When Arjan Beens wanted to focus entirely on the extreme long distance races, he went in search of the best long distance pigeons that could be found in the Netherlands. He bought the best, nothing was good enough. He would rather buy a child from the best pigeon of a certain fancier than, for example, four grandchildren.
He once said: ‘It is better to buy 1 pigeon for €1,000 from a topper than 10 slightly lesser pigeons for €100.’ He obtained good pigeons from the direct line of ‘Sarina’ of the Hagens Brothers (‘Sarina’ x her own father). The first national Perpignan (‘Dinie’) is a direct descendant of this. But also an Inbred product of ‘De Kweker 42’ has also produced good descendants, such as ‘Blue.’ The Hagens pigeons are red and that also applies to many pigeons from the Limburg Brothers. In addition, he bred his topper ‘Rika’ from a Jelle Jellema pigeon. The very best breeding hen in his loft. And the pigeons from the First Prize Pigeons breeding center have also been a very good contribution to the loft.