Braad Joode; Holland's successful Long Distance champ due to a Unique
Couple: A Zoontjenscock and a Klak hen.
By Jurgen Schaerlaeckens
" Whoever races my pigeons and uses my system
will be a great champion " are the historic words of the late Mr
Jan Zoontjens (father of Wal Zoontjens)..
This is the story of two young, enthousiastic men
who have definitely proven this quote in a very short amount of time;
Mr Jeroen Braad en Mr Kees Joode.
Somewhere in the year 1990 the two friends Jeroen Braad and Kees de Joode
were going out to buy a pigeon loft. On their way they passed the little
town of 'Riel'. Jeroen remembered having read a report about the famous
pigeonfancier Mr. Wal Zoontjens, the son of Jan, who lives in that town.
They pulled themselves together and without notice they decided to visit
They never reached the town where they wanted to buy a new loft for their
birds but came back home with a bunch of birds they bought from Zoontjens.
Then they could not imagine then this would be the start of a rocketing
career. Only a couple of years later the whole country knew their names
because of breath taking results at Long Distance. So this first (accidental)
meeting with Mr Zoontjens turned out to be an
enormous milestone. They could never expect this meeting to have such
an enormous impact on their lives. They did not only manage to buy 20
late youngsters from Zoontjens but also got a bird
named 'Old Chateauroux, NL 88-8896876' for free.
This pigeon ('Old Chateauroux') would become one of Holland's very best
breeders ever and would become the basic bird of their further successes.
The hen he was mated with was a pure Klakbird 88-2107031
who was herself 1st Ace. How often did a thing like this not happen? One
buys pigeons somewhere, the seller gives one bird free and exactly this
bird is 'The golden one'. Giving this 'Old Chateauroux' away was the biggest
mistake I have ever made.
Mr Zoontjens said afterwards. " I thought that this pigeon had no
use for me " Mr Zoontjens said.
"I had 3 early breds off of the same parents and this was a late
hatch I did not need for myself and I wanted to do these fine young men
The 'Old Chateauroux' was a son of the famous 'America pigeon' a hen which
Zoontjens sold to America as it was a superior hen at 1,000 km racers.
And this formula: The crossing of Zoontjensbloodline (De Oude Chateauroux)
with that of Klak (88-2107031) is the key to their success. An explosion
of one superbird after the other was the result. Nearly all the famous
long distance racers those guys have now are descendants of this basic
couple. The funny thing is that a Klakbird (via Mr Heesters) also got
a great impact in the loft of Mr Zoontjens himself.
In 1983 Zoontjens got this Klakhen (83-0986370) he mated her with a cock
of his old family and this couple alone gave him six winners. The most
important children of this Golden Couple of Mr De Braad and Mr Joode are:
'De Wally' and 'Old 50'.
- 'De Wally' (90-2772511) never raced but as a breeder he gave one superbird
after the other.
- 'Old 50' (90-2763950) was entered in twelve 2-day races (from about
1,000 kilometres) and won 12 prizes. Among them a 1st prize from Bergerac
(about 843 kms).
Both players started an official partnership in 1993.
Their characters complete each other. Jeroen talks easily, takes more
risks whereas Kees is more sensitive, quiet and careful. "With the
two of us it is also a lot of fun" Jeroen says. "We share tasks
and enjoy our pigeons every moment". When you talk to them you talk
to pigeonlovers. Two perfectionists who do everything to succeed in the
pigeonsport. Before they both had pigeons on their own but individually
they never could make any fame. "At that the time we messed around
a little" they now say. The combination of the two turned out to
be a fabulous one. Only 5 years after this magnificent meeting between
the two friends and Zoontjens NPO, Hollands biggest pigeon magazine named
Jeroen Braad (32) and Kees de Joode (39) two new, young and fresh heroes
in pigeon sport.
In 1995 the combination Braad/Joode had 14 breeding couples
and some spare hens. Why do young unexperienced pigeonfanciers immediately
start playing for the national long distance flights? I wondered.
Kees de Joode says "You must go for the highest reachable".
This very sentence says everything about the ambitions of the two.
First of all pigeons of superior quality but also a deep love for the
pigeon sport. Of course the system of Wal Zoontjens helped them in reaching
such successes in such a short time; since the very beginning the Combination
Braad/Joode started with the feeding system of Mr. Wal Zoontjens. It is
a mixture with
much corn and soya. Everything must be perfect and right on time.
