The committee represents member interests and manages the operations of the club.

Committee positions are open for election on an annual basis. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact our secretary who can provide you with further information.

Lauren joined the Finnish Lapphund community over 7 years ago when she welcomed her first Lapphund into her life. Since then life has never been the same!


Lauren has imported numerous dogs and frozen semen from many countries to build a strong and genetically diverse breeding program. Breeding under the Orical prefix, her Lapphunds have been highly awarded by breed specialists, and proven their versatility in a number of disciplines. 

Lauren was a founding member of the club, and also sits on the board of the International Reindeer Herding Dogs Foundation. Lauren trains and/or competes in tracking, track and search, rally obedience, backpacking and sled sports. She is a qualified dog trainer and currently undertaking a Bachelor of Animal Science, specialising in Canine Science. 

To contact Lauren, please email or

President & Event Coordinator


Kaylene's  history with dogs starts from as far back as 1976 when her parents got their first Basenji, which started Kaylene's show career.

Since then, Kaylene has had a number of breeds, including Setters and Alaskan Malamutes. Kaylene has been actively involved in fostering and rescuing dogs, an area she is passionate about.

Kaylene welcomed her first Lapphund in 2018 and is looking forward to further adventures with this breed, and assisting the NSW Lapphund community. 

To contact Kaylene, please email

Vice President


Katrina welcomed her first Finnish Lapphund in 2005 when the breed was in its infancy in Australia. In 2016 she welcomed Willow from Orical Kennels and began showing. Her young son, Jordan, began showing in junior handlers and he has become quite the little star in his dapper little suit and bow tie. In 2017 Katrina welcomed Akela, who quickly excelled in the show ring. Young Jordan handled her to best bitch at the 2017 Finnish Lapphund Speciality under a respected Finnish breed specialist- Jordan declared that this was the best day of his life!

Katrina joined the committee in 2016, and regularly mentors new people to the breed. She is training in and/or competing in backpacking, tracking and rally obedience.

To contact Katrina, please email or

Secretary & Show Secretary


Cassie has been a breeder of Lappies since 2010 under the prefix Ausvarg. She has held a number of committee positions in the Finnish Lapphund Club of NSW over the years and felt the time was right to help out again in the role of Treasurer. Cassie says she is still pretty busy raising her human kids but does hope to have a day off now and then to get to a show or a Lappie picnic. You'll definitely see me at every Lappie Adventure Camp.

She says she doesn't remember her life before Lappies and doubts very much that she will ever be without one or five for the rest of her life.



Brittany has always been a dog person and was thoughtfully surprised by her partner with a ticket to Dog Lovers Sydney in 2016. Before even entering the event, she asked the taxi to pull over the car upon seeing a group of what she would soon find out were Finnish Lapphunds and thoughts of integrating any other breed disappeared after hearing about their beautiful temperament, personalities and intelligence.


After attending a few FLCNSW Puppy Picnics and doing a lot of research, a decision was made and Elkie (Orical Carissa of Haapavesi) was welcomed into the family. Brittany is training Elkie in obedience and is working with her towards becoming a qualified therapy dog.


Brittany adores being part of the FLCNSW community, so joining the committee as publicity officer to contribute made sense.

To contact Brittany, please email

Publicity Officer


In 2015 Jenn set out to research and find a dog breed suitable for her young family; a breed of moderate type, gentle temperament, and robust good health. Jenn met up with Lappie breeders across 4 states who obligingly shared their knowledge and time. The shortlist of breeds was quickly cut down to one.


Jenn's background is in health and genetics and she is delighted to combine a love of dogs as family pets, and an interest in dog health and genetics for the role of acting health officer for the FLCNSW. Jenn is happy to be contacted with any Lappie-related health or genetics queries.

To contact Jenn, please email

Acting Health Officer


Dileeni met her "fur"st Lappie about 5 years ago when a friend adopted a Lappie. She has come to learn quite a lot about the breed since em"bark"ing on the process to adopt her own and is now thrilled to have little Henki to enjoy life with.


Dileeni loves what the the Finnish Lapphund Club of NSW does for the breed and the Lappie owners of NSW, and is looking forward to assisting the club with its future plans.  

To contact Dileeni, please email



James became an instant Lappie father to four loving Lappies when he met Lauren. He embraced this newfound role and now couldn't imagine his life without a Lappie in it.

He has supported Lauren and the Lappie community over the years, and joined the committee in the fundraising role to assist in ensuring the club has the funds to continue successfully operating.

He secretly wears reindeer socks to work under suit pants and loves night time lounge cuddles with his Lappie boys.

To contact James, please email

Fundraising Officer


Miriam discovered the Finnish Lapphund breed 3 years ago when her teenage girls tried very hard to convince her their 6 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was lonely.   They came across the Finnish Lapphund breed and was besotted, and Kiva entered their lives. Their Cavalier was a people dog and not a fan of puppies but Kiva immediately worked her Lappie magic on him and they quickly became inseparable.


Miriam finds it hard not to fall in love with every Finnish Lapphund she meets and is happy to talk to potential owners about the pros and cons of living with a Finnish Lapphund. 

To contact Miriam, please email

Breed Liasion


The show committee consists of:​

  • Katrina Long

  • Lauren Mills

  • James Vial

  • Kaylene Innes

  • Elle McKay

To contact the show committee, please email

Sub committee


The events committee consists of:​

  • Lauren Mills

  • Brittany Noble

  • Beau Lancaster

  • Miriam Perl

  • Mark Fulton

  • Louise Fulton

  • Elle McKay

  • Rita Petrzalka

To contact the events committee, please email

Sub committee


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