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brynmaw17.midland striker.karenkandra.smallBryn Mawr Grand Champion Midland Striker 2015 (Midland Rocket 2011 ex Staffordshire-Mooreland Stunning 2011)   /  Karen Kandra Wenzel photo

Midland Striker 2015 was judged Grand Champion Foxhound at the 2017 Bryn Mawr Hound Show on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

Bryn Mawr is the one that got away from Striker last year. In 2016, this graceful moving, handsome Crossbred dog hound had a big year in the ring. He was judged Grand Champion at the Virginia Foxhound Show and at the Southern Hound Show. But the hat trick at Bryn Mawr wasn’t to be his. Now, Striker can add the Bryn Mawr notch to his collar.

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brynmaw17.midland striker.karenkandra.smallBryn Mawr Grand Champion Midland Striker 2015 (Midland Rocket 2011 ex Staffordshire-Mooreland Stunning 2011)   /  Karen Kandra Wenzel photo

Midland Striker 2015 was judged Grand Champion Foxhound at the 2017 Bryn Mawr Hound Show on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

Bryn Mawr is the one that got away from Striker last year. In 2016, this graceful moving, handsome Crossbred dog hound had a big year in the ring. He was judged Grand Champion at the Virginia Foxhound Show and at the Southern Hound Show. But the hat trick at Bryn Mawr wasn’t to be his. Now, Striker can add the Bryn Mawr notch to his collar.

In this year’s Grand Championship Class at Bryn Mawr, Striker prevailed against Orange County Kermit, the handsome American dog hound that was judged Grand Champion at Virginia just a week earlier. And while there’s no Reserve Grand Champion recognized at Bryn Mawr, Striker’s littermate, Midland Stellar, was Reserve Crossbred Champion to Striker.

There’s more. Striker sired a litter at Hillsboro that showed un-entered this year: one son, Stafford, was Grand Champion and one son, Spitler, was Un-Entered Champion, both at Carolinas. It’s a family of all-stars.

“Midland Kate 1995 is the key,” said Mason Lampton, MFH of the Midland Fox Hounds (GA). “She was the start of our K-line.” Lampton estimates that in the last seventeen years, get from her line have won eleven Brood Bi*ch Championships. Mason noted how consistently the K-line progeny have produced Champions at Virginia no matter which judge is in the ring. “They all pick from that line,” he said.

A son of Kate was given to Tony Leahy at Fox River Valley. That male line produced Fox River Valley Keg 2005, a Grand Champion at Virginia. In 2013, Mooreland Wary, a daughter of Keg, was Grand Champion at both Virginia and at the Southern Hound Show.  A grandson of Keg, Woodbrook Kent 2014 won the Grand Championship at Western States earlier this month.

And the K-line isn’t producing just pretty faces. Striker’s littermate, Bull Run Spree 2015, demonstrated his hunting abilities by winning the Belle Meade Foxhound Performance Trials last season. There are huntsmen all over who are thankful for Midland Kate 1995, another reason why even the smaller hunts around the country that may not even enter hounds in shows really owe support to the MFHA-sanctioned hound shows in whatever way they can show it. All hunts, small and large, benefit from the prodigious know-how and prepotent bloodlines that originate in the major breeding kennels and are generously spread across North America.

Striker’s K-line is all on his sire’s side of the pedigree. His English dam, Staffordshire-Mooreland Stunning is no slouch herself. She was Champion English Foxhound at Virginia in 2014.

The Grand Championship Class at Bryn Mawr was judged this year by former huntsman Andrew Barclay, a 2015 inductee to the Huntsmen’s Room at the Museum of Hounds and Hunting.

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Posted June 28, 2017

WSHS2017WoodbrookKentHuntsman Jennifer Hansen and Western States Grand Champion of Show Woodbrook Kent 2014. Judges are huntsman Larry Pitts and Mary Ewing, MFH. /   Nancy Stevens-Brown photo

Honorary huntsman Jennifer Hansen credits the Woodbrook Masters who encouraged her to take hounds on a one-thousand-mile trip (each way!) from Washington State to Southern California to participate in the Western States Hound Show. It was the first time that Woodbrook had shown hounds in many years, and it was the first time Hansen ever showed hounds. And she took home the Grand Champion Foxhound of Show, Woodbrook Kent 2014.

“I was as nervous as I could be,” said Hansen, but  “I was so proud of Kent who held his stern high all day. [Judge] Mr. Pitts said, ‘That hound just can’t stand bad!’”

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tony leahyMFHA President Tony LeahyTony Leahy, MFH of the Fox River Valley Hunt (IL), was elected to a three-year term as President of the Masters of Foxhounds Association at the Annual Meeting held on Friday, January 27, 2017 in New York. Leslie Rhett Crosby, MFH, Mooreland Hunt (AL) was elected First Vice President and Penny Denegre, MFH, Middleburg Hunt (VA) was elected Second Vice President. Also, David Twiggs was officially confirmed as the MFHA’s new Executive Director.

Retiring Executive Director Dennis Foster will remain at the office for another two months to complete David’s training. Upon his official retirement, Dennis will continue to assist the MFHA in animal rights and other areas, on a consulting basis.

I had the distinct honor of addressing the Annual Meeting crowd, the largest crowd I have ever seen, to relate how special David and his family are, and to explain President Leahy’s vision for an upcoming season of celebration. It was literally standing room only.

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 farquhar trophy denyaCanadian Grand Champion Farquhar with (l–r) Apprentice Judge Katherine Selby, huntsman, Green Mountain Hounds (VT); Judge Dr. Jon Moody, MFH, Mooreland Hunt (AL); Toronto and North York huntsman John Harrison; Mrs. Alice Tyacke; and Judge Richard Tyacke, MFH and huntsman, Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn’s (UK). /  Denya Massey photo

Toronto and North York Farquhar 2014 was judged Grand Champion of Show at the Canadian Foxhound Show on Saturday, June 18, 2016. This was the third Grand Championship for the hunt in the last three years.

It has to be exceptionally gratifying to John Harrison, who returned as huntsman just two years ago, as all three grand champions go back to bloodlines he introduced to the pack during his earlier term as huntsman twenty years ago. Common to the pedigrees of all three, going back three generations, is Toronto and North York Crafty 1995 by their Freedom 1992.

In 1995, while Harrison was hunting the Toronto and North York pack in his first stint (1991 to 1996), he received a draft from the Berkeley (UK). One was Ballad 1987, who arrived in whelp to Berkeley Freshman 1984. Freshman was by Captain Ronnie Wallace’s Exmoor Freestone 1981. “Freestone is the key,” Harrison said.

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