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Past Champions

Enjoy a glimpse at only a few of the dogs with amazing"Notoriety" and the long list of

Accomplishments of several of our pups' Ancestors !  There are too many to mention all...

(See the list of 'Champions' on Pedigree page for a good look at them)


Field Champion 
Amateur Field Champion
 Canadian Field Champion 
Grady’s Shadee Ladee

DOB: March 24, 1963 
(Sire: AFC Black Mike Of Lakewood ex Dam: Jezebel Of Normandy)

A black female from a successful breeding of Yankee Clipper of Reo Raj daughter to AFC Black Mike of Lakewood that also produced Anzac of Zenith and from a repeat breeding FC-AFC Rocky Road of Zenith.
She was owned by William K. Chilcott, Jr. and bred by Arthur H. Leonard. As a dam she had three titled offspring with one of the most successful breeding's to Dual CHFTCH Ridgewood Playboy producing 2 titled dogs , 1971,73 NAFC-FC Dee’s Dandy Dude and FC-AFC Zipper Dee Doo.

Grady’s Shadee Ladee qualified for 4 National Amateurs and 3 National Opens. A Finalist in the 1966 National Open. She also ran in the 1966 Canadian National.

Contributed to The Retriever News.com by Richard Halstead, Lino Lakes, Minnesota. (Statistics are from Retriever Field Trial Performances 1967-1973 and 1941-1995 Retriever Field Trial Statistics by Sue Reynolds)

GMPR Sir Hershey of Surrey

Delery Guillory bought Hershey out of the northeast for a good chocolate hunting dog.  When Delery went upland hunting, the big brown dog kept pointing the birds.  Connections were made with a couple of other dog fellows in the county whose dogs also pointed and tests were run to showcase the versatile nature of these dogs.  Along with a couple of other males, Hershey was awarded one of the first Grand Master Pointing Retriever titles ever given by the newly formed American Pointing Labrador Association.  In those days the training wasn’t as evolved as it is now but Hershey reliably pointed birds, ran marks and blinds and was one of the dogs to set the original standards for pointing Labs.  Hershey also sired a number of Grand Masters and countless hunting dogs of all colors, most of whom were reliable and hardy pointing retrievers.  Because of his gentle nature, good looks and extreme ability in the hunting arena, Hershey probably had some of the greatest influence in the early days making people believe in the pointing Lab, not only as a superb hunter, competitor but also as a great companion and family dog as well.  Most chocolate dogs pointing today can look back a few generations and find Hershey in their pedigree.  The gentle eyes, reliable retrieve and efficient hunt and point are three of the key signs of his presence in today’s dogs.

Sir Hershey of Surrey passed away in 1999. Hershey was a great hunter and companion who will never be forgotten. He had a desire for hunting that will be hard to replace. He sired numerous proven prodigies that will continue to bring many unforgettable hunts. Hershey had a constant need for attention and love.


Hershey was the 1988, 1989, 1991, and 1995 Colorado Open State Pheasant Champion, and in 1995, the true pointing division. Hershey had 21 different hunting trial victories and was featured in five major newspapers, 4 hunting/outdoor magazines and was on ESPN in October 1991.


Hershey sired more certified pointers than any other dog in the country, including Grand Master Pointing Retriever Cajun of Black Forest. Hershey was a masculine 80 pound chocolate male. His heart and desire made him one of the best all around Grand Master Pointing Retrievers in the nation. With four state titles, three pointing titles, over 21 trial wins, national press, and the tremendous success of his progeny, Hershey was one of the best stud dogs in the nation. 



GMPR MHR Rik’s Risky Raider MH


Write-up and picture provided by Terry Holzinger

for American Pointer Labrador Association.

Raider was brought to Holzinger Kennels (located at the MN Horse and Hunt Club) in 1995 to be trained as a gun dog for owner Rick Gerth. While Terry Holzinger was training Raider on advanced handling he came to the conclusion that he had what it takes to become something very special in the Labrador world.  His qualities included an intense retrieving drive, relentless perseverance, strong natural point, very trainable, stylish, bold, good looks, good bloodlines and an awesome temperament.

Terry contacted Karen and Matt Cashman, who were his co-owners  in Cashzinger stud dogs to consider Raider in the stud dog program.  We worked out a co-ownership agreement with Rick Gerth to advance Raider’s training program; promote hunting titles on him and eventually to become one of our new stud dogs.  As Holzinger and Cashmans went to work and Raider’s talents excelled he went on to acquire his Senior in 5out of 5 passes, and Master title in 5out of 5 passes in A.K.C. hunt tests, Master in NAHRA.  Terry continued to run Raider in A.P.L.A. events  to achieve his CP, Master and Grand Master titles.

