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Timeline OF VIZSLA AND VCA “FIRSTS”

The Vizsla (a Hungarian word that means "pointer") is considered one of the oldest known hunting dogs. Selectively bred by Hungarian noblemen over the centuries, the breed was near extinction after two World Wars. After World War II, the first Vizslas were imported into the United States and became part of the foundation stock with the American Kennel Club. The Vizsla is a superior canine companion—devoted family friend and versatile in all areas of canine competition. Originally used to hunt with falcons in ancient times, the breed today not only produced the first AKC Triple Champion, but also the first Quintuple Champion in AKC history. It is one of the top three breeds used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), worked in Search and Rescue at 9/11, and is used successfully in Seeing Eye programs.

Mrs. Elizabeth Mihalyi of Omaha, Nebraska, noted portrait artist, was responsible for Panni XV being saved from the Russian Armies. Read her account of helping save the Vizsla (PDF - 80kb)

The table below was compiled by Mary K. Chelton, originally for the VCA National Specialty, 2000. Revised and updated for publishing on the VCA website, August 2013.

Timeline - PDF version (PDF - 217kb)

Year Event
1950 Sari and 2 puppies (Shasta and Tito) arrive in Kansas City; Emmett Scanlan of US State Dept. co-owns with Frank Tallman.
1951 Rex arrives in US, and Emmett Scanlan of US State Department gives him to Frank Tallman.

Sari, Shasta, and Tito are first exhibited at Heart of America Kennel Club in miscellaneous classes by Frank Tallman, with special permission from American Kennel Club (AKC).

Jack Baird, President of Dog Writers, asks Frank Tallman to form a national Vizsla club on June 21.
1952 Sari and Rex, bred by Frank Tallman, produce the first Vizsla litter in the US on March 23.

Gelse V. Schloss Loosdorf wins first AKC Obedience High in Trial at Twin Cities Obedience Training Club Trial in MN (Novice B, score 199), owned by William A. Olson of Minneapolis, handled by Marly Whiting, bred by Ferdinand Piatti, Austria.

Gelse V. Schloss Loosdorf wins first Vizsla CD title at Minneapolis Kennel Club (3rd place, Novice B, score 196). Owned by William A. Olson of Minneapolis, bred by Ferdinand Piatti, Austria.

The Magyar Vizsla first becomes eligible to compete in AKC Miscellaneous Classes. (There is conflicting data: Diana Boggs, "Arrival in US," and an official AKC document.)

Westchester Kennel Club show, Rye, NY, includes the first Eastern appearance of a Vizsla.

Rex Del Gelsomino wins first documented water and field trial.
1953 Magyar Vizsla Club of America is incorporated in Missouri by Frank Tallman. First officers: Frank Tallman, president; Emmett Scanlan, vice-president; Jeno Dus—vice-president; William Olson, vice-president and treasurer; Jack Baird—secretary and executive director.

Dr. Ivan Osborn gets first 5-generation pedigreed Vizsla stud, Brok Olca, from Czechoslovakia.
1954 First Magyar Vizsla Club meeting is held on January 1; Vizsla News begins publication.

Chauncey Smith places first ad for Vizslas to appear in Field and Stream.

Fifty-one adult Vizslas in the US.

First 6-generation pedigreed USA Vizsla litter born in Minnesota. (The Field Dog Stud Book completes collecting the necessary pedigrees for registration on November 17. It is officially announced in the American Field on December 10.
1955

Romanze von Trutzhof imported by Frank Houksy, Monterey, CA from the Austrian breeder, Elfrede Glaser and Ch Akil von Grombach from breeder Haida v. FisCher-Csomor produce one litter, which includes Ch Sandor von Debretsin ("Tag") who is the top-producing sire for 1960-1970. Tag's daughter, Ch Besa von Debretsin is the first Vizsla bitch to be #1 winner and #1 producing dam. Romanze, Akil, and Sandor are registered with the AKC as foundation stock.

Article appears in Phoenix Gazette dated February 19, 1955 with a photo of Mrs. William McCauley and her “rare” Vizsla, Gina V. Schloss Loosdorf.

1959 First Vizsla registered with the AKC is Rex Z Arpadvar on July 26. Owned by Marvin Marsh, bred by Tom Pratt and R. L. Davison

"Vizsla: America's New Golden Gun Dog" by Dr. I. S. Osborn is published.

Ch Annavolgi Arany is the third Vizsla, first bitch and first import to finish her Championship. Owned by Charles and Joan Hunt, Olny, TN, bred by Istvan Borbely, Jr. Budapest.
1960 The Vizsla is recognized as the 115th breed by the AKC.

The Magyar Vizsla Club Changes its name to Vizsla Club of America at the request of the AKC, and is incorporated on November 26.

Elisabeth Mihalyi is the first VCA membership card holder.
1961 "Congenital Hip Dysplasia and Its Ramifications" by Dr. I. S. Osborne is published. The VCA approves a resolution to X-ray breeding stock.

Ch Miklos Schloss Loosdorf wins the first AKC Championship title in California. Owned by G. H. Warholm of Long BeaCh, CA, bred by William Olson.

Remy V Hunt wins the first CDX at the Staten Island Kennel Club (Open B, Score 192, first place). Owner/handler is Fernand L. Gerin.

Ilsa Mira Pala is the first Vizsla bitch shown in conformation at the Vancouver Kennel Club, WA on January 29. Owned by Dr. and Mrs. Be. E. Potts

Prince Rick Selle is the first Vizsla to place in conformation on February 5 at the Muncie Kennel Club, Muncie, IN. Owned by F. C. Hecker.

Ch Duchess of Shirbob CD is the first Vizsla bitch born in the USA to become an AKC Champion. Owned by Walter Campbell, Anaheim, California; bred by Robert Foster, Bremerton, WA.

