Officers & Committee of The Merseyside Boxer
President - Mrs Margaret Wildman | Chairman - Mr Frank Wildman | Vice-Chairman - Mr W Hitchen | Treasurer - Mr Steve McArdle
Secretary - Mrs Marion McArdle | Honorary Life Vice-President - Mrs Maureen Wragg who is also a life member
Miss Jennifer Sweeney | Miss Katherine Jackson | Miss Jenny Eaton | Miss Claire McClusker | Mrs Pauline Hitchen | Miss Elizabeth Rankin | Miss Catherine Rankin | Jill Lownsbrough
Mr Paul Potter | Mr Stephen P McArdle |
Mr Mark Thornett | Mr Paul Lownsborough | Mr Paul Potter
This is the official website of the
Merseyside Boxer Club. The club is officially registered and
recognised by The UK Kennel Club. We hope that you will visit
our site often and enjoy the content.
We will keep you updated and informed of all news, events, rallies and dog training nights happening at the dog club as well as other items, ranging from articles and talks on dog healthcare through to Club association products for sale.
We hope you enjoy your visit to our website and if you are a Boxer dog owner and can travel to our club, why not come down and see us at our Thursday night dog Training Nights at St Marys Millennium Centre, West Derby, Liverpool...you will receive good advice and a warm welcome from soon to be friends.
The first meeting of the Merseyside Boxer Club was held at the Stork Hotel, Liverpool on the 9th July 1950 with the Countess of Derby as the first patron. The first show was held on the 16th September of the same year at the Lord Lloyd Memorial Hall, Liverpool. Although the first show made a loss it was deemed a successful start to the new venture. Monthly club meetings were held and the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) financial report presented a balance of £58, 19 shillings and 8 pence.
Through the last 50 years the club has prospered well. We have invited judges from all over the world to officiate at our shows........from the USA to Germany, Holland, Scandinavia, Belgium and other parts of Europe.
Today, the President of the club is
Margaret Wildman, who along with her husband Frank, joined the
society in the 1960s. Frank holds the position of Chairman and both are renowned international judges of
Boxers and many
other breeds. They have judged all over the world, including Russia,
Spain, Holland, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Italy and many other
countries. Margaret and Frank are both Honorary Life Vice-Presidents
of the club.
Frank is a previous incumbent of Chair of the Boxer Breed Council, which is a union of the 15 Boxer Breed clubs in the UK, so the Merseyside Boxer Club plays a big part in the Boxer dog world in general.
Secretary of the club is Marion McArdle who has held the position since 2000.
Marion has been judging Boxer dogs since 1989 and shows
Boxers and Bullmastiffs under the affix Mcarmadale. Marion is also
Assistant Secretary of Maghull and Merseyside Canine Society.
Her husband Steve McArdle has been Treasurer of the Merseyside Boxer Club since 1996, he is also treasurer of a local canine society and is the Chief Steward of Manchester Dog Show Society, who hold their annual General Championship Show at Stafford County Showground. Steve has judged two boxer breed club shows and judged at the British Boxer Club in March 2008.
Vice Chairman of the Merseyside is Bill Hitchen, who is an important part of the club along with his wife Pauline, who is a committee member. The two work very hard for the society, especially at our shows.
The society runs a dog Training Class every Thursday evening at St Marys Millennium Centre, West Derby, Liverpool, from 8-10pm. It provides the opportunity to participate in show and obedience training. We believe in training people to train their own dogs. We also encourage young people of all ages to take part. We have a Junior Handlers class, where the Juniors compete each week for points, aiming toward achieving the title of Junior Handler of the Year.
What We Do
The objective of the club is to further the Boxer Breed in every possible way with Membership open to persons worldwide.
Each year, the club holds a Members
Limited Show, an Open
Show, and a Breed Club Championship
Show with the permission of the Kennel
Club. Have a look at our
Show Archive, for
Pictures and Results from all Merseyside Boxer Club Dog Shows since
We also hold weekly Training classes in obedience and ring craft which is patronised by everyone from seasoned exhibitors to raw novices, taking place every Thursday night of the year.
On the first Thursday of every month we hold a Rally Night, where the "Best Handled Adult" and "Best Handled Puppy" winners qualify for the Merseyside Boxer Club "Dog of the Year" competition. The Dog of the Year Competition is held on the first Thursday of December every year and commences at 8pm.
Feel free to explore our site to find out more about us and our activities, we hope you enjoy it!