The ninth annual Southern Hound show was held at Live Oak Plantation Monticello, Florida on April 11, 2015. Captain Ian W. Farquhar, MFH of the Duke of Beaufort, who judged at this show seven years ago, was joined in the ring by John J. Carle II, ex-MFH of the Keswick Hunt in Virginia.

Ian Farquhar, who also served as huntsman for thirty eight seasons, judged his first show forty two years ago and has bred nineteen Peterborough champions. Jake Carle, who hunted hounds for twenty eight seasons, has judged for over forty years at all the major hound shows in the United States. Over the course of the weekend these two very senior judges enjoyed each other immensely and got along famously in the ring despite their English and Bywaters leanings. Interestingly, thirty four ribbons were won by Crossbreds and twenty went to English hounds.  Two Champions were Crossbred and two were English.

Southern Hound Show 2015

Radnor Hunt Master Andrea Herr served as apprentice judge. She had impressed Marty and me with her comments about hounds while in the Crossbred ring at Bryn Mawr Hound Show.

Eight packs brought hounds. Bear Creek did not show, but well known huntsman Steve Clifton takes over as of May 1st so I am certain they will return in force in 2016. The Lowcountry Hounds made their first appearance at the show with their new huntsman Martyn Blackmore. Also returning were the Palm Beach Hounds. The Southern Hound Show is a wonderful opportunity for professionals, Masters and hunt supporters to have fun, share knowledge and tell tall tales!

Live Oak Fanfare ‘10, last year’s Reserve Grand Champion of Show was awarded the top prize this year. She is the third in this litter to win Grand Champion of Show, the other two being Fable and Farrier at Virginia.  She is tail male to Live Oak Drummer ’89, as good a hunter as has been bred in the forty two year history of the pack. The Reserve Grand Champion of Show, Live Oak Salvo ’13, is by Fanfare’s brother Farrier.   

Midland scored big winning four classes thanks to English import Staffordshire Moorland Stunning ’11 whose get won both unentered classes plus Brood Bitch with Three of Produce and Stallion with Get.

Hillsboro’s Entered Bitch winner Graphic ’14 is interesting because her sire, Jethro ’08, goes back to the well-used sire Potomac Jefferson ’05 and her dam, North Cotswold Greystone ’09, hails from Nigel Peel’s famous “G” bitch line.

Sunday following the show, MFHA Southern District Representative Mercer Fearington MFH held an interesting District meeting in the morning which allowed the Mooreland and Palm Beach Masters time for their long drive home.

Next year’s show will be Saturday April 9, 2016.  We hope to see all of you there!

Results:

GRAND CHAMPION OF SHOW Live Oak Fanfare’10 E
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION OF SHOW Live Oak Salvo’13 E
CHAMPION DOG HOUND Live Oak Salvo ’13 E
RESERVE CHAMPION DOG HOUND Midland Striker CB
CHAMPION BITCH Live Oak Fanfare ’10 E
RESERVE CHAMPION BITCH Midland Shilo CB
CHAMPION UNENTERED HOUND Midland Shilo CB
RESERVE CHAMPION UNENTERED HOUND Midland Striker CB
CHAMPION TWO COUPLE Fox River Valley Dog Hounds
RESERVE CHAMPION TWO COUPLE Live Oak Bitches

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