Gerard & Harold Calis (Bussum, NL) stand in the spotlights with several ace pigeon and championship titles on the provincial and national level

Each year, we find Gerard and Harold amongst the provincial and national champions. Especially the many ace pigeons, on the short, middle and long distance disciplines in Afdeling 7 are an impressive feat.
Gerard (L) and Harold (R) Calis

Without any form of exaggeration, we can state that father (Gerard) and son (Harold) Calis belong to the best fanciers of The Netherlands in the past years. They know the shortest route to success is through super pigeons, and they have therefore invested in pigeons from Marcel Sangers, in addition to a/o Leideman, Vredeveld and Koopman. Read everything about their stock build-up in this article. This strategy has paid off for this combination, and they are regulars at the top of the results list in large races. Remarkably, are the many ace pigeon titles in Afdeling 7 they have managed to win. Find several examples hereof in Afdeling 7 and Afdeling 7 North below: 

Ace Pigeon Speed Afd. 7 : 1st, 7th and 9th
Ace Pigeon Speed Afd. 7 North: 1st, 2nd, 4th, 8th and 10th
Ace Pigeon Long Distance Afd. 7 North: 1st, 4th and 7th
Ace Pigeon Late tour Afd. 7 North: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 9th and 10th
Ace Pigeon Old birds Afd. 7 North: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 10th
Ace Pigeon Allround Afd. 7 : 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th
Ace Pigeon Allround Afd. 7 North: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th

The most impressive championship titles of the past year (National, Afdeling 7 and Afdeling 7 North) were:

National : 5th Not Nominated Long Distance
Afdeling 7 : 2nd Not Nominated Middle Distance 2nd Nominated Middle Distance
6th Not Nominated Short Distance 10th Nominated Short Distance
10th Not Nominated Long Distance 8th Nominated Long Distance
4th Not Nominated Late tour
Afdeling 7 (N): 2nd Not Nominated Short Distance
1st Not Nominated Middle Distance 1st Nominated Middle Distance
1st Not Nominated Late tour 3rd Nominated Late tour
2nd Not Nominated Long Distance 2nd Nominated Long Distance

Several stars that contributed to the achievements in the past year are a/o: 

NL21-1058365, Marijke, 11th National Ace Pigeon Yearlings '22 ('De Allerbeste')

Marijke is a son of NL20-628, who in turn is a son of the world-famous Prince Esmee (TJ & J Elzinga, Harkema, NL). Mother of Marijke is Iris and she is a daughter of the super pair New Branco x Fantastic Red. As a yearling, Marijke flew the following results:

2nd Ace Pigeon Late tour Afd. 7 N
2nd Ace Pigeon Speed Afd. 7 N
6th Ace Pigeon Allround Afd. 7 N
6th Morlincourt 3,051 p.
3rd Melun 2,219 p.
2nd Quievrain 3,856 p.
8th Duffel 2,617 p.
10th Niergnies 1,326 p.
19th Banteux 1,311 p.
13th Duffel 1,117 p.

NL20-1355521 Marnix, 1st Ace Pigeon Long Distance Afd. 7 (N) '22

Marnix especially stood out on long distance races. His father is Potential, a grandson of the Nr.1 breeder, Red Baron. Mother is Cinderella and is a daughter to the super hen Kira. Besides mother of Marnix, Cinderella is also mother of a/o Young Baron. Several of Marnix his magnificent results include: 

1st Ace Pigeon Long Distance Afd. 7 N
7th Ace Pigeon Old birds Afd. 7 N
9th Ace Pigeon Allround Afd. 7 N
10th Pont St. Max 1,981 p.
3rd Peronne 3,328 p.
30th Sens 1,103 p.
16th Asse Zellik 2,271 p.
12th Banteux 1,143 p.

NL21-1058420, Red Iris

Another promising yearling is Red Iris, who also achieved several top results last season. Mother of Red Iris is, Iris, the same mother as Marijke (11th Nat. Ace Pigeon YL) mentioned above. Father is Red Bulck and he is a full brother to Vale Bulck. Several of Red Iris her best prizes are:

1st Ace Pigeon Late tour Afd. 7 N
8th Ace Pigeon Speed Afd. 7 N
3rd Nanteuil 2,594 p.
6th Pontoise 2,166 p.
2nd Melun 2,219 p.
7th Duffel 718 p.
6th Quievrain 661 p.
5th Banteux 1,311 p.

NL21-1058309, 1st Ace Pigeon Speed Afdeling 7 '22

An absolute star of the past racing season is the hen NL21-1058309. She won a staggering 17 prizes last season which led to the following ace pigeon titles:

1st Ace Pigeon Speed Afd. 7 N
1st Ace Pigeon Speed Afd. 7
1st Ace Pigeon Old birds Afd. 7 N
1st Ace Pigeon Allround Afd. 7 N
3rd Ace Pigeon Allround Afd. 7
1st Pontoise 514 p. (2nd 2,166 p.)
6th Melun 2,219 p.
1st Niergnies 302 p. (4th 1,316 p.)
8th Niergnies 476 p.
6th Morlincourt 549 p.
9th Nanteuil 632 p.
Etc., etc., …

The NL21-309 is a daughter of The Indian x Lucky Leideman and thereby a granddaughter of the super pair Staron x Golden Lucky. 

Staron has proven on several occasions to be an excellent breeder. He is a/o father of Super NovaThomas and New Jet (NL19-1519934).

NL19-1519934, New Jet
New Jet NL19-1519934 won a/o:
10th Ace Pigeon Allround Afd.7 2020
2nd Chateauroux Nat. 8,075 p.
2nd Sezanne NPO 7,303 p.
20th Reusel 6,822 p.
3rd Melun Andrezel 1,338 p.

