Nelson Dog Training Club is a multi-discipline dog training club.

Management 2019/20

Upcoming AGM. Profile - Claire Smith



I am Claire Smith and I am re-standing as President of the Nelson Dog Training Club.

Most club members will know me, but for those who don’t, I have been around since I was about 8 years old when I started with my dog Sam (20+ years now!) But remember coming to the then Nelson Canine Obedience Club with my mum when classes were held at the Trafalgar Centre. I am now currently working 3 dogs: Riot, Hype and Wicked in Agility and Rally-O and intend on getting back into the Obedience ring with Wicked.

I feel I am a very well rounded Club member having trained and competed in all 3 disciplines, being Agility, Obedience and Rally-O. I have the knowledge of how all the activities our club offers works, and the problems they face.

I have held many jobs within the Club over the years, from a member on both Agility and Obedience Sub Committees, Agility Sub Committee Co-ordinator a few times, Newsletter editor, Management Committee member for many years, Essential Skills/Domestic Obedience Co-ordinator, Treasurer, Champ Show Sponsorship Finder, and 2018/19 President. Over the years I have instructed various classes – most recently the Bronze (Foundation) agility classes, and I always try to take a few classes a year of Essential Skills. As you can see I think that it is very important to give back to the club and I also give back to the NZ wide sport of agility as a current member of the New Zealand Agility Committee for the second time, which is the governing committee for agility which sits under Dogs NZ.

I believe in encouraging all our club members to achieve their goals in whatever sport they choose, encouraging and supporting our club members to give back to the club and in building our club up to being the best club we can be. We may all choose to do different sports with our dogs, but no sport is more or less important than another and we need to work together as a WHOLE club, not just a part of.

I look forward to your vote to once again giving back to our Club by continuing on as President for the 2019/2020 year.

Claire Smith

Linley Barrett