Lyle Steinman began competing at the age of 8 years old. He traveled all over the United States showing cattle. While showing cattle Lyle won over 300 championships on the county, state, and national levels. In 1982 at the Missouri State Fair, he was awarded the Grand Champion Showman award, beating out 432 showmen. Lyle started running UKC Night Hunts with his coon dogs as a teenager and has since moved on to become one of the best retriever trainers in the country. Lyle competed with labradors as an amateur for many years before turning pro. Since turning pro in 2003, Lyle has many accomplishments under his belt. Lyle has over 1,700 AKC Master Passes and over 105 + AKC Master (MH) titled dogs in the hunt test game. He has qualified a record 91 dogs at the AKC Master National events. He has 14 dogs in the Master National Hall of Fame (New AKC title MNH ) and 21 dogs that have passed two Master Nationals to his credit. At the 2011 AKC Master National in Cambridge, Maryland Lyle passed a new AKC & Master National Record of 15 qualifiers.
On September 18, 2010 he broke an AKC record for AKC Master passes in one weekend, passing 23/24 dogs at the Northwest Missouri Retriever Clubs hunt test. Lyle first ran the SRS (Super Retriever Series) in the fall of 2006. Lyle has 15 first place wins including the 2007, 2009, & 2011 Super Retriever Series Crown Championships. Lyle won the SRS Crown Championship in 2007 with River (2007 SRSC SRS HRCH Big Two Hearted River II MNH7 HOF QAA) and in 2009 & 2011 with Jack (2009 & 2011 SRSC 3 X SRS Fargo’s Gulf Coast Jack-Son MNH QAA). Lyle also won the 2008 Sport Dog Team of the Year Award with Jack (owned by John Caire & ZoomDog Supplements’ Neal & Teresa Lynch). By winning the 2011 Super Retriever Series Crown Championship on May 15, Lyle became the first handler to win three Crown Championships.
Lyle is the only SRS handler to ever win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the same event (Grand Island, Nebraska, September 2009) (SRS Record) and the only handler to ever have 9 dogs qualified for the top 12 at one time (Grand Island, Nebraska). Lyle has put more dogs in the Top 5 (53 in the finals/ 73 in semis) than any other handler in Super Retriever Series history. Lyle qualified 4 dogs for the 2008 Crown Championship and 7 dogs for the 2009 and 2010 Crown Championship (SRS Records). Team Castile qualified 12 dogs for the 2011 SRS Crown Championship. At the 2009 Super Retriever Series Crown Championship, Lyle became the only handler to put three dogs in the finals. Lyle finished the 2009 SRS Crown Championship with first (Jack), second (Rebi), third (Coot), fifth (River) and sixth (Pasha).
Currently Lyle is sponsored by several companies such as ZoomDog Supplements, Country Vet Pet Foods, SportDog, Boggs Foot Wear, Ainley Kennels & Fabrication, Sitka Mountain Gear and RNT Duck Calls.
When Lyle is not training, he cherishes his time with his wife and children. Lyle and his wife Debby live in Gower Missouri. They have three daughters: Samantha, 24; Katherine, 19; and Amanda, 13. On March 2 , 2011 they welcomed there first granddaughter Willa May Priddy.
Lyle loves to train and enjoys cooking for friends and family. The Steinman home is always open. Lyle finds inspiration in a quote from River’s breeder, Daniel Shnitka: “You are remembered for what you achieve, honored for your success, rewarded for your work and have the company of others for your character.”
"The key to winning or passing tests is often the ability to make adjustments." -Lyle Steinman