THOMAS NL19-1519904 won a/o:
8th NPO Vierzon 2,375 p.
2nd Ace Pigeon Young birds Long Distance (Fondclub)

SUPER NOVA NL19-1519962 won a/o:
1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Allround Afd.7 2020
7th Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround Comp. ‘De Allerbeste’ '20
5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Yearlings Comp. ‘De Allerbeste’ '20
1st Pt St. Max 570 p.
7th Bourges 323 p.
1st Fay aux Loges 921 p.
10th Salbris 999 p.
23rd Niergnies 1,080 p.
4th Lessines 2,027 p.
28rd Etroeungt 1,119 p.
7th Sezanne 1,898 p.

We already mentioned that he Sangers pigeons play an important role in the current stock of Gerard and Harold. The combination houses a phenomenal breeder with a daughter (Cinderella) of super hen Kira (Marcel Sangers x Dirk van den Bulck). Cinderella is a/o mother of the above mentioned Marnix NL20-1355521 (1st Ace Pigeon Long Distance Afd. 7 N '22) and of Young Baron (NL20-1355561).

NL20-1355561, Young Baron

Young Baron, son of Cinderella was a super yearling. He won a/o:

1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Yearling Comp. 'De Allerbeste'
5th Nat. Ace Pigeon PIPA Ranking Short/Middle Distance
2nd Ace Pigeon Speed (100-500km) Afd. 7
7th Ace Pigeon Allround Afd. 7

When Kira was sold at the total auction of Marcel Sangers, Harold was first in line to purchase this pigeon. Kira is a daughter of Super Red x Angelina and thereby a full sister of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB '13, Kittel. 

NL16-1259596, Kira

The most impressive results achieved by Kira, before she became super breeder, are:

3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance ’17 ‘De Allerbeste’
1st Epernay 1,178 p.
1st Vervins 1,053 p.
6th Nanteuil 10,168 p.
6th Isnes 5,079 p.
10th Laon 2,074 p.

Besides Young Baron, Cinderella and Kira, we find that Angelina (mother of Kira) is also important to the foundation of the current stock. Angelina is mother of Vale Bulck, who in turn is mother of Bond Girl (NL19-1520007). Father of Bond Girl is Son Super Pair. 

NL19-1520007, Bond Girl
NL19-1520007, Bond Girl won a/o:
1st Prov. Ace Pigeon Allround
7th Nat. Ace Pigeon (300-700 Km) comp. ‘De Allerbeste’
8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround comp. ‘De Allerbeste’
11th Nat. Ace Pigeon Old PIPA Ranking
4th Lessines 8,418 p.
5th Lessines 2,027 p.
9th Sens 1,744 p.
5th Sens 700 p.
9th Asse Zellik 5,660 p.
4th Asse Zellik 2,271 p.
10th Vierzon 1,041 p.
10th Issoudun 418 p.
7th Chateauroux 517 p.
21st Issoudun 2,589 p.
29th Banteux 1,143 p.

Top results on other lofts 

Besides the fact that Gerard and Harold may be proud of their own performances, they enjoy the results by on other lofts achieved with their pigeons. Below are several examples of their fantastic references: 

  • Comb. PZB (Amersfoort):this combination houses a sister of the super hen De Rode Chateauroux. They bred several top pigeons from this hen, such as De Vechter (1st NPO Chateaudun) and the NL18-1732147. In 2020, this hen became the best long distance pigeon in Afdeling 7 and later also 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance across 3 years (Fondspiegel). This pigeon has recently also become grandmother of the 1st National Ace Pigeon Long Distance (NPO) 2022. 


  • Roy Vos (Almere): for some years the results from this loft were lacking. Roy wanted to change this and sought help from Gerard and Harold. Together, they came up with a 5 year plan and currently 90% of his colony is built up from Calis pigeons. Last year, the results were very good. So good in fact that from 24 old bird races, he won 12x 1st Prize at his club and even took 1st and 2nd on several occasions. On the middle distance races he became 1x 1st Grandmaster and on 4 long distance races he managed to become 2nd Grandmaster twice in Afdeling 7. At his club, he had the 1st Ace Pigeon Late tour, 1st Ace Pigeon Speed and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd General Ace Pigeons. 


  • Robin Rigter (Eemnes): Robin is a good friend and can almost be called the satellite loft of G&H Calis (more than 90% of all the pigeons descend from Calis). With Chuck (grandson New Branco x Fantastic Red) Robin houses an absolute crack. The performances of Chuck, 1st Prizes and several championships titles won can be found below:
Chuck won the following in 2022:
1st Melun 5,501 p. (Grand Prix)
8th Chalons en Champ. 16,838 p.
4th Lessines 2,705 p.
4th Asse Zellik 1,075 p.
8th Sezanne 1,736 p.
9th Salbris 1,344 p.
9th Pt.St. Max. 1,981 p.
10th Niergnies 3,054 p.
10th Pt.St. Max. 1,607 p.
14th Nanteuil 1,264 p.
Robin won the following 1st Prizes:
1st Asse Zellik 2,601 p.
1st Duffel 2,023 p.
1st Pt.St. Max. 2,399 p.
1st Niergnies 1,015 p.
1st Quievrain 1,945 p.
1st Duffel 1,611 p.
1st Grandmaster Vierzon Afd. 7
Several Championship titles of the past years:
3rd National Champion Long Distance Not Nominated '22
1st National Champion Short Distance Not Nominated '21
8th National Champion Young birds Not Nominated '18
Chuck of Robin Rigter