The Masters
"Pride in what we do, Foxhunting in the USA"

Rule Book of


Masters Foxhunters Association, Inc.


2005 Edition


Revised: April 27, 2005


MASTERS FOXHUNTERS ASSOCIATION, INC.


ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

 

 

BE IT KNOWN, that these articles of incorporation, made and sealed on this the 28th  day of December, 2001, are evidence that Fred Walker of Ben Lomond, Arkansas does hereby establish a corporation pursuant to Article 4, Chapter 27 of the Arkansas Code of 1987, to be governed by provisions as follows:

 

ARTICLE I

The name of this corporation shall be, MASTERS FOXHUNTERS ASSOCIATION, INC. (hereinafter referred to as “the Corporation”)

 

ARTICLE II

The Corporation’s principal office shall be located in the city of Ben Lomond, county of Sevier, state of Arkansas, United States of America.

 

ARTICLE III

The purpose of this Corporation is to promote the sport of foxhunting throughout the world.

 

A.                 FIELD TRIALS        

            To conduct, enter into or engage in actual competition among foxhounds; both in the wild and within the confinement of an enclosure.   The emphasis being on chasing a fox or coyote for the purpose of testing the qualities a foxhound should possess.   Those qualities being the ability to hunt, find, jump, and drive a fox or coyote with consistency; displaying scenting ability, speed, endurance and gameness.  The hounds must perform in accordance to the set rules listed under “RUNNING RULES FOR FOXHOUNDS” of the MASTERS FOXHUNTERS ASSOCIATION, INC.

 

B.                 BENCH SHOWS

            To show, exhibit, display foxhound on the bench for the purpose of selecting the best hound in show according the set rules listed under “BENCH STANDARDS FOR FOXHOUNDS” of the MASTERS FOXHUNTERS ASSOCIATION, INC.

 

C.                OTHER ACTIVITIES

            The Corporation may engage in any other legal, legitimate business or charitable activity.

 

ARTICLE IV

The Corporation shall be owned by the Stockholders. Forty thousand shares shall be initially issued, with subsequent issuances authorized upon the approval of the Board of Directors and a majority vote of the Stockholders.

ARTICLE V

The incorporator of this Corporation is Fred Walker of 3125 Walker Road, Ben Lomond, Arkansas.

 

ARTICLE VI

The Corporation shall commence business upon the filing and recording of the written Articles and the approval of same by the Secretary of State of Arkansas, and the sale of all authorized shares, and shall continue thereafter in perpetuity or until the Corporation is lawfully dissolved.

 

ARTICLE VII

The Corporation may incur debts as the Board of Directors sees fit.

 

ARTICLE VIII

The Corporation shall have the right in its corporate name to purchase, lease, acquire, receive and hold such properties, real or personal, as may be necessary or proper to carry on and promote the objects of the Corporation, and may sell, dispose of, mortgage or convey such property at pleasure and shall have the right to sue and be sued, contract and be contracted with, in its corporate name, and may have and use a corporate seal and alter same at pleasure.

 

ARTICLE IX

The private property of the incorporators or the stockholders shall not be subject in any respect to the payment of the debts or liabilities of the corporation and shall be exempt from corporate liability.

 

ARTICLE X

The affairs and business of the corporation shall be conducted by a Board of Directors to be elected by the stockholders at a regular annual meeting of the stockholders.  The Corporation shall have no less than 13 and no more than 39 Directors excluding charter members.

 

ARTICLE XI

By-laws shall set out procedures to alter, amend, or abolish rules and standards promulgated by the Corporation.

 

ARTICLE XII

The affairs of the corporation shall be conducted by the incorporator herein named until a Board of Directors has been elected.

 

 

ARTICLE XIII

The corporate seal of this Corporation shall be a red ring containing the letter “M” followed by the words “ The Masters” and “Pride in what we do, Foxhunting in the USA”.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, the Party has set his hand and name this the day and year first above written.

 

 

BY-LAWS OF MASTERS FOXHUNTERS ASSOCIATION, INC.

 

By-Law I

ANNUAL MEETINGS

 

MEMBERSHIP MEETING

A.                 The annual membership meeting of this Corporation shall be held during the week of the annual field trial, the time and place to be designated by the president.

B.                A majority of the members present shall constitute a quorum.

C.                The membership will prepare a proposed list of Directors for Stockholders approval.  

D.                The membership may suggest rule changes for Board of Directors approval if two-thirds vote of the members present in good standing at any annual meeting of the Corporation so approve such recommended amendments.

E.                 The membership may suggest By-Law changes for Stockholders approval if two-thirds vote of the members present in good standing at any annual meeting of the Corporation so approve such recommended amendments. 

F.                 Immediately following the membership meeting, recommendations must be presented to the Stockholders and Board of Directors.

 

STOCKHOLDERS MEETING

A.                 Annual Stockholders meeting shall be held immediately following the membership meeting. 

B.                The Stockholders may approve, alter, or reject the Member-proposed list of Directors and any recommended amendments to the By-Laws.

C.                Stockholders shall then elect the Board of Directors.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

A.                 The annual Board of Directors meeting shall be held immediately following the annual Stockholders meeting.

B.                The newly elected Board shall then meet and elect officers, alter or reject any recommended amendments to the Running Rules and Regulations and carry out any other business that may come before the Board.

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS

A.                 Roll call and reading of the minutes

B.                Reading of reports and statements

C.                Unfinished business

D.                Reports of the affiliated associations

E.                 Nomination and election of officers

F.                 Nomination committee for the election of directors

G.                Election of directors

H.                The appointing of the nomination committee for the election of directors

I.                    New or miscellaneous business by the permission of the chair

 

By-Law II

MEMBERS

 

A.                                         Members shall be individuals who join the Corporation in a manner described below.  

1.   They shall meet annually. 

2.      They shall be charged with the responsibility of comprising a list of      recommended Directors for Stockholders approval.

3.      Members may recommend amendments to the By-Laws for Stockholders approval.  

4.      Members may recommend amendments to Rules and Regulations for Directors approval.

 

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIPS

A.                 All persons desiring voting rights must purchase a membership.  Membership fees are $25.00 per year.

B.                If two or more persons are running one hound, or hounds, in their combined names, each must become a member of the association.  Annual dues shall cover the period from Annual Membership meeting to Annual Membership meeting of the Masters. 

C.                Any one in arrears two years shall be dropped from the list of members of this association.

 

SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIPS

A.                 A sustaining member is a member whose goodness of heart prompts him to give $50.00 or more to become a member of the Masters Foxhunters Association, Inc.

 

 

By-Law III

CHARTER MEMBERS

A.     The thirty-five Charter Members are the original directors.  They are Directors for life.  If they come inactive members, they automatically become Directors emeritus.

