Afghan Hounds

Our interest in Afghans began in 1978. Whilst staying with our record producer, Ken Gold, I fell in love with his two Afghan Hounds and purchased one the very next day! He slept the day away in a London studio whilst we were recording our big hit record 'Can you feel the force'. He was presented to a sleepy Julie at 02:00 in the morning. We named him 'Oscar' and, at that time, I had no thoughts about shows or showdogs, although I was no stranger to exhibiting having competed with cows at the huge Liverpool Show. The school I went to had a working farm and a herd of pedigree Jersey cows.

Julie introduced me to Richard Kirkham of Jhansi Kennels who was showing Afghans at the time. He took us to a show and we were hooked. Through Richard we were introduced to the late Meriel Hitchens of Ashihna Kennels. They had a litter at the time by the top Afghan Ch Oregano Tarragon of Karnak x Ch Ashihna Charmayana. Meriel allowed us to own in partnership the pick of the litter dog, Ch Ashihna Raoul, who became our first show dog.

Raoul had a stunning career becoming our first Champion. He won the C.C. and B.O.B at Crufts in 1984 and 1985 topping this by winning the Hound Group in 1985 (Judge Mr Joe Braddon). He is also the sire of the current breed record holder Ch Solomons Seal of Karnak.

When Meriel repeated the mating we purchased our foundation bitch Ashihna Charmaine. Charmaine produced two litters to Ch Sharazah night Gambler. The first litter produced our very first home-bred Ch Viscount Grant. 'Gable' had a spectacular show career; he became a multi group and BIS winner, including BIS Crufts 1987. He also won the other most prestigious award Dog World Spillers Pup of the Year 1985. Gable was campaigned for 2.5 seasons. He was used very sparingly at stud and produced two Champions: Ch Kulute Miles Ahead - Top Afghan and B.O.B at Crufts 1994 and Ch Sharazah Shannon. Charmaine's second litter produced our beautiful Ch Sadé Solace. Solace was one of the youngest Afghan bitches to win a C.C. being only 13 months at the time off the late Harry Jordan.

Solace produced in her first litter 3 Champions: Ch Sadé Hi-Ranger to Sharazah, Ch Sadé Regina at Ifmaraf and Ch Sadé Sovreign at Sarakhan. She also produced the C.C. and R.C.C winner Sadé Laeci. Ranger had a great show career winning 19 C.C.s, Top Afghan and B.O.B at Crufts in 1995.

Solace's second litter produced the lovely South African Ch. Sadé Lionheart at Kohinoor, who has been so important as a stud dog in South Africa and also R.C.C winners.

Her daughter, Sadé Laeci, produced two litters. Her first by Ch Karaburan Jelly Roll Morton producing Ch Sadé Berryk who qualified for Pup of the Year. Her second litter by Ch Saxonmill Spitting Image produced our lovely Ch Sadé Force who was another Pup of the Year qualifier.

Irish Wolfhounds

I have always wanted an Irish Wolfhound probably as long as we have had Afghans. This became possible through Zena Thorn Andrews of the Drakesleat Kennels who entrusted us with the fabulous Ch Drakesleat Odyn. Drake came to us at 10 weeks old and we have never been without one since. Drake became our first Wolfhound champion and was also a multi Hound Group winner. Zena then gave us our foundation bitch Ch Drakesleat Adyr. Adyr had a great career and was a Pup of the Year qualifier as well as becoming a champion at a very young age. Adyr had one litter to Ch Ballalyns Himself which produced our group winning Ch Sadé Rannyk who was another Pup of the Year qualifier.

Rannyk produced our dual C.C. winning bitch Ballalyns Skys the Limit to Sadé, who when mated to Ch Caredig Kava of Sadé, produced a great litter containing two champions and a C.C. winner. We were lucky enough to purchase Kava from the Caredig Kennels. Kava was pick of the litter from the males and had a spectacular career, winning multi Hound Groups and a Best in Show. We kept a dog Porryk and a bitch Jynnx from this litter with both becoming champions. Jynnx crowned her career by winning the C.C. at Crufts in 2009.

Porryk was mated to Bokra Samosa and produced the prolific winning Ch Bokra Wallace to Sadé who was another Hound Group winner and winner of the C.C. at Crufts in 2009, the C.C. at Irish Wolfhound Club in 2009 and the Graham Shield Wolfhound Club in 2010. When Wallace mated to Ch Seplecur Letitia it produced our latest star Ch Seplecur Berthia to Sadé who became a champion at just 18 months and gained her title at The Irish Wolfhound Championship Show.