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Belatarr annual awards wins.

The Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Association and the HWV Club of Great Britain both distributed their Annual Awards this month, with points awarded for show wins gained throughout the course of 2014.

The HWVA awards, given specifically for Championship Show successes, saw Belatarr Hercules as runner up Top Show Puppy Dog of 2014 whilst his older sister, Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM won the Arany Bowl for Top Bitch of 2014 and was also named the overall 2nd highest scoring show dog of the year.

The HWVCGB awards include points gained from at shows and here Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM took the The Wearvale Trophy, for Top Adult Show Bitch, along with The Lanspar Trophy for overall Top Show Adult of the year, whilst her beautiful brother Gryphon, Belatarr Dizzy Gillespie posthumously retained the very fine Haunsberg Bronze that he was also awarded last year and was, once again, named Top Adult Show Dog.

The HWVCGB Arany Bowl & Haunsberg Bronze.

The Arany Bowl & Haunsberg Bronze.

Needless to say we are, as ever, immensely proud of the Belatarr babies and all that they have achieved in the showring thanks to the hard work and dedication of their adoring owners. 🙂

20/04/2015 at 13:48 Leave a comment

National Gundog Championship

A lovely bright and breezy day greeted exhibitors at this years National Gundog and the Belatarr clan also got off to a great start with Belatarr Dizzy Gillespie & his sister Belatarr Mahalia Jackson beating a huge entry of 30 pairs in the brace class to claim their first ever Championship Gundog Brace 1st place under judge Colin (Jock) McKay.

The brace win!

That brace win – photo by Alan V Walker.

There was also a lovely breed entry of 78 for HWV specialist Chris Guest, the third highest entry of the year after Crufts and the HWVA Championship. At a few days over 12 months Belatarr Sculptor (Kofi) stepped out into his first ever Junior Class and was awarded an excellent 2nd place, whilst his big sister, Belatarr Mahalia Jackson (Billie) was also awarded 2nd in an extremely competitive Open Bitch class, and then excitingly went on to be awarded the Reserve Bitch CC – her second RCC in a row.

Billie at National Gundog.

Billie at National Gundog.

03/08/2014 at 22:05 Leave a comment

Windsor Wins.

Team Belatarr had another memorable day at the Windsor Championship where the (mostly) bright and breezy weather and huge outdoor ring made for ideal show conditions.

First up Gryphon & Billie took a turn in the Dog World Brace Class and ended up taking an excellent 3rd place out of some 20 gundog pairs entered, even winning £15 in prize money for their efforts!

Gryphon & Billie in the Brace class.

Gryphon & Billie in the Brace class.

Awaiting the judge!

Awaiting the judge!

Over in the breed ring young Belatarr Sculptor (Kofi) won himself another 1st place in the Puppy Dog class, and was also awarded Best Puppy Dog:

Belatarr Sculptor - Best Puppy Dog at Windsor.

Belatarr Sculptor – Best Puppy Dog at Windsor.

Next up was his big brother, Belatarr Dizzy Gillespie (Gryphon), who was placed 2nd in Open Dog and went on to be awarded Reserve Best Dog. This result earned Gryphon his Kennel Club Stud Book number, joining his brother, Django and sister, Billie as the third from this litter to earn their number since April of this year and that in turn means that, like them, Gryphon is now Crufts qualified for life.

His critique was:

I love this boy’s head, it is so well furnished with dense eyebrows under which sits his almost human looking eyes with their lively & intelligent expression. It is well proportioned with a broad nose, moderate stop, slightly rounded skull & medium set thin leathers. He has a great pro-sternum, return of upper arm, level topline & moderate bend of stifle. He wears a harsh golden sand jacket with undercoat. He moves very well but could not match the performance of the winner. RBD

Christine Morgan


Gryphon in the Open Dog Class.

Gryphon – Reserve Best Dog.

