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G. & S. Verkerk (Reeuwijk, NL) lead Enchanted towards Olympiad while claiming two handfuls of national top 10 ace pigeons

As always, the pigeons come into prominence when the national ace pigeon titles in the different competitions are being announced. And 2018 is no exception, with racing bird Enchanted claiming a top three in three different Olympiad categories. Gas and Gerard have added a grand total of 12 top 10 ace pigeon titles to their palmares.

Many fancier can only dream of having an Olympiad Pigeon in their collection one day. Gerard and Bas Verkerk on the other hand now have 14 Olympiad nominations on their palmares, including this year's NL16-1526026 Olympic Enchanted! And this blue coloured racing bird is one of a kind, getting an ace pigeon nomination in three different categories! She is quite a phenomenal pigeon indeed. Bas has said earlier that he puts her in the same category as Olympic Ronaldo, Olympic Unbelievable and Olympic Solange. And judging from her palmares, this is no exaggeration.

      1st Olympiad Pigeon NL cat. olds Poznan 2019
      2nd Olympiad Pigeon NL middle distance Poznan 2019
      2nd Olympiad Pigeon NL allround Poznan 2019
      1st Nat. ace pigeon one day long distance NPO 2018
      1st Dutch middle distance & one day long distance pigeon PIPA Ranking 2018
      3rd Dutch one day long distance pigeon PIPA Ranking 2018
      4th Nat. ace pigeon allround WHZB/TBOTB 2018
      12th Dutch old ace pigeon 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
      1st Melun                            1,643 p. 2018
            = 2nd prov.lossing            12,729 p. 2018
      1st Argenton                           759 p. 2018
            = 8th Nat. S2                  8,702 p. 2018
      2nd NPO Chateauroux                  3,769 p. 2018
      16th Nat. S2 Chateauroux             7,151 p. 2018
      19th NPO Gien                       12,689 p. 2018
      19th s-prov. Fontenay               11,526 p. 2018
      22nd NPO Bourges                    10,321 p. 2017
      23rd prov. Laon                      8,578 p. 2018
      24th s-prov. Pointoise               9,709 p. 2018
      41st s-prov. Pointoise               6,521 p. 2017

Sire: A son of Miracle, 24th Nat. ace pigeon allround 2009 and the grandfather of Olympiad Pigeon 2015 Olympic Bibi. Miracle was paired to Lieke, 7th Nat. ace pigeon allround TBOTB and 8th Nat. hen WHZB 2013.
Dam: Fantasy, 3rd Nat. Chateauroux 27,571 p. and 6th NPO Vierzon 11,506 p., and hence 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon one day long distance NPO 2015. She is a daughter of top breeder Flinstone paired to Replica, a top class daughter of Icarus (son Olympic Unbelievable x Olympic Solange).
Click here for the full pedigree of Enchanted.

2018; once again an extensive palmares!

Unsurprisingly, Gerard and Bas Verkerk have had their share of national ace pigeon titles every season with their best racing birds. And their 2018 palmares looks quite impressive as well! Here is a brief overview:

      1st Olympiad Pigeon NL cat. olds Poznan 2019
      1st Dutch old bird ace pigeon 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
      1st Dutch yearling PIPA Ranking 2018
      1st Dutch pigeon middle distance & one day long distance PIPA Ranking 2018
      2nd Olympiad Pigeon NL middle distance Poznan 2019
      2nd Olympiad Pigeon NL allround Poznan 2019
      3rd Dutch ace pigeon old birds 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
      3rd Dutch yearling PIPA Ranking 2018
      3rd Dutch pigeon middle distance & one day long distance PIPA Ranking 2018
      3rd Dutch pigeon one day long distance PIPA Ranking 2018
      4th Olympiad Pigeon NL cat. yearlings Poznan 2019
      4th Nat. ace pigeon allround WHZB/TBOTB 2018
      7th Dutch ace pigeon old birds 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
      7th Dutch yearling PIPA Ranking 2018
      8th Nat. ace pigeon allround WHZB/TBOTB 2018
      11th Dutch ace pigeon old birds 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
      11th Dutch yearling PIPA Ranking 2018
      12th Dutch ace pigeon old birds 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
      13th Olympiad Pigeon NL cat. oud Poznan 2019
      14th Dutch yearling PIPA Ranking 2018
      16th Dutch ace pigeon old birds 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
      17th Dutch yearling PIPA Ranking 2018
      17th Dutch pigeon middle distance & one day long distance PIPA Ranking 2018
      18th Olympiad Pigeon NL allround Poznan 2019
      18th Dutch yearling PIPA Ranking 2018
      19th Dutch ace pigeon old birds 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
      20th Dutch yearling PIPA Ranking 2018
      21st Dutch ace pigeon old birds 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
      21st Dutch pigeon middle distance & one day long distance PIPA Ranking 2018
      22nd Nat. ace pigeon one day long distance WHZB/TBOTB 2018
      23rd Dutch ace pigeon old birds 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
      24th Nat. ace pigeon allround WHZB/TBOTB 2018

