trainer in 2003.  Since 2003, Lyle and his team past and present have many accomplishments to be proud of.  More than 2500 AKC (American Kennel Club) Master passes and over 145 AKC Master titled (MH) dogs in the hunt test game. He has qualified a record 158 dogs at the AKC Master National events.  He has a record 24 dogs in the Master National Hall of Fame (AKC MNH , Master National Hunter title)  At the 2014 AKC Master National in Corning, CA, Lyle passed a record 18 National qualifiers.  Unquestionably, he has become one of top retriever trainers in the country.

      In the fall of 2006, Lyle ran his first Super Retriever Series event (  Since the first time in 2006, he and his team have more than 30 Super Retriever Series wins including the 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 & 2013 Super Retriever Series Crown Championships. Currently Lyle is sponsored by Country Vet Pet Foods, ZoomDog Supplements, SPORTDog Brand, Lone Duck Outfitters, Wet Mutt Mats, Ruff Tough Kennels & Sitka Mountain Gear.

     When Lyle is not training, he cherishes time with his best friend and wife Stephanie, close friends and family. Lyle and Stephanie live near Gower,  MO, in the summer and in the winter, reside in Wolfe City, Texas.  Collectively, they have 3 daughters, 1 son and 2 grandchildren.   Samantha, Aaron, Willa and Rex live in Parkville, Missouri.  Kate, lives in St. Louis, Missouri, she is a graduate University of Missouri.  Amanda enjoys reading, running, spending time with friends, and she attends East Buchanan High School and Hillyard Technical School. Garrett is a recent graduate and runs his own lawn care and snow removal business.   He enjoys basketball, baseball, hunting and spending time with friends.

     Lyle began competing at the age of 8, traveling all over the United States showing cattle.   He won over 300 championships on the county, state and national levels over the next 10 years.  In 1982, at the Missouri State Fair, he was awarded the Grand Champion Showman award, beating out 432 showmen.  As a teenager, Lyle started running UKC Night Hunts with his coon dogs.  Lyle competed with Labradors as an amateur for many years before turning a professional