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New secretary for Birmingham National

OUR DOGS has learned that the new secretary for the National Dog Show organised by the Birmingham Dog Show Society is to be Angela Mitchell who will leave the Kennel Club in the next few months to take up the post in June.

At the Kennel Club she is Breed Shows Team Leader, responsible to Mrs Kathryn Symns Canine Activities Executive, joining them in September 2007 when Mrs Shirley Cowan left what was the Shows, Trials and Awards Department after 11 years on April 23rd 2007.

It has been further suggested that the original job of secretary has been divided into two posts with specific responsibilities. Former secretary to the society Jane Valentine who shows and breeds Irish Red & White Setters, left the post after 15 years to pursue another career.

The society founded in 1859 pre-dates the Kennel Club by 14 years and was formed in the same year that records show the first organised dog show in June 1859. The Birmingham show held in November 1859 was organised by Mr Richard Brailsford a gamekeeper. An organising committee of eminent gentlemen and sportsmen ensured the show, held in one of the galleries of the Horse and Carriage Repository, Birmingham was a successful event for the 80 or so dogs entered in the 14 classes.

The 'National' has been held at a number of venues over the years. The late 1980s saw a move from the National Agricultural Centre to Perry Park, Birmingham. After a succession of shows on this site, a move was made to Arbury Hall, Warwickshire (1999), two shows (2000 & 2001) at the NEC then in 2002 the society moved to the Bingley Hall, Stafford. The 2009 show will take place at Stafford from May 7th - 10th.

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