Shawn Kinkelaar grew up in Southern Illinois and has been interested and involved in bird dogs from a very young age. Once learning about field trials it seemed as that was all he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He took to learning all he could from some of the top trainers from around the country, men like Jack Herriage, Richard Robertson and Harold Ray to name a few.
Starting every year off by returning to his second home in Carson, ND. Shawn spends the summers headquartering out of the Stewart Ranch, where he has gone for the past 17 years. The Stewart’s and the folks of Carson have become like Shawn’s extended family. After the summer training and prairie trials wrap up Shawn heads down the road attending field trials throughout the Midwest and deep south, with a home base in Georgia, Shawn has trained in Georgia and Alabama every winter for over 20 years. He usually ends the trial season back in the midwest again , wherever major circuit shooting dog trials are held, Shawn goes.
Shawn is also an excellent scout and horseman having scouted more than 50 championship winners and numerous runner ups, he is much sought after as a scout on the circuit.
We hope you enjoy this site and take some time to learn more about Shawn, his dogs and their owners.