Olympic Enchanted had a fantastic 2018 season but racing bird NL17-1277355 Flying Wonder was a close second. We discussed her achievements in detail in a few earlier reports published in September and June. And she is now adding a number of championship titles to her already extensive palmares:

      1st Dutch ace pigeon old birds 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
      1st Dutch yearling PIPA Ranking 2018
      4th Olympiad Pigeon NL (1st substitute) cat. yearlings Poznan 2019
      8th Nat. ace pigeon allround WHZB/TBOTB 2018
      1st Sezanne                          4,768 p. 2018
            = 1st fastest NPO             13,628 p. 2018
      4th fastest Laon                     8,578 p. 2018
      5th TXT PS Maxence                   7,507 p. 2018
            = 6th fastest of              21,069 p. 2018
      5th Quievrain                        3,312 p. 2018 behind loft mates
      8th Peronne                          2,946 p. 2018
            = 10th fastest of              7,238 p. 2018
      15th NPO Chateauroux                 3,769 p. 2018
      37th Nat. S2 Argenton                8,702 p. 2018

The Olympiad nominations were yet to be announced at the time of writing this article, and there is still a considerable chance that Flying Wonder will be representing The Netherlands at the upcoming Olympiad. Flying Wonder is a daughter of Bradley x Hot Shot. Click here for the full pedigree.

Another of Verkerk's top performers in 2018 was bred from the sire (Bradley) and the grandmother (Eye Catcher) of Flying Wonder: racing hen NL16-1526131 Davina. She is an outstanding racing hen and winner of several top prizes:

      3rd Dutch pigeon mdiddle distance & one day long distance PIPA Ranking 2018
      7th Dutch ace pigeon old birds 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
      13th Olympiad Pigeon NL cat. old birds Poznan 2019
      3rd NPO Chateauroux                    3,769 p. 2018 behind loft mates
      3rd Duffel                             3,696 p. 2017 behind loft mates
            = Arrived home with the first of 8,371 p. 2017 behind loft mates
      9th TXT Melun                          4,511 p. 2018  
      51st Prov. 5 West Fontenay             9,705 p. 2018
      55th Prov. 5 West Fontenay            11,526 p. 2018
      61st Prov. 5 West Pontoise            14,688 p. 2018
      77th Nat. S2 Argenton                  8,702 p. 2018
      89th Nat. S2 Gien                     12,689 p. 2018

Davina is a full sister of Eternity, a successful racing and breeding bird for Verkerk. This is her palmares:

      2nd Dutch ace pigeon old birds 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2015
      3rd Dutch yearling PIPA Ranking 2015
      1st club / 8th Nanteuil             6,295 p.
      1st club / 8th PS Maxence           7,614 p.
      94th Nat. Chateauroux              37,571 p.

The sire of these successful racing birds is Bradley. He not only bred Eternity and Davina, he is also the sire of Dedication, the fastest from Nanteuil of 31,438 p. and winner of a 7th NPO Bourges 9,576 p. The dam is Eye Catcher (a full sister of Olympic Solange), probably the best breeding dam of the team today. She was the fastest in Mantes-la-Jolia of 20,506 pigeons as a one year old, and she is the dam of Davina and Eternity, and of the following racing birds:

