HEWITT, Mr Martin Canterbury,
KENNELS:Hunterspark, Beauvoir, Pentaki
FCI:Dachshunds, Scenthounds and Related Breeds, Pointing Dogs, Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs, Sighthounds
Martin has been involved in canine activities since 1977. In conjunction with his wife, Wendy, they have bred Basset Hounds under the Hunterspark prefix since 1979 to the current day. They have bred and owned two Grand Champions in this breed. In 1988 they imported the first registered Foxhounds into New Zealand and bred several litters in that breed. One of the original imports became a Grand Champion. Currently they also own and breed Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshunds (Pentaki) and Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens (Beauvoir)having also introduced this breed to New Zealand.
Martin has been actively involved in club administration and is currently President of the Waimakariri Kennel Association and Vice President of the South Island Hound Club and The Basset Hound Club (NZ. He was a founding member of the Supreme Show Dog Contest and currently President.
Martin has taken an active involvement in te New Zealand Kennel Club and is currently Chairman of the Breed Standards Committee and a member of the Disciplinary Committee. Previously he was an Executive Councillor and Senior Vice President of the Club.
In 2013 the New Zealand Dog Judges Association was incorporated as an autonomous organisation and he was on the steering committee leading the the formation of that organisation and currently serves as the Vice President.
Martin has judged extensively throughout New Zealand and also in Australia in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. Further afield he has judged in the USA, England and Scotland and is able to award Challenges in Bassets and PBGVs in the UK. In the UK he has had the privilege of judging the prestigious Windsor Dog Show and also Hound Show.
He has judged specialty shows for Basset Hounds (UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand), Beagles, Salukis, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Irish Wolfhounds and Golden Retrievers
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