The Herbots story

 

1st NATIONAL ACE KBDB MIDDLE DISTANCE YEARBIRDS 2013

Halle-Booienhoven: Halle-Booienhoven is a place in the province “Vlaams-Brabant”. Halle-Booienhoven belongs to the bigger place Zoutleeuw and is also known for the place where three provinces namely “Vlaams-Brabant”, “Limburg” and “Luik” touch each other. This region is also known as the region where pigeon sport is practiced on a very high level. This region is also associated with the name HERBOTS.
We must see the facts as they are… Herbots Brothers can put a very impressive result list on table. Their pigeon career is seasoned with national ace bird titles, national victories, Olympiad titles, nominations in the national KBDB championships, and the racing season 2013 is, till now, the best ever !
“Belgian Star” became 1st National ace KBDB middle distance, “Magda” became 5th National ace KBDB middle distance year birds, “George” became 9th National ace KBDB Great Middle Distance old birds !
In the national Belgian team for Brno (Czech Republic) the Herbots team won 1st and 2nd Cat. B (middle distance), 1st and 2nd Cat D (All-round), 2nd Cat G. (year birds) and 1st Cat H (young birds). 
In the provincial championships KBDB Brabant, they scores 6 times a top-5 position and won 1st Provincial Ace middle distance KBDB and 1st provincial Ace Great Middle Distance KBDB old birds !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provincial championships KBDB 2013

 

4       Prov. champ.  > 1/2 Fond old (1+2)  2013
2       Prov. champ.  > 1/2 Fond yrl. (1+2) 2013
1       Prov. Ace pig.  < ½ Fond 2013  (2030127-12)
2       Prov. Ace pig.  < ½ Fond 2013  (6123310-12)
1       Prov. Ace pig.  > ½ Fond old 2013  (2192897-10)
3       Prov. Ace pig.  > ½ Fond yrl. 2013  (2177233-12)

 

Total widowhood
Herbots brothers started the racing season 2013 with a team of 70 pairs raced on total widowhood… 250 young birds and 45 pairs of breeders and 28 “famous” cocks (national ace birds, national winners, Olympiad birds) who are the toppers of the breeding loft.
After arrival of the last race of 2012 namely La Souterraine, cocks and hens stayed together and after a 5 days brood they were separated. The went through the moulting period with a good moulting mixture, with a lot of Methioforte…Sedochol and Herbial. During the moulting period they were not liberated anymore.
A first coupling took place on December 17th… they bred a couple of youngsters…and when the babies were 15 days old the hen was separated and the cock bred alone further. In January the birds were liberated again.
End of March, begin of April a second coupling took place…hens and cocks were only 5 days together. This second coupling is only made to train the birds in an easy and fluently way. The hens stay on the race lofts, so no need to carry a lot of baskets from one loft to another. In 4 times the birds were tossed on 60km -70km and when the weather is good the birds are tossed in the morning and in the afternoon. Then they go to Momignies, 2 x Soissons, Toury/Pithiviers and so on till the last race from La Souterraine.

 

 

Cocks and hens train two times a day, this a full hour. The cocks may touch the roof but have to fly away immediately. The hens may not touch the roof but have to stay a full hour in the air.
After the daily trainings the hens stay a whole day in the aviary. In this aviary, they do not have that much place so they must sit very close to each other with the result that there are not so many problems with pairing of the hens. In the evening they go to the “sleeping loft” were they are sitting on sticks. And if there are still hens who pair with each other than they are closed up in a box. 
The birds are basketted on Thursday. On Thursday morning they train around the loft…after the training they are fed… at 10 a.m. the boxes are opened (perches are taken away)… the cocks come into the boxes and then the hens follow. After they have been together for 1 hour cocks and hens are separated again and in the afternoon they are again 2 till 3 times fed. They get their traditional mixture with an extra of hempseed and sunflower seed. 
When the birds are basketted around 4p.m. the hens come once more in the corridor before the department of the cocks. The hens go first in the basket, followed by the cocks.

