AMERICAN RABBIT HOUND ASSOCIATION
A Tennessee Corporation
ARHA BIG PACK RULES,
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
All rules, policies, and
procedures listed in this document have been established by the
ARHA Big Pack Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors
of the American Rabbit Hound Association has developed the
following policy statement:
"It is our desire that
the ARHA can bring a rabbit hound that will be exactly like the
type of dog that you would select to take hunting. It is our
intention, in interpretation of rules and policies, that all
ARHA clubs will conduct competition hunts in a uniform manner.
More importantly, competition events will remain a family fun
event that is free if dissent and preferential treatment for any
person or group."
I. General Rules for the
Conduct of ARHA Sanctioned Hunts
1. What constitutes
a sanctioned Big Pack hunt?
The hunt must be approved or licensed
by the President or Secretary/Treasurer of the ARHA.
b. The hunt must be
listed in the ARHA hunt schedule in The Rabbit Hunter at
least one month before the hunt is held.
c. Hunts listed in
The Rabbit Hunter must list the date of the hunt, the
location of the hunt, the contact person for information
about the hunt, the type of hunt (BP), whether a Bench Show
will be held, and the entry deadline. If a club is hosting a
sanctioned hunt that will be a one or two day event, no
entries can be entered after the deadline on the first day,
unless it is specifically stated in the Rabbit Hunter
d. All hounds
entered in the hunt must be ARHA registered and their owner
must belong to an ARHA club. When an individual becomes a
member of an ARHA club, he/she forfeits all rights to pursue
in a court of law, legal measures against the ARHA Big Pack
National Organization, the National Officers, including, but
not limited to, the President of ARHA, Chairman of the
Board, Chairman of the Watchdog Committee, Committee
Members, Chair- man of the Hall of Fame Committee and
Committee Members, Local Clubs and their Officers and
e. The hunt must be
conducted under all ARHA rules, policies, and procedures.
All clubs must obtain a permit or authorization from their
State Department of Fish and Wildlife (if a permit is
required in that state) for all sanctioned hunts to protect
the out of state participants from receiving citations for
not having a hunting license. Clubs that fail to do so are
liable and responsible to pay for citations that are
received by the out of state contestants participating in
their sanctioned hunts.
f. There must be a
minimum of 10 hounds to conduct a sanctioned ARHA Big Pack
hunt, since Big Pack Champion hounds and Big Pack Grand
Rabbit Champions compete with open class hounds in ARHA Big
Pack competition, this 10 hound minimum may be a mixture of
open, champion or grand rabbit champion hounds.
g. The use of
firearms, weapons, alcoholic beverages, and illegal drugs is
prohibited from all individuals participating in an ARHA
CONDUCT: If physical contact is involved the individual that
instigates the first physical contact is automatically
banned for life. Additionally, a person is allowed to defend
B. Hunt Limitations
1. Each member club must
hold at least one sanctioned hunt in a calendar year.
2. A club may not hold
more than eight (8) Big Pack sanctioned hunts in a calendar
year. This number includes State, Regional, and National events.
C. The Big Three
(National Events) Big Pack hunts are the World hunt, the Grand
National, and the All American. These three hunts are two-day
hunts. State hunts and Club hunts will be one-day competitions.
1. World Hunt
There shall be a Big
Pack World Hunt held each calendar year in the month of March.
It shall be the first weekend in March that has a Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday. A hound must have placed in the top ten in
HGA in a sanctioned Big Pack hunt, within the prior 12-month
period, in order to be eligible to run in the World Hunt. Each
club is encouraged to send two judges to the World Hunt to judge
if the host club needs them. Entry fee for both bench and field
is $20.00 total. A complete set of trophies must be awarded at
the World Hunt. At the World Hunt there must be trophies given
in Highest General Average for places 1 through 20. Awards for
the four categories (hunting, trailing, speed & drive) can be
trophies, rosettes or plaques.
There will be a Big Pack
Grand National held each year. It is recommended it be held in
the fall. There is to be no qualifying for it. There will be a
$15.00 entry fee, which covers both bench and field. It is
recommended that the Grand National be to be held the last
Friday and Saturday in October. At the Grand National and World
Hunt there must be 10 trophies or plaques awarded in the male
class and 10 in the female class for bench competition. This
does not apply to the puppy class. There must be a complete set
of trophies awarded at the Grand National for field winners,
places 1 through 10. Awards for the four categories (hunting,
trailing, speed & drive) can be trophies, rosettes or plaques.
