My parents bought a Welsh pony for me when I was six years old. Except for a few years while living in Raleigh, North Carolina, I have owned a horse all my life.
One of my horses that will always be remembered was Graylyn. She was a Connomara/ Thoroughbred cross gray mare who was a horse of many talents.
I was first introduced to Labradors through duck hunting. I did quite of bit of duck hunting while in Raleigh and had a few hunting friends with some well trained labs. I had bred and shown Dobermans for a number of years and later lost interest in showing primarily because of my heavy interest in horses. I was without a dog for several years and decided I needed another one. I decided on a Labrador.
My first Labrador was Ch. Teracroft's Devil His Due JH (Ben). Ben finished his Championship at age eighteen months with three majors, three Best of Breeds over specials, a Group II, and was owner handled. In 1998 and 1999 he was ranked as one of the top five Labradors in the United States by AKC. He was ranked sixth in 2000. He was Best of Breed at the first American Kennel Club Dog Show Classic in Orlando, FL in 2001. Ben was the winner of 150 Best of Breed wins, 20 Group wins and placements, and was owner handled. Ben achieved his Junior Hunter title at the age of nine with four straight legs. He passed away with cancer at age thirteen.
Graylyn Labradors is a small, hobby kennel in Charlotte, North Carolina. My goal in breeding is to produce a sound quality Labrador that is a great companion and capable of excelling in the show ring and the field.