 

MASTERS  FOXHUNTERS  ASSOCIATION

ORIGINAL CHARTER MEMBERS

October 28, 1999

Wilton, Arkansas

ACTIVE MEMBER

CITY

STATE

Perry Pond

Tom

Oklahoma

Cole Walker

Ben Lomond

Arkansas

Fred Walker

Ben Lomond

Arkansas

 

 

INACTIVE MEMBER

CITY

STATE

Randy Bonner

Joaquin

Texas

J.B. Bridges

Dodd City

Texas

Curtis Cantrell

Kerens

Texas

Donald Chauncy

Ashdown

Arkansas

Roger Chauncy

Ashdown

Arkansas

Donnie Cobb

Ben Lomond

Arkansas

Clint Cody

Perry

Arkansas

Blunt Crook

Clarksville

Texas

Bruce Doster

Amity

Arkansas

Derek Dupre

Royal

Arkansas

Jerry Frazier

Wynne

Arkansas

Waldene Golden

McCrory

Arkansas

B.J. High

Ashdown

Arkansas

Alan Hughes

Bismark

Arkansas

Cole Kesterson

Lockesburg

Arkansas

Wallace E. Knighten

Foreman

Arkansas

C.C. Laster

Eagletown

Oklahoma

David Martin

Idabel

Oklahoma

Cole Moore

Royal

Arkansas

Gary Owen

Redwater

Texas

Elton Paul

Malvern

Arkansas

Lucas Power

Dierks

Arkansas

Rick Rainey

Casa

Arkansas

Dwight Reid

Kirby

Arkansas

Wig Tallant

Winthrop

Arkansas

Charles Tatom

Ashdown

Arkansas

Clint Walker

San Diego

California

Joe Woodard

Holly Bluff

Mississippi

Kevin Yates

Joaquin

Texas

Kennedy Young

Falls Chapel

Arkansas

 

 

 

 

 

 

DECEASED MEMBER

CITY

STATE

Gary Johnson

Wilton

Arkansas

 

By-Law IV

OFFICERS

 

A.                 Officers shall be president, first vice-president, second vice-president, third vice-president, and secretary/treasurer. 

B.                The same person may hold two offices, except that the secretary/treasurer cannot simultaneously serve as president.

C.                The Board of Directors shall elect all officers at its annual meeting. 

D.                A secret ballot shall be taken for all contested elections.

E.                 All newly elected officers shall hold office beginning at the conclusion of the field trial, which they were elected until the conclusion of the trials next following their election.

F.                 All officers shall be ex-offico members of the Board of Directors.  The president of the Corporation shall be ex-offico chairman and the secretary shall act as secretary of said board of all its meetings. 

G.                It shall be optional for officers of the MASTERS FOXHUNTERS ASSOCIATION, INC. or officers of its affiliates to enter hounds but they are urged to do so.

 

 

 

 

PRESIDENT

A.                 The President shall be Chief Executive of the Corporation and preside over all meetings of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and meetings of the Members.  He shall appoint, subject to approval of the Board of Directors, the Master of Hounds, Assistant Master of Hounds, Bench Show Judge, Ringmaster, and Home Plate Judge.  The President shall fill any vacancy of the Board of Directors.

B.                The President shall approve all disbursements of funds, including all necessary expenses of the secretary and judges while attending the Masters.

 

VICE-PRESIDENT

1.      The vice-presidents shall fill the office of the president in his absence in the order of their election.    If two vice-presidents are elected simultaneously, the Board of Directors shall elect a new President. 

 

 

SECRETARY/TREASURER

A.                 The Secretary shall keep minutes and records of the proceedings of the Corporation; conduct the correspondence and shall present a written report at all meetings.  He and his assistants shall receive memberships, entries, and assign numbers for the field trails.  As soon as possible after entries close the secretary and his/her assistants must prepare a numerical list of all entries.  This list will be presented to the Master of Hounds upon completion of list. 

The Secretary must write to the secretaries of the affiliated Associations and remind them to have their annual dues paid

B.                up to the Masters and to send annual reports to the Masters Foxhunters Association, Inc.

C.                Secretary shall mail each director a form to recommend three judges for the next trial.  Directors shall complete and return these forms to the secretary as soon as possible. 

D.                The secretary shall keep on file the entries and records of all field trials and bench shows of the Masters Foxhunters Association, Inc.  

E.                 The secretary shall receive and have in charge all money, bills, notes, bonds, and similar property belonging to the Masters Foxhunters Association, Inc. and shall do with the same as may be ordered by the Board of Directors.  The secretary shall pay all bills approved by the president, including all necessary proper expenses of the judges.  His books shall open to the inspection of the Board of Directors. 

F.                 The secretary shall make and present a financial statement at each annual membership meeting.

 

By-Law V

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

A.                 Directors shall be a member in good standing.

B.                A majority of the board must be present in order to have a quorum.

C.                Directors shall have charge of all business of the Corporation and decide all objections, protests, and all questions concerning the interpretations of the By-Laws and Rules and all appeals from the decisions of the judges at the trials. 

D.                The Board of Directors shall adjudicate all complaints against judges, filed in writing by any member of this Corporation, in person.

E.                 Special meetings may be called at any time by the president or upon the request of seven of the directors.  Notice of special meetings shall be given each director either by mailing a notice to his last known address at least ten days before such meeting, e-mail notice at least five days before such meeting or by phone call five days before such meeting.

F.                 Directors are required to complete judge’s recommendation form and return to secretary upon receipt of such. 

G.                Directors will receive from member’s nominations of candidates to be inducted into the FOXHUNTERS HALL OF FAME.   The Directors will review all nominations and pass to the Selection Committee their list of recommended candidates. 

 

By-Law VI

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

A.                 The Executive Committee shall consist of the president, secretary, and the three immediate past presidents.  The committee shall possess and may exercise the powers of the Board of Directors during intervals between the annual meetings of the Board of Directors.

B.                The Executive Committee shall meet and select the date, site, and judges for the annual field trial and bench show.

 

By-Law VII

STOCKHOLDERS

 

A.                 Stockholders own the Corporation.  

B.                All changes to by-laws must be approved by the Stockholders

C.                Stockholders shall be paid annual dividends as follows:

After all entry fees and membership fees have been collected and before expenses of the annual field and bench show have been paid, 1% of the purse shall be allocated to the stockholders. 

D.        Dividends will be paid within 60 days of the completion of the field trial.

 

By-Law VIII

FOXHUNTERS HALL OF FAME

 

The Masters Foxhunters Association, Inc. shall be in charge of the election of all persons to be inducted  into the FOXHUNTERS  HALL OF FAME. Each year one living foxhunter and, as many as, two deceased foxhunters may be inducted.  Each candidate must be nominated by a member in good standing of the Masters Foxhunters Association, Inc.  The secretary will compile a list and present said list to the Board of Directors. The Board will approve or amend said list and pass said list on to the Foxhunters Hall of Fame Selection Committee who will make the final decision at their next meeting.  The chosen recipients will be inducted into the FOXHUNTERS HALL OF FAME the following year at the banquet of the Masters.  The Selection Committee will consist of five people.  Each year the President will appoint one new member who shall serve a five year term.

Beginning in the year 2005, five new categories will be included in the Hall of Fame selections.  They are: Hound (this honor will be bestowed upon a hound for his/her individual accomplishments), Sire (this honor will be bestowed upon a hound for his ability to sire outstanding pups), Dam (this honor will be bestowed upon a hound for her ability to produce outstanding pups), Field Trial (this honor goes to those field trials which are generally accepted as the greatest field trials of all time). Best Cross (this honor will be bestowed upon the best cross of all time).

 

 

By-Law IX

OFFICIAL ORGAN

 

A.                 The Hunters Horn magazine shall be the official organ of this Corporation.

 

 

By-Law X

STRUCTURE OF THE MASTER’S FIELD TRIAL AND BENCH SHOW

 

FIELD TRIAL

A.                 The annual field trial of the Masters shall be open to hounds of all ages. 

B.                It shall be run five hours per day, three consecutive days. 

C.                Hound entries shall begin at 9:00 am on Wednesday and close at 6:00pm on Wednesday.  Numbers 1 thru 999 are the only numbers that may be used.  Any numbers that begin with 0 are disallowed.  The affiliates of the Masters may use any numbering system they choose.

