Ann Woodrow – KC Accredited Trainer


ann woodrow

By profession a Commercial artist and Designer


Married to John Woodrow MVO, lately finance director of Ascot Racecourse and together involved in the breed since 1964. Started a successful showing and breeding interest with an outstanding dog from Mrs. Rose Bailey’s FOOTPATH kennel, Ch. Fundu of Footpath, 1968. He was the foundation of the MIRENGO line. We are a small private kennel, which nevertheless has resulted in National Top Breeder awards in 1980, 85, 86, 90, 95 and 2002. Fifteen UK champions and one Dutch champion have come from the kennel and include the outstanding Ch. MIRENGO’S MANDAMBO, 5 times supreme champion and Group 2 Hound Group at Crufts and recently Ch. MIRENGO’S MUKO MAKO, National Top RR dog 2004, 05 and 06.


Member and, at various times, committee member of the RR Club of Great Britain and of the Breed Council from its early days.


Founded the Southern RR Association and chaired it for 3 years.


Served as a committee member of the World Congress UK 1992 and presented the paper on the Breed Standard.


Produced the first UK book on the Rhodesian Ridgeback, 1985.


In 2000 was accredited by the UK Kennel Club as a trainer of judges for Confirmation and Movement, Rules and Regulations and as a “Points of the dog” examiner.


In 2008 presented “Think about the Standard” at the World Congress in Ireland.


2009 instructed potential Group judges on the Rhodesian Ridgeback for the Hound Association.


Confirmation and Movement seminars for the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Great Britain, the Scottish Rhodesian Ridgeback Club and the RR Club of Ireland in Dublin.


Have awarded cc’s since 1985 on 15 occasions which includes Crufts, the RR Club of GB, the Hound Show, the World Congress Show in Holland FCI and the RR Club of Denmark Championship show which was back to back with the World Show 2010 FCI.


Other interests include Pony Club, being a District Commissioner and then Area Representative and a member of the Council. Chaired the International Visits Committee hosting the Inter Pacific rally, was a member of the Training Board and was active in the rewrite of the Pony Club manual.


I held a Jockey Club permit to train racehorses under rules from 1978 to my retirement in 2013, having particular successes with Pegmarine and Lescer’s Lad.