History of the Club
The Yorkshire Shetland Sheepdog Club was founded in the
year 1976. The idea was conceived by four Yorkshire ladies, namely the
late Mrs Joyce Seaman, Mrs Pauline Newby, Mrs Mary Fallas and Mrs Ann
Barraclough (Presley). Mrs Beryl Butler was asked to join shortly
after, along with many other people who had the desire and enthusiasm to help
form the new club.
They used to meet at regular intervals, usually over a
cup of tea at one of the founder committee members' homes, and put forward all
their ideas for fund raising. They had a few generous donations
given to enable them to get started. Fund raising ideas included Jumble
Sales, cake stalls etc. In those days the now popular "Car Boot
Sale" was not heard of. If they made a profit of £25 they thought
they had had a brilliant day.
The number of members wanting to join was growing day
by day. As there was no Shetland Sheepdog club in Yorkshire, the obvious
choice was to call it Yorkshire Shetland Sheepdog, as there were several other
Sheltie clubs all over the country but not in Yorkshire. They
applied to register the club with the Kennel Club and got consent from them in
We held our first monthly match night at the Harewood
Village Hall in April 1976 and 25 years later are still at the same venue for
our meetings, with many of the founder members still attending.
As the Club was getting more established, we decided to
apply to the Kennel Club to hold our first Open show which was held in November
1976 at Outwood Memorial Hall. The judge on this special occasion was Miss
Mary Gatheral. Our first Championship show was judged by the Late
Mrs. Joyce Seaman and Mr Barry Murphy in 1980. We were very fortunate to
have many of our trophies donated and soon had enough trophies to cover each
class at all of our shows.
The club's first year book was published in 1978, which
has proved to be very popular and successful, with copies going to our friends
Many people will remember the "Old Days" and
the hard work that both Founder and new members have put into making this a very
successful club. Without their support and hard work it would not be the
successful, happy club that it is. We had 127 Founder members and to date
have in excess of 500 members, many from overseas.
The Club celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2001.