Raider  won the 2001 U.S. Open Pheasant Championship - Open Flusher Class Running with Terry Holzinger & Todd Haferman and Raider & Terry won the Cabela’s Sportsmen’s Quest Top Gun Class.

Raider’s lineage descended from the American and British Field trial bloodlines and has five generations of U.S. Open Pheasant Championship winners.  He is well known for consistently throwing his exceptional qualities into his offspring.  They tend to mature quickly, excel to the highest levels from Agility, Tournament Hunting to various Hunt Tests.

Before Raider knew what a whoa command was he would stand on point.  You could try to encourage him to break point and flush but he would give you a quick glimpse and look back on point without moving.

Raider loved to get attention unless there was something to retrieve.  When I would show him to people I could not have a dummy around or even in my back pocket.  If he knew there was something to retrieve that is all he wanted to do.

Raider is gone now and everyone that knew him knows he was a very special companion. I feel very fortunate to have stood next to him while hunting or campaigning him. His traits live on in the quality offspring he has produced for us to enjoy.


Field Champion 
Amateur Field Champion 
Snake Eyes-Double Or Nothin'

DOB: 4/12/1975 
'81 NAFC-FC Dude's Double Or Nothin’ x FC Super Joy Of Spring Oaks

Snake Eyes was produced when DR. B. W. Spring bred his FC bitch to Delma Hazards National Amateur Champion. Unlike his father Snake was not on the derby list. He did qualify for 5 Nationals Opens and 8 National Amateurs. In 1980 and 1984 he was a finalist in those years National Amateur contests. He accumulated 50.5 open points and 61 amateur points.
His record as a sire shows 23 titled and over 40 QAA dogs in the AKC and Canada. Among the titled and qualified all-age dogs were 3 high point derby dogs and the highest chocolate derby dog in AKC points. Most notable among the titled dogs were 1989 NAFTCH-CFC-FC-AFC Aces high III and 1992 NAFC-FC Gusto’s Last Control. His demand as a stud dog was based on the quality of dogs produced and that he had a gene for chocolate.

Contributed to Working Retriever Central! by Richard Halstead, Lino Lakes, Minnesota.

(http://www.gooddoginfo.com and 1941-1995 Retriever Field Trial Staticstics by Sue Reynolds)

(reprinted on Hershy's Star Labradors of Tulsa website with specific permission from Richard Halstead)



Field Champion and Amateur Field Champion
Canadian National Field Champion and
Canadian National Amateur Field Champion
The Marathon Man


Marty (Oct. 82-May 93) is the current all-time high point yellow labrador. Charles and Yvonne Hays received Marty as a stud fee puppy from Greg Gieske from the breeding of his Mad Mouse daughter, AFC Minnie Mouse, to the Hays' stud dog, AFC Westwinds Pedro.

Marty qualified for eight National Amateurs. He competed in seven (he had died prior to the '93 trial) and was a Finalist in four. He qualified for and competed in six National Open Championships. Marty was the high-point amateur dog in the the U.S. three times. In 1989 Dave Rorem, a professional trainer from International Falls, MN, handled Marty in the Canadian National Open and won. The next year Charles won the Canadian National Amateur Championship.

Marty was a three time Double Header winner. During the late 80's and early 90's he was 'Mr. Consistency'. He accumulated 329.5 All-Age points, averaging 41 points yearly. Marty inherited his 'braininess' from his grandfather, FC-AFC Candlewood's Mad Mouse. Marty was a great competitor and friend.

Contributed to Working Retriever Central! by Richard Halstead, Lino Lakes, Minnesota and Yvonne Hays, Princeton, Minnesota.

(reprinted on Hershy's Star Labradors of Tulsa website with specific permission from Richard Halstead)


1955 National Field Champion
Field Champion and Canadian Field Champion

Cork Of Oakwood Lane

April 27, 1951 - January 21, 1963

Cork was acquired by owner Dr. A. Harold Mork from Hank Merk and John Cogan, from a litter of eight. Dr. Mork recalls the children were with him when he made the selection and Cork made his presence known by being very forward, yipping and jumping all over the children who were really instrumental in the choice.

