Jos Thoné, National Champion KBDB young birds
Author: Guy Baerts
national championship for young pigeons in the national competition is settled
with the first two nominated young pigeons (1+2), classification per 5, in 3
races to choose from the national races Bourges, Argenton, La Souterraine and Guéret.
year, none other than the “wonderboy” from As, Jos Thoné, climbed on stage
in Ostend. He won by a large margin with a coefficient of 10,3965.
Thoné..........started on his own in 1990 in the “Kruisstraat” in
Niel-By-As and has won an incredible amount of prizes in the meantime, how
about: 4x world champion Versele-Laga, 3x Golden Pigeon, 10x National champion
LCB, 10x National Champion BDS, 2x first international, 5x first national, more
than 40 provincial victories, countless classifications within the first 100
national and international....
was once more an excellent year for sympathetic Jos. He had a phenomenal start
with a provincial triumph in the first National Bourges race: on a national
level, his ‘Dora Mar’ obtained a second place against 11.252 competitors. In
the course of the season, Jos achieved three more provincial victories: Gien,
Cahors and Melun.
considers obtaining the National title young pigeons KBDB as one of the finest
performances of his career. In fact, three pigeons were responsible for this
“flag-bearer” of 2006 is without any doubt pigeon 5150043/06 that goes by
the name of "Deep Impact".
order to win the title, she had to win three out of six prizes, which she did.
She was 46th National La Souterraine out of 13.965 pigeons, 83rd National
Bourges out of 26.984 pigeons and 23rd National Zone C Gueret out of 2.735
pigeons. It is no surprise that these achievements made her Provincial ace
pigeon KBDB young pigeons long distance racing. She’s an extraordinarily
beautiful hen that descends from the best middle distance breeds of Thoné’s.
Her father is the nest brother of Artificial Jutta who is an excellent racing
hen that became a.o. ace pigeon middle distance racing and who descends from
Sars (line National I Schellens via Herbots) coupled with Utta who is a
grandchild of Sumo, perhaps Thoné’s best pigeon with respect to passing on
his excellent qualities to his offspring. Sumo is a.o. the grandfather of the
1st and 2nd international Narbonne and the 1st and 2nd international Dax but he
has magnificent offspring that flies shorter distance races as well. Deep
Impact’s mother is a direct daughter of Napoleon, another progenitor of Thoné’s
loft. Napoleon was coupled with Fortuna who has won the 11th Nat Bourges against
67.985 pigeons in her year of birth thus providing her boss with a new car.
Fortuna is a grandchild of “Superman”; National ace pigeon middle distance
in 1984. We can safely state that Deep Impact is a breeding product in which we
can discover all the main pigeons of Thoné’s loft as far as middle distance
racing is concerned, namely: Napoleon, Superman, Sumo and Sars.
other two head prizes were provided by pigeon 06-5150217, also known as
"Casanova". In the race of La Souterraine, he obtained a 381st place
out of 13.965 pigeons on a national level. In Bourges, he achieved a 378th
position out of 26.984 pigeons. Worth mentioning is the fact that this pigeon
has won 12 prizes in 2006 among which a first prize in the Melun race against
3.321 pigeons. This achievement made him first ace pigeon KBDB Limburg young
pigeons middle distance. Casanova descends from a grandson of Sumo but his
pedigree also shows Superman’s blood. The mother is a hen of the loft of Frans
Maas. Casanova was by the way bred in the loft of Frans, who is a friend of Jos
06-5150002 took care of the sixth much needed head prize. He became 131st in
Gueret of a total of 2.735 pigeons in Zone C. He is a product of inbreeding from
Napoleon. The father is a direct son of Napoleon, there is also a brother and a
sister of Napoleon on mother’s side and not just anyone: Nefertete (sister
Napoleon) achieved the national victory of Bourges ’96 (hens). Furthermore,
there’s also a sister of Sumo and a son of Superman showing up in the pedigree
of pigeon 06-5150002.
is clear that Jos Thoné has a more than solid basis at his disposal to fly
middle distance races. Let’s list all the prizes that provided him with the
title of National Champion Young pigeons. By the way, please note that Jos
managed to classify his 1st and 2nd nominated pigeon in Argenton, thus obtaining
8 out of 8.
happens in most of the lofts, Thoné darkens the young pigeons to slow down the
moult. As soon as the young birds have sufficiently explored the surrounding
area of the loft, they are trained. This is a job that Jos’s loyal helper,
Berke Clemens, does smilingly. Step by step, the young birds are getting
acquainted with the large airspace. When they start participating in races, they
continue to fly training races during the week.
goes without saying that they don’t take any risks as far as medical care is
concerned. They regularly treat the pigeons for tricho infections during the
racing season. Jos tries to avoid such treatments before the season starts
because he believes in natural resistance. The pigeons are treated for head
diseases if Jos thinks it is necessary and in consideration with Dr Ferdi
Vandersanden. As far as by-products are concerned, Jos gives products of Bifs
(Vandersanden) to his pigeons. Basic product is “Vior” which is based on
cider vinegar and vegetable extracts.
respect to feed Jos likes to keep it simple. He asked the Beyers company to
compose a mixture. The pigeons receive this feed all week through and during the
last days before they are put into the baskets, Jos adds peeled sunflower seeds,
peanuts, etc. to the feed.
youngsters are raced with “open door” and if the opportunity presents
itself, some extra attention is spent on motivation but only when the fancier
thinks it could work. It is hard to force things but sometimes, particular
situations can be used to sharpen a pigeon’s motivation.
few fanciers succeed in excelling in all branches. Thoné however, manages to
excel wonderfully well. In order to prove this, I would like to introduce you to
four pigeons, namely: Avril (speed), Dora Mar (middle distance) Sedna I (long
distance) and Bunder (extreme long distance).
start with Avril, crown princess of speed racing. She managed to achieve no less
than 10 pure first prizes during her career. She has also already obtained 56
prizes without doublings of which 35 in 2005 en 2006.
