Threerivers was established in 2008; our affix was granted by the Kennel Club in 2009. The inspiration for the Threerivers affix came from the dogs' favourite walk by one of the three rivers that Carlisle is built upon - The River Caldew, The River Eden and The River Petteril.
Dogs have always been a major part of our lives. I was brought up with working collies on my family's hillside farm, with my first dog being a Jack Russell/Collie Cross over 30 years ago. One of my Dad's collie bitches had an unplanned litter of puppies and after helping to raise the litter, I persuaded my Dad to let me keep a dog puppy 'Spot' who was my pal until his old age.
4Previous to that David's first childhood dog was a yellow Labrador, called Shane (pictured opposite), as a Christmas present from his parents back in 1972.
Shane was bred by Mrs Eunice E Jordan out of Millrace Sandra by Butterwick Drakeshead Gin (bred by Mr and Mrs Halstead). Shane descended from the lines of Sandylands Tandy (Sire side) and Staindrop Murton Marksman (Dam side) Other dogs in Shane's pedigree included Hiwood Peggy who produced FT CH Galleywood Shot, a renowned and successfully field trailer of his generation.
On 13th March 2007 Bracken (Bracken of MacLachlan) fell asleep aged 12 years after a courageous battle with cancer. His lifetime companion and buddy, Rowan (True Talent), missed him terribly so after a lot of careful consideration we decided to look for a companion for him. As we had experience with golden retrievers and previous knowledge of a labrador we felt a retriever breed would suit us. Our search led us to a litter of field-bred labradors and we brought home two brothers.
It wasn't our intention to try our hands at showing but that all changed after a visit to look at a blue Burmese kitten one day in June 2008. The kitten's breeder was Judith and Bridget Carruthers (Stanegate) who also happened to have a litter of show bred labrador puppies playing outside. As we walked past, a black bitch and a yellow dog really caught my eye. David, being a gentleman, bowed away to my wishes of owning the black bitch, Bramble(Stanegate Bramble at Threerivers)and the yellow Stanegate Rowanberry at Threerivers instead of the kitten. The rest they say is history ...................
We went to some ringcraft classes before beginning to show Bramble and Rowan at some local open shows in 2009. I very quickly got the showing bug and we were grateful to have achieved many placings over the years with the brother and sister team.
The following year we progressed to championship level and at Manchester Dog Society I left the ring with our first Crufts qualifier, Ross (Carpenny Yeates at Threerivers),who was bred by Penny Carpanini out of her own Carpenny Annika and sired by Lou and Janet Neal's SH CH Amberstope Rebel Yell SHCM (Bruce). Ross gained his stud book number and has had a very successful show career, consistently taking Crufts qualifying places at championship level and many group placings at open level. Although a veteran now, he shows no signs of hanging up his show lead yet and still loves nothing better than a day out at a show.
We were honoured to be given the opportunity to have Kees (In The Charts at Threerivers) join Threerivers from Sylvia Liebrechts of Silronray's Labradors.Kees is out of Sandylands Sunflower and by CH Silronray's Easy Come Easy Go and is grandson of SHCH Sandylands Wait and See and SHCH Sandylands Pressed For Time. Maisie (Silronray's Little Kind of Magic at Threerivers) is the second labrador to join us from Silronray's Labradors. Maisie by Sandylands Goldfinger and is a Sandlylands Gad-About and Sandylands Pollyanna grandaughter. Both Kees and Maisie are lightly shown but have had some nice placings in the show ring so far.
An occasional litter is only bred when we are wanting a puppy for the show ring or to continue our breeding lines.
I enjoy spending time with my dogs and training them. Ross and Kees both have KC Good Citizens Bronze Awards..
We are members of: Labrador Club of Scotland, Three Ridings Labrador Retriever Club, Border Counties Gundog Club and various local canine associations and societies. I can be found regularly supporting a show and thoroughly enjoy exhibiting at limit, open and championship level.
My passion for dogs has also led me to a study of Canine Behaviour Psychology where I have achieved a Diploma in Canine Psychology. In May 2019 I attended a Pet First Aid Course and gained a 3 year certificate. I'm a C list labrador breed specialist judge having undertaken my first judging appointment of labradors in June 2016. I have also attended a Pointer Breed Seminar and passed the assessment for a B list non specialist judge.