 

Hens and cocks are weekly raced on the great middle distance races. When the birds arrive they receive 100% Koopman mixture (heavy race mixture) and there is Top-Fit in the drinker. On Sunday it is 50% Koopman mixture and 50% Vandenabeele mixture enriched with 4-oils and proteins. In the drinker again Top-Fit. On Monday 100% Vandenabeele mixture is fed and in the drinker goes medication or Bronchofit. On Tuesday it is 50% Koopman mixture and 50% Vandenabeele mixture with medication or Bronchofit in the drinker. On Wednesday and Thursday it is 100% Koopman mixture and on Wednesday vitamins Aminovit is mixed in the drinker. On Wednesday and Thursday a supplement of 10% cribs maize is added to the mixture. After every training around the loft, a little bit of hempseed and sunflower seed is fed in each box to the race birds. 
Thanks to a well-balanced mixture combined with quality by-products (Top-Fit – 4 Oils – Proteïnes) the birds can recuperate very well and fast. At the start of the racing season the use of additives is  not that much because the race birds need those additives more in the second part of the racing season. Important to know is that the product Super-Flight is an important product to stimulate a super recuperation.
After arrival of a race hens and cocks stay 2 till 3 hours together. This period becomes longer in the second part and at the end of the season but the maximum time that they are together is till the day after the race. General seen the hens are better than the cocks. They are calm when they stay in the basket and recuperate much better than the cocks.

 

YOUNG BIRDS


 

Till end of March about 200 babies are weaned. If there are a lot of losses by the young birds then 40 or 50 babies are extra bred and are trained till Soissons. The biggest part of the young birds are bred out of the breeders because the eggs of the “famous pigeons” are put under by the widowers. The babies are weaned at the age of 24 till 25 days and the sexes stay together till they have raced 2 x Momignies.  Normally the young birds are raced following the sliding door system but in 2014 there will be a group raced on widowhood and a group in nest position.

 

The young birds are darked from March 7th till begin of June, from 4 p.m. till it is dark. Then the darking system is pulled up and the young birds get awake with the first sunlight. In 2013 the young birds were lightened from June 26th, this till 10pm30 and in the morning from 5am30. To give the young birds an extra motivation some dark places are created next to the open boxes. Also straw is given. Experience learned that young birds may not come too long together before they are basketted for a race. At the start of the season they come some longer time together but as soon as they know the system they come in the morning for about 1 hour together. Then they are separated again , get again some fresh drinking and some food, the sliding door goes again open and then the young birds are basketted.
The young birds are tossed as soon and as much as possible. In 2013 they were, due to the bad weather conditions, 4 or 5 times tossed before they went to Momignies. Then it was 2 x Momignies, 2 x Soissons , then middle distance and the national races. This is for the hens and the cocks the same program.

 

Filip and Kristof agree that they were not strict enough with the young birds. They had to be tossed much more, they had to be obliged to train better and young birds which do not trained very well were not taken away. Normally between two races the young birds are tossed two times a week, but last season that was not done although Filip and Kristof know that these extra tosses are very good for the orientation and make sure that the young birds leave faster the release place. So all these situations created a top season with old and year birds and a less good season with the young birds.

 

 

Over the whole racing season the young birds are basketted for about 20 races, national races included. Every pigeon is basketted and in this way the young birds select themselves. He who performs well is treated like a king, but for those with bad performances there is no place in Halle-Booienhoven.
General seen the best young birds are the best year birds and a year birds who has been too far in red has more disadvantages then a young birds who has been a few times in “red level”. A good year bird who does not perform immediately as an old bird has to be stopped because otherwise you will destroy his whole widowers career.

 

MEDICAL GUIDANCE
At the end of the racing season there is a treatment of 5 till 7 days against trichomoniose and then the medication closet stays closed till the preparation of the breeding season end of October. Then the breeders get a treatment of 8 till 10 days against parathyfus and afterwards they are vaccinated with a “living vaccine”. When the birds brood a treatment against tricho of 5 days is given. In January the race birds are vaccinated against parpamyxo/pocs… 3 weeks later a parathyfus treatment of 8 till 10 days is given followed by a vaccination.
During the racing season the race birds are controlled every 3 weeks and in 2013 the racers were 2 x treated with a tricho tablet, and 2 or 3 times during two days a treatment against ornithosis this always with a product of vet Raf Herbots. For important races ( 2 or 3 times a year) the race birds are treated with Paracoli (antibiotics).
When the young birds are weaned, they get a Spartix and an Appertex and are vaccinated against paramyxo and pocs. Three weeks later they are vaccinated against Herpes virus. Vaccinations results in healthier birds with a better natural resistance. 4 weeks after weaning the young birds are treated for 7 days against trichomoniose….6 weeks after weaning they are treated 7 days against parathyfus followed by a vaccination. During the racing season the young birds are treated in the same way as the old birds. 
When the birds are raced on the great middle distance races, the pigeons are dropped 3 till 4 times a week with bio-eye-drops.

