Eight hunt clubs brought hounds to Lebec, California, to attend the Western States Hound Show at Tejon Hounds. We had all six from the MFHA Pacific District: Santa Fe West Hills (CA), Tejon, Santa Ynez (CA), Los Altos (CA), Red Rock (NV) and Woodbrook (WA). Grand Canyon (AZ) came out from the Rocky Mountain District, and we also welcomed the Kingsbury Harriers from California.

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Judge Larry Pitts evaluates a competitor. Photo by Nancy Stevens-Brown.

We had 93 entries, a large turnout, and judge Larry Pitts did a fantastic job keeping the classes moving expeditiously.

We were done with the registered foxhound classes by 12:30pm. After lunch, the beagles, harriers, western coyote hounds, and lurchers got their turn in the ring. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed seeing the different hounds that we all love in the west!

We even had a class at the end of the day called "Show Me What Ya Got!" that took any canine. Entries ranged from a chihuahua, poodle and terrier, to a white shepherd, Ibizan hound, and retired foxhound. After the show we all got together at our house to watch the recorded Preakness Stakes and then walk out our Tejon pack.

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Santa Ynez Valley huntsman, Claire Buchy-Anderson, received Best Pack honors from judge Larry Pitts. Mary Ewing, MFH, Arapahoe Hunt (CO), attended as an Apprentice Judge. Photo by Nancy Stevens-Brown.

We had several people that brought horses for the weekend, so on Sunday I did a guided ride through the hills and canyons surrounding the Tejon Equestrian Center. The poppies and mariposa lillies are in full force after a few spring rains. It was an all-around fun weekend with old friends, new, and our four-legged best friends!

Full results are available on the MFHA website.

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