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Hunting Bassets - Field Trialing With Basset Hounds Organizations

Listing of Organizations, Associations, and Clubs that provide Field Trial events for Basset Hounds to compete in competition events.

American Hunting Basset Association (AHBA) - The AHBA sanctions family-oriented, no-kill field trials where Basset Hounds can compete at the job for which they were bred (and are quite good at.) Although AHBA believe strongly that the right to hunt is a fundamental human right, AHBA also recognize that many people are opposed to hunting. Participation in the AHBA Basset events allows both sides to enjoy their hounds without compromising any strongly held principles.

American Kennel Club (AKC) - Since 1937 Basset Hounds have competed in AKC field trials. To become a part of that history your fist step is to decide which type of field trial you wish to compete in. There are Brace, Small Pack Option, Large Pack and Gundog Brace field trials. Once you decide which type of field trials you want to compete in, it is time to get a rulebook for brace, gundog brace or small pack option or for Large Pack trials.

The Basset Hound Club of America (BHCA) - The Basset Hound Club of America was founded to encourage and promote quality in the breeding of pure-bred Basset Hounds and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection, to encourage the organization of local Basset Hound clubs in those areas where there are sufficient fanciers of the breed to meet the requirements of the American Kennel Club, and to assist them in their activities, to urge members and breeders to accept the Standard of the breed as approved by the American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which Basset Hounds should be judged, to do all in its power to protect the interests of the breed by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at dog shows, field trials, obedience trials, and tracking tests, etc. and to conduct such events under the rules of the American Kennel Club.

National Beagle Club of America, Inc (NBC) - The Club maintains the Breed Standard to guide judges in the selection of the best hounds at shows, is responsible for approving the Beagle Field Trial Rules as promulgated by the American Kennel Club, and acts as the registering body for hare and rabbit hunting packs in the United States and Canada.

Three Creek Bassets - The Three Creek Bassets is a private pack supported by a subscription membership. The kennels are located in Weldon Spring, St. Charles County, Missouri. The pack consists of 8-10 couples of hunting Basset Hounds. The hunt territory is the same as the Bridlespur Fox Hunt, and can also include land-use invitations from several gracious landowners in St. Charles, St. Louis, Lincoln and Jefferson Counties in Missouri, and Calhoun County in Illinois. The Hunting season starts in September and goes through April, meeting Sunday afternoons with some additional bye days and holidays.

Ashland Bassets - Ashland Bassets is the oldest basset pack in Virginia and the third oldest recognized basset pack in the United States. The huntsmen and staff help to take care of the hounds. The hounds walk out for exercise and training during the summer months, and begin their formal season in October after a brief "cub hunting" season in September. As a subscription pack, Ashland is open to individuals who, by paying a yearly fee or subscription to support the hounds, are allowed to follow the pack. They are members and are called "the Field".

Cedar Way Basset Pack - The Cedar Way Bassets are a foot pack led by Beth Blackwell, MBH. Basset hunting is a sport similar in nature to fox hunting; The general differences are the quarry, rabbit, instead of fox, and basset hunting is generally done on foot, which provides a slower type of hunting. The country we cover is also much smaller, making this enjoyable for everyone! Please contact Beth at for more information and hunting schedules.

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Skycastle French Hounds - The Skycastle Bassets were organized as a private family pack of AKC registered Basset Hounds in 1948 by Elizabeth and John Streeter at Field Master Henry Maconachy, Elizabeth Streeter, trainee whip Willy Payne and the pack moving off at Skycastle, 1973 their farm,"Skycastle", in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.

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