Viewing day at Gerard Koopman's
How many fanciers have had more prizes than Gerard Koopman? It is nearly impossible to name every fancier that has been successful with the Koopman breed. Olympiad pigeons, national champions and winners of important races with a lot of competitors. None of the popular breeds that sometimes appear on the market have been able to breed as many champions as the Gerard Koopman breed. It is not an exaggeration to say that the Koopman pigeon is the prototype of the modern day racing pigeon: it is fast, intelligent, has above average endurance and is equipped with superior orientational skills. That is the Koopman breed in a nutshell.
Gerard showed me quite a few instances of his breed's success and it would be quite impossible to fit them all in our report, so I will have to limit myself to the best pigeons of today. This means a lot of fanciers who have also been doing very well with Koopman pigeons will not be mentioned in the article. We are aware that this is a shortcoming. Unfortunately we do not have enough space to mention everybody here.
Today's Olympiad Pigeons
Leo Heremans again has a pigeon for this year’s Olympiad in Nitra in category F with his Olympic Sperwer B-12-6123209. In addition he won a 1st National Championship KBDB 2012 and he was first Ace Pigeon Middle Distance young birds in the Mechelen region. These were the results:
30/06: Angerville: 1st against 1,512 pigeons (Mechelen region), 1st against 2,032 pigeons 23/06: Melun: 1st against 1,509 pigeons (Mechelen region), 1st against 2,032 pigeons 04/08: Angerville: 3rd against 890 pigeons (Mechelen region), 3rd against 1,249 pigeons 25/08: Angerville: 20th against 463 pigeons (Mechelen region), 34th against 665 pigeons 26/08: Noyon: 4th against 555 pigeons
The sire of Olympic Sperwer is Galantos, NL-08-2048857 from Gerard Koopman. He is also the grandfather of Nieuwe Olympiade, an Olympiad Pigeon in Poznan in 2011. Galantos stems from Mister Ermerveen and Dream Lady.
Helena, NL-09-1006356, a pigeon of Anneke and Pierre Faes from Baarn, which won a first National Ace Pigeon Sprint (NPO) in The Netherlands recently, has qualified for the Olympiad 2013 in Nitra as well, in category A.
These were her results:
2011: Duffel (09/04) 135 km: 2nd against 5,080 pigeons Betreul (14/05) 355 km: 4th against 5,608 pigeons Nanteuil (04/06) 384 km: 4th against 2,695 pigeons St. K. Waver (20/08) 137 km: 4th against 1,006 pigeons 2012: Duffel (06/05): 1st against 8,727 pigeons Nanteuil (02/06): 2nd against 5,030 pigeons Pommereuil (21/04) 223 km: 6th against 9,784 pigeons St. Quentin (26/05) 290 km: 6th against 4,583 pigeons Nijvel (14/04) 191 km: 38th against 4,672 pigeons Morlincourt (12/05) 334 km: 17th against 2,069 pigeons
Helena stems from two pure Koopman pigeons and since then she has moved back to the loft of Gerard Koopman himself. She will hopefully breed a lot of good quality descendants in the breeding loft at Ermerveen in the future!
Speaking of ace pigeons, Gerard Koopman has qualified for the 2013 Olympiad in Nitra as well with an Olympiad Pigeon: Jerson, NL-10-5011833 will be representing The Netherlands in category C in Nitra. Jerson comes from the pair Vriend x Daydream and has won the following prizes up to now: 2nd Orleans Saran (640 km) against 3,480 pigeons; 6th Pithiviers (604 km) against 6,452 pigeons; 10th Boxtel (163 km) against 10,698 pigeons; 9th Boxtel against 9,392 pigeons; 11th Quievrain (338 km) against 6,223 pigeons; 16th Epehy (398 km) against 8,927 pigeons; 15th Troyes (534 km) against 8,079 pigeons; 28th Pithiviers against 7,749 pigeons; 93rd Orleans Saran against 8,424 pigeons etc.
Gerard and parents (June 2008)
Ace pigeons and other references
Kenny Rhodes, the world famous fancier from America, sent us this message: “I hope you are all fine. I am glad to tell you that the descendants of your pigeons are dominating the One Loft Races in America. At the moment I’m putting together a survey about it. As soon as it’s finished I will mail it to you.
I have two other pigeons of yours that are breeding amazingly well!”
Marchino NL-08-1158499 of the Verbree Partnership from Putten was rewarded as best cock in The Netherlands in the WHZB competition in 2011 with some incredible results. His dam is also a direct hen of Gerard Koopman: Cornella. She is a daughter of Fiero (a sister of Kleine Dirk).
