Silverbrook Kennels is owned and operated by Trish Jagoda of Fredericksburg, VA. She has been training and competing with Labrador Retrievers since acquiring her first Lab, GMHR/WR Lacey J “Lacey”, on April 4, 1981. Trish began working with Lacey in much the same way every novice trainer/handler does. “I knew nothing about training hunting dogs… Lacey taught me that the right dog can make a person look very good”. Owing “Big Lacey” credit for the success they enjoyed together through the years, Lacey’s blood is the root of Trish’s competition and breeding stock to this day, 27 years later.
During the first few years of NAHRA’s existence, dogs earned and accumulated points by qualifying in hunt tests throughout the calendar year. By the end of the calendar year, only the 30 dogs who had accumulated the most points were invited to participate in the annual NAHRA Invitational event. Lacey always seemed to be in those “top 30” qualifying dogs! In the second NAHRA National Invitational in 1986, Trish was the only female handler to be invited and the first to qualify a dog at the event. Since 1986, Silverbrook dogs have qualified each year to participate in the NAHRA Invitational.
Through Lacey, Silverbrook Kennels produced her daughter, GMHR/WR Southland Bomber’s Black Lace, “Midgie”. These girls racked up more points and titles than any other mother/daughter team in the history of the NAHRA program. In the three years between 1987 and 1989 the two had accumulated nearly 1200 points and many “All American Team” honors. At the age of 6, Midgie became one of a handful of dogs to reach the “1000 lifetime points” distinction.
In 1988, “Petey”, GMHR/WR Southland Repeat Performance was born. Petey was extremely well-bred and an outstanding producer, siring dogs throughout the country. These retrieving maniacs are referred to fondly as, “Petey Pups”.
The breeding of “Petey” and “Midgie” (Lacey’s Daughter) in 1991, produced “Lacey II”, GMHR Silverbrook’s Lacey J. Following in the outstanding footsteps of her dam and sire, Lacey was a Grand Master Hunting Retriever. She has qualified for eight Invitationals and is a second generation “1000 lifetime points” competitor.
In 1992, Trish was selected as the first woman to judge a NAHRA Invitational event. The site was Savees Island in Portland, Oregon. During that event, a co-judge informed Trish of the availability of an outstanding field trial dog, FC/AFC/MHR Westwind’s Bold Tiger.
Tiger’s name appears on “AKC’s list of all time high scoring dogs”. Following his arrival in 1992, Tiger sired countless litters. Consequently, there are so many NAHRA titled dogs throughout the country sired by Tiger, that it would be impossible to count them all. Tiger passed away in 1996 leaving a legacy that has, as written by Tim Schrack, Huntingdon, PA “…improved the genetics of East Coast dogs for years to come.”
In 2006, the 5th generation was born to the breeding and competitive program here at Silverbrook. Silverbrook Lacey J, “Lacey” was born. Lynn Foraker of Newark DE, bred her Lacey pup, Mercy. This is the third Lacey born from the original, dating back to 1981.
Many Master Hunters, All Americans, and 1000-point dogs at Silverbrook Kennels will be descendants of these four great animals: Lacey, Midgie, Petey, and Tiger. The basic premise at Silverbrook Kennels is to perpetuate the working drive, looks, determination and desire of these four dogs. Silverbrook Kennels’ success, both now and in the future, originates from the outstanding lines of these working Labrador Retrievers.