Hendrikx Rudi, "Wonderboy Rudy Hendrikx"


Provincial Orléans 1415 yearlings: 1-2
Provincial Melun 1204 youngsters: 1-3-4-5


Maasmechelen :

The town Maasmechelen can be situated in the province Limburg, very close to the border with the Netherlands. The border and the river Maas are only a few miles from Maasmechelen. Some weeks ago there was many rain in Belgium and like always there was a flood in this area of Belgium. Good for Rudi Hendrikx, his lofts were not in danger. I had an appointment with Rudi Hendrikx on a really cold Sunday morning. The veterinary Rudi Hendrikx is the second ‘Wonderboy’ in pigeon racing that is born in Limburg. The first one is the famous Jos Thoné. Rudi is only 32 years and came like a hurricane in the pigeon racing. Since a few years all fanciers in Belgium are amazed by his results. He wins 11 provincial and 1 national race in a few years time on the middle distance with youngsters, yearlings, old birds, cocks and hens. He is planning to race the long distance, especially Barcelona, and the fanciers are already afraid. Rudi will enter the Barcelona race in 2003 with 50-80 birds. I remember a few years ago that Jos Thoné wanted the same and…he won the international race! I will not be surprised if Rudi Hendrikx will win this race in a few years time. He sure has the cleverness and the pigeons.

A racket :
Father Henri Hendrikx (61 years) has been a pigeon fancier for many years. He was not home a lot because of his work. His wife Barbara did the daily work. The results in pigeon racing were not good but Henri loved the sport. He liked to talk about pigeons with several fanciers he met doing his job. He met Juliën Goeminne who lived in Zulte (East-Flanders) and became friends. Juliën was not a famous fancier but he owned some really good middle distance birds. The son Rudi got interested in pigeon racing in 1990. He was studying to become a veterinary in Gent. He had more ambition in pigeon racing as his father. He wanted to win races. He wanted to be the best. So, to achieve this, he wanted to buy some of the best birds available in Belgium. He knew Juliën Goeminne because his father told him. Rudi and Henri went to Zulte and bought some of the best birds. They bought the cock ‘ Kleine Grijze 4135192/83’. This cock of Goeminne already won 4 times 1st prize in the province East-Flanders. This cock sure was worth the investment. He became the father of some basic racers and breeders: ‘De 001’, ‘Bange Mosh’, ‘De Bourges’ and ‘Father Dana’ etc. The mother of Rudi liked it when her son became interested in the pigeon sport. She wanted to help him and bought a hen at the famous loft Clerinx brothers in Nieuwerkerken. This hen called ‘Mother Clerinx 5222413/85’ became one of the basic hens. The most famous bird of Clerinx brothers is ‘As 5241582/87’. This cock became 1st provincial Ace pigeon KBDB in 1988 and 2nd provincial Ace Pigeon in 1990. Broker F. Herbots bought him. Thanks to F. Herbots, Rudi got several sons and daughters of ‘As’. Other birds from Clerinx came to Maasmechelen via Medaert (St-Truiden) and Robben Clement. Basic bird ‘Kleine Grijze’ was matched to several daughters of the strain ‘As’ and ‘Mother Clerinx’. This proved to be the best strain of birds for racing and breeding. Rudi is sure to have found the good combination. The fast racers strain Clerinx crossed with the strong strain Goeminne. This makes 80 % of the birds on the loft Hendrikx in 2003. But Rudi bought some other birds on different lofts: William Secelle (Zomergem), André Boddin (Lichtervelde), Van Autreve (Mariakerke), Broeckx-Van Hees (Oud-Turnhout), Van Hove-Uyterhoeven (Putte).
In 1995 Rudi started racing on his own. His father and mother moved to his house in Maasmechelen. His parents are the best helpers on his loft. Rudi is the manager. A few years later he had other plans. His best friend Ludo Thijs from the same town Maasmechelen had some excellent middle distance racers. He owned ‘Mosh’, a cock that had excellent racing results. He became the father of 7 first prizewinners. This cock and some others moved to the loft Rudi Hendrikx. The two friends started the new partnership Hendrikx-Thijs on the lofts of Ludo Thijs. Here they have new ambition…the very long distance…Barcelona! Rudi started to buy many long distance birds from different fanciers: Boyen, Saya, Kees de Jongh, van der Wegen, Hasoul, Cees Buysterveld, Hugo Bogaerts…He started breeding many youngsters and in 2002 he raced the cock in Jarnac (750 km) and the hens in Bordeaux.(1st bird won 15th against more than 10.000 pigeons).
In 2003 all these birds must race Barcelona. Than the best can stay on the loft, the others (and the parents) will be killed. This is the short cut to success.


