VIPs

Very Important Pigeons.

Everyone needs them. You maybe the best breeder in the world, you need them. You may just be starting up the ladder of success, you need one. These are the birds that, when brought into your colony, give instant gratification. There is nothing like adding a superstar to your best hens or an outstanding hen for your best stud. Next season's young birds will shine and lift your hopes higher.

The Dutch line breed and inbreed and add their VIP a little at a time. In Belgium, they are much quicker to add new blood. In Belgium, it seems, patience is not a virtue. They want to win now, not next week.

Which ever method you use, your VIP plays an important role. You are mistaken if you think any top bird will enhance your family. Opposites may attract, but they don't help racing birds fly faster or home better. Blending a super bird with your own takes research, patience and luck. Buying from a fancier who's methods are the same or close to yours, who flies a system that is close to yours and who flies a concourse with the same direction as your own all play a factor in your success.

Breeding winners for myself and others is our goal. Bill and I have inbred families that we will keep going but we will also be crossing to try and find that next instant super champion.

Paul Huls

Paul Huls was born in a family where all participated in the pigeon sport. When he moved to his grandmothers farm in 1981 he also moved next door to his father in-law, Alfons Bos. Up to 1987, Paul was the helper of his father in-law and here he learned to sharpen his skills in the game. In 1988, he started on his own. In 1991, a brand new villa was built with new coops to match.

Being an avid reader of all pigeon related material, Paul became a believer in the eye sign theory. He travelled extensively and began to build his family of birds from the top flyer's and breeders in Belgium. From the likes of Hippoliet Alen, Jozef Gressens, Jef Vansweefelt, William Luyten, Remi De Mey, Gaby Vandeabeele, Norbert and Filip Norman, Karl Schellens, Flor Vervoort, Jules Verbeeck, Gommaire Verbruggen, Theo Yskout, Broeckx-Van Hees, Gebr. Herbots, Herman Van Gestel, Albert Evraets, Maurits Voets, Frans Aerts, Dirk Van Dijck, Aantoon en Hilde Reynaert and Kees Bosau, Paul built his family.

Over the years, success came for Paul and his friends. With his dream breeding colony , he produced winners such as Aline, 1st nat. Argenton, 20499 birds, Black Jack, 1st Olympiad Bird All Round in 2007, Den Engel, 1st Provincial Ace Bird KBDB 2004. In 2004 he bred 21 1st prize and 2 times 1st provincial positions. In 2005, 22 1st and 23 2nd positions and 4 times 1st provincial. In 2006 22 1st, 2 times 1st provincial and the All around 1st Olympiad for 2007. In 2007, 17 times 1st. Paul was quick to help others and the list of successes with friends is formidable: Albert Derwa, National Champion Yearlings KBDB in 1999 and 2001, Andreas Drapa, National Ace birds and Olympic birds with Paul's birds, Aantoon and Hilda Reynaert when they borrowed some breeders, had instant success, Theo Yskout got his super breeding hen Sylvia from Paul, Roland Fitzner set Germany a fire with the Hul's lines, Dirk Van Dijck used the Huls birds with his family and had greater success,

In 2008, Paul's loft man, Cyriel[76] decided to retire. Paul's video stores take him across Belgium, so little of his time is left to do the pigeons any justice. After a lot of soul searching, he decided that it would be better to quite at the top of the game, rather than let it slide. His auctions were attended by all the great flyer's and the birds were sold for a fantastic amount of gold. We were lucky to get these seven cocks and will be using these with the very best hens we have.

eder-EDER

This Delbar-Aarden-Janssen based line has been cultivated by Lieskamp/Eder for the past 45 years. Their personal friendship with Maurice Delbar, allowed them to have the pick of what some consider the greatest long distance pigeons in the world They took advantage of this opportunity by acquiring from only the very best breeders.

Janssen‘s best, and Aarden's best was the key combination.

