Pieter Veenstra is a big name in the international pigeon racing scene. Most of us are familiar with such renowned racing birds as Dolce Vita, Rolex, Mr. Blue, Golden Blue, Chanel No.5, Sissy, Da Vinci, Special Blue, etc. The Pieter Veenstra pigeon breed developed into the best pigeon loft in The Netherlands of the 21st century. Let's refresh our memory with some of the most notable results over the years:
1st Best Fancier in The Netherlands W.H.Z.B. 2009 1st Best Fancier in The Netherlands W.H.Z.B. 2010 1st National Champion One Day Long Distance 2009 1st National Champion One Day Long Distance 2010 1st International Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance W.E.N.C. Dortmund 2010 Dolce Vita 1st International Ace Pigeon Allround W.E.N.C. Dortmund 2010 Chanel n°5 1st International Ace Pigeon Allround W.E.N.C. Dortmund 2008 Evita 1st National Olympiad Pigeon Allround 2011 Dolce Vita 1st National Ace Cock W.H.Z.B. 2004 Mr Blue 1st National Ace Cock W.H.Z.B. 2009 Rolex 1st National Ace Cock W.H.Z.B. 2010 Dolce Vita 1st National Ace Hen W.H.Z.B. 2009 Sissy 1st National Ace Hen W.H.Z.B. 2010 Dolce Vita 1st National Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance Fondspiegel 2009 Sissy 1st National Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance NPO 2007 Prima Donna 1st National Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance W.H.Z.B. 2010 Dolce Vita 1st National Best Natour pigeon W.H.Z.B. 2009 Chanel 1st Nat./NPO Ablis 2006 Da Vinci 1st Nat./NPO Strombeek 2006 Turbo Magic 1st Nat./NPO Ablis 2009 Sissy 1st Nat./NPO Chateauroux 2009 Dolce Vita 1st Nat./NPO Signy Signetz 2010 Unlimited
These champions were sold on PIPA in 2012 in a record breaking sale. Only a team of youngsters of these champions were kept on board to start the 2012 season with. Even though Pieter opted to have a quiet start to the season, his young birds quickly started to win top results, including most notably a 4th NPO Orleans of 7,000 pigeons. We are now a few years down the line and we see the youngsters and grandchildren of the aforementioned pigeons gain a prominent place in national and international races. Mr. Blue, Dolce Vita and the others feature time and time again in the pedigrees of many of today's champions in Pieter's pigeon loft and numerous other fanciers both in The Netherlands and worldwide. What follows is a number of national references with Pieter Veenstra pigeons from 2013 onwards:
Jan Hooijmans 1st NPO Bourges 4,843 pigeons 563 km (from son Mr. Blue x Dolce Vita) 2nd NU Argenton 1,730 pigeons 640 km (from son Mr. Blue x Dolce Vita) 8th NPO Blois 6,613 pigeons 548 km (from son Mr. Blue x Dolce Vita) Mark van den Berg 1st NPO Noord Chateaudun 7,094 pigeons 596 km (sire of Mr. Blue x sister Rainman) Nico Volkens 2nd NPO Argenton 2,745 pigeons 713 km (sire from son Dolce Vita x Chanel no 5) 4th NPO Bourges 4,844 pigeons 641 km (sire from son Dolce Vita x Chanel no 5) 4th NPO Chateauroux 3,601 pigeons 680 km (sire from son Dolce Vita x Chanel no 5) This pigeon won the title of 1st National Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance 2015 (PIPA ranking). M. & S. v.d. Wal 1st NPO Vierzon 1,114 pigeons 665 km (from a daughter of Mr. Blue x Dolce Vita x Bak 17) D. & P. Soepboer Olympic Toe (dam from a grandson of Mr. Blue x Sissy) 1st Dutch Olympiad Pigeon One Day Long Distance 2015 3rd International Olympiad Pigeon One Day Long Distance 2015 2nd NPO Gien 5,121 pigeons 9th NPO Sezanne 10,063 pigeons 7th NPO Orleans 4,502 pigeons 9th NPO Bourges 2,519 pigeons 20th NPO Sens 8,269 pigeons 20th NPO Sens 5,592 pigeons Wout Spierings 1st NPO Fontenay 9,425 pigeons 466 km (Line of Mr Blue ) 2nd NPO Fontenay 9,425 pigeons 466 km (dam from sister Dolce Vita) 3rd NPO Fontenay 9,425 pigeons 466 km (Line of Mr Blue) 5th NPO Fontenay 7,863 pigeons 466 km (from daughter Dolce Beauty) 6th NPO Fontenay 9,425 pigeons 466 km (dam from sister Dolce Vita) 1st Fontenay 2,001 pigeons 446 km (from a daughter of Dolce Beauty)
