Cutter Cain 2011 UKC Triple Crown Champion
Posted on 11/29/2011 in Coonhounds.
The United Kennel Club Triple Crown program, sponsored by Black Gold Dog Food, will acknowledge and reward outstanding coonhounds at the three UKC administered Nite Hunts. The UKC Triple Crown will recognize coonhound excellence through consistency and the ability to adapt to changing cover, terrain and conditions. The hound that accumulates the most Triple Crown points in the three UKC Triple Crown events will be declared the winner.
1. Dogs must compete at all three United Kennel Club Triple Crown events to be eligible. These events are Autumn Oaks, Coonhound World Championship, and Winter Classic.
2. Triple Crown Points will be awarded to all plus point cast winners.
3. Triple Crown Points will be awarded at the following hunts in the following manner:
Winter Classic: Dogs receive 50 Triple Crown Points each night for a plus point cast win.
Maximum point total: 100.
Autumn Oaks: Dogs receive 50 Triple Crown Points for a plus point cast win. Maximum point total: 50.
Coonhound World Championship:
Dogs receive 25 Triple Crown Points for each plus point cast win at the Zone Semi-Finals. Additionally, dogs will receive 10 Triple Crown Points for each plus point cast win at the world finals. Maximum point total: 90.
R&R’S CUTTER CAIN - 2011 UKC Triple Crown Champion
shown here with owners William and Doug Read of Austin, Kentucky
DOB: November 14, 2007
SIRE: GRCH GRNITECH'PR'CROW & GRANT'S CUTTER
DAM: GRNITECH GRCH'PR'CHLOE' CHEYANNE
BREEDER(S): RICK ANDERSON / GREG MC CALL, CROMONA, KY
UKC Winter Classic
The 2011 UKC Triple Crown Challenge kicked off in Albany, Georgia at the UKC Winter Classic. The event dubbed as “A Classic Coonhunt in the Old South” saw nearly 250 coonhounds entered on Friday night. All plus point cast winners received 50 Triple Crown points. Cast winners out of this group of hounds would represent those with the best advantage of winning the 2011 UKC Triple Crown Challenge. Winning this three-event series challenge comes with a sweet little $3,000 cash award presented by Black Gold Dog Foods.
The Triple Crown quickly “challenges” and unfortunately eliminates a majority of those coonhounds who won their cast on Friday night unless they back it up with yet another cast win on Saturday night. Those few who accomplish that feat earn another 50 points and become the front runner’s of the Triple Crown heading into the second leg of the challenge. As it turned out the Winter Classic saw a total of nine coonhounds with two cast wins. Amongst them stood the overall Winter Classic winner GRNITECH GRCH ‘PR’ R&R’s Cutter Cain.
Forward seven months to Labor Day Weekend where those front runners entered in Autumn Oaks - all with 100 points each. At the conclusion of Autumn Oaks the field was narrowed down considerably. Of those coming out of the Winter Classic with 100 points, Autumn Oaks eliminated all but one of those front runners. Cutter Cain. This gave him an even better advantage going into the final leg of the challenge.
The UKC World Championship
The final leg of the Triple Crown, where 25 points were available for each cast win at the zones, was obviously huge for handler Derek Roberts and owners William and Doug Read. Friday night at the zones saw Cain defeated. However, all was not lost yet as they had another chance on Saturday night where Cain did get the cast win and now had 175 Triple Crown points to his credit. Unfortunately however, their run would come to an end as their Saturday score was not good enough to advance to the finals. Roberts and the Reads would need to watch from the sidelines to see if any other hound might advance far enough in the finals to contest them in this challenge.
Enter the 2010 National Grand Nite Champion, Hannas Creek Feelin’ Frisky. She had one cast win at the UKC Winter Classic, won her cast at Autumn Oaks and had two cast wins at the World Championship zones. This gave her a grand total of 150 points going into the finals to in fact become a major player in the Triple Crown Challenge.
Frisky won her early round cast at the finals netting her another ten Triple Crown points. By the time the late round rolled around a rain storm rolled in. Several early round cast winners found themselves not scoring a coon where they were required to hunt alone and come back with plus points to advance any further. Rain or shine, it didn’t matter. Luck was on the side of handler Rick Stretch and then sole owner Brian Whitted as Frisky had no trouble in getting a coon treed. This round brought her total to 170!
Just one more cast win by Frisky on Friday night would mean an upset for Roberts and Cain. You think Roberts was glued to the world wide web? I know he was! Unfortunately for Stretch and Frisky their run came to an end on Friday night when they went out in defeat in the form of Nick Brady and Stylish Woody. Nonetheless, they gave it a valiant effort and came within five points of catching Roberts and Cain making for an exciting finish right down to the wire.
GRNITECH GRCH ‘PR’ R&R’S CUTTER CAIN is now in the record books alongside a class of eleven outstanding coonhounds to have conquered the UKC Triple Crown Challenge. The United Kennel Club and Black Gold congratulate handler Derrick Roberts, the owners William and Doug Read and their UKC Triple Crown Champion; Cutter Cain. We look forward to presenting them a check in the amount of $3,000.00 on Saturday afternoon at the 2012 Winter Classic in Albany, Georgia.
The United Kennel Club Triple Crown program, sponsored by Black Gold Dog Food, acknowledges and rewards outstanding coonhounds at the three largest UKC Nite Hunts. The UKC Triple Crown recognizes coonhound excellence through consistency and the ability to adapt to changing cover, terrain and conditions. The hound that accumulates the most Triple Crown points in the three UKC Triple Crown events – Winter Classic, Autumn Oaks and the Coonhound World Championship is declared the winner.