Wildrose Kennels Staff

Mike Stewart: President, Wildrose Kennels

With forty years of association with dogs, pointers, flushers, retrievers, as well as hounds and obedience companion dogs Mike developed the Wildrose facilities creating a comprehensive gundog-training program focused exclusively on the English Labrador, specifically for the wingshooter and outdoor enthusiasts. He developed the unique, positive, training methodology, "The Wildrose Way," which is being recognized across the country. Over the past nine years, he has appeared in a variety of television programming featuring retriever training including "The World of Ducks," with Drake and Deke, the Ducks Unlimited mascots, " Benelli's American Bird Hunter," The American Sportsman," and other sporting programs. He has produced a series of best-selling DVDs, for hunting dog training, "The Gentleman's Gundog" series. Mike retired as Chief of Police, University of Mississippi in 2000 after a 25-year career in law enforcement, a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a BPA and MCJ, as well as the FBI National Academy in 1989. He retired from the US Navy Reserves as a Commander in 2005 with nine years as a NCIS credentialed agent.

Cathy Stewart: Vice President, Wildrose Kennels, Sales and Business Manager

Cathy is a retired educator with twenty years of classroom experience and ten years of teaching on the University level. She obtained her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction in 1995 and became certified with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 1997. For twenty years Cathy directed the annual Faulkner and Yoknaptawpha Conference at the University of Mississippi, which brought people from around the world to study William Faulkner in his hometown. Cathy is the business manager and sales coordinator for Wildrose. She brings her experience in education, curriculum and instruction, and event organizational skills to Wildrose to enhance its mission.

Lanette Drewrey: Veterinarian Technician and Manager of Health Care Services

Lanette joined Wildrose in June of 2002, as an animal health care specialist and was promoted to veterinarian technician in February, 2004. While pursuing a biology degree at the University of Mississippi, Lanette worked part time, as vet tech, for the Lafayette Animal Clinic from January, 1999 through February, 2004, assisting in surgery and on farm calls. Currently, Lanette supervises the Wildrose husbandry programs and health care for our sires and dams along with the dogs in training. She is responsible for supervising the Wildrose Super Learner Program (SLP) and the Super Scent Series (SSS).

Clint Swinney: Facilities Manager

Clint is the manager of all Wildrose facilities and grounds. He is responsible for the care, maintenance, and improvement of the grounds, structures, landscapes and equipment. Clint is a native of Hamilton, Alabama and he is currently completing his final work on a degree from Mississippi State University. His past experiences on the farm and outside labor jobs complement his vast skills needed to address the responsibilities of facility manager. Clint relocated to Oxford with his wife, Anna and son, Nathan. He also provides off-site training support for dogs in the Wildrose DAD program.

Ben Summerall: Trainer

Ben is a Trainer II training gundogs and adventure dogs. He began training dogs on the amateur level in January of 2002. Ben first began work for Wildrose in May of 2005, as a kennel assistant. After gaining experience working a number of started pups, Ben became a full time trainer in March of 2008. His duties currently include retriever training, assisting in the direction of the retriever training programs and providing technical support for Wildrose social media. Ben also makes a number of appearances for Wildrose demonstrating retrievers and providing training at Wildrose workshops.



Steven Lucius: Trainer

Steven is a full-time assistant trainer at Wildrose and is a legacy following his brother, Charlie Lucius, who worked three years at Wildrose as a Kennelman and a year and a half as a full-time trainer. Originally from Marietta, Georgia, Steven is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in marketing. Steven began working for Wildrose in March of 2008 as a part-time, kennel assistant. He was promoted in 2010 to training apprentice working directly with Mike's string of started and finished dogs. June 1, 2011, Steven was promoted to assistant trainer working with the gundog and adventure dog training programs.

Mary Griffin: Trainer

Mary moved to Oxford from Woodstock, GA, and joined the Wildrose team in September of 2011. She worked in a veterinary clinic for over five years, but decided she really wanted to train dogs versus pursuing a career in the veterinary field. Mary attended Triple Crown Academy for Professional Dog Trainers in Austin, TX and graduated in 2008 as a certified Canine Training and Behavior Specialist. She shares her house with several Wildrose dogs in training, as well as her two personal dogs: a Great Dane named Bruce, and a Belgian Malinois named Isaac. Mary works with the gundog, adventure dog, and DAD programs and specializes in the shed and tracking dog programs.



Chelsea Harris: Trainer

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, the youngest of three children, Chelsea has always been a huge dog lover. After working with dogs for a number of years, Chelsea left Ted Terroux's Canine College to join Wildrose as an obedience trainer in September, 2012. She believes in the positive, balanced approach to dog training and quickly embraced the "Wildrose Way" after meeting Wildrose Scout in Denver and then working with Mike at Wildrose Colorado. Chelsea brings much experience with a variety of dogs and people to Wildrose where teaching others is a natural extension to her dog training abilities. All dogs coming into training go to Chelsea first for obedience training as she prepares them for the basic gundog program. Her house stays full of Wildrose dogs in training "on place." Chelsea has two children, Brooklynn and Devin.



Blake Henderson: Keeper

Blake attends The University of Mississippi, studying business management. He began working for Wildrose as a part-time kennel assistant in January, 2007. He was promoted to Keeper in 2008 with responsibilities that include maintenance, facilities, grounds and exercising sires and dams, moving to a full-time position in 2010. He's also authorized to participate in our Super Learner Backgrounding program for puppies.

Kayla Britt Potts: Health Care Assistant

Kayla graduated from Lafayette High School in May of 2008. She began working for Wildrose in February of 2008. Her responsibilities consist of puppy care, conducting the Super Learner program for puppy socialization, assisting with animal health care and exercise, as well as, maintaining the health care facility. Kayla is intricately involved with the Wildrose unique Super Learner Program and Super Scent Series for puppy development.

Tamara King: Health Care Assistant

Tamara was born and raised in Russia and always had an interest in animals. She moved to the United States in the spring of 2007 and in addition to her native language, Tamara speaks French and English fluently. She is a full-time student at Ole Miss pursuing a BS in Forensic Chemistry. Tamara began working as an animal health care assistant at Wildrose in March, 2011. She's responsible for overseeing health care of the dogs and puppies in the afternoons and weekends with the important responsibility of maintaining an exercise program for the Wildrose broodstock ensuring their quality of life. She and her husband, Nicholas, have a daughter, Ivanna. Tamara's outside interests include reading, yoga, and outdoor activities, such as hiking, rafting, and backpacking.

Associate Trainers

Josh DeWitt: Associate Trainer

Josh is a mechanical engineer and is currently employed by Nordenia USA in Jackson Missouri. He has been training the Wildrose Way for the last six years and ran in the Wildrose British Championship annually since 2004. Josh has a fourth place finish and two second place finishes. He has also spent time in England the past three years training with Vic Barlow, the Wildrose associate in England. Josh instructs obedience classes for canines and assists with Wildrose workshops throughout the country. In April 2006, Josh assumed his current position with Wildrose as an associate trainer for our started dog program.

Jay Lowry: Associate Trainer

Jay is a practicing dentist in his hometown of Vandalia, Illinois. He has a wife, Erin, and two children, Jack and Piper. Jay bought his first Wildrose dog in August of 2003, and two and a half years later Jay won the Wildrose British Championship in April of 2006. In September of 2006 Jay assumed his position as associate trainer for our started dog program. Jay provides training support for on-the-road Wildrose seminars and demonstrations.

Craig Korff: Associate Trainer

Craig has been a Product Manager for one of the Midwest's largest wood truss manufacturers for the past 30 years. Craig began training retrievers in 1974 and has shown German Wirehaired Pointers and trained them in the field as well. He bought his first Wildrose dog in 2001 and has been training "The Wildrose Way" ever since. In 2004, Craig became an Associate Trainer for the started dog program. He has trained and handled Wildrose dogs to a first place finish in the Wildrose Retriever Championship in 2005, the Gun's Choice Award in 2006, and the Gun's Choice Award at the Double Gun and Retriever Classic in 2007. Craig and his wife, Carol, reside in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.

