About us



Kelly Sokolinski

I got my first dog for my 21st birthday in 2002 in New Zealand, a black Labrador Retriever, Chasers Halelujah. Jack turned out to be an amazing dog and a stunning example of the breed but unfortunately I was unable to include him in my breeding program. He had an exceptionally high drive to work so I made the very tough decision to let him go an pursue a career of his own. He went to Taiwan to work as a detection dog at the airport and loved his job. Jack was the inspiration for me to begin breeding and exhibiting Labrador Retrievers. I think of him often.



In 2003 I got my first Labrador bitch, Chasers Jolie Fleur, who we sadly lost in August 2016 a week after her 13th birthday. Fleur was a stunning bitch but never enjoyed the show ring, even going as far as to fake a limp to avoid having to go in the ring but be miraculously cured by the time we got to the river on the way home! My second Labrador bitch and first ever champion, Dharma, NZ CH Roughfield Caramello Spicza (IMP NZ), we lost in March 2018 at almost 14 years old.

The prefix RIVERLEA was first registered in NZ in 2004 and I bred three Labrador litters in NZ before emmigrating to Australia in 2008 with five dogs, four Labradors and a Smooth Fox Terrier, Roxy, Pirfic Sugar Baby (IMP NZ). My NZ prefix was unable to be registered in Australia so I now have the prefix RIVERLANDS.



I have bred, exhibited and titled Labrador Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Flat coated Retrievers, Curly Coated Retrievers, Smooth Fox Terriers and Jack Russell Terriers and have imported several dogs from USA, Europe (Denmark, Poland, Finland and Italy) and New Zealand. 





I am very excited about our future in Jack Russell Terriers who hold a very special place in my heart. We imported another two dogs from Europe in 2018 and welcomed our first ever black and white puppies! We have imported semen from Italy, Russia and the USA and we can`t wait to see some frozen semen babies in 2021! We also had two more imports from Italy arrive in 2021. Look out for them in show ring soon...

I have a passion for breeding animals and genetic improvement. In NZ I bred and exhibited Siamese cats and also bred American Quarter horses, cattle, sheep, dairy goats, miniature pigs, many rare breeds of poultry and tropical fish! 

In 2015 I met my now husband Dr Rolf Sokolinski while working as an artificial insemination lab manager in a piggery and shared an instant connection through our mutual interest in genetics and love of animals. We now live on our small farm near Young NSW, Australia. 



Dr Rolf Sokolinski

I grew up in a family of horticulturalists and fruit growers in former East Germany 100 km west of Berlin. After studying Veterinary Science, animal science and genetics I immigrated to Australia in 1993. Since then I have been involved in biodynamic farming and developing and maintaining genetic programs mainly in pig production. Most recently I ran a genetic program that provided the genetic material for 50% of the Australian pork production for 10 years. I have been involved in several research projects and publications over the years.

I met my wife in 2015. Kelly and I immediately shared a common interest in genetic improvement of animals. We formed an unbreakable bond and got married in 2018.

The rest of the family...

We also share our home with a few other animals! See "The farm" tab to meet the rest fo the family...