      - Olympic Fire Eyes
            Olympiad Pigeon Long Distance Brussels 2017
            2nd Dutch pigeon one day long distance PIPA ranking 2016
            3rd Nat. ace pigeon one day long distance Topwings 2015
            3rd Dutch middle distance & one day long distance PIPA Ranking 2016
            1st PS Maxence                 2,454 p. / 3rd prov. 5 West 13,116 p. 2015
            3rd Nat. S2 Chateauroux       14,602 p. / 4th Nat. 47,539 p.
            6th NPO Bourges                9,742 p. 2015
            6th NPO Argenton               7,374 p. 2016
            17th NPO Ruffec                3,780 p. 2016
      - ‘Dedication’
            1st prov. Nanteuil            12,543 p. / fastest of 31,438 p.
      - ‘Highlight’
            1st NPO Ruffec                 3,780 p. 2016
            1st club / 4th Asse-Zellik     4,075 p. 2016
            13th Prov. 5 West PS Maxence   6,984 p. 2016
       - She also bred:
            4th TXT Fontenay              11,444 p. 2018
            6th snelste prov. Sens        11,608 p. 2014
            6th Asse Zellik                5,385 p. 2017
            10th Prov. 5 St. Juste         7,316 p.
            16th Prov. 5 West Peronne     19,537 p. 2014

Click here for the pedigree of Davina.

Other top 10 prizes in the national ace pigeon championships 2018

Olympic Enchanted, Flying Wonder and Davina are of course the eye-catchers of Team Verkerk but we can think of many other renowned Verkerk birds that would make many other fanciers jealous. Here is a look at some other top class racing birds from 2018:

- NL17-1277324 ‘Dagobert Duck x Top Girl’
      3rd NL ace pigeon old birds 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
      7th NL yearling 10 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
      37th Nat. S2 Chateauroux            12,511 p. 2018
      30th NPO Chateauroux                 4,511 p. 2018
      11th Quievrain                       3,313 p. 2018
      14th Asse Zellik                     4,813 p. 2018

Sire: Dagobert Duck,  4th prov. Nanteuil 12,543 p. and 21st Nat. Chateauroux 47,539 p. He is a half brother of Olympic Fire Eyes (Olympiad 2017), Beckham (2x top 10 PIPA Ranking), Challenger (2nd Ace Pigeon Prov. 5 one day long distance), etc.
Dam: Top Girl, 4th NPO Ruffec 3,780 p., 6th Prov. 5 West Nanteuil 12,543 p., 10th NPO Bourges 13,431 p. She is a half sister of Topper Harley, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon one day long distance TopWings 2015.
Click here for the pedigree.

- NL17-1277180 (Son Anouk x Daughter Olivia)
      3rd NL yearlings 10 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
      21st NL ace pigeon old birds 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
      2nd Laon                               934 p. 2018 behind a loft mate
            = 3rd NPO Laon                 8,578 p. 2018
      3rd TXT Melun                        4,511 p. 2018 
      4th Asse Zellik                      2,278 p. 2018
      10th NPO Sezanne                    13,628 p. 2018
      86th Nat. S2 Chateauroux            12,511 p. 2018

Sire: Son Anouk, from 1st Peronne 8,775 p. and 1st Ruffec 2,360 p., 3rd NPO 4,942 p.
Dam: Daughter Olivia, from 1st NPO & fastest Tours 14,156 p., 4th NPO Argenton 7,709 p., 8th Nat. hen WHZB 2012.
Click here for the pedigree

- 16-1526207 (Computer John x Delirium)
      1st ace pigeon middle distance Prov. 5 East 2018
      16th NL ace pigeon old birds 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
      17th NL middle distance & one day long distance pigeon PIPA Ranking 2018
      24th Nat. ace pigeon allround WHZB/TBOTB 2018
      13th Prov. 5 Sezanne                 13,628 p. 2018
      17th NPO Laon                         8,578 p. 2018
      40th NPO Chateauroux                  3,769 p. 2018
      65th Prov. 5 West Pointoise          14,688 p. 2018
      96th Prov. 5 West Pointoise           9,705 p. 2018

Sire: Computer John, 1st Mantes la Jolie 551 p. - a direct J. Van Laar & Son. He is also the sire of Princess, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon one day long distance Fondspiegel and 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon one day long distance WHZB.TBOTB 2016
Moeder: Delirium, 5th Prov. 5 Nanteuil 12,543 p., 27th NPO Argenton 6,926 p. from super class breeder Rembandt
Click here for the pedigree

