Pieter Veenstra (Drachtstercompagnie, NL) excels with a 1st-3rd-7th-8th Weert 14,510 p.

With the end of the racing season approaching, Pieter and his son Aant-Arjen Veenstra agreed to add another brilliant result to their impressive palmares for 2014, winning an impressive 1st, 3rd, 7th and 8th prize in the young birds' race from Weert against 14,510 pigeons in district Friesland. Pieter gave us a hint of what his young birds are capable of.

This was their 16th first prize in their club CC De Oostgrens in 2014, and Pieter and Aant-Arjen also claimed a first prize in the district. It was a logical next step for them after a series of highly successful young birds' races this season. It illustrates once again that the pigeon loft from Drachtstercompagnie consists of a collection of world class pigeons. The winning pigeon from Weert was the fastest of a leading group of four Veenstra pigeons, which all finished in the top 10 in district Friesland. The winner's sire is an inbred son of Mr. Blue (x Cela Vita - a sister of Dolce Vita) paired to a sister of the 1st Nat. St. Vincent ZLU Rainman, which was bred by Team BDS. The dam is a son of De Champ (Van Der Wal) paired to the line of inbred Bak 17 Aelbrecht. This means the winning pigeon is founded on a combination of well known bloodlines from internationally renowned lofts. Click here for the pedigree. Click here for the pedigrees of the other three pigeons that finished in the top 3, each of which are direct Bart Geerinckx pigeons.

We talked about how this pigeon family is organised in previous articles, but we give you a summary: Aant-Arjen composes a team of 20 young birds every season to be raced independently. He actually managed to have the winner of a first prize NPO in his team on two occasions, which is quite impressive for a ten year old, who appears to have a keen eye for talent, just like his father. Pieter takes care of the old birds and the remaining group of young birds, which he does really well. 2014 was a great season, as we could expect from Veenstra. We give you an overview of Pieter’s most successful races:

      19-04-2014 Gennep (163 km)
        CC. Oostgrens 820 p.: 1st-2nd-6th-10th-11th-13th-14th-etc.
      26-04-2014 Weert (214 km)
        CC. Oostgrens 846 p.: 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th-10th-11th-12th-14th-18th-20th-etc. (34/48)
        Entente. D. 3,706 p.: 1st-2nd-3rd-12th-13th-etc. (34/48)
        District. Friesland 22,041 p.: 10th-12th-16th-etc: (36/48)
      03-05-2014 Sittard (237 km)
        CC. Oostgrens 803 p.: 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th-6th-8th-9th-11th-12th-13th-14th-18th-etc. (34/47)
        Entente. D. 3,566 p.: 4th-5th-20th-39th-44th-65th-71st-73rd-93rd-etc. (34/47)
        District Friesland 21,573 p.: 9th-11th-66th-149th-163rd-etc
      17-05-2014 Quievrain (349 km)
        CC. Oostgrens 772  p.: 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-7th-8th-9th-13th-14th-etc. (28/45)
      24-05-2014 Sezanne (522 km)
        CC. Oostgrens - 440 p.: 1st-3rd-6th-9th-14th-20th-etc.
      31-5-2014 Menen (333 km)
        CC. Oostgrens 639  p.: 1st-2nd-4th-6th-7th-8th-9th-10th-12th-13th-15th-19th-etc. (29/42)
        Samenspel. D 2,764 p.: 1st-2nd-10th-14th-20th-25th-26th-29th-35th-38th-41st-etc. (28/42)
        District Friesland 16,955 p.: 3rd-9th-34th-48th-66th-81st-82nd-86th-etc. (30/42)
      07-06-2014 Tongeren (265 km)
        CC. Oostgrens 453 p.: 1st-2nd-11th-etc. (10/18)
      14-06-2014 Laon (431 km)
        CC. Oostgrens 431 p.: 1st-3rd-5th-8th-9th-11th-14th-etc. (15/25)
      21-06-2014 Gien (655 km)
        NPO 5,121 p.: 22nd-34th-44th-61st-69th-etc. (11/12)
        Entente. D 928 p.: 2nd-4th-7th-13th-14th-28th-55th-82nd-99th-etc. (11/12)
      21-06-2014 Tongeren (265 km)
        CC. Oostgrens 386 p.: 1st-2nd-3rd-7th-8th-9th-10th-etc. (14/17)
      12-07-2014 Gennep (164 km)
        CC. Oostgrens 410 p.: 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-etc. (15/27)
      19-07-2014 Châlons-en-Champagne (475 km)
        CC. Oostgrens 208 p.: 1st-3rd-4th-16th-etc. (8/12)
      02-08-2014 Gennep j.d. (164 km)
        CC. Oostgrens 1,260 p.: 1st-2nd-4th-5th-7th-9th-10th-12th-18th-19th-20th-etc. (53/104)
      09-08-2014 Meer (208 km)
        District Friesland 20,454 p.: 23rd-33rd-42nd-50th-71st-73rd-78th-etc. (72/105)
      16-08-2014 Sittard (237 km)
        CC. Oostgrens 894 p.: 1st-3rd-4th-5th-10th-11th-13th-14th-15th-18th-19th-20th-etc. (91/101)
        Entente D 3,303 p.: 2nd-8th-9th-10th-18th-19th-22nd-24th-25th-28th-29th-30th-etc. (84/101)
      23-08-2014 Weert (214 km)   
        CC. Oostgrens 752 p.: 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th-6th-7th-8th-9th-10th-11th-13th-14th-17th-etc.
        Entente D 2,886 p.: 1st-3rd-4th-5th-20th-28th-32nd-37th-38th-39th-40th-43rd-50th-etc.
        District Friesland 14,510 p.: 1st-3rd-7th-8th-61st-80th-86th-etc. (68/102)