Elwain Minu Siresht is the first Vizsla to earn a TD. Owned by Irene McElwain Pantzer of Franklin, New Hampshire.

Annavolgi Arany is third Vizlsa and first bitch to finish her Championship. Owned by Charles and Joan Hunt, bred by Istvan Borbely (Budapest).

Ch. Csisckas of Goncoltanya is first Vizsla to place in a Sporting Group (Group 3) at the Heart of America show in Kansas City, MO on Feburary 26. Owned by Charles and Joan Hunt, bred by Jeno Dus.

First Vizsla to be a finalist in Quaker Oats/Ken-L-Ration’s annual dog heroes award is Teko who sought help for a 2-year-old mired in mud. Owned by Mr. & Mrs. William L. Hostetler of Bloomington, MN.
1962 The VCA holds its first national AKC field trial with points November 3-4 in New Sharon, IA, open to other breeds, 5 stakes, 44 entries, Open Limited and Open Gun won by Ripp Barat. Owned by Betty Kenly and handled by Paul Sabo.

Vizslas are shown for the first time at the Westminster Kennel Club, BOB was Ch Ripp. Owned by George and Jean Yovan, Fairfield, CT.   A column on Vizslas begins in Popular Dogs magazine.
1963 The first Vizsla Sporting Team wins the Sporting Group at the Chicago International Dog Show.
1964 The first VCA sanctioned "A" match is held April 19 in Erie, PA.

Brok Selle wins the first Vizsla AKC field Champion title. Owned by Don Anderson of Denver, CO, bred by Dr. I. S. Osborn of LeSeur, MN.

Ch Piros of Mile High wins the first BIS in North America at the Mexico City Kennel Club. Owned by Ann Debarr of Mexico City, bred by J. R. Holcomb, Englewood, Colorado.

Jan Bodri V Barrington CD, UD becomes the first Vizsla to win obedience high in trial with a score of 198 with 60 dogs competing at the Worchester County Kennel Club trial on December 13.
1965 The second VCA sanctioned "A" match is held January 30 in Chicago, IL (Decade of Vizslas, 16)

The first VCA national specialty show is held in Chagrin Falls, OH as part of the Chagrin Valley Kennel Club show. Winner is Gypsy's Bronze Bomber owned by Harriet Anderson, bred by Mr. and Mrs. John Kenly and handled by Jack Funk.

Ch Glen Cottage Diva owned and bred by John X. Straus and Joseph F. Cunningham, and Ch Glen Cottage Max Selle owned by John X. Straus and Joseph F. Cunningham and bred by Dr. I. S. Osborn, are the first Vizslas to place in a Sporting Group brace at the Westminster Kennel Club.

DC Futaki Darocz becomes the first Vizsla Dual Champion. Owned and bred by Bela Hadik of Chester, NH, handled by Chauncey Smith.

Ch Gypsy's Bronze Bomber wins the first Vizsla Group One at the Kokomo Kennel Club, October 24. Owned by Harriet Anderson, Chicago, IL, bred by Betty Kenly, Phoenix, AZ.

The first VCA national field trial restricted to Vizslas is held in Greenup, IL.

Kipmiks Hungarian Rhapsody is the first UD, owned by Howard B. Rossiter, Security, Colorado.
1966 Ch Sandor von Debretsin owned by Art and May Carpenter, Carmel, CA and bred by Frank Housky, Monterey, CA, and Ch Besa von Debretsin also owned by Art and May Carpenter, bred by Virginia Griffin, Merced, CA, win the first Best Brace in Show in Canada.
1968 The VCA National Field Trial held at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, Harpster, Ohio has the first catalog with advertising. Bernard C. Boggs was field trial secretary.

Ch Sandor Barat is the first western Vizsla to take BOB at the Westminster Kennel Club in New York City. Owned by John and Marge Mehagian, bred by John and Betty Kenly.
1969 The first VCA field futurity is held following the national field trial at Bong Recreational Area in Kansasville, Wisconsin, October 12-13. First place winner is Redstone's Skol owned by Harold Wingerter, Muscatine, IA.

The first VCA show futurity is held at the national specialty show in Chagrin Falls, OH, August 24. Magyar's Lady Patricia owned by John C. Blair is Best in Futurity, Oury's Alfi Staraza owned by Harvey and Carolyn Oury, bred by Lou and Peggy Magyar, is Best of Opposite Sex in Futurity.

The first breed book in a series to include the Vizsla is published in US by TFH Publications—How to Raise and Train a Vizsla by Ernest H. Hart.
1970 Ch Szekeres' Kis Szereto becomes the first Vizsla Dual Champion bitch Owned by Carole Smith and handled by Chauncey Smith, Chester, NH, bred by John and Pat Carter, Winchester, NH.

The first and only Vizsla-hosted sanctioned water trial is held in Ohio.

AM, CAN, MEX Ch Napkelte Vadasz Dalos becomes the first BIS Vizsla in the US at the Terry-All Kennel Club in Colorado. Owned by Mr. and Mrs. William Totton, bred by Phil Wright in Canada.

Ch Debreceny Dezso is the second Vizsla and the first US-bred dog to gain BIS under Judge R.M. Kibler at the Ventura County Kennel Club in California. Owned by Gary Carpenter, bred by Art and May Carpenter, all of Carmel, CA.

Ch Sandor von Debretsin, on of the first Vizslas registered with the AKC as foundation stock, is a top-producing sire for 1960-1970 (see also 1955).
1971 DC Behi's Csinos Csiny becomes the first Vizsla Dual Champion with an obedience title. Owned by Bernard and Hilda Boggs, Springfield, OH, bred by Robert and Nancy Perry, Acton, MA.

DC AFC Amber's Windy Autumn HOF is the first Vizsla to win both the FC and AFC titles. First Vizsla AKC Amateur Field Champion and first sporting breed to get AFC. Owned by Phil Rosenberg of Illinois; bred by Anthony Lucas.

