The Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Association held their sixth breed championship show at Tomlinsons Canine Centre, Markfield with an excellent entry of 82 dogs making 91 entries and only a few absentees for my first time in giving CCs in the breed. I have followed the breed since giving one a RBIS at an HPR show back in 1993. Over the years I have judged quite a few including Crufts in 2004, so felt I knew exactly what I was looking for.
My, how the breed has improved over the years, no longer do they look like Vizslas with a bit of coat nor do they look like woolly, incorrectly coated ones either. Nowadays there are very few which are ‘Vizsla’ type & the coat texture has certainly come on leaps & bounds. Obviously, as with the early Vizslas, the breed still has problems with upright shoulders & short upper arms, but in such an excellent entry, I had no trouble finding the good moving, workmanlike dogs who could do the job for what they were bred. Congratulations to the breeders who have made such strides to really make the breed one to compete against any of the other HPRs both in the field & show.
I was very impressed with the friendly, happy atmosphere at the show with the audience clapping every class & exhibitors shaking hands with the winners. It was a lovely change from some of the shows you go to. Well done committee for giving us a well run show with an attractive ring with number boards 1 to 5 & photos after each class & a good steward who kept the show moving at a good pace.
I understand that the two special classes at lunchtime were well filled & my thoughts go to the special dogs judge who unfortunately broke down on the way to the venue.
BIS went to Belatarr Mahalia Jackson; RBIS was Herlinga Helewise; BOS, Sh Ch Ragnolds Fantastic Mr Fox to Tragus; BPIS, Zoldmali Kefir of Lanokk; RBPIS, Sonnetend Shylock & BVIS went to Kenmillix Metope at Fassfields.
MPD (1) 1 Upton’s Tragus Fox Appeal, 6.1/2 months old roly poly boy with such potential to take over from his sire, lovely head & expression, well balanced with a good neck & shoulders, held his topline well both set up & moving, nice well muscled hindquarters & a well set tail, moved well for one so young, excellent coat for age & a lovely type. PD (2) 1 Stone’s Sonnetend Shylock, on the top size hence does not need to grow on but he is a lovely mover on well boned legs & feet, good hindquarters, he is well coated, head is in proportion to his body, good topline & well set & carried tail, showed well & looked a picture set up. BPD & RBPIS; 2 Smith’s Indriel Faramir, this youngster needs time to complete, at present he is not so balanced nor the movement of 1 because his hindquarters still need to finish & strengthen, moves OK in profile but is lose in front at present. He has a good coat & a nice topline, well boned legs & feet, look forward to seeing his progress. JD (5,1a) 1 Ryan’s Belatarr Vertigo, won by a head! Loved his classic head & expression with a lovely eye & well set & carried ears, good neck & shoulders, lovely profile movement really using his sound hindquarters & well made forequarters, he is balanced & a lovely type, a good size, well boned, excellent coat in tip-top condition with lovely muscletone; 2 Collier’s Belatarr North By Northwest, well boned & bodied youngster who still has his puppy head on! Correct neck & shoulders, still has his old jacket on but his new coat is coming through, lovely topline & tailset, he is balanced with good muscletone but oh what a handful for his owner, when he settles, nothing should stop his. Today beaten by his brother, I reckon these two will have many a battle in the future; 3 Shaw & Gower’s Fassfields Fame And Fortune. YD (6,1) 1 Evans’ Tragus Prince Charming, lovely head & expression, he is not an overlarge dog but he is balanced with an excellent coat, in lovely condition, nice neck & shoulders, balanced with a strong topline & well set tail, well boned legs & feet, moved well particularly in profile, he was effortless covering the ground well, good depth of chest with a good loin & nice hindquarters; 2 B Vertigo; 3 Sitch’s Brown George. GD (4) 1 Ryan’s Belastarr Sculptor, not quite the head I was looking for but his overall balance & free movement took the class, good coloured & correct shaped eye, good earset & carriage, in lovely coat & condition, he is well muscled with the correct hindquarters, topline & tailset, good neck & strong forequarters, steady up & back but excellent head carriage & tailset carriage in profile; 2 Howard’s Zoldmali U R Special, smaller dog who perhaps can look a bit feminine but despite eating all the pies he is balanced! Excellent coat & a good head & expression, moved soundly with a good hindquarter, lovely neck & shoulders, strong topline held set up & moving, a different type but has lots of plus points; 3 Brown George. PGD (5) 1 Allison’s Napvirag Dolgos Arlo, such a sound dog in excellent coat & condition, masculine head & expression, lovely neck & shoulders, good topline & tailset, good muscletone, good depth & width of chest with a nice forechest, he is balanced & when he moved he covered the ground with style & grace with a good head carriage; 2 Aldridge’s Gwaithmaes Hades, balanced dog who could do a day’s work, in excellent muscletone, masculine head & expression, nicely