More news

The marathon and OLR love of Gerard Koopman

01 Mar 2022

Some time ago we already wrote an extensive report about the class of the Koopman pigeons on the one-day long distance races. But Koopman pigeons are more than that because also on the marathon races and the international one-loft races the Koopman pigeons score like no other. 

Thanks to marathon phenomenon "Red Bullens" 

Gerard and extra ordinary breeding/racing pigeons…in one way or the other they always seem to find each other…the past has proven this more than once. Also when Gerard started to focus on the marathon happening he was looking for and found the ‘white blackbird’…namely “Red Bullens”.

“Red Bullens” NL07-3704851 – was bred and raced by Bullens. His palmaris is more than impressive with as absolute headliners: 

1             NPO Bergerac 2011        4,288b.
2             NPO Bordeaux 2008       5,038b.
2             NPO Bergerac 2010        4,651b.

Important to know is that this red top pigeon is born in a family of winners. His father is a full brother of the “975”. The “975” is father of “Rooie Duuk”, 2nd Olympiad pigeon Marathon Dortmund ’09. The grandfather from “Red Bullens” won 6th National St. Vincent and 69th National Barcelona. 

But … and now here it is…when the “Red Bullens” moved as a 4-year old cock to Emerveen, he showed himself immediately as a true top breeder: 

He is, coupled to different hens, father of several promising marathon pigeons, but two that really stand out are “Noel” and “Leonidas”. 

“Noel” NL11-1185771 from “Red Bullens” x “Peiren 671” (original Noël Peiren)
Won:     1st Ace bird NFC Marathon 2013
2             Cahors                      977b.               1,031km
24           Limoges                1,051b.                   861km
24           Bergerac                 929b.                   992km
754         St. Truiden         10,715b.                 240km               
893         Gennep                10,818b.                 130km


“Leonidas” NL12-1076994 from “Red Bullens” x “Miss Anke” (original Hermans-Hoekstra)
Won      1st National ace bird Marathon WHZB/TBOTB 2014

1             St. Vincent              523b.               1,176km
2             Bergerac              1,739b.                  992km
24           Limoges                1,108b.                  861km
980         St. Truiden         10,715b.                 240km               
849         Chalons                                6,639b.                  130km

No wonder that both “Noel” as “Leonidas” got a ticket direction breeding box. 


From the pairing "Red Bullens" x "Sadira" (sister of famous "Miss Waalre") were born "Maximus" and "Adar".

"Maximus" NL12-4703486
4th Nat.ace Sector IV Cat. Marathon '17              
6th National ace Fondspiegel Marathon '14-'17
1st Limoges Sector V against 2,166b.

"Adar" won: 2 Nat. ace Fondspiegel Marathon '14-'17

Out of the pairing "Red Bullens" x "Peiren 531" (a half sister of "Magic Barcelona") "Elza" was born.
"Elza" NL16-4783369 Won: 2 Orange 405b. - 3 Perigueux 1.004b. 

And what was to be expected happened. The unique genes of "Red Bullens" were also continued in the 2nd generation. 

So "Noel" , coupled to "Miss Anke", father of 

"Phidippides" NL15-1230917
Won: Olympiad bird Marathon Poznan '18 - 1 Limoges 825b. - 1 Ruffec 741b. - 3 Cahors 769b. - 4 St. Vincent 404b.

And coupled to "Peiren 514" is "Noel" father of:

"Henderikus" NL16-4784186

Won: 2nd National ace NPO Marathon '18
2 Orange 948b. - 2 Bergerac 559b. - 4 Perigueux 1,004b. 

And is "Leonidas" father of a/o:

"Evaristos": 1st Dax 646b. 
"Vitalis": 1st Perigueux Sector III and IV against 10,405b.
"Aristos": 1st St. Vincent, 1st Dax

What was the basis for this challenge? 
Marathon races ask for marathon birds.  With the purchase of "Red Bullens" our marathon project suddenly accelerated. The family of the "Red Bullens" brought more horsepower and the real "marathon grinta" came with the purchase of direct Peiren Noël (Zedelgem -B), and Hermans-Hoekstra (top hen "Miss Anke") pigeons. We have the feeling that "the whole project" clicks perfectly. New investments are made on a regular basis. Recently we bought "Walter" through family Herbots. "Walter" (original P.W.A. Van der Meulen) won at De Bruine the 1st National Barcelona '18 against 3,932b. at a distance of 1,151km. Internationally he scored the 4th prize against 15,700 Barcelona racers.

