Kennel Club to sponsor Vulnerable Native Breeds stakes classes at general open and limited shows

General open and limited shows which schedule stakes classes specifically for the Vulnerable Native Breeds (VNBs) will receive sponsorship from The Kennel Club as of 1 January 2022, it has been announced.

In a bid to provide encouragement to the owners and breeders of the VNBs, while at the same time creating much-needed publicity for their cause, The Kennel Club will provide a rosette for the overall winner of VNB stakes classes. In order to qualify for sponsorship, the society must schedule a minimum of three such classes from which the appointed judge will select an overall winner.

The Kennel Club’s list of VNBs was created in 2003 and there are currently 32 breeds of British or Irish origin which fall into this category through having generated 300 or fewer registrations in the preceding year.
Kathryn Mansfield, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We very much hope that this offer will appeal to societies and exhibitors alike. Whenever the numerically-smaller breeds which originated in these islands are grouped together, they create a wonderful spectacle. It is therefore important that these classes are well supported, which will be achieved only if societies advertise them beforehand. It is also vital that societies do their best to give publicity to the winners after the show to give these breeds the boost they most definitely deserve.”

Societies which schedule at least three VNB stakes classes and would like to claim the sponsorship should email the Breed Shows team at The Kennel Club on Breed Shows Team , ensuring they provide details of their show date and type as well as the address to which the rosette should be posted.

More details of the Vulnerable Native Breeds can be found on The Kennel Club website.