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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 . . .

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I Lost When I Should

I think I got off one exit too soon!
I always try to be a good sport but sometimes it is extremely difficult. I hate to lose. I am not 100% sure it is a good thing, but practice has made losing a little easier. The ARHA Little Pack World Hunt challenges everyone's sportsmanship. When you spend months focusing on the one goal of winning the World, losing is heartbreaking.

This year at the World Hunt, I lost when I should have. And that's a good thing. In all the casts that I lost, my dogs got beat. No crying. No complaining. I had good judges that knew hounds and judged the dogs fair. Looking back at each time I lost, whether it was in the first round or last, the dogs got beat, period.

The judging this year was the best I have seen in 20 years of attending the World Hunt. The judges gave everything they had to stay with the hounds. In some casts they were put in incredibly difficult spots, but they made the best of it, and still managed to get the right dog back. In every cast, the judges were judging the hounds. I didn't see one incident of favoritism, or buddy judging.

Anyone who has ever attended a field trial knows how hard it is to lose. It makes it a little easier though, when you know your dog had a fair shot and just got beat. Great job to all the guys that stepped up, took a score card, and judged.

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