Hosted by London Hunt (ON), the Canadian Hound Show on June 8 featured strong competition, beautiful weather, and a unique feature - hounds competing from both the furthest south MFHA pack and the furthest north. Andrew Marren has taken up the horn at Palm Beach Hounds (FL), whose midwinter season will complement the late summer/ early fall schedule of Montreal Hounds (QC), where he will continue his several years' service as huntsman.
Sunny skies and gleaming trophies welcomed participants at this year's event, hosted by London Hunt (ON). Photo by James Campbell, MFH, Lake of Two Mountains Hunt.
The judges for the day were Alastair and Tessa Jackson from Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Mr. Jackson is the former head of the MFHA in the UK, as well as ex-MFH and former huntsman at the West Percy, South Dorset, Grafton, and Cattistock. Mrs. Jackson is also a former Master at the Cattistock.
Winning the first place red ribbon at the Canadian Hound Show was this Palm Beach hound. Photo by James Campbell, MFH.
Seven packs competed, including Hamilton Hunt (ON), Eglinton and Caledon Hounds (ON), London Hunt (ON), Montreal Hunt, Palm Beach Hounds, Toronto & North York (ON), and Waterloo Wellington (ON).
A winning two couple: Samba, Sergeant, Sammy, and Sandstorm. Photo by James Campbell, MFH.
A highlight for the Montreal Hunt, according to Marren, was his unentered Samba winning the Montreal Hunt Challenge Trophy for Champion English bitch.
Samba brings the Challenge Trophy home to Montreal. Photo by James Campbell, MFH.
The prize had not returned home to Montreal for at least three decades, according to the shining engraved plaques listi pangst winners back to the 1980s.