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The 2020 Fantasy Field Squad

 

These four dogs represent the top of the nominees, scores, and votes: our 2020 Labs of The Year and your dream team in the field.  Read about the dream team, and look for their stories and accomplishments throughout 2021!

HR Rye to The Sky “Rye”
2020 Lab of The Year

 

Rye is a 3 yr old dark chocolate American Labrador who is 85 pounds of pure muscle, and owned and trained by 23-year-old Caroline Mills. He is out of Dakota Cajun Roux and Gator Point bloodlines. This season will be his 4th season hunting the Mighty Mississippi right out of a boat! He is hardcore, and nothing stops him from retrieving ducks.  He has been hunting since he was 7 months old and was breaking ice on his 2nd hunt when he never broke and picked up all 25 ducks.  Rye was featured in Field Dog Life magazine last year.

 

Caroline and her fiancé JT have trained Rye for three years under their Fly Way Retrievers. JT runs Rye in his hunt tests.

 

Caroline states “Rye is deserving because he loves his job, and loves to please us. He goes 40 out of 60 days during duck season and hunts 90% out of a boat along the MS River. Not all dogs have the stamina and strength to hunt out of mighty Mississippi.  He is extremely smart and has an intensity that can’t be taught. His looks are stunning. When we go to hunt tests he always shows out. He has gone 5/5 in his tests. Most of all, Rye is our best friend”.

 

Well done Rye!!

GRHRCH UH Harvest Moon’s Full Bloom MH “Lily”
2020 Black Lab of The Year

 

Lily is owned by Eric Lingler and was bred by Harvest Moon Farm and Kennel. Lily is five years old, has picked up countless ducks, and has as hunted in OH, MI, WV, KY, PA, AK

 

Breeder: Harvest Moon Farm & Kennel

 

She is 7 out of 7 at Master Nationals, and 2 out of 2 at The Grand.  Lily has 475 HRC points and has never failed a hunt test. She has a derby 4th, and a JAM in 4 derby starts, and in 2 derbys she went out on the last bird of the last series. Lily has been a mother, and is a great family dog.  She is truly a remarkable champion who is all business at the line, and a loyal and gentle member of the family – exactly what makes her a once in a lifetime dog.  Photo credit Mark Atwater

 

Notable dogs in her lineage are

FC AFC CFC CFAC Barracuda Blue MH
2xNAFC 2xCNAFC FC CFC EBonstar Lean Mac
FC AFC HRCH Gator Pts Sweet Potato Pie

int. FTCH Drumgoose Warlord “Murph”
2020 Fox Red Lab of The Year

 

“Murph” is owned by Blueblood British Gun Dogs. He was imported from the UK in October to Texas where he has quickly transitioned into the American style of hunting.  His nose is impeccable, and he loves to chase down the cripples! His sire is FTCH Astraglen Fergie.

 

Murph was the winner of the 2016 Irish Retriever Championship and is an international Field Trial Champion having won trials in both the UK and Ireland. He also won the Irish Retriever Championship in 2016. His mother is Int. FTCH The Newcam Boss, and she placed 3rd in the Irish Championship in 2013 and 2016. His sire, FTCH Astraglen Fergie placed 3rd in the Irish Championship in 2012.

HRCH Riley’s Golden Lily “Lily”
2020 Yellow Lab of The Year

 

Lily is owned by Jake Riley. She is three years old and was bred by Chad Shinn. Her Sire is Valhalla’s First Farmer (MH) and Dam is Red Label Southern Belle (MH).

Lily is a hard-charging female with over 1500 career retrieves. She is all about business and handles and marks extremely well. She’s hunted everything from flooded ag/ flooded WRP fields at Honeybrake, the big water of the Mississippi River, the smaller Plate River, flooded timber in Arkansas, tank ponds in Texas, dry fields in Colorado, and Iowa.  Lily’s done it all at a very young age, and she’s very good at what she does. She has never failed a hunt test yet,  and this season Jake and Lily are going for her MH.

 

It is worth noting that Jake trained Lily himself, but he was fortunate to receive training advice from the pros at Honeybrake and Rivertown Retrievers. 

Jake states that “lily is the hardest charging female I have ever seen, and she is a great, all-around dog.  She’s a lot of fun to hunt with, and is a special dog”.

 

Lily’s bloodline include:

Grandparents – Red Label Turn The Page (MH) (MNH)

FC AFC Chena River Chavez
FC AFC Pin Oaks Texas Rex
FC AFC Candlewoods Rebel Ridge PDQ MH
FC Castlebays Wren Dell
FC Taylors Lab Magic Trick