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XDawg Gus Wins Eliminator
Posted on 02/18/2013 in Beagles.

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The Eliminator is not only a unique event because of its format but also being held in the middle of February the conditions can vary significantly. It might be sunny and 60 degrees or it might be snowing and blowing. This year it was below freezing on Saturday and the conditions were tough at best. That evening it snowed an inch or two in but when Sunday morning rolled around it was a mere 10 degrees leaving the playing field crusty in most places. By mid-day on Sunday the wind picked up making it even tougher for both handler and hound. Regardless, the atmosphere in the clubhouse remained excellent throughout and it was all about the hound that could gear down and get it done.


    Saturday saw 107 hounds entering in the 2013 Eliminator held at the Backwoods Beagle Club in Howard, Ohio. The first split (Round 1a) had 57 beagles going out in the morning round while the remaining 50 opted for the afternoon round. 21 hounds came back with a plus point score to advance to Sunday's round.

    On Sunday Paul Weaver of Fort Gay, West Virginia was one of those hunters who claimed a spot close to the wood stove at the clubhouse where his wide smile told the story of each round his hound had participated in. In the end it was in fact his hound who remained the only non-eliminated hound of the event. Congratulations to Paul and Kevin Weaver on their outstanding weekend with Xdawg Gus who prevailed through any adverse conditions as they were to be named the 2013 Eliminator Champion!

    Thanks to the Backwoods Beagle Club for a fantastic job with hosting the Eliminator. Their efforts of putting all cast on rabbits, good food all weekend and a very nice prize package for the winners was very much appreciated. Thank you all. Nicely done.
A special thanks to each of the following event sponsors: Senneca Kennels, Gundog Supply, Ricks Sporting Goods ,Tri-Tronics, Hi-Standard Dog Food, Mule Hunting Clothes, Woodbury Outfitters, Revival Animal Health, Movers and Shuckers, Dogtra, Krogers Foods, Hillside Kennels, American Beagler Magazine, Beckert's Outdoor Equipment, Circle H Kennels, TreadWay, Polk Scrap Metal, Hilltop Hunting Supplies, Dillion Falls Bait Shop, Muddpuddlin Kennels, Dans Sporting Goods, Hardy Lumber and United Kennel Club.


    The following list represents all cast winners of Round 1 on Saturday. Congratulations to all the winners!
ELIMINATOR First Round Cast Winners:

GRHBCH X Dawg Gus, owned by Kevin Weaver & Paul Weaver, Fort Gay, WV 25514, 345+

World HBCH HBCH Gauge VIII, owned and handled by Dave McVay, Fresno, OH, 615+

HBCH Buck Lake Lola, owned by Phil Gingerich, Middlebury, IN, handled by Matt Turner, 437.5+

HBCH GRCH Lafayette Bo Diddley, owned by Mark Schaefer, Medina, OH, 225+

HBCH Hurry Up Romeo, owned by Eric Ballanger, Gambier, OH, handled by Brad Hanners, 420+

HBCH Meade’s Outback Redticked Trixy, owned and handled by Brian Meade, Warsaw, OH, 90+

Lafayette’s Got the Mojo Worken, owned and handled by Mark Schaefer, Medina, OH, 180+

Hutton’s Little Blue Maverick, owned by Brian Hutton & Ben Cox Jr, Frazeysburg, OH, 62.5+

Blue Thunder Rock Bottom, owned by Ed & Greg Miller, Holmes, OH, handled by Greg Miller, 150+

HBCH Runnin Red Oh Yes He Will, owned Dave & Doug Hummel, Coshocton, OH, handled by Dave Hummel, 822.5+

Leo’s Frankenstein, owned and handled by Donald Rhinehart, Newark, OH, 155+

HBCH Miller’s Little Legend, owned by David Miller or Mark Rockwell, Homer, MI, handled by Mark Rockwell, 607.5+

Gotta Go Gracie Mae, owned by Scott Fluhart, Frericksburg, West, handled by Dustin Conner, 430+

