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Jan Hooymans (Kerkdriel, NL) and many other fanciers reap the benefits of super class pair Jonge Bliksem x Dirkje

Jan Hooymans has created an unparalleled breeding loft based on his super class pair Jonge Bliksem x Dirkje, two pigeons of the Harry dynasty. The descendants of this pair have shown their value repeatedly both in Kerkdiel and in other lofts at home and abroad.


Team Hooymans: Mario Bambacht, Jan Hooymans and Christian v.d. Wetering

Team Hooymans can look back on another great season, especially in the one day long distance. In 2015 they won a teletext prize in four out of five one day long distance races, along with two first prizes in the province. The descendants of their world famous stock pair Jonge Bliksem x Dirkje Furore have achieve brilliant results both at home and in other lofts. Jan proved his proficiency as a fancier by pairing Jonge Bliksem, a direct son of world class breeder Bliksem (Gaby Vandenabeele) to the outstanding hen Dirkje, a daughter of the world famous Kleine Dirk (Gerard Koopman). This combination was really an instant success, and it became one of the most valuable pairings worldwide. Together they have bred an impressive number of exceptional racing birds with a very soft plumage. Numerous youngsters won a teletext prize or have in turn bred teletext prize winners. Even the third and fourth generation of descendants have proven to be highly successful and competitive.

The most famous descendant of this stock pair is without doubt Harry, a phenomenal racing bird that won two 1st prizes NPO and a 3rd NPO. Click here for Harry’s palmares. Other youngsters of this stock pair have shown to be highly talented as well; their direct youngsters have won the following prizes:

Cees (2nd, 5th, 11th NPO)
James Bond (breeder and sire of 1st, 4th, 8th, 9th NPO) Click here for a full list of references.
Alexia (1st NPO); the dam of a 1st and 8th NPO, and grandmother of 4th National Ace Pigeon young birds NPO 2015
Cheryl (10th NPO)
Laatje 56 (2nd, 12th NPO); and grandmother of 7th National Ace Pigeon young birds NPO 2015
Donkere Herman (3rd NPO)
Ome Sjaak (4th, 15th NPO)
Doutzen (10th NPO)
Roney (sire of 3rd, 4th, 7th NPO)
Elfje (dam of 1st, 6th, 14th NPO)
Lucy (dam of 5th, 10th, 13th, 17th NPO)
Jeanette (dam of 1st NPO)
Blauwe Bink (sire of 3rd, 5th Prov.)
Future Boy (sire of 1st Nat. Bordeaux)
Geschelpte Gerrit (super class breeder, sire of 1st regional and several other top prizes)
De Drietjes (1st, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 16th in major races and a 4th and 5th Hotspot SAMDPR)
Pep (8th Prov. Wolvertem, 10th NPO Salbris
Dollar Lady (dam of winner of 100,000 dollar prize in SAMDPR South Africa)
Mother Car Winner (dam of car winner in SAMDPR South Africa)
De Schift (1st St. Quentin Region)
De 4000 (sire of 1st N.U. Argenton Teletext)
Beauty Boy (his descendants won a 1st PIPA ranking and 2x top 10 NPO)
Sunny Boy (sire of 1st regional and many top prizes)
Gebroken Pootje (grandmother 5x top 12 province)
Hilde (grandmother 10x top 10 regional)

Thanks to these pigeons the entire racing team in Kerkdriel is now closely related to this worldfamous stock pair, which are the parents of Harry and his super class brothers and sisters. The descendants of these pigeons have managed to achieve brilliant results both at home and abroad, and the youngsters, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren have proven to be invaluable breeders as well.

The stars of 2015

We will take a look at some of the best references in other lofts but we start with an overview of the racing birds of Team Hooymans that really excelled in the one day long distance last season.

NL13-1395249 Alyda

The dam of Alyda is Alexia, winner of a 1st NPO Chateauroux against 5620 pigeons. She is a daughter of the Hooymans stock pair. The sire of Alyda is Dolce Beauty, and she is a son of Pieter Veenstra's super class pair Mr. Blue x Dolce Vita. Click here for the impressive pedigree of Alyda. Alyda has already won two teletext prizes, and a 1st NPO Bourges 2015 against 4,832 pigeons. These are her best results:

 1st NPO Bourges 4,843 p.
 8th NPO Blois   6,613 p.
 3rd Melun       1,046 p.
 6th Sezanne     2,856 p.
16th Morlincourt 8,652 p.
76th NPO Bourges 4,225 p.

