Veni, vidi, vici
He came, he saw, he conquered. The achievements of the outstanding NL07-2007621 Harry as a two year old widower are truly unmatched. Many fanciers can only dream of his palmares. Here is a look at his results from four different NPO one day long distance races that he competed in over the course of just a few weeks:
1st NPO Blois - 37,728 b. 1st NPO Chateauroux - 22,340 b. 3rd NPO Chateaudun - 21,520 b.
It earned him the title of 1st National Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance WHZB 2009.
With this impressive palmares in mind grandmaster Jan came up with an ingenious breeding strategy that would enable him to fully embed this bloodline into his existing pigeon family, while making sure that as many fanciers as possible could benefit from this unusual bloodline. This has been a successful operation indeed, judging from the countless references in 2017 alone. An impressive number of pigeon fanciers have achieved great results with pigeon closely related to Harry.
Harry descendants win 8 top 10 prizes NPO/National in 2017 alone
We have only had two NPO races and two national races in the 2017 season so far, and yet the list of achievements of the Harry descendants is already quite impressive:
1st Melun Andr. - 14,316 p. great-grandchild Harry 1st Nat. Bergerac - 8,389 p. great-grandchild Harry 1st Prov. Argenton - 4,470 p. grandchild Harry 1st Section Burbure UK - 2,476 p. great-grandchild Harry 1st Peronne - 579 p. grandchild Harry 1st Pont-St.-Maxence - 377 p. youngster Harry 1st Hullavington - 261 p. grandchild Harry 1st Section Coutances UK - Nat. race grandchild Harry 1st Lorris - 573 p. great-grandchild Harry 1st Melun - 628 p. great-grandchild Harry 2nd NPO Gien - 2,438 p. great-grandchild Harry 2nd NPO Montluçon - 2,160 p. grandchild Harry 2nd Pont-St.-Maxence - 1,262 p. great-grandchild Harry 2nd Duffel - 402 p. grandchild Harry 2nd Peronne - 579 p. grandchild Harry 2nd Pont-St.-Maxence - 203 p. grandchild Harry 3rd NPO Bourges - 4,118 p. grandchild Harry 3rd Asse-Zellik - 10,813 p. youngster Harry 3rd Wollaston - 1,911 p. grandchild Harry 3rd Lessines - 2,269 p. great-grandchild Harry 3rd Melun - 755 p. grandchild Harry 3rd 1000km race Japan - 1,283 p. grandchild Harry 4th Asse-Zellik - 10,813 p. great-grandchild Harry 4th Niergnies - 4,187 p. youngster Harry 4th Wollaston - 1,911 p. grandchild Harry 5th NPO Montluçon - 2,160 p. grandchild Harry 5th Asse-Zellik - 10,813 d. youngster Harry 6th Laon - 2,028 p. grandchild Harry 6th Wollaston - 1,911 p. great-grandchild Harry 6th Duffel - 1,760 p. great-grandchild Harry 7th Wollaston - 1,911 p. grandchild Harry 8th NPO Bourges - 4,118 p. grandchild Harry 8th Pont-St.-Maxence - 2,241 p. child Harry 8th Pont-St.-Maxence - 1,762 p. grandchild Harry 8th Prov. 600km Japan - 3,124 p. grandchild Harry 9th NPO Bourges – 4,118 p. great-great-grandchild Harry 9th Niergnies - 4,187 p. grandchild Harry 9th Prov. Vierzon - 2,258 p. great-grandchild Harry 9th Melun Andr. - 2,043 p. grandchild Harry 9th Prov. Vierzon - 1,521 p. grandchild Harry 10th NPO Bourges - 4,118 p. great-great-grandchild Harry 10th Niergnies - 4,187 p. grandchild Harry 10th Melun Andr. - 2,043 p. child Harry 10th Soissons - 949 p. grandchild Harry 11th Prov. Bourges - 2,318 p. grandchild Harry 11th Melun Andr. - 2,043 p. grandchild Harry 15th Asse-Zellik - 2,024 p. grandchild Harry 16th Prov. Chateauroux - 3,449 p. great-grandchild Harry 18th Pont-St.-Maxence - 2,241 p. kind Harry 19th Niergnies - 4,187 p. grandchild Harry 19th Pont-St.-Maxence - 1,762 p. youngster Harry 20th Pont-St.-Maxence - 1,762 p. youngster Harry 25th Quievrain - 4,121 p. youngster Harry 26th Quievrain - 4,121 p. grandchild Harry 28th NPO Bourges - 4,118 p. youngster Harry 34th Niergnies - 4,187 p. Youngster Harry 38th Niergnies - 4,187 p. grandchild Harry 38th Quievrain - 4,121 p. grandchild Harry
Stock pair Jonge Bliksem x Dirkje
As it turns out, Harry is not the only youngster of potentially the best breeding pair worldwide Jonge Bliksem x Dirkje that has bred phenomenal descendants over the years. Many of Harry's brothers and sisters have bred excellent descendants as well, juding from this list of references:
