Brive, a race across 803km, was no simple task. The pigeons were released at 8:10AM and found their way home with an average speed of 1100mpm; meaning a total flight time of more than 11.5 hours...for that fastest pigeons that is. "A real race" as many fanciers would call it...one at which only the best have a chance to win. With the first two nominated pigeons, father and son Verkerk took nothing less than gold...silver...4th, 11th and 18th place of all the entered pigeons.
A beautiful season
Brive was the dream ending to the 2021 season for Bas and Gerard Verkerk. "This season was characterized by the many top results other fanciers achieved with our pigeons," Bas tells proudly. "Of course we focus on our own performances, but it is nice to receive phone calls, messages and e-mails from thankful fanciers. Our pigeons apparently do well in all sorts of conditions and environments."
Credits where credits are due; as results in Reeuwijk put the spotlights back on Bas and Gerard several times this season. Especially with the 1st National Vierzon Sector 2 against 11,257 pigeons. This stellar performance was on account of super pigeon NL20-1496607 Flying Dutchman. Son to Fabio, winner of 2nd Nat. Chateauroux S4 3,647 p. and 14th Nat. Lorris S4 6,086 p. and direct André and Bert Leideman from their wonder couple Arturo x Tila. Mother is the sublime Hot Shot (Bulldozer x Eye Catcher), also other to Flying Wonder, 1st Nat. Ace pigeon Allround and Yearlings 2018 with i. a. 1st NPO Sezanne 13,628 p. ... click here for the article on Bas and Gerard Verkerk's victory on Vierzon.
Hot Shot, super daughter to Bulldozer x Eye Catcher
Mother to Flying Dutchman, 1st Nat. sector 2 Vierzon against 11,257 p.
Mother to Flying Wonder, 1st Nat. Ace pigeon Allround & Yearlings 2018, 1st NPO Sezanne 13,628 p.
Super result on Chateauroux
Several weeks after Vierzon, Bas & Gerard Verkerk demonstrated their class on the National GP Chateauroux (621km) against 7,962 pigeons in Sector 2. With 6 pigeons in the Top 25 (4th, 10th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 25th National) it once again became clear that the 'Verkerk formula' is as strong as ever, and already successful for decades now. In theory, this formula is very simple; move your best racers to the breeding loft each year and continue building on their success. When taking a closer look at the super performers on Chateauroux, this formula immediately becomes clear:
NL20-1496601 Bull’s Eye; 4th Nat. S2 Chateauroux 7,962 p.
Super talented yearling and son to two 1st NPO winners
- Lei; 1st NPO Chateauroux 2,217 p., 3rd NPO Argenton 2,853 p.
10th prov. P.St. Maxence 7,490 p., 11th NPO Gien 8,513 p.
- Expectation; 1st NPO Vierzon 11,506 p. and mother to many winners
The super cock Bull’s Eye will be mentioned again later on in this article…
NL19-1666557; 10th Nat. S2 Chateauroux 7,962 p.
Previously won 15th Nat. SII Blois 11,464 p. and is son to
- Topper Harley; 1st Nat. Ace pigeon Long Distance Topwings 2015
- Sylvie; 3rd Nat. Ace pigeon Long Distance ‘Fondspiegel’ 2016 … also 7th-8th-10th-13th Nat. Ace pigeon 2016
NL19-1666578; 13th Nat. S2 Chateauroux 7,962 p.
10th Nat. Ace pigeon Young Birds ‘De Fondspiegel’ 2019 and daughter to
- John Travolta; equal fastest and 1st against 13,649 p.
- Leila; 13th Nat. Chateauroux 37,571 p.
NL19-1666612 Lisa; 17th Nat. S2 Chateauroux 7,962 p.
Also won 2nd NPO Issoudun 10,850 p., 5th s-prov. Peronne 13,510 p.