Ch Napkelte Vadasz Dalos is the first Vizsla to win Best in Show in three countries—Canada, US, and Mexico.

On September 14, the VCA becomes officially affiliated with the American Kennel Club (AKC) as the national parent breed club, with 393 members from 40 states, thanks to work by Bud McGivern and May Carpenter.
1972 Dr. Bernard E. McGivern becomes the first VCA delegate to AKC.
1973 Your Vizsla by John X Straus and Joseph F. Cunningham is published by Denlinger's, Fairfax, VA.

The Vizsla by BC Boggs is published by the Glenbrier Publishing Company, Jackson, OH.

Esterhazy Tizsa is the first Vizsla to qualify with a Prize III in Natural Ability in a NAVHDA sanctioned trial in California in March. Owned by William B. Mutch, bred by Joseph H. Nadeker, both of Redding, CA
1974 Decade of Vizslas 1960-1970 is published and copyrighted by the VCA.
1975 Ch Taunee's Loki Santana (Bear) set a record for Vizsla males of 7 BIS that was to last for 25 years. Bear was co-owned by Marion Coffman and Linda Greenfield, also the breeder.

The first AKC VCA National Championship (field) is held in Baldwinsville, NY—the Championship was withheld (the only time it ever was). Judges: Ken Marden and Carl Richey.
1976 DC AFC Brook's Willie Whompum became the first VCA National Field Champion. Owned, handled and trained by Tony Lucas.

The first VCA Annual Obedience Trial is held in conjunction with the VCA 12th Annual Specialty Show and Field Trial at Medford, New Jersey. High in trial was Dorratz Ramriver Beethoven from the Novice A class, breeder/owners Paul and Doris Ratzlaff of Oakland, New Jersey.

First VCA National Specialty combined events are held October 24th-26th at Meford, NJ.
1977 The first AKC VCA National Amateur Championship Stake and the third National Championship are held at Fort Ord, California, October 21-23.

Mehagian's Peppy Paloma is the first VCA National Amateur Field Champion. Owned and handled by Marge Mehagian. (BC Boggs 2nd, 328)

The VCA National Specialty catalog for show held in Monterey, CA, includes full page ad from Elizabeth Mihalyi showing a reproduction of a painting she did called “Little Mary,” depicting a young girl seated with her Vizsla.

Ch. Upwind’s Kis Trefas is the first Vizsla to earn a perfect score in North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association testing. Owned by Trudy Lanman Newto Highlands, MA, bred by Lisa DeForest, New Durham, NH.
1978 DC Futaki Darocz owned and bred by Bela Hadik, of Chester, NH, and FC AFC Jodi of Czuki Barat, owned by Lewis and Sharon Simon of Antioch, IL, bred by Richard M. Olsen become the first Hall of Fame Vizslas.
1979 Ch Vulkan of Verity (aka “Brick”) and Ch Rocks and Shoals CD (aka “Shoal”) are the first Vizsla Best in Show Brace in the US at the Tidewater Kennel Club show, November 2. Owned and bred by Liz Sherman and Joe Mitchell; handled by Liz Sherman, Hollywood, MD.
1980 Ch Cariad's Kutya Kai Costa becomes the first Vizsla Obedience Trial Champion, first Vizsla triple Champion and first triple Champion of any breed. Owned by Marianne and Robert Costa, handled by Bob Costa, bred by Marion Coffman.

2 x BIS Am Can CH Vizsta's Jolla (“Jolla”) becomes the first Vizsla bitch to win best in show in North America (not JUST the USA) under Judge Ed Dixon, at the Evergreen Kennel Club show on March 8. Owned and handled by Carmen Haller & Vaughn Franske; bred by Beryl K Taylor.

Killion's Brown Sugar is the first Vizsla to earn a NSTRA (National Shoot to Retrieve) Championship on June 15 in Adel, Iowa. Owned by Norm Killion
1983 Ch Harann's Tulipann is the first, and, to date, the only Vizsla to win the Sporting Group at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York City. Owned by Charles Spalding and Anne Denehy.
1985 The VCA holds a 25th Birthday Silver Jubilee celebration of AKC recognition at the National Specialty in Hightstown, NJ. Winners were BOB Ch Harann's Tulipann, NFC FC Sam's Starbuck, and NAFC FCH AFC Rebel Rouser Smokey's Bandit. Show Chair was Linda Promaulayko.

The first Vizsla Field Champions Classic field trial is held at Kildeer Plains Wildlife Area, Harpster, OH sponsored by Glenbrier Publishing Company (until 1989).
1986 AKC collaborates with VCA to produce a film about the breed called The Vizsla.
1987 DC AFC Askim MH HOF is the first male and the first Vizsla who also field trialed to earn a NSTRA (National Shoot to Retrieve) Championship in 1987. Bred by Sharon Schroader; owned by Jim & Linda Busch.

Heather Christie is the first and only Junior handling a Vizsla to win Best Junior Handler at the Westminster Kennel Club. She handled Ch Willo Runn's Bold Brigadier.

Weedy Creek Pharaoh earns the first Vizsla JH. Owned by Jane and Bud Graff.
1988 Ch Titus Vespasian of Tomel earns the first SH on September 12. Owned by Wayne Taylor.

Three Vizslas became the first finished Master Hunters in the breed on April 17: (1) DC AFC Semper Fi Chesty Puller MH owned by Al Lucas, handled by Terry Lucas, bred by Marge Mehagian; (2) DC AFC Randy Bee's Ramblin Man MH owned by Joe Manning; and (3) DC Am/Mex/Can/Int'l Ch Golden Empire's Beauregard Am. CD, Mex/ Int'l P. C. owned by Michael W. Parks, bred by Michele Coburn and June Paine

Am/Can Ch Lone Junipers Count Barat becomes the first owner-breeder-handled multiple BIS winner on November 28, 1987 at Spokane Kennel Club, WA and on November 25, 1988 at Lewis and Clark Kennel Club. Owned, bred, and handled by E.S. (Buddy) Toadvin, Shreveport. LA.
1990 UCD Deacon's Starburst UD, TDI, CGC receives her AD from he USDAA's first sanctioned event on May 6, the first Vizsla in the US to earn the title. Bred by Julia Bonar; owned and handled by Marilyn Arwe.

