Scheele brothers (Terneuzen, NL) take all three podium places in 1st NPO race from Bourges in Province 1 Zeeland

Adriaan and Jaap Scheele have won all top three prizes in the first NPO race from Bourges in Provinde 1 Zeeland, finishing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd against 4,278 pigeons.

Jaap (l) and Adriaan (r) Scheele

The race from Bourges on 24 May was the first NPO one day long distance race in Province 1 Zeeland this season. It proved quite a demanding race that saw only one pigeon achieve a velocity of over 1200 m/min. The Scheele brothers, Adriaan and his son Jaap, had basketed 20 pigeons, which have achieved this impressive feat. You can tell from their results in the first few races of the season that they are in excellent form. We take a look at some of the results of 2015, won in Group South in Province 1:

Auby-lez-Douai 2,668 p. 113 km: 1-2-3-5-7-11-12-26-34-43-45-47-55-61-88-89-90-112-114-118-
                                126-127-163-169-205-etc. (38/56)
Roye           2,474 p. 194 km: 2-3-6-7-8-19-56-58-62-112-114-139-140-142-etc. (26/56)
Sens           2,567 p. 348 km: 1-5-6-7-8-11-26-31-32-41-53-57-77-80--82-98-104-106-110-111-
                                153-158-198-204-214-235-240-etc. (33/58)

Then came the first NPO one day long distance race from Bourges in Province 1 Zeeland, where the Scheele brothers did particularly well:

Bourges Province 1 Zeeland 4,278 pigeons 480 km: 1-2-3-20-64-205-264-etc. (14/20)

Result: 4 pigeons with a 1 on 100, 7 pigeons with a 1 on 10 and 70% prize 1 on 4.

We would like to introduce you to the winners of the first, second and third prize.

NL13-3310871 Joy

The first prize was won by the hen Joy, a daughter of breeding pair Senso x Mariah. Click here for the full pedigree of Joy. This is a brief overview of Joy's palmares:

  5th Roye            967 pigeons
 16th Arras           889 pigeons
127th Sens          6,129 pigeons
 33rd Pont-St.-Max. 1,274 pigeons
 49th Peronne       1,146 pigeons

Her sire Senseo is a son of Lichte Dirk of Dirk van Dijck paired to Dochter 666 of Henk Melis. Lichte Dirk is the sire of 800, winner of a 1st Orleans 4,970 pigeons, a 2nd Ablis 7,889 pigeons and a 10th NPO Blois. He is also the grandfather of the 1st National Chateauroux 16,347 pigeons and of an 8th national ace pigeon WHZB. Dochter 666 is the dam of a 1st NPO Orleans 5,000 pigeons, a 1st Peronne 6,793 pigeons, a 1st Orleans 5,149 pigeons, a 1st NPO Poitiers 2,183 pigeons, a 2nd NPO Argenton, and a 2nd NPO Chateauroux. 
The dam of Joy, Mariah, won a 1st NPO Chateauroux 846 pigeons, a 1st Orleans 832 pigeons and a 1st NPO La Souterraine 3,469 pigeons in just three weeks' time. Click here to learn more about the amazing Mariah.

The parents of Joy

NL11-3056877 Argenton

Argenton finished in second place. His sire Fighter Verkerk is a direct G. & S. Verkerk, his dam Janny a direct Jan Hooymans. Janny is not only the dam of Argenton, she has also bred the winner of a 1st NPO Orleans 3,969 pigeons. Besides, she is a half sister of Kleine Mario, winner of a 1st NPO Blois against 4,413 pigeons. Click here for the full pedigree of Argenton. This cock is not a one trick pony; he has already won four teletext prizes and several more top results:

 1st NPO Argenton       3,372 pigeons 
 2nd NPO Bourges        4,520 pigeons (behind loft mate)
 3rd Peronne            7,007 pigeons (behind two loft mates)
 4th NPO Orleans        4,308 pigeons
 4th NPO La Souterraine 3,077 pigeons
 4th Niergnies          2,064 pigeons
11th NPO Ruffec         2,084 pigeons

NL11-3056877 Argenton

NL13-1619566 Lord Harry

The third place was won by Lord Harry, winner of a 1st NPO Orleans against 3,967 pigeons as a young bird. Lord Harry originates directly from Harry van Andel (Leeuwarden, NL) and he is a son of Lord Unbeatable x Lady Olympiade. Lord Unbeatable was a successful racing bird as well, having won a 12th NPO 8,498 pigeons, an 18th NPO 13,350 pigeons, a 33rd Provincial 33,500 pigeons and a 79th Provincial 23,206 pigeons. Youngsters of Lord Unbeatable have won a 1st against 2,136 pigeons and a 1st against 1,768 pigeons. Lady Olympiade is a 100% Heremans pigeons bred from Olympiade 003 x Dochter Olympiade 003. Click here for the full pedigree.

Final words

A lot has been said about Adriaan and Jaap Scheele, the fanciers that have won countless championship titles and national victories. This race from Bourges shows once again that the pigeons from Terneuzen are highly talented. You can tell from the results in the early season that 2015 will be another great year, especially with the NPO races coming up. It would not be the first outstanding season for this successful pigeon loft.