284 birds (“New Magic”)
2nd National Tulle 5,323 birds (“Rondelle”)
2nd National Angouleme 4,525 birds (“Lovely Godiva”)
5th National Argenton 19,859 birds (“Sunline”)
5th National Gueret 5,331 birds (“Sea Surfer”)
5th National Jarnac 4,940 birds (“Angel Bliksem”)
6th National Gueret 8,517 birds (“Ace New Varenne”)
6th National Brive 4,384 birds (“General De Pommeau”)
7th National Limoges 7,236 birds (“Lady General”)
7th National Jarnac 4,940 birds (“Ace 038 Adele”)
8th National Angouleme 4,525 birds (“Moby”)
9th National Limoges 7,236 birds (“Lady Ozo”)
10th National Chateauroux 8,634 birds (“New Magic”)
10th National Limoges 7,236 birds (“Money Maker”)
10th National Gueret 5,331 birds (“New Frits”)
Rumbeke: Raf and Kurt Platteeuw from the West-Flamish city Rumbeke…
… both on a professional level as on a ‘pigeon-level’, this father-son combination can be considered as successful. It is unique what the Platteeuw pigeons managed so far in 2018. Last weekend they got the cherry on the cake by winning both the 1st as the 2nd national Tulle and we are convinced that when the rankings of the KBDB with ace birds are being revealed another layer of cream can be added.
“THEY LAUGH AT ME BECAUSE I’M DIFFERENT, I LAUGH AT THEM BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL THE SAME”
Whoever has spoken or visited Kurt Platteeuw won’t deny it … Kurt is a very motivated fancier. A guy that is full of ambition … a fancier that ‘stands-out’ in every aspect. His way of experiencing pigeon sport is not as with many of us. His approach to pigeon sport doesn’t know any boundaries and only the strongest of the strongest can and may survive. Many raise their eye brows when analysing his approach but when the results are on the table nearly every single fancier has to acknowledge the top results of the Platteeuw-pigeons. It is a system that doesn’t only take a lot of energy from the pigeons but also from the fancier … system where every little detail counts and where mistakes are being punished without a doubt. We will explain in about 12 points but will go to Rumbeke next Winter to get into it even deeper and share it with you:
The season started off with a group of 240 racing pigeons (cocks and hens). Important to know is that every single pigeon is being raced on every single race. The word ‘home stayer’ isn’t a word that is known by Kurt and Raf.
End of November all racers were being coupled. Coupled is a big word as Kurt let the pigeons pick out their own partner. All sliding doors are being opened and the party can begin.
When the first youngsters are being weened Raf and Kurt go along the lofts and those who don’t have youngsters yet are being taken away from the loft. Kurt “during the season I make use of the ‘chaos’ system but when I look at the breeding period I can surely also make us of the word ‘chaos’. The racing pigeons are on different lofts and on one loft I had 30% more hens then cocks … you know enough, no? For the hens the fight already started off right there. Jealousy for the hens was being awakened for the first time.
Once all are separated the hens go into the aviaries and the cocks stay on the lofts in boxes. Kurt explains: “Our youngsters are being raced on the sliding door system and in fact they are also being raced like this as a yearling and old bird”.
On the day of basketing they can train one more time around the loft. Afterwards they are being fed full house. At 11h30 all pigeons are being basketed and Kurt will drive them as far as 10km. At homecoming all sexes can come together and can do whatever they want. Around 16h they are being fed one more time and towards the evening they are being basketed for the race.
Kurt only selects out his first 6 pigeons … the others are being given randomly.
Both the old as the yearling cocks and hens did the next racing program : Chateauroux Prov. (470km), one week later Bourges National (430km), one week later Limoges National (620km) for the old and a provincial greater middle distance race for the year birds. Another week later Chateauroux National (470km), then they all stayed home one week to resume on Brive National (650km), one week later Gueret National (500km), one week later Limoges National (620km), another week later Jarnac National (630km), then again one week rest to be ready to shine on Tulle National (610km) and next week they will close the season with Angoulème national (620km). In total 10 races which makes that they will have flown 5,600km !
