Since the year of its foundation in 1978, the Brugse Barcelona club has been awarding the title of “Gouden Vleugel” (golden wing) to the first nominated pigeon in the Barcelona international race. However, this same club began in 1982 the delivery of the prestigious “Primus Inter Pares” trophy, awarded to the best pigeon classified in 5 consecutive races from Barcelona. In the first edition, the winner was Emiel Denys with his world-famous cock “Tee”, that won also the “Gouden Vleugel”. Only a bunch of exceptional animals manage to achieve this feat. Specifically, this year there were 31 pigeons that formed the finalist ranking.
In this 2022 edition of Barcelona International, the historical feat corresponds to the Schreurs-Hauben loft, since it is the first time that a loft manages to win the coveted “PRIMUS INTER PARES” award on 3 occasions. In 2005, Marc got the podium for the first time with his female “Birgit” Belg1999-5094172; in 2010, the winner was “Aurora” Belg2004-5028584; and this year, he reaches glory with his check hen “Sarita”.
The difficulty of winning this trophy is evident, since, in 41 years of history, only three fanciers have managed to win it twice. The first to achieve it was Maurice Borgers from Schulen (1989 and 1993 editions); he was followed by the late Roger Florizoone from Nieuwpoort (1994 and 1997 editions) and Jos Cleeren from Zepperen (2006 and 2012 editions).
This year Marc Schreurs has raised the bar for the most famous race on the international circuit by winning his third “PRIMUS INTER PARES” trophy with his seven-year-old female “Sarita”, ring BE15-2251766 and a distance of 1,100 km. Here is her record
⭐️318th National 2018 against 7438 pigeons
⭐️329th National 2019 against 7301 pigeons
⭐️226th National 2020 against 6178 pigeons
⭐️330th National 2021 against 6913 pigeons
⭐️423rd National 2022 against 6560 pigeons