Tom Smith: Associate Trainer

Tom owns an industrial construction company and recently moved from Lexington, KY to Oxford. MS. Tom bought his first Wildrose dog in 2008. He came to Wildrose and embraced the Wildrose Way after training his first dog the traditional American style. Tom joined the Associate Trainer staff in 2010 and provides support at the Kennel and on-the-road seminars all over the country.

Tim Clancy: Associate Trainer

Tim is a Lieutenant Firefighter/Paramedic on his hometown fire department in Whitman, Massachusetts. Tim is married to Danielle and they have one daughter, Kiley. Tim bought his first Wildrose dog in 2007 and has been training "The Wildrose Way" ever since. Tim assumed his position as an associate trainer in the fall of 2009, expanding our training capabilites into the Northeast. Tim participates in the started dog program and assists with on-the -road Wildrose seminars and events, including the Orvis Cup at Sandanona.

Joe Dan Robinson: Associate Trainer

Joe Dan is the manager of a 7,000-acre farming operation in the Mississippi Delta, Maxwell Farms. Joe Dan bought his first Wildrose dog, Preacher, in 2005 and trained him "The Wildrose Way." He bought his second Wildrose dog, Smoke, in January, 2009. Joe Dan and Preacher won the Wildrose British Championship in October, 2009, at which time he joined the Wildrose team as an associate trainer. He is also an exceptional waterfowler and experienced guide. Joe Dan and his wife, Carly, live in Stoneville, MS, with children, Katie and Addison.

Sarah Barnes: Associate Trainer

Sarah is a Civil Engineer for Alabama Power in her hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is an avid animal lover and enjoys all things outdoors. Sarah bought her first Wildrose dog, Gunner, in September of 2009 and immediately adopted "The Wildrose Way" of training. She won the Gun's Choice Award at the Double Gun and Retriever Classic in 2011. Sarah joined the Associate Trainer staff in the spring of 2011 and works with the started dog program and the DAD dog program.

Billie Claire Darby: Associate Trainer

Billie Claire is from Batesville, MS. She graduated from Ole Miss in 2009 with a degree in Marketing Communications, worked as a Marketing Coordinator and has also done marketing and event planning for a national pet store chain. Billie Claire and her dog, Lola, have participated in the Adventure Dog program since it first became available to the public in June 2010 producing excellent videos showcasing their accomplishments. Billie Claire enjoys videography, photography, outdoor adventures and volunteering for the Panola County Humane Society. Billie Claire works as a Wildrose obedience trainer and is involved with the gundogs, adventure dogs and service companion program. She also is responsible for Wildrose video and photography for marketing purposes.



Clinton Hinebaugh: Associate Trainer

Clint works as a wildlife biologist at a private consulting firm in Fort Collins, Colorado. Thanks to his father, Dave, a practicing veterinarian, he grew up around sporting breeds and traveled to wing shooting destinations throughout the American West. In 2005, he purchased his first Wildrose dog, Titan, and has been training the "Wildrose Way" ever since. Clint assumed the position of associate trainer in the summer of 2012, expanding our capabilities in the West year-round. Clint will help support Mike with dogs on the Colorado Trail and assist at workshops and seminars. During the fall and winter months Clint and his dogs can be found guiding waterfowl hunts along the northern front range of Colorado, and introducing others to the ultimate "Gentleman's Gun Dogs".



The Thorntons: DAD Associates

The Thornton family, Rachel (mom), Mark (Dad) Abi (a type 1 diabetic), Beth, Lydia, and Timothy supported Abi in her training of Mr Darcy, a Wildrose Labrador who takes care of Abi. They receive many daily inquiries about Diabetic Alert Dogs, want to help others in their search for a great DAD and had the opportunity to start a few pups. The Thorntons have learned a lot by having a diabetic alert dog in their home - the importance of both a strong, clear alert as well as the importance of a solid foundation of obedience/ public access skills. The Thorntons are a talented, unselfish family, who spend an enormous amount of time supporting Type 1 diabetics across the nation who are seeking Diabetic Alert Dogs or need assistance training their DAD. Rachel is the person behind www.diabeticalertdog.com. They currently reside in Aberdeen, Mississippi and are starting Wildrose pups to become Diabetic Alert Dogs.