G. & S. Verkerk (Reeuwijk, NL) close the season with an impressive result and a first prov. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance

The pigeons of Gerard & Bas Verkerk landed one after the other from the NPO One Day Long Distance from Ruffec (746), as if it were a sprint race. He had 19 pigeons in the top 35 of the NPO, which was (another) impressive performance. He also managed the unique feat of winning a third consecutive title of Provincial Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance with his Ivory Lady.

2013 has been another glorious season for the pigeon loft of father and son Verkerk in Reeuwijk. It can be hard sometimes to stay motivated when you have reached all of your goals and have won all important prizes. This is not a problem for Bas Verkerk, as he continues to find new challenges and reaches new goals. This season for instance, his main challenge was to maintain his level of success in 2013 from a new location, which he did. The NPO from Ruffec brings us back to the outstanding 2008 season in Alphen aan den Rijn, when they had an impressive 13 pigeons in the top 15 NPO and 14 pigeons in the top 19 NPO. The race from Ruffec (746km) was a close call in District 5 and seven fanciers managed to beat them but that does not make their list of top results less impressive! The times of arrival in a race over such a distance are quite astonishing as such:
14.46-14.46-14.47-14.47-14.47-14.47-14.47-14.47-14.47-14.48-14.49-14.50-14.54-14.54-14.54-14.54-14.54-14.54-14.54-14.55-14.57-14.57-14.57-14.58-14.59-15.00-15.00-15.01-15.03-15.04-15.04.-15.04-15.04-etc.
They had 59 pigeons in a race of 3,839 pigeons NPO in district 5, winning
- 54 prizes 1:4 = 92%
- 44 prizes 1:10 = 75%
- 19 prizes 1:100 = 32%
- NPO prizes: 8-9-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-20-21-26-27-28-29-31-32-33-39-47-49-50-60-66-76-77-86-95

The Verkerk pigeons have been performing well in other lofts last weekend as well. Arco van Vliet for instance took the first national S2 Bergerac against 7,655 pigeons with a pigeon bred from a direct Verkerk (Hummer – a half brother of Olympic Unbelievable x Diamond’s Girl - daughter Euro Diamond). Reedijk-Jongekrijg bred the 066/13 from a daughter of Olympic Sponge Bob x Estelle and he has won a 1st - 1,898 p, 1st – 2,412 p, 3rd - 1,384 p. and 9th - 2,253. He might be a potential National Ace Pigeon Young Bird thanks to these results.

Ace Pigeons

Bas and Gerard have a tradition for winning Ace Pigeon titles; the Verkerk loft has had countless Olympiad Pigeons and National Ace Pigeons WHZB. The title of Provincial Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance seems somewhat less appealing but this is an important goal every season for the fanciers from Reeuwijk. They won this title in 2011 and 2012 and Bas was told that nobody had ever managed to win this title three times in a row so he was on a record hunt. It was the NL11-1740856 Ivory Lady that took the third title, following in the footsteps of Amy (Ace Pigeon of 2011) and Romy (Ace Pigeon 2012). The sire of Ivory Lady comes from Reedijk-Jongekrijg (from Street Fighter x Akira) and the dam is a daughter of Nike x top class breeding hen Bubbles.

The second and third place in the provincial ace pigeon ranking go to his loft mates Challenger and Andy Murray; the great looking hen Emily managed to become first s-prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance 2013.

- NL11-1740856 Ivory Lady
1st prov. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance 2013
Click here for the pedigree of Ivory Lady
- NL12-1619141 Challenger
2nd prov. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance 2013
Click here for the pedigree of Challenger
- NL11-1740957 Andy Murray
3rd prov. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance 2013
Click here for the pedigree of Andy Murray
- NL12-1619133 Emily
1st s-prov. Ace Pigeon Middle distance 2013
Click here for the pedigree of Emily

We can conclude that Gerard and Bas can look back on a splendid 2013 season. Their main goal was the one day long distance and the extreme middle distance competition in the months of June and July and they really managed to dominate the races in these months. They won top prizes in the NPO including a first Nat. Chateauroux, the first three provincial Ace Pigeons One Day Long Distance and the provincial loft championship nominated/not nominated, the first s-prov. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance and the first s-prov. Loft Championship not nominated middle distance. They have a lot to celebrate and they can look forward to the announcement of the National Ace Pigeons.

