My first introduction to Afghans and the world of dog shows was through the famous Sacheverell kennel. As a schoolgirl I went to help out at Monica’s boarding kennel and soon became entranced with her varied pack of Great Danes, German Shepherds and an Afghan.
I purchased my first Afghan in 1965 and bred my first litter in 1969. In total I have only bred 9 litters but Afghans carrying the Saxonmill affix have to date won over 100 CC’s, comprising of 18 champions, 12 CC winners and multiple res CC winners and stud book winners.
The foundation bitch behind the Saxonmill line is Ch Sacheverall Kanika of Saxonmill (who goes back to Horningsea lines - in particular CH Koolaba Horningsea Eboni Earl).
Kanika produced just one litter producing Ch Saxonmill Black Currant and Ch Saxonmill Black Iris. Black Currant went on to be a prolific sire with 13 champion children at home and abroad. He was top sire in breed for 1991, ’92 & ’93.
Black Currant sired Ch Harlextan Piara at Saxonmill who produced 2 litters including 4 Champion children: Ch Currant Bun, Ch Jennyanydots, Ch Rum Tum Tigger and Ch Bustopher Jones and CC winners in Rumpleteazer and Lucy Locket. 1998 saw Ch Piara winning runner-up TOP BROOD BITCH (all breeds) and in 1999 as top brood bitch (Afghans). Ch Rum Tum Tigger finished 1998 & ‘99 as Top Male Afghan and Top Stud Dog in ‘99 and has to date 18 CC’s having won the Dog CC at Crufts for 3 consecutive years (‘98, ‘99 & 2000 ). He also has Hound Group winner, Speciality winner and many group placings to his credit.
Ch Jennyanydots has also a Speciality Best In Show winner and was retired in 1998 to produce a litter to her kennel mate Ch Currant Bun.
I now have 6 consecutive generations of Saxonmill champions and have owned and bred 3 Hound Group winners. Ch Jellicle Jett finished as the top bitch for 2001 and retired from the ring to have her litters with 12 CC’s and 12 reserve CC’s. CH Jett has produced two stunning litters. The first to Ch Exxos Gameboy at Zharook, combining the best of Scandinavian and English bloodlines. The second litter to INT and Multi CH Boxadan Granpa' Lives Forever. Jett has been the TOP BROOD bitch in the breed for 2005/06 and 07. In 2006 she was eighth top brood bitch (all breeds) and in 2007 and 2008 has led the field in Top Brood Bitch all breeds. From the two litters there are, to date, 8 Champions, 4 CC winners and multiple Reserve CC winners. Jett's offspring have won a total of over 60 CC's to date!!!
Ch Rum Tum Rio, the sixth generation Saxonmill Champion, from her first litter has proved to be a real star being top Afghan 2007, Multiple Hound Group winner and General Championship Best in Show winner, (Richmond 2007) beating over 10.000 dogs.In 2009 although lightly shown he achieved a fantastic accolade of a second BIS at Leeds where there was over 10,000 dogs. Ch Star Struck from her second litter was the top bitch in the breed for 2006 and has a total of 13 CC’s and is the number 2 Afghan in the UK and Top Bitch for 2007.
I share my home and my life with 8 adult Afghans, Ch Jennyanydots who is now 14 years, Ch Jellicle Jett, the 9 year old Ch Karnak Jeera at Saxonmill (a Tigger son), Jeera was the youngest male to be awarded a CC in the breed at only 13 months of age. Jett's offspring Rum Tum Rio, Bombalurina, Rocket Man and Star Struck and latest to the pack, Sun Spot Doll, Bombalurina's and Rocket Man's daughter.
2009 -10 sees a new day with the Midnight litter from Star Struck to Ch. Amudarya Shekinah at Terstine, combining some of the very best of the old Scandinavian and English lines.
I awarded my first Challenge Certificates in 1979 and since then have awarded over 20 CC’s culminating in having the privilege of judging the Afghan Dogs at Crufts March 2002 an appointment I see as a recognition of my success in the breed over the last 30 years.
I have judged in Europe, Scandinavia, South Africa, Australia and America and feel privileged to have had the opportunity of seeing Afghans from overseas at first hand.
I was actively involved with the Midland Afghan Club for many years as a committee member and Chairman. I retired after holding the position of Chairman for 13 years.
Look to the Future
My love of Afghan Hounds is without question and I look now to the future by continuing with my breeding programme and hope to continue to produce Afghans that are true to type with quality and above all movement. I will also continue to contribute to the breed in the form of training and encouraging newcomers to the breed through education.