Our winter training in Florida is coming to a close. Thank you to Wayne and Sharon Gey for another great winter of training in Montverde.
Thanks to the fantastic Joey Laughery, our kennel and property maintenance worker, the kennel looks fantastic and is ready and waiting for the return of Mitch and the crew. This season marks Joey’s 6th year with Gamekeepers!
Mitch and the gang will be back in Ohio shortly. Everyone made a lot of progress down south this winter. We are looking forward to showing off the dogs and their new skills at the Spring/Summer tests.
Susan Klein of Cape SandFlats Flat-coats has bred Onyx to one of Gamekeepers own, Bode, owned by Ray and Eloise Girt. Puppies are expected at the end of February. See the Gamekeepers Puppies page for more information.
Working spots for our Four Day Water Workshop being held in TN over the July 4th weekend filled quickly. Thank you for your interest. If you did not get in, don’t lose hope. We have some other exciting things in the works for 2016. Keep an eye on our Schedule of Upcoming Workshops and Seminars page as more information will be coming soon.
and our clients and their dogs are tearing it up. Al Faber and his boy Drake had a great hunting trip. 6 ducks on opening day, followed up by bagging 3 pheasants the next weekend.
Great job guys!
After three years without puppies, Gamekeepers is pleased to announce that Marlowe (CH Gamekeepers Femme Fatale JH WC) and Kasper (CH MACH2 HRCH Wingmaster’s Kasper MH MX MXJ WCX HOF) are the proud parents of 8 healthy little ones. Marlowe had 6 girls and 2 boys on October 22, 2015.
She is being a great mother and the puppies are thriving. Please follow their progress on their blog page at Marlowe X Kasper Puppy Blog
Also, making up for lost time, we are pleased to announce plans for a spring litter between Prince Charming and Chick. This dynamite combo should produce some stunning pups with the drive and desire to take you anywhere you want to go. More details about this exciting litter can be found on our puppy page at Gamekeepers Puppies
Effective September 1, 2015, Kyle Crump is no longer employed by Gamekeepers Retrievers, Ltd. We hope you join us in wishing Kyle well as he pursues other endeavors.
Any and all communication regarding Gamekeepers training program, operation and/or staff should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mitch and Maria White
Larry & MACH2 Gamekeepers Luck Of The Draw MXG MJC CGC “Chance”
We’ve received amazing news from Larry and Linda Meek about their boy Chance, MACH2 Gamekeepers Luck of the Draw MXG MJC CGC. Chance has crossed the top 25 mark of all time high scoring AKC Flatcoats in Agility! He is currently in the Number 24 spot and climbing. He also just reached his century title (100 qualifying runs ) in Master Agility Jumpers and is only seven runs short of his century in Master Agility standard. Chance accomplished all this with only trialing about once a month.
This last weekend Chance was 5 for 6 with his Mom, Linda, running him and earned a third and a forth place ribbon. This trial had 5 World team members there from past and present so the competition in central Ohio is tough. Chance only needs 4 double Qs for his MACH 3. He needed 750 points and already has 1150. Larry and Chance’s goal this round was to increase speed and Jenn Crank has been kicking their butts to get it.
We are very proud of all that Larry and Chance (with occasional assists from Linda) have accomplished! What a great team effort!
Chance is one of Charm’s sons (CH Amani Bedazzled MH WCX “Charm” x CH Gamekeepers Time and The Bell CD “Milo”).
Prince Charming in the BIS Ring on June 13, 2015
Prince Charming has been on a roll in the show ring since returning to Goshen, IN in early March to hang out with his BFF’s Lisa Bettis, Ryan Wolfe and Natalie Taylor. In their first shows back together, Lisa and Prince Charming swept the breed in the Louisville cluster. Within the first 3 weeks, Prince Charming earned enough breed points to take over as the #2 Flat-coat (#1 male) in the Canine Chronicle Breed Rankings and as of May 31st, he is ranked #4 in All Breed (Canine Chronicle). In three months, Prince Charming’s won 16 group placements including back to back Group 1 wins on June 13-14 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. We are so proud of this handsome, young dog and we can not wait to see what the future brings!
Lisa and PC on May 31, 2015
We had a great time at the FCRSA National Specialty at Purina Farms in St. Louis and our team brought home its share of ribbons. Thank you to all our wonderful owners and special thanks to Bryana Pierce for your excellent grooming and handling skills. Happy to have you on the team. A black dog will be coming your way! Please join us in congratulating the following dogs and owners:
GCH Gamekeepers Iron Man RA CD JH WCX “Cal” – Deanna German and Ed Zawodny
- HIGH IN TRIAL!
- 1st Place Novice B
- Q Senior Hunter
GCH Gamekeepers Carbon Night BN JH – Linda and Randy Schmidt
- Judge’s Award of Merit in Best of Breed
- Q in Rally Novice B
- Q in Novice B Obedience
- Q Junior Hunter
- BUD Award Winner
CH Amani Bedazzled MH WCX HOF “Charm” – Maria and Mitch White
- 1st Place 11+ Veteran Bitch Sweepstakes
- 2nd Place 11+ Veteran Bitch Regular Classes
- Inducted into the Hall of Fame
CH Amani Top Gun MH WCX “Ace” – Mitch and Maria White
- 2nd Place 11+ Veteran Dog Sweepstakes
- 2nd Place 11+ Veteran Dog Regular Classes
CH Gamekeepers Black Diamond CD MH WCX “Dazzle” J&L Smithberger, Maria White
- 1st 7-9 Veteran Bitch Regular Class
- 2nd Place Brood Bitch (shown with Chick and Bode)
CH Gamekeepers Double Black Diamond JH WCX “Bode” – Ray and Eloise Girt
CH Gamekeepers Fire and Rain UD RE SH WCX “Taylor” – J&L Smithberger, Maria White
- 2nd Place 7-9 Veteran Dog Regular Classes
CH Gamekeepers Boom Chicka Wow Wow JH WC “Chick” – Mitch and Maria White
- 1st Place Working Bitch
- Judges Award of Merit – Unsteady Singles
- Q Working Certficate
Gamekeepers Good Timin’ Man JH WC “Dandy” – Anne and Ev Campbell
- Q Junior Hunter
- Q Working Certificate
CH Gamekeepers Femme Fatale JH WC “Marlowe” – Sandy Muer and Maria White
CH Gamekeepers Big Red 1 SH WC “Alex” – Linda and Rob O’Leary
- Q Senior Hunter
- Q Working Certificate
and the silence is broken! Sorry for the lack of updates over the long, cold winter, but updating the website took a back seat to a personal loss. My wonderful Uncle Mike (Michael H. Helberg) passed away in January after a long series of health battles. Uncle Mike was one of a kind and lived his life to the fullest, leaving nothing left undone. His generosity, thirst for knowledge, love of people and zest for life made him larger than life. It was like someone sucked the air out of the room when he left us. We all miss him greatly.
Mitch, Kyle and the dogs had a fantastic winter down in Clermont, Florida, made doubly wonderful by the fact that I was able to join them and bring my mare, Stone. We have loved every minute of our time here. We would like to sincerely thank Wayne and Sharon Gey for their friendship and hospitality. We are blessed to know you and count you among our friends.
Stay tuned. I will be posting a long list of brags starting with some hunt test accomplishments and continuing with our great showing at the 2015 Flat-coated Retriever Society of America’s National Specialty.