D.                The banquet and all meetings shall be begin at 7:00pm on Wednesday.

E.                 Field trial shall be run on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  

F.                 Awards will be announced as soon as possible on Saturday, but no earlier than 2:00pm. 

G.                Membership fee shall be $25.00. This revenue will go into an account along with the affiliation fees for the purpose of conducting business of the corporation. 

H.                Entry fee shall be $100.00 per hound.  

I.                    Free entries shall be awarded to any hound that is certified a field champion of any Open or All-Age field trial affiliated with the Master’s no matter what year the championship was earned. 

J.                  After all expenses of the annual field trial and bench show have been paid, 100% of the remaining purse shall be awarded to the top ten hounds according to their percentage of grand total points of the top ten hounds.

K.                Upon completion of the field trial, the hound having the highest general average shall be conferred the title, Master’s Field Champion.

L.                Starting in 2007 the day of entry shall be the last Wednesday in February.

 

 

BENCH SHOW

A.                 There shall be an annual open bench show held on Thursday at 6:00 pm (two classes only).

B.                Male hounds shall show first, females next.

C.                Hounds shall also show for best pair, best pack, and natural carriage.

D.                Upon completion of the field trial, the hound named Best in Show shall be conferred the title, Master’s Bench Champion.

By-Law XI

EXPLANATION OF THE FOUR CLASSES

A.                 Hunting – work performed by hound while searching for the scent of a fox or coyote.  This does not include a harking or drifting hound.  When running within the confinements of an enclosure field judges are expected to make close observations of any looses or run-overs and they are encouraged to award hunting scores to the working hounds that are first to find the scent of the lost fox or coyote. 

B.                Trailing – work performed once the scent has been found and the hound progressively goes forward on the trail giving tongue.  Should hound stop tonguing and is obviously searching for a warmer scent, consider this hunting.

C.                Speed & Drive – when fox or coyote has been jumped and hounds are running in full cry.

D.                Endurance – the capacity or power to endure prolonged stress without succumbing; to bear pain, or adversity, showing constant courage and gameness.

 

 

By-Law XII

SCORING IN THE FOUR CLASSES

A.                 Hunting – hounds may receive 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 points in hunting according to the judge’s evaluation.  See chart below.

hour

points

 

 

 

 

1st

10

 

 

 

 

2nd

10

15

 

 

 

3rd

10

15

20

 

 

4th

10

15

20

25

 

5th

10

15

20

25

30

 

Highest score listed is the maximum amount per hour a hound may receive.

 

B.                Trailing – hounds may receive 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 points for trailing according to the judges evaluation.  The most a hound can receive in any 20-minute interval is 30 points.  In order to receive the maximum score, hound must produce fox or coyote. 

 

C.                Speed & Drive – hounds shall be scored by the following chart:

 

Position

Score

1st

35

2nd

30

3rd

25

4th

20

5th

15

6th

15

7th

15

8th

15

            A hound running alone shall be scored 20 points. 

 

 

 

Hounds will only be allowed to keep their highest one score in each ten-minute interval of each days running.  All other scores must be discarded.  The Masters Foxhunters Association, Inc. will use a computer program designed to figure these scores.  The name of this program is Master Fox – 2003.  Each affiliate of the Masters may use this program but shall not be required to do so.  However, no other computer program is legal to use in hunts affiliated with the Masters.

 

D.                Endurance – will be figured for field trials that are held within an enclosure as prescribed in the following.

Hound shall be scored in this class each day of the trial if the following provisions are met:

1.                  Hound must score a minimum of 60 points per day. (sub-total)

2.                  Hound must score in the Speed & Drive class

 

DAY ONE

DAY TWO

DAY THREE

DAY FOUR

20% of sub-total  for endurance

25% of sub-total  for endurance

30% of sub-total  for endurance

35% of sub-total for endurance

 

Scores not ending in “0” or in “5” shall be lowered to the next multiple of five.

 

To figure endurance scores, see chart below:

 

SUB-TOTAL

DAY -1

DAY -2

DAY -3

DAY-4

60

10

15

15

20

65

10

15

15

20

70

10

15

20

20

75

15

15

20

25

80

15

20

20

25

85

15

20

25

25

90

15

20

25

30

95

15

20

25

30

100

20

25

30

35

105

20

25

30

35

110

20

25

30

35

115

20

25

30

40

120

20

30

35

40

125

25

30

35

40

130

25

30

35

45

135

25

30

40

45

140

25

35

40

45

145

25

35

40

50

150

30

35

45

50

155

30

35

45

50

160

30

40

45

55

165

30

40

45

55

170

30

40

50

55

175

35

40

50

60

180

35

45

50

60

185

35

45

55

60

190

35

45

55

65

195

35

45

55

65

200

40

50

60

70

205

40

50

60

70

210

40

50

60

70

215

40

50

60

75

220

40

55

65

75

225

45

55

65

75

230

45

55

65

80

235

45

55

70

80

240

45

60

70

80

245

45

60

70

85

250

50

60

75

85

255

50

60

75

85

260

50

65

75

90

265

50

65

75

90

270

50

65

80

90

275

55

65

80

95

280

55

70

80

95

285

55

70

85

95

290

55

70

85

100

295

55

70

85

100

300

60

75

90

105

305

60

75

90

105

310

60

75

90

105

315

60

75

90

110

320

60

80

95

110

325

65

80

95

110

330

65

80

95

115

335

65

80

100

115

340

65

85

100

115

345

65

85

100

120

350

70

85

105

120

355

70

85

105

120

360

70

90

105

125

365

70

90

105

125

370

70

90

110

125

375

75

90

110

130

380

75

95

110

130

385

75

95

115

130

390

75

95

115

135

395

75

95

115

135

400

80

100

120

140

405

80

100

120

140

410

80

100

120

140

415

80

100

120

145

420

80

105

125

145

425

85

105

125

145

430

85

105

125

150

435

85

105

130

150

440

85

110

130

150

445

85

110

130

155

450

90

110

135

155

455

90

110

135

155

460

90

115

135

160

465

90

115

135

160

470

90

115

140

160

475

95

115

140

165

480

95

120

140

165

485

95

120

145

165

490

95

120

145

170

495

95

120

145

170

500

100

125

150

175

505

100

125

150

175

510

100

125

150

175

515

100

125

150

180

520

100

130

155

180

525

105

130

155

180

530

105

130

155

185

535

105

130

160

185

540

105

135

160

185

545

105

135

160

190

550

110

135

165

190

555

110

135

165

190

560

110

140

165

195

565

110

140

165

195

570

110

140

170

195

575

115

140

170

200

580

115

145

170

200

585

115

145

175

200

590

115

145

175

205

595

115

145

175

205

600

120

150

180

210

605

120

150

180

210

610

120

150

180

210

615

120

150

180

215

620

120

155

185

215

625

125

155

185

215

630

125

155

185

220

635

125

155

190

220

640

125

160

190

220

645

125

160

190

225

650

130

160

195

225

656

130

160

195

225

660

130

165

195

230

665

130

165

195

230

670

130

165

200

230

675

135

165

200

235

680

135

170

200

235

685

135

170

205

235

690

135

170

205

240

695

135

170

205

240

700

140

175

210

245

 

 

 

 

 

Endurance - will be figured for field trails that are held in the wild as prescribed in the following.

 

Hounds will receive 25% of their sub-total score for endurance providing the hound has scored in Speed & Drive plus Hunting or in Speed & Drive plus Trailing or in Speed & Drive plus both Hunting and Trailing.  Sub-total score must be at least 40 points.  These scores will only be given on the third day or last day.

