Piet vd Merwe (Dordrecht, NL) makes winning like everyday business

Call it routine … call it feeling … call it that special touch; Piet vd Merwe just calls it top class pigeons. “We cannot look inside a pigeon, but we can see what comes out. If that is good, the chance for the pigeon to pass on these qualities is reasonably higher; as simple as that.” Simple or not – it brings Piet vd Merwe top years after top year … and 2011 was no exception!

When Piet vd Merwe shows his life long of successes, pigeon sport really doesn’t seem that hard. Becoming a champion over thirty years ago and never stop being a champion since that day. With his great family of Tournier x Janssen De Klak pigeons and every once in a while introducing ‘an extra quality injection’, preferably a proven racer, the formula for success has always been a cherished treasure for ‘maestro Piet’. “Of course you need full dedication – but that is not where I make the difference. I am convinced the quality of my pigeons does the job. They made me to what I am in pigeon racing. The fanciers must be dedicated, but the pigeon must be the real winner. Keep that in mind always.”

A philosophy that is proven to be correct in 2011 again. Piet really showed the best of his colony again and that resulted in a really magnificent racing record:
- Strombeek (103 km)
Club  1,031 birds: 4-7-9-10-11-14-16-20-22-23-30-31-35-36-37-38-40- 41-42-43-45-50-53-67-72-74-76-78-80-83-97-98 etc. 96 entered/64 prize cards 
- Menen (154 km)
Club  1,067 birds: 3-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-23-25-27-28-31-32-33-34-37-41-45-46-48-49-53-54-55-57-59-65-66-67-68-70-71-72-73-81-83-86-90-91-98-99-100 etc. 114 entered/82 prize cards
- Peronne (243 km)
Club  1,055 birds: 1-2-4-5-7-8-9-11-13-16-17-18-19-20-21-24-27-28-29-31-33-37-39-41-45-46-48-50-51-53-56-58-61-63-65-66-67-78-80-81-84-89-94-95 etc. 112 entered/82 prize cards
Regional 5,385 birds: 4-7-11-12-15-18-19-25-29-33-38-39-43-44-45-62-78-87-90-100 etc. 112 entered/89 prize cards
Sem. Prov. 19,944 birds : 9-22-41-47-55-59-61-72-99-117-132-147-165-173-178 etc. 112 entered/84 prize cards
- Mantes La Jolie (377 km)
Club  891 birds: 1-2-4-5-7-8-9-10-12-13-14-15-16-18-20-21-22-24-27-29-30-31-32-33-34-36-37-38-39-40-41-43-47-48-49-51-53-55-56-60-65-71-72-74-77-78-79-80-89 etc. 109 entered/80 prize cards
Regional 4,370 birds: 5-6-15-16-19-20-21-22-24-25-26-27-28-31-40-44-48-52-61-66-68-71-73-75-77-81-83-85-86-90-92-96 etc. 109 entered/96 prize cards
NPO East 16,897 birds : 7-10-27-30-34-36-38-40-45-47-48-49-51-57-82-96-113-119-143-151-153-156-159-162-172-181-183-188-189-200 etc.109 entered/96 prize cards
- Nanteuil La Haudouin (326 km)
Club  793 birds: 1-2-3-4-6-7-8-9-13-18-19-23-24-26-27-29-35-36-48-49-50-51-57-59-62-63-64-65-66-67-68-71-77 etc. 104 entered/72 prize cards
Regional 3,924 birds: 7-10-11-12-19-24-35-37-48-71-72-75-82-93 etc. 104 entered/76 prize cards
- Vierzon (544 km)
Club  417 birds: 1-6-8-10-11-14-15-16-18-20-21-23-27-28-29-30-31-36-37-41 etc. 72 entered/45 prize cards
Regional 2,170 birds: 6-12-17-19-21-28-30-31-34-49-54-60-75-76-78-83-88-99 etc. 72 entered/47 prize cards
NPO   14,964 birds : 28-58-83-89-111-137-156-158-177 etc. 72 entered/50 prize cards
- Tours (570 km)
Club  293 birds: 1-2-3-5-6-7-10-12-13-14-15-17-19-20-21-22-26-27-28-29-30-31-32-33-35 etc. 78 entered/37prize cards
Regional 1,591 birds: 2-4-6-11-14-15-26-28-29-32-37-41-43-44-45-51-64-65-67-69-70-72-74-76-78-90-93 etc. 78 entered/46 prize cards
NPO  10,490 birds: 12-19-32-43-67-68-131-136-139-146-176-191 etc. 78 entered/46 prize cards
- Chateauroux (595 km)
Club  296 birds: 1-2-4-6-11-15-16-19-21-26-27-29-31-34-37 etc. 78 entered/23 prize cards
Regional 1,621 birds: 1-2-8-11-28-38-45-64-79-92-99 etc. 78 entered/26 prize cards
Nat. Section II 18,459 birds : 7-16-44-90-196 etc.
- Argenton (624 km)
Club  136 birds: 2-4-7-9-10-12-13-14-15 etc. 46 entered/16 prize cards
Regional 995 birds: 4-8-16-20-22-29-37-41-46-57-74-81-97 etc. 46 entered/22 prize cards
NPO  7,584 birds : 33-46-136-156-164-220-275-291 etc. 46 entered/22 prize cards
- Orleans (475 km)
Club  127 birds: 2-3-4-6-7-8-10-11-12-14-19-20 etc. 40 entered/17 prize cards
Regionaal 704 birds: 4-6-7-10-11-12-15-17-19-31-42-49-57-65-71-74-78-79 etc. 40 entered/23 prize cards
NPO  5,503 birds : 5-8-10-16-17-22-27-41-45-86 etc. 40 entered/23 prize cards
- Peronne (243 km)
Club  223 birds: 1-2-5-7-8-15-17-24 etc. 32 entered/18 prize cards
Regionaal 1,294 birds: 1-2-6-12-15-38-42 etc. 32 entered/21 prize cards
Sem. Prov. 4,630 birds : 4-5-11-22-27 etc. 32 entered/21 prize cards
- Peronne (243 km)
Club  653 birds: 6-7-8-9-10-17-19-22-24-34-52-54-60 etc. 94 entered/37 prize cards
Regional 3,620 birds: 5-6-7-8-9-10-19-28-33-38-62 etc. 94 entered/42 prize cards
Sem. Prov. 13,438 birds : 6-7-8-9-10-20-41-46-52-89 etc. 94 entered/42 prize cards

