I first started showing in 1972 with Labrador retrievers when living in Cornwall. After moving to Devon in 1977, I then lived in a home with Golden Retrievers and Labradors: Whilst in the west country I served on the committee of The West of England Labrador Retriever Club and ran Labrador Rescue (south west).
Since moving to Wales in 1987 I have served on the LRC of Wales and currently hold the position of Vice Chairman. My involvement with Labrador Rescue has continued with the re-homing of Labradors in Wales. I am also a member of The Golden Retriever Club of Wales, and The South Western Golden Retriever Club.
My first judging appointment was in 1986 and I have consistently judged every year to date all over the country. Also judging in Canada, America, and Europe, and first gained Kennel Club status to give CC`s in 1999.
I show every week at open shows and campaign at Championship shows throughout the year with continued success. Many of my dogs have Junior Warrents, Kennel Club Stud book numbers, Reserve Challenge Certificates, Challenge Certificates, Best Puppy in Breed, and Best of Breed awards.
I am proud to own Sandylands Gameshot at Linjor,one of the last puppies bred by Gwen Broadley and Garner Anthoney and also have Sandylands Guelder Rose for Linjor, one of the first puppies bred by Garner Anthoney and Erica Jayes. It is a privilege to own the last of the first generation and first of the second generation of Sandylands.
My parents had terriers and collies, and as a child I was renowned for collecting up all the stray dogs in our country village, bringing them home, only for my mother to march me down to the police station with them. When I was 7 years old, my mother took me to see a Walt Disney film called Old Yellow, about a Labrador of somewhat dubious pedigree! From that moment I fell in love with the breed, however it was not until I married that the dream of owning one became reality. My first Labrador cost 9 pounds, a whole weeks wages, and was a present for my first wedding anniversary, Major Toby of Linjor mainly did obedience and a little showing.
Algwynne Khan at Linjor CH Ranpura Zajiv at Linjor x Algwynne Solitaire
Khan at Crufts
Over the years I have also owned an Irish Setter male sired by CH Wendover Gentleman, a fawn Great Dane male of Dicarl/Algwynne breeding and a fawn female by CH Janriche Superheat. My interest in goldens came from my mentor in the show world - Roy Cooper to whom I shall forever be indebted for the knowledge and showmanship he taught me. The first Golden male breed by myself was named in his memory, Linjor Coopers Gold. The main influences in my Labrador kennel have been Heatherborne, Sandylands,Poolstead and Rocheby.
Summertime Beauty at Linjor, CH Janrich Superheat x Cwmduu Adelea
Those who know me well, know that my life is my dogs, they saved my life, because of them I have made wonderful friends all over the world who will never be forgotten for the friendship they give.