Elizabeth was involved with Labradors from an early age. In 1949 her father purchased a fox red bitch from the famous Liddly Kennels, he regularly shot over his dogs in the Lincolnshire countryside. As a Junior Handler, she exhibited at Open Shows until with Hugh she emigrated to Australia in 1963. Within weeks of her arrival, she purchased her foundation bitch from Harry Scott of Lindhills Kennels. Since then her carefully planned breeding program has seen her become a respected breeder and exhibitor at the highest levels, having bred or owned more than 50 Champions.
Hugh has been President of Dogs Australia(ANKC) since 1998 and is a Past President and Life Member of the Royal NSW Canine Council (Dogs NSW). A Life Member and President of the Labrador Retriever Club of NSW since 1990, he was the inaugural Chairman of the National Labrador Breed Council...
An FCI International All Breeds Judge he has judged extensively in England, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore, he is approved by the Kennel Club (UK) to Judge Labradors, Gundog & Working Dog Groups and Best in Show. In 2021 he had the honour of judginrg Best in Show at the Dog Section of the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Until 2019 he was a Lead Educator with the NSW Government Responsible Pet Ownership Schools Education Program,
Away from the world of dogs, Hugh is Captain of the Theresa Park Rural Fire Brigade and in April 2019 he was awarded a 30 years Long Service Medal by the NSW Rural Fire Service and is a holder of the National Medal, he recently received a NSW Premiers Citation for his contribution to the NSW Bushfires 2019-2020 emergency response.