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Eijerkamp-Willems (Eisden, BE) is a world class combination in the extreme long distance

The Eijerkamp-Willems combination holds a reputation as a highly successful extreme long distance loft in Belgium. Their pigeons have been winning prizes in the marathon competition season after season, and 2015 was another great season for them.


Eijerkamp-Willems (Eisden, BE)

Hans & Evert-Jan Eijerkamp have been in a combination with the renowned Belgian fanciers Albert and Michel Willems for a few years now. The combination was founded with a common goal in mind: to get the best result possible in the race from Barcelona, the number one classic for every long distance fancier. Albert Willems had already won an international first prize against 20,191 pigeons from Barcelona in 1996.
Two of the strongest long distance lofts of Belgium and The Netherlands joined forces in this promising combination. Hans and Evert-Jan provided a number of top class pigeons, along with their knowledge and their infrastructure. Albert and Michael have a collection of outstanding pigeons at their disposal as well, and Albert has already shown to be a highly proficient fancier. These two top class lofts have one goal in mind: winning the international first prize from Barcelona.

Barcelona, the most important race of all

For the Eijerkamp-Willems combination the entire season is focused around the race from Barcelona. We have to admit they have always managed to meet the expectations: let's have a look at their results in Barcelona since the combination was founded:

2013 Barcelona provincial    1,854 p.: 5–32–41–57–58 –67-131–145- etc. (38/15)
     Barcelona national     10,542 p.: 44–173–230–325–330–356–758–845–etc. (38/15)
2014 Barcelona provincial    1,593 p.: 3–9–40-65–119–157–170–182–190-etc. (36/16)
     Barcelona national      8,764 p.: 12–42–222-381–682-etc. (36/16)
2015 Barcelona provincial    1,239 p.: 4–13–18–28–40–52–53–84-91–93-114-etc. (33/19)     
     Barcelona national      7,791 p.: 56–135–168–239-420–424–675–728–736–etc. (33/17)

Wijnands pigeons at the basis

The pigeons that the Eijerkamp-Willems combination relies on to achieve their goals are the pigeons of Wijnands. This is This is because Albert and Michel Willems have achieved great results with this breed. For instance, they did exceptionally well in the 2010 race from Barcelona, having three pigeons in the top 10 (5th, 6th and 8th) against 12,641 pigeons. This exceptional result was achieved mainly thanks to the pigeons of Wijnands & Zoon from Maastricht, which are good friends of Albert Willems. The former Willems-Wynants combination obtained Wijnands pigeons for the first time in 2006, at the total auction of Wijnands. They purchased youngsters and grandchildren of such renowned pigeons as "Blauwe Vanoppen", "Gimondi", "Pozzato", "Olano", "Late Simpson", "Vale 099", "Gouden Barcelona", "Witneus", "Ballerini", "Gehamerde", "Vale Florizoone", "Asduif Marseille" and others. These pigeons were destined to achieve great results in the hands of the experienced Albert Willems. The spectacular result in Barcelona 2010 was their first important achievement.

The idea of an Eijerkamp-Willems combination took root when roger Wijnands and Evert-Jan Eijerkamp visited the loft of Albert Willems. It was then that Hans & Evert-Jan obtained youngsters from his 5th, 6th and 8th Barcelona. These pigeons combined really well with the pigeons of Harry & Roger Wijnands from Maastricht, which Hans & Evert-Jan had obtained in 2006 and 2007. The two lofts had something in common, since Hans & Evert-Jan had been planning to focus on the extreme long distance again. In addition, the Eijerkamp breed has several top class bloodlines for the overnight long distance, based on such cracks as "Drogba", "Mabel", "Salinero", "Tiesto" and "Henry". In other words, they had everything it takes to achieve great results in the extreme long distance for years to come.

The stars in this loft

We take a look at some of the most successful racing birds in the racing team of Eijerkamp-Willems.

Reuben, a phenomenal racing bird


Reuben of the Eijerkamp-Willems combination (Eisden, NL)

One of the great stars in Eisden in recent years is without doubt BE10-5077902 Reuben. Click here for the pedigree of Reuben, which includes many pigeons with Wijnands origins. The sire is Thalys (NL06-1437077), from the line of Vale 099, and a sister of the well known Miss Waalre of Geard Koopman. The dam is Rosita (NL06-1437012), which comes from the line of Gimondi. Gimondi is a name that we expect to appear a lot more often in the future. 2014 was an exceptional season for Reuben:

Perpignan 2014:  1st provincial    873 pigeons
                 9th national    6,872 pigeons
Barcelona 2014:  8th provincial  1,593 pigeons
                42nd national    8,851 pigeons

These results made Reuben the 1st Provincial Ace Pigeon and the 2nd National Ace Pigeon extreme long distance KBDB of 2014. He was transferred to the breeding loft afterwards, where he has a chance to show his potential as a breeder. Click here for the full list of achievements of Reuben.

