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 De Baere Of Belgium
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The De Baere's, two brothers known as Josef and August who, as the records show, won many races and were also the champions of Belgium's pigeon racing sport in their time. Upon the latter successes the brothers name became known world wide. My first hearing of the name was in reference to Bobby Hunter and Son (young Robert) who were outstanding pigeon racers into the north west of Ireland in the latter years of the last century. At one time they raced the De Baere strain into a rural area at the foot of the Sperrin Mountains- a place called Myroe. So here is an instance of the De Baere bloodlines racing into a far flung rural part of Europe namely County Derry, Ireland. Thus the glory of the De Baere's had preceded them. The De Baere's, two brothers known as Josef and August who, as the records show, won many races and were also the champions of Belgium's pigeon racing sport in their time. Upon the latter successes the brothers name became known world wide. My first hearing of the name was in reference to Bobby Hunter and Son (young Robert) who were outstanding pigeon racers into the north west of Ireland in the latter years of the last century. At one time they raced the De Baere strain into a rural area at the foot of the Sperrin Mountains- a place called Myroe. So here is an instance of the De Baere bloodlines racing into a far flung rural part of Europe namely County Derry, Ireland. Thus the glory of the De Baere's had preceded them.

The base of this outstanding Belgian family apparently was the Desmet -Matthys strain, for the brothers had obtained their original pigeons from a fellow villager and World Champion Desmet- Matthys. This was in the 1950s and the De Baeres were influenced by the outstanding racing and breeding record of Desmet- Matthys famous, De Klaren, therefore they obtained stock from Mr. Theo Guilbert, the breeder of the mother of De Klaren, and others from the owner of De Klaren.

Although the De Baeres believed in specialization they were as successful at middle distance as they were at long distance racing. Jef would take care of the racing whereas August or Gust as he was often referred too managed the breeding aspects of the family. This laid the basis for decades of success in the sport which the brothers loved. The De Baeres it should be noted won the middle distance as well as the distance Championships of Belgium. Their family were also successful for many fanciers throughout the world.

From a personal perspective I am aware of the outstanding De Baere hen of the McConomy partnership of Derry in the north of Ireland which won two years on a trot from Penzance/ Sennen Cove races across the Bristol Channel and the Irish Sea. A courageous bird which apparently got going when the going was tough. The latter was a characteristic of the De Baere strain which canbe vouched for wherever the family raced.


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by: Liam O Comain

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