- 17-1277459 (‘Hunter’ x ‘Replica’)
      18th NL yearlings 10 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
      3rd Peronne                               2,164 p. 2017 behind loft mates
            Finishing behind loft mates only - 13,649 p. 2017
      5th Peronne                               2,495 p. 2018
      7th TXT Pontoise                          9,750 p. 2018
      10th TXT Melun                            4,511 p. 2018
      16th prov. Sezanne                       13,628 p. 2018 

Sire: Hunter, 8th Nat. cock WHZB 2013 and the sire of a 1st Argenton 995 p., a 4th NPO 8,125 p. He was bred from the fantastic Flintstone, a super class breeder, having bred Atlantis, Fantasy, etc.
Dam: Replica, a top class breeder and the dam of Fantasy, 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon one day long distance NPO 2015, having won a 3rd Nat. Chateauroux 37,571 p. and 6th NPO Vierzon 11,506 p. Fantasy is the dam of Olympic Enchanted.
Click here for the full pedigree

First prize winners in big competitions

It goes without saying that Gerard and Bas were particularly satisfied with what turned out to be another great season. All that remains is introducing you to five first prize winners in big races. Each one of them was bred from some of the best bloodlines of this team of champions from Reeuwijk:

- NL17-1277226 Superman
      1st TXT Fontenay                    11,444 p. 2018

Sire: Captain Hook. He not only bred Superman, he also bred Tinker Bell (1st Meaux 32,917 p. and 2nd substitute Olympiad), Lizzie (2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon one day long distance WHZB 2015), Special One (10th Nat. Ace Pigeon), and Equal First (2nd NPO Ruffec behind a loft mate).
Dam: Snip. The dam of Superman, as well as of Wonder Woman (1st Nat. hen allround WHZB 2016), Emily (2nd Nat. hen). She comes from Olympic Sogno x Chantal.
Click here for the pedigree

- NL17-1277227
      1st NPO Chateauroux                  3,769 p. 2018

Sire: New Sensation, a super class racing bird and the sire of Olympic Sofie, Olympiad Pigeon 2015. New Sensation is a half brother of Olympic Solange
Dam: Jessie, 10th Nat. Vierzon 14,964 p. and the dam of Lizzie (2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon one day long distance WHZB 2015)
Click here for the pedigree

- NL17-1277457 Olcay
      1st fastest Laon                     8,578 p. 2018

Sire: Olympic Fire Eyes, Olympiad Pigeon one day long distance 2017 from super class breeders Donald x Eye Catcher.
Dam: Olympic Valerie, Olympiad Pigeon 2015 with a 1st NPO Ruffec 3,506 p. Bred from super class breeder Blue Champ (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon allround 2009)
Click here for the pedigree

18-5167029
      1st Duffel                           3,694 p. 2018

A youngster of Flintstone, 1st Creil 1,186 p. an an outstanding breeder! He is the sire of Atlantis (the sire of Lola Lily, Kiki Kate, Ace Isabelle), Fantasy (3x top 10 Nat. Ace Pigeon and the dam of Olympic Enchanted), Hunter (8th Nat. cock WHZB), and many others. The dam is a sister of Kleine Gerard (J. Hendriks and Son)
Click here for the pedigree

17-1277437 
      1st Quievrain                        3,312 p. 2018

Sire: Dempsey, the sire of Highlight, 1st NPO Ruffec 3,780 p.
Dam: Kiki Kate, 1st NL midle distance & one day long distance pigeon PIPA Ranking 2015 and the dam of 3 first prizes. She is a nest mate of Lola Lily, 1st NPO Bourges 9,576 p. She is also a half sister of Ace Isabelle, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon one day long distance Fondspiegel 2016-2017, bred from top pair Atlantis x Feline.
Click here for the pedigree


The best races of Verkerk in 2018

14-04-2018 Asse-Zellik 133 km 5,012 p.
6th-7th-9th-18th-19th-20th-21st-27th-35th-36th-40th-41st-47th-48th-etc. 141/241 (98x 1:10)

21-04-2018 Quievrain 195 km 5,188 p.
4th-6th-13th-20th-45th-46th-etc. 133/243 (79x 1:10)
10th fastest 12,965 p.

