Since 1962, under the Calahorra prefix, we have had dogs, our major involvement has been with Afghan Hounds and Whippets, we also owned and bred some Salukis, were amongst the earliest importers of Chinese Cresteds, and have also bred and shown Greyhounds, co owned a Deerhound, and owned and shown a successful Lakeland.
To date at least 246 Championship titles have been conferred on Calahorra-bred Afghan Hounds worldwide, plus 96 Whippets, and four Salukis.
In reverse, we have imported Afghan Hounds, Whippets and Chinese Cresteds from England, America, and Denmark. Through judicious use of their valued bloodlines, many have made very significant contributions to their relevant breeds.
We also have bred three Best In Show winning Afghan Hounds at Sydney Royal and two Best in Show winners at Brisbane Royal. Both are records to our knowledge untouched by any other breeder in any other breed, ever.
I have been an All Breeds judge since 1971 and have officiated on numerous occasions in America, Europe and Asia. I have also judged many prestigious Contests of Champions in various countries, including at the famous event in Finland on two occasions and the renowned Gran Prix at St Gallen in Switzerland.
For almost my entire time in the dog world I have been deeply involved in canine administration, serving for many years on numerous committees.
I was instrumental many years ago in developing the Junior Showmanship Competition in NSW into the important position it now holds.
We have subsequently spent a huge proportion of our lives with publishing first Ring Leader and then subsequently National Dog – The Ring Leader Way.