Maike, an exceptional hen


Maike of the Eijerkamp-Willems combination (Eisden, NL)

Another great racing bird of Eijerkamp-Willems is Maike (BE07-5026653). Maike has achieved great results on several occasions:

2008:  1st provincial    St.-Vincent    799 pigeons
       5th national      St.-Vincent  7,356 pigeons
       5th international St.-Vincent  8,612 pigeons
2010: 12th provincial    Pau            321 pigeons
      54th national      Pau          2,183 pigeons
2011:  2nd provincial    Pau            285 pigeons
2012:  1st Provincial    Pau            240 pigeons
       2nd national      Pau          1,989 pigeons

We also take a closer look at the pedigree of Maike. We immediately noticed that this pedigree is almost entirely based on Wijnands pigeons. Her sire is Oscar (BE06-3177709), which comes from a son of Gimondi x a daughter of Gimondi. That same Gimondi can also be found in the pedigree of Reuben. The dam of Maike is Esther (NL06-1437105), which originates from Poulidor from her father's side, and from a daughter of a 1st National Marseille from her mother's side. Esther is also the dam of the one year old BE14-2035226, which has won a 9th National Brive against 9,049 pigeons.The son of Gimondi that we just mentioned is also the grandfather of two pigeons that have also won a top prize this season:

  • BE13-5068132 Pauline won a 17th National Perpignan against 5,254 pigeons.
  • De jaarling BE14-2035020 won a 13th National Narbonne against 3,366 pigeons.

These pigeons are likely to play an important role in the race from Barcelona in the next few seasons. 


Gimondi, a top class breeder

2015 in numbers

We close our report with an overview of their outstanding results of 2015:

Barcelona:
provincial 1,239 p.: 4-13–18–28–40–52–53–84–91–93–114-etc.(33/19)
national   7,791 p.: 56–135–168–239–332–420–424–675–728–736-etc.(33/17)

Brive:
provincial   989 p.: 2–9-68–86–etc.(42/14)
national   9,049 p.: 9–81–648-886-etc.(42/11)

Narbonne:
provincial   386 p.: 3–7–19–51–54-etc.(25/9)
national   3,366 p.: 13–33–99–280–291–329-etc.(25/10)

Perpignan:
provincial   678 p.: 2–38–86-etc.(25/6)
national   5,254 p.: 17-etc.(25/4)

Montelimar:
provincial   319 p.: 5–21-26–30–33–34–35-etc.(32/9)
national   1,512 p.: 23–149-etc.(32/8)

Agen:
provincial   319 p.: 8–17–20–27–28–37–39-etc.(33/10)
national   2,767 p.: 74–132-etc.(33/7)

Marseille:
provincial   353 p.: 22-etc.(7/3)
national   2,165 p.: 133-etc.(7/3)

Libourne:
provincial   560 p.: 12–24–37–42–63-etc.(15/6)

The future

The Eijerkamp-Willems combination has an invaluable basis that will enable them to perform at a high level the next few seasons. Will they manage to achieve their dream, winning the international classic from Barcelona? They are without doubt among the race favourites.

Comments

Enkele weken terug , had ik het genoegen om de hokken en duiven van WILLEMS - EYERKAMP te mogen aanschouwen .
Heb zelden zo een liefhebber ( Berke Willems ) ontmoet die ondanks het niet gering aantal duiven , alles zo perfect onder controle heeft!
De prachtige duiven acomodatie ( ontwerp Berke willems )lag er gelekt bij ...de duiven baden daar in zuurstof en zagen er schitterend uit en blaakten van gezondheid !
Spijtig dat Dhr Willems niet te verleiden was om de SUPERDUIVIN MAAIKE te verkopen !
Dhr Eyerkamp is niet alleen een tycoon in de meubel en duivenwereld ...maar zich aansluiten als tandemvenoot bij Dhr Willems is ook strategish een meesterzet !
Mvg
HOLLYWOOD BB

they are so technical fancier . they exactly know what they are doing

Heb ook duiven van Bere Willems gekocht, de investering was indertijd groot maar heb het me niet beklaagt.
Ik vind hem een virtuoos in de duivensport , je kunt met alle vragen bij hem terecht. Je word altijd goed en eerlijk geholpen.
En Barcelona winnen zal daar zeker gebeuren. Top melker met Top duiven dat heb ik zelf mogen aan schouwen.
Dit is een familie uit het goed hout gesneden.
Ik wens jullie het allerbeste toe ,en bedankt voor de mooie vriendschap. Bere en Michel en Annie

Super fanciers with super pigeons.

Gefeliciteerd met zulke duif als Reuben, hopelijk komen er nog meer duiven van zulk kaliber de hokken in Eisden versterken,

groetjes Huub

Berke en Michel dikke proficiat met alles wat jullie zoal gewonnen hebben ... dit kan alleen als je er veel voor over hebt en 365 dagen per jaar melker bent.

En ik weet dat deze twee zaken bovenaan op jullie lijstje staan !!!

Veel succes verder en een gelukkig en gezond 2016 toegewenst !!

Proficiat Hans & Evert-Jan, Berke & Michel.

Fam. Haesen

Proficiat met de mooie resultaten wat jullie behaald hebben.

Dit kan alleen met top duiven en top duivenmelkers wat bij jullie zeker het geval is.

dit jaar gaan kijken bij hun op barcalona en het was fijn om daar de duiven van zien terug te komen.
Volgend jaar kom ik weer supporteren.

Doe zo verder in 2016.

alvast een gelukkig nieuwjaar en een goede gezondheid gewenst.

Albert and Michel congratulations for these super pigeons. We are sure that Reuben is going to leave his mark in the coming years. Last week we one 1st National against 4417 pigeons with a grandson Reuben. Thanks very much and hope we meet again soon.

Family Saliba (Malta)