The brothers Herman and Janus Borgmans have become icons of modern day racing pigeons sport. As nephews and apprentices of their renowned uncle Jos van Limpt ‘De Klak’ they did not just follow him in his footsteps when it comes to top rankings. Even today they continue their uncle’s life’s work.Half way in the past century they count on the interest of every staight-grounded short and medium distance player, but since then Janus and Herman focused themselves on the single-day races. In the meantime they have made quite a name for themselves in the elite world of single-day races and belong to the countries most successful single-day races specialists.
All that with the same sort of pigeons with which they first finished the vitesse and medium distance flights. The sort of pigeons from their uncle Jos. The Borgmans brothers came to the single-day races, because they were challenged to this by other pigeons lovers. According to these critics the Janssen and Klak pigeons could not handle such a race. The opposite has been amply proven since. On the first flight of the racing club Zuiderkempen in 1981, the new players won their 50th price with four first rankings on the clock. Since this day they claim prize after prize and even won an impressive amount of six national NPO single-day races!
The strain created by the Borgmans brothers started with a pigeon they bred from two pigeons gifted by their uncle Jos van Limpt-de Klak. This H64-1205046 was soon named ‘DIKKE DUIF’. This mother was, when breeding, untouchable and won a second place prize in a race from Chateauroux (565 km) at the racing club Zuiderkempen. In this race she also won the auto prize.
Her son, ‘DE BALLON’ (H69-243347), flew vitesse races as well as the race head prizes. In 1975 he flew the 8th Moulins, 2nd Chateauroux and the 17th Ruffec at the age of six. From the ‘Ballon’ the Borgmans brothers bred pigeons like ‘DE HARDE’ (NL78-0715320), ‘HET PARELTJE’ (NL81-2157336 ) and last but not least, ‘JONGE BALLON’ (NL81-2157309). The descendents of these ‘Balloonchilds’ were raised to a species of pigeons from which pretty much all single-day race winners were born.
One of these winners, the legendary ‘25’ (NL92-0049525), unfolded itself together with the best pigeon Jos van Limpt-de Klak owned, the ‘613’ (NL89-1775613), to fathers with an excellent strain. The achievements the descendants of these unequalled pigeons, who can be found at the Borgmans’ own pen as well as Jos de Klak’s, achieve all over the world is truly unbelievable!
The ‘Klak’ pigeons are renowned for over sixty years for their silky soft plume, fantastic orientation and impeccable speed. Many years of careful and dedicated breeding have made “the ‘Klak’ pigeon easy to cross with other pigeons. The Borgmans brothers too, have used this special property the past few years. With care they selected top pigeons from renowned champions Willem de Bruijn (Reeuwijk – NL) and Leo Heremans (Vorselaar – BE) to crossbreed with their own. Once more, award-winning pigeons were born such as the ’51-Doffer’ with no less than three first place prizes!
The Borgmans brothers believe a special preparation of pigeons for the single-day races is of essential importance. The center of focus of single-day races lies with the viduity of male pigeons. One-year olds are spared as much as possible in order to prevent them from wearing out prematurely.De racing pigeons are coupled around March 1st. They will raise a nest of young pigeons and, when they return to eggs, breed for viduity for approximately ten days. Because of this the moult will not occur for another while and they will be capable to race these pigeons until late Juli.
Feeding of the pigeons has been made an art by the brothers. ‘A pigeon with insufficient reserves is best left at home. It won’t achieve a top result.’, Herman says. His brother Janus adds: ‘When a pigeon is entered into a race it must explode of reserves and energy. The trick is to have the pigeon in a top shape on the day of the race. Though, that is very difficult.’
Sufficient rest for the pigeons is very important according the brothers. Hence why the racing pigeons are racing only every fortnight. When the races have completed the preparations for the next season already begin.