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Fox Hounds

Myopia Godfrey Is Grand Champion Foxhound in New England

2011_Best_in_Show_Myopia_Godfrey2Myopia Godfrey 2008 (Toronto & North York Godfrey 2001 ex Myopia Devon 2004) / photo by Curve27 StudioMyopia Godfrey 2008, a lovely moving white, modern English dog hound, was judged Grand Champion Foxhound at the New England Hunts Foxhound Show on Sunday, May 8. Godfrey is full of Exmoor and Heythrop bloodlines going back to the halcyon days of the brilliant English hound breeder Captain Ronnie Wallace, who served as MFH at both hunts.

Live Oak Wins Grand Championship at Virginia. Again.

052911_0086Live Oak Fable 2010, shown by huntsman Charles Montgomery, is Grand Champion at Virginia. / Janet Hitchen photoFor the second straight year a live Oak English hound was judged Grand Champion at the Virginia Foxhound Show. Last year it was Live Oak Maximus 2009, a dog hound; this year it was Live Oak Fable 2010, a first-year bitch.

“That’s the most unexpected win we’ve ever had,” said Live Oak Joint-Master Daphne Wood.

Judging Beagles from the Correct Perspective!

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Judges J.W.Y. “Duck” Martin and Otis Ferry (the latter standing at well over six-feet) give the Nantucket-Treweryn beagles a fair look at the Blue Ridge Hunt Puppy Show on Memorial Day, May 30, 2011. Martin is MFH of the Green Spring Valley Hounds (MD) and a former president of the MFHA. Ferry is MFH of the South Shropshire Hunt (UK) and judged the English ring the previous day at the Virginia Foxhound Show. Candi Kobetz is showing the beagles. /  Denya Massey Clarke photo

Amwell Valley Heythrop Is Grand Champion at Bryn Mawr

2011brynmawr.heathrop2Amwell Valley Heythrop is shown by huntsman Steve Farrin and whipper-in Lauren Podraza. / Karen Myers photo

Amwell Valley Heythrop 2008, an outstanding example of the modern English foxhound, was judged Grand Champion at the Bryn Mawr Hound Show on Saturday, June 2. Heythrop arrived at the Amwell Valley Hounds kennels as a puppy, along with his entire litte, from huntsman Martyn Blackmore at the Loudoun West Hunt.