Thanks a lot for registering for our
newsletter. The beginning of a new year is a good
moment to look back to the previous
In our anniversary year we surely did not lean
back and relax. We placed another loft where the
2008 youngsters were raced from. We also paid
special attention to the security of our
property, so a burglary like in December 2007 can
be avoided. I am glad this is all accomplished, so
from now on full attention again goes to the
Even though the start with youngsters on the
new loft was very promising (few losses from the
loft and on the first couple of training races),
on the second race our youngsters got infected by
the adeno/coli bacteria. At first we tried to
control this with rest and natural products. This
however was a miscalculation; it took our
youngsters too long to get back on track. So we
raced them on the late tour races and our thought
that the loft is excellent to perform well on, was
confirmed. Especially the last two races went very
well. On Boxtel from 17,075 birds we won 4, 5, 6,
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, et cetera and on
Duffel with 12,744 birds competing 6 pigeons came
together. They also grabbed position 1 up to
winning 2. NPO Chantilly 12,744 birds and
‘Daydream’ (NL07-5724626) winning 1.
NPO Ablis 8,519 birds kept our glory high with
the old birds in one day long distance racing.
‘Daydream’ is a daughter to
‘Cassius’ x ‘Miss
(NL07-4736449) was crowned 3. Nat. acebird one
day long distance (Eendaagse Fondspiegel) and
with that performance she uphold the tradition
initiated by ‘Miss Wonderful’ 1. Nat.
acebird 2006 and ‘Varella’ 1. Nat.
acebird 2007. She is a direct daughter to
‘Magic Man’ x ‘Zenda’.
‘Zenda’ is a full sister to
‘Farah Diba’ and ‘Reza’.
Therefore ‘Miss Mookhoek’ and
‘Zenda’ are sisters.
Overnight racing was not what I expected of
it. The first overnight race (Limoges) directly
was a spoil-sport and deregulated the entire
year. The last race from Bergerac was acceptable,
but the total was below expectations. We hope for
better results next year!
About fifty summer youngsters replenished with
5 late breds are reserved for our auction with De
Duif on Saturday January 24th. Jan Hermans and
his team organise this event in Thorn. In this
auction we offer youngsters from all our best
breeders of the moment. Like a/o two youngsters
of ‘Amoré’ as well as
‘Mr. Ermerveen’, these could be the
last of them! ‘Amoré’ had
quite a few problems laying eggs and ‘Mr.
Ermerveen’ has problems filling the eggs.
You can already have a look at the website www.deduif.be
for a preview. This is possible from the
At the auction of Wijnand de Bruijn I bought
‘Vriend’, a short while before
Wijnand bought it at Jos Maris in Berlaar.
‘Vriend’ won 2x 1. provincial in the
province of Antwerpen and is bred from a fine
family. Hopefully he will bring our breeding loft
to a higher level … time will tell.
After last year Cor Leytens bred the 1. Nat. cock
from a son to ‘Kleine Dirk’ x
‘Amoré’, this year Gerard and
Bas Verkerk are the eye-catchers with their
‘Solange’. Her mother is bred from
‘Magic Man’ x
‘Amoré’. Furthermore the
pigeon ‘Rick’ of Limburg brothers was
crowned 1. Nat. acebird one day long distance NPO.
Through the Frisian super trio Jacob Poortvliet,
Pieter Veenstra and Foppe van der Meer the
Koopman blood richly runs through the veins of
this champion. A striking result that makes me
very proud. Next to the Verkerk family, also
Johan van Boxmeer and Guido Lookcx (through F.
Mariën) Belgium are present at the Dortmund
Olympiad with descendants to Koopman
The ‘All In One’-mixture wins in
popularity more and more. Looking at last year,
the sales doubled. Not only in The Netherlands,
also in Belgium the sales grew. An example is Jos
Deno-Hernots (Leefdaal); he supplies the mixture
for several years and is very satisfied about it.
Last seasons he raced a/o the 1. Nat. acebird far
In Ermerveen the breeders are paired and they
do well. We pair up the racers when we return
from South-Africa, where we go to support
‘Paparazzi’. So we do not deviate
from last years. In the following newsletter we
will a/o prepare the breeding list. That will be
approximately by the end of February.
When you like us to mention certain topics in
our next newsletter, please let us know. We will
try to pay attention to it.
I would like to take the opportunity to wish
you all a very prosperous, healthy and
Gerard Koopman & Team