The Formation of The Club
In March 1961 a Founders Meeting of Labrador enthusiasts was held at Cookridge Bimbo Farm, the home of the famous Cookridge Labradors for the purpose of forming a new Labrador Retriever Club for the Yorkshire area
The term ‘riding’ is of Viking origin and derives from thriding meaning a third part. There were indeed three ridings in Yorkshire – East Riding, West Riding and North Riding and hence “The Three Ridings Labrador Club” was born.
The officers elected at this meeting were:
President: Mrs M Scott
Secretary: Mrs W Howarth
Treasurer: Mr JA Chadwick
Committee: Mrs MY Pauling was elected Chairman at the first committee meeting and the members of that original committee were:
Messrs G Harvey, R Hinchcliffe, CH Howarth, J MacQueen, J Seaman, R Waterhouse, F Wrigley & Major J Bromet
Mesdames R Chadwick, M Crabtree, J Harvey, M Roslin-Williams & M Ward
The first Rally or Fun Day as it became known was held on 11th June 1961 at Cookridge Bimbo Farm. The first Limit Show was held on 16th September 1961 with the first Championship Show being held in March 1966
Objectives of The Club
1. To promote and encourage the well being and interests of the Labrador Retriever as laid down by The Kennel Club Breed Standard
2. To encourage the showing, training and working of the Labrador Retriever
3. To encourage the holding of shows, field trials and working tests for the Labrador Retriever and to do all such things as may be deemed necessary or desirable to secure the improvement of the standard of the Labrador Retriever at such shows, trials and tests
4. To promote and support education, study and research conducive to all or any of the objectives expressed and to encourage junior and novice members in such objectives
5. To do all such other things as or may seem to the club to be in any way incidental or conducive to any of the objectives
Management of The Club
The affairs of the club are conducted by its officers. The club shall have a President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Field Trial Secretary who shall retire annually and shall be eligible for re-election.
Also, the club shall have a General Committee and Field Trial Committee, each consisting of 15 members, a third of which shall retire annually but be eligible for re-election
Officials and Committees for Year 2017-18
President: Mr JD Jackson
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Chairman: Mr I Dawson
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Vice Chairman: Mr A Lord
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Secretary: Miss A Johnson 103 Chain House Lane, Whitestake, Preston PR4 4LB
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Show Secretary/Asst Secretary: Mrs W Southwell Thornbrough House, West Lane, Burton Fleming, Driffield, East Yorkshire YO25 3PW Tel: 01262 470832
Treasurer: Mrs G Boyd
FT Secretary: Mr A Lord
West Lodge, Grantley Hall, Grantley, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 3ES
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Cup Steward: Mrs J Bruce
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Mrs H Brambles, Mr RI Dawson, Mrs E Hallgarth, Miss CL Morton.
Mrs B Barthram, Mr D Braimbridge, Miss M Dawson, Mrs P Dawson.
Mrs J Bruce, Mrs J Charlton, Mr D Falshaw.
Field Trial Committee
Mr I Cliffe, Mrs M Lord, Mr M Simpson
Mr J Barnes, Mrs B Barthram, Mr RI Dawson, Mr R Varley
David Falshaw, Adrian Knight, Mr M Wildman
Field Trial Representative To The Kennel Club: Mr A Lord
RULES OF THE THREE RIDINGS LABRADOR CLUB
The name of the Club shall be “Three Ridings Labrador Club” (thereinafter referred to as “the Club”).
The objects of the Club are:-
- To promote and encourage the well being and interests of the Labrador retriever and improvement in type of the Labrador Retriever as laid down by the Kennel Club Breed Standard;
- To encourage the showing, training and working of the Labrador Retriever;
- To encourage the holding of Shows, Field Trials and Working Tests for the Labrador Retriever and to do all such things as may be deemed necessary or desirable to secure the improvement of the standard of the Labrador retriever at such shows, trials and tests;
- To promote and support education, study and research conducive to all or any of the objects expressed and to encourage junior and novice members in such objects;
- To do all such other things as or may seem to the Club to be in any other way incidental or conducive to any of the objects.
The Club shall consist of an unlimited number of members whose names and addresses shall be entered in a register to be kept by the Honorary Secretary, such register to be available to any member on request.
- CANDIDATES FOR MEMBERSHIP
Candidates for membership of the Club shall be proposed by one member and seconded by another, and shall be elected and balloted for in committee at its first meeting following receipt of the application, a majority vote deciding. Each member, upon election, shall pay the annual subscription for that current year.
- SUBSCRIPTIONS AND FEES
a) The annual rate of subscriptions shall be decided by the Club at the Annual General Meeting; full notice of any proposal to amend the rate of the annual subscriptions to be given in the notice of the Annual General Meeting.
