The Trainer & Hunters
Mill Pond Retrievers is proud to introduce our Trainer, Lyle Steinman, and the Hunters, father and son team of David and Will Eaton
The Trainer: Lyle Steinman
Lyle Steinman began competing at the age of 8, traveling all over the United States showing cattle. He won over 300 championships on the county, state and national levels over the next 10 years. In 1982, at the Missouri State Fair, he was awarded the Grand Champion Showman award, beating out 432 showmen. As a teenager, Lyle started running UKC Night Hunts with his coon dogs. Lyle competed with Labradors as an amateur for many years before turning a professional trainer in 2003.
Since 2003, Lyle and his team past and present have many accomplishments to be proud of. More than 2900 AKC (American Kennel Club) Master passes and 160 AKC Master titled (MH) dogs in the hunt test game. He has qualified a record 182 dogs at the AKC Master National events. He has a record 29 dogs in the Master National Hall of Fame (AKC MNH , Master National Hunter title) www.masternational.com . At the 2014 AKC Master National in Corning, CA, Lyle passed a record 18 National qualifiers. Unquestionably, he has become one of top retriever trainers in the country.
In the fall of 2006, Lyle ran his first Super Retriever Series event (www.superretrieverseries.com ). Since the first time in 2006, he and his team have more than 50 Super Retriever Series wins including the 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 & 2017 the Super Retriever Series Crown Championships. Currently Lyle is sponsored by Country Vet Pet Foods, ZoomDog Supplements, Avery Sporting Dog, SportDOG Brand,Sitka, LoneDuck Outfitters, Wet Mutt Mats and Ruff Tough Kennels.
When Lyle is not training, he cherishes time with his best friend and wife Stephanie, close friends and family. Lyle and Stephanie live near Gower, Missouri, in the summer and in the winter, reside in Wolfe City, Texas. Collectively, they have 3 daughters, 1 son and 2 grandchildren. Samantha, Aaron, Willa and Rex live in Kansas City, Missouri. Kate, is a graduate of the University of Missouri. She works for Marriott Hotel Management and lives in St. Louis. Amanda enjoys reading and running along with spending time with friends. She is a Freshman at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri. Garrett enjoys helping coach youth baseball and basketball, hunting and running his own lawn care business.
“The Key to Winning or Passing Tests is often the Ability to Make Adjustments” ~ Lyle Steinman
“It is easier to be jealous, than to aspire to be better.” ~ Lyle & Stephanie Steinman
The Hunters: David and Will Eaton
The second best part of owning a kennel is hunting with excellent dogs that are trained by the best in the country. The first best part is hunting with my son. We are enjoying dogs.
We hope that with our teammates Mark and Lyle we will be able to offer fine gun dogs to others to enjoy.