2012 was again a splendid season: the pigeons from Mookhoek performed amazingly well. Gerard Koopman knows why: “Marijke races with a relatively low number of pigeons and she did not purchase a lot of my pigeons either! But the few pigeons she purchased were of top quality. Top of the shelf! Think of the descendants of Kleine Dirk, Gentil, Emperor Qin, Ermerveens Hope, Mr. Ermerveen and of course Lei! Top quality was the key. A lot of fanciers talk about top quality pigeons but we should not use that word too often. Marijke knows what a true top quality pigeon is!” It was almost a guaranteed success. These successes were not only achieved in Mookhoek but also in The Netherlands and abroad in the one loft races!
The 2012 season
The 2012 season went very well. These are the results that were achieved in the Entente!
Nanteuil le Haudoin - 4,373 p. - 1,10,22,49,77,etc 24/13 Peronne - 3,239 p. - 1,9,15,37,55,75,135,137,etc 41/23 young birds Peronne - 4,794 p. - 2,3,4,33,40,80,116,121,etc 25/16 Argenton - 746 p. - 3-7-13-35-52-56-101-137-etc 16/ 9 Nanteuil le Haudoin - 1,321 p. - 4-74-118-121-133-171-etc 19/ 8 Vierzon - 990 p. - 6-11-87-90-98 20/ 5 Nijvel - 4,389 p. - 8-14-34-49-60-61-75-etc 26/19 Nanteuil le Haudoin - 3,031 p. - 8-21-33-85-87-89-92-etc 37/18 young birds Bourges - 1,734 p. - 9-32-49-115-116-163-197-etc 16/10 Mantes la Jolie - 2,245 p. - 14-18-34-85-158-166-etc 13/ 8 Morlincourt - 3,262 p. - 17-18-21-72-90-97-101-etc 37/21 young birds
These are great results with a high prize percentage against high numbers of pigeons. Remember that Marijke usually baskets a low number of pigeons. The Koopman pigeons in her loft did a great job in the entente over the entire season and they won no less than five first prizes:
1st Peronne 3,239 pigeons 1st Nanteuil 4,373 pigeons 1st Bourges 1,764 pigeons 1st Vierzon 990 pigeons 1st Argenton 746 pigeons
Today’s top class pigeons of Marijke Vink
At the moment Marijke has a few real champions in her lofts in Mookhoek: Demelza, Natascha, Verdi, Louis, Domela, Pim and for instance the amazing racing pigeon 09-631! They are all (to a greater or lesser extent) descendants of the famous bloodlines of Koopman, combined with some new additions including Heremans and Hans & Evert Jan Eijerkamp. The introduction of pigeons of Wouter van Nederpelt (Messi) and F. Lemmens proved a success as well.
Demelza NL07-1802217 V
bred from Louis (Koopman) x sister Super 66 (F. Lemmens)
3rd NPO Blois 2009 - 15,172 pigeons 4th NPO Blois 2009 - 12,047 pigeons 12th Creil 2010 - 3,549 pigeons She is the dam of: 3rd Peronne against 38,108 pigeons 10th Peronne against 35,985 pigeons 24th NPO Argenton against 10,432 pigeons
Verdi NL08-1522926 M
bred from Zoon Aladin x Dochter Ché (Eijerkamp)
1st Orleans against 1,276 pigeons 1st Pommeroeul against 783 pigeons 4th NPO Orleans against 10,660 pigeons 4th Chalons against 2,486 pigeons 5th Strombeek against 4,036 pigeons 8th Strombeek against 4,103 pigeons 9th Peronne against 3,331 pigeons 10th NPO Bourges against 8,579 pigeons 29th NPO Chateauroux against 7,355 pigeons = (grand)father of: 1st NPO Peronne against 38,775 pigeons 1st Strombeek against 3,948 pigeons 3rd Peronne against 38,108 pigeons 3rd NAT Orleans against 4,249 pigeons(for Joop Merckx)
Natascha BE06-6148080 V
bred from Poot (son Olympiade 003) x Bessy = a direct Heremans-Ceusters
107th National La Souteraine 13,965 pigeons 120th National Argenton 14,534 pigeons She is the dam of 1st Duffel 376 pigeons 4th Nanteuil 1,321 pigeons 8th Strombeek 3,943 pigeons 11th Mantes la Jolie 3,919 pigeons 16th Blois Sec2 12,748 pigeons 24th Peronne 4,927 pigeons
bred from Louis (Koopman) x Dochter Domela (a TIPS inbred)
1st Nanteuil le Haudoin 4,373 pigeons 1st Nijvel 1,072 pigeons 2nd Peronne 1,094 pigeons 3rd Nanteuil le Haudoin 367 pigeons 3rd Peronne 302 pigeons = a half brother of Demelza and Kleine Diba (1st Ablis against 2,292 pigeons)
Superhen 09-631 NL09-1170631
bred from Broer Domela x Halfzus Chanel (a 100% Marijke Vink)
1st Strombeek 1,047 pigeons 3rd Strombeek 4,036 pigeons 3rd Strombeek 1,101 pigeons 5th Tours 1,048 pigeons 6th Mantes la Jolie 3,939 pigeons 7th Strombeek 2,672 pigeons 8th Creil 1,186 pigeons 20th Creil 3,549 pigeons = a half sister of 1st Peronne 3,240 pigeons
The achievements of these pigeons speak for themselves. Even though pigeons such as Tips, Aladin or Farah Diba are no longer housed in the loft of Marijke she continues to make improvements with new stars and new champions that might significantly change pigeon racing. Only time will tell. Her collection of top class pigeons and their achievements indicate that she is on the right track!