Welcome to the NWSBTC

The Club’s Aim is to promote in a positive way the breeding and showing of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier to the Breed Standard as set out by The Kennel Club. To educate it’s members in the training, breeding, showing and all aspects of  owning a Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Club holds three shows every year starting with the Limit Show in January – this show is Limited in that the show is open to Club members only (you can pay your membership with your entry) and dogs that have won Challenge Certificates are not eligible. The beginning of April sees the big event of the calendar, the Championship Show where Challenge Certificates are awarded to the top winning Dog and Bitch. Finally in October we hold an Open Show, similar to the Limit show but is open to all with no restrictions on how much the dogs have won.

The Club runs a handling/training class principally to introduce and educate people who are new to the Breed in the ways of the show scene, how to enter and show your dog and train your puppy in how to get the best out of him/her. The Training Class is usually held twice a month on a midweek evening.

The Club’s AGM is held in January where Officers and Committee are elected, the accounts for the previous year are presented, Judges are selected for forthcoming shows and any proposals on the agenda are discussed. 

The Club organises educational events in line with the Kennel Club requirements for Judges, although these are of general interest to everybody in the Breed. Finally the Club occasionally arranges social events and fund raising for Stafford Rescue schemes.

Coming up next at the North West 

The North West Championship Show

On Sunday

8th April 2018

Leigh Indoor Sports Centre

Leigh, WN7 4JY

Dog Judge 

Alan Wetton (Wettbuck) 

Bitch Judge

Bev Harrison (Trawden)


Brian Owen (Brystaff)

Judges Profiles

Dog Judge – Alan Wetton – affix Wettbuck


Alan judged his first Championship show at his home Club, the Potteries, in 1996 drawing one of the highest Bitch entries on record.

Altogether Alan has judged 5 Champ shows, including the bitches at the North West in 2005. Last time out in 2013, at the Northern Ireland Club, his Dog CC winner was Ch Waystaff Dutch Minister and two years earlier at Blackpool in 2011 the CC went to Ch Aymstaff Devil In Disguise.

Alan acquired his first Stafford in 1970 and is most known for breeding Ch Caravella Queen back in the mid 80’s.

We do have a video of Alan judging at Northern Ireland, remarkably shot by Bev!

Follow this: – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPzS6AHNOYk


 Bitch Judge – Bev Harrison – affix Trawden

Bev, a long standing NW member, has been showing since the early 80’s. She has judged three UK Champ shows to date, the first in 2007, although she started her judging career 10 years earlier. Her bitch CC winner in 2007 was Ch Never Forgotten and two years later at Driffield the Bitch CC went to Ch Zakstaff Black Velvet.

Overseas Bev has judged extensively all over the world, too numerous to mention but all in all she is  a very experienced judge.

In the show ring Bev’s most recent top winner is Ch Trawden Ice And Spice and over the years she has either owned or bred eleven Stud Book winners including the CC winning dogs Yorkstaff Guy Fawkes at Trawden and Trawden Coppers Dream – the latter was out of the legendary Copper Girl. Bev is currently on the Northern Counties committee and is the author, publisher and a co-founder of, the SBT Annual; and prior to that she was editor in chief for the North West SBTC Golden Jubilee Book 1996.

Schedules can be obtained from the Show Secretary Eleanor Boote either on 01942 795380 or email gelstaff@ntlworld.com

 or download a schedule from this PDF NWSBTC Ch show 2018 Schedule

or Enter on-line at


Closing dates for the NW show are 17th March for postal entries

and 22nd March (midnight) for on-line entries

For exhibitors wishing to book hotels in the area of the NW show try following this link – I’ve done the search for Leigh, Greater Manchester for the Saturday night 7th April, so this link should go straight there.(please note to click on the pets allowed filter)

Note also – The Holiday Inn within Leigh Sports Village does NOT take dogs – it would be very handy if it did, it’s right opposite the Leisure Hall. 

For exhibitors wishing to attend National Terrier being held on the day before the NW show the links for schedule download and entering on-line are:

Schedules – http://www.highampress.co.uk/natterrier.pdf

On-line entry – https://www.dog.biz/ 

Latest news and events in the North West 


Unbelievable event at Crufts – Bryn & Julie Allsopp’s Rubericla Trailbreaker was awarded the Dog CC for the second year running!! 


For a full report on Crufts 2018 click on the picture below



Click on the photo above to view

This is a slide show featuring the top wins for NW members during the course of the year, plus  one or two other significant events.  This is just to brighten our lives up during this rather wintery week (end of Feb 2018).


Companion Show

Dec 3rd 2017

The NW held the above in aid of Barbara Green’s Rescue

Click on the above photo link to access a full report on proceedings with photos of all the classes and the dogs.

The amount raised was ultimately £666, a devil of an amount.

Winner of Any Variety Non Sporting – Mimi

The SBT Annual will be available at National Terrier and the North West Champ show on the 7th & 8th April, respectively.

You can also buy directly from Bev Harrison – for details follow the link – http://thesbtannual.yolasite.com/

NW Limit Show

Jan 21st 2018


Click on the above photo link to access a full report of the show including photos of class placings down to third, the results and the judge’s critique.

This will be the last Limit show that the North West will be holding as it was proposed at the AGM (held the week after the show) that we drop the show and replace it with an Open Show – effective from 2019.

Best in Show was Andy & Linzi’s Bellarouge Adonis at Fergistaffs, Reserve BIS was Debbie Desmond’s Elitebull Challenger,

Best Bitch was Chris Mudd’s Chiswelstaff Jean Genie, Reserve Best Bitch was Dave & Julie Cartwright’s Zakstaff Winterfell and Best Puppy was Michaela Riley & Mel Corcoran’s Molru Shine Ya Light 

Christmas Run-off

Dec 2017

Click on the above photo link to access a full report on this event at the Training Class

The Best Adult (dog) handler on the night was Dawn Holmes with Raven and the Best Adult Handler for 2017 was again Dawn Holmes (with Shadow) who shared this magnificent feat with Steven Tigue (with Maddie). Some going, Dawn, well done!

Dawn is pictured here with judge for the evening Bob Blackley


The Best Puppy handler on the night was Michaela Riley (who’s not had a bad year one way and another) with Rita and the Best Puppy Handler for 2017 was Lisa Parr with Coco.

Again, well done to these two.

Click on Photo above to access the page – Top NW Stafford, Top NW Junior and Top NW Puppy for 2017

North West Members Dogs with photos of the winners and complete tables for each award.


Jan 28th, Leigh 

The main business was presentation of the accounts for 2017; election of Officers and Committee for the coming year; consideration of Proposals submitted: election of judges for the Club’s Championship shows in 2020 and 2021 – the latter being the Club’s 75th Anniversary; election of judges for the Club’s Open shows in 2019.

The attendance was 31, not too bad for these times – to get people off their backsides you need something really controversial on the Agenda!

In his opening remarks Chairman Archie Bryden reported a solid year for the North West singling out the Championship show as a resounding success, citing the new venue at Leigh Sports Village as a smart move. This venue has been booked for the next three Ch shows. Archie also expressed concern about the support needed to sustain the Club’s handling class.

The Club Treasurer Janet Matthews reported a healthy surplus for 2017 and an even healthier bank balance, with no surprises in the numbers presented. The Officers Honoraria was increased by £10 for each recipient.

The existing Officers were re-elected un-opposed – Kay Aspin (President), Archie Bryden (Chairman), Claire Crossman (Secretary), Janet Matthews (Treasurer), Eleanor Boote (Show Secretary), Geoff Boote (Membership Secretary) and Tec Norton (Publicity Officer).

Steve Simpson was elected Vice-Chairman – Les Aspin standing down after many years of service to the North West in various capacities, thank you Les. He’s not finished yet though, he was first to be elected on to the Committee for 2018, returning to the back benches.

Also re-elected were Vicki Butler, Andy Mayren, Alan Ramsden, Dave Hayes, Julie Simpson, Linda Miller, Elaine Norton and Paul Sutcliffe.  Standing down this time around were James Ford and Linzi Mayren – thanks to those two. Replacing them is a welcome return after a year’s sabbatical, Ray and Jan Wilson. Last but not least, a new name (but a recognisable face) we have Roy Day,  welcome to the North West, Roy. 

There were two proposals forwarded, both by Elaine Norton, seconded by Vicki Butler concerning the future of the Club’s Limit Show.

After a forceful argument put forward by Elaine and some general support it was decided to, in future, hold an Open show in place of the Limit show. Following on from that it was further decided to offer Club members discounted entry fees to the Club shows, the amount to be decided in Committee.

Judges elect for the two Ch Shows in 2020 & 2021 are Karon Jackson, Harry Carter, Archie Bryden and Kirsty Summerfield; the two judges for the 2019 Open shows are Steve Simpson and Wayne Jackson. 

Congratulations to that lot.

Update 27th March 2018 – the elected judges have themselves elected to judge as follows:-

2020 Ch Show Dogs – Archie Bryden : Bitches – Kirsty Summerfield

2021 Ch Show Dogs – Harry Carter : Bitches – Karon Jackson

The 2021 show will be part of the Club’s 75th Jubilee celebrations

2019 January Open Show – Steve Simpson

2019 October Open Show – Wayne Jackson 

NW Shows

 The North West Training Class  Little Lever Working Men’s Club 

The venue is opposite the Cricket Ground, Victoria Rd, Little Lever – BL3 IJB

We are in the Cotterill Suite – this is around the back – turn into Heywood Street off Victoria Rd, then first Left into Nelson Street – the car park is on the left at the end of the street – see link to map

Activities start at 7.30

There is a bar on – all are most welcome with or without your dog  


Next Class is on the 20th March 2018



The KC are in reforming mode – click on the KC logo to see what’s going on with the KC and the reforms being implemented over the next few years:-

Can the KC reduce the number of our Clubs?

The new Judges Structure – the KC have summarised all the relevant information on this onto one page – https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/judges-education/breed-show-judges-training/judges-competency-framework

The following excellent booklet encapsulates the essential elements (published February 2018) and I recommend anyone who wants to judge or is a judge to read it.



New rules for Junior Warrant and New Awards for Open Shows

Breed Club Supported General Canine Society Shows


The introduction of Champion Classes at Breed Club Ch shows from Jan 2018

To see the KC announcement follow the link:-


Already a couple of our Clubs are introducing this innovative (?) measure at their 2018 Ch shows – Morecambe Bay & Cumbria SBTC and Notts & Derby SBTC – so we won’t have long to wait to see how this goes.

The KC have defined the Breed Co-ordinator role and introduced a form for nomination of potential candidates (to be nominated by Breed Clubs/Breed Councils)

Latest update  – 20th March 2018

Pilot trials are taking place in late April 2018 concerning the Eye For A Dog assessment required for JCF Level 2 judges (to enable them to go to Level 3, along with mentoring and observations during judging)

Click on the KC logo for more

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North Westers Out & About

Flo Latham – Life Vice President – celebrates her 100th birthday

Today the 26th August 2017 a party was organised to celebrate this (increasingly regular) event – at Flo’s home in Burnage, Manchester. Around 50 people attended, mainly family which included Flo’s daughter Sandra Bailey, a former Show Secretary for the North West (in the early 70’s).

Representing the Club was our Chairman Archie Bryden and Show Secretary Eleanor Boote and a splendid bouquet of flowers was presented to Flo, plus a card depicting perhaps the Latham’s most famous dog Champion Topcroft Toreador.







Also attending from the Club were fellow LVP’s Norman & Dorothy Berry along with others from Flo’s era – Linda Miller, Betty Smith and Tec & Elaine Norton – we had three Topcroft Staffords from Harry & Flo.


Subsequent to this party Flo has sent us, the North West, a thank you letter – see photos – amazing!!









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