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Jan Eskes (Streefkerk, NL) wins PIPA ranking for best sprint/middle distance pigeon in The Netherlands 2016 with Jens

The title of best sprint/middle distance pigeon in The Netherlands has been won by Jan Eskes. This highly coveted title takes into account the ten best result in all the races of 60 to 500km that are part of the program races in the province.

Jan Eskes shows yet again that he is one of the very best pigeon fanciers in The Netherlands. Jan got in touch with Leo Heremans in 2011, and a first lot of Heremans youngsters and eggs found their way to Streefkerk shortly after. Jan and Leo obviously got along really well, judging from the kind of pigeons that Jan received. Besides his Heremans pigeons he also has a few talented pigeons of his right hand man Adrie van der Rhee (Alblasserdam, NL). The pigeons of these two grandmasters have allowed Jan to join a select group of fanciers that manage to excel at national level every season. He has won the following national titles over the years:

2012  1st Best Young Bird WHZB/TBOTB
     10th Best Young Bird WHZB/TBOTB
2014  1st National Loft Champion Young Birds NPO
      1st National Pigeon Champion Young Birds NPO
      8th National Pigeon Champion Young Birds NPO
2015 10th National Loft Champion Nominated Young Birds NPO
      6th National Loft Champion Not Nominated Young Birds NPO
      3rd National Ace Pigeon Young Birds NPO
      6th, 14th, 21st, 23rd and 30th Best Ace Pigeon Young Birds The Netherlands PIPA ranking (6 prizes)
     14th, 22nd, 29th and 33rd Best Young Bird Middle Distance The Netherlands PIPA ranking (3 prizes)
2016  1st Best Sprint/Middle Distance Pigeon The Netherlands PIPA ranking (10 prizes) (NL14-1092406)
      1st National Pigeon Champion Young Birds NPO (NL16-1556383)
      5th National Loft Champion Not Nominated Young Birsd NPO
     11th National Loft Champion Nominated Young Birds NPO
      9th Best Young Bird WHZB/TBOTB (NL16-1556383)
      4th Ace Pigeon Young Birds The Netherlands PIPA ranking (6 prizes) (NL16-1556383)
      7th Best Fancier WHZB/TBOTB(V-, M-, E- en J-vluchten)
      2nd National Fontenay-sur-Eure (10,814 pigeons) (NL16-1556386)

This is only an overview of his national titles of the past five seasons. We will talk you through some of the pigeons that have played an important role in recent years but we begin with some results of 2016 in Province 5 South Holland East, which illustrate the level of quality of this pigeon breed:

Quiévrain         181 km 1,997 p.: 1-4-5-7-8-9-13-14-15-17-19-24-27-38-39-42-55-62-65-75-
                                   84-91-97-etc. (40/47)
Peronne           254 km 1,318 p.: 1-2-3-4-5-6-9-10-14-22-28-etc. (19/19)
Laon              265 km 3,686 p.: 1-2-10-12-13-16-18-26-33-36-39-40-42-49-50-58-59-60-74-
                                   94-95-etc. (47/80)
Quiévrain         181 km 1,874 p.: 1-3-4-5-6-9-17-18-20-26-27-28-29-30-31-33-35-38-40-54-
                                   55-57-58-89-99-etc. (48/63)
Peronne           254 km 1,509 p.: 1-2-4-5-11-18-23-28-35-36-67-73-77-82-etc. (37/59)
Asse Zellik       118 km 1,034 p.: 1-3-4-5-7-8-10-11-12-13-17-18-26-27-38-39-40-42-46-48-
                                   50-54-72-73-75-7-85-86-etc. (36/41)
Peronne           254 km   568 p.: 1-6-7-9-23-30-39-etc. (9/10)
Pont St. Max.     327 km 1,502 p.: 1-3-5-6-9-11-12-13-15-21-24-26-27-45-48-50-54-55-56-62-
                                   68-71-87-94-etc. (37/50)
Peronne           254 km 2,231 p.: 1-2-3-5-8-28-29-30-32-37-46-48-62-68-71-80-81-87-
                                   89-etc. (70/100)
Pont St. Max      327 km 1,471 p.: 1-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-15-16-17-18-19-20-21-24-36-38-39-40-
                                   51-52-55-78-97-etc. (53/91)
Fontenay sur Eure 455 km 1,112 p.: 2-4-7-8-9-15-16-17-18-19-20-23-37-39-40-41-51-60-69-70-72-
                                   74-77-88-89-91-95-etc. (60/88)
Roye              281 km 1,327 p.: 2-3-8-16-22-37-etc. (11/16)
Bourges           561 km 1,162 p.: 1-11-31-34-36-etc. (13/20)
Ruffec            733 km   357 p.: 1-2-4-6-7-8-13-etc. (12/20)

