River Ridge German Shorthaired Pointers

Who We Are

We are a husband and wife team who own a kennel in western PA.  We were involved with AKC brace beagle field trials for over 20 years.  We bred beagles and trialed them, traveling across the country to attend trials.  The one thing we couldn't do was hunt with them which led us to purchase our first GSP in 2004.  This opened up a new world for us which included hunting, trips to North Dakota and other places, and becoming involved in the AKC hunt tests and ultimately NAVHDA where, thanks to the talents of our first GSP, we were able to make it all the way to the Invitational.


We decided to move forward with what we started with.  We bred our first GSP litter in 2007 and out of that litter we ended up with two very good hunting dogs while the other dogs from that litter also did very well.  That started us down the road to take what we had and build upon it leveraging the knowledge gained from breeding beagles over 20 years.  We help mentor other people in our NAVHDA chapter and continue to move forward with training our dogs while introducing others to the sport.  We volunteer at youth hunt events and other outdoor events to actually make young people aware of what these dogs can do with proper training and also what upland hunting has to offer.  Most recently we started waterfowl hunting to really put to use the skills that the versatile GSP brings to the table.  In addition to our litters being registered through NAVHDA, we also register through the AKC.

  • In 2012 we received the NAVHDA Breeder's Award for River Ridge Opal and Warmarks Outlander Harley's first litter whelped November 11, 2010.  Four pups in the litter received a Prize in their NAVHDA Natural Ability Test.
  • River Ridge Ranger earns a Prize I, maximum score of 204, in the NAVHDA Utility Test in 2013.  He will be testing for his Versatile Championship in 2015!  Ranger is owned by Matt and Sheryl Snyder.  Ranger is out of Opal and Harley's first litter
  • River Ridge Opal received a Prize II in the NAVHDA Utility Test at Shenango's June 2014 test.  She will be working to finish her AKC Senior and Master Hunter titles.  
  • Kimber vom Riverwoods was bred with River Ridge Rocco.  She is owned by Jim Mariani.  Ten pups were whelped on December 16, 2014.  All have been sold.
  • Hungry Ridge Ember vom Beau was bred with River Ridge Rocco.  This will be her third litter.  We expect pups to arrive around March 8.  We have a long list for this litter and are not adding any more names.

Contact us at 724-593-3535 or by email at carolnphil@yahoo.com.  You can also find us on Facebook.