Comb. Elzinga 1st NPO Chalons 10,935 pigeons 486 km with Esmee (a daughter of Seiko, which is a son of Rolex) Olympiad Pigeon 2014 allround met Esmee (a daughter of Seiko, son of Rolex) 1st National Ace Pigeon allround 2015 with Esmee (a daugther of Seiko, son of Rolex) 1st NPO Châlons-en-Champagne 4,269 pigeons 479 km 2nd Sittard 6,763 pigeons 241 km 4th NPO St.-Truiden 20,435 pigeons 274 km 7th Duffel 4,022 pigeons 259 km 8th Gennep 2,788 pigeons 168 km Youngsters and grandchildren of Esmee did great as well, winning the following prizes: 2-3-5-6 NPO Morlincourt 7,347 pigeons Kees Nijenboer 1st Nat. Troyes 17,174 pigeons 495 km (great-grandchild of Dolce Vita x Lion King) Comb. van Wanrooij 1st Belgian Master 2014 (grandchild Mr. Blue) Poelstra & Sons 1st Best Middle Distance/Long Distance Pigeon The Netherlands PIPA ranking 7 prizes (great-granddaughter Da Vinci) 1st Best Yearling The Netherlands PIPA ranking 10 prizes (great-grandchild Da Vinci) 1st Best Middle Distance Pigeon The Netherlands WHZB/TBOTB (great-grandchild Da Vinci) 1st National Pigeon Champion Middle Distance The Netherlands NPO (great-grandchild Da Vinci) Albert Derwa 2nd Province Blois 1,535 pigeons (sire comes from a sister of Dolce Vita) 9th Province Vierzon 1,521 pigeons (sire from sister Dolce Vita) 11th Province Bourges 2,318 pigeons (sire from sister Dolce Vita) 1st Melun 607 pigeons (sire from sister Dolce Vita) J. & J. Kaman 1st National Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance PIPA ranking 2017 (great-grandchild Rolex) Team GPS 1st NPO Gien 2,840 pigeons 480 km (grandchild Mr. Blue) Geert Munnik 1st Province St. Quentin 6,798 p. 457 km (grandchild Mr. Blue)
Johan Kaintz (Polen) 1st Olympiad Pigeon 2015 one day long distance (great-grandchild Mr. Blue) 1st National Ace Pigeon Poland allround 2014 (great-grandchild Mr. Blue) J Doldersum and son 1st NPO Issoudun (daughter Special Veenstra 364) Dylan Hilbrand 1st NPO Quievrain 6,461 pigeons (great-grandchild Rolex) Eenhoksrace Pattaya 1st Final Pattaya 530 km 2017 (granddaughter Da Vinci)
Such iconic bloodlines as Dolce Vita and Mr. Blue guaranteed to give great results
In the first decade of this century we saw Dolce Vita, Rolex, Mr. Blue, Golden Blue, Chanel No. 5, Sissy, Da Vinci, Special Blue and numerous others show their remarkable potential in numerous national races. Today, in 2017, their youngsters and grandchildren have won numerous prizes in national and international races as well. The list of references that we just showed should give you a hint of the massive impact that the Veenstra racing birds have had on modern-day pigeon racing. Besides looking after his own pigeon breed, Pieter is always looking for some of the most talented pigeons in Belgium and The Netherlands. As such, some of the most precious European bloodlines have been introduced in his loft in Drachstercompagnie, including pigeons of Bart Geerinckx, Jos Joosen, Leo Heremans, Rudi De Saer, Hardy Kruger, Bart Van Oeckel, Comb. Elzinga, Gerard Koopman, etc. He has also obtained a wide collection of national ace pigeons, NPO winners and of course the amazing hen Miss Overegge, whose incredible palmares left a lasting impression on fanciers across in Belgium and The Netherlands.