Also winning Ace One Day Long Distance Bird In Amalgination.
A Pigeon fancier with only a hand full of birds who can compete against the big fanciers; only very rarely they can be found. Yet they do exist. Will and his nephew Falco Ebben from the Dutch village Beneden-Leeuwen have a maximum of ten pairs of racers at their disposal. About twenty youngsters complete this small colony. Despite these minimal numbers this partnership manages to list incredeble performances.
The whole season is focussed on racing one day long distance (500-700 km) and the youngbird season. With a small number of birds choices have to be made...
Quality; no quantity!
that Will and Falco Ebben always considered as very important is top quality;
with only a handful of birds at their disposal the only way to top results.
Keeping that thought in mind the two started their quest for good birds.
In 1998 a first step to top quality was made in the purchase of five pairs of
eggs at probably Dutch best pigeon fancier; Ad Schaerlaeckens from Baarle-Nassau.
An acquisition that did not ask for much patience to get good results. In 1999
already the first appealing performances were listed with the newcomers, when
on the 7th of August on the PS Maxence race 1st and 2nd
against 2,185 birds was won with two nest sisters. Both these hens were bred
from the Schaerlaeckens ‘egg’ NL98-2331507, a granddaughter to ‘Creilman’ who
also became dam to winners of a/o 1st PS Maxence 255 birds – 1st
St. Ghislain Hornu 281 birds – 1st Houdeng 199 birds – 1st
PS Maxence 111 birds - etc.
At Ad Schaerlaeckens the ‘Creilman’ was already a legend by life, as a breeder
as well as a racer. In his active racing career he won 1st prizes
against 4,214 birds, 3,004 birds and 1,157 birds. He is a direct son to the
super pair ‘Mattens’ x ‘Sissi’.
But with that the Schaerlaeckens successes at Ebben did not come to an end
yet! Especially NL98-2331505, a granddaughter to ‘Orleansdoffertje’ (brother ‘Creilman’)
of Ad Schaerlaeckens had an incredible impact on the strain. She produced a/o
the ‘Super 27’, an incredible crack!!! She won a/o: 1st Houdeng 3,279 birds, 1st
St. Ghislain Hornu 877 birds, 1st La Ferte Bernard 486 birds, 1st
Houdeng 392 birds, 1st St. Ghislain Hornu 264 birds, 1st
La Ferte Bernard 152 birds, 2nd National NPO La Ferte Bernard
13,736 birds, 2nd La Ferte Bernard 2,930 birds, 2nd St.
Ghislain Hornu 2,234 birds, 2nd La Ferte Bernard 1,094 birds, 3rd
St. Ghislain Hornu 2,680 birds, etc. As youngster she became acebird and her
nestbrother (NL01-1505826) made a noise in the world winning 1st Aerschot 352
birds and 1st Niergnies 286 birds. Besides, the 826 is sire to ‘Cynthia’
(NL02-1282791), that performed superbly as a young hen and became best acebird
in Federation (260 members) and 3rd acebird in Amalgamation (4,500 members)!
Another Schaerlaeckens-cockbird turned out to become a true super breeder, the
NL98-2331509. His daughter ‘De Bourgesduivin’ (NL01-1507092, owner Ton Ebben)
became acebird on one day long distance and won top prizes like: 1st
Bourges 757 birds, 1st Bourges 276 birds, 1st Orleans
209 birds, 1st Bourges 100 birds, 1st Vierzon 98 birds
and 1st Orleans 59 birds. Absolute top!
But probably the best breeder Will and Falco Ebben purchased through Ad
Schaerlaeckens is ‘Ko’ (NL98-2331508). He too is a grandson to ‘Creilman’ and
he is sire to many toppers. ‘Good Yearling’ for example is a direct son to him
and ‘Cynthia’ is a granddaughter.
The top birds as mentioned above are the result of the 1998 purchase at
Schaerlaeckens. But the years after several direct Schaerlaeckens-birds moved
to Ebben, that only strengthened their colony just that bit extra. Like for
instance a son to ‘Ace Four’ (NL96-5660145), 1st acebird in Middle-Brabant
amalgamation in 1996. This great topper was purchased in 2002 and in 2003 he
already produced some very talented descendants. For the coming years again
Falco and Will ordered eggs at the grandmaster from Baarle-Nassau.
Arie van Beek
Being a pigeon photographer and reporter for Holland’s biggest pigeon magazine
Neerlands Postduiven Orgaan, Falco made quite a few useful contacts in pigeon
sport. Besides, as no other he found out where to get the best birds
available. Such a masterly loft with inimitable birds was that of Arie van
Beek, better known as the ‘De Klak van IJzendoorn’, where Falco paid his first
visit in 1999. Falco and Arie appeared really to get along very well and
therefore it did not take long before the first Klak birds moved to the
breeding lofts of the Ebbens.
And not just any birds, but direct youngsters from illustrious names such as:
‘Der Bomber’ (1st best middle distance bird and 1st best overall bird in
Amalgamation in 2001) - ‘Blauwe Jos’ (1st long distance – one day – acebird in
Amalgamation in 2001) - ‘Kras 621’ (1st long distance – one day –
acebird in Amalgamation in 2002) - ‘Kras 334’ (Best young bird in Federation
1998). A sister to the ‘Super 78’, therefore a daughter to Van Beek’s number 1
breeding pair, appeared to become a miracle in breeding for Ebben, especially
when paired to the Schaerlaeckens-cockbird ‘Ko’.
In 2004 some direct youngsters were purchased of full brothers to the
legendary ‘Blauwe 613’, the best bird Jos de Klak ever owned.
The Old 45
at Will and Falco Ebben the birds of Schaerlaeckens and Van Beek dominate the
colony. In the strain however the ‘Old 45’ (NL94-2644445) deserves an
honourable mention. This Verbart bird of origin, from the lines of the
legendary ‘46’, guaranteed offspring with amongst them a whole regime of top
racer (when crossed to birds of Schaerlaeckens and Van Beek).
The battle for
In their quest for superior birds the Ebbens most certainly did not
move in too hurried a manner. Only the very best was good enough for them to
take place in their only small accommodation; a criterion that already bared
its fruits sensationally. And the only way to intervene in the battle with all
concurrence, racing only 8 pairs of racers . . . a battle that brings out the
best in the Ebbens and that results in outstanding performances!