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Universal Sieger June 7th to 9th 2019 We are pleased to bring you an update about our progress with the organisation of the 2019 Universal Sieger. As you may be aware, 2019 is the GSD League of Great Britain’s centenary and we are honoured to be hosting the Universal Sieger that year. This will be the 9th Universal Sieger and is one of the most progressive World Championships for any breed with a focus on health, working ability and conformation. Venue Sadly, as we worked through the detailed planning of the event, it became clear that Cirencester Park – although a truly magnificent venue – was going to be very challenging in several ways for the Universal Sieger event. We have been extremely lucky to have secured an alternative venue – Nantwich Town Football Club, Nantwich, Cheshire. The obedience, protection and conformation phases of the event will all be held at this excellent stadium and the tracking will take place at an equestrian event centre approximately 30 minutes’ drive from the football club. We would like to thank Tony Davison and Vicki Williams from Nantwich Town Football Club and Phil Latham from the equestrian centre for their enthusiastic support of the Universal Sieger and Countess Bathurst for her much-appreciated offer of Cirencester Park. Sponsorship We are delighted to announce our partnership with Arden Grange as Principal Sponsors of the 2019 Universal Sieger. Arden Grange have for many years had close ties with the GSD League of Great Britain and it is wonderful that they will be sharing this momentous event with us. We are most grateful to Arden Grange for their very generous funding sponsorship as well as providing food prizes and administrative support. Arden Grange was founded 21 years ago and is one of the most successful pet food brands in the UK and across Europe. We are also pleased to announce that Eurojoe have agreed to be primary sponsors of the 2019 Universal Sieger and will be providing all of the IPO equipment required for the event. Eurojoe are suppliers of top quality IPO equipment and dog sport clothing. We will also be working with Eurojoe on a range of merchandising to commemorate this historic event which will be available to purchase from July 2018. We have also received financial support from the GSD League Working Dog Group and several clubs and members. A full list of those people, clubs and organisations making donations will be posted on the Universal Sieger 2019 website which is currently under construction and is planned for launch in July 2018. The GSD League of Great Britain thanks all those who have contributed so far to the event. We have so far raised just under £13,000 and estimate our costs will be in the region of £35,000 so we have plenty of work to do. If anyone would like further information on the event or sponsorship whether they are able to make a donation themselves or know of an organisation who might be interested in sponsoring the event then please e-mail the event general secretary, Dawn Bettany ( [email protected] ) who will send you an information pack. Later this year we will be organising a fund-raising evening and a Grand Prize Draw – more information to follow.

Universal Sieger Working Party

Shirley Hutchinson [email protected] 07803 175333 Joint Event Manager Working Party Chair Arden Grange Liaison Nantwich Town FC Liaison

Eric Wight [email protected] 07931 778394

Joint Event Manager Tracking Land Liaison

Dawn Bettany [email protected] 07568 084425

Event General Secretary

Steve Byfield [email protected] 07836 224250

Trade Stand Manager Eurojoe Liaison

Gavin Smith [email protected] 07796 670356

Tracking Manager

Henriette Bohnstedt [email protected] 07896 308156

Protection Manager

Carole Lister [email protected] 07966 457143

Treasurer SV Liaison

Lorraine Foster [email protected] 07973 320413

Meetings Secretary

Ang Walden [email protected] 07932 011384

Volunteers Co-ordinator

Mo Lakin [email protected] 07940 523249

Closing Ceremony Manager

Travis Foster [email protected] 07973 320413

Assistant Tracking Manager

Alyson Reilly [email protected] 07711 195318

Grand Prize Draw Co-ordinator