The 1st Licensed Show was held on November 22, 1964, at Grossmont High School with an entry of 1258 dogs and an obedience entry of 71. The Superintendent was Jack Bradshaw Sr. and Claire Bradshaw. The entry fee was $6.00 and catalogues sold for $1.50. The trophies were Gregorian Copper and the Officers and Show Committee were:
Show Chair -
Dr. S.T. Kurtz Thelma Brown George Miller
James Griffith Carl Sharratt
The 2nd Licensed show was held on May 23, 1965, at Wells Park, El Cajon.
The 9th Licensed show was held in May 1972 and, that summer, the Del Sur Kennel Club became a Member Club of the American Kennel Club.
The 10th show, held on Nov. 4, 1972, was the first show as a American Kennel Club Member Club. Since that date there have been two shows held each year.
The 21st thru the 29th shows were held at Kennedy Park in El Cajon. Thereafter shows were held at Mt Helix High School, Optimist Club in Bonita and, in 1989, 25 years after the first show, the November show, #44, was held at Grossmont High School.
In 1992, the Del Sur & Cabrillo Kennel Clubs combined to start holding shows at the Rancho Santa Fe Polo Club grounds in Rancho Santa Fe. The first show was on Saturday, November 7, 1992, and was Del Sur's 50th show. Cabrillo's show was held on November 8, 1992. The Del Sur show on November 11, 1995, will be #56. With the change in location the club's colors were changed to Red and Gray.
Eugene Freeland, a founding member, originated the name of the club, Del Sur. Roughly meaning "of the South" or "southern", referring to the club's original AKC service area of southern San Diego County. The original Del Sur logo was designed by an employee of Edward Hornig, a founding member. In 1977, at the suggestion of Beverly Holt, the Club logo was refined by John Wixey, a club member, and a die was made for the present Club Medallion which is used for many purposes. A new die was made at a later date but the design is identical to the original. The Medallion was first used for some trophies for the November 1977 show.
The foregoing information was assembled over the years with the help of Curtis Brown, Milton Walker, Audrie Johnson, Douglas Shipley, Georjean Jensen, the official club minutes and show catalogs and miscellaneous letters.
~ Compiled by Art Carter, October 20, 1995