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Old versus new gives great results for Wout Spierings (Waalwijk, NL)

Wout Spierings quit the sport in 2008 but his friends had told him he would never be able to leave the sport behind. They were right: he eventually returned to the sport in 2010. We all wondered if he would be able to get back to his level.


Wout with one of his favourites

High level of performance

It was obvious that this would not be an easy task. Wout’s pigeon family had been exceptionally strong until his retirement from pigeon racing in 2008. He had been able to achieve great results with the help of his top class breeding pair ‘Strakke (NL01-0182011) x Dora (NL98-7044309)’, winning for instance the title of Best Young Bird in The Netherlands 2002 in the WHZB competition with ‘Kanjer’ (NL02-0273745). In 2004 he added the title of 1st Champion NPO young birds to his palmares with Leontien, and he was celebrated as 1st National Champion NPO one day long distance in 2007. Many fanciers were interested to see if he could get back to that level after his comeback.

Always a winner

There is a saying that goes, “once a winner, always a winner”, and this applies to Wout as well. When he returned to the sport he almost immediately started looking for the very best bloodlines available, and the first pigeon he obtained was ‘De Peter’ (NL07-1841493), Best Cock WHZB 2008. This racing bird had won a 1st Orleans 2,900 p., a 1st Epernay 280 p., a 1st Noyon 278 p., and a 2nd Pommeroeul 929 p. It was only the start of a long series of investments; the following pigeons have been recently introduced in Wout’s loft:

*PRINCE HARRY* (son of Harry x Laatje 56 = sister Harry) Jan Hooymans NL12-1783893
*DAUGHTER ALEXIA*(Alexia is a sister of Harry) Jan Hooymans NL12-1783985
*APPOLINARIA* (daughter of Aladin x daughter golden lady) C & G Koopman
*ROYAL PRINS* (son Mr.Bleu) Pieter Veenstra NL08-2021351
*SPECIAL HEN* (sister Dolcevita) Pieter Veenstra NL09-2094281
*DOLVITO BLEU*2014(double grandchild Mr Bleu) Pieter Veenstra
*KAASBOER TOPPER* (grandchild and great-grandchild Kaasboer) Gaston de Wouwer
*DAUGHTER DE ZOON* Albert Derwa-Luxem BE14-2235497
*DE PETER*(Best cock WHZB 2008) Burg en Waard NL07-1841493
*DAUGHTER GEELOGER* Koen Minderhoud NL14-3413361
*SON GEELOGER* Koen Minderhoud NL15-1761989
*TURBO GIRL* (daughter from stock pair) Koen Minderhoud NL15-3506976
*LETHAL WEAPON*2014 (son Cruise Missile) Mark and Dick Evans
*SOMETHING SPECIAL*2014 (daughter Maverick x Jan'ss Special) Mark and Dick Evans
*GLADIAMAND*2014 (from Snowgirl LBJ Geerinckx) Bart and Nance van Oeckel
*BROTHER JACKPOT*2014 Stickers/Donkers

The grass is not always greener

Wout thought the grass is always greener on the other side; he believed his opponents had better pigeons, and so he decided not to use his own breed for a while. In fact, they were only used to brood eggs, and some were even lent to other fanciers. “This makes no sense if you know what these pigeons are capable of”, Wout admits. It shows that the pressure was on: he wanted to do even better than before his comeback. “In 2015 I realized that my breed deserved better than that”. His new approach promptly resulted in three victories in the Rayon and three top 10 prizes NPO. His Blue Prins (NL09-3954587), a grandson of Kanjer, has now developed into one of the most important breeders for Wout.

Blue Prins was paired to Daughter Alexia (NL12-1783985), and together they bred three sisters that have been quite successful in recent seasons to say the least. Alexia proved particularly talented, and she aimed for victory every time she was basketed. Do not hesitate to take a closer look at the full pedigree of Princess Alexia.

Princess Alexia (NL15-3527747)
                 Basketing club  Entente            Rayon 4             Prov./NPO
Fontenay         1/ 163          1/ 1045            1/ 1837             5/ 7938
Creil            3/ 408          4/ 1741            16/ 3608            28/ 15001
Sens             5/ 315          15/ 1375           15/ 2695            589/ 12344
Gien             8/ 144          76/ 691            118/ 1570           394/ 6034
St.Quentin       10/ 665         14/ 2147           49/ 4637            no race
Morlincourt      15/ 570         22/ 1961           77/ 4281            316/ 17054
Quievrain        30/ 602         117/ 1830          218/ 4017           no race
Asse Zellik      49/ 1042        115/ 2990          261/ 6436           no race
4th  Nat. Champion young birds NPO 2015
5th  Ace Pigeon middle distance young birds Pipa Ranking 2015
15th Ace Pigeon sprint young birds Pipa Ranking 2015
1st  Nat. Ace Pigeon Topwings young birds 2015
NL15-3527703
                 Basketing club  Entente          Rayon 4             Prov./NPO
Fontenay         3/ 163          20/ 1045         19/ 1837            138/ 7938
Creil            6/ 408          10/ 1741         39/ 3608            94/ 15001
Sens             7/ 315          24/ 1375         23/ 2695            689/ 12344
St.Quentin       8/ 665          11/ 2147         44/ 4637            no race
Asse Zelik       43/ 1042        98/ 2990         236/ 6436           no race
Morlincourt      44/ 570         98/ 1961         300/ 4281           1082/ 17054
Quievrain        121/ 602    

