荷兰东部高手威瑟~格兰联合鸽舍(Combination Visscher - Glanerbrug)

The village Glanerbrug belongs to the borough Enschede. It lies on the border with Germany, which is formed in a natural manner by the Glanerbeek.

Across the River is the well-known German town Gronau. Over the last decade Glanerbrug has been closed in by big brother Enschede and the borders are in danger of disappearing. Glanerbrug is the birth village of a.o. Hennie Hollink, ex-footballer and football coach in the Dutch and French paid football, and Bert Schierbeek, writer, poet and resistance fighter, who died in 1996. Pigeon sport is deeply rooted in Glanerbrug. Two clubs are still active. Over the last decade it has mainly been the combination Visscher that has put Glanerbrug on the world map of the pigeon sport. Because what father and son Visscher have achieved with their pigeons is really fantastic and it seems as if the performances are improving year after year. In 2009 they were General Champion Sprint in Province 9 East Holland, both nominated and not nominated. High time to introduce these top fanciers to you.

Introduction
The Visscher family is born and bred in the border village Glanerbrug. Father Richard Sr. started with the pigeon sport directly after the second world war and became a member of ‘De Luchtreizigers’. At the time there were 100 fanciers in the village and it seemed that Richard Sr. Could directly hold his own against them and that with only a few pigeons. ‘I never had to pay a penny’ says the now 77 year old maestro. Richard Jr.  married his Henriette and is now 46 years old. He has been doing well in the pigeon sport since 1977. Richard is a faculty worker by trade and, together with his wife, a passionate supporter of the successful F.C. Twente. Father and son are members of ‘De Grensbode’ in Glanerbrug. They have raced really well with the pigeons for years. The period 1998 t/m 2002 was a real golden period. For five years in a row they were General Champion of District 2 Province 9, when it still included the 1-day long distance races. They have now landed in another golden period. In 2007 they were 2nd General Champion not nominated Sprint from Province 9 – 2008 1st General not nominated Sprint Province 9 and in 2009 it was even 1st General Champion nominated and not nominated Sprint Province 9.And that with a very  modest colony against a heap of top racers! Yes, then you have to have a marvellous stock of pigeons. And they do! I will therefore no longer tire you with long lists of top results and champion titles. Believe me, too many to count!

Stock building
It is mainly about good pigeons! And they have more than enough of them here in Glanerbrug. It all began in 1989 with the arrival of the stock mother ‘De Oude Van Loon duivin’ from the late H. Jongman. This NL 88-4307491 was bought in the auction of H. Jongman. The father comes from Tist Eyssen, the mother is a Louis van Loon pigeon. Together with the ‘Zweringdoffer’ ( Zwering was a brother from the nearby Losser) they form a real super couple. Their youngsters were directly successful in the races in 1990. In 1991 the six best Ace pigeons Sprint in the C.C. Enschede were all children of this super couple. Actually, in all the pigeons that are bred at present there is still blood from ‘De Oude Van Loon duivin’ and/or ‘De Zweeringdoffer’. And not only in their own loft. So is the mother of ‘Vernon’ the champion pigeon of Marcel Sangers and Paul Ung, a grandchild of ‘De Oude Van Loon duivin’ from the Comb. Visscher.
Exponents of the core of the current breeding loft are:

‘The Golden Couple’.
This magnificent breeding couple is formed by ‘De Machoman’ x a daughter of ‘Visschers Glory’. It is pedigree Gebr. Janssen A. x Louis van Loon.

The ‘Silver Couple’. This excellent breeding couple is formed by ‘de 36 pigeon’ from the combination Putten – Koolen out Asten x a hen from Ad Schaerlaeckens out the line ‘As 77’ from Voets.

Both breeding pairs produce extremely good descendants. In the racing team of 20 widowers there are no less than nine children from these two breeding couples.