coloured & shaped eye with a well set & placed ear, good neck & shoulders, well boned legs & feet, lovely coat in good condition, nice type who moved well in this good class; 3 Z U R Special. LD (4) 1 Spillane’s Belatarr Hercules, very balanced dog of a lovely type, excellent masculine head & expression, good neck & shoulders, good forechest, lovely topline & tailset, good depth of chest, in excellent coat & condition with a well muscled hindquarters, he is quality, he kept a strong topline set up & moving & his profile movement was a joy to see, showed well to win a good class; 2 Godfrey’s Tragus Fire King, good head & expression, masculine but not a large dog but he well proportioned with well boned legs & feet, correct coat of a good texture, good ribcage & loin, nice hindquarters & a well set & carried tail, moved well match 1 paw for paw; 3 Howard’s Lanokk Szivos. OD (6) 1 Upton’s Sh Ch Ragnolds Fantastic Mr Fox to Tragus, not surprised he made it to the upper house, last time I judged he was my BOB but was still young, he is now the finished product, such a masculine head & expression, movement where he scores every time, he can’t put a foot wrong in profile, his effortless front movement is swiftly followed by a strong hindquarters which he really used to cover the ground with purpose yet graceful, he was put down to the empth degree, his coat is the correct texture & the correct double coat, so very masculine in outlook yet now has the maturity to carry it off, good neck & strong topline leading to a well muscled hindquarter, he is quality & is an excellent example of the breed & it looks as if he is now siring some interesting youngsters too. As always, a pleasure to judge & well handled too. CC & BOS; 2 Aldridge’s Gwaithmaes Shameless, masculine dog who moved so well on well boned legs & feet, in excellent coat & condition, excellent head & expression, he is balanced & so close up to 1. Lovely depth & width of ribcage with a strong loin & well muscled hindquarters, kept a strong topline set up & moving with lovely head carriage too. RCC; 3 Spillane’s Belatarr Charlie Parker. VD (1,1) Working D (1) 1 B Sculptor.
MPB (5) 1 Walker’s Zoldmali Kefir of Lanokk, oh wow, how lucky this owner is! What a little cracker with such potential, I just can’t believe how balanced she is, it is as if she has been here before because she knew exactly what to do & she did it all with style & panache. In lovely coat & condition, not overcoated but what she has is the correct texture, such a feminine head & expression, excellent neck & shoulders, strong topline & well set tail, lovely type & she is quality, I can’t wait to see her progress. BPB & BPIS; 2 Bendikas’ Holsan Wirestone, taller girl who is also a good mover, another nice type who now just needs to fill out to complete the picture but she is still very young & has plenty of time, needs to settle in movement but she has an excellent head & expression, good neck & shoulders, strong topline & well set tail, well boned legs & feet; 3 Upton’s Tragus Foxy Lady. PB (7) 1 H Wirestone, 2nd in MPB but better suited to this class, took the class with ease; 2 Caine’s Amiryck Chasing A Dream, close up, again that feminine head & expression that is balanced that I would looking for, lovely bone & feet, good coat & condition, she is balanced with a lovely neck & front assembly, moved well & in excellent muscle condition, very feminine in outlook & showed well for a youngster; 3 Smith’s Indriel Eowyn. JB (7,3) 1 Halhead’s Belatarr Thirtynine Steps, no wonder I wrote nice type, it is yet another littermate to the JD 1 & 2! Feminine head & expression with a lovely eye, good neck & shoulders, lovely topline & tailset, she is balanced of a good size & outline, nice depth of chest, moved soundly on well boned legs & feet, well muscled hindquarters, excellent coat of the correct texture; 2 Guest’s Bardentop Plum Duff, pretty, balanced bitch of a different type, slightly heavier but still very feminine, good body coat, strong topline with a good depth of chest, pretty head & expression, moved well on well boned legs & feet, nice hindquarters & a strong topline, well set & carried tail; 3 Cooper’s Deifstock Deutzia. YB (6,1) 1 Pryer’s Herlinga Helewise, this bitch kept calling me back, I loved her balance & feminity, such a pretty head & expression with a lovely eye of the correct colour & shape, good skull & earset, well proportioned headpiece, excellent neck & shoulders, lovely coat & condition, strong topline & correct tailset, well muscled hindquarters, good depth & width of ribcage with a good width of chest, when she moves she just comes alive, I could see her working in the field, loved her head carriage & tailset, graceful yet with purpose she looked fantastic in profile covering the ground with ease, carried on showing her socks off to beat all the big girls to win the RCC; 2 Holt’s Leiborschy Maia Do Ones Best, not so developed as 1 as yet & she decided she would play the fool on the move, but I wasn’t going to be put off by all of this because she had so many breed points which I admired, pretty head & expression, excellent coat of the correct texture & in excellent condition, strong topline & ribcage, nice loin & well muscled hindquarters, good bone & feet, balanced bitch of a lovely type; 3 B Plum