2005, she became 1st National ace pigeon short distance LCB, 2nd provincial ace
pigeon KBDB speed and 2nd West-European ace pigeon Country Cup speed. As a young
pigeon, she did wonderfully in all nationals with a.o. a 179th national La
Souterraine against 13.988 p. and a 52nd National Vichy against 11.510 p.
descends from the breeds of Napoleon, Sumo, Superman with a touch of
Milton-blood. In the early nineties, Milton was “the star” of the loft of
Jos’s friend Dirk Leekens.
we mentioned before, Jos obtained his first provincial victory of this season in
May: the National Bourges. “Dora Mar”, named after Picasso’s most
expensive painting, carried off the palm. Dora Mar obtained 19 prizes (without
doublings) this year alone and she achieved her second Provincial victory in the
Melun race on 26 August. Dora Mar’s father is “Bonk” who won a 39th Nat.
in the Argenton race against 23.493 pigeons. Bonk is once again a grandson of
Sumo, but he has also some blood of the breeds of other main pigeons such as
Napoleon and Superman running through his veins. Bonk’s mother is by the way a
sister of “Emperor”, the father of the 1st and 2nd International Dax.
Mar’s mother is none other than Jutta. Jutta is a daughter of Sars who is in
his turn a son of the National I of Schellens (through the Herbots’).
Jutta’s mother is ‘Utta’, a granddaughter of Sumo. By the way, Jutta also
knew the ropes during her short career. She has achieved a.o. 1st prov. , 2nd
Nat. Vichy against 11.510 p., a 1st Prov. La Souterraine of 448 p. , 2nd Prov. Chateauroux 630 p.,
2004 alone, she has obtained no less than 20 prizes without doublings. These
excellent performances provided her for instance with the title of National ace
pigeon AVR yearlings most prizes. After these clever achievements, Jos
immediately moved her to the breeding loft. Up until now, he’s had no regrets
regarding that decision.
obtained the International victory in the Narbonne race in 2005 thanks to
“Sedna I”. After she’d already achieved the 7th semi-nat Jarnac against
5005 p. and a 206th Nat. St-Vincent against 10.020 p., she managed to beat all
her peers in the Narbonne yearlings race. Besides, she was the fastest of the
whole of Belgium in this race (+ 10.000 old and yearlings all together). Thanks
to these results, she made it as 1st West-European Country Cup extreme long
distance, 1st ace pigeon yearlings LCB, 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon KBDB yearlings long
distance and 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon AVR yearlings long distance. Sedna I was moved
to the golden breeding loft of Jos for obvious reasons. Sedna I’s father is a
product of the Gerda breed – 1st Int. Barcelona ’96) and the Poco breed (1st
yearling Barcelona ’93 and 1st Nat. Barcelona ’95
hens). Sedna I’s mother is a direct
daughter of Sumo.
long distance crack is Bunder. This purebred marathon racer has raced, up until
now, 5x Barcelona , 2x Marseille, Montelimar, Brive,…. He obtained a 66th
International Marseille against 19.627 p., 139th National Barcelona against
11.802 p., 502nd National Barcelona against 13.021 p., etc…
2006, Bunder became 3rd “Primus Inter Pares” of the Barcelona club of
father is a brother of Gerda (1st int. Barcelona ’96). His mother is a product
of the golden Poco strain (1st yearling Barcelona ’93 and 1st Nat. Barcelona ’95 hens).
is clear that the lofts of Jos Thoné are not populated by a foreign legion. He
owns a breeding loft that houses a number of “main pigeons” certainly worthy
of that name.
will spare you lengthy lists of achievements but the following results of the
past season cannot be withheld:
National 19.061 old pigeons: 23,28,32,34,53,70,164,… (17/26)
Provincial 2.605 old pigeons: 17,25,31,200,366,597 (6/7)
Provincial 1024 old pigeons: 2,5,12,26,85,87,… (8/12)
176 old pigeons: 1,2,3,5,7,… (8/8)
471 yearlings: 1,2,3,4,6,8,…. (11/20)
National 11.802 pigeons: 63,99,109,139,.. (6/13)
Souterraine National 13.965 pigeons: 44,46,140,150,225,…(33/51)
could carry on like that for a while... more than 45 first prizes were achieved
is clear that a national title is most certainly appropriate. Besides, Jos also
became 9th in the Yearling Championship and 11th in the championship of long
middle distance. Who does better?
title will obviously not weaken Jos Thoné’s ambition. Perhaps Jos’s English
friend, Mr Ronny Bigwood, was right when he wrote “You ain’t seen nothing