 

SELECTION
If you select your colony very strong, you will avoid over population and then only quality stays on the loft. Of the 70 couples old and year birds only 30 survive the selection. Once the racing season is half way the racing team is already selected till 45 couples. By the young birds is the selection limit even higher. Only 70 till 80 young birds survive the selection and this of 250 young birds. Pigeons need to win top prizes and prizes in the first 10% of the result list. Only by the young birds it is possible that a young bird without top results, but very nice in the hand and born in a winning family can survive the selection. This is then the work of Jo and Kristof. Also a bird with a very clever look can be given an extra year to prove his qualities. 
What is a good bird for you? “First of all we like a bird with a good expression. We look for the bird with a lot and soft feathers and when we have a look at the eye we want to see character. We do not like a wing where you can put your fingers through the feathers and like a short front arm. A good bird has a very good balance … is good closed …and has a strong body. “

 

 

THE BREEDING LOFT
When we do family breeding then we use these birds to put on the breeding loft but not to race. Very important breeding lines on our breeding loft are: “Nationaal I” (Schellens) – 30% of our colony is based on this breeding line. “Yvan” (Deno/Vandenabeele/Vandersmissen) – 15% of our colony is based on this breeding line. The mother of “Yvan” comes out the breeding line of “Nationaal I”. And the we have the “155” (Grondelaers) … 20% of our colony is based on this breeding line. It is a fact that we prefer to breed out a bird who has an impressive result list , because we are convinced that you will be more successful.

 

An example is the successful breeding line of “Kenzo” (B04-2116092), 1st National ace middle distance KBDB 2007. From “Kenzo” x line 155 we bred B09-5163264 and B09-5163264. “264/09” became 9th best young bird of Belgium over 4 national races and “265/09” became 19th best young bird of Belgium over 4 national races. The “265/09” was a real super and became father of “B11-2186203” who scored top national prizes and became 4th Olympiad bird CatB and 5th Olympiad bird Cat D in Nitra 2013. The “264/09” became grandmother of “B12-5046508”: 1st National Hueret year birds and fastest of 27,542 birds.

 

 

 

 

AVIARY BEFORE THE LOFTS
In total there are 50 meters race lofts. On every loft, breeding and race loft, oxygen is very important. We did a very great job by erecting before each loft an aviary (Habru). The hens are always in the aviary, except on the moments that the widowers are training around the loft. Also the widowers can choose on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday if they want to sit on the loft or in the aviary. 
On each race loft (old and young) we installed ATX heating plates. When it becomes too cold or too humid the heating plates do perfectly their job. Also after a rainy race day the temperature on the race loft is put some degrees higher which is good for fancier and pigeon.

 

A SUCCESFUL TEAM
The combination Herbots Brothers stands for Jo, Miet, Raf, Filip, Jacqueline, Cois, Kristof and Geoffrey. After the top season 2013, this team is super motivated and very ambitious for the coming season.
By this a special thank you for the young team members. We talk about Kristof Daniels, before loft manager by Jos Herbots, and about Geoffrey Janssens. Both are doing a top job and have “pigeon sport” in the fingers. The future looks great for those two young loft managers.

 

Hugo

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERBOTS BROTHERS 1st Olympiad Bird Nitra old birds

Halle- Booienhoven a part of the city Zoutleeuw… the spot were three provinces namely Liege, Flemish-Brabant and Limburg touch each other…has always been a place where pigeon sport has been practiced on a very high level! Only the people who has been living for a long time on planet Mars doesn’t know the name of the “ primus inter pares “ of that area!

The pigeon sport career of the Herbots brothers has been one of many ace bird tittles, national victories, Olympiad titles … several classifications in the national championships KBDB…they won the national competition “Gouden Duif” (Golden Pigeon of Belgium)…and also the season 2012 may be classified as a very special one.

” Els “ … born in September 2010… became 3rd National Ace bird middle distance K.B.D.B. 2012, 1st Olympiad bird Nitra category H 2013… and 1st  Ace bird middle distance K.B.D.B. Brabant 2012. Many more of the Herbots racers were in the Olympiad selection of 2013 ! Also first provincial champion middle distance K.B.D.B. Brabant 2012… 1st Ace bird middle distance K.B.D.B. Brabant 2012… and 5th National Champion middle distance K.B.D.B. are one  the highlights on the result list 2012 of Herbots Brothers.

