How it all started
Father Marinus Reijnen started keeping pigeons in the 1960s, and his son Erik got involved in the sport as well in 1976, as a 13 year old. Father and son quickly agreed to start racing in a combination, as M. Reijnen & Son. In 2005, one year after Erik's father Marinus died, Erik founded his own loft, which was called Hok M Reijnen. He switched to a new name in 2016, now racing as "Hok Reijnen-Bolton".
A superstar in one loft racing
Hok Reijnen-Bolton has been one of the lofts to beat in one loft races across Europe. He has quite a number of top prizes to his name, and he was particularly successful in the Algarve Great Derby in recent years, especially in 2016: he won the final race from Braganca (505km) as well as a 1st prize in the ace pigeon championship across all races that season. The ace pigeon championship was won by NL16-1870003; the race from Bragance was won by NL15-1782048. Click here for the pedigree of the winner.
1st pigeon in the final race in Portugal 2016
The team had a very successful race in Portugal again in 2017, winning a 2nd ace pigeon title across all races with NL17-3714019. The dam of this pigeon was a full sister of the sire of the winner in 2016. Apparently, the pigeons of Erik Rijen feel very at home in Portugal. And they have been doing quite well in other European one loft races as well. The following is an overview of their best results over the past four years, just to give you an idea of their level of performance.
Results One Loft Races 2014-2017:
1. Ace Overall grand average Algarve Great Derby Portugal 2016 1. Ace Overall grand average MVLCup Danisch Pigeon Race 2015 1. Ace Overall grand average Derby Arona Tenerife 2014 2. Ace Overall grand average Algarve Great Derby Portugal 2017 3. Ace Overall grand average Derby Sevilla Pigeon Race Spain 2016 3. Ace Overall grand average Balcanic Fairplay Romania 2014 4. Ace 6 Races 1979KM Corabia FCI OLR Romania 2017 6. Ace 515KM + 525KM Corabia FCI OLR Romania 2017 7. Ace Overall grand average Algarve Great Derby Portugal 2017 9. Ace Overall grand average Columbodrom Arad FCI Romania 2017
1. Prize Final Race Braganca 505KM IAPC (10 min lead)Algarve 2016 1. Prize “Carwinner” Semi Final Derby Arona Tenerife 2014 1. Prize “Carwinner” Car Race 2 Derby Arona Tenerife 2014 1. Prize Evora Ace 1640p Algarve Great Derby Portugal 2017 1. Prize Training 11 815p Derby Arona Tenerife 2014 1. Prize Almodovar 1463p Algarve Great Derby Portugal 2016 1. Prize Portel 1521p Algarve Great Derby Portugal 2016 1. Prize Race 4 587p IAPC Algarve Portugal 2017 1. Prize Training 1 715p IAPC Algarve Portugal 2017 1. Prize Training VI 902p Superstar OLR Romania 2017 1. Prize Training VII 898p Superstar OLR Romania 2017 2. Prize Hot Spot 2 1935p Algarve Great Derby Portugal 2017 2. Prize Portel 1521p Algarve Great Derby Portugal 2016 2. Prize Semi Final 1469p Algarve Great Derby Portugal 2017 2. Prize Training 1 2144p Derby Arona Tenerife 2015 2. Prize Martimlongo 2183p Algarve Great Derby Portugal 2017 2. Prize Training 4 1190p Derby Arona Tenerife 2014 2. Prize Semi Final Derby Sevilla Pigeon Race Spain 2016 2. Prize Semi Final 420KM (1188mpm) IAPC Algarve 2016 2. Prize Dabas 311p Columbodrom Arad FCI Romania 2017 2. Prize Hot Spot 2 410p Balcanic Fairplay Romania 2015 2. Prize S.Olalla 472p Derby Sevilla Pigeon Race Spain 2016 3. Prize Training 8 2558p Derby Arona Tenerife 2016 3. Prize Pereiro 1671p Algarve Great Derby Portugal 2016 3. Prize Azaruja 1530p Algarve Great Derby Portugal 2017 3. prize Semi Final 322p Balcanic Fairplay Romania 2015 3. Prize Training 7 1162p Derby Arona Tenerife 2014 3. Prize Training 10 918p Derby Arona Tenerife 2014 3. Prize Car Race 1 800p Derby Arona Tenerife 2014 3. Prize Race 3 640p IAPC Algarve Portugal 2017 4. Prize Final race 1149p Algarve Great Derby Portugal 2016 4. Prize Evora 1547p Algarve Great Derby