Feeding. Training. Everything happens daily to the minute. The loft is
settled at Kees' place which is
also an advantage. It is a small and very nice loft, the temperature is
very nice and constant and it always smells very nice. The rise of the
combination is no less than spectacular.
In their first year (!), they became 10th Over All Champion (13,000 fanciers)
one year later they were 5th.
In 1995 (their 3rd year(!) they reached the very top and became 1st Champion
Iong distance Semi National (NABvP). . In 1999 they had an Interprovincial
Ace at long Distance. This pigeon was called 'Stealth' his bandnumber
But the year 2000 has probably been the best so far and
it was again pigeons which were mainly of the bloodline of 'Old Chateauroux'
and 'Klakduif' that were winning. The strange thing is that many of their
superior breeders were born in 1992.
For the combination Braad de Joode there are only five
flights a year that really matter: The Semi National long distance races.
That is what they work for 365 days a year. A nice fact is that Kees'
wife always lights a candle of a specific brand for good luck. These two
fine young men have never lost reality. Even now that they are so successful
they are as eager and enthusiastic as in the early days. Before 1997 they
raced in the North of Holland later in the South due to reorganisation.
For them it is no problem to fly against the big names. It is another
challenge and they both have the same goal: Also beat them.
First of all it should be noticed that it is impossible of course to have
birds with a real long prize list when you only aim at long distance races
which are only held five times a year. But in this discipline (the real
hard races against the strongest National competition) their birds of
the bloodline Zoontjens and Klak have proven to be among the best of a
' De Chateauroux' 92-1450458
Father 'Old Chateauroux' 88-8896876 (basic cock).
Mother: One of the hens which were purchased from Zoontjens in 1990.
'De Chateauroux' won all provincial ( !) at Long Distance :
La Souterraine 99 3.913 pigeons 6th
Chateauroux 99 2.853 pigeons 13th
Argenton 97 3.629 pigeons 19th
La Souterraine 98 3.634 pigeons 21th and so on.
'The Champ' 95-2163143
Father: Pure Zoontjens.
Mother: Daughter 'Oude Chateauroux' basic cock.
'The Champ' won:
La Souterraine 132 pigeons 1st
La Souterraine 2.634 pigeons 10th
Argenton 4.212 pigeons 7th
Argenton 3.629 pigeons 27th
Cambrai 2.920 pigeons 29th.
'The Champ' was 2nd World Champion Long Distance in the V Laga Competition
Olympic Durban: Nl 95-2163183
This pigeon represented Holland at the Olympiad in Capetown, South Africa
It was entered in 24 long distance races and won no less than 21 prizes.
In total he won 43 prizes representing over 19125 kilometers.
Olympic Durban is 80 percent Zoontjensblood and 20 percent Janssen.
The father is a pure Zoontjensbird, his mother 94-1653223 is a sister
to 92-1450250. This 250 is the father to 'Stealth' which was the 1st Interprovincial
Ace in 2000.
So an Olympiadbird which is closely related to a 1st Interprovincial Ace?
What else can we say. The results of Olympic Durban are even greater if
one considers they race in the very North of the province so a location
which is the worst for long distance. We do not mention the local or regional
results but those won on Provincial leverl. Olympic Durban won at races
from 600 to 800 kilometers:
Limoges '00: 656 pigeons 11th
Montlucon '00: 1004 pigeons 13th
Limoges '98: 2621 pigeons 18th
Limoges: '99 2855 pigeons 36th
Etampes '96: 3381 pigeons 37th
And so on and so on.
There were only two pigeons in the whole country who did better in 1999
and in 2000 sothat Olympic Durban could respresent Holland at Olympiad
in South Africa between the best racers of the world.
The remarkable thing is that 'Olympic Durban' is already father of a Super
('Young Durban' 97-9780880) which won a 1st Provincial Chatearuoux, a
2nd Provincial Tours and a 5th Proovincial Tours. Moreover he is also
grandfather of 97-9780912 (Mouphassa) which was 1st Ace Provincial in
2000 of course at Long Distance.