VC Titus Vespasian of Tomel is the first Vizsla to become a Versatile Champion in NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association) on September 9. Owned and handled by Wayne Taylor, bred by Melodie Mattson.

MBIS BISS Ch Penlee's Cutter UD HOF is the first BIS Vizsla to get an obedience utility title on December 8. Owned by J. W. and Joy Lyons, Okeechobee, Florida; bred by Betty Anderson, Bradenton, Florida.
1991 The VCA establishes the first rescue committee. Rick Davis is appointed the first Breed Rescue Committee Chair.

The VCA becomes the first recognized AKC breed club to establish breed standard qualifications at their national field events to ensure that all the VCA national Champions have no disqualifying faults according to the breed standard. Vizslas entered must receive a QOL (qualify on line) number.

Colby earns the first Vizsla FDCH (Flyball Dog Championship) on November 10. Owned by Cleo Gilley.

The Versatile Vizsla by Marion L. Coffman is published by Alpine Publications.

Lakeside Tizzie Whiz-Bang MH ROM is the first Vizsla bitch to earn a MH on March 16, owned and bred by George Noren, MN.
1992 The Magyar Vizsla Society is incorporated in the State of New York July 7 by Crimmons and Rysdyk, Riverhead, New York. Its purpose: 1) To encourage and promote the breeding of pure-bred Vizslas and the elimination of genetic defects; 2) To provide methods for breeders and owners to Check their dogs for genetic defects and improper matings; 3) To protect and advance the interests of pure-bred Vizslas and to educate its members and all others with an interest in the breed; 4) To fund research efforts in molecular biology, such as research regarding molecule deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), to determine parentage, breed, and genetic defects; and 5) To provide a registry of Vizslas which have been tested for parentage, breed, and/or genetic defects of owners and breeders.

Nitro's First Class Act (Classy) is the first Vizsla in breed history to win an American Field Championship against all breeds beating 19 Pointers and 4 Setters to win the Region 11 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship on February 22, at Porterville, California. Owned by Cal Monfort, Bruce and Lisa Hale; handled by Bruce Hale; bred by Cal Monfort.
1994 The first Internet Vizsla listserv is started by Grace Anne Lawson and Lisa Clowdus.

Ch Huntwyck's Woodland Cooper CD TD, JH (Cooper) is the first Vizsla to achieve a Perfect 200 Score in AKC Obedience Trial. Cooper won High Scoring Dog in Trial at the Rio Grande Obedience Dog Club in El Paso, TX, on May 7. Owner/Handler, Melissa Thomas, bred by Jim and Tommie Skrintney, Louisiana.

Kelsey earns the first FM (Flyball Master) for a Vizsla on October 16. Owned by Teri Batton.
1995 The VCA establishes the first Standing Health Committee. Anne Denehy is appointed the first Standing Health Committee Chair.

Ch. Sandyacre’s Hopi Renaissance becomes the first Vizsla certified in search and rescue as a wilderness search dog. Owned by Jim Frazee.
1996 NAFC FC AFC Viesoo's Red Fox Express is the first Vizsla to win the one hour AKC VCA National Gun Dog Championship. Bred and handled by Jacqueline De Roo, owned by Han Koch.

Agility is added to the VCA National Events.

Under auspices of the VCA Health Committee, the first health study of members' dogs is conducted. Coordinated by Health Committee Chair Anne Denehy.

The VCA Public Education Committee begins; Lynn Worth-Smith is first Chair. The first VCA breed pamphlets are created.

Prairie C'Cruiser Pistolpete NA NAJ is the first Vizsla certified in Search and Rescue for wilderness, cadaver and drown victim recovery with SAR group CASAR K-9. Owned and handled by Sharon Malnar, bred by Lu Hart.

U-AgII Semper Fi Tripoli CD CGC TT JH AD OAJ AX V-NATCH is first Vizsla to earn a title in four different agility organizations: USDAA/AD October, 1996, NADAC/NAC May, 1996, AKC/NA October, 1995, UKC AGI September, 1995. Owned and handled by Madeline Meharg, Annapolis, MD, bred by Terry and Al Lucas, Midland, VA.
1997 DC and AFC Legacy's DeChartay CDX, MH becomes the second Vizsla Triple Champion and the first Vizsla Triple Champion bitch Owned, trained and handled by Jack Sharkey, Alexandria, VA; bred by Diane Shearer, Pennsylvania.

The VCA Public Education Committee produces the first breeders' directory.

Ch Huntwyck's Woodland Cooper UD TD JH MX OAJ (Cooper) is the first Vizsla to earn one of the Master level agility titles (MX), April 26, 1997. Owned by Melissa Thomas, El Paso, TX, bred by Jim and Tommie Skrintney, Louisiana.

Fieldway’s Nitro Flash is the first Vizsla to win the AKC National Gun Dog Championship; owned by Joe Manning and John Frayne and handled by John Frayne.

Bitteroot Semper Fi Shawnee is the youngest Vizsla and the 4th youngest all-breed dog to receive a perfect score in the NAVHDA ability test on August 24. Bred by Jay Bernhardt, Kellow, ID; owned by Fred Gregory, CO.

Prairie C' Cruiser Pistol Pete NA, NAJ is the first Vizsla certified for search and rescue in live, cadaver and drownings remains. Owned and handled by Sharon Malnar, bred by Lu Hart.
1998 Citadella Krisztina, CD, is the first Vizsla to earn a TDX title. Owned by Arline and Charles Lovette, bred by Arline Lovett and May Carpenter.

