Hello. We are Gilly and Brian Wicklow and now Petra Wred, and we are Gillbryan Golden Retrievers. We hope you find our website useful and interesting. To start off, let me tell you a little bit more about us and where the world of Golden Retrievers has taken us.
My interest with dogs and the show ring started as a child. I recall saving any spare pennies I had for the bus fare to the nearest dog show and sneaking under barriers at Balmoral Showground in Belfast to watch the judging.
Our first Golden Retriever joined us in 1980 and as one soon became five it quickly became apparent that our suburban semi detatched to the south of Cambridge wasn’t exactly ideal. We eventually found a remote property out on the fens in East Anglia where we lived in a mobile home whilst accommodation was built for the dogs and basics like water, electricity, gas and drainage were sorted out in the main house. And it was here that we also built and ran successful boarding kennels for 5 years, until Brian’s job meant a relocation to Lichfield in Staffordshire.
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After a few years away from the show ring, we went back to our bloodline with Brensham Kerfuffle from Mary Woods and Lorinford Fanny Adams from Monica Everett-Monks to get us back into the ring again but fate had other ideas, and redundancy pushed us to relocate again. It was Wiltshire this time, where our show ring success went from strength to strength and in partnership with Marilyne and Derek Lade we had our first Show Champion Gillbryan Partner in Crime at Mantondean.
July 2005, we found an ideal property not so far from Carlisle. That’s where you’ll find us now!
And if we were not showing, you would often find Gilly judging, which has meant international trips as far as Australia and New Zealand.
In 2012 Petra Wred joined our team and she has gone on to thrill us with her achievements. She has worked with us at Gillbryan absorbing everything about the wonderful world of Golden Retrievers. Her expertise and natural affinity with with dogs has allowed her to become an exemplary handler, trainer and worker.
In 2021, much of the Gillbryan Kennel moved with Petra to Sweden.
We are now really international.
Gilly is now slowing down a tad as the grand old age of 80 is looming fast. Her family keep nailing her feet to the floor, however she won’t be tamed.
Petra is doing an amazing task of flying the flag and will take over the Gillbryan mantle when the time comes.
Please feel free to visit Gillbryan International website.
Gillbryan is international too, our dogs can be found across Europe and sometimes further afield, not only as pets but in the showring too.
If you would like to know about any current or future litters please contact us.
I’m Terra Antyda Newton at Gillbryan
I’m Terra AntydaNewton at Gillbryan after Crufts 2022 having won Mid Limit Dog and his daughter Best Puppy in Breed. His other wins include Res. Best Puppy in Show at the NWGRC Joint Ch. Show, followed by 1st Limit Gundog at Midland GRC Ch. Show, this gaining his Stud Book Number at just 2 years old.
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Gonioscopy grade 0
Open Isaac’s pedigree here
Gillbryan Hunterdean Likely Lad JW, 1RCC
This is Gillbryan Hunterdean Likely Lad aka Rodney.
Rodney’s achievements include 1RCC, Stud Book Number, several Best of Breed and many firsts at Crufts.
His progeny include G. Mrs Macnamarra(Winnie) and in Spain Isabella Rose de lar Casanova with 3CCJ’s, 1CAC and to date 1CACIB.
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1st at Blackpool Championship Show for Isaac
On Saturday 26 th June At Blackpool championship show I’m Terra Antyda Newton at Gillbryan (Isaac) was 1st limit dog and won Res. CC. Thanks …
Gillbryan Mrs Macnamarra (Winnie) First Time in Veteran
1st in AVNSC Veteran at Cumberland Canine Society Show, 18th May 2022