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G. & S. Verkerk, Reeuwijk (NL) start the one day long distance season with a 1st NPO Blois of 15,362 pigeons

The first one day long distance race in The Netherlands took place on Saturday 25th of May. We saw Gerard and Bas Verkerk set the tone for the upcoming NPO one day long distance races, claiming a 1st NPO Blois of 15,362 pigeons.

The year 2018 was another unforgettable season for Bas and Gerard Verkerk. The Verkerk pigeons dominated the national competition and the NPO races, claiming prestigious wins and delivering great overall results. Their 14th Olympiad nomination with the phenomenal New Olympic Solange (formerly known as Olympic Enchanted) about sums it up. This racing hen takes a top three prize in three different Olympiad categories, and Bas and Gerard claimed an additional 12 top ten ace pigeon titles in the different national competitions. Here is an overview of some of their most impressive titles:

 1st Olympiad Pigeon NL cat. old birds Poznan 2019
 1st Dutch old birds' ace pigeon 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
 1st Dutch yearling PIPA Ranking 2018
 1st Dutch middle distance & one day long distance pigeon PIPA Ranking 2018
 2nd Olympiad Pigeon NL middle distance Poznan 2019
 2nd Olympiad Pigeon NL allround Poznan 2019
 3rd Dutch old birds' ace pigeon 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
 3rd Dutch yearlings PIPA Ranking 2018
 3rd Dutch middle distance & one day long distance pigeon PIPA Ranking 2018
 3rd Dutch one day long distance pigeon PIPA Ranking 2018
 4th Olympiad pigeon NL cat. yearlings Poznan 2019
 4th Nat. ace pigeon allround WHZB/TBOTB 2018
 7th Dutch old birds' ace pigeon 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
 7th Dutch yearling PIPA Ranking 2018
 8th Nat. ace pigeon allround WHZB/TBOTB 2018
11th Dutch old birds' ace pigeon 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
11th Dutch yearling PIPA Ranking 2018
12th Dutch old birds' ace pigeon 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
13th Olympiad Pigeon NL cat. olds Poznan 2019
14th Dutch yearling PIPA Ranking 2018
16th Dutch old birds' ace pigeon 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
17th Dutch yearling PIPA Ranking 2018
17th Dutch middle distance & one day long distance pigeon PIPA Ranking 2018
18th Olympiad Pigeon NL allround Poznan 2019
18th Dutch yearling PIPA Ranking 2018
19th Dutch old birds' ace pigeon 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
20th Dutch yearling PIPA Ranking 2018
21st Dutch old birds' ace pigeon 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
21st Dutch middle distance & one day long distance pigeon PIPA Ranking 2018
22nd Nat. ace pigeon one day long distance WHZB/TBOTB 2018
23rd Dutch old birds' ace pigeon 12 prizes PIPA Ranking 2018
24th Nat. ace pigeon allround WHZB/TBOTB 2018

To learn more about their many great results last season, feel free to reread our PIPA reports published on 12th of December and 5th of September.

The 2019 season

And they had an excellent start to the 2019 season as well, claiming as many as six first prizes so far:

1st Duffel       790 p.
1st Quievrain  3,254 p.
1st Quievrain  2,222 p.
1st Peronne      714 p.
1st NPO Blois 15,362 p.
1st Peronne      264 p.

The most eye-catching result came from Bella Solange, winner of a 1st NPO Blois of 15,362 pigeons, and racing bird NL17-1277484, which claimed not one but two first prizes from Quievrain.

NL17-1277281 Bella Solange, 1st NPO Blois (15,362 p.)


Bella Solange, 1st NPO Blois (15,362 p.)

Bella Solange took a prestigious win in the first one day long distance race from Blois. This is her palmares for now:

 1st NPO Blois   15,362 p.
 2nd Pontiose    26,548 p.
 9th Quievrain    3,312 p.
18th Asse Zellik  5,012 p.
28th Peronne      3,307 p.
43rd Quievrain    4,873 p.
etc..

Her sire is a son of Bulldozer (6th best cock WHZB), a son of stock breeder Bubbles (Ad Schaerleackens), paired to Feline (1st substitute Olympiad Pigeon). Feline is a granddaughter of Olympic Solange. The dam is Ace Isabelle (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon one day long distance Fondspiegel 2016-2017), which is a daughter of Atlantis x Olympic Bibi (Olympiad Pigeon Budapest 2015). Click here for Bella Solange's impressive palmares.

NL17-1277484, 2x 1st Quievrain (3,254 and 2,222 p.)


NL17-1277484 (2x 1st Quievrain)

This 484 claimed a 1st Quievrain (13/4) of 3,254 pigeons and a 1st Quevrain (20/4) of 2,222 pigeons in a single week. And this pedigree comes with several of Gerard and Bas's most renowned pigeons as well, including Bulldozer, Olympic Unbelievable, Lola Lily and Atlantis, as well as Feline, a granddaughter of Olympic Solange. Click here for her full pedigree.

The phenomenal Olympic Solange, the basis for many marvellous results this season


Olympic Solange

Like we said, Bella Solange and De 484 are two descendants of Olympic Solange, probably the best Dutch pigeon ever to have existed in races of 60 to 700km:

Winner of 6x 1. Nat. title,
Olympiad contestant allround Dortmund 2009
1e Nat. acebird middle distance NPO 2008
1e Nat. racing hen WHZB 2008
1e Nat. acebird allround WHZB 2008
1e Nat. ace allround Best of the Best 2008
1e Nat. YL Best of the Best 2008
1e Nat. acebird allround month May 2008 WHZB
1e NPO Argenton 6,595 b.

Youngsters of Olympic Solange have excelled at the highest level in many other lofts as well. Here are a few examples:

Eijerkamp Family (Brummen):

Racing bird Xenon, a 1st ace pigeon one day long distance last year, claimed a 7th NPO Orleans
of 6,954 pigeons this weekend (25/5). The sire of Xenon is a grandson of Olympic Solange, and a
super class breeder for the Eijerkamp family.

Nick Aaldering (Brummen):

Winner of a 1st Bierges of 7,193 pigeons (from a youngster of Feline);
she is a granddaughter of Olympic Solange.

Piet and Pieter van de Woestijne (Opheusden):

They have a super class bird in their collection; winner of a 5th prov. in Chalons-en-Champagne of
17,360 pigeons last week (18/5), as well as a 1st Quievrain of 3,099 pigeons this weekend (25/5). 
This pigeon was bred from an inbred Olympic Solange (grandchild Euphoria x grandchild Bonita).

Scheele Brothers (Terneuzen):

1st, 4th and 7th Prov. Roye of 7,278 pigeons. The dam of the first prize winner comes from a
half brother of Solange. The dam of the 4th and 7th is a full sister of Olympic Fire Eyes,
which stems from Eye Catcher, and she is of course the super class sister of Olympic Solange.


Eye Catcher, a super class sister of Olympic Solange

Comb. Zwieko (Wageningen):

Their 222 is a super class pigeon, and winner of 9 first prizes so far. They also claimed a
3rd Provincial from Chalon-en-Champagne of 17,360 pigeons last week (18/5). This 222 claims
top prizes on a weekly basis, along with the other Verkerk birds in this team.

Chiel and Mala de Wit (Zuid Scharwoude):

The two fanciers have been winning first prizes in their district and/or the CC in recent 
weeks, with a team mainly based around Verkerk pigeons. They also added an 8th NPO Fontenay 
of 7,523 pigeons to their palmares last weekend (25/5).