The VCA sets up its first website.

Kallmee Vizcaya's Sassy Dax becomes the first Vizsla certified as a forensic evidence and body recovery canine. Owned by Rita Martinez, bred by Nancy Edmunds and Susan Thibedaux.

Ch Huntwyck's Woodland Cooper UD, TD, SH, MXJ, MX, VC is the first Vizsla to earn an Agility Excellent Jumpers (AXJ) on June 27. Owned and trained by Melissa O Thomas, El Paso, TX, bred by Jim and Tommie Skrintney, Louisiana. Miska earns the first Vizsla FMCH (Flyball Master Champion) and the first ONYX (requires 20,000 points) on February 15. Owned by Rob Berger.
1999 AM MEX INT'L Ch Equinox Sassafras CGC TDI MH VC NA NGC, NAVHDA UT, AM & MEX CD, CAN FD, Hungarian CACT, CACIT, Res. CAC is the first American-bred Vizsla to win in a Hungarian International FCI field trial. Owned by Tom and Cindy Pescod, Sonoita, Arizona.

The VCA Welfare Foundation is established.

TC AFC Legacy’s DeChartay UDX MH MX AXJ VC is the first Vizsla to earn a Master Agility Jumpers (MXJ) title on April 3. Owned by Jack Sharkey, bred by Diane Shearer.
2000 The VCA Board of Directors established the VCA Welfare Foundation as a charitable and educational 501(c)3, non-profit foundation to serve the health, rescue and education for the pure-bred vizsla. The first Board of Directors consisted of Tom Pescod (President), Pat Carnes (Treasurer), Lynda Ruffini (VCA Health Committee Chair), Steve Shlyen (VCA Breed Rescue Committee Chair) and Lynn Worth-Smith.

TC AFC MACH Legacy's Dechartay UDX MH is the first Vizsla and first dog of any breed to earn five AKC Championship titles in the organization's 116-year existence. Owned by Jack Sharkey, Alexandria VA; bred by Diane Shearer, Pennsylvania.

BIS MBISS (Can Nat'l BIS) Am Can Ch Bowcot Pekogait One Man Band MH AX AXJ (Bud) is the first multiple BIS winner to get a MH on April 23 at Mansfield Hollow, CT. Handled by Walter Cruz; bred by Robert Shapiro; owned by Kim Himmelfarb.

Prairie C' Cruiser Pistol Pete NA, NAJ is the first Vizsla Internationally Certified in Human Remains Detection in 2000. Owned by Sharon Malnar, bred by Lu Hart.

Poquito's Vida Cielo Azul, CGC becomes the first Vizsla certified in Search and rescue as a disaster dog. Owned by Jim Frazee. )

Golden Glows Hurricane Calvin is the first Vizsla to earn a NATCH in NADAC in 2000. Owned and handled by William Gignac.
2001 Ch Barben's A Star is Born CD, TD, AX, AXJ is the first Vizsla to earn a VCD1 when she completed her TD at the Tidewater Tracking Club trial in Yorktown, VA on February 4. Owned by Doris D. and Clyde R. Erskine.

Ch Poquito's Chile Sandia Verde VCD2 AX AXJ is the first Vizsla to earn a VCD2 when she completed her TD at the Tracking Club of El Paso in El Paso, TX, on February 11, 2001. Owned by Melissa O. Thomas and Maria F. Zucconi of El Paso, TX, bred by Maria F. Zucconi, Las Cruces, NM.

U-AgII Semper Fi Tripoli CD CGC TT JH AD OAJ AX V-NATCH is the first Vizsla to earn a Veteran NATCH (NADAC Agility Trial Championship) on May 27, in Arnold, MD. Owned and handled by Madeline Meharg, Annapolis, MD; bred by Terry and Al Lucas, Midland, VA.

Ch OTCH Titan's Vintage Promise, UDX (Tess) is the first female Vizsla to get a score of 200 and the first Vizsla to get three 200's in obedience. Co-owned by Anne Standen and breeder Peggy Schmidt.

Prairie C'Cruiser Pistolpete NA, NAJ (Pete) receives the first Vizsla AKC ACE (Award for Canine Excellence) honorable mention for Search and rescue work at the World Trade Center after 9/11. Owned and handled by Sharon Malnar, bred by Lu Hart.

Ch MACH 6 Jasper The Tazmanian Devil SH MX MXJ is the first male Vizsla to earn an AKC Master Agility Championship (MACH) in Bonita, CA on April 1. Owned and handled by Susanne Glasgow.

Ch MACH 6 Jasper The Tazmanian Devil CD SH NF MX MXJ is the first male Vizsla to earn a MACH 2 on May 27. Owned and handled by Susanne Glasgow, bred by Barbara J. Fraus.

BIS BISS Ch Jnek's King Ralph JH ROM is the first Vizsla to win Best of Breed, Best Bred-By and Sporting Group 3 at the AKC Eukanuba Invitational. Owner/breeder/handlers Kathy, Jeff and Christine Engelsman, Handled by Christine Engelsman who also placed 4th in Junior Showmanship.

The first year the VCA National Specialty was not hosted by a single member club but by a conglomeration of Vizsla people from the Midwest to the West Coast.
2002 BIS BISS Am/Can Ch Bowcot Pekogait One Man Band MH became the first vizsla Master Hunter (MH) to win an AKC All-Breed Best In Show at the Union County Kennel Club, in May 27, 2002. Owned by Saul and Kim Himmelfarb; bred by Dr. Robert D. Shapiro.

Christine Engelsman is the first Junior Handler with a Vizsla (BIS BISS Ch Jnek's King Ralph JH ROM) to place (4th) at both the Westminster Kennel Club and Eukanuba Invitational shows.

