Zara Boyle

Senior (Sole) Affix Holder


Active as a handler in her junior years, Zara has had experience handling many breeds throughout the groups. Harry and Margaret added her to the affix in 1980.

The affix is a combination of both Zara’s Christian names, Zara and both of her sons all carry the old family paternal surname of ‘Cresswell’ as their second names.

Zara remains the principal handler for the kennel but is slowly handing over the reins to the younger ones.  Zara is responsible for almost all of CC’s awarded to the dogs within the UK, Northern Ireland, Eire, and South Africa, covering four breeds in the hound group and one breed in the gundog group.

Zara is the main person responsible for the maintenance of all the coats cared for at Zarcrest on a three day rotation.

Winners never quit and quitters never win.

Victor Lombardi

Dedicated to the Dachshund breed for almost 40 years, her confidence has grown and increased and this can be seen today in the presentation of all the Zarcrest exhibits.

She has also served the Dachshund breed officiating in administrative roles for breed clubs, and is continuing by offering Mentor services to Novice judges.

Zara is also recognized as an international Championship Show Judge, and has awarded more than 40 sets of CC’s or GS’s in six countries.

American Cocker’s first appeared at Zarcrest in 1999 and reappeared in 2013.

Zara works alongside Our Dogs Canine Newspaper’s Ltd as a consultant designer and has eighteen years experience, If you would like to see more of Zara’s design works or are interested in having your own website, you can visit Zara Boyle or search for Zara Boyle Design on facebook. Zara also maintains and designs CMS Websites.

  • 1981-1991: Hair Colorist and Cutting Specialist
  • 1991-1993: Photography Processing and Development
  • 2004 – Present: Advertising Consultant and Graphic Designer for Our Dogs Newspaper Ltd