As far as AKC trials go, you can go on the AKC web site and look at the rules pertaining to the different formats. Next would be attending a trial ( in the format that interests you) in your area as an observer and ask questions. Most folks are willing to help newcomers to become familiar with the running of the trial and the hounds.
Next thing to remember is to never let trialing dictate the style beagle that you like and keep. They may be worlds apart.
Ive only got one dog right now and its a beagle but in the next few months i will be getting another one (bluetick). There are some clubs in morgantown west virginia. I didnt look at any clubs in virginia.
yes, if you live in berkley county you live within a few hours of several clubs. i could help you out in finding out about each club, but i'd have to know what type/style of dogs you prefer to run? or if you have no idea what you want yet, there are options close to you. being you live in that part of the state you are close to PA (a little faster dog), you live close to VA (mostly more SPO medium plus speed dogs) and you live close to WV/PA (more gun dog brace and medium speed dogs. let me know if you're interested in finding out about more clubs, or dogs.
that is a good assumption, that is why i asked him what he is interested in, because we live so close to PA where SPO in the northeast part of the state is faster (some hare clubs) and the western part and some of VA and WV have alot of gundog brace trials (which is what i run) where a flat medium speed is acceptable. although some of the brace trials in northeast PA are still extremely quick for me (well above medium)
I didnt pay attention i just got him from a women who had bred her husbands hunting beagles. He is UKC registered. And he has really started running good now. He is only a year old, and he would have been started earlier but the snow messed things up.