Team Hendriks – Timmermans offers a super nice group of summer 2017 youngsters and a few older pigeons directly from the VERY BEST OFF the Comb. Verweij – de Haan. Introducing these champions is hardly necessary, but for those who have not heard from them yet follows a short introduction.
Comb. Verweij – de Haan
The Verweij-De Haan combination has become a household name in the long distance in The Netherlands in recent years. In fact, the two fanciers Michel Verweij and Peter de Haan have each had a successful long distance career well before founding their combination in 2013. Peter had a team of pigeons that originated from all of the best racing birds of Nico Volkens, and he was particularly successful in the ZLU competition. Michel on the other hand was racing together with Jan Castricum, and they had a collection of pigeons of Toon van Beek (a renowned player and winner of the Fondspiegel competition). His best results were won in races with an afternoon release. About ten years ago Michel and Peter decided to breed pigeons together, and their combination officially launched in 2013, when Jan decided to no longer race. The two fanciers started racing as the Verweij-De Haan combination. Michel, with the help of his wife Sylvia, is mainly responsible for the racing team. They have been basketing pigeons from the nest (au naturel) in a loft of no more than nine metres wide. Peter is a highly proficient breeder, and so the breeding loft is his number one priority.
The breed itself
The team’s number one stock sire is De Toon, a super class racing bird and an even better breeder. And his brothers and sisters have bred numerous talented racing birds as well. Many fanciers consider Toon as the best long distance pigeon ever to have existed in races of over 1,000km. Toon originates from the line of 131 of De Weert, and he passed away at the age of twelve. A genuine Toon legacy has developed over the years, with his descendants achieving great results in their home loft as well as for many other long distance fanciers. It is impossible to include all the national top results in this article. Toon is accompanied by Olympic Heintje, who plays an equally crucial role in this pigeon family. This hen is originating from the line of Vale Marathon (Jan Theelen), and won the title of 4th Marathon Pigeon worldwide in the 2007 Olympiad in Ostend. Another proven breeder in this breeding loft is Superkweker Stet, from Fred Stet and a direct son of the renowned Betuwe pair of Gerrit Veerman (Volendam, NL). Offspring won numerous super prices in the top-ten of the National Marathon races at many different lofts. Then there is Barry, from the Gebroeders Jacobs, another great breeder with many descendants winning top prizes at the hardest races. Last but not least it is important to mention the foundation pigeons of Peter de Haan, most of all direct Nico Volkens, from his Sam de Jong and Jan Theelen base pigeons. The best example of this is the top favorite of the combination “Milos”, a pigeon that originated in the old Peter de Haan strain. A superhero on the flights (he once arrived from a very hard Montauban as the only pigeon in the evening in Noord-Holland on the day of release against almost 2000 pigeons) and now an icon in the breeding loft.
The team’s most recent reinforcements in the breeding loft come from the following bloodlines: Miss Gijsje, Snelle Jelle, Marianne and Rood Meisje of Arjan Beens (Genemuiden, NL). Descendants of the best of the Hagens brothers (Achthuizen, NL) have joined the breeding loft as well. Still, the Toon bloodline continues to be the most fundamental part of both the racing and the breeding loft. Just look at the pedigrees of some of the champions that will be discussed below; you will notice that each one of them is at least to some extent related to the Toon bloodline. The Verweij-De Haan combination has really developed a breed on its own, which has excelled not just in their own loft but for many other fanciers as well. What makes this breed particularly special is that they can win super early prizes both in the morning and afternoon releases. And on top of that, they can take a top result in a long distance race in the evening as well as in the early morning.
It goes without saying that such a collection of top class pigeons will inevitably lead to great results. As we said, the combination has been performing at a high level for several years now. Michel and Peter switched over to the morning release in 2015, competing in the international ZLU races. Here is a look at some of their best results in the last three years:
Bordeaux-Agen ZLU 946 km 6,638 p.: 1-8-379-384-530-etc. (9/12 and 1st and 10th Int.) St. Vincent ZLU 1054 km 3,037 p.: 15-63-120-181-185-213-214-etc. (11/20) Marseille ZLU 1016 km 2,528 p.: 10-188-211-245-etc. (8/10) Perpignan ZLU 1054 km 4,789 p.: 9-23-82-137-345-359-371-etc. (13/28) Agen SNZH 947 km 2,474 p.: 15-22-27-etc. (6/9) St. Vincent Nat. 1054 km 3,227 p.: 8-32-78-99-etc. (6/10) Barcelona ZLU 1218 km 5,183 p.: 10-145-etc. (3/4)