Welcome to our website where you can find out more about us and our dogs.
We live in the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds, surrounded by woods and fields. Our neighbour ( a farmer) owns all the land around us so places to exercise the hounds are endless and we're only 10 minutes drive from the beach.
The deerhounds were a big part of my life years before I met & married Tony (Chip) in October 2002, our son Conor completed our family when he was born in January 2004.
We moved to Lincolnshire from Derbyshire in January 2011. My Mum Margaret moved with us and lives in an annex attached to our house.She helps us a lot with the dogs and looks after them when I'm at shows for the day.
Growing up as a child I dreamed of being surrounded by dogs, my parents always had a couple of dogs in the house but I always wanted a few more. The first dog I ever showed was my dad's whippet Smokey, (Hallcliffe Honesuckle) I would be about 10 at the time,we only went to fun/exemption shows but we always did really well. At the age of 14 I bought my own dog with my own money, she was a German Shepherd ( Calagran Gladys) and I adored her, she went to a few shows but clearly hated it and would much rather be sat in the park with me and my friends. I had pointers for several years, I enjoyed working them on the moors but had limited success in the show ring and I can't say the breed "got under my skin". The deerhound did exactly that, no other breed can compare to how these hounds make me feel. It's nice to have a few whippets around again, my dad always had a whippet so it's a breed I grew up with. Conor spends hours playing with them, I can see him wanting more in the future and I'm sure we will.
We concentrate on showing the deerhounds but hope to show the whippets a bit more in the future.
I love taking photos so usually have my camera hung around my neck when out walking the dogs, it gives me the chance to capture all the things about my dogs that I love, a moment in time, the things I see every day.... a majestic pose, a far away expression, power, speed and their gentle nature. I hope you enjoy looking at the photos as much as I enjoy taking them.
I got my first deehound, Ch. Kilbourne Melissa of Ladygrove, in 1997 from Mick and Glenis Peach and in 2000 our 2nd girl arrived, Ch. Kilbourne Grey Ghost of Ladygrove, Melissa's daughter
These two girls were a joy to live with, very sound, fast and fit. We had a lot of fun at the shows and I gained a wealth of knowledge on exhibiting, grooming, exercising and rearing of puppies through chatting with other deerhound exhibitors.
I was very fortunate to have both of them gain their titles. A hard act for my future hounds to follow but a great incentive to continue showing quality dogs.
Ghost had one litter of 4 puppies in April 2005,sired by Ch. Kilbourne Nimrod, our first deerhound litter from which we kept Spook. (photos of spook below)
We had a litter from Spook in 2007 sired byWild West which produced 9 puppies. Ladygrove Belle Starr stayed with us, two of her sisters are below...
Russian Champion Ladygrove Shotgun Annie
Annie was exported to Russia along with Welsh Wizard from Kilbourne, we believe they were the first deerhounds in Russia, both have done well in the showring and produced puppies for their owner Svetlana.
Ch.Ladygrove Calamity Jane at Amiro (Wraith)