'Young Durban' 97-9780880
Father: 95-2163183 (Olympic Durban)
Mother: 95-2163190 (Halfsister 'Stealth' 97-1730000, 1st Inteprovincial
Ace in 2000 NPO at long Distance).
' Young Durban' won always at long distance:
Chateauroux 227 pigeons: 1st
Chateauroux 917 pigeons: 1st
Tours 448 pigeons 2nd
Tours 1.248 pigeons 5th (4.636 pigeons 16th).
Father 'Wally' 90-2772511 the son of 'Oude Chateauroux' and 'Klakhen'
the basic pair.
Mother: 90-2908546, one of the hens they got from Zoontjens in 1990.
Strombeek 912 pigeons 1st
Montlucon 179 pigeons 1st
La Souterraine 223 pigeons 1st
La Souterraine 560 pigeons 1st
He was 1st Ace at Long Distance both in 1995 and in 1996. He is father
Father: 'Bruno' 93-1170001, son of 'Wally', grandson 'Golden Couple'.
Mother: A Zoontjenshen.
'Bora' won the title "Golden Crack" in 1996 Proovincial for
best yearling at Long Distance.
He won, again always from Long Distance.
Tours 98 412 pigeons 1st
Tours 98 1.535 pigeons 2nd (S-National 5.065 pigeons 7th).
Tours '00 448 pigeons 3rd
Tours '00 1248 pigeons 10th (S-National 4.636 pigeons 36th)
Father 92-1450250, a pure Zoontjens which is grandfather ?Young Durban
The mother is a pure Zoontjens and gr.mother of his 1st National Orleans.
Maybe 'Stealth' is the most sensational racer in the loft of De Braad
Joode. He was in 2000 1st Ace at Short Distance but at the same time he
was Semi-National Ace NPO (Brabant 2000) at long Distance.
In a time fanciers specialise on certain distances it is unique that the
same bird is 1st Ace at Short Distance but also at Long Distance. Not
only Regional but Interprovincial.
'Stealth' won Interprovincial at the long distance races in 2000:
Limoges 5.864 pigeons 14th
Tours 4.986 pigeons 16th
Chateauroux 4.146 pigeons 23rd. In half the country no one had a better
Father is a son of 'Olympic Durban' mated with halfsister 'Stealth' (daughter92-1450250).
It is also a descendant of 'Wally'. The mother is a direct daughter of
'Wally' (90-2772511 a daughter of the
basic pair 'Oude Chateauroux' and 'Klakhen').
'Stealth' was in 2000 1st Ace Interprovincial at Long Distance, 'Mouphassa'
was 1st Ace in the Combine at long distance.
And birds like these there are more in the loft of Braad de Joode in the
little town of Woudrichem.
93-1169996 (Good Yearling) is a halfbrother of 'Stealth' on fathers side.
The mother is a daughter of 'Wally'. 93-1169996 won:
Velencienne 1.609 p 3rd,
Tours 5,065 p 14th (Interprovincial),
La Souterraine 3.244 pigeons 19th,
Limoges 2.621 pigeons 22nd,
Argenton 4.212 pigeons 35th.
94-1653294 (De Beul) a grandson of 'Oude Chateauroux'
again won 1st Orleans (S-National 11.439 pigeons 5th), 2nd Chateauroux
and 6th Montlucon (more than 600 km races.
92-5213999 (Teletekst) a son of Wally (son of the basic couple) won S-National
Chateauroux 5.833 pigeons 4th (605 km).
94-1653272 (Verrassing) won Clermont 3rd, Bourges 5th, Chateauroux 5th,
Roye 6th, Limoges 6th, Montlucon 9th, Limoges 9th. He was 21st National
Ace (Vredesduif) long distance in 1996. So 21st best bird of 40,000 fanciers.
Such small loft and so many good long distance birds which are all related?
No wonder these 2 guys love pigeon sport so much.
The results of these pigeons show us that the best has
yet to come. We still may expect a lot of smashing results of these pigeon
freaks. The Stealth has recently been sold to China. Mr de Joode had tears
eyes when the deal was made but I am sure his descendants will be winning
on the other side of the world too. This small inbred family has just
given too many superbirds already.
Combination Braad de Joode
B.A. van der Colffstraat 1,
4285 XN Woudrichem Holland.
Tel 00 31 183 303169
Mobile: 06 51548580
Fax: 00 31 183 301796