Then the action heated up further as Belatarr Mahalia Jackson (Billie) beat a formidable line-up of bitches to take 1st Open Bitch and then Best Bitch. Unfortunately Windsor is one of two shows where the breed is only allocated one CC (for Best of Breed) and Billie just missed out this time around, but instead went head to head with her brother Gryphon for the single Reserve CC, which she won in great style.

The judge’s critique for her was:

I fully understand why the KC introduced the single CC but I am not sorry that there will be no more after this year. As a judge it saddened me that I could not award the lovely best bitch the CC of which she more than deserves. Just like her brother who was RBD, she has a beautiful head & expression with the furnishings to give it a very striking & square appearance. She has strength of neck & body, is well off for bone & substance & very well muscled throughout. Her shoulders are well laid & ribs moderately sprung & carried well back. She has a nice big bum to propel her round the ring on a free & easy stride & her tail carriage is excellent. Her golden sand coat is of good texture with an undercoat. I was sorry that there was only one CC on offer & so she had to settle for BB & RCC

Christine Morgan

Finally the Belatarr team won another Breeders Class (our 5th such win of the year) and zipped immediately over to the Breeders Group to represent the breed in front of the big audience gathered around the Best in Show ring, where we were also awarded Best Breeder in Group – cue the arrival of photographers from the Dog Press to capture the moment!


Breeders Group win rosette.

Breeders Group win rosette.

The cards!

Some of the winning cards (and prize money!)

A very long, but wonderful day for everyone, with three 1st places and another Best of Sex win to add to our running total for the year!


02/07/2014 at 15:15 1 comment

Gryphon & Herc reign as the sun shines.

Following hot on the heels of his BOB at the Southern Counties Champ Show, Belatarr Dizzy Gillespie (Gryphon) and Irene negotiated their way through the dense, never-ending stand-still show traffic to just make the HWV breed classes by the skin of their teeth at this weeks Royal Cornwall Show…

Arriving at the show literally as his class was being called Gryphon & Irene still managed to perform to their usual standard and took Best of Breed, earning the lovely critique (below) from the breed judge before going on to take Group 2 in the huge Gundog Group under Jayne Eyeington later in the day and then winning best AV brace, along with his sister Billie, from a class of 8 pairs:

My star of the day! Lovely masculine head with such a super expression, he melted my heart! His head is well balanced with good eye colour, he has good reach of neck into well laid shoulders.  He has a straight front with good bone and feet.  Well angled rear quarters with correct bend of stifle, he moved with reach and drive holding his firm topline well.  BOB and so pleased to see him finish with G2.” Lesley McCourt

Just loved this HWV dog, one I have judged before and he has developed into a super example of the breed. He has an appealing outline, with good balance and substance, and a head that is full of quality. Shown with a good harsh coat and at one with the handler on the move.” Jane Eyeington

These two HWV’s made a splendid duo. In harmony with their handler both stood and on the move. Thought them to be a super matching pair.” Jane Eyeington


Gryphon on his way to BOB at Royal Cornwall.

Gryphon on his way to BOB at Royal Cornwall.

Three days later Gryphon and his younger brother Belatarr Hercules were amongst those in action at the Three Counties Championship, presided over by Sandra Marshall.

Herc was first up and won 1st Puppy Dog, whilst Gryphon stepped out to win 1st Open Dog. Then, in the Dog challenge Gryphon was awarded another Best Dog, whilst Hercules was Best Puppy Dog, his 5th out of 5 Champ show appearances. He then went on to take Best Puppy too – a lovely double for the Belatarr brothers.

The judge’s critiques for the boys also made for very happy reading:

Belatarr Hercules. Super puppy who can only go on. Nothing to dislike & everything to play for. Should continue his winning ways. BP

Belatarr Dizzy Gillespie. What a super dog. Loved his shape & balance, excellent construction throughout. Shown in lovely coat & condition. Moved on a ground covering driving stride. BD

Sandra Marshall

Hercules in preparation!

Hercules in preparation!

