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German Imbrecht
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From Bornival, Belgium, Germain Imbrecht was an ex-farmer who made his mark upon the European and the world pigeon racing communities. He moulded a family which other fanciers knew was hard to place second and if they wanted the laurels so to speak they knew that Imbrecht was the loft to beat. In fact it got to the stage that in its hey day others were reluctant to compete against it. From Bornival, Belgium, Germain Imbrecht was an ex-farmer who made his mark upon the European and the world pigeon racing communities. He moulded a family which other fanciers knew was hard to place second and if they wanted the laurels so to speak they knew that Imbrecht was the loft to beat. In fact it got to the stage that in its hey day others were reluctant to compete against it.

But when did it all begin? In 1935 Germain Imbrecht became part of the human race as he was born into a farming family and in due course Germain would also become a part of the farming profession. As a lover of farm animals the young farmer slowly but surely reached perfection as much as humanly possible in animal husbandry. This was to be an important factor when Imbrecht caught the bug of the sport of pigeon racing. Apparently this was in the 1960s of the previous century and from the start of his pigeon racing life he was experiencing success. His base was a pigeon of the Desmet-Matthijs bloodlines which was known as 'Espoir' which was one of those unique birds that excelled at all distances. There was also the Stichelbaut/ Catrysse based bird known as the “Oude Roste Naessens”, whose greatest quality was his power of endurance and vitality. Another important pigeon of the Imbrecht family was that known by the letters 'O.R.N.' The latter was a son of “De Geschelpte Naessens' of the Catrysse strain whereas the dam was 'De Rode Duivin' a Stichelbaut granddaughter of the famous racer 'Bilbao' from the loft of Naessens. Thus the latter bloodlines coupled with an equally important building block by the name of 'Rouge de Villegas' which had Vandervelde, Sion, Van Der Espt and Bricoux antecedents were to be the basis of the Imbrecht strain.

But when did it all begin? In 1935 Germain Imbrecht became part of the human race as he was born into a farming family and in due course Germain would also become a part of the farming profession. As a lover of farm animals the young farmer slowly but surely reached perfection as much as humanly possible in animal husbandry. This was to be an important factor when Imbrecht caught the bug of the sport of pigeon racing. Apparently this was in the 1960s of the previous century and from the start of his pigeon racing life he was experiencing success. His base was a pigeon of the Desmet-Matthijs bloodlines which was known as 'Espoir' which was one of those unique birds that excelled at all distances. There was also the Stichelbaut/ Catrysse based bird known as the “Oude Roste Naessens”, whose greatest quality was his power of endurance and vitality. Another important pigeon of the Imbrecht family was that known by the letters 'O.R.N.' The latter was a son of “De Geschelpte Naessens' of the Catrysse strain whereas the dam was 'De Rode Duivin' a Stichelbaut granddaughter of the famous racer 'Bilbao' from the loft of Naessens. Thus the latter bloodlines coupled with an equally important building block by the name of 'Rouge de Villegas' which had Vandervelde, Sion, Van Der Espt and Bricoux antecedents were to be the basis of the Imbrecht strain. During 70s and the 80s plus of the 20th century and into the new millennium the pigeons of Imbrecht registered brilliant performances nationally and internationally not alone for their producer but for fanciers throughout the world. The lofts normally would house about 20 breeding couples and 40 widowers of 2 years upwards alongside approximately 35 yearlings who were not over raced. And although the lofts are successful at the shorter distances the owner always preferred the longer races
believing that the career of a long distance pigeon started when it was two years old plus. An interesting belief of Imbrecht which appears contrary to the opinion that there are horses for courses is that a long distance breed of racer does not exist. He believes it’s all about the ''shapes and the muscles of the pigeon and the food that is adjusted according to the distance''. His great 'Fou' which Imbrecht offers as an example won 1sts at Angoulème, St.Vincent and Barcelona but also had great results at sprint racing. A contention or belief which I cannot subscribe too but to paraphrase (Voltaire, I think) I may not believe what you are saying but I will defend your right to express it.

In a certain sense this is a strain which has an image of being in the shadows of the sport but its record speaks for itself and many fanciers throughout the world owes that farming boy who caught the pigeon bug and known as Germain Imbrecht loads of gratitude for many moments of sheer joy. Its bloodlines are at the base of quite a number of modern families and it is one of the important strains whose origins lie in the latter part of the 20th Century.In a certain sense this is a strain which has an image of being in the shadows of the sport but its record speaks for itself and many fanciers throughout the world owes that farming boy who caught the pigeon bug and known as Germain Imbrecht loads of gratitude for many moments of sheer joy. Its bloodlines are at the base of quite a number of modern families and it is one of the important strains whose origins lie in the latter part of the 20th Century.



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by: Liam O Comain

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