USKBTC BOARD GIFTS KINGDOM LEADER TROPHY TO SCWTCA
Among the 13 trophies donated by Mr. Daniel A. Brennan to the USKBTC was a cup awarded to a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier dog at the Irish Kennel Club show on St.Patrick’s Day in 1938. The trophy was won by Mr. Patrick Blake’s Ch. Kingdom Leader, the FIRST Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier to become a champion. Kingdom Leader won both his bench and field trial certificates within 12 months.
Mr. Blake, along with Dr.G.J. Pierce, initiated the drive to have the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier recognized as a distinct breed by the Irish Kennel Club in 1934. Matt Blake, Patrick’s son, was a founder of the International Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club and served as it’s chairman.
Recognizing the importance and contributions of both Blakes and Kingdom Leader to the SCWTCA, the USKBTC Board voted unanaimously to gift the five inch trophy cup to them.
Helen Moreland, President of the SCWTCA and Gay Dunlap, with whom I first discussed the possible transfer of this trophy at the Sun Country Terrier Club show in Scottsdale AZ, are most appreciative of the USKBTC Board’s decision.
How best to effect the transfer is being discussed. If not before, the trophy will be delivered at the Montgomery show in October.
Tom Rogers President USKBTC