Maarten Huijsmans (Hoogerheide, NL) says farewell to pigeon sport in style

Maarten Huijsmans (Hoogerheide, NL) says farewell to pigeon sport for now
Maarten Huijsmans finished as 5th National Middle Distance Champion in 2022. This is his last national title in pigeon sport, after a streak of eight consecutive years. Due to moving plans, Maarten is stepping away from pigeon sport for now.

An unbelievable streak

Maarten Huijsmans started pigeon racing as a 13 year-old boy. Who could have guessed that his youthful enthousiast would become a short and middle distance icon hardly two decades later. At his peak (so far?) he stops with pigeon sport, having won two national titles in his beloved hobby. Maarten is moving, meaning his lofts at his parents' house will go and he will focus his energy on moving and everything around it. Below is a quick overview of the unbelievable streak that Maarten managed in the past eight years at the National NPO Championships. 

2015; 2nd Nat. Champion Short Distance Nominated
5th Nat. Champion Middle Distance Nominated/10th Nat. Champion Middle Distance Not Nominated
2016; 1st Nat. Champion Middle Distance Not Nominated/2nd Nat. Champion Middle Distance Nominated
2017; 2nd Nat. Champion Middle Distance Not Nominated
2018; 3rd Nat. Champion Middle Distance Not Nominated
2019; 1st Nat. Champion Middle Distance Not Nominated/5th Nat. Champion Middle Distance Nominated
2nd Nat. Champion Young birds
2020; 20th Nat. Champion Middle Distance Not Nominated
2021; 6th Nat. Champion Middle Distance Not Nominated/7th Nat. Champion Middle Distance Nominated
2022; 5th Nat. Champion Middle Distance Not Nominated

National Ace Pigeons

In this article we will like to introduce several of Maarten's iconic pigeons. Pigeon that have all ranked in the Top 10 of (inter)national competitions and have furthermore made their mark as breeders in the colony of Maarten Huijsmans. Many other lofts have benefitted from these pigeons as well, which is illustrated by the countless references of which we will mentioned a few. Firstly, we would like to introduce NL12-1698913 Super Cees who, together with NL13-1316012 Doutzen, has had a huge impact on the performances in Hoogerheide. 

NL12-1698913 Super Cees 4th Best Cock WHZB 2015

NL12-1698913 Super Cees, 4th Best Cock of The Netherlands in the Nat. comp. WHZB 2015

NL12-1698913 Super Cees has been priceless for Maarten Huijsmans. As son of top breeder NL08-1633110 Miss Universe (children win 26 first prizes) he became 4th Best Cock in the national competition WHZB with 4 victories on his palmares. His breeding results are remarkably even more impressive than his racing performances were. Together with NL13-1316012 Doutzen (2nd Best Hen in the national competition WHZB 2015 and 8th National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2015) he became (grand)father of a legion super pigeons that stood in the spotlights of (inter)national competitions. Besides pigeons such as Super Yearling, Blue Dream and Next Universe, which we will introduce later, the genes of Super Cees run through many top pigeons of which NL15-1777268 Blue Diamond, winner of Provincial Morlincourt against 22,106 pigeons should not remain unnamed. 

NL15-1777319 Super Yearling, 8th Best Dutch Short Distance pigeon PIPA Ranking 2016

NL15-1777319 Super Yearling, 8th Best Dutch Short Distance pigeon (PIPA Ranking 2016)

The first son of Super Cees x Doutzen which we will bring to your attention is NL15-1777319 Super Yearling. Super Yearling won a.o. a provincial race form Sezanne against 9,118 pigeons. On the breeder lofts, Super Yearling followed in his parents footsteps. He became a.o. grandfather of provincial winner on Pont St. Maxence against 10,026 pigeons. 

