The 2012 Bryn Mawr Hound Show events started under threatening skies at Radnor unt Club on Friday, June 1st with an exhibition of otter hounds by Wayne Cline. The annual horn blowing contest was moved onto the clubhouse porch to counter strong winds, and Steve Farrin of Amwell Valley Hunt won in a blow-off over Martyn Blackmore of Loudoun West and Ciaran Murphy of the Golden’s Bridge Hounds in the professional division open to huntsman and staff of exhibiting packs. In the amateur division open to all others, Rick Davis of the West Dublin Beagles repeated as winner, followed again by Jim Scharnberg of Skycastle French Hounds and Steve Hill of Andrews Bridge Hounds. Festivities moved inside for dinner and comments by Brian Munn, IMFHA and Mason H. Lampton, MFH just before the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl brought torrential rains.
For the second consecutive year, conditions were ideal for showing hounds for the 38 exhibiting packs at the 98th anniversary of the Bryn Mawr Hound Show. For one final time, Richard H. Thompson, ex-MB called for the Penn-Marydel Foxhounds and 13 inch Beagles to start judging at 8:30 AM on Saturday, June 2. A former Bryn Mawr Hound Show President and show announcer for decades, Dick passed away early Tuesday June 6th and will be missed by all in the hound community.
With a disproportionate share of the entries in the Penn-Marydel Registered hound classes, Judge Mrs. Jane Fowler moved quickly through the listed classes 301 through 308 before pinning Golden’s Bridge MATILDA 2010 as Single Bitch – Listed, Entered (Class 307) and Champion Listed Penn-Marydel (309) netting both The Foxheath Challenge Trophy and The Golden’s Bridge Hound Bowl. 2010 Listed Champion Reedy Creek MOZART 2008 was named Best
Listed Opposite Sex of Champion and received The Penn-Marydel Foxhounds Bowl. In one of the biggest PennMarydel classes of the day, Ready Creek SCOTCH 2010 won Single Dog, Entered (312) while Golden’s Bridge KIWI 2011 won Single Bitch, Entered (319). However, it was Single Dog, Unentered (310) winner PHOENIX from Golden’s Bridge who took home The James J. Culleton, MFH Memorial Trophy as Champion Registered Penn-Marydel Dog (315) honors before also being selected Best Unentered Penn-Marydel (325) and Reserve Champion Registered Penn-Marydel (326). Not to be outdone by her sister’s produce, Andrews Bridge POTION 2007 won The Huntingdon Valley Cup, The Best of Opposite Sex Plate and The Kirkwood Farms Champion Trophy for Brood Bitch – Registered (322), Champion Registered Penn-Marydel Bitch (323) and Champion Penn-Marydel of the Show (326), respectively.
At least 2 prior Champions faced off against newly minted unentered, entered, stallion and brood bitch winners at both the 13 inch and 15 inch size in the Beagle ring. Farmington GATSBY 2008 repeated as Champion Dog – 13 inches (Class 505) to take home The Treweryn Bugler Bowl while Ardrossan KESTRAL 2010 took home The Sir Sister Plate as Champion Bitch – 13 inches (515) after also winning Single Bitch, Entered – 13 inches (512).. Among 15 inch Beagles, Judge W. Plummer Wiseman Jr. MB pinned Farmington ISELIN 2009 and Farmington INDIGO 2009 as Champion Dog - 15 inches (510) and Champion Bitch – 15 inches (520), respectively yielding the siblings the The Buckram Plate and The Nantucket Hoodwink Trophy. Farmington GATSBY 2008 added The Farmington Peanut Bowl as top Working Dog, either size (523) for the third consecutive year before being bested by Ardrossan KESTRAL 2010 as Best 13 inch Beagle Bred by Exhibitor. However, it was Farmington INDIGO 2009 who bested her brother and all others as Grand Champion Beagle of Show (525), Best 15 inch Beagle Bred by Exhibitor (527) and Best Brood Bitch (528) to win The John C. Baker Jr. Plate, The National Beagle Club Cup and The Sharp Trophy and qualify to compete
against the Champion Foxhound (701) and Champion Basset (616) for the John H. Richards, Jr. Memorial Trophy to be awarded to the Best In Show.
