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Championship Show Roundup.

In between all the puppy shenanigans back here at HQ team Belatarr have been enjoying a terrific run at the last three Championship shows.

The Scottish Kennel Club Championship, under judge Anne Moss,  brought  a 5th CC for Sh Ch Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM (Billie) as she was named Best Bitch, and, having just moved up to Limit classes, young Belatarr North By Northwest was rewarded with Reserve Dog CC too. This win makes Billie the second highest awarded bitch in breed history, an incredible achievement, whilst North gained his KC Stud Book number with his RCC, another great milestone for him and Irene.

The following weekend saw the Bath Championship, presided over by judge Blake Crocker, where Billie and North both had a repeat of the same results that they achieved in Scotland, with Billie named Best Bitch and North Reserve Best Dog:

Next up was the Southern Counties Championship, under judge Betty Smith, and this time it was the boys time to triumph, with Belatarr winning all of the top three male classes – Belatarr Vertigo (Sabi) was 1st in a tough Post Graduate class, Belatarr Charlie Parker ShCM placed 1st in Limit Dog and Sh Ch Belatarr Hercules took 1st in Open Dog, before going on to be awarded Best Dog and then Best Of Breed. This was a particularly impressive achievement for Herc as, on the way to be named Best of Breed, he needed to beat all 3 of the highest awarded bitches in breed history (including his own older sister, Billie!) who, unusually, were all entered and present in the ring on the day.


Huge congratulations to Jenny, David, Irene and Vivien on all of their achievements with their Belatarr girls and boys, and I’m very much looking forward to joining you all back on teh show circuit once puppy duties have been completed!

08/06/2017 at 09:14 Leave a comment

Belatarr Boys score at the HWVA Championship.

In the midst of all the new puppy shenanigans this last Sunday was the annual Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Association Championship, always the largest gathering of the breed to take place anywhere in the world. Although we were unable to attend,  due to the considerable demands of our twelve new arrivals, the 5 Belatarr boys who did get to the show managed to score a remarkable clean sweep of all of the top 4 dog classes, as follows:

Graduate Dog: 1st – Belatarr Vertigo

Post Graduate Dog: 1st Belatarr Sculptor

Limit Dog: 1st Belatarr Charlie Parker ShCM & 2nd Belatarr North By NorthWest

Open Dog + Reserve Best Dog: 1st Sh CH Belatarr Hercules

1st Spillane’s Sh Ch Belatarr Hercules. Quality dog of lovely type with well made & balanced construction. Interesting to see he has the same mother as my Grad, Post Grad & 1 & 2 in Limit. All with similar qualities & type the sign of an excellent brood bitch. This dog presented a good flowing outline of maturity & was presented in 1 class coat & condition. When moved he covered the ground with ease. RCC.

John Thirlwell

Many congratulations to everyone and we’re looking forward to seeing you all soon!

18/04/2017 at 13:32 Leave a comment

Belatarr Brothers Win the Championship Double!

Yesterday’s Three Counties Championship proved to be a fantastic and truly memorable day for the Belatarr clan. On what proved to be a very hot, sunny day, and from an impressive entry for breed specialist judge Chris Guest, Belatarr Hercules won 1st Limit Dog and the Best Dog CC along with his first ever Championship Show Best of Breed whilst his brother Belatarr Charlie Parker ShCM scored 1st Open Dog and was awarded the Reserve Dog CC (his third) – an incredible double win that has only rarely been achieved in our breed.

The critiques for the boys were as follows:

Belatarr Hercules, at 3 years of age he is just coming into his own for me. Clean outline, balanced & comfortable over his ground. Well up to size, but he carries it so well & is without lumber. Strong bone, but no coarseness. Good depth to his chest, neat & tidy at elbow, firm topline & correct belly line to strong quarters which he moved off with ease. Has a beautifully proportioned head, kind yet dignified expression which gave him the CC over his brother. Put down in the best possible order, as was his brother, excellent wiry jacket, to be critical could have had more depth to his coat.

Belatarr Charlie Parker, so similar to his sibling that took the CC, but isn’t as deep in chest & is shorter over the loin. Hands moved easily over this boy, well laid shoulders, firm topline, correct belly line & good quarters. Super head & expression. Best of coats, his owner is to be commended for putting two dogs into the ring in the best of condition in both coat & musculature. RCC.”

Chris Guest

Not to be left out the youngsters did well too, with Belatarr North by Northwest 1st Junior Dog, his brother Belatarr Vertigo 2nd Junior Dog and their sister Belatarr Thirtynine Steps taking 1st Junior Bitch.

Huge congratulations go to Jenny & David on the double win for their beautiful boys who were presented in typically immaculate condition and were thrilling to watch in the ring. Herc only moved up into Limit a few months ago, and has already won three Championship Show Best Dog awards this year (two in the last week alone!) together with his all important first CC. We couldn’t be more proud of the boys and more delighted for Jenny & David – what a team they have all become together!

Hercules in the line up for Best Dog.

Hercules in his Limit Dog class.


Charlie in the line-up for Best Dog.

Charlie in the line-up for Best Dog.


