It's cutting them loose and having the pack run the rabbit until it gives up and goes in a hole or gets caught. And although the dogs usually don't catch it, they run like they want to. Just me and my pack of hounds, in any condition, on any day, in the roughest places I can find . . .

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Field Trials are So Much Fun

Twin Pines Beagles future posing a placing
hound for the Hershbergers!
So often you hear people complain about field trials.  There are so many things that can go wrong and some times they do.  When you help run a club, it can be even worse.  But some times there are days that just remind you what this is all about.  

At OHBC in Jackson, Ohio, we had a day like that today. We had 32 open dogs and 18 champions.  This is one of the biggest ARHA hunts that anyone has seen in our area lately.  As people kept piling in the parking lot this morning, Jeff Allen and I kept looking at each other and wondering when it would end.  

Finding judges is always an issue. I couldn't help but wonder how I was going to find enough.  Jeff was hobbling around on a sore knee and I thought I might have to hunt for crutches.  Several guys that usually help out were running young dogs and wanted to make sure they were OK the first time out.

Luckily, several people stepped up and helped us.  It seemed like every time I needed someone in a bad way, someone would step up and volunteer.  Adam Hughes, Tony Upton, Gregg McGuire, Bill Cox, and Jeff Allen judged two rounds. John Queen and Tim Boyer helped out the first round. Jay Hershberger sent out his champions and judged. Jeff Kerns measured dogs. Mike Vigar and Greg Jacobs sold raffle tickets.    

The Allen family helped out in the kitchen. How many high school seniors will get up in the middle of the night to help out at a beagle field trial? Megan did and we sure appreciated it.

It was just a great day.  People had fun.  The running was great with a lot of rabbits. Judges came dragging in to write scores on the board and you could just tell how hard they worked.  The best part though, was at the end of the day, when I took a few pictures.  

The Shackert Family was out in force and placed fifth!

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