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Larry Meek and Chance (MACH2 Gamekeepers Luck Of The Draw MXG MJC CGC

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 is on a roll!

Prince Charming in the BIS Ring on June 13, 2015

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

Lisa and PC on May 31, 2015


FCRSA National Specialty Results

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

  • 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

  • 1st Place Working Dog

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

  • Q Working Certificate

CH Gamekeepers Big Red 1 SH WC “Alex” – Linda and Rob O’Leary

  • Q Senior Hunter
  • Q Working Certificate

The Long Winter is Over…

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.

Early Christmas Presents at the IX Shows

Santa came to the IX center in Cleveland and he was very good to Gamekeepers!  Alex, CH Gamekeepers Big Red 1 SH, earned his CH plus his first GCH points – a 4 pt GCH Major.  Chick, CH Gamekeepers Boom Chicka Wow Wow JH, finished her CH.  Bode, Gamekeepers Double Black Diamond JH WCX, earned his second Major and Cal, GCH Gamekeepers Iron Man CD RA JH WCX, turned in two brilliant Novice B performances (198 1/2 and a 198).  What great way to end the year!

Thanks and an extra Merry Christmas to our fantastic owners and their fantastic dogs Linda and Rob O’Leary (Alex), Ray and Eloise Girt (Bode) and Deanna German and Ed Zawodny (Cal) and to our extraordinary handlers Bryana Pierce and John Benoit.

Chick and Bode Show Ring Success!





After their successful debut in the field this Fall, Chick and Bode are now tearing it up in the show ring.  Thanks to our good friend Bryana Pierce.  Chick has been “in the purple” every weekend she has been out and her brother Bode is not lagging far behind.   Maybe Santa will bring some new Champions for Christmas?

Chick is Gamekeepers Boom Chicka Wow Wow JH and Bode is Gamekeepers Double Black Diamond JH WCX.  Bode is owned by Ray and Eloise Girt and he is their first performance dog.  Chick and Bode are two years old and are out of Ruff, GCH Flatford Ruffles and Flourishes WC and Dazzle, CH Gamekeepers Black Diamond  CD MH WCX.

Montverde, FL Blind Workshop Now Open for Entries!

MitchOverThe Blind Workshop is coming to Florida in February and is now open for entries.  This workshop is being presented to help handlers succeed in training and running better blinds.  The focus of this workshop will be solely on blinds and will only utilize marks as influence for blinds.  During each of the three (3) days, working teams will perform various drills to improve lining, casting and handling on blinds.  In addition, multiple types of blinds will be run each day.  Blinds will be run that represent different levels of difficulty and each blind will be rated so that handlers may chart their progress during the seminar.

Complete details and registration information, as well as a listing of other programs being held throughout the year,  can be found in the premium on our Schedule of Upcoming Workshops and Seminars page.  We look forward to seeing you there!

4 Day Training Workshop – July 2-5, 2015

Bliss03TNLogSMWe have some exciting changes for the 4 day workshop this year. First, we are taking it on the road. This year the 4 day will be hosted by Clint and Sherie Catledge at the fabulous Bear Country Retrievers training grounds. If you have not been there, it is a must visit place for retriever trainers. It is truly a training mecca.

Second, we have updated the program to combine the “Best of Mitch” (drills, concept training and his ability to problem solve on the fly with you and your dog) with the best elements of his set up seminar. See premium for details. This is going to be a great program!

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THIS PROGRAM ALWAYS SELLS OUT IMMEDIATELY. Do not hesitate if you want a working spot. Auditors are encouraged and we are offering them the opportunity to participate in the set up discussion. In auditors will be designing the final set up on day 4.

New OTCH Flat-coat!



We are so incredibly proud to announce that Deb Zirwas and Rou earned their OTCH on November 1st.  This is Gamekeepers first OTCH dog and we couldn’t be more pleased!  Deb is a first time Flat-coat owner and she found the perfect teammate in Rou.  Their next adventure together is going to be completing her JH which is the next stop toward making Rou eligible for the FCRSA Hall of Fame.

Rou is U-UD OTCH Gamekeeper’s Up the Ante OM4 UDX4 RE GO AX MXJ NF WC ASCA CDX CGC VFCR1.  She is out of our breeding of Remie (CH Bear C’ntry Hob-B Reminiscent MH WCX)  to Ace (CH HR Amani’s Top Gun MH WCX).

Photo Credit – © 2014 American Kennel Club

New Grand Champion!

GCH Gamekeepers Prince Charming RN JH

GCH Gamekeepers Prince Charming RN JH

Prince Charming earned his Grand Championship with ease, winning his final point in Indiana on Sunday, Oct. 26th.  We are very thankful to Lisa Bettis and Ryan Wolfe for showing him to perfection and taking such great care of our boy.

Prince Charming is coming home to mature a bit more before returning to the show ring for a specials career.  He is going to spend this winter working on his Senior Hunter title.  We are so proud of him!