It could not have been a more perfect day for the 11th Southern Hound Show on April 8th at Live Oak Plantation, Monticello, Florida. With 52 degrees rising into the low 70s, the hounds and staff were showing at their best. English judge Mr. Charles Frampton, Master and huntsman of the Heythrop (UK) was joined by Lt. Col. Bob Ferrer, Master and huntsman of the Caroline Hunt in Virginia. Mrs. Michael Moran, MFH Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds, was the Apprentice Judge.

There were three packs missing that showed last year. Green Creek (NC) had to cancel the day before the show. Mooreland’s (AL) huntsman suffered a broken heel saving his Jack Russell from two coyotes that were trying to kill it on his front porch, and Palm Beach Hounds (FL) did not attend. The usual high standard, however, was upheld by the Bear Creek (GA), Fox River Valley (IL), Hillsboro (TN), Live Oak (FL), Low Country (SC) and Midland Fox Hounds (GA).

As in years past, the Two Couples classes were deemed by the judges to be unusually strong. Fox River Valley won first and second in the Two Couple of Dogs, but were bested in the Two Couple Championship by Hillsboro’s Unentered Bitches, two of whom were first and second in the Unentered Bitch class.

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Champion Two Couple Hillsboro Jacket, Wafer, Waggle, Walnut. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Leslie Shepherd.

The Grand Champion of Show, Hillsboro Godfrey ’16, was Unentered Champion here last year, bred and shown by Tony Leahy, Master and huntsman of Fox River Valley. He graciously gave Godfrey to Hillsboro at the conclusion of the 2016 Southern Hound Show.

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Hillsboro Godfrey ’16, Grand Champion of Show, Champion Dog Hound, Winner of Entered Dog. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Leslie Shepherd

Reserve Grand Champion of the Show, Live Oak Eager ’13, is interesting in that she is four generations back to a two-time National Champion Treeing Walker Coonhound, Parrish’s Adios Eagle.

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Live Oak Eager ’13, Reserve Grand Champion of Show, Champion Bitch Hound, Winner of Entered Bitch. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Leslie Shepherd.

The 2018 show will be held on April 7th . We hope to see you there!

Champions and Reserve Champions are listed below. For complete results, click here.

GRAND CHAMPION OF SHOW Hillsboro Godfrey ’16 Crossbred (CB) RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION OF SHOW Live Oak Eager ’13 CB

CHAMPION DOG HOUND Hillsboro Godfrey '16 CB RESERVE CHAMPION DOG HOUND Live Oak Assault ’13 CB

CHAMPION BITCH Live Oak Eager ’13 CB RESERVE CHAMPION BITCH Hillsboro Walnut English (E)

CHAMPION UNENTERED HOUND Midland Steamboat CB RESERVE CHAMPION UNENTERED HOUND Hillsboro Walnut E

CHAMPION TWO COUPLE Hillsboro Bitches

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