Yet another very strong season for Arie Dijkstra (Oudwoude, NL)

Arie gained international fame in 2007 with the help of his super couple Leonardo x Tinkelbel. Their descendants have been crossbred to other top class birds, and they are still responsible for many of the team’s biggest achievements today, in 2020.

Like many other fanciers, Arie Dijkstra has had a short but sweat racing season, with quite a different build-up compared to previous years due to Covid-19. For instance, since his pigeons had been in widowhood since mid-March, they were allowed to see each other every Sunday. He also opted to darken his old birds until late May, which is not something he would usually do. The reason was that Arie was expecting the old birds' season to be extended until early October. In the end, they put together a racing calendar that was scheduled to end in mid-September, which means darkening had not really been necessary in the end.

What was also different this year was that the pigeons of Arie's father were raced in Arie's lofts in Oudwoude for the first time. These pigeons are mostly raced in the one day and multi day long distance. Unfortunately, his father has been struggling with his health, making it increasingly difficult for him to look after a group of pigeons at home. Still, he always come over to await the pigeons after a race. It is thanks to Arie that his father can remain involved in pigeon racing, which is heart-warming.

The pigeons in Oudwoude are basketed for almost every race, going from sprint to one day long distance, while the pigeons of his father are basketed for the multi-day long distance. Almost the entire race schedule had to be organised over just a few months, resulting in a 2020 season that was quite packed, with at least two races almost every weekend. Arie was racing just over 50 old birds (cocks and hens) and around 75 young birds for the program races. He is mostly interested in the one day long distance; Arie is not quite as ambitious when it comes to the young birds' races. Unsurprisingly, his 2020 season was yet another great success, with many great results and championship titles, both in the Rayon and the Entente. Let's have a look:

1st Emperor General Entente De Eenheid (280 members involved) 1st Emperor General rayon De Wâlden (120 members involved) 1st General Nominated Entente De Eenheid 1st General Nominated rayon De Wâlden 1st Ace Pigeon olds + Natour Entente De eenheid with NL19-1183487 (New Fausto) 1st Ace Pigeon olds and Natour rayon De Wâlden with NL19-1183487 (New Fausto) 1st Ace Pigeon middle distance rayon De Wâlden with NL19-1183487 (New Fausto) 1st Ace Pigeon Natour rayon De Wâlden with NL18-1394420 (daughter Powerplay x Savannah) 1st Loft Nominated middle distance Entente C (180 members) 1st Loft Nominated Natour Entente C 1st Loft Not nominated Natour Entente C 1st Ace Pigeon General Short Entente C with NL19-1183487 (New Fausto) 1st Loft Nominated one day long distance Entente De Eenheid 1st Loft Nominated one day long distanced rayon De Wâlden 1st Loft Nominated middle distance rayon De Wâlden Fay aux Loges 660 km 965 p.: 1-2-11-14-37-39-40-49-61-91-94-etc. (20/29) Blankenheim 318 km 836 p.: 1-3-12-24-26-28-32-44-50-57-66-82-83-etc. (20/27) Gennep 179 km 13,300 p.: 43-57-68-75-123-266-281-379-1273-1291 (10/10) Kalkar 169 km 13,922 p.: 8-124-159-216-261-765-1057-1657-1910-4434 (10/10) Venlo 211 km 18,959 p.: 87-96-99-100-161-172-180-182-232-300-322-357-372- 373-401-405-479-721-809-993-995-1005-1065-1157-1186- 1320-1331-1356-1484-1494-1573-1671-1846-etc. (47/59)

Many of the team's current successes can be linked to the pigeons of Arie's father, which date back from the early 1970s. These were mostly pigeons from the bloodlines of Jacques Tournier, through Willem & Piter Beerda. These pigeons have been crossbred to other strains over the years, and they eventually developed into a breed of their town. One of the characteristic features of the 1970s and '80s are the recessive red and grey colours, as well as the distinctive breast feathers. These features can still be seen in their pigeon family today. The legendary breeding pair Leonardo x Tinkelbel originates from the old Tournier strain and its crossbreedings. This fantastic pair, as well as their respective brothers and sisters, continue to be one of the cornerstones of this pigeon breed.

