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.

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.

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).  

Group Winning
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

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