The boys together in the line-up.

The boys together in the line-up.


Jenny and Herc in the Group ring with judge Chris Bexon.

Jenny and Herc in the Group ring with judge Chris Bexon.


The boys big awards!

The boys big awards!

10/06/2016 at 20:19 Leave a comment

Great weekend for Herc.

An absolutely superb weekend in the show ring(s) for Belatarr Hercules – Saturday saw him take 1st Open HWV and Best of Breed under Gundog judge Garry Golder before being awarded Group 3 in a very large Gundog Group under judge Mr L. Chambers, who also gave Herc’s big brother Charlie Parker 1st Open AV Gundog in another very large class.

The following day was the Southern Counties Championship and Herc scored again, taking 1st Limit Dog and then beating his older brother (amongst others) to be awarded Best Dog under judge Rob Suchett-Kaye:

Belatarr Hercules - Best Dog at Southern Counties Championship.

Belatarr Hercules – Best Dog at Southern Counties Championship.

06/06/2016 at 11:30 Leave a comment

Charlie Triumphs at HPR Show

A terrific result for Beltarr Charlie Parker today at the Hunt, Point & Retrieve Gundog Association Open Show at the Kennel Club’s Stoneleigh Park venue. From an impressive entry of HWV’s for judge Jean Byrne Charlie’s younger brother, Belatarr Hercules, was awarded 1st Post Graduate whilst Charlie himself was awarded 1st Open Dog. The two boys were then took the double with Herc Reserve Best of Breed and Charlie BOB. Transferring over to Best in Show judge Penny Williams, Charlie then scored a fabulous Reserve Best in Show, cue a flurry of photos for the dog press:

Charlie & Jenny with judge Penny Williams.

Charlie & Jenny with judge Penny Williams.

The boys critiques were:

“Belatarr Charlie Parker: a mature robust dog. Good head proportions with good eye colour & well set ears. Deep chest & well sprung ribs. Presented a balanced outline with correct body proportions but well up for size. Strong hindquarters, & moved soundly covering the ground well. Very well handled. My BOB & I understand he went on to RBIS. Well done.”

“Belatarr Hercules: pleasing in head with moderate stop, well muscled neck leading into good straight front assembly with well laid shoulders & ample forearm. Harsh close fitting coat. Well developed hindquarters, presented in good muscular condition. RBOB.”

Jean Byrne

22/11/2015 at 22:32 Leave a comment

Great wins for the Boys.

Jenny & David had another very busy but very rewarding day with their boys, brothers Belatarr Charlie Parker & Belatarr Hercules at the Mid Herts Gundog Club Open Show. Judge Lynda Adams awarded Herc 1st Post Graduate and Charlie 1st Open but this time Herc beat his brother (for the first time!) to take Best of Breed with Charlie awarded Reserve Best of Breed.

Belatarr Hercules.

Belatarr Hercules with his awards from the day.


and brother Belatarr Charlie Parker.

…and his big brother Belatarr Charlie Parker.

That proved to be just the beginning, though, as Charlie was then eligible to enter the Reserve Best of Breed Stakes class where judge David Hutchison awarded him a fabulous 1st place, ahead of all of the other Gundog RBOB’s from the day.

Later still both boys entered the Brace Class where they were once again placed 1st, this time under judge Maureen Justice – meaning that the boys have still NEVER been beaten in any Brace class at Championship or Open level – an incredible achievement!

The boys show their perfectly sync'd brace style!

The boys show their perfectly sync’d brace style!


03/11/2015 at 15:29 Leave a comment

Charlie’s winning weekend.

Jenny & David spent their whole weekend showing their boys, Belatarr Charlie Parker & Belatarr Hercules but it all well was worth it!

Birmingham District Gundog and Terrier Club saw Charlie awarded BOB under Donna Kirkwood-Emery and then Group 4 under Vizsla specialist John Thirlwell. The next day at Hitchin District Canine Society he was once again awarded BOB and then went on to pick up Group 2 from a huge group of 21 Gundog Best of Breeds presided over by judge under Ian Sparham – Jenny reports that he was: “showing his socks off both days, gorgeous boy.”

We’re so proud of Charlie, who just gets better and better with maturity. This terrific weekend was just desserts for all the hard work and dedication that Jenny & David have put into him and puts Charlie within a whisker (or maybe a wiry beard?!) of achieving his Kennel Club Show Certificate of Merit….watch this space!

Charlie's Open Show wins

21/10/2015 at 08:16 Leave a comment

Richmond & Darlington Championships: more wins for Billie.

The Richmond Championship Show proved to be another great day in the ring for Billie, Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM, where judge Marion Waddell awarded her 1st Open Bitch and then Best of Breed (her second Champ Show BOB in a week) which allowed her to once again represent the breed alongside the 26 other Gundog BOB’s in the the Gundog Group:

Billie Richomd wins

Billie having her examination the Gundog Group in the Best in Show Ring.

Billie having her examination the Gundog Group in the Best in Show Ring.

and on the move with Irene in the Gundog Goup.

and on the move with Irene in the Gundog Goup.

