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UKC Beagle Nationals return to Coshocton

| April 10, 2014

COSHOCTON —The United Kennel Club Inc., the world’s largest all breed performance registry, in association with the Coshocton County Beagle Club and sponsored by Nestlé Purina, is pleased to announce the scheduling for this year’s Hunting Beagle Nationals April 11-13. This hunting and bench show event will be held at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds, located at 707 Kenilworth Ave. Plan to attend and experience friendly competition as skilled owner/handler/hound teams vie for top honors.

Twenty-three years of history and tradition make Hunting Beagle Nationals an event of great prestige, and by the end of the weekend, the Overall National Grand Champions in Hunt and Show will be crowned. UKC Beagle events are designed to simulate an actual hunt as closely as possible, so all dogs entered are truly competition-ready athletes. UKC Hunting Program Events are designed around a family atmosphere, and spectators are always welcome. In accordance with UKC Rules and Regulations, no game is taken and no firearms are permitted.

“There will be over 400 entries, making it one of the largest Hunting Beagle Nationals,” said Tanya Raab, with the United Kennel Club. “Beagles have always been a popular choice for pet owners and enthusiasts. However, the breed’s popularity as a scent dog has made the Hunting Beagle Nationals one of the most successful events in the country.”

“It’s exciting for Coshocton to host this event again this year,” stated Jan Myers, director of the Coshocton County Visitors Bureau. “This is a great group of people who really enjoy coming back to Coshocton each year for this national competition. This is the seventh year for them to return for this event.”

Myers says that many of the participants bring their families with them to visit the local attractions.

“They’ve discovered that in addition to our great outdoors, we also have other activities for the whole family to enjoy,” she said. “The local shops, businesses, lodging facilities, and restaurants appreciate the increased traffic and are hopefully gearing up for the weekend.”

Activities will include a competition hunt on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to showcase the scent and tracking abilities of this hardworking breed, with winners taking home the National Hunt Champion title for each division (Registered, Champion and Grand Champion). No game will be taken during any of the weekend’s events and no firearms will be permitted, in accordance with UKC Rules and Regulations. Also, some of the best looking Beagles from across the country will compete for the title of UKC 2014 National Show Champion, during the Saturday afternoon bench show competition.

“UKC representatives will be on-hand to answer any questions regarding the UKC Hunting Beagle program,” added Raab.”If you’ve never experienced Beagling, you owe it to yourself to check out one of the country’s most popular hunting events, featuring one of the country’s most beloved dog breeds.”

“Purina’s decision to become the official sponsor of Hunting Beagle Nationals, as well as all other major UKC Beagle events, serves to expand an already successful relationship enjoyed between the two organizations, as Purina has enthusiastically supported UKC events for several decades,” continued Raab.

Established in 1898, the United Kennel Club is the largest all-breed performance-dog registry in the world, registering dogs from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. More than 60 percent of its 15,500 annually licensed events are tests of hunting ability, training, and instinct. UNITED KENNEL CLUB prides itself on its family-oriented, friendly, educational events.

To find out more about UKC registration and events, call 269-343-9020 or visit www.ukcdogs.com.

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