Officers & Directors
Officers & Directors
Wil Kernodle started out in 2004 as a waterfowl hunter who needed a retriever and bought his first Lab as a Christmas present with & for his wife. He was introduced to training and the hunt test game 6 months later. Needless to say, he has developed a passion for it. He has spent many years throwing ducks, shooting trials/test, studying other handlers and their dogs, asking a million questions and putting in the hard work to become the handler/amateur trainer he is today. Wil has many to thank for the success he has achieved, but he gives the most thanks to the good Lord above, his wife and the three amazing animals he has been blessed to own: Duke, Cane and Blue, (each a champion in their own way). On any given weekend Wil can be found running or judging Hunt Tests on the east coast, but, a majority of his time is now spent with his daughter, who like Wil, loves her boys. Wil hopes to one day pass the knowledge he has been given onto her and help see this sport continue to grow and evolve.
Dogs have always been apart of Joe’s life, from Beagles, mixed breeds, Setters, Boxers, and now, 3 Labs. A friend introduced Joe to Hunt tests, and he was hooked. Joe believes that a solid foundation of obedience is necessary for any type of competitive dog work. Training, competing, and judging are enjoyable and keep him busy.
Linda Surmacz, secretary, started her journey with Labrador Retrievers in 2001. Since then she has added two more to her family. She first began with obedience training (and still competes in that venue along with Rally, tracking and recently Dock Diving) and then started hunt test training in 2003 with her first Labrador, due to encouragement of her obedience instructor(and friend). Her current Lab has his JH and is working on Senior Hunt test level skills. She hopes to see many of you at our tests and training days.
Photo Credit: Jamie Abbott
Bob Louie has owned Chesapeake Bay Retrievers for four decades. He currently has 3 chessies and a yellow Lab. He runs and judges Hunt Tests and is just getting his feet wet in the Field Trial game.
Mike started in the retriever game only 4 years ago when he purchased a chocolate lab puppy from Craigslist for $150 for hunting purposes. He didn’t know anything about retriever competition. He then meet with some fine people and picked up a lot of knowledge along the way to help him title his dog as a Master Hunter!!! You could say he is now an addict when it comes to training! Not only is he passionate about hunt tests and training, he recently became involved with AKC Hunt Test judging. Not only the rewards but the lessons he has learned along the way have been priceless and Mike is very thankful for all who he’s met over the years.
While no stranger to dogs, our secretary, Amy Wernecke, is fairly new to competitive dog events. She and her 3 year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Poppy, have titled so far in AKC dock diving, AKC barn hunt, UKC conformation and most recently earned their JH. Their current goal is the AKC conformation championship. When not sneaking off to the Eastern Shore to train, Amy loves spending time with her husband David and son Jake or volunteering with Poppy as a therapy dog team.