Gerard's parents in Ermerveen
Youngsters in the loft,2009
Gerard and Louis
Jason, father of Varella and Mr. Allennig
Cassius, father of Varella and Vakir
Blue Star, father of Faira
Newsletter july 2009
Dear sports friends!
Our efforts are at their peak in this phase of
the racing season. Many old bird races are at
stake at the moment, including the extreme long
distance races. And soon, we start racing the
You can read more about young bird racing in
We were very happy to recently celebrate the
64th anniversary of my parents wedding. They are
still very much interested in the wellbeing of
our pigeons and never miss the arrival of the
birds from an NPO race.
Blois, 695km Saturday
June 20th was extra exiting; it was the last
opportunity to grab a top position in the
National one day long distance championship and
… Blois was the 1st National battle in
this discipline. This day my memories went back
to 1994, when at the end of a tough season I
basketed ‘Zeno’ and
‘Gentil’ as 1st and 2nd nominated
pigeon on the last race … Could this be a
repetition of moves?
It was great to see how the reporting system
functions, this really gives an extra dimension
to the race. The reported pigeons from Limburg
– one of the southern provinces - came in
slowly. Taking their velocities into
consideration, we calculated the first pigeons to
arrive approximately 16.45. A bit earlier at
16.37, the first pigeon NL-2008-5821643 was
clocked. This yearling cock we call ‘Mr.
Allennig’, after the cd of my good
friend the musician/composer Daniel Lohues.
‘Allennig’ is slang (from my province
Drenthe) and it means in English
‘alone’. ‘Mr. Allenig’
grabbed victory on this Blois and for me that
meant the 22nd NPO victory in my
After ‘Mr. Allenig’ followed
at 16.41 and 1 minute later the hen ‘Faira’
came in. You can check the full pedigree by
clicking on the name of the pigeon. This
golden performance got a diamond rim thanks to
other fanciers who also performed supreme on this
Blois, thanks to Koopman descendants:
- Peter van de Merwe (through Marcel
- Marijke Vink
- Jan Hooijmans
- Hans Eijerkamp & Sons
- Marcel Sangers
- Henri van Venrooy
Furthermore many other fanciers had great
results this year with offspring to our
One day long distance: In the
first year of the NPO races, our topper
‘Ons Louis’ won 1st prize on Bourges
(704 km) on the last race. Before, he was already
1st acebird in the former Fed. ‘De
Now 16 years have past and his grandson
‘Mr. Allenig’ wins the NPO race from
Blois! ‘Mr. Allenig’ is also a half
brother to ‘Varella’, winner of the
title 1. Nationale acebird one day long distance
2007. Luckily our nominated pigeons
(‘Abelle’ and ‘Mirza’)
grabbed good positions too.
I think that makes us a serious candidate to
become National champion one day long distance.
On the previous races our racing team
already performed fantastically:
May 9th La Ferte s/Jouarre 496 km
(south) 5,829 b.: 5, 6, 9 (also 1, 2,
3 in Fed.)
May 23rd Ablis 586 km 10,737 b.: 4,
5, 6, 7
June 8th Chateaudun 648 km 7,491
Our 5 best pigeons so far are:
Click on these pigeons to view their
New team members:
- He Jun Pei (Louis) left Shanghai five years
ago to study International Logistics Management in
The Netherlands. The education at the Stenden High
school in Emmen he finished within the usual 4
years and now he earned a position in the Koopman
Team. Louis focuses on maintaining and extending
contact with the Chinese pigeon world.
- After placing a huge fence around our
properties, the arrival of the Malinois called
Heros is the last link in the chain of security.
Heros did his best at the training the last
months and passed his exam with credits.
Hopefully there is no need for him to bring
theory in to practise.
New pigeon: A short while ago we
purchased a brother to 481 of
‘cheesemonger’ Goovaerts. My good
friend Jan Hermans gave me the tip and convinced
me of the great strength in breeding of these
In the meanwhile he is paired and bred already
his third round of pigeons. Naturally I paired him
to one of the best hens of our own
Website: Soon we will present an
exclusive feature on our website; the so-called
pigeon-module. This module very clarifying shows
how the actual toppers are related to each other.
Soon we will inform you further.
That is it for now, until next time.