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The Gyselbrecht Strain

By Silvio Mattacchione BA MA "The mind is a powerful magnet and as such, it attracts whatever corresponds to its ruling state. Expectation dictates what that ruling state will be and therefore governs what corresponds to the mind and is attracted into your life. Expectation can be either a blessing or a curse but either way it is certainly one of the most powerful unseen forces in your life." John Kanary Public Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur I believe, it would be accurate to state, that the very best modern day "Barcelona Lofts" in the whole of Europe would be those of the Gyselbrecht family and that the most successful modern day Barcelona strain would in fact be the "Gyselbrecht Strain". It was not always so but it was brought into being by the sheer force of will, a will that defines the Gyselbrecht clan! As a family they have come to understand that before anything can be manifested in life it must first be conceived of and visualized in the mind. When you really want something, and you couple that with an understanding of your nature, of your spiritual being, and the laws that govern you, you will keep going, regardless of what's happened. Nothing will stop you. Bob Proctor

Figure 1 Thomas, DR. Carlo and Nikolaas

Dr. Carlo Gyselbrecht DVM is a resident of Knesselare, Belgium and is a highly successful, and much sought after, veterinarian with particular emphasis on pigeons as his specialty. His personal profile is that of a man who believes in himself, in his ability and in his vision. Dr. Carlo has been able to integrate within himself the following personalities: the man of science, the observant stockmen, the visionary composer artist as well as the dedicated hands on workman. All of these attributes working in perfect harmony to ensure that nothing is overlooked, everything is taken into account, nothing is taken for granted and instinctively he appreciates that all must be in its proper proportion if success is to follow. Carlo, as a student, was extremely successful in his studies he was and still is characterized by his punctuality, attention to detail and accuracy. It should come as no surprise that Carlo's favorite hobby, from early childhood is the breeding of racing pigeons. One might be correct in observing that it is in fact a Gyselbrecht obsession that has afflicted three generations of his family so far and all since childhood. The racing pigeon fascination began with father Remi it soon included his three sons André, Carlo and George then moved to , Hannes and Peter (André's son) and finally Thomas and Nikolaas (sons of Carlo) who also joined the ranks thus moving into generation number three. Now in his eighties Remi Gyselbrecht was a top fancier for more than 50 years. Amongst his achievements are 1st National Champion KBDB in 1977, st nd 1 International Barcelona 1995, 2 National Barcelona 1999 as well as a host of other a championships and `Ace pigeons'. So Dr. Carlo comes by his considerable knowledge of racing pigeons almost by osmosis, passing from father to son naturally. Carlo was responsible for the breeding lofts for a good deal of this time.

From an early age he (Dr. Carlo) instinctively understood that the real key to success was the search for the "best of the best". We should define this rather liquid term ,"best of the best" it really means that one's true task, if one is to really succeed, is to locate exceptional specimens that have an extremely long history of world class performances coupled with prepotency that is

intergenerational in nature. Prepotent winners come from prepotent winners and it's just that simple or should I really say it's just that complicated. Dr. Carlo understanding of and pursuit of perfection paid off handsomely in 1995 when he, his father and his brother (who all raced together) attained the most prestigious prize possible within our pigeon racing sport. They won st nd th 1 International Barcelona ("Laureaat Barcelona"), 2 ("Sampras") and 4 National Barcelona with pigeons of Dr. Carlo's own breeding. Why is the race "International Barcelona" viewed as the pinnacle of achievement in the European pigeon sport? Additionally why do fanciers, from Asia descend upon Belgium at the time of the Barcelona International? Why International Barcelona is is the most prestigious prize possible in our sport? I think that John Clements (collaborator of the Euro Pigeon Year Book) put it best when he wrote the following: "The Barcelona International, where the absolute cream of European pigeons compete over a Marathon course of more than 1,000km (600+ miles). Every loft likes to own a "Barcelona" and those who do, prize them above all others. This International race is a symbol of stamina, tenacity, and unbelievable homing ability world wide". I feel that describes Barcelona and the pigeons that compete. Nowhere in the world does a race carry the glory of Barcelona. Mr. Liam O Comain gave his thoughts on why "International Barcelona" is viewed as the ultimate distance test when he writes: "Because of obstacles like the Pyrenees mountain range and the intense heat of the Spanish sun plus extraordinary mileage the Barcelona International race is the marathon of all marathon races. Even a so called blow home from Barcelona is a difficult encounter. For in addition to all vagaries of the climate the pigeons have to face feathered and other predators as well as the uncertainty of nights out on roof tops, trees, and wire lines, etc,." In order to move forward into the future with extreme confidence one must of necessity be totally conversant with the past. In a sense one needs to go "back to the future". We all need to appreciate and give proper credit to those who came before because "we" all of us, begin where someone else left off. We build on the foundations of those who came before us and our "Foundation" is the bedrock upon which we build. If we chose properly that foundation will serve us well if we do not then our efforts to build successfully into the future are doomed by the weakness that existed in the foundations of the past. Therefore in order to better understand the success of the Gyselbrecht strain we will need to spend a few moments reviewing the history of an old Belgian Champion that passed away in 1999 one Andre Vanbrauaene for this in fact is the bedrock of the "Gyselbrecht Strain".

"Vanbruaene" Success Begins With A Stray!

