Turbo Retrievers Story
Turbo Retrievers is a small but high quality Golden Retriever breeding and training program for field and obedience Turbo competitors. Turbo Retrievers is owned by Ron and Pat Rubrecht. We have owned golden retrievers since 1984. Our goldens and training are not our primary efforts in life as we still work for a living. Our breeding program is not for financial gains, rather for the personal pride of doing the very best breeding we can do using the technology available today, and to produce the smartest dogs available anywhere.
Our first golden was purchased as a pet in Minnesota while on work assignment there. Our first golden, Buddy (Rubrecht’s Buddy), had a strong field pedigree, but at that time we did not know what we had. We moved to Florida in 1985 and received a female golden, Cozy (Golden Cozy Bear). Buddy and Cozy had an unplanned litter resulting in 2 puppies. One of those pups became our boy Bouncer (Bouncer Rajah of Sands CD). Bouncer was a great dog, never getting into trouble and worked hard to please. Buddy grew up with our children when they were young, and Bouncer arrived to grow up with our children as teenagers. Bouncer would play ball until your arm fell off. At this point in our lives, we did our own training, but had never had any formal training lessons, and did not compete in any type of dog competition as we looked at our efforts as a family breeding program and only for our pet production to carry on the lines and memories of our previous goldens.
Our working status changed around 1998, and Bouncer was aging. We went looking for a female golden to add to our family with intentions of continuing our family line from Bouncer. We added Buffy (Topbrass Smoke’n Escapade CDX JH WC) in 1999. At that point, we became interested in training for AKC obedience and field events.
Bouncer went to novice class and we were told that Bouncer was ready but I needed to be trained. Six weeks later, we had a CD on Bouncer. Buffy went on to compete in obedience trials and hunt tests, and we learned as we went. Buffy and Bouncer were bred once and resulted in a litter and we added Josie (Turbo Smoke’n Wildfire CDX JH) and Diesel (Turbo Van Diesel CDX JH) to our family, and presented the other puppies to friends and family as we knew the value that our dogs could bring to the lives of others and we wanted them to be part of our lives as well.
We competed Buffy, Josie, and Diesel and all reached the titled level of CDX and JH still without any formal training. It seemed that these dogs were more capable than I and I was the limitation of their success. Josie was our female hopeful until she was injured during a hunt test getting a thorn in her leg. After a long recovery and a litter of puppies, she became a mommy’s girl along with Buffy, which was okay as my time became consumed with the training of several of Josie’s puppies.
At this point, we understood the strong field background of our previous dogs, and began to focus on breeding with the best field golden studs available. We have moved to purchasing frozen semen samples from these studs and conducting surgical insemination of our girls with great success.
Of Buffy’s pups, Josie, and Lola (Lola Topbrass Turbo) were bred with Boomer (FC AFC FTCH AFTCH Can. OTCH TNT's Explosion Am. UD, FDHF, OS Can. FDHF, OBHF). Boomer was the #1 field golden in 2003 & 2004 and was the first golden retriever to ever obtain Field (FC/FTCH) and Amateur (AFC/AFTCH) championships in the US and Canada. These two breedings were the backbone of our current Turbo Retriever program.
We added HayLee (Turbo Explosive Comet CDX SH WCX) to our family, and I was forced to give up most of my offshore fishing and big game hunting hobbies to train HayLee and several of her siblings. Until just lately, we were working with the talent of our dogs out of the box, and HayLee has forced me to seek additional formal training to get myself up to speed in the obedience and hunt test arenas with visions of field trials.
We have titled three girls and one boy out of Josie’s litter and still competing with Tia (Turbo Spinning Bear Tia CD JH WC) and HayLee. We have titled two of the girls from Lola’s litter, Daisy (Turbo Bloom’n Wildflower CD JH) and Dixie (Turbo Southern Explosion CD) who are still in training for additional field and obedience titles.
Currently, we have just had our fourth litter with HayLee’s and Tia’s Sister Bella (Turbo Sweet Bella CD) who has been bred to Stanley (FC AFC OTCH FTCH AFTCH Can MOTCH TNT's Stanley Steamer UDX, WCX , MH, OBHF, FDHF, OS). Stanley is Boomer’s stable mate and the second golden retriever to ever obtain Field (FC/FTCH) and Amateur (AFC/AFTCH) championships in the US and Canada. Stanley has obedience championships in both the US and Canada with 5 perfect 200 point scores in his career. Stanley was the #1 amateur golden retriever in the US in 2007.
While our breeding work is quite limited, we are producing extremely intelligent athletes for field work, obedience work, and for just being the best dog that one could desire as a family member. Few of our dogs are show quality as we are breeding dogs with short trim coats that are perfect for work in the field, but do not compete with the show dogs with long thick coats as required in the show ring. We have found that the short trim coats are perfect for our intentions, especially living in Florida.
The field world of golden retrievers have traditionally seeked out the darker red goldens for work in the field as they believed have the most drive in order to compete with the Labs in the field trials. Our breeding goals are intended to produce these intelligent athletes in lighter coat goldens. Our litters are infrequent and with very limited quantities of dogs available for purchase. We strive to do the very best breeding with the best studs available and using the technology available today to mate dogs that are 3500 miles apart. Our dogs are first and foremost, healthy family members and secondly strong competitors for those wishing to explore the field and obedience arenas. These dogs are very birdy with intense desires to retrieve. Testimony to this is HayLee’s desire which can be seen on this website retrieving off the bottom of the deep end of our pool. Our dogs are a pleasure to take with us to other places as they are well behaved and accepted by others. The dogs in our breeding program have all of the recommended OFA health clearances required for golden retrievers, and we breed with only PRCD/PRA (new recent genetic eye disorder) cleared males.
We have a reservation list with puppies still available with our current litter, and reservations available for our future breeding work. Future breedings include a second litter from Josie, and a single litter from Tia. HayLee and I are working too hard and having too much fun to stop that work for a litter for a few more years. If you have desires to obtain a new family member please contact us at the contact information available on this website.