Sterling has been showing and breeding Samoyeds since 1974, titling in conformation and obedience.
Dr. Marion McNeil established Sterling Samoyeds in 1977. She first competed in obedience; then bred her first litter in 1980. She started competing in the conformation ring with two puppies from that litter, finishing both of their championships. These were the first two of many show champions over the years.
In the winter she enjoyed recreational sledding, and some of her dogs competed in races on a friend’s all Samoyed team.
Meanwhile, she earned an MS in Microbial genetics studying DNA of bacterial viruses, then a PhD researching genetic diseases in chickens.
Her work in genetics and love of dogs lead her to a career breeding guide dogs at the Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ. Over the next twenty years, Marion was involved with 4 different guide dog organizations, working in genetics, cryogenics, reproduction, and assisted veterinarians associated with guide dog schools all over the world.
In addition to her many other talents, Marion is an accomplished artist who trained at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Samoyeds are her favorite subjects.
She is now the owner of Lone Oak Farm Kennel, a full service boarding, grooming and training facility located in Southington, Connecticut.
Marion has also combined her love of travel and showing to journey with her dogs to dog shows all over North America and even Europe. Over the years, many of her dogs have earned coveted international titles.
She is the proud owner of Int. Am. Can. Mex. Bda. Bah. Grand Costa Rican Ch. Sugarhill's SS Copperfield BIS, BISS (Copper), the top winning all biscuit Samoyed in the history of the breed.
Member of the Samoyed Club of America and the Minuteman Samoyed Club.