About Us

Gold Camp Kennels originated in Cripple Creek, Colorado in the 1960's. The original owners, Jay and Kathy Adams, chose the name Gold Camp because Cripple Creek was a mining town during the gold rush.

In 1975, I purchased my first springer from the Adams, named Prince Kiota of Gold Camp U.D. He was not a breed dog, but excelled in obedience, and became Gold Camp's first utility dog. When I decided to get another springer the Adams decided to get out of dogs, so they gave the Gold Camp name to me. My second springer, and the one I consider my foundation bitch, became Ch. Gold Camp Morningstar. She produced my first Top Ten springer (the first of many).

In 1981, I purchased Ch. Southwind's Magic Kira, C.D.X. Kira went on to be among the top ten springers in breed competition in both 1983 and 1984. I have produced over 20 champions to date with many more to finish. Kira was the first of many Jester springers to come to Gold Camp. Currently the majority of dogs at Gold Camp are either Jester or are a result of Jester/Gold Camp breedings. There are many more breedings planned.

I am a member of the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association, Parent Club of the English Springer Spaniel. I am a member of two all-breed kennel clubs in the San Diego area. The Cabrillo Kennel Club and the Del Sur Kennel Club.

I have been an all-breed professional handler for over 20 years. I am a member of the Professional Handlers Association and I am an American Kennel Club Registered Handler. I have handled numerous breeds of dogs to their championships and have won multiple Groups, Best In Shows and Specialities. Several of the Champions that I have campaigned were rated in the top 5 of thier breeds.

The win that I will remember most is the Best In show that I won with a Harrier bitch. It was the first Harrier to go Best In Show in 17 years.