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HRCH UH Gator Points Texas Gentleman ("Tex")
A powerfully driven labrador retriever and very well-rounded companion - in the field, blind and home. Of very muscular build, his working weight is 95 lbs. He boasts incredible field breed conformation and swift intellect. He is an easy dog to work with, takes pressure well and thrives on the next challenge. Amazingly swift and hard charging: Tex averages 100 yard land retrieves in under 20 seconds and effortlessly forges through water with the same determination. An earnest and sincere blend of drive, desire and style focus to create this extraordinary field comrade.

Click on image to view larger image. Photo credit: Travis Gauthier of Zoom Photo Studio, LLC.

Tex earned the Hunting Retriever Club (HRC) Hunting Retriever (HR) title at 15 months and his Hunting Retriever Champion (HRCH) title on March 12, 2006 at 25 months. He attained his Upland Hunter (UH) title in June, 2007; his first pass @ 12 months and the additional three needed in back to back attempts at the Cowtown HRC's Upland Hunt. He progresses to the Spring, 2009 HRC Hunt Test season in pursuit of his final steps to the 500 point landmark and nickname "The Dozer" as his desire, style and vigor remain a constant - no matter the cover nor terrain - whether on the way to or return from a retrieve. 

May, 2006

Tex has made remarkable progress and is meeting success thanks to the expert training, care and handling of Dale and Denise Johnson of D-2 Kennels where he will continue his advanced level training. 

He will continue and complete requirements in AKC Hunt Test participation at the Master Hunter level, Super Retriever Series and additional venues and events. His OFA, CNM, and various other report particulars are offered in his Pedigree area. 

Visit our new Litters area to learn more about the fine breedings sired by Tex and contact information for the litter owners. Truly fine companions don't happen by chance; they are created from devoted study and research of pedigrees and pairings. We aspire to these regiments in the litters Tex sires.


Photo credit: SearcySports Photography.




We are pleased to announce we will soon be introducing Texas Star Retrievers and will offer a virtual doghouse showcasing all of our hunting retrievers: Tex (of course), Rebel (clf), Bull (ylm), Dixie (clf), and .... a new Star!



Exciting news: a new HRCH has recently joined the pack: HRCH Lucky's Magic Star! Star is a yellow female who's accomplishments include not only her HRCH title, but she's also earned the number one placement in the highest level of the 2008 Gueydan Duck Festival Dog Trials. In the Spring of 2009, Star attained her UH title, qualified as a member of the HRC 500 Points Club and attained her first Grand pass in the Alexandria, SD. She will continue her training with D-2 Kennels as she continues to pursue her GRHRCH and Master Hunter titles. 



Photo by Mark Atwater, UpClosePhoto.com

Congratulations to our own HR UH Gator Points Texas Rebel Yell as she and Steve attained her HR (Hunting Retriever) title on April 1, 2007. Rebel has since gone on to complete the requirements and attained her UH (Upland Hunter) title! WTG, you two!


Steve Hester and
HR Gator Points Texas Rebel Yell

If you would like additional information about Tex, please contact his owners, Steve and Keven Hester, or D-2 Kennels, his trainers/handlers. Thank you.  Tex is proudly a member of Brown Dog Mafia and listed on Muck Boy.

Owners: Steve and Keven Hester of Hurst, Texas.
Breeder: Bill and Cleo Watson of Gator Point Kennels in Tylertown, Mississippi.
Trainer: Dale and Denise Johnson of D2 Kennels in Church Point, Louisiana.

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This site last updated: January 31, 2009.