The RWBA turned 40 in 2012
Overview of the Rottweiler Working and Breeding Association’s 40 years of existence:
The Rottweiler Working and Breeding Association (RWBA) was formed in 1972 in Sandton by Dudley and Pam Bennet. The first obedience training classes started on the grounds of Sandton;s Fire Station. In 1976 the training venue was relocated to Ernest Ullman Park in Sandton. Lots of new members joined and soon there was a need for more training classes. The club expanded to such an extent that it was affiliated to KUSA (Kennel Union of Southern Africa).
We held our first Open Show in 1976 and a year later our Open Qualifying Show. This was one of the biggest Open Qualifying Shows ever. We invited an overseas judge for our first Championship Show and everyone that could have entered and attended this show did. In the early 1980’s we relocated to the Epol grounds in Midrand, where training took place for many years. The club expanded further and we held most of our Champion shows at the Epol show grounds. When that property was sold for development, we moved to the Chloorkop Primary School and later to Midrand Training Institute, our current training centre.
Some of our highlights over the past 40 years:
We were one of the founder member clubs that formed the Rottweiler Breed Council of KUSA.
Through the RWBA, Dudley Bennet was responsible for the introduction of Aptitude Testing in South Africa. The APT test became one of the most prestigious qualifications and titles that one could add to a Rottweiler’s pedigree.
The RWBA hosted the first Grand Victor Show in South Africa in 1990 and we invited guest judges, Johan Millen and Dieter Hoffman. We had to close the entries at 175; the biggest RBC Grand Victor show ever.
Over the years we also hosted several RBC Grand Victor shows, but the show in the year 2000 was really something special for us as a club because it was the start of the new millennium.
We financed the attendance of two international judges, one from Austria and one from the Netherlands.
The RWBA is proud to have played a part in inviting many ADRK Rottweiler Specialist Judges from Germany to judge our shows and to train our Specialist Judges on grading and critiquing. After the Rottweiler Breed Council was formed, they took over the responsibility to train our own Rottweiler Specialist Judges.
Over the past 40 years we have trained thousands of Rottweiler’s during our Sunday afternoon sessions and later on during our Saturday Training sessions in Pretoria. Tommie Bezuidenhout, Chris Pretorius and Prof. Jan Kruger established the RWBA Pretoria branch, which has been running for 25 years.
Apart from the obedience training, we also started training our dogs to compete in IPO’s and were the first Rottweiler club to host the KUSA National IPO Championship Show. We were also the first to invite a specialist Rottweiler IPO trainer, Martin Hillgemann. He was the first ADRK IPO trainer that hosted two three-week, in-depth IPO seminars. The well-being of Rottweiler’s has and will always be the focus and priority of the RWBA.