LEXINGTON, Ky. - (April 19, 2005) Some of the best smellers in the Midwest will be yipping and baying their way to fame and fortune at the Kentucky Horse Park on May 7 during the Mid-America Foxhound Show.
Dubbed “The Hound Show for Hound People,” the event is expected to attract at least 450 dogs, the vast majority of which are Foxhounds, representing 30 different hunt clubs throughout the Midwest. Also vying for stardom will be Bassets, Beagles and Terriers.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), “George Washington, the father of our nation, is also the father of American Foxhounds. In 1770, Washington imported a number of hounds from England and in 1785, he received a number of French foxhounds from the Marquis de Lafayette. These hounds, carefully bred and maintained by Washington, are the founders of today's American Foxhound. More than 30 hounds were listed in Washington's journals, including ‘Drunkard,’ ‘Tipler,’ and ‘Tipsy’.”
Local lore surrounding the Foxhound, again according to the AKC, has it that “It was in November 1852 that a black and tan hound was stolen out of Tennessee and taken to Madison County, Kentucky. This hound was called ‘Tennessee Lead’ and he became the foundation sire of all Walker, Trigg and Goodman foxhounds. These three strains make up the major portion of what is called American Foxhounds by AKC today.
The American Foxhound is an ideal choice for those who live in rural areas or on large farms.
Judges from England and Maryland, who are coming to the Kentucky Horse Park specifically for the hound show, will inspect the dogs. “This is a good way for our visitors who enjoy dogs to be surrounded by some fine animals and learn about a number of hound breeds at the same time,” said John Nicholson, Executive Director of the park.
He continued, “One particularly nice feature of this show is that spectators are given the opportunity to learn from the judges about the dogs being shown. We appreciate the fact that judges of this stature are willing to address the audience and explain their decisions in the judging process.”
The dogs won’t have a monopoly on all of the fun, however. The Iroquois and Woodford Hunt Clubs are hosting the Mid-America Foxhound Show, which will include hound judging seminars and dinner the night before, and socializing in packs the next day. Judging begins at 9 am on May 7 at the park and goes through most of the afternoon.
For information, contact Lilla Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-233-1111, or click on www.midamericashow.org.
Admission to the Kentucky Horse Park is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12. Children 6 and under admitted free of charge. Admission includes the American Saddlebred Museum and the Mid-America Foxhound Show.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted 913,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2003. The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington. The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.