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.



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

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