On Saturday, May 12, 2012, the Penn-Marydel Foxhounds, Inc. held its 58th Annual Penn-Marydel Foxhound Show at the pavilion at Fair Hill Maryland. Six packs participated – Andrews Bridge (PA), Goldens Bridge (NY), Lewisville Hunt (PA), Marlborough (MD), Mt. Carmel (MD) and Reedy Creek (VA).
This year’s show featured several changes. First we held the Show on a Saturday rather than holding it on a Friday, which seemed well received by everyone. Second, we previously named a Champion and Best of Opposite Sex in the Listed Division and in the Registered Division. This year we decided to name a Champion Registered Dog, a Champion Registered Bitch and then a Grand Champion Registered Penn-Marydel Foxhound. We continued naming a Champion and Best of Opposite sex in the Listed Division. That change is also being instituted at the Virginia and Bryn Mawr Hound Shows. That change also worked out well.
A large entry greeted our Judge, Lisa Warren, a well-respected AKC Judge with experience in judging hounds as well as numerous Best in Shows. The Penn-Marydel Foxhounds have found that using an AKC Judge has proved very satisfactory. First, it takes any politics out of the judging, but more importantly, AKC Judges are trained to judge to a standard and thoroughly understand structure. Ms. Warren went over each hound carefully, assessing its structure, comparing it to the Penn-Marydel standard and watching its movement before she made her choices.
At the end of the day, Goldens Bridge Matilda, a large well-made tri-color, was named Listed Champion and Andrews Bridge Kamlesh was named Best of Opposite Sex in the Listed Division. The Champion Registered Dog was Andrews Bridge Laptop and the Champion Registered Bitch who went on to be named the Grand Champion Penn-Marydel Foxhound was a well-made, unentered, black and tan bitch named Maidwell, an entry of the Andrews Bridge.
Four hunts participated in the pack class. Each of the packs performed very well, but in the end, the Judge chose Mt. Carmel the winner of the blue ribbon and the Lewisville Perpetual Trophy. Winning the Pack Class is always like winning the Thanksgiving football game. It is greatly anticipated, watched by all and remembered for a long time.