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.

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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:

Judging

 

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

 

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Our Open Show was held on 17th March 2019

Full results can be found here:

Open Show 2019

Judge Jean Cameron’s Critique

Critique – Specials Classes 17th March 2019

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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 isto 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:

Europa Cup 2018, Hungary Write Up

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HVC Championship Show  2nd October 2016   Judge: Fay Harris (Hanafor)
Photo of Fay handling Hanabrit Ponting the Way to one of his many Best in Show Awards. 
The HVCNSW Championship Show in 2009, the judge was Donna Holman from the UK.
Photo of Fay handling Hanabrit Ponting the Way to one of his many Best in Show Awards. The HVCNSW Championship Show in 2009, the judge was Donna Holman from the UK.
About Fay

Fay initially owned and successfully exhibited poodles, starting with a toy then a miniature and finally several standard poodles which were to become her favourites. After injuring her back falling from a horse Fay had trouble grooming so whilst recovering she started researching smooth coated breeds that shared the characteristics of the poodle – trainable, affectionate, intelligent and with a great love of life. Liking the look of Vizslas from what she saw in books she started to try and find some in the flesh, this was rather difficult because at that time ( The mid seventies )  there had only been two litters born in Australia. The third Australian born litter was from two UK imports, Aus Ch Galfrid Lott  X Aus Ch Galfrid Fecske and it was here that Fay found her first VIzsla, he was to become Aus Ch Kingsbury Colin CD, and so in 1977 the Hanafor Vizslas were established, Colin was closely followed by Aus Ch Kingsbury Erica CD, CDX  sired by Napkeltei Vadasz Elod (Imp Can) . Fay then looked to the UK to compliment the lines she had and subsequently imported dogs from Gay Gottlieb, Jackie Perkins and Sue Millson. Over the years Fay worked tirelessly to improve the Vizslas quality and recognition in Australia fastly becoming one of Australia’s most influential and successful breeders, dogs achieving high honours not only in the showring but also in tracking, obedience, working and agility.  A puppy bred under Fay’s UK affix Hanabrit, was to become Australia’s first ever Hungarian Vizsla  Supreme Champion, he was Hanabrit Ponting the Way  ( Sh Ch Gardenway Dramatist X Hanafor Libden Akira ) .

As well as judging several speciality shows in Australia Fay has also judged at the prestigious National Vizsla Club of America.  Fay is a senior all breeds judge training judges in all breeds and she is also qualified to assess new judges, she gives breed lectures all over Australia not only on the Hungarian VIzsla but also on Wire Haired Vizslas, German Wire Haired Pointers, Weimaraners, Bracco Italianos and Brittanies.

As well as showing her own Vizslas Fay has exhibited other breeds including a Smooth Fox Terrier, Italian Greyhound, Pointer, Keeshond, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Basset Fauve de Bretagne and Bracco Italiano.

Gundog Working Test – 25 May 2015

The Club held a very successful GWT on 25th May 2015.The results are here.

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. 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.

To see more photos of the working test click here

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Vizsla Health Seminar – 19th April 2015

The Club was proud to be associated with an extremely successful vizsla health seminar – at Fitzpatrick Referrals – home of the Supervet !The event was attended by 60 dedicated vizsla owners and breeders, HVC committee members, representatives of the Charity and great interest too from veterinary professionals. Here is the Fitzpatrick  news item The topics covered were (slideshows) –  Vizsla Inflammatory Polymyopathy (VIP), First Aid, Lumbosacral Disease, Epilepsy/Genetics

For full details of this special day click here

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The Hungarian Vizsla Club Fun Rally – 20/21st September 2014

The Cedar Field, Market Bosworth

The Club held a very successful fun rally – the result of many many months of planning and hard work by the HVC committee and other helpers too on the day. The activities included a fun dog show, agility and talks on behaviour, training and showing. Plenty of side stalls too. It was really gratifying to see that all the people who came along enjoyed themselves with their gorgeous dogs. We’ve been asked by many when the next rally will be, all I can say is watch this space. Click here to see the full account of the day.

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HVC Training Day 27 April 2014

We had a great training day 27 April with Allan Hender. 26 people attended with dogs of various ability. The weather was kind to us and hopefully everyone enjoyed the day.

We had hunting and pointing live caged Quail , blood tracking, various retrieves and water retrieves and lots of advice from very experienced trainers.

Click here to read more and here are some see photos of the day

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Water Training Day 2014

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.  Click here for more information about a great day

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.

Arron Busby came along to photograph the day to see photos click here

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HVC TRAINING DAY 2 June 2013

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

The weather was kind with a light breeze ideal for hunting. We had 9 dogs attending and started the day at 10am with some basic obedience training. We worked our way up until all dogs present where shot over. Everybody enjoyed their day and came away feeling a lot more positive about what they can achieve with their dogs.

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

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HVC Working Test 30 September 2012

A very successful day held on land to the west of the B2188, Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. Here are the results

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HVC Shotover Day 21 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 – read more

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HVC Training Days – 27 March & 9 April 2011

The HVC 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. All dogs demonstrated some degree of ability and hopefully this will just be a start to their working careers.

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 – read more

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