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Göbel - van der Sluis combination (Zwammerdam, NL) storm to the top with their Heremans pigeons

The combination founded by pigeon doctors Stephan Göbel and Hans van der Sluis, and by Stephan's father Dick-Jan Göbel, have a collection of outstanding Heremans pigeons. Their Blue Bullet has proven to be a uniquely talented breeding bird: her direct descendants have already won 2 national ace pigeon titles (3 ace pigeon titles) and tens of first prizes.


The Göbel - van der Sluis​ combination

An ambitious new combination

The Göbel - van der Sluis combination (Zwammerdam, NL) is a rising star in modern day pigeon racing. The team consists of Stephan, his father Dick-Jan Göbel and Dr. Hans van der Sluis. They have been in a combination since 2015, racing from two different locations. Their loft in Zwammerdam focuses on the sprint, the middle distance and the young birds' competition. The team based in Kockengen is aiming towards the middle distance and the one day long distance, with an occasional 'shorter' ZLU race as well. And the young birds' race of the NPO are an important goal for the two racing lofts as well.

Heremans pigeons responsible for recent successes

Stephan Göbel has been fond of the Heremans pigeon breed for quite a few years, which he came in contact with during his veterinary studies. As part of his vet training he took a traineeship with the Eijerkamp family in 2009. He was working in the breeding lofts at Greenfield Stud when Stefan saw a group of high quality pigeons he had never seen before. It turned out Hans & Evert-Jan Eijerkamp had obtained these pigeons from the then Heremans-Ceusters combination the year before, on the advice of Willem de Bruijn. By the end of his internship Stephan was given four Heremans-Ceusters youngsters, which he could raise himself. And as you might have guessed, one of these youngsters developed into a top class racing bird: 'Blue Bullet' (NL 2009-1184366).

Stephan was convinced of the qualities of the Heremans breed, so he obtained a voucher of Leo Heremans online right after his internship. Since Stephan was taking veterinary studies in Ghent (BE), he paid a visit to Leo's loft in Vorselaar right after buying his voucher, and that was the start of their friendship. Stephan was genuinely impressed with Leo's pigeons, and he and his father quickly understood that these were the pigeons that they needed to make it to the highest level. For a few years in a row they obtained a round of eggs from the best youngsters and widowers of Leo Heremans. The two families had become close friends by 2012, and as a result a few youngsters from the very best of Leo Heremans found their way to their loft in The Netherlands as well.

Blue Bullet

We briefly talked about Blue Bullet earlier on; NL09-1184366 Blue Bullet is a granddaughter of Zoon Wonderaske paired to Diadora. Her pedigree can be found here.


Blue Bullet, superkweekster

She developed into a highly renowned breeding hen with no less than 23 clear first prizes (no doubles) on her breeding palmares, as well as three national ace pigeon titles in The Netherlands and an Olympiad Pigeon in Budapest. These prizes were all won by direct youngsters, and her grandchildren have been doing great as well. Here is a brief look at her grandchildren's most notable results:

NL14-1054603 (W.B. de Kruijf, Woerden (NL)):
1st General Ace Pigeon Club in 2015
2nd General Ace Pigeon Entente South Holland East Rayon B 2015 (with 18 prizes, 3 x 1st prize)

NL15-1742111 (W.B. de Kruijf, Woerden (NL)):
2nd PIPA ranking Middle Distance YBs
7th Ace Pigeon YBs WHZB/TBOTB 2015 (with 3x 1st prize in the club)

NL15-1622114 (Ben de Keijzer, Berkel and Rodenrijs (NL)):
1st Ace Pigeon YBs Entente Greater Rotterdam in 2015 (9 prizes)

NL15-1622136 (Ben de Keijzer, Berkel and Rodenrijs (NL)):
6th Ace Pigeon YBs Entente Greater Rotterdam in 2015 (10 prizes)

NL15-1622137 (Ben de Keijzer, Berkel and Rodenrijs (NL)):
8th Ace Pigeon YBs Entente Greater Rotterdam in 2015 (10 prizes)

2214-AU15 (bred by McLaughlin Lofts, Hanson Massachusetts, USA)
1st Acebird Sprint Champion Empire Classic Canadian One Loft Race 2015 (900 pigeons  entered the race)

NL17-1086847 (Göbel-van der Sluis, Zwammerdam (NL)):
1st Ace Pigeon YBs Entente Central Holland East > 300 km 

Championships 2017

It goes without saying that father and son Göbel and Dr. Van der Sluis were more than happy to have invested in Heremans pigeons. They have been winning first prizes and championship titles one after another, especially in their favourite discipline, the young birds' races. The 2017 season was a major success as well, despite skipping the third young birds' race of the season due to the particularly harsh conditions (according to Stephan). Nonetheless, their young birds caught up with the others in the very next race!

