Col. Jonathan Chase, Carlisle, KY (Conformation - Best of Breed)
I come from three generations of purebred dog breeders, exhibitors, and judges. My grandmother trained German Shepherds for duty as war dogs during World War II and was a successful breeder/judge of Pembroke Welsh Corgis. My grandfather was an avid hunter with several Labrador Retrievers, Irish Setters and English Setters living with them on their farm in rural Massachusetts. I was very fortunate their next door neighbor was Mrs. Rachel Page Elliott (Featherquest) who until her death in 2009 was my friend, confidant, and mentor. She along with her longtime friends Ms. Joan Gill (Westley) and Mrs. Muriel Iles (Glennessa) had a major influence on me and my 40-year love affair with the Golden Retriever.
I have actively trained and shown my own dogs since the early 1970’s even though my military career restricted participation to but a few dogs. Kathy and I bred under the Mariner prefix and are proud Mariner Kennels continually produced quality Golden Retrievers equally at home in the show ring, the duck blind or resting comfortably on the family couch. I am equally proud of the many rescued Golden Retrievers Kathy and I have taken in over the years, who found new families to love.
I have been a member of the Golden Retriever Club of America for 35-plus years and served on the Board of Directors in the late 1990’s, most recently as President. I am a member of the Yankee Golden Retriever Club, the Golden Retriever Club of Greater Louisville and the Lexington Kennel Club. Additionally, Kathy and I are founders and current board members of the Nicholas County Animal Welfare Society, which in one year alone has placed over 500 stray and unwanted dogs in loving homes.
I served 25 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps, have a master's degree in Exercise Physiology and am an award-winning freelance photographer. I reside with my wife Kathy on a small horse farm near Lexington, Kentucky.