Stephen and Patsy Hollings started their careers judging at Young Farmers clubs nationally. In 1972, when Patsy and Stephen married and got their first dog – an English Setter – it was a natural progression to show her. In 1976 they bought their first Weimaraner, and soon after purchased a dog from the famous Hansom line of Dick Finch. With their knowledge of stock they have gone on to produce more than 97 UK Champions.
With advice, care and commitment they produced the still record-holding brood bitch in the breed, Gunalt Joy. They owned/campaigned the breed’s first Championship show ‘Best in Show’ winner, ‘Sh Ch Portman of Gunalt’, bred the record ‘Challenge Certificate’ holder ‘Sh Ch Gunalt Harris Tweed’, and also his successor ‘Sh Ch Gunalt De Ice at Stridview’ who himself was also an all breeds best in show winner. Gunalt have now produced numerous group winners as well as a great number who have qualified for the prestigious Champion, Veteran and Puppy Finalists over the years.
Stephen and Patsy are the top Weimaraner breeders of all time in the UK and have also bred Champions in many countries throughout the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Barbados, South Africa, Scandinavia and Europe. These days Patsy leans more towards judging than exhibiting and among the highlights of her judging career are the ‘Gundog Group’ at Crufts 2008, and her first ‘Best in Show’ in South Wales Kennel Association, 2007. Both Stephen and Patsy are approved to judge the Gundog Group at Championship Show level, and Patsy also judges the Terrier, Utility and Pastoral groups.
Patsy has written several books on Weimaraners and many articles on dogs. She has appeared several times on television over the years.
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