NL14-1092406 Jens

Jens won the title of Best Sprint/Middle Distance Pigeon of 2016 in The Netherlands in the PIPA ranking based on the following results:

  Prize Race Result Distance # pigeons Coeff
1   J.J. Eskes Streefkerk 1092406-2014   5.5139%
  4
1
5
10
5
4
17
27
17
41
V16 Quievrain 2016
V29 Peronne 2016
V21 Quievrain 2016
V18 Laon 2016
M24 Pt.st.maxence 2016
V27 Asse Zellik 2016
N31 Duffel 2016
V17 Quievrain 2016
M20 Nanteuil Le Haudouin 2016
M19 Pt.st.maxence 2016
Prov. 5 Sam South Holland East (4510)
Prov. 5 Sam South Holland East (4510)
Prov. 5 Sam South Holland East (4510)
Prov. 5 Sam South Holland East (4510)
Prov. 5 Sam Zuid Holland East (4510)
Prov. 5 Sam South Holland Oost (4510)
Prov. 5 Sam South Holland Oost (4510)
Prov. 5 Sam South Holland East (4510)
Prov. 5 Sam South Holland East Rayon A (4511)
Prov. 5 Sam South Holland East (4510)
181,958 km
254,563 km
181,958 km
265,841 km
327,809 km
118,673 km
91,570 km
181,958 km
338,406 km
327,809 km
3179
568
1874
3686
1582
1034
2311
3395
1536
3075
0.1258%
0.1761%
0.2668%
0.2713%
0.3161%
0.3868%
0.7356%
0.7953%
1.1068%
1.3333%

In addition to these results he performed really well also in 2014 and 2015, winning for instance a 1st Asse-Zellik (2,677 p.) as a young bird. All the results of Jens can be found here. Jens is a 100% Heremans pigeon. The sire of Jens is BE11-6091698, which is in turn a son of Tori. The dam of Jens was obtained from Leo in the form of an egg. Click here for the full pedigree.

NL16-1556383 De Gert

Jan won the title of best young bird in The Netherlands in 2014 with Isabel, and he went on to win that same title in 2016 with Gert, thanks to the following results:

136th Asse-Zellik   2,805 p.
 21st Quiévrain     2,628 p.
  8th Peronne       2,529 p.
  5th Peronne       2,231 p.
  4th Pont-St.-Max. 1,688 p.
 26th Pontoise      1,630 p.
 15th Pont-St.-Max. 1,471 p.
120th Fontenay      1,112 p.

Besides the title of National Pigeon Champion YBs NPO Gert also became 4th Best Ace Pigeon YBs (PIPA ranking 6 prizes) and 9th Best YB (WHZB/TBOTB). The sire of Gert is an excellent racing bird coming from two direct Heremans pigeons. His pedigree includes some familiar names such as Frederik, Beautiful, Jan Jr., De As and De Euro. He is also related to the successful pairing of Adrie van der Rhee x Leo Heremans from his mother's side. Click here to discover the full pedigree of De Gert.

NL16-1556386 De Johan

The last pigeon that deserves an introduction is De Johan, winner of a 2nd National of 10,814 pigeons from Fontenay-sur-Eure (455km). The sire of Johan is again a 100% Leo Heremans pigeon and a member of Jan's racing team. We take a look at his best results:

8th Asse-Zellik   3,970 p.
1st Duffel          426 p.
9th Quiévrain     3,179 p.
7th Nanteuil      2,130 p.
3rd Pont-St.-Max.   630 p.

The dam of De Johan is another pairing of Adrie van der Rhee x Leo Heremans, and this is her palmares:

 5th Morlincourt  1,738 p.
21st Pont-St.-Max 6,160 p.
22nd Troyes         999 p.
24th Pont-St.-Max 1,299 p.
17th Duffel         860 p.

Click here for the full pedigree of De Johan.

To conclude

The Leo Heremans pigeons, often crossed with the Eskes breed, have allowed Jan to become one of the country's national champions. He has managed to win the national title of best young bird in The Netherlands twice in three seasons' time, which is no mean feat. But he is not only successful with the young birds, he has been very strong in the old birds' races as well. He won for instance a first place in the PIPA ranking for best sprint/middle distance pigeon in The Netherlands, as well as many championship prizes in Province 5 and in the Entente. The demanding race from Ruffec (733km) was a good example of how his pigeons can excel across every distance: he managed to win a 7th and 8th place against 1,561 pigeons in Province 5.

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