Now that all six brace beagle federations are finished, it is time to look back and decipher what happened and was it good or bad for our sport. All beaglers are concerned about our future. As we know, we need to do our best to increase derby entries. Two things that were implemented in 2018 were designed to increase derby entries at the federations. Many of us felt that getting the AKC to license the derby trials at the six federations would increase entries. In addition, ABBA sponsored a derby awards program that would pay $500.00 to each of the derbies that won and placed the most at the six federations derby events. The winner of each class was determined the same way that the Purina futurity winners are selected.
The question now is did these two programs help increase derby entries? Well, let's see...
Midwestern 88 86
Mid Dixie 67 80
Heartland 53 59
Eastern 64 65
International 56 65
North Eastern 44 42
Total.........376 Total...... 397
As you can see, derby entries increased by 21. While this is not a big improvement, it is an improvement! In my opinion, the increase would have been larger if we did not have to move the Midwestern and the weather issues were not a factor.
The four ABBA Derby Winners are:
13" Males-BREATH TAKER BROCK-OWNER-COLT ALLEN
15" Males-LITTLE EASE SON OF SAM-OWNERS-JOEL DAVIS & BRYAN FRYE
13" Females-STEELER TOWN BOOMIN BUSINESS-OWNERS-NIKI HAPPEL & MARTY PARKER
15" Females-R&R MONIQUE-OWNERS-STEVE & SHAWN REDMON
In addition, each dog owner will receive a check for $500.00 and will be presented a plaque at the Purina/Hall of Fame banquet at the National in Pittsburgh in October.
A special thank you goes to all beaglers who had derbies and entered them in one or more federations. Hopefully, all of us will find a derby for 2019. If there are no derbies, there will not be futurities and all age brace dogs in the future. We also owe a thanks to the eleven beaglers who donated $200.00 each to go toward the ABBA derby awards. If enough beaglers will donate for 2019 we will do it again.
Russ Arend, ABBA President