About The Club
Paraphrased from the club constitution:
The Club was formed in 1960 and the first members of the Executive and Committee were:
PRESIDENT: Mr McDonald
VICE PRESIDENT: Mr Watts
SECRETARY/TREASURER: Mr Martin
COMMITTEE: Mrs Watts(Verco) - Mrs Martin - Mrs Hammat - Mrs Montgomery - Mrs Lang - Mrs Krejzlik - Mr Hedger - Mr Wilson - Mr Simon
In the early years, the Club enjoyed memberships into the hundreds but changing conditions over the years have seen numbers decline. Traditionally, the Club has focused on the conformation aspect of the breed which covered showing, and also to a smaller extent obedience.
The first specialty show took place in 1961 and the Club has held shows every year since then.
In 1995 the Club held the 3rd Samoyed National, with an entry of 200 Samoyeds. Below is the Committee and Judges who made this a memorable event.
Back: The late Len Binding, Jan Tindall, Bob
Tindall, Jim Reid
In 2007, the Club again hosted a Samoyed National, this one the 7th. The Judge was Mr David Cavill, a well-respected Spitz breeds specialist from the UK.
For a few years now, the Club's policy has been to appoint overseas specialist judges for our annual show - we have contracted an American Samoyed breeder/judge for our 50th Anniversary Show in 2010.
In recent years, with the introduction of Sled Dog Racing, Weight Pull competition and Herding, we have seen more interest from the wider Samoyed community. Not wanting to enter dog shows, they are looking at other ways to interact with their dogs and to meet other Samoyed owners.
2003 saw the Club's first weight pull competition - the first competition in South Australia to be open to all breeds. This was repeated each year until 2005, by which time, open competitions were common place.
The club held its first sled dog race, the White Flash Bash, in 2005 and has held at least one race every year since then.
We're a small club and consequently, member benefits are limited - a small discount on show entries and a club magazine that is published only spasmodically.
Club news and event reminders are distributed electronically to members and non-members alike, and likewise, club competitions are open to all.
But without members, we don't have a club. Annual fees are modest - just $10 for either a single or a household membership, and the first year is free for new members.
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