rally 2014

The Hungarian Vizsla Club Fun Rally

The Cedar Field, Market Bosworth

20th and 21st September 2014

 

The first day of the rally dawned misty and grey was not too cold but most importantly of all it was dry.  The twelve acres of stunning parkland known as The Cedar Field was to be our home for the two days, surrounded by ancient woodland and the rolling Leicestershire countryside we couldn’t have wished for anywhere better, with ample space for all the planned activities, trade stands, parking and caravans our rally was held in a totally safe, secluded and private environment.

The main events on day one were agility and the fun dog show both proving to be very popular.  The agility run by Margo Robertson and Susan Northwood along with judge Ann Riches saw both experienced competitors and beginners alike having lots of fun.  Paula Trigg who after competing stayed and helped all the beginners.  Paula’s Vizsla Ross was celebrating his fifteenth birthday on the day!!  Organisers of the fun dog show Debbie Warnes and Penny Connolly were kept very busy, the classes very varied, ranging from the young handler class, right through to the vintage class seeing all the gorgeous oldies enjoying their day out, the judges Sue Houslop and Sue Novis had some tough decisions to make with lots of lovely entries from dogs of all shapes and sizes.

Walking around the rally alongside the numerous stands there was a cute retro caravan which on closer inspection revealed a mobile coffee shop selling the most delicious flavoured coffees, who needs Costa and Starbucks!  The hot food van which welcomed us all first thing in the morning with the wonderful aroma of bacon and sausage continued to deliver delicious burgers, hot dogs, hot drinks and other goodies throughout the day at excellent prices. The HVC stand ably manned by Mary and Lorraine Yarnley attracted many people and was well set out with lots of club merchandise on offer.  Ann Papworth, Jean Kelly and Gill Parrott were in charge of the cake stall, with many tempting cakes including carrot and chocolate cake they saw a steady stream of customers. Shelley Heading was also kept busy giving advice to new and old owners on their training and behavioural issues and then holding a successful clicker training class.  Shelley’s Vizsla Wilma also enjoyed her day winning first place in the waggiest tail class and coming second in the prettiest bitch class.  Myself and Jim ran the very popular second hand dog equipment stall, saying this, around half of what was for sale was brand new and all the items had been kindly donated so a very big thank you for that.  We had an array of many different dog related items including dog coats, bowls, leads and collars, most of what we had was sold over the two days raising much needed funds for Welfare.  As well as running the raffle and tombola, Betty Smith gave a talk on the Vizsla which proved popular especially with first time owners, whilst Betty was busy giving her talk Jim went around and sold a lot of raffle tickets, people were very generous.  There was also an Oscar dog food stand who, along with selling a good range of treats and food, were also on hand to weigh your dog and offer sound nutritional advice.  An unexpected but welcome and popular visitor was a beautiful Goshawk who was camping overnight with his owner who worked his Vizslas with his hawks.

The first day came to a close at around 5pm with the next day ready to commence around 10am.

 

The second day was brighter with more sunshine and soon got under way with Derek running the very successful gundog scurries.  The agility was enjoyed by people who had never tried it before, lots of fun was had by owners and dogs alike.  No dog show on the second day, instead the ring was used to help people who had not shown their dog before understand what showing is all about and help them learn about conformation, the lessons were given by Elaine Grewcock of Ryanstock Weimaraners.  The HVC merchandise was still proving popular being manned this time by Betty Smith and Claire Aldridge.  In the afternoon a talk on dog nutrition was given by Oscar Dog Foods with a question and answer session afterwards.

As the last few people made their way home around 4pm the second day drew to a close. The mammoth task of clearing up now loomed ahead, this was duly undertaken by Derek and Simone Whitfield who were ably assisted by non committee members Elaine and Kevin Grewcock, Sue and Jim Novis and Andy and Caroline Goodhand who had also helped Derek set everything up on the Friday.

The rally didn’t just happen, not only was it the result of many many months of planning and hard work by the HVC committee, it was also possible because of all the help given during the rally by non committee members, it was really gratifying to see that all the people who came along enjoyed themselves with their gorgeous dogs with old and new Vizsla owners alike appreciating all what was on offer, young puppies and old dogs all with happy waggy tails.  We’ve been asked by many when the next rally will be, all I can say is watch this space.

 

Sharon Bergin

HPR Training Clubs

 

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ARUN AND DOWNLAND GUNDOG SOCIETY

HPR TRAINING CO-ORDINATOR JUDITH TURNER

Email:  jtanddjt@byinternet.com

 

ALTON GUNDOG CLUB

SUE HENDER

Tel: 0793 2226944

suehender@icloud.com

 

ANDY CULLEN HPR TRAINING SCOTLAND

Training at Duke of Northumberlands Estate Alnwick

Tel: 01786 824280   07841 530967

www.laochingundogs.com

email: andy@laochingundogs.com

 

BRACCO ITALIANO CLUB

WORKING SEC: SUE PARR

Tel: 01273 386292

pruso@ntworld.com

 

BRISTOL & WEST WORKING GUNDOG SOCIETY

HPR FT SEC. LISA BAKER  Tel: 07823 324703

www.bwwgs.org.uk

lisa@verweg.co.uk

 

BRITTANY CLUB.GB

HPR FT SEC. MR J.ANDERSON Tel: 01600 890667

www.brittanyclub.co.uk

email: bcgbftsec@hotmail.co.uk

 

DUKERIES (NOTTS) GUNDOG CLUB.

