HWVA Grouse Pointing Test – March 2019
On Sunday 10th March, 2019 the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Association held a Grouse Pointing Test on Grinton Moor by kind permission of Keeper Mr Dez Coates. The Test was for any Hunt, Point, Retrieve Breed and the runners included Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla , German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers, Italian Spinone and Weimeraners.
The Judges for the day were Mr Roy Cullen (A Panel) and Mr Geoff Saint who, along with the 16 Runners had to put up with the most atrocious weather conditions. Grinton is one of the most beautiful grouse moors but on the Test day it was impossible to see the surrounding scenery due heavy snow for the first couple of hours before the skies cleared and the sun came out.
It was good to see that there were 9 Juniors running, those being dogs who have not reached the age of 2 years before January 1st 2019. Two of those, Tom Owens’s HWV Finella Breeze and Emma Bentley’s HWV Zoldmali Zizi were called forward by the Judges for a second run. Also called forward for a second run was Stuart Symmers older GSP Quintana Blae Berry.
Both Finella Breeze and Quintana Blae Berry were awarded a ‘Good’ Grading, both well deserved considering the conditions.
HWVA All Aged Field Trial – August 2019
An All Aged stake was held at Black Pots Farm, Keighley, Yorkshire, on 21st August 2019 by kind permission of the Black Pots Shoot
Judges: Suzi Burton (A) Jason Hudson (NP)
Weather was dry and sunny all day.
Scenting conditions were good in the morning, but a drop in temperature in the afternoon made scenting more difficult.
The ground was heather moorland. Eight brace of grouse were shot.
The standard of work and handling was good from most of the competitors although some dogs’ ground treatment on the cheek wind could have been helped more by the handlers. Without exception dogs ran with drive and pace.
Results: 3rd Moorrunner Isla at Gilleyfield, GWP bitch, owned and handled by Louise Holmes. This bitch was also awarded the Guns’ Choice.
Our thanks for the success and enjoyment of this trial are due to all those who helped organise it and particularly Sharon Newman, the field trial secretary, Steward on the day Marc Harvey, Red Flag Paul Jones, Sam the Keeper and Steward of the Beat, and all the competitors.
All the competitors had game on their beat. Each dog ran a cheek wind. As the first round was completed, we had seven dogs left for the second round and we took three dogs forward for a third run.
Running No 10, Louise Holmes handled her bitch Moorrunner Isla at Gillyfield well on the first run, covering the ground enthusiastically. She had a couple of points on grouse, neither shot and just as she was finishing her run on the top of a hill she pointed a single grouse which was shot. She was steady and made the retrieve to hand.
On her second run she was steady to hare, had another point on grouse which was not shot and she honoured a pair away she had been working without a chance to point.
This bitch sometimes struggled with the residual scent left by the grouse as she was working.
Jason Hudson and Suzi Burton