Comb. Reedijk-Jongekrijg from Puttershoek (NL) also in 2017 a top season!

Seldom seen such an unique conflux between old glories and young blood! Or is the name ‘old glories’ for the brothers Janssen from Arendonk badly chosen? The combination Gerard Reedijk- Elly Jongekrijg from Dutch Puttershoek think it is!  For every “Janssen”- lover names like; “De Afgekeurde”, “Blauw Kweekduifje 77”, “Geeloger”, “Groten Donkeren”, “Klamper”, “De Vos”, “Jonge Merckx”, “De Raket”, “Victor” and “Schoon Duivin” sound as music in their ears. The “Janssen” strain lead to miracles in pigeon sport and not only in the past.  When you see the comb. Reedijk-Jongekrijg achieving a unique double by becoming national champion youngsters 2015 as well with the assigned as the non-assigned you just must have SUPERB pigeons! The “Janssen”- pigeons were pimped by Gerard Reedijk to a modern version, therefor he crossed this ‘historical pigeon strain’ with the current dominant strain of the Verkerk-pigeons. Everybody knows that Gerard and Bas Verkerk from Reewijk (NL) have fast pigeons. And as it was a match made in heaven with the ‘Janssen’ strain is something the competition knew very quickly. The “Verkerk”- pigeons which came to the breeding loft in Puttershoek were the best you could find in Reewijk. This is how offspring of next couples moved to the loft of Gerard and Elly; son “Houdini” x “Kate”, daughter “Revenge” x “Diddl”, daughter “Olympic Sponge Bob” x “Estelle”, son “Bulldozer” x “Zita” and “Adele”. Completed with a sniff of grandmaster Gaby Vandenabeele (through Koen Minderhoud) a ‘kind’ of pigeons arose who deserve the predicate EXCELENT for sure.

“Bono, NL2411761/99”, the pigeon with the golden genes!

I could call “Bono” a legend, what an amazing dynasty of winners this bird produced? In almost all the top pigeons from the combination Reedijk-Jongekrijg his pedigree is intertwined. It is “Janssen”- blood above in his pedigree, when you have a closer look you can see that ‘Bono’ is an inbred to the “Afgekeurde” from the Janssen brothers. The list of successful offspring is becoming a huge register.

Children “Bono”


Le Mans  1st/ 239*


Blois       1st/ 258*


Bourges  8th/ 977

Peronne 15th/5,592

05-1441789, “Gerelly”,  G&S Verkerk

Creil          1st/9,187*

Chantilly 18th/6,762

Argenton 49th/6,709 


Ablis        1st/  295*

Orleans  10th/1,006

Duffel    26th/3,710


Peronne           17th/3,331

St-Quentin      17th/3,326

Creil               36th/4,587

Bourges NPO 64th/8,579


Morlincourt  10th/1,757



Strombeek  1st/ 304*



Grandchildren “Bono”

06-1112764, “Olympic Danica”    (“Starlight” x “Daldina”)

1st Pigeon champion LD Union Hoeksche-Waard ’08

3rd Prov  Pigeon champion LD  ’08

2nd Category LD Olympiad Dortmund 2009

Bourges       1st/    106*

                    2nd/    725

Blois            3rd/  4,776

Bourges       3rd/  1,153

NPO           44th/12,905

Sezanne      11th/ 1,696

Moeskroen 15th/  2,620

Ablis          19th  /4,277

Creil          20th/16,296

05-1441727, “Akira” (do “Luka” x do “Yara”)

Bourges     1st/    218*

                  1st/  1,153*

NPO        14th/12,905

Chantilly   5th/  2,236

Strombeek 19th/3,663

Creil          22nd/  3,659

05-1441774, “Bomberman” (son inbred” Bono” 04-297)

Blois                 1st/ 132*

                         2nd/ 1,002  

Blois NPO        5th/10,927

Creil                  1st/    319*

                          1st/  2,632*


Pommeroeul     3rd/  1,811

Peronne             7th/  1,278

Creil                 8th/  2,492

Mariembourg 19th  /2,608

06-1112899  (daughter inbred „Bono” 04-297)

