Piet de Vogel Oude Tonge
A world-class long distance loft. At the top for 20 years!
Piet de Vogel is a passionate long distance fancier who has been performing at the top of Dutch long distance racing for years and now he also enjoys International recognition.
He studied economics and did an MBA in the USA/NL. With this background, he worked professionally as a consultant, interim manager and entrepreneur. Currently he is an entrepreneur in pigeon sport and is co-owner and initiator of the successful auction site for the extreme long distance www. toppigeons.nl. In other areas, he also plays an important role within the sport of pigeon racing. He is a respected author of pigeon sport articles and would like to share his knowledge and experience with others.
He was also partly responsible for the launch of the very successful TopPigeons PE granule.
His passion, however, is pigeon racing and in particular the distance races (extreme long distance). At the beginning of the nineties he started racing alias his own name and a decision was made to specialize for the full 100 at the extreme long distance marathon races.
His colony was built with birds from top fanciers in his own region. One of the best regions in the country for the long distance. The basis pigeons were acquired from the likes of Jan Polder, Wim Kooreman, G. Kievit. Pigeons with a lot of the Steketee blood in their veins. The latter built his strain with the birds of Jan Cools (a good friend of Jan Aarden) complemented with a pinch of the Van Wanroij sort.
In addition, with the birds of Herman Brinkman (v/d Wegen) and the Brugemann Bros. (Oostenrijk/Müller) a successful strain of pigeons was moulded that Piet de Vogel further perfected through years of selecting by means of their performances in the toughest races. Renowned birds of that period were the ‘ULLRICH” and the “MONTY BOY.
In was this period that saw the introduction of the famous source cock the ”JONGE STAYER” to the loft. This son of the International Ace Pigeon Long Distance, known as the “STAYER” of Jac. Steketee, would develop into a super breeder in the loft of Piet de Vogel. One of the best of his generation.
In 2006, the West European Super Marathon championship was won and a decision was made to give the strain a further impulse with the purchase of numerous National and International winners and ace pigeons!
Due to the purchase for example of the “PAARSBORST” (twofold National winner) and the “CAS” (Best International Barcelona Bird 2009-2010) from Ko Van Dommelen and the ‘TARBES” (a top bird with a noble Florizoone origin via the late Fons van Ophuizen) the current strain got a massive impulse.
Recently the best from the ZLU legends WIJNANDS & SON were purchased. Children of their best breeder and from their National ace pigeons are now housed in the stock lofts. For the Barcelona races the best was acquired from Frans Bungeneers and Jellema/Beens.
The future of the loft can therefore be seen with the great confidence!
In my own loft, more than 20 years of top performances, early prizes, championships and National ace pigeons!
In a small accommodation, the birds are thoroughly tested in the toughest International classics from the moment they turn into yearlings. Due to excessive specialization, a non-stop type of racing pigeon has emerged that can easily bridge distances of 850 – 1000 km in one day.
The number of ace pigeon titles on a National level therefore deserves the greatest respect. If you relate this to the number of young pigeons bred for my own use (about 40), the question is justified: “who does have better”?!
The amount of successes in my own loft are too many to mention here. Yet we would like to mention some of the highlights.
In the local NIC Middelharnis more than twenty-five 1st prizes in races from 800 to 1170 km
St Vincent 6x (ZLU & NPO), Bordeaux/Agen ZLU (4x), Barcelona (2x), Perpignan (2x), Mont de Marsan (2x), Cahors (3x), Pau (2x), Marseille (2x), Bergerac (2x)
3 wins on a Semi-National level in the SNZH (Combine North & South-Holland): Mont de Marsan NPO, Barcelona & Agen ZLU
National top positions
2nd Agen ZLU
2nd Mont de Marsan NPO (morning lib.)
3rd Mont de Marsan NPO
3rd St. Vincent NPO
4th Cahors NPO (morning lib.)
5th Pau ZLU
6th Agen ZLU
6th Narbonne ZLU
6th Cahors NPO
7th Bergerac NPO
8th Narbonne ZLU
9th Narbonne ZLU
9th St. Vincent NPO
10th St. Vincent NPO
11th St. Vincent NPO
11th Bordeaux ZLU
11th Cahors NPO (morning lib.)
13th Cahors NPO (morning lib.)
13th Bergerac NPO
13th Bordeaux ZLU
16th Barcelona ZLU
17th Agen ZLU
18th Narbonne ZLU
20th Narbonne ZLU
Championships on a (semi-)National level:
1st Keizer Champion ZLU Combine North & South-Holland 2016
1st Ace Pigeon ZLU International Races over 4 years 2013-2016
1st Ace Pigeon ZLU St. Vincent over 4 years 2013 – 2016
6th Ace Pigeon ZLU 2016
2nd Int. Marathon Champion EUROPA CUP Arge Euskirchen 2015
9th Ace Pigeon ZLU 2015
4th Ace Pigeon ZLU 2012
1st Keizer Champion Overall Combine North & South-Holland 2011
5th Ace Pigeon ZLU 2011
2nd Ace Pigeon ZLU 2009
3rd INT. COMPETITION EXTREME LONG DISTANCE GOLDEN BIRD 2008
1st WEST EUROPEAN SUPER MARATHON CHAMPION 2006
1st NAT. ACE PIGEON ZLU (2002-2006)
1st NAT. ACE PIGEON ZLU (2003-2007)
2nd NATIONAL MARATHON CHAMPION 2006
2nd PIPA IATP RANKING 2006
3rd NATIONAL MARATHON CHAMPION 2004
In addition, he is very proud of the scores of worldwide references!