NL15-1777319 Super Yearling
7th Dutch Olympiad pigeon Cat. G Brussel 2017
8th Best Dutch Short Distance pigeon - 5 prizes (PIPA Ranking 2016)
1st Sezanne against 9,118 pigeons (Brabant 2000)
Father of a.o.
1st Pont St. Maxence 2,090 p. (NL21-2119565 Amazing Maxiem)
1st Melun 1,878 p. and 1st Fontenay 1,299 p. (NL22-2218436 Golden Jasmijn)
1st Bierges 1,440 p. and 1st Bierges 543 p. (NL19-3920706 Special Jan)
Grandfather of a.o.
1st Quiévrain 129 p./fastest of 2,611 p. (NL21-1276556 Unique Blue Dream)

NL17-3724604 Blue Dream, 5th Dutch Olympiad pigeon Cat. A Romania 2022 

NL17-3724604 Blue Dream, 5th Dutch Olympiad pigeon Cat. A Roemenië 2022

Another super child from the top pair Super Cees x Doutzen is the NL17-3724604 Blue Dream. This 5 year-old hen became 5th Dutch Olympiad pigeon in Cat. A and just missed out on a ticket to the Olympiad in Romania. Her best achievements;

NL17-3724604 Blue Dream
5th Dutch Olympiad pigeon Cat. A 2022 Romania
13th Best Dutch Short/Middle Distance pigeon - 10 prizes (PIPA Ranking 2018)
1st Melun 2,693 p.
1st Sermaises 1,445 p.
Mother of a.o.
1st Quiévrain 557 p. (NL21-2119555 Beauty Dream)
1st Quiévrain 129 p./fastest of 2,611 p. (NL21-1276556 Unique Blue Dream)

NL19-3920765 Next Universe, 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround Young birds WHZB 2019

NL19-3920765 Next Universe, 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround Young birds WHZB 2019

In 2019, Maarten excelled with his young birds and won a.o. the title of 2nd National Champion. The absolute star of that young bird season was NL19-3920765 Next Universe. This son of Super Cees x Doutzen won a.o. 2nd Ace Pigeon Allround Young birds in the national competition WHZB. His most impressive results;

NL19-3920765 Next Universe
2nd National Ace Pigeon Allround Nat. comp. WHZB 2019
2nd Ace Pigeon Young birds Afdeling 2 Brabant 2000
1st Lorris 1,006 p. (5th NPO against 4,372 p.)

NL14-1134029 Ace-Hen, 2nd National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2016

NL14-1134029 Ace-Hen, 2nd National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2016

That it is not all about the pair Super Cees x Doutzen in Hoogerheide is proven by NL14-1134029 Ace-Hen. This hen (C & G Koopman x Mike Ganus) has taken three victories and finished 2nd National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance in 2016. As (grand)mother of a.o. 1st NPO Fontenay against 4,410 p. and 1st Provincial Lennik against 5,372 p. she has already earned her credit on the breeding lofts as well. A quick overview: 

NL14-1134029 Ace-Hen
2nd National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2016
Grandmother of a.o. (all raced by Lorenzo van Russel)
1st Lennik 1,172 p. (fastest of 5,372 p.) and 1st Quiévrain 503 p. (NL20-1498614 Fanta)
1st Fontenay 3,004 p. (2nd NPO Afd. Zuid-Holland) (NL20-1498708)
3rd Peronne 11,370 p. (Rayon Oost Afd. Zuid-Holland) (NL20-1498707)

NL15-1777271 Olympic Roel, 3rd int. Olympiad pigeon Cat. G Brussel 2017

NL15-1777271 Olympic Roel, 3rd int. Olympiad pigeon Cat. G Brussel 2017

This next pigeon, NL15-1777271 Olympic Roel, is very special to Maarten. In 2017, Maarten received international recognition when this cock became 3rd International Olympiad pigeon in Cat. G. Olympic Roel has also become a phenomenal breeder and is grandfather of a.o. 10th National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2021. See the results overview of Olympic Roel below;

NL15-1777271 Olympic Roel
2nd National/3rd International Olympiad pigeon Cat. G Brussel 2017
1st Creil 1,160 p.
Grandfather of a.o.
1st Lennik 1,172 p. (fastest 5,372 p.) and 1st Quiévrain 503 p. (NL20-1498914 Fanta races by Lorenzo van Russel)
1st Fontenay 3,004 p. (2nd NPO Afd. Zuid-Holland against 8,319 p.) (NL20-1498708 Lorenzo van Russel)
3rd Peronne 11,370 d. (Rayon Oost Afd. Zuid-Holland) (NL20-1498707 Lorenzo van Russel)
10th National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2021 (NL19-3920779 Little Doutzen)

