Most breeders that have an “about us” page will talk about how they first came to be part of the show scene and how it was their first dog that joined them on this journey.
I am not and could not give you that story, you see, I have been within the scene since I can remember, I am a 4th generation born and raised into the dog world. The fun and knowledge will be passed down to my children in years to come. It is a hobby for me and my family alike that we have and will enjoy for many years to come.
As a child I was raised around many different breeds, our main breeds being Cocker Spaniels, English Setters and I have added Golden Retrievers to the mix. We have also owned and shown American Cocker Spaniels, Whippets, English Springer Spaniels, English Pointers, Jack Russell Terriers, Standard Poodles and raced and shown Greyhounds. All breeds that have been part of my family have been shown with success over the time.
Dog showing is a passion and hobby that I most enjoy, and with this comes the breeding. My first litter I can remember I was there to help whelp as when I was 8 years old. My parents left me with the babysitter while they went to purchase a new car, unfortunately our English Setter decided that it was time a day early. The babysitter had no idea and is was left up to me to help clean up mum and her puppies. This was my litter I loved and I remember crying as each pup left for their new homes and telling each buyer how to care for them.
Since then I have learned a lot, including how to let each one go to good new homes. But the memory of each litter still lives in me and the memories and experience will stay with me forever. I always have to remind myself of my mum's saying........... "We Can't Keep Them All!"
Of course Junior handlers was a must for me, using our own breeds English Setters and Cocker Spaniels. Back then the rules for Junior Handlers were - Junior Handlers can only win three times with the same breed. After this you must seek to use another breed. After qualifying twice a search to use "another" dog was on! "A Golden Retriever" someone suggested.....and then came a dog I will always remember...... "Ch. Alubyc SS Enterprise" (Harry). We did a lot of winning in handlers together, and all I ever wanted was a "Harry Pup", as he was a lovely dark gold dog with and I wanted one the same.
The time came a few years later where my wish would come true. My very Own "harry Pup" Harry's Grandson...Ch. Abshe Excel (Rowdy). That was the start of the Golden Retriever lines, from there my lines grew and so did our kennels....now adding Golden's to our Kennel's.
I was the first person to bring an American Import Golden Retriever to the Australian Show rings back in 1997. Since this time I have introduced 5 more to the show scene with many success stories. We also have some future prospects within our sights, to make the journey to our shores. We have also included several future sires held on ice to our list.
We have had many awards both In Show and In Group from owned and bred dogs of WYSIWYG. These accomplishments have been gained under International, Interstate and sometimes Local Judges. I have traveled interstate and overseas to not only handle but also assist moves of my dogs.
The history of show judging also runs deep with my family. My grandfather is an International All Breeds Judge and past CCCQ Councillor (having held this position for over 20 years). He has judged in many countries over the years with great success, with it comes a lot of knowledge and fascinating stories.
My mother was also a licensed Gundog Judge for a while. Now here I stand following the family tradition.....I am currently a licensed Championship show Judge for Gundogs/Sporting Group, Terriers, Hound and the Working Group, and have decided to continue on with studies for the Non Sporting and Utility Groups. Keeping me busy for a while:) I have judged Locally, interstate and Overseas numerous times with my partner who is also an All Breeds Judge.With a wealth of knowledge and history within my family, I look forward to continue on for the future of the breeds and my passion in this hobby.