In 1997 when Kea (CH & FTCH Sandford Karakia Q.C.) was born I did not realise how much my life was about to change for the better. Kea was a real sweetheart who was happy just to be with me and was even happier if she could make me happy, which she did most days. We were even on T.V. once on 5 O’clock with Jude. Angela Murray who shared ownership in her, enjoyed her time in the show ring with her and before long had made her up to a show champion.
I was still at school when I got Kea and she gave me a good distraction from the usual taunts of teenage lad. We litterally travelled the length and bredth of the country, from Murawai Heads to South of Invercargill. Kea was a very loyal companion who stole the hearts of all who encountered her.
I only ever lost one duck with Kea when out shooting and I forgave her for that as it was her first openning day, she retrieved the other six ducks I had shot and she was only seven months old.
Throughout Kea’s trialling career she-
➢ Won the North Island Retriever Limit in 1998 (14 months old)
➢ Third Place in the North Island Retriever 1998 (14 months old)
➢ Fifth Place in the New Zealand Retriever 1998 (14 months old)
➢ Won her first Field trial challenge point, Central Hawkes Bay 1999
➢ Won the North Island Retriever 2000
➢ Made up to Field Trial Champion Easter 2001
➢ Won the New Zealand Retriever 2001
➢ Won the Bruce Brady Memorial Trophy(retriever of the year) 2001
➢ Won the South Island Retriever 2002
➢ Won the Bruce Brady Memorial Trophy 2002 (these were the first two years this trophy was awarded)
➢ Ended her career an agonising 2 points short of Grand Field Trial Champion
TRIBUTE TO KEA 1997-2009
Kea pictured with the Bruce Brady Memorial Trophy, The New Zealand Retriever Trophy and the Inter Island Trophy (as part of the winning North Island Team