The HWVA Championship & Open Shows have been rescheduled and will now be held on Monday, 30th August 2021. (August Bank Holiday) The venue is still the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh and the Judges remain the same: Chris Guest – Championship Show, Debs Hamlyn-Sharp – Special Awards and Irene Glen – Open Show.
The Kennel Club would like to bring your attention to a new study from academics at the University of Lincoln.
Professor Daniel Mills and Dr. Luciana de Assis are seeking to research the relationship between dogs and their owners, with a particular focus on the ways in which breed affects owner behaviour.
The anonymous survey, which takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, will explore whether owners treat dogs differently according to their breed or whether dog behaviour and personality is more influenced by its breed and type. Questions will ask owners for details of their relationship with their dog/s, with previous respondents finding this an insightful opportunity to learn more about the way they behave around their pet.
The survey will be managed and results collected by The University of Lincoln.To assist the academics, survey respondents must be over the age of 18 and have lived with their dog for more than one month. To participate, please click below.
Should you have any questions relating to this survey, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The UK’s biggest celebration of the Great British countryside is back at Ragley Hall this summer and you could be there by taking advantage of the special ticket offer that The Game Fair have kindly offered HWVA members.
Children 8-16 years old can visit for £10.00 (they must be accompanied by a paying adult), children under 8 years visit for free and parking is included! *Offer ends midnight 22-7-21. A transaction fee applies.
More about The Game Fair
The Game Fair is the only event at the heart of fieldsports, shooting and land management with a sprinkling of glamour, amazing food and shopping. Get the latest information on the hottest topics affecting the countryside in a choice of Theatres; enjoy gundog handling and ferreting displays; falconry; try your hand at fly fishing, shooting, archery and so much more. It’s a great day out for you, your friends and family.
Book your tickets at www.thegamefair.org – don’t forget to quote HWVA25 at the checkout.
The Royal Veterinary College are putting together a study about puppies purchased during the COVID pandemic and comparing this to puppies purchased in 2019. Please follow this link RVC and complete the online survey.
The HWVA were privileged to be able to run 2 days grouse pointing on 19th/20th September. Grouse numbers are very low this year on the North Yorkshire Moors, however the Keeper of Egton Moor was confident we would have sufficient numbers for our experience.
It was very interesting that we had several different breeds entered, HWV, Vizsla, GWP, GSP, a Bracco and a Braque d’Auvergne, and always interesting to see the differing ways the dogs work.
The first day we had perfect conditions, sunny and breezy, where the dogs and handlers learned and grew in confidence, understanding and ability. Split into two groups of five, and running for 10 minutes each, everyone had plenty of time, and every dog and handler came away feeling they know much more than when they began the day.
The second day was a little more challenging, being in low cloud and drizzle with less wind, but the dogs rose to the challenge and learned how to read the differing conditions. Five dogs and handlers had been on the previous day’s experience, with five new dogs attending. Again all did extremely well; everyone I spoke to really wanted to come back again.
It was a fabulous weekend and a pleasure to spend time with some lovely, like-minded people, and some lovely dogs. I certainly enjoyed watching their progress. Every dog did so well, I hope they all dreamed of grouse on their way home, as mine did!
I am so grateful to Andrew the Keeper and Morgan the beat keeper, for the time they spent with us, to Roy Bebbington for facilitating the days, and his knowledge and experience, and Debby and Ian Wearing for their help, support and pictures.
Debra Revell – Working Secretary
All photos courtesy of Ian & Debby Wearing
It is with the sadness the HWVA committee have made the decision to cancel the 2020 shows due to be held on 3rd October. This is due to the current Covid19 situation making it difficult to make the necessary arrangements without running the risk of having to cancel at the last minute.
Subject to KC confirmation the 2020 Championship show will be held in conjunction with the Three Counties Dog show on June 13th 2021. Judge Alex Friar.
The 2021 shows will go ahead in March, as planned, Covid19 situation permitting, meaning that there will be two Championship shows and one Open show next year. Judges for March shows will be Mrs Chris Guest Ch show and Ms Irene Glenn Open show with one lot of mixed specials to be judged by Mrs Debs Hamlyn-Sharpe.
We hope to see you there.
Having left things as long as possible it is now apparent that the Committee is going to have to bow to the travel restrictions and postpone the HWVA AGM. The agenda will be carried forward to the new date of Saturday 18th July 2020 at Corley Village Hall, Festival Room. All paperwork will be sent out 14 days before this date unless the restrictions are still in place in which case the membership shall be notified either by email or post.
In the meantime, if you intend to vote, please could you place your votes for both the 2022 Championship Show Judge and committee if you’ve not already done so.
We hope we are not being too optimistic and look forward to getting business done.
Further details, together with the entry form, are found at (click on) “HPR Training at Mullinscote – 4th July 2020”
This has been cancelled due to the current Covid-19 Virus situation.
Details, together with entry form, are found at (click on) “HPR Training at Mullinscote on 2nd May 2020”
HPR Team Challenge 2020
18th April 2020
Location: Tythe Barn, Harvington, Evesham, WR11 8NT
Chief Steward Lloyd Birch
Hosted by the Worcestershire Gundog Society
The HPR Team Challenge is a working test where a team of four dogs from each of the HPR breeds will compete against all the other HPR breed teams.
The representatives for each breed will be selected by their breed clubs. Four dogs and a reserve will be chosen and one of the runners nominated as team captain.
Hopefully there will be a team from every KC HPR breed (GWP, GSP, GLP, LM, HV, HWV, KG, BI, IS, B, SRHP, WEI and an FCI mixed team, 13 in total.
On arrival at the event the dogs will be sorted into groups (1,2,3 &4).
The breed teams will be split up so one of each breed will be in each of the four groups.
Each group will have 2 judges. At least 1 will be a panel judge and they will be from different breed backgrounds.
The tests will be of open standard and will consist of hunting, 2 retrieves from land and 1 from water and will be scored 40/20/20/20.
The judges will judge all 13 dogs in their group for all 4 tests.
When all tests are completed the scores for each breed will be added up and the team with the highest score will win. In the event of a draw the teams’ total hunting scores will be calculated and the highest will win. If it is still level, the team Captains will compete in a run off (details on the day).
The prize will be bragging rights over all of the other breeds for 12 whole months (and some other bits, depends on the sponsors). The losers will get the wooden spoon and will have to train harder for next year as they really don’t want to get it twice.
The tests will be run mostly in accordance with the J regs although it’s not a KC recognised event.
This event is intended to be FUN, but serious. After all, who wants to lose to a team of Weimaraners!!! You will need to bring a sense of humour, plenty of banter, whilst still respecting the judges decisions and playing nice with your fellow competitors.
WGDS will host this event and if it’s successful I’d like to think another club, hopefully a regional club, would take it on for next year.
There will be a charge of £60 per team. Personally, I think this should be paid by the breed clubs as the dogs will be chosen by them and representing their breed.
Once the costs of the day have been covered all profits, including the raffle and so on will go to a charity yet to be chosen (feel free to suggest one). This is not a money-making exercise for WGDS.
I appreciate for some breeds there are multiple breed clubs. I am not interested in the politics so I will contact them all and they will have to work together to choose a team. If they can’t get along maybe they can nominate 2 each.
I will need to know ASAP that the clubs will support this event and submit a team.
I would like to know by 31st March who will be in the teams, team captains and contact details.
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