30th Nat. SII Blois 11,464 p. and daughter to two super pigeons
- Olympic Fire Eyes; Olympiad pigeon long distance, 2nd Nat. Ace pigeon Long Distance PIPA Ranking 2016
3rd Nat. Ace pigeon long distance Topwings 2015, 6th Nat. Ace pigeon Middle & Long Distance PIPA 2016
4th Nat. Chateauroux 47,539 p., 6th NPO Argenton 7,374 p. 2016
3rd prov. P. St. Maxence 13,116 p., 6th NPO Bourges 9,742 p.
From wonder couple Donald x Eye Catcher
- Ace Isabelle, 1st Nat. Ace pigeon long distance ‘Eend. Fondspiegel’ 2016-2017
Mother to 1st NPO Blois 15,362 p., 2nd TXT Pontoise 9,750 p.
4th NPO P. St. Maxence 5,775 p., 5th s-prov. Peronne 13,510 p.
Daughter to wonder breeders Atlantis x Olympic Bibi
NL19-1666718 Maradona; 20th Nat. S2 Chateauroux 7,962 p.
Winner of 1st Ace pigeon title Short Distance and Natour region and son to
- Ton, direct Ton Snoek, from 2nd Nat. yearling (Justin) x 1st Nat. ace pigeon allround (Jessie)
- Delirium, 6th fastest Nanteuil 31,438 p. & mother Mermaid, 1st prov. ace pigeon middle distance
NL19-1666440; 25th Nat. S2 Chateauroux 7,962 p.
Previously winner of 40th Nat. SII Blois 11,464 p. 2020 and grandchild to super pigeons
- Dagobert Duck; 5th fastest Nanteuil 31,438 p. & 21st Nat. SII Chateauroux 47,539 p.
- Wonder Wonan; 1st Nat. Ace pigeon Allround (hens) WHZB-TBOTB 2016
2nd NL middle & long distance PIPA Ranking 2016 & 9th Nat. Ace pigeons long distance WHZB/TBOTB 2016
- Fast Boy; fastest Peronne 4,709 p.
- Replica; super breeding daughter to ‘Olympic Solange’
Nikkie; 1st NPO & I.prov. Brive 2,687 p.
The most recent NPO success was the double victory on Brive. The winner was the first nominated pigeon at the Verkerk lofts, which can only mean that this is a proven super racer. This is absolutely the case when talking about NL19-1666433 Nikkie. As a young bird she was crowned 8th National Ace pigeon Middle Distance Young birds WHZB-TBOTB. Here are some of her best prizes:
1st NPO Brive & fastest 2.687 p. 2021
1st Pontoise 930 d. / 8th NPO 8,068 p. 2019
31st NPO Vierzon 9,031 p. 2020
38th NPO PS Maxence 6,570 p. 2019
61st NPO Chateauroux 7,962 p. 2021
74th prov. PS Maxence 33,636 p. 2020
79th NPO Issoudun 10,850 p. 2021
116th prov. Fontenay 17,630 p. 2020
Nikkie, winner 1st NPO Brive & fastest 2,687 p. 2021
Nikkie is from the absolute best Gerard and Bas can combine. Father is the infamous Solo Star, a full brother to 1st NPO winnner Expectation, who is mother to 4th Nat. S2 Chateauroux in 2021....Solo Star, child to the legendary pairing Bulldozer x Olympic Solange, besides Nikkie he is also father to i. a.:
Equal fastest Peronne 13,649 p.
Equal fastest Quievrain 12,545 p.
Equal fastest Quievrain 8,029 p.
1st club / 6th Duffel 3,992 p. 2016
1st club / 9th Lennik 3,364 p. 2019
2nd prov. Ace pigeon young birds 2013 at Comb. Van Wanrooy
4th TXT Melun 4,511 p. 2018
8th TXT Sezanne 4,719 p. 2018
10th NPO / 14th Nat. S2 Chateauroux 12,511 p.
