Krista joined Y-Farms in 2019, originally from Sparta, Tennessee, with a nursing background and contemplating further studies in nursing. Initially, she worked part-time at Y-Farms while holding a full-time position at Ochsner Hospital in Baton Rouge. Prior to joining us, Krista had already trained her Labrador Retriever, Roxie, demonstrating her skill in obedience and retriever training. Recognizing her talent and versatility in working with various dog breeds, Krista transitioned to full-time employment with us and eventually earned a promotion to Lead Dog Trainer. Krista’s impact on our training program’s success cannot be overstated.

In addition to her responsibilities as Lead Dog Trainer, Krista takes on the role of kennel staff and project manager, overseeing farm and kennel projects and providing invaluable guidance to our team. Her commitment and hard work have been instrumental in propelling our business forward.

As Krista experienced professional growth, she also celebrated personal milestones, such as marrying Kevin Dwyer and warmly embracing her role as a stepmother to Marianne & Rory. Moreover, she expanded her cherished Labrador Retriever pack with Bennelli and Hottie. Krista showcases unwavering dedication in both her professional endeavors and family life.Outside of work, Krista finds joy in attending hunt tests with her retrievers, indulging in deer and duck hunting, and relishing moments spent on their property in St. Francisville, LA.

April Redden
Day Camp Activites Coordinator

April joined our team in the summer of 2023, bringing valuable experience from her previous role at another day camp and boarding facility. Since becoming a kennel assistant, April has truly flourished, showcasing her natural leadership qualities and compassionate nature towards the dogs in our care. Her dedication and hard work have earned her a well-deserved promotion to Day Camp Activities Coordinator.

In her role, April not only assists with kennel responsibilities and caring for our boarding dogs but also plays a vital role in coordinating activities for our “Day Campers.” Outside of work, April is a devoted mother to her son, Jerryn, and is fortunate to have the unwavering support of her partner, Austin.

April enjoys spending time with her dog, Jager. She also loves exploring Louisiana festivals and parades. She also values spending quality time with her extended family in Houma, Louisiana.

Kennel Office & Operations Manager

McKenzie was born into a family passionate about retrievers, growing up at Y-Farms. Her journey with retrievers began early, with her first hunt test at the Louisiana HRC International Grand in 2002.

At Y-Farms, McKenzie didn’t just watch from the sidelines. She learned hands-on by helping her mom care for Lab puppies in the whelping box. Summers and after school, she lent a hand at the boarding kennel and assisted with obedience and retriever training.

After graduating from high school, McKenzie pursued a bachelor’s degree in psychology at LSU. Despite excelling academically, her passion for Y-Farms never waned. After completing her degree and marrying her long-time boyfriend, Blake, McKenzie’s dedication to continuing her mother’s legacy at Y-Farms, and ensuring its continued growth and success, is a decision she made wholeheartedly. With her innovative ideas and proficiency in office management and customer service, McKenzie has become an integral contributor to Y-Farms’ ongoing expansion and prosperity.
When Kenzie isn’t at the kennel, she adores spending quality time with her two small pups, Sophie and Shiloh. Kenzie and Blake share a passion for traveling and often enjoy duck hunting expeditions with their beloved Labrador Retriever, Melly.