Ladies Kennel Association has announced that its new Secretary is to be Gillian Marley, who was successful after an interview at the Kennel Club. She replaces outgoing Secretary, Jane Valentine.

Gillian has many years’ experience in her professional career working as a high-level PA in both Blue Chip Private Companies and Public Sector Organisations. She has been a Committee member of Darlington Dog Show Society for 18 years holding various roles at the show throughout this period.

LKA Chairman Anne Bliss said “Gillian and her partner Phil Thirlwell are well known in the Tibetan Terrier World, making up many Champions over 30 years. She is a very experienced administrator in the world of dogs and professionally. We welcome her to the LKA and look forward to working with her”.

Gillian told OUR DOGS that she was “delighted to have been appointed as Secretary of a society steeped in history; LKA is a prestigious championship show within the show calendar. I look forward with anticipation to working closely with the ladies of LKA”.

Gillian will take over the reins fully after the AGM at the end of May.

NEW BREEDS FOR 2017 & 2018

The following additional breeds will be separately classified, without CCs, in 2017 and 2018: Australian Cattle Dog, Briard, Schnauzer and Pharaoh Hound. Classes scheduled will be Puppy, Junior, Post Graduate, Limit, Open, Veteran and Good Citizen per sex, no mixed classes.


If you are interested in taking space at the 2018 show please email the Secretary for more information. 


From 2015 onwards LKA will permit the admittance of Spectator Dogs. This will enable dogs, which are not already entered, to be brought into the show to be eye tested or take part in the GC Bronze Award. There will be a charge of £5 payable at the door. However, we strongly advise exhibitors to use the “Not for Competition” facility as this will avoid unnecessary queuing at the entrances whilst the necessary paperwork is completed – far less frustrating and time saving! To further encourage the use of the NFC facility the charge has been reduced from £15 to £5.

Please note that NFC entries will be accepted for dogs from 4 calendar months of age rather than the previous 6 months. It is to be hoped though that exhibitors will make arrangements for their baby puppies to be cared for at home in a less stressful environment but it is accepted that this is not always possible.