I started showing Golden Retrievers when I was 11 years old, and have maintained my love and enthusiasm for this beautiful breed for 48 years.
I was first attracted to the breed by a beautiful male called Rex - Australian Champion Sandleigh Romulus - who belonged to the elder sister of a girl I did ballet with. I would see him sitting proudly in his owner's car every week and I adored his long, honey coloured coat.
I began attending a few shows with them and started showing Rex myself to help out; completing his Aust Champ title with a Best in Group at the Huon Agricultural Show.
Rex was duly mated to a bitch, bred by Roger Bridgford of Taumac Kennels in Victoria - Taumac Saffron. She produced a litter of 7 puppies and my parents finally relented and let me have a puppy.
She went on to become Australian Champ Ormesby Karexon, and was the dam of my first homebred champion - Australian Champ Kaparla Malita Gold.
And so my love affair began!
The name "Kaparla" was basically a make up name but it derived from a motor-cruiser boat that I admired in the marina near home.
No particular person or dog is responsible for my ambitions and inspirations of yesterday or today, or for my many hopes for tomorrow. However a 'cast of thousands' come to mind for influencing my decision-making along the way.
I consider that my greatest achievements in the dog world have occurred over the last twenty years, particularly in relation to my show success, as I have bred many Golden Retrievers carrying the Kaparla prefix who have won IN SHOW and OPP SEX IN SHOW awards at SPECIALTY GOLDEN RETRIEVER SHOWS in every state of Australia, and on both islands of New Zealand.
NOT BAD FOR A ONE MAN BAND!!!!!
Many of those dogs are:
Aust SUPREME Grand Ch & NZ Ch Kaparla Wicketkeeper (Tas)
Aust Grand Ch Kaparla Star Prospect (Tas)
Aust/NZ Ch Kaparla Aran Moonmyth (Tas & NZ)
Aust Ch Kaparla Loch Isle (Tas) & Aust/NZ Ch Kaparla Loch Invar (NZ)& Kaparla Loch Lorne (NZ)
Aust Ch Kaparla None But the Brave (Tas, Qld, NSW, Vic) & his sister Aust Ch Kaparla LongKiss Gnight (Tas).
Aust Ch Kaparla Time Keeper (Tas) & Aust Ch Kaparla Its Supernatural (Tas)
Aust Ch Kaparla Strikeup Theband (Tas), Aust Ch Kaparla Band Together (SA) & Aust Ch Kaparla Bandmaster (Tas, WA)
Kaparla Clan McCafferty (Tas) & Kaparla Clan McLarren (Tas)
Kaparla the Statesman (NZ) & Kaparla What For Now (NZ)
Aust Ch Kaparla Rumour N Innuendo (Tas) & Kaparla About That Rumour (SA)
Kaparla Keeper of Peace (Tas) & Kaparla Too Hot to Handle (Tas)
Kaparla Standing Ovation (Tas) & Aust Ch Kaparla Just an Illusion (Tas, NSW) and her daughter Aust Ch Kaparla Live The Dream (SA, NSW, Tas), Aust Ch Kaparla Such is Life (Tas, NSW) & her brother Aust Ch Kaparla Stand N Deliver (Tas).
Kaparla Team Reader (WA) & Aust Ch Kaparla Who Says So (WA) & Aust Ch Kaparla Hows That and Aust Ch Kaparla Legal Eagle (Vic,SA,NSW), Kaparla Yeah Baby (SA); Aust Sup Ch/NZ Ch Kaparla Wicketkeeper won Opp sex Baby in Show at the 7th GR National in June 2008 S Aust.
Kaparla One for All won Junior in Show at a Gundog Specialty Show under International Breed Specialist Mrs Valerie Foss, author of 6 books on the breed.
The Champions that I have bred are:
Aust Ch Kaparla Malita Gold, Aust Ch Kaparla Ragamuffin, Aust Ch Kaparla Expression, Aust Ch Kaparla Star Edition, Aust Grand Ch Kaparla Star Prospect, Aust Ch & NZ Ch Kaparla Aran Moonmyth, NZ Ch Kaparla Aran Moonmagic, Aust Ch Kaparla Loch Isle, Aust Ch & NZ Ch Kaparla Loch Invar, Aust Ch Kaparla Time Keeper, Aust Ch Kaparla Strikeup the Band, Aust Ch Kaparla Nonebut the Brave, Aust Ch Kaparla Longkiss Gnight, Aust Ch Kaparla Bandmaster, Aust Ch Kaparla Just an Illusion and her brother Aust Ch Kaparla Its Supernatural, Aust Ch Kaparla Rumour N Innuendo, Aust Ch Kaparla Clan McBride, Aust Ch Kaparla Hows That, her litter brother Aust Ch Kaparla Who Says So and Aust Ch Kaparla The Band Playedon.