Harchies          1st/   514*

                        3rd/  4,036

Harchies          3rd/    611 

Peronne         11th/29,149

Peronne         54th/22,662


07-1861292, “Destiny” ( “Starlight” x “Daldina”)

Chateauroux               1st/ 120*

                        NPO 13th/8,191  

Creil                          6th/2,664

Moeskroen               12th/2,620

Chantilly                  24th/2,562

Nijvel                       25th/3,396

Pommerouel             36th/4,549

Strombeek                37th/3,743

Blois                         85th/6,814

06-1112714 (do Inteelt “Bono” 04-297)

Bouillon             1st/ 184*


 Creil                 5th/3,659


Peronne            5th/  3,636


07-1861219 (son inbred “Bono”04-299)

Chantilly            1st/ 324*



Pommeroeul    1st/ 513*


Ablis               2nd/  399

Duffel             3rd/  628

07-1861246 (son 05-709 is son “Bono”)

Strombeek       1st/ 501*



Chantilly         9th/2,562

08-1583756 (son “Daldina”)

2e Pigeon champion Union Hoeksche-Waard

Creil              1st/ 226*

Ablis          14th/2,029

Creil           16th/2,338

Strombeek  21st/4,103

08-1583760 (son 05-5531111 daughter “Bono”)

Creil   NPO        3rd/9,977

Strombeek        15th/2,202

Pommeroeul    17th/2,329

Orleans NPO 103rd/12,039

09-1228001, “Butterfly Blue” (“Starlight” x “Daldina”)

Blois                  1st/ 132*

                          1st/ 659*

           NPO       8th/6,814  

Peronne             2nd/2,345

Tours                 4th/1,130

Strombeek         6th/3,607

Strombeek         7th/2,197

Nijvel                7th/1,472

Mantes la Jolie 14th/1,552

Creil                 18th/3,549

Pommeroeul    16th/2,172

Strombeek       18th/2,172

Nijvel              39th/4,647

14e Nat ace pigeon middle distance Master Award 2011

09-1228008 (son 05-5531111 daughter “Bono”)

Ablis            1st/ 301*


09-1228051 (daughter 05-5531111 daughter “Bono”)

Nijvel             1st/ 618*


Fastest Prov     38,057

Creil                4th/1,440

Nijvel              6th/3,396

Peronne           8th/2,827

Nanteuil        16th/3,337

Creil              38th/3,960

09-1228062 (son “Victor” x 04-299 daughter “Bono”)

Peronne          1st/ 337*


Pommeroeul  5th/2,476

Creil            12th/2,511

Nijvel          14th/2,421

Strombeek   22nd/4,036

Ablis           19th/1,889

09-1228063 (daughter “Victor” x 04-299 daughter “Bono”)

Creil                1st/503*            


Morlincourt     1st/ 341*


Strombeek     25th/4,036

09-1228085 (daughter inbred “Bono” 04-297)

Peronne     1st/ 586*

Nijvel       15th/3,396

Charlons en Campagne 31st/4,322

09-1228126     (daughter 08-745 son “Bono”)

Strombeek          1st/ 535*


Strombeek          6st/3,462

10-1724703 (“Luka” x “Irma”)

Creil                 1st/ 412*


Morlincourt      3rd/1,941

Strombeek      13th/2,311

10-1724725    (son 05-709 is son “Bono”)

Peronne            1st/ 216*


11-1778414 (“Starlight” x “Daldina”)

Peronne              1st/ 524*


Pommeroeul     16th/3,119

12e Nat  ace pigeon youngsters Master Award 2011

Greatgrandchildren Bono

06-1112729,Bumba” (“Shadow” x “Lou Lou”)

Blois                1st/ 109*

                        1st/ 980*

          NPO      1st/8,770*

Creil                7th/16,296

Blois  NPO      8th/ 9,545

Mariembourg  5th /2,608

Oudenaarde     6th/ 4,226

Oudenaarde   26th/4,226

06-1112752,  “Sunbeam”

1e Pigeon champion middle distance Union Hoeksche-Waard

Peronne           3rd/45,004

St-Quentin      5th/ 1,134

Peronne          6th/  1,278

Pommeroeul 13th/  1,811

Strombeek    14th/  2,687

06-1112753, “Spyro”