The history surrounding Andre Vanbruaene is full of exceedingly interesting anecdotes. The British writer and old strain enthusiast Mr. Liam O Comain was to write the following interesting historical passages regarding what he referred to as "A Wonderful Stray" that was doctored back to health by a kindly uncle who set the stage for his nephews future success:. "This piece however is about another stray which came into a loft on the European mainland to a fancier who saw right away that the bird looked sickly in appearance, whose tail was very long in relation to other bodily proportions, and he could not define its gender 'a henny cock or a cocky hen'. Upon doctoring it he kept it for a few days until it appeared better but instead of releasing it he gave it to a fancier friend who upon handling it rejected it. The original fancier was not of the culling type in fact he hated killing anything so as he knew that his nephew had started in the sport he gave the stray to the latter who then reported it and was told to keep it.

The bird in fact belonged to a Mr. Desprets who was the soninlaw of the famous fancier Mr. Commine. The nephew was called Andre and he bred the stray with a hen which he had obtained from a Mr R. Benoot.From the pairing a pigeon was bred which began to win races and make a reputation in the local area. Then one day at basketing for another race Mr Commine arrived and asked Andre where he had got the bird and upon being told that it was bred from a stray of his soninlaw. Andre was told that he was a lucky person for the father of the stray was Commines favourite 'Napoleon'. Yes the famous 'Napoleon'... Yet in turn a champion was born for Andre was no other than Andre Vanbruaene and the son of the stray was the famous 'Bull' who at the age of 15 years produced the 'Young Bull' who won 1st National Libourne and 1st International Pau in the same year.

st Followed a year later by the 'Bull' producing a son named 'Tarzan' who went on to win 1 International. San Sebastian. Of course this is not the end of the story for a daughter of 'Young Bull' produced a son from a mating which when bred with 'Tarzan' produced a 1st International Barcelona winner in 1966. And yet it is still not the end of the story for the 1966 International Barcelona winner was the ancestor of at least 3 other International Barcelona winners in 1984, 1995 and 2003. All carrying the bloodlines of ... the original stray. Thus what greatness would have been denied if Andre Vanbruaene's uncle rather than doctoring the stray had pulled its neck." th The young fancier referred to above was born in "Lauwe" on April 4 1910 and his name was Andre Vanbruaene. By age 17 (1927) he was already participating in the speed races so successfully that he was excluded from various clubs. These unfortunate restrictions against him served to insure that Andre would seek to participate in the distance races where he could not be excluded. It was not long before he attained success at these National races. By 1953 his famous st "Tarzan" won 1 International San Sebastian flying from Spain to Belgium on the day, quite a remarkable performance."Tarzan" was a grandson of the "Old Bull" ( a daughter from

"Tarzan" called "the terrible Blue 200/54 was the mother to "Barcelona 1") who you will remember was a son of the famous stray (Andre later named the pigeon his `Schuwen 933/31' whom he mated to a hen from Benoot from Olsen.This mating produced the `Oude Stier' that in English is refered to as the "Old Bull".) who in turn was a son of "Napoleon" of ECAILLE COMMINNES.. In time the "Vanbruaene" strain was to be developed from a judicious inbreeding program that incorporated the lines of "Commine" those of "Molein", "Stichelbaut", "Vandevelde", "Desmet ", "de Baere","Buysse", and "Vangrembergen", "Labeeuw" "Willequet" etc. In other words Vanbruaene brought together many of the best pigeons of Flanders and melted them together into a new hybrid line of his own. Hybrids whose desirable features and st attributes were fixed with ongoing inbreeding and line breeding. By 1966 Vanbruaene won 1 International Barcelona with his exceptional cock "Barcelona 1".

One of the sons of "Barcelona 1" named `Electriek' may in fact have been the best breeder Vanbruaene ever owned.This line was responsible for 4 International Barcelona winners as follows Gilmont in 1983, Vanbruaene in 1984, Vervisch in 1985 and Gyselbrecht family in 1995. Three years in a row (`83, `84, `85), the International Barcelona winners were all bred from 100% Vanbruaene stock, what a fantastic testimony to the masterful breeding capabilities of Andre Vanbruaene. By the time of his death in 1999 there was no doubt that the Andre Vanbruaene strain could legitamely be said to have dominated Barcelona. By the end of his st career Vanbruaene had won no less than 12, 1st Nationals, 4 times 1 International. Additionally st if you were to count the number of 1 International Barcelona wins by birds that were either 100% or at least 50% Vanbruaene then that number is 6 as follows:

In brief here is what transpired for those aficionados of the pedigree:

st The `Stier' or "Old Bull" was the sire of the famous `Jonge Stier 559/47' ( 1 Nat Libourne st '51 and 1 Internat. Pau '51). A 'Daughter Jonge Stier 602/53'was to eventually become the mother of the top breeder `Oude Zwarten 192/54 who was the father of `Barcelona I' 902/61. st `Barcelona I' when mated to `Sproete 270/66' (a daughter 1 International Barcelona 1964 DeraedtVan Grembergen), was the sire of `Elektriek 953/67' and grandsire of the `Late Elektriek 701/75' which when mated to `Kardoese 094/76' (a daughter of his grandmother the

`Sproete 270/66') was father of `Barcelona II' 141/79! An entire pedigree of consecutive generations of `super pigeons' which made Andre Vanbruaene `world famous'.

Dr. Carlo Visits the "Fondmaster"

In 1983 Carlo visited the lofts of Andre Vanbruaene the reigning Belgian "Fondmaster" and reserved 10 youngsters that were to be bred in 1984. For 50 years Vanbruaene had remained at the very top of the sport in Belgium. By the 1980's his accomplishments were so sensational that he stunned the entire pigeon world. The famous Hungarian geneticist Professor Anker was to write as follows of Vanbruaene: "By effort of the best fanciers. A new type, outlined like a falcon next to the heavy eagle of yesteryear. So weighed the Jonge Stier (Young Bull), the 1000 km victor of Van Bruane, 450 grams. The Tarzan with his 450 grams weight will be remembered in our sport as the infinite wonder. He was let loose at 9:50 AM in St. Sebastian (1000 km) and was already back in his nest box in the evening."

