ANDRE DEREERE- A SMALL TEAM MARATHONIST

I now return to the 70s of the 20th century to provide an insight
into a family of our thoroughbreds who were the athletes of the
Barcelona route into Belgium. A pigeoner who kept few birds but whose
pigeon husbandry shone like a star in the darkness. His name- Andre
Dereere of Oostduinkerke, in Belgium. A name deserving its place in
this series.

Our subject participated in the shorter distances prior to 1970 but
in about 1971
he decided to concentrate on the long and
marathon distances. Then, via his decision to specialize, the lofts
in 1975 won 3rd International Barcelona at a distance of
650 miles against a convoy of 8,300. Of course long distance must
have been in his blood for at the tender age of 12 years living in
Ostend Andre had timed from Barcelona. However the 2nd World War
arrived and most of his birds were killed except for a few hidden by
his brother. The latter were of the Van der Espts strain, of which
our subject was particularly fond. It was not until 1965 when he and
his wife retired to Oostduinkerke that there was a return to the
sport.

Upon his return Dereere bought some Van der Espt mainly from M.
Vandevelde and in due course brought in other strains and
families such as Delbar and Bertels Janssens. However the backbone of
the Dereere's were the Van der Espt's.
They were mostly blue bar, chequer and silver in colour of medium
size and well muscled. In fact the colony was built upon a Van der
Espt cock bird named De Vale Asduif Vooruit- a prepotent sire with a
powerful violet eyesign.

The Dereere's had many successes inspite of the poor health of our
subject who had experienced a heart attack where he had retired too.
This did not prevent a dedicated pigeoner from conquering the heights
of Barcelona with a few birds.
To name a few
The "Silver 076" who was 3rd International Barcelona,
The "Blue Barcelona" who scored from the Spanish racepoint 5 times.
And others such as "De Vooruit" and the "Klein Vaal Barcelona" who
conquered other racepoints and the marathon of all marathons in their
stride. And again I emphasize a specialist with a small number of
racing pigeons.

Andre Dereere did not over race his young birds for he was dedicated
to shaping them into Barcelona candidates and winners. The
yearlings also did not have a hard time of it but the old cocks had a
tough programme. Our subject treated every bird as an individual
because he was a small team flyer against the mobsters of the sport.
A pigeoner who loved his pigeons and who
cared for them for he knew from experience that they would respond in
return. Incidentally, in conclusion, a compatriot namely W.V.
Troughton raced the Dereere's and won the Irish National from Nantes
in France into the north of Ireland. I'll return to the 70s of the
20th century to provide an insight into a family of our thoroughbreds
who were the athletes of the Barcelona route into Belgium. A pigeoner
who kept few birds but whose pigeon husbandry shone like a star in
the darkness.
His name - Andre Dereere of Oostduinkerke, in Belgium

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