Marathon Pigeons

The inheritance of the ‘Oude Kruk’

The foundation for the marathon pigeons at the breeding centre was laid with OUDE
KRUK, a 100% Aarden cock from Gerard v/d Kruk (Lepelstraat, NL), which is not
surprising, given the enormous contribution Piet made to the creation of Jan Aarden
strain. OUDE KRUK, with ring number NL80-8016163, developed into an exceptional
breeder. He is the father, grandfather, and great-grandfather of no less than six
national winners, and several national ace pigeons.

An excellent move was made by Piet and Henk de Weerd, when they purchased SHERPA
TENSING with ring number NL83-865526, which made Van Noordenne and Son in
Hardinxveld-Giessendam world famous in 1986 by winning 1st National Barcelona and 60th
National St. Vincent. This cock, bred by Wim van Leeuwen from the best lineages of Jan
Aarden and the Kuypers Brothers, turned out to be a super breeder, that became father
and grandfather of three national winners, and ten national top-5 rankings. Without any
doubt, the BUFFEL with ring number NL89-1479431, is the best breeding son of SHERPA
TENSING. The BUFFEL was bred by Piet and Henk from SHERPA TENSING x BONTE
KOE, and is a 100% Aarden pigeon, that became father and grandfather of 1st International
Perpignan hens., 1st National Dax, 2nd National Dax, 3rd National Perpignan, 3rd National
Perpignan, 4th National Barcelona, 4th National Narbonne, 5th National Dax, 5th National
San Sebastian, and many more.
Another important basic breeder for the marathon strain of the Dr. De Weerd Pigeons
breeding centre was SAMURAI, with ring number NL90-0021346, purchased from Bram Walpot
in Steenbergen, where he (known then as BLUE BARCELONA) raced spectacularly winning a.o.:
1st National Barcelona 1994 7.767 b.
5th International Barcelona 1994 10.574 b.
79th International Barcelona 1993 33.145 b.
119th National Barcelona 1992 7.243 b.
251st National St. Vincent 1992 27.296 b.
583rd National St. Vincent 1994 28.026 b.
SAMURAI was exceptional not only as a racer, but also as a breeder. He became father,
grandfather and great-grandfather – especially by means of his son ‘Sahib’ who was an
excellent breeder as well – of amongst others: 1st Nat. Barcelona, 1st Nat. Dax, 1st NPO
Bordeaux, 1st NPO Bergerac, 1st NPO Ruffec, 2nd Nat. Barcelona, 2nd Nat. Dax, 4th Nat.
Barcelona, 4th Nat. Pau, 4th Nat. Perpignan, 6th Nat. Bordeaux, 14th Nat. Soustons, 16th
Nat. Pau, 27th Nat. Marseille, 29th Nat. Perpignan, 32nd Nat. Perpignan 63rd Nat. Soustons


and 65th Nat. Soustons.This base, with the addition of top performing pigeons such as
OLYMPIC MARATHON QUEEN and descendants of the best pigeons from satellite loft Kurvers
– de Weerd, form the current top class marathon colony at the Dr. De Weerd Pigeons breeding
centre, where nowadays BLAUWE HENK NL05-1491476 is the main breeder. This beautiful
cock, inbred to base pigeon OUDE KRUK, has fathered:
1st International Ace Pigeon Barcelona 2013-2015
28th National Soustons 9.442 b.
32nd National Barcelona 7.791 b.
33rd National Soustons 9.442 b.
37th National Narbonne 6.583 b.
37th National Narbonne 5.215 b.
113rd National Barcelona 7.791 b.
115th National Barcelona 8.764 b.
146th National Barcelona 12.170 b.
169th National Barcelona 10.542 b.
262nd National Perpignan 5.613 b.
297th National Barcelona 10.542 b.
312th National Barcelona 8.764 b.
317th National Perpignan 5.613 b.
The strength of the marathon strain, built by Piet and Henk de Weerd, was confirmed once
again in 2016 with two international victories. Lothar Lessmeister from Hütschenhausen
(Germany) won the 1st International Barcelona against 17,732 birds and Kipp & Son in
Althornbach (Germany) won the 1st International St. Vincent again 10,647 pigeons. Both
with a pigeon from the lineages of OUDE KRUK and BUFFEL.

References National, International and NPO Victories since 2000

1st International Barcelona 2016 L. Lessmeister Germany
1st International St. Vincent 2016 H. Kipp & Zn. Germany
1st National St. Vincent 2015 C. de Heijde Netherlands
1st National Barcelona 2008 A. Rutz & Sons Germany
1st National St. Vincent 2008 A. Delhove Belgium
1st NPO Perigueux 2008 R. Lonsain Netherlands
1st National Barcelona 2005 F. Bungeneers Belgium
1st International Barcelona 2005 C. Schiaskow France
1st NPO Bordeaux 2004 C. de Heijde Netherlands
1st National Dax 2001 W. Schweizer Germany
1st NPO Bordeaux 2001 C. de Heijde Netherlands
1st National Bordeaux 2000 H. Gross Netherlands
1st NPO Ruffec 2000 H. Brakelé Netherlands
1st International Pau 2000 D. Wolf Germany
1st National Perpignan 2000 W. Hellenkamp Germany