Cees Schroevers (Arnemuiden) belongs since many years to the best middle distance racers of Holland
04 Jan 2021
Arnemuiden: We are convinced that we’re not the only ones, but when we as pigeon fancier here the name Arnemuiden we have think immediately of Cees Schroevers. Cees is since many years a top fancier on the middle distance in the province Zeeland. Also the past season the Schroevers pigeons confirmed their class and were crowned once again as middle distance champion of the province. But also on a national level doesn’t Cees have to be shy on his results in comparison of the very best lofts as in 2019 he was crowned ‘Best Grandmaster Long Distance of Holland’ and this with a team of only 6 pigeons. Indeed, not a lot of pigeons to find as due to the limited loft space Cees races a team of only 18 couples on total widowhood. Next to these he breeds each year about 60 youngsters and on the breeding loft you can find 12 couples.
Cees works as a lock operator and seen he works in shifts he has really irregular hours. This is why the pigeons sometimes train in the morning, then again in the afternoon or in the evening. Cees doesn’t bother about it a lot: ‘My pigeons are used to it that no regularity is also regularity’ is what he says smiling ‘the class of the pigeon is still the most important thing but on the other side I must admit that the help from my wife and my brother Ko is very welcome. Without their help pigeon sport would be totally impossible for me.’
Cees came in contact with pigeon sport in 1984 when he stopped playing football and started to help out his father with the pigeons. Father and son Schroevers won a chain of top successes, with as absolute highlight their title of 1st National Champion Middle Distance and 1st General Champion Zeeland in 1991. Also immediately the last heroic act in pigeon sport from father Marien, who passed away in 1992. That year Cees won 2 more provincial victories on the lofts of his father…from 1993 he started racing from his current address where the new lofts were built. He had off course the big advantage to be able to start off with the ‘old breeding team’ that he took from the ‘old lofts’. This was built out of Klak/Janssen pigeons…the bigger part via Harry vd Mierden, who was loft manager in those days from Jos van Limpt (world known with the pseudonym ‘Jos Klak’). Also pigeons from Jos Mariën out the Belgian city Berlaar did their part of the success…although the family Schroevers never had a lot of pigeons, in those days the most about 14 widowcocks and 35 youngsters! Cees went looking to put in some new blood into his ‘old strain’, and if possible to strengthen it. He went to Koen Minderhoud (then in Westkapelle), who had a lot of success with his Gaby Vandenabeele pigeons. This is how Cees also stopped in Putte at the late Flor and sons Jos & Jules Engels . Cees really hit the rose over here and discovered in the coupling of two direct Engels pigeons a true ‘miracle couple’ existing out of “Flor 272/00” x “Bont Florke 265/00”… other acquisitions were found on Dutch ground in the form of direct Gerard Koopman-pigeons…who took care off fireworks immediately when crossing in with the above mentioned base pigeons!
Current base pigeons
“Azelio” x “Drie Vijfjes”
Cock “Azelio” coupled to hen “Drie Vijfjes” have been a fixed couple since years now. The offspring from “Azelio” we see at fathers’ side the Koopman pigeons (strains “Ermerveen’s Hope” and “Annelies”), mother is NL04-0406596 “Nadine” (1st provincial ace bird)
“De Drie vijfjes” is a daughter to “Dikke Flor” (BE01-6153820 - Flor Engels and son), coupled to a daughter “Jonge Bijter” from Koen Minderhoud. “De Drie Vijfjes” raced super herself with ao: 3rd NPO Tours 5,483b. – 6th Peronne 6,793b. – 10th Morlincourt 9,003b. – 19th Breuil 8,762b.)
What a luxury having such a top hen as “Kyara” on your loft. In 2013 this hen was crowned to General Ace bird in P.V. de Voorwaarts, Ace bird Middle Distance and 2nd General Ace bird in the union of 7 Department ‘Zeeland 96’. In 2014 ‘Kyara’ did amazingly again with no less than 3 1st prizes in the union! With top results such as 1st Meaux 1,533b. – 4th prov. 7,032b. - 1st Peronne 1,547b. – 1st Gien 645b. – 1st Pithiviers 494b. and so on…she earned her spot on the breeding loft.
