"Like most, I joined because I am hunter, got a new pup & wanted to learn how to teach him to be a great retriever. Next thing I know I'm going to these training and testing events to socialize with old and new friends; to help them; to cheer them on! It's a ball!!!"
We are a family-oriented group and encourage you to bring your family to any and all club events. While our focus is on the retriever breeds, the new upland component of our game welcomes all sporting breeds to our club. Come on out & have some fun with us this year!
President, Jim Wetzler
While the dogs and field training are the focus of the LHRA and the NAHRA programs, it’s really the friendships that are forged through the non-competitive atmosphere that keep our members coming back year after year. At the annual Field Test the Leatherstocking club hosts, awards are given and hunting gear & collectibles are raffled and auctioned. During the winter the club gathers for a banquet to recognize last season accomplishments and to plan for the upcoming training/testing season.
The pursuit of titles brings weekend tests, banquets, and opportunities for renewing old friendships as members travel around the northeast and mid-Atlantic coast attempting to gather enough points for that next Field Title. Trained retriever demonstrations at local outdoor events, wineries, and sporting goods outlets offer members the occasion to showoff their retriever’s progress, to attract new members, and make new friends. Hunts, training sessions, and other various outings organized by the club or portions of the membership offer yet more opportunity for members to get together with their retriever-minded hunting friends.
"No more procrastination - once you commit to training with others - then, especially when you enter a test and put your retriever ton display for all to see - you won't put off the training! Trust me, it gives you incentive to take pup out & train!"
Vice President, Tim Vanderlinde
Secretary/NAHRA Representative, Dave Combs
A member of the north American Hunting retriever Association (NAHRA)
Treasurer, Vicky Hass
"Best thing I ever did - besides buying a pup!! Now I've got a super hunting dog! Thanks LHRA gang & NAHRA! Couldn't have done it without you"