During the past ten years Michel Verweij and Peter de Haan have proved themselves to be top fanciers with excellent results in the Netherlands, both on a Provincial as well as on a National level.
The long distance fanciers from Mijdrecht gained National prominence with their ‘TOON’, one of the best long distance racers ever in the Netherlands in the races above 1000 km. but also their ‘Olympic Heintje’, she was a competitor at the Olympiad 2007. These two super pigeons were responsible for winning the prestigious Marathon North Championship two years in a row. This had never happened before.
The ‘TOON’ dynasty was responsible for the partners being crowned champions of the strong long distance club of North-Holland on nine occasions, also 8 Provincial victories. Furthermore champions of the North and South-Holland amongst others, both from the afternoon and morning liberations. Winners of the Golden Double from Barcelona and many, many top positions in the first one hundred National. All of this in just ten years! In a small loft!
A very exceptional pigeon bred from the ‘TOON’ dynasty is the ’Balotelli’. This grandson of the ‘TOON’ himself and a son of ‘Barry’ won in the top season 2015 the 1st International Bordeaux ZLU. Prior to that he already won 5th and 6th National Cahors morning liberations. A unique bird!!!
In the same Bordeaux race that year a half-sister of ‘Balotelli’ named ‘Mila’ won the 8th National and 10th International.
Half-brother ‘Batman’, also grandson of TOON and son of Barry, won 10th National Marseille in 2017
‘Kopie TOON’, an exceptional source pigeon. This full brother of the ‘TOON’ is already the sire and grandsire to three NPO winners.
‘Milos’, one of the absolute source pigeons, bred from a brother of ‘TOON’ claimed (Inter.) National fame because numerous children and grandchildren of his noted Provincial victories. His offspring have also won numerous cards in the National top ten.
An exceptional racing bird is ‘Messi’, a grandson of ‘Olympic Heintje’ and ‘Kopie TOON’.
Messi won on two occasions a 1st NPO! An example of how two top lines congregate.
Also Messi seems to be a special breeder. His children and grandchildren are racing very well.
Messi’s daughter ‘Miss Messi’ from 2015 won as yearling 23e International Narbonne and in 2017 three prices, and became 2nd acepigeon North Holland.
Also the very special ‘Red Rose’, a granddaughter of ‘Milos’ and ‘Olympic Heintje’.
She ended as 1st Acepigeon Perpignan ZLU 2014-2016 and 2nd International Acepigeon Pau 2015-2016. She raced two times a year and she won 12th Nat. Pau, 19th Nat. Perpignan, 32nd Pau and 32nd Perpignan.
‘Miss Milos’ is a new great star. She is a daughter of Milos and granddaughter of Messi.
In 2017 she won: 9e Nat. Perpignan 4.789d., 16e Internat 14.682d, 15e Nat. St Vincent ZLU ` 3.037d. 7e Int St Vincent 2.286 hens. 9e Internat. Perpignan 3.487 hens
3e Nat Acepigeon ZLU 2017 BOTB/WHZB.
The half-brother of ‘Miss Milos is ‘Red Messi’, he won 23e Nat Perpignan.
In 2015 ‘Joep’, being only a two year old, won the 10th Nat. Barcelona and the 19th Internat. Barcelona. Barcelona 2015 was one of the toughest in its history.
His half-brother ‘Willy Wonka’ raced in 2017 63e Nat. St Vincent ZLU and 82e Nat. Perpignan.
Descendants of ‘Superkweker Stet’ are well known for their ability to win in tough races, the likes of ‘Bolletje’ who won 1st, 4th National and ‘Ixia with the 15th, 16th, 30th, 33rd National.
The Verweij-de Haan partnership have recorded the DNA of their top pigeons via Gendika, so it is always possible to check the parentage. They decided to concentrate on inbreeding, this is extremely suitable for breeding!