Gerard and Bas Verkerk confirm their status in the PIPA rankings for The Netherlands 2015
PIPA rankings The Netherlands
At the start of the 2015 season PIPA introduced its PIPA rankings for fanciers from The Netherlands for the first time. They were introduced as a means to let the best Dutch pigeons shine and to give them the international attention they deserve. The final rankings that have been published so far include many big names, along with a few outsiders as well. Gerard and Bas Verkerk, which have been a main contender in all national competitions, have once again demonstrated the value of their pigeon breed by winning several top prizes across several PIPA rankings for The Netherlands. We will be talking about father and son Verkerk later on in this article, but we begin with an overview of their top 10 results in the different PIPA rankings:
1st Best middle distance/long distance pigeon in The Netherlands 2nd Best ace pigeon old birds in The Netherlands 2nd Best long distance pigeon in The Netherlands 3rd Best yearling in The Netherlands 3rd Best middle distance/long distance pigeon in The Netherlands 5th Best long distance pigeon in The Netherlands 10th Best ace pigeon old birds in The Netherlands 10th Best long distance pigeon in The Netherlands
NL13-1239602 Kiki-Kate, winner of a 4th national Chateauroux 37,571 p. in 2015
Kiki-Kate, Best middle distance/long distance pigeon in The Netherlands PIPA ranking 2015
The PIPA rankings for The Netherlands have been introduced for the first time this season, and the first PIPA Rankings title that goes to Gerard and Bas Verkerk is that of Best middle distance/long distance pigeon in The Netherlands. This ranking is based on the best seven results in the races over a distance of 300 to 799.999km in the province. At least one top result has to be won in race of between 500 and 799.999km (with pigeons born in 2014 or earlier). NL13-1239602 Kiki-Kate has won the highest number of points in this category and is thus the winner of this title. She is a blue coloured two year old hen. Her pedigree shows the familiar names of such Olympiad Pigeons as NL04-2050373 Olympic Sponge Bob and NL07-1817923 Olympic Solange. This is just one of many highly talented racing birds this season, all of which are related to several top class parents or grandparents. Kiki-Kate won the title with the following results:
Chateauroux (NPO) 617 km 3 – 5907 p. (4th national 37,517 p.) Pont-St.-Maxence 340 km 5 – 13116 p. (5th fastest of 32,967 p.) Nanteuil 352 km 20 - 2520 p. Morlincourt 301 km 34 – 3770 p. Nanteuil 352 km 39 – 12543 p. Pont-St.-Maxence 340 km 47 - 7614 p. Bourges (NPO) 576 km 53 – 9742 p.
In addition, Kiki-Kate has finished in 10th place in the category of best ace pigeon old birds in The Netherlands.
NL14-1059398 Eternity; her dam is a sister of Olympic Solange
Eternity, 2nd best ace pigeon old birds in The Netherlands/3rd best yearling in The Netherlands
NL14-1059398 Eternity has won a top three prize in not one but two categories. We take a look at this light chequered hen’s best results for 2015:
Asse-Zellik 133 km 7 – 3158 p. Pont-St.-Maxence 340 km 8 - 7614 p. Nanteuil 352 km 8 – 6295 p.
The dam of Eternity is NL11-1741071 Eye Catcher, a daughter of NL00-1975952 Olympic Survivor (1st Olympiad Pigeon 2003) paired to NL06-4720774 Magic Amoré. This makes Eye Catcher a sister of Olympic Solange. The sire of Eternity is NL10-1682193 Bradley, which is a son of NL04-2050252 Oprah (3rd best hen WHZB 2006). Click here for the pedigree of Eternity.
NL13-1239600 Topper Harley, 1st National Ace Pigeon one day long distane (4 prizes) Topwings 2015
Topper Harley, 2nd best long distance pigeon in The Netherlands
NL13-1239600 Topper Harley is the only cock in the collection of Gerard and Bas Verkerk to win a top 10 prize in one of the PIPA rankings, finishing in second place in the ranking for best long distance pigeon in The Netherlands. He won the following prizes in the one day long distance NPO races in 2015:
Ruffec 746 km 2 – 4133 p. Vierzon 570 km 18 - 11506 p. Blois 553 km 21 - 15515 p.