There will be a Big Pack
All American hunt held each year. Its date is open and may vary
depending on the club hosting the hunt. There will be no
qualifying for it. There will be a $15.00 entry fee, which
covers both bench and field. There must be 10 trophies or
plaques awarded in the male class and 10 in the female class in
the bench show. There must be a complete set of trophies or
plaques awarded at the All American for field winners, places 1
through 10. Awards for the four categories (hunting, trailing,
speed & drive) can be trophies, rosettes or plaques.
A State Hunt shall not
be scheduled the same weekend as one of the Big Three hunts.
Entry fee for all State hunts will be $10.00, which covers both
field and bench. Awards for winners for both field and bench
shall be at the discretion of the club hosting the event.
Entry fee for Club hunts
will be no more than $10.00, which covers both field and bench.
Dates and awards will be at the discretion of the hosting club.
D. Breed Inspector
1. Each club is to
select a Breed Inspector for the hunt. This person is to be
knowledgeable concerning breed standards.
2. The host club has the
option of whether or not to measure the hounds before the hunt;
however, any handler may challenge the size of the hound, and
such hound must be measured before advancing any further in the
hunt. A challenge may be made at any time during the hunt,
except when hounds are actually running in competition. If a
hound is challenged at the end of a cast (or hunt) and that
hound has been declared a winner and that hound is judged to be
oversized by the Breed Inspector, that hound shall be
disqualified and the other hounds moved up in the winner's
spaces. Protest must be made within one hour.
3. The Breed Inspector
makes the final decision as to whether the challenged hound be
allowed to hunt.
4. The Breed Inspector
has the right to measure all hounds that are entered in the hunt
and to disqualify any hound that, in his opinion, does not meet
breed standards, or is over 15 inches at the withers. Breed
Inspector can make measurements. If no Breed Inspector is
available highest club officer can do measurement. .
5. The Breed Inspector
must have available for use an official measuring scale. An
official measuring scale is any type of device that measures 15
inches, and cannot be proven otherwise, it shall be that club's
official measuring scale.
6. The Breed Inspector
shall determine whether a hound qualifies for ARHA registration.
The Breed Inspector shall check AKC and UKC registration papers
for hounds being registered and write the AKC or UKC
registration number on the ARHA registration form.
7. The club Secretary
shall issue a form signed by the Breed Inspector stating that
said hound has been registered with ARHA at the club on that
date. This form shall be filled out in triplicate. The club
shall retain one copy. One shall be sent to ARHA for
registration. The third is to be given to the dog's owner to be
presented at subsequent hunts until the owner receives the
official ARHA number. No hound shall be entered without an ARHA
number or proof of registration unless he is registered at the
E. Breed Standards for
ARHA Sanctioned Hunts
1. The ARHA registers
beagles, bassets, and harriers; however, the three different
breeds must hunt in different hunts. That is beagles hunt with
other beagles, bassets hunt with other bassets, and harrier hunt
with other harrier.
2. The hound must be
registered with ARHA and the owner must belong to an ARHA club.
3. A beagle or basset
may not be more than 15 inches at the withers as measured by the
Breed Inspector to compete in ARHA competition.
4. When being measured,
a hound shall be standing in a natural, alert position with its
head up but not stretched upward and with its feet well under
the hound and forelegs vertical. The hound shall be placed on a
non-slippery surface at floor or ground level. The hound shall
not be required to be posed, or set up as in bench show pose by
F. Conducting the Hunt
All clubs must have a
Master of Hounds and a Breed Inspector to conduct an ARHA
sanctioned hunt. Club official can act as breed inspector.
The club Treasurer, or
another person appointed by the club president, must collect all
money for entry fees and keep an accurate accounting of this
money. He shall forward to the ARHA office all of the money that
is required by the ARHA for sanctioned hunts.
G. Identification of
Hounds in the Hunt.
1. All hounds must carry
plainly painted, dyed, or bleached numbers on both sides with
numbers corresponding with that issued at entry desk.
