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 we now have the prefix RIVERLANDS.
I have bred, exhibited and titled Labrador Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Flat coated Retrievers, Smooth Fox Terriers and Jack Russell Terriers and have imported several dogs from USA, Europe (Denmark, Poland and Finland) and New Zealand.
PIRFIC SUGAR BABY (IMP NZL)
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 have welcomed our first ever black and white puppies! We have imported semen from Italy, Russia and USA and can`t wait to see some frozen semen babies in 2020!
Watch this space...
I have a passion for breeding animals and genetic improvement. In NZ I bred and exhibited Siamese cats and have also bred American Quarter horses, cattle, sheep, dairy goats, miniature pigs (in NZ), many rare breeds of poulty and tropical fish! I currently work full time as an artificial insemination lab manager, collecting, processing, analysing and allocating semen for an animal breeding company.
In 2015 I met my now husband Dr Rolf Sokolinski through work and shared an instant connection through our mutual interest in genetics and love of animals. We currently live in the beautiful Riverina of 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 am involved developing and maintaining genetic programs mainly in pig production. Today I am running a genetic program that provides the genetic material for 50 percent of the Australian pork production. 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 birds! A flock of free range Guinea Fowl to help keep snakes away, some laying hens, a Red Collared Lorikeet we hand raised from 5 days old and a very cheeky African Grey parrot called Birdi.
Photos to come...