I was deeply saddened to hear that Anne Hazelby of the Evadanne Miniature and Standard Longhaired Dachshunds had passed away, at home, on Saturday 19th December 2020. 

Anne was President of the Southern Dachshund Association and Patron of the Great Joint Dachshund Association. Prior to that, she had been joint Secretary of the SDA along with her late husband Dave, who passed away in 2008.

I first met Anne at Witney Open Show in 1980 when her car broke down and I tried to help fix it.  We had been good friends ever since and it was Anne and Dave who proposed me for membership of the Southern’s Committee in 1992. Sue and I spent many a happy evening at their house enjoying her super cooking, and puddings in particular.

Anne’s outstanding contribution was to the SDA, where as joint Secretary for ten years, with Dave, she helped raise the profile of the Club and introduced many innovations for the benefit of our members (and non-members).  Anne and Dave were determined that SDA should be run for the benefit of our members and that we should put as much back into the Club as possible by running seminars and social events along with our 2 annual shows.

Under their leadership, membership of the SDA grew and everyone particularly looked forward to the garden party atmosphere of our June Open Show. Anne and Dave decided to retire from the Secretary role after ten years and felt it was important that someone else could bring fresh ideas to the club. Anne was never one to seek the limelight; she simply worked hard to do what she felt was right for the club and our members. She was the perfect host for our judges and was renowned for her dogs’ fancy dress costumes at our Christmas parties.

Anne was an active delegate on the GJDA Committee and worked tirelessly to help maintain the GJDA Championship Show as one of the most prestigious Dachshund Shows; one of only two Breed Club shows where all six varieties have CCs on offer.

Another of Anne’s claims to fame was that her dogs were used by the Queen to sire several litters of Dorgies. No doubt the Queen chose them because of their lovely temperaments and longevity. This was long before the idea of designer crossbreeds was topical!

It has been a privilege to count Anne as one of my friends for so many years. She will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with Stephanie, Antonia and the rest of her family.

Ian J Seath: Chairman, Southern Dachshund Association