Maarten Huijsmans has been one of the leading names in The Netherlands for many years now. And he has won a unique series of national titles in the middle distance in recent years, with a national top three place in four consecutive years:
2016: 1st National champion middle distance 2017: 2nd National champion middle distance 2018: 3rd National champion middle distance 2019: 1st National champion middle distance
The national championship middle distance included five races this year; here we have Maarten's full results in each of the five races:
Melun 338 km 3,481 p.: 2-4-5-6-19-20-27-34-36-66-69-72-91-109-111-177-191-194-227-259- 346-453-529-611-640-723 (26/30) Melun 338 km 2,693 p.: 1-2-4-8-9-13-14-21-24-31-32-35-36-39-48-54-111-115-177-190-191- 214-434-507 (24/28) Sens 370 km 2,165 p.: 1-6-16-18-26-29-83-86-87-122-126-140-154-214-239-311-346-480- 482-484 (20/24) Pt.St.Maxence 270 km 1,170 p.: 5-7-11-13-21-22-29-38-61-74-120-127-166 (13/15) Sens 370 km 1,047 p.: 1-5-31-45-50-57-60-75-82-103-104-201 (12/13)
A total of 110 pigeons were basketed for these five middle distance flights:
95 pigeons with a 1:4 placing (86%) 77 pigeons with a 1:10 placing (70%) 26 pigeons with a 1:100 placing (24%)
And he also set a new record with these numbers: he is the first fancier to claim a national title (middle distance) with so many championship points!
In addition to his national championship title middle distance, he also won the following titles:
1st Nat. champion middle distance grandmaster (Spoor der kampioenen) 1st Prov. champion middle distance 1st Prov. champion middle distance young birds 2nd National champion middle distance young birds
It goes without saying that you need a group of high quality pigeons to win so many titles. Maarten relies first of all on the two invaluable breeding birds called Super Cees and Doutzen.
Dream pair Super Cees x Doutzen
Super Cees (NL12-1698913) is probably the best direct son of the phenomenal Miss Universe. He won four first prizes, he claimed a top result in the national WHZB competition and he eventually developed into a brilliant breeding bird. We look at a few of his best results:
1st Quievrain 1,044 p. 1st Quievrain 250 p. 1st Creil 160 p. 2nd Peronne 1,034 p. 3rd Souppes 3,265 p. 4th Nivelles 4,424 p. 4th Creil 2,165 p. 6th Fontenay 1,482 p. 7th Creil 2,599 p. 8th Orleans 1,147 p. 4th Nat. Ace Cock WHZB 2015
Doutzen is a grandchild of Miss Universe, and she was quite a spectacular racing bird, judging from her palmares:
1st NPO Morlincourt 9,426 p. 1st St. Quentin 176 p. 1st Sens 149 p. 2nd NPO Creil 24,470 p. 2nd Roye 638 p. 2nd Sens 439 p. 7rg Creil 2,165 p. 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon hens WHZB 2015 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon middle distance WHZB 2015
After their racing career came to an end, these two pigeons formed a spectacular breeding pair that bred numerous talented descendants. The following achievements were won with direct youngsters of dream pair Super Cees x Doutzen:
1st Morlincourt 22,106 p. 1st Prov. Sezanne 9,118 p. 1st Melun 2,693 p. 1st Sens 2,165 p. (and 4th NPO Sens 9,639 p.) 1st Pithiviers 1,264 p. 1st Lorris 1,006 p. (and 5th NPO Lorris 4,372 p.) 1st Morlincourt 777 p. 2nd Prov. Strepy Thieu 10,995 p. (after a teammate) 2nd Melun 3,481 p. 3rd Prov. Sezanne 9,118 p. (after 2 teammates) 3rd Morlincourt 2,200 p. 3rd Creil 2,123 p. 4th Prov. Pt.St.Maxence 13,240 p. 4th Melun 3,481 p. 4th Quievrain 2,125 p. 4th Pt.St.Maxence 1,461 p. 5th Melun 3,481 p. 5th Bierges 3,061 p. 6th NPO Gien 4,119 p. 6th Quievrain 2,302 p. 8th Sens 1,019 p. 9th Quievrain 2,900 p. 10th Pt.St.Maxence 2,395 p. 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon YBs WHZB 2019 2nd Prov. Ace Pigeon YBs 2019 2nd Prov. Gouden Crack YBs 2019 3rd PIPA ranking middle distance 2017 5th Prov. Gouden Crack YBs 2019 7th Olympiad NL. Cat. G 2017 8th PIPA ranking sprint 2016 13th PIPA ranking ace pigeon
We will zoom in on some of the most important youngsters of Super Cees and Doutzen.
NL15-1777233 Sister Blue Diamond
Racing hen Sister Blue Diamond, of which the pedigree can be found here, was a very successful racing pigeon. She has the following five top results to her name:
1st Sens 2,165 p. (as well as 4th NPO 9,639 p.) 2nd Melun 3,481 p. 3rd Morlincourt 2,200 p. 3rd Creil 2,123 p. 3rd Gien 934 p. 5th Bierges 3,061 p. 5th Pithiviers 1,264 p.
NL15-1777319 Super Yearling
Super Yearling clearly inherited the many qualities of his parents, as you can tell from his many great results:
1st Prov. Sezanne 9,118 p. 2nd Roye 3,652 p. 2nd Creil 2,740 p. 2nd Morlincourt 875 p. 7th Nat Olympiad pigeon cat. yearlings 2017 8th PIPA ranking Nat. sprint pigeon 2016
And he has shown to be a valuable breeder as well: he is now the sire of a 1st Orleans (920 p.) and a 6th Sens (2,298 p.).
NL17-3724529 New Diamond
Dream pair Super Cees x Doutzen bred several more talented newcomers again in 2017, including this New Diamond. This is her palmares:
4th Bierges 3,061 p. 4th Quievrain 2,125 p. 12th Prov. Pt.St.Maxence 22,709 p.
NL17-3724604 Blue Dream
The last pigeon from Super Cees x Doutzen that we want to bring up is Blue Dream. Blue Dream was the 13th best sprint/middle distance pigeon in The Netherlands in the 2018 PIPA Rankings, while still being a yearling. This title was based on the following results:
Veni, vidi, vici
Maarten had already won 3 victories in the Rayon and 7 teletext prizes in 2014, at the age of 25. In an article that we wrote that season, we referred to him as 'the new kid in town'. Many insiders considered him to be the coming man and the future star in Brabant 2000. Four years have gone by, and Maarten has already claimed quite a few national titles along the way. For instance, he won four top three placings in the middle distance, his favourite competition, in four years' time. He has really become a force to be reckoned with in the middle distance. And everyone will agree that his breeding pair Super Cees x Doutzen has become an indispensable element in this team.