19 Jul

Report on our first seminar and judges assessment

Chairman Jacki Evans:

“I have been trying, all day to think of what to write about the Seminar and Judges assesment day the Hungarian Pumi Club UK ran yesterday. The same word keeps coming up. Wow!

It was some time in the planning, we wanted to get it just right and judging by the comments of people attending, we did just that. So many turned out to listen to Elina Haappaniemi talk on the breed in general, its development in Europe over the years and the Breed Standard.

Elina is a well known and …highly respected judge who spoke with knowledge and humour and all through her presentation her understanding, respect and love for the Pumi shone through. I have attend any number of breed seminars over the last 40 odd years and this one ranks up there at the top. Elina was assisted by Mike Gilchrist who spoke on the way the import register breeds are moving forward in the UK and what else needs to be done.

The morning finished with question time, during which several Pumis were brought in to talk to and receive cuddles from those attending. We followed up with lunch after which those judges who had booked to do the hands on and assessment settled down to an afternoon of the serious stuff.

The places for the assessment were taken up several months back and there is already a list of people who are waiting to do the next one. Luckily Elina is very happy to come over again, so a date is already being looked at. All in all, a very successful, informative and fun day. As I said Wow! Thanks to all those who attended, it was good to put familiar names to faces!”