In late 2014 they obtained three hens from Gaston Van de Wouwer, and these were to be crossbred to their own pigeon collection, which consists of youngsters and grandchildren of Leonardo, Tinkelbel, Okidoki, Boogie, De Big Boom, Evita, De Late v.d. Strik, and many others. They invested in Van de Wouwer hens to add some speed to their existing racing team, and Arie did really well with each of the three hens, which were called Gastorina, Gaston's Aske and Inteeltje Kaasboer. We will discuss the three hens and their descendants.

BE12-6023410 Gastorina

Gastorina is the first of three talented hens that were obtained from Gaston van de Wouwer. She comes from a grandson Kaasboer x daughter Kaasboer.

Gastorina was paired to Vince (son Okidoki x Het Strikje 729, sister Leonardo), among others, and this pair bred Fausto and Kashmir, two world class racing birds.

Fausto and Kashmir were highly successful racing birds and they gained a strong reputation in the breeding loft as well. For instance, Fausto is the sire of New Fausto (see below). But first, we take a look at Fausto's achievements as a racing bird:

1st Weert 3,375 p. ( 2nd Prov. 10,292 p.) 2nd Weert 7,829 p. ( 3rd Prov. 20,388 p.) 2nd Heino 346 p. 3rd Laon 1,016 p. ( 22nd Prov. 8,346 p.) 6th Weert 4,342 p. ( 43rd Prov. 20,353 p.) 7th Heusden-Z. 2,505 p. ( 78th Prov. 20,820 p.) 9th Quievrain 3,521 p. ( 99th Prov. 17,025 p.) 10th Wijchen 1,379 p. 11th Duffel 2,403 p. (173rd Prov. 9,944 p.) 15th Gennep 2,717 p. ( 62nd Prov. 21,289 p.) 27th Deurne 4,744 p. ( 56th Prov. 21,116 p.) 1st Ace Pigeon sprint ccg De Wâlden 2017 1st Ace Pigeon Super sprint ccg De Wâlden 2017 2nd Ace Pigeon sprint + middle distance Entente C 2017 5th Prov. Ace Pigeon General short (sprint + middle distance/ Prov. Friesland '96 2017 5th Ace Pigeon Natour ccg De Wâlden 2017 6th Prov. Ace Pigeon sprint Prov. Friesland '96 2017 6th Ace Pigeon Olds ccg De Wâlden 2017 7th Ace Pigeon Olds ccg De Wâlden 2016 10th Nat. Ace Pigeon Sprint WHZB/TBOTB 2017

We also take a look at Kashmir's most important achievements:

1st Heusden-Z. 3,736 p. ( 25th Prov. 16,314 p.) 1st Chimay 2,265 p. ( 6th Prov. 17,265 p.) 1st Chimay 868 p. ( 16th Prov. 7,083 p.) 1st Gennep 112 p. ( 43rd Prov. 13,300 p.) 11th Gennep 4,475 p. ( 36th Prov. 17,295 p.) 32nd Sittard 1,892 p. ( 97th Prov. 9,161 p.) 38th Chimay 3,645 p. ( 72nd Prov. 16,989 p.) 47th Deurne 2,330 p. (206th Prov. 12,469 p.) 50th Kalkar 2,814 p. (124th Prov. 13,922 p.)

Breeding pair Gastorina x Rocking Blue (son Leonardo x Tinkelbel) was an instant success as well. They are the parents of several talented racing birds, including Cosmic (NL16-1004303). This is Cosmic's palmares:

1st Gennep 234 p. ( 32nd Prov. 14,228 p.) 1st Dreis-Brück 97 p. (230th Prov. 8,257 p.) 7th Duffel 2,403 p. (159th Prov. 9,944 p.) 8th Weert 4,626 p. ( 19th Prov. 20,693 p.) 12th Deurne 2,330 p. ( 94th Prov. 12,469 p.) 13th Sens 1,173 p. ( 73rd NPO 5,481 p.) 14th Sens 975 p. ( 40th NU 4,485 p.) 32th Chimay 3,645 p. ( 64th Prov. 16,989 p.) 33th Heusden 1,921 p. (118th Prov. 12,603 p.) 37th Deurne 4,470 p. (211th Prov. 21,072 p.) 41st Troyes 2,311 p. ( 51st NPO 3,690 p.) 42nd Laon 1,016 p. (258th Prov. 8,346 p.) 46th Heusden 4,321 p. (277th Prov. 20,893 p.) 68th Deurne 4,417 p. (229th Prov. 17,128 p.) 68th Weert 3,363 p. (254th Prov. 13,872 p.) 75th Gennep 4,475 p. (169th Prov. 17,295 p.) 1st Ace Pigeon Olds rayon De Wâlden 2018 1st Ace Pigeon Olds + Natour rayon De Wâlden 2018 2nd Ace Pigeon Natour p.v. De Dowetille 2018 6th Ace Pigeon General long (Middle distance + one day long distance) Entente C 2018

