Betty Smith (Zavis)
Chair of The Hungarian Vizsla Club 2007-2015 (Retired)
Betty says it came about when she was jumbling up the word Vizsla, to see what caught her eye –on choosing Zavis she later found out that the name denotes a desire to be a leader, to pioneer new undertakings, and to try new ideas of practical and creative endeavours
Betty first came onto the Club committee in 1987 and served until 2001 taking on various roles. She was the Club’s first Membership Secretary, this job previously having been done by the Treasurer. She was the newsletter editor for several years producing 3 newsletters per year and for a short period Field Trial Secretary. Betty also started the club merchandise sales.
As Betty had a business which occupied much of her time she stepped down in 2001 but was persuaded to rejoin the committee in 2008 and was duly elected Chair of the committee. She held this post until her retirement in 2015 when she decided the time had come to devote more time to her family and dogs and also plans for a move from Kent where she has lived for 50 years.
Her roles within the Club had been many and varied, which few can equal and it gave her a good insight as to how things ought to be done when she took the role of Chair.
The first Vizsla came to the Smith household in 1979, more of that later. Betty gave her first set of tickets for the Breed in 1996 at Bath and has judged both the Club & Society’s Championship shows.
She was involved with our web site when in its infancy and although retired from the committee she still remains on our Judges sub-committee, is author for our web site, is the breed representative at the Breeds Liason Committee of the Kennel Club, and assists with most if not all of our Breed Seminars as Assessor or Speaker.
Betty’s first Vizsla, Galfrid Gerard (Tas)came from the famous Galfrid kennels in 1979 as husband John had business connection with Angela Boys. Tas won 1CC and 1 RCC ensuring that Betty became hooked on showing. Then in 1981 came Galfrid Jacinthe, who was the foundation bitch for the kennel with her pups carrying the first litter with Zavis attached to them. In the eighties she handled Sh Ch Galfrid Whig to his title for Angela Boys. To date Betty has made up a Sh Ch – in ShCh/IrShCh Saddleglade Contago bred by Claire Aldridge – has bred one Show Champion carrying the Zavis affix in Z Loch Lindores, the litter brother Zavis Loch Loyle sitting on 2 CCs, by Sh Ch Gardenway Dalgliesh X Zavis Indian Summer. Several other dogs carrying the Zavis affix have CCs & RCC’s. Also in the 1990s the Zavis affix was seen at working tests, both John and Betty winning awards –so a truly all round kennel.
We have been very fortunate to have had Betty’s knowledge and expertise batting for the Club and she will be missed, however we know if we need to ask advice it would be forthcoming. With the number of years Betty has given to the Club she should have time off for “good behavior” as many criminals do not serve as long a sentence as Betty has done for the Club!!!!
Betty from all of us enjoy your retirement and thankyou.
Sue Chair HVC