Cattrysse brothers of Moere: undisputed world champions

Reynard the Fox
 (Piet de Weerd) referred to the Cattrysse Brothers in this fashion, many many times. He simply could not find a better title to describe the unforgettable results of the famous brothers, Oscar and Gerard. For the information submitted herewith, on the development of the strain, much comes from the writer’s personal notes, as well as from notes of Piet de Weerd and additional references jotted down by the Cattrysse Brothers themselves, in 1949. 

The origin of the Catterysse Strain 
The Cattrysse Brothers started to fly pigeons before 1914. At the time they were schoolboys, they possessed the strain of the well-known flyer from Arras: Jerome Staelens of Moere. After World War I, however, nothing was left of that strain.
In 1922 they bought a pair of youngsters from Jules Vander Espt, of Leffinge. This pair of checks was bred out of the famous“Blauwe” that won eight prizes as a youngster. Jules Vander Espt had bred his great “Blauwe” from a pair of eggs he had got from the florist, Fons Vandevelde, of Waregem. In addition to the birds he had from De Lombaerde, Coppens and Blondeel, Fons Vandevelde also owned some of the incomparable strain of his brother, Theodore of Oudenburg, at the time employed there as a school-teacher. It was said that Theodore had originally got this bloodline through the help of a fellow-teacher namedLingier, from a certain Janssens of Edegem. This Janssens, nicknamed the “Soe Van Nek” had obtained birds from a BoerkeVan Gijsel, who was a friend of the late Karel Wegge.
One day, the Cattrysse Brothers read an article in the daily newspaper, “Soir” concerning a certain Pierre Deknop of Brussels - Anderlecht, who had won the first three places in a race from Dax. They called on him, and bought a pair of youngsters from him, for a great deal of money. After trying different crossings, they finally met with complete success through their purchase of a blue hen from Ernest Casteleyn, a blacksmith in Gistel, near Moere. From this crossing of Vander Espt and Casteleyn, the“Grote Blauwe” was produced, and this was really the start of a long line of phenomenal successes in the great National races, which they have kept up to the present day!
The “Grote Blauwe” was mated to a hen from a Mr. Deknop of Anderlecht; this produced a whole series of top-notch flyers. Among these, the one that brought the greatest number of successes was the “Louis.” After taking First from Tours, he also won from Angoulême; in Brugge; his full brothers, “Napoleon”“The Langen" and the " Kleine” were as good as he was.
In 1930, the Cattrysse Brothers made another clever move. They bought two hens from Albert Deforce, a shoemaker from Roeselare; these two hens were mated to the “Louis” and to his brother, “The Kleine.” Once again, they were in great luck, and the pairings were a complete success. The “Louis” gave a whole series of first-class pigeons, among which were the “Cendre,” the “Langen Jr.,” the “Kicine Blauwe” and the “Blauwe Bordeaux.” The latter won 2nd Bordeaux, in the combined Belgium - Holland race, and in very bad weather. The “Kleine” bred the feared “Gebroken Poot” (The Broken Leg), that was his second bird in that particular race, thus helping him to win the two-bird Average. Both birds were penned at the Sports Palace in Antwerp, on Champions’ Day, to be looked at and admired: not by thousands but by tens of thousands of other fanciers, who could not help but admire and respect the performances of the boys from West Flanders! This was not the only victory of the “Gebroken Poot.”
In the International from Angoulême, taking in Belgium and France, he defeated the “Blauwe Bordeaux” and won First Prize. Such winnings were bound to bring the name of the Cattrysse Brothers to the lips of all fanciers, so what more can be added to this, dear reader? After the passage of fifteen years, all is still very vivid in our minds and we still remember quite clearly the fame and success achieved by the loft at that time. 

