Koen with his renowned Geeloger
Koen Minderhoud has been one of the top players in The Netherlands for years, having won many prizes in the one day long distance, his favourite competition. Every season he adds a number of NPO victories, teletext prizes and championship titles to his palmares, and one of the pigeons that played an important role in his success story is the phenomenal Geeloger. This pigeon has bred an incredible number of highly talented pigeons but proved to be an excellent racing bird as well. We wonder if a pigeon has ever been more successful in a single season. Gerard Koopman’s Kleine Dirk dominated the competition in similar fashion and there is of course Dolce Vita of Pieter Veenstra, winner of six national titles. Still, Geeloger managed to win three provincial first prizes in one season (two first prizes NPO one day long distance and one provincial middle distance race), which is still a unique feat in The Netherlands. After this impressive season he was transferred to the breeding loft, where he developed into an invaluable breeder: many descendants of Geeloger have become very successful racing birds.
The sire of Geeloger is Gebroken Vleugel. This cock won a 4th NPO Montluçon (4,196 p.) and a 7th Provincial Creil against 10,083 pigeons. Gebroken Vleugel is also the sire of Dagfondduifje (3rd Ace Pigeon Province with three first prizes). The dam of Geeloger is Fransiska, which comes from Albert Derwa (Herent, BE). She is a direct daughter of the outstanding hen Paulien. Click here for the full pedigree of Geeloger.
The race from Peronne on 23rd of April
The pigeons of Province 1 (Zeeland) were released on Saturday 23rd of April for the race from Peronne. Koen had basketed 51 pigeons, which had to cover 178km in a headwind. They won the following prizes:
Peronne Province 1 Entente 7 178 km 1,398 pigeons: 1-2-3-4-9-14-19-20-21-23-24-27-28-34-36-54-55-56-66-67-69-74-103-109-etc. (39/51)
Overall result: 5 duiven 1 op 100, 24 duiven 1 op 10 en 76% prijs 1 op 4.
The descendants of Geeloger played an important role in this race: no less than 7 youngsters of Geeloger finished in the top 36, claiming a 1-14-20-21-25-34-36th prize. An overview of Geeloger’s youngsters can be found below.
This late youngster of 2013 won a 1st prize against 1,398 pigeons. He is a son of Nieuw Topkoppel (703 x 393). The dam of this pair is kept in the lofts of A & B Leideman (Hardenberg, NL), where she is now the dam of the 044, winner of a 2nd against 10,314 pigeons and a 3rd against 8,458 pigeons. A son of the 621 won seven top prizes as a young bird, and went on to win three prizes in three races as a yearling. Click here for the full pedigree of the NL13-3307621.
This one year old hen wins a 14th prize, and she is a full sister of the aforementioned 621. This also means she is another youngster of Nieuw Topkoppel.
Nieuw Topkoppel (Geeloger x Blauw Roodoogje)
This cock finished in 20th place in Peronne. He is another son of Geeloger, which was paired to NL11-1806343. This 343 is a full sister of the phenomenal 170, winner of the following top prizes in the NPO competition:
2nd NPO Chateauroux (5,223 p.) 2nd NPO La Souterraine (3,077 p.) 12th NPO Chateauroux (2,227 p.) 13th NPO Chateauroux (2,628 p.)
This hen won a 21st prize but it was definitely not her first major achievement. For instance, she had already won a 7th prize in Province 1 Roye against 6,005 pigeons. She is another daughter of Nieuw Topkoppel (De Geeloger x Blauw Roodoogje).
Den Argenton had won a 5th NPO Argenton against 2,984 pigeons before finishing in 25th place in the race from Peronne. His sire Geeloger was now paired to top class breeder NL05-0508670. She was never raced but she did prove to be an invaluable breeding hen, being the dam of the aforementioned NL11-1806343 and the NL10-170. In addition, her youngsters and grandchildren have already won five second prizes NPO. You can find the full pedigree of Den Argenton here.
NL14-3413304 en de NL15-3506874
The NL14-3413304 and the NL15-3506874 won a 34th and 36th prize respectively, and they are both youngsters of the Nieuw Topkoppel (Geeloger x Blauw Roodoogje). The 304 managed to win a 9th NPO Argenton 2,984 pigeons as a one year old.
An iconic fancier
Koen Minderhoud is without doubt one of the strongest pigeon fanciers in The Netherlands, not only thanks to his impressive results but also because many other fanciers have achieved national fame with the help of his Minderhoud breed. The grandmaster from Koudekerke knows how to breed talented pigeons. His breed is based on the Vandenabeele bloodlines and has given an increasing number of top level pigeons over the years. He has now another invaluable pigeon in his collection with Geeloger, which developed into a super class breeder in no time. This breeder, along with numerous other top pigeons, will enable Koen to achieve great results in the seasons to come.