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The Scottish Hound Show Report 2011 - Castleholm, Langholm

On the 13 August the Percy hounds showed at the last major show of the summer, the Scottish Hound Show which is now in its fourth year.

There were eighteen packs of fox hounds showing. We showed in all ten Modern classes and all ten Old English Classes so it was going to be a busy day.

The first class was the Unentered Doghound, we showed three hounds in this class, Potter walked by the Chrisp Family, Positive walked by Mrs Annette Grey and Alnwick walked by Mrs Betty Robson. We got off to a very good start with Alnwick winning the overall class and Positive coming third. Alnwick also won the Old English class with Positive coming second.

The next class was the Best Single Entered Doghound, we came second in this class with Gamble walked by Miss Jenny Copley. Gamble also went on to win the Old English Class. This was very pleasing as I hope next year he will make a stallion hound.

The next class was the Entered Doghound Couple class where we showed Spitfire, last year's Scottish Champion and Gamble. They went on to win this class and the Old English Class. It was turning into a very good day.
Next was the Two Couple of Doghounds class in which we came second in both the Modern and Old English Classes. We were beaten by a very nice two couple from the Hurworth who are Old English like us.
In the next class our Peterborough Champion, Waffle walked by Miss Katy Stothard, was beaten into second place by Hurworth Landseer, quite rightly as I thought the Hurworth dog was very nice with a lot of quality.

We took two hounds into the Doghound Championship, after quite a long time Alnwick was awarded the Championship with the Fife taking Reserve.

It is not very often an unentered dog beats an entered dog in a Championship so this was very pleasing. Alnwick is also out of one of our best working bitches in Pocket by one of the Holderness' best working dogs, Albion, who we had on loan for a year. He was walked by one of our longest serving puppy walkers, Mrs Betty Robson.

After lunch we started on the bitches, the first class was the Unentered Bitch which we won with our Puppy Show Champion, Alaska walked by the Morris Family, we also had a fourth in this class with Poem, walked by the Chrisp Family. Alaska went on to win the Old English Class as well.

The next class was the Single Entered Bitch, we won this with what I think is the best looking bitch in our kennel, Poet walked by Mrs Annette Grey. We then had a first and second in the Old English Class with Poet first and her sister Poetry, walked by our blacksmith Mr David Willey, second.

The same two bitches went on to win the next class, the Entered Couple class and were also first in the Old English class.
We then went on to be second in the Two Couple class.

In the last class we showed Pocket as a brood bitch, this bitch is getting on in years but still looks amazing. She was walked by Mr and Mrs Stephen McCarthy, she never misses a day's hunting and is brilliant in her work. She has also bred over twenty whelps. She won the class following in the footsteps of her two sisters who have also won here. We were winning this class for the third time in four years. She also won the Old English class.

We took three bitches in the Modern Championship winning it with Poet with the Albrighton taking the Reserve.

This is first show the Percy has ever won both the Dog and Bitch Hound Championships in the same day.

We had a strong hand in the Old English Championship, in the end Poet was Champion with Alnwick the Reserve.

We finished the day with twenty nine rosettes, thirteen firsts, three Championships and one Reserve Championship. It was an unbelievable day, not one I think we will ever repeat.

This was our last show of 2011, a big thank you to all our Puppy Walkers for doing such a good job with all the young hounds.

Also a big thank you to Alan Morris and Stephen McCarthy for all their help with the hounds at the shows and to Sandy Williamson for helping at home on show days.
Also very many thanks to Toni McCarthy and Annette Grey and everyone else who helped with the splendid lunches.

We ended the summer with seven Championships and five Reserves, here's looking forward to a very good Season and no snow please!!

Robert McCarthy - Huntsman