(tekening & ondertekst + foto kampioen-duiven & onderschrift + foto G.Cattrysse & onderschrift) 

One other detail must be mentioned, in connection with the evolution and structure of the strain; namely, the purchase of a small hen with a small speck of white on its head, obtained from Leopold Lamote, of Moeskroen. For the third time, this was once again a masterly move by the cunning Masters of Moere. “See here,” said Oscar, with a smiling face “I could have sold that little hen to a Dutch friend in Rotterdam, but I was too crafty for him.” The little hen was paired to the “Gebroken Poot” and bred nothing but outstanding birds, among which we find the “Bolleke” and the well-known “Sproeten.” 

Stock birds that have played an all-important part in the development of the Cattrysse Strain 
A. “Grote Blauwen” of 1926. Pure strain \Vegge - Vandevelde.
B. “Kweekduivin” of 1923. Pierre Deknop strain, of Anderlecht. A daughter of his winner from Dax.
C. The “Louis” of 1930. A Son of A and B.
D. The “Kleinen.” A full brother to C, bred the same year.
E. The “Gebroken Poot” of 1932. A son of D, above. A formidable flyer, winning the 2-bird Average from Bordeaux, with Belgium and Holland competing. Also won First Angouléme International, with Belgium and France competing.
F. The “Number 8” of 1935. A son of A above, and a Devriendt hen.
G. The “Schone Blauwen” om 1939. A son of A above, and a hen from Degandt, which was a pure Commine.
H. The “Witslag” of 1939. A full brother to G.
J. “Kweekduivin” of 1932. Obtained directly from Leopold Lamote of Moeskroen.
K. “Kweekduivin” of 1930. Obtained directly from Albert Deforche, of Roeselare.
L. The good “Bolleke” of 1936. A son of E and J.
M. “Pette” of 1943. A son of G mated to a daughter of C and K.
N. “Mette” of 1942. A daughter of L when mated to a daughter of H and K. 

Remarks: M and N, named “Pette” and “Mette” are the stock pair that produced the best pigeon of the Cattrysse Brothers: the renowned “45,” believed to have been one of the greatest pigeons of all times. Among his many performances, we must mention his win from Bordeaux, by ONE HOUR. Full brothers to the “45” include “Napoleon,” “Roodring” (Red Band), the“44”, the “Dikken,” the “Sprinter,” the “Lichten”, the “Jef,” the “Fynen,” the “71” and others: all winners in the great National Races. 

O. The “Madelon.” A son of C and K.
P. “Madammeke” A daughter of 0 mated to a hen from Degandt. (Dam of G).
Q. The “Lange Jr.” of 1932. A son of C and K.
R. “Kleinkopje” of 1940. A direct son of Q when mated to a sister of L.
S. The “Geeloog” of 1940. A full brother to R, above.
U. The “Witoog” of 1940. A full brother to S, above.
V. “Boerinneke” of 1940. A sister to U, above. 

Remarks: In addition to M and N, which was an extraordinary stock-pair, we must also remember G x V, and also F x P, which gave complete satisfaction also, as producers. 

Herewith follow the performances of the good “Bolleke” – 320431-36. He is letter L above, in the pedigree-list. H was considered to be the top-pigeon in the four great Provincials, given by the Club of West Flanders in 1938. “Bolleke” owned by the Cattrysse Brothers of Moere was the winner of the Gold Medal given by M. De Busscher, of Brugge. His outstanding performances include 2nd Angoulême, 5th Ruffec, 12th Angoulême and 10th Bordeaux. 

1-5 Clermont Gistel 236 birds 4th
8-5 Dourdan Diksmuide 448 birds 11th
15-5 Orléans leper 320 birds 24th
5-6 Tours leper 530 birds 7th
18-6 Angoulême, West Flanders 810 birds 12th - Angoulême, Double Oostende 237 birds 3rd
2-7 Ruffec, West Flanders 515 birds 5th - Ruffec, Double Oostende 130 birds 3rd
16-7 Angoulême, West Flanders 650 birds 2nd - Angoulême, Double Oostende 131 birds 2nd
30-7 Bordeaux, West Flanders 333 birds 10th (lost 7 minutes on the roof) - Bordeaux, Double Oostende 104 birds 1st