Few kennels have had as much influence on the Golden Retriever as the Sun Dance Kennels of Shirley and William Worley and Shirley's daughter, Lisa Schultz-Halcomb.
Bill Worley's interest in dogs goes back to his childhood.
In 1936 he began working with dogs, continued this work in the Army K-9 Corps during the Second World War, and has maintained this interest since then. In 1955, Bill became interested in Golden Retrievers, and by 1957 had bred his first litter, one which produced four champions.
In 1962, Bill married Shirley who, with her daughter Lisa, brought a strong interest in dogs to complement Bill's. The accomplishments of the Sun Dance Kennel are too great to list here. A look at the lists of Hall of Fame Dogs, Outstanding Sires and Dams and Obedience Hall of Fame dogs provide the reader with an idea of this kennel's influence on the breed.
There are over 160 champions with the Sun Dance prefix, as well as literally hundreds of Sun Dance dogs with obedience titles. Top winning Sun Dance dogs include Champion Sun Dance Rarue, the top winning Golden in the country in 1976 and a National Specialty Best of Breed winner, as well as, to name a few: Champion Sun Dance's Esquire, C.D.; Champion Sun Dance's Vagabond Lover, C.D.X.; and Champion Sun Dance's Bronze, C.D., a two-time National.Specialty winner.
First concentrating on the obedience ring, more recently the Worleys
have been concentrating on the show ring. Writes Lisa Schultz-Halcomb, "I don't know how many generations of outstanding Producers we have, but it's a long way. That, to me, says more than anything, considering that our bitches are never bred more than three times and produce small litters. Bill always said that to have a great producing kennel you must have great bitches, not just good ones, then breed great to great." Certainly, the Worleys have reached this goal.