I don’t know if Covid has affected their pack trial schedule, but the beagle trials are generally the second week of November and second week of April each year. They last 4 or 5 days, with classes for 2 couple (4), 5 couple (10), and 8 couple (16), plus a show and a stakes class where each pack can enter 2 hounds. Judges are on horseback. The Club also has pack trials for basset hounds. I think you could find details on the National Beagle Club’s website. The NBC has a 500 acre property in Aldie, Virginia, where these trials are held.When is it? I'm going to be ready for a road trip soon.
Tim(Huntsman), I assume the English blood you refer to is from the Kennel Club of the UK, as the Hunting Packs (AMHB) are kept totally separate. The Kennel Club hounds were reestablished after the Wars with imported American show hounds. The AMHB are the native English hounds that made it through the wars on food coupons. They do not sell their hounds and all hounds are entered into the hunting Packs as hunters. They do have shows and show champions but they are first hunters.I have judged and watched them at the National Beagle Club’s Triple Challenge event in Virginia. That’s a brace, pack, show event. Hounds from packs have won that event.
There is a variety of bloodlines among the packs. Some use SPO bloodlines. Others use show, others use English. Most would be fine solo if trained that way, especially those with gundog bloodlines.
I think every beagler should see the formal packs at Aldie, VA, at least once. You will be amazed at the control they have over their hounds. It makes you realize what is possible. Most of the packs hunt really well too.