Gerard Koopman (Ermerveen, NL) has had a brilliant 2014 season with successful racing birds across every discipline

Gerard Koopman has had an outstanding 2014 season, thanks to a new generation of top quality pigeons that delivered excellent results in every discipline.

Team Koopman once again demonstrated its proficiency in running a successful team of racing birds. Gerard Koopman has achieved stunning results both in the middle distance, the one day long distance and the marathon races, making this the best all round pigeon loft in The Netherlands. In fact, Gerard relies on a great champion in every discipline.


Before talking you through each of these champions, we would like to give an overview of the most impressive results of 2014. All prizes have been won in Rayon 10 in the province of North-East Holland;

17-05  Quievrain    338 km.  2817 p.  1-3-9-10-11-12-21-22-24-28-35-36-42-44-45-46-47-
31-05  Quievrain    338 km.  2311 p.  2-5-6-9-11-12-13-14-17-18-19-20-21-32-33-etc.(107/215)
24-05  Sezanne      498 km.  1126 p.  3-7-8-19-20-23-28-29-34-47-etc.(63/144)
07-06  Sens         563 km.  1016 p.  2-3-4-5-7-8-9-10-11-15-18-20-23-25-27-28-31-34-36-38-
21-06  Gien         635 km.   696 p.  1-5-6-7-8-10-11-14-16-20-22-24-26-27-28-29-30-32-33-
19-07  Chalons      447 km.   793 p.  2-3-4-5-8-10-12-14-15-17-21-23-24-25-26-27-30-31-32-
30-05  Limoges      861 km.   120 p.  1-2-3-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-etc.(16/31)
13-06  St. Vincent 1172 km.    94 p.  1-5-6-10-etc.(5/13)
20-06  Ruffec       887 km.   144 p.  9-10-11-12-13-14-21-25-etc.(11/14)
01-08  Bergerac     992 km.   251 p.  1-4-5-6-7-8-9-14-15-16-17-18-20-etc.(25/34)

Team Koopman won the championship not nominated pigeons in rayon 10 in the one day long distance, and Gerard’s NL12-1077169 won the title of first ace pigeon one day long distance.


The blue coloured hen NL11-4708562 Kyara is a worthy successor to Gerard’s NL10-5011833 Jerson, which represented The Netherlands in the 2013 Olympiad in Nitra, Slovakia. Kyara will be sent to the 2015 Olympiad in Budapest to represent her country in the sports category (B) middle distance. Besides, she finished in 15th place in the national pigeon championship one day long distance NPO in 2014. The sire of Kyara is BE09-6040496 Golden Capri, a grandson of the Heremans cock BE03-6192777 Jackpot and of BE95-6246005 De Kannibaal. The dam of Kyara is the NL08-2049135, a granddaughter of NL99-5971341 Annelies, and Annelies is in turn a sister of the renowned Kleine Dirk. 
The dam of Gerard’s previous Olympiad Pigeon Jerson is Daydream, which is also a granddaughter of Annelies, paired to her brother Kleine Dirk. Click here for the pedigree of Kyara.

NL10-4790062 Baccarat 1ST Nat. aCE Pigeon one day long distance, long distance spiegel ranking 2011-2012-2013-2014


The team of Koopman has also found a new leading man for the one day long distance: the NL10-4790062 Baccarat has topped the long distance Spiegel ranking one day long distance from 2011 to 2014. The dam of Baccarat is NL07-1207577 Miss Mukdahan, winner of a 1st Laon 1479 p. and a granddaughter of NL98-5821450 Yi Min, a sister of Kleine Dirk. Yi Min is the dam of Amore, national ace pigeon one day long distance 2002 and an Olympiad Pigeon Lievin in 2003. The second grandmother of Miss Mukhadan is BE96-6286060 Golden Lady, a daughter of Kannibaal and the dam of Kleine Dirk. Gerard’s own collection of Koopman pigeons provides him with excellent racing birds season after season. Click here for the pedigree of Baccarat.

NL12-1076994 Leonidas 1st national ace pigeon marathon WHZB/TBOTB 2014


The Koopman pigeon breed has made great progress in the national marathon competition. Gerard was already very successful back in 2004, winning two first prizes in the sector (Ruffec and St. Vincent) in just two weeks’ time with NL00-1211188 Miss Waalre. Her granddaughter NL05-1936560 Miss Maniwan followed in her footsteps, claiming a first national/international St. Vincent against over 26,000 pigeons. Gerard obtained the NL07-3704851 Red Bullens to further strengthen his breeding loft and to prepare for the marathon competition. This red coloured cock had already won  a 1st NPO Bererac 2011 province 3 against 4288, a 2nd NPO Bordeaux 2008 province 3 against 5038 p. and a 2nd NPO Bergerac 2010 province 3 against 4651 pigeons for Jan Bullens (Oirschot, NL). Red Bullens has now developed into a first class breeding pigeon, as the sire of NL12-1076994 Leonidas, 1st national ace pigeon marathon WHZB/TBOTB 2014. Leonidas has also won a first prize in the marathon teletext flight from St. Vincent (523 p.) in 2014. The dam of Leonidas is NL08-3855044 Miss Anke, whose dam and grandmother have won a first and fourth national Barcelona respectively. Click here for the pedigree of Leonidas.

NL10-4789721 Bert, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon one day long distance, long distance spiegel ranking 2012-2013-2014


Gerard has continued to look for exceptionally talented racing birds and it appears he has found another invaluable breeding pigeon: the blue coloured cock NL10-4789721 Bert has been given a chance to prove his value in the breeding loft in Ermerveen. This cock was bred and raced by Bert Keen (Emmen, NL), and he holds the title of 1st national ace pigeon in the long distance Spiegel ranking in the one day long distance from 2012 to 2014. Bert is a 100% Koopman pigeon. Click here for the pedigree of Bert.


Gerard Koopman has become an iconic name in our sport. He had well defined goals from the very beginning: he wanted to become an exceptional fancier, if possible the most successful of all. He learned a lot from his mentor Louis van Loon (Poppel, NL) and quickly became a fancier with an impressive palmares. The result was a homemade Koopman pigeon breed consisting of pigeons with great willpower and the determination to take the lead in races from 100 to 800km.