Kimmeragh Rhona (GRB)
Pictured at 18 months
Kimmeragh Seolta Dam:-
Outhwaite of Kimmeragh
Jenny Millway Owner:- Barbara Daley
the sad realization that Hina would never contribute physically to my breeding
program I started to search for a bitch of similar quality. Hina's dam Am. Ch.
Cromlech of Eaglescrag who I so much admired sadly died from an
intestinal blockage soon after I took Hina home, so another of her puppies was
out of the question. Next I looked to her line, but not all the Eaglescrag
dogs that were coming to North America at that time were of the same quality
Outhwaite hounds of Ronald and Helen Baird, England, caught my eye for their
consistent combination of beauty, greyhound shape and curves,
elegance, size and bone. I was on the Baird's waiting list for some time, but
they seemed to be having a run of bad luck, small litters, misses, etc.. I had
just about given up hope when I heard of a small litter of 4, 3 females and 1
male, closely bred on the Outhwaite hounds. The 3 "greats"
were all in the pedigree, Eng. Ch. Outhwaite Hamish, Eng. Ch. Outhwaite Am-Cu
(BOB Crufts 1978) and Eng. Ch. Outhwaite Athene (BOB Crufts 1979). Two
red brindle bitches were available, and breeder
allowed me first choice. I chose Rhona as she was the rangier of the two.
Here in North America at that time there was a trend towards smaller hounds
that often had the curves and good movement the larger hounds of the 70's
lacked. I wanted it all, size , curves, and good movement. That was what
had attracted me to the Outhwaite hounds in the first place.
Although her pictures at 4 &1/2 months looked promising I knew it was
still a gamble, even though I had researched her background so
thoroughly, but I was lucky, Rhona turned out to be all I hoped for and
more. She bounced out of her crate after her long plane trip with that
happy-go-lucky attitude that continued throughout her life. She finished
easily, and had some nice Specialty wins. She was an avid lure courser and
gave me many thrills in the field, but her biggest and most lasting
contribution to the Aotearoa Irish Wolfhounds was her only litter sired by
Socks from which came Hoki and his sister Aotearoa Hengia who produced some of
the finest hounds I've bred, and whose quality continues to the present day.