By-Law XIII

DETERMINATION OF WINNERS

 

A.                 Once the field trial has ended and the scores have been totaled, hounds shall then be ranked first through tenth in four different classes.  Those classes being:  HUNTING, TRAILING, SPEED AND DRIVE, and ENDURANCE.  

B.                IN CASE OF TIE IN CLASSES FOR A FIELD TRIAL HELD WITHIN AN ENCLOSURE, winner shall be determined in order of the following tie breaking rules:

1.      Highest scored hound in Grand Total Points

2.      Highest scored hound in Speed & Drive

3.      Highest scored hound in Hunting

4.      Highest scored hound in Trailing

5.      Highest scored hound in Endurance

6.      Highest scored hound in Speed & Drive (last day)

7.      Latest kept time in Speed & Drive

8.      Latest kept time in Hunting

9.      Latest kept time in Trailing

10. Coin toss by Master of Hounds

 

 

C.        IN CASE OF TIE IN CLASSES FOR A FIELD TRIAL HELD IN THE WILD, winner shall be determined in order of the following tie breaking rules:

1.  Highest scored hound in Grand Total Points

2.  Highest scored hound in Hunting

3.  Highest scored hound in Trailing

4.  Highest scored hound in Speed & Drive

5.  Highest scored hound in Endurance

6.  Latest kept time in Hunting

7.  Latest kept time in Trailing

8.  Latest kept time in Speed & Drive

11. Majority vote of judges

D.        Once hounds have been ranked, hounds shall be awarded Highest General Average points. 

Total HGA points determine the winners not grand total score.

E.                 Each position in each class carries certain weight points.   See HGA chart below for points for a field trial held in an enclosure.

 

 

H

T

SD

E

1

100

50

100

100

2

95

45

95

95

3

90

40

90

90

4

85

35

85

85

5

80

30

80

80

6

75

25

75

75

7

70

20

70

70

8

65

15

65

65

9

60

10

60

60

10

55

5

55

55

           

                        See HGA chart below for points for a field trials held in the wild.

                       

 

H

T

SD

E

1

100

100

100

100

2

90

90

90

90

3

80

80

80

80

4

70

70

70

70

5

60

60

60

60

6

50

50

50

50

7

40

40

40

40

8

30

30

30

30

9

20

20

20

20

10

10

10

10

10

 

 

F.                 IN CASE OF TIE IN HGA FOR FIELD TRIAL HELD IN ENCLOSURE, winner shall be determined in order of the following tie breaking rules:

1.                  Highest scored hound in Speed & Drive

2.                  Highest scored hound in Hunting

3.                  Highest scored hound in Trailing

4.                  Highest scored hound in Endurance

5.                  Latest kept time in Speed & Drive

6.                  Latest kept time in Hunting

7.                  Latest kept time in Trailing

8.                  Coin toss by Master of Hounds

 

G.                IN CASE OF TIE IN HGA FOR FIELD TRIAL HELD IN THE WILD, winner shall be determined in order of the following tie breaking rules:

1.      Highest scored hound in Hunting

2.      Highest scored hound in Trailing

3.      Highest scored hound in Speed & Drive

4.      Highest scored hound in Endurance

5.      Latest kept time in Hunting

6.      Latest kept time in Trailing

7.      Latest kept time in Speed & Drive

8.      Majority vote of judges

 

H.                Should any affiliated association holding field trials in the wild, desire to substitute enclosure running rules for outside running rules, they may do so.  No substitutions are allowed for field trials held in an enclosure.

 

I.                    COMBINATION

To be eligible to win the COMBINATION a hound must place in the top ten in the Hunting class or in the top ten in the Trailing class or in the top ten in the Speed & Drive class or in the top ten in the Endurance class as well as place in the top ten on the bench.  See chart below for bench points that will be added to field points as prescribed in By-Laws XIII-F.  In case of tie for combination, the hound having the highest score in the field shall be the winner.  In case tie still exists refer to By-Law XIII-G or By-Law XIII-H to determine winner.

           

BENCH  SHOW

Place

Points

1

100

2

90

3

80

4

70

5

60

6

50

7

40

8

30

9

20

10

10

 

 


RUNNING RULES, REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS

of

MASTERS FOXHUNTERS ASSOCIATION, INC.

 

 

Article I

AFFILIATED ASSOCIATIONS

           

1.      Any association desiring to become affiliated with the Masters Foxhunters Association, Inc., shall make application for membership to the secretary of the Masters Foxhunters Association, Inc. and the applicant shall be allowed to become affiliated if approved by the Board of Directors.

2.      Each association affiliated with the Masters Foxhunters Association, Inc. must pay to the Secretary of the Masters Foxhunters Association, Inc. a fee of $25.00 due January 1st of each year and must be paid by the date of the annual membership meeting.  Any association paying their dues late can pay a penalty of $250.00 within 30 days after notification and still be eligible for a championship for the said year, if qualified.  Unless this requirement is fulfilled, no championship will be awarded the winner of the association’s trail.

3.      Each affiliated association shall conduct all its trials according to the Running Rules and Bench Standards provided for by the Masters Foxhunters Association, Inc. Affiliated associations must select their own judges and Master of Hounds.  They may have any number of officers they desire.

4.      Each affiliated association shall be allowed the following options when conducting their trials that qualify for championship status. 

5.      Open Trial – All hounds run in one class

6.      All-Age and Derby – Two classes run simultaneously

7.      All-Age – for hounds of any age

8.      Derby -   for hounds under two years of age

9.      The secretaries of all affiliated associations are required to forward to the Hunters Horn a certified copy of the Judges’ Report of the Field Trials.

10. Each affiliated associations will be fined $250.00 or not be issued an affiliation for the following year if the report is not sent in on time (90 days after said field trial).

11. The winner of the Best in Show at an open bench show of an affiliated association which does not hold field trails shall be eligible for a Bench Championship when there are twenty-five or more total entries competing in four classes.

12. Each affiliated association must submit names of three judges to serve at the Masters field trial.  No president of any affiliated association will be allowed to recommend himself/herself as a judge.

Article II

GENERAL RULES

 

ENTRIES

1.                  In order to run, you must be a member of the Master’s Foxhunters Association, Inc.

2.                  You must own the hound entered in your name or kennel name.

3.                  No change in a hounds name, number, or breeding shall be permitted after the first days cast.

4.                  The breeder is the individual, partnership or kennel owning or leasing the dam when she was bred to the sire.

5.                  All hounds must be painted, dyed or bleached on both sides with the number that matches their entry sheet.

 

PROTEST OR OBJECTIONS

1.                  Any protest or objections to any hound entered in the Master’s field trial must be made to the Directors in writing.

2.                  Should these objections remain sustained or disproved the hound may be allowed to run under protest until the objection has been decided.

3.                  Should the hound be disqualified, the order of placement shall not change.  The vacant spot shall not be filled. 

 

PROPER CONDUCT

1.                  The Board of Directors may refuse any entry they deem proper to exclude.

2.                  Should any member misconduct themselves in any manner in connection with the Master’s Foxhunters field trial or bench show, said member shall not be allowed to compete in any trials that may be held under the auspices of this Corporation, or shall become a member in good standing, unless a written apology is made to the Board of Directors who has the discretionary power to reinstate member.

3.                  Any member of the Master’s Foxhunters Association who approaches a judge or judges and recommends certain hounds should be scored or eliminated, such action will be considered misconduct and said member shall be fined or suspended at the discretion of the Board of Directors.  Fines are not to be less than $25.00 or more than $100.00.

4.                  Any member allowing a hound to get loose and join in a chase in which said hound has not been entered, or from which said hound has been eliminated, may be fined at the discretion of the Board of Directors, not less than $25.00 or more than $100.00 for each offense.