Hot news: Jan Hooymans wins a car in a Hotspot race in the Million Dollar Pigeon Race in South Africa against 3,338 pigeons on 15 December 2012. It was a pigeon bred from a sister of Harry that took the win in a race of 233km. This is not surprising: the dam of the world famous Harry and his little sister is Dirkje. She comes from the outstanding breeding pair Kleine Dirk x Amore of Gerard Koopman. In fact, Gerard Koopman took a 5th, 6th and 7th prize in the same race.
The partnership of R.A. Bakker & Son from Veenendaal relies on the quality of the Koopman pigeons as well. Over 40 pigeons have moved from Eermerveen to this loft in Veenendaal. The leading cock in this team is Panamera, NL-10-1461551, which was among the very best yearlings in his country in 2011. Have a look at some of his best results: Blois NU Zone 1: 1st against 13,898 pigeons (and 3rd national against 25,597 pigeons); Breteuil Prov. 7: 4th against 20,979 pigeons; NPO Nanteuil: 2nd against 1,172 pigeons; Ablis: 2nd against 911 pigeons, etc. The R.A. Bakker partnership did very well in the Million Dollar Race in South Africa as well! It was Lord Ballerina who was particularly successful in Africa: he managed to finish in the top 32 seven times in the Hot Spots and the training flights! Both his parents are again pure Koopman birds!
Gerard with some of his trophies
G. & S. Verkerk from Reeuwijk are grandmasters in pigeon racing. Their Eye Catcher, NL-11-1741071 was the fastest pigeon from Mantes la Jolie against 20,506 birds. Eye Catcher is a full sister of Olympic Solange, which was already rewarded as the best pigeon in The Netherlands at the one day long distance. She has won the following titles: Olympiad Pigeon all round Ostend 2009; 1st National Ace Pigeon NPO middle distance 2008; best hen in 2008; 1st National Ace Pigeon all round W.H.Z.B. 2008; 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon ‘The Best of the Best’ 2008; 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Yearlings ‘The Best of The Best’ 2008; 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon in May 2008 W.H.Z.B.; 1st NPO Argenton against 6,595 pigeons; 2nd Peronne against 2,543 pigeons; 3rd Creil against 3,761 pigeons; 3rd Creil against 2,197 pigeons, etc. The parents of these two stars and several other top class pigeons are Olympic Survivor (1st Olympiad pigeon Middle Distance 2003) and Magic Amore, NL-06-4720774, which is a direct Gerard Koopman from Magic Man and Amore. Magic Amore is considered to be one of today’s best breeding pigeons!
Roelof Coster had a great result in the NPO race from Troyes in Prov. 10! His Lady Troyes, NL-11-4710653 arrived at the loft as the first of 8,079 pigeons. It was again a Koopman pigeon with some Dirk Van Dyck origins that took the victory. Her pedigree includes some big names, including Kleine Dirk, Bertus, Zitter, Mighty Man, Kannibaal, Cornelis, Fiera and Amira.
Will and Dirk Geudens from Knegsel have been getting reinforcements from Ermerveen since 2002. One of their most remarkable breeding pigeons is the NL-08-3858853. He is already the sire of the 7th NPO Pithiviers against 6,032 pigeons and he was successful as a racer as well, with some great results: Argenton: 1st against 357 pigeons (13th against 7,157 pigeons in Prov. 3); Creil: 6th against 589 pigeons; Poiters: 8th against 302 pigeons; M. la Jolie: 9th against 11,781 pigeons, etc. The bloodline of Jason has been a great addition to this loft as well and it crosses with other bloodlines very well!
Interview on chinese television
As in previous years, the Koopman pigeons have been a big success in Germany as well. The best example is of course, Günter Prange, the champion from Meppen!
Even though the multiple German Champion missed two races in his RV (Entente with several unions) he still won the title of first Champion in his RV with a big lead in the points classification. He achieved the same result with a team of only nine young birds: he took the first prize in the young bird championship, despite the fact that he missed one of the races.
Unfortunately we could only include a small (but hopefully representative) number of references in this report. However, a lot of reports have been published about other fanciers who were successful with Koopman pigeons. At PIPA we have also published several articles about fanciers with pigeons from Ermerveen. The success story of this unique breed has not come to an end yet; we reckon there will a lot more Koopman pigeons that will be winning important races in the future.
This was the final part of our Koopman series. We hope you have learned more about the most remarkable pigeons in this loft and about the methods and the philosophy of the Koopman team.