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Hidden treasure from Sealand - De Ridder partnership, Arnemuiden
Hidden treasure from Sealand - De Ridder partnership, Arnemuiden

It’s the same wether you discuss pigeonfanciers or women’, Sander Krouwel once said. ‘they’re addicted to the latest fashion”. It’s hard to argue this true remark. Not even twenty years ago the Van Loons, Janssens and Meulemans were an absolute ‘must have’ in the breeding loft, nowadays it seems like all you need to buy should be of Koopman-origine or more recently De Rauw-Sablon. The comparison with fashion is striking in another manner, for in both professions the name of a breed is made by a website or broker who has invested in this material big time. It’s all about marketing when speaking of the latest fashion in pigeonbreeds and its the advertising that makes us fanciers run for the gold. The legendary names sometimes being overvalued instead of true quality!

The worldfamous Ad Schaerlaeckens used to say ‘You should obtain your birds from the small fanciers loft’. Meanwhile, his name is also on the big list, but he was more clever himself. He for one built his strain by (mostly cheap) pigeons of not so famous talents. His characteristic is to study the race results -it is true that there is more effort and knowledge needed here- and then buying birds which are exceptional in the races he wants to win. It is still the best method too in present days, or do you seriously believe that the pigeons of the priceless famous strains have landed from outerspace?

Study race results

Once you’ve started studying the race results, it’s hard to miss father Joost and his son Jacco de Ridder from Arnemuiden. This partnership is one of the toplofts in the province of Sealand, the southern coastal province of Holland.

It was 2005 when ‘de Fondkrant’ started the Eendaagse Fondspiegel (Longdistancemirror), a highly succesful ranking. Unfortunately the former owner of this gazette has gone bankrupt and the publishing of the yearly booklets has also stopped. Nevertheless the ranking itself is still available. The purest way to discover the yearly toplofts still is the Fondspiegel, wether the lofst are big or small doesn’t matter at all. The sum of points of every prizecard in a single race is divided by al basketed birds. It’s the best method to evaluate wether there’s just some early birds or if a loft realy excels. There are eight categories in De Fondspiegel, to make sure equally big lofts are compared with each other.  In every category the first gets a 1000 points, and prizes are divided by 1:4. There’s a ranking of each year and also a three year classification, name it a final score. It’s the summit of the longdistance lofts in Holland who are included in the rankings. Most fanciers adore this formula, except for some of the big shots with to low prizepercentage!

The De Ridder-partnership need not be ashamed of their results, for they obtained the following rankings in the Fondspiegel on the longdistance races:

  • 2006: 3rd National Cat. 5 
  • 2007: 2nd National Cat. 5 
  • 2008: 6th National Cat. 5 
  • 2010: 1st National Cat. 3

In the overall-ranking they were also amongst the toplofts of Holland:

  • 2nd in the threeyear-ranking 2008 
  • 11th in the threeyear-ranking 2010

In their own province, everyone knows them, for every year they are hard to beat. Not every year is the same of cours, and 2008 was an extraordinary year, they won two national races:

  • 1st NPO Tours 4331 birds
  • 1st NPO Argenton 2991 birds

Their provincial scorecard is also impressive, the results of 2010 showed their brilliance:

  • 1st Provincial loft longdistance 
  • 1st Provincial loft longidstance marathon 
  • 1st Golden Provincial champion Marathonclub Southern-Netherlands 
  • 1st, 3rd and 8th Golden Crack Marathonclub Southern-Netherlands 
  • 1st and 2nd Best Provincial Long distance ace pigeon after 6 out of 6 races 
  • 2nd Provincial long distancel acebird with the "De Kopvlieger" NL08-3800879 after 5 out of 6 races 
  • 3rd Provincial Long distance acebird with the "De Jonge 72"    NL08-3800872 after 5 out of 6 races

The De Ridderbreed

Joost started out as a pigeonfancier in 1983. Like most of us, his first birds were gifts of various fanciers in his club. After a few years he already recognized the fact that this wouldn’t make him hit the main road of success, so he started looking for better birds. It was through Albert Abee that Joost came into contact with Pierre Verstuif from Maldegem (Belgium).