Yet they still try to introduce something new into the stock from time to time. For this they concentrate their search for a good performance pigeon or children from excellent racers. Examples of reinforcements over the last few years are:
•    two direct children of the phenomenal ‘Johnny Boy’ x ‘Franske’ from the grandmaster from the north of our country, Geert Munnik from Noordbroek. Children of this couple have performed magnificently here in Glanerbrug!
•    A cock of the pedigree C. & G. Koopman ( grandson ‘Kleine Dirk’ x daughter ‘Noble Blue’) performs marvellously as a breeder. In 2009 a son raced 1st VNCC and 2nd NPO Province 9 from Mantes la Jolie ( see  photo). This cock was also 6th Ace pigeon Youngsters in the C.C. Enschede.
•    Joint breeding with Coen Betzholt from Almelo resulted in pure Klak pigeons via Arie van Beek in the lofts. By coincidence they intercepted a youngster from Arie van Beek in 2009. When Richard Jr. said that the Klak cock from Coen Betzholt was to their taste, it was allowed to remain in Glanerbrug. It also turned out to be a direct daughter of the ‘Chateauroux’, the NPO winner Chateauroux from Arie van Beek. The ‘572’ and ‘573’ are children of the Klak cock. The first raced a 1st against 9.014 pigeons. The last was 2nd by the Ace pigeons in the Province for the last race with the youngsters!
•    Father and son Visscher have also been successful with pigeons from Van de Kruk from Tiel.

The racing team consists of 20 widowers, wherefrom the majority only race the Sprint and Middle Distance programme. A few cocks also race the 1-day Long Distance, but never the best pigeons! In principal the pigeons never race the Late Races. 90 youngsters are bred every year for own use.  This winter the total colony amounts to 66 pigeons.

Lofts and care
There is a Total of 22 metres of pigeon lofts available. The loft for the youngsters consists of four compartments and faces east. The loft for the old pigeons consists of three compartments, two for the widowers and a compartment which is used for storage. This loft faces south-east. They are very good lofts. The high roof and the Old Dutch slates means that there is a great deal of oxygen available. There are also two aviaries for the breeding pigeons and the hens.
The care of the pigeons can be described as simple. Everything is done on time. In the winter plenty of garlic with onion is added to the drinking water. Further they are given brewer’s yeast, a weekly bath and are let out now and again. The pigeons are fed once a day and cleaned out now and then. 
The breeders are coupled on the 8th of December, the racing pigeons in January. Breeding is also done with the racing pigeons. They lay eggs twice and start widowhood two weeks before the start of the season. The cocks train once a day. There is no flag or anything, they train by themselves. Four weeks into the season they train for an hour without stopping. They never go far from the loft! Before the start of the races the cocks are taken away to train four times. Then they are basketted every week. The pigeons are given Beyers All in One mixture. The first three days the food is measured out, then they are fed more until the last two feeds when they are given all they can eat. They are never given a cure for tricho. They are never disinfected after a race. They are however given Colombine tea every Wednesday during the season. They also place importance on regularly offering all types of by-products so as fresh grit, a dish of all sorts of things, pick stone, Wimoral etc. and vegetables once a week.
Last season the pigeons were given a tablet against tricho for the first time in years and then cured for another two days. Result: this was followed by the two worst races of their entire career. This was explained to doctor Marien who replied that this was a logical consequence of this action. Doctor Marien never gives a cure against tricho, but also adds that no-one believes him!

‘Tulpje’. In 2009 she was 1st Ace pigeon Youngsters VNCC and 5th Ace pigeon Youngsters Province
‘Tulpje’ is a granddaughter of ‘Roosje’ from W. & F. Ebben.

Youngsters
The game with the youngsters really suits father and son Visscher. Directly after weaning the darkening begins. This until the middle of June. Starting from the longest day lighting is used. The pigeons are with their partners and raced with a nest. When the youngsters become too big, the nest position is broken and the pigeons are separated, after which they are raced with the sliding door. The performances then improve. Moreover, before the start of the season the youngsters are taken away to train many times. During the races they are entered for the training races every Wednesday. The feeding system is the same as by the old birds.

Finally
Following my visit to the Visscher I put everything down in order at home. ‘It’s all about good pigeons – a systematic care and good accommodation. The rest is of secondary importance’! I hear the same thing by men so as Joop Groenen, Geert Munnik  and Nico Jan Koenders, to name just a few Great Champions. One for one absolute toppers that have stood at the top for years and don’t believe in quantity, but more in quality. A way of thinking that is very useful you would think!
We will certainly hear more of the Comb. Visscher from Glanerbrug in 2010. Champions with a capital C. Definitely!