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National victory Narbonne (3,968 pigeons) for patriarch Ko van Dommelen (St. Philipsland, NL)

With the National victory from Narbonne, the Dutch Long Distance icon Ko van Dommelen from St. Philipsland has had a handful of National victories. A great victory for one of the most impressive colonies of the lowlands.

“When I basketted the NL09-3913548 as second nominated at the National basketting centre Steenbergen, I knew I should have nominated him first,” says Ko van Dommelen, still disappointed with his decision on the basketting evening. “I had kept him home before Narbonne and the week before he was basketted he gave a nervous impression and his droppings were not very nice. ‘Then my ‘Lichte Groenring’ as first nominated’ I thought, a choice justified by the various National top prizes already won by this topper. When I took the ‘548’ out of the basket to hand him over, he felt that good, that I was convinced that this would be my first from Narbonne.”

And so it was; after winning on the 17th of June the 379th National ZLU against 2.706 pigeons, the ‘548’ was clocked on Saturday morning the 30th of July at 6h20.A deja-vu, because as a yearling in 2010 he raced the same Narbonne (946 km) and was clocked at 6h29 to win the 22nd National against 3.850 pigeons. “He was not expected then and arrived home with the training pigeons which had been training from home and went to drink out of the bath in front of my loft. Last Saturday I was cleaning my lofts when I heard a pigeon land. ‘Probably a tired pigeon from Marseille’ I thought and when I went outside a few minutes later, I saw the ‘548’. The boss in a panic, the pigeon that flew away startled, quickly bringing the clock to the loft. He looked at me from the loft as if I was a madman, but luckily he soon came inside. It was good that I didn’t firstly clean the lofts for another 10 minutes or I would certainly have lost the 1st National.”  Of the seven races in 2011, the 1st prize was won four times in the very strong National basketting centre by Ko van Dommelen and nationally this year he was a.o. 8th Nat. Pau and 25th-68th-81st Nat. Bordeaux (o.b.) … to now demand the 1st National Narbonne. 

The Narbonne-victory is the umpteenth highlight in one of the richest pigeon careers of the Dutch extreme long distance. Top 10 classifications in St. Philipsland were a.o :

    1st International Bordeaux yl 1995  -   4.141 p.
    1st National Bordeaux yl 1995       -   3.026 p.
    1st National Narbonne 2011                  –   3.968 p.
    1st National Dax 2006                       -   3.200 p.
    1st National Lourdes (time race) 2005
    1st National NPO Bordeaux 2004              -   3.175 p.
    2nd National Dax 1999
    3rd International Dax 2006                  -  11.235 p.
    3rd National Dax 2004                       -  13.456 d
    3rd National Barcelona 2010                 –   7.016 p.
    5th National Bordeaux o.b. 2009            -   5.183 p.
    4th National Dax 2006                       -   2.300 p.
    8th National Pau 2011                       –   2.706 p.
    9th National Perpignan 2004                 -   7.645 p.
    9th National Dax
    9th National Ventoux 2003
    10th National Bordeaux 2006 

The fantastic Narbonne-winner is a really supreme Ko van Dommelen product and strongly inbred to the famous ‘Paarsborst’ (now stock breeder by Piet de Vogel), wherefrom various brothers, sisters, uncles, aunties, nephews and nieces reside in the breeding lofts. “Mother of the 548 is a full sister of ‘De Paarsborst’. Father is a brother of the ‘Elastieken Zwarte’ (winner 10th and 15th National), which was bred from the ‘Zwarte Pau’, a full brother of  ‘De Ultieme’ which is father of ‘De Paarsborst’ … strongly inbred then, but that doesn’t bother me. Good is good and the more faults bred out – the better the pigeon!”

