One of the legendary pigeons is "de
Dolle" from Marijn van Geel.
In 1967 the Kras white pen
cock was born in Nieuw Vossemeer.
In the beginning as Nobody
but soon he got the name "Dolle", this because he already
liked to play in the nest. and after the flights had the habit of
flying for a long time.
Because of his special
appearance of physique and a superior colored eye, Marijn quickly
recognized his breeding value. But first Marijn kept flying with "de
Dolle" and it took until mid 1975 until he saw his many good
racing performances crowned as an 8 year old pigeon by winning twice
a 3rd National in 4 weeks time. This on St. Vincent and on Dax. He
won the car at St. Vincent and lost this prize by a few seconds to
Marijn knew that he played
with fire, but his effort was rewarded and after this "de Dolle"
was put into the breeding loft. Despite the fact that several people
offered a lot of money, the pigeon expert remained steadfast and "de
Dolle" remained in the breeding loft. Which has proven itself
over the years as a golden opportunity. With this Marijn proved his
extra class as a pigeon professional.
For what he and his
descendants have brought in joy is the manifold of what he alone
would have brought by sale. Now an 8-year long breeding period
started in which "de Dolle" made his name a legend with
various hens, including his own sister and daughters, and he has
remained and will remain unforgettable until now.
Many managed to deliver
top performances with the descendants of "de Dolle".
Whether they were his children or already one of the next
generations. In 1996 Rik Stevens, he got a couple of eggs from "De
Dolle" in 1979 and has bred a formidable son, later called "De
RIK". This cock has caused a furore for him for many years and
now 17 years later has crowned his work because one of his
descendants won the 1st Nat. Barcelona won. In addition, the Gebr.
Kuypers the 2nd Nat. also 3rd Intern. and Wim v. Leeuwen 8th Nat,
24th Intern. and in Germany Julia Posser 7th Intern. with descendants
of "de Dolle". So even after 30 years this proves how
dominant "de Dolle" was and still is. Now in 2000 a
descendant from this line won again the 12th Nat. Barcelona in Martha
van Geel's own loft.
After the death of Marijn
in 1983 and the end of "de Dolle" as a breeder, it was in
the hands of Martha van Geel to continue with the very strong pigeon
material that these 2 champions had left behind.
In addition to many top
performances in the following years, the "Vlekje", a
grandson of the "Dolle" who, as the true successor of his
famous grandfather, won the 2nd Nat. Dax and also the car won.
In the meantime, the van
Geel pigeon was so in demand all over the world that Martha van Geel
sold all breeding and racing pigeons in a public auction in February
1989 for a record amount. After this, a quiet new start was made with
the young pigeons that remained behind and later some breeding
pigeons that were bought back. From 1993 onwards, people are again
working with full energy and dedication to get back to the top. This
is partly due to the establishment of a friendship with Heinz Kramer.
In 2001 it is still the lines of "de Dolle", crossed with
pigeons from bloodlines of the same caliber as "de Dolle",
that are responsible for these performances.
Through targeted breeding
and selection, including among the breeders, more racing of the
pigeons, and also paying a lot of attention to the health of the
pigeons, this has resulted in ± 55% price on the national flights.
"The DOLLE" is already
legend! The future will be for his descendants!
Results in the past after a new start start 1990