The story of my life with pigeons
UPDATED October 2016
The story of my life with pigeons goes back many years but the most important part really starts in
2005. At that time I was the owner of Fenelon Falls Marina and was living on site. As a means of getting away from my business despite
being so close I started keeping racing pigeons again and also joined the Lindsay and District Flying Club flying in the Eastern Ontario
Combine and the Up North Combine. From the start my wife Marie and I were always on the lookout for ways to improve our flying performances
and overall team. It was in 2005 that we met with Tom Powers from England who was living in Canada and had also joined the Lindsay
club and an immediate friendship was formed and is still working today. We had many discussions with Tom about our methods and it
was decided that using his extensive knowledge of the top performing European families, we would update our stock team.
was a name that kept coming up, Tom still had some of his birds in a loft back in the U.K., so we decided to purchase 5 pairs direct
from Gerard. To this base we also introduced birds from other fanciers that had used Koopman’s pigeons, the likes of Koen Van Roy
and Jacob Poortvliet. These pigeons are world famous for their performances in National racing and the many one loft races that they
are entered into around the world.
We have a tradition here of always trying to introduce new young pre-potent stock and this led to
the family of De Rauw / Sablon pigeons coming to Fenelon. This family of pigeons have a beauty about them but they can also fly the
long end and win. They are an inbred family so the best results can be achieved by using them as an outcross.
More recently birds from
Heremans Cuesters and Janssen have been added. Keeping up to date, the latest purchase from Gerard Koopman has the blood of Jan Hooyman’s
Harry running through its veins. All of the stock pigeons are kept in individual breeding pens to guarantee the pairings are true.
is not just a breeding set up but it is also a racing loft. This enables the stock bred here to be truly tested as we would not send
out pigeons that we would not be happy to keep ourselves.
In the seasons 2009 and 2010 in partnership with Tom Powers flying these
bloodlines we won 46 x 1st in club racing, 39 x 2nd and many other minor positions. In the Combine we also took 6 x 1st. This golden
period also bought the win of a car in the Canadian National Auto Band Race.
The Marina was sold and that has meant that very little
racing was done in the 2013
and 2014 seasons but the birds are now settled in both the racing loft and breeding pens at their new
2015 new acquisition of 5 pair of the new superstar of Holland
Jan Hooymans (Harry's bloodline ) to our loft
Harry blood line has been crossed into major players Best breeders
Gerald Koopman / Pieter Veenstra / Leo Heremans / D &
L van Dyck
We have taken the opportunity to purchase some of these unique breeding from the best of the best
See for yourself, click
on Jan Hooymans
and see our new acquisitions.