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The Van Der Velden Strain
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The subject of this article is one of the best European distant pigeon racing strains at the present time as results over the years confirm. Mention the name however to the most knowledgeable fancier and the response is usually a blank. Perhaps this article may change all that. The van der Velden partnership of father Chris and son Jap live at the small village of Zuid-Beijerland in the Netherlands, in an area which apparently was won from the sea. The subject of this article is one of the best European distant pigeon racing strains at the present time as results over the years confirm. Mention the name however to the most knowledgeable fancier and the response is usually a blank. Perhaps this article may change all that. The van der Velden partnership of father Chris and son Jap live at the small village of Zuid-Beijerland in the Netherlands, in an area which apparently was won from the sea.

Chris started the sport a few years after the second world war in 1948 and except for approximately a decade of time he has always had pigeons since. Always flying in earlier years with a good pigeon latterly he has concentrated solely on the overnight races and this dedication in a later partnership with his son Jap has borne fruit. For the van der Velden's have won many races indeed too numerous to mention but which includes five 1st Dutch nationals.

The latter firsts were as follows: 1st nat. Barcelona 2003; 1st nat. Mont de Marsan 2002; 1st nat. Bergerac 2000; 1st nat. Cahors 1996; 1st nat. Carcassonne 1994. Yes nationals won within the period of approximately the last ten years and not ages ago. Of which one was enough to bestow national glory within the archives of Dutch distant pigeon racing. Following upon the families decision to concentrate upon the overnight marathon classics in 1987 the loft has gathered 1st inthe 'Keizer v.d Grote Fond' (ZLU) Championship in 1992. But better achievements lay upon the horizon for the van der Veldens won the prestigious European Cup in 1995. Of course the winning of the Dutch national from Barcelona in 2003 was the creme de la creme of their success so far.

The family has also registered twenty four times in the first ten national prizes and one hundred and thirty six times in the first one hundred national prizes since winning the European Cup in the mid nineteen ninetees. For about 15 years prior to 1992 the van der Velden strain was being formed based upon what has become known as 'the Bleu' or the 'Old Blue Strain'. The roots of this important aspect of the van der Velden enterprise comes from about 1977 when Chris bought pigeons from a D van Solingen from Oost - Voorne. The latter birds were of the Aarden and Stichelbaut bloodlines and an important result of this buy was the birth of 'De Ouwe' in 1978. The latter was the founding base of the 'Blue Strain' for he turned out to be a great breeder after winning 36th Netherland national from Barcelona in 1981. The family has also registered twenty four times in the first ten national prizes and one hundred and thirty six times in the first one hundred national prizes since winning the European Cup in the mid nineteen ninetees. For about 15 years prior to 1992 the van der Velden strain was being formed based upon what has become known as 'the Bleu' or the 'Old Blue Strain'. The roots of this important aspect of the van der Velden enterprise comes from about 1977 when Chris bought pigeons from a D van Solingen from Oost - Voorne. The latter birds were of the Aarden and Stichelbaut bloodlines and an important result of this buy was the birth of 'De Ouwe' in 1978. The latter was the founding base of the 'Blue Strain' for he turned out to be a great breeder after winning 36th Netherland national from Barcelona in 1981.

 

 

 

The are many other outstanding representatives of the Blue Strain in the van der Velden lofts which also contributed to its development but eventually like all master breeders because of the possible negative effects of a too close regime of inbreeding a programme of carefully selective crossing was initiated. The latter involved pigeons from the cream of European lofts such as Batenburg and Son; Ch Vanoppen; A Damen; K Ouwerkerk; and Th. Degens And most importantly the crosses have been very successful which is the basis for further overnight successes from Barcelona and other marathon distances in the future. In fact as a breeder of national prize winners ' De Ouwe' must rank among the top five in Western Europe. This progenitor's descendants have already won: 1st- 1st- 1st- 1st- 2nd- 2nd- 2nd- 3rd- 3rd- 3rd- 4th- 5th- 5th- 5th- 6th- 7th- 7th- 9th- 9th- 9th- 11th- 11th- 11th- 11th- 11th- 11th- 12th- 12th- 12th- 12th etc., national prizes.

The are many other outstanding representatives of the Blue Strain in the van der Velden lofts which also contributed to its development but eventually like all master breeders because of the possible negative effects of a too close regime of inbreeding a programme of carefully selective crossing was initiated. The latter involved pigeons from the cream of European lofts such as Batenburg and Son; Ch Vanoppen; A Damen; K Ouwerkerk; and Th. Degens And most importantly the crosses have been very successful which is the basis for further overnight successes from Barcelona and other marathon distances in the future.

In conclusion I look forward to the further development of this strain because I believe that it is one of the most exciting developments in the world of long distant pigeon racing in modern times.



Liam O Comain  -
by: Liam O Comain

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