and is the dam of HRCH Ellie who was just recently retired. Over time, we added a few more dogs to the program as we continued learning about health clearances, quality pedigrees, and retriever training through some wonderful mentors that God brought into our lives.
In 2005, we entered our first AKC hunt tests and were hooked! Ryan and Abby (the oldest of 6 children) especially caught the bug and continued training our dogs for gun dog and hunt tests. Eventually Ryan decided to pursue his talents more towards horse training and today is well accomplished in his field with a 4th placement 2016 Mustang Makeover, and placements in ranch horse competitions. Meanwhile, Abby continued with the dogs, rapidly gaining confidence and achievements through much hard work and patient mentoring. She began training when she was 11, professionally when she was 15, and has earned over 25 titles in AKC/UKC sanctioned retriever events with multiple Hunting Retriever Champions and Master Hunters. Abby also spent a large part of a year training with Field Trial trainer Tera Lanzcak from Texas to Michigan, before returning home to marry her sweetheart, Dean Yoder in November of 2014.
Trinity Oak Labs is a medium sized kennel located in the heart of Amish country - rural Lagrange, Indiana. Our kennel began in 2002, and today we continue striving to produce puppies that will carry the retrieving desire, athletic talent, beauty, and personality that drew us to this wonderful breed. We thoroughly enjoy our Labradors and spend much time interacting with them through training, cleaning kennels, exercising, feeding, etc.
Mel and Char Eash started the kennel with just a single lab female, Jody, who was initially purchased as a family pet. Jody produced some fantastic pups,
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As time passes on, families grow! In 2014, Ryan married Tabitha and they moved to Goshen, Indiana where they have a beautiful growing family. That same year, Abby was also married and they moved to Lagrange, IN which is about 30 minutes from the original kennel location in Topeka. Dean and Abby built a brand new kennel in 2016, complete with in-floor heat, automatic watering, a large exercise area, and indoor-outdoor kennels to create the best possible environment for the dogs when they are not working or in the house. The kennels are spacious, with the ability to be inside a temperature controlled kennel, or outside, getting some sun throughout the day.
We are members of UKC's Hunting Retriever Club, or the HRC as it is commonly known. Two local clubs affiliated with HRC are Ohio Hunting Retriever Club and Backwater Retriever Club. If you enjoy hunting, the HRC is a great way to do that ALL year round, plus make you a better dog trainer and your dog the kind of retriever that you can be proud of.
While Mel and Char still raise several litters a year, Dean and Abby have primarily taken over all kennel operations, training, and sales. Whether you call or email, Abby is usually the one to answer and give a timely response and we are dedicated to assisting you in every way possible.
Below are some pictures of our facilities and training areas.
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