National Aces 2007
"WHZB" is the name of a competition organised by a Dutch magazine to find who had the best birds the year. This is not the official National championship of NPO, but still very prestigious.
It must be said though that the ranking does not necessarily mean these pigeons are really the best since the fancier himself has to send in the results which some fanciers do not, pretty many fanciers have no chance since they race in an area where people enter few birds (only their best) and naturally the amount of pigeons in a race contributes to a better ranking.
Furthermore in one area the season ends in June, in the other in September and of course it makes a differerence if you can enter a bird 12 times or 25 times.
Nevertheless the fanciers and their birds deserve much respect since still some 1000s of fanciers go for it. As you see below some great names are among the winners.
Below the winners in each category in 2007.
Best pigeon All Round : G and S Verkerk
Best Cock : Cor Leijtens
Best Hen: Adrie Kors
Best Young Bird: Bert Berends
Best Short Distance Pigeon : Ben Pieper
Best Middle Distance Pigeon: Jan Oost
Best One Day Long Distance Pigeon: Comb. Braad - de Joode
Best Extreme Long Distance Pigeon: Chris Bouhuyzen
Best Loft : Reedijk-Jongekrijg
The Leytens' family (best cock WHZB 2007) with
on the right A S and Luna Lai from Hong Kong.