Black River Retrievers began training national quality retrievers in 1985 and has produced 4 National Field Champions, over 50 Field Champions and Amateur Field Champions, over 50 All Age Qualified Retrievers, over 25 Derby list retrievers, Master National Hunt Test Qualifiers and countless excellent hunting retrievers. Trainer and handler Alan Pleasant brings a dedication and work ethic to the sport of retriever training that is not duplicated.

Alan’s passion for retrievers began with his father and childhood hunting trips.He got his first labrador retriever at 14 years of age and trained her to duck hunt.The groundwork was laid and Alan became a professional in 1985.  In 1999, after qualifying and running several Master Nationals,Alan dedicated his talents to licensed AKC Field Trials.Since 2001, Alan has qualified and competed in every National Open and has had clients competing in every National Amateur.Alan strives to maximize the talents of every retriever he trains with an emphasis on team work that leads to winning.

The Black River Retriever team consists of Alan and wife Gwen, Trainer-Malcolm Sykes and long time employee Martin Ramirez.