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23rd December 2010

Darlington selected for Petplan Junior Stakes 2011 show

Petplan, the UK's favourite pet insurance provider, has announced that the Darlington Championship Dog Show will host a General Championship Show will host a Petplan's Junior Stakes qualifier next year.

Darlington Championship Dog Show will receive support from Petplan, which includes a £5,000 financial investment, to help with running costs and advertising, and as well as receiving marketing support, which will include being promoted to Petplan's extensive customer base. The show will feature in Petplan's bi-annual customer magazine, monthly e-newsletters and dedicated websites for customers and breeders. The additional exposure will help increase public awareness and create excitement within the breeder and dog showing community.

Held in the picturesque parklands of the prestigious Newbury Hall, near Ripon, the Darlington Dog Show is considered the event for dog-lovers in the North of England. Possibly unique in the Championship Show league, it schedules all breeds with or without Challenge Certificates, and to encourage the younger generation of dog showing it offers KCJO and YKC handling classes.

David Guy, the Society Secretary, is overjoyed with the news that the Society had been selected to run one of the four heats of the Petplan Junior Stakes competition.

Petplan's Marketing Manager Alison Andrew commented, "We were delighted with the response from the General Championship Shows who wanted to be part of this competition, and I'd like to thank all the shows that took the time to make a submission. It was a very tough decision, but we'd like to congratulate all the selected shows. We're looking forward to working with the Darlington Championship Dog Show and I have no doubt this year's Petplan Junior Stakes will be bigger and better than ever."

The Petplan Junior Stakes, now in its 17th year, has established itself as a popular and well supported event in the UK dog showing circuit, open to dogs and bitches between 6-8 months old, and the four chosen shows have all expressed their delight at the opportunity to be involved in such a well established competition.

The remaining shows chosen to host a Petplan Junior Stakes qualifier are: Bath Canine Society, Southern Counties Canine Association and Blackpool Canine Society.

Notes to editors

Petplan is the largest pet insurance provider in the world, offering comprehensive lifetime pet insurance cover for dogs, cats and rabbits.

Established more than 30 years ago, it is part of Allianz Insurance, one of the largest general insurers in the UK.

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