Hounds from six different hunts traveled to Vermont to attend the New England Hound Show, hosted on May 7th by Green Mountain Hounds (VT). Myopia Lupy bested her packmates and entries from Norfolk (MA), Tanheath (CT), North Country (VT), Wentworth (NH) and Old North Bridge (MA) to take Grand Champion Honors. Reserve went to Penn-Marydel Wentworth Yesman. Three divisions of junior handlers, a retired foxhound class and the hornblowing competition kept judge Andrew Barclay busy.
Grand Champion Myopia Lupy. Image by Nature of Light Photography.
Myopia Lupy won Crossbred Unentered Bitch and was Crossbred Champion on the way to Grand Champion. Lupy and her sister, Luna, won Crossbred Couple of Bitches Unentered. Their sire, Lithium, who was entered at Myopia and now hunts at Norfolk, was champion English hound. Norfolk huntsman, Heather Player, said,"I brought Lithium with me when I came to Norfolk. He was given to me by Robert Howarth, huntsman at the Fife in Scotland." In addition to champion English hound, he was best stallion hound. Norfolk also won fastest bitch in the unique New England Hound Trails with their Paula. Green Mountain Earnest was overall fastest hound.
Headdon and his winning Myopia pack. Image by Nature of Light Photography.
Huntsman Phillip Headdon and his charges won the pack class for Myopia. Player earned the hornblowing nod over Kami Wolk of Wentworth. Wolk said, "Great day out! I brought along with me both American and Penn-MaryDels. Most of our hounds that showed were unentered or first year entries. Very pleased with the most recent litter of pups out of Wentworth Vera by De La Brooke (MD) Sinbad: Vandal and Vector were first and second in the Unentered Penn-Marydel Dog class. We also brought along first year entries, Wentworth Yesman and Yellowstone, drafted from De La Brooke and bred by Beth Blackwell."
Winning hornblower Heather Player with Norfolk Master Dominic Cammarata. Image by Nature of Light Photography.
Green Mountain huntsman, Kate Selby, again capably managed the event, which took place indoors to stave off the unpredictable New England weather. To view complete results on the MFHA website, please click here.