Recently I worked in the Crossbred ring at the Bryn Mawr Hound Show alongside my father, who is the huntsman and Master of Rose Tree-Blue Mountain Hunt (PA) and another knowledgeable houndsman, John Broadhurst. We showed in many classes, including the pack class. In the ring, I held hounds for my father and in the pack class, I whipped in to him.
Brady Cully, right, assists his father, Sean Cully, MFH and huntsman, in the pack class at Bryn Mawr. Karen Kandra photo.
In the ring, it was very entertaining to watch my hunt's hounds and all of the other hunt's hounds. It was great to see how each hound locked onto and focused on the person who was showing him. I also enjoyed looking at the hounds in our ring that placed well, and comparing them to some hounds that did not place as high. I feel this is really helping to develop my eye for hounds with great conformation. I had the opportunity to work alongside John Broadhurst, who is very experienced at hound shows. He helped us prepare the week prior to Bryn Mawr, as well as helping us at the show. It was fun working with him, and I learned a lot.
Photo courtesy of Maryann Cully.
Once we finished showing in the ring, we headed back to the kennels to get prepared for the pack class. When we were ready, we took the hounds to a spot in the shade and waited for our class to show. As we waited, multiple beagle, basset, and foxhound packs walked past us. It was amusing to see how each type of pack was similar to the other packs with that type of hounds, but so different at the same time.
When the judges were ready, we went up to the field in front of them and they gave us directions on what to do. We followed the directions and each hound behaved perfectly except for one overly friendly hound who visited someone in the crowd. It was nice to see the other packs we competed against and how well their hounds behaved. This hound show was a great and unforgettable experience for me.
Editor's Note: Rose Tree-Blue Mountain earned second place in the Pack Class, and Brady also placed second in his division of the Junior Handler Class.