Kees van den Bos & Son, Middelharnis (NL)
108th national Bordeaux 2002
The town Middelharnis can be situated in the South West of the Netherlands, on a small island, I don’t know I can name it like that, Goeree Overflakkee. It is surrounded by water and can be reached by driving over some beautiful bridges. Usually there is lots of wind in this area so the pigeons have to fly very hard to reach their loft. Birds of a fancier on, who live more on the middle of the Netherlands, don’t have this difficulty. The champions of this area always have good, strong long distance birds. Birds that do not give up keep on flying until they on in their loft. In the club “P.V. De combinatie”, a club with 75 long distance racers and a club where you can basket your pigeons for the national races, our host of today Cees van den Bos and his son Richard won 1st Champion Marathon (on the races St. Vincent, Mont de Marsan, Barcelona, Marseille and Perpignan with 1st signed pigeon in each race.) Kees was the only fancier with 5 out of 5. In the area Goeree Overflakkee he finished 3rd Champion Marathon, same races but against more competitors. Since 1993 Kees won more than 50% prizes on the ZLU –races (very long distance morning release). He won in 1998 the ‘Flakkeese duiven Oscar’, only fancier with 100% on Pau and Barcelona. He had some excellent results in 2002 and discovered an super breeding pair.You can see his best performances in another part of this article.
Beginning and strain :
Cees van den Bos had his first contact with pigeon sport, when he met his father-in-law D.Milisant. When Cees married his wife Marlies, he started with pigeons in combination with his father-in-law. This partnership raced on speed, middle distance, one-day-fond races and youngsters. In 1988 Cees started racing on his own, he build himself a nice wooden loft in the garden. With the strain of D. Milisant he entered the same races. Cees had to go to work and had much help of his wife. Cees is customs official. In 1990 he decided to enter other races. He wanted to race on the international races: Pau, Barcelona, Dax, and Perpignan… He knew that he needed other pigeons, another strain. He got his first long distance birds of J. Koese and son from Sommelsdijk. Out of his ‘Barcelona pair’ comes Cees’ “Koese –duivin”, a basic hen on this loft. The famous J. Steketee (Bruinisse) birds came thanks to Klaas Sturris from Ooltgensplaat. This Aarden-strain has really been successful. Thanks to Koos van Koppen came two basic cocks, strain AardenX van der Wegen. With a mix of these three fanciers, Cees had very good results in the beginning the 90’s. They proved to be good; 13th national Barcelona, 107th international Tarbes, 113th nat. Perpignan, 107th nat. Barcelona…His son Richard (12 years) was interested in the birds and since 1996, they race together with the name Cees van den Bos & son. Other good pigeons came from C. Beyer and son (Zuid-Beyerland), Ko van Dommelen (St. Philipsland), T. van den Bok (Ouddorp) and Bram Walpot (Steenbergen). The crossbreeding with a cock borrowed from Bram Walpot (from two direct birds Schouwenberg-Lindelouf) is a big success! Richard got some birds from Leen Tijl (Nieuwetonge), Tony Kern (Middelharnis) and Jan Nobels (Achthuizen). But don’t think that this father and son partnership has many pigeons! Small loft, few birds, good results!
Cees and Richard only have a small loft: one compartment for 12 widowers, one for 12 hens on natural system and one for 25 youngsters. Than they have an even smaller compartment for 6 breeding pair and one aviary. The youngsters are raced to 300 km but the performance is not important. The yearling cocks are raced every week on short and middle distances. After 3 weeks rest, they race one time overnight long distance. Yearling hens are usually kept as partner for the cocks, widow-hen, and raced a few times by the end of the racing reason on 5 races of 300 km. The best hens go to the other compartment and raced on natural system for two very long distance races. The older cocks are raced on short and middle distance, until the have raced about 100-1200 km total. After this races they enter in two very long distance races, only tossed a few times between this races. Before basketing, Kees does not show the hen. They only get the partner after the race, on a hard race until the following day. The cocks that did not race on that day are tossed and get the partner also for a while. A few times, during the racing season, Cees gives the widowers the partner weekday and the can fly outside the loft, take a bath and enjoy the freedom. After this day, widowhood just continues. All birds: widowers, breeding pair and racing hens are matched the first weekend of March. The racing cocks and racing hens can raise youngsters and breed for 5 days more. After this the cocks begin the widowhood, the hens stay on natural system. For these hens, the favourite nest position is youngsters of 4 days and the day they are basketed.
Daily work :
The widowers are released for training at 8.00 AM. Richard does this, cleans the loft and goes to school. (Kees has to go to work very early). Marlies, the wife, lets the widowers in the loft and feeds them after one hour training. She also feeds youngsters and the racing hens on the natural system. At 14.30 PM these hens can train for one hour. When this training is about to end, it’s time for Richard after school. He takes care of the second daily training of the widowers. They can train for another hour. Than the youngsters can train for one hour. Usually Kees is home from his work. At 19.00 PM the hens can train for a second time. Cees can take care of them and the cleaning of the lofts. Sometimes D. Milisant, father-in-law, comes for the breeders. Pigeon racing is a family sport! During the winter, the birds can train once a day, when the weather is not too bad.
