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The Association of Bloodhound Breeders
Established 1897

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The working trials secretary

  • Trials
    Autumn Trials will be at Thixendale North Yorkshire .

    *The Kennel Club Registration Number or Authority to Compete Number (hounds registered outside the UK) must be stated or the Entry Form will be returned

    Trials Schedule
    Trials Entry form

    Entry fees can be paid on line via pal pal. Please write paid by PayPal on the entry form.

    Use the drop down menu to select the number of entries to be paid for.

    Please include you name on the PayPal form so we can identify payment.

    Entry fees for members

    Entry fees for non members

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  • Brough Cup

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    The Brough Cup was first held in 1926 at Savernake in Wiltshire on the 16th November. The trophy was presented by Mr Edwin Brough. It was previously known as the Bloodhound Challenge Cup, originally presented to the Kennel Club by the ABB in 1897 . Mr Brough had won it three times with Ch. Babbo in 1897, 1898 and 1901, this entitled him to keep it. In 1926 he presented back to the ABB as the prize for working trials. Mr Brough was keen to promote the ability of bloodhounds to hunt long cold lines. The lines are aprox. 3 miles long on 6 hours cold.

    More interesting facts and pictures about the history of the ABB can be found in the book written by Fred Daniels for the ABB and available only from the ABB. The photograph above came from this book. It can be purchased for £5 plus UK postage of £3.

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    The three competitors for 2017 Brough Cup.

    Duncan Robertson with Houndsong Catilleon

    Ian Sayles with Aspencade Diana

    Graham Cook with Rache Centurion
    The Judge will be Alan Taylor assisted by Leonarda Pogodzinski

    Organised by Jane Crease
    Unfortunately no prizes were awarded this year

  • Information about Trials and Judges

    Hunting the Clean Boot

    Bloodhounds can hunt the clean boot at competitions from 12 months old. It is something they enjoy and is a pleasure to watch. They need a permit to enter competitions and the procedure to obtain one is outlined below.

    Training can start long before this and there are members around the country who can give guidance on getting started.

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    The Association encourages members to train their hounds to hunt the ‘clean boot‘. This is vital if the breed is to maintain its accepted prowess at hunting a human quarry on a cold line.
    Before competing at Working Trials, hounds have to obtain a working permit.
    The Association of Bloodhound Breeders now has a standard procedure in place for the testing of hounds for working permits to enable those interested to compete in the twice yearly Champion Bloodhound Trials. The procedure for a hound applying for a full permit remains the same. The hound will be asked to hunt a line one mile long, half an hour cold, going across country and if possible hunting through farm stock, in particular sheep. The hound will also be required to be seen running free through sheep.
    A hound holding only the first part of a permit, who comes back at a later stage for a stock test, will be asked to fulfil part two of the procedure.
    Part Two of the permit - the Stock Test - requires the hound to hunt a line half a mile long and half an hour cold, through a substantive number of sheep, without chasing or worrying the sheep. After successfully hunting through the sheep the hound is then taken back into the sheep unleashed and some of the sheep are driven across in front of the hound. The handler must remain silent and the hound must not chase the sheep.
    Application for a permit test must be made in writing to the Secretary. Telephone applications will be accepted but written confirmation must be sent to the Secretary before the test takes place. The Secretary will then make arrangements with an approved judge and inform the owner of the hound accordingly. A Working Permit card will be sent by the Secretary to the Judge concerned prior to the permit test unless the hound already has part one in which case the owner must take the permit card to the test. The Judge will be asked to report back to the Secretary the result of the test.
    A.B.B. and B.C. permit cards are not to be mixed, a hound must have both parts approved by the same club.
    The Association has a number of experienced judges with access to sheep in sufficient numbers for stock tests. The Secretary will endeavour to use a venue as convenient as possible for the handler but this will depend on circumstances prevailing at the time.
    A judge may ask a handler to remain silent during a stock test
    Hounds can take Part One of the working permit after they reach the age of six months however hounds must be twelve months old before they can take Part Two of the working permit.
    Should a hound fail its stock test there will be a one month cooling off period before the hound is re-tested. It is preferred that a re-test, especially for the stock test,should be carried out by the same judge whenever possible. This procedure should also be followed in the case of a hound that has had its full permit revoked.
    Permit tests are free to members of the Association, there is a £5 fee for non members.
    Approved Judges for the A.B.B. Are:- Any experienced and active Judge approved by the Association.
    (ABB February 2017)

    Working Trials Regulations

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    To become a Judge at working trials you need a love of hounds and the outdoors what ever the weather. The clubs will encourage any one interested in training from being an assistant to the judge through to Senior stake judge.
    A great way to find out more is come to trials and follow the working hounds.
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    Criteria for Judges

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    Each year the Association of Bloodhound Breeders will call for nominations to the lists (you may nominate yourself if you wish) and, after any questionnaires have been completed, the voting will take place as usual with the votes counted by an independent returning officer.
    If you are interested in judging, the Association recommends that you start a portfolio with details of your relevant experience which can then be used for reference when filling in questionnaires.
    We would remind aspiring judges that the lists are valid for only one year at a time and that inclusion in a list in one year does not necessarily ensure inclusion in future years. Nominations should be sent to Hon Secretary by 26th October each year.

    Judges list

  • Results
    Autumn 2018 Thixendale
    Spring 2018 Stow on the Wold
    Autumn 2017 Tibthorpe
    Spring 2017 Hoddam and Kinmount
    Autumn 2016 Mindrum
    Spring 2016 Sledmere
    Autumn 2015 Brocklesby
  • Thixendale 2018 photographs
    Photographs courtesy of Clara Freer
    Photographs from Novice day at Vessey Pasture
    Judge Joy Cook

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    Photographs taken at on Junior Day
    Judge Jane Crease
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    Photographs taken on Intermediate Day
    Judge Jackie Wallace
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    Photographs taken on Senior Day
    Judge Hermione Colby

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