The combination Jo and Raf Herbots… and we mention in one breath Jo, Miet, Raf ,Filip, Jacqueline, Cois and Kristof… stand for all the successes of the last years and of course they all feel very happy with these super results !

Also a great thanks to Kristof Daniels (35)… the former loft manager of Jos Herbots… who joined the team. He is a loft manager who has the feeling for pigeon sport …the future looks great with such a loft manager !

Base of the colony

It was 1955 when Jos and Filip Herbots, started with the pigeons… they were only 12 and 14 years old… but in that time they were already so fanatic which is typical for great champions. The whole family Herbots raced pigeons… and everybody did what he could do to create a good base for their colony. Of course this happened on a road were success and disappointment is close to each other.

A great blood line in the Herbots colony are the Stoces-pigeons. They didn’t bought 1…not 10 but 124 Stoces birds ! Four years later only 21 pigeons survived the selection … but these survivors had a large share in the Herbots success.

But the success story goes on…In 1990 they bought “ De As “ by the brothers Clerinx from Nieuwerkerken…a very good pigeon and many pigeon fanciers did very well with this breeding line. In 1991, another stunt was made…they bought the whole breeding loft of the great master Karel Schellens. The top breeder became  “Nationaal 1 “, many descendants of this top breeder became ace birds. The success of the 90s was without any doubt the result of the cross between “Nationaal 1 “ x  “Bourgespaar Grondelaars “!

And then Filip invested in the fastest pigeons of the world… de Soontjes pigeons. The first Soontjes birds came in 1988 to Halle-Booienhoven… followed by a lot of others in the following years. The top breeder was without any doubt the “155 “. He has been bred by Jos Soontjes in combination with a Herbots hen ( Grondelaars strain ).

And also the “Hero 19 “ , bought in 1991 by Romain Loozen was a bullet’s eye. He has won 19 x 1st prizes, 1st National Argenton… 4x 1st provincial… and 6 x in the top-38 on national level ! Crossed with the Clerinx pigeons it became a great success. “Hero 19” became the father of 1st World Champion middle distance Versele-Laga…great- grandfather 2nd national ace bird middle distance1998 and Olympiad bird Blackpool. The brother of “ Hero 19 “ became the father of the 1st National ace bird middle distance 1998 and Olympiad bird by Clement Robben.

Later on, another top bird, “ Brad Pitt” of Ludo Helsen… or the 1st Olympiad bird Allround Liévin (France) was bought. He became the father of “Champion BP”.

In 1999, they bought a whole round of youngsters, by Van Avondt and son (Haacht). One of these original Van Avondt birds “ Queen 2000 “ became 1st national Ace bird middle distance K.B.D.B. 2000 ! In 2002 they bought again 50 youngsters in Haacht… and “ Zorro “ ( again an original Van Avondt bird)… became 4th national Ace middle distance K.B.D.B.

In 2003 they purchased the “ Fenomenale “ of Camiel Nulens, from Koersel ! He came,  together with a round of youngsters, to Halle-Booienhoven… and from this fresh input the “884/03” was born. The “884/03” became 3rd provincial ace bird Brabant 2004 and 1st provincial ace bird Brabant 2005 !

All these new purchases were selected very hard and those who survived the severe selection were crossed into the own colony

Total widowhood

They started in 2012 with the system of total widowhood. In function of this new discipline, the old widowers loft has been totally rebuilt. Very important on this rebuild lofts is the automatically cleaning system of the nest boxes and the aviaries before the lofts. In total there are 4 lofts, each loft contains 16 nest boxes. The hens stay the whole year in the aviary, and they only come in for eating or when the cocks are outside training. The cocks come only during the winter period in the aviary. During the racing season, they stay the first  three days of the week in the aviary and the rest of the week they stay in the loft.

Begin December… the race team is the first time coupled, two youngsters are bred… but they make sure that the hens will not lay eggs anymore. When the youngsters are weaned, the nest boxes are closed with wooden plates on which perches are installed. The cocks stay on the loft and must sit on the perches while the hens are moved to the aviary.

In March the race team is the second time coupled… cocks and hens come together for 5 day and during that time, they are tossed a lot.

