Judges: Mr. Richard Sumner, MFH Heythrop Hunt
Lt. Col. Dennis Foster, Executive Director of the MFHA
Apprentice Judge: Lt. Col. Robert Ferrer, MFH Caroline Hunt
The sixth annual Southern Hound Show held on April 28th at Live Oak Plantation, Monticello, Florida was once again blessed with perfect weather. Ten packs from as far away as Tennessee and Palm Beach competed under the watchful eyes of Richard Sumner MFH of the Heythrop Hunt in England and Dennis Foster, Executive Director of the MFHA. Robert Ferrer MFH of the Caroline Hunt was apprentice judge.
English, American, Crossbred and Penn Marydels all show in one ring against each other. As there are two Crossbred rings at the Virginia Hound Show, this is the only occasion that Fox River Valley, Live Oak, Midland and Mooreland go head to head in every class.
Past Grand Champions of the show are ineligible for classes that qualify for a championship. Therefore, Midland Roxanne ’07 was shown only in Brood Bitch with Produce and Live Oak Steamy ’07 was shown only in Couple of Entered Bitches with Live Oak Fable ’10 Grand Champion of Show at Virginia last May.
This year’s Grand Champion of Show, Live Oak Hannibal ’09, is tail male to Blencathra Glider ’76, said by Newton Rycroft to be the best hunting Fell hound of a fifty year period. Also on the sire side are Peterborough Champions Exmoor Dancer ’84 and Pixie ’86, a touch of Penn Marydel through Ford’s Happy ’76, Running Walker (as opposed to Treeing Walker) through Live Oak Rose’75 and Exmoor Landseer ’86 English Champion at Virginia.
Hannibal’s dam, Live Oak Asset ’03, Centennial Grand Champion Crossbred Bitch has two time Virginia Crossbred Champion Live Oak Drummer ’89 and Peterborough Champion Exmoor Daresbury ’87 together with Live Oak Trinket ’77, an important College Valley bitch line at Live Oak, in her pedigree.
The Reserve Grand Champion of Show, unentered Mooreland Wary is tail female Fox River Valley Winnie ’99 to North Cotswold Fortress ’79 with Cottesmore ST inside the pedigree. The dam’s tail male traces to Penn Marydel Rose Tree Astro ’89. The interior of the pedigree also has Midland Whiskey ’76 and Running Walker blood from the London Hunt in Canada. Interestingly the Treeing Walker stud book separated from the Running Walker book in the early 1920’s.
On the top, Wary is by Fox River Valley Keg ’05 who sired last year’s Grand Champion of Show, Fox River Valley Nightcap ’09. Keg and his dam Fox River Valley Secretary ’99 were both Grand Champion of Show at Virginia.
Live Oak won Champion English hound with a son of their Maximus ’09 who was Grand Champion of Show at Virginia. Fox River Valley won American Champion and Reserve with, yet again, Randy Waterman’s Piedmont blood. Moore County and Aiken split Champion and Reserve Penn Marydel.
Palm Beach Hunt, showing for their first time anywhere, were fourth in Two Couple of Dogs and Two Couple of Bitches, no small feat! They also were third in Stallion and Get and fourth in Brood Bitch with Produce.
Every hunt that attended got a ribbon, had a rocking time at the barbecue with live band Friday evening, enjoyed a casual supper at Merrily Plantation’s Shooting Lodge after the show and got valuable experience that will help them the rest of the show season.