2. The Secretary of the
hosting club will issue Numbers. Only the numbers one (1) to
nine hundred and ninety nine (999) will be legal for a
II. Big Pack Champion and
The American Rabbit Hound
Association will conduct a program to allow hunters to make their
hounds into Big Pack Rabbit Champions, Big Pack Grand Rabbit
Champions, Bench Show Champion, and Grand Bench Champion. ARHA clubs
that run the Big Pack must hold at least one Big Pack sanctioned
hunt each year but may not hold more than eight Big Pack sanctioned
hunts each year. A club may hold as many non-sanctioned fun hunts as
Big Pack Rabbit Champion
Any ARHA registered hound
can earn this honor by winning first place in an ARHA sanctioned Big
Pack hunt and accumulating 300 points and having at least one first
place win. The first place win must come from a club other than the
one the owner is a member of. Points are awarded as followed: points
are to be determined by the number of hounds entered in the hunt.
The first place hound will get as many points as there are hounds
For example, if there are 50
hounds entered, the first place hound will receive 50 points, the
second place hound would get 90% of 50, the third place hound would
get 80% of 50, the fourth place hound would get 70% of 50, the fifth
place hound would get 60% of 50, the sixth place hound would get 50%
of 50, the seventh place hound would get 40% of 50, the eighth place
hound would get 30% of 50, the ninth place hound would get 20% of
50, and the tenth place hound would get 10% of 50. This would break
down as follows if there were 50 hounds entered:
Clubs will not have to
figure these points but merely record the order of finish and mail
to NKC/ARHA Office. Hounds can earn Rabbit Champion and Grand Rabbit
Champion in Big Pack competition. Big Pack Rabbit Champions and Big
Pack Grand Rabbit Champions will run against open class or
non-champion hounds. To make your hound a Big Pack Rabbit Champion,
your first place win must come from a club other than your own.
Big Pack Grand Rabbit
This is the highest honor a
hound can receive in ARHA Big Pack. This title is earned by having
three first place wins in sanctioned Big Pack hunts after they have
made Big Pack Champion. After making Big Pack Grand Rabbit Champion
these hounds with those totals will be allowed to run against Rabbit
Champion and open class hounds.
Any owner of a hound entered
in the sanctioned Big Pack hunt can file a protest with Master of
Hounds within one hour of the posting of the score sheet. The
decision of the Master of Hounds is final except when an appeal is
made to the ARHA Big Pack Watchdog Committee.
The awarding of prizes that
are donated by dog food companies is left up to the discretion of
the hosting club, rather than based solely on the order of finish of
1. No cash prizes may be
awarded without the permission of the ARHA.
2. No Calcutta, shotguns, or
other significant awards may be given.
3. ARHA does not prohibit
raffles at hunts.
V. Reporting Hunt Results to the
The Secretary or President of the host club
shall issue winner certificates to the owners of the top ten hounds
in the hunt. Certificates shall also be issued to Bench Show
B. The certificates shall
list the date of the hunt, the name of the club hosting the hunt,
the name and ARHA registration number of the hound, the place that
the hound finished, and number of hounds in the hunt.
C. The certificates should
also state that this was a Big Pack hunt.
D. The President or
Secretary of the host club must sign the certificates and they
should be mailed to ARHA within 30 days of the hunt.
E. If these procedures are
not followed the results of the hunt shall be void.
VI. Field Trial Rules and
The President of the host club is to select a
person to serve as Master of Hounds. This person is to be
knowledgeable in ARHA Big Pack rules, policies, and procedures for
conducting ARHA Big Pack sanctioned hunts.
2. The hosting club must
furnish at least four (4) non-hunting field judges.
3. The Secretary of the
hosting club will record all entries and shall announce when entries
are closed and no entries shall be accepted after this announcement
has been made. As soon as the entries are closed the Secretary
should make a numerical list of all entries and present it to the
Master of Hounds for roll call.
B. Master of Hounds
1. The Master of Hounds
shall be appointed by the President of the hosting club, subject to
the approval of the Board of Directors of the hosting club.
