Ben Hendriks: The
true home of the legendary van Wanroy long distance
The strain van Wanroy is a/o in China also known as the strain J.B. Hendriks (named after Ben’s father),
who made the strain well-known worldwide,especially by winning the 1. prize on the International
Barcelona race in 1980, a leaden edition! On one of the biggest distances (1240 km) the winning pigeon reached a velocity of 986 meters per minute.
J.B. Hendriks ( † )
This family of pigeons is long distance strain number 1 in The Netherlands and Western-Europe for many decades already!
Almost every year the titles in the National Marathon and Western-European Super Marathon competition are won by fanciers, where the van Wanroyblood is decisive for their supreme performances.
Almost every long distance loft in West Europe thanks the success to the pure or crossed van Wanroy birds, like for instance the international winners of Barcelona: Kuypers brothers, W. van Leeuwen, J.B. Hendriks, Jan Theelen, C. Vanoppen, Vrösch-Meyers partnership, F. Menne and daughters and Danny Vagenende.
The outer looks of the van Wanroy
birds are mostly dark, they have a plume soft as
silk, a strong skeleton, supple muscles, beautiful
eyes, character and perseverance. It is a strong
van Wanroy is composed from the following elements:
Pigeons with a great attribution to the strain are
‘Westerhuis’ (also when paired to ‘90’)
In 15 years time Jef van Wanroy
won 182 prize cards of 242 entered birds on National
The unfortunate death of Jef van
Wanroy followed in 1971.
Really striking is,
that the van Wanroys really distinguish themselves
with real pigeon-weather, hot temperature and head
The van Wanroys mature
quite late, but last a real long time!
photo's: Robert Borneman, Ger Marell, Fred la Brijn, Peter van Raamsdonk, Gerhard Blum, Alphons Eijkelkamp