Wildrose British Labradors are regarded among wingshooters and adventurers as the finest versatile sporting dogs in the world. Since 1972, Wildrose has produced a classic “Gentleman’s Gundog” of superb temperament and natural game-finding ability; a dog that is compatible in the home, dynamic in the field, and the perfect companion to any family’s outdoor adventures from canoeing, fishing, and hiking mountain trails to leisurely afternoons by the lake.
Wildrose Carolinas continues the tradition at our Hillsborough, NC kennels and training grounds. Located on 250 acres of wildlife habitat in Southern Caswell County, NC, Wildrose Carolinas features a 4,000 square-foot covered building with individual pens and a full-service facility dedicated to the comfort and care of dogs in training. The site consists of a wide variety of hunting habitat including 12 ponds, a ten-acre lake, rolling topography and two miles of trails and roads providing the ability to train in every kind of habitat encountered in the field. Request a Tour
Shawn is originally from Southern Virginia and is the Manager and Head Trainer at Wildrose Carolinas. Shawn attended Virginia Tech where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Science. Following college, he moved to Florida where he was responsible for habitat management and guiding upland hunts on a 6,500-acre plantation. Shawn began training sporting dogs discovering his passion. In August of 2017, Shawn joined the Wildrose staff in Oxford where he trained for 4 months. During this apprenticeship, Shawn was immersed in the Wildrose Way and quickly earned the respect of the Wildrose team. While in Oxford, Shawn had the opportunity to work with dogs in all disciplines and stages of development. Shawn has the capability to apply the full scope of the Wildrose Way training programs and health care systems at Wildrose Carolinas. He is well versed in the gundog, obedience, and adventure dog programs. In addition, Shawn experienced multiple training seminars, puppy delivery days and the signature Double Gun event in Oxford. Shawn understands the Wildrose methodology and brings the excellent services of Wildrose Kennels to the Carolinas. Shawn is married to Kim Yates who has vast experiences with health protocols for all sporting dogs. She, too, will be an excellent complement to the Wildrose Carolinas operation.
Kim Yates is from Madison Virginia and is our Retail and Healthcare Specialist. Kim grew up showing Labradors and Beagles. This encouraged her love of animals and she quickly began working with any species and breed she could. She has a vast background pertaining to animal care and attended Virginia Tech where she studied Animal Sciences. Kim moved to Florida with Shawn after getting married and was responsible for the health and records of approximately 20,000 head of cattle. After moving back to the area from Florida, Kim began working for an animal hospital and taking classes towards obtaining her veterinary technician license. She trained at the Oxford location from February to May of 2018 experiencing everything from whelping litters and monthly health checks to puppy picking. She looks forward to working closely with the dogs in training to maintain the best health possible.
Kirk is an entrepreneur and business owner from Raleigh, NC. He is involved in all aspects of Wildrose Carolinas. In 2015, Kirk purchased his first Wildrose dog (Wildrose Gamble – Fox Red male). Over the last three years, he has trained using the principles of the Wildrose Way. Kirk believed that there was an opportunity to bring the Wildrose experience to the Carolinas and in early 2017 approached Mike Stewart about doing so. Timing is everything and now Wildrose Carolinas is a reality bringing the Wildrose experience to the Carolinas. Kirk grew up hunting and training all types of hunting dogs and is passionate about the sporting lifestyle and particularly enjoying those pursuits with his dogs.
Mike Stewart is the President of Wildrose International which hosts full-service kennels in Oxford, Mississippi, Dallas Texas and Hillsborough, North Carolina with additional training facilities in Colorado and Arkansas. Wildrose is an Orvis-endorsed facility specializing in producing their trademark retrievers, “The Gentleman’s Gundog” and “Adventure Dog,” Labradors that complement a families’ sporting dogs, but is best known for his appearance on Ducks Unlimited TV’s “World of Ducks along with DU’s retriever training online features with Drake and Deke, the DU Mascots.
Mike and his dogs have appeared in over 75 national television programs on hunting and training gundogs. He conducts retriever training workshops throughout the United States instructing in his unique dog training methodology, “The Wildrose Way,” a balanced way to develop versatile, sporting companions. He has produced two comprehensive training DVDs entitled, “Training the Wildrose Way,” The Gentlemen’s Gundog series and published a book in 2012, Sporting Dog and Retriever Training, the Wildrose Way. In conjunction with Purina ProPlan, Mike produced a video series on “Starting Your Pup the Wildrose Way” along with three Emmy-award winning lifestyle testimonials.
Wildrose was featured on the cover article of Forbes Magazine, April, 2009 edition, as one of six luxury, recession-proof businesses and again in Forbes Life, 2013. Wildrose has been recognized twice in articles by Garden & Gun magazine as “Best in the Sporting South,” December 2009 and December 2011. Mike is publisher of the Wildrose Journal which is the largest disseminated online magazine dedicated to the Sporting Dog Lifestyle and founder of the Wildrose Service Companion Foundation, a Mississippi-based non-profit whose mission is to provide assistance dogs for therapy and service to individuals with special needs. His induction into the Mississippi Wildlife Hall of Fame occurred in 2018.
A law enforcement officer for 25 years, Mike retired as Chief of Police for the University of Mississippi. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia. Mike retired from the US Navy Reserves in 2005 as a Commander after over 20 years of service.
Switch made an awesome retrieve on a cripple duck this morning. Duck sailed out about 100-200 yards and he marked him the whole way. I sent him and he went straight for him. Duck dove about 10 yards before he got to him so Switch ran past him about 10 yards. I whistle stopped him and called back to me. Duck popped back up and it was game on! Switch put his head under water and came up with the duck. It was awesome to watch.Walker Harris
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Shawn Yates many times, and he is as solid and committed as they come (not to mention he is a super nice guy, and his wife Kim is on equal standing with him). We are excited to support and have fun at Wildrose CarolinasSammye Pisani
I really enjoyed visiting the Mebane, NC facility in person. Amazing land, lake, ponds, trails and topography for serious dog training. Shawn Yates and Kim Yates are great Wildrose Way ambassadors. I look forward to training classes and learning dog handling from Shawn. He is one of those rare people you immediately like, respect, and you can see the results of his personal talents in the dogs he has trained. They are humble and make a dynamic duo for the Wildrose Way.Marc Gottlieb