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 Klip Verhagen OF Rotterdam, Holland
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This Dutch partnership races extreme long distances into the area of Rotterdam. In the opinion of reliable pigeon sport commentators it is the best Dutch loft of the present time. The partnership is composed of Hans Klip, Jan Verhagen and Arjan Verhagen. As a partnership it was formed in about 1989 and although they had success early at the shorter distances by winning many local championships their hearts were not satisfied until they set their sights at the long and marathon distances. This objective motivated the partners to send to the Dutch nationals and from the start the results were good for example 24th National Bergerac, 14th National St Vincent. Then in approximately 1996 a decision was taken to enter the extreme distances. Being astute fanciers they knew that they required new bloodlines for the ultras therefore they disposed of most of their old stock and brought in what was required. This included Marcel Brakhuis bloodlines from Willie Beuken and the bloodlines of Henk/ Wim Timmermans with Kempeneers and Biemans plus Overwater (Strijen), Neerbos (Tiel), and Thei Hermans. Which would have included Eijerkamp/Muller and Batenburg genes.

This Dutch partnership races extreme long distances into the area of Rotterdam. In the opinion of reliable pigeon sport commentators it is the best Dutch loft of the present time. The partnership is composed of Hans Klip, Jan Verhagen and Arjan Verhagen. As a partnership it was formed in about 1989 and although they had success early at the shorter distances by winning many local championships their hearts were not satisfied until they set their sights at the long and marathon distances. This objective motivated the partners to send to the Dutch nationals and from the start the results were good for example 24th National Bergerac, 14th National St Vincent. Then in approximately 1996 a decision was taken to enter the extreme distances. Being astute fanciers they knew that they required new bloodlines for the ultras therefore they disposed of most of their old stock and brought in what was required. This included Marcel Brakhuis bloodlines from Willie Beuken and the bloodlines of Henk/ Wim Timmermans with Kempeneers and Biemans plus Overwater (Strijen), Neerbos (Tiel), and Thei Hermans. Which would have included Eijerkamp/Muller and Batenburg genes.

The new blood coupled with outstanding management ensured, for example, the winning of the following championships for 2004: 1st Champion Fond PV Zuiderpost; 1st Champion Fond Linker Maasoever Morning release; 2nd Champion Fond Linker Maasoever Midday release; 1st Champion Fondclub Rotterdam Midday release; 2nd Champion Fondclub Rotterdam Morning release; 2nd Champion Provincial Midday release; 2nd Champion Provincial Morning release; 1st Champion Attractie ZB Midday release; 1st Champion Attractie ZB Morning release; 1st Ace Pigeon Midday release Fondclub Rotterdam; 1st Ace Pigeon Morning release Fondclub Rotterdam. Flying from two modest lofts and on the natural system only.

In 2004 the partnership from Bordeaux National were- 48th, 57th, 210th, 383rd, 414th; St. Vincent National.- 6th, 121th, 232nd; Montauban National- 261th, 668th, 740th; St. Vincent National- 222nd, 298th, 651st, 685th; Bordeaux National- 65th, 277th, 327th, 647th, 675th, 704th; Bergerac National- 34th, 342nd, 712th; Ochtendlossing ZLU.

Pau National- 3rd; Dax National- 59th, 247th, 392nd, 424th; Barcelona National- 195th, 429th; Marseille National- 228th, 270th, 405th, 758th; Perpignan National- 8th, 335th, 712th, 1188th. And this against the cream of the Dutch fancy and covering extreme distances to Rotterdam in the north against thousands of pigeons. Look at the positions of their first arrival in each of the above Nationals and taking their geographical position into consideration confirms the quality of their family of racing pigeons.

The Klip- Verhagen partnership is one of the most exciting ones in Europe at the present time and I look forward to the evolution of their strain and its successes in the future. Again I must emphasize, what I implied by implication, that when their birds are still flying homewards because of the distance to cover many others lofts are closed. Yes, they are the stayers of the stayers!


Liam O Comain  -
by: Liam O Comain

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