2. Master of Hounds shall
call all meetings of the judges and act as their Secretary. The
President, at his option and under his power of appointment, may
appoint a qualified person to assist the Master of Hounds in the
Judges Meeting. Such person shall work only under the specific
instructions of the Master of Hounds.
3. The Master of Hounds
shall give the handlers any information they may need as to
direction to enable them to keep within reasonable distance of the
hounds. He shall instruct handlers and outsiders not to converse
with, or in the hearing of judges, about the work done, or the
merits or demerits of any of the competing hounds. It shall be his
duty to report any and all infringements of this rule to the
President. The offenders will be subject to expulsion from the
grounds. The Master of Hounds may ride to the hounds and shall
direct the handlers and assist the judges in every proper way
4. It shall be the duty of
the Master of Hounds to notify, by conspicuously posting at
headquarters, the evening before, the hour and place of starting the
following day. He shall blow his horn at the end of each day’s hunt
signaling that the hunt has been called off according to the rules
5. The Master of Hounds
shall have the authority to order removal from the hunting ground,
any hounds affected with a contagious disease or any bitches in
6. He shall see that the
numbers are painted or dyed distinctly on the entries and shall call
off the numbers, or have them checked in by the judges under his
supervision at or before each cast.
7. He shall strictly
prohibit all persons from blowing horns on any pretext whatsoever,
until the hunt is called off.
8. He shall place the judges
to the best advantage in his discretion.
9. The Master of Hounds
shall have no voice in any question in regard to scores or
eliminations in the Judges Meeting. He may be consulted on all
questions in general but shall not offer any suggestions in any
particular case until after the score is given and no score shall be
changed on his account
10. The Master of Hounds
must not allow judges to compare notes one to another at any time.
Any discussion of hounds must be after the Master of Hounds calls
number in the meeting and no hound shall be discussed by the judges
11. The Master of Hounds
must be accurate in setting down scores at the meetings.
12. The Master of Hounds may
score hounds in the field, but he shall not enter hounds in the hunt
nor be interested in any way in any hounds so entered.
13. It shall be the duty of
the Master of Hounds to see that these rules are strictly followed
and trials shall be judged under these rules and not what any Master
or Judge feels the rules should be. It shall be mandatory for the
Master of Hounds to review the running rules and regulations at a
judges meeting prior to the beginning of a field trial.
14. In case of extreme
emergency such as hounds on dangerous highways or irate landowners
which endangers the safety of a large number of hounds or the safety
of the general public, the Master of Hounds and the President may
jointly order the hounds picked up under the supervision of the
Master and recast at that days casting grounds under the Master's
15. No game shall be
released at that day's cast after the cast has been made.
16. The Master of Hounds may
order crated a scratched hound in the immediate area of major high-
ways, railroads or a population center that could endanger the lives
of other hounds or people.
C. Assistant Master of
1. The Master of Hounds at
his option may appoint two (2) assistant Master of Hounds whose
duties shall facilitate in every way the running of the Field Trials
and they shall work on specific instructions from the Master of
Hounds. Assistant Master of Hounds shall further have the duties and
rights accorded to judges in scoring or eliminating hounds.
D. Field Trial Judges
1. The President of the
hosting club may appoint from day to day one or more Field Masters,
whose duty it shall be to handle the field hunters to the best
advantage of the hunt.
2. The number of Field
Judges shall not be less than four (4). No Field Judge, Master of
Hounds, Assistant Master of Hounds or Field Master can enter hounds
in the hunt nor be interested in anyway in any hound so entered.
3. No person shall act as a
judge at the field trial of the ARHA World Hunt unless he or she has
formerly acted as judge at a field trial run under the rules of the
National Foxhunters Association or ARHA Big Pack.
4. The judges will be
subject to the general rules of the ARHA and report for duty each
day to the Master of Hounds.
5. Should an appointed judge
be unable to fill his engagement or become disabled, the President
may or may not fill the vacancy, as he sees fit.
E. Roll Call
Any hound failing to answer
roll call on the first day of any hunt shall be eliminated. The
daily score sheets are to show-Failed to Answer.
On the last day, all hounds
must answer roll call or they will be eliminated.
Tailgating or casting from
trucks and trailers shall be permitted at all ARHA Big Pack trials.
