Hans and Evert-Jan Eijerkamp (Brummen, NL) unfold plans for Barcelona with a strengthening of their Harry and Roger Wijnands strain

There had been rumours before, but Hans and Evert-Jan Eijerkamp have now decided to make the grand distance their main goal again for 2012, with the main objective being the Queen’s race in Barcelona. Their present stock of overnight pigeons, with cracks such as ‘Drogba’, ‘Mabel’, ‘Salinero’, ‘Tiesto’ and ‘Henry’ will form the basis of their colony, together with pigeons from Harry and Roger Wijnands from Maastricht, which were purchased in 2006 and 2007.

Recently, Hans and Evert-Jan Eijerkamp, accompanied by caretaker Gerard Boesveld, visited Harry and Roger Wijnands. After the entire sale of this Maastricht-based top colony, this combination has again reached the top of international pigeon racing in 2011. And they also have the best Dutch ZLU-pigeon over 2 races. In 2011, this widower with ring number 09-2086135 flew a 3° National Bordeaux ZLU and a 14° National Marseille, at the age of 18 months. This blue cock was bred from the last son of the ‘Blauwe Vanoppen’ (a brother Witneus) x a hen from Vrosch-Meijers, purchased at the complete sale of this combination. According to his pedigree, his father is a 1° International Barcelona and the mother is a daughter of ‘Etterbak’. This means that the colony from Maastricht is still based on the golden lines of the ‘Blauwe Vanoppen’, the true master of the Wijnands race. During their visit to Harry and Roger, a couple of pigeons were discussed, such as the ace pigeon ZLU, as well as two direct children of ‘Salinero’ x ‘Iris’ (mother ‘Late Simpson’, 1° national Marseille). The ‘Iris’ was rented out to Brummen; the youngsters from Salinero were shared. This proved to be a very successful coupling later on: a daughter of this couple has bred two youngsters that have two great descendants in Malta. Furthermore, both the Wijnands family and the Belgian Wim Kempeneers own a super pigeon of which the father is a son of this amazing couple. At Eijerkamp, ‘Salinero’ has turned into a super breeder, and he has become the symbol of a new generation of long distance pigeons excelling in the grand middle distance races, one loft races and overnight races. The numerous references that they have been receiving daily are a good indication of their value.

From left to right: Hans Eijerkamp & Harry Wijnands

They agreed to pay another visit to the lofts in Maastricht in 2012, and to make an exchange. Harry Wijnands never denied that he was very keen on ‘Drogba’, a cock he had already seen in the past. That is why one of Drogba’s direct descendants will be moving to Maastricht, in exchange for a descendant of the couple that has also bred 09-135, the ace pigeon ZLU 2 flights in 2011. Along with ‘Pozzatto’, ‘Witneus’,  ‘Blauwe Brouwers’,  ‘Late Simpson’, ‘Red Simpson’, ‘Gimondi’, ‘Duiker’, ‘Gouden Barcelona’, ‘Ballerini’, ‘Blauwe Roger’ and ‘Bettini’, which are all descendants from 2006 and 2007, Hans and Evert-Jan Eijerkamp own one of the most precious Wijnands collections.

The loft that has been achieving the best results from Barcelona over the last few years could well be that of Willems-Wijnants from Eijsden (BE). Albert ‘Berke’ Willems had already won the International Barcelona in 1996, but he was part of the combination Willems-Thone at that time. After Albert Willems’s fresh start in 2007, 95% of the pigeons in his loft were Harry and Roger Wijnands from Maastricht, who have now become close friends. Willems-Wijnants have been performing very well in the long distance, with a victory in Barcelona 2010 being their biggest achievement, with exceptional results: 5th-6th-8th-24th-35th-63 th-86 th-112 th-184 th-209 th 360 th-364th (nationally 29/73), 9th-10th-12th-51 th-76 th (internationally) and 4e-5th-6th-18th-48th-89th (internationally, hens)…

Hans and Evert-Jan Eijerkamp paid ‘Berke’ Willems a vist, together with Roger Wijnands. During their visit, they did not only pay attention to the pigeons themselves, but also to the system of widowhood. They also took a closer look at the lofts. Hans and Evert-Jan got to see several super pigeons, and they were impressed by the quality of the loft and the colony in Eijsden. The highlight of the day was the purchasing of direct descendants from the three top pigeons which have won 9th, 10th and 12th in the International Barcelona 2010. This proves that Team Eijerkamp is really thinking things through in creating a team for Barcelona. This also confirms the influence of the Harry and Roger Wijnands race in Barcelona in international pigeon racing.

From left to right: 'Berke' Willems - Hans Eijerkamp - Evert-Jan Eijerkamp