The foundation of the strain of top racers from Siebren Wierstra.
Siebren’s foundation of his present loft not only offers us some good reading but also gives a nice insight into the fact that there is only a small pool of really outstanding pigeons which leave their genetic mark in our sport. That has always been the main principle on which Siebren has formed his couples, the main pigeons of his strain: They must be able to win head prices against large numbers (thousands) of competitors.
In order to achieve that, a tremendous amount of loft visits have been conducted, many pigeons were bought and also a lot of them were removed. Literally, because Siebren will never sell a bird in which he doesn’t have any faith!
How was this
strain built that we’re talking about?
The first seriously winning birds showed up in the early 80’s, and amongst them were a full brother and sister; namely “Blue 36” and the super smart hen “Witpen 54”. They were bred of the old 111-line of Siebren, mixed with the best Janssen blood of Tiny van Herpen. Their mother was bred off two direct Janssen’s, line of the Jonge Raket of 76 x Oude Vos. Pigeons like this “Blue 36” and “Witpen 54” were birds Siebren wanted his strain to be like (and who wouldn’t ?!). “Blue 36” won a.o. 1st against 1748 p., 1st against 5797 pigeons and Witpen 54 won amongst others 5 firsts of which the best were 1st of 4205 and 1st of 5883 (Al results mentioned are without doubles!)
In 1988 two youngsters came to the loft of Siebren, which later played an important role in the foundation of the strain for future years. One of them was a beautiful light chequered cock (NL88-2958361) which was a grandson of the world foreknown 019-cock of the Janssen brothers of Arendonk. The other was a vale Janssen hen (NL88-1216180) “Angelique”, descending from the best lines of Wout Smeulders available ( brother Rode Appie and daughter Marietje). The “361” came from Henk Simonsz and had an astonishing pedigree, filled with superpigeons who showed their royal blood also in performances. Angelique came from the golden Smeulderspair of Piet Schrijvers, a couple that wrote history in Holland.
Lets start with the earlier mentioned grandson 019, “the 361” of Siebren, who was bred from a direct (!) son of the legendary 019 of the Janssen brothers paired to “Autoduifje”. This line is still the foundation of the present-day loft of Siebren, which he enriched with other noble lines and topbreeders.
"Autoduifje" was bred by Henk Simonsz from a real phenomenal breedingcouple.
The cock of this couple was bred from a sister of the 73 of Gijs Peters
which was Holland’s best pigeon in “Wie heeft ze beter”. Mother came from a
direct daughter of the “019” from the Janssen Brothers of Arendonk, through
Tiny van Herpen.
Henk was now able to make his own dreampair (inbred to 019 with a superior hen) by mating this direct “Son 019” to the gifted hen “Autoduifje” (who was also offspring from this 019). It was indeed a dreampair, as the youngsters born from this couple appeared to be superbreeders, amongst them was the “361” which went to Siebren. One of his brothers went to Reke Stobbelaar from Diemen and turned out to be his foundationcock, delivering many first prize winners in large combines.
amount of superflyers which Siebren bred from the “361” is truly amazing,
they won many firsts in the large combine. Besides that, many toplines of
other strains fitted perfectly well, like the Smeulderscouple. A nice
example of this is “Topgun”, a well built son who won 1st of 2900 and 4882
pigeons. Topgun’s mother was Voske 605 who, like her sister Angelique, came
from the famous Smeulderskoppel and was closely related to legendary pigeons
like “Rooie Appie”, Wonderboy 05 and 06 and James Bond.
Siebrens own loft it was mainly “Angelique” mated with descendants of the
019-line, which brought tremendous successes, over 15 first prices. Others
also discovered the class of Wierstra’s pigeons, like mr. Brandsma who won a
first in Afdeling K against 8419 birds. It’s father came from Siebren and
was bred from a daughter of Angelique.
It was in 1995 that Siebren got the opportunity to buy a full brother of the famous Autoduifje from Henk Simonsz, which waas at the loft of mr. Stobbelaar in Diemen. Allthough the little blue cock was getting older (NL88-868), Siebren bred four beautiful young cocks from him in 1996. One of them (Quattro) won a first on Creil as a youngbird already! Along with his three brothers (“Spider-Bullit and Arrow“) they would play an important role in the development of Siebren’s strain.
end of 1996 Siebren’s complete loft was sold through Sportmagazine de Duif,
with exception of the youngsters from that year. Among them were the before
mentioned 4 brothers, which he had bred from the brother of the ‘Autoduifje’,
they stayed with Siebren. This sale was a huge success, although he had to
say goodbye to many of his top birds.
the house progressed brick by brick, Siebren also started looking for new
material to mate with the remaining pigeons, mainly 019- and Smeuldersline.
Henk Simonsz helped him, because he, like no other, knew what to look for.
At first the loft of Ulrich (Arnhem) came into sight, where Henk had
discovered a wonderful couple (Vechter x Diana), which bred several winners.
Ulrich’s pigeons were mainly based on the strain of the world-famous Ad
Schaerlaeckens from Baarle Nassau and it occurred that Ulrichs loft was sold
hunt for great pigeons went on with topspeed: at the loft of Oldehaven in
Vorden were great Smeulderspigeons, and Siebren bought several from the very
best. Later he discovered that among them was an excellent breeder, which
was good enough to encompass into the strain. Here name: Blue Mealy
(96-751). It was not just a well built and beautiful hen, but also fitted
the old line of the Smeulderscouple like butter on bread.
Another hit was Dark Angel (99-872), which was bought at the international
sale of the famous loft Brouwers-Kodama from Grevenbicht. There were some
brothers and sisters from the ‘Raket-line’, who all excelled on national
level. The most incredible pigeon from this line was National King, a real
eye-catcher, who raced exceptionally. The reason why Siebren wanted
offspring from this bird was that he won two nationals: Bordeaux and München!!
is a first from the South-line of flight (Bordeaux), but also a first
National from the East (München), which is not only unique, but also a mark
of the best of pigeon racing. Siebren bought a small dark hen from this
National King (99-872), which he named “Dark Angel”.
“Although the construction of his new home took most of his precious time, Siebren ended in the top three in the Gouden Duif in the period 2004-2006, amongst big guns as Kees Bosua and G & S Verkerk “
All this occured while Siebren was still building his house, so the pigeons were under a minimum of care. Some results from this period (2004-2006) were:
Siebren also went looking for people who bought the Autoduifje (88-868) in
his totalsale. The 4 young cocks which he had bred shortly before the sale
in 1996, were such great breeders, that he had to obtain some more. The cock
was sold to the known brothers Van de Heuvel from Gouderak, who also bred a
topracer from him in the meantime. Unfortunately the ‘Brother Autoduif’ was
too old and not fertile anymore.
In 2006 the house was finished and also the lofts were ready for the real work. Allthough much time was put in the building of the house, at least they were not lost for pigeonracing, because despite all the hard work, Siebren was able to further build his strain. This strain has developed into a real goldmine of quality-birds, bred for success against large numbers of competitors, under the most harsh conditions!
|“Big news pulblished in the NP orgaan june 2007. Alwin Petrie wins again, with a pigeon from the Autowinnaar of Henk Bussing. This Autowinnaar was bred by Siebren for Henk, from the phenomenal Smart Devil (brother 1e nat. Orleans) x Dark Angel (daughter National King, winning two big nationals)!”|