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 Jan van Engelen of The Netherlands
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Martien van Engelen, the father of Jan, started with short and middle distance pigeons based on pure and direct Janssen's of Arendonk but in time Tourniers entered the frame. In due course the stock possessed began to perform and eventually the van Engelen's won both large semi national middle distance races into the centre of Holland (Orleans 488 km- a car winner, and Etampes 430 km.). Both races were won within twelve months. Then at the end of 1987 a large number of shorter distance pigeons were sold and the following years were used to build a strain for the long distance. Martien van Engelen, the father of Jan, started with short and middle distance pigeons based on pure and direct Janssen's of Arendonk but in time Tourniers entered the frame. In due course the stock possessed began to perform and eventually the van Engelen's won both large semi national middle distance races into the centre of Holland (Orleans 488 km- a car winner, and Etampes 430 km.). Both races were won within twelve months. Then at the end of 1987 a large number of shorter distance pigeons were sold and the following years were used to build a strain for the long distance.

With the latter objective in mind the then partnership bought pigeons containing the bloodlines of such as Andre Vanbruaene and direct Jac van der Wegen's. Their plan began to bear fruit for in the early nineteen nineties the first good results came such as 4th National La Souterrainne and 29th National Tarbes. In 1994 the results were good with 5 prizes from St Vincent starting with 156th Nat., 10th Nat Dax, 84th Nat. Bergerac, and most promising 1st and 2nd Barcelona in their region.

Then tragedy- for their lofts were the victims of ill health and it took them about three years to recover with a new beginning in 1997. But recover they did with 94th national Ruffec and 44th St.Vincent National. Followed by a better year in 1998 64th National Bergerac and 1st long distance champion of region seven. Then in 1999, 7th National Champion Long Distance of the Netherlands. Followed by 1st e Bergerac, 37 minutes ahead, 1st e Marseille Fond club, 1,5 hour ahead, and 9e Nat. Bordeaux. To be followed in 2001 for the 3rd year in succession 1st Champion Long Distance in the CCG. The successes of this family has continued modestly since and I believe that they are due a big win in the European circuit. A win that may have been postponed due to the arrival of a devastating disease as referred to. Then tragedy- for their lofts were the victims of ill health and it took them about three years to recover with a new beginning in 1997. But recover they did with 94th national Ruffec and 44th St.Vincent National. Followed by a better year in 1998 64th National Bergerac and 1st long distance champion of region seven. Then in 1999, 7th National Champion Long Distance of the Netherlands. Followed by 1st e Bergerac, 37 minutes ahead, 1st e Marseille Fond club, 1,5 hour ahead, and 9e Nat. Bordeaux. To be followed in 2001 for the 3rd year in succession 1st Champion Long Distance in the CCG. The successes of this family has continued modestly since and I believe that they are due a big win in the European circuit. A win that may have been postponed due to the arrival of a devastating disease as referred to.

The van Engelen lofts has a good future, I believe, based upon a successful plan of management and they also contain representatives of the best long distance modern families such as the Schellekens and the Gyselbrecht's, coupled with those referred too earlier. Watch out for them!


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by: Liam O Comain

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