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Steady top racer from the land of Maas & Waal! Eric Bouwman, Afferden
Steady top racer from the land of Maas & Waal! Eric Bouwman, Afferden

In the town of Afferden, which is in the province of Gelderland, lives champion flyer Eric Bouwman. He’s rising like a comet in recent years. In Afdeling 8, he was one of the very best on short and middle long-distance.

His first strike was the very first race from Duffel where his racers stood on the front of the sheet with a 1st and 4th prize in the larger combine against 5.092 birds. Also the next weeks were terrific with early pigeons, high percentages and he really hit it off on the NPO race from Orléans Saran on May 27th 2013. It was 2nd in the whole Afdeling 8 against more than 4.000 birds.

Basic pigeons

Eric is a busy man, after 22 years for Rabobank as account manager agriculture; he is now employed by DLV, which is an advisory firm in agribusiness. Both his demanding job and his young family (three kids) are the reason he has little time to spare for pigeon racing. That’s why he’s keeping it as simple and effective as possible. He only races widowhood-cocks, 28 of them. The hens are only raced on the last five races of the year (natoer) and of course when they are still youngsters. A little over 50 youngsters are bred each year and they race unmated or on a nest.A steady selection brought Eric a strain of birds with the high standard of today.

His “old strain” has recently been replenished with birds obtained from Will and Falco Ebben of Beneden Leeuwen and Gerard Bongers of Arnhem. These out crossings have brought him tremendous successful birds. To further strengthen his loft he also bought youngsters from the racers of Anton Hendriksen of Ede in 2010. The first descendants of these birds were born and raised in 2012 and already affirmed their quality, for example 12-1356458 which won a 2nd NPO and teletekst against 6.668 birds.

Premium birds of 2012

10-1403632
Won 10 times 1:100 (1%) in total, amongst others:
1st Duffel 5.092 birds
2nd Duffel 5.596 birds
1st Peronne 1.946 birds
2nd Epehy 1.326 birds
3rd Orléans 1.223 birds
1st Vervins 300 birds
1st Duffel 241 birds
15th Peronne 1.903 birds
21st Mantes la Jolie 2.359 birds

This ‘632’ was bred from NL09-1969316 (Ebben x Bongers) and NL09-1969332 (old strain).

10-1403648
Won 7 x 1:100, amongst others:
4th Duffel 5.092 birds
3rd St. Quentin 1.227 birds
7th Grimbergen 2.158 birds
6th Duffel 1.418 birds
22nd Lessines 5.188 birds
1st Peronne 155 birds
2nd Duffel 306 birds

In 2013 this ‘648’ was raced 12 times and won an equal amount of prizes. He was bred from NL09-1969317 (Ebben x Bouwman x Janssen, grandson to the basic couple which gave 28 firsts!) x NL09-1969316 (Ebben x Bongers and nest sister to the before mentioned ‘623’. To check out its pedigree, click here.

