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Machiel Buijk And The van Geel - Ardens
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Machiel Buijk from the Steenbergen area of Holland started in the sport in 1970 and from the start was interested in long distance racing, so much so that he was extremely determined to have the best pigeons. He was influenced by the legend of Jan Aarden and was determined to have similar pigeons or to possess the best of the latter strain as it was possible to find and procure. Parallel with this Machiel began writing for pigeon racing publications in Holland and Belgium. During the course of his life as a scribe he visited many famous and not so famous lofts during which he purchased the best. The latter included pigeons from Anton Aarden, and Aarden enthusiasts like Lazeroms, Sprenkels, Vroegindeweij, Van der Wegen, and especially Marijn van Geel from Nieuw Vossemeer. Machiel Buijk from the Steenbergen area of Holland started in the sport in 1970 and from the start was interested in long distance racing, so much so that he was extremely determined to have the best pigeons. He was influenced by the legend of Jan Aarden and was determined to have similar pigeons or to possess the best of the latter strain as it was possible to find and procure. Parallel with this Machiel began writing for pigeon racing publications in Holland and Belgium. During the course of his life as a scribe he visited many famous and not so famous lofts during which he purchased the best. The latter included pigeons from Anton Aarden, and Aarden enthusiasts like Lazeroms, Sprenkels, Vroegindeweij, Van der Wegen, and especially Marijn van Geel from Nieuw Vossemeer.

Through studying whatever he could find about the Aarden dynasty Machiel learned to know the strain concluding that the pigeons of Marijn van Geel were the best and purest Aarden's. For racing Buijk concluded there were no better pigeons and decided that in order to keep the strain pure he had to form a loft of pigeons direct from Van Geel. Buijk not alone purchased pigeons but also was taken under the wing of van Geel and taught all about the strain and the art of long distance racing.

 

 

Since his appearance in the sport as a van Geel enthusiast Machiel Buijk has won many races such as Limoges, Tours, and St. Vincent, etc., and the latter distances are between 600 to 1,000 km. He was crowned 1st champion of the famous 'Zuidwesthoek' but after other fanciers started to succeed at important national and international races with pigeons obtained from his colony Buijk conceived and developed the idea of a stud. Therefore in company with another Barcelona specialist, Bram Walpot, the partners started in 1980 the ' International Barcelona Loft ' (which is approximately five thousand square meters) in Steenbergen. Walport was the Dutch Marathon Champion in 1994 and is a past winner of the Barcelona National into Holland (1996). It will only compete at Marathon type races after they have built up a team. It is said that the loft contains approximately five hundred pigeons bred in 1999 off the highest bred long distance bloodlines and that the expected success of the colony should be seen in the coming years of this millennium. An adventure I am sure many will find interesting and which arose from the passion of one man's love of Jan Aarden racing pigeons. In due course after van Geel's death fanciers from all over the globe came seeking pigeons but his wife Martha decided to race and breed her husband's birds. Knowing that Buijk had been given the knowledge by her husband about his colony she ensured that Machiel would become her loft manager. His reward was not finance but pigeons from the best of the lofts. Then in 1989 Martha van Geel decided to sell all her pigeons. Well not all apparently as some believe! Machiel Buijk was the auctioneer and the sale of 168 pigeons realized a world record price of 770.000 Dutch Guilders. At the time of the sale there were approximately 150 original Van Geel pigeons at Buijk's loft. Inspite of being in ownership of the best of the van Geel's Buijk was a tough culler for he was known to have disposed of pigeons which did not come up to his expected standards. The latter were from the best of the strain's well known names and bloodlines.

Since his appearance in the sport as a van Geel enthusiast Machiel Buijk has won many races such as Limoges, Tours, and St. Vincent, etc., and the latter distances are between 600 to 1,000 km. He was crowned 1st champion of the famous 'Zuidwesthoek' but after other fanciers started to succeed at important national and international races with pigeons obtained from his colony Buijk conceived and developed the idea of a stud. Therefore in company with another Barcelona specialist, Bram Walpot, the partners started in 1980 the ' International Barcelona Loft ' (which is approximately five thousand square meters) in Steenbergen. Walport was the Dutch Marathon Champion in 1994 and is a past winner of the Barcelona National into Holland (1996). It will only compete at Marathon type races after they have built up a team. It is said that the loft contains approximately five hundred pigeons bred in 1999 off the highest bred long distance bloodlines and that the expected success of the colony should be seen in the coming years of this millennium. An adventure I am sure many will find interesting and which arose from the passion of one man's love of Jan Aarden racing pigeons.


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by: Liam O Comain

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