History and Background
Born in Scotland of Irish parents I was brought up in N. Ireland from the age of 12years. Thus I can claim dual nationality of which I am very proud..
I have had dogs of one breed or another since I was 3 years old and I decided in 1980 that I would like at last to get the breed I had always wanted - the Golden Retriever. With the family now in their early teens I also decided to have a go at showing. Our first bitch was sired by an English bred dog brought into Northern Ireland by the late Canon Hutchinson of the Greenglen affix. We called her Lislone Lady (Gyrima Token - Gullions View) and applied for Lislone as an affix. Our house was called Lislone which was in the townland of Aughlislone in County Antrim. A few wins in her first four shows and the bug had well and truly bitten, and of course my young daughters were keen to show which helped later as the kennel grew.
The following year, 1981, I booked two pups from separate litters from Garbank kennels in Scotland. I had always wanted to have a dog but in the past had always owned bitches, so I bought a dog and a bitch. The dog was Garbank Special Edition of Lislone (Ch Camrose Fabius Tarquin - Sh Ch Garbank Charming Cindy), my Danny. He became Ch and Irish Ch Garbank Special Edition of Lislone. The bitch was Garbank Traviata of Lislone (Noravon Troillus of Camrose - Sh Ch Braydan Classic of Garbank). We called her Lucy. She was slow to mature but many of our present day Goldens go back to her. Danny on the other hand won right from the start at six months old and went right on winning until he was 14 and a half. He was the first Golden campaigned from Northern Ireland to win a Junior Warrant and many years later he was still winning with a CC and BIS in 1994.
My youngest daughter,Tonya, then thirteen years old, showed Lislone Lady to her Irish title. I handled Danny and he became a full Irish Champion at 22 months, the youngest Golden ever to do so in Ireland. He gained his Show Gundog Working Certificate at Field Trials in both Northern Ireland and Eire. He went on to become the breed record holder in Ireland. He sired eleven Champions (in the UK, Ireland and several countries abroad). He also sired six Junior Warrant winners and several CC and Res CC winners.
With Nikki and Toni, my daughters, handling dogs with me we bought another dog. He was called Double Trouble of Lislone (Ch Bethrob Bracken - Millees Sweet Charity). We campaigned him between us to his Junior Warrant, his Irish Champion title and he also won a CC under UK Kennel Club rules. He, like many of our breeding, was happy working to the gun and along with Danny and Sasha got his Show Gundog Working Certificate at a Field Trial. Sadly we lost Django at seven and a half years of age with cancer of the liver. Although one of our lovely boys had gone we continued to breed and show - with some success.
I am very proud of my Goldens - they give me so much love and make me laugh. They are my pets, my friends, my companions as well as my showdogs. I was delighted when at seven and a half years old Fin/Est/Sw Ch Lislone Tartan Special was World Winner 1998 and Group 2 at the World Dog Show in Helsinki. He also has two CCs at Field Trials, a BIS at an All Breeds Championship Show and now many Best Veteran awards.
Lislone was the leading kennel in Ireland 1984-1998. Between 1982 and 1999 we won 143 Green Stars. We won the first CACIB in the breed in Ireland with BOB, the other CACIB going to a Garbank bitch. At the Irish Kennel Club Championship Show (also known as St Patrick's Day Ch Show) we won Green Stars on seven occasions. Lislone is the only kennel to win all four Green Stars on the Irish Circuit three times with the same dog and once with all four BOB's! This was with Danny. Before joining with Jim in joint affixes Lislone owned 1 UK Champion, 6 Irish Champions and 6 Junior Warrant winners and had bred another Junior Warrant winner plus 8 Champions abroad who carry the Lislone affix. In Finland Lislone Korona won 3 CC's, but needed a working certificate to get his title.
PLEASE REMEMER TO CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR DOGS