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 The Nouwen - Paesen Strain of Belgium
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This is a colony of pigeons that I have admired for some years and in this series of insights into various families, strains and dynasties of the past and the present inevitably it would take its place so now is the time for presentation. This is a colony of pigeons that I have admired for some years and in this series of insights into various families, strains and dynasties of the past and the present inevitably it would take its place so now is the time for presentation.

Today under the name of Nouwen- Paesen there exists a father (Jaak) and son (Dirk) partnership but at its origins before the coming of Dirk into the combination the partnership consisted of Jaak's father in law Pieter Paesen who died in 1997. For well nigh 40 years Jaak who is now in his sixties and Pieter had one of the best ultra distance lofts of Europe. At its base lay the world renowned Cattrysse strain and Nouwen-Paesen really moulded birds obtained from Van Steenbergen, and others purchased direct from the famous brothers of Moere into one of the best strains of the 20th century and the new millennium. This arose through a strict regime of inbreeding their Cattrysse family over a few decades and then through important imports of representatives of other families including Kuypers, Van den Heuvel, Denys and Ernest, plus others, the Nouwen- Paesen strain developed.

Prior to the death of his father in law the old combination achieved wonderful results with their pigeons which included 1st International Barcelona hens 1971; 1st National Barcelona hens in 1991; 1st National St. Vincent hens in 1975; 2nd Champion Long Distance National 1993; 2nd National Marathon 1996. In fact the 1996 winner of the Barcelona International for Willems-Thone was 75% Nouwen-Paesen strain. While outside of their native land the strain grew in reputation world-wide because of numerous wins by their bloodlines in Europe and elsewhere. The hen who won 1st International Barcelona along with a cock rung 68- 5060455 became the base pair of the loft and this hen also was paired with an inbred Cattrysse of the famous 'D45' line producing good racers and breeders. With such a basis the future was bright as their list of successes confirm. Prior to the death of his father in law the old combination achieved wonderful results with their pigeons which included 1st International Barcelona hens 1971; 1st National Barcelona hens in 1991; 1st National St. Vincent hens in 1975; 2nd Champion Long Distance National 1993; 2nd National Marathon 1996. In fact the 1996 winner of the Barcelona International for Willems-Thone was 75% Nouwen-Paesen strain. While outside of their native land the strain grew in reputation world-wide because of numerous wins by their bloodlines in Europe and elsewhere. The hen who won 1st International Barcelona along with a cock rung 68- 5060455 became the base pair of the loft and this hen also was paired with an inbred Cattrysse of the famous 'D45' line producing good racers and breeders. With such a basis the future was bright as their list of successes confirm.

 

The combination today still retains the old title although Dirk has become an important part of the set up at Grote Brogel in Limburg. He and his father have built upon the previous accomplishments of their pigeons which is a worthy tribute to the late Pieter Paesen. Their present base is the great 'Narbonne' and 'Beauty Marseille'. 'The Narbonne' won 17 prizes while racing including 1st Provincial Narbonne and 2nd Provincial Montauban and as a breeder sired 1st International Marseille in 1995, as well as many offspring who have succeeded at the distance for the loft and others. In total this strain has totted up 2 X 1st International, 4 X 1st National, 8 X 1st Interprovincial and 15 X 1st Provincial victories as well as many runners up and minor positions too many to record in this article. The combination today still retains the old title although Dirk has become an important part of the set up at Grote Brogel in Limburg. He and his father have built upon the previous accomplishments of their pigeons which is a worthy tribute to the late Pieter Paesen. Their present base is the great 'Narbonne' and 'Beauty Marseille'. 'The Narbonne' won 17 prizes while racing including 1st Provincial Narbonne and 2nd Provincial Montauban and as a breeder sired 1st International Marseille in 1995, as well as many offspring who have succeeded at the distance for the loft and others. In total this strain has totted up 2 X 1st International, 4 X 1st National, 8 X 1st Interprovincial and 15 X 1st Provincial victories as well as many runners up and minor positions too many to record in this article.

 

The partnership are still looking to improve their bloodlines for they purchased 1st Belgium National Perpignan 2001 The partnership are still looking to improve their bloodlines for they purchased 1st Belgium National Perpignan 2001
from the owners Conaert and Son. Known as 'Lady Di' this is an outstanding hen and will contribute to the continuing development of the Nouwen-Paesen strain. In fact 'Lady Di' is of the latter strain mixed with Kuyper bloodlines. An interesting point about this hen is that apparently she received no training or racing as a young bird.

Because of language differences in the European Union we from an English speaking region can be ignorant of pigeon racing strains elsewhere therefore it is important that such strains as the Nouwen- Paesen receive as much publicity as possible because unless those strains are available for breeding purposes then the production of the thoroughbred of the future will be hampered. For we have not yet seen I believe what our thoroughbreds of the sky are capable of and through proper and sound breeding enhanced by modern genetic knowledge we or future fanciers could be witnessing ultra marathons.


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by: Liam O Comain

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