Gastorina is not only the dam but also the grandmother of several great racing birds, such as New Fausto (son Fausto), Lolita (daughter Cosmic) and The 431 (son of Sister Cosmic). New Fausto had a great 20920 racing season, after he had already demonstrated his potential as a young bird.

We take a look at the impressive list of achievements of this one year old:

1st Deurne 4,417 p. ( 1th Prov. 17,128 p.) 1st Blankenheim 836 p. ( 33th Prov. 6,025 p.) 1st Heusden-Z. 189 p. ( 88th Prov. 14,258 p.) 1st Deurne 136 p. ( 18th Prov. 8,405 p.) 4th Heino 358 p. (170th Prov. 7,433 p.) 5th Bierges 3,399 p. ( 83th Prov. 12,256 p.) 12th Rethel 1,162 p. ( 55th Prov. 8,181 p.) 13th Weert 2,743 p. (158th Prov. 18,507 p.) 24th Kalkar 1,296 p. (368th Prov. 11,161 p.) 38th Chimay 4,167 p. (132th Prov. 19,191 p.) 1st Ace Pigeon Olds + Natour Entente De Eenheid 2020 1st Ace Pigeon Olds + Natour rayon De Wâlden 2020 1st Ace Pigeon Middle Distance rayon De Wâlden 2020 1st Ace Pigeon General short (sprint + MD) Entente C 2020 2nd Ace Pigeon Natour rayon De Wâlden 2020 4th Ace Pigeon General short (sprint + MD) Province Friesland '96 2020 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Sprint (natour) WHZB/TBOTB 2019 10th Ace Pigeon Middle distance Province Friesland '96 2020

We take a look at some of Lolita's best results:

8th Châlons en Ch. 424 p. ( 19th NPO 3,122 p.) 17th Chimay 4,167 p. ( 74th Prov. 19,191 p.) 18th Rethel 466 p. ( 68th Nat.S4 7,154 p.) 24th Arlon 1,194 p. ( 75th Prov. 8,960 p.) 79th Venlo 4,153 p. (161th Prov. 18,959 p.) 79th Arlon 1,255 p. (123th NPO 3,691 p.) 111th Duiven 5,330 p. (212th Prov. 9,528 p.) 132th Troyes 1,746 p. (229th NPO N 4,932 p.) 142th Bierges 3,399 p. (379th Prov. 12,256 p.) 196th Gennep 2,788 p. (281th Prov. 13,300 p.) 2nd Ace Pigeon Middle Distance p.v. De Dowetille 2020 3rd Ace Pigeon Middle Distance rayon De Wâlden 2020 6th Ace Pigeon YBs Entente C 2019

And there is another grandson that deserves a mention besides Gastorina, New Fausto and Lolita: NL17-1372431. This 431 is a son of De 356 (sister Cosmic), and wins the following prizes for Rink Wijnstra (Drachten, NL):

1st Troyes 1,188 p. ( 10th NPO 7,270 p.) 1st Weert 993 p. ( 83rd Prov. 18,516 p.) 1st Chateaudun 472 p. ( 5th NPO 2,381 p.) 1st Quievrain 553 p. ( 42nd Prov. 19,843 p.) 2nd Kalkar 1,148 p. ( 63rd Prov. 13,922 p.) 3rd Gennep 1,084 p. ( 69th Prov. 14,228 p.) 5th Deurne 1,302 p. (104th 8,335 p.) 10th Vierzon 445 p. ( 36th Nat.S4 3,097 p.) 13th Lorris 1,491 p. ( 26th NPO 2,981 p.) 14th Sens 1,242 p. ( 65th NPO 6,629 p.) 20th Chimay 3,277 p. ( 39th Prov. 19,191 p.) 1st Ace Pigeon One day long distance rayon De Wâlden 2019 1st Ace Pigeon One day long distance Entente De Eenheid 2019 1st Prov. Ace Pigeon One day long distance Friese club 2019 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon cat. Allround World's Best Pigeon 2019 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon One day long distance WHZB 2019 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Olds PIPA ranking 2019 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon cat. Allround De Allerbeste 2019

