Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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live oak dandyLive Oak Dandy was Grand Champion of Show at the Southern Hound Show this year. / Cathy Taber photo

The hound show season, now underway, provides an excellent opportunity to improve one’s eye for foxhound conformation by judging from ringside just for fun. The exercise not only makes the day more interesting, but educational as well. Especially when you can collar a friendly judge after the class and ask him why he didn’t like the hound you adored, or why he picked a hound you thought was common. (Obviously, you must frame your question such that the judge understands that you are seeking an education and not leveling criticism!)

It can be intimidating to watch a procession of foxhounds enter and leave the ring and wonder how in the world the judge can sort them all out. For example, how does he compare a hound he is looking at to one he saw ten minutes ago? Ten years ago, I asked some top judges how they judged a class, and here's what I learned.

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# C. Thompson Pardoe 2014-04-29 18:47
Having hounds judged under both Master Jake Carle and Master Marty Wood, I can cay it is a pleasure to watch both of these gentlemen work in the ring. Always decisive and always consistent; what more could be asked?

When we show our hounds, we only ask that the judge place hounds in an understandable order. These two gentleman always do.

TomP, MFH Goshen Hounds
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