55 YEARS OF PIGEONRACING
In 1946 I got my first two pigeons for my 9th birthday. In1948 I became a member of the youth section and I won the first race I participated in. It was the beginning of a long, beautiful but especially successful period with a great many victories in the races of up to and including 350 miles. From 1946 on I have not been without any pigeon one single day, not even when I successfully participated in cycle racing from 1954 until 1962.
first two pigeons I got for my birthday were two red pigeons
(without pedigrees) and that’s exactly the colour that I have not
liked to this very day. A few months later another two pigeons
“Tournier” joined them. These four pigeons formed gained my
first two pairs and with one of their youngster ones I even gained
my first provincial vitory in 1948.
As long as I have had pigeons, I have been a Janssen fan. As a result of my system of breeding, selecting and purchasing of new material, I have formed my own pedigree (race). In the meantime extraordinary successes are being archieved with the Braspenning pigeons in many countries of the world. For me this is a beautiful award for the unremitting drive to breed an even faster homing pigeon in which beauty and excellence go togethger. Not only in their own loft they know how to gain regular victories. Even better, also in many others.
Club life has always appealed to me. I have spent much of my free time on that. I started in the youth section as a contribution collector. Late on I became a youth secretary and in 1968 I was co-founder of a pigeon fanciers’ association, which very soon grew into one of the strongest of the area. I was a secretary and later chairman for many years.
In the meantime I have been writing for all kinds of pigeon magazines for 20 years and because I wanted to know everything about pigeons, I became a certified judge 25 years ago. During the pigeon season I have a programme about homing pigeons and cycling on our local radio station every Saterdaymorning. For more than 25 years I have dedicated myself by means of pigeonracing to the fight against cancer and in all these years the committe of which I am chairman has already donated more than $250.000,--.
I also had several executive functions within the cycling sport. For all those activities I was nominated “honorary member” of the Dutch Pigeon Organisation, The Dutch Bikesport Organisation and of my own bicyclecluc DTS.
This year I will be 65, the number of executive functions is getting fewer and fewer, but I’m still as fanatic and driven as 25 years ago. I still want to win every race.
On the homepage you see my loft. Upstairs on the left side are the three young bird lofts and in front of the loft are the aviaries. On the other side are the old birds racers, two parts for the 32 cocks and one for the 32 hens. I raced widowhood with cocks and hens. Downstairs is my pigeon office and the breedingloft with 24 pairs. Most of them are first prize winners or championbirds. Every year the best always go to the breedingloft. I think that the best always come from the best.
I’m very accurate as far as care is conserned and especially in the racing season everything happens at the very precise minute. The pigeons exercise twice a day for an hour and the whole year through mornings and nights they get the same “fligt” food, which consist of 28 different sorts of corn and beans a.s.o
So they never develop moulting or a mixturee of breeding. They do get some little mixture after each meal.
The most important medical attendance for me is selecting on health troughout the year, which starts in the nest. Ofcourse I regulary treat them especially in the racing season against small pox and paramixo. But normally I try to stay away from medicine as much as possible by selecting on health very rigidly. Performing becomes so much easier for the pigeons. Healthy pigeons orientate quicker, and if they have it in them to be able to fly fast and they like going home, it’s not so difficult to win races and achive excellent results. If you are that far, you will become a champion easy.
make the mistake that your pigeons will fly even faster you give
them medicines, elixers, pills and powders. Remember one thing very
cleraly; healthy homing pigeons always come home faster than all
those so-called “top” pigeons that are not healthy.
Europe a neutral commission of 7 experts, has a number of important
the E.E.C.(European Economic Community) came the question: Who in
Europe are official breeders?
must have minimal 50 years race pigeons,
fancier in Europe who can do on this condition was controlled by
investigation took 3 years for the results and then there was 1
Dutch fancier Bert Braspenning from Wijdewormer give every
the only one inside Europe that owns 2 of these appreciative