Year in and year out, the 83-year-old Wim and 44 year-year-old Murk have been at the top of the marathon races. 1st National Ace Pigeon Pau ZLU 2015-2017 (Helen), 1st NPO/Nationaal Orange (Johan), 1st National Perigueux (Ger-Ko), 1st National Narbonne (Province 3+4), Lucky 13, and a whole other list of top prizes and championships are the hardwon yearly proof of this. This year too, the father-son combination had a number of ace pigeons beneath the tiles, of which Lucky 13 was the shining star.
NL18-1708713, Lucky 13
Lucky 13 is not only an ace on the marathon races, but also a pinnacle of anatomy with a fine pair of eyes. If you had to give him a score, it would be 10s across the board. In 2019, as a yearling, he showed what he was made off with a 640th National Agen against 3940 pigeons. In the recent 2020 season he has won the following series of top prizes and championships:
It is then very special that his first and only child in 2020 immediately achieved a 72nd National Perigueux.
As you can see on his pedigree, the father of Lucky 13, De teen, has been bred out of 2 absolutely super pigeons, named Ger-Ko (1st NPO Perigueux) and Fenna (2nd NPO Bordeaux). Fenna, who moved to the international top loft Freialdenhofen and Sohne in 2013, can rightfully be called a super breeder because in the present she is the (grand)mother of, among others
The mother of Lucky 13 is a top racer, and by now, a top breeder. In total, she raced 7x on the marathon races and she won as many prizes, 6x of which were among the first 58 Nat/Int. It is beyond doubt then that Helen is one of the best performing hens in the marathon races in recent years. You can see an overview of her greatest achievements below:
A half-sister of the aforementioned Lucky 13 who won an impressive 9 prizes over 9 races is the top hen, 150 Marseille Lady. She has the same father as Lucky 13, De Teen. The mother of 150 Marseille Lady comes from Coos van Houten, and she is an inbred hen after the 1st International Barcelona champion, Nellie. 150 Marseille Lady achieved a unique feat when she was in two subsequent years 4th Nat. Ace Pigeon Marseille (over 3 years), and 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Pau (over 3 years). Her 9 Nat./Int. Prizes you can see below:
One name that must not be forgotten when discussing the talents on the lofts in IJsselstein is the young Mr. Bergerac of 2018. As a yearling, he won 1st prize at the long-distance club against 943 pigeons with a lead of an hour. Now in 2020, his track record is 3 prizes in 3 races. Mr. Bergerac is a beautiful blow cock whose mother is a direct daughter of Legend Jantje, a half-sister of the earlier named Fenna. Father of Mr. Bergerac is a double grandchild of fond legend, Forrest Gump of Freialdenhofen, and Sohne. His 3 achievements of 3 races you will see below:
Barcelona 2020 (5 prizes over 6 played hens)
Even in the arduous race of Barcelone, with extreme losses, Wim and Bertrik had 5 out of 6 pigeons clocked on the Sunday before 1 pm. Nationally and Provincially that gave the following result:
In addition, they ranked 1st in the prestigious national Barcelona class 1st, signed over 5 years.
Last February, Wim received a new heart valve, from which he has luckily mostly recovered. Already, he is visiting the pigeons daily and has been contributing his share. Intentionally, a picture with the children, Fenna and Thijs, was chosen above. Since Covid made its introduction, they have both, perhaps because of the covid restrictions, shown more interest in the pigeons.