A lot of pigeon families are based around Janssen pigeons. Many fanciers add some other bloodlines to their Janssen breed later on. This was also the case for Gerard & Elly Reedijk-Jongekrijg, although they breed pure Janssen bloodlines most of the time: they purchased new Janssen pigeons from Arendonk (BE) on a regular basis. In fact they did not use them for the breeding loft only: the Janssen pigeons were used in races as well. This means that strict selection is the key in this collection. Pigeons that were not good enough were kept out of the breeding loft. Their Janssen collection is of proven quality.
In the 2012 season the descendants of direct Janssen pigeons (and their descendants) have been doing great:
13 first prizes Nanteuil 1/ 452 Chateauroux 1/ 135 Duffel 2/ 3930 Morlincourt 2/ 3262 Nijvel 2/ 2422 Tours 2/ 1228 Sens 2/ 910 Argenton 2/ 746 Pommeroeul 3/ 2481 Nijvel 3/ 2422 Mantes la J. 3/ 2245 Sens 3/ 910 Pommeroeul 3/ 485 Grimbergen 3/ 203 Nijvel 4/ 4389 Peronne 4/ 2415 Peronne 4/ 533 Pommeroeul 4/ 505 Peronne 4/ 454 Pommeroeul 4/ 162 Nijvel 5/ 2422 Sens 5/ 910 Duffel 6/ 2925 Pommeroeul 6/ 2481 Bourges 7/ 1733 Peronne 8/ 2309 Nanteuil 8/ 1824 Sens 8/ 910 Peronne 9/ 2309 Nijvel 9/ 1336 Nijvel 9/ 539 Vierzon 10/10.553 Duffel 10/ 3095 Nijvel 10/ 2422 1st Emperor Champion Entente 1st General not nominated Entente 1st Emperor Champion middle distance Entente
This is a great list of achievements for 2012! When we take a closer look at the breeders of Janssen we notice that there is one couple with three descendants in the breeding loft. Victor, Sjef and Jo stem from the couple Blauwen v. Grote Donkeren x Geschelpte v. Klamper.
This partnership has already had a top class pigeon: Olympic Danica 2009. She was bred directly from a first class cock from the lines of the Janssen brothers. Although this bird does not stem directly from Janssen pigeons it still illustrates the outstanding breeding qualities in the fifth and sixth generation!
Olympic Danica (06-1112764) 1st Pigeon champion one day long distance Hoeksche-Waard '08 3rd Provincial one day long distance '08 2nd Olympiad pigeon one day long distance '08 Bourges 1/106 Blois 3/4776 Bourges 3/1153 ( = 44th NPO - 12,905 pigeons) Sezanne 11/1696 Moeskroen 15/2620 Ablis 19/4277 Creil 20/16296
Let’s not forget that Gerard and Elly were National Champions in 2007 for the WHZB (Wie Heeft Ze Beter). They owed their success to the Janssen pigeons, as well as some pigeons of G. & S. Verker and Hubert & Riet Jongen. They are the living proof that you always have to select your pigeons, irrespective of their origins. The good news is that selection has already been done in the collection of this auction, which includes the direct Janssen brother pigeons of Gerard and Elly. Thanks to their strict selection the pigeons in this auction are of the best quality.