Training Days

WATER TRAINING DAY 18 MAY 2014
With Allan Hender in West Berkshire

The HVC held a water training day with Allan Hender in West Berkshire, the weather was kind to us and it did not rain until the very end of the training. Unfortunately the original water training area was not available to us and we therefore trained at the West Berkshire Gundog Club training ground which has a fast flowing river and to ensure that there was not too much hanging around we also done some general training.
Arron Busby came along to photograph the day.

We met at 10am at which time Allan ran through the various disciplines that he had prepared for us. The idea was that folk went to whatever activity they wanted rather than going in groups.

In the morning there were water retrieves which could be challenging as the river does have a fast flow, however, downriver there was a trusty dog to retrieve any dummies not retrieved by the dog training. Some dogs retrieved from the bank on the other side of the river and some went in a river and swam for the first time.

On land there was a rabbit bungee, this required the dog to be sent out for a seen retrieve and on the dogs return to the handler about 6 feet to the side of them a rabbit bungee was let off with the hope that the dog would ignore this and carry on with the return to hand. Ha Ha some dogs decided that the rabbit looked far more fun and tried desperately to get it.

There was a retrieve from a pen and with the dog sitting some distance away and the dummy was thrown into the pen and the dog then sent to retrieve it, something a bit different and as most folk do not have access to a pen it was very a useful exercise.

Further down the field a dummy launcher was being used for longer retrieves and was again good practice for those dogs who get over excited at the sound of the launcher.

Allan was taking the hunting and we had a fabulous wind blowing just right to encourage hunting and to see the dogs natural ability.

At lunch break the HVC provided cakes and soft drinks

In the afternoon the dogs could do a water retrieve from a different entry on the river.

Neil was giving tuition in getting your dog to deliver the dummy to hand and those who took advantage of this found his suggestions very useful.

The day ended with some exhausted dogs (and handlers) and hopefully everyone gained something from the day.

Thank you all who took part and thank you for your support.

Training Day – 2nd June 2013
at the Drummond Estate, Enderby, Leicestershire by kind permission of
Mr Fred Drummond and his gamekeeper Brian Griffiths

The weather had been kind to us – no rain, some sunshine and a light breeze ideal for hunting. We had 9 dogs attending (5 Vizslas, 3 Weimaraners, 1 Cocker Spaniel) and started the day at 10am with some basic obedience training. We worked our way up until all dogs present where shot over.

We also had some spectators and a family attending who are waiting for their Vizsla puppy to be born.

Everybody enjoyed their day and came away feeling a lot more positive about what they can achieve with their dogs. They were all presented with a Certificate, Rosette and HVC trolley token keyring.

Unfortunately we were not able to hold a raffle on the day but I wanted to give a special mention to Susan Northwood who very kindly sent a cheque for £15.00 towards raffle prizes. Susan attended the first training days we held in 2011. She learnt so much on these days and has entered many working tests with her Hookside Gabor (Rudi) since.

Shot Over Day 21st January 2012
Following on from the successful training days held in March and April 2011, the Draycott family (owners of the Tooley Park shoot) offered the ground for a shot over day towards the end of the season. This took place on 21st January and was attended by 6 novice dogs and handlers. I was generously assisted by Penny Simpson and the guns on the day were Peter & Andrew Draycott, Mark Hill who owns the adjoining farm who also made ground available to us on the day and Nick Hart who handles the financial side of the shoot.

We began the day with a walk through a cover crop of mustard; each dog was run individually to assess obedience and steadiness in an area where we did not expect to find too many birds. We then took a long walk via hedgerows and ditches to one of the larger spinnies where all the dogs were run as a beating line, several birds were shot and retrieved. After lunch we boarded the shoot bus to Mark Hill’s farm and worked the dogs through maize and a spinney. At the end of the day all had at least 2 retrieves ad everyone had been given an insight into working their dogs on live game under gun fire and hopefully now have the confidence to join a shoot local to themselves and enjoy and fulfil their dog’s abilities.

I am also grateful for the assistance on the day of Jim Novis and Simone who brought 2 experienced Vizsla bitches in case any wounded birds proved too difficult for the novices, in the event they were not really needed.

HVC Training Days – 27 March & 9 April 2011
The HVC recently held 2 training days for novice handlers as an introduction into working their Vizslas on a shoot, working test or field trial. 12 Vizslas and their handlers attended either one or both days and hopefully all have learnt something and more importantly enjoyed the days.

Both days were held on Tooley Park Shoot in Leicestershire and a special thanks should be given to the owners, the Draycott family, for allowing us free range over the shoot and the use of the shoot’s lunch hut for refreshments.

The trainers were Penny Simpson, well known in Vizsla circles, Geoff Thompson, a very experienced handler and respected in GSP circles and Derek Whitfield, Acting HVC Field Trial Secretary.

