Welcome to the Northwest Pointing Labrador Club!   We are owners, breeders, trainers, hunters, hunt trial enthusiasts, and dog lovers living in the Pacific Northwest, who are dedicated to training, hunting, and promoting naturally pointing purebred Labrador Retrievers as the ideal versatile gun dog.

NWPLC’s goals are to:

  1. Identify and promote a strain of purebred Labrador Retriever that points game as a natural act while retaining the Labrador’s traditional superior ability to retrieve game on land and in water.
  2. Promote favorable regional exposure in the Pacific Northwest for Pointing Labradors.
  3. Encourage more youth participation in the sport of training and hunting over Pointing Labradors.
  4. Sponsor APLA Certification, Advanced, and Master level tests to identify Pointing Labradors and to judge their abilities.
  5. Promote ethical and effective breeding and training of Pointing Labradors.
  6. Promote sharing of information and training among members of the club.

Here’s a March 31, 2018 interview Gary Oakes did with John Kruse of Northwestern Outdoors Radio promoting our Club and PL’s.


Welcome to the Northwest Pointing Labrador Club.   Our Board of Directors through 2018 are as follows:

Pat Persing – President (2018-2020).  Pat, formerly of Springfield, OR, now lives in Sequim, WA and is our longest tenured member of the APLA.  He brings a wealth of knowledge to our Board, on which he’s served since 2016.

Kelly Merrick – Vice President (2016-2020).  Kelly lives in West Richland, WA and is in charge of our East-of-the-Cascades activities.  She is an enthusiastic volunteer and learner and runs both APLA and AKC hunt tests.

Lily Lo – Secretary/Treasurer (2014-2020). Lily lives in Centralia, WA and currently serves on the American Pointing Labrador Association’s (APLA’s) Hunt Test Committee and is Secretary on the APLA Board of Directors.  Together with Julie Moore and Marlana Smith, she co-founded the Club in 2014.

Julie Moore (2014-2020).  Julie lives near Spokane, WA and owns Shade Tree Kennels.  She currently serves on the American Pointing Labrador Association’s (APLA) Board of Directors and on the APLA Marketing commission and Judges commission.  She was our first Club President from 2014-2018.

Don Banducci – Board member (2017-2019).  Don lives in La Pine, OR, serves as on the APLA Board of Directors on the Judges and Marketing commissions, and runs in HRC, AKC, and APLA hunt tests.

Warren Baylinson – Board member (2017-2019).  Warren lives in Marysville, WA and is relatively new to the world of pointing Labs but is an enthusiastic learner.

Gary Oakes – Board member (2017-2019).  Gary has been a member of the Club since close to its inception.  He lives in Renton, WA currently but is planning to retire in Spokane.

Julie Moore

Kelly Merrick

Don Banducci

Gary Oakes

Pat Persing

Warren Baylinson

Lily Lo