Vanbruaene blended his world famous "Bull" line with new crossbreed material, e.g. a daughter (world famous "Sproete") and a son (progenitor "Olympiade") of the 1st international Barcelona from DeraedtVan Grembergen this bird was half Vanbruaene anyway and had won the 2nd international Barcelona in 1962. These lines he crossbred with his own 1st Barcelona of 19 66 thus creating an unsurpassed breed of birds the likes of which only an artist can create. 1964: 1st international Barcelona DeraedtVan Grembergen 50% Vanbruaene 1966: 1st international Barcelona Vanbruaene 1983: 1st international Barcelona Gilmont 1984: 1st international Barcelona Vanbruaene 1985: 1st international BarcelonaVervisch

1995: 1st international Barcelona Gyselbrecht 50% Vanbruaene with "Laureaat Barcelona" 4428350/92 This beautiful athlete carries 5 x the 1st international Barcelona 66 and 4 x 1st international Barcelona 64 in his blood.

The following pigeons listed below are all related to the lines above listed and were purchased by Carlo, brother André and his father Remi in 1984 direct from Vanbruaene: 1) Montauban 3392591/84 son Montauban 871/73 x Ariane 208/81 halfsister 1st international Barcelona 1984 Montauban 591/84 is the halfbrother of "Diplomaat" Vanbruaene MONTAUBAN 3392591/84 de Montauban 591/84 is a) father of "Prost" 3rd national Narbonne 6167b. b) Father of "Kleintje" 977/85 she is the mother of "Zot" 98th national Barcelona 11423b., of "Atleet" 210th national Barcelona 11429b., 302nd national Barcelona 13343b. 2) DOKUSDuivin 3392553/84 daughter Dokus 3251103/74 x daughter President she is the mother of "Cendré" 43rd national Narbonne 4420b. 3) DOKUSDUIVIN 3419616/84 sister of the previous one she is an exceptional breeding hen and mother of th a) "Blauwe Tik" 3367668/86 (father is superace Vooruit 564/74) "Blauwe Tik" won a.o. 37 national Narbonne 4420b. 88th national Dax 3394b.

b) "Artiest" 3395343/88 88th national Barcelona 11423b. c) "Dax" 3320608/87 67th national Narbonne 5848b. 4) "MARATHONDUIVIN" 3392519/84 daughter of "Marathon" 196/77 x daughter Bijter (grandson "Bull") she is a) grandmother of 1st national Narbonne 93 6020b. at E. Limbourg b) grandmother of superace Barcelona "Turbo" 4561810/91 5) "MARATHON" 3392596/84 brother of "Marathonduivin" 519/84 he is a) father of "Senna" 3361990/85 b) father of "Zot" 3391048/86 98th national Barcelona 11423b. c) Grandfather of "Artiest" 3395343/88 88th national Barcelona 11423b. d) Grandfather of "Schumacher" 4620198/94 82nd national Barcelona 12731b. 6) "STVINCENTDUIVIN" 3392522/84 daughter of "St.Vincent" x daughter Olympiade she is a) mother of "Senna" 3361990/85 b) grandmother of "Artiest" 3395343/88 88th national Barcelona 11423b. c) Grandmother of "Schumacher" 4620198/94 82nd national Barcelona 12731b. 7) "BARONDUIVIN" 3392579/84 daughter of Baron 154/77 (son Elektriek) x sister 1st international Barcelona 84 she is the mother of "Kleintje" 977/85 who is the mother of "Zot" 98th national Barcelona 11423b., of "Atleet" 210th national Barcelona 11429b 302nd national Barcelona 13343b. 8) "JONGE PRINS" 3392487/84 son of Jonge Prins 559/78 x daughter Witpen 636/75 he is the father of "Prins Barcelona" 3361945/85 31st international Barcelona 87 21545b.

"A Gift of Golden Eggs" Their Biggest Success!

The birds purchased in 1984 were immediately successful and this success insured a repeat visit to purchase more Vanbruaene pigeons in 1986.Three additional birds were purchased, two daughters of the 1st intern. Barcelona. The success was great. The hen `081/86', daughter of st 1 International Barcelona x daughter Dokus, became mother of `Blauwe Barcelona' (7th International Barcelona) grandmother of `Cahors' (37th National Cahors) and greatgrandfather of `Turbo' (7696270 International Barcelona). The hen `061/86', daughter of 1st th International Barcelona x `Aliduivin', is the mother of `Zwarte Barcelona (104 International Barcelona).But the "brass ring" came in the form of a gift, actually an "egg" that Vanbruaene gave to the Gyselbrecht family with these words "You are fine pigeon fanciers I give the eggs to the Gyselbrecht family as a present" Out of that "gift egg" emerged "Laureaat 972/86" none other than the sire of `Laureaat Barcelona 350/92' (1st International Barcelona 1995) but also father of `Cahors' and `Turbo 810/91'. Out of the second egg came `Laureaat duivin 034/86', mother of `King 816/91'.

Figure 2"A Gift of Golden Eggs" Their Biggest Success!

