This was another memorable season for Gerard and Bas Verkerk, who won a long list of top results this year. They can look back on some truly unique achievements, the kind of achievements many fanciers can only dream of. Let’s have a look::
NPO La Souterraine 687 km 4,838 p.: 7 pigeons in the top 10 T.T.T. (Reread our report here) Duffel 107 km 8,371 p.: 1 through to 10 etc. (Reread our report here) Asse Zellik 133 km 3,636 p.: 1-2-3 etc. (Reread our report here) Peronne 267 km 13,649 p.: 1 t/m 33 etc. (Reread our report here)
Click here for an overview of all the highlights of 2017. Needless to say, this team has had their share of national ace pigeon titles every season as well. Wonder Woman (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround WHZB/TBOTB), Princess (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance Fondspiegel) and Topper Harley (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance) are just a few examples from recent seasons, and Laetitita and Ace Isabelle have joined this prestigious list of ace pigeons just this year. The following is an overview of top 25 national ace pigeons for Team Verkerk in 2017:
1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Yearlings PIPA Ranking(10 prizes) with Laetitia (a daughter of Milo x Katja) 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance 2016-2017 Fondspiegel with Ace Isabelle (daughter Atlantis x Olympic Bibi) 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround PIPA Ranking (12 prizes) with Laetitia (daughter Milo x Katja) = best yearling 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance-Long Distance Pigeon PIPA Ranking (7 prizes) with Beckham (son Donald x Feline) 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround PIPA Ranking (12 prizes) with Beckham (son Donald x Feline) 12th Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance WHZB/TBOTB (daughter Invictus x Magic Adora) 12th Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance One Day Long Distance NPO with Highlight (daughter Dempsey x Eye Catcher) 13th Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround PIPA Ranking (with a son of Dirty Harry x Narnia) 14th Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance-Long Distance PIPA Ranking with Highlight (daughter Dempsey x Eye Catcher) 15th Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround WHZB/TBOTB with Beckham (son Donald x Feline) 17th Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance/Long Distance PIPA Ranking (daughter Invictus x Magic Adora) 19th Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround PIPA Ranking (with a daughter of Donald x Magic Adora) 21st Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance PIPA Ranking with Highlight (daughter Dempsey x Eye Catcher) 21st Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance Fondspiegel (daughter Donald x Magic Adora) 22nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Yearlings Jaarling PIPA Ranking (10 prizes) (daughter Milo x Sienna) 25th Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance Fondspiegel with Ace Isabelle (daughter Atlantis x Olympic Bibi)
The main pillars of the current generation of Verkerk birds are such champions as Olympic Solange, her sister Eye Catcher and granddaughter Feline. These successful racing birds developed into highly renowned breeders. In fact, many of the prize winners that we just mentioned were bred from youngsters and grandchildren of Olympic Solange. That is also the case for Laetitia (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Yearlings PIPA Ranking 2017). We will now take you through a few of the national stars of 2016 and 2017.
Laetitia is a daughter of Katja, in turn a granddaughter of Olympic Solange and Olympic Survivor. Katja won a 4th Chateaudun of 11,572 pigeons. The sire of Laetitia is Milo (owned by Mr. Dong-China), 1st NPO Bourges of 5,181 pigeons for the Verbree combination (Putten, NL). Click here for Laetitia's pedigree. She had a particularly strong season as a one year old, winning the following prizes:
1st Duffel 106 km 3,708 p. 14th Pointoise 377 km 6,521 p. 11th Arras 236 km 3,421 p. 59th Pointoise 377 km 12,351 p. 14th Peronne 266 km 2,149 p. 32nd Pt.st.Maxence 340 km 4,519 p. 70th Argenton 649 km 8,125 p. 69th Roye 294 km 6,946 p. 41st Asse Zellik 133 km 3,636 p. 77th Peronne 266 km 4,884 p.
These prizes in turn resulted in the following ace pigeon titles:
1st National Ace Pigeon Yearlings PIPA Ranking 2017 (10 prizes) 3rd National Ace Pigeon Allround PIPA Ranking 2017
NL15-1706463 Ace Isabelle
Ace Isabelle became 13th National Ace Pigeon in the national Fondspiegel competition already in 2016; this year she became 1st National Ace Pigeon one day long distance Fondspiegel for 2016-2017. She took the following prizes in the one day long distance:
39th Argenton 7,374 p. 56th Blois 6,333 p. 142end Chateauroux 14,602 p.
The dam of Ace Isabelle is Olympic Bibi, which represented The Netherlands in the Budapest Olympiad in 2015. The sire of Ace Isabelle is Atlantis, and this top class breeder is the sire of another national ace pigeon (Kiki-Kate) and of a 1st NPO Bourges (Lola-Lily). Ace Isabelle's full pedigree can be found here.