On the breeding loft are only 6 boxes so the must be of good quality. Racers that had good results for many years, have a chance of becoming a breeder. When Cees has new blood on his loft, the youngsters must have good performance are this strain cannot have a second chance.
Favourite birds in 2001 :
NL 1152257/98, a hen names ‘Leontien’ won on Barcelona and Perpignan, although she was injured when she arrived. She did not race as a yearling but did win prize in 2000 on Bordeaux ZLU. The father is NL1460648/97, a strain of Bram Walpot (1st nat. Barcelona X 1st nat. Perpignan) and ‘”Michelle “ (13th nat. Barcelona, 545th nat. Bergerac and 1763rd nat. Dax in one year). The mother is NL1460701/97, a daughter of 3rd nat. Perpignan X 21st nat. Marseille of T. v/d Bok.
NL2299394/99, a cock that was not raced in 2000 because he was a partner of a hen on natural system. He was put on widowhood loft in 2001 and won on Bordeaux ZLU and Marseille. Very good for a bird with little experience. His father NL 1116874/92, brother of 13th nat. Barcelona ‘Michelle’ which won 113th nat. Pau himself, the mother NL1460692/97, breeding Bram Walpot X daughter Michelle. This ‘Michelle’ is the basic hen of Kees van den Bos and son. She was bred out of NL2437039/90 (Klaas Sturris, strain Steketee, Jan Aarden) and NL2437028/90(Kees v Koppen X Koese-duivin).
NL1460638/97 “De KO”, direct as an egg from Ko van Dommelen, won already many times on long distance. In 2001 also 55th nat. St.-Vincent section 2 against 6,330 pigeons. He wins 1104th national St-Vincent 2002 (against 7377p) and 806th national Mont de Marsan 2002 (against 6220p)
Super Breeding Pair :
Kees is lucky to have a special pair. The results from these pair is amazing:
NL1829372/01 won 108th national Bordeaux against 6133 yearling in 2002
NL1152244/98 won 42nd national Pau against 2972 pigeons in 2002
NL1915385/00 won 492nd national Montauban against 6781 pigeons in 2002
NL1915386/00 won 472nd national Bordeaux against 5384 pigeons in 2002
B6416405/01 won 225th national St-Vincent against 4222 yearling in 2002 at loft Kempen-Huang (Geel-Belgium)
B6416406/01 won 290th national St-Vincent against 4222 yearlings in 2002 at loft Kempen-Huang (Geel Belgium)
All brothers and sisters from the same pair.
The father of this pair is NL 0073632/94 owned by Bram Walpot, from the strain Schouwenberg-Lindelouf (from 770/92 x 118). The mother is ‘Ingrid NL1116873/92’ bred from basic pair NL2437039/90(Sturris but strain Steketee) x 2437028/90 (Blauwe vd Wegen x Koese-duivin).She is a sister of ‘Michelle’.
Results 2002 :
St-Vincent 7377p:1104-1618 (2/5)
Mont de Marsan 6220p:742-608 (2/4)
Montauban 6781p:492 (1/4)
Bergerac 14.093p:1636 (1/4)
Bordeaux 6133 YL:108 (1/2)
Bordeaux 5384 old birds:464 (1/3)
Marseille 7459p:1115 (1/4)
Pau 2972p:42-464 (2/2)
Barcelona 238p:50-58 (2/5)
Perpignan 7083p:1507-1607 (2/4)
Best results of the last 10 years :
13th national Barcelona 1994 Michelle (Koese-duivin X Sturris)
42nd national Pau 2002 Wendy (cock Bram Walpot x Ingrid)
107th national Barcelona 1995 Ingrid (sister Michelle)
108th national Bordeaux 2002 ‘372/01 (cock Walpot x Ingrid)
113th national Pau 1998 Pantoffel (brother Michelle)
17th national Dax 1993 (son Koese-duivin)
107th international Tarbes 1996 (breed Sturris)
55th national St.-Vincent 2001
148th national Pau 1998 (strain Michelle X vd Bok)
185th national Marseille (son Koese-duivin)
312th national Bergerac (Michelle X vd Bok)
260th national Lourdes (son Koese-duivin)
387th national Marseille (strain Sturris)
472nd national Bordeaux in 2002 ‘386/00’ (cock Walpot x Ingrid)
492nd national Montauban in 2002 ‘385/00’ (cock Walpot x Ingrid)
6th category 2 in ZLU fondspiegel 1995
16th overall ZLU fondspiegel 1993-1995
Father-in-law Dries Milisant started racing on long distance in 1993 and won 3rd national Dax in 1998; 56th national Perpignan 1998 and 27th national Montauban 2001 with direct birds from Cees.
Th. De Vette (Nieuwe Tonge) won 90th national Bordeaux section 2 with strain from Cees van den Bos and son Richard.
The partnership Belgium-Taiwan Kempen-Huang that races in Geel (Belgium) had excellent results in 2002 with birds from Kees.