When I asked Dr. Carlo as to the origin of the Gyselbercht strain here is what he said: "Our old strain derives from our Foundation cock de `Vooruit' (from his father Remi, the Andre Vanbruane pigeons, Anton & Luci Van der Wegen, Andre Brouckaert) The most important pigeons were without a doubt the `Vanbruaene' pigeons and to this day they remain the base of the current breeding loft! Over the last few years some new `very long distance th blood' was incorporated with the `Crayonne Dax' (5 Nat Ace Great Long Distance KBDB), th nd the `Jumbo'line (6 National Ace LD KBDB), Il Brigantiline (2 Ace ZLU International), st `Superbreeder 303' Van Tuyl (best breeder from the 1 International Barcelona winners 2009 family `van Houten')... + his superior son `Wesley'. This `SUPERBREEDER 303' is father to e "Yolanthe": 2 Nat. Montauban '08 + 39e Nat. Limoges `09 "Wesley": 8° Nat Brive 6.029 d. `07 11° Brive 1.248 d. `06 20° Nat Barcelona 8.042 d. `09 53° Nat Dax ZLU 3.228 d. `06 Super cock! Won 11 x prices on the `great long distance'! e "Red Jan": 17 Nat. St. Vincent `09

nd A very key pigeon from the old strain that is in our breeding lofts is the `Luna', winner 2 National Barcelona. She was raced by P.DelrueVanbruaene, but moved to our breeding loft at the end of 2009! We think she will be an important ingredient in the continuation of our Vanbruanestrain."

Figure 3 Birds in Yellow are Vanbruaene. Incredibly they have won this most prestigious race in the world 6 times by 2002

Choose Carefully!

Dr. Carlo introduced a new line in 1991. He did so carefully choosing the pigeons of André Brouckaert who had had been famous in Belgium for a number of years. Brouckaert had accomplished major victories in the very tough Barcelona 19871989 and 1990. Furthermore many other fanciers had triumphed with this species. Where else to go than Brouckaert for new blood? Various birds were purchased and the `Jupiter hen 847/91' would prove to the most st special purchase of the lot. She became the mother of `Laureaat Barcelona 350/92 (1 International Barcelona 1995). Still not content to live on his already considerable success Dr. Carlo had intentions of breeding even better pigeons and so he introduced special pigeons regularly.

Carlo knew full well that the quality of the van der Wegen bird is valued worldwide and their endurance is legendary. The Van der Wegen is an inbred line selected on performance and for this reason Carlo Gyselbrecht chooses the van der Wegen to crossbreed with his own Barcelona line. A number of young birds were purchased in 1993 and 1994.The introduction of the van der Wegen to the base family line was successful. The most important breeders are `Bijou 253/93', `NL227/93', `Schift 088/93' and `Daughter Vliegenier 122/94'.

Figure 4 One of Dr. Carlos Lofts

No Other Race Winners Are As Valued

st No other race winners are as valued as the 1 International Barcelona winners. Recent prices paid include: $150,000.00 for "Smaragd II" by Masserella and $120,000.00 for "Gerda" by Seikan Kodama. These fanciers know that in order to compete against the best you must have the best and no other loft in all of Europe can claim better performances from Barcelona than the Gyselbrecht Family, a colony of consistently superior worldclass long distance racing pigeons.

If you are to achieve your goals then of necessity you must have two allies. The first of these is "ambition" and the second is "passion". According to Dr. Carlo, "when talking to people like André Vanbruaene and others, you can sense this passion, this need to win". Real champions feel it and show it during races in a fair way, not through words but through actions. The results of the birds will speak for themselves you need say nothing. Dr Carlo as well as many great champions have said: "Aces come from aces longdistance fliers for whom heat, cold, rain nor storm pose any problems, come from birds who have proven themselves in the same conditions". But there is more these qualities are inherent in the genes, in the chromosomes one big problem surfaces: to solidify the qualities in a species is not easy because genes and chromosomes come in doubles. You must succeed in solidifying them in doubles to obtain a homogeneous species of pigeons whose qualities will be known thoroughly, offering the possibility to breed easily top pigeons.

The `golden breeding line `of the `Laureaat'

rd In 1986, `Laureaat' B833347257 was crowned 3 Nat Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB th th th with 50 Nat Cahors 5.330 p, 8 Nat Montauban 3.466 p. and 47 Nat Lourdes 4.129 p. The st "Laureaat 972/86" was father of the "Laureaat Barcelona 350/92" (1 International Barcelona th 1995) the Barcelona crack the "Turbo 810/91" the "Cahors 173/90": 37 national Cahors 7.528 p. His nest sister, the "Laureaathen" 034/86 was in turn mother of the world famous "King 816/91". A pigeon dynasty that continues to produce Barcelona cracks. A few examples will follow!

The LAUREAAT BARCELONA 350/92 st Naturally the figurehead of the colony as winner 1 International Barcelona 20.925 p. in 1995. He stems from the "Laureaat 972/86" (direct A.Vanbruane) x "Jupiterhen 847/91" (direct Andre Brouckaert, Wervik)

The TURBO 810/91 Halfbrother of the "Laureaat Barcelona", because he is son of the "Laureaat 972/86" x "Mother Turbo 164/88" (a daughter out "Son Vooruit 99/87" x "Marathon hen 519/84" Vanbruaene, also grandmother of the 1° Nat. Narbonne). TURBO won the following prizes: th '94 Barcelona International 26.807 p. 270 th '95 Barcelona International 20.943 p. 96 th '97 Barcelona International 24.908 p. 76 This `Turbo' is father of the top breeding hen `Delphine' BE984567692, which has played a large part in the current stock building of the colony, this `Delphine is amongst other things th mother of `Mayo': 57 Nat Barcelona 11.806 p. th grandmother of the `St.Vincent': 24 Nat. Barcelona 12.612 p. th 34 Nat. St.Vincent 10.020 p.

