Peggy Rae, who died at the age of 90 in 2010, had been breeding, showing and judging Labradors for more than 60 years. She was brought up on a farm in Essex. When she was thirteen years old, she got her first Labrador Mick. This wonderful black friend accompanied her wherever she went on the farm.
When she set up as a labrador breeder after the War, her father suggested the prefix Cornlands as East Anglia is known for the growing of grains. Her first champion was CH. Cornlands Peter So Gay. Many of her dogs were also award-winning competitors at Field Trials. Cornlands Lady Be Good alone won eight awards.
Champion Cornlands My Fair Lady, her favourite bitch, was a keen worker and a successful show dog, who won 17 CCs in her life. She won Best of Breed at Crufts in 1968. Her kennel compagnion CH. Cornlands Nokeener Highlight was best dog at the same show. It was Peggy’s greatest achievement in showing. Never before had a Labrador breeder won the double at Crufts. Her record stood for 21 years. Another favourite dog of hers had been full Champion Cornlands Westhelm Flight, the sire of Ch. Cornlands Landy.
Peggy Rae was the owner and breeder of twelve champion Labradors. She had also sold dogs abroad, many of which became full champions. This grand lady judged Labradors and Golden Retrievers all over the world and at Crufts. She had given many decades of service as chairman or committee member to The Labrador Retriever Club, The Yellow Labrador Club and The East Anglian Labrador Retriever Club.
In 2007 this legend in Labradors celebrated her 60th Kennel Anniversary. Around 200 Labrador friends from England and the Continent came to her Diamond Jubilee Party at The Leys, half a mile from her parents’ farm in East Anglia where she was born.