...and saying hello to the judge.

…and saying hello to the judge.

Amazingly, Gryphon’s win today also means that Belatarr dogs have now taken either Best Bitch or Best Dog at 8 out of the last 10 Championship Shows, a run that started way back at LKA last December!

Gryphon at Three Counties.

Gryphon at Three Counties.

The judge going over Gryphon in the Open Dog class.

The judge going over Gryphon in the Open Dog class.




08/06/2014 at 18:54 Leave a comment

Belatarr Boys win at Southern Counties.

Following hot on the heels of the near-underwater Bath Championship Show, the sun shined today at the Southern Counties Championship and this time it was the turn of the Belatarr Boys to take center stage.

Kicking things off Belatarr Hercules took 1st Puppy Dog, soon to be joined by his big brother Belatarr Charlie Parker who won 1st Post Graduate Dog. Then Belatarr Dizzy Gillespie (Gryphon) made it a Belatarr hat-trick by taking 1st in Limit Dog. The three brothers took their places in the Dog Challenge all were awarded with Gryphon emerging as Best Dog, Charlie Reserve Best Dog and Hercules Best Puppy Dog.

Once the bitches had been judged Gryphon then went one better and, following his previous Best Dog award at Manchester in January, he took his first Championship Best of Breed, matching his sister Billie’s achievement at Bath just 6 days earlier.

Best Dog & Best Of Breed for Gryphon.

Best Dog & Best Of Breed for Gryphon.


31/05/2014 at 18:29 2 comments

Big Belatarr wins at Bath.

The Belatarr youngsters continued their run of Championship Show successes today at Bath where the monsoon conditions failed to dampen (or, more to the point, wash away) spirits!

Three Belatarr’s were in action at the show and at 10 months and a day young Belatarr Sculptor (Kofi) was Best Puppy Dog and later won the puppy challenge to collect his first Champ Show Best Puppy award. His big brother Belatarr Dizzy Gillespie (Gryphon) was placed 2nd in Open Dog and went on to take Reserve Best Dog, whilst sister Belatarr Mahalia Jackson (Billie) was 1st Open Bitch and Best Bitch before collecting her second Champ Show Best of Breed of the year.

Billie & Gryphon's Bath winnings.

Billie & Gryphon’s Bath winnings.

To round things off Billie & Gryphon then zipped off to another part of the showground where they were placed an excellent 4th out of the 19 entries in the Gundog Brace Class.



24/05/2014 at 15:10 1 comment

Big weekend for Belatarr.

A wonderful day for team Belatarr at the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Club show & annual prize giving at Newark yesterday – a lovely, friendly,  happy & very well run show with such a nice atmosphere too. Young Belatarr Hercules started the ball rolling taking 1st Puppy Dog and going on to Best Puppy Dog & Reserve Best Puppy in Show. Big brother Belatarr Charlie Parker won 1st Post Graduate Dog & sister Belatarr Mahalia Jackson was 1st Limit Bitch.

Belatarr Charlie Parker with his Krugerand Trophy.

Belatarr Charlie Parker with his Krugerand Trophy.

Then, in the annual awards, Charlie Parker won the Krugerand Trophy for Top Show Puppy, and Belatarr Dizzy Gillespie (Gryphon) was awarded the magnificent  Haunsberg Bronze for Top Show Dog of 2013, with brother Belatarr Django Reinhardt runner up and sister Belatarr Mahalia Jackson runner up Top Show Bitch of 2013 – a fabulous collection of wins and wards and wonderful recognition for everyone’s hard work and great achievements over the past year.

Belatarr Dizzy Gillespie with his Haunsberg Bronze Trophy.

Belatarr Dizzy Gillespie with his Haunsberg Bronze Trophy.

07/04/2014 at 14:35 Leave a comment

Belatarr Dizzy Gillespie – Best Dog at Manchester Championship.

