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Organised Dog Shows in the South East go back to the late 19th Century, with competitions at the various Agricultural Shows. The first Dog Section at the Mt Gambier AHS was in 1879. Several Kennel Clubs were formed following the Second World War and the Easter weekend circuit developed. As the committees of both The Mount Gambier Kennel Club and The Crater City Kennel Club were the same people holding different positions, and there were two lots of affiliation fees, etc, steps were put in place mid 2011 to amalgamate the two Clubs. After a lot of research, the appropriate steps were taken. The paperwork was finally approved by DogsSA and the new Club - Mount City and District Kennel Club - came into being in January 2012. Their first event was Easter Dogfest 2012.
The Club conducts two weekends of Championship Shows each year. The first is a 4 day event with 6 Championship Shows, held on the Easter Long Weekend, with 2 Shows on the Saturday and Sunday. The second weekend of Four Championship Shows is held in conjunction with the Mt Gambier AHS in October and is a 3 day event, with 2 Shows on the Saturday. These Shows are held at the Club's own grounds - Len Lewis Memorial Dog Park, adjacent to the AHS Showgrounds on Pick Avenue, Mt Gambier.
President: Mike Brown
Vice President: Vacant
Secretary: Lyn Harris-Walker
Treasurer: Tania Huitema
Committee: Alaura Harris-Walker, Dale Harris-Walker, Bernie Adams, Julie Allen
Website and Social Media: Peter Thompson
The MCDKC thanks all our Sponsors who greatly assist by supporting our Shows - She's Apples, JB Irrigation, Blaze Runner Grass, Cleaneasy Carpet Cleaners, K9Online and 13CABS.
Best in Show
a few words about them........
Heather Jones (WA) was born into the Dog world and began showing the family Beagles at a very young age and still does today. Other breeds that she has been involved with include Mini Smooth Dachshunds, Large Munsterlanders and Border terriers. She gained her Hound licence in 2001 and All Breeds in 2019.
Michelle Roberts (WA) has been breeding and showing Boxers since 1983. Currently, she also owns and exhibits Dalmatians. She has judged in all States of Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Ireland, including Boxer Specialties.
Rick Berwick (WA) and his wife Kathryn have been showing dogs for over 30 years, first with Old English Sheepdogs for 15 years and then with Bichon Frise. An All Breeds Judge, Rick has officiated all around Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and China.
Wayne Burton (NSW) started in the dog world in 1968 with Afghans. He has owned, bred and exhibited Afghans, Shih Tzu, Scottish Terriers, Whippets, Salukis and Poodles. Wayne commenced judging in 1978 and attained All Breeds status in 1991. He has judged extensively throughout Australia, USA, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Switzerland.
October 21 - 23 2022
For any enquiries about Club Activities, please contact the Secretary.