Paudons Gunner of Sansouci is the first Vizsla to be on the podium at an agility Championship—Pre-Elite 2nd Place at NADAC in September. Owned and handled by Madeline Meharg, Maryland, bred by Paulette Kilmon.

Ch MACH 6 Jasper The Tazmanian Devil CD SH NF MX MXJ is the first male Vizsla to earn a MACH 3 on November 30. Owned and handled by Susanne Glasgow, bred by Barbara J. Fraus.

The first Vizsla (Roy) is added to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration's National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program and works at the Atlanta Airport.

BIS MBISS (Can Nat'l BIS) Am Can Ch Bowcot Pekogait One Man Band MH AX AXJ (Bud) is the first Vizsla Master Hunter to win BOB at Westminster. Handled by Pat Crowley; bred by Robert Shapiro, owned by Kim Himmelfarb.
2003 BISS NFC DC INTL Ch Csardas Lakeside Zephyr SH CDX RA VC is the first Vizsla NFC to obtain a BISS at the Vizsla Club of Northern California show, Antioch, CA, on June 7. Handled by Roy Smith, owned by Nancy Staley, bred by Marian Sears, Nancy Colwell and Robert Studer.

Ch MACH 6 Jasper The Tazmanian Devil CD SH NF MX MXJ is the first male Vizsla to earn a MACH 4 on September 6. Owned and handled by Susanne Glasgow, bred by Barbara J. Fraus.
2004 Hungarian and American Ch. Valley Hunter Natural Selection, is the first non-Hungarian Darwin Best of Breed and Pointing Group Winner- International Show, Kecskemet, Hungary, in September, and the first BOS Hungarian Breed Show and Jubilee Hungarian Champion Owned by Jean Matmor, Adele Neupert and Lisa Durham.

Ch Sansouci Czudar Panni MH is the first Vizsla to go from JH to MH with straight qualifies. Owned, handled and bred by Linda Pruitt, Onancock, VA.

MBIS MBISS Am/Can/Mex/Intl and World Ch Renaissance Lord Of Th' Dance JH is the first and only Vizsla to win both the US National Sweepstakes and the Canadian National Sweepstakes in the same year. Handled in Canada by Linda Clark and in the US by Linda Durham, owned and bred by Linda Durham, Oklahoma.

Paudons Gunner of Sansouci is the first Vizsla to earn a NADAC NATCH 2 on June 6 and the first Triple Triple Superior on May 30. Owned and handled by Madeline Meharg, Maryland, bred by Paulette Kilmon.

Ch MACH 6 Jasper The Tazmanian Devil CD SH NF MX MXJ is the first male Vizsla to earn a MACH 5 on November 7. Owned and handled by Susanne Glasgow, bred by Barbara J. Fraus.
2005 FC AFC Valley Hunter Divine Edition UD RAE MH AX AXJ OF VC (Edie) is the first Vizsla to earn the Rally titles RA (February 12) and RE (February 27). Owned by Lisa Durham, Tallahassee, Florida; bred by Betty Anderson and Jean Matmor, AlaChua, Florida.

Cougar Ch RU Redi for a RePete JH, RE, VC is the first Vizsla in Search and Rescue to become an AKC Champion in 2005. Owned by Sharon Malnar and Lu Hart.

Paudons Gunner of Sansouci is the first Vizsla to earn a NADAC Versatility NATCH on June 12, also a first NATCH-2 on June 6, a first NATCH 3 on April 23, and a first NATCH 5 on September 18. Owned and handled by Madeline Meharg, Maryland; bred by Paulette Kilmon, Onancock VA.

ARCHEX, RL2X, RL3X, U-UD, U-AGII, Koppertone’s Casey Baratom, UDX, RAE, MX, MXJ, CGC, EAC, EJC, EGC, TN-E, TG-E, WV-O, ASCA CD, RV-E, JV-E, GV-N, Bermuda CD, NA, OA, FDCH-G on March 19, 2005 at the Breakaway Action Dogs APDT Rally Trial in Frederick, MD became the 1st dog of any breed to be awarded the Championship title ARCHEX. He also was the 1st dog to earn the Rally Level 2 Championship on March 13, 2005 and the Rally Level 3 Championship on March 19, 2005. Bred by Mark S. Goodwein, Bonnie Goodwein and Carol Parker. Owned by Marianne Megna.
2006 FC AFC Valley Hunter Divine Edition UD RAE MH AX AXJ OF VC (Edie) was the first Vizsla to compete in all five venues at a National Specialty Show, rally, obedience, agility, conformation and field trial. Owned by Lisa Durham, Tallahassee, Florida; bred by Betty Anderson and Jean Matmor, Alachua, Florida.

Ch CT JNEK'S Teacher's Pet JH VCD2 UD TDX AXVST is the first Vizsla to earn an AKC tracking Championship title on May 21. Owned by Mel Lloyd, Mt. Morris, IL, bred by Kathy and Jeff Engelsman, Glen Ellyn, IL.)

DC AFC Bitteroot Semper Fi Cutter wins the Inaugural All-Star Review at the VCA National Specialty in Dover, DE. Owned by Clinton and Valerie Sails, Midland, VA; bred by Paul Jay Bernhart of Kellog, ID.

Paudons Gunner of Sansouci is the first Vizsla to earn a NATCH-5 in NADAC on June 18. Owned and handled by Madeline Meharg, Maryland; bred by Paulette Kilmon.

10 x BISS, 2 x BIS Am Can Int CH Am Can GCH Tierah's Chinnook Chief JH, CGC, Can. CGN (“Nico”) becomes the first Vizsla to win the Canadian National Specialty THREE times (2002 - Annie Rogers Clark; 2003 - Joan Beech; and 2006 - Pluis Davern) on July 22. Bred by Jill Brennan and Brook Weller; owned by Jill and Jim Brennan.
2007 Effective January 1, a DNA number is required to enter all VCA National Events.

