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Gerard Koopman outclasses everyone from Lorris in Sector 4….

1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 10 etc. 3455 b.

Saturday 17th July was one of those days where you could tell the difference between top quality and those not fit for the distance. And also those who specialize in one-day long distance with an appropriate system from those who want to create flames from the beginning of April and whose candle although lit is extinguishing.

Gerard Koopman you can  rest assured as the founder of a refined system for the one day long distance and owner of very good pigeons has been at the top for decades in Ermerveen. From Lorris he shows that he still is, and in my eyes at least the best there is in a very difficult discipline!

Certainly in 2021, which has been a very difficult season and will go into the history books as one with many postponed releases and on June 6th a very bad Sens race after which many lofts are still licking their wounds.

Gerard did not escape the malaise of that race either, but he got his plough right back on track.

Lorris itself was spicy enough event and that’s just plays into the hands of the Koopman pigeons. Pigeons that can give everything for 9 to 10 hours and can home singularly as individuals are few and far between. Gerard has them. Often they are closely related to the old lines. Usually in combination with new material that has been brought in over the years. Because the search for better continues unabated.

Much has already been written about the care and the like that you can find extensively detailed in the Christmas report 2018 on the website of ‘De Duif’. Since then, the system has remained the same.

The pigeons were not raced in the week prior to Lorris. They exercised normally at home and were not taken away in between races for training. Gerard thinks that is not necessary: ​​“You sometimes read that fanciers, even good ones, do that. Sometimes it is mentioned that it helps the birds to recover after a bad flight and gives the pigeon’s confidence again. However pigeons can’t talk, at least not in our language, so whether that’s right or not we can’t say. But I don’t see the point of training in between difficult flights. It might not hurt but on the whole it seems to me a waste of effort.

What I did do is the pigeons on the next weekend were given a day of rest from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and left together. For the mutual bond to reinforce. And on the day of basketing they get their partner from noon, with a nest bowl and some tobacco stems. I’ll do that once per year and apparently this motivates just that little bit extra”.

The first three pigeons from Lorris were hens but the cocks performed just as well across the board. The first six pigeons are also yearlings. Gerard was able for the first time in a few years keep the youngsters of the 2020 team a lot healthier than before. Gerard: “The past ten years we had a lot of problems with adeno/coli or if you want we can call it the young pigeon’s disease. In 2020 and 2021 we did not have the same problems and I owe that (probably) to the fact that we have been vaccinating against rota virus for the past two years. Moreover, together with this we use Giantel Col-immunity Boost vaccination that is sprayed into the pigeons in the crop and strengthens it .The pigeons are vaccinated against paramyxo, paramyxo-rota (2x), paramyxo-herpes, smallpox and paratyphoid. And in total they receive together with the paramyxo-rota-herpes vaccinations the Col immunity boost four times. And it helps. I have so far no other conclusion because this year again we are spared from trouble with the youngsters and they come home very well.

We also lose some too, but the pigeons that remain are very healthy. When you’ve had problems for ten years in a row and the last two years – in which you vaccinate against rota, because that’s what it’s all about, then in my opinion it helps and that cannot sound so crazy.”

Gerard raced 98 pigeons from Lorris of which 22 were yearlings of our two day marathon long distance type that were sent for the education. “Of these 22 birds, the first ones only showed up three quarters of an hour to an hour after our first pigeon. This has also been the case for years. With a helping wind there is sometimes an early one but on tight flights at normal speeds or with a headwind, which we had last Saturday, then you can wait for an early bird of the marathon bloodlines until you weigh an ounce, it simply doesn’t happen. I have seen this so much already for years in a row, that’s no coincidence anymore but it is a fact. Physically they are simply different pigeons”.

The winners who arrived together:

NL20- 4753868 ‘JAIRA’1st Nat. Lorris Sector 4   3455 p.

30th Sourdun 5502 p.

Father: NL16-4784049 ‘JARON’

Son of ‘Wouters 970’ (Marcel Wouters from ‘Den Ad’ x ‘daughter Extreme’) x ‘Ravita’

Mother: NL18-1367294 ‘YARA’ Direct Gebr. Leideman  and sister of ‘Raissa’, ‘Sia’, ‘Tila’, ‘Olympiaduif‘ of Roeper etc.

Daughter of “Magnus” (Wolfgang Roeper from ‘269’ Olympiad pigeon Nitra 2012) x “Sister Tip Top 5”


NL20-4753842 ‘AKIRA’ 2nd Nat. Lorris Sector 4   3455 p.

28th Sourdun 5502 p.

25th Lorris 2373 p.

71st Sens 4995 p.

5th National ace pigeon one day long distance WHZB 2021

Father: NL15-1230666 ‘NESA’

Son of ‘Jochen’ x ‘Zina’

Mother: NL12-5210704 ‘RAVITA’

Daughter of super breeder ‘Cassius’ (out of “Kleine Dirk”x his sister “Annelies”) x “Hebberecht 941” (Chris Hebberecht)


2021 in numbers:

23-5 Sourdun (528 km) division 10, 5502 p :

2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 14, 16, 19, 22, 24, 28, 29, 30, 45, 47, 65, 74,75, 77, 78…(192/99)

06-6 Sens (566 km) division 10, 4995 p:

1,2, 4,5, 8, 10, 12, 18, 24, 26, 27, 31, 46, 49, 68, 71, 72, 86…(166/82)

19-6 Nat. Lorris (621 km) sector 4, 5053 p:

8, 26,28, 30, 31, 44, 46, 52, 53, 82… (65/38)

03-7 Nat. Issoudun (730 km) sector 4, 4348 p:

3, 4,8, 14, 15, 64, 90, 94… (106/45)

18-7 Nat. Lorris (621 km) sector 4, 3455 p:

1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 22, 26, 33, 36, 50,53, 55, 81… (98/55)

Do you know of any better?