|A Typical Woodpont Beagles Scene|
The Old Man and I went down and spent the afternoon with Tim Hackworth and his Woodpont Beagles. Tim has maintained the same line of dogs since 1979. He has females that go back 14 generations. This shows amazing dedication to his goals. Visiting with him and watching his hounds go showed what a successful program he has maintained.
We first became interested in his hounds because of their excellent confirmation. He has crossed some show breeding into his line and looking at his hounds it obviously had a huge impact. Not only are they made exceptionally well, he has a consistency through his whole kennel with great back ends, top lines, and square houndy heads. When his pack is running it is almost impossible to pick out one dog from another.
Tim doesn't compete in any type of competition although his kennel is maintained in the manner of traditional formal packs. He runs a large pack with the goal of the pack working together to account for the rabbits. In his words, I want all the dogs to contribute not one or two to dominate the chase. As much as his dogs look alike, it seems like their running style is even more similar. Most have a chop mouth, run with a good bit of speed, while staying fairly close to the line.
Tim drove to a nearby running grounds to cast the hounds. He turned loose 15 hounds from 1-10 years old. Tim worked the hounds in the tradition of the huntsman in formal pack. They were amped up and the first couple of chases were a little hit and miss with some extra excitement barks thrown in. Once the hounds settled in they really ran. They had a couple of shorter chases where they accounted for the rabbits, holing them in rock ledges. The pack had one exceptional chase driving a rabbit way over this big hill and circling around a couple times before holing it. It was some beautiful music echoing off the hills of Southeastern Ohio.
We traveled to Tim's beagle farm with a purpose. We took Logan Elm Stacy, a young female with a lot of our dogs in her pedigree down to breed. The Old Man and I are anxious to see if this cross will add some pups with superior conformation while maintaining great field ability to our kennel.
Thanks to Tim Hackworth of Woodpont Beagles for a great afternoon. You could never find a more gracious host gladly sharing his knowledge, experience, ideas, and opinions of all things beagles.
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