Peronne          1st/ 464*



Vierzon          1st/  160*

Peronne           5th/1,278

Menen           13th/2,620

Peronne         26th/4,443

07-1861268, “Fair Lady” (daughter: “Olympic Danica”)

Bourges                   1st/ 101*         

             NPO           9th/ 8,579 

Peronne                    1st/ 491*

                                4th/ 3,505 

Chateauroux NPO 24th/ 8,191

Chantilly                 8th/ 2,562

Orleans                    1st/ 167*

               NPO       61st/10,660 

08-1583676 (from son “Luka”)

St-Quentin      1st/  3,326*


 Prov  fastest of 26,744*

08-1583698 (son “Bumba”)

Sezanne          1st/ 430*


10-1724696,Tinka” (son “Victor” x granddaughter “Bono”)

Morlincourt           1st/ 393*


                    NPO 5th/9,275  

Pommeroeul         1st/ 493*


Nijvel                   4th/1,268

Peronne                5th/1,797

Creil                   13th/2,641

Morlincourt        14th/2,793

Mantes la Jolie   37th/3,919

10-1724697,  “Tika” (son “Victor” x granddaughter “Bono”)

Vierzon                1st/ 212*


Pommeroeul         1st/ 589*

Nijvel                   2nd/4,647

Pommeroeul       13th/3,473

Nanteuil              20th/3,337

Pommeroeul         7th/ 945

15e Nat ace pigeon middle distance Master Award 2011

10-1724749 (daughter “Bumba” x “Fair Lady”)

Mantes la Jolie   1st/368*



11-1778518 (grandson inbred “Bono” 04-297)

Strombeek 1st/ 573*


11-1778521 (daughter of son “Victor” x “Butterfly Blue”)

Sens    1st/245*


The “Teletext Pair”

This title can be worn by “Starlight 1184211/03” and “Daldina 1441887/05” . With FIVE children who made it onto teletext this is more than justified. Dutch fanciers know how hard it is and if it happens with five children from one couple this surely is amazing.

  • “Olympic Danica”, 3rd NPO Blois 4,776 b.
  • “Butterfly Blue”, 8th NPO Blois 6,814 b.
  • “Yuna”, 12th Nat. Châteauroux 13,512 b.
  • “Hopeful”, 4th NPO Ruffec 4,133 b.
  • “Isa”, 1st NPO Sens 3,109 b.

In the pedigree of this superb couple you will find unavoidable ‘Bono’ (“Daldina” is a daughter). “Starlight” again is a “Janssen”-product. In fact this couple shows a clear view on how the ‘strain’ Reedijk-Jongekrijg is built. The best from “Janssen” and always “Bono” is in it somewhere!

Top on speed and long distance

It surely isn’t easy to race ‘everything’, but Gerard and Elly just like to do that. The rush of the speed and middle distance races to the kick of the homecoming of a long distance bird. On the breeding loft the two disciplines are separated, 28 breeding couples for the program races and 16 for the long distance. Because the youngsters performed very well last season they have 12 couples more than normal, 43 couples at the moment. They are being raced on total widowhood and race from the first until the very last race. Every week there’s a race on the program, weather it is a short or long distance race doesn’t make any difference.


Gerard and Elly breed every year about 150 youngsters. The training of the youngsters is an important chain in the racing system. They are being trained very young, end of April, and are driven a lot. Until the start of the season they are taken away twice a week at about 45km. Once the races with the youngsters started they only have to do this extra flight on Wednesday.

It is remarkable that young pigeons don’t be separated and that they are raced on the nest. As long as they don’t have a nesting position they train once a day, as soon they have a nest they train in shifts. The cocks in the morning and the hens in the afternoon. The darkening occurs from end of March until the longest day, from 18h until 8 o’clock.

The system of success

One who needs to fly a lot of kilometres has to be nourished well. During the racing season Gerard’s athletes eat a very variated sports mixture. He mixes different brands together; Beyers, Versele-Mariman and Zoontjes. To keep up the necessary fat reserves they give rather a lot of candy. In the evening, after a normal feeding, they get a sized portion candy extra. Aside the normal side products, grit and minerals, they get yeast with amino acids once a week.

