In Memory Of…

CH Flatford Major Obsession NA JH WC “Jazz”

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  • September 29, 1993 – October 2, 2002
  • Sire: BISS CH Snowdown Canis Major CD “Major”
  • Dam: CH Darkside Elegant Velvet CD JH WC HOF “Velvet”

The Gamekeepers Retrievers breeding program started in 1993 with the purchase of a Flat-coated Retriever puppy from the Flatford Kennel.  That little puppy grew up to be Jazz, CH Flatford Major Obsession NA JH WC.  Jazz was a lovely bitch with a group placement and FCRSA National Specialty JAM to her credit.  However, the show ring was really not her place to shine.  She was Maria’s best friend and never met anyone, human or canine, that she did not like.  Her biggest contribution to the breed has been through her progeny.  As Gamekeeper’s Retrievers foundation bitch, Jazz passed her lovely looks and sweet temperament on to her multi-talented offspring.  We owe it all to her.


CH HRCH Gamekeepers Black Hawk MH WCX HOF “Hawk”

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  • April 28, 1996 – February 28, 2008
  • Sire: CH Amani’s Windfall Magic CD MH WCX *** HOF “Magic”
  • Dam: CH Flatford Major Obsession NA JH WC “Jazz”

Hawk was the dog we dreamed of when we planned our first litter.  A true dual purpose dog that would excel in both breed and field.  During his show career, Hawk was the #5 Flat-coat All-Systems in 2001, won Best of Breed at Westminster in 2002 and had three FCRSA National Specialty JAM’s as well as multiple group placements to his credit, all breeder/owner handled by Maria White.

In the field, Hawk earned his AKC Master Hunter and his UKC HRCH, trained and handled by Mitch White.  But all of these accomplishments don’t begin to measure his true worth as both best friend and best hunting buddy to Mitch.  The two of them lived for hunting season.  Hawk was equally at home working upland game as he was in the duck blind.  Mitch and Hawk were given an opportunity for Hawk to showcase these talents in Outdoor Life Network’s Beretta’s Bird Dog Journal “Flat-coats in the Dakotas”, a once in a lifetime experience that Mitch will never forget.

Hawk made a great showing during his final appearance at an FCRSA National Specialty (2005).  He was just two weeks short of his 9th birthday, Hawk earned a JAM in the Steady Singles competition in the field.  Then in the conformation ring, Hawk went Best of Opposite Sex in Veteran Sweeps from the 7-9 class, won the 7-9 Regular Veteran Class and won the Stud Dog class.

Hawk left an indelible mark on the breed.  As of Oct. 18, 2014, his progeny include:

  • 3 Grand Champions and 27 Champions
  • Multiple Specialty BOB/JAM winners and 2 National Specialty Best Puppy in Sweeps winners
  • Multiple Group Winning/Placing Specials
  • 10 Master Hunters
  • 3 Master National Finalists – Charm (Binti), Ransom and Scout (Both out of Rip)
  • Multiple progeny with Field Trial placements including the 1st Flat-coat to place in an All Age Field Trial Stake in over 20 years – Ransom
  • plus 4 Master Agility Champions, 1 Obedience Trial Champion and 1 Champion Tracker.

Wynflat’s Binti Wa Amani RN SH WCX “Binti”

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  • October 15, 1999 – May 25, 2011
  • Sire: CH Artic Sun’s Wingover Chat MH WCX *** “Chat”
  • Dam: CFC/CAFC Amani’s Wynfield Ace In The Hole MH *** “Ping”

Binti came to Gamekeepers in October, 2004 to fulfill our promise to Ann Mortenson that we would care for her when Ann was no longer able to do so.  Binti fit right in to her new life.  Binti earned her WCX at the FCRSA National Specialty in May, 2006 and finished her Senior Hunter in June of 2007.  In the last couple of years, Binti began spending some time with our friend, Linda Lowy.  Binti taught Linda all about handling for SH/MH work and Linda taught Binti all about Rally.

In June 2010, Mitch took Binti to the FCRSA National where she won the Steady Singles C stake, proving that even as an 11 year old she still wanted to compete with the young dogs.  Due to this win, Mitch and Linda decided to keep working her in the field to brush up her handling skills for Master.  Mitch handled Binti to her first Master pass on October 31, 2010 which she earned with style.  Binti was dam to Ace and Charm and the daughter of two of the breeds most talented field dogs, Chat and Ping.  We are honored that Ann placed her in our care, it was our privilege to share her life.  Binti never missed a meal or stopped wagging her tail until the day she died.  She was an amazing girl!


CH Bear C’ntry Hob-B Reminiscent MH WCX “Remie”

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  • May 16, 2001 – January 27, 2014
  • Sire: CH UH Hardscrabble Feathr Fetchr MH WCX CGC “Jamie”
  • Dam: Rennaisance Tropical Storm CD MH WCX CGC “Windy”

Remie was bred by and co-owned with our friends Clint and Sherie Catledge.  The Catledge’s bred Remie to Hawk and when she was recovered from her puppies she needed to go back to work.  So Clint and Sherie offered Remie to Mitch, on a co-ownership basis, to train and run through Master.  Mitch and Remie finished up her Senior in June of 2007.  Then she took some time off to raise her second litter (sired by Ace and born April 6, 2008).  Once her motherhood duties were over, Remie got right back out in the field and earned her Master title on May 3, 2009.  When she retired from the field, she was Mitch’s primary pheasant hunting dog.  She had an outstanding nose and was a favorite guiding at the local hunt clubs.  She was a sweet girl and she lived her life to the fullest.


CH HR Amani’s Top Gun MH WCX  “Ace”

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  • August 19, 2003 – September 22, 2015
  • Sire: CH HRCH Gamekeepers Black Hawk MH WCX HOF
  • Dam: Wynflat’s Binti Wa Amani SH WCX

Ace was out of the last litter by Ann Mortenson before her untimely death in October of 2004.  Ann had high hopes for this breeding (Hawk x Binti) and Ace lived up to her hope of producing excellent working dogs that are true to type who would do well in the field and in the show ring.  Ace lived a full and active life right up to the end.  At 11 years old, Ace came out of retirement to teach our friend Linda O’Leary how to run a Master dog.  In addition to working together in the field, Linda got Ace certified as a therapy dog (Linda said “The old folks will love him.  He is lumpy like they are!”) and they hit the conformation ring together.  Ace got 2nd place in both the regular and sweepstakes 11+ Veteran Classes at the 2015 FCRSA National Specialty handled beautifully by Linda.  Ace sired three litters that are proving they are superstars in conformation, field and performance and Ace is the grandsire of the Reserve Winners Dog at the 2015 FCRSA National.  He was affectionately known as Big Ace by all who knew him for his big presence and big heart.  He had quite a fan club and leaves a big hole here at Gamekeepers.

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