This Verstuif still owned the pure Rhijn-Kloeck birds and was one of the biggest champions his region has ever known. Joost immediately ordered youngsters from all of Verstuifs breeders. One of them, the NL85-8505648, bred out of Verstuifbirds, became his first acecock. This cock won the first and second prize Provincial as a yearling, in two subsequent weeks. As a breeder this ‘48’ was even more valuable, his children being multiple first prize winners and acebirds. ‘48’ also became father to ‘’25je’, a true phenomenon. Another daughter of the ‘48’ bred the 6th Worldchampion longdistance at the loft of the Van Belzens from Kamperland. This was a cock which won first prizes from 100- 600 km and became 6th Worldchampion Long distance (Versele Laga).

In 1988 the two nestlings NL88-8861225 and NL88-8861226 were bred from a Verstuifbird, two miraculous birds. ‘26’ was a real crack on the races with two nights basket and became 1st acebirds middle longdistance of the province. She won a car on Provins in 1990. His nestling the 88-225 was coupled with the `48` and they formed a top breeding pair. Multiple winners were born out of this coupling, the very best was the ‘25je’.

Wouters-Coremans, Langdorp

In the eighties a stray youngster landed on the loft in Arnemuiden. It soon appeared that she was bred by the Belgian partnership Wouters-Coremans. These grandmasters won multiple national championships and they also won the Gouden Duif twice. The ownershipscard was transferred to Joost and the youngster was put on the youngbirdraces. It was quite a youngster, as she became 2nd Provincial acebird that year. The subsequent year she was the best bird in the region on the autumnnraces. Joost knew that he had to go to Jos and Maria Wouters-Coremans and he obtained several birds from their top breedingstock.

Jos Marien, Berlaar

In the early nineties Joost went to another Belgian champion, Jos Marien from Berlaar. He purchased a few dams, amongst them was ‘'t Goei Blauw’.  She was paired to the ‘’t 25je’ and another stockpair was formed.

‘25-je’

Without any doubt, ‘25je` is the best pigeon the Ridders ever had in their possesion. As a yearling he became 1st Provincial acebird, he was basketed 11 times and won equal as many prizecards 1:10. The next year they took it easy on him, so the ‘25je` was only put in for eight races. It was a miracle in the history of Arnemuidens pigeonclub PV Voorwaarts: ´25je` won four firsts in the club (2 times 1st and once second Provincial).

He was also a superior breeder. Descendants of this cock became provincial acebird, were amongst the national acebirds, won national races, listings you can only dream of in most cases. There’s a special section on the ‘’ 25-je’ on their website, check it out (www.combderidder.nl) .

Koen Minderhoud, Kouderkerke

Again in the nineties the Ridders’ went to another legend in pigeonsport: Koen Minderhoud, living in Westkapelle in those days. They bought some youngsters of his famous ‘De Blinde’ and they shared breeding. They hit it of together again, especially those lines made new acebirds. Several of Koen’s birds went into the breedingloft. In 1994 a new star was born, his bandnumber was NL94-9430395 and this cock became ‘5th Worldchamion middle long distance ’ Versele Laga. As youngster and yearling he was on Jacco’s loft. When father and son formed their present day partnership, he was transferred to Joosts loft. He won 2nd Provincial Creil, 4th Provincial Rambouillet, 15th Provincial Rambouillet and many more prizes. As mentioned, he became 5th Worldchampion HaFo in 1996 (Versele Laga). His breedingcareer was also impressive, one example of his brilliant progeny was the ‘63’, 1st Provincial Acebird  Midle long distance in 2000.

C & G Koopman, Ermerveen

When the year 2000 came, they went to Gerard Koopman in Ermerveen. In the following years they bought youngsters of all the topflyers in his loft in those days. Over twenty youngsters went to Arnemuiden, amongst them were children of ‘Ermerveens Hope’, ‘Rising Star’, ‘Gazira’ and ‘Branco’. They also copied his flying and trainingsystem on the Mansveldstreet. At first they weren’t very fortunate with the offspring of the Koopman-birds. Seemingly the good luck skipped one generation, because the grandchildren delivered several topclassbirds, especialy on the long distance races.

For sale on DreamPigeons

From 1st till 13th november you will be able to buy a selected number of birds offered by Combination de Ridder, Arnemuiden. There will be several youngsters from their acebirds, but also a few topbirds eg. NL04-0409305, a topbreeding hen and mother to 1st & 6th Provincial Acebirds short distance and granddam to ‘Kopvlieger’ (1st Golden Crack 2010 Marathonclub South-Nederland) and also NL06-0700572, 2nd Acebird Overall 2008 and 14th Prov. Pithiviers.

Falco Ebben

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