12-05-2018 Fontenay 467 km 11,526 p.
1st-4th-5th-6th-18th-19th-23rd-46th-49th-55th-57th-58th-59th-61st-64th-78th-92nd-100th-101st-
      102e-103e-etc. 107/188 (74x 1:10)

20-05-2018 Pontoise 378 km 9,705 p.
2nd-7th-11th-24th-36th-49th-50th-51st-52nd-53rd-61st-69th-94th-96th-etc. 111/185 (79x 1:10)
2nd and 8th fastest 27,237 p.

26-05-2018 Gien 506 km 12,689 p.
19th-89th-etc. 18/30 (13x 1:10)

03-06-2018 PS Maxence 340 km 7,507 p.
4th-5th-6th-10th-11th-12th-13th-19th-20th-23rd-50th-51st-52nd-59th-65th-66th-67th-
      68th-74th-etc. 114/164 (88x 1:10)
5th-6th-7th fastest of 21,069 p.

10-06-2018 Laon NPO 280 km 8,578 p.
1st-3rd-4th-6th-7th-15th-16th-17th-22nd-23rd-24th-26th-50th-51st-67th-68th-69th-70th-71st-76th-
      78th-82nd-etc. 90/141 (63x 1:10)

16-06-2018 Sezanne NPO 378 km 13,628 p.
1st-2nd-3rd-9th-10th-12th-13th-14th-15th-16th-17th-18th-25th-27th-32nd-40th-41st-43rd-57th-74th-
      75th-89th-91st-96th-131st-132nd-133rd-136e-etc. 98/136 (75x 1:10)

23-06-2018 Chateauroux Nat.S2 621 km 12,511 p.
7th-13th-14th-18th-22nd-23rd-26th-27th-28th-29th-36th-37th-40th-51st-52nd-63rd-68th-84th-86th-
      87th-96th-99th-101st-102nd-107th-123rd-125th-etc. 110/148 (84x 1:10)

30-06-2018 Melun 409 km 4,419 p.
2nd-3rd-4th-5th-6th-8th-9th-10th-11th-13th-17th-22nd-25th-29th-30th-36th-37th-41st-
      44th-45th- etc. 101/135 (35x 1:10)
2nd-3rd-4th-5th-6th-8th-9th-10th-11th-13th fastest of 12,729 p.

04-08-2018 Chateauroux NPO 621 km 3,769 p.
1st-2nd-3rd-6th-10th-13th-15th-16th-18th-19th-30th-33rd-36th-etc. 64/109 (43x 1:10)

18-08-2018 Duffel 106 km 3,694 p.
1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th-6th-7th-8th-9th-10th-11th-12th-13th-15th-16th-18th-24th-25th-27th-28th-29th-
      33rd-36th-etc. 231/389 (69x top 100)/(149x 1:10)
1st up until 13th fastest 7,769 p. (63x top 100)
1st fastest old bird 3,569 p. (33x top 100)
1st up until the 15th fastest young bird 4,200 p. 
(69x top 100 - 1st up until 47th fastest of 1,941 p.)

01-09-2018 Quievrain 195 km 3,312 p.
1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th-6th-9th-10th-11th-15th-16th-17th-18th-19th-20th-21st-22nd-23rd-24th-25th-27th
-28th-29th-30th-31st-32nd-etc. 193/319 (57x top 100) / (130x 1:10)
1st up until the 6th fastest 6,900 p. (52x top 100)
1st-2nd-3rd fastest old bird 2,610 p. (42x top 100)
1st-2nd-3rd fastest young bird 4,290 p. (34x top 100)

08-09-2018 Peronne 267 km 2,495 p.
2nd-3rd-4th-5th-6th-7th-8th-9th-10th-11th-15th-16th-17th-19th-21st-22nd-23rd-24th-25th-etc. 175/290 
      (59x top 100) (118x 1:10) 5,508 p. (olds and young birds together)
39x top 100 of 2,007 p. old birds 33x top 100
1st and 2nd fastest young bird 3,501 p. (29x top 100)

15-09-2018 Peronne 267 km 2,075 p.
1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th-6th-7th-8th-11th-12th-13th-14th-15th-16th-17th-18th-19th-etc. 194/279 
      (72x top 100)/(125x  1:10)
32x top 100 of 4,415 p. olds and young birds together
37x top 100 of 1,632 p. old birds
1st up until 7th fastest young bird 2,783 ^p. (50x top 100)