F. Hound Owners, Handlers,
1. Definition of a handler:
any person who takes the hound into the field for a hunt, after the
hound has been entered in the event.
a. The owner or handler
hunting a hound must not speak to or urge him on in any manner.
Should any owner or his handler injured or purposely interfere with
an opponents hound, he will be expelled from the association and all
his entries barred by the Watchdog Committee for a period of time.
b. It shall be the duty of
the Master of Hounds to instruct the handlers to refrain from
discussing hounds good or bad qualities with the judges.
c. Any handler, who uses
abusive language, threatens or strikes a judge, Master of Hounds, or
another handler shall be banned from the ARHA competition for a
period of not less than one (1) year by the Watchdog Committee.
d. If a handler is banned
from ARHA competition, his name shall be reported to the ARHA. After
one year this handler may apply to the club that banned him for
reinstatement, which mayor may not be granted. If the handler who is
barred for one year is a hound owner none of his hounds shall be
allowed in ARHA competition during the year the owner is barred.
2. Definition of a spectator: a
spectator is a person who goes into the field to observe the hunt.
a. The spectator is not part
of the hunt. He is only an observer.
b. A spectator who is
abusive, uses abusive language, threatens or strikes a judge, Master
of Hounds, handler or other spectator shall be barred from attending
all ARHA competition for at least one year.
c. The Master of Hounds
shall instruct spectators as to where he wants them to be in
relation to the handlers, hounds, and judges.
d. Spectators cannot be
called as witnesses in a protest situation.
e. A spectator cannot talk
to the judge, nor try to tell him how he should be judging the hunt.
f. A spectator cannot touch
a hound, talk to a hound, or in any way encourage the hound when
they are in the field.
g. With the permission of
the Master of Hounds, a spectator may help a handler catch his hound
if the hound is in danger, if the hound is chasing a deer, fox or
coyote, or at the end of the hunt
h. Lunch wagons, luncheons
or picnics of any description are forbidden on the hunting grounds
during the trials. Cooking on the hunting grounds is prohibited.
G. Limits of the Field Trial
1. The Master of Hounds shall
instruct the owners, handlers, and spectators as to where they may or
may not go in the Field Trial Territory.
Judging the Field
1. Hounds will be allowed five
(5) minutes after the cast before any may be reported by the judges for
2. A hound left on a "jump" or
thrown out "on a loss" shall not be penalized if it works diligently to
"get in" and succeeds in a reasonable time.
3. A hound "thrown out" or
"coming in" and refusing to hunt or "hark" to others shall be reported
for failing to hark by judges at their meeting. Judges shall attempt to
ascertain what game the hound is failing to hark to.
4. All hounds that run anything
other than rabbit or hare shall not receive any points for running this
5. Hounds running deer, fox or
coyote may not be scratched but neither can they be scored. Judges
should try to break up a deer, fox, or coyote chase.
6. A "gun-shy" hound shall not
be penalized for being cowed by gunfire.
7. Any hound shall be scratched
for babbling. Babbling is defined as giving false tongue to the extent
of interfering with the chase.
a. In the case of a hound
babbling to the extent of interfering with hounds or the chase and
seen by two or more judges who agree that such is the case, that
hound can be ordered tied up or crated by such judges.
b. A hound shall not be
considered as babbling should he be running as much as 30 feet
downwind from a track; or should he continue to give tongue a few
times on a run-over; or should he give one or two eager mouths at a
bad fence or stream when harking to running hounds. Except that, if
a hound remain at a fence or stream and continue to give tongue,
then he shall be scratched.
c. Hounds guilty of such
actions as running stock, stock-paths, hound or horse tracks,
backtracking, running a covered track, babbling at a fence, stream
or indiscriminate babbling, shall be scratched.
d. Hounds running deer, fox
or coyote must not be scratched nor can they be scored. Judges must
do all within their power to break up a deer, fox or coyote race.
Hounds must be given reason- able time to hunt on after being
scolded when spectators or judges are breaking up a deer, fox or
8. A hound that shows no
inclination to hunt may be reported for loafing by the judges at their
9. In conjunction with the rules
specifically mentioned herein, a hound may be eliminated for any
misbehavior in the field when in the opinion of the judges such
misbehavior is a fault, which could mar the characteristics of an ideal
Field Champion which might become detrimental to the chase.
