1. Nat. Ace Young De Allerbeste 2018
1. Nat. Ace Young Pipa 2018
1. Nat. Ace Young Fondspiegel 2018
2. Nat. Ace Young Short Dist. WHZB 2018
5. Nat. Ace Young Middle Dist. WHZB 2018
|3.||NPO Peronne||5,900 pigeons||**|
|8.||NPO Troyes||3,836 pigeons||**|
|24.||NPO Nanteuil||5,215 pigeons|
LUKA MODRIĆ THE PAST AND THE FUTURE
Superlatives aren’t enough as we breathlessly read the jaw-dropping performances of the wonder pigeon Luka Modrić"Luka Modrić". During the hard 2018 season, with it's ever-changing and sometimes extreme weather conditions, he came home at the appropriate time, each and every week.
He was raced eight times, and eight times he showed his almost limitless talents. He proved to be a versatile and reliable pigeon. Wind on his back or wind on his nose, short distance, middle distance made no difference to him. He was not only an Ace pigeon but also a finisher, who could win a race against 833 pigeons (1st Bierges) and win against 2,748 pigeons (1st Niergnies). What about his stunning feats, on the NPO races:
- 3rd NPO Peronne against 5,900 pigeons
- 8th NPO Troyes against 3,836 pigeons.
Not beat by just any pigeon but by loft mates each time. That’s two times Teletext! He flew no less than 6 times in the top 1 %, the other two were a 35th from Tienen against 3,977 pigeons, and a 24th NPO from Nanteuil against 5,215 pigeons, he almost made it 7 by placing 13th from Geel against 1,292 pigeons. That’s truly exceptional! The only time he flew a bit later, he placed 56th from Laon against 2,597 pigeons, still an excellent race.
Hans Eijerkamp (84) has been in the pigeon sport since childhood and has never had a young pigeon of such exceptional calibre in his loft. Who has? Keep an eye on the ’63 (Luka Modrić"Luka Modrić") this coming winter when the international and national honours are announced!
1. Nat. Ace Youngsters NPO 2018
1. Nat. Ace Youngsters PIPA 2018
1. Nat. Ace Youngsters FOndspiegel 2018
1. Nat. Ace Youngsters De Allerbeste 2018
1. Nat. Ace Short Distance Croatia
2. Nat. Ace All-round De Allerbeste 2017
|1.||Prov. Dubasari||10,187 pigeons|
Every soccer fan knows Luka Modrić. He is one of the "Rael Madrid" stars, the best player of the World Cup tournament, 2018, and winner of the "Golden Ball". Luka is Croatian by birth, as is Oliver Sabol, the "loft manager", for Eijerkamp, where the wonder pigeon Luka Modrić"Luka Modrić" resides. How do you breed such an outstanding pigeon? Let’s emphasize that, firstly, it does take a little luck, perhaps a lot of luck. But, windfalls don't just happen, you can plan and navigate towards them. Luka Modrić"Luka Modrić", is a product of a crossing of two outstanding bloodlines. On his father’s side, we see the Heremans-Ceusters, that is Jackpot Junior"Jackpot Junior", a son of the famous Jackpot"Jackpot".
This super breeder also produced Olympic Vivian"Olympic Vivian" and Dirk van Dijck’s "Di Caprio.", and many more super races and super breeders. Take, for example, on the Eijerkamp lofts, a Jackpot"Jackpot" son, Ted"Ted", and his fabulous list of honours.
Jackpot"Jackpot", the cock bird with the beautiful wine red eyes, is fast becoming a legend! One of the very best sons of the imposing and world-famous, Leo Heremans, foundation pigeon the Olympiade"Olympiade 003" .
Hans and Evert Jan Eijerkamp were tipped off at an early stage, by the dentist, Willem De Bruin, on the unlimited sprint and orientation qualities of the Heremans pigeons. From the very beginning, the direct and those banded out of them showed their class at the "Greenfield Stud". Hans and Evert Jan were quickly convinced! Partly due to the Eijerkamp success with his pigeons, the name Leo Heremans became legendary, and everyone knows the rest of his story.
|2. Prov. Ace pigeon Old Birds Section 8 in 2014
4. Prov. Ace pigeon Old Birds Section 8 in 2015
|2.||NPO Nanteuil||4,720 pigeons|
|4.||Asse Zellik||5,741 pigeons|
"Honda" is mother to 'Luka Modric',
1. Nat. Ace pigeon Young NPO in 2018
1. Nat. Ace pigeon Young De Allerbeste 2018
1. Nat. Ace pigeon Young PIPA 2018
1. Nat. Ace pigeon Young De Fondspiegel 2018
A pigeon, as we all know, has both a mother and a father. Their offspring inherit qualities from both sides. In the case of Luka Modrić"Luka Modrić", it is not just that he is out of a crossing of two "big names". Nowadays almost all of us can cross pigeons out of famous bloodlines.