BE14-6306553 Gaston's Aske

Racing hen Gaston's Aske comes from grandson Kaasboer x granddaughter Kaasboer. She was paired to Renoir (son De Big Boom x daughter Leonardo x Tinkelbel), and together they bred some very talented pigeons: Fuzzy Blue, Mirror Ball and De 254.

Fuzzy Blue was particularly successful in the one day long distance, with most notably a 1st NPO Noord Fay aux Loges (660km) of 2,647 pigeons. And he is not only a successful racing bird: he is also the sire of NL19-1183395 of Ype Hemstra (Buitenpost, NL), which had some promising results as a young bird. We take a look at Fuzzy Blue's best results:

1st Fay aux Loges 1,746 p. ( 1st NPO N 2,647 p.) – 660 km 8th Troyes 1,746 p. ( 21st NPO N 4,932 p.) – 573 km 17th Auxerre 873 p. ( 71st Nat.S4 8,413 p.) – 634 km 18th Chateaudun 515 p. ( 32nd NPO N 1,479 p.) – 669 km 28th Troyes 1,627 p. ( 54th NPO N 4,411 p.) – 573 km 36th Chimay 3,645 p. ( 70th Prov. 16,989 p.) – 381 km 64th Niergnies 2,792 p. (277th NPO 11,597 p.) – 401 km 85th Sens 1,070 p. (192nd NU Z4 6,616 p.) – 602 km 97th Troyes 1,726 p. (167th NPO N 3,690 p.) – 573 km NL19-1183395 (son Fuzzy Blue): 3rd Rethel 466 p. ( 9th Nat.S4 7,144 p.) 11th Bierges 1,271 p. ( 25th Prov. 7,047 p.) 55th Chimay 2,397 p. ( 98th Prov. 5,244 p.) 82nd Châlons en Ch. 1,640 p. (111th NPO 3,122 p.) 109th Arlon 1,255 p. (160th Prov. 3,691 p.) 2nd Semi Prov. Ace Pigeon YBs Sam. C 2019 6th Prov. Ace Pigeon YBs Friese Fond Club 2019

And Fuzzy Blue was not the only successful youngster; how about Mirror Ball and De 254? This is their palmares:

NL18-1394445 Mirror Ball wins: 2nd Fay aux Loges 965 p. ( 6th NPO 2,647 p) 660 km 3rd Quievrain 423 p. (291st Prov. 13,249 p) 360 km 4th Quievrain 393 p. (312th Nat. 20,019 p) 360 km 9th Lorris 1,491 p. ( 20th NPO 2,981 p) 652 km 12th Arlon 648 p. ( 88th Prov. 5,754 p) 402 km 21st Vierzon 779 p. ( 24th NPO 1,379 p) 733 km 55th Troyes 1,746 p. ( 97th NPO 4,932 p) 573 km 72nd Sens 1,418 p. (134th NPO 3,780 p) 602 km 3rd Ace Pigeon General Long Entente C 2019 5th Ace Pigeon One day long distance long distance Entente C 2019 17th Prov. Ace Pigeon General Lang (MD + LD) Province 2019 NL15-1163254 De 254 wins: 3rd Issoudun 640 p. ( 30th NPO 3,319 p) 763 km 6th Issoudun 115 p. ( 16th NPO 530 p) 763 km 10th Blois 464 p. ( 20th NPO 738 p) 719 km 33rd Bourges 769 p. ( 58th NPO 2,111 p) 737 km 51st Chateaudun 1,481 p. (396th NPO 6,562 p) 669 km 76th Chateauroux 969 p. (241st NPO 3,697 p) 784 km 99th Chalon en Ch 1,236 p. (205th NPO 3,168 p) 498 km 29th Int. Ace Pigeon one day long distance long distance NU 2016

BE14-6306534 Inteeltje Kaasboer

The third direct hen obtained from Gaston Van de Wouwer that deserves an introduction is Inteeltje Kaasboer, which was bred from grandson Kaasboer x daughter Kaasboer.

