1e  General Champion club un nominated
1e General Champion club nominated
1e General Combine against approximately 400 members
1e Champion Combine Day races Un nominated
2e Champion Combine Day Races nominated
4e Champion Combine Middle distance  
5e Champion Combine Vitesse

Mr. Dick Visser from s'Gravenzande


Mr. Dick Visser from s'Gravenzande sent me a Email with meny thanks for the great performance he have from the few pigeons he bought at My loft.
From the old lines of Me in cross with the Hurricane etc he won;
from Fontenay sur Eure 1e, Pt St Maxence 1e, pt St Maxense again 1e, Peronne 1e, Duffel 2, Peronne 3, Duffel 3, Fontenay sur Eure 2  etc ec never in life raced so well as now he bought some pgeons at my loft.  
We have had to day, a Natour race from Peronne, with a calm North North western wind, and most good weather, but some rain on the line.
I have send 3 summer Youngs to learn up, and 17 old pigeons , (20 in the basked) all My 13 hens I have, and 4 cocks, all on eggs of 16 days and 3 on a Young from 4 -5 days. I have 15 of this 17 old pigeons in the price list. Not one of the 3 learn up Youngsters made a price for me.
This 15 price pigeons of me were place 4-5-13-14-16-17-19-25-32 etc to 213 pigeons, and this was in combine to 3006 pigeons place 16-18-49-50-60-63-79-119-142 etc . so 7 of My 17 old pigeons in the 1e 79 in the combine. I am satisfied , special because I am worried before because ; .. I don’t race My well trained selection of Youngsters anymore, and let them at home, moult and rest for next season 2018.
I only race with My total of 13 pairs old pigeons now today, against all concurrent like Fred , who played all their best trained selection of Youngsters, and they also toss them 2-3 times a week from 30 -40 km or even more, and come basked 40-50 or more pigeons. So I am pleased My pigeons made this results.
We have a short race and a longer Young pigeon race, the short race was with a mix of sun and clouds and a very little wind, on a speed of 1314 meter a minute for the 1e , slower as expected, but Concours was closed in 15 minutes , so was good. I have to be satisfied with 3-7-8-9-13-15-22-24-28-30-32-39 on 234 pigeons was 20-46-48-50-68 etc in the combine on 3640 pigeons , this 12 prices from 15 routine pigeons of me in Concours. (and also 5 summer breeds in training) With great exportations after the short race, I was waiting for the youngsters from the 440 km race , but that race was going very slow and bad, with a lot (20%) of the pigeons not at home that day here around. I started with price 12 -35-78 in the combine on 1660 pigeons what is very bad for me as You know. There were winds from all sides on the 440 km and , most from the east, but I don’t understand that the pigeons come so bad. Only our Friend Fred had his lucky day , as only he get them very well on this race in this area, others here around, get them most dramatically. But finally the other day, I was lucky to get them all at home, so for 2018, I have a good team left over of this difficult Young pigeon race season 2017.
Leo van Rijn pigeons outstanding in Great-Brittain!

Short week report!

Here a short note week report. Weather was some better as last weeks.  This  mean that we firs after some weeks, not have to wait to Sunday in this rain weekend Year.  After a rainy morning on the race line, afternoon the pigeons go out on 13.30 with , a western south western wind on Pt St Max 320 km.
There were with 1 race to go after this,  only 1794 young pigeons in the combine, and the prices (the list of the first 25% arrived pigeons) take 35 minutes, and 85% arrived yesterday every were. So  the arrivals learn,  it was again not a good and quick race, but the same as last weeks, it was clear they have with the strong western wind also rain on the way back.
Last Year I have all wks the 1e price, but now it is most weeks 2e price I start with, There is every week somebody who have a pigeons before me, but, that is super to keep the fanciers in the sport.  I have them not as good as other weeks with 2-8-9-15-17 etc etc on 276 pigeons is in combine on 1794 place 8-39-52-80-86  etc etc
The 2e price winner was from Wondered Dirk son with Bliksem Abeele hen, the same pigeons who do the big part winning of the points from My day race 1e Championship.
Topbreeder of the Leo v Rijn strain!

Enrico Doldersum is a national top racer and became best fancier of the week in a pigeon magazine. He became also champion young birds for the 5th time. A great result and Sjoerd Lei's topbreeder is a little part of his great succes. A topracer by Enrico comes out this topbreeder out of Leo v Rijn's breeding station. See his pedigree:

Leo van Rijn be champion again!!!

