Piet Valk - super achievements in Assendelft!

Assendelft is a protracted village at the west side of big brother Zaandam and in the world of pigeon racing especially well-known for the overnight champions the Bruggeman brothers. But the last 8 years it is also the hometown of Piet and Joke Valk, who left behind their terrace house in Zaandam for a new house in Assendelft. Of course including a huge garden - a true paradise for pigeon fanciers. The house was re-decorated entirely, no problem for Piet as a former carpenter, and also very soon a beautiful pigeon accommodation arose. A racing loft of 8 meters, a breeding loft with aviary - that was really something else than the attic-loft in Zaandam. And directly the new racing loft met up to all expectations, because in 2004 with the young birds he was amongst the very best right from the start. Since 2005 the story of success continued!

Piet was born in 1951 in the village of Oostzaan. As a young lad he already had pigeons, just like his father from all kinds of strains. After he got married to Joke and had found a house in Zaandam, he started pigeon racing once again. He was especially fond of long distance racing at the time. In 1989 he moved to the address Acaciastraat and from there Piet raced his pigeons from an attic-loft. This was also his golden period, together with his friend Piet Rietvink it was pigeon racing at the absolute highest level. Rietvink had not much space for pigeons, therefore the breeders were housed at Piet’s place. The late eighties were historical for Piet Rietvink, his super hen “Van Moorsel” managed to become 3 times 2nd National ace hen and 1 time 1st National short distance pigeon of The Netherlands. “Van Moorsel” was bred by Piet Valk. At the time the two friends owned a super couple with a Janssen cock of Joop Offermans from Haarlem (named “Jupiter”) and a hen coming from short distance specialist Jan Kuyzer from Krommenie (named “Libera”). A whole bunch of top pigeons were bred from this pair and still descendants to them list superb performances for Piet Valk. In 1995 Piet Rietvink decided to quit and he sold all his pigeons including “Jupiter” to England. Piet Valk kept “Libera”, last year he still had the last child to this top pair at his breeding loft and bred three youngster from this 1990 cock. The majority of Piet’s pigeons are Janssen based through Joop Offerman and Jan Kuyzer. And since 1993 grandchildren to the world famous “James Bond” from Bertie Camphuis were acquired, also a golden hit, in 1996 a yearling hen became 3rd short distance racer of The Netherlands.

New start in 2004
The year 2003 was the last year Piet Valk raced from Zaandam, but the season was ended in a characteristic way: winning the overall title in Federation. Piet took all his birds with him from Zaandam and bred 100 youngsters for himself, so he could make a good selection at the end of the year. The youngsters were entered from the first until the last race of the young birds program and afterwards also on 4 late tour races; so all together 11 times in the basket.
He formed 16 pairs from them for short and middle distance and 12 pairs for one day long distance racing. The breeding loft houses about 20 pairs and for himself about 75 youngsters were bred. The breeders were paired up approx December 5th and brought up the first round themselves, the second round is placed under the short-/middle distance racers. The hens of the racers were taken out when the youngsters were 14 days old and the cocks brought up the youngsters. After that they were not paired up again. The one day long distance pigeons were paired February 10th and Piet let them breed-over, after that they were not paired up again.

Many tosses
About 4 weeks before the first race Piet starts training the racers, first two times from Hoofddorp, than about 8 times from Leimuiden (approx 30 km). Already for many years Piet races his pigeons on double widowhood system, so he starts with quite a big racing team. Before a race with 1 night basket, he always shows the partner varying from 15 minutes to half an hour - major reason: it is than easier to grab the pigeons. When the pigeons get home the partners can stay together until the night, only shorter when the race was very easy at a short distance. In between the races the pigeons are brought for tosses 1 time a week to Leimuiden. Joke brings them away and liberates the hens first, the cocks fifteen minutes later. When they return Piet calls them in at their own lofts directly. After the last old birds race from Chateauroux the partners get to stay together, Piet lets them breed for three days and puts them on the widowhood system once again. The week before the first late tour race the old birds were trained from Leimuiden three times. And with success, for example witnessed by the super result from Meer, with 19 pigeons in the top 30 in combine!!!

Feeding system old birds
From Sunday until Tuesday evening the hens get a light mixture consisting of 50% barley and 50% Zoontjens diet. Wednesday morning until Thursday morning they get 50% racing mixture and 50% Zoontjens diet. And from Thursday evening until Friday morning racing mixture of Mariman. For races with two nights in the basket the whole schedule is moved forward 1 day. Piet feeds his pigeons on the floor. From Sunday until Tuesday evening the cocks get Gerry-Plus of Versele Laga, afterwards they are fed up little by little with the Mariman racing mixture and 1 day before basketing 100% racing mixture. Furthermore the pigeons get peanuts to supply new fat reserves.