MBIS MBISS Am/Can/Mex/Intl and World CH Renaissance Lord Of Th' Dance JH is the first US-bred Vizsla to win the World Champion title and the Sporting Group at the World Dog Show in Mexico City. Owned and bred by Linda Durham, Arcadia, Oklahoma.

Beverly and Ed Wanjon are the first Vizsla breeders to be voted AKC Sporting Group Breeder of the Year.

Ch MACH 6 Jasper The Tazmanian Devil CD SH NF MX MXJ is the first male Vizsla to earn a MACH 6 on February 3. Owned and handled by Susanne Glasgow, bred by Barbara J. Fraus.
2008 MBIS MBISS Am/Can/Mex/Intl and World Ch Renaissance Lord Of Th' Dance JH is the first Vizsla to win 16 Best in Shows and 17 Specialty Best in Shows setting a new record for the breed. Owned and bred by Linda Durham, Arcadia, Oklahoma.

MACH (11/2008), ADCH (9/2007), NATCH (2/2005) Vizland's Spy Keyser Sozze RN becomes the first Vizsla to gain Championship titles in all three national agility organizations. Owned by Vanessa Mortarino, bred by Amy L. Holland.

MBIS, BISS Am/Can Ch. Akar Malek By Faithful Miro CD is the first Vizsla to win BIS in the Canadian all-breed Show of Shows at the Ottawa Kennel Club. Owned by Marie-Renee Doyon and Jacqueline Veillette of Quebec City, bred by Jacqueline Veillette.

Ch UJJ Laszlo's Botond Junior/senior II became the first Vizsla to earn a title in dock diving from the UKC with a United Junior Jumper on April 12, 2008 at the Cincinnati Pet Expo. Owned and handled by Thom Hadfield, bred by Janet Brooks Carney, Michigan.
2009 Repete Bigrocks Somewhat Saintly (Agnes) is the first Vizsla to complete the National READY TO READ! Literacy Assistance dog title on MarCh 3rd, just a few days shy of being 7 months old, the youngest dog to have currently earned the title. Owned by Sandra Crumrine, Bedford, VA: bred by Sharon Malnar and Mark and Carla Greisen, all from Cabot, AR.

Kubi is the first Vizsla to get a Nose Work 1 title on June 7; handled by Steven Howerton.

Repete Bigrocks Somewhat Saintly (Agnes) becomes certified as the first Pervasive Developmental Disorders Assistant Dog, the youngest dog to do so, and only the third to be certified nationally as a PDD dog for private treatment programs/sessions. Owned by Sandra Crumrine, Bedford, VA, bred by Sharon Malnar and Mark and Carla Greisen, all from Cabot, AR.

MACH ADCH-Bronze Sun Meadow's Summer Knight LAA-Bronze TM-Platinum JCH-Bronze GCH-Silver SACH-Bronze SCH-Silver RCH-Bronze OF CD RE CGC (Austin) is the first Vizsla NDAA Tournament Master. Owned and handled by Melanie Miller, Raleigh, North Carolina; bred by Leah and Mark Clayton, Edmond, Oklahoma.

Ch USJCH Laszlo's Botond Junior/Senior II is the first Vizsla to earn a Championship title in dock diving with a United Senior Jumping Championship on June 12, at the UKC premier in Kalamazoo MI in Kalamazoo. Owned and handled by Thom Hadfield, bred by Janet Brooks Carney, Michigan.
2010 JNEK Buzz’s Paprika Pup THD is the first Vizsla AKC titled therapy dog on April 13. Bred by Kathy and Jeff Engelsman.

GCH Kezdet's Grand Mark Gedeon became the first Grand Champion for the vizsla breed on May 30, 2010. Gedeon is owned by Natalie Russo, Slingerlands, New York, and bred by Judy Saddlemire, Scotia, New York. Two weeks later, at the Greenwich Kennel Club, under Judge Pluis Davern, Gedeon became the first Grand Champion vizsla to win Best-in-Show.

2007 BIR 3X BISS GCH DC AFC Snowridge Gunfire Flynn MH WT AOM CGC (Flynn) is the first male Vizsla Grand Champion Dual Champion on October 31at the Delaware Kennel Club, Delaware, OH. Handled by Deanna Rotkowski and Suzanne Branch; owned by Steve and Roseanne Whitney of Independence, OH; bred by Sue Boggs.

Ky’s CJ’s New Star becomes the first Vizsla to hike the entire Appalachian Trail from Atlanta to Maine, April—October. Bred by Thecla Tyner, Greenville, SC; owned by Daniel Sims, Atlanta, GA. Recorded at http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Lif6o8iE5cA.

10 x BISS, 2 x BIS Am Can Int CH Am Can GCH Tierah's Chinnook Chief JH, CGC, Can. CGN (“Nico”) becomes the first Vizsla to finish BOTH an AKC and a CKC Grand Championship at the GIg Harbor Kennel Club on September 25. Bred by Jill Brennan and Brook Weller; owned by Jill and Jim Brennan.
2011 MACH ADCH-Bronze Sun Meadow's Summer Knight LAA-Bronze TM-Platinum JCH-Bronze GCH-Silver SACH-Bronze SCH-Silver RCH-Bronze OF CD RE CGC (Austin) is the first Vizsla winner of the USDAA Lifetime Achievment Award. Owned and handled by Melanie Miller, bred by Leah and Mark Clayton.

AM/CAN CH Russet Leather Wild Sundance RN CA (Redford) becomes the first Vizsla to earn a Coursing Ability (CA) title at the Chintimini Kennel Club, May 21, in Cottage Grove, OR. Co-owned by Rhonda Johnson, Springfield, Oregon, and Jamie Walton, Claremont, California; bred by Jamie Walton, Carol Dostal Keller and Beverly Wanjon, all of California.

