Kathryn Symns who presented the award said: “Dorothy’s achievement is inspiring; her commitment and determination, coupled with her passion for dogs, is truly special and has made her shows such notable successes.”
Dorothy has been attending dog shows since the 1950’s and decided to organise her own show over 40 years ago.
Dorothy has organised an average of six to eight shows a year since the Kennel Club began keeping records of such shows in 1998, raising thousands of pounds for a variety of charities such as Help for Heroes, YMCA, Midlands Air Ambulance, Quedgeley Community Centre and the Donkey Sanctuary amongst others.
100th Companion Dog Show
Dorothy’s 100th Companion Dog Show took place at Innesworth Community Hall in February, in aid of the Cinnamon Trust.
Dorothy was delighted to be recognised for her achievement and said: “I really enjoy putting the shows on; they are lovely events for families who want to watch or even compete in for the first time, as well as for regular dog show goers.
“I love raising money for numerous charities. I am especially fond of the Donkey Sanctuary, but also enjoy helping new charities who are just starting up. If anyone knows of a new charity they just need to suggest it and I will take it on board.
“I am very surprised to be awarded Companion Dog Show Organiser of The Year and grateful to the Kennel Club which has recognised the shows I have organised.”
29th March 2011
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