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The Hungarian Wire-
"To Serve the Breed"
24th/25th/27th May 2014
Training Weekend – Trainer Geoff Saint
Norfolk/ Suffolk borders
The HWVCGB are holding a Training Weekend
The HWVCGB has arranged another gundog training opportunity with Geoff Saint. Geoff has had many years of experience training many breeds of gundogs and recently featured in the Shooting Times (9th April 2014 publication).
The training will be held on the borders of the beautiful counties of Norfolk and Suffolk during the late May bank holiday weekend, Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th May 2014.
The weekend's training is suited to any level of gundog training from complete beginners to Field Trial standard.
Individuals can book a one-
Training on Monday will be dedicated to water work and will be held as a group training session.
Sessions on Saturday and Sunday are 1 1/2 hrs each and cost £25 per session. The water training is £25 for the whole day. Payment in full is required when booking a session.
There are a number of dog friendly B&B's in the area reasonably priced.
For more details or to book a training session please contact me either by email or by telephone.
firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel. 01953 718757
2nd March 2014
Grouse Pointing Test – Judges Penny Pickstone and Stevie Allerton
On Danby Moors
The Grouse Pointing Test was a great success. The weather was almost kind considering how changeable it can be on the moors. In the morning 2 dogs were initially graded and 6 were called back for a second run in the afternoon. Conditions had deteriorated by the afternoon and unfortunately there were no more gradings. The judges, Penny Pickstone and Stevie Allerton awarded Peter Szalai and his HV Gyurkovari Buvesz the grade "Very Good". Roy Bebbington with his HWV Gonegos I put A Spell On You was graded "Good." Thanks to all those who attended, to the hosts -
Many thanks to the HWVCGB for inviting us to judge this Grouse Pointing Test and to the landowner for allowing the test to take place on the moor. We were grateful for the assistance of one of the estate keepers, Mark, who kept us heading in the right direction and knew exactly where to find the birds.
The morning was bright, very cold and windy up on the tops, but with frequent periods of cold dank mist. This proved to make scenting conditions very difficult for the dogs. Birds were flighty, more often than not lifting well ahead of the dogs. Those that did sit well were difficult to scent and we had quite a few dogs bump into the birds without pointing.
That said, we were pleased to see dogs really working hard and trying to get to grips with the difficult conditions. Some dogs had never worked on a heather moor before that weekend, but we could see them improving over the course of the day. The card of twelve dogs were all Hungarian Wirehaired Vizslas, apart from one Italian Spinone, one Weimaraner and one Vizsla. 7 were Junior dogs and 5 Adults.
In accordance with established Pointing Test Guidelines, we either graded dogs on their first run, or gave a second run to those dogs that we felt had hunted sufficiently well for us to see again, in hope of getting them a point. In the end, we were only able to make two gradings. This was by no means a criticism of the rest of the dogs, merely an indicator of just how difficult the day was. Those handlers whose dogs managed a point should be really proud of how their dogs worked on the day.
Mr Peter Szalai’s HV Junior dog Gyurkovari Buvesz. This dog handled a changeable cheek wind very well, responding to his quiet handler and covering the ground with a free running action. He back-
Mr Roy Bebbington’s HWV Adult bitch Gonegos I Put A Spell On You. This bitch set off on a right hand cheek wind and hunted her ground well, occasionally back-
This was a really difficult but very enjoyable day to judge. Many thanks to everyone who worked to contribute to the smooth running of the day.
Spring grouse are difficult, they have no interest in people or dogs, only themselves, and leave very little information about their whereabouts, and this when the scent is not that good anyway. On a cold day, such as this was, the situation is made more difficult as the birds will shelter behind any old convenient lump of peat or in a slight hollow. Even the most experienced dogs can fail in these conditions. However, these conditions are also a test of the natural hunting ability of our dogs – not the extent to which they can be pushed about, but how they learn as they take the ground, the fluency with which they cover their beat, and the way they will pick up on even the slightest hint that there may be something about. So the handler’s job is simply to make sure that the beat is covered and in the most efficient way, watch out for areas where birds might sit – and read the dog.
Many of the dogs we saw at Danby have a lot of potential and responded with interest and intelligence to the conditions. Had the scent lifted even slightly in the morning, we would have had more gradings. The signs were all there. But in the afternoon we moved on to a piece of moor which generally, I suspect, not only holds a good population, but is highly beneficial for dog work. And here, the scent vanished, even on sitting hares, and the dogs’ bewilderment was tangible.
