Congrats to Burke (pictured), ran by Dave, who placed 2nd in the Amateur!
Congrats to Burke's owner Kip Dixon!
Abe, also with Dave, earned a JAM.
Good job Dave, Burke and Abe!
Dave and Jagger WIN the Amateur!
This gives Jagger his AFC title.
Congratulations to Dave and new Amateur Field Champion,
FC AFC Fine Line's Sympathy for the Devil!!
Dave and Burke also earned a JAM.
A great weekend for Dave, Burke and Jagger!
Owned by Sylvia Lewelling and Handled by Rick Stawski
Ivy and Bruno go 1st and 2nd.
Congrats to Ivy (pictured) and owner Jean Ihnen!
Bruno's 2nd place makes him Qualified-All-Age.
Congrats to Bruno and owner Sylvia Lewelling!
Burke gets RJ. Congrats to Burke and owner Kip Dixon!
Bruno is heading to the Derby National this week - good luck Bruno!!
Flash JAMs her first Open; she and Dave get 3rd in the Amateur.
Dave and Jagger earn an RJ in the Amateur.
Congratulations to Dave, Jagger and Flash!
Georgia earns RJ in the Open.
Ivy earns a JAM in the Qualifying.
A very competitive weekend by Fine Line Retrievers at a very tough trial!
Bruno wins the Derby, handled by Danny Farmer.
Congratulations to Bruno, Danny, and owner Sylvia Lewelling!
OPEN: Burke (pictured) takes 2nd; congratulations to Burke and owner Kip Dixon!
AMATEUR: Abe takes 3rd; congratulations to Abe and owner/handler Dave Pichotta
Congratulations to Jagger and owners Dave Pichotta, Corey and Kurt Markling!
Congratulations to Bruno and owner Sylvia Lewelling!
Bruno has run 11 Derbies and placed in all of them!
Congratulations to Nyx and owner Tom Fait!
Another successful weekend for Fine Line Retrievers!
Congrats to Nixx and owner Corey Marlkling!
Congrats to Blue and owners Craig and Mary Anne Lecce!
Congrats to Bruno and owner Sylvia Lewelling.
Bruno has placed in his first 10 Derbies!
Burke (pictured) gets 2nd in the Open!
The streak continues for Bruno who gets 3rd in Derby!
Congratulations to Burke and owner Kip Dixon.
Congratulations to Bruno and owner Sylvia Lewelling.
Bruno earns 3rd place at Northern Flights Hunting Retrievers Association Derby.
He has placed in each of his first 8 derbies!!
Bruno places in his seventh consecutive trial be earning 4th place in Derby!!
Flash, handled by Dave, completes a successful weekend by earning 4th place in Qualifying!
Ivy (pictured) wins the Qualifying!!
Way to go Team Fine Line!
Bruno (pictured) places in his first six consecutive trials by earning 2nd place at the Hinckley Double Derby Qualifying trial. Congrats to Bruno!
Also, Flash, with Dave running her, places 3rd at the CMRC Owner-Handler Qualifying trial. Congrats to Dave and Flash - great job!!
Jagger wins the Open!
Karl (pictured) and Blue earn JAMS
Ivy gets 2nd place.
Flash gets 3rd place.
OPEN: Jagger takes 3rd
AMATEUR: Burke w/ Kip take 4th (pictured above)
QUALIFYING I: Ivy gets a JAM; Flash w/ Dave get a JAM
DERBY: Bruno does it again! Bruno takes 4th - he has place in all 5 trials he has run!
Jagger wins the Amateur.
Dave was stuck at home with COVID, so Kip Dixon stepped in and directed Jagger to the win.
Congrats to Jagger and Kip for a job well done!
Bruno gets 3rd in the Derby.
That's four placements in his first four trials - awesome job Bruno!
Tagg earns a Jam day one and WINS 1st Place day two!
Ivy earns RJ day one and gets QAA by getting 2nd Place day two!
Bruno earns 2nd Place both days which puts him on the National Derby list!
Tom Fait, pinch hitting for Rick at the Kansas City Trial, took 1st place in Bruno's first Derby!
Congrats to Bruno, Tom and owner Sylvia Lewelling!
Capping off a wonderful 7 win field trial season here at Fine Line Retrievers, we were fortunate to qualify both Jagger and Karl for this year's National Retriever Championship in Cheraw, South Carolina.
Jagger completed all 10 series to become a National Finalist. Karl made it through the 5th.
Congratulations to our wonderful training group led by Wayne Curtis and Kenny Trott! Our training group had 8 of the 18 finalists!
Congratulations to Alvin Hatcher for the National win!
Most of all thank you to the judges for setting up challenging test and thank you to the workers/volunteers for all their tireless help!
Now it's time to turn the page and prepare for the next trial season. We currently have a couple holes open for full time field trial competitors. Please contact us for more information.
Fine Line Retrievers Training Grounds
In 1990 Rick Stawski started as an assistant to Wayne Curtis of Fox Hollow Kennels. In 1992 Rick and Barb began their own kennel when they established Fine Line Retrievers at Kelly Farms property near Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota. After four very successful years at their first location they began looking for their own property. In 1997 they purchased property near Milaca, Minnesota, and began developing the land for the exclusive use of training retrievers. Today the Fine Line Retrievers property is a state of the art retriever training facility. Years of working as a professional trainer has allowed Rick to determine what truly works and as a result he has developed an extremely efficient and effective training program. The secret is, as Rick says, “ I don’t use gimmicks, just basic training fundamentals, honest evaluation, and plenty of hard work.The program is obviously successful. These proven training techniques have helped Fine Line Retrievers train over 40 FC, AFC Dogs, 150+ Qualified All Age Dogs plus numerous Master National Qualifiers. Along with the success of the Field Trial training program Rick also specializes in producing the finest hunting dogs available. (Not coincidentally Rick is a fanatic waterfowl hunter as well as a competition duck caller.) Dogs trained at Fine Line Retrievers can be found in the blinds, pits, and flooded timber of many of the finest hunting properties in North America. Whether you are looking for a competitive field trial dog, hunt test dog or a “top flite” hunting dog Fine Line Retrievers can formulate a personalized program to help your dog reach its full potential.
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