Piet Valk, Assendelft (NL)
Assendelft is a protracted village at the west side of big brother Zaandam, and in the world of pigeon racing especially well-known for the overnight champions the Brugeman brothers. But since 2 years it is also the hometown of Piet and Joke Valk, who left behind their terrace house in Zaandam for a new house in Assendelft. Including of course a huge garden, a true paradise for pigeon fanciers therefore. The house was re-decorated entirely, no problem for Piet as a former carpenter, and also very soon a beautiful pigeon accommodation arose. A racing loft of 8 meters, a breeding loft with aviary … that was really something else than the attic-loft in Zaandam. And directly the new racing loft met up to all expectations, because in 2004 with the young birds he was amongst the very best right from the start. In 2005 the story of success continued, because racing only with yearlings Piet became old bird champion in combine. And over all races he grabbed most points, a performance rewarded with the title Overall Champion.
Piet was born in 1951 in the village of Oostzaan. As a young lad he already homed pigeons, just like his father from all kinds of strains. After he got married to Joke and had found a house in Zaandam, he started pigeon racing once again. He was especially fond of long distance racing at the time. In 1989 he moved to the address Acaciastraat and from there Piet raced his pigeons from an attic-loft. This was also his golden period, together with his friend Piet Rietvink it was pigeon racing at the absolute highest level. Rietvink had not much space for pigeons, therefore the breeders were housed at Piet’s place. The late eighties were historical for Piet Rietvink, his super hen ‘Van Moorsel’ managed to become 3 times 2. National ace hen and 1 time 1. National short distance pigeon of The Netherlands. ‘Van Moorsel’ was bred by Piet Valk. At the time the two friends owned a super couple, with a Janssen cock of Joop Offermans from Haarlem (named ‘Jupiter’) and a hen coming from short distance specialist Jan Kuyzer from Krommenie (named ‘Libera’). A whole bunch of top pigeons were bred from this pair and still descendants to them list superb performances for Piet Valk. In 1995 Piet Rietvink decided to quit and he sold all his pigeons including ‘Jupiter’ to England. Piet Valk kept ‘Libera’, last year he still had the last child to this top pair at his breeding loft and bred three youngster from this 1990 cock. The majority of Piet’s pigeons is Janssen based through Joop Offerman and Jan Kuyzer. And since 1993 grandchildren to the world famous ‘James Bond’ from Bertie Camphuis were acquired, also a golden hit, in 1996 a yearling hen became 3rd short distance racer of The Netherlands. Together with Louis Pouw from Nederhorst den Berg he also went to purchase some pure Vandenabeele pigeons and the first results look very promising. Finally he reinforced his lofts last year with some pigeons from Wal Zoontjens after corporate-breeding; both fanciers have been successful with them already. For instance: a youngster from this crossing excelled at the young birds classic Ablis, winning 1st prize in the NIC Zaandam against 600 birds.
New start in 2004
The year 2003 was the last year Piet Valk raced from Zaandam, but the season was ended in a characteristic way: winning the overall title in Federation. Piet took all his birds with him from Zaandam and bred 100 youngsters for himself, so he could make a good selection at the end of the year. The youngsters were entered from the first until the last race of the young birds program and afterwards also on 4 late tour races; so all together 11 times in the basket.
Last year he formed 16 pairs from them for short and middle distance and 12 pairs for one day long distance racing. The breeding loft houses 18 pairs and for himself about 75 youngsters were bred. The breeders were paired up approx December 5th and brought up the first round themselves, the second round is placed under the short-/middle distance racers. The hens of the racers were taken out when the youngsters were 14 days old and the cocks brought up the youngsters. After that they were not paired up again. The one day long distance pigeons were paired February 10th and Piet let them breed-over, after that they were not paired up again.
About 4 weeks before the first race Piet starts training the racers, first two times from Hoofddorp, than about 8 times from Leimuiden (approx 30 km). Already for many years Piet races his pigeons on double widowhood system, so he starts with quite a big racing team. Before a race with 1 night basket, he always shows the partner varying from 15 minutes to half an hour .. major reason; it is than easier to grab the pigeons. When the pigeons get home the partners can stay together until the night, only shorter when the race was very easy at a short distance. In between the races the pigeons are brought for tosses 1 time a week to Leimuiden. Joke brings them away and liberates the hens first, the cocks fifteen minutes later. When they return Piet calls them in at their own lofts directly. After the last old birds race from Chateauroux the partners get to stay together, Piet lets them breed for three days and puts them on the widowhood system once again. The week before the first late tour race the old birds were trained from Leimuiden three times. And with success, witnessed by the super result from Meer, with 19 pigeons in the top 30 in combine!!!
Feeding system old birds
From Sunday until Tuesday evening the hens get a light mixture consisting of 50% barley and 50% Zoontjens diet. Wednesday morning until Thursday morning they get 50% racing mixture and 50% Zoontjens diet. And from Thursday evening until Friday morning racing mixture of Mariman. For races with two nights basket the whole schedule is moved forward 1 day. Piet feeds his pigeons on the floor. From Sunday until Tuesday evening the cocks get Gerry+ of Versele Laga, afterwards they are fed up little by little with the Mariman racing mixture and 1 day before basketing 100% racing mixture. Furthermore the pigeons get peanuts to supply new fat reserves.
