Original article link – Van Wanroy
In 1964 Jef van Wanroy won 1. National Barcelona with NL60-392092 (sire to ’90’). Sixteen years later J.B. Hendriks from Twello (later Teuge), the treasurer of the van Wanroy strain, won 1. International Barcelona. Forty years after Jef van Wanroy’s victory it is J.B. Hendriks’ son Ben Hendriks from Apeldoorn who gives the van Wanroy strain this prominent place, that is due to these tyrants. Because the van Wanroy bird is and stays decisive on the toughest long distance races.
The van Wanroy-bird still dominates overnight racing. It is shown again and again, like on the National marathons that were won by P. & S. Verbeek partnership (2008), Poeth-Erkens partnership (2007), Simon Zeegers (2005), Gradje Roeffen (2003), Matthieu Cox (2002), C. Vertelman & Son (2001).
Previous winners were a/o M. Verwijlen, H. Wijnands and Son even twice, H. Jongen, Saya brothers, Hendriks-Meijberg, A. Simons, Cuppen-Siebers, G. Dolleweerd, J. Theelen, M. Vervuurt, H. Eijerkamp & Sons, et cetera.
Besides, Gradje Roeffen became two 1. champion overnight racing of NPO (Dutch association) before.
This championship was also won by Gerard Hendrix in 2008, Jo van Deurzen in 2005, Bert Meyer in 2004, Gerritsen partnership in 2003 and a/o Bert v.Bree and Lei Rothkrans.
The Western-European Super Marathon was won by a/o Rik Stevens (2007), Piet de Vogel (2006) and Kurvers-de Weerd (2005) and furthermore by Wilfried Stiel, Jac. Visschers, Theo Ernest and Jean Bessems. The strain van Wanroy is a strong inbred overnight strain, that still reigns supreme in the World of overnight racing.
|2004 in The Netherlands:|
|●||1.Nat. and Internat. Barcelona (Vrösch-Meyers partnership)|
|●||1.Nat. and Internat. Perpignan (Kurvers-de Weerd partnership)|
|●||1.Nat. Pau (Winter)|
|●||1. Nat. St. Vincent (18/6) sections 2, 3 and 4 (Schouten, Vermeulen, Koopman)|
|●||1. Nat. St. Vincent (10/7) section 2 and “overall” against 28000 b. (Ria Tieleman)|
|●||1.Nat. Bergerac section 3 and “overall” (J. v.d. Berg) against 36.619 b.|
|●||1.Nat.Cr. Marseille (Wijman – de Jong partnership).|
|●||1. Nat. Barcelona (K-H. Kanski)|
|●||1.Nat. Pau (K-H. Plum)|
|●||1.Nat. Perpignan (F. Menne eand daughters)|
|2005 in The Netherlands|
|●||1.Nat. Marathon: Simon Zeegers, Roermond.|
|●||1. Nat. champion overnight racing: Jo van Deurzen, Roermond.|
|●||1. Western-European Super-Marathon: Kurvers-de Weerd partnership.|
|●||1.Europabeker: Rutz & Sons partnership.|
|2006 in The Netherlands|
|●||1.Europabeker: van Ophuizen-Marell partnership|
|●||1.Western-European Super-Marathon: Piet de Vogel|
|●||1.Nat. Bergerac, section 3 en “overall” against 40.305 pigeons: Mari Rietveld|
|●||1.Nat. St. Vincent, section 3: M. van Beers.|
|●||1.Nat. Ruffec, section 4: J. Buwalda|
|●||1. Nat. acebird overnight racing The Netherlands: ‘Drogba’ of H. Eijerkamp & Sons.|
|●||1. champion overnight racing: François Struyf|
|●||1. Nat. acebird of Hungary: son to 96-1617230, direct of Ben Hendriks from ‘Marco’.|
|●||1. Nat. champion Internat. races: Wolfgang Emser, Homburg/Saar|
|●||1. Nat. Marathon: P. and Dr. H.P. Brockamp|
|2007 in The Netherlands|
|●||1. Nat. champion overnight racing:: P. and S. Verbeek partnership, Naaldwijk|
|●||1. Nat. Marathon: Poeth-Erkens partnership|
|●||1. Western-European Super-Marathon: Rik Stevens (2. Van Ophuizen-Marell)|
|●||1. Internat. Combine North Bergerac and ‘overall’ 33,000 b.: Heinrich Gent.|
|●||1. Nat. and Internat. Perpignan: Vertelman & Son, Hoogkarspel.|
|●||1.Nat. Kampioen Internat. races: Rutz and Sons partnership.|
|●||1.Nat. Marathon: Rutz and Sons partnership.|
|●||1. Nat. and Internat. Barcelona: F. Menne and Daughters.|
|2008 in The Netherlands|
