The 2018 racing of Jan Hooymans (Kerkdriel, NL) - an ode to the sensational Harry

Harry drew out his last breath in August, and his descendants paid homage to this fantastic pigeon, delivering some fantastic results over the course of the 2018 season. We zoom in on some of the most remarkable results.

Jan Hooymans with his favourite bird Harry

The final weekend

It was announced in August that Harry NL07-2007621, the most sensational pigeon in The Netherlands in history, had died. Harry gained a reputation by winning the title of 1st National Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance WHZB in 2009. As his racing career ended, numerous descendants in turn started to win first prizes in prestigious national races. And 2018 was no exception: Harry was once again pivotal in the last weekend of this young birds' season, which reads like an ode to Harry. Here is a look at some of the most eye-catching achievements this year, starting with the closing weekend of 2018:

Jo & Florian Hendriks, 1st NPO Orléans province 4

Jo & Florian Hendriks 1st NPO Orléans province 4

The young birds' classic from Orléans took place on 15th of September, and the first prize in Province 4 (Limburg) went to Jo & his son Florian Hendriks (Nijswiller, NL). They claim a 1-7-8-12-13-14-16 etc. against 1277 pigeons, and each one of these prize winners is related to the Hooymans breed. In fact, both the sire and the dam of their first prize winner are grandchildren of Harry. Click here for his pedigree.

Irving, Diny and Rien van Oss, 2nd National Melun Sector 3

Diny van Oss 2nd National Melun sector 3

The highlight of this young birds' season for Team van Oss (Velddriel, NL) was without doubt the national sectoral race from Melun. They had a great day, winning the first five prizes against as many as 8389 pigeons - an astounding performance. The pigeons that claimed a 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th prize were direct Hooymans pigeons, closely related to the Harry bloodline. Click on the respective ring number for a detailed pedigree: 18-828 (2nd), 18-878 (3rd), 18-627 (4th) and 18-837 (5th).

Martijn & Marit Kramer have the Best One Day Long Distance Bird in The Netherlands WHZB/TBOTB with racing bird TGV

Martijn & Marit Kramer, Best One Day Long Distance Bird WHZB/TBOTB

Racing bird NL16-1407526, which Martijn & Marit Kramer (Wormer, NL) renamed TGV, was able to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious forefather Harry, claiming the title of 1st Best One Day Long Distance Bird in the national WHZB/TBOTB competition. The sire of TGV, NL14-1219787 Super Harry, is a grandson of Harry. Super Harry is also the sire of Red Harry, winner of a 1st NPO La Souterraine of 2875 pigeons.

Team Jan Hooymans wins a 1st NPO Chateaudun of 1982 pigeons

Jan Hooymans 1st NPO Chateaudun 1982 p.

Team Hooymans have also paid homage to Harry, claiming a first prize NPO from Gien earlier on this season. In addition, they claim several top results in the one day long distance with a son of NL07-2007622 Cees, a nest brother of Harry, including most notably a 1st NPO Chateaudun of 1982 pigeons. Click here for the pedigree of this first prize winner.

NL17-4289807, 1st NPO Sens and 1st NPO Morlincourt

Tjeerd and Jouke Elzinga win two first prizes NPO with a grandson of Harry

Claiming a first prize NPO is one thing; winning two NPO races in a single week with one and the same bird is a different story altogether. And that is exactly what Tjeerd and Jouke Elzinga (Harkema, NL) did with their NL17-4289807. This pigeon claimed victory in the NPO race from Morlincourt against 8939 pigeons, before claiming a second first prize NPO in Sens against 4666 pigeons just a few days later. The sire of this talented racing bird is a son of Harry. Click here for the full pedigree.

Bosmans-Leekens combination excels in Belgium in the national race from Limoges

The descendants of the Harry bloodline have repeatedly excelled outside of Belgium as well. The Bosmans-Leekens combination (Beverlo, BE) did really well in the national race from Limoges: racing bird BE15-2213179 Harryette took a provincial first prize with an impressive 22 minute lead over the second bird in the race, while finishing in 2nd place national of 15,789 pigeons. The sire of Harryette is again a son of Harry.

John Crehan wins a 1st Tewkesbury with a grandchild of Harry

John Crehan (Manchester, UK) has been remarkably successful with his direct Hooymans pigeons, and he had quite a solid 2018 season as well, claiming a first prize from Tewkesbury of 1943 pigeons with a grandchild of Harry. Click here for the pedigree of his first prize winner NL17-1410709. A brother of this 17-709 finished in 21st place in the final of the Victoria Falls OLR in Zimbabwe.

Bert Vandenberghe shows the true strength of Harry's descendants in the extreme long distance

Bert Vanden Berghe shows the versatility of the Harry bloodline

Bert Vanden Berghe is particularly fond of the extreme long distance, and he played a prominent role in the national race from Agen: he wins a 2nd, 31st, 45th and 88th National, and among them are few Harry descendants. Racing bird NL17-1411411 wins for instance a 31st National Yearlings of 4086 pigeons.

Just a brief selection

Keep in mind that these results are just a brief selection of the many references from the Harry bloodline that came in over the course of 2018. An extensive overview can be found here.

New Harry and Harry Junior eager to take over

Several youngsters and grandchildren of Harry are now eager to take their spot in the breeding loft in Kerkdriel, including for instance New Harry and Harry Junior. Their youngsters and grandchildren have already won several top results in provincial and national races, but we will be discussing that in another report.