In a matter of feeding there is the “PLATTEEUW SPECIAL” mixture from Van Robaeys. This is being fed on a daily basis. This mixture is only being enriched the last 2 days before basketing with 20% sports mixture when the cocks are going to a long distance race. The hens get this addition only one meal before basketing.
On Saturday (day of homecoming) and on Sunday (resting day) they get “PLATTEEUW YELLOW DROPS (yellow drops against tricho) over the food. On Mondays and Tuesdays they add Oregano oil and Probac over the food and on Wednesdays and Thursdays Energy powder with lecithin oil. In the drinking water you can find at homecoming Carbo Plus and Recup Fast, all the other days they get pure water without any addition. The pigeons have to be able to drink a lot and Kurt fears that when there are products in the water, the pigeons won’t drink enough which can interfere with their form.
Every fortnight all pigeons are being treated on Monday with “PLATTEEUW YELLOW CRYSTALS”. This is self-made and comparable with ‘sliepzand’. Kurt: “It is a hell of a job to give this to all the pigeons. In full season we are busy with this with several people for 4 hours. Putting the powder in the beak, massage the throat, put away the pigeon for 5 minutes and then take out all the dirt out of the beak with a cotton swab.”
They get daily a lot and variated grit. Also this grit mixture is made according Kurt’s own recipe.
He doesn’t treat anymore with antibiotics. “I pull the card of the ‘natural strength’ now. I never look at the pedigree … race and race more … they select themselves and here in Rumbeke there is no room for those who can’t stay healthy in a natural way. The weak ones go out by themselves” is what Kurt tells – very convincing.
As mentioned before, a discussion with Kurt is this interesting that we will pass by again coming Winter to go more into detail.
“JULIA” : 1st NATIONAL TULLE
A top pigeon that wins … a jewel that went into the basket as 1st nomination for Tulle and didn’t disappoint. Together with “Rondelle” she came home at 13h46min but “Rondelle” hesitated a bit to go in and left the honour to “Julia” to win the 1st National.
Winning a national race is always something special, but winning a national with your best pigeon is the best you can get. Please take a seat and analyse the palmaris 2018 of this Tulle winner:
16 National Jarnac 4,940b.
25 National Brive 4,384b.
37 National Limoges 7,236b.
With these results “Julia” is in the running classification of Ace Bird Long Distance KBDB on the 3rd place.
Her father is “Notting Hill” (B15-3050070)…a marvellous cock who shined in 2018 already with a 18th National Brive 9,278b – 28th National Limoges 7,274b – 81st National Limoges 15,783b – 103rd National Bourges 20,280b – 129th National Jarnac 5,302b. The past season he also already won a 6th National Brive 9,106b and a 124th National Jarnac 5,134b. We will see “Notting Hill” this year for sure within the top of the KBDB Ace birds as in the current classification his ringnumber is on the 3rd place.
“RONDELLE”: 2nd NATIONAL TULLE
5 seconds after “Julia”, “Rondelle” clocked. “Rondelle” is a nice hen bred by Everaert Frederik from Zwijnaarde. She already won before the 75th National Brive 4,384b., 95th National Jarnac 4,940b. and the 342nd National Montélimar 2,042d.
“GIVE THEM A RECORD AND THEY WILL BREAK IT”
After Tulle Kurt announced proudly that they already won, this season alone, more than 100 Top 100 National classifications. Never seen before … people that can know told us that the Vandenheede brothers got one time 65 Top 100 classification in one season, but this record is now gone thanks to the Platteeuw pigeons. Kurt confesses that he has the weather in his advantage the entire season now. “If it was a constant Western wind, I wouldn’t have this many top 100 national classifications, but it is now like this, so we have to make the most of it.”