DC Lagniappe's Chosen One MH, becomes the first female GCH DC at the Greater Ft. Meyers Dog Club, May 14. Handled by Krissy O’Brien, bred by Glen Saucier and Elizabeth Chandler; owned by Jennifer and Paul Hermes of Tampa, FL.

MACH5 Hilldale If I Had A Million RE JH OF earned her MACH5 on May 8, 2011, becoming the highest agility champion titled Vizsla bitch. Bred by Janet Svoboda; owned by Barb and Ralph Scalise.

CH MACH Sunnyside’s Rainey Day Blues RA JH MXS MJS MSP2 MJP2 MJPB XF NFP becomes the first 11-year-old Vizsla to acquire a MACH at 11 years, 3 months at the WAG Agility Trial on July 17. Bred by Sharon Misiak and Gwen Tomlinson; owned by Polly Poulos of Chicago, IL.
2012 GCH CH Russet Leather Hunter's Dance CD RE MHA MX MXJ MJB XF (Battue) is the first Vizsla and first of all breeds Master Hunter Advanced (MHA) at the GSP Club of Northern Sacramento Valley Hunt Test, Rio Vista, CA, on March 17. Owned by Jamie Walton and Jeff Ort; handled by Jeff Ort; bred by Jamie Walton, Carol Dostal Keller and Beverley Wanjon.

DC AFC Valleyhunter Vermilion Grant, CD MH JHR VC ROM NAVHDA NA and UT Prize 1 earned the first Vizsla Junior Hunter Retriever title (JHR) at the Mid-South Hunting Retriever Club hunt test in Grenada, MS on May 13. Owned by Adele and Edward Neupert; bred by Jean Matmor.

MACH7 Hilldale If I had a Million RE JH MXG2 MJG2 (Penny) is the first Vizsla to earn a MACH7 on August 4.

GCH Russet Leather Wild Bill Cody MHA RA is the first Multiple BIS Vizsla to earn a Master Hunter Advanced (MHA) title at the Las Vegas Bird Dog Club on December 2. Handled by Warren Eizman of Anza, CA; bred by Jamie Walton, Carol Keller and Beverley Wanjon; owned by Betty Meadows Bresnahan of Pacific Palisades, CA and Jamie Walton of Claremont, CA.

Leah is the first Nose Work 3 Vizsla on December 8; handled by Lisa Clowdus.

2007 BIR 3X BISS GCH Bronze DC AFC Snowridge Gunfire Flynn MH WT AOM CGC (Flynn) is the first male Vizsla Grand Champion Bronze Dual Champion on July 14 at the Ashtabula Kennel Club show in Ashtabula, OH. Handled by Deana Ritkowski; owned by Steve and Roseanne Whitney of Independence, OH; bred by Sue Boggs.
2013 As of March 10, the VCA has 1170 members: 941 voting; 229 associate, 5 lifetime.

As of February 1, with DC Vermilion Honest Abe SH NAVHDA NA Prize1 at the South Louisiana Vizsla Club field trial, owned and bred by Adele and Eddie Neupert, there are 174 Dual Champion Vizslas of record: 122 dogs and 52 bitches.

NWGDC GFC JB's Double Action Ruger (Kota) becomes the first Vizsla Grand Field Championship on Friday, April 18, 2014, at the Rocky Mountain Vizsla Club field trial held at Rocky Mountain Roosters, Calhan, CO. Owned by Chet and Jody Beckley of Colby, KS.

Tierah-N-Sokoldalus Hurry Sundown (Leon) becomes the youngest Vizsla to get a Rally Novice title on July 14 at the Timberland Valley Dog Fanciers trial in Chehalis, WA. Bred by Jill Brennan, Eleesa Markham, and Carla Slabaugh; owned by Allie and Ian Floro.
2014 Platinum GCH Nyircsaszari Szilva Palinka JH, awarded Select Bitch by Judge Eugene Blake on June 18 at the Yellowstone Valley Kennel Club show in Billings, Montana, becomes the first Vizsla bitch to have attained this distinction. Owned and bred by Sylvia Kerr of Denver, CO; shown by Diana Wilson and finished to her last few points by Juliet Clendenon.

 

Sources And Acknowledgements

Besides the following written and website sources, a great many people were contacted directly or volunteered information through several editions of this list, among them (in alphabetical order): Marilyn Arwe, Michel Berner, Diane C. Blackwood, Bernard C. Boggs, Diana Boggs, Julia Bonar, Jill Brennan, May Carpenter, Leah Clayton, Lisa Clowdus, Marion Coffman, Ray Cooper, Sandy Crumrine, Anne Denehy, Linda Durham, Lisa Durham, Judy Edman, Kathy Engelsman, Jim Frazee, Sheila Fuhrman, Susanne Glasgow, Thom Hadfield, Kim and Saul Himmelfarb, Lu Hart, Kay Ingle, Rhonda Johnson, Sylvia Kerr, Arlene Lovett, Linda Kelly, Martha Lacko, Trudy Lanman, Joy Lyons, Peggy Magyar, Sharon Malnar, Rita Martinez, Betsy Meadows, Marianne Megna, Marge Mehagian, Madeleine Meharg, Melanie Miller, Vanessa Mortarino, Susan Mulley, Ed & Adele Neupert, George Noren, Sandra Parady, Polly Poulos, Linda Promaulayko, Linda Pruitt, Clinton Sails, Sharon Schroader, Jack Sharkey, Anne Standen, Meghan Tallman, Jane Toadvin, Melissa Thomas, Lynn Worth Smith, Meghan Tallman, Jacqueline Veillette, Steve Whitney and members of the VizslaTalk Internet list.

Special thanks go to Barbara Kolk, former AKC Librarian, Bernard C. Boggs for his books, multiple emails and careful proofreading, and Diana Boggs for research assistance and the historical treasure trove of her website, http://thevizslaksentinel.com/

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