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Nico van Noordenne (Hardinxveld-Giessendam, NL) excels in the middle distance once again

Nico Van Noordenne has always been fond of the middle distance, and he has become one of the men to beat in this discipline. He had another great season in 2015, winning for instance the title of 8th National Loft Champion middle distance not nominated.

Nico van Noordenne (Hardinxveld-Giessendam, NL)

It seems as if Nico van Noordenne is destined to finish up high in the national championship middle distance very season. Between 2010 and 2015 he took a top ten prize in the middle distance in The Netherlands three consecutive times, which is quite an achievement. However, his success story in the middle distance had already begun in 2004, the year in which his Torero became 1st National Ace Pigeon middle distance NPO and 2nd National Ace Pigeon middle distance WHZB. This top class pigeon will be taken a closer look at below. Let's have a look at the different titles that Nico has won in the middle distance:

2004: 1st National Ace Pigeon middle distance NPO (Torero)
2004: 2nd National Ace Pigeon middle distance WHZB (Torero)
2004: 3rd National Loft champion NPO
2010: 1st National Loft champion middle distance NPO
2014: 9th National Loft champion middle distance NPO
2014: 5th National Ace Pigeon middle distance NPO (Amazing 402)
2014: 5th National Ace Pigeon middle distance WHZB (Amazing 402)
2015: 8th National Loft champion middle distance not nominated NPO

Best results 2015

As in previous seasons, Nico has won a long list of top prizes in 2015. Feel free to take a look:

25-04-2015:  Quievrain Union        993 p. 2-3-6-8-9-14-25-34-45-118-139-176-179-186-
                                           227 (32/15)
             Quievrain H-East      3771 p. 2-3-9-16-17-24-42-65-96-etc. (32/18)
24-05-2015:  Peronne Union          590 p. 1-2-14-15-16-17-19-22-35-41-54-55-78-89-96-97-
                                           115-142 (24/18)
             Peronne ZH-East       1860 p. 1-2-21-22-24-26-28-32-63-75 etc. (24/21)
06-06-2015:  Peronne Union          537 p. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-19-21-35-75-94-110-120-129-
                                           130 (24/17)
             Peronne ZH-East       1848 p. 1-2-3-5-7-8-9-10-21-23-58 etc. (24/22)
27-06-2015:  Nanteuil Union         420 p. 1-2-3-4-6-9-10-12-17-19-32-38-44-57-61-89-
                                           94 (22/17)
             Nanteuil ZH-East      1405 p. 1-3-4-5-7-10-11-14-23-27-41-49-56-82-
                                           92 etc. (22/18)
             NPO Province 5       15640 p. 9-19-21-22-34-55-58-85 etc. 
08-08-2015:  Nanteuil (YBs)         461 p. 2-3-7-9-10-11-16-21-26-28-29-55-67-71-75-76-
                                           93-95 (58/18)
16-08-2015:  Pont-St.-Max (YBs)     474 p. 1-4-6-7-10-11-14-21-24-25-26-38-39-40-42-44-
                                           47-48-49 (55/27)
22-08-2015:  Pont-St.-Max (YBs)     376 p. 1-3-4-7-9-11-12-14-15-19-23-24-25-34-35-36-
                                           42 etc.(47/29)

This quite a palmares; no wonder Nico was once again one of the main contenders in the 2015 championships. Nico won the following titles in ZH-East in Province 5:

1st Loft champion middle distance not nominated
1st Loft champion middle distance nominated

The pigeons in this success story

NL01-5151021 1st National Ace Pigeon middle distance 2004

Nico considers his Torero NL01-5151021 to be the best breeding pigeon in his collection. Torero was a remarkable pigeon already as a racing bird, winning the title of 1st National Ace Pigeon middle distance in 2004. In addition, he finished in second place in the national ace pigeon competition middle distance in the prestigious WHZB competition. These are some of his best results:

Pont-St.-Maxence Prov. 1st against 24,402 pigeons
Hensies                1st against  5,373 pigeons
Pont-St.-Maxence       1st against    289 pigeons
Putte                  2nd against  2,030 pigeons
Chantilly              3rd against  2,099 pigeons (Prov. 26th against 21,892 pigeons)
Ablis                  3rd against  1,345 pigeons
Peronne                4th against  2,744 pigeons
Peronne                5th against  2,567 pigeons (Prov. 36th against 26,379 pigeons
Peronne                5th against    894 pigeons
Chantilly              6th against  4,740 pigeons (Prov. 23rd against 48,030 pigeons)
Chantilly              8th against  2,959 pigeons (Prov. 18th against 12,075 pigeons)

It was no surprise that Torero became such a successful racing bird. His dam is a daughter of the world famous pair Porky x Miss Marbella of Kees Bosua (Dordrecht, NL). Click here for the pedigree of Torero. Torero was quickly transferred to the breeding loft, where he became a top class stock breeder. These are some of his youngsters:

