History of The Great Dane Club continued
The Club continued to progress throughout the decade, despite World War 1, and the twenties and thirties were a period of growing popularity of the breed. In addition to numerous individual owners and exhibitors, this was the time of two major Kennels – Ouborough and Send – each having a major impact on the continuing development of Great Dane’s in this country. The importance, and status, of The Great Dane Club by this time can be gauged from the list of Officers and Committee in 1930:
Patron: HRH The Prince George (King George VI), President: The Hon W B Wrottesley, Vice Presidents: The Viscountess of Wolverhampton, Mrs Napier-Clavering, Mr Cornish-Bowden, Mr Gordon Stewart (Send)
The Committee comprised – Mrs Hornsby, Wymer, Hatfield, Miss Osborn, Stevenson, Captain Greetham, Messrs Boyes, Edwards, Hatfield, Todd, Porch and the Secretary/Treasurer Mrs Blackler.
In the above photograph HRH Prince George once Patron of the Club, can be seen with his dog Ch Midas of Send bred by the famous breeder Mr Gordon Stewart (left).
The start of World War II resulted in the curtailment of Club activities, and placed great strain on the activities of members to maintain the breed. The major Kennels managed, at best, to breed one or two litters to continue their lines and many smaller Kennels ceased to exist. Indeed, the survival of the breed in the UK during this time was due in no small measure to the dedication of a few determined Ladies such as Mrs Nellie Ennals (Blues and Blacks), Mrs Joan Kelly (Harlequins) and Mrs Russell (founder of the Oldmanor line and mother of Mrs Olive Davies). We owe them and their compatriots a great debt.
In 1946 The Great Dane Club organised the first post war Championship Show, the Judge being Mr Gordon Stewart of the Send Kennels.
The following years saw considerable growth in membership, and a rise in popularity of the breed – and in 1953 a Great Dane was Best in Show at Crufts Dog Show (Mr Bill Sigger’s Ch Elch Edler of Ouborough).
Referred to as ‘Mr Great Dane’ Mr Bill Siggers pictured with the Crufts Best InShow Winner 1953 Ch Elch Edler of Ouborough, a feat which to this date has never been repeated.