Progressing in Bloodhound Trials

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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 Stake.
  • 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 hours cold.

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 cold.

  • 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 Breeders (ABB).

Millvery Trophy - Eight hours cold over 2 miles. 

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Bloodhound Trials Beginners' Guide 

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