10. Judges shall use due
discretion in scoring or scratching hounds and where reasonable doubt
arises of either the good work or faults of hounds, shall question the
score of such hounds until such time as the judges may become convinced
of the value of the work.
11. The hunt must be called off
automatically after running a minimum of four (4) hours hunting each day
or sooner upon vote in the field of the Master of Hounds and majority of
a. If before the four hours
are up, the Master of Hounds finds that due to unfavorable
conditions, hounds cannot trail or run a rabbit or hare, he should
try to contact a majority of the judges and call off the hunt.
12. Judge's watches must be
synchronized with that of the Master of Hounds each day (preferably at
time of cast).
13. When work or faults are
observed in the field by a judge the exact time must be recorded and
recorded along with his recommendations based on the observations. The
importance of recording correctly both the exact time and the quality of
the work observed cannot be over stressed.
14. Should a pack become
divided, the judges must separate and carefully note the work of each
15. The judges should follow the
hounds after the cast as closely as they can but they must not carry the
hounds off or out of the territory they wish to hunt.
16. When a hound cries a cold
track, other hounds that cast wide, hunting for the warmer scent of the
rabbit may be scored for Hunting. The judge must record the time when
recording a hounds work.
VIII. The Four Classes
A. The four classes for
scoring hounds may be defined as follows:
1. Hunting. A hound that
persistently hunts a rabbit or hare as the case may be.
Note: A harking, following or drifting hound should not be scored as a
Trailing. When a trail is
struck and a hound starts working the line, hounds must give tongue.
No hound should be scored for trailing a track without crying it and
steadily progressing on track. Hounds shall be scored for hunting if
it quits tonguing the track and hunts for a warmer scent.
Speed and Driving. When
rabbit is started and the pack is running, the judges should
endeavor to get to the pack and score all hounds showing Speed and
Endurance. Endurance is one
of the most important characteristics of a good rabbit hound.
IX. Home Plate Judge
The Master of Hounds shall select from the list
of proposed judges a Home Plate Judge, to be approved by the
President. This judge is to take the number of any hound returning
to the casting grounds, the time it came and how long it stayed. He
should take notes on the actions of such hounds and report it to the
judges in their meeting.
B. Should a hound return to
the casting ground before the hunt is called off, it should be the
duty of this judge to urge such a hound to continue hunting. The
judge should in all fairness to the hound and owner, call the hound
away from the crowd and give him every opportunity to recast. If the
hound then refuses to hunt it is the duty of the Home Plate Judge to
recommend to the judges that the hound be scratched.
1. The Home Plate Judge
shall score hound work that comes under his observation in the
2. The Home Plate Judge
shall kennel in a truck provided for that purpose, or turn over to
their owners, all hounds loafing around the casting grounds, when
said judge becomes firmly convinced that such hound shall be
eliminated for loafing.
X. Judges Meeting
The judges shall hold their meeting daily as
soon as possible after each hunt. No person other than the Judges
and the Master of Hounds shall be present at their meetings. The
President, at his option and under his power of appointment, may
appoint a qualified person to assist the Master of Hounds in the
Judges Meeting. Such person shall work only under the specific
instructions of the Master of Hounds. (See II, B)
B. The majority rule shall
apply in all cases. The Master of Hounds shall preside as secretary
at Judges Meetings. He shall keep in his possession the score sheet,
one other than the one that is posted. His private score sheet
should be scored with indelible pencil. The Master of Hounds shall
call for scores and register on score sheet the majority vote of the
judges. There shall be kept an individual daily score sheet, upon
suitable forms provided by the Secretary, showing the number of
hounds, the name of the judge, or judges, who scored or scratched
the hound, the various times the hound was scored, his total
possible score, and the score finally voted by the judges. These
sheets shall be kept by the Master of Hounds in his custody and
confidential. If, within ten days from the a time of posting the
final score sheet, no formal protest has been filled with the
Secretary then the Secretary shall destroy them; otherwise they
shall be preserved for such action as the Board of Directors may
take. The final decision must be rendered in writing to the
President or Secretary, who shall announce the result and make
C. When the Daily Score
sheet is finished the Master of Hounds shall post it on the bulletin
board at Headquarters after the Judges Meeting each day. This sheet
must state the score of each hound up to that time.
