D W Dawson won the YCC award for Best in Show on four separate occasions, for three years in succession in 1965, 1966, 1967 and again in 1970. Each win was achieved with a different unflighted exhibit.

It was his win at the National Exhibiton of Cage & Aviary Birds which earned his place in history though, becoming only the second Yorkshire canary breeder to win the covetted Haddon Trophy for Supreme Exhibit, with an unflighted clear yellow hen.

Jim is pictured at the national with his winning exhibit.