Pictured above - some of the founder members
The Northern Bullmastiff Club was formed in 1988 and the founder members were breeders and owners of Bullmastiff's who believed there was sufficient interest and enthusiasm for another Bullmastiff Club based in the North of England.
The inaugural meeting of the NBC was held on 6th December 1987 there were 25 founder members present and the elected were as follows :- Club Patron was Mr. J. Mitchell and President Mr. J. Leeson, the Clubs first Chairman was Mr. W. Harris and Vice Chairman was Mrs. F. Harris. The first and only Secretary the Club has had up until her passing in 2013 was Mrs. Dorothy Massey. The first Treasurer was Mr. Tom Massey with 15 other members forming the Committee (Pictured are some of the original Committee members).
The first club show was an Open one held at Birdwell, Barnsley, on 20th November 1988 and was very well attended, even though it did snow!.
The judge was Ferilith Hamilton, (now Summerfield) who had an entry of 131 dogs making 230 entries - Best in Show was Mr and Mrs Leeson's Ch. Sharwells Mean Mr Mustard of Pitmans. Reserve B.I.S. was Miss J Jones Ch. Millie of Pitmans and Best Puppy was Mr Baldwins Pitmans Cleo At Bullsharma.
There were three Shows held per year - 1 Limit and 2 Open and they became renowned for their friendly atmosphere.
All members at that time received three newsletters every year and the Northern was the first Bullmastiff Club to introduce a postal ballot of Judges, so members had the opportunity to vote for the Judge of their choice.
Pictured above - Ch Sharwells Mean Mr Mustard Of Pitmans
Pictured above - Ch Millie Of Pitmans
First Championship Show
Our first Championship Show held in Sheffield was judged by the late Mr Jack Shastid from the USA and attracted an entry of 212 Bullmastiff's making 230 entries, the biggest at that time seen in the U.K.
Pictured above - The first Northern Bullmastiff Club Championship Show - Bitch CC & B.I.S Ch.Cadenham Blonde Ambition
The 20th November 1994 was a very important day for the Northern Bullmastiff Club. Six years after its formation the club was given the honour of holding its first Championship Show at Sheffield. The atmosphere at the show, like the entry was marvellous, the late Mr Jack Shastid from the USA attracted an entry of 212 Bullmastiff's making 330 entries, the biggest at that time seen in the U.K.
Each exhibitor received a memento from the club in the form of a brass letter opener. The officers and committee had put a lot of hard work into the breed stall, sweepstake, raffle and tombola. The atmosphere around the ring was enhanced by the judge's friendly manner and forthright decisions.
Best in show and the Bitch Challenge Certificate was awarded to Mr & Mrs Seger's Ch.Cadenham Blonde Ambition, the Top Winnning Bullmastiff of 1994 (Pictured left to right: - Mr J. Shastid, Mrs Seger (Owner), Mrs Felicity Wilson - Breeder & Handler, Mr H Burton - Club President). Reserve Best in Show and also Reserve Best Bitch was Miss Millers' & Mrs Landers' Bournevalley Misty at Meitza. The Dog Challenge Certificate and Best Opposite Sex in Show was won by Mrs Tongue's Jamemos Pay Homage To Carl, which was this dog's crowning certificate. The Best Puppy in Show award was given to Mr & Mrs Bowman's Rosie Bonny Lass of Bournevalley.
Pictured above - The Dog CC & Best Opposite Sex in Show - Jamemos Pay Homage To Carl
Pictured above - Bitch RCC & R.B.I.S Bournevalley Misty at Meitza