The weather was again so bad, that the races Saturday all over Holland, were cancelled. So we go out the basket’s today, Sunday 6 August. We had today, the last race 2017 with the old pigeons, a race from La souterraine , for me 671 km, with a soft North western head wind, who turned in Belgium to west, and here on the last 100 km turn on to Wes south west.
This western wind made again that we here on the west coast, in the total provincial South Holland, have no any change You understand. But looking here, to provincial south Holland, section west, we have an acceptable some more honest, and good race. I have send only 9 pigeons, and won the 1e and 2e in the club and the 2e -6-30-35-63 in the combine against 424 pigeons .
This 2e price, made that I am again 1e Champion General (all over General; Vitesse- Mid fond- Day race fond ) 2017, and also 1e Champion Day races 2017, etc etc, of course in club but also in the area and the combine.
This 1e prices most weeks, 1e price winners 2017 on the middle distance and special the day races, have been as I wright You al weeks, most of them, a big % the old Benjamin line. As You know, sins 2014 with great success in cross, with the 3 Wonder Dirk breeders of me, and the 4 breeders of the super winner multiplayer Bliksem 781 .
It started with winning by me of the National ACE Young pigeon all Holland 2014, Marja, and this combination with Benjamin gives my loft a winners boost from 2014 all Years. Now a Yearling won last day race from Chateauroux on 603 KM, and NL16-1835694 (from this blood line combination) won the 1e now on La Souterraine on 671km, super I guess for such a Young hen on such a tough and long day race. SUPERB HEN this 694, Who I will call now La Souterraine 694
With the Youngsters this morning it was a more disturbed race, the weather early this morning, was not simple it seems for them, because there were too much minutes between the arrivals.
I have them good in the club and as one of the best in the combine, but missed the first arrivals group, and start with 4-8-9-13-14-15-16-17-18-20-21-22 25- etc on 286p
A lot of lofts were slaughtered by the losses all weeks, so much losses that fanciers lost around 60%.
Good friends/Champs, who raced also well for30-40 Years have not enough left for fill the boxes 2018…., I hope I go on like this, because I have left still 65 of My 84 Young 2017 pigeons, who I started with in May in My loft. So if I be able, to keep this the last 2-3 weeks, I have enough choice for the 24 Yearlings hen and cocks I hope to select.
Winner Dutch Golden Classic

The winner of the Dutch Golden Classic contains a lot of Leo van Rijn birds. This bird is winner of 2.000 Euros. See the pedigree for more information. 

Two times 2nd in combine!