5.                  Should any owner or his handler harm or purposely interfere with an opponent’s hound, he will be expelled from the Association and all his entries barred. 

6.                  There must be no hunting of any description in the field trial territory by members of this association 10 days prior to the first day of the field trial. 

7.                  Lunch wagons, luncheons, or picnics of any description are forbidden on the hunting ground during the actual hours that hounds are running.

ROLL CALL

1.                  FIRST DAY --- All hounds must be present for roll call or they shall be eliminated.  The daily score sheet will show FAIL TO ANSWER.

2.                  SECOND DAY --- All hounds must be present or answer lost or they shall be eliminated. The daily score sheet will show FAIL TO ANSWER.  Any hounds answered lost will retain his/her score and shall remain eligible to compete and may be scored on this day.

3.                  THIRD DAY --- of a three day field trail---All hounds must be present or they shall be eliminated.  The daily score sheet will show FAIL TO ANSWER.  Hounds answered lost shall be eliminated.  Daily score sheets will show LOST.

NOTICE-FOR PEN RUNNING ONLY – In order for a hound to be eligible to cast on the third day that answered lost on the second day, said hound must have scored on the second day.

4.                  THIRD DAY --- of a four day field trial---All hounds must be present at roll call or answer lost or they will be eliminated.  The daily score sheet will show FAIL TO ANSWER.  Any hound answered lost will retain his/her score and will remain eligible to compete and may be scored on this day.

5.                  FOURTH DAY --- All hounds must be present or they shall be eliminated.  Daily score sheet will show FAIL TO ANSWER.  Hounds answered lost will be eliminated.  Daily score sheet will show LOST.

NOTICE – FOR PEN RUNNING ONLY – In order for a hound to be eligible to cast on the fourth day that answered lost on the second day or that answered lost on the third day, said hound must have scored on the day he/she was answered lost.  If answered lost on both the second and third day, then hound must have scored on both the second and third day.  In this case, the owner may choose to have their hound WITHDRAWN but if no answer is made by owner said hound shall be eliminated for FAIL TO ANSWER.

6.                  Casting from trucks, trailers, cast pens, scratched pens, and kennels shall be permitted at the MASTERS and at all trials affiliated with the MASTERS, with on exception; all hounds must be cast from a leash the last day of any three or four day trial.

7.                  A hound may be withdrawn by its owner or handler without the permission of the Master of Hounds.  The daily score sheet will show WITHDRAWN.  The hound forfeits his/her score in the field and his/her winnings on the bench.

8.                  A hound may be withdrawn by its owner or handler with the permission of the Master of Hounds.  The daily score sheet will show Withdrawn-MFH.  The hound forfeits his/her score in the field but shall retain his/her winnings on the bench.

9.                  Request for withdrawal by owners or handlers must be made to the Master of Hounds the night before roll call.

10.              Sickness, severe injury or bitches in season shall be just call for such request.

Article III

HUNT OFFICIALS

 

MASTER OF HOUNDS
  1. Shall be in charge of the running of the field trial.
  2. On the evening before each days cast, he/she shall post the time and place of roll call in a conspicuous place. 
  3. Shall see that the numbers are painted, dyed or bleached distinctly on the entries and shall call off the numbers or have them checked in by the judges under his/her supervision at or before each cast. 
  4. Shall instruct all members, handlers, and guests not to converse with, or in the hearing distance of judges, about the work done or the merits or demerits of any of the competing hounds.  
  5. It shall be his/her duty to report any and all violations of this rule to the President.  Offenders will be subject to expulsion from the field trial. 
  6. Shall have the authority to remove from the hunting grounds any hounds affected with a contagious disease or any bitches in season. 
  7. Should some judges mount become disabled or unfit during a days trial, the Master of Hounds shall provide a mount as soon as possible.
  8. In case of extreme emergency such as hounds on dangerous highways or irate land owners which endanger the safety of hounds, hound owners or the general public, the Master of Hounds with the approval of the President may order those hounds picked up under his supervision and be recast at that day’s casting grounds.
  9. May order a scratched hound in the immediate area of major highways, railroads, or a populated areas, crated should he feel that hound may endanger the lives of other hounds or people. 
  10. May score hounds in the field same as any judges in the field. 
  11. Shall place field judges in locations that he/she feels judges could best gather scores.  
  12. Shall see that all rules are strictly followed. 
  13. It shall be mandatory for the Master of Hounds to review the running rules at a judges meeting prior to the beginning of the field trial. 
  14. Shall not allow judges to compare notes one to another at any time.  Any discussion of hounds must be after number is called in the meeting by the Master and no hound shall be discussed by the judges before this.  
  15. Shall preside over all meetings of the judges and act as secretary. 
  16. Shall have no voice in any questions, in regard, to scores or eliminations in the meeting of the judges.  He/she 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/her account. 
  17. Must be accurate in setting down scores and eliminations at all meetings.  
  18. If before the five hours of the field trial day is up, the Master of Hounds finds due to unfavorable conditions hounds cannot trail or run a fox he may try to contact a majority of the judges and call off the hunt.

ASSISTANT MASTER OF HOUNDS

  1. Shall assist the Master of Hounds or assume responsibility of the position in his/her absence.

 

HOME PLATE JUDGE

  1. May score hounds in the field same as any field judge.
  2. Shall make every effort to recast a hound that has returned to cast.
  3. Should encourage that hound to continue hunting by calling the hound away from the casting grounds.
  4. Upon giving the hound ample opportunity to recast and at which time the Home Plate Judge is firmly convinced the hound will not continue on, he may eliminate the hound for Return to Cast and make note of time.

 

 

FIELD JUDGES

1.                                                      Judges must be approved by the Executive Committee before being allowed to act as judge at the Masters Foxhunters Association, Inc. field trial.

2.                                                      Judges will be subject to the general rules of this association and shall report for duty each day to the Master of Hounds.

3.                                                      No field judge can enter hounds in either stake or be interested in any way in any hound entered in the trial.

4.                                                      No person shall act as a judge unless he/she been formally introduced to the rules of the Masters Foxhunters Rule Book.

5.                                                      Judges must synchronize their watches with the Master of Hounds each day preferable at the time of the cast. 

 

 

 

Article IV

JUDGING IN THE FIELD

 

SCORING HOUNDS

1.                                                      Judges must use intelligence, diligence and discretion in scoring or scratching hounds.

2.                                                      Hounds running deer must not be scratched nor can they be scored.  Judges must do all within their power to break up a deer race.  Hounds must be given reasonable time to hunt on after being scolded when spectators or judges are breaking up a deer race.

3.                                                      Hounds shall be scored according to By-Law XII, sections A, B, and C.

4.   Derby and All-Age may run together, but must be scored separately.   

5.   If during a crossing the judge fails to get the first hound, he must disregard that crossing and ride to score the hounds at another crossing.

6.                                                      If during a crossing the judge fails to get the number of a hound, he must stop with last hound scored successively and ride for another crossing.

7.                                                      Every hound mouthing tracks other than fox, coyote, bobcat, or deer shall be recommended for elimination.  Judge must note time and fault.

8.                                                      Judges must record time of all scores and scratches.  Should a pack become divided the judges must separate and carefully note the work of each pack.

9.                                                      At no time should more than two judges ride together unless following a pack of hounds running in full cry.

 

SCRATCHING HOUNDS

1.                                                       Any hound left on a “jump” or thrown out “on a loss” shall not be penalized if it works to “get in” and succeeds in a reasonable amount of time.