Cocks and hens train two times a day, this for a full hour…although the hens train more than the cocks. The day before basketing, the race team is tossed on a distance of 30 km, and when they arrive home, they stay together for one hour. On basketing day, the cocks and the hens will not come together anymore. For extra motivation ,there are 3 hens on surplus in the team…and this works perfect.

Recuperation !

Recuperation is very important for pigeons who are raced every week. The feeding scheme of the racing team, which is raced on total widowhood, is as follow: On arrival day, Saturday, they receive 100% “Koopman mixture “ ( fat + proteins ), in the drinker they get “Top-Fit” (electrolytes). On Sunday the race team receives 50% “Vandenabeele-mixture” + 50% “ Koopman-mixture “ enriched with Tarsin (proteins )and “Extra Form “. In the drinking water , and this only after a bad race (with bad weather conditions), some medication for respiratory is mixed… when the race ( good weather condition) was normal Bronchovit is given. On Monday and Tuesday 100% Vandenabeele – mixture is on the menu, again enriched with Tarsin + Sedochol on Monday and 4 oils + BMT on Tuesday. .. and both days , Bronchovit in the drinking water. On Wednesday there are 3 feeding times with 50% “Vandenabeele-mixture”+ 50% “ Koopman-mixture”…afterward 100% “Koopman-mixture “ and in the evening 100% “Koopman-mixture “ + 10% Cribbs with Zell-Oxygen+ Optimix mixed on the corn . In the morning and in the evening Aminovit is mixed in the drinking water. On Thursday, also three feeding times a day, with 100% “Koopman-mixture” enriched with Sanuzuella + Optimix + 1 spoon of hempseed. In the drinking water CMK is given… and when the weather is hot Top- Fit (electrolytes ). On Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, they get on a regular base “bio eye drops”.

This feeding scheme is for races on the great middle distance. The first weeks of the racing season the use of by-products will be very little. The art is to wait until they really need it.

Young Birds

The young birds are weaned when they are 25 days old, and then they get a Spartix and a Appertex. When the youngsters are 2 months old, the will be vaccinated against paramyxo… and 10 days later, they get antibiotics this during 10 days. They will be also vaccinated against paratyfus.

The youngsters are darked from 16h00 in the evening. When its dark outside, the darking system will be pulled up , so the young birds will wake up together with the morning sun. When you dark in this way, there will be less loses of the youngsters. The darkening happens from the first month after weaning till half of June.

Begin April, the first tosses for the young birds are programmed. The first toss is 7km away from the loft. When the weather is good, the tosses will go on and before they have their first race on club level, the youngsters will have had 10 training races. “The earlier you toss the young birds the better” that’s what they say in Halle-Booienhoven. During the racing season the young birds will be tossed twice a week, this on a distance of 40 till 50km. The main target of these tosses is to sharpen the orientation and to train the young birds to departure very fast. In the main season the youngsters have around 20 races on their program, this includes the national races for young birds. Every young bird goes every week to the races, in this way the youngsters will select themselves. Sometimes, from the 200 youngsters, only 80 remain.. or even less…but this is not the problem. He who performs well will be cherished at the Herbots place…but those who do not perform must move.

Filip tells: “ A good advice … the best young birds are most of the time the best year birds . I am more afraid of a “squeezed” yearling then of a young bird, that got into red. If a good year bird performs not good as an old bird than it is better to let him rest for one year… otherwise it might be that his widowers career is gone forever!”

Medical guidance

At the end of the racing season, the race birds are cured for 5 till 7 days against trichomoniase…afterwards no medicines are administrated anymore this till the preparation of the breeding season, end of October.

The breeders get a cure of 8 till 10 days against paratyfus and after that they will be vaccinated with a “living vaccine”. During breeding time, again a trichomoniase cure of 5 days is planned. In January the race birds will be vaccinated against paramyxo and pocs… 3 weeks later a cure against parathyfus of 8 till 10 days is given, followed with an vaccination. During the racing season, every three weeks, the racers will be examined for the common diseases and in 2012 we gave  2 times a tablet against trichomoniose. We cured also 2 or 3 times, this always for 2 days, against respiratory infection, with a product of vet Raf Herbots. Before important races ( 2 or 3 times during season ), they will be cured with the product Paracoli ( antibiotic ).

