Squirrel Dog World Championship
Posted on 07/08/2013 in Out On A Limb.
This month I’d like to talk about the UKC Squirrel Dog World Championship and its future. Though it has been a couple of months, I think now is a good time to step back and see what we can improve going forward.
Entries for the World Hunt this year were up, which is always nice. Going from a pre-qualified system to a simple pre-entry system seemed to work very well. There were a few busy days here trying to get single registrations pushed through before the event, but everything worked out just fine. Every person who wanted to get their dog single registered and entered in the event was able to. Not a single dog was turned away.
Several of you suggested for the 2014 World that we open entries up even further. We have been discussing this and I’m sure you will see in the event ads the ability to single register and enter on the grounds.
We are going to try to have a progressive entry fee for 2014. If you pre-enter, you will not only know your entry is in, but you will save a little money as well. This will allow us to give the Perry County Coon Club a better idea of how many dogs to expect.
Speaking of the Perry County Coon Club in Tell City, Indiana, I need to mention, again, how great a job they did at this event. They are used to hosting large coonhound events so I wasn’t concerned at all, but they really stepped up! They had more than enough guides for every single round, and plenty of kitchen help as well. I’ve talked with President Jeff Jones several times since the World, and they are already excited about next year’s hunt. They did a great job, and I can’t wait to go back!
Another popular suggestion was the addition of a junior hunt, possibly in conjunction with the World Championship. We are still talking to a lot of hunters and taking suggestions about how to run that type of event. One possibility is having a “junior only” hunt on the Friday before the World actually begins. This would be open only to dogs two years old or less on the day of the event. We are still looking into the available options, though, so nothing has been finalized as of yet. If you have any further comments or suggestions about a junior hunt, please let us know.
That same invitation goes out to anyone who has comments or suggestions about how we can see the UKC Cur/Feist program grow in the future. Just drop us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or pick up the phone (269-343-9020) and let us know your thoughts. This is your program and it’s going to take your ideas to make it grow.
Finally, I want to extend a sincere thank you to all the participants at the UKC Squirrel Dog World Championship. My background is in the coonhounds and I don’t have a lot of experience with the Cur/Feist breeds. You all made me feel more than welcome and very at home during the weekend. From Field Rep Marty Stanton, who did all the heavy lifting, to each and every competitor, you really showed your true colors and made me very proud to be working with the UKC Cur/Feist Program.