The judges critique was:

Robustly built bitch with a strong frame which is constructed well, strong developed chest down to elbows, which are well tucked in, moderately broad skull with oval eye, strong in neck, well ribbed body reaching back to well developed thighs which showed in her driving ground covering gait.


A week later, and despite feeling distinctly under the weather, Billie managed to continue her fantastic form by winning her third Champ Show Open Bitch class in a row, this time at the Darlington Championship, where she was in a class comprised entirely of CC winners & Show Champions, under judge Gordon Haran:

Billie in the Open Bitch class at Darlington.

Billie in the Open Bitch class at Darlington.

20/09/2015 at 22:01 Leave a comment

Belatarr Birmingham Big Treble!

A truly amazing day for us at the Birmingham Championship show, presided over by judge and Gundog expert Di Arrowsmith –  Belatarr took a record-breaking Best Dog, Best Bitch AND Best Puppy:

Birmingham triple win

Belatarr North By Northwest taking Best Puppy at 7 months of age.

Belatarr North By Northwest 1st Puppy Dog & Best Puppy, at 7 months of age.

 “A very happy baby, up to size already he excelled in skull proportions, forehand angulation, topline & hindquarters. Very balanced on the move for one so young. BP.”

Di Arrowsmith

Belatarr Charlie Parker - 1st Open Dog & Best Dog.

Belatarr Charlie Parker – 1st Open Dog & Best Dog.

“Loved this boy. Typical all through & just as the Standard states, robust & stronger boned than its cousin the smooth Vizsla. He excelled in coat, head & expression, leathers & clean neck. Sound front & on good well padded feet, ideal angles fore & aft, firm topline held throughout the class. Best on the move in this class. A very worthy Best Dog.”

Di Arrowsmith

Charlie Best Dog certificate Birmingham

Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM - 1st Open Bitch, Best Bitch, Best of Breed

Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM – 1st Open Bitch, Best Bitch and Best of Breed.

“Substance, bone, type & quality. A grand bitch who I later learned is sister to my BD. She has all his qualities, head planes, eye, expression, leathers, front & feet, heartroom, angles fore & aft & a firm topline in between. In good coat & very good on the move. BB & BOB”

Di Arrowsmith

Billie & Charlie going head-to-head for Best of Breed.

Billie & Charlie going head-to-head for Best of Breed.

As if that wasn’t enough excitement for one day North’s sister Ethel, Belatarr To Catch A Thief, also made her (and her handlers!) show debut and was rewarded with an excellent 2nd Puppy Bitch, which also immediately qualified her for Crufts 2016 – Many congratulations!

Immediately following the Champ Show the HWVA hosted it’s annual Open show (in the same ring as the Champ Show classes) and the Belatarr Boys collected another three 1st places, with North taking 1st Minor Puppy Dog, Best Puppy Dog and Best Puppy in Show, whilst his big brother Hercules was awarded 1st Post Graduate Dog and Charlie was 1st Limit Dog. Their brother Kofi took second in Graduate Dog and baby Sabi was a close 2nd to his litter brother North in Minor Puppy Dog, all under judge and long-time breed expert Diane Parry.

Charlie & Herc's HWVA trophies.

Charlie & Herc’s lovely HWVA trophies.

North's three HWVA trophies for 1st Minor Puppy Dog, Best Puppy Dog & Best Puppy in Show.

North’s three HWVA trophies for 1st Minor Puppy Dog, Best Puppy Dog & Best Puppy in Show.

Billie & North's Birmingham awards.

Billie & North’s great haul of Birmingham awards.


06/09/2015 at 23:35 Leave a comment

Belatarr at Bournemouth.

A super day for the Belatarr babies at the Bournemouth Championship Show… The heat was often stifling, but 4 Belatarr dogs from 3 generations of Phoenix’ puppies took to the ring today, and judge and breed specialist Karen Richardson did us proud.

Billie stacked in Open Bitch.

Billie stacked in Open Bitch.

Billie's examination - (camera facing straight into the sun, unfortunately!)

Billie’s examination – (camera facing straight into the sun, unfortunately!)

Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM (Billie) was awarded 1st Open Bitch and went on to take Best Bitch, as she had previously done at the same show in 2014.

Her younger brother Belatarr Scluptor (Kofi) was 1st Post Graduate Dog and went on to take at excellent Reserve Best Dog, whilst, very excitingly, it was also the show debut of two of the newest generation of Belatarr puppies – the Hitchcock litter – as Belatarr North By Northwest (North) and his brother Belatarr Vertigo (Sabi) took to the ring at just 6 months and 2 days of age. Both boys looked terrific and though the heat made concentration and focusing very difficult indeed for them, they both acquitted themselves very well and both managed to qualify for Crufts 2016. Thrilled to have been there to see (and, in Sabi’s case, move) them in the ring 🙂

Belatarr Vertogo (Sabi) - a hot pup!

Belatarr Vertigo (Sabi) – a hot pup!

Sabi on the move in the ring.

Sabi on the move in the ring.

A very hot North on the move in the ring.

A very hot North on the move in the ring.

North movement 1

08/08/2015 at 22:04 Leave a comment

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