Right from the beginning, the results of this winning combination showed the racing pigeon fancy in Holland, that this combination (LIESKAMP-EDER) would dominate for many years to come.

Lieskamp-Eder have won major competitions in Old Birds and Young Birds alike, competing against 650 to 20,000 members in the short, middle and long distance races.

jo & florian hendriks

The father, of the father and son team of Jo and Florian Hendriks, has been involved in the racing sport for a long time. His Dad's pub was the home base for the pigeon club. When his son Florian decided that he would like to join, things changed. The enthusiasm and intensity of the son sent the team charging full speed ahead. Wanting to reach the status of super fliers, Florian visited every top flier he could find and has bought the best he could possible get every year since. His main acquisitions were the Gaby birds but upon closer inspection you will find the names such as A & H Reynaert { Figo}, Jos & Jules Engels, Rudi Diels, Eric Berckmoes, Albert Marcelis, G & P Lindelauf, G & S Verkerk, Jan Deliege and more.

Not forgetting the base of their super birds, The Popeye who is a Janssen based bird bred by Florian's uncle, T. Vluggen, all these new birds are crossed with their own top breeders. This has provided them with race results that we can only dream of. Top positions against birds that number into the 50,000 range. At National Orleans, they had 3rd and 4th against 37,00 birds.In Bloise of 2009, their 1st bird was 12th National against 54,126 birds. Others also excel with these birds. Jan Delige won 1st against 35,000 plus birds with a grandson of Popeye, We have won 1st combine with children of their birds. Blue Popeye sold on Pipa for 10,000 Euro, in fact their birds have become such a hot commodity that there is now a waiting list. We have had the chance to  buy back from fanciers leaving the sport or simply having too many breeders and have jumped at the opportunity. I don't believe you can ever have too many of their birds.

Jacob Poortvliet [Netherlands]

Jacob is one of the brightest superstars in the Dutch pigeon scene. In 2007 he won 1st National Champion Young Birds and 1st National Champion One Day Long Distance, Section 8. His family of birds based on Koen Minderhout, Gaby Vandenabeele, Koopman, Dirk Van Dyck, Marijke Vink and Janssen, provide exceptional results on a weekly basis.

He has lived at his present address since 2002 and races 28 pair on the double widowhood system. He has 60 pair of breeders and raises 100 youngsters for his flying team. Jacob is a hard task master and prefers to loft fly his teams for upto 2 hours per day. The youngsters are left out and the traps are not closed at night. They fly until late and start at the crack of dawn. Jacob believes in feeding the best of all grains with candy seed and peanuts added. He prefers to over feed at the end of the week.

The quality of his birds shows not only in his results, but also for others. The 1st young acebird in Berlin[Germany] winning 7 out of 7 races is from a Poortvliet hen. The 1st provincial acebird in Friesland in 2007 is 50% Poortvliet, a sister to Blue Magic. The quickest European in the oneloft race in China is 50% Poortvliet, out of the Gaby-Jannssen lines

Some of his championships won in 2007 are:

1st National Champion Young Birds
1st National Champion One Day Long Distance
1st Overall Champion Combine, Nominated
1st Overall Champion Combine, Not Nominated
1st Champion Old Birds Combine, Not Nominated
1st Champion One Day Long Distance Combin, Nominated
1st Champion Middle Distance, Nominated
1st Champion Youngsters Combine, Not Nominated
1st Ace Bird One Day Long Distance Combine
1st Ace Bird Long Distance Specialists Club
2nd Overall Provincial Champion

Plus many more.

Combine has 160 members and provincial has 1900 members.

jeff van wanroy

Mr. v Wanroy had very strong believes when it came to racing pigeons. He knew exactly what he wanted and set about finding it. There were several criteria that had to met in the bird. First was strength. The birds frame had to resist all forces, no give what so ever in the vents. The second was the feather which had to be as soft as possible. The third was the eyes with pupils very small and with incredible colors and depth. Each bird had to show character and have that will to fight on. Last but not least, they had to be small.

