So far I have contacted or spoken with the following people based on referrals from people I know or in a few cases, a web search:
Hoosier Labrador Retriever Club for breeder referral- no reply to email
High Caliber Kennel – heard back and sounds promising. Will keep in touch.
Leroy (Lee) Nelson (on phone)- very helpful
Rachael Thornton (on phone)- very helpful
Carolyn Elam (recommended by Lee Nelson) and she referred me to Misty Morning Retrievers. Steve Earick at Misty Morning Retrievers replied and I’ll set up a meeting with him after Feb.
Crest Hill Kennel- waiting to hear back
Katie Griffiths at Stoneridge Kennels- spoke with one of her happy clients. Not sure if Katie’s dogs are tall enough. Didn’t get reply to follow-up email about that.
Steve Laseter and his wife (on phone) sounded promising
Rita Jones with Sea Side retrievers- conversed via email and will be watching Clooney’s page with interest.
Contacted Scott Leonescu who bred his female to Clooney- waiting to hear back
Contacted Hat Creek Retrievers in GA- waiting to hear back