Rebirth as Casaert-Sénéchal
The year 2000 saw the rebirth of the cooperation that originally began in 1986 but this time as the partnership of Casaert-Sénéchal. Clearly the base of the birds flown by Casaert-Sénéchal was that of Sébastien’s father Maurice but reinforcements were soon brought in from equally powerful lines including those of Vandenabeele, Georges Bolle and Erik Limbourg and by 2003 there emerged a powerfully blended bloodline that incorporated all four. By 2008 additional reinforcements were again marshalled including once again from Limbourg as well as from Gaston Van de Wouwer, Geert and Clara Philips and De-Smeyter Restianen. What emerged was a composite blend that clearly was much more powerful than the constituent parts.
“In 1997, I bought an old farm that allowed the practice of pigeon racing. The first lofts were built in 1999 and the first competitions began in 2000.
The first pigeons came from Maurice and Gregory Casaert of Néchin, Georges de Bolle of Kortemark and Gaby Vandenabeele of Dentergem. In 2001, Pigeons from Erik Limbourg of Brussegem were added. Why did we introduce these pigeons?
These people had at that time outstanding results and indisputable references in the field that I had set as my goal, that is those competitions of from 400 to 600 km .My theory is very simple and always the same: Look for pigeons that meet my needs: BREEDING, RACING, and SELECTION. When the results are up to my expectations, I begin to talk about their origins.
As I am someone who likes to get results quickly, I set a goal for the young birds. Thus, I can more easily operate on a strict selection based upon results.
In 2007, Sébastien competed with the intention of winning the National from La Souterraine. 18,973 youngbirds took part in a very difficult race La Souterraine (514 km), a hen in the colony won the 4th National and it turned out that five pigeons were in, in less than a minute.
2008 was for Sébastien the year of change including the moving of his family and lofts to their new home in Russeignies in 2009. Moves of this type usually cause setbacks that often take years of effort to recover from, but that was not the case for Sébastien as 2009 was to prove a year of exceptional performances; so success came almost immediately. From the second contest of middle distance in 2009, the steamroller set off. He took the first 13 and 20th in the first 24 from Toury 356 yearlings. The weeks followed with high level results: 5 Top 100 including 2 from Bourges National Top 10. At Issoudun, against 5848 pigeons, 14 pigeons were placed in the first 93.
2010 was an incredible year with multiple titles won.
On April 24th Sébastien won a first prize Hens Ecouen with 4281810/10, a pigeon bred by his friend Joost De Smeyter, a friendship cemented as they are both passionate about cycling. Since that day, Philippe Gilbert has won Liege-Bastogne-Liege from “La Roche aux Faucons” with 4281810/10 and it was baptized that day “La Roche aux Faucons”. “La Roche aux Faucons” also won another five first prizes in 2011 which earned her the title of 2nd National Ace-Pigeon Middle Distance KBDB 2011
A real phenomenon as good as Philippe Gilbert
- 1er Angerville 977p 7-5
- 1er Toury 639p 14-5
- 1er Orléans 320p 4-6
- 1er Angerville 438p 25-6
- 1er Blois 1449p 8-7
On 20 May this year, Palme d’Or (in recognition at the Cannes Film Festival which took place at the same time) won the victory at Inter-Provincial Vierzon the fas test against 17,021 pigeons.On Sunday, two friends and Joost De Smeyter Bruno Degand improvised a meal to celebrate the Palme d’Or victory. Palme d’Or was later to be purchased by PEC and renamed” Amalia.”Recording the fastest speed out of 17,706 pigeons Amalia won 1st Interprovincial Vierzon against 6,659 pigeons with a coefficient of 0.0150 % on May 21st 2011Shortly thereafter on June 18 2011 she was 10th against 7,487 with a coefficient of 0.1336% an incredible result given her loft location and the actual flying conditions on that day. By July 2nd she was flown at Argenton and was 1st against 1,289 pigeons Derby Hainaut and 27th National against 19,782 pigeons. At Derby Hainaut her coefficient was 0.0779%.
She was raced again from La Souterraine on August 27th against 868 pigeons and won 2nd with a coefficient of 0.2304%.Her final coefficient was recorded at 0.4569% making her the very best racing pigeon in Belgium in the 2011 racing season and earning her 1st National Ace Pigeon KBDB 2011 Great Middle Distance. We need to keep in mind that this specific award is in fact the most prestigious ace award category in Belgium every year. There is only one winner each year. The competition to acquire this incredible racing hen was heated but in the end Pipa Elite Center paid an incredible prijs (Record amount on that moment for a hen) to ensure that her genetic potential could be united with that of their Champion “New Freddy” who in turn was the 1st National Ace Pigeon KBDB 2010 Great Middle Distance. The first of the youngsters from this illustrious mating have brought truly exceptional prices at a PIPA Public Auction a few weeks ago, a true testament to the quality of this incredible new super-pair. Personally I would love to have a brother or sister to Amalia in my lofts.
Championships in 2011
- 1st Ace Pigeon National Great Middle Distance KBDB 2011
- 2nd Ace Pigeon National Middle Distance KBDB 2011
- 6th Champion National Yearlings KBDB 2011
- 1st « SUPERSTAR van HET JAAR » DE DUIF
- 1st Ace Pigeon National Great Middle Distance KBDB
- 1st Champion Provincial Great Middle Distance KBDB
- 1st Ace Pigeon Yearlings “La Colombophilie-Herbots”
- 1st Ace Pigeon Middle Distance “La Colombophilie-Herbots”
- 1st Ace Pigeon Provincial Great Middle Distance KBDB Old pigeons
- 1st Ace Pigeon Provincial Great Middle Distance KBDB Yearlings
- 1st Ace Pigeon Provincial Great Middle Distance KBDB Youngbirds
To successfully breed and race a National KBDB Ace pigeon is a dream that only a few exceptional fanciers in the world will ever achieve, but to then go on in the same year with 2nd and then also 6th Champion Yearling is truly an incredible testament to the depth and quality of the Casaert-Senechal racing pigeons. For generations the world has looked to Belgium for the finest stock and clearly this will continue for many more generations to come.