The KING 816/91 Out of "Son Tee 242/83" (direct E.Denys) x "Laureaathen 034/86" (direct A. Vanbruaene and nest sister of the "Laureaat 972/86). The KING won: th '92 Limoges National 19.250 p. 96 nd '94 Barcelona Internat 26.807 p. 92 th '95 Barcelona Internat 20.943 p. 365 The "KING" grew to be a top breeder and is a.o. father of the 96° Nat Barcelona 13.966 p, 68 + 78° Nat Barcelona 13.659 p, 90° Intnat Dax 11.807pd... etc. The Laureaat line which is still playing a main role in the lofts of Dr Andre Gyselbrecht Madeira..., and still also forms the `basis line' in the stock building at the moment in the Dr. Carlo Gyselbrecht Breeding loft... from which a crossing with newly introduced `top class' (see further) is forming its own racing team for the Long Distance, and more especially `Grand Distance'! The input of the `Andre Vanbruaene pigeons' in their own pigeon strain... has produced `exploding fireworks' in the Gyselbrecht lofts in the Grand Distance races, with naturally the top classic from Barcelona as the main attraction, where from during 21 years Barcelona the victory flowers at local level were achieved no less than 11 times, wherefrom further 2 x 1° at Provincial level, with 1° National '95 and 2° National in '99... and of course, the ultimate cracker... the winning of the 1° International Barcelona in 1995!

An honours list that counts... quasi impossible to equal, let alone beat! Just as in many other lofts the Vanbruane pigeons in the Gyselbrecht lofts lay at the basis of marvellous victories up to national and international level. To avoid the danger of forgetting

anyone we are not going to list the long list of fanciers whose success has been based on the Vanbruaene pigeons. But, so as is often the case in the pigeon sport... Andre Vanbruaene has laid the foundations on which others have built further... not in the least the Gyselbrecht family! It is a sort of chronology in the pigeon sport. Purchase of the winning hen 2° Nat Barcelona: `Luna' Patrick DelrueVanbruaene is the grandson of legendary Andre Vanbruaene and as such was able and encouraged to profit from the life's work of his grandfather Andre. It was grandfather Andre whoinitiated Patrick into the pigeon sport and taught him the craft. Patrick was always at the front of the queue and no one knew the colony of his grandfather better than he.It goes without saying that the very best of his grandfather's lofts in Lauwe were made available to nd Patrick. Patrick was 2 place `national Barcelona' with his very strong hen `Luna'! Following is the lineage that gave rise to this wonderful hen "Luna" The `GESCHELPTEN' B823366362 The `Nr 1' stock cock of Patrick DelrueVanbruaene! He is a son of the `Stouten' B773470749, who self was an inbred product to the immortal stock bear of André Vanbruaene the `Jonge Stier' (with 1° Nat Libourne and 1° Intnat Pau in 1951 to his name)... self out the `Bijter' (1° prize Bordeaux) x `Jonge Sproete' (daughter out an inbreed coupling with the undoubtedly most famous son of `Barcelona I', namely the `Electriek 953/67' x his own mother `Sproete 270/66', daughter of the 1° Intnat Barcelona 1964' DeraedtVan Grembergen). Mother is `Cecile' B77 3058624 who in turn is then a daughter of the `Molenaar 727/68' (son 1° Nat Cahors) x `Sproete 270/66' (mentioned above)... with which this `Cecile' is a full sister of the famous top breeding hen `Kardoese 094/76'... you know, the mother of `Barcelona II', winner 1° Intnat Barcelona 1984. With this the stock breeder `Geschelpten 362/82' is then inbred to both the `Sproete' (3 x in the pedigree), the `Barcelona I' (2 x in the pedigree), the `1° Nat Barcelona DeraedtVan Grembergen'... as the `Jonge Stier 559/47', which appears in the pedigree several times. The `Geschelpten 362/82' became a phenomenal breeding pigeon and was a.o. father of th th The `Perpignan 740/87': 35 Nat Perpignan 3.306 p. and 65 Intnat Perpignan 10.444 p. th th the `Bijter 259/84': 35 Prov Limoges 1.998 p., 86 Nat Narbonne 6.187 p., which further won more than 10 prizes per 10 in the national and international races. nd th the `Cahors 028/86': winner 2 Nat Cahors 7.271 p., and 19 Nat Brive 16.376 p... st st st `Topping 493/88': winner 1 Tours 298 p., 1 Tours 546 p., 1 Tours 851 p... the `Geschelpte Stier 534/88': full brother of `Topping' and without doubt the most famous son st of the `Geschelpten 362/82', coupled with `Krulle 099/85' (daughter of the 1 Intnat Barcelona 1984: the `Barcelona II 141/79' x `Alihen 128/77'). This `Geschelpte Stier' was a real `super nd crack' which was self crowned as 2 Nat Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB! Coupled with rd `Laura 466/87' (a daughter out the 3 Nat Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB: the `Laureaat 257/83' x `Daughter Late Elektriek 357/82') he was in turn father of a super breeder... called the nd th nd th `Lange Stier 828/97' (father of the 2 Nat Barcelona, 47 Nat Limoges, 72 Nat Cahors, 87 Nat Aurillac...). The `Geschelpte Stier 534/88' was also father of super hen `Jane 761/95' (full sister of the `Lange Stier), which was coupled with the excellent Long Distance racer `Athos 064/85', self th th st a.o. 54 Nat Marseille, 197 Nat Barcelona 12.283 p. (and son of the 1 Intnat Barcelona 1984: `Barcelona II 141/79' x `Angela 288/81', daughter of the `Notaris')... A coupling of this

th th `Athos' x `Jane `produced the `Juweel 319/00', mother of the 39 Nat Dax, 47 Nat Limoges, th 85 Nat Aurillac... and `top of the bill' of course, mother of super hen