They are housed in a huge section and youngsters are put in until half April. Piet bred 75 youngsters for himself and the first race he had 56 left. The youngsters are trained a lot too, about twenty times from 5 km and the last ten times from Leimuiden, all pigeons are liberated at the same time. Besides they are all entered for the training tosses organized by the Amal.
During the races the youngsters can build nests when they want to, all youngsters are entered for all races, including 5 late tour races. Just like the old birds, the youngsters are darkened first and then they are given extra light. Piet’s selection criterion is performance, some top positions ensure a spot in next years racing loft. The youngsters get the same mixture all week through consisting of 50% Mariman racing mixture, 25% Zoontjens diet and 25% barley.
When the pigeons return home from a race they get clear drinking water. Before Piet goes to the club, they get fresh drinking water with glucose.
Before the pairing, the racers get a 3 weeks coli cure of dr. Van der Sluis in the drinking water in November. The racers get this cure in December, and that is all until the races start. When they return home from the races they get the day after return until Sunday evening BS of Belgica De Weerd, a week later varied with Ridsol S of Dr. Van der Sluis.
Five days before Piet starts training them, the youngsters get Orni Special for five days. To what all mentioned above can lead, is shown by the following supreme results:
Results 2005, Combine
9/4 Meer 4058 b.: 33-37-38-40-43-77-82-91 etc. (58 entered / 46 prize cards)
23/4 Strombeek 5591 b.: 7-8-10-38-85 etc. (58 / 33)
7/5 Chimay 4275 b.: 16-18-39-41-69-87-88-103 etc. (57 / 34)
15/5 Ablis 2679 b.: 38-53-69-78-101 etc. (25 / 13)
28/5 Orleans 2326 b.: 2-79-98-111 etc. (25 / 8)
4/6 Peronne 2428 b.: 23-24-34-48-108-109 etc. (54 / 25)
11/6 Peronne 2342 b.: 37-43-52-53-103-108-109 etc. (30 / 19)
18/6 Morlincourt 1838 b.: 7-52-68-75-117 etc. (40 / 16)
25/6 Meer 4383 yb: 18-20-21-83-101 etc. (53 / 24)
2/7 Clermont 1536 b.: 3-5-6-8-9-26-27-31-97 etc. (49 / 18)
9/7 Strombeek 3949 yb: 31-49-52-57-61-95-96-98-101 etc. (53 / 35)
10/7 Tours 1032 b.: 2-18-60-89 etc. (20 / 10)
16/7 Strepy 3885 yb: 13-58-60-61-99 etc. (50 / 30)
23/7 Chateauroux 776 b.: 15-16-21-48 etc. (20 / 13)
23/7 Chimay 3605 yb.: 1-3-46 etc. (52 / 12)
13/8 Meer 5125 b.: 6-7-8-9-10-12 until 20-23-25-26-27-30-37-40-47-63-73 etc. (79 / 56)
27/8 Duffel 3840 b.: 16-32-35-40-59-64-67-68-72-84-85 etc (50 / 38)
3/9 Strombeek 3663 b.: 4-6-27-32-53-56-59-61-62-63-67 etc. (60 / 50)
10/9 Strepy 2510 b.: 20-23-25-26-45-50-58-62-63-64-71 etc. 60 / 50)
Championships 2005, Combine
Not nominated Nominated Acebirds
Short distance 8th
Middle distance 2nd 1st
One day long dist. 4th 4th 5th (04-197)
Old 1st 2nd
Late Tour 5th 10th 5th (05-014) 7th (04-133)
Overall 1st 5th 3rd (04-152) 4th (04-182)
Championships in Fed. (200 competing lofts) Not-Nominated
2nd short distance, 1st middle distance, 2nd one day long distance, 1st old birds, 2nd young birds, 3rd late tour and 1st overall
The 3rd acebird overall in combine, the 04-1865152 won a/o: 3rd – 3328 b., 10th – 5125 b., 32nd – 3840 b., 41st – 4275 b. and a total of 14 prize cards, with 12x 1:10.
The 4th acebird overall in combine, the 04-1865182 won a/o: 7th – 5591 b., 7th – 1838 b., 27th – 1536 b., 40th – 3840 b., 43rd – 2342 b., 67th – 3663 b. and 75th – 2510 b. and a total of 14 prize cards, with 11x 1:10.
In Federation against 200 competing lofts they were the best two overall acebirds.
The 05-1210028 won a total of 8 prize cards, with a/o: 4th – 3663 b., 14th – 2554 b., 18th – 4383 b. and 64th – 2510 b., bred from a cross to Wal Zoontjens. Sire is the NL02-1826870 Wal Zoontjens and dam is NL01-1687019 Piet Valk, 5th National racing hen WHZB 2003.
In 2005 Piet also entered a very good young racer in the Dutch Open, winner of 1st and 2nd place!! Unfortunately this talent did not return from the last race.
During my visit the youngsters of the breeders were almost ready to be weaned and they looked superb!! So all concurrence is warned for more Piet Valk glory in the years to come.