The youngbirds
They are housed in a huge section and youngsters are put in until the middle of April. The youngsters are trained a lot too, about twenty times from 5 km and the last ten times from Leimuiden, all pigeons are liberated at the same time. Besides they are all entered for the training tosses organized by the Amal.
During the races the youngsters can build nests when they want to, all youngsters are entered for all races, including 5 late tour races. Just like the old birds, the youngsters are darkened first and then they are given extra light. Piet’s selection criterion is performance, some top positions ensure a spot in next years racing loft. The youngsters get the same mixture all week through consisting of 50% Mariman racing mixture, 25% Zoontjens diet and 25% barley.
When the pigeons return home from a race they get clear drinking water. Before Piet goes to the club, they get fresh drinking water with glucose.

Medical supervision
Before the pairing, the racers get a 3 weeks coli cure of dr. Van der Sluis in the drinking water in November. The racers get this cure in December, and that is all until the races start. When they return home from the races they get the day after return until Sunday evening BS of Belgica De Weerd, a week later varied with Ridsol S of Dr. Van der Sluis.
Five days before Piet starts training them, the youngsters get Orni Special for five days. To what all mentioned above can lead, is shown by the following supreme results:

NL01-1687019 Piet Valk, 5th National racing hen WHZB 2003.
This hen became a super breeding hen for Piet Valk in the past years.

Some children of this 019 hen are:
- Hen NL04-1865132 - 132 Daughter 019
- Hen NL04-1865133 - 133 Daughter 019
- Hen NL05-1210028 - De 028 Daughter 019
- Hen NL05-1210029 - De 029 Daughter 019
- Cock NL07-1650287 FALCON, 5th best cock of Holland in 2010

Some grandchildren of this 019 hen are:
- Cock NL07-1650331 DE BOURGES
- Cock NL07-1650332 - 332 Grandson 019

See for details of these pigeons pedigrees and result sheets (without doubles!) see linked documents above.

Some results from the start of the season 2012

07.04.12 Meer, 110 km. Club 330 pigeons 1,2,5,6,18,21,23,25,26,28,30 etc.
  Federation 2369 p. 7,16,37,38,97,115,117,126 etc.
14.04.12 Duffel, 156 km. Club 395 pigeons 2,3,5,9,10,14,15,16,17,26 etc.
  Federation 2541 p. 18,20,28,53,55,89,90,93,95 etc.
21.04.12 Nivelles 214 km. Club 376 pigeons 5,7,8,18,19,33,25 etc.
  Federation 2411 p. 49,58,75,128,129 etc.
29.04.12 Nivelles 214 km. Club 381 pigeons 9,10,13,19,21,26 etc.
  Federation 2426 p. 44,53,71,141,144 etc.
08.05.12 Meer 110 km. Club 317 pigeons 1,2,7,13,15,23,24,25,27,28,29,32 etc.
  Federation 2017 p. 2,15,42,60,63 etc.
12.05.12 Chateaudun 547 km. Federation 1.326 p. 8,9,12,21,47,57,62,67,74 etc.
  Nat. NPO 10.198 p. 66,67,81,116,286,389,460,500,553 etc.

