Christian van de Wetering seems almost unstoppable. He claimed 8 first prizes in Region C2 in 2015, and this year he won three first prizes in only six races. He used to race mainly in the sprint and the middle distance but he will be focusing mostly on the middle distance and the one day long distance competition in future seasons. He raced a group of young birds from his new location for the first time in 2014, and this group developed into a promising young racing team for 2016. You can tell from the results below that this racing team has been in great shape in the past six races:
9 April Asse-Zellik 115 km 404 p.: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-12-15-17 t/m 25-etc.(24/40) 16 April Quievrain 181 km 425 p.: 1-2-3-4-5-9-20-27-29-34-35-36-38-39-40-etc.(19/40) 23 April Quievrain 181 km 362 p.: 1-2-3-8-14-15-16-21-22-23-27-29-35-etc.(20/40 1 May Niergnies 223 km 423 p.: 1-2-4-5-7-8-9-11-13-18-19-21-22-27-32-34-etc.(26/40) 15 May Pt-St-Max. 328 km 401 p.: 1-3-8-16-28-etc. (17/40)
Christian also won a first prize from Quiévrain against 3,513 pigeons on 23rd of April, as well as a first prize from Niergnies against 14,838 pigeons. He claimed victory in the race from Pont-St.-Maxence on 15th of May as well, this time against 12,895 pigeons. These victories were won by Star Harry and New Harry respectively, two full brothers bred together with Team GPS (Elshout, NL). We will discuss the two prize winners in detail below.
NL15-1839407 Star Harry
This yearling won a first prize from Quievrain against 3,513 pigeons, after having also won a 4th Duffel (5,434 p.), a 36th Niergnies (14,838 p.), an 11th Troyes (812 p.) and a 20th Quievrain against 425 pigeons. Unfortunately Star Harry got lost in the race from Pont-St.-Maxence of 15 May. One of his full sisters won a 1st Quievrain against 11,337 pigeons last year, and another full brother called Max became 1st National Ace Pigeon Young Birds Middle Distance 2015 in the PIPA Ranking. The sire of Star Harry is Beauty Harry, and he is a son of the legendary Harry of Jan Hooymans (Kerkdriel, NL). The dam of Star Harry is Stareye, a daughter of the winner of a 1st NPO. She comes from the loft of Jo Baas (Brakel, NL), and she has given first prize winners with different partners. For instance, she bred the 1st Asse-Zellik against 1,897 pigeons when paired to a cock of Heremans. She was also paired to a cock of Versteeg-Ouwerkerk, and together they bred a hen that won a 1st against 361 pigeons from Asse-Zellik a few weeks ago. You can find the full pedigree of Star Harry here.
NL14-1219811 New Harry
1st Niergnies 14,737 pigeons and 1st Pont-St.-Maxence 12,894 pigeons
The outstanding New Harry claimed two first prizes in two major races in just 14 days' time. He won a 1st Niergnies against 14,737 pigeons on 1st of May and he claimed victory in Pont-St.-Maxence against 12,894 pigeons on 15th of May as well. Besides these two first prizes his palmares includes several more top results:
1st Melun 1,042 pigeons 9th NPO Troyes 6,390 pigeons (+teletext) 17th Nat. Troyes 17,857 pigeons 38th NPO Blois 6,613 pigeons 179th NPO St Quentin 7,407 pigeons 309th NPO Bourges 5,177 pigeons
Like we said, New Harry is a son of Beauty Harry x Stareye, which makes him a full brother of the aforementioned Star Harry, Max, and several more prize winners. Click here for the pedigree of New Harry.
This is the dam of Star Harry and New Harry
NL12-1784621 Beauty Harry
This is the sire of Star Harry and New Harry
Both New Harry, formerly known as Tyson Harry, and his two parents Beauty Harry and Stareye have been transferred to the loft of Jan Hooymans (Kerkdriel, NL). They are expected to breed many successful descendants here, together with the other relatives of Harry.
These first prize winners are not the only successful racing birds in Christian's team for 2016. Racing hen Nationaaltje (NL14-1219839) was 9th Nat. Ace Pigeon Fondspiegel as as young bird, and she won several top prizes, including a 21st Quievrain against 3,513 pigeons and now a 22nd Pont-St.-Maxence (15 May) in Province 7 against 12,894 pigeons. A daughter of this hen is in fact one the pigeon champions at regional level. Click here for the pedigree of Nationaaltje.
All geared up
He came, he saw and he conquered. It is a quote that definitely applies to Christian van de Wetering, who managed to become one of the top level players in Province 7 in just a few years’ time. His best racing birds this season are pigeons from the lines of Jo Baas, crossed with the bloodlines of Jan Hooymans, Versteeg, etc. They have really stood out on a weekly basis. We are still early in the season but it is safe to say that Christian’s racing team is geared up for another splendid year.