Highlights 2013
25-05-2013 Chateaudun NPO 5&12 (502 km) 11,572 p.
  2-3-4-10-12-13-14-21-23-32-38-57-78-80-82-85-88-90-91-
  92-110- etc. 85/112 (72 x 1:10)
01-06-2013 Sens I.prov. (440 km) 28,413 p.
  16-37-71-74-75-163-188-191-241- etc. 55/106 (43 x 1:10)
08-06-2013 Bourges NPO 5&12 (576 km) 9,896 p.
  4-5-16-18-26-60-70-79-83-etc. 62/98 (46 x 1:10)
15-06-2013 Nanteuil s-prov. (352 km) 8,986 p.
  7-8-9-11-12-15-26-27-42-52-87- etc. 51/92 (32 x 1:10)
22-06-2013 Argenton NPO 5&12 (650 km) 9,601 p.
  4-18-19-20-53-77-etc. 41/70 (24 x 1:10)
29-06-2013 Mantes La Jolie s.prov. (400 km) 7,121 p.
  13-14-18-30-47- etc. 48/73 (32 x 1:10)
06-07-2013 Chateauroux Nat. Sect.2 (621 km) 13,482 p.
  1-6-11-34-47-52-91-101-130- etc. 48/74 (32 x 1:10)
13-07-2013 Sens I.prov. (440 km) 14,517 p.
  9-18-35-36-42-47-55-58-95-96-97-98-140-etc. 57/76 (42 x 1:10)
20-07-2013 Vierzon NPO 5&12 (570 km) 6,146 p.
  13-22-33-45-55-etc. 44/60 (28 x 1:10)
03-08-2013 Ruffec NPO (746 km) 3,839 p.
  8-9-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-20-21-26-27-28-29-31-32-
  33-etc. 54/59 (44 x 1:10)

Top 25 NPO (one day long distance 500-750 km)
1st Nat. Sect. 2 Chateauroux  13,482 p. with Britt; daughter Contador x Almost Too Late
2nd NPO 5&12 Chateaudun       11,572 p. with daughter Johnny English x Olympic Solange
3rd NPO 5&12 Chateaudun       11,572 p. with d. Pole Position x Kate
4th NPO 5&12 Chateaudun       11,572 p. with d. Sven x Bonita
4th NPO 5&12 Bourges           9,896 p. with d. Hummer x Gold Dust
4th NPO 5&12 Argenton          9,601 p. with son Guardian x Petra
5th NPO 5&12 Bourges           9,896 p. with Challenger; sn. Donald x Bonita
6th Nat. Sect. 2 Chateauroux  13,482 p. with Andy Murray; sn. Goofy x Shine
8th NPO Ruffec                 3,839 p. with Ivory Lady; d. Prince x Touriya
9th NPO Ruffec                 3,839 p. with sn. Street Fighter x Snip
10th NPO 5&12 Chateaudun      11,572 p. with Emily; d. One Eye Bandit x Snip
11th Nat. Sect. 2 Chateauroux 13,482 p. with Miss Kardashian; d. sn. Diddl x First Lady
11th NPO Ruffec                3,839 p. with Eyelar; d. Bulldozer x Gold Dust
12th NPO 5&12 Chateaudun      11,572 p. with d. Little Diamond x Kournikova
12th NPO Ruffec                3,839 p. with sn. Bulldozer x Olympic Solange
13th NPO 5&12 Chateaudun      11,572 p. with d. Sven x Olympic Stradivarius
13th NPO 5&12 Vierzon          6,146 p. with Miss Kardashian; d. sn. Diddl x First Lady
13th NPO Ruffec                3,839 p. with sn. Valentino x Ronaldo’s Last
14th NPO 5&12 Chateaudun      11,572 p. with d. Rembrandt x Cameron Diaz
14th NPO Ruffec                3,839 p. with d. The Aviator x Magic Amoré
15th NPO Ruffec                3,839 p. with d. New Sensation x Alexis
16th NPO 5&12 Bourges          9,896 p. with d. Dragon x Gold Dust
16th NPO Vierzon               4,425 p. with d. Blue Champ x Daylight
16th NPO Ruffec                3,839 p. with sn. Flintstone x Favootje
17th NPO Ruffec                3,839 p. with sn. Icarus x Olympic Stradivarius
18th NPO 5&12 Bourges          9,896 p. with sn. Icarus x Olympic Stradivarius
18th NPO 5&12 Argenton         9,601 p. with sn. Bulldozer x Olympic Solange
18th NPO Ruffec                3,839 p. with d. Rembrandt x Cameron Diaz
19th NPO 5&12 Argenton         9,601 p. with d. New Sensation x Ronaldo’s Last
20th NPO 5&12 Argenton         9,601 p. with d. Hummer x Gold Dust
20th NPO Ruffec                3,839 p. with d. Blue Champ x Daylight
21st NPO 5&12 Chateaudun      11,572 p. with d. Icarus x Queen Claudia
21st NPO Ruffec                3,839 p. with sn. Flintstone x Elize
23rd NPO 5&12 Chateaudun      11,572 p. with Ivory Lady; d. Prince x Touriya
23rd NPO Vierzon               4,425 p. with Challenger; sn. Donald x Bonita
25th NPO Bourges               7,586 p. with d. Pole Position x Kate