Duff. GB (3) 1 Pattullo’s Lanokk Szodaviz at Kellyhill, excellent type of bitch with a lovely head & expression, good neck & shoulders, moved well on well boned legs & feet, she has an excellent coat of the correct texture, balanced & in hard condition, still needs to just drop in chest to complete the picture but this quality girl has a lot going for her; 2 Deighton’s Kisdons Attribute, pretty bitch with a good coat again of good texture, carries her tail slightly high which spoils the outline in profile movement but she has a nice head & expression, good neck & topline, she is balanced with good body proportions, well boned legs & feet, good ribcage & loin, nice hindquarters; 3 D Deutzia. PGB (6) 1 Johnston’s Zoldmali Vodka, best moving bitch in the class, she is still young but she is balanced with a pretty head, good neck & shoulders, correct coat, enough depth of chest. Just needs to fill out to complete the picture. This breeder is certainly sending over some good stock for you to all work with; 2 Walker’s Lanokk Dorottya, very similar in type again with a good coat, just preferred 1’s expression but she has a feminine head & outlook, good neck & shoulders, correct bone & feet, enough forechest, well muscled hindquarters, held a strong topline on the move & set up, lovely head carriage & tailset, very feminine bitch; 3 Pike’s Herlinga Zaffron to Zilvarson. LB (7) 1 Stone’s Moricroft Mayfair to Sonnetend, what a sound bitch who is so feminine with a beautiful head & expression, excellent neck & shoulders, good topline & tailset, good depth of chest, strong loin & well muscled hindquarters, moved so soundly back & forth & in profile that she just stole the class, her head carriage & tailset & forward reach just gave you the impression that she could work all day, she is balanced with the added bonus of an excellent coat of correct texture; 2 Walker’s Lanokk Csinos, another feminine bitch of a lovely type, so very pretty there would be no mistaking her sex, lovely head & expression with a good eye & earset, excellent coat which was beautifully presented, moved well on well boned legs & feet, she is balanced with a good topline, lovely neck & shoulders, she is quality; 3 Richardson’s Tragus Apricot Beaut of Carlequin. OB (10,3) 1 Collier’s Belatarr Mahalia Jackson, I make no secret of the fact that I have liked this bitch before. This is the third time I judged her, first time she wasn’t ready, second time she was the best bitch but boy look at her now! Now the finished package and am very surprised that she is still wanting her third CC. So very feminine in outline & outlook, such a pretty head & expression, I love her type, she is balanced & quality & is everything I want in a Hungarian Wirehaired bitch. She moved so true on well boned legs & feet, excellent neck & shoulders, strong topline & well set tail, good depth of chest, moved with ease & style covering the ground with an excellent head carriage & tailset, the bonus is that she has an excellent coat of the correct harshness & a beard, not an overlarge one, as I am know to prefer less, but just enough for perfection, her muscletone just gleamed on a sunny day, even though we were inside, when the sun caught her going round in profile, it completed the picture. Thrilled to give her the CC & BIS; 2 Aldridge’s Ginger Lillie around Oakberrow, another quality bitch who fought hard for her place in this star studded class, again that feminine head & expression that I wanted, good neck & shoulders, she is balanced with a good topline & tailset, good bone & feet, moved well using her well muscled hindquarters, in excellent coat of the correct texture, good depth of chest & she has excellent body proportions; 3 Reed’s Sh Ch Cuffnells Sweet Violet. VB (3) 1 Riley’s Kenmillix Metope at Fassfields, a workmanlike bitch who I would be happy to work with, in such fit condition with excellent muscletone despite her 9.1/2 years, feminine head & expression, lovely type with good body proportions, correct coat, excellent topline & docked tail which was well set, well boned legs & feet, correct depth of chest, the more I looked at her the more she appealed, she really gave the youngsters a run for their money in the challenge, she is quality & I have my fingers crossed for you. BVIS; 2 Smillie-Gray’s Farnfield Pussy Galore of Galicar, gosh it seems an age since I have seen her, I never recognised her, she is still a good looking bitch despite her age, more coat than 1 but still OK for texture, moved well but what a fidget behaved like a puppy, this substantial girl has good body proportions & a feminine head, good neck & shoulders, when she decided to show properly she looked the part; 3 Stoneley’s Falcongreen Dajka. Working (2) 1 Wand & Rickman’s Herlinga Herleva, unplaced in a strong open class but won here on her outline & size, sound mover with a pretty head, good coat & condition, lovely neck & shoulders, moved with drive using her well muscled hindquarters & strong forehand to power round the ring; 2 Newman’s Zoldmali Alom for Morganna, not quite as balanced as 1 but in excellent muscular condition, pretty head & expression, moved very well on well boned legs & feet, good depth & width of ribcage, strong loin thus holding her strong topline with ease both set up & moving, in excellent coat & condition.