In another super Championship outing for the Big Belatarr Babies, Belatarr Dizzy Gillespie (Gryphon) took 1st Post Graduate Dog, with his brother Charlie Parker 2nd, before going on to be awarded Best Dog under judge Editha Newton.

Her critique for him was:

I liked his balance of angles both fore & aft which helped him to stand foursquare with correct topline. Lovely neck & shoulder with good depth of chest. Lovely straight hock.

Following wins at LKA and Boston this makes three Champ Shows in a row where Belatarr babies have taken Best Dog or Best Bitch, with a different sibling winning each time, which is particularly pleasing.

Not wishing to be left behind, a little later on Belatarr Mahalia Jackson (Billie) stepped out into what was only her second Champ Show Open Bitch class and was awarded 2nd from a classy entry of 10 Open Bitches. Many congratulations to all, once again!

Manchester 2014 wins

20/01/2014 at 15:09 1 comment

Gryphon wins BEST IN SHOW!

Another sensational weekend for the Belatarr babies! On Saturday Belatarr Charlie Parker picked up another Best of Breed at the Huntingtonshire Canine Society Open Show; the following day, at the Bridgewater & District Canine Society Open Show, Belatarr Dizzy Gillespie (Gryphon) won Best of Breed and then went Gundog Group 1 under judge Mike Masters before going BEST IN SHOW under judge John Carter.

The judges critique for Gryphon was:

“Dog that impressed immensely. Oozes breed type & balance, appealing head & strong front. Lovely to go over with everything in the right place, in the correct proportions. Completed the picture with a good jacket. Moved so sound to win BOB, G1 & I was delighted to see him awarded BIS. ”  Michael Masters

Gryphon's Bridegwater wins.

Gryphon’s Bridegwater wins.

This win means, incredibly, that Belatarr brothers have won the ALL of last three Devon & Somerset show Gundog Groups in a row over the last three successive weekends, with Django’s Group 1 win at Plymouth last weekend sandwiched by Gryphon’s two Group 1 wins at Minehead & then Bridgewater – an unprecedented run!

Best in Show.

Best in Show.

Not only that but in the course of just three shows Gryphon has now collected more than enough points for his Show Certificate of Merit, just like his father, Mingus, before him. In so doing he becomes one of only a small handful of HWV’s, and only the 5th ever male  (and the 2nd youngest after dad Mingus) to qualify for this prestigious award.

Many congratulations to Irene – we are incredibly proud, and currently incredibly excited!

Gryphon in the group winners line-up for BIS.

Gryphon in the group winners line-up for BIS.

24/11/2013 at 16:11 1 comment

Wonderful win for Gryphon!

Gryphon stacked at MinehaedThe gorgeous Belatarr Dizzy Gillespie (Gryphon) scored a stunning win yesterday at the Minehead & District Open show. He started by collecting 1st Graduate HWV, and then beat his sister Belatarr Mahalia Jackson (who was 1st in Open HWV) to take Best of Breed.

Then, after a few more hours of waiting, he won the Gundog Group too, a rare and very special achievement for any HWV, and only the third such win for a Belatarr boy, following similar Group 1 wins for dad Mingus and brother Charlie Parker, but Gryphon wasn’t finished there and shortly afterwards also took Reserve Best in Show! A fabulous achievement for Gryphon & Irene and one that instantly rewards them with 12 of the necessary 25 points towards a Show Certificate of Merit.

The judge’s super critique was:

2 years dog. Typical, well balanced head. Correct skull, muzzle, nose, eye & ear. Strong jaws. Good head carriage, neck & forehand construction. Well boned limbs & feet. Excellent body & ribs. Powerful loin & couplings. Muscular, well made hindquarters. Correct skin, coat & furnishings. Sound free mover. Very typical all through combining quality with breed essence

J Gill Davis

Needless to say we’re immensely proud of both Gryphon and Irene!

The Minehead rosette haul.

The Minehead rosette haul.

11/11/2013 at 11:36 Leave a comment

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