“The first remarkable fact came from the hand of ‘Adara’, with a 1. prize on the race from Wychen -129 km- against 12,046 birds. This yearling hen furthermore won 18. Sourdun against 13,426 birds and 7. Ablis against 10,609 birds. This ‘Adara’ NL03-5343054, is a daughter to ‘Mister Ermerveen’ NL98-5821470, Olympiad bird South-Africa winning a/o 1. Chimay against 10,000 birds. He is a son to ‘Noble Blue’, half brother to ‘Kleine Dirk’. The mother to ‘Adara’ is ‘Young Dream’ NL00-5063909, a top prize winner with a/o 9. Orléans, 15. Ablis, 20. Boxtel and 27. Etampes against an average of 11,755 birds. ‘Young Dream’ was bred from ‘Kleine Dirk’ x ‘Lei’, a sister to ‘Wonder Lady’.
The First NPO race on May 22nd became a true Koopman carnival. From Sourdun they had to leave victory to the Leideman brothers, but with 10 pigeons in the top 12 of the NPO result it can certainly be called phenomenal. In Fed. a total of 1,337 birds were basketed and 58 of 73 basketed Koopman pigeons won prize cards, with 44 on page 1 of the list!
Than another weekend that will be talk of the pigeon world for a long time. Gerard had basketed one or 2 pigeons earlier and now he did on the First overnight race, Ruffec, a Northern section race. The pigeons were liberated June 4th at 2.00 pm and with a hard headwind blowing it was bound to be a tough race. However, ‘Miss Waalre’ NL00-1211188 was not impressed and after winning 12. Nat. Bergerac 2002 against 3,232 birds she was self confidence enough to perform well. The next morning Gerard clocked her 10:39:27 a.m. with a velocity of 1042,360 Meters/Minute. She beat all other 2,706 competitors. When Gerard called to say he had a pigeon, he knew she was an ‘early’ bird but the thought of winning the Section race did not cross his mind yet. Too many specialists with a further distance had chances to win. But when the first congratulations came in, he finally realised this meant a great victory.
That this was going to be a legendary weekend could not be expected at that time yet. 9.00 a.m. 10,609 athletes were liberated for the second National one day long distance NPO race from Ablis. 5.18:29 p.m. exactly ‘Deng Lin`s Favorit’ NL03-5343024 reached its home base and made it a perfect day by also grabbing victory! But things got better. 21 seconds later the NL03-5343056 made it a double victory! Again a supreme demonstration of the Koopman pigeons. 1. and 2. place and 8 pigeons in the top 12. Truly phenomenal. The winners on this memorable day deserve further introduction.
‘Miss Waalre’, a four years old hen that already won 12. prize on Bergerac (993 km) in 2002 against 3,232 birds comes from overnight pigeons of noble bloodlines through Jan Hermans. In her pedigree we find great names like ‘Half brother Beatrix’, ‘Donkeroogske 47’, ‘Inteelt Klamper’ (Cor de Heyde) and ‘Sister Rikky’ (Jan Theelen). A busy girl, this ‘Miss Waalre’ because a week after her victory she was entered for a middle distance race and won 45. prize against 1,630 birds and on the day of our visit she was already on her way to St. Vincent (approx. 1200 km). “Rest rusts,” sais Gerard, “she asked to be basketed again.”
The Ablis winner ‘Deng Lin’s Favorit’ is a cross of two new acquisitions. Father is ‘Kleine Engels’ B01-6153573, a son to the brother of 1. and 2. prov. Argenton (yearlings) of Flor Engels, who was paired to ‘Miss Putte’, a daughter of ‘Napoli’ x ‘Donker Pancho’ of VanHove-Uytterhoeven. This yearling top cock also won 8. Sourdun against 13,426 birds and 30. Houdeng against 31,647 birds this year. Probably a crack! The nearly beaten 2. prize winner NL03-5343056 is half sister to ‘Mister Ermerveen’ (1. National acebird middle distance 2000). She also has ‘Noble Blue’ – half brother to founding father ‘Kleine Dirk’ as father. Father to ‘Noble Blue’ is ‘Beatrixdoffer’, who also bred ‘NL959’ super breeder of Günter Prange and is a brother to the World famous ‘Zitter’. At the time the ‘Beatrixdoffer’ was paired to ‘Golden Lady’, mother of ‘Kleine Dirk’. The mother of ‘056’ is ‘Amore’, Olympiad bird and 1. National acebird one day long distance 2002. She is bred from ‘Black Power’ x ‘Yi Min’.
Than there is ‘Gerards Favorit’ NL03-5343028, a yearling hen with so far already the following performances: 5. St. Ghislain against 13,574 birds; 9. Sourdun against 13,426 birds; 18. St. Ghislain against 2,046 birds; 4. Ablis against 10,608 birds; 71. Boxtel against 5,892 birds, 72. Maaseik against 5,388 birds. Her father is ‘De Lorris’, 1. NPO Lorris against 5,256 birds. Mother is ‘Annelies’, 1. Chimay against 15,438 birds; 2. Troyes against 13,137 birds; 2. Chimay against 10,000 birds; 3. Rethel against 1,318 birds; 5. Hasselt against 4,052 birds and 8. Hasselt against 2,668 birds. ‘Annelies’ is bred from Olympiad bird ‘Gentil’ x ‘Golden Lady’ (parents to ‘Kleine Dirk’).
Another yearling cock with great potential is NL03-5342998, with 5. Sourdun against 13,426 birds and 10. Ablis against 10,609 birds. He is bred from a son to ‘Kleine Dirk’ x ‘Miss Ermerveen’. His mother is a daughter to ‘Fiera’ (brother ‘Kleine Dirk’), who was placed on the breeding loft because of superb racing skills. He won a/o 1. Troyes against 17,883 birds; 1. Bourges against 7,155 birds; 2. Lommel against 3,612 birds; 4. Boxtel against 10,093 birds and 6. Chimay against 16,309 birds. ‘Fiera’ was paired to ‘Amira’.
St. Vincent, June 19th 2004 at 07.19 a.m … the Northern parts of The Netherlands goes crazy, the sensation in complete! Covering almost 1,200 km Koopman clocked ‘Miss Waalre’! With a velocity of over 1,500 Meters/Minute it is the 1. prize in Northern section and the fastest pigeon of sections North – East – West with together 15,122 birds! In the entire country only 4 pigeons in the Southern section were faster then ‘Miss Waalre’! Two victories like these with the same pigeon within 14 days had never been seen before and were impossible! The ‘Koopmans’ did it again, they realised the impossible!” So far the quote from ‘Brieftaubensport International’.