There are a lot of guys who go to more trials than we do but here is my thoughts. Straight down the line is a must. Speed is optional. Do not over run the line. The dog has to do its own work. I would venture to say when they put the winners on the table they will be med. speed. maybe an upper med. or two. If you run 6 on speed I think you are ok. Blackjack, otis types and blackcreek types do very well. A running joke I have heard at the trials. " If you want to be in the band have a black and tan." To sum it up jump the rabbit , run the line , get the check. We are rebuilding our kennel with otis, buck and cotton country to run ds. I have a real good female that is great for rabbit hunting that is just to fast for ds. She will over run the line but catches her mistake before the other hounds catch her. You have got to run the line.
Come run one you will see good hounds and meet great folks. A little Miss. or La. cooking is always worth the drive.
Come on down to Louisiana. Our club is a member of the DeepSouth and we would love to have you. Acadiana Beagle Club is located just 200 yards off of I-10, about 30 miles west of I-49. We host a Licensed SPO trial in October and December and Licensed TCP trial also in December. Our Derby trial is in February.
Check out our website: www.acadianabeagleclub.com Click on the discussion form link and there are many, many interesting topics covered there. You will find Beagle History and Club History along with a map and physical address of the club.