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Koenders Nico-Jan, "The Best Dutch pigeon fancier of 2003"


Nico-Jan Koenders, Westervoort


In the Netherlands has the prestigeous WHZB-championship besides various ACE-pigeon awards also a category called ‘The best pigeon fancier’. WHZB stands for Wie Heeft Ze Beter – Who has better ones. Every member has to mail before the season his/her loft list to The Dutch Organisation of Pigeon Owners (NPO). For every twelve pigeons that are on the list one has to be nominated to become the country’s best pigeon fancier. The requirements for this are not low. For every dozen of pigeons and the leftover part of them, that are on the list, the fancier has to nominate one pigeon, which in 2003 has gotten at least 6 prizes or has flown 2000 prize kilometers. The most of the fanciers, who take part in this championship separate their breeders and fliers and very often it happens that the breeders are listed under the name of spouse or children.

ARTISTS
He didn’t expect it but it still happened. Nico-Jan Koenders (38), in 2002 the national champion with young pigeons, became the best Pigeon Racer of WHZB 2003. Jan van de Pasch, ‘The King of WHZB’, had to give up the throne. But he didn’t do too bad this year either, he came in second.
‘ I knew that my 984 would be somewhere near the top in the cathegory Best Ace Pigeon ’, says Koenders when asked how he remembers the announcement of winners, ‘But I absolutely didn’t count on something like this. It seemed like it is always the same artisits who get to share the prizes for the Best Pigeon fancier.

The list of top 10 in 2003:
1. Nico Jan Koenders, Westervoort;
2. Jan van der Pasch, Grubbenvorst;
3. Maurice Meijer, Losser;
4. Jan Willem Wolf, Wapenveld;
5. Jan Ganzeveld, Siddeburen;
6. Klaverstijn & dochter, Amsterdam;
7. Wim Klaverstijn Jr., Amsterdam;
8. Gerard en Bas Verkerk, Alphen a.d. Rijn;
9. Pieter Veenstra, Drachtercompagnie, and
10. Comb. van ’t Zand, Wapenveld.

The country’s best fancier is very modest, but when we tell you that this year, in all the flights that he took part in, his prize ratio was 77%! And that is an achievement that cannot be but admired.


A SUPER COUPLE
Like we have said, Nico-Jan, who works as a sales representative, has been racing very well for some time already. For many years this was thanks to NL86-384560, a superb Klak x Linssen pigeon, who has won 7 first prizes. His parents come from Marinus Aries, who happens to live in the neighbourghood.
Nico-Jan has made the mistake of doing too much inbreeding. His pigeons became worse. He decided to get some fresh blood, and no costs or trouble were going to stop him from getting the best material. At least 80% of pigeons that he acquired were tested on the flights before!
In 1997 he exchanged a couple of pigeons with Joop van Buuren. Koenders got the NL97-1041145 and the NL97-1041146 (‘Dennis’). Both of the pigeons won a first prize in the region and ‘Dennis’ was a real succes. Already as a yearling he came as the 6th Best Old Ace Pigeon in the competition of WHZB. Later on that year, he was the best middle distance pigeon and general pigeon champion in 8th district of 4500 members. Very soon it was clear that an apple doesn’t fall very far away from the tree. The offsprings of ‘Dennis’ have won up to now 14 first prizes! Two daughters were champions in the combine and his most famous son, the NL01-2426984, became last year the best middle distance pigeon and general pigeon champion in region 4 of the 8th district (app. 1000 members). This champ, called ‘Zlatan’, became this year the 2nd Ace Pigeon in the competition of WHZB and 2nd Allround pigeon in the competition The Best of the Best of a magazine called Spoor der Kampioenen!
When Joop van Buuren decided in 1999 to give the pigeonsport a farewel, Nico-Jans wanted to own the parents of ‘Dennis’ without worrying about the costs. Appearantly, they were sold to a fancier in Olburgen, who didn’t have any succes with them. Nico-Jan bought the couple and split the couple.
In 2000 he bred the hen with his "165" (reserve Olympiad pigeon 2000 South Africa and the winner of 7 first prizes) a very good racer.
In 2001 he put them togehter again and the provided him with the NL01-2426300 (‘Stefan’), who already as a yearling won the 1st Morlincourt against 3.085 pigeons.
In 2002 were three youngsters from the couple raced on flights of young pigeons. Among the youngsters there were 2 cocks who preformed excellently, the NL02-1235403 (‘Theo’) and the NL02-1235331 (‘Niek’). This year as yearlings did these cocks again very well. Besides many others ‘Theo’ won 1st Houdeng against 548 pigeons (7th against 15.235 pigeons) and the week afterwards the 2nd Hensies against 4.806 pigeons. He was beaten by his brother ‘Niek’ who came in first! Thanks to these two pigeons and their sister NL02-1235332 (’Petra’) became Nico-Jan last year the National Champion! This year, the children and grandchildren of NL94-2609439 and NL92-2458668 got him the titel of the best pigeon racer of WHZB. What a dream couple!
We asked the Best Dutch pigeon fancier several questions


