HOWARD — Cloudy skies and intermittent showers couldn’t keep the beagles off the scent Saturday during the inaugural Kids World Championship Beagle Show.
Held at the Backwoods Beagle Club, the championships featured 24 children and their beagles for the rabbit-hunting competition and five for the bench show.
Divided into small groups, the beagles and their handlers made two casts Saturday morning. They were judged on their ability to strike a rabbit scent, their speed and ability to circle with the rabbit. Seven dogs advanced to the semifinal round. The semifinalist handlers were Greg Miller, Alex Wilburn, Hayden Watson, Gabe Hanners, Eli Young, Adam Young and Evan Beatty.
Redneck Little Smokey, handled by Hayden Watson, came in eighth. Brian Meade and Hunter Meade came in ninth with Trixey and John Allender took tenth place with Sissy.
Ten-year-old Eli Young, from Thorneville, won the reserve world championship with his dog, Daisy. Young has been working with Daisy for two years. He said the morning run was good.
“I didn’t have any difficulty with her waiting for the rabbit to come back around,” he said. “It took her about five minutes to come up. I like hunting with beagles because they just love what they do.”
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