Here it is still rubbish with the weather. Yesterday we raced from Morlincourt/Noyon and they find a moment at 10.45 to put the pigeons out, total provincial South Holland Young and old in 1 time around 31.700 pigeons. The sky opened some spots some moments, and we get hope on a good race, but after a while clouds / sky closed totally, and some spats of drizzle rain started. It should be the start of a difficult returns, with late in the evening 95% at home on the lofts.
I have not bad luck, that I have with both Young and Old pigeons the 2e in the combine.
With the old pigeons place 2-6-7-25-33-50-61-62-73 in the combine = provincial west section place 22-28-29 -102-136-etc on 1593p on this last race, what with a west south western wind was difficult to do better for me at the West coast /Westland
With the Youngsters also place 2 in the combine and My second on place 24 (lost 3 minutes) on 3488 Young pigeons, go on with 24-40-44-57- etc made much worse as normally, only 19 of the 64 in the price list, missing only 4 in the evening what was very good .
So still again, not a pigeons weather weekend as we hope and like, but we have to deal with it. I hope I have keep My No 1 Champion position still in the Combine and section south Holland west after this 2 rain weekends with a high week of fortune level.
In the club I lost the 1e because My Youngsters waste some time, and have now
2-3-5-6-10-11-12-14-16-17-18-19-20-23-25 etc against 355 pigeons and in the combine as You can read here 5-6-13-14-36-38-42-45 etc total 33 in the price in our system 1 to 4 from 65 of me in concourse against 3995 pigeons.
It seems the Youngsters start to be ready to doing well next races, after this few trainings and now 2 races.
I also send You a scan, after this mail, with of the General results position of the lofts here in the area, were I read that I am this 2017 so far again 1e in the day races and also 1e in the total General
This is the report of this week, I have to be happy with this I suppose.
Dear Adrian & Leo
Hope you are well and I see from your articles in the BHW that you are still winning with your pigeons. I would like to give you an update on some success my son Kevin and I have had with you and Leo Van Rijn pigeons.
The best hen we have from your hen ‘Jenny’ GB10T 37024 bred by yourself from direct Leo Van Rijn bloodlines was ‘Lucky’. As a baby on her first flight out of the loft she was attacked by a hawk and hit a kitchen window. The owner of the house came out and saw the hawk on the pigeon on the ground, the hawk flew away and he picked the young pigeon and on checking the leg noticed a phone number and phoned Kevin. His son accompanied him to collect the pigeon not far from their house and on the return home Kevin’s son Matthew said ‘Dad this pigeon was lucky it was not killed by the hawk’ and Kevin said ‘You are right and you have just named the pigeon ‘Lucky’. She went on to win 7 x 1st prizes in the club and excelled in the Scottish National Flying Club from inland racing. From Maidstone a distance of 392 miles she won 6th section C 31st open from an entry of 4855 birds. From Buckingham a distance of 322 miles she won 14th section C 78th open from an entry of 2941 birds. Then from Maidstone a distance of 392 miles she won 49th section C 223rd open against an entry of 4484 birds. From the Billericay national a distance of 364 miles she won 1st club 1st federation 18th section C 70th open from a convoy of 3395 birds. Unfortunately ‘Lucky’ time ran out when she was going for her Meritorious Inland Bronze Award for winning 5 times in the Scottish National inland races.
However 2 half-sisters of Lucky from the same dam ‘Jenny’ have won the following in the 2017 season with the Scottish National Flying Club. From the national’s first race from Buckingham with 495 members sending 4169 birds. We also had a race from Leicester on the same day and Kevin took the 1st 2nd & 3rd place and as he was attending to these Leicester birds my wife Margaret said loudly; ‘There is a blue hen on the way into the trap. This turned out to be his 1st national pigeon from Buckingham and 10 minutes later her sister drop onto the loft and 6 minutes later he timed a yearling hen; and he finished up with 17 home from his entry of 20 birds at the national race, so was very pleased with the teams efforts on the day. Kevin ended up winning 1st club 2nd Angus federation 37th section C 112th open with his first bird she is a half-sister to ‘Lucky’ (same dam) mentioned above. Her sire was direct from Leo Van Rijn when I purchased 6 straight from Holland with the help of Adrian. Kevin’s 2nd pigeon ‘Lynne’ is a full sister to the club winner and she won 70th section C 201st open and this is her 2nd national certificate as she won 25th section C 63rd open from Ypres in 2016 flying 455 miles.
The Scottish national sent a great entry of 6065 birds to the Buckingham inland national with a few extra hundred birds convoyed by the national but who only competed for federation prizes and the total liberation could be in excess of 7000 birds. In this race Kevin won 2nd club 4th Angus federation 9th section C 26th open with ‘Lynne’ this was the hen who was our 2nd bird from Buckingham a couple of weeks ago so now has 3 Scottish national certificates to her name. Hopefully she will be in good condition to go to the Ypres race on the 8th July as she will be on her first pair of eggs of the season. I will let you know how she progresses on the day.
May I once again THANK YOU and LEO for the top quality pigeon you have supplied us over the years they have been a ‘Credit’ to you both as they are top quality bred pigeons who breed ‘Winner’s’.
Yours in sport
Joe & Kevin Murphy
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The convoy of 2320 birds sent by 409 members to Ypres by the SNFC were liberated at 06:40am on Saturday 8th July into blue skies with a light west/south-west wind at the race point. The birds cleared the site well within minutes and the temperature at liberation was 19 degrees. Kevin timed in ‘Lynne’ at 20-12 hours flying 455 miles and should make both the section and open national result, thus winning her 3rd national prize in 3 national races in 2017.
Once I obtain the open result I will update you on this wonderful hen positions.
Last Friday, My dear brother in low passed away a little un expected, on an age of 72 much to Young after suffering with hiss health several years.
With the pigeons it was also not nice. It was a rain weekend over all Holland and Belgium, the pigeons wait and wait with their fanciers, and on Saturday they drive back with the youngsters from Belgium to 45 km on Roosendaal in our country, but even there it was not possible to put them out. They then decide to drive back Saturday evening to Belgium, because there was expected that there will be a short periode without rain and maybe some sun, but…that better periode was in the night and early morning, so on Sunday again wait and wait, and again they drive back to 45 km in Thoolen, were they put the out around 15hour Sunday.
I had the 1e and this 3 minutes in front in My club, and 3e price in the combine with across again from Benjamin hen with Bliksem cock , but it will not count for points because it was only 45 km
Old pigeons I have send 21 in perfect condition, and the same, wait after wait, they drive back from 360 km to 217 km and put them out Saturday 15 hour. It seems to optimistic, because the arrivals were very bad. My worst race this Year, with place 7 of the only 160 pigeons in the club and around place 50 in the combine. This also will not count in points in the combine because the rules say too much km back.
Next to his on this rain weekend, My dear brother in low passed away a little un expected, on an age of 72 much to Young after suffering with hiss health several years.
So, a bad weekend here.
We look forwards to next weekend and hope that will be better.
Kind regards,
Your Friend from Holland
Leo van Rijn
Joe Murphy is verry succesfull with the van Rijn offsprings!

