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Gerard and Bas Verkerk (Reeuwijk, NL) now demonstrate their potential in the PIPA rankings for The Netherlands as well

Gerard and Bas Verkerk have played a defining role in all national competitions across The Netherlands. The combination has now won several top prizes in the new PIPA rankings for The Netherlands as well.


Gerard and Bas Verkerk confirm their status in the PIPA rankings for The Netherlands 2015 

PIPA rankings The Netherlands

At the start of the 2015 season PIPA introduced its PIPA rankings for fanciers from The Netherlands for the first time. They were introduced as a means to let the best Dutch pigeons shine and to give them the international attention they deserve. The final rankings that have been published so far include many big names, along with a few outsiders as well. Gerard and Bas Verkerk, which have been a main contender in all national competitions, have once again demonstrated the value of their pigeon breed by winning several top prizes across several PIPA rankings for The Netherlands. We will be talking about father and son Verkerk later on in this article, but we begin with an overview of their top 10 results in the different PIPA rankings:

1st  Best middle distance/long distance pigeon in The Netherlands
2nd  Best ace pigeon old birds in The Netherlands
2nd  Best long distance pigeon in The Netherlands
3rd  Best yearling in The Netherlands
3rd  Best middle distance/long distance pigeon in The Netherlands
5th  Best long distance pigeon in The Netherlands
10th Best ace pigeon old birds in The Netherlands
10th Best long distance pigeon in The Netherlands


NL13-1239602 Kiki-Kate, winner of a 4th national Chateauroux 37,571 p. in 2015

Kiki-Kate, Best middle distance/long distance pigeon in The Netherlands PIPA ranking 2015

The PIPA rankings for The Netherlands have been introduced for the first time this season, and the first PIPA Rankings title that goes to Gerard and Bas Verkerk is that of Best middle distance/long distance pigeon in The Netherlands. This ranking is based on the best seven results in the races over a distance of 300 to 799.999km in the province. At least one top result has to be won in race of between 500 and 799.999km (with pigeons born in 2014 or earlier). NL13-1239602 Kiki-Kate has won the highest number of points in this category and is thus the winner of this title. She is a blue coloured two year old hen. Her pedigree shows the familiar names of such Olympiad Pigeons as NL04-2050373 Olympic Sponge Bob and NL07-1817923 Olympic Solange. This is just one of many highly talented racing birds this season, all of which are related to several top class parents or grandparents. Kiki-Kate won the title with the following results:

Chateauroux  (NPO) 617 km      3  –  5907 p. (4th national   37,517 p.)
Pont-St.-Maxence   340 km      5  – 13116 p. (5th fastest of 32,967 p.)
Nanteuil           352 km      20 -  2520 p.
Morlincourt        301 km      34 –  3770 p.
Nanteuil           352 km      39 – 12543 p.
Pont-St.-Maxence   340 km      47 -  7614 p.
Bourges      (NPO) 576 km      53 –  9742 p. 

In addition, Kiki-Kate has finished in 10th place in the category of best ace pigeon old birds in The Netherlands.


NL14-1059398 Eternity; her dam is a sister of Olympic Solange

Eternity, 2nd best ace pigeon old birds in The Netherlands/3rd best yearling in The Netherlands

NL14-1059398 Eternity has won a top three prize in not one but two categories. We take a look at this light chequered hen’s best results for 2015:

Asse-Zellik        133 km      7 – 3158 p.
Pont-St.-Maxence   340 km      8 - 7614 p.
Nanteuil           352 km      8 – 6295 p.

The dam of Eternity is NL11-1741071 Eye Catcher, a daughter of NL00-1975952 Olympic Survivor (1st Olympiad Pigeon 2003) paired to NL06-4720774 Magic Amoré. This makes Eye Catcher a sister of Olympic Solange. The sire of Eternity is NL10-1682193 Bradley, which is a son of NL04-2050252 Oprah (3rd best hen WHZB 2006). Click here for the pedigree of Eternity.