Portugal 2016 4. Prize Car Race 2 317p Derby Arona Tenerife 2015 4. Prize Training 5 1185p Derby Arona Tenerife 2014 4. Prize Final Race 200p Derby Arona Tenerife 2014 4. Prize S.Olalla 472p Derby Sevilla Pigeon Race Spain 2016 5. Prize Final Race 463p IAPC Algarve Portugal 2017 5. Prize Final Race 500km Balcanic Fairplay Romania 2014 5. Prize Sea Race 1 2104p Derby Arona Tenerife 2016 5. Prize Azaruja Ace 1530p Algarve Great Derby Portugal 2017 5. Prize Sea Race 6 1071p Derby Arona Tenerife 2015 5. Prize Training 4 1190p Derby Arona Tenerife 2014 5. Prize Hot Spot 3 590p IAPC Algarve Portugal 2017 5. Prize Zafra 427p Derby Sevilla Pigeon Race Spain 2016
For a full overview of their results from 2014 to 2017 click here.
A complete overview of their achievements in the various one loft races from before 2014 can be found here.
Championships in The Netherlands 2017 Hok Reijnen-Bolton
Hok Reijnen-Bolton competes in various Belgian and Dutch competitions as well. In the Netherlands they race in Province 2 Brabant 2000, and with great success. We take a look at their young birds' races in the province, which include many early arrivals and great overall results.
5-8-2017 Creil of 15,184 pigeons 33-40-43-48-50-63-86-129-141-181-196-etc. (79/39) 19-8-2017 Fontenay of 9,425 pigeons 14-15-16-18-35-36-44-117-123-166-etc. (76/38) 2-9-2017 Orleans of 7,383 pigeons 20-21-22-24-45-81-101-124-146-147-173-174- 199-etc. (72/43) 16-9-2017 Orleans of 5,110 pigeons 3-4-5-6-15-29-33-35-38-48-65-66-77-78-81-83- 84-etc. (69/45)
These top prizes resulted in several 1st championship prizes in the young birds' category, including a title of 1st loft champion not nominated young birds in Province 2 Brabant 2000 of about 1550 opponents.
Club (63 members) :
1. Ace Pigeon Sprint YBs NL17-3714180 1. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance YBs NL17-3714018 1. Not nominated Sprint YBs 1. Not nominated Middle distance YBs 1. Nominated Middle distance YBs 1. Not nominated Sprint olds 2. Not nominated one day long distance olds 3. Nomianted one day long distance olds 3. Not nominated middle distance olds
Hart van Brabant (200 members) :
1. Ace Pigeon all races young birds NL17-3714189 3. Ace Pigeon all races young birds NL17-3714180 3. Championship all races young birds 3. Ace Pigeon all races young birds NL16-3618383 4. Ace Pigeon all races young birds NL17-3714161 4. General Championship
Union Rayon 4 (390 members) :
1. Ace Pigeon Sprint young birds NL17-3714180 2. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance young birds NL17-3714161 3. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance young birds NL17-3714018 3. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance olds NL15-3513126 6. Championship Middle Distance young birds 7. Championship One Day Long Distance 9. Championship Middle Distance old birds 10. Championship Sprint young birds
Province 2 Brabant 2000 (1550 members)
1. Loft Championship young birds not nominated 6. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance old birds NL15-3513126 9. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance old birds NL16-3618383 9. Ace Pigeon young birds NL17-3714189
Championships Belgium 2017 Hok Reijnen-Bolton
Only a team of young birds was raced in Belgium, and with success. Let's have a look:
1. Ace Pigeon shorter distance YBs B17-6248561 2. Ace Pigeon shorter distance YBs B17-6248658 4. Ace Pigeon shorter distance YBs B17-6248655 5. Championship shorter distance YBs 6. Ace Pigeon shorter distance YBs B17-6248610 8. Ace Pigeon shorter distance YBs B17-6248702 10. Ace Pigeon shorter distance YBs B17-6248568 12. Ace Pigeon shorter distance YBs B17-6248622 14. Ace Pigeon shorter distance B17-6248511 15. Ace Pigeon shorter distance YBs B17-6248517
Click here if you are interested in the team's championship results in The Netherlands and Belgium.