NL17-3724539 Romee, 8th National Ace Pigeon 2021

NL17-3724539 Romee, 8th National Ace Pigeon 2021

From nearly the same gene pool as Olympic Roel (both have the same mother), is NL17-3724539 Romee. This hen also managed to stand out from the pack. With a.o. 3 first prizes and twee Top 14 titles in national ace pigeon competitions she performed exceptionally well for Maarten. She has also passed on these characteristics to her offspring; 

NL17-3724539 Romee
8th National Ace Pigeon 2021
14th Best Dutch Short/Middle Distance pigeon - 10 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
1st Pointoise 1,761 p.
1st Pont St. Maxence 1,332 p.
1st Melun 998 p.
Mother of a.o. NL18-3811419 Late Favorite
1st Chateaudun 1070 p. (2nd against 4,967 p.)
1st Pont St. Max 517 p. (8th against 6,179 p.)
6th Morlincourt 8,528 p.

NL16-1594036 Super Dutch, 5th National Ace Pigeon Yearlings 2017

NL16-1594036 Super Dutch, 5th National Ace Pigeon Yearlings 2017

Now some special attention for NL16-1594036 Super Dutch. This checkered hen ruled Dutch airspace. She booked three victories against an average of 2,600 pigeons and finished Top 10 in national ace pigeon competition three times. See her results overview below;

NL16-1594036 Super Dutch
5th National Ace Pigeon Yearlings 2017
8th National Olympiad pigeon Cat. A Poland 2019
9th Best Dutch Short/Middle Distance Pigeon PIPA Ranking 2017
1st Bierges 3,061 p.
1st Peronne 2,623 p.
1st Sens 2,298 p.

NL18-3811439 Special Diamond, 3rd National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2018

NL18-3811439 Special Diamond, 3rd National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2018

The following crack that often saved the day for Maarten Huijsmans is NL18-3811439 Special Diamond. This beautiful blue bar cock finished as 3rd National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance in 2018 and is father of Little Doutzen, the 10th National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance in 2021. Mother of Special Diamond is NL17-1352305 Claire, who fits in well into this family of winners with two victories herself. Several of Special Diamond his greatest achievements; 

3rd National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2018
1st Pont St. Max 2,325 p.
Father of a.o.
10th National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2021 (NL19-3920779 Little Doutzen)
Grandfather of a.o.
1st Niergnies 2,381 p. (NL22-2218439 Talent's Universe)

NL19-3920779 Little Doutzen, 10th Nationaal Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2021

NL19-3920779 Little Doutzen, 10th Nationaal Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2021

Last but not least is NL19-3920779 Little Doutzen. Little Doutzen became 10th Nationaal Ace Pigeon Middle Distance in 2021. As daughter of NL18-3811439 Special Diamond and NL18-3811423 Cindy she is a cross of the best lines of Maarten Huijsmans. In the pedigree of Little Doutzen we can find many icons including Claire, Special Diamond, Olympic Roel and Doutzen.

 

NL19-3920779 Little Doutzen
10th Nationaal Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2021
1st Quiévrain 577 p.
Mother of a.o. Strongboy, winner of five Top 10 results

On other lofts

It is an impossible task to summarize all the references that Maarten received from performances on other lofts with descendants from his super pigeons. We will make a special exception for the achievement of Stef Bals (Wouwse Plantage, NL) who managed to become National Loft Champion One Day Long Distance in 2022 with primarily Huijsmans pigeons. To give an indication of the unbelievable results achieved by other fanciers with Huijsmans pigeons we have collected a large number of references in an overview below. 

The future

Maarten has made the difficult choice of auctioning all his pigeons. We hope that - once he is ready for it again - he will return to the sport he was so successful at. It would be a loss for pigeon sport to lose a fancier like Maarten for good. We'll have to wait and see what the future holds.