Finally, for the record, I want to say that it is a fallacy to think that the handler’s job is to keep the dog under strict obedience conditions and within a restricted beat. The beat has to fit the ground. On a moor, the dog needs to run wide. It’s also however a fallacy to think that an HPR must go like hell all the time. The advantage of our breeds is that they run the ground as conditions dictate. And there wasn’t a dog at Danby, however inexperienced, which didn’t know all this, and which would have shown what it could do under different circumstances. Keep working at it!
15th March 2014
Gundog Training Day – Trainers Adrian Blackledge and Geoff Saint
The Gundog Training day was limited to 5 dogs. Geoff Saint was the trainer and assessed each dog on each of it's basic skills before moving on to the next task. The results at the end of the day were quite impressive. Abilities and experience of both handlers and dogs were extreme with a complete novice at one end of the scale and a handler who had made a Field Trial Champion at the other. Regardless of their previous training ability all the handlers found the day interesting and enlightening. The one negative comment was that there wasn't enough time to do more!! We intend to address that problem and will be holding a weekend course sometime late in April.
6th April 2014 -
The 1st Open Show – Judge Mrs Pamela Edminson (Kidsons)
Muskham Village Community Centre, North Muskham
The first Open Show took place on Sunday 6th April, 2014.
16 classes from puppy through to veteran for both sexes.
Our judge for this show was Mrs Pamela Edminson (Kidsons).
This show was open to all members and non members of the club.
The show was a great success, with people enjoying the atmosphere and the lovely lunch and cakes.
Congratulations to all that took part especially those placed.
VETERAN DOG -
PUPPY DOG –
1ST SPILLANE -
2ND EVANS – CANTERWEY CREEDENCE CLEAR
2 very different puppies, both good colour, and coats but winner scored over 2nd on his shoulders but hope he doesn't grow any more.
1ST RICKMAN/WILLIAMSON – HERLINGA HEORTWODE
Good size, coat and colour and feet, rather tense when standing but looked much better when I was writing my notes. Promising
1ST TURTON – THE BRIGADIER OF BLAMTRINEVER
Excellent coat texture and colour, good size lovely feet, correct hind angulation, abit untidy in front on the move but still a young dog. Best Dog. B.O.B
POST GRADUATE DOG
1ST SPILLANE -
2ND WILD – HERLINGA HARLAN
Same remarks for these 2, Good coats and colour, both nice dogs but prefered head and upper arm of winner
3RD ROTHERHAM – BLAMTRINEVER TOP GUN
1ST WHITING – CRAIGVILLE ZENIT
This was a difficult class as very differing types. Correct size and colour would prefer a longer rib cage so he stands over more ground but a tidy dog.
2ND COLLIER – BELATARR DIZZY GILLESPIE
Bigger dog with lovely expression and more coat
3RD PEARSON – LANSPAR ZOKON
RESERVE – BRANNEY – BELATARR DJANGO REINHARDT
1ST WHITING – IR CH HEJOCSABAI TURUL AT CRAIGVILLE
Compact dog excellent coat and colour would benefit his feet with his nails cutting. R.B.D
2ND LAWSON/WRIGHT – RIANNOR OSZKAR
Pleasing dog but lost to 1 on his movement today.
SPECIAL WORKING DOG -
TURTON – THE BRIGADIER OF BLAMTRINEVER
RESERVE BEST DOG
WHITING – IR CH HEJOCSABAI TURUL AT CRAIGVILLE
BEST PUPPY DOG
1ST RICKMAN/WILLIAMSON – BROOKEI OSLIN
2ND WHITING – INT CH ZOLDMALI JACINT AT CRAIGVILLE (IMP)
2 lovely bitches remarks apply to both they are correct size and colour a credit to the breed but 2nd carrying too much weight.
1ST WEARING – ZOLDMALI ANIZS AT GENLUSA (IMP) TAF NAF
A very promising puppy, hope she doesn't finish with too much coat as she has plenty now, but such alot to like about her Best Puppy
2ND NEWMAN – MORGANNA COSMOPOLITAN
Another lovely puppy but in this class did not move straight and this lost her the class, moved better and won the junior class.
3RD BRANNEY -
RESERVE – PEARSON – LANSPAR VILAGOS
1ST NEWMAN – MORGANNA COSMOPOLTAN
2ND BENDIKAS – MORGANNA HOT SPICE
Taller than 1 nice head and expression moved well unlucky to meet winner
1ST HOLMAN – MY SOLITAIRE FOR SILVANUS
Best Bitch and R.B.in Show Turns out to be litter sister to best dog and very like him. Hope she doesn't get too much coat but a lovely bitch.