1st Young Birds Not nominated Rayon Alphen (approx 100 members)
1st Young Birds Nominated Rayon Alphen (approx 100 members)
1st Young Birds Not nominated Entente Central Holland East (approx 200 members)
1st Young Birds Nominated Entente Central Holland East (approx 200 members)
2nd Natour Not nominated Rayon Alphen (approx 100 members)
2nd Emperor Young Birds Prov. 5. Rayon East (approx 350 members)
1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Pigeon Champion Young Birds Entente Central Holland East > 300 km 

And here is a look at the best results of the four pigeon champions of the Göbel-van der Sluis combination in 2017:

NL17-1086847 ‘Always Early’ = grandson ‘Blue Bullet’ x ‘Bulldozer’ 
1st  Ace Pigeon YBs Entente Central Holland East > 300 km
16th Best young bird middle distance in The Netherlands - 3 prizes PIPA rankings 2017
1st  Pont St Maxence 929 p.
2nd  Pontoise   272 p.
3rd  Fontenay sur Eure 149 p.
8th  Duffel 208 p.
9th  Morlincourt  1247 p.
21st Pont St. Maxence  345 p.

NL17-1086841 ‘Performa’ = bred from ‘Lichte Willem’ x ‘Fabulous’
2nd  Ace Pigeon YBs Entente Central Holland East > 300 km
46th best young bird middle distance in The Netherlands - 3 prizes PIPA rankings 2017
1st  Pont St. Maxence 345 p.
1st  Pontoise  272 p.
2nd  Fontenay sur Eure 149 p.
6th  Pont St. Maxence 257 p.
27th Arras 385 p.
27th Duffel 208 p.
38th Peronne 453 p.

NL17-1086825 ‘Bulldozer's Best’ = from ‘Bulldozer’ x ’11-816 (Hermans Wijnands, Utrecht)
4th  Ace Pigeon YBs Entente Central Holland East > 300 km
62nd best young bird middle distance in The Netherlands - 3 prizes PIPA rankings 2017
2nd  Pont St. Maxence 345 p.
4th  Pont St. Maxence 257 p.
5th  Morlincourt 368 p.
5th  Pontoise 272 p.
11th Asse-Zellik 405 p.
33rd Duffel 208 p.
41st Arras 385 p.

NL17-1272498 ‘Perfection’ = from ‘Eye Catcher’ x Daughter ‘Nieuwe Olympiade’
5th  Ace Pigeon YBs Entente Central Holland East > 300 km
1st  Ace Pigeon YBs in the club 2017
1st  Morlincourt 368 p.
7th  Pont St. Maxence 345 p.
9th  Fontenay sur Eure 149 p.
10th Arras 385 p.
13th Pont St. Maxence 257 p.
17th Pontoise 272 p.
23rd Asse-Zellik 405 p.
26th Peronne 453 p.
9 prizes in 9 races, includig 9 x 1:10


Bulldozer

Bulldozer is one of the leading names in the team's breeding loft. He is the grandfather of the aforementioned 'Always Early', and he is the sire of 'Bulldozer's Best'. On top of that, he is the sire of NL12-1611519 Olympic Stephanie, which became 1st Olympiad Pigeon Category A (sprint) Budapest '15. She will be discussed in detail in our references section.


Eye Catcher

Eye Catcher is another renowned breeder for this combination. He is the sire of Perfection, ace pigeon YBs in the club. He is also the grandfather of 'De Dakkapel', winner of a 2st National Fontenay Sector 2 of 12,727 pigeons for W.B. de Kruijf (Woerden, NL).

References

 
The Göbel-Van der Sluis combination has made some remarkable progress on their way to the top in The Netherlands but their list of breeding references in other lofts is quite impressive as well! These are the team's most remarkable references so far:
 
NL12-1611519 ‘Olympic Stephanie’ from ‘Bulldozer’ (B11-073) x ‘Blue Bullet’ (NL09-366). Click here for her exceptional pedigree.
 