05-312 Latino:  1st Strombeek against 994 pigeons 
                1st St.-Quentin against 2,504 pigeons 
                1st Chantilly against 2,310 pigeons
06-205 Alonso:  1st Prov. Creil against 13,852 pigeons
                11th Prov. Peronne against 12,164 pigeons
                In 2007 Alonso was 1st  Ace Pigeon middle distance ZH-East
                                   2nd  Ace Pigeon middle distance Province 5
                                   15th National Ace Pigeon middle distance NPO
06-345 Pedrosa: 1st Strombeek against 994 pigeons 
                5th Chalons against 2,557 pigeons
                10e Afd. Peronne against 11,044 pigeons
                In 2008 Pedrosa was 1st  Ace Pigeon middle distance in the union
                                    20th National Ace Pigeon middle distance NPO
                In 2009 was Pedrosa 2nd  Ace Pigeon sprint ZH-East
                                    22nd National Ace Pigeon sprint NPO
07-680 Kiko:    1st Moeskroen against 2,576 pigeons (Prov. 3rd against 26,370 pigeons)
                2nd Creil against 2,272 pigeons (Prov. 11th against 24,600 pigeons)
08-432 Torres:  1st Pommeroeul against 1,816 pigeons (ZH-East 2nd against 4,204 pigeons)
                1st Peronne against 1,013 pigeons (Prov. 2nd against 12,243 pigeons)
                2nd Prov. Creil against 12,243 pigeons, etc.
                In 2010 Torres was 1st Ace Pigeon sprint Olds ZH-East Rayon A
                                   2nd Ace Pigeon sprint union
                                   3rd Ace Pigeon middle distance union

A countless number of youngsters and grandchildren of Torero have been very successful, which explains why Torero is Nico's best breeding bird at the moment. Click here for the palmares of Torero's youngsters and grandchildren.

NL06-1088205 Alonso

Alonso, 1st Ace Pigeon middle distance ZH East

One of the youngsters of Torero in the overview above is Alonso, which we will take a closer look at, to give you an idea of the breeding value of super class breeder Torero. Alonso was 1st Ace Pigeon middle distance ZH-East, having won a first prize in the province from Creil against 13,852 pigeons. In the meantime he has also demonstrated his value as a breeder. For instance, he is the sire of NL09-100 Nessaja, 1st Ace Pigeon middle distance ZH-East Rayon A in 2010. It appears that Alonso has followed in the footsteps of his sire.

An impressive reference

Another magnificent son of Alonso is NL14-1071912 Nico. This great looking witpen cock was bred by Nico Van Noordenne, and was transferred to the loft of Mark van de Berg (IJsselmuiden, NL). 

Nico, bred by Nico van Noordenne

Nico already has an impressive palmares after only a fairly short time in the racing loft. His achievements allowed him to win the title of 11th Ace Pigeon young birds national Fondspiegel in his year of birth (2014), along with the title of 14th National Ace Pigeon young birds WHZB/TBOTB 2014. Nico won this title based on the following results:

1st Meaux          285 pigeons (and 13th NPO 4,171 pigeons)
1st Troyes         268 pigeons (and 2nd NPO North 2,856 pigeons)
7th Isnes        1,155 pigeons
18th Hapert      1,570 pigeons
45th Soissons    9,734 pigeons
54th Tessenderlo 6,847 pigeons

This is not the only pigeon in Nico's collection that did really well in the loft of Mark van de Berg. Nicolette, a hen with ring number 579/06, did really well in the NPO competition:

3rd   Orleans NPO      15,500 pigeons
31st  Bourges NPO       6,808 pigeons
45th  Chateauroux NPO   6,162 pigeons
67th  Bourges NPO       6,267 pigeons
107th Gien NPO          8,951 pigeons

The sire of Nicolette is NL05-5525555 Chanel 555, another of Nico's top quality breeding cocks. Chanel 555 originates from the famous Kleine Dirk x Amira pair of Gerard Koopman (Ermerveen, NL) from his father's side, while originating from a daughter of Golden Lady from her mother's side. Click here for the impressive pedigree of Chanel 555.

NL12-1632066 Limited Edition

The aforementioned Chanel 555 has bred No Limit in 2009. This pigeon has won a 1st Creil in the province against 12,243 pigeons. Click here for the pedigree of No Limit. Nico knows how to breed pigeons: he knew that No Limit and his hen Amazing Surprise would be a great combination. This hen was a great racing bird and winner of a 1st NPO Tours against 10,490 pigeons. Click here for the pedigree of Amazing Surprise. The No Limit x Amazing Surprise proved an invaluable breeding pair. The NL12-1632066 Limited Edition, born in 2014, proved another highly talented pigeon: he became 1st Ace Pigeon middle distance in Entente ZH-East as a one year old, and he went on to become 1st Ace Pigeon middle distance in the union in 2015. Click here for the pedigree of Limited Edition.


NL13-1252402 Amazing 402

The breeding hen Amazing Surprise bred another top quality pigeon with a different partner: she was paired to the cock Mr. Prima when she became the dam of another ace pigeon called Amazing 402. This pigeon won the titles of 1st Ace Pigeon middle distance ZH-East, 5th National Ace Pigeon middle distance NPO and 5th National ACe Pigeon WHZB-TBOTB. This makes her dam Amazing Surprise a really invaluable breeding hen. Her partner Mr. Prima has an impressive pedigree as well, being a son of top class pair Mr Blue x Prima Donna of Pieter Veenstra (Drachtstercompagnie, NL). Click here for the pedigree of Amazing 402.

A solid future

We have discussed some of the outstanding breeding pigeons in the collection of Nico Van Noordenne. This is a collection that will enable him to achieve great results in the seasons to come. Will he manage to win another national middle distance title in 2016? It would be a remarkable feat for sure. It is safe to say Nico will do anything he can to achieve this goal.