The weather on both days has been extremely kind to us, especially on the 2nd day when we had glorious sunshine all day.

We started both days with a demonstration by Geoff Thompson and his 10 months old GSP, Max. All those present were astounded by his ability to stop at distance on the whistle and his prowess on retrieving both seen and blind dummies.

After this we were split into 3 groups with Penny teaching hunting, Geoff teaching retrieving and Derek teaching basic obedience and also explaining the working of the shoot and how we beat with our dogs through woodland. Some handlers were treated to a visit to one of the laying pens holding some of the more exotic pheasants.

The trainers felt that all of the dogs had some degree of ability and felt they could all progress and be a credit to their owners so hopefully this will just be a start to their working careers.

Also thanks to Queenie Whitfield for providing some delicious cup cakes.

A total of £435.00 has been raised for the Polymyositis Fund.

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

 

 

HVC Gundog training

If you are new to working your dog, or fancy trying your hand at training for gundog work, then you may find Margo’s Blog an interesting and useful read.

HVC GUNDOG TRAINING

GENERAL HPR TRAINING DAY WITH ALLAN HENDER

Sunday, 14 June 2015 

9.30 for 10am start

To be held at: West Berkshire (M4 Junction 12) exact location to follow.

Limited places available with preference given to Club Members

This general training day is aimed at all levels of HPR breeds. Come along and see if you enjoy it or work on problems that you have.

Entry Fee: Members £25.00 Non Members £30.00

For Entry Form please email Gill….gill@warmhouseservices.com

Entries to: Mrs Gill Parrott 113 Broomstickhall Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1LP

accompanied by a cheque made payable to “Hungarian Vizsla Club”.

  • No bitches in season.
  • Dogs are to be kept on leads at all times except when working.
  • Harsh handling will not be tolerated.
  • Please clear up after your dog.

Neither the Hungarian Vizsla Club nor the landowners accept responsibility for injury, loss or damage to persons or property or dogs however occasioned at this event.

Please bring refreshments

 

 


Training Day – Sunday 27th April 2014

GUNDOG TRAINING DAY WITH ALLAN HENDER
Sunday, 27th April 2014
9.30 for 10am start
To be held at: West Berkshire Gundog Training Ground, Moor Copse Nature Reserve, Theale, Berkshire, RG8 8HE (Junction 12 off M4)
Limited places available with preference given to Club Members
This Gundog training day is aimed at all levels of HPR breeds. Come along and see if you enjoy it or work on problems that you have.
Entry Fee: Members £25.00 Non Members £30.00

Entry Form: Word Document; pdf


 


Training Day – 2nd June 2013

at the Drummond Estate, Enderby, Leicestershire by kind permission of
Mr Fred Drummond and his gamekeeper Brian Griffiths

The weather had been kind to us – no rain, some sunshine and a light breeze ideal for hunting. We had 9 dogs attending (5 Vizslas, 3 Weimaraners, 1 Cocker Spaniel) and started the day at 10am with some basic obedience training. We worked our way up until all dogs present where shot over.

We also had some spectators and a family attending who are waiting for their Vizsla puppy to be born.

Everybody enjoyed their day and came away feeling a lot more positive about what they can achieve with their dogs. They were all presented with a Certificate, Rosette and HVC trolley token keyring.

Unfortunately we were not able to hold a raffle on the day but I wanted to give a special mention to Susan Northwood who very kindly sent a cheque for £15.00 towards raffle prizes. Susan attended the first training days we held in 2011. She learnt so much on these days and has entered many working tests with her Hookside Gabor (Rudi) since.


Shot Over Day 21st January 2012

Following on from the successful training days held in March and April 2011, the Draycott family (owners of the Tooley Park shoot) offered the ground for a shot over day towards the end of the season. This took place on 21st January and was attended by 6 novice dogs and handlers. I was generously assisted by Penny Simpson and the guns on the day were Peter & Andrew Draycott, Mark Hill who owns the adjoining farm who also made ground available to us on the day and Nick Hart who handles the financial side of the shoot.

We began the day with a walk through a cover crop of mustard; each dog was run individually to assess obedience and steadiness in an area where we did not expect to find too many birds. We then took a long walk via hedgerows and ditches to one of the larger spinnies where all the dogs were run as a beating line, several birds were shot and retrieved. After lunch we boarded the shoot bus to Mark Hill’s farm and worked the dogs through maize and a spinney. At the end of the day all had at least 2 retrieves ad everyone had been given an insight into working their dogs on live game under gun fire and hopefully now have the confidence to join a shoot local to themselves and enjoy and fulfil their dog’s abilities.

I am also grateful for the assistance on the day of Jim Novis and Simone who brought 2 experienced Vizsla bitches in case any wounded birds proved too difficult for the novices, in the event they were not really needed.


