Team Koopman (Ermerveen, NL) looks back on a spectacular 2015

The success story of Team Koopman continues, as the fanciers from Ermerveen were again overwhelmingly strong this season. An impressive number of top results were won in the NPO races, the most important competition of the season.

A very happy Gerard Koopman on the 2015 open day

We assume most of you are familiar with Team Koopman but we will briefly introduce them anyway. In Team Koopman captain Gerard is assisted by his right hand man Kjield and his administrative assistant André Leideman (of the Leideman brothers). Together they created a pigeon breed that has been highly successful over the years.


When taking a look at their palmares of 2015 alone, we can only conclude that they have had another spectacular season. We spoke to Gerard shortly before the season and we noticed he was more motivated than ever. “We have been a bit less strong in recent seasons but I think we are back at full strength this season”, Gerard told us before the season. It goes without saying that the grandmaster has proven his point. Below are his best results in the national and NPO races of 2015:

29-05 Sens (563 km)
80,84,89,94, etc.
Number of pigeons in the race: 4.237
160 pigeons basketed
Number of prizes (1:4): 108

11-06 Souppes-sur-Loing (585 km)
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, etc.
Number of pigeons in the race: 3,607
134 pigeons basketed
Number of prizes (1:4): 105

20-06 Gien (635 km)
4,6,7,10,15,16,17,19,23,31,34,35,37,40,41,57,71,82,83,88,90, etc.
Number of pigeons in the race: 3,137
116 pigeons basketed
Number of prizes (1:4): 51

18-07 Chateauroux  (750 km)
1,9,10,11,13,16,23,24,25,26,29,30,31,38,39,42,43,45,50,51,52,53,56,58,61,62,63, etc.
Number of pigeons in the race: 667
95 pigeons basketed
Number of prizes (1:4) 46

This is quite impressive. Team Koopman told us before the season that they were ready for a phenomenal season, and they really managed to meet the expectations, achieving impressive results in the most important races of the season.

We asked Gerard how he managed to make it to the top, and how he gets his pigeons motivated for the important races. He told us he owes a lot to the Belgian grandmaster Louis Van Loon, whose philosophy has been adopted in Gerard’s loft in Ermerveen. His philosophy is based on keeping pigeons in a convenient way. It is vital to try and perform every task with passion and dedication. A fancier puts in the work because he wants to, not because he has to. A good quality pigeon collection is of crucial importance as well. Super class pigeons breed super class pigeons, and not only in Ermerveen. In other words, you should breed youngsters from pigeons that have been able to perform at a high level for an extended period of time. In addition, you should also take great care of your pigeon family. Gerard: “If you keep all this in mind, you will start to achieve great results sooner or later”.

Eye catchers of 2015

We take a closer look at his results, and this brings us to the racing birds responsible for this impressive palmares.

Wandie, 1st NPO Souppes-sur-Loing 3,607 p.

This hen NL12-1077169 Wandie closed an impressive season with a well deserved victory NPO. In 2014 she was already 20th National Ace Pigeon NPO in the one day long distance. In 2015 she was Gerard’s first nominated from 25th April onwards. The sire of Wandie is the NL09-1754567 Mister B.P., a blue coloured cock that won no less than seven first prizes for Ben Pieper (Borculo, NL), including a 1st Nanteuil 11,807 p. He was also 1st National 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 National 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.

The outstanding Wandie

These are some of the best results of the outstanding racing hen Wandie:

1st   NPO Souppes-sur-Loing     3,607 pigeons
4th   Quievrain                 1,994 pigeons
18th  Semi-prov. Asse-Zellik   11,474 pigeons
37th  NPO Sens                  4,237 pigeons
39th  NPO Chalons-en-Champage   6,639 pigeons
41st  NPO Sens                  7,958 pigeons
73rd  St.-Quentin               5,643 pigeons

Mara, 1stPO Chateauroux 667 p.

In the weekend of the only national one day long distance classic in The Netherlands, there was also a second one day long distance race in Province 10. However, Team Koopman decided not to split their team but to focus entirely on the national race. Their first pigeon was none other than Mara, a well built blue coloured hen with ring number NL14-4750791. Mara had already won a few prizes in the one day long distance earlier this season. This is her palmares for 2015:

1st   NPO Chateauroux            667 pigeons
15th  National Chateauroux    37,819 pigeons
4th   NPO Gien                 3,137 pigeons
20th  Semi-prov. Asse-Zellik  11,474 pigeons
32nd  NPO Souppes-sur-Loing    3,607 pigeons
43rd  Semi-prov. St.-Quentin   5,643 pigeons

Top class pigeon Mara

Click here for the full pedigree of Mara.

It goes without saying that Gerard’s pigeons were not only successful in Ermerveen. His most recent reference comes from the other side of the world, and is definitely worth a mention: a grandchild of top class pigeon Bjarne x Zina (grandmother of 4th Nat. Ace Pigeon one day long distance NPO 2015) became 1st Ace Pigeon 2015 in the prestigious one loft race in Xian (China), an impressive result! Toby, 1st National Ace Pigeon long distance PIPA rankings 2015 of Nico Volkens, is closely related to Koopman as well. Benny Steveninck won a 1st Provincial Montluçon (and a 7th national against 16,982) and a 16th National Tours against no less than 24,097 pigeons with Pepchi BE4059809, a grandson of Mister Allenig x Peppermint).

Open day/Viewing day 8th January 2016

Team Koopman has had another outstanding season, thanks to the invaluable collection of pigeons that Gerard and his team have been able to put together in the past decades. This breed has won countless titles and first prizes, and it goes without saying that the Koopman pigeon will continue to stand out from its opponents in the next few years. As every year, Team Koopman organises an open day, to give you the chance to take a look behind the scenes at Team Koopman, and to take a closer look at these invaluable pigeons. We think every fancier should attend this open day at least once. You get to meet different fanciers and you can talk about your shared passion in a relaxed atmosphere, while enjoying a snack or drink. You can also visit Gerard’s pigeon lofts and you can ask him and his team as many questions as you like. The open day takes place on 8th January 2016.

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The viewing day starts at 2pm and takes place in Ermerveen: Ermerveen 17, 7814 VB Ermerveen 

It would be a missed opportunity not to attend this open day. This is your chance to take a look at one of the current best pigeon breeds in The Netherlands.

There is plenty to eat and drink on the viewing day!