FT SEC DI ARROWSMITH

Tel: 01283 575448.

email: diarrowsmith@fleetapple.plus.com

 

GERMAN LONGHAIRED POINTER CLUB

FT SEC. MR DAVID WINSER  Training Cambridge & Norfolk

Tel: 01487 822366

email david@winser.go-plus.net

 

GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER CLUB

MICK CANHAM  Training Perth & Inverness

Tel: 01667 404314   Mobile 0774 1010094

www.gsp.org.uk

email mickcanham@hotmail.com

 

GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER CLUB (SUSSEX BRANCH)

Nicole Coe   email:Nicole.coe@hotmail.co.uk

 

GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER CLUB (SOUTH WEST BRANCH)

Fleur Fillingham. Tel:01725 513503

email: gspswsec@hotmail.com

 

GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER CLUB (SURREY HANTS BRANCH)

Sec. Helen Thomas   Tel: 01252 261772 or ROD JOHNSON 07850 835894

email: pogdog1@hotmail.co.uk

 

GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER CLUB (NORTH WEST GROUP)

Eddie Kania

email: ekania@btinternet.com. or pointer@hprgroup.co.uk

 

HUNGARIAN VIZSLA CLUB  SECRETARY. DEREK WHITFIELD.

FT SEC: DEREK WHITFIELD  Tel:01455 846108

email: whitfieldvizslas@aol.com

 

HUNGARIAN VISZLA SOCIETY.

TF SEC: JEAN ROBERTSON  Tel: 01953 488246 Mobile 07879 615878

www.vizsla.org.uk

email: ftsec@vizsla.org.uk

 

ITALIAN SPINONE CLUB OF GB.

FT SEC. MRS.A.JOHNSON Tel: 01264 781913 Mobile: 07768 686065

www.italianspinone.co.uk

email: 3girlsandtrev@lineone.net

 

KIMBERLEY GUNDOGS DEVON

Steve Kimberley Tel: 01837 682672

email : enquires@kimberleygundogs.com

 

MERCIA GUNDOGS

PENNY SIMPSON

Tel: 02476 502450

pennysimpson@virginmedia.com

 

RORY MAJOR HPR TRAINING Lincolnshire

Tel: 01526 388616 Mobile: 07786 322857

roryandjane@btopenworld.com

 

NORFOLK & SUFFOLK HPR FT.CLUb

FT SEC. JO GOSLING Tel: 01206 382486 Mobile 07803 858628

www.norfolk-suffolk-hpr-ftclub.co.uk

Islandgeese.jo@sky.com

 

NORTH of SCOTLAND GUNDOG ASSOCIATION.

HPR SEC. M.CANHAM.

email: mickcanham@hotmail.com

 

PORTUGUESE POINTERS

MIKE & PAULINE BEAVEN

Tel:01252 703487

www.brittyhill.com

email: mbandpb@brittyhill.freeserve.co.uk

 

THE FRIENDS OF THE BRACCO ITALIANO

JOHN ABRAHAM    Training Northumberland & Borders

www.bracco-italiano.org

email:  ardenstorm@clara.co.uk

 

THE HUNT POINT RETREIVE GUNDOG ASSOCIATION

WORKING SEC: MARK FIRMIN

Email: diarrowsmith@fleetapple.plus.com

 

ULSTER GUNDOG LEAGUE

FT SEC. MR. E. McILWAINE

email: elwyn.mcilwaine2@btinternet.com

 

WEIMARANER ASSOCIATION

FT SEC:MS.P.PICKSTONE

Tel: 01482 657337

email : pickstone@foxandco.org.

www.weimaraner-association.org.uk

 

WEIMARANER CLUB OF GB

FT SEC: MS S.BURTON

Tel: 07779 278338

email : suzi.b@talktalk.net

www.weimaranerclubofgreatbritian.org.uk

 

WEST BERKSHIRE GUNDOG CLUB

Padworth, Reading, Berks

ALLAN HENDER  Mobile: 07525 220582

email: wirewolf.ahender@btinternet.com

www.westberksgundogclub.com

 

WORCESTER GUNDOG SOCIETY

RAY DAVIES Tel: 01531 890967

email: k9andus@yahoo.co.uk

 

 

polymyositis

There is a recently recognised disease in the Hungarian Vizsla. It is a breed associated presentation of Polymyositis. The principal clinical signs are

  • swallowing problems
  • regurgitation
  • excessive foamy drooling and
  • muscle wasting (especially around the head)

Visit the polymyositis page

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