As already mentioned the young birds get when they are weaned a Spartix and a Appertex, and they are also vaccinated against paramyxo and pocs. Three weeks later they will be vaccinated against the herpes virus. All these vaccinations will result in healthy pigeons, birds with more natural resistance. Four weeks after weaning, they are cured for 7 days against trichomoniases… 6 weeks after weaning, they also cured for 7 days against paratyfus followed by a vaccination. Further on in the racing season, the same will be done as with the old pigeons.

Professionalism

Filip Herbots : “ we live in a society, were everything tend to professionalism… so why not in pigeon sport ? In the morning, 5 people are busy for 2 hours with the pigeons. Do not forget that the last 10% of the success is the most difficult to obtain. I observe the pigeons…I try to see when the pigeons get tired…I watch very close the illness symptoms…judge the power, the vitality and expression of the racing team… search for deviant behavior, what betray the condition of some racers…look how the pigeons act on the loft… and look at the sky when they are training. As a fancier you must see when a pigeon is getting ill and not when it is already ill… looking out for a pigeon which is not feeling good on the loft, that is one of the most important things for me to do.

A fancier must make sure that a pigeon is feeling good on the loft. The widowers will never be locked up, because we think that you must let them be the boss or have a fight on the floor. It is public secret fact that a pigeon comes home for his territory. .. never forget this as a fancier !

Most of the fanciers, have too many pigeons. With our whole team, we spent every day 20 hours to 72 widowers, 72 hens and 200 youngsters. So a fancier, who can only spent 3 hours of his time to his pigeons, can maximum house 10 widowers, 5 hens and 3 youngsters. But nobody believes it !

A top pigeon fancier is an academic without a degree…at the same time he is a pedagogue…psychology on his loft. He can’t be a fool !

The racing season 2013

The increase the number of national races for old and young pigeons, is positive. When the races are not too difficult (1500 m), the team of the total widowhood and also the youngsters  will be basketed for every national race. If it was a difficult race, the week after they will be basketed for 360 km and the week after that again for 550 km. Very important with the expansion of the racing program is the recovery. Let the recovery be as fast as it can be, by giving them proteins and electrolytes. You can compare this with the Tour of France . At this time, you cannot find many birds of 4 of 5 years old on the result list and with this racing program 2013, it will not get better. Most of the time, “youthful “champions will be sold, or will be sitting on the breeding loft. For example…the oldest pigeon on our loft is a pigeon from 2010.

National Ace birds KBDB

1st National ace middle distance KBDB 2009
1st National ace middle distance KBDB 2005
1st National ace middle distance KBDB 2000
1st National ace middle distance KBDB 1999
1st National ace middle distance KBDB 2008
2nd National ace middle distance KBDB 1998
2nd National ace middle distance KBDB 1992
3rd National ace great middle distance KBDB 2012
4th National ace middle distance KBDB 2003
4th National ace middle distance KBDB 2008
5th National ace middle distance KBDB 1996
5th National ace middle distance KBDB 1995
5th National ace great middle distance KBDB 2007
6th National ace middle distance KBDB 2004
7th National ace middle distance KBDB 1995
7th National ace middle distance KBDB 2008
8th National ace middle distance KBDB 2005
9th National ace middle distance KBDB 1998
9th National ace middle distance KBDB 1995
9th National ace middle distance KBDB 1992
10th National Ace  middle distance KBDB 2009
10th National Ace middle distance KBDB 1991
13th National Ace middle distance KBDB 1993
18th National Ace middle distance KBDB 2009

National Championships

1st National Champion middle distance KBDB 2009
1st National Champion great middle distance B.D.S. 2005
1st National Champion yearlings KBDB 2008
2nd National Champion youngsters C.C. 2011
2nd National Champion great middle distance old and yearlings B.D.S 2006
2nd National Champion middle distance B.D.S. 2000
2nd National Champion middle distance old B.D.S. 2004
2nd National Champion middle distance old B.D.S. 1998
3rd National Champion middle distance and distance youngsters B.D.S. 2006
3rd National Champion middle distance youngsters B.D.S. 2004
3rd National Champion middle distance youngsters K.B.D.B 2003 (1+2)
4th National Champion yearlings KBDB 1999 (1+2)
5th National Champion all round old KBDB 2004
5th National Champion yearlings KBDB 2003 (1+2)
5th National Champion great middle distance KBDB 2012
8th National Champion great middle distance KBDB 2009

Article thanks to Sportblad “De Duif” (Nr.18 – 2013)

 

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