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 2023 are as follows:

Shawn Macfarlane – President (Jan-Dec 2023), Board member (Jan 2021-Dec 2023). Shawn is from the Vancouver, WA area and has been an eager participant and volunteer at all our events ever since he joined the club in 2021.

Cade Ray – Vice President (Jan-Dec 2023), Board member (Jan 2021-Dec 2023).  Cade is a newcomer to pointing Labs but is enthusiastic about becoming a better dog trainer.  He and his wife and dogs recently moved from the Portland area to Lynden, WA.

Lily Lo – Secretary/Treasurer (through Dec 2024). Lily lives in Centralia, WA and currently serves on the American Pointing Labrador Association’s (APLA’s) Board of Directors, Hunt Test Committee, and Marketing Commission (chair).   Lily is an APLA Master-level judge and runs in HRC, AKC, and APLA events.  Together with Julie Moore and Marlana Smith, she co-founded the Club in 2014.

Don Banducci – Board Member (through Dec 2023).  Don lives in La Pine, OR, and has served on the APLA Board of Directors.  He has served on our Board since 2017, and was elected President in 2020.  Don runs in HRC, AKC, and APLA hunt tests, and is an APLA Master-level judge.

Julie Moore – Board Member (through Dec 2024). Julie lives near Spokane, WA and owns Shade Tree Kennels.  She currently serves on the American Pointing Labrador Association’s (APLA) Judges Commission chair), Marketing commission and Triple Crown Committee.  Julie is also an APLA Advanced-level judge. She was one of our Club’s co-founders, served as our first Club President from 2014-2018 and was elected VP in 2020.

Gary Oakes – Board member (through Dec 2024).  Gary returns to the Board after a brief hiatus.  He splits his time between Renton and Spokane, WA and serves on the APLA’s Rules Commission and is an APLA Master-level judge.