We got our first Ridgeback in 1988 and have been honoured to be involved with the breed ever since. In 1990 we imported our first stud dog, Rockridge Columbus, from Bill & Joey Howard of the Rockridge Kennels in South Africa. This gave us the foundation for our own kennel which we named Rocksham. We are very selective in our breeding, taking great care as to what and when we breed. Over the past 30 years we have produced many Champions to Irish, GB & International titles but more importantly have maintained good health and temperament within our breeding.
I started judging in 1992 at Open Show level and in 1998 I progressed to my first Championship appointment in Ireland awarding Green Stars (CACs/CCs) in Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Since then I have been privileged to have judged the breed at National & International Championship level in many other countries including South Africa, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Guernsey, Estonia and France. I am also approved to and have award CCs in Rhodesian Ridgebacks under English Kennel Club Regulations.
Apart from Rhodesian Ridgebacks I am approved to judge all Breeds in FCI Groups 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 10 at National and International level and All Breeds in FCI Group 1 at National Level. I am also approved and have judged Best in Show at both National and International Level.
I am President and Show Manager of my local All Breed Championship Club, Newtownards & District Canine Club and retired Chairman and Committee Member of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Ireland.