Tarja & Mikko Hovila
Phone: +358 2 7483 064
GSM: + 358 440 775 914
email: tarja.hovila @ smail.fi
We are living at
lovely countryside in southern Finland, in a small town called
Somero. I myself
moved to Somero permanently 1986, after I had finished my medicine
studies at Tampere University. I work as an occupational health physician in Suomen
Terveystalo. My husband
Mikko is master of agriculture and he has entertained farming at our
lovely Mustjoki farm, which
was established already 1930. Veera, our daughter and our son Lauri
are aready adults they too.
Lauri loves football, Manchester United of course. Veera used to be
our main dog trainer keeping
dogs in order and healthy and happy by giving them a lot of
excercise, lessons of obedience,
agility, blood tracking etc. Veera is now soon to be a vetenarian,
she is studying at Helsinki
University Veterinary department for 5. year. You can read about
Veera more on her own pages
Lauri has studied agriculture in Mustiala and is going to take care
of our farm in the future.
Another important hobby for me and Mikko is dancing. We enjoy a lot
of dancing every now and
then when time allows, ballroom dances like Viennese waltz, slow
waltz, fox-trot, tango, jive,
twist, samba, rumba, cha-cha. So at least as dancing I dont plan any
dog things in my mind...
relaxing from demanding hobby!
Mikko loves to spend a lot of time in nature, particularly in
forests and his hobby is to take
beautiful photographs of nature and it's animals. He has studied as
a hobby Estonian language
and we travel a couple of times a year to Estonia and walk in
nature parks there.
Breeding dogs is not only a hobby but it is a life style of some
kind. Dogs have been a part of my
life since 1972 and dog breeding nearly as long. Dog breeding has
given us a lot of friends, even
all over the world. I have never had more than 5-7 dogs at home, so
they have all been family
members as well. We dont have any kennel buildings, but they are
living with us taking part of our
every day life. During last years we have renovated our big house
room by room and now we also have renovated two puppy- and dog /
beside our kitchen. About my breeding history you can read from
Main purpose in my breeding work is to produce such English
Springers, which fill well the
requirements of breed standard and are capable to do their original
work as hunting dogs too.
They should have correct temperaments of the breed and be sound and
healthy. To gain success
in main aims needs not less than all life time learning more about
the breed and essential things
in it. During all htese years I have bred more than 100 Champions,
which means that more than
every 4. Adamant's Springer is a Champion.
During these 38 years of breeding Springers I have bred so far only
about 1-2 litter per year.
Every litter born under Adamant's prefix has been very carefully
conceived and so I have
managed to keep my own line since I begun. I am at the moment
breeding 9. generation of my
own and those generations are champions all through. We are
particularly happy, that our bred
Springers usually have had also the great working abilities of the
breed. We have bred many dual
Champions and even 2 Triple Champions, of which the latest is
Finnish Field & Tracking & Show
Champion Adamant's Express Pride. So our original dream about
breeding such springers who
are not only beautiful but have those wonderful abilities of this
breed to work on different fields is
still going on.
Highest awards along the long way as a breeder have been Kennel
Club's Top Breeder all
breeds in Finand 2010 and 2011, Kennel Club's "Vuolasvirta prize"
for meritorous breeding work.
Will mention also the Scandinavian record holder ESS in shows: Multi
Champion Multi Winner
Adamant's Superman, who was 2 x Runner Up Top Show dog all breeds in
Top Veteran # 3 All breeds in Finland and also #3. Top Show Dog all
breeds in Finland.
He amazingly won 74 Group-1, 60 BIS placements, 124 BOB
wins..records hard to break
for this breed in Scandinavia.
beginning of 2000
dogs: Adamants Superman, Adamant's Dreams Are Free and Rowntree Pure
1999 I got my judging licence for own breed, and after that I have
got rights to judge all
FCI group 8, and most of FCI group 7 too. I have been judging in
many other countries
too, for excample Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Great
USA, Australia, Chech, Germany.
Success is though only icing of cake, when the best moments as a
breeder come may be when
we get messages from Adamant's ESS owners, how happy they are with
their dogs in their daily
life and many kinds of hobbies, shows included. Especially happy we
are if we notice that
Adamant's ESS have had some good impact to the breed in their new