Nikkie's mother is New Olympic Solange...as a racer she follows her great grandmother (Olympic Solange) footsteps and is now the revelation on the breeding lofts in Reeuwijk. New Olympic Solange won i.a.:
1st NL Olympiadd pigeon cat. old birds 2019
2nd NL Olympiad pigeon cat. middle distance 2019
2nd NL Olympiad pigeon cat. allround 2019
1st Nat. middle & long distance pigeon PIPA Ranking 2018
1st Nat. ace pigeon long distance NPO 2018
3rd Nat. long distance pigeon PIPA Ranking 2018
4th Nat. ace pigeon allround WHZB/TBOTB 2018
1st Melun 1,643 p. / 2nd s-prov. 4,510 p. 2018
1st Argenton 759 p. / 8th Nat. S2 8,702 p.
2nd NPO Chateauroux 3,769 p. 2018 after loft mate
16th Nat. S2 Chateauroux 7,151 p. 2018
19th NPO Gien 12,689 p. 2018
19th s-prov. Fontenay 11,526 p. 2018
Bull’s Eye; 2nd NPO Brive & 4th Nat. S2 Chateauroux
On Chateauroux NL20-1496601 Bulls Eye won the 4th Nat. Sector 2 against 7,962 p....and on Brive this super cock takes a phenomenal podium spot. He takes the 2nd NPO, behind loft mate Nikkie. A yearling with exceptional class who manages to strike it rich on the two toughest one day classics in 2021:
2nd NPO Brive & 2nd fastest 2,687 p. 2021 (after loft mate)
4th Nat. S2 Chateauroux 7,962 p. 2021
Bull’s Eye, 4th Nat. S2 Chateauroux 2021 and 2nd NPO Brive 2021
Her father, previously mentioned, is super cock Lei, direct Jan & Joke Kaman and winner of i. a.:
1st NPO Chateauroux 2,217 p.
1st club / 3rd NPO Argenton 2,853 p.
1st club / 10th prov. P. St. Maxence 7,490 p.
11th NPO Gien 8,513 p.
6th s-prov. ace pigeon long distance 2018
Mother is wonder hen Expectation...full brother to Solo Star (father Nikkie), and winner of 1st NPO Vierzon 11,506 p. ...children to Expectation won i. a.:
1st NPO Vierzon 9,031 p.
3rd NPO Vierzon 10,052 p.
10th Nat. S2 Argenton 8,702 p.
11th NPO PS Maxence 5,775 p.
13th Nat. SII Blois 11,464 p.
4th Nat. middle distance pigeon PIPA Ranking 2020
5th Nat. young bird PIPA Rankings 2019
11th Nat. yearling with 10 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
19th Nat. ace pigeon old birds with 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
Both Solo Star and Expectation are children to super couple Bulldozer x Olympic Solange...Bulldoze became 3rd Nat. Ace pigeon Long Distance W-European Countries Cup 2006, 4th Nat. Ace pigeon Long Distance NPO 2005, 6th Nat. cock WHZB 2004 and 10th Nat. Cock WHZB 2005...Olympic Solange is the best Dutch long distance pigeon ever with an unbelievable record holding six 1st Nat. Ace pigeon Long Distance titles.
Expectation, winner 1st NPO Vierzon 11,506 p.
Mother to Solange’s Playboy, 1st NPO Vierzon 9,031 p. 2020
Mother to Bull’s Eye, 2nd NPO Brive 2,687 p. 2021 & 4th Nat. S2 Chateauroux 7,962 p.
Daughter to super couple Bulldozer x Olympic Solange
Solo Star, father to Nikkie (1st NPO Brive & fastest 2,687 p. 2021)
Full brother to Expectation
Son to super couple Bulldozer x Olympic Solange
Winner 4th-11th-18th NPO & I.prov. Brive 2,687 p.
NL19-1666730; 4th I.prov. (Afdeling 5 & 6) Brive 2,687 d.
Already won 11th NPO Salbris 17,448 p. & daughter to 2 top racers:
- Mercedes; 9th NPO Argenton 8,125 p. and 11th NPO Bourges 13,431 p.
- Olympic Sofie; Olympiad pigeon Budapest 2015
NL20-1496516; 11th I.prov. (Afdeling 5 & 6) Brive 2,687 p.
