This beautiful cock is Propere Rik a rare direct son of the Rik and Jan Hermans/Miel Van den Brandens top pair Propere x Kleine Martine. He was retained by Hermans/ Van den Branden for their own stock loft because of his obvious top quality and was destined to be coupled to one of Riks many World Class racing hens. It was only through our great friendship and Jan’s generosity that we managed to transfer this cock to our own breeding loft in North Wales.
He has now had four full breeding seasons with us and he has wasted no time in producing some really top performers in Federation,Combine,National and Classic races. Justifying the confidence that Jan Hermans had in him as a young cock.
Many club and Federation winners have been reported in a short time, however it is in classic and Specialist races that his offspring excel..
One of his first youngsters when he was paired to Athenas Best was a late 2013 hen that Phil and Neil Bates of Bagillt bought at our Blackpool auction and in her first nest bred their 1st North Section Welsh South East National Flying Club from Maidstone in 2014…
Propere Rik when coupled to ‘Sunday Girl’ a daughter of Jan Hooymans ‘Harry’ bred the father of Mr.A Stoner and Sons 1st Section E,2nd Open NFC Messac 2017 against approx 6,000 birds. Another from this same pairing ‘Propere Rik’ x ‘Sunday Girl’ bred ‘Jennifer Lopez’ the mother of Phil Bates and Sons ‘Chip Shop Pete’ winner of 1st prize in the very prestigious Chester and District 2 bird Championship Clubs race from Carantan in 2016
In 2017 we coupled ‘Propere Rik’ to ‘Foxy Lady’ the incredible racing hen and in their first nest only one hatched. This was gifted to Price Brothers and Son of Stourport who raced ‘Foxy Lady’ and the youngster became the first one ever raced directly from her. The results in this seasons tough young bird season was inevitable!! The young hen won Two x First in the club against and average 260 birds plus a Second prize timed behind her loft mates. She would have won another three prize cards except for the two bird clocking limit.
A good friend of ours is the Top racer Peter Embregts from Hoevel in the Netherlands. He has a really good cock ‘Super Rossi’ that he is building his team around. Because he likes to run him with various hens of various bloodlines last winter he asked us for a potential mate. We gifted him a daughter of Propere Rik with Athenas Best. This year he raced four youngsters from him with all three scoring including his good bird NL17-3714979 winner of 3rd Pont St Maxence 1,005 birds 5th Provincial 11,447 birds, 3rd Criel 1,293 birds 97th Provincial 15,184 birds . A full brother was NL17-3715008 winer of 9th Combine Lessines 4,550 birds, 22nd Combine Quievrain 5,263 birds , 74th NPO Fontenay 9,425 birds etc. But the best one was NL17-3715027 a checker Pied Hen now named ‘Athenas Rossi’. This young hen won 9 early prizes in 9 races and won 1st Ace Youngbird in the Westhoek Federation from over 250 members , 1st Provincial Ace Pigeon Brabant 2000 against 1,900 members and 53 clubs and 5th Dutch National Ace Young Bird 2017….
So as you can see, although this is only a selection of results for various fanciers ‘Propere Rik’ has had an immediate impact on our breeding plans in a very short space of time, when he was coupled to various hens!! Just like his brothers and sisters from the super pair ‘Propere x Kleine Martien’…