The Double-story Loft of Johan van Zyl - Home to many great Pigeons

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written by-johan dreyer

Johan Van Zyl, in my eyes, are one of the  greatest fanciers in our country. He is one of the old school Fanciers.  No computers in sight, only his sharp mind and his year by year black breeding books. If you need to know a pedigree of a pigeon, he expertly works through a stack of book refreshing his memory and jotting down the information in a handwriting only a pharmacist can read.

Johan is a retired woodwork school teacher who  spend most of his time with his pigeons and his other love, woodworking. His house is the local stopover for a quick chat and a cup of coffee as the never ending flow of respectful pigeon fanciers roll by. He always have time to listen and to give advice, and believe me, you can and must listen to his advice, as Johan's knowledge of Racing Pigeons are unsurpassed. He is a no nonsense fancier with no time for fancy foods and fancy medicine and fancy doepas. He believe in keeping it simple is the best way.  It worked for him and the proof can be seen in the hordes of trophies in his house. He was crowned Club Champion for to many years to count and a kinder gentleman of the sport will be hard to find.

It is never an effort for him to take visitors through his loft and letting them handle the abundance of top quality birds nesting here. The races are flown on a open loft natural system and you can feel the excitement and the enthusiasm  of these pigeons as they hustle and bustle in and out of the loft, to busy and to happy to even notice us when we worked through the race loft catching and handling them.

 Something I have to share is that Johan cares so deeply for the growing of the sport that he often clock only his first bird during a race to ensure other and younger players also get a chance to clock and stay in touch with their points. Even with this attitude he often still runs in front with points and for this year 2010 he ended up 2nd in the Club Championships. He also had the pigeon with the most points for 2010.

Well done Oom Johan !!


          This is the back of the loft where Johan breeds with his pure strains in single compartments.

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             Johan busy handling his pigeons


                           The Racers Loft on top


   Willie from Potgietersrust and Johan Venter my racing partner .

  Willie sell a excellent pigeon breeding mix. Both him and Slang use this mix to race on also. When the 600km+ races starts they add more corn.


 Willie and Johan Dreyer. Willie also sell a range of pigeon medicine and a specially mixed grit mixed with sand. My Pigeons go crazy when they see this grit

         Willie can be contacted at 0791391767


                                                                       Johan van Zyl  and Johan Dreyer

 Slang is well known in the Pigeon Fraternity of South Africa and overseas. He traveled Europe in search of the elusive magic pigeon, where he found and imported pigeons with Lionel Kelbrick, Boet Troskie and Cassie Mathee.

He was involved with the importing of pigeons direct from Gommaire Verbruggen, Flor Engels, Vanhee, Herman Beverdam,van Riel, Dalemans,Herbots and a few other famous Belgium and Dutch fanciers. Most of Johan's Verbruggens originate from the Boet Troskie 'GEELOGER' and 'DIE KLEIN BLOU HENNETJIE'.

Johan was also host to Gommaire Verbruggen and his wife in Potgietersrust during their visit in South Africa. Johan is still on speaking terms with most of the great Europe Fanciers he visited in the past.

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         Some of the Fanciers visited by Slang van Zyl, Lionel Kelbrick and Cas Mathee 


               Slang Dalemans and Lionel Kelbrick


       Cas Mathee- Pros Roosen- Slang- Lionel Kelbrick

                 

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               Cas-Lionel-Jos Thone-Slang van Zyl


  Lionel Kelbrick and the late Flor Engels

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              Herbots Group Photo

 

        Lionel Kelbrick - Jan Dons - Cas Mathee

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        Lionel Kelbrick-Cas Mathee-Louis Janssen


       Gommaire Verbruggen and Lionel Kelbrick

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             Lionel Kelbrick and Van Bierendonck


                       Lionel Kelbrick an Silver Toye

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             Van Riel and Wife - Lionel Kelbrick


                                          Van Helmond   

                Lionel Kelbrick-Cas Mathee-Slang van Zyl

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