Reports & News - Twenty years of supremacy! - Nico Jan Koenders, Westervoort
2011 was another fantastic year in the more than impressive past two decennia of pigeonracing by Nico Jan Koenders. Again the ‘Koenders –home’ was the landing board of many early pigeons, topseries and brilliantly sparkling championships. Is there anyone who hasn’t yeat heard of this 46-year-old sales representative of feedfirm Versele Laga? Besides, he’s not alone for also his seventeen year old son Niek lends more than a helping hand when it comes to the pigeonkeeping in Westervoort, as does his father Theo (78 of age) and wife Petra. Family matters in Koenders pigeonsport.
The new crown-jewels of 2011 were the 1st provincial championship short distance not-nominated, 1st nominated and not-nominated G-races old birds in the same province, namely Afdeling 8/GOU, and also acebird on this series of combined young –and oldbirdracing. Then there’s the unbelievable story of his miraclehen ‘Miss Perfect’, she was basketed for six G-races and won as many prices. Not just some prices, what to think of 3 x 1st, a 4th, 5th and 13th in the combine!
Most people now know that Nico Jan’s birds are nourished with nothing more than feed, water and minerals. There’s nothing more to it! The only antibiotic is against salmonellosis in winter, and this is true from 2002 onward. "My birds are only fed properly, get a varied mineralmixture and fresh grit. The rest of it is useless. “I don’t believe in tea, electrolytes, amino-acids, brewers-yeast and al those ‘necessary’ products. Believe me, I’ve been there, done that, tried it all and my conclusion is that the birds don’t miss it. I gave everything in one loft, none in the other. There was no difference worthwhile.''
Many fanciers simply can’t believe the fact that Nico-Jan’s birds were flown for over ten years without any meds. He was one of the pioneers on this new ‘natural system’, now many followers –some of them bigblenders- stopped with meds like he did. Amongst them is Hans Dekkers from Hedikhuizen, one of the best longdistanceflyers in the Western part of Europe these days. He spared several hundreds of euro’s a year, but his results just gained upon him!
Lots of ‘naturalists’ are a big fan of garlic, but you won’t find this in the drinkers of Nico-Jan either. Purely nature then?
FEED = SPEED
The major factor in his success is his feeding system Nico-Jan thinks. And it needs to be perfect, for he is being employed by one of the biggest feedmanufacturers namely Versele-Laga. Nico-Jan: “My birds are raced weekly. Between two long-distance races they are also basketed on the middle-long distance. The only way to endure such a handling is an excellent feedingscheme. When they get home, fifty percent Widowhood-plus and fifty percent Gerry Plus (Versele Laga) is served to them. They shouldn’t run short after such an effort, and need to compensate for any nutritional losses. The Gerry Plus is a very light mixture, without too much peas and beans, so it is easily digested. On Sundays they receive seventy percent Gerry Plus and thirty percent Widowhood plus. Until pre-basketing day the mixture is fifty/fifty Widowhood plus and Gerry Plus. The last day it consists of eighty percent versus twenty percent of the same two mixtures. In the afternoon some small grains are offered so they all have something to drink before they are basketed for the race. They are all fed in their own nesting box, two spoons a pigeon twice a day. Seems a lot perhaps and in fact they never run short of feed, the leftovers are fed to the youngsters. The advantage is that they are never hungry and exercise like athletes. "
This year Nico won these amazing titles:
1st not-nominated short distance Region 4
2nd not-nominated short distance provincial
2nd not-nominated middle long distance region 4
9th not-nominated middle long distance provincial
1st not-nominated fall-races region 4
1st not-nominated fall-races provincial Afdeling 8
1st. nominated G-races Region 4
1st nominated G-races provincial Afdeling 8
1st Overall short distance not-nominated Region 4
2nd overall short distance not-nominated provincial Afdeling 8
1st Overall short-distance nominated Region 4
1st overall short-distance nominated provincial Afdeling 8
1st acebird fall-races Region 4 and provincial 8 2010-5003455
1st e Acebird young birds Region 4 2011-1434646
2nd Acebird Middle long distance Region 4 2010-5003471
1st NPO Orleans provincial Afdeling 8 (zuid) 2008-1202791
This miraclehen of 2011 is named ‘Miss Perfect’. She was bred from NL07-5707470 ‘Premier’ (won 2 x 1st in combine and is a son of NL01-2426984 ‘Zlatan’ x NL05-1057173 ‘Escape’) and NL09-59082010 ‘Salou’ (daughter NL03-2036255 ‘Thomas’ x NL02-1266155 ‘Daughter Baron’).
‘Miss Perfect’ won, like we stated before on six G-races 3 x 1st, 4th, 5th and 13th. This made her the best G-racesbird in the province with more than a tails length, counting 382,3 points. Nevertheless she was only 20th in the prestigious WHZB-competition. Nico-Jan is not a big fan of the G-races, although he won several championship: “The rest of Holland has other races, so in august we only had several hundreds in stead of thousands birds in the races, because the youngsters were in a different competition. Then you don’t have any points and then you don’t stand a chance in national competitions like WHZB where the number of basketed birds is a massive factor. Another problem is the fact that the youngsters could only be raced seven times, it’s a shame. I hope this was an experiment which is stopped before the consequences are uncontrollable.
This year a new lot of Nico-Jans terrific youngsters is being offered on www.dreampigeons.com. The youngsters are bred from NL01-2426984 ‘Zlatan’ (foundationcock), a full brother to NL11-1434664 ‘Miss Perfect’ (1st Asduif Natour Afdeling 8/GOU 2011), a son of NL07-5707471 ‘Takoda’ (1st Asduif Middle long distance Regio 4), a son of NL06-5610086 ‘Fabio’ (1st NPO Ablis, 3e NPO Gien), a daughter of NL03-2036126 ‘Princes’ (topbreeder) and so on. There are also a few old birds in this sale, amongst them are two daughters of his miraclebreeder ‘Zlatan’ and a halfbrother of ‘Miss Perfect’ who has won several prices.