2.                                                      BABBLING is a fault for which hounds should be scratched.  Babbling is defined as giving false tongue to the extent of interfering with the chase.   In 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, this hound can be ordered tied up or crated by the judges.  Hounds will be allowed five minutes after the cast on the first day, three minutes after the cast on the second day, and two minutes after the cast on the third or fourth day before any hound may be reported by the judges for babbling.  Any hound shall not be considered as babbling should he be running as much as thirty yards down wind 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 when harking to running hounds.  Except that if a hound should remain at a fence and continue to give tongue then he may be scratched.   Hounds babbling at a stream or drifting and babbling may also be scratched.

3.                  Persistent rabbit running shall be class as one form as interfering with the chase.

4.                  A gun-shy hound shall not be penalized for being cowed by gun fire.

5.                  Hounds guilty of such actions as running stock, stock paths, horse tracks, hound tracks, covered tracks, or back tracks may be scratched.  Judges must be very careful when scratching a hound in an enclosure for these faults. 

6.                  A hound that shows no inclination to hunt may be scratched for LOAFING.

7.                  A hound may be eliminated for any misbehavior in the field when in the opinion of the judges, such misbehavior is a fault, which would mar the characteristics of a champion. 

8.                  Listed below are the stamps that may be used on the Daily Score Sheet for eliminations.

 

 

FAILED TO ANSWER

LOST

RUNNING BACK TRACKS

RETURN TO CAST

LOAFING

RUNNING COVERED TRACKS

WITHDRAWN

BABBLING

RUNNING _____ TRACKS

WITHDRAWN-MFH

HOWLING

BAYING _______

FAILED TO HARK

CRATED

RUNNING RABBITS

 

Article V

MEETING OF THE JUDGES

 

1.                                          The judges shall meet daily as soon as possible upon the completion of that days running.  No person other than the Master of Hounds and the field judges shall be present at this meeting unless specifically authorized by the President of the Masters Foxhunters Association, Inc.

2.                                          The Master of Hounds shall preside as secretary at the meeting of the judges.

3.                                          Scores, scratches, times and judge’s numbers shall be posted in a book called “The Backup Book”.  This book shall be kept by the Master of Hounds in his custody and shall remain confidential. Immediately upon posting the final score sheet he shall deliver this book to the secretary who must also keep all information strictly confidential.  If within 24 hours of the time of posting the final score sheet no formal protest has been filed with the secretary then the secretary must destroy this book.  No exceptions!  Should a formal protest be filed this book shall be preserved for such action as the Board of Directors may take.

4.                                          All scores and all scratches may only be accepted if the majority of the judges so rule.   Each judge’s score in not necessarily added to each other.   Each judge having observed the hound, recommends the highest score he/she thinks this hound should have, and the highest score agreed on by the majority of the judges will be that hounds score for that day.

5.                                          Scores that hounds may receive are covered in By-Law XII, section A, B, and C.

6.                                          All scores, all scratches and the time of each scratch shall be recorded on daily score sheets provided by the secretary.  Each day when the daily score sheet is finished, the Master of Hounds shall post these sheets on the bulletin board at headquarters.  This sheet must state the score of each hound up to that time.  Upon the completion of the trial, the daily score sheet and the HGA sheet shall be presented to the President and secretary for the announcement of the results and presentation of the awards. 

 

 

Article VI

BENCH SHOW

1.                                          The date and time of the bench show shall be set forth in By-Laws, Article IX, section A.

2.                                          Only hounds entered in the field trial may be eligible to be shown in the bench show.

3.                                          Bench Show Judge and Ringmaster shall be selected by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee.

4.                                          Order to show shall be as follows:

1.      Derby Males

2.      Derby Females

3.      All Age Males

4.      All Age Females

5.      Best Pair (2)

6.      Best Pack (4)

7.      Natural Carriage

8.      Best Derby Male and Best All Age Male

9.      Best Derby Female and Best All Age Female

10.  Best Male and Best Female

At a field trial where no Derby stake is run, but Derby classes are included in the bench show, hounds shown in the Derby class must complete in the All-Age field. 

5.                                          In all open field trials only two classes can be shown on the bench; male and female.  (Pertains to field trials with only one stake.)

6.                                          In each of the first four classes (see above) the judge shall make ten awards, if sufficient entries permit.

7.                                          The hounds shown as Best Pair or as Best Pack must be owned entirely by the member or kennel entering them.  No combinations are allowed to be made on the day of the show.

8.                                          In judging Best Pair or Best Pack neither age nor sex is essential.  The judge must take into consideration the individual excellency as compared to the bench show standard, but also the “matching-up” of the Best Pair or Best Pack as to type, size, etc.  Award shall be made on the basis of 50% for individual excellency and 50% for the collective “matching-up”.

9.                                          Any hound which has won the Master’s Bench Championship will be allowed to be shown again at any bench show of the Masters Foxhunters Association or  the bench show of any affiliated association.

10.                                      For shows where a Puppy class is added, no entry in the Puppy class is eligible to show in any other class.

11.                                      In order to receive any bench show awards earned by a hound, the hound must compete in the field trials unless permitted to be withdrawn by the Master of Hounds and marked on the Daily Score Sheet as WITHDRAWN-MFH.

12.                                      The Master of Hounds may permit a hound competing in the Bench show to be withdrawn only on evidence of accidental injury or sickness which would be detrimental to the hound if it continued in competition in the field.  Disability due to a hound not being in proper running condition before being cast in the field does not constitute satisfactory reason for permission for withdrawing a hound.  Any hound that fails to answer roll call the first day or fails to answer or give satisfactory report to Master of Hounds at cast on any succeeding day shall forfeit all bench awards.  Hounds marked FAILED TO ANSWER, CRATED or WITHDRAWN without permission of the Master of Hounds, shall forfeit their bench awards.

 

 

Hound eliminated for field faults shall retain their bench wins.  On the last day of the field trial for its respective class, any bench show winner that is LOST shall be so reported at the cast to the Master of Hounds.  The hound will be eliminated from the field trial, showing LOST in Score Sheet Notes Column, but will retain its bench winnings.

 

The bench show report will show “Forfeited (Reason)” where bench winner fail to meet field requirements.

 

No hound can be moved up to replace such forfeitures.

 

 

SPECIAL CLASS

Natural Carriage Class

There will also be a class called “Natural Carriage” class, open to all hounds, male or female, entered in either Derby or All-Age stakes.  Hounds are to be shown on leash only and not to be otherwise touched or handled in the ring.  The hounds are to be judged for conformation under the rules as set out in the Masters Foxhunters Association, Inc. Bench Standard.  This special class is to be judged by the judge for the show designated by the President.  (This class is optional with affiliated associations.)

 

Article VII

BENCH STANDARDS FOR AMERICAN FOXHOUNDS

 

The American Foxhound has unique physical characteristics singular to its own breed.  Hounds in hard running condition should be given preference over those that are out of shape, too thin or too heavy.

 

HEAD

A. Skull

Ideal:  The skull should be fairly long with the cranium broad and full, slightly domed at occipital area adjoining the neck.

Faults:  A very flat skull; marrow across the top; excess of dome.

 

B. Ears

Ideal:  Ears set on moderately low, long, reaching when drawn out nearly to the tip of the nose; fine in texture; fairly broad; with almost entire absence of erectile power; setting close to the head with the forward edge turning in slightly toward the cheek; round at tip.

Faults:  Ears short; set on high, or with tendency to rise above the point of origin.

 

C. Eyes

Ideal:  Eyes large, set well apart; soft and hound-like; expression gentle and pleading; any color.

Faults:  Eyes sharp and terrier-like or prominent and protruding.

