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05/05/2015: Performance Pack Judge Selection Clarification

Q: Are Performance Pack clubs obligated to use any individual who requests to judge on that day? A: There’s no question that judges in Performance Pack play a major role in the success of any clubs event, so it’s a great question.

04/06/2015: Drawing Casts and Judges

World Qualifiers and Hunt Directors Q: Can clubs use a Hunt Director for a World Qualifying Event? A: Clubs have the approval to use a Hunt Director at a World Qualifying Event, with the understanding that clubs assign an individual who is well-qualified and capable of following all event procedures. Drawing Casts and Judges Back in the day, it went largely unnoticed, or was universally...

03/09/2015: Scoring Lines

The following topic of scoring lines is relative to the Hunting Beagle format. It’s a good refresher course found in the Full Circle archives. Scoring Lines Scoring speed and drive is one of the basic fundamentals of scoring dogs and, for many, gets the adrenaline pumping. There’s just something truly exciting about watching and listening to a pack of Beagles trail through a marked line. This...

02/16/2015: Striking Dogs Hot Topic!

Several months ago, I had an interesting discussion with Bill McFarland and a few others surrounding a topic that is not only controversial, but that is also being scored inconsistently. It’s not a matter of blatant incorrect scoring, but rather some judges are not clearly aware of the proper way to score certain strike call situations.

01/19/2015: Accurate Direction. “Nice!”

The term “accurate direction” was mentioned in previous Performance Pack Running Rules on no more than two separate occasions. I find that rather interesting considering that it is a fundamental part of what judges should be looking for when it comes to scoring dogs in the field.

12/15/2014: 2015 Performance Pack Format Changes

This month’s article is strictly dedicated towards any changes that are coming up in the Performance Pack format. These changes will take effect on January 1, 2015. Master of Hounds Certification Judge Requirement The rules committee passed a new policy where only Licensed Certification Judges may serve as a Master of Hounds at a UKC Licensed Performance Pack Event. This is pretty straight...

11/04/2014: Q & A

Dead Track and Non-Hunting Dog on Clock Q: Dogs A, B and C are declared struck. The track breaks down. After the track breaks down, Dog D, who is not declared struck, comes back to the cast. The clock is put on Dog D for not hunting. Meanwhile, the dogs struck in on track do not progress that track in the allotted three minutes, and the track is called dead by the judge. At this point, Dog D is...

10/13/2014: Refresher Course

A portion of this month’s column features a refresher course on the most recent changes implemented on January 1, 2014.

09/29/2014: Q & A

Recovery Points for Only Dog Struck in on Track Q: Dogs A is struck and is running a rabbit by himself. Dogs B, C and D are not struck in nor do they hark in because they cannot hear Dog A running on the opposite hillside. The wind is blowing away from Dog A, which makes it harder for the other three dogs to hear him. The cast positioned itself on top of the hill so they could hear Dog A and also...

08/12/2014: UKC Master of Hounds Apprenticeship Policy Change

The Hunt Director format was implemented several years ago where clubs could choose that option opposed to using a Master of Hounds for their UKC Licensed Hunting Beagle Hunts. The few differences between a Hunt Director and a Master of Hounds are such that the individual serving as Hunt Director: • Is not required to be a licensed Master of Hounds. • May enter a dog they own in the event, if...

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