For the Eijerkamp’s the name is only one detail. The parents and the performance of their lineage is much more important! The mother of Luka Modrić"Luka Modrić", is a pigeon of Janssen origin. Not just a Janssen pigeon, but an outstanding racer. She flew to the Eijerkamp lofts four years in a row and was brilliant. A real Ace pigeon, she won many top prizes and several titles. For example, she was 2nd an 4th Provincial Ace Pigeon Allround Afd 8/GOU. A super hen, a pigeon that could be counted on. Take a look at her list of honours. Why is Honda"Honda" special? She has an incredible number of pigeons of unique quality, in her ancestry. She descends in straight line from several National Ace Pigeons and Olympiade pigeons. Sometimes those ancestors achieved their performances to the Eijerkamp lofts, and sometimes they are exceptional pigeons purchased by the Eijerkamp’s. It is almost impossible that the rare qualities of these extraordinary ancestors wouldn’t reappear at some point.
When we mention some of these illustrious super pigeons in her ancestry, Hans Eijerkamp’s blood begin to flow faster. He remembers many of those purchases and investments as if it were only yesterday. How he knocked on the Janssen brothers door in Arendonk in his younger years and later again with his four-year-old "Mart" as he affectionately call his youngest son Martin, who later was tragically lost in a car accident. The unmarried brothers thoroughly enjoyed the little man, who at his young age, had an eye for the pigeons. Hans took home great pigeons out of the world famous lines of "De Bange" and "De Merckx". At times he didn’t have enough money and had to scrape the bottom of the barrel, to get them. Today’s incredible and unprecedented successes are the interest on the funds Hans invested in these pigeons in the fifties, sixties and seventies and later together with his sons.
1. Croatian Olympiade Pigeon Cat B Poznan
1. Nat. ACE pigeon Short distance 2010
2. Nat. ACE pigeon Allround
"Olympic Lucky" is father of "Honda",
2. Prov. Ace pigeon Allround Afd. 8
4. Prov. Ace pigeon Allround Afd. 8
"Olympic Lucky" is grandfather to "Luka Modric'
1. Nat. Ace Youngsters NPO in 2018
"Olympic Lucky" is gr.grandfather to
1. Nat. Ace Middle Distance WHZB 2018
This Ace won no less than 9 first prizes and is now the proud father of Honda"Honda". He is an Olympiade pigeon, who showed his racing talents in Croatia and was later moved to the Eijerkamp lofts. He is a pure Eijerkamp and descends from a straight line of numerous famous ancestors, who knew how to win at the Olympic, national and international level. The name Luka Modrić"Luka Modrić" is well chosen for more than one reason, as there is a clear link with Croatia via their pigeon friend Branco and manager Oliver.
"Olympic Lisa" won a.o.
1. Olympiad pigeon Middle Dist. The Netherlands
|4.||Breuil le Vert||4,396 pigeons|
|4.||Nanteuil le Haudouin||2,887 pigeons|
|8.||St. Quentin||4,262 pigeons|
|9.||Nanteuil le Haudouin||3,605 pigeons|
First Dutch Olympiade Pigeon Nitra Middle Distance 2013. The grandmother of Olympic Lucky"Olympic Lucky 13" (NL00-1485111NL00-1485111) is the mother of Olympic Lisa"Olympic Lisa".
|Nat ACE Short Distance WHZB
Nat ACE Short Distance NPO
Nat ACE Middle Distance NPO
Descendants to "Messi" won a.o.
|ACE Middle Distance Region 4 Section 8
ACE Speed Old Birds Region 4 Section 8
ACE Speed Old Birds Region 4 Section 8
ACE Short Distance Section 6
The NL06-2049359NL06-2049359 Messi"Messi" is the grandfather on the mothers side of Honda"Honda", making him the great-grandfather of "Luka Modrić". Messi"Messi" also flew an impressive series of top prizes and became 2nd National Ace Pigeon Vitesse W.H.Z.B. in 2008. The mother of Messi"Messi", NL05-121055 Olympic Queen"Olympic Queen", was 2nd National Young Bird N.P.O. She is almost of pure Janssen ancestry. Again and again, we see the absolute top pigeons in the lineage. Pigeons that shone on the race course and only then were found worthy of displaying their value in the breeding loft.