The competition in the English ring benefited greatly from the the return of Fairfax Hunt to the Bryn Mawr Hound Show. ADMIRAL from Loudoun West was pinned in Single Dog, Unentered (101) in the first of several classes with ten or more hounds. Loudoun West continued its success with Loudoun West EULER 2011 in Single Dog, Entered (103) and paired with Loudoun West ESSEX 2011 in Couple of Dogs, Entered (104). However, after Elkridge-Harford LEX 2005 won The W. Jane Luce, MB Memorial Bowl for Best Stallion (106), Amwell Valley HEYTHROP 2008 repeated as Champion Dog to keep The John B. H. Carter Trophy for another year. Loudoun West swept Bitch classes from 109 to 115, and Judge Jeanie K. Thomas, MFH selected Single Bitch, Unentered (109) winner SPLENDID over her kennelmates as Champion English Bitch (115) to win The A. William Battin Trophy. Ultimately, Amwell Valley HEYTHROP 2008 won The Frontenac Hunt Trophy for the second consecutive year as the Champion English (117) with Loudoun West’s SPLENDID taking reserve. In the Old English competition, Loudoun West’s SPLENDID won Champion Old English Foxhound (120) and The Charles E. Mather Trophy and Best Old English Bitch (119) over Best Old English Dog (118) winner, LANCER from Amwell Valley.
Potomac Hunt continued its recent dominance of the individual American Dog awards with TEMPLETON in Single Dog, Unentered (201) to win The C. Warren Harrover Trophy, Potomac WINDSOR 2011 in Single Dog, Entered (203), Potomac JACKET 2006 repeating as Best Stallion Hound (205) and Potomac MAGNET 2007 as Best Stallion shown with three of his Get (206). TEMPLETON was selected as Champion American Dog (207) over two prior winners to add The Second Lawrence E. Jones Trophy. Among the Bitches, and ultimately was selected Champion American (215) as the for the second time in the last three years. Essex JIFFY 2011 won Single Bitch, Entered (210) and The Rombout Hunt Challenge Bowl and Essex
DIVET 2011 won Brood Bitch (212) and The Leonard A. Duffy, MFH Bowl. Essex JIFFY 2011 also won The Champion American Foxhound Bitch Trophy as Champion American Bitch (213), but the last hound pinned by Lt. Col. Dennis J. Foster. USA (Ret.), ex-MFH and Brian Munn, IMFHA was the same as the first, and Potomac Hunt retained the Second American Foxhound Bowl for a seventh consecutive year with the selection of TEMPLETON as
Champion American (215).
In the Crossbred ring, Green Spring Valley continued its recent Bryn Mawr Hound Show success in Single Dog, Unentered (401) and Couple of Dogs, Unentered (402) with WALLACE and WARLOCK winning top honors in a twenty hound class and Green Spring Valley WISEMAN 2011 following with a win in Single Dog, Entered (403). Green Spring Valley SAILOR 2009 won The George C. Clement, MFH Bowl in Best Stallion (405), but Green Spring Valley WISEMAN 2011 was selected to receive The Nathaniel T. Clark, MFH Trophy over four prior winners as Crossbred Champion Dog (407). Saxonburg’s CHINA won in Single Bitch, Unentered (408) before Green Spring Valley SEEMLY 2011 won Single Bitch, Entered (410) and The Second J. Stanley Reeve Trophy as Crossbred Champion Bitch (414). Judge George Thomas III, MFH and Apprentice Marion Thorne, MFH awarded The Fourth Green Spring Valley Hounds Trophy to Green Spring Valley WISEMAN 2011 as the Champion Crossbred (417). Patricia Hopkins of Old Chatham Hunt was named Best Crossbred Handler (416) and took home the Robert M. Six Memorial Trophy.
Judge A. David Hindle, Ch. MBHA in the Basset ring consistently had to navigate some of the largest classes at the 2012 Bryn Mawr Hound Show. Calf Pasture kept The Ready Creek Bassets Perpetual Trophy for top Single Dog, Unentered (601) with TIMBER before Sandanona swept the remaining Basset Dog classes. Sandanona RESOLUTE 2007 won Single Dog, Entered (602) and The Major Thomas F. Trollope-Bellew, MH Trophy while prior year Champion Dog Sandanona ROISTER 2009 won Best Stallion (603) yielding the W. Charles Hogg, Jr. Trophy
and Best Stallion shown with two of his get (604). However, Sandanona RESOLUTE 2007 was selected Champion Dog(606) to win The Consuelo U. Ford Trophy. Monkton Hall’s BEEBEE was selected in Single Bitch, Unentered (607) before Ripshin NORMA 2006 won The Murder Hollow Bowl for a second time. Ripshin NANCY 2005 ended a three year hold on the Morgan Wing Plate in Brood Bitch (609) by Sandanona STILETTO 2006 who instead won The Calf Pasture Bowl in Brood Bitch shown with two of her produce (610). where more than thirty bassets filled the ring. Ripshin NORMA 2006 added The Upper Bay Bassets Trophy as Champion Bitch (612) and The Bonniwell Bassets Trophy as Champion Basset (616) on the way to qualifying for the Inaugural Best In Show Class (702).
