Early this winter, Larry Harrison bought a big bluetick male out of 2004 World Hunt winner, Logan Elm Blue Rocky. Like usual, within a week, he and the old man had met to run and swapped around some dogs. Jake hadn't been run much lately so the old man brought him home to run for a while.
As Jake got into shape, he really started to look good. He is a good jump dog with a straight ahead, powerful running style and screams out of checks with authority. It quickly became obvious that he had the ability to compete.
Larry wasn't sure if he was going to the ARHA World Hunt, but I volunteered to take Jake to a few hunts and see if we could get him qualified. The first hunt I took Jake to he was a little nervous when I turned him loose in the first cast, but as soon as they started to run, he perked up and piled in. At the end of the day he got the first place trophy and was off to the World.
The old man continued to run Jake and Jake just kept getting stronger and stronger. Before long he and Larry were certain that Jake was going to be one tough dog to beat. Anyone who has ever attended the World Hunt knows though, there are about a million ways to lose and very, very few ways to win. Everything must fall together perfectly with enough luck to win the power ball lottery two weeks in a row.
|Odell's Blue Rockin Jake|
Jake didn't run until the second round on Thursday at the World. The old man had rested him plenty and within five minutes, I knew he was jumping out of his skin. He was so pumped up he couldn't even run. By the end of the hour though, with Forest Kerns judging just down from Thresherman's Park at the cemetery, Jake ended up on top.
He ran again in the last cast of the day on Friday. It was the hottest day we had seen since last fall with temperatures in the 70's and bright sunshine. This cast had the best running I saw in the twelve rounds of the World Hunt. The dogs ran as hard as they could run for the entire hour. At one point on a dead track, Jake grabbed the check and left out of there. I couldn't catch him and he ran an extra 15 minutes by himself. His eyes had that wild look in them and he just would not stop running. Finally they just cast the other dogs in with him and judged from the first check. In the end, he survived to run again.
In the semi-finals, Jake ran against some good hounds. Jeremy Woodling and Forest Kerns both ran excellent open dogs that are sure to become Grand Champions. We had trouble finding rabbits at the casting site, and moved back to the cemetery to finish the cast. Forest's dog Tracker jumped a rabbit and the dogs hammered after that. At the end of the hour, Jake put a smile on all of our faces as he was headed for the finals.
In the finals, I was lucky enough to get to handle Jake against Rambler and a great young male belonging to Dennis Kennedy. It was a great cast with good judges and the best of sportsmanship. At the end of the day, Jake ended up third in the World Hunt. It was a great time and a remarkable success story where two old guys teamed up to bring home a big trophy.
Congrats to the old man for a great job training. Congrats to Larry Harrison for his third place finish at the 2013 World Hunt. They are going to have their hands full topping this next year. But with those two, you never know what they will cook up.