More recently Aust Ch Kaparla Live the Dream, and 3 litter siblings Aust Ch Kaparla Stand N B Counted, Aust Ch Kaparla Stand N Deliver and Aust Ch Kaparla Such is Life,
Aust Ch Kaparla On A Mission, Aust Ch Kaparla Raise The Stakes
Aust Ch Kaparla Legal Eagle in Melbourne and litter sister Aust Ch Kaparla Guilty As Charged finished her title 6 days later. Kaparla Wicketkeeper and Kaparla Rhythm Omy Heart were both titled at only 12 months! Wicketkeeper's sister in Melbourne Aust Ch Kaparla Classic Catch is also titled as is his litter brother Aust Ch Kaparla Nightwatchman; and now his daughters Aust CH Kaparla Winner Takes All and Aust Ch Kaparla Inthe Winners Circle. Aust Ch Kaparla Air Supply, Aust Supreme Ch Kaparla Formula One(AI), Aust CH Kaparla Back To Back (AI), and litter sister Aust CH Kaparla Got Your Back (AI).
More recently the next generation of Kaparla dogs have been titled: Aust Ch Kaparla Bonne Jour (French Bulldog), BISS Aust Ch Kaparla Look At Me Now (AI), Aust CH/Sth African Ch Kaparla Ticket To Ride, Aust Ch Kaparla Strike A Pose, Multi BIS Aust SUPREME Ch Kaparla Game Plan, Aust Ch Kaparla Take Your Time, Aust Ch Kaparla Total Recall, Aust Ch Kaparla Lunar Mission,Aust Ch Kaparla Committed No Crime (AI), Aust Ch Kaparla Self Portrait and Aust Ch Kaparla All Fired Up. - KAPARLA CHAMPION NUMBER 50!
There are many other Kaparla dogs on the way to their titles.
There are 8 other goldies owned/campaigned by me to their titles:
Aust Ch Sandleigh Romulus, Aust Ch Ormesby Karexon, Aust/NZ Ch Arangold My Magic Moment (Imp NZ), Aust/NZ Ch Arangold Autumn Albion (Imp NZ), Aust/NZ Ch Charterhall Laird O Aran (Imp NZ), our beautiful Aust Ch Dalius Band of Gold (Imp Scotland)and lastly my Belgium import Aust Ch Golden RoseBays Drummerboy.
In November 2000 I was thrilled to have SIX Kaparla goldens represent my kennels at the Victorian Golden Retriever Club 3rd National with Mr Ray Strudwick (Burpham UK) as the judge. Five of these dogs were placed, four of them in the first 3, out of some enormous classes of quality dogs.
4 Kaparla Goldens were placed under Mrs Heather Morris (Sandusky) in South Aust at their Specialty in July 2001, and Aust Ch Kaparla Just an Illusion won Res CC bitch and the Intermediate class under Mr Mervyn Philpott (Westley)in Sydney in September 2001 whilst Aust Ch Kaparla None But the Brave won the Aus Bred dog class and Kaparla Who Says So won Intermediate in Show in Western Australia under Mr Philpott a week later.
Biggest thrill of my lifetime was to breed the Best in Show winner Aust Champion Kaparla Who Says So, at the Perth 4th National in August 2002 under Mrs Heather Morss of Xanthos kennels UK!! Aust Ch Kaparla Just an Illusion and Aust Ch Kaparla Loch Isle were placed in West Aust. Aust Ch Kaparla None But the Brave won his Aus Bred dog class AGAIN. He was the Res Dog CC winner and Best Intermediate in Show at the 2nd GR National in Qld under Mrs Pauline Bevis in 1999.
In 2004 in NSW at the 5th National under Mrs Ainslie Mills from Canada, Aust Ch Stand N Deliver, Aust Ch Such is Life, Aust Ch Kaparla None But the Brave were all placed from huge class entries.
In November 2006 at the 6th GR National, judged by Mr and Mrs Barbara/Peter Mills of Millwater UK, no fewer than 10 Kaparla goldens excelled with wins and places. They were Kaparla Guilty As Charged, Kaparla Legal Eagle and Kaparla Objection Overuled, Kaparla Its Raining Men, Kaparla Backstreet Boys, Aust Ch Kaparla Its Supernatural, Aust Ch Kaparla Rumour N Innuendo, Aust Ch Kaparla Such Is Life (Best Opp Aus Bred in Show), Aust Ch Kaparla Just An Illusion (also the winner of Dam and Progeny under Mr Mervyn Philpott of Westley fame), Aust Ch Stand N Deliver (winner of Best Sire and Progeny under M Philpott); plus my Xanthos import Xanthos Are You Talking To Me was 2nd in Minor Puppy Class.
At the 7th GR National in June 2008 in Adelaide young Mason (Kaparla Wicketkeeper) won many hearts and also Opp Baby in Show; Annie (Kaparla Rhythm Omy Heart) came 2nd in the large Baby Bitch Class and Lola (Kaparla Song N Dance) was shortlisted.
I am proud to have been approached on several occassions to have the dogs appear on commercials on TV, on the 'big screen' in Napoleon, and currently have a Kaparla representative on the cover of Adult Supercoat dogfood bags, and I featured in an article in the Sept 2002 issue of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine as one of Australia's most respected and top breeders!.
If I had three wishes they would be:
1: That my commitment to the breed continues to be rewarded by the success of the many lovely dogs that I am in contact with;
2: That the Golden Retriever Breed be preserved for all its correct characteristics of beauty and gentleness whilst allowing awareness, evolution and genetics education to continue to decrease the possibilities of hereditary problems associated with the breed;
3: That people value, love and respect their dogs and their friends unconditionally.