When you have gained more experience, you are likely to want to
progress into more advanced stakes and aim for the higher awards
and trophies available.
Progress from the Junior Stake to the Novice Stake, then to the
Intermediate Stake, and finally to the Senior Stake, is generally
achieved by gaining a first or second place in the Stake in which
you are currently competing.
The requirements for each stake are detailed below:
- Novice Stake - working a line one mile
long and at least half an hour cold; once a hound has won a first
or second place in a Novice or Junior stake, or first in an
Intermediate or Senior stake, it can no longer compete in a Novice
- Junior Stake - working a line two miles
long and at least an hour cold; hounds must have won a first or
second place in a Novice stake to enter. They can no longer enter a
Junior stake after winning a first or second in a Junior stake or
first in an Intermediate or Senior stake.
- Intermediate Stake - working a line two
and a half miles long and at least one and a half hours cold;
hounds must have gained a first or second place in a Junior stake
to enter. They can no longer enter an Intermediate stake once they
have won first place in an Intermediate or Senior stake.
- Senior Stake - working a line three miles
long and at least two hours cold; hounds must have won first place
in an Intermediate stake to enter, and must have been stock tested
so that they can be hunted free (off leash).
Advanced trials with restricted eligibility
Run by The Association of Bloodhound Breeders:
Brough Cup - Hounds obtaining 1st or 2nd place
in the Senior Stake at the Association of Bloodhound Breeders'
Spring and Autumn Trials may compete for the Brough Cup on lines 6
Bracken Trophy - The winner of the Brough Cup and
hounds awarded a Certificate of Merit in that stake, along with
Working Trial Champions by invitation, may compete for the Bracken
Trophy on lines 12 hours cold.
Marlwood Beaker - The winner of the Brough Cup,
the winner of the Bracken Trophy and hounds awarded a Certificate
of Merit in that stake, along with Working Trial Champions by
invitation, may compete for the Marlwood Beaker on lines 24 hours
Run by The Bloodhound Club:
Kelperland Trophy - The best of the year's
Senior working hounds are invited to compete for the Trophy stake,
which is open to all Working Trial Champion bloodhounds and the
present holder of the Kelperland and Millvery Trophies. Eligibility
in each year is determined by the hounds winning the 1st or 2nd
prize in the Senior Stake at Championship Trials for Bloodhounds
held by the Bloodhound Club (BC) and the Association of Bloodhound
Millvery Trophy - Eight hours cold over 2 miles.