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G. & S. Verkerk (Reeuwijk, NL) all set for the upcoming NPO races with a 1st-4th-5th-6th Fontenay 11,444 p.

The first NPO races are coming up shortly, and Gerard and Bas Verkerk are showing to be as ambitious as ever, claiming another great result: a 1st-4th-5th-6th-18th-19th-23rd Fontenay 11,444 p., and a 2nd-7th-11th-24th etc. from Pontoise 9,750 p. a mere eight days later. PIPA sat down with the two champions to talk about last season, and of course to discuss the upcoming 2018 season!

We had only just finished our article about Laetitia, one of the superstars of 2017, and there we have another top result to write about. We are not far from the start of the NPO one day long distance competition, and the Verkerk racing birds have already had to work hard a few times. Turns out they are in excellent form! We take a look at their impressive overall results, which shows that father and son Verkerk will be among the main favourites in the NPO:

Fontenay (467 km) 11,444 p.
1st-4th-5th-6th-18th-19th-23rd-46th-49th-55th-57th-58th-59th-61st-64th-78th-
92nd-100th-101st-102nd-103rd etc. and 107 prizes with 188 birds (74x 1:10)
Pontoise (378 km) 9,750 p.
2nd-7th-11th-24th-36th-49th-50th-51st-52nd-53rd-61st-69th-94th-96th-98th etc. 
and 111 prizes with 185 birds (79x 1:10)
And the 2nd-8th-12th-30th-56th-82nd-83rd-84th-85th-86th of 26,548 p.

This is a palmares to be proud of. It shows yet again what their breeding strategy is all about: they keep their greatest champions for themselves, because they are likely to become stock breeders in the near future. "It sometimes takes until the second or third generation, but you can be confident that their excellent bloodlines will give great descendants sooner or later. In fact, I need my best racing birds in the breeding loft to ensure the future of this team. This means you sometimes have to decline a lucrative offer, but I wonder if we had been competing at this level if we had sold our best racing birds", Bas explains.

1st best yearling in The Netherlands with 10 prizes PIPA Ranking 2017

The champion that took home this prestigious title was none other than NL16-1525989 Laetitia. She had a great season as a one year old, winning the following prizes:

1st best yearling in The Netherlands with 10 prizes PIPA Ranking 2017
3rd best allround pigeon The Netherlands PIPA Ranking 2017
1st Duffel 106 km                -  3,708 p.
14th Pointoise 377 km            -  6,521 p.
11th Arras 236 km                -  3,421 p.
59th Pointoise 377 km            - 12,351 p.
14th Peronne 266 km              -  2,149 p.
32nd Pt.st.Maxence 340 km        -  4,519 p.
70th Argenton 649 km             -  8,125 p.
69th Roye 294 km                 -  6,946 p.
41st Asse Zellik 133 km          -  3,636 p.
77th Peronne 266 km              -  4,884 p.

Laetitia is a daughter of the outstanding Milo, 1st NPO Bourges of 5,181 pigeons for the Verbree combination, and owned by Mr. Dong from China. The dam is Katja, an excellent racing hen and winner of a 4th NPO Chateaudun 11,572 p. and a daughter of top pair Sven (10th Nat. Ace Pigeon and a son of Olympic Survivor) x Bonita, a top breeder from Bulldozer x Olympic Solange, the renowned racing and breeding bird.
Click here for Laetitia's pedigree.

1st-4th-5th-6th Fontenay 11,444 p.

The first prize in Fontenay goes to the one year old NL17-1277226 Superman. This blue coloured cock shows once again that a good quality racing bird has a good chance of breeding new stars later on. Superman comes from the fantastic pair Captain Hook x Snip, which makes him a half brother of:

- Wonder Woman
      1st Nat. ace pigeon allround hens WHZB-TBOTB 2016
      2nd best middle distance & long distance racing bird NL PIPA Ranking 2016
      9th Nat. ace pigeon one day long distance WHZB/TBOTB 2016
      15th Nat. ace pigeon one day long distance PIPA Ranking 2016
      3rd NPO Bourges            -  9,742 p. 2015
      8th NPO Bourges            - 13,431 p. 2016
      16th NPO Chateauroux       - 10,029 p. / 23rd Nat. 47,539 p.
- Emily
      2nd Nat. hen WHZB 2013
- Lizzie
      2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon one day long distance WHZB/TBOTB 2015
      2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon one day long distance Topwings 2015
      2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon one day long distance NPO 2015
      3rd best middle distance & long distance racing bird NL PIPA Ranking 2015
      5th best one day long distance pigeon PIPA Ranking 2015
      3rd NPO Vierzon            - 11,506 p.
      5th NPO Chateauroux        -  5,907 p. / 9th Nat. 37,571 p.
      And 48th-74th-91st NPO/provincial
- Tinker Bell
      1st fastest prov. Meaux     - 32,917 p.
      8th NPO Bourges             -  9,576 p.
      9th fastest prov. Nanteuil  - 13,814 p.
      32nd NPO Argenton           -  6,926 p.
      2nd substitute Olympiad YLs 2015
      21st s-prov. Peronne       - 19,537 p.
- Special One
      5th prov. ace pigeon one day long distance 2016
      10th Nat. ace pigeon one day long distance 'Fondspiegel' 2016     
      1st Morlincourt            -    623 p. / 2nd s-prov. 3,975 p. 2015
      10th Quievrain             -  3,637 p. 2016
- Equal First
      2nd NPO Ruffec             -  3,780 p. 2016 arrived within a second of the winner


Click here for Superman's pedigree

These exact same lines have also bred Yong and Jiabin Lin, winners of a 1st Fontenay Entente of 1,940 p. The sire of the winner is a half brother of Olympic Solange, and the dam comes from a son of Captain Hook x Solange paired to super class hen Wonder Woman. Champions breed champions.