She bred several successful youngsters with different partners. One of them was Lemmy (son Leonardo x Tinkelbel), and together they bred Muze. She was also paired to Powderfinger (son De Big Boom x his own granddaughter), and this combination bred Boom's Gaston and De 116. We take a look at the achievements of the different youngsters:

NL15-1163193 Muze, wins: 1st Weert 547 p. ( 16th Prov. 20,353 p.) 1st Laon 173 p. ( 21st Prov. 8,346 p.) 1st Gennep 265 p. ( 23rd Prov. 17,295 p.) 15th Deurne 2,330 p. (103rd Prov. 12,469 p.) 16th Weert 5,586 p. (136th Prov. 20,698 p.) 18th Duiven 5,330 p. ( 40th Prov. 9,528 p.) 18th Gennep 2,771 p. ( 69th Prov. 21,289 p.) 42nd Weert 2,602 p. (164th Prov. 12,193 p.) 51st Morlincourt 1,910 p. (324th Nat.S4 17,544 p.) 58th Deurne 4,470 p. (261st Prov. 21,072 p.) 6th Ace Pigeon middle distance rayon De Wâlden 2018 8th Ace Pigeon olds + Natour rayon De Wâlden 2018 NL17-1579954 Boom’s Gaston wins: 5th Duiven 156 p. ( 10th Prov. 391 p.) 20th Deurne 4,417 p. ( 96th Prov. 17,128 p.) 25th Sittard 2,683 p. (288th Prov. 21,629 p.) 27th Gennep 4,475 p. ( 56th Prov. 17,295 p.) 41st Sittard 1,293 p. (360th Prov. 10,885 p.) 63rd Chimay 2,180 p. (211th Prov. 16,989 p.) 78th Morlincourt 1,910 p. (414th Nat.S4 17,544 p.) 80th Deurne 4,470 p. (341st Prov. 21,072 p.) 90th Rethel 2,012 p. (324th Prov. 8,630 p.) 96th Heusden-Z. 3,516 p. (279th Prov. 13,858 p.) 1st Ace Pigeon middle distance p.v. De Dowetille 2018 3rd Ace Pigeon middle distance rayon De Wâlden 2018 NL20-4215116 De 116 wins: 1st Burdinne 155 p. (13th Friese Fond Club 5,405 p. / 31st NPO 13,203 p.)

BE12-4310453 Pancho 453

Like we said, the pigeons of Van de Wouwer were introduced to try and add some additional speed to the existing team. But Arie also invested in breeding cock Pancho 453 of Chris Hebberecht to try and make his pigeon family even stronger and more determined. This investment was another great success. This pigeon is the sire of many great racing birds, including Ravi, Gregor and Envy. And he is grandfather of Majesty and Remedy.

Let's have a look at the most important results of his youngsters and grandchildren:

