History of the Isle of Wight Gundog Club

The Isle of Wight Gundog Club was founded on the 28th February 1979 at an inaugural meeting held at Calverts Hotel in Newport. The first committee was formed by those attending that first meeting and consisted of Mrs Enid Minter as Chairman, Mrs Jan Drake as Secretary and a Mr Gray as Treasurer.

The name of the club was decided upon at that meeting and after the next meeting held in March, it was decided to register the club with the Kennel Club. It was not until December 1979 that the Kennel Club gave their approval to the formation of the Isle of Wight Gundog Club.

In the beginning Mrs Minter held ring-craft classes for those who showed their dogs and trainers were appointed for obedience and working training. The first AGM a year later saw 37 members attending.

In 1985 at the AGM the Chairman, still Mrs Minter, talked of her vision for the club running Opens Shows and Field Trials and perhaps one day a Game Fair on the Island. In the same year the Club held its first Novice Test which was won by Margaret Woods.

It wasn't until 1988 that the Club saw its first Open Show.

1992 saw the Club's first Field Trial, by now the Club was also holding two working tests as well as a scurry, an open show and a limited show each year.

The Club continued to grow and there were great achievements by members in both working and show events.

Many Club events have taken place in the past which involved both show and working enthusiasts. Fun days, training days, barbecues, shows, trials, working tests and matches. Many of these activities continue today.

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