Kennel Club announces Gerald King as new Crufts Chairman

The Kennel Club has announced that Gerald King has been elected as the new Chairman of Crufts Dog Show.

Gerald has been a member of the Kennel Club since 1993 and has sat on the General Committee since 2003. He played a fundamental role in setting up the Kennel Club Safe and Sound Scheme, which educates children about safety around dogs and in turn has been Chairman of the scheme since its conception in 2001. He has sat on Crufts Committee since 2006 and was Show Rings Director from 1998 and Chief Steward since 2003. The Kennel Club is delighted that Gerald becomes the 13th ever Chairman of the show committee.

Gerald King said: “I am very excited and honored to be taking on this important role. Crufts 2010 promises to be the biggest celebration yet of happy, healthy dogs, showcasing the diverse role which dogs play in our society. It is through the platform of Crufts, and the other shows that take place up and down the country, that dog lovers can come together to ensure that we achieve our shared goal of giving dogs long and happy lives by rewarding only the healthiest of dogs.”

Ronnie Irving, Kennel Club Chairman, said: “We are delighted that Gerald has agreed to accept election to the position of Crufts Chairman. Along with the rest of the Crufts Committee, Gerald has worked hard for the show and its successes. Crufts continues to grow and evolve as an event that is not only a great dog show but also informs and educates visitors and the public at large about dogs, dog health and responsible dog ownership. Its unique reach means that the Kennel Club can, through the excellence of Crufts, convey the various messages that are essential for the successful future of dogs, dog shows and dog people.”