Main characters of the ‘Piet vd Merwe show 2011’ are for sure amazing NL09-1196385 ‘Queeny’, NL09-1196372 ‘Ramona’ and NL10-1196386 ‘Daughter Rocky’ … three top racing ladies and all winners of 1st prizes. ‘Queeny’ already attracted lots of attention in 2009 winning 1. NPO St. Quentin, but she surely won several more top positions … and; she is one of the best exponents of the new wonder pair ‘Jort’ x ‘Laura’. Best prizes in the career of ‘Queeny’ are:
St. Quentin (239 km) 2009
      1. Club - 478 birds (velocity: 1397 mpm)
      1. Fed. - 3,126 birds
      1. NPO - 22,459 birds
Strombeek (103 km) 2009
      9. Club - 768 birds
      19. Fed. - 3,449 birds
Creil (325 km) 2009
      8. Club - 721 birds
      22. Fed. - 3,911 birds
      37. s-prov. - 14,779 birds
Duffel (80 km) 2009
      30. Club - 325 birds
      115. Fed. - 1,734 birds
Strombeek (103 km)  2009
      48. Club - 969 birds
      97. Fed. - 2,149 birds
Strombeek (103 km) 2009
      52. Club - 1,020 birds
      105. Fed. - 4,458 birds
Strombeek (103 km) 2009
      55. Club - 901 birds
Pommeroeul (165 km) 2009
      89. Fed. - 1,378 birds
Menen (154 km) 2009
      120. Fed. - 2,426 birds

