CH HUNTINGRIDGE LION TAMER

CELEBRATING HIS 15th BIRTHDAY 22nd JANUARY 2010

"RYKER"

My 21 year old daughter, Amy and her dog Ryker
have been alomost inseparable from the day he was born 22.1.1995, 15 years ago.
He is one party animal, full of life,
loads of character and very much a loveable clown.
As a youngster he earned a reputation for interior and exterior decorating
- references can be provided upon request.
He is a great kids dog, plays a good game of soccer
but tends to cheat, enjoys hide and seek
and demands plenty of attention.

One of his greatest passion is for squeaky toys.
Even at 15 years old Ryker will go crazy over a squeaky or soft toy.

Ryker was a beautiful baby and youngster
collecting multiple in show awards, particularly at speciality and Hound level.
Ryker and Amy made a formiddable duo
in Child Handlers with considerable success, as they work so well together.
Amy also dabbled with Obedience work with her dog.
His show career was cut short due to a back injury.

These days at 14 years old he is fit and happy,
enjoying dozing in the sun and occasionally short bursts of energy,
running around with toys.
Best of all he enjoys being at one's side and lapping up attention.

I suppose he would consider his greatest triumph to be
the poor pigeon he caught and managed to pluck every feather
from its body without leaving one mark.

Ryker at 13 years & 10 months old

Ryker is a sire of mulitple champions, Grand champion plus
field and endurance champions from his one litter at Starridge.
His loveable quirky nature has been passed on to his progeny,
from his first love "Chilpep" (Ch Starridge Litl Sunshine ROM)
they were blessed with
: "Boston" BISS BIS Ch GRAND Starridge African Knight ET",
"Angel" Ch Starridge African Angel FC and
"Leia" Ch Starridge Princess Leia
who in their own right have very impressive show records and displaying
their versatility hold lure coursing and edurance titles.

Boston has had a tremendous year in 2000,
earning well over 600+ points for his Grand championship
in 1 year which is an incredible effort.
Anothjer highlight for the year was his BEST IN SHOW ALL BREEDS,
the "first" Ridgeback to do so at a QLD Metropolitan show.

Ryker in foreground with his daughter Leia

NEWS

Ryker's son BOSTON was selected as the breed representative
for the front cover of National Dog - February 2000 edition.

He was also on the front cover of the QLD Canine Gazette May 2001 issue.

Boston (pictured below)was No 1 Rhodesian Ridgeback in Australia
(Oz Dog), R/up (National Dog) & to top off an incredible year.

QLD'S NUMBER 1 HOUND for 2000

Boston has also proven himself as a wonderful sire with very successful progney
several International Champions and many Australian Champions.
It was an honour to be present when Boston
was awarded his ROM in 2008.

Ryker's lovely daughters Leia (at HuntingRidge) and Angel (Kazeniah QLD)
have also produced outstanding puppies and champions.

We have had quite a few inquiries worldwide & throughout Australia
regarding Ryker for stud work.
Please note he has been sterilised and unfortunately we do not
have any frozen semen available.
Sadly for us we were unable to use Ryker ourselves
but were blessed to acquire his Starridge daughter Leia

STOPRESS - Ryker takes out Veteran Dog at 2007 Speciality in Sydney at 12.5 years old
Thank you to all those exhibitors
who applauded Ryker as he moved around the ring in fine style.

It broke our hearts to finally say goodbye to our special
family boy at 15.5 years old. He was not ill,
his back legs were giving way and we believed the quality of life was no longer sustainable.
Farewell our sweet boy, we have many fond memories,
always the clown at heart!

Pedigree: Aust Ch HUNTINGRIDGE LION TAMER Pedigree for Aust Ch Hunting Ridge Lion Tamer "RYKER"

Sire
Aust Grand Ch
Highveld Arana Tama
Sire
Ozbred
Banyo Madhi
Sire
Ch Ujamaa
Comanche
Dam
Ch Mahnamahna
Mistyhaze
Dam
Aust Ch Magome
Irish Mist
Sire
Ch Wybaleena
Boestap
Dam
LWillows
Entebbee
Dam
Aust Ch Jomeja
Calico Cara
Sire
Am/Aust Ch Calico Ridge
Commander Cody (imp USA)
Sire
Am Ch Kwetu
Ruffians Reviewer (USA)
Dam
Am Ch Calico Ridge
Sweet Thing (USA)
Dam
Aust Ch Jomeja
Velvet Touch
Sire
Jomeja
Apollo
Dam
Aust Ch Tirche
Al Talika

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

  • BEST BABY IN SHOW HOUND CLUB OF NSW APRIL 1995
  • BEST BABY IN SHOW - ACT SPECIALITY APRIL 1995
  • BEST BABY IN SHOW - QLD SPECIALITY JUNE 1995
  • MULITPLE BABY IN GROUPS
  • MULTIPLE AGE IN GROUPS
  • MULTIPLE CHALLENGES
  • MULTIPLE BEST OF BREEDS
  • MULTIPLE AGE IN SHOW SPECIALITIES
  • SIRE OF GRAND CHAMPION