Topper Harley is a son of NL10-1682373 Tyson (NL03-1135475 Bulldozer, 6th best cock WHZB 2004 x NL09-1186309 Beyoncé) and NL08-2049116 Dream Girl (a granddaughter of NL98-5821416 Kleine Dirk, the renowned Gerard Koopman pigeon). Click here for the pedigree of Topper Harley.
NL14-1059330 Lizzie, winner of a 9th national Chateauroux 37,571 p. in 2015
Lizzie, 3rd Best middle distance/long distance pigeon in The Netherlands/5th best long distance pigeon in The Netherlands
NL14-1059330 Lizzie managed to win a prize in two different categories in the PIPA ranking as well. Her achievements of 2015, including a 3rd NPO Vierzon (11,506 p.) and a 5th NPO Chateauroux (5907 p.) have resulted in a number of titles across different competitions:
2nd National Ace Pigeon one day long distance WHZB-TBOTB 2015 2nd National Ace Pigeon one day long distance Topwings 2015 2nd National Ace Pigeon one day long distance NPO 2015 3rd Best middle distance/long distance pigeon in The Netherlands PIPA ranking 2015 5th Best long distance pigeon in The Netherlands PIPA ranking 2015
The sire of Lizzie is NL10-1682215 Captain Hook (a grandson of NL96-2279582 Olympic Ronaldo x NL03-1135462 Olympic Unbelievable), which was paired to NL10-1682123 Jessie. Click here for the pedigree of Lizzie.
NL14-1059602 Fantasy, winner of a 3rd national Chateauroux 37,571 p. in 2015
NL14-1059602 Fantasy, 10th best long distance pigeon in The Netherlands
The last Verkerk pigeon to finish in the top 10 of a PIPA ranking (for now) is NL14-1059602 Fantasy, as the 10th best long distance pigeon in The Netherlands. She did great in the other national competitions as well: she finished in fifth place in the national ace pigeon championship one day long distance NPO, and she was 7th ace pigeon one day long distance in the national WHZB-TBOTB competition. In addition, she won a teletext prize from Chateauroux (2nd – 5907 p.) and Vierzon (6th – 11,506 p.) this season. Click here for the pedigree of Fantasy (granddaughter of Olympic Solange).
References PIPA rankings 2015
The introduction of Verkerk pigeons has been a major success to say the least. Several other fanciers have been very successful in the PIPA rankings 2015 as well, which shows any fancier can achieve great results at national level with pigeons of Verkerk. You can find a list of references in the PIPA rankings in The Netherlands for 2015 here.
NL13-1239517 Expectation 1st NPO Vierzon 11,506 p.
Many highlights for this loft in 2015
The Verkerk pigeons did great in the PIPA rankings but they have been performing really well throughout the season. We introduce you to one of the main actors this season: the NL13-1239517 Expectation once more showed the true potential of the Verkerk pigeon breed, claiming a first prize in the NPO race from Vierzon (11,506 p.): this breed is capable of winning top prizes in the most important races of their favourite discipline: the one day long distance. The parents of Expectation, Bulldozer x Olympic Solange, illustrate the breeding strategy of this loft, which is based on Ace Pigeons and Olympiad Pigeons. Click here for the pedigree of Expectation.
The pigeons of G & S Verkerk have won no less than 18 national teletext prizes in 2015, and the highlights were the NPO races from Vierzon and Chateauroux: no less than 6 top prizes have been won in these two races. An overview of their most impressive results in 2015 can be found here. All top 25 prizes in the one day long distance races NPO and the (semi) provincial middle distance races of 2015 can be found here.
Father and son Verkerk continue to amaze us with their achievements. It is quite difficult to become a top level player but it is even more difficult to stay at the top. This combination has been doing really well season after season, as you can tell from their impressive number of ace pigeon titles and championship titles. Gerard and Bas, many congratulations on another spectacular season.