Our Families at Stock
Busschaerts. The late George Busschaerts powers of selection and unique breeding methods have ensured the longevity of his strain.
Georges Busschaert was born on 12th May 1911. Along with Georges his father two brothers and sister all had an interest in pigeon tacing. At the end of the 1920's the Busschaert family moved to Beveren - Leie where they established a haulage business. At the same time they invested heavily in racing pigeons from various sources. Maurice Delbar, Vandevelde, Sticklebout and Commines just to name a few.
At the end of the 1940's the haulage business was sold. Busschaert opened a carpet factory in Kent, a racing partnership was formed with Gil Duncan of Deal, Kent. With the pigeons that Busschaert provided the partnership set about breaking records in the Kent clubs and feds. Between 1956 - 62 they won over 150 1st prizes, often dominating the fed results. Other fanciers rapidly became interested in the Busschaert pigeons, enabling Busschaert to sell to English fanciers. The famous Newton pair were sold at this time, their offspring dominated the West Durham amalgamation and later the up north combine. The north east of England soon became a hot bed for the Busschaerts. Everyone wanted them. George Busschaert became a household name within the British racing scene.
In 1960 Busschaert returned to Belgium. A new phase in the Busschaert began. Gradually the old Coppi - Tito - Crack bloodlines were replaced with the new Klaren - Sooten bloodlines. Busschaert described them as smaller, better handling, with the ablity to fly further. Throughout the 70's and early 80's these new Klaren - Sooten pigeons were sold into the UK and just as before, Busschaert pigeons dominated the racing results. Champion Rapido was bred from the Klaren - Sooten family. His Offspring were noted for their sprinting ability. Also as a point of interest, Rapidos offspring were very often pied, gay pied and even pure white. An entire dynasty of sprint - middle distance racing pigeons were established upon Rapidos bloodlines.
In 1982 Busschaert held a final dispersal sale. This sale shortly proceeded his death. Busschaerts can be said to be the most versatile strain in the world.
The legacy of De Rauw-Sablon pigeons determined International long distance pigeon racing in the last decade. After a successful career Etienne De Rauw and Frans Sablon walked separate ways in 2003; In the years that followed their pigeons became sensational, when icons like Marcel Aelbrecht and Eric Limbourg led them so sensational highs and all experts were convinced that in long distance racing there are no better pigeons than De Rauw-Sablon pigeons.
The partnership consisting of Etienne De Rauw and Frans Sablon was a combination of two different characters; maybe this was the key to success. Frans was a man of the world and quite phlegmatic with thorough theories in breeding pigeons. Etienne was a man of few words, very strict in his life and a man of structure and that structure was ideal for the racing team , that was under supervision of Etienne. This duo made an big impact in the top Belgium Nationals with a family of pigeons that would shake the world.
The European racing pigeon scene has seen the evolution of some truly remarkable breeds during the last two decades. The names of Vandenabeele and Heremans come to mind amongst several other unique families. Considering the performances at their own loft in Germany and the increasing impact that they are having on results around Europe, the Black Power family of Hardy Krüger may soon be joining this eminent list.
Hardy Kruger is a fancier with almost 25 years of experience and with over 20 years of success and has a record to be proud of. In 1992 Hardy became the youngest ever champion of Germany defeating all the big names as a junior amongst season professionals. That same year he won 4th National championship long distance of all Germany. His talent is enormous and his pigeons are superb. In just over 20 years of racing his performances are breath-taking.
An impressive history - back in the early 1990s, Hardy was achieving results such as: 1,2,5,7,12,14,15,17,18, 19 (3,012 birds) and 1,5,7,21,22,24 (3,666 birds). Today Hardy traces his family back to the remarkable Carl Lewis in 1992, the 3rd National Ace Bird of Germany in 1992.
Steve Cuthbert (5454)
Steve is a great friend of ours, he has a good record of winning bird over the yearss, one particular cock, ‘5454 was proving to not only be a great racer, but since being put to stock, has produced a number of winners after winners, and they too have proved to be breeders. Steve has been involve in many levels of pigeon racing, his birds have achived good results in first Inland National and The Channel