Whenever I go to the small town Knesselare I have the pleasant feeling of going home. That is son because the Gyselbrecht Family is like a second family for me and I consider Nikolaas like my real brother, and this is a reciprocal feeling
I visited the Family Gyselbrecht in 2004 for the first time, but started my relation with Nikolaas ever since 2000-2001. We immediately became close friends, as we were both born in the Scorpio, Nikolaas being born on November 5, and I was born on November 7th. I remember with great pleasure how the PIPA project was born in Nikolaas’ bedroom, on a computer that was rather old for those years. This was followed by many months when he did not sleep, as he dedicated himself to the site, sacrificing his personal life for 3-4 years!!!! We cannot achieve anything in life without sacrifices! It is funny to remember how skeptical people were regarding their project and how nobody granted them any chance. Once, in 2005-2006 Thomas called me, he was upset and he told me he had just returned from the National Exhibition, where several great pigeon lovers told them that their project was interesting, that yet they would fail, because they were too young and that they did not have the necessary expertise. I reassured him as a good brother and as a good Romanian person and I told him not to pay any attention to them, but to continue, to go onward!!!! Years have passed and today PIPA is the biggest pigeonsport site in the world!!!!! A project that started in Nikolaas’s bedroom and which became a real company, as his parents’ house was “sacrificed” and transformed into offices…the offices of a company named “PIGEON PARADISE”!!!!
Of course, when Nikolaas, “my Belgian” brother decided to get married, I was next to him and his family. It was a wonderful wedding where I spoke , at a glass of champagne, to the following pigeonsport lovers: Freddy and Jaques Vandenheede, Dr. Brockamp, Frans Sablon, Roger Debuscherre, Tang Yong ( one of the most powerful Chinese investors, and only his field where he keeps the doves is of almost 90 hectares!!!!), Jurgen Seelbach (Germany) , Andre Colbrandt, Eric Limbourg, Geert De Clerq, The Techavinian Brothers (Thailand), Sornthep G. (the Vicepresident of ING Thailand), Luna Lai ( a PIPA agent – Asia), Gino Clique, Etienne Meirlaen, etc, etc. . I knew some of them and the rest became friends and penfriends. It is sure that the whole Gyselbrecht Family will join me at my wedding, Dr. Carlo insisting every year upon that. A few days ago I watched an interestin video film posted on the www. rrp.ro , where my friend Ioan Carmazan emphasized an important thing: many Romanians show off and they boast with their friendships from the Western countries or from Asia. Actually, buying a squab and shaking hands does not necessarily mean a friendship. And I will take Ioan Carmazan’s example; when I call Eric Limbourg, Gerard Koopman, Marcel Sangers, Marc De Cock, Sjaak Buwalda, the Gyselbrecht Family, Ad Schaerlaekens, Silvere Toye, etc.,… they answer “Yes, Mihai”, before I start speaking. This is an element of a real friendship. It is the same when my friend Florea Sorin contacts the great champions from Western countries. There are quite few people in Romania who are really friends with these champions, and I and my friend Florea Sorin are between their friends. Let me give you an example: yesterday, right after Ajax marked the 2nd goal , I received a SMS from Nikolaas, who was on the Amsterdam Arena field with Jan Hooymans: “ Jan promises to you and Sorin that he will speak to the guys from Ajax to stop at two goals, not to mark goals any more”. This means friendship, and not the babbling of those who go, buy a squab or a basket and they go foreward.
Martin Martens, Nikolaas Gyselbrecht, George Gyselbrecht, Virginia Claes (ex- Miss Belgium and the ambassador of PIPA in the world) and Thomas Gyselbrecht;
Besides the wonderful project he developed, during the last 3 years, Nikolaas established a record impossible to rival and equal, especially today when the Chinese dominate every domain: the acquisition of the last 3 doves – Ace, Big Demifond, Belgium KBDB ( 2010-2011-2012) with material extraordinary sacrifices!!!! Thus the fiesta starts in 2010, when Nikolaas buys “New Freddy” – that won the 1st place as Ace , Big Demifond, Belgium KBDB 2010- for about 130,000 Euros. Then the year 2011, when Nikolaasbuys “Amalia” (named so like his daughter) – that won the 1st place , Ace, Big Demifond, Belgium KBDB 2011 – for about 125,000 Euros. All the more, in 2012, he buys “Bender” – that won the 1st place as Ace , Big Demifond, Belgium KBDB 2012 , for about 200,000 Euros. Here I mention the acquisition of some two exceptional males in 2012, that are: “New Ace” – that won the 1st place as Ace Fond , Belgium KBDB 2012, for the sum of 200,000 Euros and “New Witbuick” – that won the 1st place at the National Race, Barcelona, Holland 2012, a male that was bought togehter with Hugo Batenburg.
I wonder if Nikolaas will surpass his own record and if he will buy the 1st place Ace, Big Demifond Belgium 2013 ???? Or this time the lucky person will be my friend Florea Sorin, taking into account that his lucky number is 13???? Or, perhaps the two will unite and will buy it together?
It was normal that my friend Florea Sorin should buy squabs from Nikolaas Gyselbrecht, precisely from the reproduction aviaries of Pipa Elite Center.
*Belg 11- 4097009 “Lucky Valentino”- the first squab from the legendary “Lucky 848” imported in Romania. Short after that, one of his father’s brother followed “Lucky Marseille” . In the photo underneath it is presented as a female, as its sex was uncertain when the picture was taken.
*Belg 10- 4258195- renamed “Lucky Angelo” – a direct son of “Lucky 848”, and the direct daughter from the legendary pair of reproduction of Marcel Aelbrecht :”Marseille &Het Fijn Blauw” !
*Belg 11- 4244194- “Vierzon Freddy”- a direct son from “New Freddy” – that won the 1st place as Ace , Big Demifond , Belgium 2010- an Olympic dove; “Vierzon Freddy” is made fly in the lofts of Freddy Vandenheede!
*The direct daughter from “New Freddy” – that won the 1st place as Ace, Big Demifond , Belgium 2010 and “Amalia”- that won the 1st place as Ace, Big Demifond, Belgium 2011 , Nikolaas’s golden pair ; the pedigree will be added this week-end, and the photo next week!!
* Belg 12-4163492 “Eccentric Seventeen” – a great female, the result of a crossing between brother/sister, the direct offsprings of the legendary reproduction pair of Marcel Aelbrecht:”Bak 17” ( the male of this pair is a direct son from “Lucky 848”) !!! Its father was bought by Nikolaas & Premier Stud, within the total auction of Andre Vrebesselt for 110,000 Euros!
* Belg 12 – 4163497 “Limo Prince” bought in the PEC auction. The nest sister of this male was bought by the famous Jos Thone, and its father “Lucky 888” was sold in China for 70,000 Euros!!
* Belg 12 – 4163515 “Limo Delic” – the nephew of the legendaries “Topkweeker Freddy” and “Limoges” ( a good brother of “Frans”);
* Belg 12- 6023304 “Kaasboer Class”- direct Gaston Van De Wouver, a good brother of Laura – that won the 1st place at National Bourges 2010!!!!
*Belg 12- 9032201 “New Amalia”- a good brother to “AMALIA”- that won the 1st place as Ace, Big Demifond Belgium 2011!
*Besides these exceptional acquisitions, Mr. Sorin is awaiting this spring a direct son of “Bender”, that will be brought to Bucharest- that won the 1st place as Ace Big Demifond ,Belgium 2012- & “Amalia” – that won the 1st place as Ace Big Demifond Belgium 2011 !