Registered Name: HRCH Ranger's Here Comes The Cavalry MH
Call Name: Rider
Sire: SRSA GRHRCH UH Stonewall's Running on Empty MH QAA
Dam: HRCH UH Big Creek's Jorja Peach
Location: Lincoln, NE
Breed: Labrador Retriever
D.O.B.: May 11, 2013
AKC #: SR77676305
UKC #: R238-891
OFA Hips: Excellent LR-215292E24M-VPI
OFA Elbows: Normal LR-EL68373M24-VPI
Stud Fee: $600 for Side by Side AI, Fresh Chilled Semen, and Frozen Semen
Female Requirements: AKC, OFA, and CERF Registered.
*Please consult Rider's Stud Dog Contract for additional details and requirements.
Contact: To inquire about Rider as a potential stud dog, please contact Mark Van Zee at (402) 304-0919 or email at Mark@DrakeCreekKennels.com
Rider has really come into his own as a four year old! He is showing all the talent we'd hoped he would when we purchased him as a pup last year from Big Creek Labs in Georgia. His sire's record is quite amazing and we have hopes that he will follow in his father's foot steps. As a two year old, he went four for four HRC finished Hunt Tests to earn his Hunting Retriever Champion title at the age of 25 months! We then turned our efforts with Rider to the AKC. He ran and passed his first two Master tests as a two year old the fall of 2015, before taking a break for hunting season. He finished his Master Hunter title in the summer of 2016 as a very young three year old. Since then we have turned our attention back to the HRC as Rider prepares to run the 2017 HRC Fall Grand Hunt Test.
The fall and winter of 2016/2017 was Rider's third hunting season. And what a season it was! He was able to pick up geese in Canada, pheasants in South Dakota, and ducks & geese in Missouri & Kansas. As well as spending most Saturday mornings in the duck blind at home in Nebraska.
He is now standing at stud to approved females.
Rider is just the kind of dog anyone would want. If you were going to "order one from the factory", there wouldn't be another option you'd ask for. Here’s a little more about Rider.
Drive/Desire: Rider's drive is extremely high. He genuinely loves his job. The only thing he loves more than retrieving is pleasing his handler. In training you can see him putting in extra effort, maybe taking more water than is needed while running a mark or a blind, simply to prove to you that he knows what he's doing. My favorite quality of Rider is his ability to still think in the midst of all this excitement.
Build: Rider is a "classic" built style retriever. He is not overly tall or leggy - not the "field trial look" as some would say. He is muscular and blocky. A very handsome dog.
Marking: Rider is the most naturally talented marker I've ever been fortunate enough to work with. A weakness of the young dog at this point is that he is so used to stepping on every mark thrown for him, you can see it really surprises him when the duck isn't exactly where he thought it was. But with Rider, he's got the piece of mind to think about it and work it out. Fortunately that is not something he has to do often.
Handling: Blinds are a lot of fun to run with Rider. He runs them with the same intensity as he does his marks. He's a dog that "handles fast", as they would say. You better keep your whistle in your mouth while running him on a blind - because when you give a cast, he is going to take it fast! Rider's desire to please makes handling him easy. He wants to work with you and wants to do it your way. He is a team player.
Hunting: Here at Drake Creek, we believe a retriever's hunting skills are the most important trait a retriever can have. Rider only recently discovered there was more to life than training and trials. He loves hunting! Mallards over water are his personal favorite. But pheasants have to be a close second for this dog. If he got to pick them up in the water it would be no contest. Rider is a tough dog. Undaunted by icy water and cold temperatures. He's still willing to sit and wait for one more bunch of ducks when you're cold and ready to head home.