NL13-1581496 Ravi wins: 1st Zutphen 4,697 p. ( 5th Prov. 8,321 p.) – 126 km 1st Albi 206 p. ( 9th Nat. 8,199 p.) – 1,084 km 1st Orange 113 p. ( 3rd Int.Z4 790 p.) – 1,023 km 2nd Aurillac 153 p. ( 36th Int.Z4 1,548 p.) – 968 km 28th Cahors 538 p. (109th Nat.S4 1,410 p.) – 1,069 km NL15-1163199 Gregor wins: 1st Chateauroux 102 p. ( 92nd Nat.S4 6,294 p.) – 784 km 2nd Chateaudun 158 p. ( 3rd NPO 376 p.) – 669 km 2th Issoudun 115 p. ( 7th NPO 530 p.) – 763 km 5th Chateauroux 433 p. ( 10th NPO 1,307 p.) – 784 km 16th Pontoise 2,596 p. ( 66th NPO 9,519 p.) – 545 km 18th Gien 1,003 p. ( 85th NPO 4,830 p.) – 668 km 18th Blois 464 p. ( 42nd NPO 738 p.) – 719 km 23rd Nanteuil-le-H. 1,716 p. (133rd NPO 8,552 p.) – 517 km 26th Bourges 769 p. ( 44th NPO 2,111 p.) – 737 km 1st Ace Pigeon long distance morning release Friese Fond Club 2018 2nd Ace Pigeon one day long distance long distance Friese Fond Club/O 2018 3rd Ace Pigeon one day long distance long distance rayon De Wâlden 2017 6th Ace Pigeon one day long distance long distance Friese Fond Club 2017 8th International Ace Pigeon one day long distance long distance N.U. 2017 NL14-1390670 Gunnar wins: 1st Argenton 199 p. ( 16th NPO 763 p.) – 814 km 12th Gien 1,259 p. ( 86th NPO 6.022 p.) – 668 km 14th Chateaudun 1,481 p. (112th NPO 6.562 p.) – 669 km 25th Laon 1,416 p. (132nd Prov. 7.330 p.) – 441 km 34th Nanteuil-le-H. 1,716 p. (177th NPO 8.552 p.) – 516 km 2nd Semi Prov. Ace Pigeon one day long distance Entente De Eenheid 2016 5th Semi Prov. Ace Pigeon General Lang Entente C 2016 10th Prov. Ace Pigeon General Long Prov. Friesland '96 2016 15th Nat. Ace cock olds WHZB/TBOTB 2016 NL17-1579915 Envy wins: 11th Fay aux Loges 965 p. ( 31st NPO N 2,647 p.) – 660 km 11th Chateaudun 515 p. ( 21st NPO N 1,479 p.) – 669 km 11th Bourges 433 p. ( 35th NPO N 2,111 p.) – 737 km 26th Auxerre 873 p. ( 58th N.U.Z4 4,156 p.) – 634 km 28th Chateauroux 433 p. ( 50th NPO N 1,307 p.) – 785 km 35th Troyes 1.746 p. ( 59th NPO N 4,932 p.) – 573 km 53rd Sens 975 p. (129th NU Z4 4,485 p.) – 602 km 95th Troyes 1.627 p. (210th NPO N 4,411 p.) – 573 km 3rd Ace Pigeon general Long Entente C 2018 3rd Ace Pigeon one day long distance rayon De Wâlden 2019 NL18-1394452 Majesty granddaughter wins: 1st Bergerac 654 p. YLs ( 14th Nat.S4 2,793 p.) – 1,023 km 4th Limoges 133 p. (110th NPO 1,871 p.) – 892 km 21st Morlincourt 980 p. (118th NPO 5,643 p.) – 466 km 47th Troyes 1,627 p. ( 84th NPO 4,411 p.) – 573 km 53rd Quievrain 1,963 p. (363rd Nat.S4 20,019 p.) – 360 km
NL16-1004281 Remedy (grandson) wins: 4th Châlons en Ch. 1,236 p. ( 19th NPO 4,924 p.) – 498 km 4th Chateaudun 158 p. ( 7th NPO 376 p.) – 669 km 8th Vierzon 243 p. ( 32nd Nat.S4 3,092 p.) – 733 km 12th Gien 1,003 p. ( 65th NPO 4,830 p.) – 668 km 16th Chateauroux 433 p. ( 60th NPO 2,397 p.) – 784 km 19th Auxerre 873 p. ( 81st Nat.S4 8,413 p.) – 634 km 20th Chateaudun 586 p. ( 34th NPO N 1,595 p.) – 669 km 28th Troyes 1,726 p. ( 50th NPO 3,690 p.) – 573 km 40th Fay aux Loges 965 p. ( 83rd NPO N 2,647 p.) – 660 km 44th Bourges 769 p. ( 91st NPO 2,111 p.) – 737 km 46th NPO Chateauroux 2,793 p. (131st Nat.S4 6,294 p.) – 784 km 1st Triple Ace National one day long distance Friese Fond Club '17/'18/'19 3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon one day long distance NPO/NAT 2018 3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon one day long distance Friese Fond Club/O 2018 6th Prov. Ace Pigeon long distance morning release Friese Fond Club 2018

Achievements in other lofts

Many achievements in recent years are related to some extent to Leonardo and Tinkelbel and their descendants; we still see an overwhelming presence of these bloodlines in competitions both at home and abroad. The aforementioned pigeons of Gaston Van de Wouwer and Chris Hebberecht that have been introduced in this loft proved an invaluable addition. And the youngsters of these bloodlines crossbred with Arie's own pigeons are likely to excel in pigeon races for years to come. And many other fanciers have been very successful with pigeons that come from the lofts in Oudwoude. We conclude this article with some remarkable references from 2019/2020.