- The entry fees and other payments in respect of shows, field trials and working tests shall be decided by the General Committee in respect of shows and by the Field Trial Committee in respect of field trials and working tests, subject always to the rights of the members and Annual General Meeting.
- Annual subscriptions are due for payment on the 1st of January of each successive year. No member shall be entitled to be present or take part in any proceedings or vote at any General Meeting whether on a show of hands or by ballot to participate in any Club function, event or activity, or be entitled to any membership preference or to nominate or to be nominated as a candidate for election to any post within the Club if and whilst he:-
- Is due to the Club any subscription or part thereof, or
- Is due to the Club any other debt which has remained due for a period of more than three months after the same became due and payable, or
Is bankrupt or insolvent or of unsound mind.
- If any members’ annual subscription shall remain in arrears for a period of more than three months the his membership shall automatically lapse and that person shall only be entitled to re-join the Club by making application as if he were a new member and paying all such current subscriptions and any debts outstanding at the time his membership lapsed.
The financial year of the Club shall be from 1st January to 31st December. The banking account shall be opened in the name of the Three Ridings Labrador Club into which all net revenue of the Club shall be paid and from which all withdrawals shall be made on the signature of any two of the Chairman, Honorary Treasurer or Honorary Secretary. The Club may hold other bank savings or investment accounts as shall be agreed upon.
a.i) The Club shall have a President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Field Trial Secretary who shall retire annually and shall be eligible for re-election.
a.ii) The Club may appoint any of the following: Show Secretary, Assistant Secretary, and Working Test Secretary. Any such appointment shall be at the discretion of the two committees and voted on annually at the Annual General Meeting, and for as long as that position is deemed necessary.
- b) The Club shall have a general Committee and a Field trial Committee, one third of the membership of each committee retiring annually. Each Committee shall consist of 15 members elected by the Club General Meeting (although each Committee shall have power to co-opt new members to it for the current year only in substitution of members who have retired or are otherwise unable to act). Nominations for Officers and the Committee, properly proposed, shall be in writing and lodged with the Honorary Secretary 21 clear days before the Annual General Meeting.
- c) The Chairman and Vice Chairman shall be elected from and by the General Committee and Field Trial Committee, and shall retire annually, but shall be eligible for re-election.
- d) The President, Chairman, Vice Chairman, Honorary Secretary, and Honorary Field Trial Secretary shall be ex-officio members of all Committees.
- e) The Committee of the Club shall be empowered to appoint sub-committees of themselves to deal with any specific function or matter.
- f) The entire control and management of the Club shall be vested in the Committees excepting that the Field Trial Committee shall be responsible for all matters relating to field trials, working tests and any other activity of a like nature. The General Committee shall be responsible for all shows and all other matters or activities affecting the Club. The Committee shall have power to decide upon all matters of dispute not provided for by these rules, subject to the final appeal of the Kennel Club.
- g) Meetings of both Committees shall be held as often as may be deemed necessary and eight shall form a quorum.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
- a) The Annual General Meeting of the Club shall be held prior to the last day of March in each successive year and at such place as the General Committee may appoint provided that each meeting shall be held within 15 months of the preceding meeting. The Honorary Secretary shall be bound to call an Extraordinary General Meeting should he be requested to do so in writing by not less than 10 members. Fourteen days notice shall be given in writing to all members of any General or Extraordinary General Meeting and no such business or that directly incidental thereto as decided by the Chairman, stated on the notice calling such a meeting shall be taken, except on the passing of accounts and the election of members of the Committee.
- b) Ten members shall form a quorum.
- c) No member shall vote with regard to any matter in which he has a financial interest, and shall be under obligation to declare any such interest which he may have.
- d) In the case of a husband and wife, two members of the same family or two bona fide partners who are joint members, each shall be entitled to vote independently of each other.
The Club may have a Patron who shall be appointed at an Annual General meeting and thereafter shall remain during the members pleasure.
- HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS
The granting of such membership to be decided upon at the Annual General meeting, written proposals and seconding being received by the Honorary Secretary 21 clear days prior to the date of the meeting and notice of such proposals must appear on the Agenda for the meeting. A proposal must obtain the majority of at least two thirds of the vote of the members present and entitled to vote.
- EXPULSION OF MEMBERS
- a) Any member who shall be suspended by the Kennel Club shall ipso facto cease to be a member of the Club.
- b) If the conduct of any member shall, in the opinion of the General and Field Trial committee acting in unison, be injurious or likely to be injurious to the character and interests of the Club, the Committee may, at a meeting the notice convening which includes as an object the consideration of the member, determine that a special General Meeting of the Club shall be called for the purpose of passing a resolution to expel the member. Notice of the special General Meeting shall be sent to the said member giving particulars of the complaint and advising the member of the date, place and hour of the meeting so that the member may attend and offer an explanation. If, at that meeting, a resolution to expel the member is passed by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting, his name shall be erased from the list of members and he shall therefore cease for all purposes to be a member of the Club except that, within two calendar months of the date of the meeting, he may appeal to the Kennel Club upon and subject to conditions as the kennel club may impose.
