The one hundred and fourth edition of the Bryn Mawr Hound Show brought together foxhounds, bassets, and beagles for a weekend of festive celebration and friendly competition. Its unique Best in Show championship saw the finest individuals from these three different breeds move out under the scrutiny of judge Martin Wood, MFH. Ultimately, the spectacular American dog Orange County Kermit '15 (Potomac Kadillac '12 x Orange County Pernod '11) was named champion and, in Wood's words, "Probably the finest American foxhound I have ever seen."
Randy Medd, Marty and Daphne Wood, and John Tabachka. Photo by Liz Callar.
Held on the grounds of Radnor Hunt in Malvern, PA, the show kicked off with the junior whip cracking contest won by Henry Nylen of Middletown Valley Beagles (MD) and the senior section going to James Dean of Radnor Hunt. Randy Medd, also from Middletown Valley Beagles, was victorious in the amateur horn blowing, while Sewickley (PA) huntsman John Tabachka proved the best in the professional category.
Following dinner in the beautiful hunt club building overlooking the rolling racecourse, the 2018 Julian M. Marshall Award was presented to Mr. Irvin L. "Skip" Crawford and Mrs. Victoria Crawford, joint Masters of the Potomac Hunt (MD). Honoring the late Mr. Marshall, past president of the Show Association, this recognition is given to "A living individual ... based upon his or her lifetime contribution to hunting and hounds."
Vicki and Skip Crawford accept the 2018 Julian M. Marshall Award. Photo by Liz Callar.
The official catalogue described the Crawfords: "There are few couples in the world whose commitment to Hounds, Hunting, and Horse Sport run so deep. As tireless Masters of The Potomac Hunt, perennial exhibitors at The Bryn Mawr and Virginia Hound Shows, and back to back winners of The Maryland Hunt Cup they have earned great recognition. Equally important, however, may be their contributions behidn the scenes on conservation with The Maryland Association for Wildlife Conservation, finance and governance for The Masters of Foxhounds Association, and advocates for sporting legislation at the local and national level."
Junior Handlers, Foot Hound Division, Ages 11-16, right to left: 1st Henry Nylen, Middletown Valley Beagles, 2nd Isabelle Farber, Middletown Valley Beagles, 3rd Grace Dietrich, Monkton Hall Bassets, 4th Owen Hoy, Monkton Hall Bassets. Photo by Liz Callar.
Separate divisions for foxhounds and foot packs, with younger and older sections in each, kept the Junior Handlers classes busy.
New Chagrin Valley Hunt Club (OH) huntsman Colin Brown exhibited Ransom in the English ring with Victoria Francey-Brown assisting. Photo by Liz Callar.
The coveted Huntsmen's Prizes were earned by Martyn Blackmore of Princess Anne (VA) - English ring; John Gilbert, MFH, Somerset Hounds (NJ) - American ring; Codie Hayes of Golden's Bridge (NY) - Penn-Marydel ring; Ashley Hubbad of Green Spring Valley (MD) - Crossbred ring; Sherry Buttrick, MB, Farmington Beagles (VA) - Beagle ring; and Elizabeth B. Park, MB, MH of Sandanona Hare Hounds - Basset ring.
Amwell Valley huntsman Steve Farrin and his winning two couple of English hounds, Sigfried, Simpson, Sinbad, and Sizzler. Photo by Liz Callar.
Santa Fe West Hills (CA) Master Terry Paine traveled across the country to judge in the English ring, ultimately selecting Blue Ridge's unentered dog Rambler as the top English specimen. Standing Rambler second in the Foxhound Championship, Marty Wood commented that at just 14 months old, he would be one to watch in the future.
Best in Show, American Foxhound Orange County Kermit with huntsman Reg Spreadborough. M. Drum photo.
Evaluating the final three, including Warrington Foot Beagles (PA) Siegfried and Ripshin Bassets (GA) Foxboro Verite, Wood noted that his task was a delicate one, as his wife, Daphne, had judged the beagle ring. But no hound could top veteran champion Kermit, who was in superlative form and showed perfectly through the day.
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