Twenty-One Years of the British Weimaraner

 by The President, Major R.H. Petty

 

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 At the end of my tour in Germany, I owned five Weimaraners , and employed a full time Professional Trainer. All five were fully trained and had qualified in all the tests available to them at that time, and all were eventually imported into the UK.

The first two, Cobra von Boberstrand and Bardo von Fohr arrived at the Hackbridge quarantine kennels on the 7th May 1952.

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Weimaraners were first shown at an organized show at Paignton Devon in late 1952 under, I think, Winnie Barber . They then appeared at Crufts in 'Any Variety' in February 1953.

In September 1953 we were asked to appear on behalf of the Animal Health Trust , this we did at the White City Stadium on the 4th September when there was an attendence of over 20,000 spectators.

During these early days I busied myself on the formation of the Club and the inaugural Meeting was held at Crufts Show on Gundog day in 1953. When I had gathered together the required number of fourteen members , the formation of the Club was approved.

At the sametime, I was entering and running my dogs in Field Trials , and ran a number of times at trials organized by the Southern and Western Counties Field Trial Society, also with the Yorkshire Gundog Society, and whilst  we never had any spectacular wins, we showed the flag and managed to be placed once or twice.

During the mid-fifties and early sixties, it was I think, just a matter of plodding on only say how pleased Iam, but by now keen and willing helpers were coming forward and we ran the first working test at Barnpton Oxfordshire , where about adozen Weimars came with their owners , and once again in another sphere we had made a start.

Looking back, I feel we could have done more , I am certain I could , but I can only say how pleased I am that we soon had helpers, who drew up rules and amended them , as required over the years , and it would now seem to me, that we are all set to go ahead with consolidation and improvement of our Weimars, but I do sincerely ask the membership to do their level best to ensure the continuity of the bredd as it was, and not to let too many changes interfere with what has proved over the years to be a lovely, interesting and fascinating breed. 

 

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NB This article was taken from the first  Weimaraner Club of GB Year Book 1953-1973

From an article 17 Doggy Days by Joan & Ken Fussell (Greyfilk) published in the Weimaraner News September 1965

The Fussells together with their two younger children Nicola and Brent  embarked on a trip by road to the World Show at Brno Czechoslovakia

' In Vienna we had to wait 24 hours for our first sight of a Long haired Weimaraner but it was worth it , our expectations were completely fulfilled and we all said that the two we saw were as beautiful a sight as we had ever seen . The owner Herr Blaunsteiner had a dog and a bitch , the dog was a beautiful specimen , the bitch perhaps a little too fine but whereas the dog had just the suspicion of being a shade too dark the bitch was the most perfect Silver-grey, the colour of a 3 week old pup.

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How to describe them? Certainly the outline is Weimar, particularly the head where the long hair was not very apparent until one came to the ears. Here there were copious hair with a certain amount of feathering. Bodywise the length of hair etc., closely resembled that of a Flat coat retriever , tails are not docked and on those we saw there was a good deal of feathering starting halfway along and carrying to the tip.'

 

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In 1967 Col Tucker ran Lotti in a Novice Field Trial run by the GSP Club at Wynard Hall, Stockton on Tees The judges were Mr Geoffrey Sterne & Mrs M Sanderson and was awarded first place, thus becoming the first Weimaraner to win a Novice trial in the UK. The followiing year she was awarded 2nd at a GSP Novice trial and in 1970 was awarded 3rd place in an All Aged trial  run by the GSP Club. Her daughter Katie Golightly  won the the Novice trial held by the WCGB in 1972.

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Weimaraners first ran in  field trials in 1955  The trials were organized by various Pointer Setters gundog clubs with Weimaraners & GSPs entered. Major MacGibbon's Strawbridge Baron was the first Weimaraner to be awarded a 2nd place in a Novice trial in 1955 and gained a 3rd at thr North of Scotland Association trial for Pointers Setters Weimaraners & GSP's  Puppy & Non Winners Stake.

Another notable dog running in trials was Mr A Gluckmann's Ann of Monksway who in 1956 was placed 3rd at the Southern & Western Counties Field Trial Society for Pointers, Setters, Weimaraners & GSP's . She also notched up a 2nd place in the Scottish Gundog Association Pointer &Setter trial on grouse and finally ending the season with a 2nd place in the Irish Setter Association (England ) and Setter & Pointer Club Novice stake.

The Club ran its first Novice Field Trial on the 24th October 1970 at Flixton Suffolk. The trial was open to GSPs Hungarian Vizslas and Weimaraners. The judges were Geoffrey Sterne & Mrs Louise Pertie - Hay. Mrs Joan Matuszewska  donated silver plaques for 1st 2nd & 3rd and Mrs Diana Oldershaw a tankard for best puppy. First & third places went to GSPs but 2nd place was awarded to Mr J Parke's Cloncurry Flash and he was also awarded a Certificate of Merit with Cloncurry Smokey.Best puppy went to a GSP.

 

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This picture was taken July 3rd 1916. The bitch was found by the soldiers

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