Each year at their Annual Membership Banquet the Keystone Retriever Club awards a member/handler with a Handler of the Year Award for accomplishments, success, progress in training and competing their dogs in Hunt Tests and or Field Trials. We may also recognize a member for making outstanding contributions to the Club, through volunteering their time and making efforts above and beyond the norm with the Byrd Award.
We strongly believe that our youth are the future of the sport and we encourage youth handlers to learn the sports of Hunt Tests and Field Trials. Consequently we will honor a youth's success by awarding a Junior Handler of the Year if we have a young person that is deserving of such an honor.
We congratulate the 2021 Handler of the Year - Megan Baker. Megan and FEDX will be in the Golden Retriever CLub of America Hunt Test Hall of Fame.
We congratulate the 2021 Junior Handler of the Year - Sam, Sarah & Bill Braungard's son. Sam started learning how to run a dog (Lucy) in a Hunt Test. Each test he ran, he got better and better.
We congratulate the 2021 Byrd Award winner - Andy Anderson Andy went above and beyond by accepting responsibility for leading at least two of our training days, helping run every training session he attended, and providing helpful advice to handlers.