Wednesday 24th July 2019 is a day to remember for the TVH – Huge congratulations are due to Dan Hammett and Joe Emmett for their success showing TVH Hounds at the Dunster Show. On an oppressively hot day and with stiff competition from packs across the Southwest they and the hounds showed themselves at their very best and have come home with an even better result than last year’s considerable achievements.
Having been decidedly unsure of the prospects for our Dog Hounds, Greenwich and Granite exceeded expectations, with Greenwich gaining a 3rdplaced rosette in the morning for Best Unentered Dog Hound, and Granitesecuring 4th in both Best Entered Dog Hound as and Best Stallion Hound. After a brief respite for the Old English Dog Hound class, the day really started to heat up in every sense when the bitches came to the fore. In the Single Unentered Bitch Hound class, Granary secured 2nd place and Greensleeve 3rd. They were swiftly trumped by Gravity who won Best Entered Bitch Hound, before Greedy, not wanting to be overlooked came 2ndto the Tiverton in the Best Brood Bitch class. Having won Best Entered Bitch – Gravity was a finalist for the coveted Trollope Hunt of Canada Perpetual Challenge Cup for the Champion Bitch Hound facing strong opposition from the Cattistock, the Tiverton and the Portman. Expertly shown to the judges by Dan and Joe, she triumphed and was returned to the lorry for breather whilst the Old English class and the Best Couple Foxhounds were decided. Since we are a modern English Pack, Dan and Joe had a welcome few moments break before showing Greedy/Gravity and Granary/Greensleeve in the Best Couple Class. Although Greedy and Granite were unplaced, Granary and Greensleeve kept the momentum up with a fantastic win which bought in the second trophy of the day, The Beaver Memorial Trophy for the Best Couple Foxhounds. This left the final for The Beaufort Perpetual Challenge Cup for the CHAMPION Foxhound which was a head to head contest with the Dulverton West. After a fairly swift decision GRAVITY (walked by the Landau family and sponsored by Simon & Emma Oliver) was declared the CHAMPION FOXHOUND 2019 and up stepped local MP Liddell Granger (who clearly was not expecting a role in Boris’s new cabinet) to present a truly impressive cup which there was barely time to appreciate, before it was announced that there was another rung to climb on the ladder. The final class of the day was the competition for the Liddell-Grainger Cupfor the SUPREME CHAMPION HOUND, which was contested between the Champion Staghound, Champion Harrier, Champion Foxhound, Champion Beagle and Champion Minkhound. With the results given in reverse order, there was great applause and delight when the winner was declared.