|●||1. Nat. champion overnight racing: Gerard Hendrix, Ysselsteyn.|
|●||1. Nat. Marathon: P. and S. Verbeek partnership, Naaldwijk|
|●||1. Nat. and Internat. yearlings Bordeaux Z.L.U.: Leo Pronk, Breezand.|
|●||1. Nat. Bordeaux, section 2 and ‘overall’ (36,109 birds): Leen Tijl, Nieuwe Tonge.|
|●||1. Nat. Pau: Hubert Jongen, Kerkrade.|
|●||Many section winners on the Nat. races: St. Vincent, Mountaban, Tarbes, Dax, Bergerac and Bordeaux.|
|●||1. Nat. Belgium||Danny Vagenende, Smetlede|
|●||1. Nat. Germany||Rutz and Sons partnership, Blieskastel-Altheim|
|●||1. Nat. Netherlands||A.P. de Jong, Gouda|
|●||1. International||Danny Vagenende|
For these fanciers the strain van Wanroy was (partly) involved in their supreme performances.
What is also very amazing, is that the complete long distance top of Germany has disposal of the van Wanroy strain: Heinz Seegmüller, Kipp and Sons, Raymund Hermes (even a complete round), Friedel Menne and Daughters, Peter and Hans-Peter Brockamp, Bernd Morsnowski, H. Grün, W. Bölting, D. Rass, Rutz and Sons, et cetera. Belgium: long ago van Wanroys were purchased here by famous names like: Emile Denys, father and son Vanhee (‘Ginetje’ of G. Vanhee was acebird in Belgium) and Gommair Verbruggen. Nowadays fanciers that win big with the noble strain are a/o: Jos Thoné, vd Poel-Buckley, Thomas Peters and Son, Chr. Vanoppen, Chr. Nouwens, Eddy Stulens, Edgar Peumans, A. Simons and Son, A. Jorissen, F. Vos and M. & J. Borgers.
François Struyf was crowned 1. Nat. champion overnight racing of Belgium in 2006, a/o because of pigeons through J.B. as well as Ben Hendriks.
The two most famous breeding stations in Western Europe, Natural and Eijerkamp, invested two years to get their van Wanroys direct from the source. All over the world it became an unbelievable story of success. Own performances In his younger years Ben Hendriks was the younger half of the J.B. Hendriks and Son partnership, a fine school. In 1972 he started racing individually in Beekbergen. ,,My finest successes? In those years I lived in a one-family- house and with a brick-shed where I housed 12 widowers, including only two overnight racers. These two brought me sixth place in the Marathon North National competition.”
As Ben moved to Apeldoorn later, he had his top year in 1983 (after all time still the year of truth). With a big lead he became long distance and old birds champion in Apeldoorn. In the nineties Ben performed great on the International San Sebastian (1150 km) race, entering 4 birds and winning 47. and 80. National in sector 3 against 7,366 birds. He won a/o the following championships: 2 times 1. not nominated long distance champion in Apeldoorn fed (approx. 500 members than) and 1. and 2. long distance champion in the Salland Amalgamation (1,000 members at the time). Furthermore 1. and 2. super-long distance in the long distance specialists club IJsselstreek (10 overnight races from 800 up until 1,240 km) and 1. oneday long distance champion in IJsselstreek with also 1. acebird. In 2001 the NL96-1617034 (‘Spin’-line) was crowned 1. acebird overnight racing in Apeldoorn Fed. (ACC). Now in 2005 as a 9 years old (typical van Wanroy) he wins a fine prize on Barcelona. In the Super Long Distance Club in combine he won 19. against 215 b. National he won 1058. against 7,491 birds. As 10 years old he moved to the breeding loft! In 2003 Ben again showed his great skills. His NL00-1390909 became best overnight racer in Federation and grabbed second place in combine and also second place in the overnight acebird classification of the very strong long distance specialists club IJsselstreek and 6. acebird overnight in the biggest amalgamation of The Netherlands, GOU (4,500 members).
