Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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mdpuppy14.onyx.wentzelMount Carmel Onyx was Best Penn-Marydel foxhound. / Karen Kandra Wenzel photo

For once in the thirty-nine-year history of the Maryland Foxhound Club’s annual puppy show, the weather-gods cooperated. On a marvelously sunny day, supporters of twelve foxhound packs and seven foot hound packs met on the lawn of Tim and Vicki Shaw’s lovely home to show the products of their breeding programs. The show is restricted to unentered hounds as well as the stallion hounds and brood bitches that produced these hounds.

With one ring devoted to foxhounds and another devoted to foot hounds, Jeff Blue, MFH of Middleburg Hunt (VA) and Bob Dougherty, MB of Hidden Meadows beagles and ex-MFH and huntsman of the Plum Run Hunt (PA) had a full day of judging to do. A total of 141 foxhounds were entered and 73 foot hounds went through the rings. In the only combined class of the day, nineteen young fox and rabbit hunters paraded before both judges in a really tough junior handler class. No doubt Masters Blue and Dougherty worked their hardest to pin that class!

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# K R 2014-05-14 20:33
Mount Carmel Onyx - what a beautiful hound!
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# CATHY EISING 2014-05-27 17:13
What are foot hounds?
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# Norman Fine 2014-05-27 20:42
Hounds that hunt with staff and field afoot as opposed to mounted.
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