From left to right: Gerard, Jenjira (a niece of Wan), Kjeld, Wan and André
Gerard and his team have added another chapter to an already illustrious pigeon racing career. The NPO race from Sens, where he won six teletext prizes, turned quite a few heads, but they did even better in the NPO race from Souppes-sur-Loing. Their caretaker Kjeld Spithoven and manager André Leideman are part of the successful Koopman team, which, under the leadership of Gerard Koopman, has become an almost unbeatable combination this season.
Saturday the 6th of June had everything it takes for a wonderful day of pigeon racing in Ermerveen. Pigeons were released at 7am in decent weather conditions, to complete a total distance of 600km. This happens to be one of the favourite distances of most Koopman racing birds, which appeared in great shape over the past few weeks. 143 pigeons were basketed for the race, and they did great: at 2:01 pm four pigeons arrived simultaneously in Ermerveen, with a velocity of 1385 mpm. Gerard’s first nominated pigeon was the first to cross the line, and it was the start of an impressive show: no less than 58 pigeons arrived home in just 20 minutes’ time. A total of 105 pigeons would eventually manage to win a prize (1:4), leading to the following result NPO;
Souppes-sur-Loing 3607 pigeons 1-2-3-4-6-9-11-12-13-17-18-19-20-23-24-25-28-30-32-33-34-35-36-37-41-42-46-47-54- 55-56-62-63-64-66-67-72-73-75-76-77-80-81-85-87-89-90-97-98-99-100-etc. (105/134)
The modern-day Koopman pigeon
How do they do it in Ermerveen? They did not really try to boost their pigeons’ motivation after the race from Sens; all racing birds were trained twice a day for an hour. They can eat throughout the day and new feed is provided twice a day. The pigeons were also basketed for their next race from Quiévrain (338km) one week later. We think their impressive performance is the result of a top quality pigeon breed.
After two NPO races and 12 teletext prizes this season, the influence of the phenomenal Kleine Dirk is still considerable. Gerard has never been afraid of close pairings, which are then combined with proven racing birds. You can tell from the pedigrees of his first three pigeons from Souppes NPO that he still knows where to find the best bloodlines.
NL09-1754567 Mister B.P., the sire of Wandie, 1st NPO Souppes-sur-Loing
NL10-1109814 Cantharel, the dam of Wandie, 1st NPO Souppes-sur-Loing
Wandie 1st NPO Souppes-sur-Loing 3607 p.
The kras hen NL12-1077169 Wandie has had a great season so far, eventually winning an impressive first prize NPO. She was 20th National Ace Pigeon NPO in the one day long distance in 2014. She became Gerard's first nominated on 25 April 2015, in which she had already won a 18th Asse-Zellik (11,474 p)., a 22nd Quievrain (9,746 p.) and a 37th NPO Sens 37 (4,237 p.). The sire of Wandie is NL09-1754567 Mister B.P., a blue coloured cock that won seven first prizes for Ben Pieper (Borculo, NL), including a 1st Nanteuil 11,807 p., as well as the title of 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Middle Distance NPO in 2011.
The dam of Wandie is NL10-1109814 Cantharel, a daughter of the iconic NL07-2007621 Harry. Harry was 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon NPO one day long distance 2009 for Jan Hooijmans (Kerkdriel, NL). The dam of Cantharel is NL04-2031628 Marijke. Both Harry and Marijke are grandchildren of Kleine Dirk. Click here for the full pedigree of Wandie.
Top Girl, granddaughter Kleine Dirk x Annelies (sister of Kleine Dirk)
2nd NPO Souppes-sur-Loing NL14-4750805
The chequered one year old widower that had to settle for second was NL14-4750805. His dam is NL10-5011998 Top Girl, a daughter of NL02-2373002 Cassius, son of Kleine Dirk and his sister Annelies. Cassius had already bred Daydream, 1st NPO Ablis 8519 p. The dam of Top Girl is Marijke, which is the grandmother of the first three pigeons NPO. Marijke is also the dam of Doran, 1st NPO Orléans and Varella, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon one day long distance 2007 (fondspiegel). Top Girl was paired to BE10-4323533 Hebberecht 533, a cock that comes from the loft of Chris Hebberecht (Evergem, BE) from his BE01-4094638 Champion (1st provincial Soulliac). Click here for the pedigree of NL14-4750805.
NL13-5310071 (Vriend x Golden Sun)
The krasbonte cock NL13-5310071 finished in third place, behind his two loft mates. Again, a well considered purchase was paired to his existing breed based on Kleine Dirk. The BE03-6254818 was obtained from his friend J. Maris. This cock is a proven breeder, being the sire of Jerson, Olympiad Pigeon 2013 Cat. C and winner of a provincial Bourges (3456 p.). The dam of the third prize winner is NL09-1674187 Golden Sun. She is a daughter of Magic Man, winner of the national Le Mans region North (8,491 p.). Magic Man is a son of Annelies, the sister of Kleine Dirk. Click here for the full pedigree of NL13-5310071.
Wandie, which means a beautiful day, has won another first prize NPO for Team Koopman. It was a beautiful day indeed in Ermerveen. There is another NPO race coming up next week, and all eyes will be on Team Koopman. Another homerun for Wandie?