He found what he was looking for in the old Hansennes in the lofts of Fabry, Hornsta, Bricoux and Delbar from Staf Dusaruyn. Over time he was always on the look out for that something special and he found that at Hector Desmet[ son of Prins} Gerrit Janssen and at Westerhuis. The four base birds that were the foundation of his family were the The 90, Black, hen, 372 De Maaskant Black Cock, 113 de Blauwkras, hen, and the 752 De Zwartkrasdoffer, cock. Others also played an important roll such as the Westerhuis cock and the Spin but these came later on.

These birds can be found in the pedigree of many successful fanciers in both Holland and Belgium. To name a few, J.B Hendriks, Ben Hendriks, Gebr. Kuipers, Van Hee, Huub Jongen, Huub Reupsaet, Jan Hendrix, Ceelen, Remunt, Stekete, v. Geel, Sprenkels, Rinus de Ruyter Eijerkamp and one hell of a pile of names of others who won 1st National, 1st International, 1st Provincial in all the long distance events. These birds still show up in pedigrees of the European winners of today.

For us, more than half the birds in our race team have the van Wanroy blood on one side. It was the best move that I have ever made. I love there size and I love the soft feather on the young birds. These birds are never afraid of you, are not wild and always rule the roost. You'll find they fly longer, eat less and stay healthier with a lot less fuss and bother.

If Jeff were alive today I would certainly want to thank him for the fine family of racers that he has created.

Braad de Joode

Very seldom do young flyers reach the top in a short time. It seems that you must serve an apprenticeship of sorts, earn your stripes, etc. These two gentleman, with careful planning and with their competitive philosophy, took several short cuts and bingo, are there.

Their birds are based on the best of Wal Zoontjens and those of H & O Lofts. As others, each year a super is added to the breeding loft.

Their results are phenomenal having represented Holland at the Olympiad in Africa and last year in Germany. In 2008 they had 1st Olympiad Fond, Holland, 1st golden crack, South Holland, 1st National Champion one day fond, 1st Rayon 3 Brabant one day fond.

Their champion flyer, Home Alone, won 1st-3212 birds, 1st-1373 birds, 3rd semi National 7941 birds, 16th semi National-11448 birds. In 2007 he won 1st National best of the best, 1st Crack 2006 to 2008, 1st ace Brabant and 1st Olympiad fond in 2009. He is only one of their many super stars. Others are Millennium, Durban, Zoon Durban and Stealth.

Anton Ruitenberg / Gaby Vandenabeele

The list of fanciers who have started their lofts with birds from Anton is long and reads like a who's who of the pigeon world. His stock birds are known around the world.We have in our possessiom, two cocks and five hens bred by Anton. All are from direct Gaby Vandenabeele birds and almost all are grandchildren of the legendary Wittenbuik. These birds have already proven themselves by breeding top birds in their first year at stock in Belgium. Included in their prizes are 2nd -875b , 2nd-304b, 2nd-761b, 5th-234b, 8th1543b,9th-304b,9th-761b,12th-875b,12th-1264b,17th1734b-,43rd-775b,46th-775b,69th-3891b,1268th-10670b

No one in the whole of Belgium has had such success in the one day long distance races as Gaby Vandenabeele. Racing a small team, his strain of birds have proven to be tops from the early eighties on. His strain has brought much success to fanciers around the world. In the early years, Gaby used his fathers birds to establish himself. These were bred from Pol Bostijn and Lucien Verstraete and Valere Desmet-Matthijs. Each year he adds by buying the best from his competitors in West Flanders.

In 1981, the Klienen was born and moved directly into the stock loft. He proved himself by immediately breeding the best ever, Picanol, Sissi, Wittenbuik, Fideel and more.

The most important fixture in all of Gaby's birds are there health and stamina. Their ability to fly into tough headwinds is what makes them stand out from the crowd.