NL15-3527702
                 Basketing club  Entente          Rayon 4             Prov./NPO
Fontenay         4/ 163          25/ 1045         26/ 1837            177/ 7938
Morlincourt      13/ 570         21/ 1961         69/ 4281            294/ 17054
Creil            20/ 408         46/ 1741         129/ 3608           386/ 15001
St.Quentin       28/ 665         62/ 2147         142/ 4637           no race
Gien             36/ 144                          386/ 1570           1344/ 6034
Sens             53/ 315         175/ 1375        251/ 2695           2227/ 12344
Quievrain        65/ 602         251/ 1830        482/ 4017           no race

It is also worth noting that Alexia, the dam of these outstanding three sisters, is a granddaughter of the world renowned Pieter Veenstra pair Mr. Blue (NL02-5255446) x Dolce Vita (NL08-2020821) from her father’s side. In addition, she originates from the legendary Bliksem (BE98-3158062) of Gaby Vandenabeele from her mother’s side, possibly the best Belgian breeder ever. She is also related to the equally famous Kleine Dirk (NL98-5821416) of C & G koopman. The full pedigrees of the three sisters are definitely worth taking a closer look at –you can find them here.

‘Daughter Blue Prins’ (NL10-3052894 Spierings), a daughter of Blue Prins paired to ‘Prins Harry’ (NL12-1783893 Hooymans), shows that the second generation of descendants was quite successful as well:

NL15-3527764
                               Basketing Club       Entente           Rayon 4            Prov./npo
Morlincourt                       1/ 570             4/ 1961           7/ 4281            47/ 17054
Fontenay                          2/ 163            17/ 1045          16/ 1837             5/ 7938
Creil                             5/ 146            20/ 975           60/ 1827            71/ 6960
Creil                             8/ 408            13/ 1741          51/ 3608           132/ 15001
St.Quentin                       11/ 665            17/ 2147          54/ 4637           geen spel
Quievrain                        29/ 602           108/ 1830         206/ 4017           geen spel
8th Nat. Best young bird NPO 2015 
2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Topwings young birds 2015

The 747, 703 and 764 won a first nomination in the first series of middle distance races for the Gouden Duif competition in August/September. It was in fact the entire racing team that managed to achieve great results, not just these three prize winners. (the full list of achievements can be found here). For your information: the Entente consists of 8 unions and has 193 members, Rayon 4 has 12 unions and 433 members, and the Province consists of 55 unions and a total of 1,750 members:

Morlincourt 276 km. 08-08-2015  1194 m.p.m. young birds
Basketing club: 570 p.:  1-12-13-15…
Entente: 1961 p.:        4-20-21-22-70-71-73-74-98… (32/51 and 17x1:10)
Rayon 4:  4363 p:        7-68-69-77… (31/51 and 13x1:10)
Prov./NPO: 17385 p.:     47 … (31/51 and 15x1:10)

Sens 408 km. 22-08-2015 1375 m.p.m. young birds
Basketing club: 315 p.:  1-4-5-7-9-11-15-17…
Entente: 1375 p.:        1-15-16-24-40-51-63-65…(21/49 and 13x1:10)
Rayon 4: 2908 p.:        1-21-22-35-58-86… (25/49 and 14x1:10)

Fontenay 447 km. 29-08-2015 1220 m.p.m. young birds
Basketing club: 146 p.:  1-2-3-4-5-8-9-10-12-13-14-16-17-19...
Entente: 1032 p.:        1-18-21-26-30-57-62-66-74-92-94... (30/45 and 11x1:10)
Rayon 4: 2005 p.:        1-19-22-29-35-71-77-81-92... (31/45 and 17x1:10)
Prov./NPO: 7863 p.:      5... (30/45 and 15x1:10)


Over the years Wout has obviously not lost the art of keeping pigeons

Long distance and middle distance

The goal was to focus on the long distance with the old birds’ team, which to some extent affected his results in the middle distance. Wout made a few important investments, to enable his racing team to play a defining role in the long distance. We give you some of his best results in the one day long distance:

Bourges 546 km. 24-05-2015 1110 m.p.m. old birds
Basketing club: 185 p.:  1-2-3-4-7…
Entente: 1031 p.:        7-13-14-17-26-47-56-59-66-87-94-100… (28/51 and 14x1:10)
Rayon 4: 1648 p.:        10-17-18-24-38-76-88-92… (28/51 and 13x1:10)
Prov./NPO: 8103 p.:      28-64-65-85… (30/51 and 16x1:10)

Argenton 623 km. 07-06-2015 1077 m.p.m.
Basketing club: 122 p.:  1-2-3-5-6-8…
Entente: 755 p.:         1-15-18-28-29-43-50-77-80-98… (21/42 and 7x1:10)
Rayon 4: 1277 p.:        1-24-29-46-47-68-87… (16/42 and 7x1:10)
Prov./NPO: 5608 p.:      4-107-122… (19/42 and 9x1:10)

La Souterraine 660 km. 20-06-2015 1174 m.p.m.
Basketing club: 107 p.:  1-2-7…
Entente: 654 p.:         7-9-17-39-45-58-64-78-83… (15/34 and 7x1:10)
Rayon 4: 1163 p.:        17-19-42-86-98-99… (14/34 and 7x1:10)
Prov./NPO: 3785 p.:      47-52-100… (15/34 and 9x1:10)

Chateauroux 590 km. 18-07-2015  1361 m.p.m.
Basketing club: 117 p.:  1-2-3-5-7-8-9…
Entente: 615 p.:         2-3-4-7-11-12-24-33-47-48-49-51-55-58-67-70-76-94… (24/37 and 14x1:10)
Rayon 4: 1014 p.:        2-3-4-9-15-16-32-49-72-74-75-77-83-86… (21/37 and 14x1:10)
Prov./NPO: 3760 p.:      15-16-17-30-59-61... (24/37 and 16x1:10)

In 2015 he also started racing with the Spierings breed under the name of Strijbosch-Spierings in Tilburg. The Spierings racing birds quickly started to prove their worth:

St.Quentin:
PV Tilburg: 586 p.: 1-2-6-10-11-22-29-30-57-63-64-75-83-109-110-118-124-125-126-130-
                    140-142 (22/45)
Hart v Brabant: 2,588 p.: 9-17-32-54-60-122-155-156-274-300-305-350-379-479-485-500-536-
                          545-548-572-637-641 (22/45)
Morlincourt:
PV Tilburg: 519 p.: 1-2-5-19-25-26-33-52-53-66-68-75-89-92-105-110-114-127-130 (19/45)
Hart v Brabant: 2,402 p.: 7-15-31-96-125-126-184-280-281-324-331-351-429-433-504-516-530-
                          589-596 (19/45)
Brabant 2000 rayon 4: 4,363 p.: 13-23-46-137-175-176-270-433-434-519-531-572-721-728-847-
                                866-894-1011-1026-1042-1073-1091 (22/45)

Successful in other lofts

His pigeons not only performed really well in their home loft and for the Strijbosch/Spierings combination; other fanciers have also been really successful with descendants of Strakke and Dora. Anton Soeren (Kaatsheuvel, NL) had the 9th best young birds in the WHZB competition last year with NL15-3526626, and this pigeon was also the third best young bird sprint over six races for PIPA:

                           Club       Entente         Rayon 4         Prov./npo
Creil                     1/ 282      1/ 1741         4/ 3608         12/15001
Feluy                     1/ 398      3/ 2053        47/ 4783         no race
St.Quentin                2/ 381      3/ 2147         9/ 4637         no race
Morlincourt               2/ 341      3/ 1961         6/ 4281         26/17054
Quievrain                 7/ 281     24/1830         43/ 4017         no race
Gien                      9/ 125     21/ 691         33/ 1570        144/ 6034

Meanwhile the descendants of Strakke x Dora went on to win 8 first prizes NPO and two first prizes in the WHZB competition, in addition to countless other top ten prizes:

1st NPO Orleans
1st NPO Lemans
1st NPO Montlucon
1st NPO Chateauroux
1st NPO Orleans
1st NPO Salbris
1st NPO Argenton
1st NPO Sens
1st Nat. Best young bird W.H.Z.B competition 2002
1st Nat. Best young bird W.H.Z.B competition 2004
1st National loft champion young birds NPO 2004
1st National loft champion one day long distance NPO 2007
4th and 8th National Ace Pigeon young birds 2015 are descendants of STRAKKE x DORA as well

Crescendo

There is no ignoring the spectacular comeback of Wout Spierings. Wout not only managed to get back to his level of 2008, he has actually managed to further increase his level of performance over the years. The sky is the limit for him.