What happened after the auction in 2022
In January 2022, Arie Dijkstra sold almost his whole colony during an auction on PIPA. At that time, he was diagnosed with melanoma which had spread to his lymph nodes. The pigeons were understandably not his main priority. The pigeons were fed through an automatic feeding trough and the lofts were cleaned by his friends. After surgery and a year of immunotherapy the disease seems to be under control and Arie is already planning on getting back on top with his beloved hobby. After the auction, several old breeders (from 2014 and older), a selection of summer youngsters from 2020/2021 (never raced) and several pigeons which PIPA didn't deem interesting enough (often crosses with other bloodlines) for auction, remained on the lofts. Arie went on with what he had, which turned out very well. It led to the following magnificent results in Rayon De Walden of Afdeling Friesland '96 in 2023:
Rethel 436 km 1,621 p. 6-14-37-39-40-58-74-76-78-etc.(49/104)
Arlon 402 km 1,278 p. 1-3-8-15-16-31-43-69-etc.(45/86)
Boxmeer 181 km 1,546 p. 10-21-27-31-etc.(30/57)
Chalons en Ch. 497 km 1,305 p. 7-8-etc.(5/12)
Boxmeer 181 km 2,540 p. 9-15-19-etc.(36/56)
Heusden-Zolder 256 km 2,305 p. 7-20-26-38-47-59-etc.(41/56)
Ruffec 913 km 426 p. 11-13-17-etc.(6/9)
Saulieu 681 km 3,229 p. 4-100-101-etc. 12/20) Afdeling Friesland '96
The old foundation (Leonardo x Tinkelbel) is still decisive
Arie was most successful with descendants of the pair Leonardo x Tinkelbel. This is still the case in 2023. More than 80% of the current stock descends from this famous pair. The same goes for his top performers in 2023. This will become evident when we introduce a few of these stars;
A pigeon which Arie could rely on every week in 2023 is NL21-1451270 Mister Constant. This cock was raced 18 times in 2023 and took just as many prizes. With his constant performances Mister Constant became a/o 1st Ace Pigeon Old birds in his club and 2nd Ace Pigeon Old birds in Rayon De Walden. In his pedigree we find NL04-4256369 Tinkelbel as grandmother and on the other side Magnus as grandfather, a son of the stock pair Leonardo x Tinkelbel.
Half-brothers Silvian Bella and Silvian Harry
Another top racer which descends from the old bloodlines is NL20-1023195 Silvian Bella, who has been good for 32 prizes including 7th Heuden-Zolder against 2,305 p. (54th Afd. against 18,139 p.), 8th Chalons against 1,305 p. (22nd Afd. against 5,723 p.), 10th Chimay against 1,846 p. (120th Afd. against 16,354 p.), 13th Weert against 1,988 p. (70th Afd. against 10,185 p.) etc. Father of Silvian Bella is a son of NL12-1000981 Hugo, who in turn is bred from the stock pair Leonardo x Tinkelbel. Hugo is (together with his brothers Othello and Icarus) still housed on the lofts of Arie. Grandmother of Silvian Bella is BE12-6023410 Gastorina. Gastorina has also been invaluable to Arie, it will become clear why when we share some of his references.
A half-brother of Silvian Bella is NL 21-1451371 Silvian Harry. This cock also performed well for Arie in 2023 with 15 prizes, finishing as 4th Ace Pigeon Old birds in the club. Silvian Harry is also a grandson of stock pigeons Hugo x Gastorina. A pair which has beautiful references in 2023. Jelle Jellema bought Hugo's daughter Sparkle during the auction in Janurary 2022 as well as his granddaughter, Beauty Tinkelbel with an eye on One Loft Races. In 2023, a son of Sparkle won 16th Final Victoria Falls WCPR for Jelle. Beauty Tinkelbel bred a/o 47th Final Victoria Falls WCPR, 39th Ace Pigeon AfrikaPro OLR and 1st Gran Marathon (501km) Derby Int. Marismas Del G.
Icarus and Othello
Besides Hugo, his brothers NL13-1581560 Othello and NL14-1390701 Icarus still reside on Arie's breeding lofts. Both have proven their worth as excellent breeders. The breeding quality of Icarus also benefitted Fred Weening from Canada in 2022 as grandfather of his CU20-16907, 1st Overall C.U. National Champion Ace Old Bird and 1st C.U. National Champion Old Bird Ace Short Distance. There were also some noteworthy achievements by grandchildren of Icarus on One Loft Races including a/o 1st OLR (208 km) Derby del Orbigo, 1st HS03 Vadu Volovat OLR and 83rd Final Hoosier Classic (USA).
Othello showed his breeding qualities a/o as father of Blaze who won the title of 1st Ace Pigeon Long Distance Friese Fond Club for Arie back in 2018 and of Dali who won a staggering 68 prizes (7x 1:100). Dali in turn is father of Bladrunner, who won 2x 1st Prize in the club for Arie on long distance races in 2023 including the 4th NPO Saulieu (681km) against 3,229 pigeons.