Granddaughter to 4 top class Verkerk pigeons
- Mission Impossible; 1st Nat. ace pigeon short distance and speed (short & middle distance)
- Olympic Solange; 6x 1e Nat. ace pigeon and Verkerk stock breeder
- Prince; direct Reedijk-Jongekrijg, father to top pigeons Feline and Ivory Lady
- Eyelar; 20th Nat. hen WHZB 2013, daughter Bulldozer
NL19-1666718 Maradona; 18th I.prov. (Afdeling 5 & 6) Brive 2,687 p.
Several weeks ago, he excelled with a 20th Nat. S2 Chateauroux 7,962 p. ...as a yearling he became 1st Ace pigeon Short Distance Natour Region ...and nou a great result from Brive. Maradona is bred from
- Ton, direct Ton Snoek from 2nd Nat. yearlings (Justin) x 1st Nat. ace pigeon allround (Jessie)
- Delirium, 6th fastest Nanteuil 31,438 p. & mother Mermaid, 1st prov. ace pigeon middle distance
Maradona, winner of 18th NPO Brive and 20th Nat. S2 Chateauroux in 2021
Exceptional performance record
In the midst of all these incredible performances a 50% Verkerk pigeon was responsible for one of the greatest stunts of the season...raced by Sakis Minovgiodis, this pigeon took 1st Nat. Chateauroux Sector 2 against 7,962 pigeons with an average speed of 1070 mpm, an amazing feat!! Mother to the winner is a direct Bas and Gerard Verkerk bred from Topper Harley (1st Nat. ace pigeon long distance Topwings 2015) x Euphoria (daughter Bulldozer x Olympic Solange) … did we already mention those names? Indeed, names that can be found back in all of Verkerk's cracks that brought success to Reeuwijk on the National NPO races...an exceptional performance record:
1st Nat. GP Nanteuil 12,002 p. (from grandaughter Eye Catcher, sister Solange – Reedijk-Jongekrijg)
1st Nat. S2 Vierzon 11,257 p. (son Hot Shot, from Bulldozer x Eye Catcher – G. & S. Verkerk)
1st Nat. S2 Chateauroux 7,962 p. (granddaughter Euphoria from Bulldozer x Solange - Sakis Minovgioudis)
1st NPO Brive & snelste 2,687 p. (daughter Solo Star from Bulldozer x Solange – G. & S. Verkerk)
2nd NPO Issoudun 10,850 p. (from Ol. Fire Eyes son Eye Catcher x Ace Isabelle – G. & S. Verkerk)
2nd NPO Brive & 2nd fastest 2,687 p. (son Expectation from Bulldozer x Solange – G. & S. Verkerk)
4th Nat. S2 Chateauroux 7,962 p. (son Expectation from Bulldozer x Solange – G. & S. Verkerk)
4th NPO Salbris 17,448 p. (son GPS x Silver, half sister Olympic Sofie – G. & S. Verkerk)
4th NPO Brive & 4th fastest 2,687 p. (granddaughter New Sensation, half brother Solange – G. & S. Verkerk)
10th NPO Issoudun 10,850 p. (from Rico, grandson Bulldozer x Solange – G. & S. Verkerk)
10th Nat. S2 Chateauroux 7,962 p. (son Topper Harley – G. & S. Verkerk)
The show must go on, and in the new week Bas and Gerard once again work towards a new top result. On the young birds race from Morlincourt against 9.559 pigeons their team of young talents confirmed that they have what it takes:
2nd-3rd-4th-6th-9th-10th-11th-12th-13th-14th-15th-18th-19th-22nd-23rd-25th prov. East Morlincourt 9,559 p.
Add the 1st prov. Morlincourt 10,909 pigeons by Comb.Verhoeven on 14th August with a 100% Verkerk pigeon...the 1st fastest prov. Chalon en Champagne 5,079 pigeons by Dennis Veugelers also on 14th August with a 50% pigeon...the 1st Nat. GP Nanteul 12,002 p. & fastest of all Grand Prix races against 62,139 p. at Reedijk-Jongekrijg with a 62.5% Verkerk pigeon on 28th August...the conclusion is simple; Verkerk pigeons make their mark in Dutch pigeon sport!