Cork was a great house pet and at the age of six months, did his first duck and pheasant hunting with Dr. Mork. Before he was one year old he developed the wanderlust and spent a great deal of time roaming the neighborhood and countryside. Many times, says Dr. Mork, "I felt Cork was pretty much of a tramp and I almost told a couple people, when they called me to tell me they had him, to keep or get rid of him." After watching the dog's determination, spirit and enthusiasm, Dr. Mork decided some obedience training was needed or else. Up to that time, he had never participated in or seen a Field Trial. Some friends told the Doctor about Tony Berger, and in June of 1952 Cork got his first professional command to "heel." In June of 1953, he won his first blue ribbon at Armstrong's Ranch in an informal trial in the hunters special, handled by Dr. A. Harold Mork. In the fall of 1953 he was again hunted on ducks and pheasants, and in the winter months of 1953, Berger advised Dr. Mork that Cork had great Field Trial possibilities and should be kept in continuous training. Cork never returned after that, to his home in Anoka, but lived out his life at Del-Tone Kennels, St. Cloud, Minn.

Cork never ran in a licensed derby trial but in the fall of 1953, at the Minnesota Trial, won first place in the Qualifying stake. He became an Open All Age dog at the age of 2 1/2 years. On his third birthday, 1954, he won his first Open All Age Stake at the Central Minnesota Retriever Club in St. Cloud, Minnesota and went on to become Field Trial Champion that year in addition to qualifying for his first National at Weldon Springs in 1954, where he went through five series.

1955 was the banner year for Cork of Oakwood Lane. He started in five Opens, won three, placed second in the other two, qualified for the national and then went on to win the National Championship at Sacramento, California. Also, in 1953 and 1955 he ran in four Canadian trials, won two firsts and two seconds, to become Canadian Field Trial Champion. He qualified for the national from 1954 through 1958 and was qualified for the National Amateur in 1957, completing the full ten series under Dr. Mork. He won the Minnesota State Field Trial Championship in 1954 and 1955. Cork's accomplishments in the field, his tremendous desire to please and the courageous manner in which he went about to do his job, will be long remembered by field trialers.

No doubt his greatest accomplishment are in the records written in the books, which tell the story of CORK, the Champion, as sire he was bred a little over 200 times with offsprings of over 1000. There were many running in field trials, 20 Field Trial Champions, both Open and Amateur sired by Cork Added to this number of Champions are four bench Champions. The catalog of the 1962 National Trial shows a good percentage of the dogs were sired by Cork. Of the eight finalists in the '62 National, four were Cork's offspring, and it was won by his daughter, BIGSTONE HOPE. Two of his sons also became National champions, Del-Tone Colvin won in 1961and 1963, and Whygin Cork's Coot won in 1966 and 1969.

CORK OF OAKWOOD LANE was a big, rawboned, stylish dog. He set the pace in many trials, particularly going up on line. The many people who knew him personally, will remember him best for his big moist eyes that seemed to sparkle with brilliance, a great characteristic of his. He was a truly great one. He was laid to rest on his own training grounds on a cold day, in January 1963, at Del-Tone Kennels, in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Contributed to Working Retriever Central! by Richard Halstead, Lino Lakes, Minnesota.

(Reprinted with permission fom the February 1963, Retriever Field Trial News)

(reprinted on Hershy's Star Labradors of Tulsa website with specific permission from Richard Halstead)



1972 and 1975 National Amateur Field Champion
Canadian National Field Champion
Field Champion and Amateur Field Champion
River Oaks Corky


Corky was a birthday present to John Trzepacz from his wife Cai after they had lost an earlier dog. He was already 3 months old when the final decision was made to ship him in mid June, 1966 from Minnesota to Calumet City. Fate again stepped in as the airlines went on strike just then and the delay became so frustrating that John said he was waiting no longer and to put the dog on the next train. So in late July, Corky began his first trip, but it too, was lengthened by a stopover in Minneapolis. Finally, on the last weekend in July when he was fully four months old this poor bedraggled puppy made it to Calumet City where some questions were raised immediately about flat feet. Fortunately, the Trzepacz family decided to overlook this temporary problem and Corky had his first real home. With very little assistance John trained the dog daily, ran him in his first puppy stake, September 5, 1966 and won.

He was on his way then and John, discovering that the Wisconsin-Illinois area had many sanctioned trials, ran him every chance he had. His first licensed trial was at Midwest in April of 1967 where he placed third at less than 13 months of age. During the remainder of that year he ran in 20 derby stakes, placed in 14 and won the National Derby Championship. In January of 1968 Corky ran in his first Sanctioned Open Stake and won. He received a JAM in his first licensed Amateur Stake when just two years old and won his first Amateur at Madison in early May 1968.

