Dirnanean's Shining Knight of Bramblyn

Breacán aged 15 months - March 2010

Breacán aged 15 months - March 2010

photo by: Hazel Lindsey

Breacán at WT training day - 17 April 2011

Breacán at WT training day - 17 April 2011

photo by: (unknown)

Breacán with his Working Test trophies, April 2012

Breacán with his Working Test trophies, April 2012

photo by: Judi Lloyd

Breeder : Overdene Golden Retrievers
Breed : Golden Retriever
Birthdate : 26th December 2008
Health Tested

Health Tests

Dirnanean's Shining Knight of Bramblyn (known as Breacán to his friends), was the firstborn puppy in his mother Rayne's final litter of just two dog puppies by Hindringham Hot Pursuit to Bramblyn. He and his brother were the last "Dirnaneans" to be bred by me prior to my sister, Dr E C Svennevik taking over sole interest in the Dirnanean kennel name during 2009.

When 8 weeks old, Breacán and his litter brother, Bruster (Dirnanean's Wise Man of Bramblyn) went to live within a few miles of each other, their father and various other paternal relatives in Surrey, and it was always part of our plan to use the boys to help continue the Dirnanean line, subject to clear eyes and acceptable hip scores in due course. Breacán takes after his mother's side of the family, whilst his brother Bruster is much more like their father.

Breacán achieved all three Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme awards (Bronze 28.11.09, Silver 20.06.10 and Gold 05.07.10) before he was 19 months old, having also completed the Puppy Foundation Award (22.06.09). He has done agility, heelwork to music, obedience and gundog training – the latter being something for which he has always shown promise. His father, Hindringham Hot Pursuit to Bramblyn (known as Lancer to his friends) is a fully trained gundog, and in 2005, Lancer was among the first six Golden Retrievers to get the new KC Gundog Working Certificate (KCGWC) - they all won it on the same day, though in different parts of the country.

Breacán has been placed at obedience shows and working tests, and his results to date (1.12.11) include:

• 17 April 2011 – 1st at the Southern Golden Retriever Society (SGRS) Novice Dog/Novice Handler Training Working Test (at his very first try);
• 10 July 2011 – 1st Special Beginners at a SGRS Working Test day held at Farnham, Surrey;
• 25 September 2011 – 2nd in Novice Dog/Novice Handler Working Test (SRGS, Holywell Estate, Hants), which was his first full proper Working Test

And at the SGRS's Limited Obedience Show on 30 October 2011, Breacán was placed 5th (out of 16) in the Pre-Beginners Obedience.

Breacán has clear eyes under the KC/BVA scheme (last tested 23.5.13), and a hip score of 3:3 (see health test results above).

*** STOP PRESS *** Breacán achieved his Working Gundog Certificate on Friday, 30 August 2013!


  • Parents
  • Grand Parents
  • Great Grand Parents
    • Chafforn Applause at Bramblyn
    • Bramblyn Gleam of Gold
    • Guella Golden Hind
    • Delcott Royal Sapphire
    • Horham Extravaganza
    • Horham Sprinkling of Gold
    • Horham Barraband
    • Bryanstown ÁIne for Overdene
  • Great Great Grand Parents
    • Hurricane Chas of Rayleas
    • Brynbras Sunsprite Beauty of Chafforn
    • Hindringham Home Rule for Chafforn
    • Bramblyn Firefly
    • Ch Bryanstown Gaucho
    • Guella Andromeda
    • Sh Ch Lorinford Lancelot
    • Delcott Jessica
    • Horham Shades of Gold
    • Horham Nemesia
    • Cattrysse Mr Rochester
    • Owlery Athanasius at Horham
    • Sh Ch Tokeida Starstealer
    • Owlery Athanasius at Horham
    • Pondcroft Sean of Bryanstown
    • Bryanstown Ingerid