Front pigeons – in great numbers – that was the trademark of Anne van Meerkerk and his magnificent colony of pigeons over the last decade! In 2011 the man from North Holland had one highlight after another which once more confirmed his name and fame. An overview of 2011 :
09 a09 April 2011 Meer (122 km) 2.477 p. 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 25th, 26th, 37th, 38th, 39th (40/47) 30 April 2011 Nijvel (226 km) 2.481 p. 1st, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 14th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 25th, 29th, 32nd, 38th, 42nd, 46th, 49th, 51st (38/49) 21 May 2011 Morlincourt (362 km) 1.472 p. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 15th, 25th, 30th, 31st, 33rd, 37th, 49th, 51st, 52nd (35/45) 28 May 2011 Orleans (561 km) 1.201 p. 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 23rd, 32nd, 50th, 55th, 60th (31/40) North Holland North 3.353 p. 1st, 2nd, 14th, 19th, 21st, 49th, 54th, 56th, 59th (31/40) North Holland 10.126 p. 2nd, 3rd
Nice clouds, tailwind … all the ingredients for a fast Orleans were present. Full of confidence, Anne van Meerkerk waited for his in great form racing team and just as the conclusion was made that the hundred kilometre per hour could no longer be achieved, a yearling cock and hen dived down from the skies … clocked within three seconds … and in the evening they shined at the top of the NPO North competition! Having such a ‘pigeon career’ is a dream come true.
Winner was a yearling hen, NL10-1558048, bred out two acquisitions in the loft of Anne van Meerkerk. Father is Koopman x Vandenabeele via Koos Buiter and mother a daughter of ‘Salinero’ x ‘Athene’ Nico-Jan Koenders (who self won 1st NPO South Orleans this weekend). ‘The 048’ was raced as a youngster in the late races and won 4 prizes. In 2011 she further won 14th Strombeek 2.402 pigeons and 20th Nijvel 2.481 pigeons .
Anne’s second pigeon was also a yearling, the blue cock NL10-1558109 ‘Den Draaier’. In 2010 already winner of 4 prizes 1:10 and in 2011 now a prize in every race (7), wherefrom 2x 1:100 and the rest 1:10 … with, in addition to 2nd NPO South Orleans, also the 15th Morlincourt 1.472 p., 17th Nijvel 2.045 p. and 19th Peronne 1.094 p. Father of ‘Den Draaier’ comes out ‘Super G’ x ‘Best Old Lady 2007’ and mother comes via Ron Miltenburg and is a crossing Van Breemen x Verbree .