Corky qualified for his first National Amateur Trial that same year and went eight series as the youngest dog in the trial. Naturally, there were many persons interested in this fine dog but he had one glaring problem that seemed to scare people off and that was his eager whine when on line. Mike Flannery discussed the situation often with Billy Voigt who in turn had talked at length with John. John theorized that Corky who had been trained only sparingly on live birds and sel- dom on pheasants or ducks needed more retrieves of such game. Billy was in a position to provide that opportunity so when Mike acquired the dog in late October 1968 he went almost immediately under Billy's tutelage. Billy shaot an astronomical number of birds over Corky during this period and used the command "no noise" as he corrected Corky for barking. The many birds shot over him at Hunter's Creek Club in Metamora, Michigan did indeed serve to satisfy some of Corky's pent up fire, but whether handled by Bill or Mike the last command given the dog before signaling the judges to commense any test was "No Noise".

The dog almost always obeys whatever command given him and has certainly learned the value of being quiet. However, in the 9th series at Pymatuning, Mike neglected to provide the usual warning and true to his nature, Corky whined just a bit as he set sail on another excellent retrieve. Truly one of the great dogs of all time Corky divides his time between Billy Voigt's kennels in Metamora where he has an opportunity to work on many hundreds of acres of land and water and Mike's own home in Hudson, Ohio where he is also close to much open training ground. Corky has run in many trials during the last three years and whether being handled by Mike or Billy he is generally a factor at the finish. Now only a whisker away from surpassing all prior records of accomplishment in Open Stakes, Corky has been the high point dog each of the last three years. He has four doubleheaders to his credit, been a finalist in the National Amateur Trial 1969-1971 inclusive, and last year walked off with the Canadian National Field Trial Championship in his first try.

Corky has also proven his worth as a sire for in this very same National Stake his illustrious son River Oaks Rascal, National Derby Champion of 1970, ran an impressive trial and finished close on his heels. Another son, AE`C Togom's Tiger of Abilena lasted six series at Pymatuning. Fortunate to have benefitted from the training and knowledge of these gifted handlers, and still a young dog, River Oaks Corky is a fitting National Amateur Retriever Champion.

River Oaks Corky is the all-time high-point retriever with 505.5 points. The total is comprised of 306.5 Open points and 199.0 points from the Amateur. Corky qualified for seven National Opens , 1970-76, and was a finalist in four: 1970, '73, '74, and '75. He also qualified for ten National Amateur Championships, 1968-77, and was a finalist in all but 1968 and 1974. He won the Championship in 1972 and 1975.

(Reprinted from the December 1972 and December 1975 issues of the Retriever Field Trial News and
Retriever Field Trial Statistics 1941-1993, by Sue Reynolds.)

Contributed to Working Retriever Central! by Richard Halstead, Lino Lakes, MN

(reprinted on Hershy's Star Labradors of Tulsa website with specific permission from Richard Halstead)



Field Champion and Amateur Field Champion 

Candlewood's Mad Mouse 



Mouse (12/73-10/84) was purchased by Charles and Yvonne Hays at 14 months from Jerry Mount of Mount Kennels in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He was being sold as a hunting dog.

Mouse qualified and ran in his first National Open while still a two-year old. He completed his Field Championship and Amateur Field Championship as a three year old. Mouse ran in eight National Amateurs and was a Finalist in four. He qualified for six National Opens and competed in five (he was deceased when the trial was held in 1984).

At the time of his death he was the all time high point yellow Labrador. Mouse was also a Double Header winner. In addition to success on the National level he won the Minnesota State Championship once as a Derby dog and seven times as an Open dog.

Mouse was known for his intelligence and his wagging tail. He was both a great field trial dog and a wonderful housepet.

Contributed to Working Retriever Central! by Richard Halstead, Lino Lakes, Minnesota and Yvonne Hays, Princeton, Minnesota.

                                  (reprinted on Hershy's Star Labradors of Tulsa website with specific permission from Richard Halstead)



1980 National Retriever Champion
Field Champion and Amateur Field Champion
Risky Business Ruby


In late 1975, Tom Quinn bred his FC-AFC bitch to a yet unproven, untitled stud. The litter resulted in a NFC-AFC, FC-AFC, and a High-Point Derby Dog. From that litter Risky Business Ruby became a fourth generation Hall of Fame retriever produced by the breeding of Super Powder and FC-AFC Nakai Anny, themselves Hall of Fame retrievers.

