Vale – Mrs Mandy Hammett & Mr Riley Yuen Wing MBE
October 2018 was a sad & trying time for the dog world in the NT with the passing of two stalwarts of our Association – Mrs Mandy Hammett & Mr Riley Yuen Wing MBE.
Born in Sydney, Mandy was a trained nurse & a Territorian by choice. She was a staunch supporter of Dogs NT who served on many committees & as a Ring Steward. Her love affair with her beloved Pharaoh Hounds began back in the 1980’s &, along with her husband Mel, they imported & bred some amazing dogs under their prefix ‘Karnak’. She was like no other – she was a force of nature. Her knowledge & experience of all thing’s dogs knew no bounds. Mandy mentored so many - young & old - in the arts of grooming, handling & was always so generous with her time. She stood up for what she believed in & although she was not afraid to call a spade a spade, she would be among the first to welcome those new to the dog world. She had so much experience coupled with a lifetime collection of hysterical ‘Mandyisms' & she would sidle up to you with a smirk & a chuckle to share them. Fierce & loyal, gentle & kind her hands were laid upon many a pained neck & shoulders with miraculous healing.
Riley was born in Pine Creek in the Northern Territory & was honoured with Life Membership by Dogs NT for his boundless work in the NT dog community. An Accountant by profession Riley was a former Obedience Judge & Instructor & he always made a point of personally presenting the Riley Wing Novice Obedience Perpetual Trophy at the Royal Darwin Show. Passionate about his beloved German Shepherd Dogs, he was instrumental in changing the law in the 1970’s to enable entire GSD’s to be owned in NT - a Founder & Life Member of the GSD Club NT he was also honoured by the GSD Club SA Inc as their Inaugural Life Member. He had a remarkable life which included surviving the 1942 bombing of Darwin when he lost all his possessions (in 2011 he was introduced to former President Barack Obama at the WWII commemorations), he then lost everything again in Cyclone Tracy! Awarded an MBE for his tireless work within the community, Riley had Life Membership bestowed upon him by many grateful Clubs & Organisations including: the Chung Wah Society, Netball NT, the NT Football League & the Darwin Buffaloes Football Club. An incredible athlete & Coach, Riley was inducted into the SA Athletic League's Hall of Fame for winning the 1947 ‘Bay Sheffield Gift’ foot race in record time! Regardless of whether you were a President or a first-time competitor this incredible Gentleman treated everyone with kindness & good manners.
We will mourn & miss these humble, wise friends of the dog world & on behalf of all the Members of Dogs NT, we express our deepest sympathies to their family, loved ones & friends.