A Ridgeback is more than a family member
"The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a devoted companion. As imposing as he looks, he is wholeheartedly attached to his family, including children. These are "people" dogs that want to be wherever you are. They love you deeply, with unswerving dedication and loyalty."
Jan Reisen AKC.org December 23, 2016
When I read this description on the AKC website I was so taken on the poignant accuracy. Ridgebacks are not outdoor dogs that can be 'left in the garden'. Our ridgebacks live in our house and are with us all of the times, they are in the same room, same bed, same couch. A ridgeback left to his own devices is unhappy and destructive. They are actually great apartment dogs, with the proper amount of exercise. They rarely bark and are easy going, enjoying the flow.
We have had the honor to have owned and currently own some of the top ridgebacks in the world. Our ridgebacks have won the Ridgeback World Congress (held only once every four years with worldwide ridgebacks in attendance), have won AKC Best in all-breed Shows and Specialty shows and have sired top dogs and top Hounds in the United States and South Africa.
We dedicate this page to our dogs with their undying devotion.
Grand Champion Paradigm Aariel's Undisputed ROM CD RN HIC CGC
#3 RRCUS Stud Dog of the Year 2011
Two time RRCUS Stud Dog of the Year - 2010 and 2012, #3 2011
Sire of over 35 AKC and other country Champions
Sire of TWO AKC Best in Show and Best in Specialty Show winners
Sire of RRCUS National Specialty Show Award of Merit winners
Sire of #1 Ridgeback in South Africa 2011
Sire of Top 5 and Top 10 dogs in the US Confirmation Rankings
Sire of RRCUS National Specialty Best in Sweepstakes winner and Sire of two RRCUS National Specialty Best of Opposite in Sweepstakes winners
- Hips, Elbows, Thyroid, Heart, Eyes, DM Clear
Lennox was bred by Mike and Martha Munchhof
Frozen semen available for approved bitches.
Manny Grand Champion Hunter's Ridge Sure Shot by Kwetu
2013 #7 Rhodesian Ridgeback in the United States
Sire of Multiple Best in Show Winner, #1 Ridgeback and #4 Hound in the US 2017
Sire of numerous Champions, Grand Champions, RRCUS Award of Merit Winners, Group Winners, and top ranked dogs
7 Group Wins
Manny finished his Championship quickly at the age of 8 months. As a young boy he enjoyed his days with Sugar and Shane and was a quick study in obedience classes. He has all of his Health Clearances and has proven to breed intelligent, loving, GORGEOUS puppies that do well equally in the show ring and in regular kid-friendly, family life!! Available stud for approved bitches.
Manny was bred by Barbara Sawyer Brown and Diane Engelking, legends in the Ridgeback world.
Ansel Grand Champion Rollings Ansel Adams by Springvalley ROM
Ansel inherited his father Gatsby’s excellent movement and drive, deep chest, gorgeous head, beautiful round eyes, and bone. From his mother, Ansel has inherited his long neck, wonderful substance, and impeccable angulation. He is a Multiple Group Placing Ridgeback and was ranked as #1 as per the Canine Chronicle All Breed Rankings in January 2013.
Ansel is described as having the sweetest temperament - everyone is his friend! He is not reserved with his friendship. Ansel caught the eye of the Associated Press (AP) at the Westminster Kennel Club where he became the poster boy for the day giving his handler a BIG KISS for the camera’s on Valentine’s Day. Such a sweet, sweet boy!
Ansel was #1 Stud Dog in 2018, so proud of Ansel and his family.
Ansel was bred by Jay Hyman and owned by Carla Graeff.
Sugar Grand Champion Hunter's Ridge She's Outrageous ROM
Now retired and living with her new owner Jose Fine, Sugar was an exceptional show dog and the foundation bitch of our kennel. In 2010 she finished in the top 25 in RRCUS confirmation breed rankings from breed wins she received showing a puppy from the classes. The next year she finished the year solidly in the top 20 with very limited showing. She has eleven group placements/wins to her name and top breed wins, including Louisville and RRCUS Supported shows.
She was a wonderful brood bitch, her puppies are now in the show ring and successful producers of their own. Sugar had all her health clearances.
Sugar was bred by Diane Engelking and Mary Beth Usery
Khalayla CH Cordell's Rumble in the Jungle
Khalayla combines our pedigree on both her sire and Dam side. Her sire is our tremendous sire Manny. The litter was truly incredible and has produced one Award of Merit National Specialty RRCUS winner (General) and also Winston, who is the #1 Ridgeback all systems, RRCUS 2017 Top 25 Winner and multiple Best in Show and Best in Specialty Show winner. Her sister is the lovely Safi who won her championship in style with numerous major wins!