At the annual meeting of the Bryn Mawr Hound Show Association held during the lunch break, Sherman P. Haight, Jr. received the 2012 Julian M. Marshall Award based upon his lifetime contribution to hunting and hounds which included more than three decades as Master of Foxhounds with Litchfield County Hounds. For more on his contributions to hunting and hounds, please see www.bmhoundshow.org and click on The Marshall Award.
The Junior Handlers class continues to expand at the Bryn Mawr Hound Show, and more than forty Junior Handlers entered the ring for the 2012 competition to make things challenging for Judge Mrs. Michael A. Ledyard and Apprentice Judge Ms. Eve Ledyard. In the Junior Handler Class (age 3-10), Delaney Foss and Tucker Giles, showing Sandanona’s BANKER and Sandanona ICEBERG, were selected as top foot hound exhibitors while Caroline Keller
showing Andrews Bridge JURY 2009 and Willow Bennett showing Golden’s Bridge GRACKEN 2009 were pinned in the largest Junior Handler division. In the Junior Handler Class ((age 11-16), Katie McCoy exhibiting Hill and Hollow DALESMAN was pinned first and Rachel Wolchowski was runner-up with Calf Pasture BEARTOOH 2010 in the Foot Hound division. Tucker Hunter showing Lewisville GEORGIA finished second in the Junior Handler Class (age 11-16) showing a Foxhound to overall winner of The Bill Wickes Memorial Trophy, Sam Forte who demonstrated both handling expertise as well as knowledge of his hound, Golden’s Bridge ELVIS 2008.
Pack class competitions began with Loudoun West winning the Best Five Couple, English (121) to receive The Fifth Masters of Foxhounds Challenge Cup for English Hounds. Second to the racecourse were the American Hounds where Potomac Hunt repeated as Best Five Couple, American (216) to win The Seventh Masters of Foxhounds Perpetual Trophy. Old Chatham Hunt continued its dominance in the Best Five Couple, Crossbred (418) and won The Edward S.
Voss, MFH Trophy for a sixth consecutive year. The only new winner among foxhound pack classes, Marlborough Hunt won The Second Radnor Hunt Trophy for the Best Five Couple, Penn-Marydel (327). Among nine Bassets pack entries, Monkton Hall repeated as Best Five Couple, Bassets (617) to retain the Adele Leavitt Trophy. Last to the racecourse were the beagles where Hills Bridge was awarded The Merry Beagles Trophy as Best Five Couple – 13 inches (529). Out of six entries, Ardrossan Beagles was selected as Best Five Couple – 15 inches (530) and then the Best Five Couple - overall (531) to win The Sandanona Trophy and The Second Vernon-Somerset Cup.
Winners of the 2012 Huntsman prizes for the top performance by exhibitors showing in pack classes included Martyn Blackmore from Loudoun Hunt West in the English Ring, Larry Pitts from Potomac Hunt in the American Ring, Ciaran Murphy from Golden’s Bridge Hounds in the Penn-MaryDel Ring, and Samuel J. Clifton from Green Spring Valley in the Crossbred Ring, the Joint Masters of Farmington Beagles (Forbes R. Reback, Richard S. Crampton, Magruder Dent III and Charlotte D. Buttrick) in the Beagle Ring, and Mrs. James M. Park of Sandanona Hare Hounds in the Basset Ring who also won the High Point Award (618) and The S. Leonard Kent Memorial Trophy.
After patiently watching all day, Mason H. Lampton, MFH was center stage for the final two classes of the day. In the Grand Champion Foxhound (701) class among the winners of Champion English (117), Champion American (215), Champion Penn-Marydel (323) and Champion Crossbred (417). Champion American TEMPLETON was awarded the Midland Fox Hounds Trophy over Champion Crossbred Green Spring Valley WISEMAN 2011. After explaining his selection among the foxhounds, Mason surprised many in attendance by selecting Ripshin NORMA 2006 as Best in Show (702) to be the inaugural recipient of the John H. Richards, Jr. Memorial Trophy to conclude the 2012 Bryn Mawr Hound Show.
For breeding information on the listed winners and full results, please see www.bmhoundshow.org.