BELATARR IS THE TOP UK HWV KENNEL FOR 2014 and 2016 (ARDEN GRANGE/OUR DOGS)
Welcome to the Belatarr Blog – a record of our Hungarian Wirehaired Vizslas, Phoenix & Mingus and the 34 Belatarr puppies, including our own Django and Lyra.
Full details of each of our own four dogs can be found at the Meet The Dogs link at the top of the page, whilst the exploits and adventures of all of the extended Belatarr clan can be found on the blog posts below.
It is with huge excitement that we are now able to announce the expected arrival of our next generation of Belatarr puppies:
Our beloved Belatarr Lyra (litter sister to Show Champion Belatarr Hercules and full sister to Show Champion Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM) has been confirmed in whelp to HJCh Aldozovolgyi-Drotos Dabas for Morganna.
This is a very long-awaited and carefully planned union that we hope will build upon the strengths that we have established with our hugely successful Phoenix/Mingus litters. With her pretty, feminine head, excellent, balanced angulation and deep red, harsh wire coat with profuse facial furnishings, Lyra typifies the Belatarr HWV. Whilst she didn’t enjoy the show ring she is the most loving and joyful girl you could ever wish for and has already proven to be hugely maternal (she almost co-parented her mother’s last litter!) so we are sure that motherhood will truly allow her to come into her own.
Dad-to-be Dabas brings an exciting combination of great substance in a compact frame coupled with a super, tight, harsh coat along with supplying the genes of his many superb ancestors. He also has the sweetest and most gentle nature you could possibly wish for, and has already sired several of the most promising youngsters in the UK, so it is with great anticipation that we await the arrival of this, our fourth litter, due at the start of April.
We are so delighted and proud to announce that:
– Morehay Lars of Belatarr ShCM has, for the second time, won top HWV Stud dog of 2016 (DogWorld/Royal Canin)
– Tarndair Phoenix of Belatarr (below, left) has, also for the second time, won Top HWV Brood Bitch for 2016 (DogWorld/Eden)
– Belatarr has jointly won top UK HWV Kennel for 2016 in the OurDogs/Arden Grange Top Breeder Competition
39 x Championship class wins
14 x Best of Sex
5 x Best of Breed
6 x CC’s
3 x Reserve CC’s (all won by Charlie Parker!)
2 x Show Champions made-up!
Huge thanks go to the judges and many friends in the breed and at the ringside who have helped make this year such a great joy, and especially to Jenny & Irene for achieving such amazing heights with their Belatarr babies, now Show Champions: Billie & Herc.
Continuing with his sensational show year newly crowned Show Champion Hercules followed in his big brother, Charlie Parker’s, footsteps at the HPR Association’s prestigious show this weekend. After placing 1st in Open Dog and Best of Breed under judge Russell Mosedale Herc went on to be awarded Reserve Best in Show under judge Simon Luxmoore, these being exact same awards that his brother won at the same show in 2015. So the brothers now have their names engraved consecutively on the lovely RBIS trophy! 🙂
The 2 judge’s critiques were also a joy to read:
“Stunning boy which excels in profile, medium size, masculine throughout, correct skull shape, oval shape eye & colour, moderate reach of neck leading into well placed shoulders, strong bone, lovely forechest, deep brisket, compact feet, level topline, correct amount of loin, excellent croup leading into correct tailset, moderate bend of stifle, well-muscled with second thigh muscle, correct harsh coat, moved with real drive & reach, BD delighted to award him BOB in agreement of my co-judge & later on to see him get RBIS many congratulations.“
“My RBIS was the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Spillane’s Belatarr Hercules. I loved his head and expression and he was also shown in good coat and excellent condition. Balanced front and rear he was parallel when viewed from behind and sauntered round the ring with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. I have to mention, apropos no exhibit in particular, that I sometimes wonder just how many exhibitors have ever owned or known a dog that is in really hard muscular condition. Once met never forgotten and it enhances the overall ‘picture’ of the dog immeasurably.“
We were also particularly delighted to be able to see these fabulous shots from the day – the first couple of which really capture something of Herc’s always animated, flowing movement and superb carriage:
All Photos by Kate Orde-Powlet
Midland Counties Championship proved to be a truly fantastic and memorable show, particularly for young Belatarr Hercules.