Unfortunaly this acebird was struck by a hawk.
Ben became 3. not nominated and 3. nominated champion overnight in Federation and 4. overnight champion in the IJsselstreek long distance specialist club. The highlight in 2004 was the National top 10 position on Angoulème with a daughter of the acebird in 2003. In 2005 again appeared the strain lost none of its quality yet.
With real pigeon weather in combine with 4,000 members on the toughest race of the year (probably since many years) St. Vincent (35 degrees and head winds) the serial 2, 3 and 4 was won on almost 1,100 km.
Also Mt. de Marsan, with almost the same circumstances, went great! With 10 entered pigeons and a total birdage of 182 birds in Fed, Ben won 3., 10., 17., 18., 36., 43.
Barcelona is already mentioned and on Bergerac his 1. nominated pigeon won the prize of € 500,- in the exclusive club Fondmatadoren (East-Netherlands).
Especially with nominated pigeon Ben did fabulous, he won a/o:
- 1. Fed
- 2. combine GOU (4000 members)
- 6. Amalgamation
- 2. long distance specialists club GOU
In the overall championship of Long Distance Club IJsselstreek, Ben ended fourth. 2006 went normal with again many championships. The beginning of the 2007 season was bit unlucky, so for some weeks Ben entered on no race. Afterwards the train got on a move again with fine performances like on National Barcelona (1243 km), 1 pigeon entered and 697. against 7,520 birds. This the 1484. Internat. Prize against 25,716 birds.
In National Bergerac Ben’s first pigeon won 92. prize against 15,490 birds. 2008: Nat. Barcelona (1243 km), 1 entered → 988. from 7,043 birds.
St. Vincent in Apeldoorn Fed.:
3-15-24-35 against 188 birds (8 entered)
National he began with prize 120. against 5,682 birds. Bergerac in Apeldoorn Fed.:
5-36-44-61-80-84 etc. against 833 birds (27 entered)
National he began with prize 243. against 14,372 birds. According to Ben many fanciers make the mistake of purchasing birds from successful lofts, that perform fantastically with crossed birds . . . The fact of crossing ensures a surplus value (heterosis effect). Heterosis is the positive influence of crossing on the vitality, the resistance against illnesses and the power of a quick recovery. It is the only way to improve the racing value. Therefore crossing pigeons is of extra value! Simplified: in crossing 1+1 is not 2 but 3. Many purchase crossed pigeons; however they already passed the status of extra value.
So if you want to succeed, you must make your own cross and do not buy the already crossed birds. They already passed the status of ‘surplus value’. At Ben Hendriks it is still possible to purchase the original van Wanroys, and not by devious ways, but direct from the source for a very attractive price! And many understood that very well, like a/o Theo Lehnen (Germany) and Joszef Peller (Hungary). In a loft report in ‘Die Brieftaube’ the best four birds of Theo Lehnen were printed with their pedigree. They all appeared to be children to four direct J.B. Hendriks – van Wanroy birds, crossed to two Janssen birds and two Meulemans birds. In the allround category of the South Africa Olympiad the Hungarian Joszef Peller grabbed silver with a son to a direct Ben Hendriks – van Wanroy bird crossed to a Janssen. This cockbird won eight times first against an average of 1,000 birds in only two years time. The most recent successful van Wanroy cross comes from J. van ‘t Land from Naarden. His ‘Rookie’ was fastest bird on the day of National Bergerac against 28,402 birds. Sire to this winner was bred by Ben. His grandsire is the ‘305’.