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The Introduction of the Eijerkamp Long Distance Strain

The long distance loft
Under the all encompassing name Eijerkamp-Fond the descendants of the legendary base lines in combination with the purchase of pigeons of exceptional class and top flyers, were brought under one roof in our loft. The rounds of youngsters which were acquired first from Adrianus vd Wegen and Sons and later from Lucie and Antoon vd Wegen still run like a thread through the Eijerkamp-Fond strain. The standard bearer though was the "Kleine Donkere" from Jan Hendrix from Broekhuizenvorst. In 1979 this phenomenon - of Van Wanroy origin - was 1st National Ace Pigeon and an Olympiade pigeons and the many top positions won by his descendants, demonstrate that the genetic capacity of the "Kleine Donkere" were at an "out of this world" level. The crossing material for this top line were at the time mainly the Jan Aarden pigeons (via Piet de Weerd, Oomens, Meesters, Delbar, Toon Ligtenberg and Staf Dusarduijn).
In the nineteen eighties it was the famous "Musketier" line which through their excellent performances on the very heavy classic races, emphatically had the attention directed their way; especially the "Blauwe Musketier" and his grandchild "Jonge Musketier" differentiated themselves from "the pack". However, it was a descendant of the "Kleine Donkere" that took over the role of standard bearer for the long distance colony, a pigeon known as the "Black Giant". "On every feather he carries a gold nugget" was once written about him, seeing that he won, one after the other, 19th National Bergerac, 41st National Bergerac and 1st National Bergerac, this certainly wasn't a lie. Particularly because he has provided superior progeny. Examples being: "Henry" (12th National Ace Pigeon), "Asterix" (3rd - 11th - 17th - 89th National), "Frank"de Boer" (9th - 20th - 37th National), etc.
During the Eighties and Nineties Hans Eijerkamp also purchased pigeons in the Netherlands - or Belgium - that were capable of the greatest feats, but not always those that per se descended from the "basis line" of Van de Wegen, Jan Aarden or Van Wanroy - but sometimes those too. This is how icons such as "Katja"(1st National Bergerac 1996), "Bergerac 94"(1st National Bergerac 1994) and "Cartier" (2nd International Perpignan) came to have an essential influence in the Eijerkamp-Fond colony.
Summary of the foundation pigeons of the Eijerkamp-Fond strain