The Retriever Retreat is nestled in the southern part of Fentress County, Tennessee near the Cumberland Plateau. Originally developed in 2018 as an upscale retreat for motorcyclists touring the Upper Cumberland area, it is now an exclusive retreat for Retrievers and their people. Purchased in the winter of 2019 by Lois Luthenauer, and joined by her friend Sherie Catledge, we offer retriever handler workshops in small groups or private lessons and an upscale “glamping” experience where Retrievers and their handlers can room together. We strive to provide the grounds and advice for learning the skills necessary to be the best Retriever/Handler team you can be.

The Retriever Retreat will host the First Annual Kevin O. Luthenauer Memorial Youth Handler Workshop on March 30, 2019. Three years in the making, this annual event is hosted in honor of Kevin Luthenauer, who was an active member of the East Tennessee Retriever Club until his death in 2015. Kevin was an avid sportsman and hunter, and loved retriever training. He believed in the value of amateurs participating in the retrieving sports, and was known for encouraging young people in all aspects of hunting and shooting sports.

Meet Your Hosts

Lois Luthenauer is an amateur handler participating in AKC sanctioned Hunting Tests for Retrievers. Introduced to the sport in 2006 on the second date with her future husband, Kevin Luthenauer, she is a Board Member and Past President of the East Tennessee Retriever Club, and a member of the Middle Tennessee Amateur Retriever Club. In 2018, she qualified her dog Coon Creek’s Back Water Quackhead (Woodie) for the third annual Master Amateur Hunt Test! Her goal in establishing The Retriever Retreat is to provide comfortable, affordable lodging for handlers looking to improve their “team-manship” with their retrievers. Having sent dogs to trainers, and traveling to the trainer for an afternoon experience, she knows that an all-inclusive package of training and lodging will facilitate learning to work as a partner with your retriever.

Sherie Catledge is an AKC judge and the Owner of Bear Country Retrievers. She has judged at all levels of AKC Hunt Tests since 1998. She also judges both Derby and Qualifying field trial events. As an experienced trainer, Sherie knows what it is like to be the person on the line, planning the strategy and guiding her teammate to the ribbon. As a judge, a handler, a dog trainer and an excellent handling coach for those who come to train at the grounds, her insights are invaluable. She is a highly sought-after coach, and has clients from all over the continental U.S.

Get Ready for Fall Hunt Test Season!

Now is the time to start getting ready for those fall hunt tests!  We have several groups coming in, and several dates still open.  Having trouble finding water to train on?  Come check out our pond .... lots of opportunity to run some great setups!  Got a young or inexperienced dog that you need help working on one particular training aspect?  We've got it all, along with a great place to spend a couple of days!  Call for information and availability! 

ETRC Annual Membership Meeting & Picnic

On August 17, 2018, The Retriever Retreat will host the East Tennessee Retriever Club's 2019 Summer General Business Meeting, Seminar and Picnic beginning at 8:00 a.m. CENTRAL TIME!

This is a members-only event, but you are welcome to come and apply for or renew your membership.  There will be DOORPRIZES: A private handling lesson from Sherie Catledge & a free night’s lodging at the Retriever Retreat (one person) ($150 - $175 total value); 2 club Tee shirts, 1 Camo hat.

EVENTS:

Annual 4th of July Party

Come join us for an afternoon of fun celebrating our independence! We host this annual event as our thanks to everyone who has helped us throught the year. There will be food, fun, and fireworks (at full dark). 

 

Please bring your own drinks (alcoholic or non), chairs to sit on, and a dish to pass (side/desert), we will provide the grilled food. 

ETRC Spring Adult Handler Seminar

RSVP to Lois Luthenauer (mountainlo717@gmail.com, 865-803-1187), or Sherie Catledge (brcntry@gmail.com, 615-497-5622) Instructor: Sherie Catledge, pro trainer The youth seminar is free to all youth under 22, enrolled full time in school or university; you do not need to be an ETRC Member to participate. Both advanced and junior-level dogs will be available for those who don’t have their own. Come improve your skills or learn what Retriever sports are all about!

ETRC Spring Youth Handler Seminar

RSVP to Lois Luthenauer (mountainlo717@gmail.com, 865-803-1187), or Sherie Catledge (brcntry@gmail.com, 615-497-5622) Instructor: Sherie Catledge, pro trainer The youth seminar is free to all youth under 22, enrolled full time in school or university; you do not need to be an ETRC Member to participate. Both advanced and junior-level dogs will be available for those who don’t have their own. Come improve your skills or learn what Retriever sports are all about!

Moving to The Retriever Retreat

We are proud to announce we are moving to our new facility!!!