Boost with Olympic King
With the addition of NL17-1827431 Olympic King, Arie has another crack on the breeding lofts in which his old bloodlines are treasured. Olympic King represented the Netherlands in 2022 at the Olympiad in Ordea, Romania as 2nd Olympiad pigeon The Netherlands Allround Cat. D. Olympic King was bred and raced by Rink Wijnstra. This great cock already moved to the lofts of Arie before 2022 because Rink had to move because of new construction plans. After the Olympiad, Arie became the owner of Olympic King and the parents of this top racer also moved to Oudwoude (Rink stopped with pigeon sport). Interestingly, the mother of Olympic King (Speedster Blue) was bred by Arie himself from Rocking Blue (Leonardo x TInkelbel) x Gastorina. The results of Olympic King are highly impressive with a/o;
3rd National Ace Pigeon Cat. Allround World's Best Pigeon 2019
6th National Ace Pigeon Long Distance WHZB/TBOTB 2019
8th National Ace Pigeon PIPA Ranking Old birds 2019
8th National Ace Pigeon Cat. Allround 'De Allerbeste' 2019
Olympic King meets all expectations on the breeding loft. In just a short period of time he already became (grand)father of at least six 1st Prize winners, including;
1st Issoudun 762 km against 82 p. (35th National S4 against 4,355 p.)
NL22-8022909 Savage Blue (Son Olympic King)
1st Boxmeer against 356 p. (10th against 1,546 p./59th Afd. against 12,408 p.)
NL23-9534703 De 703 (Granddaughter Olympic King)
1st Tienen tegen 164 p. (1st against 2,460 p./19th Afd. against 8,634 p.)
Speedster Blue (mother Olympic King) is also back on the lofts in Oudwoude
After Rink Wijstra stopped racing pigeons, the parents of Olympic King also moved to the lofts of Arie Dijkstra. The mother of Olympic King, NL16-1004356 Speedster Blue, is a granddaughter of Leonardo x Tinkelbel and was paired to the good old NL13-1581415 Powerplay which together bred two great youngsters in 2023. Daughter NL23-9534710 won a/o a 1st Arlon against 1,278 pigeons (10th Afdeling against 5,912 p.), 14th Tienen against 2,460 p. (65th Afd. against 8,634 p.) and 27th Marche against 4,647 p. (65th Afd. against 10,537 p.). Another Daughter NL23-9534778 won a/o 3rd Arlon against 1,278 p. (12th Afd. against 5,912 p.) and became 2nd Ace Pigeon Young birds in the club. Both daughters are two of the three pigeons which won Arie the Gouden Duif Competition The Netherlands Cat. Middle Distance August/September. The third pigeon responsible for this achievement is the NL23-9534826. Again we find the bloodlines of Leonardo x Tinkelbel and Gastorina back in this pigeon's pedigree. She became 1st Ace Pigeon Young birds in the club. Furthermore, it is noteworthy that Bram ten Klei won 1st Semi-final AviRings Derby OLR with NL23-9214600, a pigeon bred from Rockarina, sister Speedster Blue.
Magnificent references for Powerplay in 2023
During his active racing career, Powerplay was a superb all-round pigeon across races between 100 and 800km. In total, he won 45 prizes 1:10 including 9 prizes 1:100. He won various ace pigeon titles with the highlights being 3rd National Ace Cock WHZB/TBOTB 2016, 7th International Ace Pigeon Long Distance Noordelijke Unie 2016 and 15th National Ace Pigeon 'Eendaagse Fondspiegel' 2014-2016. In 2023, the results of his descendants - of which many parents were bought in the auction on PIPA - are highly impressive;
1st Ace Pigeon Long Distance Afdeling 6 North Holland (with 4th, 8th, 8th and 17th Afdeling 6)
NL22-8015035 (descendant Powerplay, raced by Nico van Veen & René Dalmolen)
1st National Olympiad race Helmstedt against 1,302 p.
NL23-9214522 (granddaughter, raced by Bram ten Klei)
1st Afdeling North Holland Quievrain against 8,558 p.
Two grandchildren entered by Fred Weening (CA) became
2nd and 4th General Ace Pigeon East Course Combine
Focus on long distance and marathon
Arie wants to focus on long distance and marathon races in the near future. Descendants of Leonardo and Tinkelbel prove that they can handle tougher races. Together with a/o descendants of Pancho 453 (direct Chris Hebberecht) and his son Ravi, Arie wants to take on marathon races. Fireworks are to be expected as NL22-8022902 Fiery Angel (daughter Ravi) already won the title of 1st Ace Pigeon Marathon Morning releases at the 'Friese Fond Club' (Frisian Long Distance Club) in 2023.