NL17-1277342 claims a 4th Fontenay 11,444 p. for Verkerk and he too comes from bloodlines that gave several race winners.
Sire: Invictus, winner of a 17th-18th-44th in NPO races and breeder of a 5th Nat. Chateauroux 47,539 p. He is a son of national ace pigeons Icarus x Olympic Stradivarius.
Dam: Eye Catcher, a phenomenal hen and a full sister of Olympic Solange! Eye Catcher was the fastest prov. pigeon from Mantes la Jolie of 20,506 pigeons as a yearling, and she became one of the team's best breeding hens of today! She is the dam of:

- Olympic Fire Eyes
      Olympiad long distance Brussels 2017
      2nd best long distance pigeon NL PIPA Ranking 2016
      3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon one day long distance Topwings 2015
      6th best middle distance and long distance pigeon NL PIPA Rankings 2016
      1st PS Maxence             -  2,454 p. / 3rd s-prov. 13,116 p. 2015
      6th NPO Bourges            -  9,742 p. 2015
      3rd Nat. S2 Chatearoux     - 14,602 p. / 4th Nat. 47,539 p.
      6th NPO Argenton           -  7,374 p. 2016
      17th NPO Ruffec            -  3,780 p. 2016
- Eternity
      2nd best allround pigeon NL PIPA Ranking 2015
      3rd best yearling NL PIPA Ranking 2015
- Dedication
      1st prov. Nanteuil         - 12,543 p. & fastest of 31,438 p.
- Highlight
      1st NPO Ruffec             -  3,780 p. 2016


Click here for the pedigree of the 342/17

And here we have the third Verkerk pigeon from Fontenay and winner of a 5th of 11,444 pigeons: NL16-1626979. He comes from top breeder Prince (Reedijk-Jongekrijg) x top class hen Eyelar, 9th Prov. Ace Pigeon one day long distance and 20th Nat. hen WHZB, a direct Superman Bulldozer.  The 979/16 is a half sister of Ivory Lady 1st prov. ace pigeon one day long distance, and Felin, 1st substitute Olympiad pigeon middle distance Nitra 2013. Feline became a renowned breeding hen, and she is now the dam of:

- Kiki Kate
      1st best middle distance and one day long distance pigeon NL PIPA Ranking 2015
      10th best allround pigeon NL PIPA Ranking 2015
      3rd NPO & 4th Nat. Chateauroux - 37,571 p.
      5th fastest PS Maxence    - 32,967 p.
      7th prov. Sens            - 11,608 p.
- Lola-Lily
      1st NPO Bourges           -  9,576 p.
      14th Nat. ace pigeon one day long distance WHZB/TBOTB 2015
      15th best one day long distance pigeon NL PIPA 2015
- Sylvie
      3rd Nat. ace pigeon one day long distance ‘Fondspiegel’ 2016
      7th Nat. ace pigeon one day long distance WHZB/TBOTB 2016
      8th best middle distance & one day long distance pigeon NL PIPA Ranking 2016
      10th Nat. ace pigeon allround hens WHZB/TBOTB 2016 
- Beckham
      5th best middle distance & one day long distance pigeon NL PIPA Rankings 2017
      6th best allround pigeon NL PIPA Rankings 2017
- Special One
      5th prov. ace pigeon one day long distance 2016
      10th Nat. ace pigeon one day long distance ‘Eend. Fondspiegel’ 2016     
      1st Morlincourt            -    623 p. / 2. s-prov. 3,975 p. 2015
      10th Quievrain             -  3,637 p. 2016


Click here for the pedigree of the 979/16

The fourth pigeon to finish in the top 10 from Fontenay is racing hen NL17-1277513, from super class pair Rembrandt x Fantasy.
Sire: Rembrandt, a youngster of top pair Pavarotti x superstar Olympic Solange, which explains why he went straight to the breeding loft. Rembrandt also bred Anouk (2x 1st of 8,775 p. and 2,360 p.), and Renate, first prize winner and the dam of a 9th-11th-13th NPO. This is another bloodline of race winners.
Dam: Fantasy, a super class racing hen and 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon one day long distance NPO 2015 and 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon one day long distance WHZB/TBOTB 2015. She comes from top cock Flinstone, which makes her a half sister of Atlantis, 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon and the sire of Kiki Kate (1st best pigeon NL PIPA ranking), Lola-Lilly (1st NPO Bourges 9,576 p.), and Ace Isabella (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon 'Eend. Fondspiegel' 2016-2017). The dam of Fantasty is Replica, another top daughter of Solange.