Some main breeders 2003 :

"Gek" - 5198259/96
Bourges : 5.185p - 1 (provincial)
Bourges : 426p - 1
Laon : 1419p - 2
Orléans : 11.716p - 4
Orléans :1023p - 5
Bourges : 39.114p - 5
Orléans : 11.023p - 8
This excellent cock won one of the four provincial victories in 1996. The father is 3105269/83, direct from J. Goeminne from Zulte. The mother is ‘Princes 5325821/92’, also mother of ‘Barbie’(1st provincial Vierzon 1.479p). She is a daughter from the basic pair ‘As 582/87’ x ‘Mother Clerinx 413/85’

"Dana" - 5198263/96
La Souterraine : 10.924p - 1 (national)
The hen won 1st national against 10.924 pigeons and had 20 with 20 minutes ahead. She was the main prize in 1996. The father is 336/88, direct from J. Goeminne and son of ‘Kleine Grijze’. The mother is 883/92, a daughter of ‘As 582/87’ x ‘109/91’ (Bonte Boddin x Mother Clerinx 413/85’).
Dana was the big break-trough in 1996.

5190612/98 - ‘de 612’
La Ferte : 315p - 1
La Ferte : 896p - 2
Sens : 1.080p - 3
Sens : 357p - 3
La Ferte : 202 - 3
Orleans : 4.128p - 4
Reims : 939p - 4
La Ferte : 111p - 5
Reims : 295p - 9
La Ferte : 332p - 11
The father of this bird is the main cock ‘Indurain 365/94’. He was bought from William Secelle. He won 1st Clermont 110p, 4th Clermont 368p, 5th Clermont 524p, 9th Clermont 728p). He is one of the main breeders at this moment. The mother of ‘612/96’ is basic hen ‘886/90’ Blauw Herbots’ from ‘Blauw Witoger Clerinx ‘ x ‘Princeske 416/86’. The sister of this mother is ‘Nathalieke 270/96’ (1st La Souterraine, 1st La Ferte, 1st Bourges, 2nd Chateauroux…)


"De Teen" - 5116074/95
Bourges :2.151p - 1
Bourges : 442p - 2
Chateauroux : 284p - 2
Vervins : 139p - 2
Bourges : 15.131p - 3
Mariembourg : 313p - 5
Orléans : 1.135p - 8
Sens : 521p - 9
Soissons : 469p - 12
Marne : 461p - 13
The father of this cock is the golden breeder ‘001/90’, a son of ‘Kleine Grijze’ x ‘Stokkem-duivin’. The mother is ‘Lady 630/92’, daughter of ‘Bonte Boddin’ x ‘Mother Clerinx’.

"De Bourges" - 5073159/91
Bourges : 211p - 1
Marne : 690p - 1
Bourges : 1.210p - 2
Bourges : 9.759p - 2
Chimay : 997p - 10
Chimay : 228p - 12
Sens : 3.204p - 13
The father of this bird is ‘Kleine Grijze’ (Goeminne) and the mother is ‘Blauw Herbots 886/90’.

Super yearling birds in 2002
I have never seen so much good yearlings in one loft. It is a difficult job to pick the best yearling. It is amazing.

"Sury" - 5110506/01
Gueret national zone C 2.625p - 1
Gueret provincial : 941p - 1
Gueret national : 10.181p-2
This hen is on the breeding loft after winning this super prize. The father is ‘554/98’ (son of ‘Gek’ x daughter ‘Miss Gran Canaria Broeckx-Van Hees) and the mother is ‘345/96’ (daughter basic pair ‘001/90’ x ‘630/92’).

