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Registered: Jul 2009
It is a shame Bruno never got the recognition he deserved. Just because someone hurt a few feelings by telling the truth is why he did not get recognized. Look at the numbers / results and tell me this is not so. Would he not not have had the best percentage ever with over a 100 pups?
Originally posted by Doug Robinson
_The First Light Foot Litter
_Trixie was about eight years old when she was bred to Mac, No one was sure of Mac's age but our best guess put Mac at 10 years old. Trixie soon gave birth to 3 puppies these puppies were born on the birth day of our most famous general, Bill thought naming the first pup born, A blue male "Ike" to honor of the general who had later became our president would be a good idea. The other male was named Sam the female was Neil. Bill raised these pups until they were about six months of age. On their first trip to the woods these puppies caught two Grey fox on the ground and treed with Trixie on three trees. All of these young hounds were nice but Bill had formed a bond with the first born pup known as "Ike". After just a few more trips to the woods Bill realized that training all three of these pups was just not a possibility. These pups just had a over abundance of drive, breaking them from fox was going to be a major endeavor.
Bill made a tough choice, the decision was made to send Sam and Neil to his uncle a fox hunter. Bill was hoping that like the Birdsong/Henry hounds these Young dogs would run fox for a couple years and then become "cutters" and start treeing. At that point the uncle was to call Bill and give Sam and Neil back to Bill.
Ike was a full time job and between going to collage and working Bill had all that he could handle. After getting his degree Bill took a job for the government and spent almost 2 years working in Texas. Bill's uncle, like many of the folks living in the hills of Kentucky in those days had no telephone. Bill was never told that his uncle had passed until he came home over the Christmas weekend. Bill immediately jumped into his car and headed from Evansville Indiana to Kentucky to see his aunt and to check on Sam and Neil.
_After consoling his aunt Bill asked about Sam and Neil, the aunt told Bill that without the uncle there was no way that she could feed let along take care of three hound's. Sam and Neil had a litter, and the uncle had allowed one male pup to live. The aunt had gotten word to a local dog trader that she had lost her husband and needed to get what she could for his hounds. The trader knew of these dog's as the uncle had been a well known hunter. This trader went to pick the dogs up, the price was $25.00 a head. Sam and the pup Ace were easy to catch but Neil was not going to be caught. Bill went to the trader to find only to find that these dogs were sold as part of a load that went to a big trader who lived in IL. It was 5 years later when Ace was found. The shame of this was that Ace had Bluetick papers and had earned night hunt titles. Once again old Mac was robbed of the credit he deserved. The English breed was again robbed of the chance to use a male dog who had made himself well known in the wild coon hunt's. Bill later purchased half interest in Ace and placed him 4Th and 6Th in the ACHA world hunt. Ace never really received the attention he deserved because of the controversy over his true breeding. Everyone hunting Light Foot dogs today have Ace in their pedigree's now you know why. Sam was found two years later and he also had blue tick papers and a Grnt Ch title. Sam was to old to breed a female so the dog was lost to the Light Foot hounds. I want to clearly state here that the owner of Ace and Sam were not the ones who had false papered the dogs, that was done by one of the traders. The owners of Sam and Ace were honest men who had just bought great Bluetick hound's that were not Blueticks at all but English. Old Neil never came back to the aunt's house she moved down the road to old fallen down house and lived by her whits and hunting skill. Neil had given birth to a litter of pups, hunger had taken all but one of these pups. Neil was found in bad shape by a local hunter. This man rescued Neil and her one surviving pup. The world had not been kind to Neil and she left for a better hunting ground. Neil never gained the fame that Ike or Sam had and no one knew that her pup from a earlier litter had become a world ch named Ace. Neil did make her place in history in a most unlikely way. The one small blue pup that had survived made a hound feared by the worlds best Competition hunters and like Ace this dog was a English World Champion. The dog never grew to be a large dog, so the name Little Joe stayed with him. The entire English breed owes much to Little Joe and Eugene Boyd that man who made him famous.
_While Sam, Ace or Neil never carried the name that has Light Foot, Ike did becoming well know through out the coon hound world as "Ike The Light Foot". Ike placed 2ND,4Th,5Th, 7Th, and 9Th in world hunts with a teenage handler. With a more experienced handler, Ike would have won the world hunt maybe several times. Most who were there agree on that including Bill.
_All of these dogs had the Drifting tracking style that made the Bridsong/Henry hounds so well known. All of the dogs were hard stay put tree dogs. Mac and Trixie would have been pleased. The off spring from Mac and Trixie had produced a bloodline of hounds that over 70 years later are still being hunted and enjoyed by hunters like myself across North America.
GRNTCHGRCH PR Super Blue Riptide - 2018 U.K.C. PERFORMANCE SIRE
Qualified For 2013 World Hunt
2013 2nd Place at Grand Bluetick Reunion All Blue RQE 475 plus points
2013 Zone# 4 BBOA Indiana State Championship results -
Champion male of show, King of Show,Overall Show Champion
King of Hunt, Overall Hunt Champion - 1025 plus points, no minus and 200 circle.
2013 Zone 5 BBOA Kentucky State Championship King of Hunt / Night Champion win
2014 Zone 5 BBOA Sectional King of Hunt and King of Show (Mt. Washington Kentucky) - 675 plus points, no minus and 225 circle points
2015 Friday Plott Days Grand Champion winner
2015 BBOA Zone 5 Sectional King of Hunt 450 plus
2016 BBOA Zone 4 Championship King of Hunt (Johnstown Ohio), Two night totals, (2) cast wins 1500 plus points, 225 circle and no minus
2016 BBOA Zone 4 Championship (Johnstown Ohio) Friday Grand Champion Male
2016 Ohio State BBOA Championship ( Jackson Ohio), King of Hunt and High Scoring Dog of Hunt, 675 plus points, no minus.
GRNITECH 'PR' PRAIRIE CREEK BLUE BIG HORN
* (2018) RQE Cast Winner / Zone Qualified
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