The 34th International Beagle Hare Futurity, an
event founded in 1974, sanctioned and attended
by the American Kennel Club, was held in
Buxton Maine on July 4 – 6th.

The IBHF trial is a specialty beagle field trial at
which American Kennel Club and Canadian
Kennel Club IBHF registered litters compete
according to AKC Large Pack rules. Litters are
registered with the Futurity committee before
their first birthday, and are then eligible to
compete the year they turn two.
2008 INTERNATIONAL BEAGLE HARE FUTURITY
- by Bev Cross
This year there were 131 litters registered, and of
that group, 114 futurity hounds, finished
champions and their owners were able to travel
to this year’s host of the trial, Southern
Maine Beagle Club, to compete. Since its
inception, the IBHF’s focus has been on
recognizing breeders in the sport of Large Pack
beagling.

The field trailers who gathered from different
states of the USA and provinces of Canada
enjoyed a holiday weekend of beautiful Maine
summer weather, running in all classes, and
excellent meals served by the club, including a
banquet after the Breeder Awards and Purina
Cup Award ceremony on Saturday night.  Purina
has sponsored the Futurity since 2004, and we
enjoyed the presence of Purina Ambassador Vic
Costanza at the trial.

As is tradition, the third day of the Futurity trial is
all about the Champions, many of which are the
sires or dams of the current year’s futurities.
Many are also winners of previous Futurities. The
Trial of Champions consists of two classes
combined by size. This year we had a healthy
turn-out of AKC and CKC finished Champions.
There were twenty 13-inch Champions and
twenty-three 15-inch Champions. Everyone
attending shares pride in the successes of these
dogs. They are a good measure of our breeding
criteria, and our training/trialing processes.

After the Trial of Champions, American Kennel
Club Rep Bill VanDeBogart presented an
advanced judging seminar which was very
beneficial and greatly appreciated by the beaglers
and judges. When most were packing up and
heading for home, there were still many who
stayed to attend this helpful seminar.
Bev Cross, Deb Brown and Janice Mills take entries.
Ed Brown Paints the hounds. Greg Steeves pictured.
A Futurity hound patiently waits his turn.
The trophy and plaque sponsors for the 2008 International Beagle Hare Futurity were Nestle Purina,
The American Beagler magazine, the North American Beagle (Stud Book), and Happyrun Beagles of
Canada. Tri-Tronics, Better Beagling magazine, Wildlife Materials, Collar Clinic, Sacandaga, Slip
Check, Nite Guard and others donated either certificates or product in support of the trial. We’d
like to say thank you to these very generous sponsors. Their sponsorship enables us to continue this
milestone event in the quest of producing a better purebred field beagle.
Click HERE to see the trial results and special award
winners.