Mast-Scheper, Nieuw Amsterdam
Benny started in 1991 with pigeons. Nobody in his immediate environment had or has pigeons, but he liked them very much and was under the impression that they could fly more than an hour. He was 12 years old at the time. A loft was built where fancy pigeons were put, but he quickly looked elsewhere because they flew no more than a few given laps at a time. Then came the racing pigeons!!!
The pigeon virus did its job and kept Benny in its grip still to today. After flying the program races for 10 years, but he had been looking forward to and his love for the long distance work came true. And that is also a virus, but different. This is the game that Benny wanted to be big in! And that is no different now! Wanting to be the best of the country. That is the end goal!!
Every person has a certain feeling he/she feels best at. Maybe a combination because it doesn’t show itself without the work. My heart lights up at the marathon, not because as most people say that it is easy, but because it is great when the pigeons come back from 800-1200 km. This gives him goosebumps. The character that is in the pigeons to come home and sometimes, not always, even come home with ease, that is what Benny is looking for. After having flown years at the marathon with his then companion ( the late Jan Lotterman )from 2006 to 2011, in which 5 teletekst placings were achieved then in 2014 it was decided to start with the pigeons again with his girlfriend. His girlfriend did not know about racing pigeons then, but 3 years later she knows very well what it takes to be at the top. It is hard work and all the details that come along!