Hi Adrian hope you are well Just to let you know that my son Kevin and I have been doing well with the offspring from a hen I bought of you a few years back. I bought 4 but kept this one as she bred a hen who won 4 x SNFC prizes inland for us her name was 'Lucky' as she was caught with a hawk when a baby and my grandson named her. Anyway 2 half sisters of Lucky bred from your hen GB10T 37024 I named her Jenny after your dear late wife. Her sire is done from Benjamin 793 and her dam was a g g daughter of Legend. The 2 hens have won in this years Scottish nationals for us and I have cut out extracts from my Joe Murphy Column to let you see.
Scottish national who were racing from Buckingham with 495 members sending 4169 birds -Then 20 minutes later at 15-22 as Kevin was in the loft attending to the Leicester birds Margaret said loudly there is a blue hen on the way into the loft. This turned out to be his first national pigeon from Buckingham and 10 minutes later her sister drop onto the loft and 6 minutes later he timed a yearling hen; and he finished up with 17 home from his entry of 20 birds at the national, so was very pleased with his bird’s efforts on the day. Kevin ended up winning 2nd Angus federation 37th section C 112th open with his first bird she is a half-sister to ‘Lucky’ (same dam) who won 4 times for us in SNFC inland racing. Her mother is named ‘Jenny’ and was bred by fellow scribe Adrian Duggins from his Leo Van Rijn bloodlines and I named her after Adrian’s late wife. The sire of the blue hen was a direct Leo Van Rijn cock I purchased from Holland with the help of Adrian. Kevin’s 2nd pigeon is a full sister to his first bird and she won 70th section C 202nd open and this is her 2nd national certificate as she won 63rd open from Ypres last year.
The Scottish national sent a great entry of 6065 birds to the Buckingham inland national with a few extra hundred birds that were convoyed by the national but only competed for federation prizes and the total could be about 7000 birds. Kevin won 4th Angus federation 9th section C 26th open with his first bird she is a half-sister to ‘Lucky’ (same dam) who won 4 times for us in SNFC inland racing. Her mother is named ‘Jenny’ and was bred by fellow scribe Adrian Duggins from his Leo Van Rijn bloodlines and I named her after Adrian’s late wife. She was our 2nd bird from Buckingham a couple of weeks ago and won 70th section C 201st open from 4169 birds she had previously won 25th section C 63rd open from Ypres last year so now has 3 national certificates to her name. Her sire was a direct Leo Van Rijn cock I purchased from Holland with the help of Adrian.
Hope you find the above interesting and if you have another hen as good as Jenny in your loft at a reasonable price then please let us know
Yours in sport
Joe Murphy
On our Provincial race from Bourges,  557 km ,  I have send 10 pigeons and not more because there was again unstable weather expected, with rain now, and a strong bad western site wind, who made we will have no any change here on the west site of the province South Holland.
When I basked the pigeons I found that My best nominated 4, all have thought the 1 flight in the last 48 hours, what is bad luck. My experience is that they will win no price as long as the new feather of the 1e flight,  stay closed, is not coming open. So I only could  pray that in the basked in the next 30 Hours the 1e flight of them will open.
That was at 3 of them not the case , and so again yes, that nominated top pigeons, just mist there price.
However, the other pigeons were doing well, and the results on Bourges were 7 of My 10 pigeons in the price with local in the club price 2-4-5-6-13-15-16 on 73 p was in the combine on 1137 pigeons 26 -44-47-67 -193-207-215.
provincial west it was only place 65 were I started and all mas pigeons now on the east site as expected, next time better wind we pray.    
Middle-Distance Pontoise a great success!

