Jagger takes 3rd
Burke and Kip take 4th
Ivy gets a JAM
Flash and Dave get a JAM
Bruno does it again!
Bruno takes 4th - he has placed 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.
Dave Pichotta had an exciting weekend at the Duluth Trial. Flash took 4th in the Qualifying and Jagger took 4th in the Amateur.
Congrats to Dave, Jagger and Flash!
GREAT JOB Team Fine Line!!!
While Team Fine Line spent the last 3 days training on the beautiful properties near Mondovi, WI, Kip Dixon took Burke to the Duluth trial and WON THE AMATEUR!
What X Marks, aka Spot, owned by Laura Dahlberg and handled by Rick Stawski win the Hinckley Retriever Club Open Stake.
This makes 6 Open wins for Fine Line and 3 in a row this season!
We are so thankful for all our customers. Thanks also to all the judges, club members and workers!
Carl with a K follows up his win last weekend at Vikingland with another blue at the Central MN Retriever Club Open Stake. This qualifies Karl for the national open in Cheraw, SC this November.
Carl with a K and trainer Rick Stawski with a win at the Vikingland Field trial.
@ the North Dakota Retriever Club Trial
A BIG congratulations to our Amateur handlers!!
Roman wins MFTA Qualifying.
Burke (not pictured) gets Reserve JAM in the Amateur.
Fine Line's Sympathy for the Devil (Jagger) won the Kansas City Open.
The following weekend, Jagger had another win at the River King Open.
Two wins within a week - congratulations to Jagger; we are so happy and proud!
These wins qualify Jagger for a trip to Cheraw, South Carolina to participate in the National scheduled for November 2021.
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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