1st Niergnies - 4,187 p. youngster “512 Sister Harry” 1st Nat. Sect. Burbure - 2,476 p. youngster “Jeanette” 1st Wollaston - 1,911 p. youngster “493 Sister Harry” 1st Lessines - 2,269 p. great-grandchild “493 Sister Harry” 1st Tewkesbury - 3,250 p. youngster “493 Sister Harry” 1st Melun Andr. - 634 p. youngster “4000” 1st Melun - 628 p. great-grandchild Alexia 1st Duffel - 402 p. youngster “512 Sister Harry” 1st Tewkesbury - 347 p. grandchild Cees + Alexia 2nd Pont-St.-Maxence - 8,347 p. grandchild James Bond 2nd Wollaston - 1,911 p. youngster “493 Sister Harry” 2nd Peronne - 579 p. grandchild James Bond 2nd Duffel - 402 p. grandchild James Bond 3rd NPO La Souterraine - 3,095 p. grandchild “264 Brother Harry” 3rd NPO Bourges - 4,118 p. grandchild James Bond 3rd Peronne - 579 p. grandchild James Bond + Laatje 56 3rd Wollaston - 1,911 p. grandchild “De 900” 3rd Lessines - 2,269 p. great-grandchild Cees + Laatje 56 4th Asse-Zellik - 10,813 p. grandchild Jonge Bliksem 4th Niergnies - 4,187 p. youngster “512 Sister Harry” 4th Wollaston - 1,911 p. grandchild James Bond 5th Wollaston - 1,911 p. youngster Alexia 6th Pont-St.-Maxence - 2,241 p. youngster “807 Brother Harry” 6th Laon - 2,028 p. grandchild James Bond 6th Wollaston - 1,911 p. grandchild Cees 7th Wollaston - 1,911 p. grandchild Elfje 7th Lessines - 2,269 p. youngster “493 Sister Harry” 8th NPO Bourges - 4,118 p. grandchild Alexia 8th Prov. Pont-St.-Max. - 8,527 p. youngster Blauwe Bink 8th Tewkesbury - 1,367 p. youngster “565 Sister Harry” 8th Melun Andr. - 2,043 p. grandchild “Hilde 492” 9th Yeovil - 6,592 p. youngster “633 Brother Harry” 9th Niergnies - 4,187 p. grandchild Alexia 9th Melun Andr. - 2,043 p. grandchild Alexia 9th Prov. Vierzon - 2,258 p. great-grandchild Alexia 10th NPO Bourges - 4,118 p. great-grandchild Ome Sjaak 10th NPO Bourges - 4,118 p. great-grandchild Blauwe Bink 10th Niergnies - 4,187 p. grandchild James Bond
In the spotlight
We picked a few of these top results for a detailed report.
Leen Pruijssen (Moerdijk, NL)
She wins a 1st National Bergerac last weekend with racing bird NL14-3430896 Cor. You can tell from his pedigree that he is related to stock pair Jonge Bliksem x Dirkje through both his parents. The sire of this talented racing bird is none other than a grandson of Harry, and his dam is a granddaughter of Future Boy, a full brother of Harry. Click here for the full pedigree of the 1st National Bergerac against 8,389 pigeons.
Erik Jansen (Maarsen, NL)
Erik wins a 1st Provincial Melun on 27th of May against no less than 14,136 pigeons with racing bird NL14-1738629 Harry Blue, which was 60 m/min faster than the second in the race. This prize winner is a grandson of De Jonge Harry, which in turn comes from none other than Harry. Click here for the full pedigree of the 1st Provincial Melun 14,136 pigeons.
Jo & Florian Hendriks (Nijswiller, NL)
Last weekend the father-son combination did the NPO race from Montluçon (554km), and they managed to have two pigeons in the top ten NPO against 2,156 pigeons. They are both racing cocks, and more importantly they are both grandsons of Harry.
- Click here for the pedigree of the 2nd NPO Montlucon (554 km) - 2,156 pigeons
- Click here for the pedigree of the 5th NPO Montlucon (554 km) - 2,156 pigeons
Comb. Van Wanrooij (Geffen, NL)
The champion loft of Van Wanrooij performed outstandingly in the Argenton race. Their first arrival NL15-3541307 won a 3rd NPO Argenton against 3,095 birds. His sire is bred from Brother Harry, the only brother of Harry that was ever sold. Brother Harry has already bred the 2nd NPO La Souterraine, 3rd NPO Ruffec, 6th NPO Gien and 10th NPO Nanteuil. Have a look at the pedigree of NL15-3541307 here.
Jan Hooymans (Kerkdriel, NL)
Let's not forget that these Harry descendants have been really successful in their home loft in Kerkdriel as well. Take for instance the race from Asse-Zellik on 15 April where Harry's direct descendants had a great day, winning a 3rd, 4th and 5th against 10,183 pigeons overall. The pigeons responsible for this excellent result are a daughter of Harry (3rd), a granddaughter Harry (4th) and another daughter of Harry (5th) respectively.
- Click here for the pedigree of Daughter Harry (3rd fastest of 10,813 pigeons)
- Click here for the pedigree of Granddaughter Harry (4th fastest of 10,813 pigeons)
- Click here for the pedigree of Daughter Harry (5th fastest of 10,813 pigeons)
This is just a small selection of references for 2017. We are not that far into the racing season yet so we are looking forward to the next few weeks and months of racing. Jan is really pleased to see so many other lofts reaping the benefits of this breeding strategy. He is an ambitious breeder, and he is glad to see so many fanciers express their gratitude for winning a top result with a descendant of the stock pair Jonge Bliksem x Dirkje that he created. The results show that these two breeders are on their way to becoming one of the world's most renowned breeding pairs. We have to wait and see what the rest of the season has in store but we think there is still a lot more to come from them.
Jan Hooymans about to come up with a new top pair: New Harry x Birdy