"Donna" : 5110690/01
1ste provincial La Souterraine 1807 youngsters
Soissons
:468p - 6
St-Witz : 4356p - 79
Her father is ‘Het Kleintje ‘073/95’(2nd Soissons 711p, 2nd Mettet 379p…). He is a son of basic pair ‘001/90’ x ‘630/92’. The mother of Donna is ‘Petra 627/98’ (2nd La Ferte, 3rd Sens, 6th La Ferte, 9th Reims, 9th Solre, 2nd St-Denis…) from ‘Gek’ x ‘101/97’

" Kim" : 5110713/01
Orléans : 1.415p - 1(provincial)
Melun : 1241p - 7
Laon : 462p - 8
Laon : 1587p - 15
Laon : 1692p - 61
Argenton : 2977p - 130
This provincial winner 2002 on Orléans is one of the best hens in the loft. The father is 343/97, direct Medaert (St-Truiden). The mother is ‘316/96’( daughter basic pair ‘001/90’ x ‘630/92’).

"5110556/01"
Collegien : 1655p - 1
Melun :
1241p - 17
La Ferte : 1845p - 26
Vierzon : 141p - 2
Laon : 1587p - 45
Father of ‘556/01’ is ‘637/00’(direct from Vos –Jennes) and the mother is ‘637/96’ , a daughter of ‘Indurain’ (Secelle) X ‘886/90 Blauw Herbots’.

"5110732/01"
Melun : 1038p - 1
Orléans : 4801p - 33
Pithiviers : 884p - 9
Collegien : 1655p - 18
Melun : 677p - 9
He is 1st Ace Pigeon ‘Duivenkrant’ in 2002. The father is ‘Indurain’(Secelle) and the mother is ‘100/97’(‘As 582/87’ x sister Ace pigeon W. Röper)

"Sissy" - 5110710/01
Bourges : 1430p - 8
Bourges : 245p - 2
Melun : 1991p - 22
Melun : 1241p - 46
Melun : 1.999p - 22
Gueret : 10.203p - 8
Argenton : 10.767p - 443
Father of this hen is ‘749/99’ (M. Milissen x H. Placli) and the mother is ‘Spook 307/96’( 21 prizes and granddaughter basic birds ‘Kleine Grijze’ and ‘Mother Clerinx’)


"Het Bleek" - 5110534/01
Orleans : 12.001p - 40
Bourges :11.415p - 135
Gueret : 10.203p - 17
Orléans : 7.801p - 15
Argenton : 10.767p - 105
Melun : 2.731p - 83
Melun : 1.990p - 23
Nanteuil : 3.443p - 78
Rethel : 1.449p - 29
This beautiful hen is from ‘Bleke’ (1st Mettet 1324p, 1st La Ferte 926p…) x 01998-97-643 from Arno Goetz in Germany but 50 % Rudi Hendrikx.