QUESTIONS
Which system of racing do you use and how do you apply it?
‘ On flights of old pigeons I race with cocks of widowhood and hens on the nest or natural. The racing pigeons are coupled in January. My best racers get two hens. The eggs from the first round are taken away and given to a different couple. This way I can breed some more youngsters. When the youngsters are about 14 days old, the pigeons are separated. One youngsters stays by the cock, the sibling is put in the breeding loft, where the other pigeons raise him. Most fanciers keep one youngster with the hen, but my hens are in a voliere. And on top of that, I don’t like to have youngsters everywhere, it only means extra work. Young pigeons are motivated by open doors between young cocks and hens. The young cocks are trained later in the season with widowers, which as an extra stimuli fro the youngsters, as well as older pigeons.’

How do you administer medicines?
‘ Very concise. I treat in winter for the paratyphoid and for paramyxo for 14 days.’

NO TRICHO?

Don’t you treat the trichol?
‘ Not anymore since January 2002 because I came to the conclusion that naturaly healthy pigeons don’t need it.

Which supplemetary products do you give ?
‘ Only a grit mix and vitaminerals. The grit is washed regularly so they keep on eating it. If they have youngsters they also get pickstone. I don’t believe in electrolytes, tea, vitamins, amino acids, etc . My pigeons are always fit when they come home! Important is a good mixture of food; they have all these elements there. ‘It is very boring, but I only believe in good pigeons and natural health.’

Downturn
It happens very often, that after a few weeks it is not like it used to be before. Do you also have problems with the so much feared downturn?
‘ I don’t have problems with that. I honestly believe that it happens because after four or five weeks people start applying a three or four day treatment against the Tricho. Every form of anitbiotics will costs you something from the physical condition. I think the time when preventive treatment against the Tricho was hip, is over. Before, I also used to administer during the first sitting on the eggs a tricho treatment, I grew up with it but it was a mistake. Through curing you will only suppress the Tricho and create a snowball effect. You have to make sure to that you select the best pigeons on basis of their health. Many fanciers prove that it is also possible without a Tricho treatment.’

For you is your feeding system very important. What does it look like?
‘ Before I explain let me tell you this. I want to race my pigeons every week. My NL01-2426984 flew just like many other loft-mates on July 5 Pont St. Maxcence (381 km), July 12 Orleans (535 km), July 19 again Pont St. Maxcence, July 26 Vierzon (598 km) and August 1 Chantilly (395 km). So he was racing every week or middle distance or day- long distance and every time he was on time. Also last year I raced the pigeon every week. He doesn’t know what to do, if the is at home. To make sure that my pigeon will be able to take such a heavy programme, I had to adjust my feeding system.
After the arrival I give 50% feed for flying and 50% Gerry Plus, from Versele-Laga. I think that you don’t have to give too light of a feed, because the depleted strenghts have to be recuperated as soon as possible. By giving half Gerry Plus the feed remains easy to digest so that the metabolsim can slowly get back to normal. On Sunday they get 70% Gerry Plus and 30% feed for flying. And since then until one day prior to basketting I give a feed of 80% flying feed and the rest is Gerry Plus. On the day of basketting they get the flying feed in the morning and seed mixture in the lunch time. I make sure that they get plenty to drink.
I feed the pigeons from small separate dishes. They get two large spoonfulls per feeding. It might seem like a lot, but that means there is plenty young pigeons. The advantage of this system is that the widowers are never hungry and therefore they train better that pigeons that are fed on short supply. I always compare them to the pigeons here in the neighbourhood. Those train about 25 minutes and then sit a lot on the roof. My widowers train like my young pigeons, about an hour. If the weather is good, they train twice a day. If they are not in top shape the whole week, it will not magically happen on Saturday. What is very important with this system of feeding, is that the pigeons are raced every week. If you race the cock every other week, that you have to apply a different system of feeding. As a fancier, you have to make sure that he pigeons in the flying season could take the whole world on. The winter is long enough to rest.’