2ND LAWSON/WRIGHT – ZOLDMALI SERCLI AT RIANNOR
Lighter build than 1 but similar remarks apply just lost to 1 on rib cage
3RD GROVE – ZOLDMALI SARI (IMP HUNG)
RESERVE – MUNDAY/SPALDING – DIEFSTOCK DOLCE VITA AT KUBEAR
POST GRADUCATE BITCH -
1ST COLLIER – BELATARR MAHALIA JACKSON
Big enough, good low hocks and balanced which gives her a lovely outline.
2ND REVELL – FALCONGREEN EUBA
Lovely coat and colour but lost on her neckline and hind movement
3RD WEARING – ZOLDMALI DUNA AT GENLUSA
1ST EVANS – MORGANNA TOFFEE CRISP
Good shoulders and feet, nice bitch
2ND WEARING – ZOLDMALI UBREZ AT GENLUSA
Lovely bitch but for some reason had been spooked so threw her chance away and was not happy on the move today
SPECIAL WORKING BITCH -
HOLMAN – MY SOLITAIRE FOR SILVANUS
BEST PUPPY BITCH
WEARING – ZOLDMALI ANIZS AT GENLUSA (IMP) TAF NAF
BEST IN SHOW
TURTON – THE BRIGADIER OF BLAMTRINEVER
RESERVE BEST IN SHOW
HOLMAN – MY SOLITAIRE FOR SILVANUS
BEST PUPPY IN SHOW
WEARING – ZOLDMALI ANIZS AT GENLUSA (IMP) TAF NAF
RESERVE BEST PUPPY IN SHOW
“First of all I would like to thank the committee for the invitation to judge their first open show it is a great honour and thank you also for the lovely piece of glass. The show was well run with the committee all working hard. Thanks also to the people who entered and their sporting acceptance of the results.
There is still a lot of work to do with this lovely breed and I know how hard it is to get everything right, conformation, coat, working ability etc. but they are worth it so we owe it to the breed and continue to do our best for them and aim to produce the best we possibly can. We need to bear in mind there are some short rib cages which means the dog does not have the correct length to height balance, coats continue to be variable but generally improving, mouths were all good, feet mostly good.”
20th April 2014
Spring Pointing Test – Judges Lee Loverage and Adrian Blackledge
Hall Farm, Knettishall, Suffolk/Norfolk border
The critique for the day:-
Spring Pointing Test
Crops: Winter wheat
Weather: Overcast with strong cold winds and occasional sunshine
Quarry: Pheasant and Partridge plus hares judged on steadiness only
7 juniors and 9 adult dogs
It is always a pleasure to be asked to judge at Knettishall with large flat open fields to run the dogs in and never losing sight of them are always a bonus. Scenting conditions were not ideal and although all dogs had game on their beat for varying reasons they were not able to really get into contact with them and hold a point. However we were able to grade one dog on the day.
GWP.D Bogeskoven's Magnum handled by Mark Gittins was graded Excellent.
This dog took off at full speed just needing a couple of reminder's from its handler to settle down then once in tune with the handler we witnessed a wonderful combination of speed drive and a what a finely tuned nose can achieve. The dog taking on the ground easily taking 100 meters either side of its beat then slowing up to check on a pocket of scent but wasting no time and swiftly moving on another 25 meter's and again checking out scent' this time the body language of the dog more positive and he rode on a further 25 metres and staunchly pointed a pair of partridge. Continuing the handler used his common sense here and called his dog back to resume his run on the original line of his beat which proved to the right thing to do as the dog only ran a short distance and immediately locked up on point again, the dog when asked produced a hen pheasant and was steady as the bird flew on. Ran on the dog was quickly into its rhythm taking on the ground with plenty of drive again the dog came on point and this time a single partridge was produced. Cast back onto it beat after a short time the dog indicated, feathered in and then staunchly pointed and produced on command a pair of partridge, then as if dog already aware of another bird pulled 5 meters to his right and locked up on point again which when asked produced hen pheasant the dog was then ran on for a short time and picked up. A pleasure to judge.
I would just to thank the HWVCGB for the invitation to Judge and Tracie Rickman for all her hard work on the day and organising the event. The sportsmanship from all the handlers and my co judge Adrian Blackledge