NL11-1741071 Eye Catcher
Like we said earlier, Eye Catcher is an important breeder in the lofts in Reeuwijk. She is a full sister of Olympic Solange (Olympiad Pigeon Allround Dortmund). Click here for her full pedigree. Eye Catcher is now the dam of:
Olympic Fire Eyes : Olympiad Pigeon Long Distance Brussels 2017 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance Topwings 2015 3rd NPO Chateauroux 10,029 p. (and 4th Nat. 47,539 p.) 1st Pt.St.Maxence 2,454 p. (3rd fastest of 32,967 p.) 6th NPO Bourges 9,742 p. 6th NPO Argenton 7,374 p. 40th NPO Ruffec 4,133 p. 78th NPO Blois 15,515 p. 38th Nanteuil 12,543 p. 38th Nanteuil 11,867 p. Highlight : 1st NPO Ruffec 3,780 p. 12th Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance NPO 2017 14th Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle distance/Long Distance PIPA ranking (7 prizes) 2017 26th Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long distance PIPA Ranking (3 prizes) 2017 Dedication : 1st Prov. Nantueil 12,543 p. (and the fastest of 31,438 p.) Eternity : 2nd Best Ace Pigeon Allround PIPA Ranking 2015 3rd Best Yearling PIPA Ranking 2015
The pictures and the pedigrees of Olympic Fire Eyes, Highlight, Dedication and Eternity have been included at the end of this article.
A granddaughter of Olympic Solange, Feline has developed into quite an important breeding hen. Click here for her pedigree. She was herself a 1st Substitute Pigeon in the Nitra Olympiad in 2013. Here is a look at her best results:
5th Prov. Mantes la Jolie 10,446 p. 10th Prov. Nantueil 6,905 p. 4th Mantes la Jolie 2,058 p. 5th Grimbergen 1,780 p. 52nd NPO Vierzon 14,964 p. 28th NPO Orleans 5,503 p. 47th NPO Tours 10,490 p.
She showed her breeding potential shortly after ending her racing career; today she is one of the main exponents of the Olympic Solange dynasty. She is for instance the dam of:
Kiki-Kate : 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance/Long Distance PIPA Ranking 2015 : 3rd NPO Chateauroux 5,907 p. (4th National 37,517 p.) 5th Pt.St.Maxence 13,116 p. (5th fastest of 32,967 p.) 20th Nanteuil 2,520 p. 34th Morlincourt 3,770 p. 39th Nanteuil 12,543 p. 47th Pt.St.Maxence 7,614 p. 53rd NPO Bourges 9,742 p. Lola-Lily : 1st NPO Bourges 9,742 p. Sylvie : 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance Fondspiegel : 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance WHZB-TBOTB 10th Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround hens WHZB-TBOTB 13th Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance PIPA Ranking 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance/Long Distance PIPA Ranking 21st Nat. Ace Pigeon Olds PIPA Ranking Beckham : 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance/Long Distance PIPA Ranking 2017 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround PIPA Ranking 2017 Special One : 10th Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance Fondspiegel 2nd Morlincourt 3,770 p. 10th Quievrain 3,637 p. 12th Charleville 2,552 p. 93rd Bourges 13,431 p.
The pictures and the pedigrees of Kiki-Kate, Lola Lily, Sylvie, Beckham and Special One can also be found at the end of this report as well.
NL14-1059638 Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman was one of the eye catchers of Gerard and Bas in 2016. She won the following titles in the national competitions:
1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround Hens WHZB/TBOTB (with more points than the best cock) 9th Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance WHZB/TBOTB 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance/Long Distance PIPA Ranking 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Olds PIPA Ranking 15th Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance PIPA Ranking
Wonder Woman is a daughter of Party Animal, which is in turn a half brother of Olympic Solange. The dam of Wonder Woman is Snip, and she is also the dam of Emily, 2nd National Ace Pigeon allround 2013. Click here for the pedigree of Wonder Woman.
One of the stars of 2016 was Princess. She was able to excel in the four one day long distance races in particular, and went on to win the following titles:
1st Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance Fondspiegel 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance WHZB/TBOTB 4th Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance PIPA Ranking 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Yearlings PIPA Ranking 1st Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance Prov. 5.
Princess is a daughter of Computer John (J. van Laar & Son) x Mona Lisa. Mona Lisa is a full sister of Flinstone, which is the sire of Fantasy. Fantasy was 18th National Ace Pigeon one day long distance in 2016 and 5th National Ace Pigeon one day long distance in 2015 (WHZB/TBOTB). Click here for the full pedigree of Princess.
NL13-1239600 Topper Harley
Topper Harley had an excellent one day long distance season in 2015, and he won the following top prizes in the NPO competition:
Ruffec 746 km 2 – 4133 p. Vierzon 570 km 18 - 11506 p. Blois 553 km 21 - 15515 p.
These top prizes resulted in the title of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance at Topwings, and meanwhile he finished as second best Long Distance Pigeon in The Netherlands. Topper Harley is a son of Tyson and Dream Girl (a granddaughter of NL98-5821416 Kleine Dirk, a phenomenal Gerard Koopman pigeon). The full pedigree of Topper Harley can be found here.
Truly exceptional achievements
Gerard and Bas Verkerk have been able to achieve outstanding results across all the national competitions. Their loft in Reeuwijk is home to pigeon collection of impeccable quality, which has been able to achieve great results at national and international level for many years now. This is mainly thanks to the exceptional breeding potential of the Verkerk pigeon breed, with the bloodline of Olympic Solange playing a crucial role. As of recently, the breeding loft is home to no less than 20 youngsters of Olympic Solange with a proven record (as racing or breeding birds). The 20th youngster that joined the breeding team just a while ago is Solange’s Angel. She was one of her favourites already during weaning, and she lived up to the expectations as a yearling, despite an injury.
8th NPO La Souterraine 4,783 p. 13th Duffel 5,379 p. 33rd NPO Argenton 8,125 p. 8th Arras 1,669 p.