In the mid 1980's Keith was the primary owner of a very succesful show printing business, which was sold in 1990, but still operates in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, called Irwin Show Ribbons. Keith & Karen married in 1990 & in Oct 2009 we decided to recommence making show ribbons, sashes and rosettes.
This year we will celebrate our 23rd Wedding Anniversary, and after 3 years in Triabunna, we moved to Maydena (12 months ago), which is on the edge of the Gordon River & World Heritage listed area known as the Tasmanian Wilderness.
(The Tasmanian Wilderness is one of the three largest temperate wilderness areas remaining in the Southern Hemisphere. The region is home to some of the deepest and longest caves in Australia. It is renowned for its diversity of flora, and some of the longest lived trees and tallest flowering plants in the world grow in the area. The Tasmanian Wilderness is a stronghold for several animals that are either extinct or threatened on mainland Australia.)
Keith & Karen are Foundation Members of the Manchester Terrier Club of NSW, Keith was also Foundation and current past President of this Club.
Keith is a licenced Hound Group Judge, Rhodesian Ridgeback & Manchester Terrier Breed Specialist Judge. He has been an owner and exhibitor of pure bred dogs since 1972. He was also President of Dogs NSW (RNSWCC Ltd) from 2004 - 2007.
Over the last 35 years Keith has been Show Secretary/Dog Section Secretary at hundreds of shows in New South Wales.
UPDATE 30th December 2012
Over the last 12 months our business has grown so much, that it has become necessary to start our own company and from the 1st January 2013 we will commence trading as:
SHOWRIBBONSONLINE PTY LTD.
ACN: 161 381 746. ABN: 89 161 381 746
However Keith will still be doing the printing and I'll still be on the sewing machine (with help) - Karen