The early years:
Hexastar Kennels - Brazil
Am. Brz. Int. FCI. BIS Ch. Hexastar's Ted Stamp of Ruhlend
pictured at 10 months of age.
Hexastar Kennels started in 1973 when my parents brought home a happy, charismatic Boxer puppy by the registered name of Loyd da Enseada, better known as "Sultan". Sultan had the most beautiful personality one could ever hope for in a dog. He was the one who turned me from a kid that was fearful of dogs to a true believer that a dog is the best friend a man can have.
Shortly after, my mother Agnes Buchwald, and my uncle, Peter Gidali, joined in the purchase of an American blooded bitch by the name of Funny Girl of Pent Kennels. We quickly learned that her quality as far as a show dog and breeding stock was way better than Sultan's and breeding them together would have been a mistake. Funny Girl became our first champion. We owner-handled her to her championship.
At that time, the breeders that sold us Funny Girl, had offered us an American import that would blend well with her. That is how Pinebrook's Trade Mark "Skipper" (A Ch. Pinebrook's Radiation son - bred by Tom and Arlene Perret) joined our family. He quickly became a champion. After several attempts to breed him, where he would always show interest and then stop without success, our veterinarian was called and found out that Skipper had fimosis and required a small surgery to fix the problem. He was "circumsized" and from then on became not only a very efficient stud but also a very influential sire that caused a huge impact in the breed in Brazil.
At the time, in Brazil, litters had to be inspected by accredited kennel club officials, in order to be registered. We invited the previous owners of Skipper to do the inspection of his first homebred litter, and their reaction of absolut disbelief that Skipper could actually breed a bitch clearly showed why we were "given the chance" to have him and also thought us a big lesson: that we would have to be more independant and resourseful if we were to succed in breedeing.
That is how our connections with America have started. We subscribed to every Boxer magazine and multi breed magazine from America we could find and we still have a complete colection of every single issue of the Boxer Review since 1975, the Boxer Quarterly, Kennel Review and Showdogs as well as the catalog of every ABC National since 1973. We were fortunate to have met and become friends with some of the foremost Boxer breeders and handlers in America and with their help a solid base of American Boxers created what was one of the most successful Boxer kennels in Brazil. The foundation of Hexastar came from people of the magnitude of Betty-Clair Frohock (Tudosal), Ruth Leek (Ruhlend), the late professional handler Chuck Steele, Eleanor Linderholm (Merrilane) and a great friend and wonderful mentor Dr. Ted Fickes (Arriba) who send us some of the most spectacular Boxers and dispensed us so much advise and guidance that words would not be enough to describe.
By the early '80s Hexastar Boxers were winning all over Brazil and South America. At that time, we sent a homebred Boxer to America and he quickly became an American Champion. His name was Am. Brz. Urg. Int. FCI. Ch. Hexastar's In Legacy of Ruhlend. He opened the doors for five other homebreds that also were sent to the US to compete for their championships. They all finished and are: Ch. Hexastar's Ted Stamp of Ruhlend, Ch. Hexastar's Native Dancer of Ruhlend, Ch. Hexastar's Royal Mark and Ch. Hexastar's American Grafitti. All Best in Show winners in Brazil, all FCI International champions.
When the '90s came along, Hexastar Boxers had bred over 100 Brazilian Champions and accomplished many outstanding wins including several All Breed Best in Show winners, top ranked dogs and National Specialty best of breed winners under judges of huge international notoriety like Mrs. Phoebe Harris (Sirrah Crest) and Mike Millan (Millan) and Hexastar Boxers were also the foundation stock to several other Boxer kennels that are still active in Brazil today.