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!