NL14-1209212 Marus

Marus is another grandson of the Hooymans stock pair. The dam of Marus is Arielle, a daughter of Arie Dijkstra's top class pair Leonardo x Tinkelbel. Click here for the pedigree of Marus. Marus has won quite a number of top prizes, including most notably a 1st Argenton Province 7 in 2015. He was also the fastest of 2,916 pigeons overall in that race.

NL13-1395110 Alex

Alex is a full brother of Alyda, which we already mentioned. Click here for his full pedigree. In 2015 he won a 2nd Argenton against 2,916 pigeons behind loft mate Marus. It is partly thanks to this result that he won the title of 2nd Ace Pigeon Northern Union in the one day long distance in 2015.

Other notable prize winners

Annie won a 10th NPO in the one day long distance race from Bourges, resulting in another teletext prize. Annie is a daughter of Half brother Harry - click here for Annie's pedigree.

In addition, Team Hooymans won a 3rd and 4th in the Pigeon Championship Province 7 Mid-Holland in 2015, with Jantine and Daughter Lucy. Jantine is a daughter of the aforementioned super class breeder James Bond (see pedigree), and Daughter Lucy is another granddaughter of Jonge Bliksem x Dirkje. Click here for the pedigree of Daughter Lucy.

The most successful descendants of the Hooymans stock pair in other lofts

As we said, the descendants of this super class pair have excelled in many other lofts as well, resulting in a steady stream of references for Team Hooymans every season. Below is an overview of the best results and the most valuable breeders in other lofts.

NL12-1784621 Beauty Harry of Team GPS (a son of Harry)

The sire of Beauty Harry is Harry, the best son of stock pair Jonge Bliksem x Dirkje. The dam is Beauty 576. Click here for the full pedigree of Beauty Harry. Beauty Harry is now the sire of Max (NL15-1858921), a top class racing bird and 1st National Ace Pigeon in The Netherlands in the PIPA ranking with numerous top results (see picture above). Inbred Harry, another son of Harry, has developed into an invaluable breeder for Team GPS. Inbred Harry comes from a pairing of brother x sister, namely Harry x Doutzen. Click here for the pedigree of super class breeder Inbred Harry.

NL15-3527747 of Wout Spierings

The 747/15 wins a 5th NPO Fontenay against 7,863 pigeons (including teletext). Wout also wins a 3rd and 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon young birds NPO with grandchildren of Harry x Laatje 56 x Alexia.

The dam of the 747/15 is a full sister of Alyda (1st and 8th NPO) and Alex (2nd Northern Union Argenton), two of the stars of Team Hooymans in 2015. She is bred from Alexia (1st NPO Chateauroux and a full sister of Harry) x Dolce Beauty. Click here for the pedigree of the 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon young birds NPO, and the pedigree of the 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon young birds NPO.

NL15-1849368 Blue Lily of Christian v.d. Wetering

She wins a 1st Morlincourt Province 7 Region C against 1,945 pigeons. This hen is a direct Jan Hooymans and she comes from a brother Harry x Daughter James Bond, and she is a half sister of Annie, winner of a 10th NPO Bourges in 2015. Click here for the pedigree of the talented Blue Lily.

NL15-1849481 Snelle Mario, 1st Jouy-le-Châtel against 711 pigeons at the Belgian Master

Snelle Mario is a youngster of Son James Bond. His grandparents from his father's side are James Bond x Daughter Harry; he originates from Davinci x Zuster Harry from his mother's side. Click here for the pedigree of Snelle Mario.

NL14-1698368 De Jantjes of Hans Dekkers

In addition to the first and second place of Team Hooymans, Hans Dekkers also won a 10th teletext Argenton in the northern union against 2,916 pigeons with De Jantjes. This promising yearling was 5th in the Pigeon Championship in the long distance club of Utrecht as a young bird, having won a 10th Provincial Morlincourt against 8,735 pigeons. The sire of De Jantjes is a direct Hooymans pigeon and was bred from Willem x Gebroken Pootje. Willem is a son of Harry and Gebroken Pootje is a sister of Harry, which makes De Jantjes pigeon a pure inbred. Click here for the pedigree of De Jantjes.

