Jelle Jellema's achievements in the 2014 season
Jelle's performances on the races which are most important to him are as follows:
30-05 Brive 880 km 299 pigeons 1-9-10-13-17-24-28-30-36-38 etc (16/24) 2,401 pigeons 3-20-21-32-53-67-75-93, etc (20/24) 13-06 St.Vincent 1,123 km 305 pigeons 4-7-17-19, etc (7/11) 1,109 pigeons 12-19-47-50, etc (7/11) 20-06 Perigueux 903 km 472 pigeons 1-9-10-20-23-24-27-28-29 etc (25/49) 3,346 pigeons 15-60-61-114-130-143, etc (27/49) 26-07 Cahors 982 km 1,409 pigeons 1-2-4-30-44-60-82, etc (14/20) 2,648 pigeons 2-8-11-50-72, etc (13/20) 01-08 Bergerac 942 km 771 pigeons 2-3-6-16-17-20-21-22-24-27-28-29 etc (39/62) 2,651 pigeons 3-6-12-30-33-38-39-41-43-48-59, etc (43/62) 05-07 Barcelona 1,258 km 5,423 pigeons 1-3-102-195-256, etc (8/12)
The super performances of these pigeons can to a great extent be ascribed to the following important breeders.
The stock cock of the loft is without a doubt Zwartgoud NL98-1364798. This cock and some other youngsters were delivered by Mr Koos Akkermans. People in Holland often say: “The good ones aren't brought to your door, you have to get them yourself.” This obviously wasn't the case here. Zwartgoud's usual partner was NL02-2205602, the 02. The following pigeons were bred from this ace pair:
Kleine Jade NL11-1292679 1st International Barcelona 2014 38th NPO Brive 2014 Silvie NL09-1783772 3rd International Barcelona 2014 48th National Marseille 2011 61th National Orange 2011
Romee NL10-1221795 3rd National Orange 2013 3rd National Bergerac 2013 3rd NPO Brive 2014 6th NPO Aurillac 2012 18th National St. Vincent 2013 Orion NL01-1110401 6th National Bergerac 2004 7th National St. Vincent 2006 48th National Ruffec 2002 51st National Ruffec 2006 79th National Ruffec 2005 Saffier NL01-1110402 1st National Ruffec 2003 6th NPO Brive 2004 24th National Bergerac 2004 29th NPO Brive 2003
It is important to mention that the pigeons at the lofts of Jelle's dad Últsje Jellema also contain these bloodlines and perform well. We already wrote about Lieke NL10-1089919 which won the 1st national Cahors in Sector 4 in 2014. She is also a descendant of Zwartgoud NL98-1364798 x the 02 NL02-2205602.
The Jellema pigeon
Father and son have been at the top of overnight long distance racing since the nineties. Their typical Jellema pigeon has added a new dimension to the modern long-distance pigeon. The small size, soft feathers and closed ventbones characterise this type of pigeon. In order to get the ideal type, he uses pigeons which top the prize lists for inbreeding. That is how he tries to hold on to quality. Such a star pigeon is then paired to its own child. The hen Saffier NL01-1110402 was for example paired to her own son NL03-1708597 Barabas, which won a 14th National St.-Vincent in 2006. This pair bred the Inteelt Saffier NL04-1369337. This cock, when paired to a hen of Nico Volkens (Jackpot x Het Talent), bred Romee, 1st International Ace Bird Europacup 2014.
Jelle assumes that it is genetically determined whether a pigeon will become a champion or not. That's why breeding with high-quality pigeons is well though-out, why these pigeons are raced many times and why they are selected thoroughly. It is clear that in Steggerda and Nijverdal they reap the fruits of their approach.