Stephanie was bred by the Göbel - Van der Sluis combination but was raced by W.B. De Kruijf from Woerden (NL). Below is an overview of all the top 10 prizes that were won by Stefanie in 2013 and 2014, in Province 5 South Holland East Rayon B:
 
1st Meaux (377 km.) 259 pigeons - 1st of 3,393 pigeons
1st Pommeroeul (199 km.) 317 pigeons - 1st of 1,814 pigeons
1st Nanteuil (360 km.) 139 pigeons - 1st of 1,500 pigeons (and 2nd of 17,506 p.)
1st Mantes la Jolie (410 km.) 139 pigeons - 1st of 1,278 pigeons (and 8th of 13,692 p.)
1st Nanteuil (360 km.) 317 pigeons - 1st of 1,152 pigeons
1st Peronne (276 km.) 39 pigeons - 1st of 749 pigeons (and 2nd of 9,925 p.)
1st Peronne (276 km.) 287 pigeons - 3rd of 4.030 pigeons
1st Peronne (276 km.) 113 pigeons - 3rd of 961 pigeons
1st Asse-Zellik (141 km.) 331 pigeons - 4th of 2,075 pigeons
1st Nijvel (171 km.) 303 pigeons - 9th of 1,941 pigeons
1st Peronne(276 km.) 374 pigeons - 12th of 1,394 pigeons
1st Peronne (276 km.) 148 pigeons - 8th of 898 pigeons
2nd Nijvel (171 km.) 85 pigeons - 3rd of 526 pigeons
3rd Peronne (276 km.) 155 pigeons - 9th of 2,493 pigeons
3rd Nanteuil (360 km.) 302 pigeons - 7th of 1,817 pigeons
4th Peronne (276 km.) 302 pigeons - 6th of 1,992 pigeons

This palmares resulted in the following titles for Stephanie:
1st National Ace Pigeon TBOTB Sprint/Middle distance 2013
1st National Ace Pigeon Yearlings TBOTB 2013
1st Dutch Olympiad Pigeon Category A Sprint Budapest 2015
1st Pigeon Champion Sprint Entente South Holland East 2013
1st Pigeon Champion Sprint Entente South Holland East 2014
2nd Pigeon Champion Sprint Prov. 5 South Holland, Rayon Oost 2013
2nd Pigeon Champion Natour Entente South Holland East 2013
2nd General Pigeon Champion Entente South Holland East 2013
4th Pigeon Champion Middle Distance Entente South Holland East 2013

Next up is NL14-1084178 New Safier. The Göbel - Van der Sluis combination bred this pigeon from Son Safier-pair (NL12-760) x  Blue Bullet (NL09-366) - see pedigree. This pigeon has been raced by Stephan's grandfather, J.G. Den Hartog from Nieuwkoop (NL).

 
Stephan and Hans had never expected that this New Safier, which they bred and which was raced in the lofts of Stephan's grandfather, would develop into such a successful racing bird. New Safier comes from some of the very best Leo Heremans bloodlines, and he was able to win the following titles:
1st  National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance WHZB/TBOTB 2015
11th National Ace Pigeon Sprint/Middle Distance WHZB/TBOTB 2015
These titles were won after New Safier claimed the following prizes raced in widowhood:
1st Nanteuil lst Hadouin - 2,460 p.
2nd Peronne - 1,326 p.
4th Pont St. Maxence - 13,116 p.
4th St. Just de Cimetiere - 2,993 p.
4th Nanteuil le Hadouin - 1,332 p.
4th Nanteuil le Hadouin - 182 p.
4th Duffel - 157 p.
5th Zellik - 197 p.
 
NL16-1344045 ‘Blue Gold’ from ‘Goldrush’ (NL09-317) x ‘Dr Éenoogske x Nieuwe Rossi’ (B12-709)
1st Morlincourt of 7,338 pigeons
1st Isnes of 139 pigeons
Bred by Göbel- Van der Sluis, Zwammerdam (NL); Raced by Van der Sluis-Göbel (Kockengen, (NL)
 
NL16-1559842 ‘De Dakkapel’ - grandson of ‘Eye Catcher’ (NL13-447) x ‘Dr Nieuwe Olympiade’ (B12-564) 
1st National Fontenay SII against 12727 p. (also the fastest of all departments that day!)
Bred and raced by W.B. De Kruijf, Woerden (NL)
 

Best results of 2017

8-4-2017 Duffel (113 km):
Club (744 p.): 1-2-3-4-5-51-69-etc.(12/23)
Rayon (2862 p.): 1-2-20-21-35-206-265-etc.(12/23)