NL12-1077169 Wandie of C. & G. Koopman

Wandie wins a 1st NPO Souppes-sur-Loing against 3,607 pigeons. This victory was not her first major achievement. She did great in 2014 as well, with the title of 20th National Ace Pigeon one day long distance NPO. The dam of Wandie is a direct daughter of Harry. Click here for the pedigree of Wandie.

NL14-1209498 of John Crehan (UK)

The 498/14 wins a 1st Carentan against 2,884 pigeons. Carentan is a town in France, which means the pigeons had to cross the English Channel. John Crehan wins a 1st and 8th with two nest mates (covering over 5000km). The 498 and 499 that won this 1st and 8th prize come from Sunny Boy (brother Harry) x Daughter Davinci. Click here for the pedigree of the 498.

NL14-1209435 of John Crehan (UK)

The 435/14 wins a 1st Portland against 1,228 pigeons. The dam of this prize winner is a daughter of Harry. Click here for the pedigree of the winner from Portland.

NL14-1209405 and NL14-1209459 of John Crehan (GB)

These two pigeons have won a 1st and 2nd Worcester against 2,395 pigeons. The NL14-1209405, winner of the first prize, comes from a son of Geschelpte Gerrit, which is in turn a full brother of Harry. Click here for the pedigree of the 405. The sire of the winner of a second prize is a son of James Bond, and his dam is a daughter of Alexia. James Bond and Alexia are a brother and sister of Harry.

John Crehan wins a 1-5-6 from Worcester against 1,058 pigeons

The first prize winner comes from Blauwe Bink (a full brother of Harry), the fifth prize winner comes from James Bond (a full brother of Harry), and the sixth prize winner was bred from a youngster of Harry. Click here for the pedigree of the first prizer winner (407/14).

BE14-6058777 Friendship of Rik Hermans

Friendship wins a 1st National Chateauroux against 25,710 yearlings, and she is also the fastest of 44,314 pigeons. The sire of this one year old hen is a son of Harry. In addition to her national first prize she also won a 1st Souppes (1,987 p.), a 5th Noyon (1,779 p.) and an 8th Souppes (2,127 p.). She was also 3rd Ace Pigeon young birds middle distance in the Union of Antwerp (East) in 2014.

Hans and Evert-Jan Eijerkamp win a 1st and 2d in the teletext race from Soissons (5,392 p.).

The second prize was won by Hardy, whose sire is a grandson of De Euro of Heremans-Ceusters. The dam of Hardy is another Hooymans pigeon, and she originates from Harry x Jantine. Click here to learn more about Hardy.

NL15-1849727 De Afgekeurde wins 7th prize in final race of SAMDPR 2016

The final of the Million Dollar Pigeon Race in Johannesburg, South Africa was held on 6 Feburary 2016. After a couple of training flights and five hot spot car races over 2,100 birds were left to compete in the final race. The pigeons were released at 6.15 am after which the birds bird arrived approximately eight and a half hours later. Team Hooymans's bird De Afgekeurde returned to the loft at 4.17 pm, winning the 7th prize. A great performance which crowned him best Dutch pigeon in the race. The bird's name De Afgekeurde (literally 'The Rejected) refers to the initial name given to the pigeon. That name was already taken and therefore rejected. De Afgekeurde is an inbred to Team Hooymans' stock pair and Harry. Check out the pedigree of De Afgekeurde here.

Team Hooymans reached its goals

The main goal for Team Hooymans, under the leadership of Jan, was to excel in the one day long distance. It goes without saying that Jan, Mario and Christian have reached their objective. They have been able to breed an exceptionally talented pigeon family with the help of the descendants of stock pair Jonge Bliksem x Dirkje and of Harry and his brothers & sisters. This breed has achieved great results on a yearly basis, both in their home loft and for numerous other fanciers. Impressively enough even the third and fourth generation of descendants have achieved great results. This is a top quality pigeon collection led by an ambitious fancier, and we are confident that they will continue to achieve great results in the future.