Linda has a small but very successful kennel called Crystalar Poodles.She started showing standard poodles at the age of 16. Although only a hobby breeder and having a litter only every 4-5 years she has made up 5 champions and was BOB at Crufts in 2006. After marrying a very well known groomer Richard Barker, she was talked into entering a grooming competition, Eurogroom and ended up winning the poodle class. A few years later she entered Northern Groomers and won the poodle class and went Best in Show. At Premiergroom again won the poodle class and Best In Show and at Groomer Of The Year 2012 was Runner Up Groomer Of The Year. Linda is a Championship show judge in the UK and also judges poodles abroad. She has judged at The British Dog Grooming Championships, Young Kennel Club Groomer of the Year, Eurogroom and also Premiergroom Richard and Linda started the grooming section of the Young Kennel Club in England and also Young Kennel Club Groomer of the Year grooming competition, which is now held every year at Crufts dog show. The Young kennel club holds classes in grooming for the very young people among us and they even have a full week during their summer camp with education all about grooming and dog showing where Linda is responsible for the grooming section.