Khalayla finished her championship at 22 months with three majors after limited showing. She has passed her health clearances (hip, elbow thyroid, heart, eyes) and will be bred soon in 2019.
Khalayla was bred by Muriel and Dennis Wood, Cordell Ridgebacks.
Ariana Aariel's On the Red Carpet with Kengali
Ariana is a Shane daughter. Her mother is Grand CH Kengali's Kissed by Fire, a Manny baby. Ariana's sire is our very own Shane CH Rokishoals Undeniable at Hunter's Ridge. Ariana is our beautiful model on the black background captured by photographer Stephen Moore. Ariana is a gorgeous girl with incredible personality. She is a larger bitch and she stuns in the ring. Ariana is co-owned by Mike and Valerie.
She is one of our brood bitches, producing 12 puppies with Bono recently. The puppies are both in show homes and pet homes and we hear about their beautiful temperaments and gorgeous "physiques" from our families who send us pictures and videos of their accomplishments with their children, or running in the beach waters or on hikes!
Ariana was bred by Ginny Merchant
Zendaya CH Aariel's Now Trending
Zendaya is a homebred Sugar daughter sired by Charm, CH Kengali's Unbridled Charm. Zendaya has been shown a few times and finished her championship easily with four majors. She is a love at home and easy to live with. Fantastic facial mask she is truly stunning.
Zendaya has completed all of her OFA health clearances (hips, elbows, eyes, thyroid, and heart). She had a WONDERFUL first litter and is expecting her second (pregnancy confirmed due - end March 2019).
CH Cordell Aariel's Feel the Thunder
McGregor is our first male we have welcomed in several years. His sire is CH Rainbow Hill's Cut to the Chase and grandsire GCH Triggerhill's Western Adventure. McGregor has the same Dam as 2017 #1 Ridgeback Winston. McGregor is a Lennox great-grandson. He has wonderful type, a handsome head and amazing movement. He took Best of Breed over Specials his first day in the ring. He is a multi best in breed winner. We are thrilled with this young man.
McGregor was bred by Muriel Wood and Dennis Wood.
GCh Aariel's Cover Girl by Terra Christa
Jolie is a young and wonderful Group Winning bitch. She is setting the show ring on fire. We are so pleased to have her. She has famous parentage with numerous Best in Show dogs. Her paternal grandfather is Gunner - MBIS GCH Raviro's Chipisi Remington Rimfire and her maternal grandfather is our very own Manny. She has the best side gate and topline, when she moves people take notice. At home Jolie is our 'lover' who is the peacemaker between all of our dogs. She makes it her business to ensure everyone is getting along and doing well
Bakari’s Klassik Gem
Just a young girl she is smart, very active and full of mischief! We adore her as does her mama Jose Fine. Bred by Julie Eschilling from wonderful sire and Best in Show Lennox son Caymus GCHP CH BAKARI'S LOR VITRA CAYMUS, SC CA CGC, we all love her. Her training is going well! She received her Star Puppy certification, pending AKC certification. She will start obedience, puppy agility and scentwork. Owned by Jose Fine, Stacey Ford, Carol Burridge and Julie Eschilling we are expecting great things from this top girl!
Champion Rokishoals Undeniable at Hunter's Ridge JC ROM CGC
(August 28, 2008 - December 12, 2012)
Shane was something special. Dog of a lifetime. He was a true "Gentleman", always taking the back seat to the girls. He never forgot a person that he met, even if it was years ago!! He met them with kisses and hugs!!! Shane was an exceptional sire who produced over 30 AKC Champions and nationally ranked show dogs. He was a working therapy dog.
FOUR TIME top RRCUS Stud dog of the year
2012 #5 Stud Dog (Tie)
2013 #2 Stud Dog (Tie)
2014 #3 Stud Dog
2015 Top 10 Stud Dog
Sire of numerous National Specialty Class winners
Sire of top 10 Ridgebacks in the United States as ranked by AKC standings.
Shane was bred by Denise Ivie Price and Frank DePaulo
Frozen semen available for approved bitches.
BIS BISS Gold Grand Champion Paradigm Aariel's Entourage CD RA HIC TDI CGC
(April 2, 2005 - December 11, 2012)
Sometimes you get blessed with a dog that is just Special. Tyson was truly that. His life was taken far too soon by a tragic car accident. He will always and forever be my heart dog.
America's First Grand Champion Ridgeback
Confirmation Rankings #2 RR 2010, #4 RR 2009, 2008, #5 RR 2007, 2011
AKC Best in Show Winner
AKC Best in Specialty Show Winner
Winner of the 2012 Rhodesian Ridgeback World Congress
Award of Merit Winner 2008 and 2011 RRCUS National
Best of Opposite Westminster Kennel Club 2012, Award of Merit 2011 Westminster Kennel Club
Tyson was bred by Mike and Martha Munchhof