It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Secretary, Margo Robertson, following a long and hard fought battle with cancer.
We thank David Ryan for this wonderful tribute to Margo:
Margo Robertson the Honorary Secretary of the Hungarian Vizsla Club in the UK, passed away this morning 23rd April after recent treatment for cancer.
Margo was a fascinating character, and we meet many people through our dogs, and usually know nothing about them other than the context of the Vizslas. Margo was a proud Scot hailing from Buckie in the Highlands of Scotland,(just beyond)
She became a policewoman in the metropolis of London in the 1970s at a time when women had a tough time in a very macho environment. You had to be capable to avoid abject banter, and capability was one of her many life skills. Every major media event in the ’70s ’80s and some of the 90’s Margo would have been one of the competent teams of people supporting the event and keeping Londoners safe. That brought her in contact with a lot of characters, inside and outside of New Scotland Yard, and the list of celebrities (of the day) that she had met would be too long to mention.
She married an ex-paratrooper, and now Police Officer Tom and his exploits also weaved involvement in what is now history. So she could handle herself in any situation, had the people skills of a nation, and enjoyed life to the full. She had a vivacity and a thirst for life with a very practical yet still feminine approach. Her Vizslas gave her much pleasure, and given her lifetime service to the community, when the Vizsla Club was in need of a “can do” person to become their Secretary, they did not have far to look.
Behind the scenes, she is the one that got things done” she was the one who could say what needed to be done and by whom, and although her computing dexterity was contracted out to husband Tom, every project and every difficulty just became routine in her hands. She helped lots of people with their Vizsla problems, and never tired of doing good for the Vizsla, even though some of us would like to see some people walking away into the horizon, she was there for many, in their time of need.
She was an active member of her shoot syndicate, enjoying the picking up and the sociality of the winter days. Last week the hospital facilitated a visit from her Vizslas and she was wheelchaired out to a public area to be able to give them what was to be her final embrace.
And now she is gone, and as always in our busy lives, it is such an event that stops us in our tracks and reminds us to take focus. So for your years of Service to Londoners, and the meritorious service to the Vizsla – Margo Robertson, we salute you-you were very special and will remain so in our memories.
Condolences to husband Tom – she will be remembered with fondness by many.
Applications for inclusion on our judges list
Applications for inclusion on our judges list can be made at any time, as can requests to update existing information. Regular updates are important to ensure you are placed on the correct list. Applications forms can be found:
Breed Appreciation Day (BAD)
A Breed Appreciation Day (BAD) has been scheduled for Saturday 16th November 2019.
To register your interest, please contact Heather McCormack
Our Open Show was held on 17th March 2019
Full results can be found here:
European Field Trial Championships
Every year the Vizsla European Field Trial Championships also known as the Europa Cup are hosted by a different country and their respective Vizsla Club. This, the milestone twentieth year is no different and is set to be held in the breeds homeland, Hungary. The purpose of the Championship as set out in its manifesto is “to provide a selection of dogs from across Europe in good health and well proportioned according to the standard of the breed, which hunt efficiently in a breed appropriate style in a top class international competition in order to provide an essential contribution to the selection of the genetically best transmitting dogs for the improvement of the hunting ability of the Magyar Vizsla. It offers hunters and dog lovers the opportunity of meeting each other in a top class competition in order to stimulate the interest for using the Magyar Vizsla as a hunting dog and to promote the sport.” It is a prestigious event for the breeds both smooth and wirehaired and with that in mind the event crowns the new Vizsla European Field Trial Champion for that year.
The incumbent Team Captain, Richard Chellumbrun has attended and represented Team GB for all but 2 years since 2006 and this year was no exception.
Full report on the event: