National NPO winners 2021: St. Vincent – Paul van den Boogaard
A story: Many thousands of years ago a bird species nested on cliff ledges from central Asia, across north Africa, to parts of Europe.
Cordeanu Vasile is a pigeon grower from Vaslui, Romania. He has great performances and he is a pigeon lover since he was 8 years old. In his farm from Chitoc village, 7 km from the Vaslui town, he raises 66 pigeons, of which 8 have been auctioned.
Marius Tunduc is President of the National Federation of Pigeon Breeders of Romania (FNCPR) since 2014, previously serving as Chairman of the Sports Commission. Meantime, Marius Tunduc also holds the position of Vice-President of the FCI – Federation Colombophile Internationale.
Cosmin Furnică is passionate about pigeons and has outstanding results among pigeon fanciers. He owns a farm of about 250 pigeons, of which about 50 pairs are marathon pigeons, 20 pairs are “one loft” pigeons, and the rest are flyers. His farm is located in Șotânga commune, Dâmbovița county and is part of the Vulcana Pandele pigeon club.
Pigeon fancing is a passion, by definition, and at the same time it is the science of breeding pigeons. There are two types of pigeon growers: those who inherited, from the family, the science of pigeon breeding, and because they attracted by this science, learned and deal with pigeons, and the second category are those who discovered pigeons in their environment, socially or from different backgrounds, began to study and then to invest in pigeons.
Regardless the area of interest, but especially the one of the pigeon breeding, the mastery is acquired over time, after many experiences and many mistakes. But we all know that a great way to make rapid progress is to learn directly from experienced people, and more importantly, to have the ability to learn from their mistakes.
Marathon pigeons are distinguished by their genetic qualities, we could say they are being gifted with spectacular DNA. However, as humans are, several elements are essential for good health and extraordinary results.
The number one for me is the Kipp family, on the line of King Barcelona that I own and have been working with since 2005. The best example would be Dutch, a female directly from Jan Kastelijn with 100% Kipp & Sohne blood, the daughter of two grandsons of King Barcelona.
Daniel Magirescu is from Bacău, a professional engineer, graduated from the “Vasile Alecsandri” University, specializing in technical profile, Machine Construction Technology.
Mihai Sebastian Bodor is from Iași county and currently lives in Valea Lupului town. He is a social worker by profession, and his passion for pigeons brings him the greatest satisfaction.
Florin Vartolomei (Comănesti, Bacău county, Romania), is a character with notoriety in the guild of pigeons breeders in Romania, with countless prizes obtained at the fund and marathon categories: 3 Gold prizes, worth 30,000 lei, the highest prize in the Youth Fund category in Romania The National Gold Championship of Romania, and many other honorable prizes.
Marathon Pigeons is a site born out of passion. The main idea of this project was the need of finding a common virtual place for the pigeon fanciers worldwide.