The Potomac Basset Hound Club was formed:

  • To encourage and foster public education in the breeding of purebred Basset Hounds according to the American Kennel Club Breed Standard and in keeping with the stated aims of the Basset Hound Club of America.
  • To protect and advance the interest of Basset Hounds in the ring and in the field by promoting and conducting specialty shows, tracking tests, obedience and field trials under the rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club.

Potomac Basset Hound Club successfully completed its very first hunting performance test (HPT) — actually the first of its kind ever held in the state of Virginia for bassets and other scent hounds.

Participants spent the weekend shivering in blustery winds and teeth-clatteringly cold temperatures and for quite some time they circled a good ole fire drum warming themselves by the fire.

Bassets, beagles, and dachshunds participated as singletons, braces, and packs –36 Saturday and 26 Sunday.  So we filled all of our entry and alternate stakes both days.  Twenty two entrants qualified for hunting legs and titles, we’re pleased to say.  On Saturday, 16 dogs earned a leg towards a hunting title, and John Meahs’ dog Homer, a basset, completed his last leg towards his Master Hunter Excellent title.  On Sunday, 6 dogs qualified for legs toward a title, and John’s dog, Aja, a basset, earned a Master Hunter Excellent title.  Congratulations to the qualifiers and new title holders!!

We’d like to thank everybody who pitched in to help with this event.  First on the list is Ellen Ripper, head of Potomac’s HPT Committee, who did an outstanding job with her first Hunt Test.  BHCA’s Carol Makowski (Recording Secretary and national HPT Chair) for her guidance and basic advice in preparing the premium list and gathering our A-team of officials — Bill Forrest, our test secretary, from New Hampshire and judges Ken Engel from Pennsylvania, and John Meahls from New York.  Potomac’s officers and members pitched in with SO MUCH — food, raffle tickets and donations, running scores, marshaling, whatever needed to be done.   We couldn’t have done it without their help.  And our heartiest of thanks to Brian Lawrence, President of the Battlefield Beagle Club. And finally, BBC’s members for allowing us to use their wonderful new facility and helping with activities

Photos courtesy of HL Sellers Photography, Photos by Dave Rankin

The Potomac Basset Hound Club is a member club of the Basset Hound Club of America and the Virginia Federation of Dog Clubs and Breeders.