`LUNA' B043177330, winner of nd 2 Nat Barcelona 11.802 p. in 2006 (with 1186 m/min) th 4 Intnat Barcelona 22.887 p. These incredible performances in the lofts of Patrick DelrueVanbruaene in the very tough Barcelona of 2006. Last she moved to the breeding lofts of Dr. Carlo Gyselbrecht, who used her wisely. `Luna' is a `beautiful hen' with an `iron constitution, a real Vanbruaene pigeon, a hen st with more or less all the famous Vanbruaene pigeons in the pedigree so as both the 1 Intnat Barcelona winners: the `Barcelona I', the `Barcelona II', and further the `Sproete', the `Jonge Stier', the `Laureaat', the `Notaris'. A drop of `new blood' Andre Vanbruaene managed to keep his pigeon stock at an exceptionally high level of performance by breeding his pigeons in as straight a line as possible, but he was not adverse, now and then, to pumping in a drop of `fresh blood'. A lesson from the grandmaster which Dr. Carlo took keen notice of. Dr. Carlo has virtually bred and raced all `super cracks' and `Barcelona racers' which have given the Gyselbrecht colony world fame. The fact that in the past the Gyselbrecht household was especially successful with the input of the `Jupiterhen' Brouckaert, the `Son Tee' Denys, and the Van der Wegenpigeons... into their Vanbruaene family, as you read earlier, has now become a public secret. Allow me to introduce you to a few of the most important acquisitions over the last few seasons: `IL BRIGANTI NL971967658 2° Ace pigeon ZLU International 2001 Joint winner Europacup + WestEuropean Super marathon 2001 th Dax National 5.617 p. 7 st Pau Internat. 7.841 p. 21 st Dax National 4.328 p. 21 And a lorry load of top prizes from Dax, Bordeaux, Perpignan etc... in the lofts of Domenico st Barberio in Weert (NL). This pigeon is a.o. father of the "St.Vincent 572/04" which won 1 reg th + 24 Nat Barcelona 2007 by Remi. He clearly doesn't get it from a stranger... The ST.VINCENT 572/04 nd A `son' of "Il Briganti 658/97" (2 European Ace pigeon 2001 by Domenico Barberio) x "Juweel Brugemann 197/99 (granddaughter of the "Turbo 810/91 via his daughter "Delphine"). The St.Vincent won a.o.: th '05 St.Vincent National 10.020 p. 34 th '07 Barcelona National 12.612 p. 24 th Provincial 2.229 p. 4 st Regional 355 p. 1 Exceptional breeder his very first crack pigeon is in the Long Distance and `Extreme Long Distance' is in the new racing lofts of Dr. Carlo & Thomas Gyselbrecht his name is `Remi'.

The `REMI' B064028163 st st He is a son of the `Halfbrother 1 Intnat Dax' B053193181 (so `son' of `Father 1 Intnat st Dax', and also grandson of the `1° Nat. Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB `92" and of the 1 Intnat Marseille 20.721 p.) x `Daughter St.Vincent' B054318922. The `Remi' performed as follows: nd 62 Nat. Tarbes 4.660 p. `08 th 70 I.Nat. Pau 7.608 p. `09 st 61 Prov. Brive 3.080 p. `09 th 20 Argenton 757 p. th 105 Prov. Chateauroux 3.491 p. th 167 Prov. Bourges 3.267 p. JUMBO BE004298841 6° National Ace pigeon `Grand Distance' KBDB 2004 nd '02 Beziers Prov 1.119 p. 2 rd Nat. 5.886 p. 3 st '03 Montauban Prov 1.123 p. 1 nd Nat. 6.901 p. 2 th '04 Dax Nat. 6.138 p. 36 st Intnat 17.526 p. 61 st '04 Perpignan Nat. 6.489 p. 81 nd Intnat 17.570 p. 182 Raced this top performance in the lofts of Cyriel & Dirk Martens, Deinze before moving to the breeding lofts by Dr. Carlo.

The `SUPER BREEDER 303' NL021638303 One of the latest acquisition was `the breeding wonder' of the `van Houten' family from IJsselstein (NL), where he was already father of 3 national `Top20' winners, being: nd "Yolanthe": 2 Nat. Montauban '08 + 39e Nat. Limoges `09 th e "Wesley": 8 Nat. Brive '07 + 20 Nat. Barcelona `09 th "Red Jan": 17 Nat. St. Vincent `09 st He is a direct Gerard van Tuyl, Hellouw (self old birds 1 Intnat Barcelona and Pau winner)! He was bred out `The 87 Frenken' NL952421287 (originating from the Gebr Frenken out the `Son Pau 2' 858/93... out a crossing Marcel Braakhuis x Gebr Frenken... with as mother the `005 Hen... hen bred out a grandson of the `Fameuze 508' Jan Theelen in combination with the Braakhuis pigeons) x `Verhellen hen' B986498654, originating from the Belgian Long Distance crack Hilaire Verhellen (out the `Jonge Dromer 700/90' x `Daughter Reiger 242/94). This `Super breeder 303' is without doubt regarded as one of the greatest `breeding pigeons' for the `Extreme Long Distance' at this moment. We can definitely describe him as one of the `top transfers' of the `Dr.Carlo Gyselbrecht breeding lofts', where, in combination with the timehonoured `golden Vanbruaene strain', he has to ensure the successful continuation of the racing team for the future.