Tom owned and trained Ruby until she was 18 months old. Jeffrey L. Copeland, D.D.S., was attracted to her because of her courage and ability when she was one year old, and was finally able to purchase her six months later. She went to Roy and Jim Gonia for further training. When Copeland got her back from Gonia, she was doing quads, diversions and handling. She won two qualifyings and went on to be the youngest dog to qualify for the National Amateur at Portland. Copeland subsequently handled her to the 1980 National Championship win.

By early 1981 Ruby had been purchased by Gary Thompson of Plymouth, Minnesota and was being trained at Reo Raj Kennels by Jim Kappes. Ruby acculated 156 1/2 Open All-Age points and 121 1/2 Amateur All-Age points, with eighteen wins in each stake. Her last trial placement was at the age of 10 1/2 years.

Ruby had been conventionally trained until her acquisition by Thompson and was converted to the electronic collar program by Kappes. She was very "gutsy" for her size (60+ pounds). And with her intellect she remembered her training and was very water conscious. Generally she had a cool head and could do the work, but if she didn't get the the bird clean she could get excited.


Contributed to Working Retriever Central! by Richard Halstead, Lino Lakes, Minnesota.

(Statistics are from Retriever Field Trials 1979-84, published by the Retriever Field Trial News, and Retriever Field Trial Statistics 1941-1993, by Sue Reynolds.)   (reprinted on Hershy's Star Labradors of Tulsa website with specific permission from Richard Halstead)



1968 NFC

1967, 1968 NAFC

Super Chief


D.O.B.: June 27, 1962
(Paha Sapa Chief II x Ironwood Cherokee Chica)

Owned by: August Belmont, Syosset, Long Island, NY


NFC-NAFC Super Chief (Soupy) was given as a pup to August (Augie) and Louise Belmont by Wilbur Goode after a puppy purchased by the Belmonts, from Goode, failed to develop into the caliber of retriever both had anticipated. Soupy may stand as one of the most gracious gifts in field trial history.


The Belmonts raised Soupy, on Long Island, until he was six months old when he was sent to Escalon, CA, and placed in the hands of Rex Carr for his formal training. Both Soupy and the Belmonts are true products of Rex Carr’s training and to him must go the credit for Soupy’s success, as the Belmonts would tell anyone who would listen.

Soupy ran eighteen Derbies, accumulating 40 Derby points with 5 wins, by the age of nineteen months when his advanced training began in preparation for his all-age career. He won his first Amateur stake in September of 1964 and remained a formidable competitor for the next eight years. Throughout his all-age career, Soupy was handled in both the Open and Amateur by either Augie or Louise Belmont.


NFC-NAFC Super Chief compiled an impressive record in All-Age competition.





1992 National Field Champion
1990 National Amateur Field Champion
Field Champion and Amateur Field Champion
Candlewoods Super Tanker


July 26, 1984 - October 21, 1993

After several years away from the sport Joyce Williams moved to Wisconsin and in 1984 purchased a puppy from Mary Howley -- the last pick of a litter sired by 1976 NFC-AFC San Joaquin Honcho out of Candlewood's Delta Dash. This was the beginning of a ride of a lifetime in the great sport of retriever field trials.

Joyce ran this "bright ball of dynamite" in nine puppy stakes. Tank won seven of them and became more than excited about field trials. Although Joyce had performed the early basic and obedience training she realized she would need help. Professional trainer Mike Lardy accepted Tank in training two weeks shy of his first birthday.

After thriving in the training program provided by Lardy and his assistant, Andy Attar, Tank won five derbies while accumulating thirty-six derby points and became Qualified All-Age at twenty months of age.

At age three Tank was a finalist in the 1988 National Amateur Championship. He then won the 1990 National Amateur Retriever Championship in Sauvie Island, Oregon.

In winning the 1992 National Open Championship in Ardmore, Oklahoma, "Tank" became only the fourth retriever in field history to win both the National Open and the National Amateur Championships. He was handled to the wins by Mike Lardy in the National Open and by Joyce in the National Amateur. 


 Tank also proved to be a productive and popular stud dog. He sired NFC-AFC Candlewoods Tanks A Lot, a daughter who   won three National Open Championships in 1990, 1991, and 1993, and is the all-time high-point derby dog with 108 derby points.

NFC-NAFC Candlewoods Super Tanker amassed 238 all-age points during a career which was cut short by a shoulder injury. Tank died one month short of the 1993 National Open Championship in which he would have defended his title. That year's winner was his daughter, "Lottie".


Reprinted with encouragement from his Breeder



Our pups certainly have the same potential

as these fine ancestors!






"JAZZ" (our dam) is a 65lb Yellow Lab   


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