Wildrose Historic Timeline

2017 - Wildrose Teton Valley opened offering finished retriever training on the grounds of the only authentic British Driven Shoot in North America, Blixt & Co., Idaho.

Wildrose International was founded and licensed its first two facilities: Wildrose Texas and Wildrose Carolinas.

Wildrose Deke featured on the cover of the 10th Anniversary issue of Garden & Gun, April/May, 2017.

Mike Stewart and Wildrose featured in Oxford Magazine - The Trainer

Wildrose in Aug/Sep 2016 CoveyRise - TRAVEL BALL FOR RETRIEVERS

2015 - Wildrose Dakota was featured on the cover of Pheasants Forever, (Summer 2015).

2015 - Country Life Magazine featured an article about the Wildrose Adventure Dog Program.

2015 - Just Labs cover (Jan/Feb 2015)

2014 - Wildrose Zach was featured on the front cover of Shooting Sportsman (November/December 2014)

George H. Dunklin, Jr. (President, Ducks Unlimited), Steve Maritz (President, Wetlands America Trust), Mike Stewart (Wildrose Kennels), Deke the Ducks Unlimited Dog, Tom Dokken with Rookie, Joe Sivewright and Sean Fitzgerald (Vice President, Purina Professional Engagement Team) at the Ducks Unlimited Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconson (2015)

2014 - Purina Pro Plan sponsors Deke the Ducks Unlimited Dog and Wildrose Kennels.

2014 - "Skills to Train for Trails" is published in Just Labs Magazine (July/August 2014).

2014 - Mike Stewart and Wildrose sire FTW Henergy Sailor (Kye) is featured on the cover of Ole Miss Alumni (Spring 2014)

2014 - Lifesaving Labradors: Stories from Families with Wildrose Diabetic Alert Dogs was published. Edited by Ben McClelland.

2014 New Hampshire Hunting and Trapping Digest (2014-15)

Wildrose featured in September/October 2013, CoveyRise - Dogs of Duality

2013 - Click Magazine (June 2013) featured Wildrose Kennels a second time in the article "Man's Best Friend"

ForbesLife2013 - Wildrose featured in ForbesLife, Spring, 2013.
At Wildrose Kennels Mike Stewart Breeds Dogs That Excel In The Field--And At Home

2013 - Waterfowl & Retriever Magazine (Northern Edition 2013) features an article about picking puppies and breeders called "How to Pick the Best Breeder".

2013 - Covey Rise Dogs of Durability (August/September 2013)

2013 - Smoke Shop Southern Gentlemans Retreat article (June 2013)

2012 - Sporting Dog and Retriever Training, The Wildrose Way, released September, 2012 is a 256 page, 8.5 x 11 hardback publication detailing the balanced training methodology behind Wildrose Gentleman's Gundogs.

2012 - The Retriever Journal (December 2012) published an article about memory trails and training for upland hunting called "Lining Through Cover".

2012 - Cover story for Click Magazine, September, 2012. "Mike Stewart, the Man Behind the South's Best Gundogs."

2012 - Featured in Town and Country Magazine, February 2012, with Deke, the Ducks Unlimited mascot.

2012 - Featured on the cover of Black's Wing and Clay Waterfowl.

2011 - Cover article in Garden & Gun Magazine, December 2011/January 2012, "Best in the Sporting South," (2nd recognition), Deke, the DU mascot is the cover picture.

2011 - Wildrose Labradors featured on the covers of the Cabelas hunting catalog and the Orvis hunting catalog (fall 2011).


2011 - The Wildrose Journal, previously known as the Wildrose Training Newsletter, remains the longest continuously published online retriever training resource in existence, published monthly since 2000.

2010 - Field and Stream (August 2010) published the article "House Rules" (August 2010).

2010 - Birthed the Wildrose Blog - http://wildroseblog.wordpress.com/ which includes "Stories about the Wildrose Way," featuring in interesting accounts of how Wildrose Labradors complement the Sporting Lifestyle. Dr. Ben McClelland, University of Mississippi, writes and monitors the blog, .

2010 - Establishes annual event with Outside in Aspen, Aspen, Colorado, sponsored by Outside Magazine featuring the Wildrose Adventure Seminar.

2009 - "Good Dogs" was published in Invitation Oxford (October 2009)

2009 - Featured article in Garden & Gun Magazine, "Best in the Sporting South, December, 2009/January, 2010.

2009 - Field Guide cover (Fall 2009)

2009 - Pheasants Forever Cover Fall 2009

2009 - Wildrose released the second DVD in our series, "Training the Upland Retriever, The Wildrose Way."

2009 - Wildrose was one of six companies featured in the cover story of Forbes Magazine, April 13th, 2009 edition as a luxury, recession-proof business.

2009 - Field Guide (Fall 2009) published the article "The Gentleman's Gun Doga,"

2009 - Founded the Wildrose Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation housed with Create Foundation, a 501c3, a nonprofit to support the placement of Wildrose Diabetic Alert Dogs.

