Dachshund Field Trials

Houston Dachshund Club

Dachshund Field Trials

Houston Dachshund Club Field Trials
December 16-17, 2006 (Sealy, Texas)

By Barbara Teigen, AKC executive field representative

Houston Dachshund Club held two back-to-back field trials at the Baker Farm in Sealy, TX last weekend. These trials were big with 102 entries each day. This was the first time Dachshund trials were held at this site. Unlike the site of previous HDC trials, there was a clubhouse. It was much appreciated by the trialers. It was a nice walk from there to the rabbit enclosure, but some people preferred to get there via golf carts that were available to rent.

Both days started in the clubhouse for breakfast and the brace drawing before heading out to the field. Two stakes were run simultaneously all weekend. They still found time to come in for nice lunches each day and on Saturday night there was a terrific barbeque meal prepared by Craig Sharry. Right after dinner there was a raffle of some very nice prizes. Everyone enjoyed the evening of good food and camaraderie.

The running grounds made for easy viewing by all the participants - low cover, great site lines. There was a plentiful supply of bunnies. Early braces ran in cool, cloudy, humid conditions but when the sun rose higher that all changed as the clouds burned off and it heated up quickly. A strong breeze kept things comfortable, but scenting conditions worsened as the day wore on. Even so, some of the best runs occurred in the more challenging conditions as the dogs buckled down and worked through the hard stuff.

All involved should be commended for a well-run trial weekend: Chair Trish Mims, Secretary Ken Hagmueller, all of the members of HDC. The owners of this great site, Owen and Elaine Baker, were wonderful hosts, good company, and helpful in the field as well.

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For more information on the Houston Dachshund Club, please visit their website.