Who are we?
MARAGARET AND DAVID HEAN
In the beginning???.
David and I bought our first Golden in 1973. I had shown Labradors from 1966 but Danny (Gunwa Topcard) stayed at home with my parents when David and I married. Connie (Ch Moorfield Constance QC CDX) wasn't a world beater but was a good all round Golden who gained her title in the show ring, and won her way through to Test C in Obedience and into Open Class in field trials.
Through Connie we learnt heaps and when David obtained his first Golden Ch Markman Aaron QC he started showing. David and Aaron did extremely well taking Specialist Best In Shows, Reserve Best in Shows (Allbreeds Champ) and the challenge at the National as well as winning at field trials.
During the time that our children (Daniel and Rebecca) were young we traveled extensively with our dogs and had some great times camping and showing throughout New Zealand. As the children grew up and started school it became more difficult for us both to travel and David spent more time at home while I continued showing and working the Goldens.
In the 1980's David's brother John Hean became interested in Goldens and started to show them and work them as rough shooting dogs. John, Rebecca and I traveled together showing the dogs both in NZ and overseas until John's untimely death in 1997. John and Rebecca together established the 'Arangolds' prefix and we all still miss John's dry sense of humour, his knowledge and his company terribly.
Over the years we have been very fortunate to have owned and bred some outstanding Goldens and I feel privileged to have been on the ends of their leads!!
I also feel very fortunate that our daughter Rebecca has inherited our love of the dogs. As well as being my daughter she has become my mentor and my best friend.
Over the last couple of years I have not been as active in the showring due to changing work commitments and hamstring injuries. However, it gives me even more pleasure to see dogs that we have bred or that our dogs have sired continuing to do well and to see newer kennels whose foundation stock are based on the knowledge and thought that we have put into carefully planned litters in the past proving their worth in the show ring, obedience ring, agility and field trials.