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The Toye Strain of Begium
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Silvere Toye's involvement in pigeon racing began at approximately the age of 10 when he went to help a neighbour, the latter was ill, by caring for his pigeons. This was his introduction to the sport and for many decades now has been one of Europes leading fanciers. At the base of his strain the basic families are Cattrysse, Montabaun family (1st National Montabaun), Vandenabeele pigeons, Alibaba & Grote Barcelona 1 & 2 National Ace Pigeons KBDB 2002. The subject of this article is Silvere Toye from Otegem, Belgium, whose strain has been very successful. Toye was the owner of the famous Peter Pau, a legendary pigeon who won the 1984 European International from Pau.

Silvere Toye's involvement in pigeon racing began at approximately the age of 10 when he went to help a neighbour, the latter was ill, by caring for his pigeons. This was his introduction to the sport and for many decades now has been one of Europes leading fanciers. At the base of his strain the basic families are Cattrysse, Montabaun family (1st National Montabaun), Vandenabeele pigeons, Alibaba & Grote Barcelona 1 & 2 National Ace Pigeons KBDB 2002.

The results of this family would fill a book but aside from the Pau International win and randomly selecting from results the Toye lofts won in 1994 and 1995 the European Championship at the extreme long distance with the following countries competing: Germany, Luxembourg, France, Britain, Holland and Belgium.The winner of this championship can fly 3 or 4 international races: Pau, Marseille, Barcelona & Perpignan. In 1994 it was Romulus who won and he took the races : Pau, Marseille and Perpignan but in 1995 Black Devil took prizes from all the 4 International races: Pau, Marseille, Barcelona and Perpignan.This great flyer of the ultra distances was 6 years old at the time! Randomly selecting from recent times the Toyes in 2002 won 1st Provincials at Tours, Bourges, La Souterraine, Argenton, Gueret with 2nd Provincials including Bourges, La Souterraine, Château roux, Tours. There were also many more positions in the top ten. At National level results include 3rd Nat Argenton, 3rd La Souterraine, 6th La Souterraine, 7th Gueret, 9th Souillac plus a further 12 top 100 positions.

As for other pigeons, to give a few examples, the famous Tarzan Boy belongs to the living legends of the sport for he was winner of 4 awards in 1988: 1st National Ace Pigeon Long Distance K.B.D.B.; 1st National Ace Pigeon Long Distance 'Belgische Duivensport'; 1st World champion Long Distance 'Versele Laga' & a car; 1st World Champion Long Distance 'Vanrobaeys' & 500,000 Belgium francs. Then there's Alibaba who accomplished 1st National Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB. Alibaba is out of the Tamme Stichelbaut son of the Descamps - Van Hasten Stichelbaut cock 3403880/81.A good flyer but also a good breeder for Alibaba bred Ali who was: 97th National Barcelona 12,721 birds 1997; 168th National Barcelona 12,678 birds 1998; 922nd National Barcelona 13,966 birds 1999. Alibaba is grandsire of Athena who was: 9th National Bourges Hens 3,397 birds; 34th National Bourges Yearlings 14,883; 15th National Bourges Yearlings 15,171 birds; 112th National Bourges Hens 4,202 birds amongst other positions. Also Alibaba is grandsire of Thalys who was: 2nd National Perigueux OB 1997 All Belgium 5,594 birds only beaten by loft mate Filou.

As for other pigeons, to give a few examples, the famous Tarzan Boy belongs to the living legends of the sport for he was winner of 4 awards in 1988: 1st National Ace Pigeon Long Distance K.B.D.B.; 1st National Ace Pigeon Long Distance 'Belgische Duivensport'; 1st World champion Long Distance 'Versele Laga' & a car; 1st World Champion Long Distance 'Vanrobaeys' & 500,000 Belgium francs. Then there's Alibaba who accomplished 1st National Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB. Alibaba is out of the Tamme Stichelbaut son of the Descamps - Van Hasten Stichelbaut cock 3403880/81.A good flyer but also a good breeder for Alibaba bred Ali who was: 97th National Barcelona 12,721 birds 1997; 168th National Barcelona 12,678 birds 1998; 922nd National Barcelona 13,966 birds 1999. Alibaba is grandsire of Athena who was: 9th National Bourges Hens 3,397 birds; 34th National Bourges Yearlings 14,883; 15th National Bourges Yearlings 15,171 birds; 112th National Bourges Hens 4,202 birds amongst other positions. Also Alibaba is grandsire of Thalys who was: 2nd National Perigueux OB 1997 All Belgium 5,594 birds only beaten by loft mate Filou.

Silvere Toye would be considered a gentleman of the sport and has total commitment to it and his strain has much to offer the distance fancier. Interestingly the Stichelbaut and the Cattrysse blood still contributes to the formation of outstanding strains. Blood will tell as they say!


Liam O Comain  -
by: Liam O Comain

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