By Susan Livingstone
It was in 1993 that Georgia Lawrence
spoke to many Siberian Husky owners and exhibitors to see if they would be
interested in a Scottish Club. The majority felt that with the numbers of
Siberian Huskies in Scotland a Scottish club would be beneficial.
I then wrote to the Kennel Club for
the appropriate forms and I also sent out forms printed by Janet Lodge, to
Siberian Husky owners in Scotland, to be filled in and returned if they wished
to become members. We had a good response, so the ball started rolling. Helen
Feilden approached me at a show offering her help; she had previously been
involved with a Whippet club, so she was familiar with the running of a breed
Our inaugural meeting was held in October 1994 and was well
supported. Aitken Johnston, who is now the club president, chaired the meeting.
It was discussed whether we should apply for a branch of the British club or an
independent Scottish club. A vote was taken and the result was in favour of an
independent Scottish club. A steering committee was then nominated and voted on
with Mark Theaker as chairman, Helen Feilden as secretary and myself as
Treasurer. The committee was Georgia Lawrence, Mary Davidson, Laurna McKie,
Rhoda Sharp, Janet Lodge, Audrey Richardson and Jacqui Kelly. It was then up to
the new steering committee to draw up a proposal Constitution and Code of Ethics
for the club.
A special general meeting was held in February 1995 where the members accepted
the Constitution and Code of Ethics. An election was held for the officer’s
positions – Secretary Helen Fielden, Treasurer Audrey Richardson, and chairman
Georgia Lawrence. The committee being Laurna McKie, Juliana Dorman, Steve Taws,
Janet Lodge, Gordon Lawrence and myself.
Various events were held, fun days and fun rallies etc until on November 11th
1996 the club was finally given KC recognition.
The committee still contains a few of the original committee members, along with
some new ones. The club was given Championship status by the Kennel Club in
We now hold two Open shows and one Championship show per year, plus the
occasional judging and working seminar. We also hold Rallies from
the beginning of October until the end of March where members can enjoy running
their dogs in harness against the clock in a competitive environment or just
come along and run their dogs for the exercise and mental stimulation of the
dogs. Our members also receive the club's magazine Northern Exposure three
times per year.
We now have a Welfare Scheme in place for Siberian Huskies, and money-raising
events are held by the club and individual members to raise funds for this