Today 17 June 2017 we had a race from Pointoise , distance 357 KM, with a NNW wind, and a quiet closed cloudy sky. Our pigeons  have go out as only province in Holland at 7 a clock, and it have be better that they have wait also 1 hour more,  like the rest of Holland, because the cloudy sky go a little open when our pigeons were at home already.
The race however was done in a 20-22 minutes, not bad but also not real good with the arrivals all around on the lofts, but al pigeons returned well.
Today I have again the 1e price of 167 pigeons in My village ,  and this was place 6 in the combine on 2771 pigeons and 15 place provincial west site on 7001 pigeons, and 16 of My 27 pigeons in the price on system 1 to 4. The winner is My 2 years cock from My Blue Power with the Abeele hen of Bliksem 781.
The circumstances are with the weather last weeks on a row not easy, so I have to be happy that I am lucky with weekly 1e price and top in the area.

Leo van Rijn wins 1 and 2 at Peronne

Here on the short race from Peronne , I won again the 1e and 2e price in club what was a little too late in the combine with 22 and 23 on 2725 pigeons. Too late because I get 1 cock from high in the sky taking a little too much time when the second arrived and no 1 go to nr 2 and made some fun together in the sky, and that cost me a small minute together and a lot of this 22 places before me in the combine,  because they arrived with high speed because of a southern tail wind, the lost time cost me a lot better places.

On race 2 from 554 km we expect a quick race but it was a little dead sky, there was a circle round the sun (a hallo),  and  a lot of swallows and seagulls circling around, what was the sign that it was not a quick race but a disturbed race. I won price 22 in the combine on 1559 pigeons what was  2 -6-10 -15 in club ad 5 of 8 in the price list.

Again today I better have nothing to complain with My small race team but be happy with the results.   

1-2-3 Middle Distance Roye
Today , Sunday 4 June, we raced from Roye , and I started with 1-2-3-7-12-14-16-19-20-22 etc total 18 in the prices from 27 send, and in the combine I started with 10-16-21 on 2556 pigeons
Much less pigeons as the week before after the bad races , a lot pigeons lost every were and a lot pigeons at home at the fanciers.
1e price this week with a top Yearling from WONDERE DIRK x a hen of Bliksem
2e price again 1 of my few UNO pigeons who won the day race last week
3e Benjamin x Bliksem cross (from daughter of My National ACE Marja
And following this with several of King & Keizer line Family

Here the weather yesterday on the race, was difficult again, as always in May, with the continue changing weather and temperature. We now have a tropical day, with more as 30 Celsius and a very soft south eastern wind, now any cloud, and burning sun.

Yesterday I won on a tough day race of 533 km with a hot south east wind 1 -2 -4 local(difficult and tough race, at evening 45% of the pigeons was not at home all around by other fanciers) I had 3 pigeons in concourse of My UNO day race pigeon line, and with this price 1-2-4 they were all 3 at home before most fancies even have a pigeon seen at the sky.

This was with this difficult and for me bad wind, provincial against 1102 fanciers and 18464 pigeons in concourse , price 23 and 28 and 286 provincial, and this even with Yong 2016 pigeons. The are Yearling childeren from the UNO hen NL09-1080223

We had also a short race, and they decide to change the plan and go to a very east place , very stupid, and that made as we told before the race extra disturbed with this disturbed south eastern wind. And that happened. Even now on Sunday morning, I read on My whats up, that 30% of the pigeons of this race and form the day race , from both still is not returned on most lofts

(I started on this Vitesse race from Chimay, unfortunately with price 4-6-7, and I have 21 of 23 pigeons at home)

First race a great succes!

I have put all My hens and cocks in the basked, what is a total this year of 47 pigeons . I start with
1-4-5-7-8-9-10-13-17-18-19-20- 21- etc in club on 331 pigeons and in the combine on 5793 pigeons this was 6-37-38-40-44-46-69-76-86-90-91-99-100 (=13 in 1e 100) total of 30 prices of the 47.The hens doing the very best.
The top pigeons were mostly all of the old lines, and the 1e price winner, It was again a hen of My old lines , King/Keizer, /Hattrick mix, (father Hattrick 790 x Frederica 947) who won the 1e. However, she arrived as no 4, but coming in strait, were another 3 pigeons decide to show around some more to show the boss they feel good and happy. The 3 who lost the 1e because they don’t come in direct, were daughter from Bliksem 395 x Benjamina 907 , and daughter Keizer 010 Mr Perfect x Willem de Bruin Schanulleke , and son Jannie 537 (the champion from Keizer/Hattrick line ) x UNO 827 .
Also the 2 trainings races last 2 wks, they were arrived like this, very well.
I do nothing as most light food (and not much), to try to let them come in quick. The distance made they need no fet corns, only sugar corns, and nothing more this 1e weeks.

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