Denise Drossou and Noeline Quin with papillons Minty (left) and Pepper at the Grafton Dog Show.
Denise Drossou and Noeline Quin with papillons Minty (left) and Pepper at the Grafton Dog Show.

Kennel club celebrates 60 years

CLARENCE District Kennel Club celebrated its 60th anniversary with a wonderful weekend of showing and catching up with old friends.

The weekend saw 402 canines representing 90 different breeds compete over the two days at two separate shows and drew exhibitors from as far away as Townsville in the north and Bowral in the south.

Judges were Michael Camac from Adelaide, Glenda Cook and Judy Horton from Melbourne and local official Daryl Chapman.

Saturday’s show was taken out by a Tibetan terrier English Champion Araki Wicked Willy, who only moved to Australia about eight weeks ago from the UK.

On Sunday, top honours went to a German shorthaired pointer Grand Champion Klugerhund Bell Bottoms, owned by Adema West and J and J Maxwell from Brisbane.

The most successful local entry was the baby toy poodle owned by Sue Mears named Moncherrie Day Tripper, which won baby-in-show prizes on Saturday and Sunday and also at the Clarence Pastoral and Agricultural Show on Friday.

The Clarence District Kennel Club celebrated its anniversary with a dinner on the Saturday night.

The event saw many former members, some having exhibited in the early 1960s, Bess Cowan, Neville and Edith Truer, Hubert and Linda Weiss, come together to discuss the future of the club and the direction it is set to head in.

Also in attendance were life member and former long-serving secretary Noel Skinner and his wife Norma, former president Bruce McLennan, life member Bruce Sahlqvist and his wife Helen. The club’s long-serving patron Shirley Adams and husband John were also in attendance, along 70 other guests.



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