As direct daughter to wonder pair ‘Jort’ (3x 1st prize including 1st NPO Vierzon & 16th Nat. Blois) x ‘Laura’ (2nd prov. – 3rd prov. – 5th prov. winner), ‘Queeny’ is a/o full sister to toppers such as:
‘584/07’
      1. Pommeroeul - 4,898 birds
      1. Marienbourg - 1,231 birds
‘Layla’
      1. Strombeek - 5,105 birds
‘644/07’
      1. Ablis - 356 birds
      2. NPO Ablis - 14,703 birds
‘511/08’
      1. Strombeek - 327 birds

Another amazing topper is ‘Ramona’ … winner of 1st prize on 3 different occasions and also very good on Federation and provincial level. He best prizes over the last seasons are
Pommeroeul (165 km) 2009
      1. Club - 931 birds (velocity:1529 mpm)
      1. Fed. - 4,529 birds
Creil (325 km) 2009
      1. Club - 621 birds (velocity: 1144 mpm)
      2. Fed. - 2,843 birds
      8. s-prov. - 10,371 birds
Pommeroeul (165 km) 2011
      1. Club - 347 birds
      20. Fed. - 1,530 birds
Mantes La Jolie (377 km) 2011
      2. Club - 237 birds
      2. Fed. - 1,067 birds
      11. s-prov. - 5,509 birds
Duffel (80 km) 2010
      3. Club - 325 birds
      4. Fed. - 1,734 birds
Vierzon (544 km) 2011
      6. Club - 417 birds
      12. Fed. - 2,170 birds
      58. prov. - 14,964 birds
Peronne (243 km) 2010
      7. Club - 964 birds
      18. Fed. - 5,174 birds
      31. s-prov. - 19,978 birds

‘Ramona’ is half sister (same mother) to ‘Rosita’, already 1st acebird middle distance region and winner of 1st s-prov. Epernay against 7,403 birds (fastest 15,389 birds) and 1st St. Quentin against 366 birds … in semi-prov. racing she won 33rd-42nd-49th-50th-82nd-104th-121st-155th-169th-175th against an average of far over 10,000 birds. Supreme class en qualities from no stranger. Father is ‘De 75’, himself crowned as 3rd Nat. yearling Best of the Best 2005 winning 3x 1st and 2x 2nd in big competition with average of approx. 2,000 birds … mother is ‘Ramona’, great breeder from ‘Robinson’ (4th Nat. acebird) x ‘Femke’ (1st NPO winner).

Finally than ‘386 Daughter Rocky’, really from the same bloodlines as ‘Ramona’ as her father ‘Rocky’ is again from ‘Robinson’ x ‘Femke’ … mother is ‘Blue Girl’ and that topper (original Bosua from ‘Time Out’ x ‘Kerkduifje’) bred the Piet vd Merwe super ace ‘Letine’, winner of 1st NPO Orleans 10,660 birds and 2nd prov. Chalons 13,006 birds. Back to ‘386 Daughter Rocky’… winner of 20 prizes cards in 2011 and with that number crowned as 1st regional acebird long distance 2011 and 3rd prov. acebird long distance 2011. Her best prizes in 2011 were
1. Nanteuil – 2,165 birds
15. s-prov. Nanteuil – 18,864 birds
28. Mantes la Jolie – 1,067 birds
126. s-prov. Mantes la Jolie – 5,509 birds
38. Peronne – 1,294 birds
95. s-prov. Peronne – 4,630 birds
38. Chateauroux – 1,621 birds
215. prov. Chateauroux – 11,096 birds
42. Orleans – 704 birds
146. prov. Orleans – 5,503 birds
37. Argenton – 995 birds
275. prov. Argenton – 7,584 birds