Founded on som excellent breeders
If you want to compete in such a high number of races, racing with two teams from two different locations, you need to be able to rely on a solid team of breeding birds. And Erik has clearly taken care of that. Here are his most prominent stock breeders:
Picasso Pair: NL03-0330524 Koch X Zoontjes X NL08-1964894 Arie Dijkstra
NL05-0567327 “Son generaal” Johan & Ronny van Belzen (Arnemuiden)
NL05-0566180 “Oude basic Breeder”
NL10-1029918 “Sweet Tinkelbel” Arie Dijkstra
He also uses a number of pigeons of Wout Spierings, including NL07-3762834 “Mr. Arlon”, stock sire of the Zagato family. He is the sire of NL11-3021704 “Zagato”, NL11-1830363 “Brother Zagato” and NL12-3217409 “Sister Zagato”.
Youngsters of NL98-1465525 “De Remie” (renamed “The Natural” by Mike Ganus later on), including: NL04-1007095 “Golden Jewel”, NL04-1007096 “Bomber Bull”, NL05-2187924 “Remie Bolleke”, NL06-0752189 “Remie Junior”, NL07-3762878 “White Creator”.
Youngsters of NL01-0182011 “De Strakke” (renamed “The Creator” by Mike Ganus), including: NL03-2315933 “Strakke 265”, NL04-1007082 “Beauty Creator”, NL04-1007099 “Schallie Creator” , NL04-1007084 “Mr.Diamond Ring” (Brother of “Leontien”, later called “Diamond Ring”).
Different pigenos of Verschuren-Hessels and Wil van Wanrooy, including: youngsters of NL99-1112899 “Oude Bonte”, NL01-2099034 “Late vd Oude Bonte” and NL10-2065207 “Son Oude Bonte”
Also included in this team are the old breed of Peer van Gompel & Janssen pigeons via frank Aarts and Jos & Joost Leuris and Louis van Loon soort via Staf Theeuwes and Frank Aarts.
A few champions of Rik Wouters (Viper family, Jan Straver, Wil Van Wanrooy, Cees Van Bijsterveldt (Carolus family), Frank van Huygevoort (Brom family), Joost Smeekens, and Jacques Planckaert (Reynaert Figo). The team's latest investment was a group of pigeons of Willie Daniels. As you can tell, the team invests regularly in order to create the strongest pigeon breed possible. This strategy has proven to be quite successful indeed.
A good example would be NL11-3021738, Chateauroux Queen. This great looking racing hen was able to win a 1st NPO Chateauroux of 8,202 pigeons. She is a sister of Witpen Thai, winner of a 1st International Pigeon Pigeon final TGPR 2010. The NL17-1349371, a daughter of Chaterouroux Queen, has won a 15th prize in the final of the Algarve Great Derby in 2017.
Hok Reijnen-Bolton could be a described as a highly motivated combination with a fantastic group of pigons that delivers under all circumstances. We are quite confident that they will continue to get great results in future one loft races as well.