Some results from earlier seasons

Chimay, 274 km. Club 570 p. 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,15,16,17,24,37,38,39,40,43,52,53,54,60 etc.
  Federation 2496 p. 3,4,5,7,10,15,16,43,53,55,80 etc.
Peronne, 312 km. Club 292 p. 1,8,9,16,17,18,19,21,27,28,35,36,37,38 etc.
  Federation 1554 p. 1,18,19,60,61,63,64,66,79,87 etc.
Orleans, 545 km. Club 482 p. 1,3,6,13,17,24,30,32,41,45,51,53,61 etc.
  Federation 1576 p. 2,10,15,34,40,56,66,78,98 etc.
Morlincourt, 347 km. Club 347 p. 1,2,3,4,6,13,15,20,21,22,23,26,31,32,34,35,37 etc.
  Federation 1759 p. 2,6,7,8,10,25,27,47,48,50,52,58 etc.
Blois, 597 km. Club 266 p. 1,7,9,12,15,16,20,23,24,28,40,43,59 etc.
  Federation 836 p. 1,26,34,43,47,50,60,77,86,99 etc.
  Nat. NPO 5971 p. 5
Tours, 637 km. Club 176 p. 1,2,3,5,6,7,13,20 etc.
  Federation 724 p. 3,4,5,15,19,22,47,67 etc.
  Nat. NPO 4112 p. 3,4,5,55,66,88 etc.
Blois, 597 km. Club 215 p. 1,4,5,6,9,10,11,12,15,16 etc.
  Federation 1243 p. 3,17,20,21,38,40,41 etc.
  Nat. NPO 6837 p. 15
Baden-Baden, 477 km. Club 251 p. 1,2,4,6,9,10,13,15,16,17,19,20 etc.
  Federation 1374 p. 4,13,20,24,29,32,36,38,46,53 etc.
  Nat. NPO 7138 p. 16,47,78,94 etc.
Peronne, 312 km. Club 199 p. 1,3,4,5,6,7,11,14,16,18,21,26,27,28,30 etc.
  Federation 953 p. 1,8,10,11,12,14,32,38,41,46,54 etc.
Bergen op Zoom, 115 km. Club 781 p. 1,2,4,5,6,8,9,10,11,13,14,17 etc.
  Federation 3461 p. 3,4,7,8,9,11,13,14,24,37,38,42 etc.
Harchies, 235 km. Club 517 p. 1,3,7,8,13,14,15,16,17,21,22,23,24,28 etc.
  Federation 1958 p. 1,7,23,24,34,35,36,37,38,55,60,61,62,79,82,85,88,92,96 etc.
Nijvel, 213 km. Club 809 p. 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,11,12,16,17 etc.
  Federation 3723 p. 2,3,7,9,17,36,37,40,50,60,72,78 etc.
Peronne, 312 km. Club 782 p. 1,3,4,5,7,8,16 etc.
  Federation 3666 p. 1,3,5,8,13,17,39 etc.
  Provincial 22628 p. 4,29,36,41,79,89 etc.
Bourges, 623 km. Club 192 p. 1,2,3,4,5,9,14,15,18,23,25 etc.
  Federation 950 p. 1,2,3,4,10,22,29,30,34,44,53,61,62,64 etc.
  Nat. NPO 6798 p. 8,13,14,15,49,98,135 etc.
Chateauroux, 668 km. Club 193 p. 1,2,10,12,15,16,17,20,21,23 etc.
  Federation 871 p. 1,5,28,33,49,50,52,58,62,71 etc.
  Nat. NPO 6009 p. 17,68,178,204 etc.
Meer, 110 km. Club 715 p. 1,2,3,14,18,22,34,35,36,37,39 etc.
  Federation 3304 p. 1,2,3,22,27,30,37,78,79,81,82,84,87 etc.
Bergen op Zoom, 115 km. Club 731 p. 1,4,5,7,8,9,19,21,22,23,24,25 etc.
  Federation 4731 p. 1,12,15,18,19,21,50,56,59,76,84 etc.
Duffel, 156 km. Club 441 p. 1,2,3,4,5,6,11,13,14,15,16,20,21 etc.
  Federation 3622 p. 1,22,23,25,27,31,59,63,72,77,81 etc.
Strombeek, 179 km. Club 648 p. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,15,17,18 etc.
  Federation 2823 p. 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,23,26,27,28,29 etc.
Bourges, 623 km. Club 163 p. 1,2,3,5,6,8,9,10,12,14 etc.
  Federation 763 p. 2,5,6,8,11,16,24,28,35,42,63 etc.
  Nat. NPO 6288 p. 13,27,30,38,54,65 etc.
Strombeek, 179 km. Club 342 p. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16 etc.
  Federation 1942 p. 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,11,13,14,19,22,24,25,26,27 etc.
Bourges, 623 km. Club 280 p. 1,2,4,6,10,12,18 etc.
  Federation 1286 p. 3,13,29,44,48 etc.
  Nat. NPO 7640 p. 10,46,98 etc.
Tours, 637 km. Club 169 p. 1,3,7,8,9,10 etc.
  Federation 961 p. 6,13,28,41,44,52 etc.
  Nat. NPO 6565 p. 15,36,86,143,147 etc.
Chateaudun, 547 km. Club 262 p. 2,5,9,11,13,14,16,19 etc.
  Federation 1518 p. 3,18,30,41,43,47,50,59,88 etc.
  Nat. NPO 11596 p. 3,76,134,177,180,192,214,264 etc.
Orleans, 546 km. Club 242 p. 3,5,8,9,10,11 etc.
  Federation 1493 p. 4,10,15,18,23,29 etc.
  Nat. NPO 10126 p. 16,45,79,95,127,169 etc.

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