HONOUR
What is the cause of this great succes?
‘ I think it is the honour. I always want to win. People who don’t have that drive, can never reach the top in the sport. You have to be completely crzy about pigeons to be able to do everything possible for it. I also have the luck that my fahter does what needs to be done when I’m away for my work. And above all i have to thank my wife and my children who fully supportme and the sport. My son Niek (9) is already getting into the pigeons and helps me with the care.’

CONCLUSION
Nico-Jan is an expert in pigeons, that is for sure. He has become the Best pigeon fancier in Holland the last two years, frist time with young pigeons then with old pigeons.
This year his results are not any worse than before. If he makes 60% prize he is not satisfied… But still this is how you can tell a real winner like Nico-Jan. ‘As soon as you become satisfied with what you have achieved, your performance will go down.’, he says very convincingly.
His goal is to have one pigeon in the Olympiad. With the assets that he has is this just a question of time…

Nico-Jan had 48 pigeons on his loft list and had to nominate 4 pigeons for the cathegory ‘Best Fancier’ of WZHB. The result of three brothers (NL01-2426984, NL01-1458217 en NL99-1913141 (all of them grandchildren of the Superkoppel and sons of NL97-1041146) and the NL01-1495641 (originally from his friend Raymond Schipper) were nominated for this.
Date
race
birdage
01-984
01-217
01-641
99-141
17/05
Achtmaal
4,683
missed
254th
22nd
missed
24/05
Bergen op Z
3,804
29th
75th
missed
missed
31/05
Duffel
4,868
33rd
6th
missed
220th
07/06
Houdeng
5,087
16th
73rd
6th
69th
14/06
Hensies
4,806
25th
237th
missed
221st
21/06
Hensies
4,600
165th
214th
799th
277th
28/06
Hensies
3,957
missed
104th
422nd
26th
05/07
Pont St. Max
4,350
67th
52nd
175th
38th
12/07
Orleans
2,234
11th
208th
274th
19th
19/07
Pont St. Max
1,995
290th
3rd
2nd
20th
26/07
Vierzon
951
6th
150th
7th
missed
01/08
Chantilly
1,153
1st
-
3rd
-
16/08
Orleans
548
7th
-
18th
-


