By Doug Collier
The first licensed show of the Club was held at Hasland, Chesterfield, in September 1977. Open Breed was judged by Bill Dixon. Best in Show was awarded to Les Fincham's "Gemond Castor". Doug and Margaret Collier ran the five class Obedience section of the show, but it finished up a twelve class open show because of the high number of entries.
In 1978 the Club again held a 15 class Open Breed and a five class A/V Open Obedience Show at Hasland on the 7th October. The show had 494 dogs entered, (158 Breed entries and 676 Obedience entries), again the Obedience section was stretched to 14 classes! Bill Finlay was the appointed breed judge and he awarded Best in Show to Mary Millar's "Asoka Navajho of Firelynx", Res. Best in Show went to Ann Amos' "Coires Sweep", Best Opposite Sex going to Mr S.R. Somerscale's "Sweep of the Bothy" and Best Puppy in Show went to Mrs A. Philpott's "Pennysbrook Nell". The show made a surplus of £111.43 for the Club.
In 1979 the Club ran two shows, the first a 13 class Limited Breed and four class Limited Obedience in Weedon, Northants, on the 18th March. The breed judge was Peter Newman. Best in Show went to Mary Millar's "Asoka Navajho of Firelynx", Best Opposite Sex going to Iris Combe's "Fly of Tilehouse" and Best Puppy was awarded to Collis & Cosme's "Tilehouse Cassius of Beagold". The Open Bitch winner and 'C' Class Obedience winner was Margaret Collier's "Tevis Border Breeze". The show was a financial loss to the Club of £41.01.
Late in 1979 on the 30th September, the Club's Open Show was moved to Newark at the Winthorpe Show Ground, having outgrown the Chesterfield venue. It was a 16 Class Open and five class A/V Obedience which again stretched to 14 classes. The entry was 530 exhibits, 219 breed and 750 Obedience. The breed judge was Mrs A. Davis. Best in Show was awarded to Mrs Judith Gregory's "Toby of Tonkory", Reserve B.O.B. going to Mrs Jean Hoare's "Merrybrook Apache" and Best Puppy in Show to M.A. Tubble's "Clun Graff". The show made £173.83 profit for the Club.