Wal and Hans Zoontjens, Riel - North Brabant,
Stand for more than 38 years on top of the Dutch racing pigeon sport.
In the history of the Dutch racing pigeon
sport there are only a few pigeon fanciers we can entitle as owners of
a home-grown pigeon strain. A pigeon strain which shows a specific characteristic
or has an excessively ability for a fixed distance. And moreover also
being on the absolute top on the racing pigeon sport for so many years.
All pictures on this site are from Fred La
Brijn, unless announced differently.
Such a home-grown pigeons strain with specific characteristics and a excessively
ability for a fixed distance is the one of Wal and Hans Zoontjens living
in Riel, a small village to the south of the city Tilburg in North Brabant,
Netherlands. The founder of this world-wide famous pigeon strain was the
late Jan Zoontjens, father of Wal Zoontjens. In the years before the Second
World War he created the base of this pigeon strain which became and also
stayed one of the best of the Dutch racing pigeon sport during the last
Nowadays the pigeon strain to be continued by Wal Zoontjens and his son
They are real all-round pigeons and they shine on all distances, especially
on the One-day races, distances between 300 and 700 km. On these distances
they are in their element and sometimes the control the races. In the
meantime they are scattered broadcast all over the world. With a lot of
success many pigeon fanciers did a crossing with the Zoontjens pigeons
and became champion within a few years. Also many regional, provincial
and even national winnings can be ascribed to this pigeon strain.
Also in the pigeon-racing world in Asia, the Zoontjens strain is well
known and here they also fly on the top of the long distance races.
On the home front in Riel the pigeons still fly in an exceptional champion
style and win many championships.