Marty Roberts - Owner

Marty Roberts began training retrievers when he was 17 years old in 1981. His father and mother, Ace and Betty Roberts of Memphis, Tennessee, presented him with a puppy for Christmas. Marty was instantly smitten. Already a duck hunter since his father along with mentor Johnny "Cuz" Tartera started taking him to the flooded timber of east Arkansas, having a retriever made things complete. He named the puppy "Jimbob," and so began a lifelong passionate pursuit of raising, training, and hunting retrievers.

For many years he trained and worked gundogs as an amateur trainer. Then, when opportunity arose, he and his wife Molly Francis Roberts grabbed on with both hands, bought a farm in Oxford, Mississippi, built a kennel, traveled to Ireland, made contacts in England and Scotland, and dove in with all they had.

It has been a joy to the Roberts to have built relationships with clients from all over the U.S.A. and Canada, and also making friends from Ireland and the U.K. Needless to say, the fulfillment they've received from the dogs and puppies has been irreplaceable.


"From the time I was a teenager and got my first lab, I knew this was something I wanted to do the rest of my life."

— Marty Roberts, Owner

David Spaulding -


David grew up hunting in the tradition of a pure Arkansas timber hunter. His passion for duck hunting and dogs led him to Sporting Life. David has become an excellent trainer and has a gift for teaching dogs to handle. He is also the Staff Manager. David hales from Franklin, Tennessee. He has a Care program Dam named Swift and a yellow male named Sporting Life's Johnny Joe "Joe". David is also a part the the TV show and will be featured in training segments as well as being a part of the hunts. David will also be a part of our online training series : Retriever University (coming soon!)

Molly Roberts-


If you have ever sent an email to SLK, more than likely, you have talked to Molly. We are very appreciative of her and all the hard work she has contributed to SLK. She keeps Marty, David, and the staff in line and is always bringing smiles around the kennel. If you are ever lucky to meet Molly, you will not leave SLK with out a smile on your face.

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