HVC Training Days – 27 March & 9 April 2011

The HVC recently held 2 training days for novice handlers as an introduction into working their Vizslas on a shoot, working test or field trial. 12 Vizslas and their handlers attended either one or both days and hopefully all have learnt something and more importantly enjoyed the days.

Both days were held on Tooley Park Shoot in Leicestershire and a special thanks should be given to the owners, the Draycott family, for allowing us free range over the shoot and the use of the shoot’s lunch hut for refreshments.

The trainers were Penny Simpson, well known in Vizsla circles, Geoff Thompson, a very experienced handler and respected in GSP circles and Derek Whitfield, Acting HVC Field Trial Secretary.

The weather on both days has been extremely kind to us, especially on the 2nd day when we had glorious sunshine all day.

We started both days with a demonstration by Geoff Thompson and his 10 months old GSP, Max. All those present were astounded by his ability to stop at distance on the whistle and his prowess on retrieving both seen and blind dummies.

After this we were split into 3 groups with Penny teaching hunting, Geoff teaching retrieving and Derek teaching basic obedience and also explaining the working of the shoot and how we beat with our dogs through woodland. Some handlers were treated to a visit to one of the laying pens holding some of the more exotic pheasants.

The trainers felt that all of the dogs had some degree of ability and felt they could all progress and be a credit to their owners so hopefully this will just be a start to their working careers.

Also thanks to Queenie Whitfield for providing some delicious cup cakes.

A total of £435.00 has been raised for the Polymyositis Fund.

Training day

Field trials

Field Trials

Field Trials have developed to test the working ability of Gundogs in competitive conditions. Trials resemble, as closely as possible, a day’s shooting in the field and dogs are expected to work with all manner of game, from rabbits and hares, to partridges and pheasants. For the Breeds which hunt, point and retrieve (HPR’s), the trials are designed to test the ability of the dogs to quarter the ground systematically in search of quarry, to point game, to flush on command, to be steady to flush, shot and fall, and to retrieve tenderly to hand on command from both land and water.

Gundog Working Tests

The first sort of competition most people enter will be a Gundog Working Test. These competitions are for members of the organising club only, and are designed to test good, sound, gundog work and encourage dogs’ natural working ability, but do not involve shooting live game. Work instead is done with dummies, and these friendly competitions are a natural extension of the training you will already be doing with your dog. It is difficult, however, to assess pointing through artificial tests and there are limitations to how this can be done in a Gundog Working Test.

The Hungarian Vizsla Club organises both field trials and gundog working tests and details can be found on these pages.

Results of GWT  held on 25th May 2015

Puppy judged by Penny Simpson

1st – Suzie Burton’s Weimaraner Trubon Grafyte Treve

2nd – Mark Jones’s HV Ismeya Saint Beatrix (also highest placed Vizsla)

3rd – Nicky Hamlin’s GSP Know No Bounds At Nuash
4th – Andy Wyatt’s HV Ismeya Saint Isaac
5th – Tim Parrett’s Korthals Griffon Cornwells Starkrimson Red

Novice Dog/ Novice Handler judged by Margo Robertson
1st – Suzanna Mills’ HV Karrouki Windrush D’Lyla (also highest placed Vizsla)
2nd – Arwyn Beddoe’s HV Prettypoint Filip
3rd – Sonia Hammond’s GSP Seasham Super Trouper JW
4th – Verity Griffiths’ HV Ulurdawn Cardinal Marker
5th – Trevor Robinson’s Weimaraner Weipowa Hot Bird

Novice judged by Sue Hender
1st – Libby Mellor’s GSP Kenxiam Comanche
2nd – Harriet Lampart’s GSP Aytree Jessie Jay
3rd – Sarah Holt’s GSP Jack Hill Lad
4th – Julie Jones’ GSP Stubblemere Tergeo
5th – Jennifer Hurley’s GSP Swifthouse Hambledon
Highest placed Vizsla went to Nick Stewart and Tossner Neoma

Open judged by Allan Hender
1st – David Burden’s GSP Deepthatch New Moon
2nd – Mark Jones’ HV Vizelleven Ocean Zanta (also highest placed Vizsla)
3rd – Tim Parrett’s Korthals Griffon Fechlindream Grigio
4th – Louise Holmes’ GSP Ladyhawke Perdita
5th – Emma Carter’s GSP Warrendown Flash of Atilla

If you are new to working your dog, or fancy trying your hand at training for gundog work, then you may find Margo’s Blog(on these pages) an interesting and useful read. Our Secretary is currently training her young bitch, Tara, having had no prior experience of training a gundog for field work. She will be writing regular updates as training progresses, with all the trials and tribulations she encounters along the way.

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