The Masters and members of the London Hunt Club (ON) hosted this year’s foxhound show. All of the activities over Friday and Saturday were held at the beautiful London Hunt and Country Club, which was not only convenient but had all the facilities we needed on one site! Seven hunts, including London, Toronto and North York, Eglinton and Caledon, Ottawa Valley Hunt, Montreal Hunt, Hamilton Hunt, and Wellington Waterloo Hunt, participated with approximately 83 hounds (including the terrier classes) showing on the day. The judges arranged for this year were MFHA President Tony Leahy, MFH and huntsman of the Fox River Valley Hunt and Massbach Hounds, along with MFHA Executive Director and Keeper of the Studbook David Twiggs.
London Hunt huntsman Dennis Downing, assisted by Susan Downing,receives a trophy from Elizabeth Howlett, MFH London Hunt. Nicole Brown photo.
The weekend kicked off with an informative Master’s Seminar given by Tony Leahy Friday morning. This seminar brought Masters (who did not attend the annual meeting held in New York earlier this Spring), up-to-date on the issues and direction the MFHA will be focusing on going forward.
Following the seminar we enjoyed a lovely lunch attended by Masters and their partners including our guest judges on the patio overlooking the golf course. The hound show attracts many of the Canadian packs and Masters from hunts across Canada, so we plan the annual Canadian Masters Meeting as part of the hound show agenda. Masters in attendance at this year's meeting represented eight Canadian hunts.
Montreal Hunt huntsman Andrew Marren, assisted by Millie Marren and Loretta Bell. Nicole Brown photo.
Friday evening we enjoyed cocktails and conversation from fellow hunters followed by a sit down dinner with the always eloquent and knowledgeable speaker, Dr. John McDonald, MFH London Hunt, followed by some entertaining remarks from the hound judges Leahy and Twiggs. The social aspect of the hound show should not be underestimated. Members, Masters and staff share hunting stories and discussions about hounds and general hunt club challenges and successes that promote fellowship and camaraderie, which helps to meld the Canadian hunts into a cohesive group.
Maggie Kerr, Janet Feairs, Arlene Taylor, and Laurel Byrne, MFH Toronto North York Hunt, at the secretaries desk. Nicole Brown photo.
Now on to the actual hound show. This year the caliber of the hounds shown was top notch and judge Leahy took the opportunity to provide some commentary on specific hounds' attributes in several classes. It was most interesting and educational to get insight as to what he looks for while judging. I am pleased to say the quality of the hounds was apparent from all clubs that showed and the distribution of the awards demonstrates this fact.
The judges named Ottawa Valley TNY Cloud, bred and shown by Ottawa Valley huntsman Antony Gaylard, the Grand Champion Foxhound. Nicole Brown photo.
Results of the Champion and Grand Champion Classes:
Champion English Dog – TNY BR Wentworth
Champion Crossbred Dog – LH Jarrow
Grand Champion Terrier – Oscar, Mark McManus, ECH
Champion English Bitch – OVH TNY Cloud
Champion Crossbred Bitch – LH Fancy
Champion Unentered Hound – MH Keswick
Grand Champion English Hound – TNY BR Wentworth
Grand Champion Crossbred Hound – LH Jarrow
Grand Champion Hound – OVH TNY Cloud
Pack Class Winning Huntsman – TNY Rosslyn Balding, ably assisted by professional whipper-in Teresa Robinson
Next year we will be celebrating the 65th Canadian Foxhound Show, hosted again by the London Hunt Masters and members (our hound shows traditionally remain with each hosting hunt for two consecutive years). Please consider marking down the Canadian Hound Show into your social calendar in 2019, the website for complete details is: www.canadianfoxhoundshow.ca.
Hope to see you there!