Aant-Arjen Veenstra has an exciting few weeks ahead, with the start of the NPO races. He managed to win a first prize NPO with a young bird two years in a row, and we wonder if he could add a third consecutive NPO victory to his palmares? The results in recent weeks have been promising for sure:

      09-08-2014 Meer (208 km)
        CC. Ooostgrens 1,017 p.: 1st-2nd-6th-8th-15th-28th-etc. (13/20)
        District Friesland 20,454 p.: 9th-13th-29th-34th-70th-163rd-etc. (13/20)
      16-08-2014 Sittard (237 km)
        Entente D. 3,303 p.: 3rd-16th-20th-27th-56th-etc. (16/19)
      23-08-2014 Weert (214 km)
        CC. Ooostgrens 752 p.: 12th-16th-40th-50th-52nd-53rd-54th-65th-95th-98th-100th-etc. (14/19)

There are not many surprises in the young birds’ loft of Veenstra; their integral approach is based on experience. They are being trained for the first time in an early stage, starting very close to the loft. The distance is increased gradually after the first few flights and they are released twice a week if the weather allows. During the season, as the distance of the races increases, the pigeons are basketed only once a week. Pieter thinks the health of his young birds is what matters the most. “There is no use in training them if they are not in good health”, he says. In case of doubt he consults the veterinary surgeon.

The young cocks and the hens have been separated for a while now and the Veenstra fanciers are trying to have them arrive separately as well. Gea is responsible for the young birds’ training. After the race, the young birds can stay together until Monday, to make sure they can find new partners. “They will now be basketed on Thursday, and so they will be separated on Sunday”, Pieter explains. Pigeons are fed a full tray of Versele Laga young birds, and the tray is removed at about 8 o’clock in the evening. The following meal is provided only after they arrive back from the race. The young birds are trained one to two hours per team. The fanciers decided to darken them for a longer period of time compared to previous season, because the young birds’ season in Friesland has started later than usual. They are now lightened from 6 in the morning until 10 in the evening. There is a bath once a week as well, but not always at the same point in time.”

We asked them about the foundation of their current breeding loft, and you will not be surprised to hear that the old Mister Blue and Dolce Vita are still at the basis. “This breed is now heavily inbred and so we only have to look for other bloodlines that could combine well. However, we test every possible new bloodline in the races first, just like we did with a team of about 20 youngsters of Bart Geerinckx and Rudi De Saer. These Geerinckx pigeons proved quite strong in the race from Weert. We hope to make an important next step if they prove to be successful in the next few races as well. It is essential to always try and make progress!”


Hallo Pieter, Aant-Arjen

Proficiat met je geweldige uitslag.
Leuk om te zien dat de zus van Rainman die je van mij kocht eind 2012 nu al zijn vruchten afwerpt!!

Gr Martin

Hallo Pieter. Gea. en Aant Arjen.

Van Harte Gefeliciteerd met de geweldige uitslagen en dat in weer een andere CC. en Samenspel, gewoon klasse je toont aan dat je waar je ze ook indelen dat je overal top speelt. En ook andere vele Top duivenliefhebbers in Nederland en vele in het buitenland spelen top met de duiven uit Drachtstercompagnie.

Hartelijke Groet voor jullie allen Henny.

Dear Pieter & Aant-Arjen Veenstra ,
Glad to see you to race fantastically again .
Now a young and potential breeding and racing teams and Aant is also so promising and expected .
Mr. Pieter Veenstra is simply one of the best icons in European sport.....Super pigeons and noble personality ....
A shinning examply of me !!!! Bravo !!!!!
All the bests !
Best regards
Sky chen from China