2019 National Amateur Retriever Winner

2019 National Amateur Retriever Winner

A birthday wish came true for Casey Adams when his talented 7-year-old Labrador, “Lexie,” won the prestigious National Amateur Retriever Championship (NARC) Stake June 22, 2019, in Ronan, Montana.

Lexie, also known as NAFC-FC Kirkwood’s Ace of Lone Star, outperformed 128 of the best retrievers in the nation during the weeklong competition featuring 10 challenging series over land and water.

“It was a Happy Birthday for sure,” Casey Adams said. “As the tests got harder, Lexie continued to get better.  She was able to step up her game in the difficult 8th, 9th and 10th series.”

 Adams says Lexie’s sweet personality and loving nature make her special.

“Lexie is always trying to do the right thing and always gives you her best effort,” he says. “She’s been that way since she was a puppy. From the first time I saw her at 8 weeks, she came out of the crate at the airport, grabbed ahold of my pant leg and didn’t let go. We latched on to each other right then. We have a pretty neat bond.”

During Lexie’s derby career, Casey knew he had something special when 13-month-old Lexie won three trials in a row. Lexie and Casey went on to win the 2013 Purina Outstanding Derby Retriever Award with 10 wins, 23 placements and 77 Derby points before beginning her all-age career.

After Lexie was named the 2019 National Amateur Retriever winner in Ronan, the gallery sang a chorus of “Happy Birthday” and the party began. Lexie, along with all 15 National Amateur Retriever Finalists, are fueled by Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance dog food.