Method :
There are about 35 widowers on the loft Rudi Hendrikx in Maasmechelen. They can raise youngsters once after racing season. The widowers are matched about December 15th. They can raise youngsters and separated before the partners lay eggs for the second time. All is matched again on April 1st, only breeding for a few days and widowhood begins. The cocks race Mettet – Chimay – Soissons – La Ferte and Marne. Than Orleans – Vierzon – Bourges - Argenton – Limoges every 14 days. The cocks can rest every week. Rudi tries to motivate the cocks each time before basketing: one hen on loft for 12 widowers, no hen that week, another partner…etc. They must not be bored. They train twice a day by the flag. The cocks must train one hour. They are not allowed to rest.
The mother Barbara takes care of the feeding of the pigeons. She knows very well what the birds need. In the beginning of the week ½ sport mixture and ½ diet mixture. The rest of the week 100 % sport mixture. Each cock gets one peanut after the daily training. When there is a race of more than 500 km, they get some extra corn.
Rudi has also 30 hens for racing. He races them on widowhood. These hens are matched in December and April, just like the widowers. But they race every week, no rest. One week 500 km, the other week 300 km. The widow hens see the partner each time for 30 minutes before basketing. They train once a day after the widow cocks and eat more diet mixture than the cocks. Rudi likes to race youngsters. He was 3rd National Champion KBDB Youngsters in 1998. He breeds about 150 for racing each year. Each loft for youngsters has two compartments and one aviary. The youngsters are darkened from 15th January until beginning of June. Hens and cocks are separated half of July and than he races them on door-system. Young cocks race 500 km and young hens all the long distance races for the national championship KBDB. The babies get a cure for 5 days against trichomonas after weaning. He checks all youngsters often for diseases. They get disinfections after every race. Once a year a shot for the head. Rudi says that a shot is better than a cure in the water because than you get a booster reaction. The youngsters get an herb-mixture from March until June. All birds get herb-mixture during September until April. The widowers and the widow hens get disinfections after each race for one day. This is important for preparing for the next race.


