Training in the Time of Covid-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic has brought the world to a halt.  Whether it is stay at home orders, cancelled schools, businesses shut down or people working from home, dog events – including our hunt tests and field trials – cancelled, we have all been affected by this virus.  Our April Camp along with all of the spring workshops have cancelled.  Mitch and Karlee and the dogs are safe and social distancing in South Carolina with Cara Mock and they have all been able to continue training.  Maria is safe and social distancing with Aunt Elaine in Ohio.  We are blessed with our health, great clients and wonderful dogs that continue to make good progress despite it all.  Times are lean, but we are doing OK and expect to come out of this as strong as ever.

We are looking forward to the time when our world opens up again and we can all get together to train, run tests and hold workshops.  In the meantime, to help keep you on track Mitch is making himself available for virtual private lessons (details can be found at Virtual Private Lessons).  You can also find our training manuals available for sale in our Shop.

Mitch is busy working with local clubs to reschedule or add new workshops for this summer and fall.  Keep an eye on our Schedule of Upcoming Seminars and Workshops page for a listing of upcoming events.

We hope this finds you all in good health and we look forward to the time we can see you again.

Stay Healthy,

Mitch, Maria and Karlee

Together For The First Time!

The Dynamic Duo: Mitch White and Carol Cassity

Hosted by Lise Pratt and Marcy Burke at Goose Ridge in Gordonsville, VA

July 2 – 4, 2020 and July 5 – 7, 2020

Gamekeepers Retrievers’ Mitch White, a professional retriever trainer and AKC hunt test judge, and Carol Cassity, a highly successful amateur trainer and HRC hunt test judge, are teaming up to present their first-ever joint seminars.  In two three-day workshops Carol and Mitch will share their observations and suggestions about how to improve your retriever. By first assessing your teamwork with a setup, they will then use mostly drills and possibly setups to help you and your dog become a better team in the field.

These workshops are designed for ADVANCED dogs. To make the most of these workshops, working dogs must be handling proficiently in the field. Auditors at any level are encouraged and welcome to attend.  

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We have been overwhelmed by demand and openings for working teams are full.  Auditors are still being accepted and are encouraged.

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2020 Is Off To A Great Start!

Thank you to Cara Mock for once again having us back to Canvasback Kennels for winter training.  Mitch, Karlee and all the dogs are settled in and training is in full swing.  We are looking forward to the first winter camp starting January 19, 2020.

We have several great workshops booked for 2020 and details for those will be posted shortly so keep an eye on the upcoming events page for details.

Thank you to all of our clients and students for your support.  Here is to a very successful year!

Happy New Year!

Mitch, Gen and the K9 Crew have made it safely to Canvasback Kennels in Camden, SC for winter training.  Thank you once again to Cara Mock for having us.  We are looking forward to a great winter training season.

In addition to getting the dogs ready for the 2019 Test Season, we have several new seminars scheduled (Upcoming Seminars).  It’s going to be a busy year.

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous new year!  We are here to help you achieve all your goals.

Congratulations to Our Newest GCH/MH!

GCH Gamekeepers Double Black Diamond MH WCX CGC “Bode”

Congratulations to Ray and Eloise Girt on their new GCH/MH!

Bode finished his Master Hunter at the Michigan Flyways test on August 19th!

Announcing Two Exciting Breedings!

After a long, dry spell, Maria is finally feeling up to taking on the challenge of raising puppies again!

Gamekeepers has two exciting litters in the works due early May, 2018.  Kate, GCH Windy Hill Royal Darling JH has been bred to Bode, GCH Gamekeepers Double Black Diamond SH WCX and Chick, CH Gamekeepers Boom Chicka Wow Wow SH WCX has been bred to Amex, GCH Killyglass Travelers Cheque JH.

Visit the Gamekeepers Puppies page for details and pedigrees.

Gamekeepers Had A Great 2017 FCRSA National Specialty

BIS RBIS BOSS GCHG Gamekeepers Prince Charming RN JH

Wow! What a week we’ve had at the FCRSA Specialty!
Best of Opposite win and New HOF inductee BIS RBIS GCHG Gamekeepers Prince Charming RN JH “PC”
New CH and WB/BOW win for PC’s daughter CH Windy Hill Royal Darling JH “Kate”
JAM win for GCH Gamekeepers Femme Fatale JH WCX “Marlowe”
JAM and FT Class Winner CH Gamekeepers Big Red 1 SH WCX “Alex”
1st Place for PC’s son in the 15-18 mo regular class and 2nd Place in Sweeps wins for Gamekeepers Sir Mickey “Mickey”

3rd Place in 15-18 mo. regular class win for Gamekeepers Reign of Cheer “Cheerio”
2nd Place in Am Bred Bitch for Gamekeepers Little Black Dress JH WC “CC”
2nd Place in SH Gun Dog Sweeps for GCHB Gamekeepers Medal Of Honor SH WCX “Valor”
3rd Place in SH Gun Dog Sweeps for GCH Gamekeepers Double Black Diamond SH WCX “Bode”
New OM1 and 3rd in Open B Gamekeeper’s Endless Drive “Suzy”
NEW HOF DOG and 4th in Open B for OTCH Gamekeeper’s Up the Ante OM4 GO AX MXJ OF VFCR1 CGC ASCA CDX “Rou”
NEW HOF DOG and Winner of Rally Ex B for GCH Gamekeepers iron Man UD RE SH WCX “Cal”

And earlier in the week at the field events:
“CC” Gamekeepers Little Black Dress JH WC titled in both the JH and WC
“Pippa” Windy Hill Royal Darling JH WC (another PC daughter) titled in the WC
“Chick” CH Gamekeepers Boom Chicka Wow Wow JH WCX titled in the WCX and earned her 3rd Senior pass
Client dogs “Morgan” Klein earned her WC and “Merit” Wright earned a JH Pass.

Thank you so much to everyone on Team Gamekeepers for everything you do! We couldn’t ask for better owners and friends. Thanks to Team Windy Hill for the friendship and being first in line to breed to PC which brought the beautiful Kate and Pippa into our lives.

Special thanks to Lisa Bettis, Ryan Wolfe, Natalie Taylor and Sommer Ferguson. You all know what you mean to me . And a shout out to Devon Kipp and Karen Booth for the lovely job they with Bode and Valor and to Tim Terella for stepping in and handling Marlowe to her JAM.