The `WESLEY' NL041763069 A powerful and extremely strong `Extreme Long Distance crack' with, included in his honours list th 8 Nat Brive 6.029 p. `07 th 11 Brive 1.248 p. `06 th 20 Nat Barcelona 8.042 p. `09 rd 53 Nat Dax ZLU 3.228 p. `06 This `Super cock' won 11 x prize in the Extreme Long Distance, and is a 100% pure Gerard van st Tuyl (self old winner 1 Intnat Barcelona and Pau)! He is a son of the `golden top breeder' by the Van Houten family... the `SUPER BREEDER 303' NL021638303 (see above) x `SUPERKE VAN TUYL' NL011889142... a marvellous breeding mother direct Gerard Van Tuyl, which, in addition to being mother of the `Wesley, is also mother of a.o. the th 58 Nat Mont de Marsan `05 th 68 Nat St.Vincent `05 th 99 Nat Marseille `08 The `Superke Van Tuyl' is a daughter of an inbreed coupling with `Halfbrother Car winner 192/99' (out `Father Car winner 797/85' x `Gebr. Van Santvoort hen 247/90') x `Kras Bont 237/99' (out `Son 1° Nat Brive 568/98'... who in turn comes out `Father Car winner 797/85' x `1° Nat Brive 631/92'). This `Wesley' was the reigning `super crack' in the `Extreme Long Distance' by the Van Houten family, IJsselstein (NL) and purchased by Dr.Carlo. The `SON RED BARCELONA' B034196518 A truly splendid athlete! He is a son of the `Red Barcelona 326/98', the national Barcelona winner from JeanPierre Bogaerts which later became a super breeder in the lofts of a.o. Marc De Cock and Brian Long, he won: st '02 Barcelona Nat. 13.089 p. 1 th Intnat 26.944 p. 4 th '01 Barcelona Nat. 13.161 p. 295 st '01 Perpignan Prov. 1.084 p. 2 (Club: 1 prize against 120 p.) rd Nat. 8.041 p. 23 The mother of the `Son Red Barcelona' is the classy `Daughter Laureaat Barcelona 367/97', and st so daughter of the 1 Internat. Barcelona 20.925 p. in '95... this hen is also grandmother of the nd 2 internat. Barcelona JeanPaul and Björn Van Kerckvoorde from Lovendegem. The `BLUE CARCASSONNE' B042063075 Purchased in December 2009 in the auction of Erik Limbourg. He exceptional at the `Grand Distance', and in Brussegem raced the following top performances: rd '06 Carcassonne Nat 3.911 p. 33 rd I.Nat 10.448 p. 63 th '07 Perpignan Nat 5.547 p. 24 th I.Nat 14.576 p. 44 th '08 Tarbes Nat 4.660 p. 37 th I.Nat 12.537 p. 64

nd '06 Vierzon I.Prov 5.888 p. 92 st '08 Bourges N.Zone 7.838 p. 191 th '08 Montélimar Nat 8.634 p. 564 rd '08 Perpignan Nat 7.603 p. 703 nd Cowinner of the title 2 Nat Champion `Grand Distance' KBDB 2008 st rd st He comes out the `Dubbele Swing 842/99' (out the 1 Prov+ 3 Nat Cahors '95 and 1 Prov Limoges '94: `Den Dubbele 177/93' x `Daughter Swing couple' 842/94) x `Inbred Blue As 058/98' (inbred to the famous `Blauwe As' from Jef Deridder).

The `CRAYONNEE DAX' B034430677 th 5 Nat Ace pigeon `Grand Distance' KBDB 2007 nd 2 Nat Pau 2.159 p. th 20 Intnat Dax 11.517 p. th 45 Nat Irun 5.252 p. th 250 Nat Beziers 6.191 p. th 279 Nat Cahors 9.275 p. th After achieving the title of 5 National Ace pigeon he was purchased by Dr. Carlo from the colony of DevuystGyssens in Lokeren, where he descended from the `Brive 543/91', who was `Internat Ace pigeon Pau 199498' (origin Verhaegen x Cobut x De Zutter) x `Ginette II' 290/98... a daughter of the `Geschelpte King 039/93' (full brother of the `King 816/91' nd th Gyselbrecht which won 92 Intnat Barcelona 26.807 p. '94, 96 Nat Limoges 19.250 p. '92 th and 365 Intnat Barcelona 20.943 p. '95 ... and coming out `Son Tee 242/83' x `Laureaathen st 034/86') x `Daughter Golden Boy 573/95 (`Golden Boy' was 1 Gouden Vleugel Barcelona YL in 1992). The `MIREILLE' B054011146 A sister of the Barcelona crack from Gaston Michiels from Iddergem which won rd 3 Prov Barcelona 2.229 p. th 13 Nat Barcelona 12.612 p. th 60 Intnat Barcelona 25.716 p. th th th Their full brother B054011156 won in that same year 9 Prov, 50 Nat 12.612 p., and 194 th Intnat Barcelona 25.716 p... after he had already won 8° Prov 1.509 p, 13 Zone B 2.612 p. and th 37 Nat St.Vincent 7.525 p. in 2006 with 1101 m/min in the extremely tough edition of 2006. This `Mireille' is a daughter of the `Schonen Valen 742/01', a direct Luc Van Coppenolle (out a rd th th th son of the 3 Nat Pau '96, 9 Nat Pau '97, 27 Nat Marseille '96, 56 Nat Perpignan '98: the `Son Pau 376/97' x `Stock mother 3' 277/96) x `Blue white band 639/02', also direct Luc Van st Coppenolle (which is a crossing of the lines `Primus' x `1 Nat Barcelona' x `Witneus' st Florizoone' with `Blue Narbonne' Van Coppenolle x `1 Nat Marseille' Rene De Meester). These new introductions combined with the existing `golden Vanbruaenebase' form the future of the Gyselbrecht colony! A racing team in the lofts of Carlo & Thomas Gyselbrecht in 2006. But also in the lofts of De GraeveGyselbrecht (formed by Martin Degraeve & Nikolaas Gyselbrecht) there will be a new start made in Wemmel, with a large share of the pigeons originating from `Dr. Carlo Gyselbrecht breeding lofts'.

