The NEWNAN KENNEL CLUB was established in 1976 by a concerned group of dog enthusiasts residing in the Newnan/Coweta area. The primary reason for the Clubs inception was, and continues to be, the advancement of all breeds of pure-bred dogs, particularly at the local level.
In addition to regular meetings, the Club held fun matches, obedience classes, and programs. A Constitution & By-laws was adopted, and the Club was incorporated. In 1979, the AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB approved the NEWNAN KENNEL CLUB for SANCTIONED B-OB status. This meant that the Club could hold events under AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB Rules and Regulations, for Breed and Obedience competition. Two B-OB matches were held per year. In 1982, the Club was approved to hold A-OA Sanctioned Matches. After (2) qualifying A-0A Matches, the Club became eligible to hold licensed Dog Shows and Obedience Trials. The first Dog Show and Obedience Trial was held September 29, 1984, at the Newnan High School.
Our Club has shown excellent growth in membership since the early days. We currently have about 50 members. Everyone is active in some way or another. Many are breeders, others are conformation or obedience enthusiasts, and the newest activity in our Club is Agility. Most of our members participate because of their love for dogs! They enjoy the socialization and work diligently on all Club events.
OUR FIRST SANCTIONED MATCH
Our first AKC Sanctioned Match was held at the Waterworks park in Newnan, GA. Here are some archived pictures from the event: Click each thumbnail and use your back button on your browser to return to this page.
OUR FIRST SHOW - SEPTEMBER 29, 1984
The Newnan Kennel Club's first Dog Show and Obedience Trial was held September 29, 1984, at the Newnan High School. This was the only time the High School was used as other, larger show sites became a necessity. Here are pictures of those first winners! These are thumbnails, so use your back button on your browser to return to this page.
THE WAY WE WERE
During the early days of our Club, we held our shows in various locations near Newnan. This included Henderson's Auction Barn, the Renaissance Festival Grounds, and Powers Crossroads Country Fair parking grounds. The Club traditionally has organizational meetings prior to these shows, and an informal "party" in the hospitality area after the completion of the show. These activities, as well as our annual picnic, Christmas party, and Annual Awards Dinner are depicted in the following snapshots. All of these pictures were taken prior to 1992. For the Thumbnails, use your back button on the browser to return to this pag.