I've been asked by the Western Challenge organizers to post this year's schedule for any and all interested:
Thursday April 2nd Red Rock Hounds, Reno, Nevada
Saturday April 4th Grand Canyon Hounds, Flagstaff, Arizona
Sunday April 5th Paradise Valley Beagles & Kingsbury Harriers, Flagstaff, Arizona
Tuesday April 7th Caza Ladron, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Wednesday April 8th Arapahoe Hunt, 2:00 PM, Parker, Colorado
Saturday April 11th Coal Valley, McCune, Kansas
This year's judges are Rob Karnacki from Fort Leavenworth, and Susan Gentry from Cloudline Hounds. If anyone needs contact info for the meets, PM me and I'll forward Paul's email to you.
I know that Bridlespur opted out. I tried to volunteer to help to make it happen but they were afraid it would be really late in the year. Guess it would be.
Wonder how far it is to Coal Valley for me.
It is close to Pittsburgh, KS (south east area) which is 2 1/2 hours south of KC. Think "Joplin, MO" area then west. I haven't hunted down there though folks from my hunt regularly go there and say it is a good day.
I wish I could go to all the hunts on the Challenge! What fun! My MFH and huntsman, Susan Gentry, is a judge! Too bad work will prevent me from going too! Might try to go to at least one...maybe Coal Valley.
OK, somebody share.....what is "the short bus".....I smell a hunting yarn here!!!
"The Short Bus" consists of those of us who are not (and may never be) ready to ride on the real bus with the big kids who go to "normal" school. We trundle along behind at a safe pace and do our best to keep the field more or less in sight--or at least remember where we left the trailers so we can get back when we completely lose track of the field.
Approved helmet: Every time; every ride.
"When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - RAR's wise brother
I got info on Coal Valley from Wes. Now I need to decide whether to go. Looks like a five hour haul.
You've probably met at least a couple of Coal Valley members as they're active eventers. The roads down to McCune are good (pretty much I-44 all the way). If you do go, post some of your excellent photos.
Last edited by ksbadger; Apr. 2, 2009 at 10:37 PM.
Reason: To correct my bad geography
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Leslie: go to Coal. If not for the Western Challenge, then do it some time next season. The country is open enough to get to see some great hound work and get in some serious runs. Lots of game. The old coal mine area means there are lots of little ponds that hold water for game. And there is a LOT of country. I didn't make it down this season, but have hunted there several times over the years and always had a great time. They know how to host a party, too.