We are Marion and Steve McArdle with a small kennel based in Merseyside
Marion is Secretary of the Merseyside Boxer Club and has held this position since February 2000 and Assistant Secretary of Maghull and Merseyside Canine Society.
Marion has been judging Boxers at CC level for several years having judged Boxers at Driffield Championship Show September 2013, Richmond Championship Show 2015 and is looking forward to judging Boxers at National Working & Pastoral Breeds in 2017. Marion also shows and judges Boston Terriers and is looking forward to awarding her first set of CC's in Bullmastiffs at Richmond Championship show in September 2016 along with judging Bostons at The Boston Terrier Club of Scotland in August 2016. Marion also judges breeds in the Working and Utility Groups.
Oversea's Marion's first Championship Show appointment was at the South Island Boxer Club, Christchurch New Zealand in September 2012, followed by an invitation to judge Boxers at The Swedish Boxer Club in Vaxjo in September 2013, which she thoroughly enjoyed and was pleased to be invited.
Marion is a member of the Kennel Club and attends the Boxer Breed Council meetings as one of the delegates for the Merseyside Boxer Club.
Steve has been Treasurer of the Merseyside Boxer Club since 1995, he is also Treasurer of a local Canine Society and is the Chief Steward of Manchester Dog Show Society, who hold their annual General Championship Show at Stafford County Showground. In 2010 he became a member of the Kennel Club.
Steve has been judging Boxers for many years at CC level. He judges other Breeds in the Working and Terrier Groups. Steve's first Championship Show appointment abroad was at The Western District Boxer Club of New South Wales, Sydney Australia and South Island Boxer Club, Christchurch New Zealand in September 2012 followed by Boxers at Border Union Championship Show in June 2013. Steve has been invited to judge CC's in Bullmastiffs at National Working Breeds Championship show in 2017 and the Dogs at The Anglian Boxer Club Championship Show in 2018, as well as Lakeland Terriers with CC's at The Midland Lakeland Terrier Club 2018.
We bought our first Boxer in 1983 from Mary Hambleton, a red & white bitch, a daughter of Bill Von Domke, we attended the WLBTC with her at Haddock racecourse and then decided to have a dabble at showing her at local open shows.
Steve & I became committee members of WLBTC in 1984 and Steve held the position of secretary for 4 years. The training classes held at Aughton show centre were well attended with some members enjoying agility training. A lot of today's Boxer Breeders and exhibitors gained invaluable knowledge and experience through these classes.
We showed our first Boxer around the Open shows and it wasn't unusual to get 20 -30 boxers entered. We met our best friends Paul & Maria Harding at these shows which was the start of our 30 year friendship.
When Dolphe the Buhe Farm arrived in England from Holland we mated our Bill daughter to him. This litter produced Stacey’s choice, our first home-bred show dog. We would travel to Championship shows with Paul & Maria, the long distance ones in their car and the local ones in our mini metro. Paul & Maria went on to show French Bulldogs, Bulldogs and Akitas with great success gaining the titles of top Bulldog breeders and BOB at Crufts in 2011 with their Champion bulldog.
We showed Stacy with limited success and went on to buy an 18 month old bitch from Mary Hambleton who was a niece of Ch Moljon Dream again at Marbelton who had been BOB at Crufts. We lightly showed her but when we started with a family we didn’t show for a number of years.
We purchased Sunhawk Norwatch Killarney from Helen & Eddie Banks; this was when the threat of banning tail docking was about, and many breeders were reluctant to have litters. We showed her at Championship and open shows and she was regularly placed. Our first prize win with her was at the Mancunian Champ show under Maureen Wragg, and she qualified for Crufts under Tim Hutchings at Manchester Champ show.
We bought a puppy from a local breeder who was a Guan Del O Robica daughter, we didn’t exhibit her, but she produced a beautiful litter of 11 puppies, to Roamaro Beaujolais. Molly produced our first stud book qualifier, McArmadale Destiny.
In 1995 we became involved with The Merseyside Boxer Club. Steve became the Treasurer and Marion went on to become Secretary in 2000 a position she still holds. We have a brilliant hardworking committee and hold 3 shows a year one of which is a championship show in April. We also hold weekly training classes where other breeds are welcome, and encourage new owners to be responsible owners of their dog.
Over the next few years we have qualified five boxers for the Stud Book, two with Reserve CCs