 

D. Muzzle

Ideal:  Muzzle of fair length; straight and square cut; the stop moderately defined.

Faults:  Muzzle long and snippy; cut away decidedly below the eyes, or very short; parrot mouth or undershot mouth; Roman nosed, or upturned giving a dish face expression.

 

 

 

BODY

A. Neck and Throat:

 Ideal: Neck of medium length rising free and light from the shoulders, strong in substance yet not loaded.  The throat clean and free from folds of skin.

Faults:  A thick, short, cloddy neck carried on a line with the top of the shoulder.  Throat showing dewlap and folds of skin to a degree termed “throatiness.”

 

B. Shoulders, Chest and Ribs:

Ideal:  Shoulders sloping; clean, muscular, not heavy or loaded, conveying the image of freedom of action with activity and strength.  Chest should be deep for lunge space, narrower in proportion to depth, 28 inches in a 23 inch hound being good.  Well sprung ribs; back ribs should extend well back; a three-inch flank allowing springiness.

Faults:  Straight, upright shoulders; chest disproportionately wide or with lack of depth.  Flat ribs.

C. Back & Loin:

Ideal:  Back moderately long, muscular and strong.  Loins broad and slightly arched.

Faults:  Very long or swayed or roached back.  Flat, narrow loins.

 

 

FORE-LEGS AND FEET

            A. Fore-Legs:

Ideal:  Straight, with fair amount of bone.  Pasterns short and straight.

Faults:  Out at elbow.  Knees knuckled over forward, or bent backward.  Fore-legs crooked.

 

B. Feet

Ideal:  Fox-like, pad full and hard.  Well arched toes; strong nails.

Faults:  Feet long, open and spreading

 

 

 

HIPS, THIGHS, HINDLEGS AND FEET

            A. Hips and Thighs:

Ideal:  Strong and muscled, giving abundance of propelling power.  Stifles strong and well let down.  Hocks firm, symmetrical and moderately bent.  Feet close and firm.

Faults:  Cow hocks or straight hocks.  Lack of muscle and propelling power.  Open feet.  Any male with less than two testicles must be automatically eliminated.

 

TAIL

            A. Tail

Ideal:  Set moderately high; well developed, strong, carried well, with slight upward curve and with good brush.

Faults:  A long tail.  Tea pot curve or inclined forward from the root.  Rat tail, entire absence of brush.  Any hound with a docked tail shall be automatically eliminated.

 

COAT

            A. Coat

Ideal:  A hard hound coat of medium length.

Faults:  A short thin coat or a coat of soft quality.

 

HEIGHT

            A. Height

Ideal:  It is preferred that dogs not be under 22 or over 26 inches and that bitches not be under 21 or over 25 inches.  If a hound is measured, the measurement should be made across the back at the point of the withers, while the hound is standing in a natural position with his feet well under him.  A foxhound within the height standard shall be given preference over a hound outside the height standard, if the two are equal in confirmation.

 

COLOR

Color:  Any color is considered acceptable.

 

 

 

SCALE OF POINTS

Head

                                                Skull                                                     5

                                                Ears                                                      5

                                                Eyes                                                      5

                                                Muzzle                                                              5

                                                                                                            20

            Body

                                                Neck                                                     5

                                                Chest & Shoulders                             15

                                                Back, Loins & Ribs                           15

                                                                                                            35

 

 

                                                 Running Gear                                            

                                                Forelegs                                              10

                                                Hips, Thighs & Hind legs                  10

                                                Feet                                                     15

                                                                                                            35

 

            Coat and Tail

                                                Coat                                                     5

                                                Tail                                                       5

                                                                                                            10

 

                                                Total                                                 100

 

The Official Organ of the

Masters Foxhunters Association, Inc.

 

Subscription Rate: $24.00 for one year

                                     $45.00 for two years

 

Register your hounds in the

Standard Foxhound Stud Book

 

 

The Hunter’s Horn

PO Box 777

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RULES OF THE HUNTER’S HORN

 

1.         These rules set forth by the Hunter’s Horn are not the rules of the Master’s Foxhunters Association, Inc.

2.         The Breeder’s Cup was established for the benefit of breeders and owners of fox hounds  and is conducted under the management of the Hunter’s Horn, Sesser, Illinois. 

3.         The Breeder’s Cup is in no way a part of the Master’s Foxhunters Association, Inc.   

4.         The Breeder’s Cup is open to all hounds whelped on or after January 1st of the preceding year that the stake is to be run.  This means it is possible for a hound to run in the Breeder’s Cup in two separate years.

5.         The hounds must be registered in the Standard Foxhound Stud Book.

6.         This trial shall be held in December.  The time and place to be designated by the Hunter’s Horn.

7.         Entry fee will be advertised with special consideration given to all charter members.

8.         After all expenses have been paid the remaining purse shall be awarded to the top ten HGA hounds.

9.         The Hunter’s Horn will recognize as champions, the winners of first place HGA, Open or All-Age field trial, winners of Best in Show of the bench show, and Dual Champions of association affiliated with the Master’s Foxhunters Association, Inc., if all requirements for championships are met and if the hound is registered in the Standard Foxhound Stud Book

10.     Only one championship per year can be won for each association for Field, Bench and Dual.

 

 

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP

The following requirements are necessary for field championship.

1.                                                      The All-Age stake must be run at least three days under Master’s rules.

2.                                                      The All-Age stake must have at least 50 entries.

3.                                                      The winner of the All-Age stake must score at least 100 total points and must have scored in endurance.

4.                                                      The secretary of the association must properly report the results of the field trial within time limits and in accordance with the “Instruction to Associations Secretaries”.

5.                                                      The title of Master’s Field Champion appearing in connection with registration of a hound will be followed by capital letter (F).  The title of an affiliated association field champion will be followed by a small (f).

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR BENCH CHAMPIONSHIP

The following requirements are necessary for bench championship.

If the association holds an annual field trial, the bench show must be held in conjunction with the affiliated field trail and during the trial.  If the association has no annual field trial, but only an annual bench show, the bench show may be held at any time during the year, but must have at least 25 hounds in the All-Age and Derby

1.   combined or 25 hounds in the Open class, in order to qualify for a bench championship.

2.   The show, whether or not it is held in conjunction with a field trial, must be an open show.  If limited to running hounds only, no bench championship can be allowed, nor can a dual championship be declared.

3.   When the bench show is held in conjunction with a field trail, the bench hound must be eliminated for a fault or finish the trial.

4.   The secretary of the association must properly report the results of the bench show within the time limits and in accordance with the “Instructions to Association Secretaries”.

5.   The title of a Master’s Bench Champion appearing in connection with registration of a hound will be followed by the capital letter (B).  The title of an affiliated association bench champion will be followed by a small (b).

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR DUAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The following requirements are necessary for Dual championship.

1.   The All-Age stake must be run three days under Master’s rules.

2.   The All-Age stake must have at least 50 entries.

3.   The winner of the All-Age stake must score 100 total points and scored in Endurance.

4.         The bench show must be an open show and not be limited to running hounds only.

5.         To qualify for a dual championship a hound must place in the top four on the bench as well as the top four in the field.

6.         Points are awarded as follows:

 

PLACE

POINTS

1

4

2

3

3

2

4

1

 

        Highest point total shall win.  Should there be a tie, the highest place hound in the field shall be the Dual Champion.

7.         The secretary of the association shall properly report the results of the field trial and bench show in accordance with “Instructions to the Association Secretary”.

8.         Each association is entitled to only one dual championship per year.

9.         The title of Master’s Dual Champion appearing in connection with registration of a hound will be followed by the capital letter (D).  The title of an affiliated dual champion will be followed by a small letter (d). 