Results 2002 :
27-4-02 : Melun - 333km 298 yearlings 2-3-4-5-6- 7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-17-18-19-20-21 32-33-34-42-43-44-45-46-47-48-49-50-52-53-54-57 61-62-64-66 (39/59)
27-04-02 : Melun - 333km 1241 old 2-6- 7-10-14-15-17-20-22-25-26-30-31-32-34-35-38-44-46 48-51-52-53-54-55-57-88-147-151-153-197-199-200-206-209-214-217-228-236-240-245-247-262-281-285-260
289-290-294 (49/75)
04-05-02 : Pithiviers -398km 884 old 1-6-9-22-33-43-55- 71-87-91-121 (11/22)
12-05-02 : Orléans - 436km 127 yearlings (club) 1-2-3-6- 7-9-13-14-15-20-29 (11/26)
12-05-02 : Orléans - 436km 1415 yearlings 1 -2 -9-20-32-35-45-57-59-64-93-196-233-257-295 (15/26)
18-05-02 : Laon - 200km 440 yearlings local 7-16-26-28-51-54-60-84-89-96-98-105 (12/26)
18-05-02 : Vierzon - 493km 141 yearlings local 1-2-3-4-7-19-23-30-31 (9/12)
18-05-02 : Vierzon - 493km 1517 yearlings provincial 17-32-50-52- 74-149-177-236-247-270-301 (7/12)
18-05-02 : Vierzon - 493km 5204 old provincial 35-37-43-47-49-57-59-79-84-88-108- 436-642-689-1006 (15/20)
25-05-02 : La Ferté - 290km 500 old 7-9-10-25-33-37-47-54-58- 74-96 (11/21)
25-05-02 : La Ferté - 290km 1845 yearlings 22-26-68-91-111-116-123-156-304 (9/11)
25-05-02 : Bourges - 493km 373 yearlings 5-11-14-15-19-20-25-36-37-38-41-44-55-56-59-67- 70 (17/37)
01-06-02 : Collegien - 360km 1655 yearlings 1-2-4-17 -18-47 -61-63-65-66- 72- 75-89-92-135-189 206-236-239-331-337-377 (22/33)
01-06-02 : Collegien - 360km 459 old 2-4-5-13-14-18-19-23-27-31-39-40-49-50-51-53-58 61-62- 71- 73-88 (22/41)
01-06-02 : Melun - 330km 686 old 2-10-13-16-25-26-32-35-53-56-57-62-63-106-109- 114-116-125-127-132(20/28)
01-06-02 : Melun - 330km 1991 yearlings 1-10-22-23-40-43-55-60-81-86-87-93-96-176-182 191-198-217-229-337-326-480 (22/27)
01-06-02 : Brive - 680 km 792 old 1-137 (2/3)
01-06-02 : Brive - 680km4253 old PROVINCIAAL 5-537 (2/3)
15-06-02 : Melun - 350km 1038 yearlings 1-22-25-29-34-47 -74-92 (8/11)
15-06-02 : Melun - 350km 288 old 1-6-9-10-12-13-18-20-30-37-64 (11/15)
22-06-02 : Argenton - 575km 386 yearlings7-8-9-10-11-12-14-25-26-45-51-56-69-75-94(15/20)
22-06-02 : Argenton - 575km 2977 yearlings prov 30-31-32-41-45-55-59-130-134-294-339-363-505-541-718 (15/20)...
22-06-02 : Melun - 350km 677 yearlings 9-11-13-24-41-47-48-60-95-112-118-158(12/20)..
29-06-02 : Orléans - 436km 908 yearlings 1-3-15-23-25-29-34-55- 72-76-98-114-125-163-216-219-225 (17/21)
06- 7-02 : Melun - 33km 1996 youngsters 2-3-6- 7-8-9-10-12-14-15-19-22-28-29-30-41-42-47 54-56-59-72-73-81-84-87-93-102-114-118... (54/92)
14- 7-02 : Orléans - 436km 618 old 1-2-9-10-11-13-14-16-18-19-20-22-28-34-40-43-50-52 57-58-69- 71-102-103-122-133 (27/36)
14- 7-02 : Orléans - 436km 4801 yearlings 15-33-53- 70-88-107-112-114-116-173-212-262-264 301-315-316-331-332-388-434-454-633-644-832-1087(25/31)
14-7-02 : Orléans - 436km 1273 youngsters 3-4-8-9-10-13-18-23-28-31-33-34-36-42-58-70-71- 74-90-100-109-11 0-116-121-126-134-138. (44/80)
17- 7-02 : Orléans - 180km 412 old 12 (1/1)
20-7-02 : Châteauroux - 575km 80 old 1-3-4-5-7-8-9-11-13 (9/l1)
20- 7-02 : Châteauroux - 575km 262 youngsters 2-4-5-6- 7-23-28-4~ (8/l3)
20-7-02 : La Ferté - 90km 122 old 1-3-6-8-9-10-16-20(8/8)
20- 7-02 : La Ferté - 107 youngsters 1-4-5- 7-8-11-14-15-16-18-19-27(12/17)
06-07-02 : Melun - 354 old 2-23-41-49 (4/6)
27- 7-02 : Bourges - 245 old 2-7-11-13-14-16-18-20-22-23-24-29-33-44-45 (15/32)
28- 7-02 : Laon - 201km 749 youngsters 3-4-8-17-19-20-22-26-240-42-44-45-61-64-66-68-69-73-74-80-62-86-87-89...(41/49)
3-8-02 : La Ferté - 290km 452 youngsters 7-8-15-16-18-20-22-24-26-27-28-36-41-53-57- 66-69-83-92 (18/26)
10-8-02 : Argenton - 575km 253 youngsters 1-2-3-4-6-7-10-13-15-17-18-22-23-24-28 29-31-32-33-38-51-52-54-64 (25/50)
10-8-02 : Argenton - 575km 137 old 2-3-4-5-6- 7-14-15-16-17-21-22-25-26-28-30(17 /31)
10-8-02 : Melun - 333km 320 youngsters 3-4-8-9-12-16-22-23-32-35-36-39-40-41-42-44-46-49-67 68-73-76 (22/45)
16-8-02 : Melun - 333km 119 youngsters 1-3-4-5-6- 7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-19-20-21-22 23-24-25-26-28-29-30 (25/44)
24-8-02 : Melun - 333km 1204 youngsters PROVINCIAL 1-3-4-5! -29-32-47-49-52-57-63-135-177-214-220-269(16/18)

Results national and provincial races
1ste national Souterraine 10 927p

2de national Bourges 9 420 p
2de national Gueret 10 161 p
3de national Bourges 15 131p
1ste provincial Bourges 5 187p
1ste provincial Bourges 2 151 p
1ste provincial La Souterraine 1 123p
1ste provincial Reims 745p
1ste provincial Gueret 971 p
1ste provincial Vierzon 1479p
1ste provincial Souterraine 1 807p
1ste provincial Orleans 1 415p
1ste provincial Melun 1 204p