|Patrice's first introduction to Rhodesian Ridgebacks was in 1972, but it wasn't until1976 that Patrice acquired her first pair of Ridgebacks. Over the next few years Patrice was fortunate enough to have Ridgebacks in a working environment, and the opportunity to appreciate what these dogs were bred for.
Patrice and Jomeja Ridgebacks became successfully involved in various arenas including obedience, agility, security, and of course showing, breeding and judging.
Jomeja hounds have achieved major success over the years, with National, International and Breed Specialist judges awarding:
- Multiple Best in Show All Breeds and Specialty Show
- Multiple Runner Up Best In Show All Breeds and Specialty Show
- Multiple Best Gait, Head and Ridge property classes at Specialty Show
- Multiple Most Successful Breeder Awards
- Multiple Australian and New Zealand Champions
- First Queensland bred dual titled Australian and New Zealand Champion
- First Queensland bred E. T. (Endurance Test) and E.T. /A. D. (Agility Dog) titled Ridgeback
- First U.S bred and titled Ridgeback imported into Australia
- First ANKC Breed Specialist Judge's Licence for Queensland
Patrice has also owned and shown/bred Bull Terriers, Miniature and Giant Schnauzers, Greyhounds, Whippets and Bluetick Coonhounds.
Patrice has held various positions within the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Qld Inc.:
Patrice's involvement in other clubs include:
- Vice President
- National Council Representative
Patrice is the current President of the National Rhodesian Ridgeback Council in Australia.
- Hound Club of Queensland
- Secretary for Ipswich Kennel Club (All Breeds)
- Show Secretary Dog of the Year Sub Committee
Patrice is involved in breed lectures for the Rhodesian Ridgeback and Bluetick Coonhound in the Queensland judges' training scheme.
Patrice has judged sweepstakes, porperty classes and championship shows for:
- New Zealand Rhodesian Ridgeback League
- Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the Australian Capital Territory
- Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Western Australia
- Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Queensland Inc.
- Atlanta Kennel Club - Georgia (USA) 2005
- Rhodesian Ridgeback Championship Specialty Show Sweden 2005
- RRCUS (property class) National - Georgia (USA) 2005 & Best Ridge competition 2007 - Ohio
- RRCUS Top Twenty event 2007 - Ohio
Patrice has been invited to judge the breed in South Africa this year along with the Whippet Specialty.
Patrice hopes to have many more years' involvement with this great breed.