 

INSTRUCTIONS TO ASSOCIATION SECRETARIES

 

The secretary of an association must see that the report reaches the Hunter’s Horn office within the third month after the trial is held or it will not be accepted for publication and it’s winners will not be recognized as champions by the Standard Foxhunters Stud Book.  Therefore the following timetable must be followed:

 

Months Event Held               Report Must Be Received By

January                                             April 30

February                                             May 31

March                                                 June 30

April                                                    July 31

May                                                    August 31

June                                                    September 30

July                                                     October 31

August                                                November 30

September                                          December 31

October                                               January 31

November                                           February 28

December                                           March 31

 

The three-month rule applies to all bench shows and field trials and must be strictly followed.

 

Secretaries of THREE DAY TRIALS must send the Hunter’s Horn the Daily Score Sheets of both the Derby and All-Age, the HGA sheets of both the Derby and All-Age, and the bench show cards with entry number on each, or a handwritten or typed bench show report with entry number  listed beside each placement on the bench, including pairs, packs and natural carriage.  Always provide the hound’s name, not just the owner’s name and also give sire and dam.   Some breeding (not given) will be accepted but if all hounds listed (not given) the report will be considered incomplete.  Always provide the name of the Best in Show, Best Opposite Sex and Natural Carriage winners.  If you send the Bench Show cards, please mark on the card which is Natural Carriage, Best of Show and Best Opposite Sex winner.  Please attempt to send the story, photographs and sheets at the same time.  However, if you do not have the photographs, do not hold your report and miss the deadline, causing a loss of a championship.  Enclose a note advising that the photographs will follow.  The Hunter’s Horn will hold your report a month to allow photographs to arrive.  Do not send roll call cards.

 

Reports and photographs are not returned to the Secretary after publication in the Hunter’s Horn unless requested and a check for $5.00 is enclosed for postage.

 

Even if your three-day trail does not have fifty entries to qualify for a field or dual championship, send your report for publication and checking, so that your bench champion will get his championship.

 

Secretaries of ONE and TWO DAY TRIALS should not send official sheets, but only a handwritten or typewritten report, of, if a bench show, only your bench show cards.  Be sure that sires and dams and owner’s names and addresses are available.  Otherwise, the report will not be used.  Please limit your photographs for three day or more trials, nine free allowed with option of five extra, three free with one and two day trials with option of two extra.  Extra pictures are $5.00 each.

 

No championship is allowed if the breeding of the hound is not shown on the report.  Breeding cannot be added later, but must be included on the report when it is received at the Hunter’s Horn office or this championship will be denied.  When entering hounds, owners should be careful to enter the hound under the correct registered name and with the correct breeding.

 

The job of the association secretary is extremely important.  The failure on your part to fully and completely carry out your responsibilities, as set forth in these instructions, could lead to your association’s report not being published and result in a denial of championships for deserving foxhounds.

 

 

HOUND OF THE YEAR and SIRE OF THE YEAR REPORTING

 

Method of Calculating Hound of the Year and Sire of the Year

 

For purposes of calculation, all trials are placed into one of the following five grades. 

 

Grade  I consists of the following trials:       All American

                                                                                    Masters

                                                                                    National

                                                                                    Top Gun

                                                                                    United States Open

                                                                           World Cup

                                                                                   

Grade II consists of the following trials:      Big Valley Classic

                                                                                    Breeders Cup

                                                                                    Chase Futurity

                                                                                    Deep South Masters

                                                                           East Coast Masters

                                                                                    International

                                                                                    Mid-West Masters

                                                                                    Western Open

Grade III consists of all state hunts       (Example Texas State, Georgia State)

 

Grade IV consists of all three day Open or three day All Age hunts

 

Grade V consists of all two-day All Age or Derby hunts.

 

The 5 charts immediately below show the base points to be awarded for each winner.  For example, the base points for a Group III, 2nd place All-Age winner would be 190 points.  If the hound also won the Combination, base points would be an additional 60 points.  If the field trial has 245 hounds entered, take the 190 points multiplied by .9 to get 171, which rounds down to 170.  Then take the 60 points and multiply by .9 to get 54, which rounds down to 50.  170 + 50 = 220.  These points would go toward Hound of the Year for this hound.

 

 

 

 

CHARTS AND ENTRY FACTORS

 

 

 

GRADE I

 

GRADE II

 

GRADE III

 

 

 

 

 

1

350

 

1

300

 

1

250

2

290

 

2

240

 

2

190

3

280

 

3

230

 

3

180

4

270

 

4

220

 

4

170

5

260

 

5

210

 

5

160

6

250

 

6

200

 

6

150

7

240

 

7

190

 

7

140

8

230

 

8

180

 

8

130

9

220

 

9

170

 

9

120

10

210

 

10

160

 

10

110

Dual

120

 

Dual

100

 

Dual

80

Comb

100

 

Comb

80

 

Comb

60

 

 

 

GRADE IV

 

GRADE V

 

ENTRY FACTORS

 

 

 

 

 

1

200

 

1

150

 

1.20

500–up

2

140

 

2

95

 

1.15

450-499

3

130

 

3

90

 

1.10

400-449

4

120

 

4

85

 

1.05

350-399

5

110

 

5

80

 

1.00

300-349

6

105

 

6

75

 

.95

250-299

7

100

 

7

70

 

.90

200-249

8

95

 

8

65

 

.85

175-199

9

90

 

9

60

 

.80

150-174

10

85

 

10

55

 

.75

125-149

Dual

60

 

 

 

 

.70

100-124

Comb

40

 

Comb

25

 

.65

75–99

 

 

 

 

 

 

.60

50–74

 

 

 

 

 

 

.50

1-49

 

2004 – HUNTER'S  HORN

 

Hound of the Year - Sire of the Year

Field Trial Reporting Form

 

 

 

Name of Field Trial

 

Affiliation (important - please circle)                 MASTERS

 

NATIONAL

 

 

Secretary

 

 

Address

 

 

 

 

 

 

City

 

State

 

Zip Code

 

 

Phone Number

Email Address

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President's signature

 

 

Secretary's signature

 

 

Master of Hounds signature

 

 

Date Field Trial Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Field Results - All-Age or Open

 

Please Circle:                               4-Day                          3-Day                        2-Day

 

 

Complete Name of Hound

Complete Name of Sire

 

1

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

Dual

 

 

 

Comb

 

 

 

MUST HAVE  Number Hounds Entered in All-Age or Open                                                             


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Field Results - Derby

 

 

Complete Name of Hound

Complete Name of Sire

 

1

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

Comb

 

 

 

MUST HAVE  Number of Hounds Entered in Derby


 

 

 

 

 

MAIL TO FRED WALKER, 3125 WALKER ROAD, BEN LOMOND, AR   71823

 

 

         FOXHUNTERS HALL OF FAME

 

Class of 2002

 

            Mr. Hubert Clemons                     Green Sea, South Carolina

         

          Mr. Norwood Nichols                      Vaughn, Mississippi

 

          Mr. Weaver Meggs                          Marshville, North Carolina

 

 

Class of 2003

 

Mr. Bill Kennedy                    Red Bay, Alabama

 

Mr. Hinkel Shillings                         Center, Texas

 

Mr. Percy Flowers                           Clayton, North Carolina

 

 Class of 2004

 

          Mr. A.A. LeGrand                        Boydton, Virginia

 

          Mr. Mose Hill                                 Waco, Kentucky

 

          Mr. Billy Ray Johnson                  Booneville, Arkansas