A superior racing cock, having won 5 pure 1st prizes. The grandfather of Olympic Lucky"Olympic Lucky 13". "Schallie Rocky" and "Flash 86" are half-brothers. Their mother is NL85-679141, "Good Blue ‘41", who goes back to the famous old Janssen lines.
Think of the "Bange ‘51", one of the best breeders of all time and his son "Bange van ‘64" who was worth his weight in gold as a breeder for the Eijerkamps. The "Merckx ‘67" who won 18 first prizes is also in the background.
Below we show pictures of legendary pigeons, most appear one or more times in the blood-lines of Luka Modrić"Luka Modrić". In fact, Luka Modrić"Luka Modrić" is a continuation of his exceptionally talented ancestors. Perhaps, a compellation of everything that made these ancestors, once in lifetime pigeons. Sometimes a genetic package comes together containing all the right qualities in one pigeon, perhaps this is true of Luka Modrić"Luka Modrić". If so, we indeed have a dream come true.
|1.||St. Ghislain||3,824 pigeons|
|1.||St. Ghislain||1,.938 pigeons|
|2.||St. Ghislain||1,757 pigeons|
|4.||St. Quentin||2,455 pigeons|
|5.||St. Quentin||3,589 pigeons|
|5.||St. Ghislain||1,303 pigeons|
2. Nat ACE One-Day Distance WHZB 2007
|2.||NPO Freiburg||9,146 pigeons|
|7.||NPO Orleans||5,156 pigeons|
Descendants to "Hester" won a.o.
|1.||Bud Ecser||3,098 pigeons|
1. Acepigeon WHZB Short Distance
Descendants to "Rocky" won a.o.
|1.||Nat. Bourges||13,673 pigeons|
1. Acepigeon WHZB Middle Distance
|1.||Baarle Nassau||4,671 pigeons|
Descendants to "James Bond" won a.o.
|1.||NPO Arras||13,375 pigeons|
|1.||NPO St. Quentin||13,232 pigeons|
|1.||Nat. Mantes la Jolie||12,999 pigeons|
This is a tribute to a generation, a generation of which, Hans has warm memories, a generation which is still essential today. In the modern pigeon sport, the role of the Janssen pigeon seems less significant than in the last century. Yet they are still one the most critical foundation stones of the modern pigeon. The van Loon pigeon at the Eijerkamp lofts only began to make a furore, when a significant shot of the Janssen genes were added. They had innate speed and a strong will.
Conversely, the van Loon pigeons made the Janssen pigeons more robust and more suitable to handle the same day distance races. Perhaps the same thing is now happening with the Heremans pigeons. The cross-fertilization of the Heremans and Janssen birds has produced this unrivalled super crack Luka Modrić"Luka Modrić". Is this the beginning of a new trend?
In the formation of the modern Eijerkamp pigeons, the Janssen Arendonk pigeons have played a significant role. Sometimes through birds acquired from other fanciers such as Albert van der Arun and Jos van Limpt, the "Clack", but always the birds acquired originate from the brothers from Arendonk. These and the direct Janssen pigeons Hans brought back from Belgium in his younger years are now masterfully interwoven and anchored in the current Eijerkamp pigeon family.
Foto Hans Eijerkamp and the Janssen brothers in Arendonk (with Martin and or Evert Jan)
Luka Modrić is a soccer superstar who in 2018 made a splash playing for Croatia in the World Cup of Soccer, and named the best player of the tournament. Luka Modrić"Luka Modrić" is also a one in a million racing pigeon, who has performed at a level seldom seen. A pigeon descended in a direct line from almost all the super pigeons that have made Hans Eijerkamp, the pigeon fancier, an icon! A unique pigeon, a pigeon in the wildest dreams of every pigeon fancier around the globe.
In 2018, unbelievable and unprecedented results were realized (in a short period twice 1st through 10th from a NPO race), and in between all the havoc those young birds unleashed, one pigeon stood head and shoulders above the all the rest and climbed to the National and International summit.
At the age of 84, a dream has again been fulfilled for Hans Eijerkamp. Luka Modrić"Luka Modrić" has assimilated the past and the present in his DNA. Hans is ecstatic, proud and grateful. Evert Jan who now has the future in his hands, together with Oliver Sabol and the rest of the Eijerkamp team are enjoying themselves to the fullest and are looking towards an undoubtedly bright future.