2009 - Established the first National Conference for Diabetic Alert Dogs at Wildrose Kennels, Oxford, MS.

2009 - Wildrose launched an online blog with Outside Magazine dedicated to the the training of adventure dogs through a positive, low-force methodology...The Wildrose Way.

2008 - Established the Orvis School of Dog Training, Sandanona Orvis Shooting Grounds, Milbrook, NY.

2008 - Wildrose launched a new, unique dog training program, A.D.C, Adventure Dog Certified, which was featured in Outside Magazine.


2008 - Wildrose establishes the Masters of Scent program and our progeny gained a significant reputation with the Service Dog Community - diabetic alert companions, accelerant detection, search and rescue canines and therapy dog companions.

2008 - Wildrose received Orvis Endorsement as a Hunting Dog Training Facility (dual endorsement).

2008 - Wildrose opened a third training facility in Granite, Colorado, Clear Creek Ranch for summer training. Previously an Orvis-endorsed fly fishing destination.

2008 - Wildrose is selected to develop Ducks Unlimited's second mascot, Deke, the DU mascot.

2006 - Wildrose attains a significant benchmark in its business model, a Wildrose Labrador in every state in the U. S., Mexico, and in every Canadian providence encompassing all of North America, 2000 - 2006.

2006 - Wildrose released "Training the Wildrose Way" DVD, the first in our Gentleman's Gundog series.

2006 - Mike Stewart was retained as the Gundog Columnist for The Southern Sporting Journal.

2005 - Wildrose Seminars began travelling to destinations across the country, Orlando, Florida, St. Louis, Missouri, Bozeman, Montana, Melbourne, New York, and Houston, Texas. Locations continue to be added annually.

2005 - The U. S. Trademark Office approved the Wildrose logo, the popular puppy and "The Gentleman's Gundog " as a registered trademark, a first for any kennel or breed of dog in the U. S.

2004 - Wildrose led the first U.S. Gundog team in history to compete in the U.K., winning the P & O Irish Sea International Retriever Competition.

2003 - Our second Wildrose training facility was opened in Jasper, Arkansas, on the Little Buffalo River for the purpose of river training.

2003 - Wildrose received Orvis Endorsement as a Hunting Dog Breeding Facility.

2002 - Established Wildrose Trading Company, our online gundog, supply and clothing accessory store, www.wildrosetradincompany.com. A retail store was also established at Wildrose Oxford offering products from Filson, Orvis and Beretta sporting apparel.

2001 - The Drake TV weekly training tip first appeared on DU's "World of Ducks," now the longest, continuously- aired segment on dog training in history, 2001 to present.

2001 - - The first Wildrose seminars were conducted at Wildrose Kennels, Oxford, for the training of dogs and their handlers, "The Wildrose Way." They continue annually onsite at our facilities and at resort destinations across the country.

2001 - Wildrose, with Drake, the DU dog, began conducting annual workshops and demonstrations for Ducks Unlimited at their famed Great Outdoor Festivals in Memphis, Tennessee and Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

2001 - An association was established with Vic Barlow of Cheshire, England which continues today.

2000 - The Wildrose monthly training newsletter was first published online and continues, uninterrupted, to date.

2000 - Ducks Unlimited contracted with Wildrose Kennels to produce their first mascot, Drake.

2000 - FTCh Angus and FTW Drummer were imported, the first of many titled dogs to be imported from the U.K. ushering in a new generation of fantastic game dogs, "The Gentleman's Gundog."

1999 - Association was established with Nigel Carville, Astraglen Kennels, Portadown, N. Ireland which continues today. Nigel won the Irish Championship in 2005 with Intl. FTCH Astraglen Brooke.

1999 - Wildrose was purchased by Mike Stewart from Ed Apple and mergered with the existing training facility in Oxford. As the Tennessee property, facilities and dogs were liquidated and sold as individual components, Mike secured the rights to the company's name, website, and logo… and… "The Gentleman's Gundog" was born.

1995 - Ed Apple, of Memphis, Tennessee, purchased Wildrose Kennels, located in Grand Junction, Tennessee, from Robert Milner. Mr. Apple made strides in improvement of the facilities and brood stock. All brood stock was converted to 100% British or Irish imported genetics and the first Field Trial Champion stud dogs were imported.

1988 - A 143-acre property was purchased in Oxford, MS, for training purposes; facility construction began.

1980's - Wildrose genetics and training methodology turned significantly away from American trends. Emphasis on British Labradors became prominent under the influence of Major Morty Turner Cook, Hambrook Kennels, England.

1980's - In Oxford, emphasis shifted to breeding and training beagles, successfully competing in and judging AKC/UKC beagles field trials.

1972 - Mike Stewart began offering dog training and instruction in Oxford for retrievers and obedience for companion dogs.

1972 - Wildrose Kennels was established in Grand Junction, Tennessee by Robert Milner.

...And the legend continues