Rowenglen - The Beginning
I asked my mother Professor Terry Threadgold to write this section for us:
"Rebecca was about four at the time which would make it around 1972 when Ian and I brought two pedigreed English Pointers.
Their Sire I am sure was Borbor Victor but I cannot recall the name of the dam. Their family names were "Sarah" (black and white) and "Sam" (orange and white). Ian and I did show them although I cannot recall if they became Australian Champions.
Our first show was a very funny affair somewhere on the South Coast. Neither Ian or I had ever been had a dog show before so we entered these two dogs and set off, fully anticipating that we would be able to watch what other people did and imitate. But we were the only two pointers entered!
So we bumbled into the ring after a quick look around at what other people were doing and we did something like that!! I think Sarah was Best of Breed on that occasion.
We did breed with these two dogs although only the once - but that was when the Rowenglen name and kennel prefix was constructed so that the puppies could be entered on the Kennel Club Register under that name. If i recall correctly, the name originally had something to do with Glen Rowen and Ned Kelly in Victoria. We had been there for a holiday - but as it developed it became directly connected to our daughter Rebecca's middle name Rhowene. Rowenglen Kennels came to be a blend of her name and our history.
By the time Sarah and Sam had their puppies, we had come to know David Wong, whom we meet at many Dog Shows we were by then attending, and who actually mostly won BOB and often BIS with his Crookrise imported Pointers.
He taught us to know what a really good Pointer should look like and how it should move. He taught us how to handle our dogs in the ring. David was also a judge and judged internationally as well as in Australia.
It was he who introduced us to Crookrise Kennels in the United Kingdom and it was with our imported Crookrise dogs that Rowenglen Kennels really established itself in the Australian context.
In the early seventies we imported our first dog from Cookrise. Aust Ch. Byzan Hawk of Crookrise (Con to his friends) a wonderful black and white dog who won his last BOB as a Veteran on the South Coast in the early nineties after Ian had died.
I showed him and he was a great campaigner to the end - he had not been in a show ring for years, but he remembered and he showed, and he won!!!
The second dog we imported was Crookrise Blanche ("Lana"), a lovely lemon and white bitch who produced a number of litters with Con and together they really did have a considerable impact on the breeding of Pointers in Australia. Con died around 1994 with good friends looking after him on the N.S.W. property to which he had been retired.
Australian Champions Rowenglen Harmony "Ruff" and Rowenglen Rondo were among their offspring. Harmony, with NZ Ch. Crookrise Sirius produced Aust Ch. Rowenglen Lady Stella. Stella was ACT Gundog Society Junior Show Dog of the year 1991, Royal Challenge winner and consistent group and all breeds in show award winner.
She is the dam of many field trial and show winners and has champion offspring in New Zealand (information from Astira Kennels). Ruff died peacefully in about 1994 in Kangaroo Valley N.S.W. but not before, as a very elderly lady, she had produced milk to mother an orphaned lamb.
Ian's last import (NZ/QLD) was TukeGlen Lymerick ('Byron') a black and white dog he was showing when he died in Canberra (Ian died in the ring with Byron on the end of the lead).
I met Byron after Ian's death. He had by then sired a litter with Aust Ch. Rowenglen Rebecca. One of their offspring was Aust Ch. Rowenglen Malcom (named after Ian), a liver and white dog who was a real show off in the ring and a pleasure to work with. He won Best Baby Puppy in Show at Milton N.S.W. before he went to new owners. "
'ROWENGLEN' is now proudly a MASTER DOG BREEDERS Registered breeders prefix
'ROWENGLEN' was registered by my parents with Dogs NSW (ANKC now 'Dogs Australia') from around 1972 until July 2021 when we decided to let our membership lapse and move to MDBA