Welcome to the Zoiboyz Ranch
Tom and I love borzois and what they represent: elegance combined with speed, power, and intelligence.
We have mostly males. We started that way by chance and have continued along that same path—with the exception of Ambassador’s daughter, Tornado, who joined the ZoiBoyz the summer of 2005. Swann came to us thanks to Sherita and Rose Hill Windhounds in Texas. And of course, Tornado gave us our E-litter and Swann our H-litter. Tornado’s brother Perfect Storm gave Dagmar Kohl her A-litter with Turgai’s Kalypso. We are grateful to Dagmar who gave us one of Storm’s pups, our girl Aliza. In 2018, Aliza gave us our L-litter, following her mating with Susanne Cecere and Sandra Moore-Doby’s boy Zhivoy.
Our passion with sighthounds, since before owning our first borzoi, has been the sighthound performance world. We got a great start in the sighthound sports by living in Germany when we got our first borzoi, and being mentored by some of the finest people we have ever known.
In Germany, every aspect of the racing and coursing sports are structured around training. The Germans favorite saying was “uban, uban, uban” or practice, practice, practice. In a country not much larger than Texas they had 45 racing and coursing tracks, everyone of which could compete as a professional track here in the US. Finding opportunity to practice was not a problem.
Because of the availability of practice facilities, good friends and mentors, we were able to take our first borzoi, Silkenswift Ambassador, to the FCI’s World Oval Racing Championship, not once but five times. During that time Ambassador finished in the top four borzoi each and every year, winning it in 2000. He also won the European Oval Racing Championship the same year. No other borzoi has matched this feat (appearing in five straight FCI WM and placing in each) in over 115 years of amateur racing in Germany.
While living in Europe we added three more to the pack; Ouragan, Aramis, and Bonne Chance. Look at our “Hounds Past” section to see these wonderful hounds.
Prior to leaving Germany, Kennel Chabibi’s approached us and wanted to use our Silkenswift Bonne Chance with their Nubia Hegerova. Although this was a complete outcross the types were very similar and both were excellent athletes. From that litter we took a stud fee puppy (Kazan) and a playmate (Kiev). So we returned to the USA with six borzoi.
We have had many unforgettable experiences while living in Germany and made some strong friendships that developed because of the hounds. We will always remember the comradeship we felt at every coursing and racing event we took part in. We always felt as though we were part of the borzoi family even though our language skills were not very good.
Back in the USA we have been fortunate and blessed to be able to pursue our passion for sighthound sport and borzois. We purchased a small parcel of land east of Colorado Springs, CO. and dubbed it the Zoiboyz Ranch.
The first thing we did before we even finished the house remodeling was to have a fence installed that would not only keep our hounds in and provide a safe place for them to run but we also hold nearly monthly “Fun Runs” open to all dogs. This provides a safe place for people to bring there dogs and get training in sighthound sports. We also hold sanctioned Lure Coursing, Straight Racing, and Oval Racing events throughout the year for local clubs interested in using our property.
The Zoiboyz story is an ongoing adventure!
Stop by here frequently to keep up to date on our hounds and events here at the “Zoiboyz Ranch.”