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NORM CLARIDGE MEMORIAL SHIELD

 
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"What is the origin of this Shield our Club competes for each year?"  To answer this question we have to go back to the very early 1960's.

At the time, Ray Underwood, Bert Halton and Norm Claridge had a single goal - to establish, format and improve the sport of all breed dog obedience under the protection and support the CCC.  All three men lived on the south side of Brisbane so they planned ahead and formulated clubs and classes.  Bert Halton started Stones Corner and Oxley grounds as the   the Obedience Dog Club of Brisbane, which has been affiliated since 1963.

Norm Claridge lived at Beenleigh and bred, showed and trained "Donaine" German Shepherds.  He commenced all breed obedience classes for the German Shepherd Dog Club of Queensland in Kalinga Park at the end of Jackson Street, Eagle Junction.  The public became members of the Shepherd Club and trained their pets, all shapes and sizes.   By the late 1960's the all breed section of teh Shepherd Club was so large the CCC encouraged the group to form their own obedience club and on 1st January 1970, the affiliation of Metropolitan All Breed Obedience Club at Marchant Park on the corner of Murphy and Elison Roads was born.

These men started all the things the obedience enthusiasts have and take for granted today:

  • Obedience trial
  • Judges training schemes
  • RNA trials (1965)
  • RNA Main ring Demonstrations (1967)
  • Dog of the Year competitions
  • Fun nights for non papered dogs etc

In August 1975 during the RNA, Norm was taken from us suddenly by cancer.  A lot of his plans, dreams and goals were completed as he was only given a week or so to plan ahead but they have lived on in our sport of dog obedience.  He is with us encouraging and supporting the good sport and positive handler.  Many a bad sport or aggressive handler were sent packing by this dedicated man.

Those who knew Norm remember him as a man who never minced words, put 110% effort into everything he did, but above all had a way of uniting a team and being the disciplined leader who took people beyond their individual capabilities in a sometimes unconventional way.

Criteria for this Trophy

Qualifying score/place*

Points

Obedience

 

Qualifying score

10

First place

3

Second place

2

Third place

1

Tracking

 

Tracking Qualifying score

10

 

 

Titles

Points

GrOC

30

OCh

20

UDX

20

UD

20

CDX

10

CD

5

CCD

5

TCh

20

TDX

10

TD

5

 

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