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Jan Polder of The Netherland's
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Jan Polder is from Middleharnis in Holland one of if not the hottest spot for distance racing in that country. Polder is there at the top with the best and not surprising he is there because of the Jan Aarden dynasty of long and marathon distance pigeons. For the latter strain coupled with the Van Wanroy's are the tools of his trade and there is no doubt that he is a master craftsman.  Jan Polder started the long distance type of racing in 1985 with approximately 15 pigeons which he bought from Jac Steketee the Bruinisse maestro of the Aarden strain. Based upon the above bloodlines Polder kept the pigeons for breeding and as it turned out he had made the purchase of a lifetime for during the next 5 years he had made himself a name in European pigeon racing with excellent results, like the 3rd National Barcelona, 5th and 9th National Marseille, 8th National Perpignan, 9th National San Sebastian, etc. Jan Polder is from Middleharnis in Holland one of if not the hottest spot for distance racing in that country. Polder is there at the top with the best and not surprising he is there because of the Jan Aarden dynasty of long and marathon distance pigeons. For the latter strain coupled with the Van Wanroy's are the tools of his trade and there is no doubt that he is a master craftsman.

Jan Polder started the long distance type of racing in 1985 with approximately 15 pigeons which he bought from Jac Steketee the Bruinisse maestro of the Aarden strain. Based upon the above bloodlines Polder kept the pigeons for breeding and as it turned out he had made the purchase of a lifetime for during the next 5 years he had made himself a name in European pigeon racing with excellent results, like the 3rd National Barcelona, 5th and 9th National Marseille, 8th National Perpignan, 9th National San Sebastian, etc.

 

Through a regime of strict inbreeding accompanied with extreme culling Polder created in a short period his own and a new strain of distance racing pigeons. A thinking fancier he knew that good health was required in fact the number 1 priority for pedigree and bloodlines were useless unless the health was of top class therefore he sought immunity against a background of the dry droppings method. And the fruit of his thinking is flourishing at Middleharnis today or in other words the proof of the pudding is in the eating. His strain also being advanced by an intelligent use of crossing Cattrysse, Brugemann and Brinkman strains into his own. Through a regime of strict inbreeding accompanied with extreme culling Polder created in a short period his own and a new strain of distance racing pigeons. A thinking fancier he knew that good health was required in fact the number 1 priority for pedigree and bloodlines were useless unless the health was of top class therefore he sought immunity against a background of the dry droppings method. And the fruit of his thinking is flourishing at Middleharnis today or in other words the proof of the pudding is in the eating. His strain also being advanced by an intelligent use of crossing Cattrysse, Brugemann and Brinkman strains into his own.

His strain has provided increasing numbers of winners for other fanciers at home and abroad but it is his own successes that stamp this new strain to be one of the best for the ultra races of the new millennium: Barcelona National 3rd, 28th, 67th, 74th, 79th, 102nd, 189th, 215th, etc; Perpignan National: 8th, 44th, 66th, 75th, etc; Marseille National: 5th, 9th, 18th, 21st, 32nd, 39th, 50th, etc. Superb flying by any definition in a country which has been acknowledged to be the greatest long and marathon domain in the world of pigeon racing. The St. Vincent results over the last few years also confirm the greatness of these lofts, for example, 3rd, 5th, 7th. and again 7th. National. An example of the calibre of the strain is the great 'Rainbow Warrior' who won 3rd. and 7th National St. Vincent against 6,385 and 6,330 pigeons and 8th National Mont de Marsan against 7,245 of a convoy. Then there is 'Husky' who was crowned as 1st International Ace Pigeon Pau over the years 1998 - 2002 and not forgetting ‘Witstaart’ who was crowned the best Barcelona pigeon in the Netherlands over 3 years scoring 28th, 67th and 215th National Barcelona, which won the prestigious title of ‘Golden Barcelona Pigeon’. And these are but a few of many outstanding racers housed at Middleharnis.

His strain has provided increasing numbers of winners for other fanciers at home and abroad but it is his own successes that stamp this new strain to be one of the best for the ultra races of the new millennium: Barcelona National 3rd, 28th, 67th, 74th, 79th, 102nd, 189th, 215th, etc; Perpignan National: 8th, 44th, 66th, 75th, etc; Marseille National: 5th, 9th, 18th, 21st, 32nd, 39th, 50th, etc. Superb flying by any definition in a country which has been acknowledged to be the greatest long and marathon domain in the world of pigeon racing. The St. Vincent results over the last few years also confirm the greatness of these lofts, for example, 3rd, 5th, 7th. and again 7th. National. An example of the calibre of the strain is the great 'Rainbow Warrior' who won 3rd. and 7th National St. Vincent against 6,385 and 6,330 pigeons and 8th National Mont de Marsan against 7,245 of a convoy. Then there is 'Husky' who was crowned as 1st International Ace Pigeon Pau over the years 1998 - 2002 and not forgetting ‘Witstaart’ who was crowned the best Barcelona pigeon in the Netherlands over 3 years scoring 28th, 67th and 215th National Barcelona, which won the prestigious title of ‘Golden Barcelona Pigeon’. And these are but a few of many outstanding racers housed at Middleharnis. As stated others have reaped the pigeon racing harvest sowed by Jan Polder scoring as an example: 1st National Marseille; 2nd National Barcelona; 3rd National Perpignan; 3rd National St. Vincent; 3rd National Mont de Marsan; 1st Ace Pigeon Overnight Noord en Zuid Holland; 1st National Ace Pigeon ZLU International Flights. Also in France a Mr Poirrier has been acknowledged as one of the best Barcelona racers with pigeons based on the Polder strain. As for the Polder lofts in the year just past 2004 had a remarkable result from St.Vincent against 6,385 birds in the Dutch National: 3th, 7th, 199th, 479th, 768th, 819th from 6 entrants.

It is always good to do a write up on a fancier who is committed to the sport, who has a dream of conquering the distances and, like the late President Kennedy who paraphrased George Bernard Shaw when he said 'I dream dreams that never where and say why not?', shares those sentiments.


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by: Liam O Comain

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