Outstanding in the one day long distance
We take a look back on some of their most impressive results in the NPO races of 2015:
24/05 Sens 564 km 4,237 pigeons: 1,3,4,5,8,9,17,19,20,21,22,27,28,29,30,31,32,37,38, 39,40,46,47,48,49,… (96/151 per 4) 06/06 Souppes 585 km 3,607 pigeons: 1,2,3,4,6,9,11,12,13,17,18,19,20,23,24,25,28,30,32, 33,34,35,36,37,41,42,46,47,… (98/126 per 4) 20/06 Gien 635 km 3,137 pigeons: 4,6,7,10,15,16,17,19,23,31,34,35,37,40,41,… (50/107 per 4) 18/07 Chateauroux 751 km 667 pigeons: 1,9,10,11,13,16,… (45/86 per 4)
An additional three NPO wins were added to their palmares. If we only take into consideration the races from Sens, Souppes-sur-Loing and Gien, with more than 3,000 pigeons in each race, then we have no less than 15 top 10 prizes and 30 top 20 prizes! The race from Souppes-sur-Loing was an impressive victory for this team, having won the four first prizes and nine pigeons in the top 13.
The pigeons behind this flying start
The first NPO races was won in style by NL13-5310073 Fahsai (Thai for "fresh air"), a two year old hen and a direct Royal Dream, which is in turn a son of Cassius. The dam of Fahsai is a direct Marc Pollin.
NL02-2373002 Cassius, grandfather Fahsai 1st NPO Sens
The pigeons of Koopman put in a great performance in the first NPO race of June. The winner that day was NL12-1077169 Wandie (“beautiful day”), and this was her 21st consecutive race without missing a prize. It explains why she was basketed as first nominated. Wandie is a daughter of Mr. BP (1st National Ace Pigeon middle distance NPO 2011 - Ben Pieper from Borculo) and winner of 7 first prizes. The dam of Wandie is a daughter of Chantharel (from a joint breeding of Jan Hooymans x Marijke van Koopman).
NL09-1754567 Mister B.P., sire of Wandie, 1st NPO Souppes-sur-Loing
NL10-1109814 Cantharel, dam of Wandie, 1st NPO Souppes-sur-Loing
The fourth prize in this NPO race was won by Mara, which won the NPO race from Châteauroux against 667 pigeons later in the season as well. The 6th prize was won by a daughter of top class pair Golden Capri x Martine. Golden Capri is also the sire of the 10th prize winner, which he bred when paired to Razinda.
Update: just in!
The racing season closed a few months ago, and yet the Koopman pigeons continue to achieve brilliant results. For instance, Sawa Sawa won a 2nd prize in the first Hot Spot Car Race on 12th December. This race is part of the One Million Dollar Race in South Africa.
The road to success in the NPO competition
We conclude by taking a brief look at how the racing team is preparing for the first NPO races. In fact, the racing pigeons have to cover quite a few kilometres prior to the start of the NPO competition in Province 10:
- 11-04 Boxtel: 163 km
- 18-04 Hapert: 188 km
- 25-04 Duffel: 243 km
- 02-05 Asse-Zellik: 271 km
- 09-05 St.-Quentin: 406 km
- 17-05 Quievrain: 338 km
The entire racing team was basketed for the race from Boxtel with decent form, which they maintained through the winter by being released two to three times a week, despite the birds of prey in the neighbourhood. Both the cocks and the hens are then raced in traditional widowhood, with a partner that is kept at home.
In 2015 the Koopman pigeon family once again showed to be a versatile and allround pigeon breed that is based on some of the finest bloodlines in Belgium and The Netherlands. They have settled for nothing but the best for years, and this is the result. This breed has created several generations of prize winners and talented breeders.