Mark Van Zee
Mark owns and operates Drake Creek Kennels in Lincoln, NE. A retriever training kennel with a focus on Hunt Test level retrievers & waterfowl hunting dogs. He began training retrieves in high school where he hunted waterfowl along the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies. His love for retrievers & the sport of waterfowling sparked his interest in field trail and hunt test level retrievers.
After a successful career as an amateur handler campaigning his own dogs, he ventured into training client dogs. He currently competes in both AKC & HRC/UKC Hunt Tests & will run an occasional field trial. He is also President of the Salt Valley Hunting Retriever Club. Vice President of the Nebraska Dog & Hunt Club as well as a AA Finished Level Judge in the HRC.
WHY I USE SPORTDOG BRAND
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My favorite product is the SD-2525. It's the prefect training collar with its wide range in stimulation levels that can be easily adjusted on the fly while training. And the "quick buttons" for high, medium & low allow me to quickly choose a stimulation level I need immediately without fooling with a dial.
Other Senior Prostaff
David’s background comes from white-tailed deer and duck hunting. He competes and judges in the North American Hunting Retrieving Association (NAHRA). David has title 1 GMHR, 2 MHR, 3 WR, and 2 SR. His dog training focus is primarily on gun dogs and retrievers.
Derek’s extensive background in retriever training started with his co-ownership of War Eagle Retrievers, after which he designed and developed the first retriever training facility and lodge – The Retriever Academy, located in Miami Oklahoma. Through training and handling, Derek has achieved a multitude of the highest honors in the AKC,...
The first time my childhood eyes saw a bird dog on point, I was hooked. A dog frozen in time, nostrils flaring, mouth tasting the scent of the bird that he lives for, and yet resisting by instinct the urge to pounce and flush was the most fascinating and beautiful...