Special Awards – Bitches
Judge – Debby Wearing
I would like to thank the committee for inviting me to judge the special awards at their Championship show. I would also like to thank the exhibitors for your entry and allowing me to assess your dogs, a great opportunity for me to gain hands on experience judging the breed.
I was pleased overall with the presentation of the dogs, a couple would have benefited from a manicure and a few from their handlers taking some ringcraft training to show off your lovely dogs to their best advantage.
Special award Junior: (10, 4)
1. Caine’s Amiryck Chasing A Dream. 10 month old lively, full of enthusiasm puppy. When settled she held her shape. Good bone and coat of a lighter colour. Pleasing head and furnishings. Good angulation behind. Moved soundly enough to win the class. Promising puppy.
2. De Costobadie’s Sonnetend Laiqa. 11 months, balanced size and proportions, feminine head and expression. Good coat. Moderately angulated, one to watch with maturity.
Special award Post Graduate: ( 9, 2)
A good class of some quality bitches. My first three could change places on another day.
1. Johnston’s Zoldmali Mokka. Everything to like about this girl , free from exaggeration. Excellent head with good furnishings. Correct coat. Long neck leading into clean shoulders. Good depth of ribs. Excellent muscled hind quarters. Covered the ground with ease keeping a level topline. Best mover on the day.
2. Beardshall & Walker’s Lanokk Dorottya. Similar to 1, good type and harsh coat texture, preferred the head of 1. Strong neck leading into well placed shoulders. Deep brisket, well sprung ribs. Moved well would have liked to have seen more extension on the move.
3. Pattullo’s Lanokk Szodaviz ay Kellyhill . Another excellent type of bitch, good coat and colour. lovely head and expression, moved soundly.
Special award Open: (6,1)
1. Reed’s Sh Ch Cuffnells Sweet Violet. Quality bitch, well boned , good depth of chest. Harsh coat of good deep colour. Excellent head and expression. Moved soundly keeping a level topline. To be critical would have preferred to see more drive but performed well enough to win the class.
2 Aldridge’s Ginger Lillie Around Oakberrow. Slightly larger than 1 but of good proportion. Good coat of lighter colour. Pleasing head and expression. Moved soundly.
3 Revell’s Falcongreen Guba. Another lovely type bitch with a good coat and colour, well muscled throughout but not quite having the movement of 1 and 2.
Special Awards – Dogs
Judge Mr. Gary Howes
Due the very unfortunate circumstances that befell our scheduled judge Mr Tim Branney I was asked at the last minute to stand in and judge the Special Awards Dog classes. Thank you to the exhibitors for the warm welcome.
Special Award Junior Dog (5 with 1 absent)
1st – Sonnetend Shylock
Lovely on the move, balanced, well boned legs with tight feet, body covered with good textured coat, head masculine, eye colour complemented coat. Head / body in proportion, powerful when moving but purposeful, held a good top line, level, correct tail set and carriage. Striking with good angulation, well muscled and presented.
2nd – Fassfields Fame And Fortune
Really liked this dog, also very pleasing on the move with nice proportions, balanced with a strong drive, top line steady and tail set correct. Head expressive, eye colour complimented a well covered and textured coat, body felt muscled but not over developed.
Special Award Post Graduate Dog (9 with 1 absent)
Excellent entry with quality dogs. I have admired many of these dogs from outside of the ring and it was a pleasure to get my hands on them.
1st – Gwaithmaes Hades
Very pleasing to look at when moving around the ring, powerful yet balanced. Covered the ground with ease. Head very much male, masculine yet expressive, eyes complimented the coat, ears well set. Coat in good condition, textured, dense. Powerful neck and shoulders with a good front. Body felt muscled and legs well boned. Top line strong with good tail set. Rear balanced, muscled with good angulation. Strong drive on the move.
2nd – Napvirag Doigos Arlo
Very close to 1, another fine example of the breed, balanced when on the move, exhibiting a steady top line with strong head carriage. Head and body in proportion, with a good conditioned and textured coat. A very expressive head, with correct eye colour and ear set. Strong neck leading to a well developed front. Body felt muscled and in good condition, well boned legs to tight feet.
Special Award Open Dog (1)
1st – Monkstrod Hornet
Only entry but such a nice dog. 6 years old, ideal size, moved really well, held his top line with a strong head carriage. Again well boned with tidy feet. Good coat and furnishings, head very expressive, stood square showing balanced front and rear.