Results of the season 2003.
Performances achieved in Kring 3 - Region 4 - District 8/GOU
17/05, Achtmaal, 4.683 pigeons , 100 km, 24 basketted , 19 prizes (79%): 22, 89, 149, 152, 248, 253, 254, 255, 261, 331, 474, 548, 556, 563, 728, 737, 772, 1.051 and 1.056.
25/05, Bergen op Zoom, 3.804 pigeons , 128 km, 24 basketted , 21 prizes (88%): 28, 29, 65, 75, 82, 148, 153, 219, 307, 394, 415, 478, 486, 487, 518, 521, 524, 533, 576, 731 and 895.
31/05, Duffel, 4.868 pigeons ,141 km, 24 basketted , 18 prizes (75%): 6, 33, 81, 116, 127, 158, 159, 220, 296, 353, 384, 404, 426, 427, 451, 465, 742 and 1.159.
07/06, Houdeng, 5.087 pigeons , 206 km, 24 basketted , 21 prizes (88%): 3, 6, 8, 11, 16, 61, 69, 73, 135, 157, 159, 237, 348, 379, 382, 509, 515, 531, 744, 780 and 1.049.
14/06, Hensies, 4.806 pigeons , 234 km, 24 basketted , 19 prizes (79 %): 1, 7, 11, 25, 55, 85, 117, 160, 196, 221, 228, 234, 237, 386, 453, 525, 618, 622 and 957.
21/06, Hensies, 4.600 pigeons , 234 km, 24 basketted , 21 prizes (88%): 165, 166, 168, 173, 214, 279, 337, 434, 462, 467, 472, 473, 522, 660, 707, 716, 799, 949, 959 and 1.077.
28/06, Hensies, 3.957 pigeons , 234 km, 23 basketted , 17 prizes (74%): 22, 24, 26, 104, 183, 192, 213, 219, 306, 340, 416, 422, 488, 734, 757, 967 and 989.
05/07, Pont St. Maxcence, 4.350 pigeons , 381 km, 20 basketted , 18 prizes (90%): 25, 30, 38, 52, 56, 67, 76, 87, 97, 141, 175, 245, 306, 432, 484, 592, 633 and 757.
12/07, Orleans, 2.234 pigeons , 535 km, 20 basketted , 13 prizes (65%): 3, 11, 12, 19, 20, 28, 63, 159, 208, 274, 280, 361 and 484.
12/07, Herenthals (yearlings), 5.585 pigeons , 116 km, 40 basketted , 22 prizes (55%): 33, 253, 315, 316, 321, 431, 432, 630, 705, 709, 714, 715, 741, 786, 919, 928, 1.025, 1.029, 1.081, 1.088, 1.108 and 1.380.
19/07, Pont St. Maxcence, 1.995 pigeons , 381 km, 20 basketted , 15 prizes (75%): 2, 3, 4, 10, 11,
14, 20, 30, 36, 59, 76, 81, 91, 290 and 395.
19/07, Duffel (yearlings), 5.454 pigeons , 141 km, 39 basketted , 35 prizes (90%): 6, 7,1 4, 16, 17, 37, 95, 106, 122, 123, 125, 141, 143, 148, 159, 170, 241, 303, 311, 331, 398, 419, 454, 479, 492, 499, 529, 547, 567, 601, 614, 645, 657, 890 and 896.
26/07, Strombeek (yearlings), 4.898 pigeons , 164 km, 40 basketted , 31 prizes (78%): 6, 10, 16, 31, 39, 43, 126, 131, 135, 159, 221, 227, 259, 303, 305, 366, 430, 566, 613, 616, 619, 650, 684, 706, 850, 896, 938, 943, 955, 1.207 and 1.216.
28/07, Vierzon, 951 pigeons , 598 km, 10 basketted , 5 prizes (50%): 6, 7, 79, 151 and 184.
02/08, Chantilly, 1.153 pigeons , 395 km, 10 basketted , 6 prizes (60%): 1, 3, 58, 258, 835 and 837.
02/08, Hensies (yearlings), 4.797 pigeons , 234 km, 40 basketted , 31 prizes (78%):45, 50, 76, 78, 80, 82, 85, 96, 109, 111, 125, 132, 165, 209, 228, 260, 284, 329, 352, 380, 452, 483, 486, 494, 500, 715, 787, 797, 983, 989 and 1.158.
16/08, Orleans, 548 pigeons , 535 km, 2 basketted , 2 prizes (100%): 7 and 18.
16/08, Peronne (yearlings), 3.959 pigeons , 311 km, 40 basketted , 30 prizes : 24, 27, 31, 32, 55, 75, 87, 178, 211, 227, 228, 252, 261, 270, 271, 350, 403, 426, 435, 456, 479, 480, 494, 537, 538, 612, 639, 661, 780 and 891.
30/08, Troyes (yearlings), 1.500 pigeons , 428 km, 20 basketted , 13 prizes (65%): 12, 28, 46, 49, 98, 100, 123, 148, 214, 245, 246, 324 and 373.