The 69th Annual ACHA World Hunt and Show was held October 6 – 8, 2016 at the Morgan County Coon Club at Lancing, Tennessee. We had a really nice event and wonderful weather.
We hunted 56 dogs on each of the two rounds Thursday night and 18 dogs for the Friday night buy in. The guides put the hunters in coons with the majority of the casts coming back in with plus points. The 56 dogs came from 12 different states. I can only think of a couple of casts coming back with questions. I think good sportsmanship was shown by all. It really was a nice hunt.
The following are the Top 8 hounds and hunters were:
- Wipeout’s Incredible Catch – owner Chris Smith – handled by George Majors.
- Backwater Sassy – Owned and handled by Chris Smith –
- N&H’s Coon Jammin Josie – owned by Nash and Halfacre – Handled by Rob Halfacre
- Stylish Gabby – Owned by Tom White – handled by Chris Bryant
- Lockdown Liz – owned and handled by Jacob Swint
- Knowlton's Hotshot Rango - owned by Wayne Knowlton; handled by Kyle Mosley
- Conner’s Majestic Ice Man- owned and handled by David Conner.
- History Repeats Itself – owners Trevor Wade & Jeremy Vaught – Jeremy Vaught handler.
Ms. Janet Davidson-Butcher, of Portland, Indiana handled Finley River Crossin Jordon (TW) for Mr. Roger Prater of Concord, Georgia. Jordon was named World Champion Hunting Dog. Beebe’s Dollar Bill (TW) was named Reserve World Champion Hunting Dog. Mr. David Beebe drove from Hennessey, Oklahoma to hunt and show.
Table Rock I’m A Star was named World Champion Show Dog. He is owned by Bobby and Tammy Bowen. Tammy handled him during the show. Kentucky River Willie In Town won the title of Reserve World Champion Show Dog. Willie is owned by Lee Currens Sr. from Williamston, SC. and was handled by Lee Currens Jr. from Nicholasville, Ky. It’s always nice to see the Currens’ at our events.
Rambler, owned and handled by Matt Cantrell won the World Champion Treeing Contest with 70 barks per minute.
I want to personally thank the Morgan County Coon Club for all they did. Gary Beatty, Mike Nichols, Joey Potter, Casey Fritts, Nathan Lively are just a few that were of such great help. There aren’t any finer people around than these folks. They were there every hour we were, served wonderful food and we never wanted for anything. I made some real friends over the weekend.
Thank you to Mr. Leroy Helms from North Carolina for his help in getting the dogs in and out of the woods. Also I would like to thank Leroy, along with Mr. Doris Weddington from Fayetteville, Tennessee and Mr. Chris Fodge from Hennessey, Oklahoma for being our bench show panel. I think they did an outstanding job.
I had the chance to meet a few people that I had only previously talked to on the phone or handled their paperwork. It was nice to finally meet Bobby Keebaugh from Pennsylvania, Cory Crosby from Alabama, Steve and David Cain from West Virginia, Jeff Sain from North Carolina. It was nice seeing Billy Skipper and Caleb Page from Mississippi again.
It is always a pleasure to get to visit with Mr. Ronnie Bane of Buffalo Valley, Tennessee. Ronnie has been a strong supporter of the ACHA for many years. Ronnie has helped me a few times when I was in rough situations. Ronnie hunted 3 dogs at this year’s event. His son, Austin, missed this year’s event. Wade Morton and his son Jade were also in Lancing. It was great catching up with them. Wade is one of our Wounded Warriors. They drove down from Michigan to compete.
I got to meet Derek Green from Quick Track. Quick Track is one of our sponsors. They provided 2 systems as prizes. Derek was handling Bellar's What's Up Jack.