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Graycroft Kennels and Sweetwater


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Graycroft Kennels and Sweetwater


Our interest in Labrador Retrievers started during the early 80’s. Bill was looking for an all-around hunting dog and I wanted one to love.  We were fortunate to start with a wonderful pup out of KR Rahfeek Maarna Saaid Naab, a Sandylands Markwell daughter, and sired by Sandylands Rip VanWinkle.  We called her Faith and she was our foundation bitch.  In training Faith, we were introduced to AKC Hunt Tests and Obedience Trials.  We have since trained and titled numerous dogs at all levels of hunting, obedience and conformation. Graycroft Labradors follows the training methods outlined by Mike Lardy and we find it allows our dogs to fulfill their potential in the field. Our goal in breeding Labradors is to retain the old-fashion English conformation while maintaining temperament, intelligence and instinct.

Bill’s competitive spirit has led him to success in the Field Trial world, where he has successfully placed six dogs in All-Age-Qualified, including winning one. In June of 2014, we retired from many years of professional field training and Bill is currently pursuing the field trial game as an Amateur.

We have had the pleasure of working with Pat Burns, a renowned Field Trainer, hosting his workshops at our Sweetwater training facility during the last three years and we plan to continue next year.

Anna’s success has culminated in the breeding, owning and training of Graycroft Once in a Baloo Moon RN CDX MH, CH Graycrofts Distant Visions RN CD SH and CH Ransom’s Graycroft Quest SH CDX, Anna continues competing in Hunt Tests, Obedience and Rally with occasional conformation at Labrador Specialties. Her real love is breeding and raising beautiful, old fashioned Labrador puppies with a focus in early training during the eight week to six month periods. Methods used during this training are derived from the techniques of Connie Cleveland and Pat Nolan.

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SWEETWATER Training Grounds


Located in Kershaw South Carolina, built for Hunt Test and Field Trial training, 200+ acres offers change of cover, rolling fields, with 7 ponds, including technical and stick ponds, designed for all levels of training.  Please contact Anna or Bill for rental information.

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SWEETWATER Training Grounds


Located in Kershaw South Carolina, built for Hunt Test and Field Trial training, 200+ acres offers change of cover, rolling fields, with 7 ponds, including technical and stick ponds, designed for all levels of training.  Please contact Anna or Bill for rental information.

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Meet Anna


and her English Labradors

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Meet Anna


and her English Labradors

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Meet Bill


and his American Field Labradors

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Meet Bill


and his American Field Labradors