Welcome to the ‘Abinvale’ website.

We are based in Northern Ireland in the idyllic location of Ballymoney, Co. Antrim.


Our Story

Our first Golden Retriever joined us in 1978 when we were building our home, he was joined 5 years later by Emma and so the story began. Our show career began in 1993 and since then we have been attending shows throughout Ireland and when possible in England, Scotland and Wales.

From the beginning, Emma has been active in both the Kennel Club and Irish Kennel Junior Handling organisations. She has enjoyed this aspect of the show scene and has been fortunate in having been asked by the Young Kennel Club to take part in an Outward Bound Course held in the Lake District. She has also worked on the YKC stand at Crufts for a number of years. The friendships made during this time are valued and enduring.

Abinvale is based close to Northern Ireland’s picturesque North Antrim coast where our Golden Retrievers enjoy frequent visits to the long sandy beaches and scenic coastal walks.


We are very proud of our dog’s achievements in the show ring but first and foremost they are our family pets.

We only breed occasionally with special care being taken to ensure that any puppies going to a new home are placed in a caring, loving environment where they can become a part of the family and enjoy a similar lifestyle to the ones that stay with us at Abinvale.

Please feel to contact us. We do welcome genuine enquires about Golden Retrievers.

We hope you have enjoyed your visit.

Some of our greatest achievements


Darci Ir Sh Ch Abinvale Piratella – Top Winning Golden Retriever in Ireland 2010, 2011

Denver GB Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Abinvale The Aviator ShCM –  Top Winning Golden Retriever in Ireland 2012

Abinvale – Top Kennel 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015

Sophie Gunhills Blue Secret at Abinvale – Top Brood Bitch in Ireland 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and Dog World Top Brood Bitch (UK) 2015

Top Breeder in Ireland – 2013, 2014

Breeders of Blue Multi Ch Abinvale Traguardo – Crufts 2014 BOB and Gundog Group 2 and Dog World Top Golden Retriever 2014


Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole…


Our Top Winners