“Kyara” is a direct daughter to “083-Son Superboy” x “Nova”. “083-Son Superboy” (NL11-3007083) won 1st Pithiviers 379b. – 5th Prov. 5,015b. – 2nd Breuil 1,144b.- 2nd Breuil 971b. – 15th Peronne 1,547b. – 29th Peronne 8,568b. . He is a son to base breeder “Superboy 775” (3rd prov. Ace bird Middle distance – 6th Nat. ace bird TBOTB ) x “Dream Lady” (won 3 x 1st - 12th , 20th , 37th , 41st , 47th , 56th , and 62nd NPO). Mother to “Kyara” is the classful hen “Nova”. “Nova” (NL14-3406432) won 42 prizes 1/10 – 11 x 1/100 and became 3rd Provincial Ace bird middle distance. On her palmaris you find 3 x 1st prize – 5th Niergnies 7,207b. – 7th Roye 9,328b.- 14th Peronne 1,527b. – 16th Fontenay 3,705b. – 34th Roye 9,498b. – 40th Arras 8,545b. – 62nd Pont 9,148b. – 64th Pont 9,062b. and so on. She is a direct daughter of the before mentioned base couple “Azelio” x “Drie Vijfjes” . So you can state that “Kyara” is the granddaughter to 4 superior base pigeons which form the current Schroevers colony.
Other children out of “083-Son Superboy” x “Nova” are
“Memphis”: 1st Fontenay 280b. -1st Roye 245b. – 6th Peronne 763b. – 7th Quievrain 819b. – 8th Auby 917b. – 12th Auby 1,520b.
“Julia”: 1st Chateauroux 557b. – 7th Nat. 11,922b.
“898-20”: 8th Quievrain 1,947b. – 34th Niergnies 6,562b.
“899-20”: 2nd Peronne 2,282b. – 38th Niergnies 6,562b.
“SuperBoy 775” B10-6163775
This direct Van Eynde-Goovaerts cock comes out of a grandson of the known “Kaasboer” from Gaston Van De Wouwer and out of the “253 Vichy-hen” from Van Eynde-Goovaerts. “Superboy 775” raced himself really hard and became 6th National Ace bird youngsters TBOTB.
But most impressive is which mark he left on the current strain of the Schroevers colony. Not only in first but also in 2nd generation he gives champions.
One of his known sons is “Golden Boy”
Most beautiful championships 2020
1st Middle Distance Champion Union West
1st Middle Distance Champion CC Walcheren
1st General Champion P.v. de Voorwaarts
1st Middle Distance Champion P.v. de Voorwaarts
1st Middle Distance Champion non-designated youngsters Union West
2nd Prov. Short Distance Champion non-designated youngsters Dept. Afd. Zeeland
2nd Short Distance Champion Youngsters Union West
4th Middle Distance Pigeon Champion Youngsters Union West 20-2016865
5th Short Distance Pigeon Champion Youngsters Union West 20-2016899
6th Middle Distance Pigeon Champion Union West 18-3818617
7th Prov. Short Distance Pigeon Champion Youngsters 20-2016899
7th General non-designated Dept. Zeeland
9th Short Distance Pigeon Champion Youngsters Union West 20-2016845
1st Pigeon Champion Youngsters P.v. de Voorwaarts 20-2016865
3rd Pigeon Champion Youngsters P.v. de Voorwaarts 20-2016863
5th Pigeon Champion Youngsters P.v. de Voorwaarts 20-2016845
8th General Pigeon Champion Union West 18-6066864 “Davina”
9th General Pigeon Champion Union West 18-6167559
8th Pigeon Champion Late Tour Union West 20-2016888
9th Pigeon Champion Late Tour Union West 18-6066864 “Davina”
6th General Pigeon CCW 18-6066864 “Davina”
7th General Pigeon CCW 18-6167559
9th General Pigeon CCW 17-3701890
3rd General Pigeon Union West 18-6066864 “Davina”
2nd General Pigeon CCW 18-6066864 “Davina”
2nd Pigeon Champion Late Tour CCW (4/4 races) 18-6066864 “Davina”
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