W.B. de Kruijf – Woerden – The Netherlands
A short introduction for the few fanciers who do not know W.B. de Kruijf yet. Buck de Kruijf (59) lives in Woerden (province Zuid-Holland). He is married to Yvon and father of a son and a daughter who have both left the parental home. In addition, he is the proud grandfather of four grandchildren. Buck has been hooked up in the pigeon sport by his father and grandfather. After his father passed away, he has been active in the sport since 1985. He has his own road worker company where his son Martijn also cooperates.
Since a few years Martijn has joined the hobby of his father and the father-son combi can’t be stopped anymore!
They race incredibly hard and now belong to the absolute National top. This acceleration started in 2012. For the long distance, pigeons were then obtained from Ton Spierenburg. Since Buck de Kruijf five years ago bought several pigeons from Willem de Bruijn (Reeuwijk) they turned into good pigeonfriends and since that time Buck and Willem keep in contact, did some co-breeding with Buck’s wonderpigeon “Olympic Stehanie” and Willem’s superbreeder “Zidane”, and more super pigeons came to Woerden. Buck came into contact with Stephan Göbel through drs. Hans van der Sluis. Stephan owns an excellent breeding loft with many direct Leo Heremans pigeons which have recently been sold for the most part in a very successful auction.
One of the pigeons that Buck de Kruijf obtained from the combination D & S Göbel was “Stephanie”, a beautiful blue hen of world class! This pigeon immediately showed in her birth year what phenomenal class she possessed by immediately winning 2x a 1st prize in the club. A victory over Nanteuil against 1.152 pigeons in the combination of Zuid-Holland Oost rayon B, was her first victory in a larger field of competitors and pointed out early on that Buck and Martijn had something special in their loft. From the 2013 season, only 1 was the very best. In that year “Stephanie” won one early prize after another and this white raven, NL12-1611519 “Stephanie”, raced on double widowhood, achieved eight (!!) victories in the club in two years.
Below an overview of the top 10 results achieved in 2013 in the department 5 Zuid-Holland Oost B:
27-04-2013 Pommeroeul 199 km 1 – 1814 p.
04-05-2013 Peronne 276 km 6 – 1992 d.
11-05-2013 Nanteuil 360 km 7 – 1817 p.
25-05-2013 Peronne 276 km 3 – 961 p.
08-06-2013 Peronne 276 km 10 – 778 p.
15-06-2013 Nanteuil 360 km 1 – 719 p. (2 – 8.986 p. *)
29-06-2013 Mantes-la-Jolie 410 km 1 – 621 p. (8 – 7.121 p. *)
06-07-2013 Nijvel 171 km 3 – 526 p.
20-07-2013 Peronne 276 km 1 – 336 p. (2 – 5.323 p. *)
07-09-2013 Peronne 276 km 8 – 898 p.
* Section 5 Rayon East
With this incredible performance “Stephanie” was crowned to:
1st Best of The Best (TBOTB) Short & Middle distance acepigeon in The Netherlands
1st The Best of The Best (TBOTB) Yearling in The Netherlands
1st Provincial Short distance acepigeon dpt.5 Zuid-Holland East Rayon B
The pedigree of “Stephanie” shows the fantastic inheritance of the Leo Heremans pigeons. Her father BE11-6094073 “Bulldozer” is a grandson of the “Favorite Pair” of Leo Heremans, coupled with a nest sister of the father of the “Nieuwe Olympiade”, the Olympiad pigeon sport class Poznan in 2011.
“The fence was off the dam” in 2013! The great success of “Stephanie” meant the absolute breakthrough of a loft that until then raced well and was regularly on the podium (Buck had already won a 1st NPO and belonged in Woerden and surroundings to the beating men), but …. since 2013 they have not been away from the stage anymore. Department, National, International (Olympiad), W.B. De Kruijf is now a name that shakes the established order to its foundations.
That is particularly nice when one realizes that the total accommodation in the backyard in Woerden is about six meters. Buck and Martijn only have 24 pairs of racing pigeons that are managed on total widowhood and they have about 60 youngsters. In 2014 “Miss Ruffec” won a 4th NPO Ruffec against 3.506 pigeons and she became the 2nd Acepigeon in the department 5 Zuid-Holland Oost. In the same year, “Stephanie” became the 1st Olympiad Short distance pigeon of the Netherlands in Budapest !! From that moment on she is renamed “Olympic Stephanie”. This fantastic pigeon has won the incredible number of 14 1st prizes, a real wonderpigeon! It was the kickstart to a number of incredibly successful years! Because after “Miss Blois” in 2015 won a 6th NPO Blois against 15.515 pigeons and in the meantime became the mother of 7 pure 1st prizes (without doubles)….2016 became a year not to be forgotten.
Buck and Martijn de Kruijf won the 1st NPO Sur de Fontenay, the National Derby of Juniors, against 12.766 pigeons with “Dakkapel” in 2016. This great pigeon was also the fastest of the total Dutch convoy consisting of 47.217 pigeons!! The 16-1559842 “Dakkapel” comes from a son of “Zidane” (Willem de Bruijn) and “Olympic Stephanie” from the de Kruijf family. The mother of “Dakkapel” comes from “Eye Catcher” x “Dr. Nieuwe Olympiade” (Leo Heremans). On the menu was also a 10th NPO Argenton won by, very appropriate, “Den Argenton”. In 2016, the gentlemen de Kruijf had with the NL15-1886102 the sixth Olympic Dutch Ace pigeon among the yearlings in their championss loft and “El Salvador” won his very first 1st prize!! This phenomenon won a 1st price on Peronne against 2.529 pigeons and picked up the 18th National against 12.766 pigeons at the National Derby of Juniors from Sur de Fontenay! In 2016, W.B. the Kruijf became Superstar Short distance at the prestigious Gouden Duif competition!
And then came 2017, the golden year of “El Salvador”! Buck and Martijn de Kruijf have in a few years built up a 6-meter “big” loft of world-class, because … in the National Dutch competition of “De Allerbeste” (where ALL Dutch racingpigeons participate, without any pre-subscription) they have the:
5th, 10th, 33rd and 39th Allround pigeon 2017 from the Netherlands of 3.111.922 pigeons
15th Old pigeon 2017 in the Netherlands from 1,166,767 pigeons
30st Middle distance pigeon in the Netherlands 2017 from 780,329 pigeons
1st and 25th Short distance pigeon of the Netherlands 2017 of 2.151.223
1st Yearling of the Netherlands 2017
This season, 2017, “El Salvador” won 9 pure 1st prizes (without doubles) and he won two very prestigious individual titles, namely “Very best Yearling” in the Netherlands and “Very best Short distance pigeon” in the Netherlands!! W.B. de Kruif is also unofficial for the second year in a row the 1st Superstar Short distance at the Gouden Duif competition and is very likely 2nd Overall Champion Gouden Duif 2017 (the last particularly appealing titles under some reservations, but still very likely !!). W.B. de Kruijf has an incredibly good loft with super pigeons! From the very-very best pigeons Buck and Martijn de Kruijf offer you the unique opportunity to obtain a youngster in this prestigious auction! From the best! The best of Holland!