The international One-Loft-Races
As far as the OLR is concerned, these are mainly the same pigeons that do well here in one-day long distance. The lines of "Kjeld's Choice" and "Bjarne" x "Monique" are doing great. These lines crossed with original Marc Pollin pigeons give real "go-getters". Pigeons with an incredibly strong character who do not have the word "give up" in their dictionary.

"Kjeld's Choice" NL16-1072829 is father of a/o:

"Zambezi": 5th prize final flight OLR Victoria Falls '18 - Prize money $63,700
"One Loft Dream": 1st ace OLR Pattaya '18

Out of the pairing "Marc" (direct son national Libourne winner "Joe" x "Sister New Belgian Pride" - original Pollin Marc & Geert) x "Chinara" (daughter "Royal Dream" x "Razinda") was born "Viento".

"Viento" NL19-1244638
Won: 3rd prize final race SAMDPR 2020 (600km) - Prize money: 100,000 USD
"Viento" is a half-sister of "Arfid" : 8th Final race Pattaya OLR '21

Results One-loft-races


HS3:                      28e
Final Race:          27e en 88e
HS5:                      3e



  • Final Race:          5e
  • HS2:                      42e 


  • Final Race:          Winner
  • HS4:                      35e, 46e
  • HS3:                      19e         


  • Finale Race:       11e
  • HS4:                      38e 
  • HS1:                      16e, 38e
  • Enduro:               13e 



  • 430km: 54e, 56e 
  • 530km, final:     15e 


  • 330km: 7e 
  • 430km: 24e 
  • 530km, final:     1e, 22e 24e 

1e overall as duif

3e overall as duif


  • 330km: 29e, 33e 
  • 430km: 24e 


  • 330km: 11e, 30e 
  • 430km: 5e, 37e 
  • 530km, final:     47e 


  • 330km: 1e, 29e, 32e 
  • 430km: 3e, 5e, 7e, 19e
  • 530km, final:     8e, 9e, 18e, 42e 


  • 430km: 24e, 41e 
  • 530km, final:     39e



2005      24           Main Race                          Ned
                30           HS3                                       Kona Gold                          

2007      3             HS2                                       Ribbon
                2             HS5                                       Spacelink

2008      2             Main Race                          JD Action
                21           HS1                                       Tannenberg
                11           HS3                                       Raubritter
                16           HS3                                       Tannenberg                      

2009      3             Main Race                          Good Aim                           

2010      5             Main Race                          Royal Revenge
                16           Main Race                          Hawktalk
                44           Main Race                          Maiko
                49           Main Race                          Boomer
                1             HS2                                       Maybehesbornewithit
                18           HS2                                       Classic Speed
                7             HS3                                       Sheena
                2             HS5                                       Maybehesbornewithit
                9             HS5                                       Pirates of cove
                2             Grand Average Boomer
                16           Grand Average Maiko                   

2011      44           Main race                           Goldmark                           

2012      17           Main Race                          Tuvok
                22           Main Race                          Avignon
                29           Main Race                          New Immigrant                               

2013      39           Main Race                          Trisagion
                5             HS3                                       She's Medieval
                6             HS3                                       Lunedemiel
                7             HS3                                       Topshiner
                12           HS4                                       StarCrusader
                19           HS4                                       Lead me On 
                25           HS4                                       Tatertot
                18           HS5                                       She's Medieval
                21           HS5                                       Above Suspicion
                24           HS5                                       Marduc                               

2014      22           HS1                                       Reggea Princess
                24           HS1                                       Danestic
                15           HS2                                       Otis                       

2016      2             HS1                                       Sawa Sawa
                17           HS3                                       Leandro
                28           HS4                                       Dre
                30           Main Race                          Ainsley                 

2020      3             Main Race                          Viento