Officers and History

Officers & Committee


Chairman:
Mr. Keith Pearson (Nashnall)

Vice Chairman:
Mr. Rob Dunning

Secretary:
 Mrs. Jenny Wedge (Rioccajen)
nppasecretary@gmail.com

Treasurer & Membership Secretary:
Mrs. Eileen Segui (Arranbourne)
treasurernppa@gmail.com

Committee:
Above +
Mrs. Gillian Cowen
Mrs. Sue Dunning (Anjuskar)
Ms. Jessica Gruninger (Darkle) *
Mrs. Susan Pearson (Nashnall) **
Mrs. Anna Sampson (Morialta)

* NPPA Health Administrator: jessica.darkle@gmail.com
** NPPA Rescue Coordinator: skpearson4080@gmail.com



Patron & Presidents


Patron:

Sr. Luis Pinto Teixeira

President: 
Mr. Andrew H. Brace

Vice Presidents:   
Sr. Vasco Matias (Vale do Cutileiro)
Sra. Carla Molinari (Do Vale Negro)
Sr. Miguel Sabino (Viamonte)

Formation

As the breed was establishing itself in the UK, several Podengo enthusiasts had enquired about potential events which may be planned for Podengos and their owners in the North of England. In the early days, it would not have been viable to hold such an event both from a geographical and an economic perspective. However, the numbers of Podengo in Scotland and the Northern Counties are steadily rising, making such a prospect wholly feasible.

With this in mind, several like-minded members of the Podengo community started to discuss the possibility of forming a small group that would serve those Podengos and owners who live in the northern parts of the country. The primary aim would be to provide help, advice and social networking opportunities. An informal gathering took place early in 2009 and the Northern Portuguese Podengo Association was born.

Following that initial meeting, the framework of the Association was agreed and all key Officer and Committee positions were filled. The Association then found itself in a position to launch the Northern Portuguese Podengo Association (Proposed) in its own right and towards the end of 2011, it was recognised by the Kennel Club officially.

The membership, whilst modest in numbers at first, is rising steadily and has now reached well over 100 members. Interested Podengo owners and enthusiasts of the breed wishing to join the Association should contact the Membership Secretary either direct or by following the links on the Membership Page of this website.

Achievements
  • February 2009: Conception of the Northern Portuguese Podengo Association.
  • July 2009: Official launch of the Association; website established.
  • August 2009: Health Watch System Developed .
  • Breed Shop established.
  • Membership at December 2010 Total: approaching 100 individual members.
  • Podengo classes at Chesterfield Open Show sponsored and supported by NPPA .
  • Inaugural and 2nd Annual General Meetings 2010/2011.  
  • October 2011: NPPA's first Seminar hailed a great success, the breed standard having been presented by the extremely knowledgeable Portuguese Podengo breeder and judge, Carla Molinari.
  • DECEMBER 2011: THE NORTHERN PORTUGUESE PODENGO ASSOCIATION IS OFFICIALLY RECOGNISED BY THE KENNEL CLUB AS A REGISTERED ORGANISATION.
  • September 2012: the NPPA held its first Open Show.
  • 2013 - 2020: 2nd - 10th Open Shows.
  • 2021: original website retired and a new one launched.