Gerard and Elly lean on vet Vincent Schroeder for the medical side, his products are being used as well.

A few nice results 2017

Peronne   237.963 km
Samenspel Hoeksche Waard e.o  3,225b.:   7-8-9-11-14-15-16-20-27-28-29-30-32-36-45-47-50-51-52-66-67-68-71-72-84-87-91-92-96-101-109-118-119-141-143-146-148-153-155-157-160-164-165-169-171-172-179-181-188-189-191-192-195-202-211-218-219-244-245-252-253-264-275-276-285-286-288-298-326-334-337-341-342-352-374-385-416-418-424-440-443-444-451-464-466-490-495-509-520-606-615-643-676-683-691-698-701-709-715-721-727-806.    103 prizes 119 birds in race

Vierzon 540.626 km
Samenspel Hoeksche Waard e.o 1,402b.: 7-8-12-15-23-24-36-46-50-53-54-64-76-89-90-108-115-118-150-151-157-166-203-207-208-227-237-245-265-300-302-311-318.  33 prizes  50 birds in race

Pontoise  349.513 km
Samenspel Hoeksche Waard e.o 2,162b.: 1-4-6-9-15-17-21-44-46-47-48-49-50-53-57-60-63-76-77-93-104-135-174-177-186-190-195-223-235-263-283-303-335-355-356-378-381-395-414.  39 prizes  50 birds in race 

Aso fastest provincial level against 19,072b.

Bourges  546.260 km
Samenspel Hoeksche Waard e.o 1,106b.: 5-8-10-12-13-16-17-26-28-36-37-45-46-47-52-57-58-59-61-66-67-68-70-75-91-98-110-132-148-173-183-221-229-259.  34 prizes  50 birds in race 

Argenton 620.351 km
Samenspel Hoeksche Waard e.o  967b.:1-2-3-6-7-9-10-11-19-32-33-41-44-48-51-52-60-62-68-70-76-90-95-97-166-188-197-208-216.  29 prizes  40 birds in race

Chateauroux 591.584 km
Samenspel Hoeksche Waard e.o  787b.: 2-4-5-8-13-15-19-20-24-26-36-38-39-40-42-46-49-51-55-56-69-78-89-98-131.  25 prizes  40 birds in race 

La Souterraine   658.203 km
Samenspel Hoeksche Waard e.o  563b.:1-2-3-4-6-8-9-11-12-14-15-17-22-25-27-30-38-39-40-41-42-44-49-51-59-67-91-97-100-101-104-108-133.  33 prizes  40 birds in race 

Duffel   78.180 km
Samenspel Hoeksche Waard e.o  3,644b: 4-7-8-9-11-12-18-19-30-31-36-38-42-45-49-62-75-79-86-88-96-165-167-200-265-285-298-305-323-325-327-329-330-337-442-489-593-594-796.  39 prizes  55 birds in race 

Asse Zellik    104.112 km
Samenspel Hoeksche Waard e.o  3,758 b.: 2-3-4-5-6-7-9-12-13-17-20-25-26-27-29-34-39-40-43-47-51-55-68-80-82-87-89-91-92-99-104-109-118-120-138-148-192-196-200-201-228-260-271-332-335-366-380-463-583-658-673-683.                52 prizes 56 birds in race

Pont St Maxence    311.376 km
Samenspel Hoeksche Waard e.o  1,963 young birds  1-2-4-5-8-12-20-35-46-48-58-90-93-127-137-143-256-260-281-339-340-391-455.  23 prizes  57 birds in race

Peronne   237.963 km
Samenspel Hoeksche Waard e.o  3,225b.:  7-8-9-11-14-15-16-20-27-28-29-30-32-36-45-47-50-51-52-66-67-68-71-72-84-87-91-92-96-101-109-118-119-141-143-146-148-153-155-157-160-164-165-169-171-172-179-181-188-189-191-192-195-202-211-218-219-244-245-252-253-264-275-276-285-286-288-298-326-334-337-341-342-352-374-385-416-418-424-440-443-444-451-464-466-490-495-509-520-606-615-643-676-683-691-698-701-709-715-721-727-806.    103 prizes 119 birds in race


Kris Steeman, Zele