About Us - My dogs & me!!
My start in smooth Vizslas ~
Vizcaya is located in Commerce Georgia, dedicated to showing and breeding conformation excellence, bird instinct, and loving temperaments - Home of the very first Wirehaired Vizsla, 'Remy', to go Best in Show in any Kennel Club Registry in the United States!
I am Nancy Edmunds. I have shown dogs since 1978. I had been involved in several breeds in the past, trying to decide what I wanted to stay with. Those included Cocker Spaniels, Rottweilers, Manchester Terriers, Whippets, Brussels Griffons, Golden Retrievers, Poodles, Afghan Hounds and Vizslas.
I have shown Vizslas in conformation through AKC events. My first breed was Afghan Hounds, finishing three dogs in AKC. I also finished a couple of Rottweilers and Manchester Terriers during this time. Going into Whippets after this, I finished seven with my kennel name of 'HiKlass'. Starting with the kennel name of Vizcaya Vizslas in 1985, finishing my first Vizsla in 1990, I hope to continue until I can't any more, finishing 48 Vizslas as of 2015!
My start in Wirehaired Vizslas ~
My love for the Wirehaired Vizsla started with my purchase of Remy, in 2002. Being involved with Smooth Vizslas for 25 years at the time, the Wirehair was a dog to have around the house that was different, with no plans to show or breed. Little did I know I was going to fall in love! Knowing the Wirehaired Vizsla was not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club, I pursued finding an outlet where I could exhibit Remy. I found the American Rare Breed Association where she finished her Championship and received the very first and only, even to this day, Best in Show for a Wirehaired Vizsla in any registry!
This page was last updated: July 4, 2015
Memberships with AKC all-breed accredited clubs over the years include Arkansas KC, Augusta Ga KC, Piedmont KC in Charlotte NC, and currently the Oconee River KC in Georgia. I have served as newsletter editor, trophy chairman and hospitality chairman in the Arkansas KC. I am a current member and past Program Director of the all-breed Oconee River KC in Watkinsville/Athens Ga. My specialty club memberships in the past included the Tara Afghan Hound Club of Georgia and the Metropolitan Atlanta Whippet Club. I have been a member of the AKC Vizsla parent club, Vizsla Club of America, from 1985 to 2005, and the Vizsla Club of Metro Atlanta, since it's inception in 2002, where I served as secretary for the club's first two years. I am a current member and Web Master of the Vizsla Club of the Carolinas, and a charter member and recent past President of the AKC Wirehaired Vizsla parent club, The Wirehaired Vizsla Club of America. I have judged in three all breed matches, and one specialty match. I was born with slightly deformed feet and unfortunately it keeps me from walking the Hunt Test and Field Trial grounds comfortably, although many of my puppies are in hunting homes and have earned several AKC Hunt titles and NAVHDA Prizes. I appreciate those owners keeping the hunting instinct alive in these dogs and proving their natural ability! Please see them on my 'In The Field' page. Our adult dogs live indoors so we can provide each other with much needed love and protection. Our puppies are raised indoors with trips outside when the weather permits. Please feel free to browse the web pages and also to get in touch with us if you are interested in finding out more about our Vizslas, both smooth and Wirehaired! I then showed her in the United Kennel Club after the breed was recognized in 2006, where she not only obtained her Championship, but finished in the Top Ten WVs for 2007 and 2008. Remy was also shown in the German FCI based International All Breed Canine Association where she received her International Championship. As of 2014, Remy is the only Wirehaired Vizsla in the United States with four conformation titles! She is sired by the very well known Dutch/Luxemburg CH Fram Od Smutne Ricky. See her on the 'Our WHV Girls' page!
Remy's son Reiley, out of my very first WV litter and sired by Thorn Hill's Caruso, is also an accomplished dog, claiming the very first Wirehaired Vizsla to attain the title of United Kennel Club 'Grand Champion'. He has also received the first Reserve Best in All-Breed Show in the breed's US history. He finished as the UKC #1 male Wirehaired Vizsla for 2007 & 2008. Reiley has many UKC Group 1's, Group placements and Best of Breeds to his credit. He is an awesome dog to show, with his love for the show ring, and his silly attitude! Josh and Melissa Joyner give him a wonderful home in North Carolina, and are very proud of his accomplishments. Co-owning this dog with them has been a true honor and I am forever indebted to them for allowing me to show this gorgeous, beautifully moving dog.
Since then, Vizcaya has purchased a couple of Wirehaired Vizslas, kept a few others from different litters. With a trip to Hungary in the fall of 2009, we brought back Gertie! We have also imported a WV bitch from Quodian WV Kennel in the Netherlands. We have taken 8 WV to their UKC Championships, 1 to his Grand Championship, 2 to their International Championships, and 1 to his National Championship. Now, thanks to a few hard working members of The Wirehaired Vizsla Club of America, the WV was accepted in the American Kennel Club's Foundation Stock Service on 1/8/08. Then, on 1/1/11, the WV moved into the AKC Miscellaneous Class and was able to be exhibited at all AKC shows! We finished 13 WV with the CM title, including the very first AKC Certificate of Merit Wirehaired Vizsla and the two very first Best of Breed winners at the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Eukanuba National Championship shows, 'Bailey' (2Xs) - UKC CH Vizcaya's Wired For Sound CM JH and UKC CH Palownia's Bahama Mama CM RA!! As of July 2, 2014, the WV is part of the AKC Sporting Group! 'Bailey' is the very first AKC Champion of Record! He finished with 4 majors over our first weekend out, then on the last day of the circuit, was the first Group placing WV, taking a Group 4 under Marjorie Mortarella! I could not be any more proud of this boy! Since their recognition in July of 2014, Vizcaya has finished 10 AKC Champions!!
I am a Charter Member and recent past President of the WVCA. This has been a wonderful and fun ride, and I hope to never have to get off this one!