XI. Scoring in the Judges
The Decisions are to be made under four headings, as follows:
Hunting, Trailing, Speed and Driving, and Endurance. Ten places are
to be awarded in each of these four classes.
Scoring. The Scoring must
begin with a minimum of ten points and may be increased consistently
in multiples of five. Scores shall be called for by the Master of
Hounds in the order of roll call as follows:
"No.1. Is there any reason
why you judges would eliminate this hound?" If the majority of the
judges vote to eliminate No.1, Master of Hounds rules a line across
the score sheet.
The cause for elimination is
recorded in the column for that purpose. In case No.1 is not
scratched, Master of Hounds then asks for this hounds score in
The number of points each
hound scores is determined by a majority vote of the judges. Each
judge’s vote is not necessarily added to the other. Each judge
having observed the hound, recommends the highest score he thinks
this hound should have, and the highest score agreed upon by the
majority of judges will be the hounds score in the Hunting class for
that day. Trailing, Speed and Driving, and Endurance scores are then
taken up in the order mentioned and decided in an identical manner.
No one judge can give a
merit or demerit to any hound in any class. It takes the majority
vote of the judges to score either way.
No hound, during the first
hour of hunting in anyone day’s hunt shall be voted more than 10
points for his work done within that hour; no more than 15 points
for Hunting during the second hour; no more than 20 points for
Hunting during the third hour; and no more than 25 points for
Hunting during the fourth hour.
The perfect hound can score only 70 points in Hunting in anyone day.
Trailing. Hounds shall not
be scored in Trailing more than 30 points in anyone interval of
twenty minutes. No hound shall receive maximum of 30 points at
anyone interval unless it produces a rabbit or hare. Hounds can only
be scored for their best Trailing score during each twenty-minute
If a hound is trailing and
produces a rabbit or hare he automatically gets 30 points. If a
hound is trailing and does not produce a rabbit or hare it can be
recommended for 10 to 25 points in the Judges Meeting by the judge
observing the hounds work.
Speed and Driving.
The hound leading the pack
shall be scored 35 points, the second hound shall be scored 30
points, the third hound shall be scored 25 points, the fourth hound
shall be scored 20 points. Other hounds in the pack shall be scored
15 points each. No hound shall be scored more than 35 points in
anyone interval of ten minutes. Hounds shall only be scored for
their best position during a ten-minute interval. A hound running a
rabbit alone may be scored a maximum of 20 points if so recommended.
If at any time a judge falls to get the first hound running a rabbit
at a crossing he must disregard that crossing and try to score the
hounds at another crossing. Whenever a judge fails to get the number
of any hound in the order of that hounds position at a crossing-he
must stop with the last hound scored successively and try for
Endurance. All hounds that
finish in a Field Trial and have scored in either Hunting or
Trailing AND have also scored in Speed and Driving during the entire
hunt, with a sum total of 40 points or more, will automatically earn
an Endurance score of 1/4 of his or her total score across the
board, beginning with 10 points, adding in multiples of five where
permissible--to be computed only on the final day on the hounds that
finished the Trials. Each day’s score will count, but figured only
on the last day. The Endurance score will be figured on the last day
and the total posted on the Daily Sheets in the Endurance column
before making sum total of all scores and before starting to figure,
the Highest General Average.
The results: Each hound
getting an Endurance score will have received it from his other
classes. No hound, therefore, can have an Endurance score, he or she
has not earned from other scores.
To get an Endurance score,
hounds must have scored in either Hunting or Trailing as well as,
having scored also in Speed and Driving, during the entire trial. No
hound, therefore, can have an Endurance score which he or she has
*Hound No.5; 10 in Hunting,
10 in Trailing, 15 in Speed and Driving. This hound has scored
across the board but he has less than the sum total of 40 points, so
is not eligible for an Endurance score.
*Hound No. 20; Could have no
Hunting, no Trailing, 200 points in Speed and Driving, therefore he
could have no Endurance score.
*Hound No. 30; 10 in
Hunting, 20 in Trailing, 15 in Speed and Driving, a total of 45
points in the entire hunt. He would get the closest 1/4 of his
entire score - 10 points in Endurance.
