To tell a quick story about Gladiator: we will start off with his mother, who Bart and his father were scoring race after race with. A few eye sign guys told Bart the pigeon would never breed anything special and was just a strictly racing bird.
Fast forward to the next year, which is 2003, Bart breeds one pigeon off her, and it is Gladiator. He keeps flying the hen and he loses her in a smash race. Gladiator went on to be a prolific racer until he came home hurt.
After resting him up for a week or two and letting him rebound, Bart sends Gladiator back to the races, knowing he just had to fly one more race for Olympic records and National Ace Records.
Gladiator ends up coming in and winning the Olympic and National Ace title- making a pretty cool story. From being the only youngster bred off his mother, to becoming one of the very best breeders of Europe and other parts of the world in such short time. The Geerinckx pigeons are here to stay in the United States, and here at LandingStrip Loft we offer only the best of the best! We say no to the rest.
Here is Wittekop Sylvester, another base breeder for Bart Geerinckx. These pigeons are amazing! He has become the father and grandfather, great grandfather etc. to endless champions and foundation breeders!
Behind Gaston Van De Wouwer's best pigeon was the "Geerinckx Hen" who came down from Wittekop Sylvester.
Another super pigeon that Wittekop Sylvester is responsible for is "Argento" who was 2nd Nat. Argenton.
The list is really endless for the amount of champion pigeons that Wittekop Sylvester is behind. He is the great grandfather to 1st Final Race Hoosier Classic winning by 5 minutes. Wittekop Sylvester's blood runs strong through our lofts, and they are here to stay!
We brought these pigeons in closer to the end of 2019. We added numerous different Gladiator pigeons in 2020 and added two granddaughters of Gladiator and a super bred great grandson of Wittekop Sylvester in 2021. We are constantly on the lookout for the very best Geerinckx on the market!
Geerinckx is known for having one of the current best middle distance families of pigeons in Belgium right now. From Gladiator to Wittekop Sylvester, his two base breeders, their progeny excel from 200 to 400 miles. From Provincial to National Levels in Europe, to scoring against the worlds best competition in Victoria Falls, winning the Hoosier Final race in 2020, these pigeons have made their mark on the sport of pigeon racing. They are not "fast" pigeons, but reliable. You can count on these pigeons to come home in any weather conditions. Do not count the Geerinckx pigeons out in any situations! They have proven to come home in fast races and slower races.
In my experience, from handling these pigeons, I have noticed that they are bigger pigeons all around. I have handled numerous grandchildren of all the best current Geerinckx pigeons, and when you get a medium to smaller sized pigeon, you have something special.
For example, the father of the 2020 Hoosier Winner for McLaughlin Lofts was a grandson of Wittekop Sylvester named "Minster" bred by Premier Stud. He was a small to medium cock at best, potent as ever, and a super super breeder. Even Porsche 911, many have said he is perfect in the hand. He is a grandson of Gladiator. I have handled some excellent pigeons down from "Blue Lagoon" "Acy" "Chipos Lad" and all of the very best ones were not big pigeons.
This does not mean that the big Geerinckx pigeons are not good- I do own a few bigger Geerinckx pigeons that breed smaller pigeons- but that comes down to selection that will be talked about on another slide.
Above is Bart holding "Little Star" 1st National Ace Middle Distance KBDB 2015. This hen was immediately put into stock after her racing success. She is bred from Blue Lagoon and Iron Lady. She has quickly become one of Barts foundation pigeons of his loft!
Click on the image to be brought to an article written by PIPA on Little Star, and lots of the success of the Geerinckx pigeons in recent times!
Below is some of our collection of Geerinckx pigeons we are currently breeding from and scoring with. All of these pigeons are super handling, super soft and silky feathers, loaded with vitality. It is a no brainer to me why these pigeons have been so successful over the last 18 years, and absolutely will be successful for many years to come.