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times between the laying of the trail and when the hound will work it. A Mantrailer Excellent trail is set a full 24 – 36 hours in advance. There were 14 Mantrailing entries, 11 of those being at the MT level. Of those, five of the hounds titled. One MTX was achieved: Cheryl Cromeenes’ hound “Jersey” expertly worked through the complicated trail without fault. Also, one new MTI title was earned, as were three new MTs. The Trailing judges were Pat Moffit, Jan Rothwell, Janet Kelly, and Suzi Paine. Three bloodhounds earned their TD titles at the independent Tracking Trial, including an eleven-yearold owned by our hardworking Show Chair, Amanda! Meanwhile, the Hospitality room and Boutique were being set up in the main building. These two rooms quickly became major gathering places where attendees could view photo contest entries, make use of the three-flavor margarita machine, or indulge their desire for various pieces of bloodhound-related crafts or clothing to take home. Pam Herranz and Judy Walker were both like whirlwinds and it was evident how much time and thought had gone into the planning of these areas. Wednesday started early with six Obedience entries and eight more for Rally. Judge Mr. Alvin W. Eng was charming to show to. He seemed delighted to have several of the hounds do very well and genuinely disappointed when others lost focus or their handlers lost points for the dog. There were two Obedience qualifiers and six hounds earned legs in Rally as well, including 11-year-old “Jasper”. This wonderful Veteran has achieved multiple working titles, including his TD the day before. Following Obedience, our own Suzi Paine judged 16 Futurity entries. An AKC-approved judge for several hound breeds, Suzi clearly enjoyed the puppies and made short work of 90 Dog News

finding her Grand Futurity Winner, “Mongo.” Hickory Hollow’s Candygram for Mongo, a 13-monthold dog bred by Don and Cindy Ozee and Chris Flessner and owned by Bryan and Chris Flessner and Heather Helmer, was expertly handled by Heather. Speaking of handling, we also saw Chris Flessner quickly vie for (and eventually win!) the Abused Handler Award while she tried to gain control of one of her rodeo-themed puppies. However, Chris fell way short of the previous winner, Sherry Duling, who had performed a cartwheel over the ring barrier last year in Topeka. One fun “non-regular” event was the Itty Bitty Puppy Match, a delightful gathering of tomorrow’s stars too young to even have a clue of what was going on. Although I could not be there I understood that trying to put cowboy hats on the puppies was perhaps the highlight of the match! The Top 20 Event was scheduled for Wednesday evening. Our twenty highest ranking hounds based on breed points were featured in a lovely catalog and well over a dozen of them were actually present to compete. One by one they were examined and gaited for the panel of three judges: Betty-

Anne Stenmark, AKC judge; Mike Stone, handler; and Sherry Duling, breeder. The audience enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails during these evaluations but had to wait until the Annual Banquet two days later to be advised of the winner. Thursday morning brought another beautiful California day! The several judges who attended the Judges Education presentation were treated to a short demonstration of bloodhound mantrailing after the seminar. The “form follows function” message that we convey in our PowerPoint was perfectly demonstrated by GCH JoLi’s Searching for Oz, MTI, handled by Becky Irving. “Clara” exhibited tremendous drive as she followed her trail on the run and identified the runner at the end with no questions. She had earned her Mantrailer Intermediate title just two days earlier. The American Bloodhound Club is proud of the many show champion bloodhounds that also hold Mantrailing titles! The Sweepstakes classes were underway by the time our visiting judges got to the ring for mentoring. Twenty-two youngsters were exhibited to Sweeps Judge Mr. Michael McGuire, who selected the Futurity winner as his Grand Sweepstakes Winner. Then came the hankies as the beautiful, proud Veterans strutted their stuff. It was clear how much most of them enjoyed being back in the ring. Each

Dog News, October 31, 2014  

Dog News The Digest of American Dogs Volume 30, Issue 44 October 31, 2014

Dog News, October 31, 2014  

Dog News The Digest of American Dogs Volume 30, Issue 44 October 31, 2014

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