15-4-2017 Asse-Zellik (139 km):
Club (679 p.): 1-40-41-etc.(7/24)
Rayon (2682 p.) 4-165-171-260-etc.(7/24)

22-4-2017 Arras (242 km):
Club (726 p.): 2-11-24-38-43-59-etc.(9/19)
Rayon (2633 p.): 12-67-122-192-211-etc.(8/19)

4-6-2017 Roye (300 km):
Club (320 p.): 2-10-18-21-24-etc.(6/10)
Rayon (1372 p.): 18-43-102-121-etc.(6/10)

10-6-2017 Peronne (273 km):
Club (343 p.): 2-etc.(10/18)
Rayon (1180 p.): 5-etc.(9/18)

24-6-2017 Duffel (113 km):
Club (208 p.): 1-2-3-5-6-8-13-14-18-20-etc.(20/34)
Rayon (1415 p.): 2-4-5-61-65-93-etc.(15/34)

24-6-2017 Duffel (113 km):
Club (217 p.): 1-2-8-11-etc.(9/18)
Rayon (752 p.): 5-9-29-33-63-etc.(9/18)

1-7-2017 Arras (242 km):
Club (213 p.): 1-2-3-4-8-13-etc.(7/9)
Rayon (852 p.): 1-3-4-6-37-60-etc.(7/9)

8-7-2017 Asse-Zellik (139 km):
Club (405 p.): 1-2-9-10-11-16-22-23-26-27-33-etc.(12/33)
Rayon (1610 p.): 5-17-58-68-72-89-109-110-158-161-etc.(12/33)

8-7-2017 Asse-Zellik (139 km): 
Club (239 p.): 2-9-11-14-17-etc.(9/18)
Rayon (706 p.): 9-32-35-40-47-etc.(10/18)

15-7-2017 Pont. St. Maxence (346 km):
Club (216 p.): 3-7-9-12-13-etc.(6/10)
Rayon (739 p.): 12-46-55-67-68-etc.(6/10)

29-7-2017 Morlincourt (306 km):
Club (368 p.): 1-2-3-4-5-7-15-17-28-37-etc.(17/30)
Rayon (1247 p.): 2-4-8-9-10-27-66-91-111-etc.(17/30)

29-7-2017 Morlincourt (306 km):
Club (225 p.): 1-7-17-etc.(4/6)
Rayon (665 p.): 11-34-etc.(4/6)

6-8-2017 Pont St. Maxence (346 km):
Club (345 p.): 1-2-3-5-7-13-16-17-21-27-28-30-32-etc.(15/30)
Rayon (1249 p.): 4-10-15-41-43-85-105-107-120-etc.(14/30)

13-8-2017 Pontoise (384 km):
Club (272 p.): 1-2-5-6-17-etc.(6/10)
Rayon (1021 p.): 8-12-19-22-etc.(6/10)

19-8-2017 Asse-Zellik (139 km):
Club (607 p.): 1-2-4-10-11-12-13-14-57-etc.(13/23)
Rayon (2010 p.): 19-20-26-62-64-65-67-73-etc.(13/23)

19-8-2017 Pont St. Maxence (346 km):
Club (257 p.): 1-2-4-6-13-15-16-21-24-etc.(11/20)
Rayon (929 p.): 1-7-28-47-72-76-79-93-etc.(10/20)

26-8-2017 Arras (242 km):
Club (646 p.): 2-7-8-10-11-13-14-15-17-25-43-58-etc.(17/30)
Rayon (1933 p.): 25-36-37-48-57-61-62-64-67-80-155-etc.(16/30)

26-8-2017 Fontenay Sur Euro (476 km):
Club (149 p.): 2-3-9-etc. (5/10)
Rayon (597 p.): 15-16-etc.(4/10)

2-9-2017 Peronne (273 km):
Club (453 p.): 1-2-4-5-6-8-10-13-18-22-24-25-26-27-28-36-36-38-39-43-46-etc.(27/34)
Rayon (1594 p.): 5-10-57-61-62-74-81-88-104-141-149-152-155-156-etc.(24/34)

10-9-2017 Peronne (273 km):
Club (192 p.): 1-2-3-4-6-8-17-etc.(11/20)
Rayon (833 p.): 4-6-10-11-18-37-79-etc.(11/20)

Confident about the Heremans breed

Stephan Göbel says that he has great confidence in the Heremans pigeons; he is convinced this pigeon breed will enable their combination to become one of the leading lofts in The Netherlands. And we think he has every right to be confident, judging from their own results and their achievements in other lofts. We will be watching this combination in 2018.

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