After a successful business career, I wanted a hobby which responded to my retirement aspirations, namely,
social contact with all layers of our population, action and a need for self discipline.
I believe that pigeons answer to chose criteria. In 1992 I started a pigeon loft but I faced a lot of problems, which┬
ended in the demolition of my loft and the creation of an in-house loft in 2001.
In the beginning health problems handicapped our results. In 2001 we also created the team De Smet-Van Puymbroeck.
Theo is now a pigeon fan for already 45 years and was successful in the middle distance races.
We opted for the long distance races and we bought the 24 breeding couples of JOZEF DE RIDDER, one of the Belgian legends.
The pigeons of Jozef De Ridder are at the base of┬ "De Rauw-Sablon, Marcel Aelbrechts, Erik Limbourg, Marc De Cock,
Louis De Leus and last but not least for 90% of our base with some others like Chr. Hebberecht, Cassaert, J. Mees, Liart , Van Tyl.
Jozef De Ridder is the winner of ace pigeons, a national race and over 50 provincial victories.
Although young in the races we elevated 2 top pigeons, namely "De Pluim" winner of the 2 years Barcelona 2004-2005 and the
"superman 007" 1st Belgian pigeon long distances in the West-European contest Dortmund early 2008.
Our ambition is to become one of the better lofts with a small population,as we cannot extend our loft due to housing regulations.
"De Zwarte" is together with the red hen 2413353/96 and the super breeder 2475190/96 "The" actual basis of Jef's strong breed on our loft amongst several others.