An auditor or Auditors shall be appointed at each Annual General Meeting. Any casual vacancy in the office of Auditor shall be filled by the General Committee appointing another Auditor who, however, shall hold that office only until the next Annual General Meeting. No members of the Committee shall be eligible to act as an Auditor of the Club.
- CLUB PROPERTY
The property of the Club shall be vested in the General Committee. Trophies awarded to the Club shall be deemed to be the sole property of the Club and shall not be accepted under any other condition.
- WINDING UP OR DISSOLUTION OF THE CLUB
- a) The Club may be dissolved and wound up provided that a resolution to that effect has been passed by a majority of three-quarters of the members present and voting at a General meeting of which notice specifying the intention to propose the resolution has been duly given.
- b) If upon the winding up or dissolution of the Club there remains after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities any assets other than the trophies awarded to the Club a General Meeting shall be called to dispose of such assets.
- c) With respect to the trophies the donor shall, wherever possible, be consulted and such trophy disposed of in accordance with their wishes.
- d) If the Club is wound up or ceases to be a registered association of the Kennel Club Regulations a final statement of all of the accounts, with a record of the disposal of the property, the names of the officers and Committees of the Club on the last return shall be furnished to the kennel Club for the proper winding up of the Club.
A notice may be given by the Club to any member:-
- a) Personally;
- b) By sending it by post to him at his registered address;
- c) If he has no registered address within the United Kingdom, to the address or any within the United Kingdom as supplied by him to the Club.
Where a notice is sent by post, service of the notice shall be deemed to be effected by properly addressing pre-paying and posting it, to have been effected at the expiration of 72 hours after it was posted.
- THE ANNUAL REPORT
The annual report shall be drawn up by the Chairman and circulated before the Annual General Meeting to all its members. The accounts for the year shall be incorporated in such Report and copies supplied to all members.
Any member may withdraw from the Club by giving written notice to the Honorary Secretary providing that each such member shall be liable for his subscription and any other debts for the current year in which such notice is given, and shall have no further claim following resignation of any of the property or funds belonging to the Club.
- FINAL COURT OF APPEAL
The Kennel club shall be the final Court of Appeal in all matters arising of dispute.
- ALTERATIONS TO RULES AND REGULATIONS
- a) The foregoing constitute the Rules of the Club which shall form the basis of membership of the Club and may not be altered except by a resolution passed by two-thirds of the votes of the members present and entitled to vote at a General Meeting, but no alterations shall be made unless full particulars thereof shall have been circulated with a notice convening the meeting.
- b) No alterations to the constitution and Rules shall be brought into force until the Kennel Club has been advised and given its approval thereto.
- c) For the purpose of clarity the male shall include the female, and vice versa.
- d) The Club will not join with or enter into any federation with any other Club or Society except such as may be authorised by the Kennel Club.
- ANNUAL RETURNS TO THE KENNEL CLUB
The Officers acknowledge that during the month of January each year, Maintenance of Title fee will be forwarded to the Kennel Club by the Secretary, for continuance of the Registration, and that by 31st July annually, other returns, as stipulated in kennel Club Regulations for the Registration and maintenance of Title of Societies and Municipal Authorities will be forwarded to the Kennel Club.
THE THREE RIDINGS LABRADOR CLUB GENERAL CODE OF ETHICS
All members of the Three Ridings Labrador Club undertake to abide by its general code of ethics.
1. will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required;
2. will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon performing an operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural conformation of the animal, may report such operation to the Kennel Club;
3. will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes;
4. will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act;
5. will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally;
6. will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could in any way be harmful to the dog or to the Breed;
7. will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or to those carrying out official duties;
8. will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under proper control when away from home;
9. will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited;
10. will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life, and will help with the re-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances change;
11. will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home;
12. will ensure that all relevant Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog, and will agree, in writing, to forward any relevant documents at the earliest opportunity, if not immediately available;
13. will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers or directly or indirectly allow dogs to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind. Will not sell by sale or auction Kennel Club registration certificates as stand alone items (not accompanying a dog);
14. will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the Breed nor falsely advertise dogs nor mislead any person regarding the health or quality of a dog;
15. will breed only from good stock of sound temperament, taking full advantage of eye testing schemes and BVA/KC hip scoring.
Breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from Club membership, and/or disciplinary action by the Kennel Club and/or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action, as appropriate.
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