Central States Hound Show 2011


Central States Hound Club

Judge – Mr. John (Jake) Carle, III
Retired Professional Huntsman, Ex-MFH



Brazos Valley Hunt

Harvard Fox Hounds

The Moingona Hunt

North Hills Hunt

Fort Leavenworth Hunt

Mr. Jackson’s Oxford Hounds

The Bridlespur Hunt





1st – Brazos Valley Lightning


No Entries


1st – Brazos Valley Mystic
2nd – Brazos Valley Chinook
3rd – Brazos Valley Choctaw
4th – Brazos Valley Moose


1st – Brazos Valley Lieutenant
2nd – Brazos Valley Cooper/Carter

Sporting Arts Auction in North Carolina July 16-17

For their first annual sporting arts sale, veteran auctioneers Bob and Andrew Brunk lead off with a remarkable collection from a prominent North Carolina family. It took years for the family to accumulate the sale’s premier wildlife paintings. Most had decorated their walls for decades. Then a cache of 18th century maps and other sporting watercolors was discovered in metal storage containers. The containers had not been opened in years.

The Brunks added to the family lots an impressive array of sporting bronzes, rifles and revolvers from private and institutional collections.

“This superb collection signals the opening of sporting arts season at Brunk Auctions,” says Andrew Brunk. “For July we have an eclectic sale with something for everyone- from big game to fishing to wing shooting, with estimates from $300 to $30,000.” Brunk also stressed his commitment to the sporting arts: “This July and each July thereafter, hunters and collectors can expect that we will offer for sale the best in sporting antiques.”

It's All About the Hounds


Our Annual Pilgrimage to the Carolinas Cup Performance Trials

Three years ago, I, along with hunt members and friends from Stonewall Hounds, made my first trek down to Southern Pines for the Carolinas Cup Performance Hound Trials in Hoffman, NC. It was a fabulous weekend, and some of the best, fastest hunting I had ever experienced. After a weekend like that, of course we planned to come back the next year, and the next, and so on and so on. What started as way to get away from snow in Virginia has become an annual pilgrimage that our hunt looks forward to all season.

The Facility

This past March, Fred Berry and his Sedgefield Hunt members hosted their fifth Carolinas Cup at the Sandhills Gamelands, in Hoffman, NC. The 9,000 acres of state-owned sandy trails, open longleaf pines and well-defined coverts that run along the creeks, called “heads”, make it an ideal place to run hounds and collect scores.

Because the territory is jump-free, many more people can enjoy riding in first flight and enjoy the fast, open galloping—which is not often possible in many areas where development has encroached on hunting territory.

Fox River Valley, Live Oak Sweep Southern Hound Show Honors

The fifth annual Southern Hound Show (“Stars of the South!”) was blessed with perfect weather. Having been prevented from attending in 2010 by the volcanic eruption, this year Judge Martin Scott, ex MFH, Vale of the White Horse, and photographer Jim Meads, were on hand to enjoy seeing quite a few truly quality hounds being presented. Mr. Scott was ably assisted by co-judge Mr. J.W.Y. Martin, MFH, Green Spring Valley Hounds. The apprentice judge was Mrs. George Thomas, MFH, Why Worry Hounds. Even though the apprentice judge is technically not judging, Mr. Scott and Mr. Martin asked Mrs. Thomas to please sit in the corner chair when her hounds were in the ring.


Live Oak Rancher ‘07 Reserve Champion Dog Hound, Reserve Champion English, Winner Stallion Hound

Other than the Canadian Hound Show, The Southern Hound Show is the only show where all hound types (English, American and Crossbred) compete against each other. Furthermore, as there are two Crossbred rings at Virginia, this is the only time these packs go head to head in every class.

The show does not allow past Grand Champions of the Southern Hound Show to show in any class that qualifies for a championship. Therefore, Midland Roxanne ‘07 was shown only in Brood Bitch with Produce and Live Oak Steamy ‘07 was shown only in the Two Couple of Bitches. Sadly, Mooreland Edna ‘07, Grand Champion of Show in 2008, was killed this season on the highway near the body of a dead coyote. Live Oak Maximus ‘09, 2010 Grand Champion of the Virginia Foxhound Show was not shown as Master Marty Wood is not a believer in continuing to campaign major winners.

Hunter Trials Brings Festivity to Hunt Season End

The 2nd Annual Maury River Hunter Trials was held April 2, 2011, at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA. Despite threatening weather, this lovely event attracted over 70 competitors, numerous tailgaters, sponsors, spectators, volunteers and judges to the rolling cross country fields of the Horse Center.

Maury River Hunter Trials

The event is run by the Virginia Horse Trials, headed by Brian and Penny Ross, in conjunction with the organizing committee of Donald Clark, Brooks Cushman, Henley Gabeau, Dr. M. Brent Hall, and Liz Kiss. Foxhunters themselves, the committee developed the hunter trials as a way to celebrate the end of the fox chasing season, to bring positive publicity to the sport, and to benefit the local hunt clubs.  The committee plans for the hunter trials to be an annual event, with the 3rd running scheduled for April 7, 2012.

This year’s event was judged by Joy Crompton, Farmington Hunt’s MFH. The show offered something for everyone: over-fences classes for future hunters (“puddle jumpers”), second flight (2’6”) and first flight (3’); hunter on the flat classes, and a hilltoppers class. There were open and qualified foxhunter divisions, for those who hunted at least six times in the past season. Area hunt clubs represented included Glenmore, Rockbridge, Farmington, Middlebrook, Bedford and Stonewall, all of which vied for the Clifford J. Hunt Memorial prize: the most points accumulated by a hunt club.

Technology Elevates the Foxhunting Performance Trial

Belle Meade Hunt Performance Trial: February 25 & 26, 2011

As riders emerged from the woods onto Quaker road, so much steam was rising from their horses it was as if a dense fog had suddenly fallen on the crisp Georgia morning. Just moments before, the hounds had crossed the same road at full cry heading southeast. Quaker Road is a sunken through-way built by original Quaker settlers in the 18th century and today serves as a main north-south artery that connects much of the vast Belle Meade hunt country to a spider web of trails that crisscross pine groves, hay fields, creeks (that sometimes seem more like rivers) and even a daunting ravine known as the “Grand Canyon” that would be more familiar to those living in the Appalachians than in East Central Georgia.

We galloped north on Quaker Road then east onto the shoulder of paved Wrightsboro Road and finally ran parallel to the line on the north flank. Through the woods, in the distance, we could see and hear the hounds working. The music was beautiful and the energy in the air was palpable. Then suddenly a call came over the radio to pull the hounds up. Once again deer had been spotted on the line and the Huntsman  (Charles Montgomery of Live Oak) and Performance Trial president (Nelson Gunnell of Middleburg, Virgina) made the call to stop the hounds, re-group and cast again. It was a frustrating moment that illustrated the challenge of managing a fair and competitive performance trial.

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