HBCH PCH CH Hazzard’s Shakers Flora, Aaron Sampsel or Lance Robertson, West Lafayette, Ohio, 137.5+

Lowe’s Rose II, owned by Dave or Don McVay, Fresno, OH, handled by Dave McVay, 310+

Meade’s Outback Driller, owned and handled by Brian Meade, Warsaw, OH, 452.5+

PCH GRCHBCH GR CH Shenango Trigger, owned by William McFarland or James Cataldi, Austintown, OH, 225+

GRHBCH Plum Run Monakaya, owned by Joshua Ware & Cody Rucker, Grafton, WV 26354, 70+

Crystal’s Free String Bean, owned by Denny Dugan or Larry Hicks, Utica, OH, handled by Denny Dugan, 192.2+

GRHBCH Hurry Up Lucille, Vicky Bassitt, Millersburg, OH, handled by Dave Hummell, 340+

HBCH Knoll-Run Magic Man, owned and handled by Bob Mill, Williamsburg, IN, 220+


2013 ELIMINATOR CHAMPION - GRHBCH XDAWG GUS
owned by Paul (second from right) and Kevin Weaver (right) of Fort Gay, West Virginia.

    GRCH'PR'GOTTA GO ITS ALL BUSINESS - BENCH SHOW WINNER
    SCOTT FLUHART / JD FLUHART
    FREDERICKSBURG OH




    Round Four (Final Cast). From L to R: Dave McVay with Gauge, Kevin Weaver with Gus and Matt Turner with Lola.
    Back row: Don McVay, Paul Weaver and Phil Gingerich.




      1. GRHBCH XDAWG GUS
    GRHBCH XDAWG LUCKY X HBCH BEEVERS NATURAL NELL

    KEVIN WEAVER & PAUL WEAVER
    FORT GAY WV


      2. HBCH BUCK LAKE LOLA
    GRHBCH BUCK LAKE BOOGGEN HOT ROD X HBCH YODER'S HUNTIN HANNAH

    PHIL GINGERICH
    MIDDLEBURY IN


      3. WORLDHBCH HBCH GAUGE VIII
    OPEN X HBCH LOWE & MILLER'S ROSE

    DAVE MC VAY
    FRESNO OH


      4. HUTTONS LITTLE BLUE MAVERICK
      GRHBCH HUTTONS LITTLE HUNTER X HBCH SAMSON'S GAL DELILAH
    BRIAN HUTTON / BEN COX JR
    FRAZEYSBURG OH


      5. GRHBCH PLUM RUN MONAKAYA
    OPEN X OPEN

    JOSHUA WARE & CODY RUCKER
    GRAFTON WV


      6. HBCH MILLER'S LITLE LEGEND
    HBCH CH MILLER'S LEADER OF THE PACK X GRHBCH MILLER'S LITLE SPRING

    DAVID B MILLER / MARK T ROCKWELL
    HOMER MI


      7. LAFAYETTES GOT THE MOJO WORKEN
    OPEN X OPEN

    MARK SCHAEFER
    MEDINA OH


      8. HBCH MEADES OUTBACK REDTICKED TRIXY
    GRHBCH BARCUS OH RIVER TUCK II X NGRHBC CH GRHBCH MEADES OUTBACK HARD PUMPING WINNE

    BRIAN MEADE
    WARSAW OH


      9. HBCH HURRY UP ROMEO
    GRHBCH HURRY UP SPANK'EM X GRHBCH HURRY UP JELLY BEAN

    BREANNA BALLANGER / ERIC BALLANGER
    MELROSE IA


      10. BLUE THUNDER ROCK BOTTOM
    UNKNOWN X UNKNOWN

    ED MILLER / GREG MILLER
    BIG PRAIRIE OH





    Junior Handler Award - Greg Miller Big Prairie, OH


    Junior Handler Runner-Up Award - Beau Liming Newark, OH