NL13-1239600 Topper Harley, 1st National Ace Pigeon one day long distane (4 prizes) Topwings 2015

Topper Harley, 2nd best long distance pigeon in The Netherlands

NL13-1239600 Topper Harley is the only cock in the collection of Gerard and Bas Verkerk to win a top 10 prize in one of the PIPA rankings, finishing in second place in the ranking for best long distance pigeon in The Netherlands. He won the following prizes in the one day long distance NPO races in 2015:

Ruffec             746 km      2  –  4133 p.
Vierzon            570 km      18 - 11506 p.
Blois              553 km      21 - 15515 p.

Topper Harley is a son of NL10-1682373 Tyson (NL03-1135475 Bulldozer, 6th best cock WHZB 2004 x NL09-1186309 Beyoncé) and NL08-2049116 Dream Girl (a granddaughter of NL98-5821416 Kleine Dirk, the renowned Gerard Koopman pigeon). Click here for the pedigree of Topper Harley.


NL14-1059330 Lizzie, winner of a 9th national Chateauroux 37,571 p. in 2015

Lizzie, 3rd Best middle distance/long distance pigeon in The Netherlands/5th best long distance pigeon in The Netherlands

NL14-1059330 Lizzie managed to win a prize in two different categories in the PIPA ranking as well. Her achievements of 2015, including a 3rd NPO Vierzon (11,506 p.) and a 5th NPO Chateauroux (5907 p.) have resulted in a number of titles across different competitions:

2nd National Ace Pigeon one day long distance WHZB-TBOTB 2015 
2nd National Ace Pigeon one day long distance Topwings 2015
2nd National Ace Pigeon one day long distance NPO 2015
3rd Best middle distance/long distance pigeon in The Netherlands PIPA ranking 2015
5th Best long distance pigeon in The Netherlands PIPA ranking 2015

The sire of Lizzie is NL10-1682215 Captain Hook (a grandson of NL96-2279582 Olympic Ronaldo x NL03-1135462 Olympic Unbelievable), which was paired to NL10-1682123 Jessie. Click here for the pedigree of Lizzie.


NL14-1059602 Fantasy, winner of a 3rd national Chateauroux 37,571 p. in 2015

NL14-1059602 Fantasy, 10th best long distance pigeon in The Netherlands

The last Verkerk pigeon to finish in the top 10 of a PIPA ranking (for now) is NL14-1059602 Fantasy, as the 10th best long distance pigeon in The Netherlands. She did great in the other national competitions as well: she finished in fifth place in the national ace pigeon championship one day long distance NPO, and she was 7th ace pigeon one day long distance in the national WHZB-TBOTB competition. In addition, she won a teletext prize from Chateauroux (2nd – 5907 p.) and Vierzon (6th – 11,506 p.) this season. Click here for the pedigree of Fantasy (granddaughter of Olympic Solange).

References PIPA rankings 2015

The introduction of Verkerk pigeons has been a major success to say the least. Several other fanciers have been very successful in the PIPA rankings 2015 as well, which shows any fancier can achieve great results at national level with pigeons of Verkerk. You can find a list of references in the PIPA rankings in The Netherlands for 2015 here.


NL13-1239517 Expectation 1st NPO Vierzon 11,506 p.

Many highlights for this loft in 2015

The Verkerk pigeons did great in the PIPA rankings but they have been performing really well throughout the season. We introduce you to one of the main actors this season: the NL13-1239517 Expectation once more showed the true potential of the Verkerk pigeon breed, claiming a first prize in the NPO race from Vierzon (11,506 p.): this breed is capable of winning top prizes in the most important races of their favourite discipline: the one day long distance. The parents of Expectation, Bulldozer x Olympic Solange, illustrate the breeding strategy of this loft, which is based on Ace Pigeons and Olympiad Pigeons. Click here for the pedigree of Expectation.

Teletext prizes

The pigeons of G & S Verkerk have won no less than 18 national teletext prizes in 2015, and the highlights were the NPO races from Vierzon and Chateauroux: no less than 6 top prizes have been won in these two races. An overview of their most impressive results in 2015 can be found hereAll top 25 prizes in the one day long distance races NPO and the (semi) provincial middle distance races of 2015 can be found here.

Amazing

Father and son Verkerk continue to amaze us with their achievements. It is quite difficult to become a top level player but it is even more difficult to stay at the top. This combination has been doing really well season after season, as you can tell from their impressive number of ace pigeon titles and championship titles. Gerard and Bas, many congratulations on another spectacular season.