Initially program races were entered in. Here it was mainly de Klak pigeons from Wim Ververs from Haelen, supplemented with their own kind, that did well. In the mid-eighties various pigeons were purchased from Jan Cobben from Nuth, the then chairman of the “Phoenix” department of Limburg. At that time, 2 unions were still active in Limburg, namely the CLBvP and the “Phoenix.” The pigeons from Jan Cobben were all-around pigeons. For us this meant that we could make a cautious start on the long distance races.
Because from that moment on we had pigeons that could compete with the best for both short and long distance work, this eventually resulted in winning the General Championship of the “Phoenix” department in Limburg in 1992. It was a championship with a black edge. The week after it became known that we had become General Champion of the division, our most loyal supporter and co-caretaker of our colony, uncle Jo, died of a heart attack.
In the years that followed, successes followed each other quickly.