Having moved up into Open Dog for the first time during summer Herc has never been beaten at any of the Championship shows that he has attended, so the stakes were quite high going into Midland Counties.
Following his 1st CC (from Three Counties, in June) and his 2nd CC (from Richmond, just last month) we didn’t truly expect him to win a third CC so very soon, but he performed to his usual impeccable standard and we were absolutely thrilled when judge Valerie Foss awarded him 1st in Open Dog and then that all-important 3rd Best Dog Challenge Certificate – Belatarr’s 2nd Champion in 3 months!
Huge congratulations go to Jenny & David for all of their hard work and persistence as well as their constant eagerness to learn and desire to continually improve. Successful dog showing is an equal mixture of having the best dog and being able to show that dog to best advantage and Jenny & Hercules have grown together into a hugely impressive and harmonious team. We shall forever be grateful that they have truly developed Herc to his full potential from that very exciting puppy that we picked out at 7 week of age, as well as providing Herc & his brother Charlie with such a wonderful, loving and stimulating home.
A quick fire round of Autumn Championship shows has brought some more super results for us, more of which anon, because these were preceded by this years HWVA Open show, which attracted a lovely entry of 55 HWV’s for judge and breed specialist Rachel Newman (Morganna).
From a class of 7 dogs Belatarr Charlie Parker ShCM won 1st in Limit dog (for the third year in a row at this show!). His litter sister Sh Ch Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM was placed 1st in Open Bitch and their younger brother Belatarr Hercules, was placed 1st from 6 entries in Open Dog and went on to win Best Dog and Reserve Best in Show.
A few days later came the South Wales Kennel Association Championship Show, presided over by judge and breed specialist Karen Richardson. Sh Ch Belatarr Mahalia Jackson Sh CM was our sole Belatarr representative at the show, but she and Irene did us proud once again by placing 1st in Open Bitch and then taking Best Bitch and Best of Breed (no pics, sadly).
…and a few more days on from there came the Gundog Society of Wales Championship Show, judged by Colin Woodward, where Hercules scored another great result placing 1st in Open Dog before taking Best Dog and Reserve Best of Breed:
Never one to rest on their respective show-laurels David & Jenny also took their boys to the Windsor Gundog Open show where Ed Casey awarded Hercules 1st in Open & Best of Breed whilst Irene & Billie took 1st in AV Special Champion class, at the same show, this time judged by Pat Butler-Holley.
Finally, and completing a memorable 2 weeks of showing, Sat 15th October brought Open show wins for Hercules, who went Best of Breed at the Hitchin & District Canine Society, and young Belatarr North by Northwest, who collected his 13th Open Show Best of Breed with a win at the South Western Gundog Club.
An absolutely incredible day today for us at the Richmond Championship Show – Belatarr Hercules wins Best Dog + his second CC whilst his big sister ShCH Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM wins Best Bitch + her 4th CC (her third of the year) + her 7th Championship Best of Breed.
It was a nail-biting start….following a total closure of the M1, and massive subsequent delays, David & Jenny arrived at the show literally the very last minute, with Jenny & Herc running into the showground just seconds before Herc’s class was called….5 mins later and they would have missed the class, but Hercules was his usual steady, flashy and happy self and showed his socks off to win 1st Limit Dog and then Best Dog to take his second CC of the year – not a win that any of us are ever likely to forget!
Huge congratulations to Jenny, David & Irene and many, many thanks to judge Sandra Marshall for thinking so highly of our dogs and for giving Belatarr our best ever Championship results day, becoming only the second HWV kennel to win both CC’s at the same show.
A truly wonderful, memorable day at the National Gundog Championship today under breed specialist Christine Schofield.
Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM collected her 3rd CC for Best Bitch and so becomes Belatarr’s first Champion!
….whilst her litter brother, Belatarr Charlie Parker ShCM also picked up his third RCC for Reserve Best Dog.
Needless to say an incredibly proud day for us and we are so expecially thrilled for Irene and Billie on their great achievement today.