The many successes of Ko van Dommelen make his stock very popular worldwide and many fanciers also achieve top successes with descendants from his stock of pigeons. “Piet de Vogel called me this weekend; he has had a super season and said that he especially made steps forward since he bought ‘De Paarsborst’. And my own breeding loft is also purely housed with these lines.” Stock father by Van Dommelen was ‘De Zwarte Deugniet’, which made his definite breakthrough in the Van Dommelen loft with his 1st Internat. Bordeaux yearlings in 1995 … a cock based on ‘the old Steenbergse sort’, as Koos himself calls it. “By warm weather and headwind it was almost a certainty of success,” says thepatriarch. “Very strong pigeons and also – although I say it myself- beautiful. Dark pigoens with very tender muscles, strong correlation in the eyes and a strong  circle in the eyes. Everyone who comes here is impressed and asks me how they can breed such pigeons. I reply ‘In order to do this you firstly have to have them in your lofts’. ‘Only then can you breed them'. Good pigeons then, combined with a touch of ‘feeling’ from the fancier is almost a guarantee of success. But not many have that feeling. I feel like a pigeon amongst my pigeons –that is probably my secret.” 

Commentaires

Van harte gefeliciteerd met deze nieuwe Parel, grote klasse !

Een enorme prestatie op de moeilijkste vlucht sinds jaren.
Super, super super !!!!

Hallo Nel en Ko

Hartelijk gefeliciteerd met jullie prachtige zege op Narbonne,andermaal winst op een Nationale vlucht.
Goede wijn behoeft geen krans...maar toch....jullie duiven daar zit "vergif en elastiek in"..zegt de grootmeester zelf...eerst begreep ik niet wat hij bedoelde...nu ik jullie soort zelf royaal onder de pannen heb zie ik wat Ko bedoelt...superklasse die er van druipt....en een echte duivenkenner aan het roer van de kolonie leiden naar dit zoveelste succes....dik verdiende zege...tot binnenkort hé met de bloemen.

Zedelgemse sportgroeten.

Eddy van "Casa Barca".

Nel & Ko,

Een dikke proficiat met deze pracht prestatie!

We kunnen alleen maar bevestigen dat jullie prachtige duiven hebben en hun prestatievermogen bewijzen ze telkens weer... Op naar de volgende stunt!

Groeten,

Paul en Dave Vets

Beste Ko,
Hier vanuit Belgie Van Harte Gefeliciteerd.

Enkele jaren geleden hebben wij elkaar mogen ontmoeten in het club lokaal van de Gevleugelde Vrienden in Zierikzee waar ik toen enkele duiven tentoon had gesteld.
Mijn visie is echter nog niets verandert op het vlak van de duivensport, echter tegenslagen heb ik moeten incasseren door werkeloosheid, gezondheid en een verhuizing.
Die verhuizing is recent, de duiven zitten in een Noodhok, en de panelen van het verhuisde hok staan te wachten om in elkaar gezet te worden.
Overwennen doe ik niet aan, alles wat ik heb geselecteerd, vlieg en kweekduiven zitten nu samen en worden allen kwekers 9 koppels totaal.
Volgend seizoen begin ik opnieuw met jonge duiven, deze weer uit te laten groeien tot 3jaarse duiven en opnieuw ten strijde trekken.

Het hok word versterkt het volgend seizoen door een sterk spelende Barcelona kolonie uit de streek met een 6tal jonge duiven.
Ge ziet Ko ben nog steeds bezig te verbeteren, alhoewel uit die duivinnen van Bram hokke hier al enkele leuke prijsjes verdiend zijn, zijde zachte duifjes, wat druppelvormig van bouw wat ik zo graag zie bij mijn duiven.

Ko nogmaals proficiat met deze mooie prijzen.
Jaap (jacob) Manni, Herzele, Belgie

Sterke prestaties,
Verbaast me niets met de kwaliteit die daar onder de pannen zit.

Congratulations - fantastic result!

Good luck in the future!

All the best,
M&C Hansen
Denmark

Very impressive, great pigeons Cool

Geachte heer Van Dommelen,

Van harte gefeliciteerd met deze formidabele prestatie !
Deze overwinning neemt u niemand meer af.
Ik wens u verder veel duivenplezier toe.
En vooral een goede gezondheid.

Met vriendelijke sportgroet !

Peter Grootheest.
Meerssen-Nederland.