Click here for the pedigree of the 513/17

As always, Bas and Gerard have their focus on the months of June and July, when most NPO classics are taking place. The racing team (except for 30 substitute hens) was paired in mid-December, and all pairs raised youngsters. Darkening started in early March until the end of April, to get the pigeons in top form at the exact right moment, and to slow down the moult. Apparently, the pigeons were in great shape in Fontenay, which was two weeks after darkenening ended.

The pigeons get mixtures of Beyers-Verkerk light/sport, and a Forte Vita mixture (acids and spices) of Travipharma is added to the water two to three days a week. They turn to Team De Weerd (Henk, Jan and Domien) and Hans van der Sluis/Stephan Göbel for medical guidance. Every four weeks the pigeons undergo a trichomoniasis treatment. There are no other medical treatments, unless a health issue occurs of course.

2nd-8th-12th fastest Pontoise 26,548 p.

The number two in province 5, right behind Willem De Bruijn, is the one year old NL17-1277281 … een rechtstreekse dochter van de super vlieger Ace Isabelle. Deze wonder duivin won

      1st Nat. ace pigeon one day long distance ‘Eend. Fondspiegel’ 2016-2017
      13th Nat. ace pigeon one day long distance Fondspiegel 2016
      18th Nat. ace pigeon middle distance & one day long distance PIPA Ranking 2016
      6th prov. ace pigeon prov. 5 one day long distance 2016

The 281 is a grandchild of nothing but super class pigeons, such as Bulldozer (Europa Cup & the sire of Icarus, Expectation, Aviator, Bonita, Tyson, Euphoria, Eyelar, etc.), Feline (substitute Olympiad & the dam of Kiki Kate, Lola Lily, etc.), Atlantis (Best prov. ace pigeon & the sire of Kiki Kate, Lola Lily, Isabella, etc.) and Olympic Bibi (Olympiad 2015 & a super class breeder).


Click here for the pedigree of 281/17

The second Verkerk pigeon from Pontoise and the 8th fastest of 26,548 p. is NL17-1277459, which also won a 3rd Peronne 2,149 p. as a young bird. And we were not surprised to see so many top birds in her pedigree: she is a youngster of two proven racing birds.
Sire: Hunter, 8th Nat. Cock WHZB 2013 and a youngster of the fantastic first prize winner Flitstone, which also bred Atlantin and Fantasy.
Dam: Replica, very strong as a yearling in 2011, and now the dam of 5th, 7th, and 10th Nat. Ace Pigeon Fantasy. Replica is a daughter of the renowned cock Icarus x the legendary Olympic Solange.


Click here for the pedigree of the 459/17

Last but not least we have the NL17-1277470. This is without doubt a promising bird, and winner of three top results in a single month:

      10th fastest Quievrain     - 12,965 p.
      12th fastest Pontoise      - 26,548 p.
      18th fastest Fontenay      - 11,444 p.

This pigeon, bound to be an ace pigeon one day, was bred from top pair Captain Hook x Wonder Woman. Captain Hook was an excellent racing bird and one of today's best breeders. He is the sire of:

- Lizzie
      2nd Nat. ace pigeon one day long distance WHZB/TBOTB 2015
      2nd Nat. ace pigeon one day long distance Topwings 2015
      2nd Nat. ace pigeon one day long distance NPO 2015
      3rd best middle distance & long distance racing bird NL PIPA Ranking 2015
      5th best one day long distance pigeon PIPA Ranking 2015
      3rd NPO Vierzon            - 11,506 p.
      5th NPO Chateauroux        -  5,907 p. / 9th Nat. 37,571 p.
      And 48th-74th-91st NPO/provincial
- Tinker Bell
      1st fastest prov. Meaux    - 32,917 p.
      8th NPO Bourges            -  9,576 p.
      9th fastest prov. Nanteuil - 13,814 p.
      32nd NPO Argenton          -  6,926 p.
      2nd substitute Olympiad YLs 2015
      21st s-prov. Peronne       - 19,537 p.
- Special One
      5th prov. ace pigeon one day long distance 2016
      10e Nat. ace pigeon one day long distance ‘Eend. Fondspiegel’ 2016    
      1e Morlincourt            -    623 p. / 2e s-prov. 3,975 p. 2015
      10e Quievrain             -  3,637 p. 2016
- Equal First
      2nd NPO Ruffec             -  3,780 p. 2016 within the same second as the winner

The dam is Wonder Woman, 1st Nat. ace pigeon allround hens WHZB-TBOTB 2016, 2nd best middle distance & long distance racing bird NL PIPA Ranking 2016, 9th Nat. ace pigeon one day long distance WHZB/TBOTB 2016 and winner of a 3rd NPO Bourges 9,742 p. 2015, 8th NPO Bourges 13,431 p. 2016 and 16th NPO Chateauroux 10,029 p. / 23rd Nat. 47,539 p.


Click here for the pedigree of the 470/17