*Hound No. 40; 60 in
Hunting, no Trailing, 90 in Speed and Driving, a total of 150 points
in the entire hunt. His Endurance score would be 35 points.
*Hound No. 50; No Hunting,
50 in Trailing, 125 in Speed and Driving, a total of 175 points. The
closest 1/4 in round figures - 40 points in Endurance.
*Hound No. 60; 95 in
Hunting, 65 in Trailing, 200 in Speed and Driving, a total of 360
points. This score rounds out in 1/4 to 90 points in Endurance.
All hounds get the Endurance
they earn. They must earn the score they are allowed (to be figured
on the last day).
The same scoring method
shall be followed as many days as judge’s order stake to continue.
When the judges are ready for final decision the highest scored
hound in Hunting is winner of the Hunting class. The highest scored
hound in Trailing is winner of the Trailing class and likewise in
Speed and Driving arid Endurance. Hunting class shall be finished
before starting on Trailing then Speed and Driving and then
Endurance in this order as one class has no bearing on any other
XII. In Case of Tie in Classes
Ties shall be untied
completely through the ten places in each of the four classes.
Should two or more hounds be tied with the same score in anyone
class, the hound having the largest total daily score in all classes
shall be adjudged winner of that class; the hound having the next
largest total score shall be second, and so on. Should a tie exist
between two or more hounds with the same score in anyone class and
are also tied in the total daily score in all classes, it shall be
untied in the manner as prescribed for untying the Highest General
No ties shall be untied by a
vote of the judges except in case of a tie where two or more hounds
are tied in all four classes, and then a vote of the judges shall
untie the tie.
XIII. Highest General Average
After all four classes have
been finished for each hound the Highest General Average shall be
The Highest General Averages
of the hounds for the first ten places shall be determined as
The hound scoring highest in each class shall receive a weight or points
The hound scoring second in
each class shall receive a weight or points of 90.
The hound scoring third in
each class shall receive a weight or points of 80.
The hound scoring fourth in
each class shall receive a weight or points of 70.
The hound scoring fifth in
each class shall receive a weight or points of 60.
The hound scoring sixth in
each class shall receive a weight or points of 50.
The hound scoring seventh in each class shall receive a weight or
points of 40.
The hound scoring eighth in each class shall receive a weight or
points of 30.
The hound scoring ninth in each class shall receive a weight or
points of 20.
The hound scoring tenth in each class shall receive a weight or
points of 10.
Each hound's general average
shall be arrived by adding together the points received by the hound
in each class.
For example, consider the
first hound on your daily score sheet. If he won Hunting he starts
with 100 points. If he is second in Trailing he gets 90 points
additional; third in Speed and Driving, 80 points; second in
Endurance, 90 points additional. Therefore, the No.1 hound scores
360 points towards Highest General Average The No.2 hound perhaps
scores second in Hunting and gets 90 points. He does not score in
Trailing, but is second in Speed and Driving and fourth in
Endurance. Making him a total of 250 points towards Highest General
Average. Suppose No.3 hound scored fourth in Hunting, fourth in
Trailing, first in Speed and Driving, and third in Endurance. He
would then receive 320 points towards Highest General Average.
Thus the scores for Highest
General Average are figured all the way through the first ten
places, the hound with the highest points being given first place,
next highest given second place, and so on to the tenth place.
Revert to Daily Sheets for scores in untying all ties.
XIV. In Case of tie for Highest
In case of tie, the highest
scored hound in the Hunting class of hounds tied shall be the
winner, if they remain tied in Hunting, and then trailing shall
untie the tie.
In the event said hounds remain tied in Trailing, then Speed and Driving
shall untie the tie.
In the event there is no
Speed and Driving score, there will be no Endurance score. But in
the event said hounds remain tied in Speed and Driving, the
Endurance shall untie the tie. In the event said hounds remain tied
in Endurance, the latest hound scored in Hunting shall untie the
tie; if still tied, the latest Trailing score shall untie the tie;
if still tied, the latest Speed and Driving score shall untie the
The perfect score is 400, which means first in each of the four classes.
ARHA Beagle Bench Show Rules