Results 2013

  • Duffel, 20-04-2013, 118 km (1.786 birds) 1 - 4 - 6 - 8 - 31 - 54 - 99 - 175 - 244 - 261 (26/10)
    Also 1st and 4th in region 3 against 5.092 birds
  • Wolvertem, 27-04-2013, 138 km (1.667 birds) 1 - 2 - 30 - 31 - 99 - 104 - 176 - 291 - 292 - 349 - 352 (24/11)
    Also 2nd and 3rd in region 3 against 4.769 birds.
  • Lessines, 04-05-2013, 183 km (1.876 birds) 12 - 13 - 40 - 67 - 89 - 91 - 151 - 166 - 194 - 199 - 306 - 307  389 (24/13)
  • Vervins, 11-05-2013, 259 km (1.716 birds) 7 - 129 - 133 - 135 - 160 - 162 - 247 - 282 - 293 - 340 - 373 - 409 - 412 (24/13)
  • Morlincourt/Noyon, 18-05-2013, 316 km  (1.547 birds) 12 - 29 - 45 - 46 - 118 - 121 - 136 - 162 - 253 - 269 - 297 (23/11)
  • St. Quentin, 25-05-2013, 281 km  (1.227 birds) 3 - 34 - 45 - 137 - 138 - 205 - 280 - 289 (10/8)
  • Orléans Saran,  27-05-2013, 515 km (414 birds) 1 - 2 - 26 - 40 - 83  (10/5)
    2nd NPO  4.000 birds (teletekst)
  • Nanteuil le Houdouin, 01-06-2013, 366 km  (1.174 birds) 12 - 61 - 194 - 201 - 214 - 218 - 245 (10/7)
  • Vervins, 08-06-2013, 259 km  (1.019 birds) 8 - 10 - 27 - 31 - 35 - 39 - 50 - 131 (10/8)
  • Nanteuil le Houdouin, 15-06-2013, 366 km  (914 birds) 16 - 23 - 40 - 41 - 85 - 194 (10/6)
  • Peronne,  29-06-2013, 289 km  (1.946 birds) 1 - 29 - 58 - 88 - 115 - 136 - 278 - 443 (10/8
    4th Teletext 4.462 birds
  • Chateauroux, 06-07-2013, 631 km  (448 birds) 22 - 53 - 91 (3/3)
  • Duffel, 10-08-2013, 118 km  (1.649 birds) 5 - 6 - 17 etc. (48/18)
  • Quivrain, 31-08-2013, 212 km  (1.486 birds) 8 - 14 - 17 etc. (48/19)
  • Wolvertem, 07-09-2013, 138 km  (1.039 birds) 6 - 7 - 36 – 73 etc. (20/11)

Due to lack of time, adverse weather conditions and also health problems (E.coli) no youngsters were raced.

Championships  2013

1st provincial short distance (afdeling 8) region (4th vitesse afdeling 8)
3rd provincial middle long distance (afdeling 8) region (9th midfond afdeling 8)

DreamPigeons

At this very moment some of Eric Bouwmans finest are being offered on DreamPigeons. Besides some youngsters from his breeders, there are also some very special racers in this auction. Let us introduce them to you:

NL08-1240480 ‘De 480’
Won 7 times a 1st and 6 times 2nd in the club. This made him 1st ace pigeon overall in the combine CC De Waalkant in 2009 and he won (a.o.):
3rd NPO Orléans 3.164 birds (1st combine against 586 birds)
4th St. Job in ‘t Goor 3.164 birds (1st club)
7th Morlincourt 5.364 birds
5th Strombeek 2.521 birds (1st club)
12th Duffel 2.592 birds
6th Peronne 1.050 birds (1st club)
2nd Moeskroen 192 birds
9th Breuil le Vert 840 birds (1st club)
And so on


NL09-1969352
Also his full-sister NL09-1969352 ‘De 352’, is for sale. She was 1st ace pigeon ‘Natour’ in CC De Waalkant in 2011. In 2010 and 2011 she won 10 prizes on 11 races, with 5 1st !!As a youngster she already won a first prize too. In larger combine she won 1st Strombeek 5.161 birds (region 3 of Afdeling 8) and 1st St. Job in ‘t Goor 826 birds (CC De Waalkant).



Both ‘480’ and ‘352’ are bred from his ‘Superpair’, of whom the direct offspring won 28 firsts!!
This pair consist of the cock bred by Will & Falco Ebben and is a son to their famous hen ‘Roosje’ (she won 6 x 1st in large combine with a 1st  NPO La Ferte Bernard 5.503 birds with 6 minutes lead) The hen of this ‘Superpair’ is bred from Eric’s ‘old strain’.

NL10-1402613
The third racingpigeon in this auction is NL10-1402613 ‘De 613’. This crack won 11th NPO Orléans (514 km) against 5.086 pigeons (1070 meters/minute) and 16th NPO Tours (613 km) against  2.886 birds (1148 m/min). Father to this ‘613’ is again a son of the famous ‘Superpair’ and thus a full brother to ‘480’ and ‘352’. His mother is a M. Janssen/Will and Falco Ebben.

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