The `St.Vincent' B044297628 st A grandson of the 1 Internat. Barcelona 1995, the `Laureaat Barcelona' who raced at the lofts of DegraveGyselbrecht at HammeMille. He is a son of the `Blue Vanbruaene 258/97' (a son of st the 1 Intnat Barcelona '95: the `Laureaat Barcelona 350/92' x `Vanbruaene 019/88'... half rd sister to the 3 Nat Narbonne, and granddaughter to `Barcelona II' Vanbruaene) x `Daughter rd Rys 187/99' from Hagens Bros (daughter to the 26° Nat Marseille 4.449 p., 43 Nat Marseille th st 4.307 p., 88 Nat Pau 2.451 p., 91 Nat Perpignan 3.985 p.: the super racer `Rys 140/94'). The `St.Vincent' was a `great long distance'cock, he won a. o. rd '05 St.Vincent 1.985 p. 3 Nat 10.020 YL 19th th '07 Barcelona 258 p. 39 th '07 Narbonne Int 9.326 p. 848 rd '08 Barcelona 1.476 p. 173 th '08 Perpignan 474 p. 8 th '09 Brive 6.567 p. 585 th '09 Barcelona 1.830 p. 100 th '09 Perpignan Int 18.354 p. 344 Now in the breeding lofts of Dr. Carlo.

Top Prizes Continue To Be Reported Results stream in yearly from fanciers that have achieved top prizes including at the national and international level with descendants of direct pigeons from the Gyselbrecht breeding lofts. This list that has now started to take on the form of a `book' some of the main entries follow below: Jean Moens from Grimbergen bought 3 youngsters from the Gyselbrecht family in the Spring st 1996 auction... including a daughter (ring B964483308) of the `Laureaat Barcelona' (1 Intnat Barcelona) x `Bijou 253/93' (a Vd Wegenhen).This hen grew to be an excellent breeder and is th st the mother of 47 Nat Barcelona as well as the winner 1 National Pau 2,061 p. in 2006. At st the time she was coupled with a cock from Erik Limbourg (a son 1 Nat Narbonne). st Fauche Frères from Waret L'Evêque won 1 Internat. Barcelona against 20,209 p. in 2003. Their Barcelona winner is a great granddaughter of the `Laureaat Barcelona'... and is so a grandchild of their star breeder, a direct `Son Laureaat Barcelona' which the Fauche brothers bought from the Gyselbrecht family. nd JeanPaul & Björn Van Kerckvoorde from Lovendegem won the 2 International Barcelona against 23.695 p in 2008. They bought the father of their `Barcelona topper' in the auction of Wim Boonen, out a `Daughter Laureaat Barcelona 367/97'.Over the last few years,Dr. Carlo and JeanPaul and Björn have made it a point to selectively breed the very best from both breeding lofts. Etienne Meirlaen from DeurleSt.Martens Latem, the superstar who has developed a real st `power grip' at national level over the last 2 seasons by winning 1 National Ace pigeon `Grand st Distance' KBDB both in 2008 and in 2009! His `1 National Ace pigeon' of 2008... the `Cor 528/05'... has as its mother a `Granddaughter Laureaat Barcelona 201/00' which Etienne obtained from his now deceased sport friend Antoine Van Hove. Included in the lot of youngsters which Etienne bought in Loppem when he restarted in 2000 was also a `Granddaughter Turbo 208/00' Gyselbrecht... and this pigeon is now mother of the current Barcelona topper `The 240' 240/03 which has already completed Barcelona with success four th th times... including: 28 Nat Barcelona 12.612 p. in '07, 84 Nat Barcelona 12.998 p. in '05 and th 354 Nat Barcelona 11.484 p. in '08.

The Results of the Gyselbrecht Racing Lofts at the Barcelona Station are a source of considerable pride for the entire family. 1986 Spoete Barcelona 292 d. th Internat. 18.079 d. 86 1987 Prins Barcelona 235 d. st Internat. 21.545 d. 31 1991 Blauwe Barcelona 345 d. th Internat. 27.167 d. 7 1994 King 166 d. nd Internat. 26.807 d. 92 1995 Turbo 167 d. th Internat. 20.925 d. 96 1995 Laureaat Barcelona 277 d. st Internat. 20.925 d. 1 1996 Zwarten Barcelona 165 d. th Internat. 20.129 d. 104 1999 Zoon Blauwe Barcelona 410 d. th National 13.966 d. 76 1999 Sampras 464 d. nd National 13.966 d. 2 th Internat. 28.017 d. 10 2000 King Junior National 2007 De `St.Vincent' 308 d. th 13.659 d. 78 355 d.

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Dr. Carlo has built and continues to build upon the foundations laid by the perennial Champions and judiciously blended and successfully fixed the most desirable traits of these Champion strains together with his own. The results , as you can see, speak for themselves!

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