History of Ridgeville Kennels
Here are some photos with a little history of Ridgeville Kennels.
We are located on 26 acres in the heart of the Niagara peninsula in a rural area called the Effingham Short Hills. This piece of land was actually crown land that my great great grandfather purchased in the 1800's from the Government of Canada.
I have enjoyed many generations knowing my Grandparents well, growing up next to them and having a strong sense of family, and what it takes to work together long term and build something great.
Here is a photo of my late grandfather modelling the latest eyewear in 1972. His name was Lochlin, who incidentally inspired my parents for my middle name. Lochlin was an accomplished horseman and always had dogs on the farm, in my youngest years a pair of Dalmatians called Nip and Tuck, then a chocolate Chesapeake named Brownie and later another golden Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Bess. He was instrumental in shaping my appreciation for animals and learning how to handle them with respect.
As a youth not much would hold me back, not even my older brother.
Rolling's Ophelias Elf
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My first ridgeback "Jake"
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In Spring of 1976 my parents began showing their bitch and completed her championship, then went on to breed her to a South African Import named Bosun, producing a litter of pups with a few that went on to do very very well showing. In my teenage years my favorite companion was 'Jake' from this litter pictured in the leaves. This is how I got my start with Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
Jake and I at age 17
In later years I graduated University with a degree in Kinesiology and developped a good understanding of the physics and anatomy of movement which has helped me with my breeding program of today. Temperament still being a major consideration, we strive to produce an outgoing rugged example of the breed that fits in well as part of our family.
The sporting gang in the raft is my two boys Justin and Alex, along for an adventure.
Welcome to my world.